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News Nuggets: 'Smash,' Lady Gaga win GLAAD Awards

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Mar 25 2012 13:29 pm

GLAAD Award winners include "Smash," Lady Gaga: "ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars,' the popular Spanish-language TV programs 'Caso Cerrado' and 'Primer Impacto,' and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner's recent work 'The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures' also were among the honorees recognized at a ceremony in New York. GLAAD is set to present more awards in Los Angeles in April and San Francisco in June. The awards are designed to honor fair, accurate and inclusive representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people." WALL STREET JOURNAL

Genesis Awards honor "Rise of the Planet of the Apes": "'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' took top film honors at the Genesis Awards for examining the ethics of using chimpanzees in medical research. The awards, which honor news and entertainment media for raising public awareness of animal issues, were held Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event will be presented as a one-hour special on Animal Planet on May 5. The Sid Caesar Comedy Award went to 'The Colbert Report' for the second consecutive year, this time for a satirical twist on the whaling issue and a Utah legislator’s proposal to kill feral dogs and cats." THE WRAP

Was Angelina Jolie bothered by the Oscar leg jokes? "For a while, Angelina Jolie’s right leg seemed to be everywhere, in classic paintings and even tweeting under its own account. But the owner of the esteemed leg says she didn’t really notice. 'I honestly didn't pay attention to it. You know what I mean? I don't watch those TV shows and if I go online and see something about myself, I don't click on it,' Jolie told the Huffington Post. Jolie’s right leg jutted to fame during last month’s Oscar’s broadcast, when the actress was presenting the award for best adapted screenplay." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Legendary animator Glen Keane leaves Disney: "In what many saw as a shock, veteran Disney animator Glen Keane, one of the so-called celebrity animators from Disney’s 'Second Renaissance' in the early 1990s, designing and animating immortal characters like Ariel from 'The Little Mermaid,' the Beast from 'Beauty and the Beast,' and Aladdin from 'Aladdin,' left the studio on Friday. Keane had been with the studio for almost thirty-seven years ... In his letter of resignation (posted at Cartoon Brew), Keane said, 'I am convinced that animation really is the ultimate art form of our time with endless new territories to explore. I can’t resist its siren call to step out and discover them.'" INDIEWIRE

New images from Woody Allen's "To Rome with Love": "Many new images from Woody Allen’s new film, 'To Rome with Love,' hitting the web. These, posted on The Playlist. Also added, Cinemablend/’s collection. The film hits theaters June 22. Allen is coming off his most profitable year ever, with 'Midnight in Paris' his highest grossing film of his career, and one that earned him an Original Screenplay Oscar win." AWARDS DAILY


News Nuggets: 'The Hunger Games' sets opening day box office record

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Mar 24 2012 13:19 pm

Hunter Hayes follows Taylor Swift's lead by lobbying with kittens: "Hunter Hayes wants to win the 2012 ACM Awards New Artist of the Year honor so bad that the singer and his digital promotion team recruited a quartet of super cute kittens to aid him in his quest and to emotionally blackmail you into voting. They’re preying on your inability to ignore rampant cuteness." TASTE OF COUNTRY

"Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes plans to improve of James Cameron's "Titanic": "Whatever my reasons for distancing myself from James Cameron's film, they're certainly not the same as those of Julian Fellowes -- who has rather bluntly lashed out at 'Titanic' (with or without 3D) on the basis of its factual inaccuracies. This isn't an unmotivated statement: the Oscar-winning writer of 'Gosford Park' and recent TV hit 'Downtown Abbey' has his own dramatization of the Titanic story due to hit small screens later this year." IN CONTENTION

"The Hunger Games" sets a box office record in its opening day: "The dystopian action film 'The Hunger Games' posted the fifth-best opening day ever with a staggering $68.3 million (including $19.7 million from midnight showings). That’s by far the best opening day ever for a non-sequel. In fact, the next non-sequel in the opening-day record book sits all the way down in 18th place — 2010′s 'Alice in Wonderland' with $40.8 million." EW.COM

