News Nuggets: Kennedy Center honors Tom Hanks, Al Green, Sting, Lily Tomlin, Patricia McBride

The 2014 Kennedy Center Honors includes an all-star showcase saluting five entertainers in Washington Sunday night. First up was soul singer Al Green, who was feted by Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Mavis Staples, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Ballerina Patricia McBride was honored by Christine Baranski and a host of dancers. Actor Tom Hanks was next honored by David Letterman, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Short. Comedian Lily Tomlin was saluted by Jane Fonda, Jane Lynch, Kate McKinnon, and Reba McEntire. The final honoree was rocker Sting, who was feted by Meryl Streep, Lady Gaga, Esperanza Spalding, Bruce Springsteen, and Bruno Mars. The ceremony will air December 30 on CBS. USA Today

The weekend box office posts terrible results thanks to a combo of football and shopping. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” holds onto to the top spot for a third straight week with $21.6 million. The animated “Penguins of Madagascar” is in second with $11.1 million. The sequel “Horrible Bosses 2” places third with $8.6 million. No big new films were in the mix for the weekend. The Wrap

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The verdicts are in for the new Broadway play “The Elephant Man” starring Bradley Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. A new round-up of reviews refer to it as “breathtakingly beautiful,” “riveting,”  and “bringing to a place of wrenching empathy.” The revival is about a 19th-century British man whose severe disfigurement placed him on the freak show circuit. It is on 13-week engagement through February 15. Playbill

Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter and star Charlie Hunnam will take part in “Anarchy Afterword,” a special program following the series finale on December 9. The FX wrap-up show will also include other cast members past and present “to close this ride with some dignity and gratitude.” Entertainment Weekly

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Beyond the bigger names among the Grammy nominees, there were several “hidden gems” that also deserved recognition. A special rundown highlights the nods by Brandy Clark, Mali Music, Lee Ann Womack, “Reimagining Laura Nyro,” Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Bernhoft, Mindi Abair, the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, and more. USA Today

The Directors Guild of America will present its first ever lifetime achievement awards for television. The first two recipients are James Burrows (“Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Will and Grace”) and Robert Butler (“Star Trek,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting”). The two men will be honored at the DGA Awards on February 7 in Los Angeles. DGA

Actor and writer Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld”) is lining up his cast for an original play he has penned for Broadway. Rita Wilson is the latest addition to “Fish in the Dark,” which will open in New York on March 5. Other cast members include Ben Shenkman, Rosie Perez, Jayne Houdyshell, Marylouise Burke, and Lewis J. Stadlen. Variety

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