News Nuggets: Could Gervais return to the Golden Globes?

Could Ricky Gervais return to the Golden Globes after all? “The British comedian was spotted dining out with Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Aida Takla-O’Reilly and NBC’s head of Specials at the Chez Benoit restaurant in Paris, France, sparking rumours he will be hosting the world-famous ceremony for a third time. The claims come after Gervais caused a huge amount of controversy with his close-to-the-mark jokes at the ceremony earlier this year … Taking a pop at Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp for their film ‘The Tourist,’ he said: ‘Seems like everything this year was three-dimensional. Except the characters in ‘The Tourist.'” DAILY MAIL

Terrence Malick picks up the pace, directing two new movies back-to-back: “Here’s today’s big breaking news: Terrence Malick is prepping to shoot two films in 2012, ‘Lawless’ and ‘Knight Of Cups,’ with both pictures starring Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett … these are two new films in addition to the untitled romance (aka ‘The Burial’) that stars Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams among others, and the documentary ‘Voyage Of Time.’ Moreover, they are being described as ‘separate narratives’ so don’t expect some kind of ‘The Hobbit’-style two-fer. That’s right, Malick now has four movies on the slate. If we were worried about Steven Soderbergh retiring, it looks like Malick is going to be picking up the slack on his work ethic.” INDIEWIRE

John Williams could be on his way to his 46th Oscar nomination: “In the long history of the Academy Awards, only [Walt Disney] can claim more nominations than composer John Williams … After an unusually long break from features the much celebrated composer is now back at work. He’s got three new Spielberg movies on the way (‘The Adventures of Tintin,’ ‘War Horse,’ ‘Lincoln’) and he could be celebrating his 80th birthday in February as a 46 or even 47 time Oscar nominee. Take that, Streep, with your piddly 16 nominations!” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Emmy-nominee Elisabeth Moss teams with Oscar winners for a BBC miniseries: “… Moss is in final negotiations to play the lead in BBC Two’s six-hour miniseries ‘Top Of The Lake,’ from the Oscar-winning trio of  writer/director Jane Campion (‘The Piano’) and producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning (The King’s Speech). The project centers on Robin Griffin (Moss), a detective investigating the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl, who is the daughter of a local drug lord. Campion is set to direct from a script she co-wrote with Gerard Lee, with Sherman and Canning producing.” DEADLINE

Green Lantern” and “The Iron Lady” could be among Oscar contenders for makeup: “The kind of work that tends to find favor here includes extensive prosthetics, effective aging makeup, creation of monsters and transformative effects. Period films take a disproportionate share of the nominations … ‘Green Lantern’ might just survive the year here … it is difficult to find much fault in the transformation of Peter Sarsgaard into the villainous Hector Hammond … ‘The Iron lady’ is Meryl Streep’s latest attempt to return to the Oscar game … recreating the famous look of Margaret Thatcher, and then age her, does have the makings of a contender in this category, especially if Streep is heading toward nomination #17.” IN CONTENTION

Broadway sets the stage for a musical based on the classic literary thriller “Rebecca”: “‘Rebecca’ … will begin Broadway previews March 27, 2012, at the Broadhurst Theatre with Olivier Award nominee Sierra Boggess in the starring role. Set in the West Country of England, ‘Rebecca’ is set to arrive on Broadway after a 2006 Vienna debut, where it played sold-out houses for over three years. It will open on Broadway April 22, 2012. The Broadway production is based on the original Vienna staging.” PLAYBILL

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