News Nuggets: Oscar attention goes to Jonah Hill’s head on ‘SNL’

Jonah Hill‘s Oscar nomination goes to his head on “Saturday Night Live“: “Hill strutted into his ‘SNL’ hosting duties with ego totally out of check, ordering Andy Samberg to fetch him a diet coke (there would be a tip in it for him), and pulling out his phone to dial his close friend and ‘Moneyball‘ costar Brad Pitt (it turns out Pitt had given Hill a fake number). All that and more was featured in a mini-documentary about Hill’s rehearsal week on ‘SNL,’ which he showed during his opening monologue.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

AshleyMadison.com makes bid for Oscar venue naming rights: “The notorious extramarital dating site has made an official bid for the naming rights to the Hollywood and Highland Center, home of the Oscars telecast since 2001. Owner CIM Group has been searching for a replacement sponsor since Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, and last week the website offered $5 million a year to rename it the AshleyMadison.com Theatre, noting that ‘Hollywood and infidelity make for a natural partnership.'” NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Jim Rash‘s Oscar pose stole the show: “It certainly was not my intention to steal the show. When you’re one of multiple nominees, you get a letter telling you to designate one speaker. Alexander (Payne) was ours. I did not set out to mock Angelina [Jolie] by any means. But I was watching her own that moment up there, rocking that look and sort of laughing as she posed. Then after your name is called, you’re overwhelmed by emotion you can’t articulate, and I wanted to silently show my pride. So I did that. And although everyone took it as me spoofing her, I was just trying to own that moment the way she had.” CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

Blake Shelton will host second annual NRA/ACM event: “Ready, aim, fire! NRA Country and the Academy of Country Music are revisiting a fruitful past partnership. The entities announced the Second Annual NRA Country/ACM Celebrity Shoot, which will be hosted by ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Blake Shelton. The event will take place on Saturday, March 31, as part of ‘The Week Vegas Goes Country,’ which is the seven days leading up to the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which air on April 1 on CBS.” TASTE OF COUNTRY

DirectorMike Nichols on selling “Death of a Salesman” on Broadway: “‘The producers want us to sell, sell, sell,’ Nichols tells NPR’s Robert Siegel. ‘That’s my little joke. That’s what we do by day; by night, we’re artists.’ The joke is that, these days, Nichols is selling ‘Death of a Salesman.’ He’s directing a Broadway revival of the Arthur Miller classic — with Philip Seymour Hoffman cast as the salesman himself — that’s set to open on March 15. According to Nichols, ‘Death of a Salesman’ is about a central relationship of American life — the one that exists between fathers and sons.” NPR

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