News Nuggets: The Academy honors Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones

Kaley Cuoco is set to host the People’s Choice Awards in January 2012: “‘We are thrilled to welcome Kaley as the new host of PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2012,’ said Executive Producer Mark Burnett. ‘She’s been making people laugh on top-rated comedy series for the last decade, first with “8 Simple Rules” and now with “The Big Bang Theory,” Thursday’s #1 show. I’m looking forward to working with her on a fun-filled, comedy-packed show in January.'” CBS

The Adventures of Tintin” performs well overseas: “Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ debuted in first place in France, the United Kingdom, and Belgium on Wednesday, grossing $4.7 million, $3.5 million, and $240,000, respectively, according to Sony Pictures. The film’s first day in France puts it on track for the biggest opening in that country besides ‘Avatar.’ The 3-D performance-capture movie is expected to perform much better overseas than in the United States, where Hergé’s comic strips aren’t nearly as well known. As a result, Paramount and Sony are releasing the film in more than 40 countries before it reaches America in hopes that stellar foreign results will boost awareness domestically.” EW.COM

The Academy launches its Governors Awards Film Festival with tributes to James Earl Jones and Oprah Winfrey: “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is … promoting the third annual Governors Awards on November 12 by launching their first-ever Governors Awards Film Series, set for November 9-11 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills … Bringing attention to the three Honorary Oscar winners this year, the Academy will devote one night to each of them in the run-up to the big event. Each evening will be highlighted by a screening of one of their most significant film accomplishments and remarks from colleagues.” DEADLINE

A date has been set for the next Independent Spirit Awards: “Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today that the 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards will return to its traditional Saturday afternoon on February 25 in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. The premiere broadcast of the Film Independent Spirit Awards will air later that evening at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on IFC. The 2012 Spirit Award nominees will be announced in a press conference on Tuesday, November 29 at The London West Hollywood Hotel.” FILM INDEPENDENT

The Tony Administration Committee meets for the first time this season: “… the Tony Awards Administration Committee will assemble for the first time during the 2011-2012 season the afternoon of Nov. 3, according to a Tony Awards spokesperson … This committee ‘determines eligibility for nominations in all awards categories, reviews the rules governing the awards, and appoints the Nominating Committee. It may, at its discretion, bestow non-competitive Tony Awards including Special Tony Awards, the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award; as well as Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.’ Committee members will be announced shortly.” PLAYBILL

The first ever ArcLight Cinemas Documentary Film Festival will run November 7-11: “The 10 entrants were chosen by fans who voted for trailers on Arclight’s YouTube page out of some 150 hopefuls that attracted more than 100,000 views and more than 30,000 votes … Winners will be chosen by four judges from the documentary and entertainment community: Rebecca Cammisa (‘Which Way Home’), Rhadi Taylor (Sundance Institute), Marjan Safina (International Documentary Association) and Gretchen McCourt (ArcLight’s EVP of cinema programming), who conceived the event.” DEADLINE

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