ABC is close to announcing early renewals: "ABC is on the verge of issuing formal early renewals to nearly a dozen scripted series, including freshman hits 'Once Upon a Time' and 'Revenge' and established players 'Modern Family' and 'Grey's Anatomy.' Although an ABC rep declined to comment, TVLine has learned that the network’s prelim pickup list also includes 'Castle,' 'Suburgatory,' 'Last Man Standing,' 'Happy Endings,' 'The Middle.'" TV LINE

The Drama League will honor Alan Menken, Rosie O'Donnell, and Diane Paulus on May 18: "Menken ('Newsies,' 'Leap of Faith,' 'Sister Act') will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in 'recognition of his contribution to the musical theatre'; stage, television and movie star Rosie O’Donnell ('Fiddler on the Roof,' 'Seussical,' 'Grease') will receive the Unique Contribution to the Theatre Award 'for her continuing efforts in promoting live theatre'; and Drama League Directors Project alum Diane Paulus ('Hair,' 'Porgy and Bess'), the artistic director of the American Repertory Theatre, will receive The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing (formerly named the Julia Hansen Award)." PLAYBILL


Oscars long love affair with royalty

By Teri Belyea
By Teri Belyea
Mar 24 2012 11:26 am

Although notorious for being independently minded rebel residents of the democratic U.S. of A., Oscar voters have always bowed to royalty with shameless reverence. Let's take a royal tour through Academy Awards history.

"The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933) won Best Actor for Charles Laughton in the title role.

"Cleopatra" (1934) won Best Cinematography. Joe Mankiewicz's bloated 1963 version won four Oscars (Art Direction, Cinematography, Costume Design, Visual Effect) and reaped a lead bid by Rex Harrison as well as a Best Picture nod.

"Romeo and Juliet" (1936) was the screen adaptation of a Shakepearean play commissioned by Elizabeth I. It secured nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (Norma Shearer), Supporting Actor (Basil Rathbone) and Art Direction.

"Conquest" (1937) landed a Best Actor nod for Charles Boyer as Emperor Napoleon Boneparte and an Art Direction nomination.

"Marie Antoinette" (1938) earned bids for Best Actress (Shearer), Supporting Actor (Robert Morley), Art Direction and Score. Sophia Coppola's 2006 retelling won an Oscar for Costume Design.

"Henry V" (1946) earned Laurence Olivier and honorary Oscar for his multiple efforts as actor, producer and director. He contended as Best Actor and the Best Picture nominee also picked up noms for Art Direction and Score.

"Hamlet" (1948), Shakespeare's retelling of the Prince of Denmark, won Best Picture and Actor (Olivier) as well as Art Direction and Costume Design. It also contended for Supporting Actress (Jean Simmons), Director and Score. Oliver contended twice more for playing Shakespearean rulers: "Richard III" (1955) and "Othello" (1965).



Emmy shockeroo: 'American Horror Story' switches categories

By Tom O'Neil
By Tom O'Neil
Mar 23 2012 19:06 pm

"American Horror Story" has spooked the Emmy derby by leaping from the drama series races – where it competed at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards – to miniseries.

The TV academy has decreed that it qualifies for both classifications, so FX network was given the option to put it in either race. Arguably, "American Horror Story" really belongs in the mini slots since its story arc had a beginning, middle and a finite end in season one. It just so happens that it has a better shot at winning there, too, since it won't have to best "Mad Men," which has never lost Best Drama Series in its four-year run. Competition in that category will be especially fierce since last year's winner of Best Miniseries – "Downton Abbey" – is moving over to Best Drama Series where it will also compete against recent Golden Globe champ "Homeland."

This category switcheroo by "American Horror Story" is truly terrifying news to HBO, which looked like it had the race for best movie/mini in the bag with "Game Change."

The reason that the switch is so surprising is that "American Horror Story" competed in the drama slots at the Golden Globes (where it was nominated for Best Drama Series and won Best Supporting Drama Actress for Jessica Lange) and SAG Awards (where Lange won Best Drama Actress). Why didn't FX network choose to enter the program in the movie/mini races at those kudos derbies?

The reason: FX didn't want its fans to know that the first season would end with a firm finish. That might ruin some of its suspense.


