Sandler a Razzie favorite
Adam Sandler has shattered a Hollywood awards season record. He has picked up 11 nominations for the Razzies, an Academy Awards spoof singling out the year’s worst movies. That more than doubled the previous record of five Razzie nominations held by Eddie Murphy for 2007’s Norbit. Among Sandler’s acting, producing and writing nominations on Saturday: worst actor for both Jack and Jill and Just Go with It — and worst actress for Jack and Jill, in which he plays a family man and his own twin sister. Sandler also had two nominations as worst screen couple opposite Jennifer Aniston or Brooklyn Decker in Just Go with It and opposite Katie Holmes, Al Pacino or himself in Jack and Jill. As a producer, Sandler was credited with worst-picture and worst prequel, remake, rip-off or sequel nominations for both Bucky Larson and Jack and Jill. He also shared in worst screenplay nominations as a writer on both movies.
Oscars to be auctioned
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is not pleased with plans to auction off 15 Oscar statuettes from such films as Citizen Kane, Wuthering Heights and Little Women. However, the academy says its hands are tied in blocking tomorrow’s sale by Nate D. Sanders Auctions because the statuettes were awarded prior to 1950, when a “winners agreement” was instituted banning the sale of Oscars. “Oscars should be won, not purchased,” the academy said in a statement, adding that it had no “legal means of stopping the commoditization of these particular statuettes.” The Sanders Co expects its total Oscar inventory, which includes Herman Mankiewicz’s 1941 screenplay award for Citizen Kane, to command more than US$1 million.
Smallest man measured
Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old man from a remote valley in the southwest of the country, was yesterday measured by Guinness World Records experts investigating his claim to be the shortest man ever recorded. Dangi, who claims to be 56cm tall, was in high spirits as he looked forward to a third and final measurement. “They have already measured me twice yesterday. They didn’t tell me what height they recorded, but everyone is sure of my height and I’m confident I’m going to get the record,” Dangi said through an interpreter. If his height is verified, Dangi will take the world’s shortest man title from Filipino Junrey Balawing, who measures 59.93cm. He will also be declared the shortest human adult ever documented, taking the accolade from India’s Gul Mohammed, who was measured at 57cm before he died in 1997 aged 40.
Hebei outbreak not SARS
An outbreak of fever in Hebei Province is under control, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. The illness was caused by the Adenovirus Type 55 and was not SARS or avian flu, it said. As of Saturday there were no deaths among patients admitted to the 252 Hospital in the city of Baoding, with most suffering from a mild fever and none “critically ill,” according to the statement issued late yesterday. The ministry did not specify how many patients were being treated at the hospital.
Dolphin cargo challenged
Hong Kong Airlines was under pressure yesterday to stop its live dolphin cargo business after an internal memo describing a recent delivery from Japan to Vietnam was leaked to Chinese media. More than 2,800 people have signed an online petition at change.org calling for an end to the flights, citing a China Daily report about a Jan. 16 delivery of five dolphins from Osaka to Hanoi. The dolphins are believed to have come from the Japanese town of Taiji, the scene of an annual dolphin slaughter depicted in Oscar Award winning documentary The Cove, the report said.