News Nuggets: Heckler blasts Jared Leto for playing transgendered character

A heckler blasts Oscar frontrunner Jared Leto, saying he “didn’t have the right to play a transgendered character” in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leto was on stage being honored at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Tuesday night. He appeared to be “genuinely interested” and then calmly said “that the logic would also prevent gay actors from playing straight roles.” He invited the heckler backstage after the tribute for what one person described as “a heart-to-heart talk.” The Wrap.

Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite 50 years after their historic U.S. debut. They sat down in New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater for an interview with David Letterman on Tuesday, exactly five decades after performing for the first time on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The chat will be featured on the CBS special “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” airing this Sunday on CBS with many musical performances from other artists, McCartney, and Starr. Examiner.

Many 2015 awards dates are starting to become firm. The 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards are claiming Sunday, January 11, for their next ceremony. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return for a third straight time as hosts. The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be two weeks later on Sunday, January 25. The Oscars will move back a week by holding their ceremony on Sunday, February 22. Thompson on Hollywood.

One of this year’s tightly contested Oscar races is for Best Original Screenplay. Spike Jonze (“Her“) defeated David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer (“American Hustle“) this past weekend at the Writers Guild Awards. You can now watch a video of his acceptance speech, where he says, “In a way, this is like an award for pain. It’s a specific pain that writers know. It’s sort of the highs and lows of sitting in there by yourself, and the days where you’re deluded and you think it’s the best thing ever, and the days you’re hopefully deluded and you think it’s a fatal mistake you’ve made and it will never work.” L.A. Times.

Comedy performances rarely get their due at the Academy Awards. A new photo gallery touts 14 Oscar-worthy roles that were overlooked. The lead choice is by Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America.” Others include Simon Pegg (“The World’s End“), Ron Livingston (“Office Space”), Chevy Chase (“Caddyshack”), Ginger Rogers (“Bachelor Mother”), Will Ferrell (“Elf”), Vince Vaughn (“Wedding Crashers”), Jim Carrey (“The Cable Guy”), Jon Heder (“Napoleon Dynamite”), Kristen Wiig (“Bridesmaids”), Gene Hackman (“The Royal Tenenbaums”), Bill Murray (“Groundhog Day”), Christopher Guest (“This is Spinal Tap”), and Whoopi Goldberg (“Sister Act”). Backstage.

After last week’s cancellation of ‘Sean Saves the World,” NBC has now pulled the plug on their other low-rated Thursday comedy, “The Michael J. Fox Show.” That program has aired 15 of the 22 episodes it has produced. The two shows will be replaced with new episodes of the game show “Hollywood Game Night,” hosted by Jane Lynch. TV Line.

The late Ray Dolby will be honored by the Motion Picture Sound Editors at their Golden Reel Awards ceremony on February 16. He was the founder of Dolby Laboratories in 1965, a company that pioneered work in noise reduction and surround sound. Dolby died this past September. Variety.

Jack Bauer will now need another enemy for the relaunch of his Fox show “24: Live Another Day.” Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Judy Davis was set to play the villain, a British national and widow of a notorious terrorist. Family matters will not allow her to shoot in London after all, so the role must be recast at the last moment. The 12-hour miniseries starring Kiefer Sutherland is set to debut on May 5. TV Guide.

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