News Nuggets: Does Rachel Weisz deserve Oscar attention for 'Deep Blue Sea'?

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Mar 23 2012 13:53 pm

An early FYC appeal for Rachel Weisz in "The Deep Blue Sea": "Academy Award contenders for Best Actress don't tend to be minted as early as March ... But damn it, if we don't even bother to hope, the underdogs never get their due -- and Weisz's work in 'The Deep Blue Sea' needs and deserves all the naïve hope it can muster ... Weisz doesn't so much excel herself as define herself as the actress we've long either believed or wished her to be." IN CONTENTION

Does Disney's box office bomb "John Carter" deserve Razzie Awards next year? Respond in Razzie's poll: RAZZIES.COM

Chloe Grace Moretz awarded at CinemaCon: "Chloë Grace Moretz will receive the CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow Award at CinemaCon, the National Association of Theatre Owners convention, which runs from April 23-26 in Las Vegas. She will be presented with the honor at the event’s awards ceremony, which will be held April 26 in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Moretz will next be seen as a rebellious teenager in Warner’s and Village Roadshow’s 'Dark Shadows.' The film, directed by Tim Burton, opens May 11." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Despite impressive grosses, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" lost money: "MGM execs told investors that would only co-finance the next two sequels in the Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium Trilogy' if it can achieve 'better economics.' 'Dragon Tattoo,' distributed by Sony, generated more than $230 million worldwide, but not enough to pay back MGM for its investment. The movie carried a $100 million production budget. 'While this is a solid result, it is below our expectations and we booked a modest loss,' CEO Gary Barber said during a conference call with investors." THE WRAP

Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes will raise hunger awareness at the ACM Awards: "The members of Little Big Town are sending a message with their Academy of Country Music Awards performance. They will sing a song called 'Here’s Hope' with a children’s choir to raise awareness about child hunger in the United States. ACM new artist of the year nominee Hunter Hayes co-wrote the song and will introduce the performance. It’s all part of the ACM Lifting Lives Moment that will take place during the April 1 awards show." WASHINGTON POST

Tony Awards committe schedules its third meeting: " has learned that the Tony Awards Administration Committee will assemble for the third time during the 2011-2012 season the afternoon of March 29, according to a Tony Awards spokesperson ... This committee 'determines eligibility for nominations in all awards categories, reviews the rules governing the awards, and appoints the Nominating Committee. It may, at its discretion, bestow non-competitive Tony Awards including Special Tony Awards, the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award; as well as Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.'" PLAYBILL


Which perennial Emmy nominees will finally win this year?

By Darrin Dortch
By Darrin Dortch
Mar 23 2012 08:15 am

Being a perennial Emmy nominee can be a blessing and a curse. You get invited to television’s biggest show year after year but have to sit there and smile when you lose time and again. Among this year's perpetual also-rans looking for a first win are a trio of Best Drama Actor contenders: Hugh Laurie ("House") has been nominated for this role six times while Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") have each racked up four bids for their current characters. All three men have lost other Emmy races as well. For the full breakdown of their Emmy history and a look at other potential first-time winners: VIEW GALLERY

Winning, when it happens for a repeat loser, is all the sweeter. Just ask Kiefer Sutherland who received 11 successive Emmy nominations (2002-2009) for both acting and producing “24.” He finally won Emmys for Lead Drama Actor and Best Drama Actor in 2006. Sarah Jessica Parker followed a similar path earning 10 bids as both actor and producer on “Sex and the City.” She won in 2001 for Best Comedy Series and again in 2004 for Best Comedy Actress. 

Ted Danson lost eight Emmy races as Best Comedy Actor for "Cheers" before finally winning in 1990. He won again with his 11th straight nomination in 1993. After four losses, Kyra Sedgwick won her Best Drama Actress Emmy on her fifth bid. 

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However, some perennial Emmy nominees aren’t so lucky: John Goodman (“Roseanne”) and Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”) each lost seven consecutive Emmy races in the lead comedy categories. Goodman had to wait till his 10th nomination to win an Emmy; that was as Guest Drama Actor for “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” More recently, Steve Carrell (“The Office”) lost nine Emmy races (six for Best Comedy Actor and three for Best Comedy Series).


