EmptyUni turns double play on home vid charts
Universal Studios Home Entertainment scored big on the national home video charts for the week ending Dec. 21, with a pair of releases topping the sales and rental charts in their first week in stores. "Mamma Mia!" bowed at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert sales chart and earns the distinction of displacing Warner's "The Dark Knight" as the nation's top-selling DVD. Meanwhile, Home Media Magazine's rental chart was topped by Universal's new actioner "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," which also bumped "Dark Knight" to second place.
Seacrest scoped out
Procter & Gamble has tapped Ryan Seacrest in a New Year's Eve promotion for its Scope brand. The company is making a donation to Operation Smile for every couple caught kissing on the Scope Kiss Cam on New Year's Eve. The "American Idol" host partnered with P&G on a similar promotion for Scope last year.
Palm Springs Penn
Sean Penn will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival's Desert Palm Achievement in Acting Award at the fest's awards gala Jan. 6. Penn will be recognized for his turn as gay-rights activist Harvey Milk in Focus' "Milk."