News Nuggets: Miranda Lambert leads all nominees for 2014 CMA Awards

Miranda Lambert leads all nominees for the 48th annual CMA Awards with nine bids in seven categories. That matches her total received in 2010. She is up for Entertainer of the Year against last year’s champ George Strait, her husband Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban. Lambert faces off for Female Vocalist against Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood. Nominees for Male Vocalist are Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Bryan, Shelton, and Urban. The Nashville live event will air November 5 on ABC. USA Today

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Dave McNary reports that Quentin Tarantino is teaming up again with the Weinstein Company for his Western film “The Hateful Eight.” Shooting is slated to start in January with a fall release date. “The announcement is not a surprise, given that all of Tarantino’s films have been distributed by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, first through Miramax with ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and then through TWC. The post-Civil War actioner will be shot on 65mm film and have the widest 70mm film release in over 20 years with the initial release in 70mm, followed by releases in 35mm and DCP formats.” Variety

Emmy champ Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock: The Last Vow”) stars in the upcoming Oscar contender “The Imitation Game.” After that, he is set to return to TV for four more “Sherlock” telefilms. Could he then be suiting up as a superhero? As Chi Chi Iznudu reports: “His name has been linked with the role of Martian Manhunter in ‘The Justice League,’ but will he be making an “evil” appearance in the ‘Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice’ movie? We asked him on the red carpet of the GQ Men of the Year awards, but Benedict wouldn’t spill.” “That’s a fun one, I’ve not heard that one until tonight,” he said. BBC

Tim Kenneally has the details on the inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards, which Carlos de Abreu began with a low-key ceremony back in 1997. “The awards show will be broadcast for the first time on Friday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. ET (with a delay for PT), with the red-carpet pre-show kicking off at 7:30 p.m and a one-hour post-show hosted by by ‘CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell capping off the night at 10 p..m. Dick Clark Productions is producing the event.” The Wrap

Garth Brooks is on the comeback trail, and Melinda Newman reports he has a new sound: “One day before he kicks off his first U.S. tour in 13 years, he returns with ‘People Loving People,’ the first single from his forthcoming fall album. The mid-tempo track, written by Busbee, Lee Thomas Miller, and Chris Wallin, couldn’t be further from bro-country. It is a timely reminder that the only thing we need to cure our ills is to simply love each other.” HitFix

 The Television Academy Foundation hosts its 15th annual Emmys Golf Classic on September 8. Celebrity golfers will include Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), Mark Paul Gosselaar (“Saved by the Bell”), and Sam Page (“House of Cards”). Emmys

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Two HBO executives got promotions this week. In their new roles as SVP, Sara Bernstein and Jacqueline Glover oversee the development and production of documentary films and non-fiction programming for the network. The promotions were announced by Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films. During their tenure at HBO, the pair have worked on several acclaimed and award-winning documentaries. Bernstein’s credits include the Oscar-winning “Music by Prudence” while Glover’s include the Emmy-winning “Teddy: In His Own Words.” Deadline

With over 13 million views on YouTube, last week’s “Friends” mini-reunion on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is the third-most-watched clip of the year. Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow appeared on a replica of their New York apartment set. The NBC classic comedy debuted 20 years ago this month. TV by the Numbers

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