News Nuggets Roundup: ‘Albert Nobbs’ trailer hits the web

Albert Nobbs” trailer premieres: “There are a lot of tricky transformations coming down the pike this Oscar season … Glenn Close may have the highest degree of difficulty, because in her new movie ‘Albert Nobbs,’ she has to convince us that she’s convincing as a 19th century woman passing as a man. And while Close is giving it her all in a dream role she’s tried for years to bring to the screen, and we’re definitely intrigued by the premise, we keep half-expecting her costars Mia Wasikowska and Aaron Johnson to say, ‘Wait … you’re Glenn Close, with prosthetics!” VULTURE

Michael Fassbender signs up for his third film with Steve McQueen: “Yesterday’s news that Michael Fassbender will be hooking up with Steve McQueen for a third shot on goal (after ‘Hunger’ and ‘Shame‘) has me excited at the beginnings of a beautiful partnership. Fassbender as Pitt or De Niro to McQueen’s Fincher or Scorsese? I think we all respond to successful collaborations and these two are already off to a brilliant start. There’s no doubt in my mind they have a lot of magic left in them and perhaps haven’t even begun to show us anything. The new film is called ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ and little is known about it as of now, but I’m already pumped.” IN CONTENTION

Emmy-winning “Downton Abbey” will likely run for three seasons: “The second season of fantastic British period drama ‘Downton Abbey’ won’t air in America until the end of the year, but it’s already airing in England … The show continues to be a ratings success, so the obvious question is already being broached: Will there be a third season? (There’s already a ‘Christmas Special’ scheduled to air shortly after season two finishes up.) Julian Fellowes, ‘Downton’s’ creator, pretty much says yes. (Yesssss!)” VULTURE

My Week with Marilyn” movies its release date to Thanksgiving weekend: “Emboldened by the critical reaction that the Simon Curtis-directed ‘My Week With Marilyn’ received in its New York Film Festival debut, The Weinstein Company has moved the film from November 4 to November 23, placing it smack into the Thanksgiving holiday fray. The film received strong reviews, particularly for Michelle Williams’ portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, Kenneth Branagh’s turn as Sir Laurence Olivier, Dougray Scott as Arthur Miller, and Eddie Redmayne’s performance as the production assistant who gets Monroe to drop her suffocating star persona as he shows her a good time in Britain.” DEADLINE

Four ingenues are in the thick of the Oscar race: “Oscar watchers have been wondering about ‘the next big thing’ since January when hype began to coalesce around four relatively “new” women (Felicity Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Chastain, and Rooney Mara) due to Sundance debuts in the first three cases, and in the latter case, a leading role in a hot property (‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘) that was filming during last year’s Oscar season when David Fincher was presumably just not sleeping, travelling from set to awards functions for ‘The Social Network’ and back again. Cut to: nine months later and the same four women are still being talked up as potential Oscar nominees.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

Paul Simon celebrated 25th anniversary of Grammy-winning “Graceland”: “Paul Simon has announced plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album Graceland with a tour reuniting him with the musicians who played on the record. In an interview with Billboard, Simon says that he will be playing with the band who toured for the album in 1987, including the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. No specific details of the tour – timetable, venues – have been revealed as of yet.” ROLLING STONE

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