News Nuggets: Bieber at Europe Music Awards; Yeoh at AFI Fest

Sasha Stone raves about “Hugo“: “Easily one of 2011′s best films, Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ is a lyrical dream, a film that pays homage to what is so transformative about cinema — its possibilities, its power, and its magic. You’d probably think, then, that ‘Hugo’ would be full of rapid-fire cuts and scenes that move so fast you can’t keep up with them … The last thing I expected was this slow dance, this melancholy masterpiece that takes its time telling its story, and fills itself not only with dazzling visuals but moments of genuine sentiment.” AWARDS DAILY

J. Edgar” Oscar campaign kicks into high gear: “In addition to the hoopla around the premiere, director Clint Eastwood did a DGA screening and discussion with Academy directing governor and fellow DGA and Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow on Tuesday night; stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts and Armie Hammer appeared for a Q&A in front of a packed-to-the-rafters SAG audience on Wednesday night (I moderated that one); and on Friday they all appeared for yet another screening, Q&A and reception at the LA County Art Museum.” DEADLINE

“Paradise Lost” awarded by the 2011 Cinema Eye Honors: “… the rather brilliantly named Hell Yeah Prize has been created to recognize strong films that can also claim to have made a measure of difference out in the real world. I’m aware of, but have never seen, the inaugural recipient of the prize, the HBO Documentary Films trilogy “Paradise Lost” — the first film of which was released back in 1996, and the third of which will premiere on HBO in January. But it seems a most worthy choice of winner to christen the award: over 16 years, the long-haul project tracked the miscarriage of justice involving the West Memphis Three, a trio of teenage boys who were falsely accused and convicted of child murder, and were finally released, after serving 18 years, earlier this year.” IN CONTENTION

The stars line up for MTV’s Europe Music Awards: “The show features headliners Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Coldplay and others at the annual awards ceremony, a highlight of the European entertainment calendar. Chris Martin, Coldplay frontman, joked that the band was just ‘warming everyone up for Justin’ on his way into the awards ceremony, which is being hosted by Bieber’s girlfriend, the actress and singer Selena Gomez. She admitted she was nervous about her performance while being photographed on the red carpet just before the show.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

Michelle Yeoh gets a standing ovation at the AFI Fest for “The Lady“: “… as it did at its premiere in Toronto, the biopic of Burmese democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi received a standing ovation at AFI Fest — one clearly directed primarily at star and Oscar hopeful Michelle Yeoh. The film itself, a lengthy, somewhat pedestrian retelling of the experiences of Suu Kyi as a British housewife and mother-turned-opposition leader, is slightly less concerned with the politics of its heroine than with the sacrifices she and her family made as, over the course of two decades, she was placed under house arrest by Burma’s military junta and increasingly separated from her loved ones.” MOVIELINE

Kim Cattrall comes to Broadway in “Private Lives”: “Cattrall, the English-born actress known for playing Samantha Jones in the ‘Sex and the City’ franchise, is Amanda, the stylish divorcee who is honeymooning in the South of France with her new hubby, Victor (played by Simon Paisley Day), when she discovers that the adjoining hotel balcony is populated by her ex, Elyot, played by Canadian star [Paul] Gross (‘Sling & Arrows,’ the Stratford Shakespeare Festival), who is on his honeymoon with bride Sybil (played by Anna Madeley) … The Broadway opening night is Nov. 17. This limited engagement plays to Feb. 5, 2012.” PLAYBILL

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