News Nuggets: Scorsese to receive special award at Critics’ Choice

Meryl Streep will take part in a live Q&A tonight: “The Weinstein Company announced today that following an upcoming advanced screening of ‘The Iron Lady,’ they will feature a live Q&A session with Meryl Streep and director Phyllida Lloyd. The event will take place on Tuesday, December 6th following a screening at the DGA Theater in New York City that will begin at 7:00pm EST.  The Q&A will begin at approximately 8:45pm EST and will be made available for posting via the official widget. The Q&A will be moderated by Scott Feinberg, lead awards season blogger/analyst for The Hollywood Reporter.”

Martin Scorsese will receive a special honor at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards: “The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that ‘Hugo‘ director Martin Scorsese will receive the Critics’ Choice Music+Film Award at the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The show will air live for the fifth straight year on VH1 from the Hollywood Palladium on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Selected by the BFCA Board of Directors, the Music+Film Award honors a single filmmaker who has touched audiences through cinematic storytelling, and has heightened the impact of films through the brilliant use of source and original music.”

Oscar-winner Trent Reznor discusses scoring “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“: “Reznor and frequent collaborator Atticus Ross, who earlier this year won an Oscar for their work on ‘The Social Network,’ have again teamed with David Fincher for their follow-up into the world of cinematic scoring … ‘We didn’t have pictures, and we were given no script until the beginning of this year,’ Reznor said. ‘Yet you pretty much know what the story is going to be. I was talking to David on set in Sweden and he was explaining how cold it is and the vibe and read he’s getting there. He dictates things he hears, like there were a lot of bells and motifs he wanted to have access to. But a lot of that early phase is just working from an impressionistic, gut viewpoint.'” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Lars von Trier was absent from the European Film Awards, where “Melancholia” won Best Picture: “Having publicly taken a vow of silence a few months ago in the wake of further official admonishment for his controversial Nazi-related comments at Cannes in May, he proved as good as his word, sending his wife to collect the award on his behalf. Lucky woman. That wasn’t the only way in which the EFA ceremony recalled the von Trier Cannes fracas. In a bit of irony so delicious it’s tempting to suspect someone of rigging the vote, the difficult Dane lost the Best Director award to his compatriot Susanne Bier — the very woman he so pointedly dissed in that fateful press conference.” IN CONTENTION

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood lead the American Country Awards with six wins: “Underwood took home six trophies, including Female Artist of the Year and Female Single of the Year for her hit ‘Mama’s Song.’ Aldean won Artist of the Year, Vocal Collaboration of the Year for his duet with Kelly Clarkson on ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ Male Single of the Year for ‘My Kinda Party’ and Album of the Year for ‘My Kinda Party.’ In addition to Underwood and Aldean’s victories, Thompson Square won for both Group Single and New Artist, Blake Shelton won two awards for his video for ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,’ and Toby Keith was honored as Artist of the Decade.” ROLLING STONE

Adele‘s “21” is UK’s top-selling album of the century so far: “After picking up a half dozen Grammy nominations last week, ’21’ also officially became the best-selling album in the UK in the 21st century. In doing so, it eclipsed Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black,’ which has shifted 3.3 million copies since its release in 2006. ’21,’ meanwhile, has moved 3.4 million copies in less than a year, a pretty remarkable feat in the current music-business climate … Considering the length of time the albums have been out, and the stature of the artists involved, you would think that U2′s ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind,’ Coldplay’s ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head,’ or Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’ would be contenders for the sales crown. In fact, the only other album from the 21st century that has put up Adele- and Winehouse-sized numbers is James Blunt’s 2004 debut ‘Back to Bedlam.'” EW.COM

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