News Nuggets: Democratic National Convention competes with VMAs for musical acts

Reasons why Giancarlo Esposito will win an Emmy for “Breaking Bad,” but also reasons why he might not: “To say that Giancarlo Esposito’s Emmy nomination was a surprise wouldn’t be 100 percent correct. After all, ‘Breaking Bad’ has become an Emmy favorite, and Esposito’s role of Gustavo Fring was an iconic role on the show for at least two seasons. But just because the role was iconic doesn’t always mean that it’s going to get recognized … Now, as we look at the list of nominees in the supporting actor in a drama category, there’s a good chance that Esposito might walk home with the prize. Why? Well, the first reason is a doozy …” ZAP2IT

Considering possible hosts for the next Oscars: “Jimmy Fallon says it’s an honor to be nominated … but, as he put it in an awkward exchange with Matt Lauer on Wednesday morning on the ‘Today‘ show, he’s ‘not going to do the Oscars.’ And since newly elected film academy president Hawk Koch has repeatedly said that finding a new Oscar host and producer rates as his top priority, we thought we’d offer a few suggestions so he can cross that item off his to-do list and move on to other things. (We’d fix the screwy rules governing the documentary category first, but do what you have to do, Hawk. Just make sure you get to that one.)” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Matthew Weiner and Christina Hendricks analyze five scenes from their Emmy-nominated episode “The Other Woman”: “In ‘Mad Men’s’ controversial fifth season episode ‘The Other Woman,’ Christina Hendricks’ Joan Harris is offered an indecent proposal: sleep with the head of the Jaguar dealership association and receive a partnership in Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Over the course of the episode, Hendricks’ Joan battles with the decision, ultimately choosing to sell her body for a seat at the table next to the men. In Part 2 of a two-part deconstruction of ‘The Other Woman,’ series creator Matthew Weiner and Emmy nominee Christina Hendricks dissect five sequences from the Emmy Award-nominated installment. What follows is an edited transcript from that conversation.” THE DAILY BEAST

Betty White discusses her latest Emmy nomination: “At the age of 90, Betty White picked up her 20th Emmy nomination for hosting ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.’ Yep, 20 for her primetime and daytime work and she’s still grateful — and surprised — by the love. ‘I’m 90 years old, I’ve been around forever,’ White said during a recent phone interview with The Huffington Post. ‘People have got to be up to here with me and to still get a nomination was just incredible.’ Her 20th nomination was for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program for NBC’s hidden camera prank show, ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.’ The Emmy love didn’t stop there: Her NBC birthday special, ‘Betty White’s 90th Birthday: A Tribute To America’s Golden Girl,’ also received two nominations.” HUFFINGTON POST

Oscar-nominee Bob Hoskins retires following Parkinson’s diagnosis: “The 69-year-old star of ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ has enjoyed a career spanning four decades. In a statement on Wednesday, his agent said he was withdrawing from acting after a ‘wonderful career’ and would be spending time with his family. Hoskins achieved a Golden Globe nomination for his role as a private detective opposite the animated bunny. ‘He wishes to thank all the great and brilliant people he has worked with over the years, and all of his fans who have supported him during a wonderful career,’ said the statement … Daiga Heisters, head of professional engagement and education at Parkinson’s UK, said: ‘We are sorry to learn that Bob Hoskins has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. He is joining 127,000 people in the UK currently living with the condition. Parkinson’s is a progressive condition that affects everybody differently, and can change on a daily, or even hourly, basis.'” BBC

MTV Video Music Awards competing with Barack Obama for musical acts? “The theme song for September’s Democratic National Convention might be ‘The Sound of Silence.’ With less than a month until the Sept. 3-6 event in Charlotte, N.C., sources say party planners are having a hard time booking musical entertainment for the various events. The problems began when MTV moved its annual Video Music Awards to Sept. 6, the Thursday when President Obama will deliver his acceptance speech at the convention. That means many A-list acts, which normally would have been tapped to perform at parties during convention week, will be tied up in Los Angeles.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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