Nina Dobrev on 'cool experience' of being first write-in People's Choice Award winner [Video]

By Chris Beachum
By Chris Beachum
Mar 23 2012 06:36 am

How do you win a major entertainment award without even being on the ballot? Just ask Nina Dobrev, star of the CW hit show "The Vampire Diaries," because that is exactly what happened to her in January at the People's Choice Awards. Because of her loyal and active fan base, she became the first person not nominated to win.

In a video chat with senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, she revealed that winning Favorite TV Drama Actress was "a really, really unique, cool experience. I've seen through my Twitter and now through the People's Choice Awards how passionate and committed they really are. My fans were so ruthless and so passionate and enthusiastic about having me nominated that they wrote in so many times. That's the best kind of recognition you can possibly get."

Dobrev plays dual roles on the popular series. Katherine Pierce is a vampire loved by two human brothers (Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley) during the Civil War era. Elena Gilbert is a human girl torn between the same two brothers who are now vampires themselves in the present day. The show is based on the young adult novels by L.J. Smith.

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The program is concluding its third season this May, and Dobrev is excited about the finale. She said, "The season one finale was one of the most memorable, for me and everyone I've ever spoken to. And now we're giving the season one finale a run for its money with what's happening at the end of this one. I don't want to give away too much, but Elena has been back and forth between the brothers and she has to make a decision. There's a new pseudo-villain coming in... a new threat... but everyone sort of teams up to save each other. I'm going to go as far as to say not one but a few people die in the finale."


News Nuggets: Patrick Stewart will host the Peabody Awards

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Mar 22 2012 15:51 pm

Patrick Stewart will host the Peabody Awards: "Tony Award nominee Patrick Stewart will host the 71st annual George Foster Peabody Awards ceremony May 21 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. 'Patrick Stewart, the first actor to host the Peabody Awards Presentation Luncheon, brings a career that perfectly illustrates the breadth of the Peabody Award,' said Horace Newcomb, director of the Peabody Awards at the University of Georgia, in a statement. The Peabody recognizes excellence in journalism and news, documentary and public service, and in all forms of entertainment in electronic media." PLAYBILL

Jon Hamm doesn't understand why Don Draper is so popular: "Your classic TV hero, 1960s ad agency rainmaker Don Draper is not. He cheated on his wife as casually as squirrels pluck acorns. He’s an identity thief. He lies to friends and can verbally backhand colleagues trying desperately to please him. But he’s hardly a villain, Hamm notes, and not really even a bad guy. Truth is, he’s nicer than many people in a world riddled with callous attitude, bad decisions and constant sleight of hand. 'He’s conflicted,' says Hamm. 'And I think people identify with him and with his flaws.' NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Kelsey Grammer goes from neurotic to sociopath on "Boss": "Grammer must have seemed an unlikely choice to play the imposing, occasionally brutal mayor of a city noted for its bruising municipal politics. Little in Grammer’s 11-year run as fussy psychiatrist and effete snob Dr. Frasier Crane in 'Frasier' suggested he’d be a good fit as a power-hungry political power broker diagnosed with DLB, a degenerative neurological disorder and form of dementia closely connected to Alzheimers and Parkinson’s Diseases." VANCOUVER SUN

Motion Picture Academy honors film scholars: "Joining 13 other Academy scholars currently working on projects are Hamilton College professor of critical studies Scott MacDonald and NYU associate professor of cinema studies Dan Streible. Each will receive $25,000 for their efforts — half was presented to them today with the other half due upon completion. Among those scholars in attendance was Peter Decherney, a 2009 grantee who recently delivered his Acad-inspired book, Hollywood’s Copyright Wars, and gave a lecture on the subject Monday night for the Academy." DEADLINE

"Lawless," formely known as "Wettest County" can thank Terrence Malick for its title change: "'We’d always wanted the title "Lawless,"' producer Lucy Fisher told EW, 'but it was always unavailable to us.' That’s because the only-very-recently prolific Malick had dibs on the name for one of his upcoming projects, of which little is known except that it boasts a formidable cast, including Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, and Rooney Mara. However, it turned out that Malick enjoys the work of director John Hillcoat ('The Proposition,' 'The Road') enough to part ways with that title." EW.COM

