News Nuggets: Oscarologist Edward Douglas fighting leukemia

Our thoughts are with Oscarologist Edward Douglas, who is fighting leukemia. A Give Forward campaign is raising funds for his treatment: “Douglas, a fixture at Hollywood press junkets and most recently on assignment at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, was diagnosed last week with acute leukemia. Today, he has been expressing his heartfelt thanks on Twitter for a giveforward.com campaign started on his behalf. In a very short amount of time, more than $25,000 has been pledged to pay for his cancer treatments.” Fishbowl LA

Recent Oscar rivals Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee will be on the Cannes Film Festival jury, along with actors Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Auteuil, and Vidya Balan; and directors Cristian Mungiu — a Palme d’Or winner for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” — Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin“), and Naomi Kawase.

Eric Kohn thinks the Directors Fortnight at Cannes will be better than the main competition, thanks to a slate that includes new films by standout filmmakers Clio Barnard and Ari FolmanIndiewire

Pierce Brosnan explains that he wasn’t asked to appear at the Oscars’ tribute to James Bond. Showbiz 411

Nantucket Film Festival will open with documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom.” Writer-director David O. Russell will receive the 2013 Screenwriters Tribute.

Jeremy Jordan among Broadway stars doing a musical spoof of “Downton Abbey“: “Alongside finely crafted lyrics like ‘Edith, let me cleanse this palate / For you, I’ll be more than just a valet!’ the video pokes fun of the series’ tics and tropes as well as former cast member Dan Stevens‘ departure (of his not participating in the project, ‘Fellowes’ sniffs ‘I suppose he broke his feet jumping off the bandwagon!’).” Indiewire

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