News Nuggets: Why are actresses over 40 ‘hotter than ever’ in Hollywood?

Todd Cunningham offers up six reasons why actresses over 40 are now “hotter than ever” in Hollywood. The top explanation, of course, is box office: Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Vera Farmiga, Melissa McCarthy, and Oprah Winfrey have all had films earning big money this year. A photo gallery of 40 top ladies over 40 also includes Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson. The Wrap.

Another of those women is Jessica Lange, who admits in a new interview that she is “coming to the end of acting.” She is currently starring in “American Horror Story: Coven,” a series for which she has won an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award for the first season. She wants to do one more season, one or two more movies, and another Broadway show before retiring. Los Angeles Times.

Gregory Ellwood discusses the only two major Oscar contenders that are still virtual unknowns: “American Hustle” (David O. Russell) and “The Wolf of Wall Street” (Martin Scorsese). He says that “Hustle” will screen at the end of November before a limited release on December 13. Early word is that it “is quite funny…(and) features great performances all around.” On the other hand, “Wolf” is even more of a mystery, especially with the shuffling release date. HitFix.

With the release of “Blue is the Warmest Color” this weekend, Anne Thompson has her rankings of the best and worst NC-17 films from the past two decades. The top of the list includes “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover,” “Lust, Caution,” “Bad Education,” “Bad Lieutenant,” and “Shame.”  The bottom slot is taken by “Showgirls.” Thompson on Hollywood/Indiewire.

Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, and One Direction are the first performers announced for the 2013 American Music Awards. The live event will air on ABC November 24 from Los Angeles. Billboard.

Oscar winner Michael Arndt (“Little Miss Sunshine”) is leaving his job as screenwriter of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Due out in 2015, scripting chores will now be taken over by director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek”) and veteran George Lucas collaborator Lawrence Kasdan (“The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”). Cinema Blend.

The Daytime Emmy Awards will add two new categories in 2014. Best Entertainment News will honor programs covering pop culture and celebrities, like “Entertainment Tonight” and “Extra.” Best New Approaches Drama Series will include any scripted programs with less than 35 original episodes each year, like “Venice” and “Tainted Dreams.” Emmy Online.

Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson will reprise her role of Carrie Watts in a telefilm version of “The Trip to Bountiful.” The movie will shoot in Atlanta during November and air on Lifetime sometime in 2014. Vanessa Williams also returns as Carrie’s daughter-in-law, the same role she played on Broadway. The 1985 theatrical film of this Horton Foote play won Geraldine Page an Oscar as Best Actress. Playbill.

Will there be more “Arrested Development“? Executive producer and narrator Ron Howard says in an audio interview that “everybody wants to do more” but that “everybody is incredibly busy.” He adds that there is no timeframe yet, and that “no writing has been done.” The fourth season streamed on Netflix last May. Entertainment Weekly.

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