Digest: Oscar hopefuls coming soon


Oscar dues
As the Academy Awards ceremony draws closer, more nominated films are being slotted for DVD release. The latest to be announced are "The Last King of Scotland" and "Notes on a Scandal," both set to arrive in stores April 17 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Forest Whitaker is up for a best actor Oscar in "Scotland," while "Scandal" has four noms, including best adapted screenplay, original score, actress (Judi Dench) and supporting actress (Cate Blanchett).

'Bell' call
Walt Disney Pictures' new CG-animated feature "Tinker Bell" will be released worldwide in fall 2008, Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment said this week. The film, produced by Disney Toon Studios, will mark the first time audiences will hear Tinker Bell speak (Brittany Murphy is doing the voice-over). The release is part of the companywide Disney Fairies initiative, which launched in 2005 with the best-selling book "Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg." The book was followed by an apparel line, toys, a magazine and a series of chapter books.

Infinity in
Direct marketer Infinity Resources is launching a retail distribution arm, Infinity Entertainment, headed by home entertainment industry veteran Rick Buehler. The new label, headquartered in Los Angeles, will focus on the retail distribution of independent films, TV-DVDs, anime, music DVDs, documentaries and assorted special-interest programs. Plans call for the release of eight to 10 titles a month beginning in April.

'Kubrick' on
"Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story," a comedy in which John Malkovich plays a man impersonating the famous director on the set of his last movie, is the next "super release" from Magnolia Pictures. It is slated to arrive March 27 on DVD, HDNet Movies and in theaters.