News Nuggets: Why are critics hammering George Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’?

Was there a reason why George Clooney‘s “The Monuments Men” moved out of the 2013 awards season? Now opening two months after its original release date, the film “could be hitting a rough patch with critics, as early reviews are looking negative.” Various reviews have used the words dull, dreary, unwieldy, and disappointment. The film about World War II stars Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, John Goodman, and Bill Murray. Clooney won his second Oscar last year for producing Best Picture “Argo,” but this latest effort might mean he has lost “his Midas touch.” Variety.

Industry insiders are “bewildered” by NBC scheduling this year’s Emmy Awards on a Monday night. Columnist Lisa De Moraes said yesterday’s announcement “caused a kerfuffle” and that “eyebrows were raised” about the wisdom of the kudos dumped onto Monday, August 25. NBC has been forced to move into August on its last two rotation years (2006, 2010) because of Sunday Night Football starting in September. She says that they had originally wanted Sunday, August 24, but did not want to go up against the already-scheduled MTV Video Music Awards. Deadline.

Over the past 25 years, Harvey Weinstein has “pioneered the modern Oscar campaign.” A new feature by Jesse David Fox looks back over those years, which have secured over 300 Academy Awards nominations. It started with “My Left Foot,” which won the 1989 Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. He “pulled out all the stops” for the 1997 race when “Shakespeare in Love” upset the favored “Saving Private Ryan.” Other films discussed are “Sling Blade,” “Life is Beautiful,” “Chocolat,” “In the Bedroom,” “Gangs of New York,” “The Reader,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Iron Lady,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Vulture.

Steve Pond reports that the Toronto Film Festival is telling studios they must choose between them and Telluride. Prime first-weekend slots for Toronto movie premieres will only go to films that stay away from the Colorado event. Telluride has been scheduling over Labor Day weekend, just days before taking away some of the prestige for the Canadian festival. Many press and industry visitors leave Toronto after its first weekend, so they believe the threat is a real one. The Wrap.

Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg is tapped to host the 27th annual Kids’ Choice Awards on March 29. Dubbed the “colossal kid slimefest,” the event honors the hottest in music, television, and film as voted by children online and with the Nickelodeon app. Other recent hosts have included Jack Black, Kevin James, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Will Smith, and Justin Timberlake. TV by the Numbers.

As part of its Oscar campaign, the film “Her” offers a new behind-the-scenes video which explains more about the plot. The featurette offers “intimate insight” into the relationship between Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), his computer voice Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), and ex-wife Catherine (Rooney Mara). The film is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay (Spike Jonze), and Best Original Song (“The Moon Song“). Hollywood Reporter.

Film Independent is hosting several conversations and panels in February and March with awards nominees and winners. Some of the participants include Scott Cooper (“Out of the Furnace“), Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity“), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight“), and Bob Nelson and Alexander Payne (“Nebraska“). Thompson on Hollywood.

Nothing can “sour the mood in quite the same way as a disappointing film by a beloved director.” A new video gallery looks back at several bad attempts from: Robert Altman (“Pret-a-Porter”), Wes Anderson (“The Darjeeling Limited”), Francis Ford Coppola (“Captain EO” and “Jack”), Lawrence Kasdan (“Dreamcatcher”), Ang Lee (“The Hulk”), Roman Polanski (“Pirates”), and David Wain (“The Ten”). Grantland.

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