News briefs: Jericho's nuts, Tim Burton's 9, Dark Knight and more

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Patrick Lee
Dec 14, 2012

Herewith a roundup of this week's brief news items.
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The emotional parents of the late Heath Ledger welcomed his best-supporting-actor Golden Globe for his role in The Dark Knight with bittersweet pride, and the actor's mother said the award was likely to be given to his daughter Matilda, the Reuters news service reported.
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The Dark Knight and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are among films squaring off for top honors from the American Cinema Editors, the Associated Press reported; winners will be announced at a Hollywood ceremony Feb. 15.

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Lt. Gen. Harry W.O. Kinnard, who inspired the storied retort "nuts" to a German surrender ultimatum during World War II's Battle of the Bulge—and who inspired a storyline in CBS' Jericho and the subsequent fan campaign to save the show—died Jan. 5 in Arlington, Va., the New York Times reported; he was 93.

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Focus Features announced a Sept. 9 release date—or 9-9-'09—for Tim Burton's upcoming animated fantasy movie 9, which features a voice cast topped by Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly.

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Emma Stone is in final negotiations to star alongside Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg in the horror/comedy movie Zombieland, which centers on a band of survivors who team to fight the living dead in the post-apocalyptic Southwest after a zombie plague ravages America, Variety reported.
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Chevy Chase has been tapped for a three-episode arc on NBC's spy comedy drama Chuck, playing a technology billionaire who is accused by Chuck's father of stealing his ideas.
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The Phillip K. Dick Award organizers ruled Endgame by Kristine Smith ineligible for this year's award, replacing it on the ballot with Plague War by Jeff Carlson.
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St. Martin's will no longer publish its long-running anthology series The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, edited by Ellen Datlow and Gavin Grant & Kelly Link, after 21 years of continuous publication; Datlow, however, has reached an agreement to edit at least two Year's Best Horror anthologies for Night Shade Books.
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Stargate Atlantis fans have until Jan. 31 to vote for their favorite episodes at StargateHub.com; the winners will be announced on Feb. 9 and selected to create a "Fan's Choice" Blu-ray Disc.
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Stargate Atlantis star Jason Momoa and his girlfriend, Lilakoi Moon (nee Lisa Bonet), welcomed the birth of her third child: Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa; Moon is currently in the cast of ABC's Life on Mars.