Weekend News Roundup! AMA Winners; Natalie Wood Details

Published November 21, 2011

 

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Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.

• The American Music Awards were last night, and the big winners included Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Jennifer Lopez, and Katy Perry. Bet you were just disappointed it pushed Once Upon a Time, though, right? Right? [MTV]

• Almost exactly 30 years after her mysterious death by drowning, Los Angeles police are reopening the Natalie Wood case. The captain of the yacht she allegedly fell off of, Dennis Davern, has come forward with new information and alleges that Wood’s husband, Robert Wagner, was responsible for her death. A woman, Marilyn Wayne, who’d been on a neighboring boat and had heard Wood’s cries for help, says she received a written threat three days later. [People, THR]

• Waking up what had been a sleepy box office, the new Twilight movie made one bazillion dollars (or $139.5M) this weekend; Happy Feet Two came in second with $22M. Immortals, Jack and Jill, and Puss in Boots all stayed in the game with $10.7 to $12.3M each. [BOM]

• A third Before Sunrise film is in the works, according to Ethan Hawke, who co-wrote the first two with costar Julie Delpy and director Richard Linklater. Two important questions Vulture brings up: in which romantic European city should the third film take place (we’re voting Barcelona)? And what should they call it? [Vulture/NYM]

• This sounds fun! Jack Black is producing a spoof of paranormal procedural series like Medium and Ghost Whisperer to air on SyFy; it’ll be called Ghost Girls and star two improv-comedy vets, Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci. For the record, we’re still not on board with the ridiculous “SyFy” rendering. [Deadline]

• Just a week after NBC hired Chelsea Clinton to be a special correspondent for NBC News, MSNBC has announced it’s taken on Meghan McCain as a contributor. We won’t rest until the Huntsman daughters host Saturday Night Live! [Deadline]

• The short list for the Best Documentary Oscar has been announced, with 15 films that will be cut to five once the official nominations come out. Notable films that made the list include Bill Cunningham New York and Project Nim; as /Film points out, some great documentaries didn’t, including Tabloid, Into the Abyss, and Page One. [/Film]