Todd Martens surveys Grammy's Best New Artist field: "Indeed, Carly Rae Jepsen and her inescapable 'Call Me Maybe' is far from the only notable newcomer over the last 12 months. Album sales remain hard to come by, and that's allowed names such as The Lumineers and Fun. to nest in the upper echelon of the pop charts alongside household names such as [Taylor Swift] and Adele. If the Grammy telecast isn't necessarily geared toward discovery, the new artist field remains one category that can make new fans of lesser-known performers. To this day, it's still one of the more unpredictable Grammy categories; its prize in 2012 was won by avant-softie Bon Iver. The year prior, the Grammys recognized Esperanza Spalding as its best new artist, a rare win for a jazz artist." LOS ANGELES TIMES
What films are ahead for the Best Film Editing Oscar? "'Lincoln' and 'Zero Dark Thirty' both weigh in about two and a half. And 'Les Miserables,' 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'Cloud Atlas' all take over two hours and 45 minutes to sit through. Indeed, the only serious Oscar contenders clocking in under two hours are 'The Impossible' (114 minutes) and 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' (a mere 93 mins). But is brevity likely to be rewarded when it comes to the Best Editing Oscar this year? Probably not. Generally speaking, the Academy tend to reward micro editing (impressively cut scenes) rather than macro editing ..." INDIEWIRE
Hugh Jackman will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: "Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor actor Hugh Jackman with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, December 13, 2012. His star will be unveiled at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Madame Tussaud's Hollywood where his wax figure depicting him as Wolverine is on display. 'Fans from around the world have been consistently asking when his star will be dedicated,' said Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez. 'We are happy to say that now is the time! Hugh is on the world's most popular actors and we are exciting that he is joining our Walk of Fame family.'" EXAMINER
Jackman will also be saluted by the Museum of the Moving Image: "The Museum of the Moving Image will celebrate the Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World, Emmy, and Teen's Choice Award winner at its 27th annual 'Salute' on December 11, held at New York's famed Cipriani's. The Salute, which awards recognition to the world's most beloved performers, has previously been given to stars including Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, and Goldie Hawn." THEATER MANIA
The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sunday, Sept. 22 on CBS, the network said last Thursday. The annual celebration of excellence in television will once again take place at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Nominees will be announced Thursday, July 18 from the Academy's Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood.
40th Annual Daytime Emmys make changes, call for entries: "As it prepares to celebrate its ruby anniversary, several category changes are coming to the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, including a new category for Outstanding Culinary Host. Hosts of such food-focused shows as ABC's 'The Chew' now can enter in a separate category than the hosts of ABC's more talk-centric 'The View,' for example. Travel shows now have their own Outstanding Travel Program category, and hosts of such shows can submit their work for recognition in the Outstanding Travel/Lifestyle Host category. Additionally, children's show categories -- both animated and live action -- now will be broken out into preschool-age (age 5 and younger) and children's (age 6 and older). The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) on Monday also announced its call for entries and judges and posted a timeline of deadlines." BROADCASTING AND CABLE
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