News Nuggets: MTV Video Music Awards move aside for Barack Obama

MTV Video Music Awards shift to accommodate President Obama: “As SPIN editor Steve Kandell has put it, the network ‘doesn’t pretend that Video Music Awards themselves are worth much more than the pewter they’re molded from. The show has always been about the balance of unscripted — or unscripted-seeming — moments popping out of a carefully choreographed marketing extravaganza, little daisies springing out of a morass of mud.’ That perspective makes sense paired with the network’s decision yesterday to move the 2012 ceremony, which is slated for September 6 in Los Angeles, up an hour ‘to avoid conflict with the Democratic National Convention proceedings that evening.'” SPIN

Has the Cannes Film Festival wrongly snubbed female directors? “The Cannes Film Festival never has a shortage of women. Since its inception in the 1940s, the event has been famous for screen beauties in flowing dresses on the red carpet and at various beach parties. But in 2012, the main Palme d’Or competition lineup features a sum total of zero films from female directors. Three years after the Oscars finally saw fit to give a woman the ‘Best Director’ gong, it seems sad that Cannes didn’t feel a single female-directed feature was worthy of its 22-film main competition.” DIGITAL SPY

Nice Work If You Can Get It” will get an official cast recording: “The Gershwin score of ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It,’ the 2012 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical, will be preserved on a cast album on the Shout! Factory label, the producers announced on May 17. Sony will distribute the disc. The album will be recorded at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Long Island City, NY, May 20-21. The release date will be announced soon. Six-time Grammy Award nominee Robert Sher will produce the album.” PLAYBILL

Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood showcases her designs for “Snow White and the Huntsman“: “More gothic action-adventure than twee fairy tale, next month’s ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ subverts the age-old innocent-princess ideal thanks in part to costume designer Colleen Atwood’s vision for Kristen Stewart’s weaponized heroine. Although Atwood and director Rupert Sanders maintained the Brothers Grimm genetic code for the character—skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony—the pair opted against a restrictive gown, selecting a knee-length suede dress and boots more befitting of the script’s warrior princess.” VANITY FAIR

How will the upcoming onslaught of comedies affect the 2013 Emmy race? “The 2012 Emmy campaign is just getting underway, but there are new developments affecting the 2013 race — brought to you by this week’s broadcast network upfronts. In contrast to drama, comedy has been an area where ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox have held strong at the Emmys against their cable competitors. In 2011, all six comedy series nominees came from those four networks, as did three of the five writing noms, eight of the 12 lead acting noms and all 12 supporting acting noms. Well, the competition from broadcast networks is only going to get more intense going forward: The 2012-13 fall schedule adds eight new comedies compared with the previous year.” THE VOTE

Dos and Don’ts for “The Hunger Games” at the MTV Movie Awards: “Come June 3, ‘The Hunger Games’ will enter a brand-new arena: the 2012 MTV Movie Awards … Much like the titular death match, the Movie Awards can be a contentious battle, with franchise facing off against franchise, so preparation is key. In this week’s ‘Hobnobbing,’ we’re taking on the role of mentor (step aside, Haymitch!) and offering some advice to the tributes. Here are our dos and don’ts for the big night.” MTV

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