News Nuggets: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ surprises with Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston roles

In a new interview, actor Idris Elba reveals the suprising news that he and Tom Hiddleston will appear in the upcoming blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Elba will return as Heimdall and Hiddleston as the villain Loki from their featured roles in the “Thor” movies. Neither are featured in the new trailer and have not previously been announced as being involved. The film will once again team up many of the Marvel heroes played by Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo. The sequel will hit theaters on May 1, 2015. Entertainment Weekly

In a virtual tie for Halloween weekend, horror film “Ouija” and thriller “Nightcrawler” both earn $10.9 million at the box office. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the latter for its debut weekend. Brad Pitt‘s “Fury” holds steady in third place with $9.1 million. “Gone Girl” continues adding to its impressive haul with $8.8 million more in its fifth week. USA Today

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Iggy Azalea is the latest performer added to the 2014 American Music Awards ceremony. With six nods she is the most nominated artist of the year, including Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. The ABC ceremony on November 23 includes previously-announced 5 Seconds of Summer, Charli XCX, Mary J. Blige, Fergie, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith, and host Pitbull. The Wrap

The Daytime Emmy Awards are moving up a few weeks in 2015. The next ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 26, rather than May or June as in previous years. Pre-nominations will be announced on February 4. Final nominees will be revealed on March 26. New categories will be for guest performances in daytime dramas and performer for a new approaches drama. Soap Opera Digest

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Ian Fraser, the most-honored musician in Emmy Awards history, dies in Los Angeles at age 81. His career brought him 11 Emmy wins among 32 total nominations, many for the annual “Christmas in Washington” specials and working with Julie Andrews over the past 30 years. He served 10 terms as a governor for the Television Academy and was musical director for many years at their Hall of Fame ceremonies. He also earned an Oscar nomination in 1970 for the song score of “Scrooge.” Variety

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming, Jr. debate whether oversaturation will doom the superhero film genre. In recent weeks, both Warner Bros. and Marvel have announced a large number of movies slated through 2020. In the past, it only took a dud like “Doctor Dolittle” to put an end to the musicals and Elvis Presley to ruin the Western trend. Fleming asks, “Do we need so many pretend heroes who teach us to be subservient and helplessly fly the Bat Signal instead of addressing problems ourselves?” Deadline

Saturday Night Live” announces that Woody Harrelson will host the next live episode on November 15. His only other times to helm the show were in 1989 and 1992. He is there promoting the sequel “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” and his recent Emmy nod for “True Detective.” The musical guest will be Kendrick Lamar in his first time as a solo artist on the program. TV Line

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