News Nuggets Roundup: ‘Tyrannosaur’ honored; ‘Christmas’ cheered

Paddy Considine‘s feature directing debut “Tyrannosaur” was honored at the Dinard British Film Festival in France: “Actor Paddy Considine’s feature-length directorial debut ‘Tyrannosaur’ won the Golden Hitchcock Award at this year’s Dinard British Film Festival in France. The film also walked off with the Allianz Award for best screenplay award for Considine who penned his own debut … The 22nd anniversary of Brittany’s British Film Festival, attended by British and French delegates annually, helps bring U.K. movie-making to French shores.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Sasha Stone raves about Woody Harrelson‘s performance in “Rampart“: “While Harrelson is one of the most versatile actors working in Hollywood, who has been known to go deep and dark before, as well as light and humorous, is at his absolute best here.  He bobs in and out of various states of being – cocksure one minute, sweating and frantic the next as his rogue cop’s ways start to catch up with him.  All the while, delivering one zinger after another, James Ellroy style.” AWARDS DAILY

Gregory Ellwood talks about Best Animated Film contender “Arthur Christmas” with director Sarah Smith: “Thankfully, Smith took time out from the important part of the process to screen approximately 20 minutes of ‘Arthur Christmas’ for some visiting press in London (screenings were also held for media in New York and Los Angeles).  And what Sony sneaked was an intriguing mix of holiday cheer, quirky Aardman style (‘Chicken Run,’ the ‘Wallace and Gromit’ series), very funny jokes that play just as much to adults as kids and some gorgeous CG animation (nothing new for Sony Pictures Animation).” HITFIX

Tony-winner Frank Langella opens on Broadway today in “Man and Boy”: “Three-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella stars as internationally-known financier Gregor Antonescu, whose empire is toppling, in Terence Rattigan‘s 1963 character study, ‘Man and Boy,’ opening on Broadway Oct. 9. The ‘boy’ at hand is Gregor’s estranged son, played by Adam Driver. Previews for the new Roundabout Theatre Company production began Sept. 9 at the American Airlines Theatre. Maria Aitken (‘The 39 Steps’) directs.” PLAYBILL

Is the Academy’s courting of younger viewers and voters savvy or desperate? “By the time, however, that he gets into the umpteenth rehash of the Academy’s we-need-younger-viewers routine — with [Tom] Sherak citing ‘more aggressive’ marketing to this end — I can’t help wishing they, and the Oscars in particular, would stop fretting over their secondary audiences and accept themselves for what they are. This open courting of a younger demographic reads more desperate than daring; it doesn’t seem the strategy of an institution in control.” IN CONTENTION

The Michael Jackson tribute concert went forward despite controversy: “Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Ne-Yo all performed at the controversy-plagued Michael Jackson tribute concert ‘Michael Forever’ earlier today, according to the AP. Jackson’s three children — Paris, 13, Prince, 14, and Michael Joseph Jr., 9 — also appeared onstage to address the audience at the show, which took place in Cardiff, Wales … ‘Michael Forever’ had attracted criticism for a variety of reasons, including the fact that it was set to coincide with the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of contributing to  Jackson’s death.” EW.COM

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