News Nuggets: George Clooney ‘can do no wrong’ with Oscar voters

The new trailer for “The Monuments Men” is more serious and “heavy on the stirring drama,” putting it on the radar for awards consideration even though it is completely skipping the festival circuit. Writer Guy Lodge says director, producer, writer, and star George Clooney “can do no wrong with Oscar voters at the moment.” Hit Fix.

Thelma Adams discusses “grumpy old men” Robert Redford (“All is Lost“) and Bruce Dern (“Nebraska“) both contending in the “extremely vigorous” Best Actor Oscar race this year. Both men are 77 years old and on hand for their premieres this week at the New York Film Festival. Yahoo.

The “Glee” tribute episode Thursday to the death of major character Finn (and the late Cory Monteith) scored the best ratings for the Fox series since early last season. Variety.

Are Oscar winners Ben Affleck and Matt Damon trying to add Emmy Awards to their mantles? After an intense bidding war, CBS has won the rights to the comedy series “More Time With Family,” which will be produced by the pair and will star comedian Tom Papa. Deadline.

The eight final Oscar contenders for Best Documentary Short have been announced. A complete guide, descriptions, and some trailers are available at Thompson on Hollywood/Indiewire.

Michael Ausiello interviews “Grey’s Anatomy” star Sandra Oh to coincide with this week’s 200th episode of the show. She does not want her character of Dr. Cristina Yang to die when she leaves the ABC drama series later this season. TV Line.

Madonna, John Mellencamp, and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are on the short list for possible induction into the 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame. Others include Ray Davies, Donovan, Vince Gill, Cyndi Lauper, and Cat Stevens. Voting ends on December 16. CBS News.

U2 bassist Adam Clayton says the band is actively working on its first album since 2009 and hopes to have it ready for release early next year. He said it would include 12 new songs that are “absolutely right and finished by the end of November. And then we can enjoy Christmas.” USA Today.

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