Where are the great TV dramas about women? "Vulture's Drama Derby is nearing a close, and while the final brackets included some truly titanic shows from the past 25 years — among them 'The Sopranos,' 'The Wire,' and 'Breaking Bad' — it was still something of a sausage party ... when it comes to unambiguous lead characters with an X chromosome, only 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'My So-Called Life' fit the bill, and both of those shows came out in the mid nineties. So what's going on?" VULTURE


News Nuggets: 'Modern Family' honored by the UK's Royal Television Society

By Daniel Montgomery
By Daniel Montgomery
Mar 21 2012 12:58 pm

"Modern Family" wins at the Royal Television Society: "'Modern Family,' the Twentieth Century Fox Television produced comedy, picked up this year’s international nod at the Royal Television Society program awards Tuesday night. The comedy, which stars Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara and airs in the U.K. on BSkyB’s Sky 1 HD channel, laughed its way to the plaudit ahead of the first series of Danish crime drama 'The Killing' and the Australian drama 'The Slap.' Dominic West was named best actor for his role in serial killer drama 'Appropriate Adult,' while Emily Watson,' walked away with the best actress award for her role opposite West in the same show." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Why has Bollywood struck out at the Oscars? "Barring three exceptions ('Mother India' in 1957, 'Salaam Bombay' in 1988 and 'Lagaan' in 2001) our over half-a-century lage raho drive has paid zilch dividends, there. This year’s entry too, the Malayalam film 'Adaminte Makar Abu,' alas, suffered the same fate. A huge downer for the chest-thumping, B-town devotees forever screaming the Bollywood goes global anthem. What is the problem? Why this systematic cold shoulder to a country that has (in the past) been appreciated and awarded at many of the most prestigious forums — Cannes, Venice, Berlin — celebrating quality cinema? Where have we gone wrong?" LITTLE INDIA

Will this be a breakout year for Grammy-winner Esperanza Spalding? "As she releases her fourth studio album, all signs point to a breakout year for the jazz musician. When Esperanza Spalding won the best new artist Grammy in 2011, a collective scratching of heads could be heard around the world -- who exactly was this bushy-haired woman with the contagious grin? Apparently the masses were unaware of the depth of her talent, but the voting body of the Grammys saw star power in the young bassist who developed her considerable and eclectic skills at Berkeley College." THE GRIO

HBO will air Oscar-nominated "God is the Bigger Elvis": "Among the Academy Award nominated Documentary Short films in this year’s Oscar race was 'God is the Bigger Elvis,' a 37-minute film directed by Rebecca Cammisa that tells the story of Delores Hart, whose life before becoming a nun included starring alongside Elvis Presley in the 1958 film 'King Creole.' She now goes by Mother Prioress at a convent in Connecticut. For those with an interest in learning more about her story and what life is like for her now, 'God is the Bigger Elvis' is set to premiere on HBO on Thursday, April 5th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT." TELEVISION BLEND

Kathy Bates will play Charlie Harper on "Two and a Half Men": "Kathy Bates already took over a role written for a man once when she was cast as the lead on David E. Kelley’s NBC dramedy 'Harry's Law.' Now she will portray the ghost of a man on another series. The Oscar winner is set to guest star on the CBS comedy 'Two And A Half Men,' playing the ghost of former star Charlie Sheen’s character Charlie Harper. In an episode slated to air April 30, Alan (Jon Cryer) suffers a minor heart attack, and the ghost of his brother Charlie (Bates) will pay a visit to his hospital bedside." DEADLINE

The Academy of Country Music will hand out special awards on Sept. 24, 2012: "One of the big names who will be celebrated that night is Kenny Chesney, who will be receiving the Crystal Milestone Award for his remarkable achievements, which include becoming a four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, selling more than 10,500,000 tickets on 11 national tours, playing sold out shows in huge venues across the country and promoting the country genre to fans while also investing in younger country artists." TASTE OF COUNTRY



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