News Nuggets: One Direction, Pink, Frank Ocean experience sales bump after VMAs

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Sep 12 2012 12:52 pm
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"Killing Them Softly" release delayed until November 30: "The report says that the move is partly in the hopes of placing the picture better for award season, as well as the advantage of being the only film in wide release that weekend. The film had generally been seen as not being an Academy kind of picture, bar a possible Supporting Actor nomination for James Gandolfini, and the Weinsteins have a number of films challenging for Oscars, including 'The Master' and 'Silver Linings Playbook,' so we suspect that, as with 'Lawless,' the studio feel they might make more money by pushing it into wide release as a starry crime genre picture." INDIEWIRE

Artists experience sales gains following the MTV VMAs: "One Direction, a big winner at the VMAs with three moon men (the VMA trophy), saw album sales jump 27 percent following the broadcast while sales of their single, 'One Thing,' rose 51 percent ... Pink’s trapeze act at the awards show must have made an impression with viewers, as sales of her single 'Blow Me One Last Kiss' spiked 89 percent, moving the song to sixth on the iTunes singles chart ... Frank Ocean and Rihanna also benefited from their VMA, Ocean in particular. Sales of his debut album, the widely praised 'Channel Orange,' jumped 49 percent while sales of 'Thinkin Bout You,' which he performed in front of a faux desert campfire, rose 209 percent." THE WRAP

Denzel Washington Best Actor push for "Flight" takes off: "Ever since I first heard word of Robert Zemeckis's 'Flight' back in the early summer, and certainly since the trailer dropped some time later, it's been at the top of my list of anticipations for the year. It's exciting to me that a mid-budget, adult, character-driven drama from a major director with a movie star at its center has been made. They seem all too rare ... We've had Denzel Washington tapped for potential Best Actor consideration every since we first launched the Contenders section for the 2012-2013 Oscar season, but you can finally see the gears turning on the upcoming campaign." IN CONTENTION

Norman Lear and Alan Alda receive International Emmy Founders Awards: "'All in the Family' creator Norman Lear and 'M*A*S*H' star Alan Alda will be honored with special Founders Awards at the International Emmy Awards Gala to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the event, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said Tuesday. Alda and Lear both had programs in distribution in 1972, the first year of the gala. 'In television, as in other human endeavors, we are the sum of what has come before us,' International Academy president & CEO Bruce L. Paisner said of Alda and Lear. 'It is with great pride, on the 40th anniversary of the first Gala, that the International Academy salutes these two industry legends, whose work has helped make us and television all that we are today.'" THE WRAP

Cynthia Nixon will star as Emily Dickinson in an upcoming biopic: "A rep for Cynthia Nixon has confirmed that the Tony Award-winning actress has been tapped to play poet Emily Dickinson in the upcoming bio film 'A Quiet Passion.' British director Terence Davies will helm the movie. The drama follows the famously reclusive Dickinsion’s transformation from a young schoolgirl to a withdrawn poet who wrote more than 1,000 poems in her lifetime, but only lived to see seven published." BROADWAY.COM

Lessons Jimmy Kimmel can learn from previous Emmy hosts: "Hosting an awards show is a thankless job. Even if you do well, it's likely few will really remember you. If you really fudge it up (and you know I didn't really want to say fudge right there), then it can be a stain on the rest of your career. And that is the challenge that Jimmy Kimmel faces when he hosts the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (as they're called on their long-form birth certificate) on Sept. 23. So what advice can we give him? Since we can only judge based on past awards shows, let's look back at the history books. How can he be as successful as some who have gone before him?" HOLLYWOOD.COM

 
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