News Nuggets: Will Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ theme win her an Oscar?

Rise of the Guardians” to be honored at the Rome Film Festival. From the press release: “The Rome Film Festival (Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma, November 9 – 17, Auditorium Parco della Musica) and Vanity Fair will award the new ‘Vanity Fair International Award for Cinematic Excellence’ this year to ‘Rise of the Guardians,’ the latest 3D film by DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. … This new acknowledgment by the Festival is dedicated to a film that best expresses the innovative, artistic and strategic contribution made by production and distribution companies that have distinguished themselves in the world of contemporary cinema.”

Will Adele‘s theme from “Skyfall” be an Oscar-winner? “‘Skyfall,’ the song that Adele co-wrote and recorded for the new James Bond movie of the same name, has a good chance of becoming the first Bond theme song to win an Oscar. The song will be released on Oct. 5 (cleverly, at 0:07 a.m., London time.) The movie will be released in the U.S. on Nov. 9 (after premiering in London on Oct. 23.) The Oscars are set for Feb. 24 … Three previous Bond themes have received Oscar nominations for Best Song: ‘Live And Let Die,’ which Paul and Linda McCartney wrote for the 1973 movie of the same name; ‘Nobody Does It Better,’ which Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager wrote for the 1977 movie ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’; and ‘For Your Eyes Only,’ which Bill Conti and Michael (‘Mick’) Leeson wrote for the 1981 movie of the same name.” YAHOO! MUSIC CANADA

Foo Fighters take an indefinite hiatus: “After 18 years, seven albums and 10 Grammys, Foo Fighters are taking a break. Guitarist and lead singer Dave Grohl wrote a letter to fans confirming speculation that sprung up after he told a Central Park audience Saturday at the Global Citizens Festival that he wasn’t sure when the group would be playing again. ‘Without making a big deal out of it, we don’t have any shows after this. This is it, man,’ he said, before the group launched into ‘Learn to Fly.’ ‘Honestly, I don’t know when we’re gonna do it again.'” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Japan and Canada among International Emmy winners for news: “Television networks in Japan and Canada have won International Emmys in the news and current affairs categories for coverage related to devastating earthquakes. Japan’s NHK is the winner of the International Emmy in the news category for its ‘Great East Japan Earthquake Emergency News’ covering the largest quake in the country’s history in March 2011 which generated a devastating tsunami … The 2012 Emmy for current affairs has gone to Canada’s CBC Television for ‘Haiti’s Orphans: One Year After the Earthquake,’ which follows the story of three orphaned children and the adults in Canada and Haiti who help them. The awards were presented in conjunction with the U.S. News Emmys at a Monday night ceremony in New York.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

Stars to pay tribute to Mark Twain Prize winner Ellen DeGeneres: “Ellen is a pro at making people laugh, but soon the tables will be turned. A lineup of top entertainers including Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Harvey, Sean Hayes, Jimmy Kimmel, John Krasinski, Jason Mraz and Lily Tomlin will salute DeGeneres at the 15th Annual Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 22. The evening will pay tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the comedian and talk-show host, and will air as ‘Ellen DeGeneres: The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize’ on Oct. 30 on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).” USA TODAY

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