News Nuggets: Stage version of ‘The King’s Speech’ struggles in the UK

Johnny Depp jammed with Marilyn Manson at the Golden Gods Awards: “Johnny Depp’s life took a pretty different turn after he moved to L.A. with his band The Kids to try his hand at rock stardom. But he never quite lost the itch to jam, and last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards — a metal and hard-rock-centric tweak on the Grammys — he took the stage with an artist who shares his taste in both rock and the macabre: Marilyn Manson. Depp, dressed incognito in a black cowboy hat and boots, joined Manson on stage at the Club Nokia show for Manson’s cover of the Eurythmics‘ ‘Sweet Dreams’ and his own single ‘The Beautiful People.'” LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Artist” dog Uggie retires from films: “Among the revelations in Peggy Siegal’s just-published, annual Oscar Diary in the April issue of Avenue is that Uggie ‘tragically . . . developed an undisclosed neurological disorder . . . forcing him to retire at the height of his popularity.’ But it isn’t curtains for Uggie. According to a source close to the beloved Jack Russell terrier who stole the show at the Oscars: ‘[Uggie’s] not retiring, he’s just not doing any feature films since the hours are too long for a 10-year-old dog. What you described is just his shaking syndrome he’s had for a long time.'” NEW YORK POST

Stage version of “The King’s Speech” struggles in the UK: “‘The King’s Speech’ — the tale of King George VI coping with a speech impediment — earned Colin Firth a well-deserved Oscar, and movie-goers made it a global success. But the West End stage version is having a hard time being heard. The production, which officially opened at Wyndham’s Theatre just over a fortnight ago, has struggled to find its voice and has lost money two straight weeks in a row. Producers have gone into red-alert mode and deployed a range of new marketing techniques, but it may already be too late to save it, which is extraordinary for a production with a title that many would have seen as a licence to print money.” DAILY MAIL

The Motion Picture Academy promotes Randy Haberkamp: “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promoted Randy Haberkamp to the newly created position of managing director, programming, education and preservation. He will report to Academy COO Ric Robertson, who announced the promotion Wednesday … In his new position, Haberkamp will oversee the Academy Film Archive and the Margaret Herrick Library. He also will assume responsibility for more than 100 annual public programs in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London, and oversee $1 million in institutional and film festival grants, as well as the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Tim Roth will preside over Cannes’s Un Certain Regard Jury: “English actor and director Tim Roth will be the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury, part of the Festival de Cannes Official Selection, for which twenty films will be announced at the same time as those for the Competition during the press conference on April, 19th … Accompanied by a jury made up of artists, journalists and festival directors to be announced in the next few days, Tim Roth will award the Prix Un Certain Regard along with the other awards on Saturday May, 26th, the day before the Festival draws to a close.” DEADLINE

Woody Allen will premiere “To Rome with Love” at Los Angeles Film Festival: “Written and directed by Allen, the film stars Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, and Allen himself. It will kick off LAFF on June 14th, leading into a 10 day event of over 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries.” INDIEWIRE

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