FX's "Louie" won't return until 2014: "Series creator/writer/director/star Louis C.K. and FX president John Landgraf say the show won't return until the spring of 2014. C.K. wants to take some extra time to figure out where he wants the show to go and, he says, make it better. 'The last three seasons have been this surge of fun and work and stories. It's been great to share all this stuff, but I want to keep going. I want the show to keep getting better,' C.K. says. 'That's my goal. I don't want it to be making the doughnuts. I want it to keep being something that comes from somewhere fun and important, and I want it to stay funny.'" ZAP2IT
European Film Academy will honor Bernardo Bertolucci. From the press release: "In recognition of a unique and dedicated contribution to the world of film the European Film Academy takes great pride in presenting Bernardo Bertolucci with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bernardo Bertolucci began his career as an assistant director to Pier Paolo Pasolini on 'Accattone' and directed his first feature film at the age of 21. His second film, 'Before the Revolution' (1964), was released to great acclaim and he has never since then stopped to shape the way we look at cinema. ... Bernardo Bertolucci will be an honorary guest at the 25th European Film Awards Ceremony on December 1, 2012 in Malta."
Kaley Cuoco will return as host of the People's Choice Awards. From the press release: "Kaley Cuoco, actress and star of 'The Big Bang Theory' will return to host People's Choice Awards 2013, LIVE from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT), on the CBS Television Network ... 'It’s an honor to return as host of the 2013 People’s Choice Awards and kick off awards season with one of the most fun events of the year,' said Kaley Cuoco. 'I am so thrilled that Kaley will be joining us again as host for this year's People's Choice Awards,' said executive producer Mark Burnett."
Harvey Weinstein and Michael Flatley team up to create the Grammys of dance: "Harvey Weinstein wants to create the dance equivalent of the Grammys. And he's enlisting none other than the Lord of the Dance, Michael Flatley, to do it. The Weinstein Company co-chairman shared a stage at the MIPCOM conference in Cannes this week to announce the launch of a new televised awards show, the World Dance Awards, British newspaper the Guardian reports. 'If this show has a cousin, it's the Grammys,' Weinstein said, according to the paper. 'It's going to be a game changer for all the networks that buy the show. This is going to be a ratings blockbuster that the people who buy it early will have year after year after year.'" THE WRAP
Guy Lodge surveys this year's top Oscar contenders for Best Actress: "Earlier this year, pundits suggested that the Best Actress field was looking even thinner than usual. As we crawl closer to awards season, picking up festival discoveries and critical favorites along the way, it's looking increasingly competitive -- with only one name, I'd venture, assured a spot on the ballot ... it's a varied an unusual field, with frontrunners ranging from a red-hot Hollywood ingenue to an 8-year-old amateur to not one, but two, marvelous French-language Cannes sensations." IN CONTENTION
Sasha Stone wonders if "Silver Linings Playbook" can win the Golden Globe against "Les Miserables": "Now, 'Silver Linings Playbook' is in the lead to win Best Picture if you go by Fandango’s Dave Karger and The Wrap’s Steve Pond. It will be put in the category of comedy at the Globes. But that puts it against Tom Hooper’s 'Les Miserables.' That’s kind of like putting your bishop in front of your queen ... It’s possible that 2012 will be a year a comedy wins Best Picture. 'Shakespeare in Love' beat 'Saving Private Ryan,' 'Annie Hall' beat 'Star Wars' – but really had no competition beyond that. And 'The Apartment' remains not only one of the best films ever made but one of Oscar’s best ever decisions for Best Picture." AWARDS DAILY