News Nuggets: Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Dakota Fanning plays a cancer sufferer with a British accent in “Now is Good”: “Young adulthood has seemed to suit Dakota Fanning well, as the now 18-year-old has embraced her transition out of childhood with a number of ballsy, mature moves. The latest in her career progression? Tackling the two-fold challenge of playing a dying cancer patient and sporting an English accent, as seen in the trailer for ‘Now is Good.’ Try to ignore the Mia Wasikowska vibe emanating from Fanning (and the spectre of Mandy Moore, who did this already in the Nicholas Sparks pic ‘A Walk to Remember,’ if you remember) after the jump.” MOVIELINE

Married Emmy-winners William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman receive a double star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that the famous pair will join a distinguished few who get to take part in a double ceremony. Macy and Huffman, who have been married since 1997 and have two children, will become the second married couple to be honored with their stars on the same day. (The last time was in 2008 for film producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Richard Donner.)” EW.COM

Audra McDonald andWill Swenson will be honored by PFLAG with 2012 Straight for Equality in Entertainment Awards: “‘We couldn’t be more excited to honor Audra and Will,’ said PFLAG executive director Jody Huckaby in a statement. ‘Their work together, and separately, speaks volumes about what it means to be a straight ally and goes right to the heart of the mission of Straight for Equality. That they are also a loving, straight couple, raising children in the spirit of equality for all, goes a long way in supporting PFLAG’s 40-year mission of support, education, and advocacy by and for parents, families, friends, and allies of GLBT people.'” PLAYBILL

Tribeca Film Festival lineup includes James Franco‘s experimental “General Hospital” thriller: “James Franco stunned the film world when he committed to a regular gig on ‘General Hospital,’ but the Oscar-nominated actor had a clever trick up his sleeve. While shooting a key ‘GH’ episode, Franco brought along a film crew. TFF award winner Ian Olds (Fixer, 2009) then repurposed Franco’s behind-the-scenes footage into an experimental psychological thriller set amid the spectacle of a celebrity’s escalating paranoia, creating a mind-bending exploration of identity.” MOVIELINE

Fiona Apple‘s new album gets a 23-word title: “… her long-delayed fourth album will be titled ‘The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.’ This incredibly long title would be very weird for pretty much any other artist on the face of the earth, but readers should remember that the singer’s second album, generally known as ‘When the Pawn…,’ was in fact an eight-line poem.” ROLLING STONE

Parks and Recreation” filmed two season finales: “It is not a case of the producers prepping both a season and a series finale as NBC is yet to make a renewal decision on the comedy starring Amy Poehler but a creative decision tied to this season’s story arc. A major focus of the ongoing season of ‘Parks and Recreation’ has been the city council campaign of Leslie Knope (Poehler) … co-creator/executive producer Michael Schur revealed that the production team shot two versions of the season finale: In one, Leslie wins the election.  In the other, she loses.” DEADLINE

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