HONORED: "Finding Nemo" captured nine prizes at the 31st annual Annie Awards on Saturday, including best theatrical feature, best directing and best voice acting, according to AP. "Nemo" was the second-highest grossing film of 2003, behind "Return of the King." ... Meanwhile, the American Society of Cinematographers surprised some industry observers by handing its top prize to "Seabiscuit" cinematographer John Schwartzman on Sunday, reports Reuters. The award, which is given for best camerawork, means "Seabiscuit" could be a contender for the Academy Awards' Best Picture prize, for which it is also nominated.
QUOTED: "I don't think condemning people who murder and then killing them necessarily sends out the right message." -- Charlize Theron, 28, to Reuters after the international premiere of her film "Monster," about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was executed in 2002
SPIKED: Janet Jackson's revelation during the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 1 has fueled much debate and controversy, but at least one type of business isn't complaining. Piercing studios nationwide have reported a spike in business since Jackson's breast, and its attendant pierced nipple, were uncovered during her and Justin Timberlake's performance. Nipple shields like the silver sunburst on Jackson's breast have been hot sellers, going for $30 to $100, Bianca Bubenik, who owns two tattoo and piercing stores in New York, tells AP.
DIED: Samuel M. Rubin, 85, also known as "Sam the Popcorn Man," died Thursday, reports The New York Times. The concessionaire is widely recognized for helping make popcorn a movie theater staple, and he was one of the first to bring freshly popped corn into theaters seven decades ago. Rubin died in Boynton Beach, Fla., his daughter, Karen Rubin, said.