Matthew Jacobs speculates that this year’s crazy antics and overexposure killed any Grammy chances for best-selling artists Miley Cyrus and Kanye West. West has already earned three career nods for Album of the Year but not this time for “Yeezus.” His only bids announced last week were for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song (“New Slaves“). Cyrus received zero nominations despite two massive summer hits (“We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball“). He says that “Grammy voters appear to have set them a message about their behavior over the past year, and it isn’t the worship they’ve expected.” Huffington Post.
Steve Pond provides 10 Oscar lessons learned from the the first week of critics’ awards. The first is that 2013 is not a year for sweeps (with “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “Her,” and “12 Years a Slave” all doing well). He also says that the race for Best Actor is narrowing and that Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“) and Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club“) are “undeniable” as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. His final word of advice: nothing is really known until the guilds are announced. The Wrap.
American Cinematheque reveals their presenters for a tribute to producer Jerry Bruckheimer on December 12. The list includes Cuba Gooding Jr., Wayne Gretzky, Armie Hammer, Marg Helgenberger, Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, Luc Robitaille, Jon Turteltaub, Jon Voight, and Diane Warren. Pre-recorded tributes will be from Eric Bana, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Martin Lawrence, and Judge Reinhold. This is the 27th edition of the annual Cinematheque award. Thompson on Hollywood.
Oscar-nominated actress Eleanor Parker dies Monday near Palm Springs at age 91. In her career, she received three Academy Award bids as Best Actress for “Caged” (1950), “Detective Story” (1951), and “Interrupted Melody” (1955). Her most famous role was in “The Sound of Music” (1965) as the Baroness who loses out to Maria (Julie Andrews). Variety.
A new HBO biopic about the “scandalous” actress Mae West has an all-star team behind it. Emmy and Grammy winner Bette Midler will star, with Oscar-nominated director William Friedkin helming. Recent Tony winner Harvey Fierstein is writing the script, based on West’s autobiograpy “Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It.” Jerry Weintraub (“Behind the Candelabra“) is the executive producer. Deadline.
This year’s Tony winner for Best Revival of a Musical will next find a home on the big screen. “Pippin” will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron for The Weinstein Company. The duo earned the 2002 Oscar for producing Best Picture winner “Chicago” and received huge ratings last week for their live NBC production of “The Sound of Music.” The current theatrical version of “Pippin” also won Tonys for its lead actress (Patina Miller) and featured actress (Andrea Martin). Playbill.
The cast of “Murphy Brown” celebrates its 25th anniversary by reuniting on the daytime talk show “Katie” this Thursday. Five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud will share stories from the 1988-1998 CBS comedy series. Creator Diane English said she has tried to revive the program recently to talk about poltical issues of today. TV Guide.
New miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde” brings in almost 10 million viewers for its first installment Sunday night. That makes it the third most watched mini behind “The Bible” and “Hatfields and McCoys” in recent years. Airing on a combo of three cable networks, A&E, History, and Lifetime, it stars Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger in the title roles. Hollywood Reporter.