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In brief: ‘Hurt Locker’ producer banned

Wed., March 3, 2010, midnight

Los Angeles – A producer of the war story “The Hurt Locker” will not be allowed to attend Sunday’s Academy Awards because of e-mails he sent urging academy members to vote for his movie, Oscar overseers said Tuesday.

But Nicolas Chartier will receive an Oscar at a later date if “The Hurt Locker” wins best picture.

The executive committee of the producers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences imposed the penalty on Chartier, who violated Oscar rules that prohibit mailings promoting a film and disparaging another.

Oscar rivalry is fierce, with filmmakers and distributors coveting awards wins both for bragging rights and for the bounce in box-office. The academy keeps a tight rein on awards campaigning, its rules prohibit “casting a negative or derogatory light on a competing film.”

Museum rejects Simpson clothes

Los Angeles – The Smithsonian Museum says it doesn’t want the suit O.J. Simpson wore when he was acquitted of murder charges – scuttling a compromised reached Monday in the long-running custody case.

Fred Goldman, Ron’s father, filed the lawsuit against Simpson and his former agent, Mike Gilbert, who allegedly has possession of the suit. In 1997, a civil jury found Simpson liable for the two deaths and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ relatives. Fred Goldman is still trying to collect the money.

On Monday, Gilbert and Goldman agreed to donate the suit to the Smithsonian Institution. It’s unclear what will happen to the suit now.


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