News Nuggets Roundup: DiCaprio sees double on Christmas 2012

Double-dose of Leonardo DiCaprio on Christmas 2012: “Warner Bros. just announced that Baz Luhrmann‘s 3-D take on ‘The Great Gatsby’ will be released on December 25, 2012, a date already staked out by #Quentin Tarantino#‘s revenge western ‘Django Unchained,’ which will also star DiCaprio. If there’s anyone who might be able to sympathize with the double-dip, it’s DiCaprio’s friend and ‘Gatsby’ co-star Tobey Maguire: He’s got the Ang Lee movie ‘Life of Pi’ coming out just four days before on December 21.” VULTURE

Sony Pictures Classics mailed “Take Shelter” to awards voters on Friday: “The studio hopes that the film — which it acquired not longer after its premiere at January’s Sundance Film Festival — will be recognized by awards voters in a number of categories, but especially best actor (Michael Shannon, who gives a tour de force performance), best supporting actress (the ubiquitous Jessica Chastain, who is also being pushed in that category by Fox Searchlight for ‘The Tree of Life‘ and Disney for ‘The Help‘), and best original screenplay.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Mumford and Sons among winners at the Americana Music Awards: “Singer and guitarist Buddy Miller was the night’s big winner, taking home two awards, for Artist of the Year and for Instrumentalist of the Year. Robert Plant was recognized for Album of the Year for his band’s 2010 disc ‘Band of Joy.’ The Avett Brothers were named Duo/Group of the Year for the third time, while the ultra-buzzy Brits of Mumford & Sons were acknowledged as New/Emerging Artist of the Year, beating out The Civil Wars, The Secret Sisters, and Jessica Lea Mayfield, all of whom performed at the show.” EW.COM

Pete Hammond hosted the TV Academy’s salute to Carl Reiner: “Thursday night I had the honor of hosting the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences tribute to the legendary Carl Reiner, which also featured a surprise appearance at the end of the two-hour show from Carl’s ‘Ocean’s 11,’ ’12’ & ’13’ co-star George Clooney who presented him with the enormous crystal trophy for his remarkable career in entertainment. The packed house … greeted him with a massive standing ovation after comedian Paul Reiser welcomed him to the stage.” DEADLINE

Robert Downey Jr. accepts American Cinematheque Award, defends Mel Gibson: “Downey not only turned around his career, he fixed his life and now he’s reaping the rewards as evidenced by the great turnout on Friday night at the Beverly Hilton. But the evening took a serious turn when Downey made an impassioned plea to Hollywood to ‘forgive’ his friend Mel Gibson who was on hand to present him with the award. ‘Unless you are without sin – and if you are, you are in the wrong [expletive] industry, you should forgive him and let him work,’ Downey said to much applause.” DEADLINE

Empire Magazine raves about “The Adventures of Tintin“: “The pace throughout is rat-a-tat-tat quick, the plot tripping along, and the exposition breathless. You have a job keeping up, but never at the expense of the sheer goodwill. While luxuriating in its pre-existing universe, here is a film imploring you to join in. It would take a hard heart to resist … Action-packed, gorgeous, and faithfully whimsical: Hergé thought [Steven Spielberg] the only director capable of filming Tintin. He was onto something.” EMPIRE

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