News Nuggets: Martin Luther King, Bruce Springsteen in Grammy Hall of Fame

Martin Luther King, Bruce Springsteen among 2012 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees: “The Recording Academy has announced the newest additions to its GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, adding 25 recordings to a collection that now totals 906 titles. The collection is on display at the GRAMMY Museum … Representing a variety of tracks and albums, the 2012 GRAMMY Hall Of Fame inductees range from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ album to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech from his historic 1963 address at the March on Washington.” GRAMMY.COM

The Descendants” screened for the Academy. Did they love it? “A voter described the reaction as a ‘good round of applause,’ with particularly strong reactions when the names of stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley and Robert Forster came on the screen. ‘The audience was with the film entirely,’ said another member … And yet, most felt that it was not the film that would land at the top of most members’ Best Picture ballots. Said one, ‘I wouldn’t read it as they think it’s the best of the year; more likely positioning it as one of the top contenders.'” THE WRAP

Iranian film ‘A Separation’ wins BBC World Cinema Award: “If you were still in any doubt that Asghar Farhadi‘s superb Iranian marital drama “A Separation” is this year’s Chosen One on the world cinema circuit, there was further confirmation this week, as the film scooped the annual BBC Four World Cinema Award, handed annually by rotating jury of film and arts luminaries to what they perceive as the standout non-English-language film of the year. The award itself is a modest one, but it has a habit of going to consensus critical champions. Previous winners include ‘The White Ribbon,’ ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth.'” IN CONTENTION

The 20th Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theater goes to Barbara Cook: “The Oscar Hammerstein Award was created by [York Theater Company]’s founder, Janet Hayes Walker, and is named in honor of the legendary lyricist who helped shape the American musical theatre through his collaborations with a number of different composers and writers … Cook, a Broadway legend who won the 1958 Tony Award (Featured Actress) for playing Marian the Librarian in the original production of ‘The Music Man,’ is a Grammy winner, and received a Grammy nomination for the DRG album ‘Count Your Blessings.’ In 2010, she was nominated for a Featured Actress Tony Award for her appearance in ‘Sondheim on Sondheim.'” PLAYBILL

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band plan on new music, tour dates in 2012: “… the band confirmed that they will be touring in 2012, beginning with Europe dates … from mid-May until the end of July. After that, the band will head to the U.S. for yet-to-be-announced dates. It seems the band, who assured ‘things are starting to heat up down on E Street,’ will also be trying out some new material on the road next summer, telling fans in the statement, ‘We want you to know that the [new] music is almost done (but still untitled), we have almost settled on the release date (but not quite yet), and that we are all incredibly excited about everything that we’re planning for 2012.'” EW.COM

Can “Moneyball” restore any of its lost buzz? “Attention spans and media heat cycles are shorter than they used to be, and one result is that Bennett Miller‘s masterwork seems to be sputtering despite the Movie Godz being foursquare against this. ‘Moneyball’ is ranked higher on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic than the current Best Picture favorite, ‘The Descendants,’ with a grade of 87 to 84 on Metacritic and 95 to 90 on RT. And it’s made a solid $72.6 million domestic and $88 million worldwide. The Sony guys need to do something to re-energize the situation. If Warner Bros. can do it for ‘Contagion,’ they sure as hell can.” HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE

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