News Nuggets Roundup: ‘Hugo’ unveiled at the New York Film Festival

Hugo” was the surprise work-in-progress film screened last night at the New York Film Festival: “Many tweets have been coming in about ‘Hugo.’ They range in tone and enthusiasm but the bottom line is that it starts off slow but then revs up and becomes a brilliant tribute to film itself. No offense to those lucky enough to see it but when it comes to a Martin Scorsese movie I will take no one’s opinion except my own, thank you very much … He is quite possibly the greatest living American director.” AWARDS DAILY

Oscar-winner James Cameron discusses his plans for “Avatar 2”: “But have you ever heard of nonlinear storytelling? A lot happens on that planet before [Grace, played by Sigourney Weaver] shows up, and before Jake shows up to join her. She’s there for fifteen years ahead of time. I don’t know, but I wouldn’t jump to conclusions. And I’ve already said way too much about ‘Avatar 2’ and ‘3’ here and there, but people piece it together like those voice cameos and tell the whole story!” VULTURE

Despite her success, Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton regrets getting into the acting business: “Tilda, who is starring in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin,’ declares: ‘I’m not really interested in acting. I’ve given up waiting for an epiphany of interest to strike. Acting is a red herring and a major mistake and I’m still trying to get back on track. Every time I’m in a film I’m determined it’s the last I’m in then I’ll fall into a conversation with someone and we’ll cook up a new scheme. Basically it’s gone on for 20 years but I’m hoping to pull it to a close shortly.'” EXPRESS

Meryl Streep may not be the Oscar frontrunner after all: “Meryl Streep is 2-and-14; in other words, she has lost more Academy Awards than any actor in history. She is zero-for-six playing real people. Phyllida Lloyd, ‘The Iron Lady’s’ director, has made just one previous film, ‘Mamma Mia!,’ which is not remembered for its acting (at least, not kindly). So overall, there’s little reason to believe Streep will win, especially since it’s now a near-annual ritual for prognosticators to claim that it’s her year — for ‘Doubt,’ for ‘Julie & Julia,’ for whatever — and then, when they find that narrative tedious, to start boosting an underdog.” HOLLYWOOD PROSPECTUS

American filmmaker Joshua Marston once again disqualified from Oscar’s Best Foreign Language Film list: “Following a written complaint from Bujar Alimani, the director of a rival Albanian film, that ‘The Forgiveness of Blood,’ with its American director and producer and British DP, isn’t sufficiently homegrown to represent Albania, an Academy committee reviewed the decision and disqualified the film. Now representing Albania instead, would you believe it, is Alimani’s film ‘Amnesty,’ a marital drama that also happened to bow at Berlin in February.” IN CONTENTION

Actors’ Equity honors James Earl Jones: “Actors’ Equity Association has named two-time Tony Award-winning stage veteran James Earl Jones as the recipient of the 2011 Paul Robeson Award. The Robeson Award honors an individual ‘who best exemplifies the principles by which Mr. Robeson lived,’ according to AEA. Robeson was a political activist, singer, cultural scholar, athlete and author.” PLAYBILL

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