News Nuggets: Why is Justin Timberlake’s song banned by Oscars?

Even though nominated by the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, the song “Please Mr. Kennedy” from “Inside Llewyn Davis” is not allowed at the Oscars. Due to strict AMPAS rules, the use of refrains from other songs makes it ineligible as an original song. It is written by superstar Justin Timberlake, past Oscar champ T Bone Burnett, directors Joel and Ethan Coen, George Cromarty, and Ed Rush. Burnett says, “There are strict rules but that’s good. There should be strict rules. You don’t have to win an award for everything you do.” HitFix.

Glenn Whipp reports that the weekend academy screening for “American Hustle” brought a “rousing response” and it “confirms the notion that it has emerged as the clear alternative” to “12 Years a Slave.” Director David O. Russell and actress Amy Adams received great applause at the Q&A, but “the loudest ovation of the night” was for supporting actress Jennifer Lawrence. L.A. Times.

The annual Black List, the best unproduced screenplays of the year, is unveiled with 72 scripts for 2013. Among this year’s batch are 11 biopics, five scripts about Hollywood, and eight screenplays with politically-charged content. Recent Best Picture Oscar winners “Argo,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Slumdog Millionaire” were all discovered on The Black List, as were contenders “The Descendants,” “Django Unchained,” “Juno,” and “The Social Network.” All seven films prevailed in the screenplay categories. Thompson on Hollywood.

The new self-titled Beyonce release becomes the fastest selling album ever on iTunes. With 828,773 albums sold in the first three days, it also breaks the record for the largest sales week for an album. The previous record was 465,000 sold by Taylor Swift‘s “Red.” In an unusual move, it had no pre-release announcement that it was going to be available on December 13. All songs must be purchased as a full album, and none are available as singles. Hollywood Reporter.

NBC is looking to improve on a good fall showing in the spring with February’s winter Olympics as a launching pad. The past few months have seen “the overall tide at NBC rising” due to “Sunday Night Football,” “The Voice,” “The Blacklist,” “Chicago Fire,” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.” That mid-season high profile period will include Jimmy Fallon taking over “The Tonight Show” and Seth Meyers moving to “Late Night.” Seven new shows will also debut, including “Believe” (from Alfonso Cuaron and J.J. Abrams) and “Crisis” (starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney). Variety.

Owen Gleiberman presents an audio interview with the reclusive Woody Allen, mainly about his latest awards contender, “Blue Jasmine.” Along with two other critics, they have a casual conversation in Allen’s editing studio on Park Avenue in New York. Among other things, he reveals that the film was shot in San Francisco because “he was looking for a city that it would be nice to spend six weeks in.” Entertainment Weekly.

Tom Hanks is selected to receive the Chairman’s Awards at the Palm Springs Film Festival on January 4. His award is for his recent roles in Oscar contenders “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” Previous recipients have included Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, and Nicole Kidman. The Wrap.

The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor Randy Thom, Skywalker Sound’s director of sound design, with its MPSE Career Achievement Award. He is a two-time Oscar winner (“The Right Stuff,” “The Incredibles”) and a 14-time nominee. The Golden Reel Awards will be presented on February 16. Deadline.

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