News Nuggets: LL Cool J will host the Grammy Awards

Matthew Weiner teases the upcoming fifth season of “Mad Men“: “Weiner wouldn’t elaborate on what’s next for [Jon] Hamm’s Don Draper, but he did comment on the backlash to Don Draper’s season-four proposal to his comely young secretary, Megan: ‘The immediate reaction was a big shock to the audience and then everyone was like, “Oh, right.” Megan was saying to him, “I don’t care who you are, you can be anyone you want to be.” She’s 25 years old and he gets to go back to being married to a person who sees him as he wants to be.'” VULTURE

Ricky Gervais blogs about the Golden Globes: “I had a blast actually. It was by far my favourite of the three hosting stints. I’ve told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though. It’s like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realise you didn’t die and it was quite an amazing thing to do. The crowd were great this year too. I think they finally worked out that my gags only seemed rude and nasty but were actually not too scary at all. Or they were just drunker. Either way, it was fun but I’m glad to say I’m off to New York to chill out a bit. Ahhhhhh. And relax.” RICKYGERVAIS.COM

Taylor Swift talks about her new album: “Should Jake Gyllenhaal be worried? Taylor Swift graces the cover of Vogue‘s February issue and tells the magazine her next album will be about an ‘absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak’ she experienced. The 22-year-old singer doesn’t name names, but she did date Gyllenhaal for a few months in 2010, and he broke up with her. Swift says it helps her to ‘feel better’ and gain ‘clarity’ by writing songs about her relationships.” EW.COM

British film producer slams the Oscars: “Tim Bevan, the man who founded the company behind hits such as ‘Atonement,’ ‘Elizabeth’ and ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ said the famous movie awards had been distorted by hype and aggressive campaigns to woo the Academy voters. The Oscars had become so cynical, Bevan asserted, that their British equivalent, the BAFTAs, were now a better guide to the best films of the year. ‘There’s so much blah and baloney over there,’ he said. ‘BAFTA takes it very seriously. There’s not the same level of hype and hoopla and tea parties (to promote the films to voters).'” HERALD SUN

Gtammy Awards will have a host for the first time in seven years: “And it is: LL Cool J. He’ll do the honors for the show that will air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 12 (8 p.m. ET/tape-delayed PT). LL has hosted the Grammy Nominations concert since 2008, but this is his first time hosting the Grammy Awards. Past hosts include Queen Latifah and Jon Stewart. Over the years, other Grammy hosts have included Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O’Donnell, among others.” USA TODAY

Dave Karger makes his final Oscar predictions: “We’re now only a week away from the Oscar nominations, and this morning’s BAFTA nominees announcement certainly spiced things up a bit. So it’s time for me to put my money where my mouth has been for the last few months and settle on my final predictions in the eight major categories.” EW.COM

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