News Nuggets: Why did the Oscars nix Andrew Garfield and Batkid from Sunday’s show?

What happened to presenter Andrew Garfield (“The Amazing Spider-Man”), who was scheduled to appear on Sunday’s Oscars? He was set to present with “Batkid” Miles Scott (the Make-a-Wish child from San Francisco), but the Academy now says “they had to cut the segment due to production issues.” Richard Johnson reported Wednesday that Garfield was very difficult during rehearsals and wanted to change his lines. He then had a tantrum and stormed off, causing the producers to cancel. On Thursday, Garfield’s publicist said, “In full collaboration with the Academy and the show writer, Andrew prepared a segment for the Oscars to honor Miles Scott as the true hero that he is. At some point overnight on Saturday/Sunday morning, it was decided by those running the show that the segment didn’t work in the ceremony.” E! Online.

According to Positive Q Scores, Stephen Colbert is now the top-ranked late night TV host in popularity. The survey polled adults about all 13 men and one woman recently working in the late slots. Following Colbert are John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Seth Meyers, Jay Leno, Andy Cohen, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Carson Daly, and Arsenio Hall. The Wrap.

Bryan Cranston has been on a real run of awards wins lately for “Breaking Bad” (Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards). Could a Tony Award be next? His new play “All the Way” about President Lyndon Johnson officially opened Thursday on Broadway to great reviews. Mark Kennedy calls his performance “completely irascible” and “one of the highlights of the Broadway season.” He adds, “Watching Cranston bully, threaten, feel sorry for himself, compromise, bellow and turn the knife is a hoot, no matter which side of the aisle you sit.” Associated Press.

One of the first 2014 films already on next year’s Oscar radar is “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” In a new video, director Wes Anderson discusses a pivotal scene in which Ralph Fiennes calls upon the Society of the Crossed Keys. That guild of hotel concierges includes characters played by Bill Murray and Bob Balaban. Thompson on Hollywood.

The Academy of Country Music announces the first performers for the ACM Awards airing April 6 on CBS. All nominated this year, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Keith Urban will be taking the stage. Bryan and Shelton are also pulling double duty as hosts of the 49th annual event. Taste of Country.

After a long absence, Isaiah Washington is returning to “Grey’s Anatomy” for an episode in May. He will reprise his role as Dr. Preston Burke to celebrate the end of Sandra Oh‘s 10 seasons as Dr. Cristina Yang on the medical drama. His character left Cristina at the altar at the end of the third season. Washington’s contract was not renewed after an alleged homophobic slur against co-star T.R. Knight. TV Guide.

Looking for “Gravity,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” or “12 Years a Slave” streaming on Netflix? Those films and this year’s other Best Picture nominees (last year’s as well) are not going to be there anytime soon. In the first two years or so, studios will only allow transactional video rentals (like iTunes and Amazon) which are charged per film. Of course, they also sell them on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download. Netflix does have them available through their DVD-by-mail service. Huffington Post.

A new report from non-profit group FilmLA shows that California film production has dropped to dangerously low levels. In 1997, the state had 64% of the top 25 live-action films. For 2013, that number has fallen to just 8%. The only two big-budget films from last year that shot in California were “The Hangover Part III” and “Star Trek: Into Darkness.” Due mostly to financial incentives, Louisiana and the United Kingdom hold the top two spots among locations. The Golden State ranks a poor fourth. Hollywood Reporter.

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