J.J. Abrams to be honored by the Producers Guild for his television work. From the press release: "The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today that award-winning television and film producer and director J.J. Abrams will be honored with the 2013 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. The award will be presented to Abrams at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. 'J.J. Abrams has produced some of the most iconic and highest-rated television shows of the past decade and longer, series that have changed the landscape of television,' said Producers Guild Awards Chair Michael DeLuca."
Grammy Museum takes charge of music history: "Deep within the high-security Iron Mountain storage facility in Hollywood, where nearly every doorway except for the restroom is protected by a security-card swipe lock, sits the Grammy Museum's permanent collection of pop music artifacts, recordings and memorabilia. Hundreds of 10-inch 78 rpm discs — some from Thomas Edison's record label — reside in archival boxes on 20-foot-long metal shelves, near antique radios and phonograph players, musical instruments, posters and some celebrity fashion items stored out of sight in sturdy garment bags." LOS ANGELES TIMES
Regis Philbin to host the International Emmys: "Regis Philbin will host the 40th International Emmy Awards Gala, which recognizes excellence in television produced outside of the United States. The Nov. 19 ceremony will include special Founders Awards being handed out to two masters of American television, actor-director Alan Alda and writer-producer Norman Lear. Both had programs in distribution in 1972, the year of the first International Emmy Awards Gala. 'Regis Philbin brings great credibility to the role of our 40th anniversary Gala host,' said Academy President and CEO Bruce L. Paisner." THE WRAP
Philipine "Bwakaw" getting strong reviews, but can it earn an Oscar nomination? "A Philippine movie about a grumpy, old, gay man and his faithful dog has become an unlikely hit abroad while shaking the belief that local independent films have to focus on the darker side of life. The film, 'Bwakaw,' named after the dog in the movie, is the Philippines’ entry for an Academy Award for best foreign film. While standing little chance of being short-listed, its heartwarming story is winning rave reviews overseas. It tells the story of Rene, a senior citizen who only recently realized he was homosexual. Embittered and lonely, he looks forward to his death, only to have Bwakaw, the dog, teach him the value of life." INQUIRER
Performers added to the American Music Awards. From the press release: "dick clark productions (dcp) announced that Ke$ha, No Doubt and Usher will all perform on 'The 40th Anniversary American Music Awards.' They join previously announced performers Carrie Underwood, Pink, Pitbull, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Linkin Park and Christina Aguilera on this year’s show which will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, November 18 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks ... For the sixth year, winners will be determined by online voting."
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Oscar Nominations: New York state resident Tim Kressner (gufa54) won $1,000 for reaping the highest percentage (78%) when predicting Academy Award noms. Watch our video chat with him here and learn his strategy for making picks. See the leaderboard here. See Kressner's predix here.
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Golden Globe (Film) Nominations: Jonathan was our top User, reaping a staggering 86% when forecasting the lineup of 10 categories. That put him six percentage points ahead of our best Expert -- Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) -- and eight ahead of our leading Editor, Daniel Montogomery. Did you made the cut on the leaderboard score breakdown?
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