News Nuggets: Could Christopher Plummer break his own Oscar record as oldest winner?

Christopher Plummer could replace himself as the oldest person to win an Oscar: “You’d think so, by the thunderous palm-smacking that met the conclusion of ‘Barrymore‘ at a recent screening in New York … Plummer had a Broadway triumph with ‘Barrymore’ in 1997, winning a Tony Award as a tender boy of 68 — and long before, at 82, he snagged the Academy Award for ‘Beginners.’ (‘Where have you been all my life?’) In May, a motion picture version of ‘Barrymore’ will premiere in theaters in Plummer’s native Canada; U.S. audiences will see it in October.” NBC

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of “To Kill a Mockingbird”: “For the 50th Anniversary of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ the Motion Picture Academy, AFI and the White House have all rolled out special tributes … The slowness of the telling is some of what sets ‘Mockingbird’ apart from films that are made today.  The whole court scene, with a series of witnesses is almost an entire movie within a movie.  No director would dare to do such a thing now.  They would have cut away, or used to flashback or try to hold the viewer’s attention better.  But this film relies only on writing, directing and acting to play it out.” AWARDS DAILY

The Hugo Awards for science fiction nominate “Game of Thrones,” “Captain America: The First Avenger“: “The ‘Captain America’ nomination reminded me that another Captain America film was announced for April 4th, 2014 in case you plan two years in advance for your ticket purchases. Titling this one could be challenging. Imagine it: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger… Two’!  ‘Captain America: The Second Avenger’? I kid. Obviously they’ll just go with ‘Captain America 2’ … because the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t get all Batman/DC creative with their titles.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Fox renews “Glee,” “New Girl,” and “Raising Hope“: “This will mark a fourth season for ‘Glee,’ a second season of ‘New Girl’ and a third edition of ‘Raising Hope.’ ‘Over the past season, “New Girl” has become the hottest new appointment series for young adults; “Raising Hope” has established itself as one of the smartest and most unique offbeat comedies on television; and “Glee” has continued its success as a genre-defying, global cultural phenomenon,’ said Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly.” EW.COM

Pam Grier biopic in the works: “Now here’s a biopic I can get excited about: Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier is set to see her 2010 autobiography ‘Foxy, My Life in Three Acts,’ adapted for the screen with ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’/’Living Single’ TV vet Eunetta Boone to script. Grier’s story is full of sensational events — just imagine that one Richard Pryor story, reenacted — but also marks a turning point in the portrayal of strong, sexually-empowered women in Hollywood. That said, what young actresses out there can fill Grier’s foxy shoes?” MOVIELINE

Joseph Gordon-Levitt drops out of “Django Unchained“: “Quentin Tarantino’s next film just got a little less charming. A rep for Joseph Gordon-Levitt has confirmed to EW that the actor has dropped out of ‘Django Unchained,’ Tarantino’s upcoming slave-era drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx, due to a scheduling conflict with his feature directorial debut.” EW.COM

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