Nuggets: Oscar hopes for ‘Contagion’; Radiohead on ‘Colbert’

Mark Harris thinks “Contagion” has a better chance at Oscars than you might think: “More than any other studio, Warner Bros., which released ‘Contagion,’ has an interesting track record of coming in under the awards radar with films that are touted in advance as well-executed popular entertainments rather than as Oscar bait. I’m thinking of ‘Unforgiven,’ ‘The Fugitive,’ ‘Inception,’ ‘Training Day,’ ‘The Departed,’ ‘Michael Clayton’ — all movies that eventually made their way into the race by exceeding expectations while other, more ostensibly prestigious and/or Oscar-friendly candidates fell away.” GRANTLAND

Ratings for the Emmy telecast hold steady: “Fox just released the time-adjusted fast nationals for last night’s Emmy Awards. The ceremony drew a 4.2 rating in adults 18-49, up a tenth from last year’s telecast on NBC. In adults 18-34, the show posted a 3.7 rating, the highest in four years, since the last time the Emmys aired on Fox.” DEADLINE

Radiohead will perform during a special one-hour edition of “The Colbert Report“: “In a statement, Stephen Colbert said that he is looking forward to ‘meeting the Radioheads and leveraging their anti-corporate indie cred to raise brand awareness for my sponsors.’ As previously announced, Radiohead will appear on the season premiere of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ two days before they visit Colbert. Radiohead has also confirmed two shows at New York’s Roseland venue on September 28 and 29. Tickets will be available to purchase on Ticketmaster from 10 a.m. on September 26.” EW.COM

Simon Cowell hopes to the “The X Factor” into a stage musical: “Although plans are in the very early stages, producer-TV personality Simon Cowell hopes to develop a stage musical version of his competition series ‘The X Factor,’ according to British comedian Harry Hill has been approached to write the book, while music producer Steve Brown will come up with musical ideas. No timetable has been announced for the stage production.” PLAYBILL

Lebanese film “Where Do We Go Now?” is the surprise winner of the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival: “I can’t say I’m all that aware yet of Nadine Labaki’s ‘Where Do We Go Now?,’ which Guy recently called ‘a serious-minded comedy with musical elements that premiered to warm reviews in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, where it earned a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury.’ But the film has swooped in and nabbed the Toronto Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award when many were predicting ‘The Artist‘ would charm its way to the prize. Expect a domestic distributor to pounce any day now.” IN CONTENTION

Courtney Hazlett doesn’t think Comedy Central’s Charlie Sheen roast is worth watching: “Comedy Central airs its Charlie Sheen roast Monday night, and I for one, will not be watching. I’m not taking some sort of stand against the concept as a whole — sure these roasts can be unkind but they tend to be fun. And even at their most uncouth, there does tend to be some benefit to the jokes –- roasting of a celeb can double as a clinic for comedy writing … Instead, I’m just sending to the universe a message that I’ll be putting my time to some better use. The whole crazy-Charlie thing is just so tired, and so over.” THE SCOOP

Alec Baldwin insists he did not snub the Emmys because of a scrapped phone-hacking gag: “Prior to Sunday’s show, Baldwin, 53, taped a bit for the show’s opening number, but the Fox network, which aired the ceremony, nixed his portion when they found out he took a few shots at parent company News Corp and president Rupert Murdoch‘s phone hacking scandal … But Baldwin didn’t skip Sunday’s show simply because his joke was axed: The actor had previously RSVP’d to Tony Bennett‘s birthday bash in New York.” MSNBC

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