News Nuggets: ‘J. Edgar,’ ‘War Horse’ lose ground in the Oscar race

J. Edgar” is in trouble thanks to poor marketing: “Don’t you just want to grab the marketing campaign for this one, give it a good shake, and say, ‘Listen, you are boring us all to death’? They’ve got Leonardo DiCaprio! Armie Hammer! Naomi Watts! Enormous stakes! Political intrigue! So why are they selling the movie like its a snoozerific Sunday afternoon History Channel re-creation?” VULTURE

War Horse” dips on Movieline’s Oscar Index: “It’s not all good for the new front-runners; after all, no one wants to peak too soon, and hearing guys like Tom O’Neil and Scott Feinberg debate the mechanics of a ‘Descendants’/’Artist’ showdown (and for the likes of longtime ‘Horse’-whipper Jeff Wells to spotlight it) suggests ‘War Horse’ and DreamWorks’ happy retreat (for now) into the Oscar shadows while the other heavyweights get all gladiatorial on each other for the awards gods.” MOVIELINE

Scott Feinberg talks with Mia Wasikowska about her prolific year 2011: “… the future looks bright for Wasikowska: ‘Restless‘ is playing still in select theaters; ‘Albert Nobbs‘ will open nationally Jan. 27; and, on Jan. 24, there is an outside shot that she might score a best actress Oscar nod for her critically acclaimed take on the oft-attempted title character in ‘Jane Eyre.’ Then, at some point over the next few months, we’ll see her playing Shia LeBeouf‘s girlfriend in John Hillcoat‘s highly anticipated bootlegging period piece ‘The Wettest County in the World‘ and as the daughter of fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman in Chan-woon Park’s twisted-sounding ‘Stoker.'” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Melancholia” and “Martha Marcy May Marlene” are strikingly similar films: “If you’ve seen one of those movies, you’ve kind of seen the other, too. Sure, Sean Durkin‘s tiny-budgeted cult drama and Lars von Trier‘s gorgeous, apocalyptic melodrama might initially appear to have little in common, but you’d be surprised how much they resemble each other underneath their hardscrabble and glossy surfaces, respectively. Here’s a chart breaking down their similarities, with some light spoilers.” VULTURE

Tickets for a new Broadway revival of “Evita” go on sale today: “Previews begin at the Marquis Theatre, the current home of the acclaimed revival of ‘Follies,’ March 12, 2012, with an official opening April 5 … The cast will be headed by Olivier winner Elena Roger, who starred in the 2006 London production. She will be joined on Broadway by Grammy winner Ricky Martin as Che and Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris (‘Tommy,’ ‘Sweeney Todd’) as Juan Peron. (As previously reported, Roger will play six performances a week due to the vocal demands of the Lloyd Webber-Rice score.)” PLAYBILL

Paramount previews footage from the 3D conversion of Best Picture champ “Titanic”: “Paramount and 20th Century Fox — which holds international rights after bringing in Paramount to be domestic distributor when the film was sailing way over budget — will open the new 3D-converted ‘Titanic’ on April 6, 2012. That’s just days before the 100th anniversary of the ship’s maiden launch on April 10, 1912 … [Director James] Cameron says the film will be available in all formats, not just 3D. There will be Imax 2D and 3D  and regular 2D prints that he says will look ‘stunning.’ They have created a 4K master, gotten rid of the grain, and color-corrected everything so it looks even better than it did for its first release.” DEADLINE

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