Maroon 5 will perform exclusive concert for guests at Grammy nominations concert: "Three-time Grammy-winning group Maroon 5 are set to perform an exclusive concert for guests attending 'The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night.' The concert will immediately follow the one-hour live nominations special — which will feature performances by Luke Bryan and Maroon 5, and will be co-hosted by two-time Grammy winner LL Cool J and six-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift. The show ... will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network (www.cbs.com) from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (9 p.m. Central)." TALK TV WORLD
Scott Feinberg on the special LA screening of Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" and the surprising number of Oscar hopefuls with a political bent: "Among the celebs who turned out to see the Matt Damon anti-fracking drama were Demi Moore, Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston, who reportedly cornered co-producer/co-writer John Krasinski after the film ended to gush about it. Focus Features has not yet screened 'Promised Land' for journalists but presumably will soon since it will be released in theaters Dec. 28 ... it's interesting to note just how many of this year's contenders involve politics -- and how many of those films are not being widely screened until after the election, ostensibly to avoid being labeled as sympathetic to one candidate or party, which could turn off a large segment of moviegoers." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Tina Fey reveals how her alter ego, Liz Lemon, won her Emmy: "In a new Ask Tina video on NBC.com below, Fey answers fan questions -- including ones from a '1989 Olympic gymnast' and the mash-up version of Katharine McPhee and Ryan Murphy -- about the end of the road for Liz Lemon and co. For example, how did Liz Lemon win that Emmy that's in her office? 'I've always sort of thought that it's a Daytime Emmy and that perhaps she got it for writing a really specific category, like Best Regional Promo for the show "The Mommies" or something like that,' Fey says. '[Or] for writing jokes for Joy Behar for "The View" -- it's definitely a Daytime Emmy. It's a local, Daytime Emmy.'" HUFFINGTON POST
Sasha Stone considers the quality -- and motives -- of dueling biopics "Hitchcock" and "The Girl (HBO)": "The correct way to approach the work of Alfred Hitchcock is on your knees. Yet because our prurient interests in the private lives of our celebrities and politicians tends to override almost everything else, the Season of the Hitch has not been an occasion to appreciate the master’s work, as it should be; but rather, a time to put him on trial for alleged sexual harassment and whatever else writers and directors come up with that has nothing to do with his films." AWARDS DAILY
Director Rama Burshtein discusses her film "Fill the Void," Israel's official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film: "In conversation following the film’s recent screening at the 50th New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, she said 'Fill the Void' provides 'a look inside the private world of Tel Aviv’s Hasidic community.' The film, she said, is 'a movie taken from within… a window to the Orthodox world.' 'The real location of the film is Shira’s heart,' said producer Asaf Amir. 'Detail is an integral part of the story. The need to be creative lends to the magical quality.' ... Yiphat Klein, who portrayed the widower Yochay, credited the film’s success to the work of Burshtein, who 'has the ability to take everything in hand. It is her influence…First of all, Rama’s a storyteller.'" ALGEMEINER
Guy Lodge considers whether British Independent Film Award nominations for "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" could foretell Oscar: "As a mainstream smash hit (with $33m, the 13th highest grosser of 2012 in the UK) with limited critical endorsement, the glossy but independently produced comedy wasn't necessarily expected to be a major factor in an awards ceremony largely dedicated to work on the fringes. Yet not only did it receive acting nods for beloved veterans Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson -- it also popped up in Best Film, and even Best Director ... Of course, the enthusiasms of the wily Brit contingent aren't always reflected in the awards race across the pond, but I can't help wondering if 'Best Exotic' mightn't be a stronger dark horse in the Oscar derby than we're currently giving it credit for being." IN CONTENTION
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