News Nuggets: Is Harrison Ford really done as a leading man in Hollywood?

Mike Ryan interviews Harrison Ford, one of the top box office attractions in Hollywood history. In the extensive chat, the 71-year-old star admits that he is “out of the leading man business.” He co-stars in the upcoming sci-fi film “Ender’s Game” and might earn a second career Oscar nomination for his supporting role in “42“. The discussion includes comments about “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones,” and his previous Oscar nod for “Witness.” Huffington Post.

Sasha Stone wonders if the departure of “The Monuments Men” from this year’s Oscar race might lead to more support for another World War II film, “The Book Thief.” She calls the Brian Percival movie “another person-in-peril story of survival” with supporting performances by Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson that are “good enough” to contend. The score by John Williams plus cinematography, costumes, and art direction are also players. Awards Daily.

On the other hand, Pete Hammond sees no difference in the Oscar race at all with the departure of “The Monuments Men” as well as “Foxcatcher” (with Steve Carell) “Grace of Monaco” (with Nicole Kidman), and “The Immigrant” (with Marion Cotillard). He believes none of those films would have been big contenders anyway, and that especially the George Clooney flick was never intended for awards glory. Deadline.

Emmy voters and American viewers will enjoy a first in January: back-to-back airings of new episodes from “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock” on PBS. The former begins on January 5 with Emmy winner Maggie Smith and nominees Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, and Jim Carter. The latter returns on January 19 with Emmy nominees Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Entertainment Weekly.

Guy Lodge is getting “sick of hearing about” the feud between “Blue is the Warmest Color” director Abdellatif Kechiche and star Lea Seydoux. He calls the Palme d’Or winner one of his favorites of this year but says the war of words makes it harder to “disassociate the ugly backstory from the art itself.” HitFix/In Contention.

Anne Thompson also has her take on the same “Blue” controversy plus video interviews with Seydoux and leading lady Adele Exarchopoulos. Thompson on Hollywood/Indiewire.

After a “steamy” screen test with actress Dakota Johnson, Irish actor Jamie Dornan has landed the highly coveted lead role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The relatively unknown actor has been in the movie “Marie Antoinette” and the series “Once Upon a Time” and “The Fall.” He replaces Charlie Hunnam (“Sons of Anarchy“), who bailed out of the project last week. The Wrap.

After a decade away, NBC is bringing back the American Comedy Awards for a May, 2014 relaunch. The original kudos aired mostly on ABC starting in 1987 and concluded on Comedy Central in 2001. They were produced by George Schlatter (“Laugh-In”). The new version is helmed by veteran awards and live event producer Don Mischer. Variety.

The Producers Guild will honor Chuck Lorre with the Norman Lear life achievement award for television in January at their annual awards event. The producer and writer created “The Big Bang Theory,” “Dharma and Greg,” “Mike and Molly,” “Mom,” and “Two and a Half Men,” among others. Previous recipients have included J.J. Abrams, Tom Hanks, David E. Kelley, Lorne Michaels, and Dick Wolf. Hollywood Reporter.

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