News Nuggets Roundup: Raves for Michelle Williams; Rosie and Roseanne return to TV

Michelle Williams shines in “My Week with Marilyn,” but the film may not be up to snuff: “The luminous Michelle Williams gives a layered performance that goes beyond impersonation in ‘My Week With Marilyn.’ Playing both the damaged, insecure woman and the sensual celebrity construct, as well as the role with which Marilyn Monroe was struggling during a particularly difficult shoot, Williams gets us on intimate terms with one of Hollywood’s most enduring and tragic icons. If much of what surrounds her in Simon Curtis‘ biographical drama is less nuanced, her work alone keeps the movie entertaining.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Woman sues the makers of “Drive” for its misleading trailer: “Most people’s gripe about trailers these days is that they blow too much info about a film’s plot. But not Sarah Deming. This Michigan resident is suing the distributor of the critically acclaimed Ryan Gosling thriller ‘Drive’ – as well as the cinema where she saw it – claiming it was publicised as a ‘Fast and Furious’ style action piece but turned out to be nothing of the sort. In her suit, which was filed at the sixth judicial circuit court in Oakland, Michigan, Deming says the Nicolas Winding Refn film ‘bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film … having very little driving in the motion picture.'” THE GUARDIAN

Roseanne joins a growing list of stars joining NBC’s comedy lineup: “The network bought Barr’s script for ‘Downwardly Mobile,’ a multi-camera comedy set in a ‘mobile home community,’ according to the Hollywood Reporter, with former ‘Roseanne’ writer and executive producer Eric Gilliland (‘That ’70s Show’) serving as co-creator, writer, and showrunner. Barr’s recent foray into reality programming, ‘Roseanne’s Nuts,’ was strange and disappointing, but ‘Roseanne’ itself holds up astonishingly well — if ‘Downwardly’ can tap into any of that show’s strengths (recognizable characters, honest emotions, people who care about each other but aren’t saccharine, perfect comic timing), it could work.” VULTURE

Shirley MacLaine to receive AFI’s Life Achievement Award: “The 77-year-old MacLaine will receive the tribute during a gala ceremony next June 7 that will be broadcast later that month on TV Land. In announcing the selection, AFI board of trustees chair Howard Stringer said, ‘Shirley MacLaine is a powerhouse of personality that has illuminated screens large and small across six decades. From ingenue to screen legend, Shirley has entertained a global audience through song, dance, laughter and tears, and her career as writer, director and producer is even further evidence of her passion for the art form and her seemingly boundless talents.'” DEADLINE

Multiple Emmy-winner Rosie O’Donnell returns to TV today: “At 49, the Emmy-award winning comedian and actress is debuting her new talk show, ‘The Rosie Show,’ on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) at 7 p.m. ET today. Her show is taped at the iconic Harpo Studios in Chicago, which was the home of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ for 25 years. ‘I feel like was knighted by the queen…I will serve,’ O’Donnell said. Her first guest will be actor Russell Brand, whom, O’Donnell jokes, has now replaced the man she used to idolize, Tom Cruise.” ABC NEWS

Tony-nominee Cheyenne Jackson pays tribute to Emmy-winner “Mad Men” on stage: “Broadway favorite Cheyenne Jackson, whose television credits include ‘30 Rock‘ and ‘Glee,’ will play Carnegie Hall Nov. 18 in an evening titled ‘Cheyenne Jackson’s Cocktail Hour: Music of the “Mad Men” Era.’ Presented by The New York Pops, the concert will begin at 8 PM. Music director Steven Reineke conducts. ‘Cocktail Hour,’ according to press notes, will ‘take audiences back to the “Mad Men” era, when Bossa Nova was new and dance music was smooth and hip.’ Jackson will perform such tunes as ‘Feeling Good,’ ‘Luck Be a Lady’ and ‘Sway’ in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage.” PLAYBILL

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