News Nuggets: ‘Extremely Loud’ will be incredibly late for NYFCC or NBR voting

Warner Bros. won’t screen “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” in time for voting critics: “[New York Film Critics Circle head John] Anderson wrote that he’s been told that the film won’t be shown any time before December 2nd. ‘This despite my having received assurances before that they would [work within our deadline],’ Anderson wrote. ‘Draw your own conclusions.’ National Board of Review members have also been told of this decision, which obviously means that ‘Extremely Loud’ is out of the running as far as their voting is concerned, which will happen on Thursday, December 1st.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

Grammys will honor late Nick Ashford and Jerry Leiber: “… Usher is set to sing from the Ashford & Simpson catalog for what promises to be a poignant moment in the usually upbeat Grammy nominations prime-time special. It will be part of a joint tribute to Ashford and Jerry Leiber, and will also feature Mike Stoller, who was Leiber’s longtime writing partner. Leiber and Stoller wrote classics such as ‘Hound Dog,’ ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ ‘Yakety Yak’ and other hit songs that came to define early rock ‘n’ roll.” EW.COM

Ewan McGregor has been cast in HBO’s star-studded “Corrections”: “In his first regular TV series gig, Ewan McGregor has been tapped to co-star in the Noah Baumbach/Scott Rudin project, joining previously cast Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest. Based on Jonathan Franzen’s acclaimed book, ‘The Corrections’ revolves around the troubles of a Midwestern couple (Cooper and Wiest), and their three adult children as they trace their lives from the mid-20th century to ‘one last Christmas’ together near the turn of the millennium.” DEADLINE

Sweden’s “Millennium” is among International Emmy winners: “Sweden’s ‘Millennium’ mini-series, which won for best TV movie/mini-series, is an extension to Stieg Larsson’s ‘Millennium’ feature series, which is being remade in the U.S., starting with David Fincher’s upcoming ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’ The BBC One anthology drama series ‘Accused’ was the only multiple winner with statuettes for best drama series and best actor, Christopher Eccleston.” DEADLINE

Viggo Mortensen lobbies for Oscar to recognize David Cronenberg: “The critics sometimes, a year later, they’ll say, ‘Those movies I put on my top ten list? I guess I’d take seven or eight of them off now.’ Unfortunately, though, that affects whether a director like Cronenberg takes a year or four years to get his next movie financed. It took him four years after ‘Eastern Promises’ to put another movie out, which is sad. It’s a loss to filmgoers that he doesn’t have a movie out every year … David’s the Academy’s invisible man. He’s the most talented invisible man in Hollywood, if you will.” VULTURE

Jeff Wells believes Meryl Streep has the Best Actress Oscar in the bag: “You can dribble the Viola Davis basketball all over the court and shoot swish shots to your heart’s content, but that won’t change the fact that Meryl Streep’s freakishly dead-on performance as Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady‘ (Weinstein, 12.30) seems like a much more likely winner of the Best Actress Oscar right now. As far as I’m concerned it’s a Streep vs. Michelle Williams (i.e., as Marilyn Monroe in ‘My Week with Marilyn‘) contest with Davis half-elbowed aside.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

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