News Nuggets: Daniel Radcliffe is EW’s Entertainer of the Year

Daniel Radcliffe named EW’s Entertainer of the Year: “Having captivated moviegoers around the world with the last installment of the ‘Harry Potter’ series, Daniel Radcliffe earned the number one spot on our list of the most talented and original performers who entertained us this year. Rounding out the honor roll? Seventeen more people and groups, from Adele to Hugh Jackman to the cast of ‘Bridesmaids.'” EW.COM

The Grammys blunder iconic band reunion: “Usually, the Grammy’s comical goof-ups involve their oft-baffling nominations and awards. Now, though, hilarious Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow has hit upon a bold new initiative to make people not take his organization seriously. It’s called ‘announce that you’ll be announcing the reunion of an “iconic band” during the Grammys telecast, and then never actually announce anything.’ The details, via ArtsBeat: during its nomination concert show, the Grammys were supposed to reveal the name of a reuniting band … And then the actual nomination concert took place … and no reunion was announced. So, WTF?” GRANTLAND

Watch 2011’s top Oscars contenders channel classic cinema villains for the New York Times, including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Viola Davis, and Jessica Chastain: “A video gallery of cinematic villainy, inspired by nefarious icons and featuring the best performers from the year in film.” NEW YORK TIMES

Oscar manufacturer faces labor troubles: “The people who make the Oscar statuettes in Chicago say they’re at a stalemate in contract negotiations with the manufacturer, and they’re asking for fellow brother-and-sister unions to support them. This could certainly make it hard for many of the liberals in Hollywood to walk the red carpet Feb. 26. If the dispute continues that might even mean a (gasp) picket line would have to be crossed. Maybe … The workers for now say they want federal mediation so negotiations can move forward. So far the workers aren’t threatening to strike or disrupt the Oscars, but they sure make it sound like those are bullets in their arsenal.” LA WEEKLY

Beastie Boys and Red Hot Chili Peppers among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: “‘It’s really nice to be part of a community of musicians we respect,’ Chili Peppers bassist Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary said from a tour stop in Vienna shortly after getting the news. ‘I feel very emotional about it, and it makes me reflective about our career. I think back about when we just started out as this little band and we kept it going, pouring our heart and souls into it. Pride isn’t the healthiest thing, but I feel proud.’ Acts among the 15 final nominees that didn’t make the cut were disco queen Donna Summer, Seattle rock band Heart, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, goth-pop group the Cure, rap duo Eric B. & Rakim, and R&B groups Rufus with Chaka Khan, War and the Spinners.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Do “Hugo” and “The Artist” promote nostalgia, or denial? “I’m all for venerating old movies, and if I’m a bit resistant to the allure of ‘The Artist’ and ‘Hugo,’ it may be because they practically grab you by the lapels and order you to feel a childlike sense of wonder, goddammit! But as the plot of a third Best Picture contender, Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris,’ reminds us explicitly that nostalgia for values you never actually held from an era you yourself didn’t live through isn’t really nostalgia — it’s sentimentality.” GRANTLAND

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