News Nuggets: Hollywood Foreign Press spends on charity, legal fees

Margaret Cho discusses her Emmy-nominated role on “30 Rock“: “… who would ask a 43-year-old woman to portray North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il? ’30 Rock’ star and executive producer Tina Fey would (and did!) and Cho jumped at the chance. ‘It seemed like a good fit. I was absolutely flattered. People don’t expect it to be me because I’m so disguised. But the way I’m disguised is just that I’m not wearing any makeup. That’s actually enough to transform me into him,’ Cho, whose parents both emigrated from South Korea, explains of the comic-infused version of the notorious leader she’s played on the NBC sitcom for the last two seasons. ‘The most alarming thing is that I just look like that. There are a couple of different fat suits I wear, and I guess it’s in the performance, so that’s good. I’m proud that I get to play a man and be nominated as an actress. I feel like Cate Blanchett.'” OMG!

Hollywood Foreign Press Association hosts a press lunch: “Dustin Hoffman took the podium at Thursday’s Hollywood Foreign Press luncheon and shocked the crowd. ‘I’m here to get a nomination,’ he quipped, drawing a gasp and a laugh, as he quickly added he was just joking. And while the stated purpose of the lunch was to award grants and scholarships worth about $1.2 million, that clearly wasn’t the only draw for Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lawrence, Don Johnson and Ryan Kavanaugh, among the other stars, filmmakers, studio heads, publicists and non-profit executives who packed a Beverly Hills Hotel ballroom Thursday.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The HFPA’s legal fees excees their charitable contributions: “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association made a big announcement yesterday: they gave $1.2 million away this year to film-related charities. What they didn’t say: they also spent at least three times as much — $3.7 million — on legal fees. The HFPA has been in a barrage of lawsuits in the last three years, from their former publicist Michael to their ongoing court dispute with Dick Clark Productions. Their beef with DCP is a claim that the producer of the Golden Globes TV doesn’t have the right to negotiate directly with NBC. The HFPA lost part of the case and filed an appeal, pushing the lawsuit into 2014- and adding millions more in legal fees. But think of this: HFPA is likely spending NBC’s money to defend itself in the lawsuit against Dick Clark, in order to get away from … NBC.” SHOWBIZ 411

How TV shows attract top theater talent for guest roles: “According to ‘The Good Wife‘ exec producers Robert King and Michelle King, several factors go into landing top-notch actors that garner kudos attention: A good casting director, characters that are integral to the story and a welcoming environment. Location might play into it, too, considering ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘30 Rock,’ and ‘SNL’ are all produced in New York. ‘Brooke Kennedy, our executive producer in New York, and the production team have made really great efforts to accommodate people with difficult theater schedules,’ Michelle King says. ‘When actors are so tremendous, sometimes one has to work a little harder to make sure they can be on the show, and production has been fantastic about that.'” VARIETY

Luther” creator considers a spinoff for Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson): “Though Ruth Wilson had to be written out of Emmy-nominated BBC America miniseries ‘Luther,’ show creator and exec producer Neil Cross has big plans for her Alice character. Cross said he has spoken to the BBC about creating a miniseries that would center on Alice, the beguiling serial killer with whom Idris Elba’s Luther tangoed in the first set of ‘Luther’ episodes. ‘The BBC is very interested in the project,’ Cross told Variety today. ‘The only real question would be how many and how often we would do it — whether it would be a one-off miniseries or a returning miniseries, a co-production or not.’ The Alice project would come in addition to a proposed ‘Luther’ movie that would follow the miniseries third and final set of episodes, which will air on BBC America (which co-produces with the BBC) at a time to be determined.” VARIETY

MTV VMA nominees Fun. hope for another kiss from Fiona Apple: “As it turns out, they were well-represented at the 1997 VMAs, in the form of (then) 14-year-old guitarist Jack Antonoff, who scored tickets through a family friend and got to sit near Rebecca Lobo and the Spice Girls. But, as it turns out, that wasn’t his only memory from the show, as he told MTV News backstage at Lollapalooza. ‘I was in that age where it was very cool to ask everyone for pictures. Blackstreet, Meredith Brooks — this was the year we’re talking here,’ he said. ‘I go up to Fiona Apple, and this is like 10 minutes before she gives her iconic [Best New Artist acceptance] speech … I ask her for a picture, and right as the camera snaps, she gives me this wet, like almost a little bit of tongue and full-lip kiss on the cheek. I swear to God. That picture exists — I’ll send it to you.'” MTV

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