News Nuggets: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are on their way to ‘Osage County’

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts to star in film version of “August: Osage Country”: “Streep and Roberts will play mother and daughter in the film, taking on the roles of pill-popping matriarch Violet and complicated, headstrong daughter Barbara, respectively. ‘After seeing Meryl Streep’s mesmerizing portrayal as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” it has me even more excited and proud to co-star with her,’ Roberts said in a statement.” EW.COM

Nicki Minaj defends her controversial Grammys performance: “The 29-year-old said her five-minute live rendition of her songs ‘Roman’s Revenge’ and ‘Roman Holiday,’ which included dancing priests, an exorcism and levitation, was just a part of a movie she’s writing. ‘You know how people write plays and movies? That’s what I did. I wrote that and I gave the world a tiny little preview of what was to come. And so I have to perform it on the set in which it would be in the movie, right?’ she said.” BILLBOARD

The Civil Wars experience a major sales boost following their Grammy wins: “The act had only 60 seconds of air time on the Grammys, but its debut ‘Barton Hollow‘ on Monday morning was the No. 5 best-selling album on iTunes and No. 15 on Amazon. ‘The Grammy Awards show’s broad, mainstream audience is a perfect next step for the Civil Wars’ gradual incline of awareness and appeal,’ said manager Nate Yetton. ‘As an early indicator, the band’s website went from an average of 2,000 to 3,000 hits per day, to over 20,000 hits immediately following their Grammy performance.'” SCTIMES.COM

Oprah Winfrey joins Jimmy Kimmel‘s post-Oscars show: “Winfrey is making a rare late-night appearance at a time when her year-old cable channel, OWN, is trying to attract viewers after a rocky start. She’s been more visible on the channel as well, with a new weekly series, ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter.’ Billy Crystal, who is hosting the Oscar ceremony, will help kick off ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards.’ Nominees Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Martin Scorsese will be among the stars on hand.” WASHINGTON POST

The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: “The family he spawned has long since had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But on Tuesday (Feb. 14), ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening earned his spot on the fabled sidewalk of immortality. Groening, who launched ‘The Simpsons’ in 1987 as a series of animated shorts on ‘The Tracey Ullman Show,’ now readies for the series to air its 500th episode on Sunday (Feb. 19). The program has since earned 27 prime time Emmys and made billions for FOX.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE

The Producers Guild sets the date for its 2013 awards: “The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards, honoring excellence in motion picture and television production, will take place on Saturday, January 19th, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year, the PGA awarded ‘The Artist‘ with its Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures and also paid tribute to several special individual honorees including Leslie Moonves (Milestone Award), Steven Spielberg (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Don Mischer (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Stan Lee (Vanguard Award), and the producers of ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey‘ (The Stanley Kramer Award).”

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