A pair of comedians will emcee the Critics' Choice telecast: "The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that actor/comedians Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer will host the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards airing live on VH1 from the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Fitz and The Tantrums will also participate in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, taking the stage as the evening’s house band, performing between awards and commercials."
Seth Rogen tapped to host the Independent Spirit Awards: "'We’re incredibly excited to have Seth as the host for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards and join us in celebrating this year’s exquisite films and talented filmmaking artists. Seth’s charm, intelligence and quick wit are sure to light up the room and will make for a truly entertaining afternoon,' said Film Independent Senior Director Sean McManus ... Rogen most recently starred in and executive produced the dramatic comedy and Film Independent Spirit Award nominated '50/50,' inspired by the real life experiences of his best friend, Will Reiser, who also wrote the screenplay."
Orson Welles's Oscar goes up for auction: "The history of Welles's golden statue is storied and apropos. The writer/actor/director originally gave his Oscar to cinematographer Gary Graver (so much for sentiment). His daughter, Beatrice, then sued Graver for ownership. She went on to give the Award to a Los Angeles-based charity called Dax Foundation. (Looks like material detachment may be in the bloodlines – they took the lessons of 'Kane' to heart it would seem) ... [The foundation] made an attempt to auction the statue back in 2003 but there were no bids that went over the reserve price. So one would hope that in this, the year of cinema history celebration, some plucky and disposable income-endowed lover of cinema and kitsch alike will step forward and do the right thing by Orson Welles's Oscar." IN CONTENTION
Tony-winning "Anything Goes" revivial will go on tour next year: "A national tour of the 2011 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival Anything Goes will launch in October 2012 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH, Roundabout Theatre Company announced on Dec. 12. Following its Cleveland engagement, the Kathleen Marshall-directed production of the Cole Porter musical comedy — set aboard a transatlantic ocean liner — will play 25 other cities including major markets like Los Angeles. Additional cities will be announced in the coming months." PLAYBILL
Blackstone Audio celebrates two Spoken Word Grammy nominations: "Blackstone Audio is already seeing an increase in sales after its audio production of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's staging of 'Hamlet' won a 2012 Grammy nomination, said a representative from the Ashland company. Blackstone Audio's audio production of 'Zorro' starring Val Kilmer also was nominated for a Grammy in the spoken word album category ... Launched in 1987 by founder Craig Black in his Medford living room, Blackstone Audio has grown to become one of the largest audio production companies in the nation. It specializes in audio books." ASHLAND DAILY TIDINGS
Christian Bale defends "The Flowers of War": "Christian Bale has dismissed suggestions that his new film 'The Flowers of War,' a Chinese historical epic covering the 1937 Nanjing massacre, is nationalistic and anti-Japanese. Bale, who plays an American preacher helping Chinese citizens to escape the Japanese army during the second Sino-Japanese war, said the film was more about people than politics. 'It's far more a movie about human beings and the nature of human beings' responses to crisis,' he told the BBC. He emphasised that the film was a historical piece that discusses how a crisis 'can reduce people to the most animalistic behaviour but also raise them up to the most honourable behaviour you could ever witness.'" GUARDIAN