News Nuggets: Tony-nominee Nina Arianda shines in ‘Venus in Fur’

Adele and Frank Turner win at the inaugural Aim Independent Music Awards: “Adele, who is signed to XL Recordings, won best difficult second album for ‘21,’ and most-played independent artist. Turner, on ‘Xtra Mile,’ who won hardest-working artist and best live act, said the latter was a ‘hell of an accolade.’ The awards were created to ‘reflect the diversity and brilliance’ of the UK independents. Bjork and Domino founder Laurence Bell won special awards. Most of the categories were decided by a panel of experts and tastemakers, while the best live act and the golden welly award – for the best independent music festival – were voted for by the public.” BBC

A TCM retrospective will honor the collaborations of Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams: “‘TCM Presents: AFI’s Master Class – The Art of Collaboration’ will launch Tuesday, Nov. 15, with an in-depth, one-hour special focusing on the 40-year collaboration between filmmaker Steven Spielberg and composer John Williams … ‘It is understood that film is a collaborative art, but the enormously successful artists featured in these specials have taken collaboration to its highest level,’ said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TCM, TNT and TBS. ‘We are enormously proud to be working with the American Film Institute on this vital project, which will capture the vision and processes of artists whose collaborations have literally changed how movies are made.'” AWARDS DAILY

Razzie contender “Jack and Jill” outperforms Oscar hopeful “J. Edgar” at the weekend box office: “Sony’s Adam Sandler comedy, ‘Jack and Jill,’ meanwhile, grossed an estimated $26 million. While that’s on the high end of the studio’s expectations for the PG-rated movie, it does not compare well to the numbers most Adam Sandler films generate in opening weekend. Most of Sony’s Sandler comedies have opened to well over $30 million … The third movie in wide release this weekend, the Warner Bros. biopic ‘J. Edgar,’ is still searching for its audience. The R-rated movie with a stellar pedigree — it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer, was directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black — opened in fifth place, taking in only $11.6 million.” REUTERS

Pete Hammond attends an emotional Governors Awards: “So far I have been to all three Governors Awards  ceremonies and I would say this seemed the most emotional of them all with both [Oprah] Winfrey and [James Earl] Jones referencing their long journey from Mississippi to this Hollywood moment. One attendee told me afterwards, ‘I was really moved by this more than any other year.’ If only the speeches could be this good on the Oscar show itself. Then the Academy wouldn’t have to worry about who hosts or produces the show.” DEADLINE

Charles Isherwood reviews “Venus in Fur” on Broadway: “The flickering of those stage lights barely registers beside the incandescent Nina Arianda, the sensational young actress recreating the role that made her a name to watch when she first starred in the play Off Broadway. Portraying an actress giving the audition of a lifetime, Ms. Arianda is giving the first must-see performance of the Broadway season, a bravura turn that burns so brightly you can almost feel the heat on your face.” NEW YORK TIMES

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