News Nuggets Roundup: ‘The Artist’ wins at the Hamptons Film Fest

The Artist” wins the top prize in the Hamptons: “Big ups to ‘The Artist,’ the Oscar-contending silent-film throwback that took home the Audience Award at this weekend’s Hamptons International Film Festival. Michel Hazanavicius’s film led a class that also included the superb documentarian Marc Levin and breakout stars Emily Browning, Anton Yelchin and Alexander Skarsgard. Read on for the complete list of winners; congrats to all!” MOVIELINE

Technical problems befall Clint Eastwood‘s unveiling of “J. Edgar“: “Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’ had a much quieter and more snafu-ridden unveiling over the weekend, beginning with an invitation-only Friday night screening at the third annual Carmel Art and Film Festival, a five-day event set in the Northern California coastal city where Eastwood lives and once served as mayor. … But that Friday night screening ended abruptly before the movie itself had ended, cut short by a power outage on the Monterey Peninsula. The festival then scheduled a re-screening for Saturday night, only to have that fall prey to tech troubles as well.” THE WRAP

Coldplay‘s Chris Martin sings the praises of Grammy-winner Rihanna, who is featured on their upcoming album “Mylo Xyloto”: “Back when the track listing was first announced, ‘Princess of China’ immediately stood out, mostly because it contained the note ‘featuring Rihanna’ right after it … ‘She’s one of the top five singers in the world,” Martin told EW during a recent conversation about the new album (the results of which you can read in the current issue, on newsstands now). ‘While we were working on it, I was thinking, “I wish Rihanna was singing this.”‘” EW.COM

Leonardo DiCaprio could play math genius and WWII code-breaker Alan Turing: “First-time screenwriter Graham Moore’s ‘The Imitation Game’ was snapped up by Warner Bros in a 7-figure deal. I’ve learned that the studio outbid half a dozen indie companies because Leonardo DiCaprio ‘has the inside track’ to play the lead and was chasing the project … The life story of this English mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, computer scientist, criminally prosecuted homosexual, and tortured soul who committed suicide by eating a cyanide-laced apple has it all.” DEADLINE

The lawsuit against Best Picture-winner “The Hurt Locker” dropped: “A judge today dismissed a lawsuit brought by Iraq War veteran Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver, who’d sued ‘The Hurt Locker’ and its screenwriter Mark Boal for, basically, making a movie about him, not asking first, and deciding not to at least name the main character Jeremy Sarver or Jeffrey Renner. (Well, that last part not so much.) This decision comes over six months after lawyers for the movie, which won last year’s Oscar for Best Picture, asked that the charges be dropped.” VULTURE

The Adventures of Tintin” and “Super 8” could be on track for Best Sound Editing nominations: “The animated/performance capture ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’ also presents an opportunity for sound effects editors to demonstrate their skills. While supervising sound editor Chris Ward has not been nominated before, I nevertheless strongly suspect this will be a contender … ‘Super 8’ was heavily reliant on sound effects – from the train crash to the alien creature to the eerie sounds that build the mood. I have no idea if it will actually survive until year’s end in the mind of the sound branch, but Matthew Wood (a two-time nominee) and Ben Burtt (a two-time winner and legend in the field) would probably be wise to keep Oscar night open on their calendars.” IN CONTENTION

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