News Nuggets: LL Cool J returning to host Grammy Awards fourth straight year

LL Cool J will return for a fourth straight year to host the Grammy Awards. The former rapper and star of “NCIS: Los Angeles” will emcee the CBS ceremony on February 8 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Newly announced performers are  Miranda Lambert, Sam Smith, Usher, and Pharrell Williams. Common and John Legend will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Glory” from “Selma.” Previously-announced to perform are AC/DC, Eric Church, Ariana Grande, Madonna, and Ed Sheeran. Deadline

The Screen Actors Guild reveals more presenters for this Sunday’s ceremony on TNT and TBS. The SAG Awards show will now include Adrien Brody, Laverne Cox, Bryan Cranston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eric Dane, Viola Davis, Felicity Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Redmayne, Tony Revolori, and J.K. Simmons. E! Online

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The final lineup for this year’s PaleyFest is now unveiled, and it includes several of this year’s buzziest shows. The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles will host stars and creators for audience Q&A sessions. The schedule for March 6-15 includes: “Homeland,” Salute to Comedy Central, “Girls,” “Scandal,” “Teen Wolf,” “Outlander,” “Glee,” “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Modern Family,” “Jane the Virgin,” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” TV Guide

GLAAD announces its 2015 awards nominees Wednesday morning. The contenders for Best Wide Release Film are “The Imitation Game,” “Love Is Strange,” “Pride,” “The Skeleton Twins,” and “Tammy.” Among the TV nominees: “Game of Thrones,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Masters of Sex,” “Looking,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Transparent.” The GLAAD Media Awards will be held in both Los Angeles and New York on May 9. Variety

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Could Rooney Mara or Tatiana Maslany be headlining their own “Star Wars” stand-alone movie? Each lady, along with Oscar nominee Felicity Jones, is testing for the female lead with director Gareth Edwards (“Godzilla”). Plot and character details are completely under wraps. The seventh film in the franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” is directed by J.J. Abrams and will be released in December. Hollywood Reporter

Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen will be the co-presidents of the jury for the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It is the first time the festival has had two presidents rather than a single one. Nine of their films have screened at Cannes, from “Raising Arizona” in 1987 to “Inside Llewyn Davis” in 2013. They have won prizes before for “Barton Fink,” “Fargo,” and “The Man Who Wasn’t There.” This year’s event will be held May 13-24. USA Today

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey may be making her Broadway debut soon. She hopes to appear in a new adaptation of “The Visit,” which is being written by Tony winner Tony Kushner. The plot is about a wealthy woman seeking revenge on a former lover. A musical version starring Chita Rivera opens April 23 with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb and a book by Terrence McNally. Playbill

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