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News Nuggets: Coen Brothers planning 'Fargo' series for FX

By Daniel Montgomery
Sep 26 2012 11:16 am

Joan Crawford's Oscar for "Mildred Pierce" gets top dollar at auction. From the press release: "The Oscar award market continues to be red-hot, with Joan Crawford's Best Actress Oscar for 1945s 'Mildred Pierce' selling today for a record price of $426,732. Nate Sanders, owner of Nate D. Sanders Auctions, said, 'This is a phenomenal result for a Best Actress Oscar, and continues the collecting trend of entertainment awards. Academy Awards, of course, remain extremely popular, as do Emmys, Grammys and Tony awards. People are just captivated with the beauty and uniqueness of these awards, and the fact that they carry a great story of honoring the best in artistry, personally owned by a legend such as Joan Crawford is exciting.'"

Helen Mirren received EFA's European Achievement in World Cinema Award. From the press release: The European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting Dame Helen Mirren with the honorary award European Achievement in World Cinema 2012 for her outstanding body of work. 'It was discovering the immense diversity of European filmmaking that gave me an enduring love and respect for the art form,' stated Helen Mirren when she received the news, and continued: 'This award is therefore a very meaningful honour. I would be proud to be counted as an actor in the European tradition.'"

The Coen Brothers are working with FX on a series adaptation of "Fargo": "The male-skewing cable network has given script orders to an hourlong dramatic take of the 1996 Academy Award best picture nominee, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Joel and Ethan Coen, the writers, directors and producers behind the William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi and Frances McDormand starrer are on board to executive produce the effort, alongside 'My Generation's' Noah Hawley, who will pen the script. Warren Littlefield is on board to executive produce the effort, which hails from MGM Television and FX Productions." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

It's official: Iran will boycott the Oscars: "The boycott appears straightforward: Mohammad Hosseini, Iran’s culture minister, on Tuesday confirmed that his country would not submit a film for consideration at next year’s Oscars in protest of 'Innocence of Muslims,' the anti-Islam YouTube video that has sparked deadly riots. He specifically cited the 'failure' of Oscar organizers to take an official position on the incendiary 'film.' But Iran’s move left Hollywood scratching its head. Iran, which won the Academy Award for best foreign language film earlier this year, was seriously going to boycott moviedom’s biggest prize because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hadn’t denounced a crude YouTube video made by a former gas station owner?" NEW YORK TIMES

Justin Vernon announces the end of his Grammy-winning band Bon Iver: "Grammy Award winner Justin Vernon has decided to call it quits with his band Bon Iver after their tour wraps up in November. The founder of Bon Iver is quoted, 'I have to turn it off and walk away from it.' Surprising news considering the band was awarded ‘Best New Artist’ at the Grammys this year ... Although surprisingly so soon, maybe we should’ve seen this one coming. If you remember in Vernon’s Grammy Award acceptance speech he said: 'It’s really hard to accept this award. There’s so much talent out here… and there’s a lot of talent that’s not here tonight. It’s also hard to accept because you know, when I started to make songs I did it for the inherent reward of making songs, so I’m a little bit uncomfortable up here.'" LIVE MUSIC BLOG

Andy Samberg says his film, "Hotel Transylvania," will give "The Master" a run for its money at the Oscars: "Andy Samberg has joked that Hotel Transylvania will wipe the floor with acclaimed movie 'The Master' at the next Academy Awards. Andy lent his voice to Adam Sandler's new animated film about Dracula, and told Collider it is well able to take on Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar favourite. He quipped: 'In my opinion, this year's Oscars is a two-horse race. It's us - "Hotel Transylvania" - and "The Master." And I think we've got the edge.' When asked how he got involved in 'Hotel Transylvania,' US funnyman Andy said: 'Sandler just called me and told me I was doing it!'" UKPA

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