News Nuggets: Sandra Bullock crowned Entertainer of the Year

Sandra Bullock is crowned Entertainer of the Year for 2013 by Entertainment Weekly. She is the first person in the 24-year history of the magazine to receive the honor twice (also in 2009). The title is for her starring roles in two hit films: the buddy comedy “The Heat” and Oscar contender “Gravity“. Others in the top tier are the cast of “Breaking Bad“, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, and more.

If the latest reports are true, the three-hour running time of “The Wolf of Wall Street” will make it the longest feature film in the career of Martin Scorsese. The next closest are “Casino” (2:58) and “The Aviator” (2:45). Opening on Christmas Day, the movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Indiewire.

The latest roundtable of awards contenders features six actresses: Amy Adams (“American Hustle“), Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave“), Julia Roberts (“August: Osage County“), Octavia Spencer (“Fruitvale Station“), Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks“), and Oprah Winfrey (“The Butler“). In the hour-long video discussion, topics include scariest on-set moments, dumb auditions, and bad career advice. Hollywood Reporter.

The “Doctor Who” 50th anniversary special “Day of the Doctor” is the highest rated telecast ever for BBC America. Airing on Saturday, it drew 3.6 million viewers for the network and also became the top topic on Twitter and Tumblr. The current Doctor Who, Matt Smith, will star in his final episode with a Christmas special before turning over the role to Peter Capaldi. TV by the Numbers.

Tim Molloy bemoans the fact that “Boardwalk Empire” has killed “its best character.” SPOILERS AHEAD. In the fourth season finale Sunday, masked marksman Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) was murdered by an unnamed gangster. Molloy says “his tragic life and kindness in the face of it” made him a beloved character on the HBO drama. The Wrap.

Another shocking TV death on Sunday was of “smart, funny and witty family dog” Brian Griffin on Fox’s “Family Guy.” Voiced by creator Seth MacFarlane, he was struck by a car with injuries too severe to save him in the episode “Life of Brian.” A fan petition on Change.org already has over 1,500 signatures to try and revive the character. E! Online.

The latest Superman film “Man of Steel” soars to the top of this week’s DVD and Blu-Ray sales. The animated feature “Turbo” debuts in second place. Previous chart-topper “Monsters University” falls to third, just ahead of “Grown Ups 2” and “White House Down.” L.A. Times.

In honor of Thanksgiving, how about a serving of the films that make you hungry? Clips and tributes include “Eat Pray Love,” “Julie and Julia,” “Marie Antoinette,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Ratatouille,” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Huffington Post.

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