News Nuggets: Christian Bale bails out of Steve Jobs biopic

The rumor mill saga continues about the Steve Jobs biopic with new reports that Christian Bale bailing out. Bale had been recently confirmed to play the Apple founder and was praised by the film’s screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. Sources now say that the Oscar-winning actor “came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and decided to withdraw.” The Sony project is being directed by Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and produced by Scott Rudin, Guymon Casady, and Mark Gordon. The ongoing drama around the movie earlier had David Fincher and Leonardo DiCaprio both attached and then deals falling apart. Other news has the possibility of Seth Rogen playing Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Hollywood Reporter

There are few artists as popular historically as The Beatles, but rapper Jay-Z is very close. According to new research using Billboard chart history, the most productive, best-selling musicians are The Beatles with 14 top albums. Jay-Z is in second place with 12 albums (not even counting “Watch the Throne” with Kanye West). Next in line are Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Kenny Chesney, Madonna, and U2. Huffington Post

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This Wednesday’s CMA Awards continue to add more performers and presenters. Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles, the Doobie Brothers, and all five Best New Artist nominees will take the stage. Others already on the roster include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Keith Urban. ABC will televise the event with returning hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. CMT

Four restorations of film classics will be showcased at the TCM Classic Film Festival next March. A new print of Stanley Kubrick‘s “Spartacus” starring Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis will celebrate its 55th anniversary. The others are “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (Charles Laughton), “Steamboat Bill Jr. (Buster Keaton), and “Apollo 13” (Tom Hanks). Thompson on Hollywood

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Former Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly is close to taking over TNT and TBS. He will oversee all content development, business affairs and production, marketing, brand, and creative services, digital platforms, and program scheduling. The responsiblities will actually be the result of combining two positions previously held by Michael Wright and Steve Koonin. He will remain based in Los Angeles and report to Turner Broadcasting president David Levy. The Wrap

The 88th edition of the Macy’s Thankgiving Parade will feature a large assortment of performers and float wavers. This year’s celebrities include Cirque du Soleil, Hilary Duff, Renee Fleming, Lucy Hale, Nick Jonas, KISS, Sandra Lee, Idina Menzel, MKTO, the Muppets and cast of “Sesame Street,” Meghan Trainor, and Quvenzhane Wallis. “Today” hosts Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Savannah Guthrie will emcee the event on NBC. TV by the Numbers

Former “Car Talk” co-host Tom Magliozzi dies at age 77. The NPR radio program was one of the most popular for the network and began decades ago in Boston “when many people actually fixed their own cars.” He and his brother Ray also appeared in the Pixar movie “Cars” and on their own PBS animated series “Click and Clack’s As the Wrench Turns.” USA Today

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