Nuggets: George Clooney vs. himself; disappointing box office for ‘Warrior’

Sophia Savage reports the forty-five films selected for consideration at this year’s European Film Awards: “The European Film Academy and EFA Productions announce forty-five films recommended for nominations into the 2011 European Film Awards, from Michel Hazanavicius’ ‘The Artist,’ the Dardenne Brothers’ ‘The Kid with A Bike’ and Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancholia‘ to Susanne Bier’s ‘In A Better World’ (Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film, 2010), Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre and Pedro Almodovar’s ‘The Skin I Live In.'” INDIEWIRE

“Gossip Girl” producers will bring Candace Bushnell‘s “Sex and the City” prequel to the CW: “A month ago we reported that ‘The Carrie Diaries,’ a TV series project based on ‘Sex and the City’ author Candace Bushnell’s recent book about Carrie Bradshaw’s high school years, was headed to the CW. That has now become a reality after the project was pitched to the network on Friday and bought in the room. Under the deal, which is being finalized, Warner Bros. TV is producing with ‘Gossip Girl’ executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s studio-based Fake Empire banner.” DEADLINE

It could be George Clooney vs. George Clooney at the box office and the Oscars: “At a Saturday press conference for family drama ‘The Descendants,’ which Fox Searchlight will release Nov. 18, Clooney was asked about the timing of that Alexander Payne film and his own helming/acting effort, Sony’s political drama ‘The Ides of March‘ (Oct. 7), also screening at Toronto. ‘I find that it’s a very odd thing to think of competition when talking about what I still think of as art. I never think of competing with actors or filmmakers,’ he said. ‘You still compete at the box office, (but) we’re far enough apart that I’m not concerned with that, either. At the end of the day I don’t really think about competition. I don’t want to think of it as a race with anyone.'” VARIETY

Kris Tapley warns that tepid box office for “Warrior” could spell the end of its Oscar chances: “I don’t pretend to be a box office expert, but I have to think five million for ‘Warrior’ on opening weekend is a disaster for that film. What’s the ceiling when you start out there? It has to be low. Money was always going to be the difference for its Oscar chances. If it hit, there would have been a lot of potential. But now it’ll be lucky to eek out that nod for Nick Nolte.” IN CONTENTION

Scott Feinberg attended a dinner for “Albert Nobbs” in Toronto: “When asked about [Glenn Close], whom he had directed twice before ‘Nobbs,’ [Rodrigo Garcia] noted that she is one of only a small handful of actresses over the age of 60 who can basically get a film made, the others being Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and perhaps Jane Fonda and Susan Sarandon. As they say, getting older ain’t fun… even — or perhaps especially — in Hollywood.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl admits he’s not a fan of “Glee” on “Chelsea Lately“: “Grohl hit on a bunch of topics, including his band’s win at the VMAs (he joked that had Cloris Leachman not been present, he would have been the oldest person at the show), the dearth of ‘real’ rock bands, his group’s approach live (‘We don’t sound like the record, we sound like five dudes beating the s— out of our instruments’), and his stance on ‘Glee’ (‘As a rock musician, why should you have to say ‘OK ‘Glee,’ take my song and turn it into a f—ing musical?’).” EW.COM

Adam Hetrick announces casting news for the Public Theater’s “King Lear,” premiering this fall off-Broadway: “Tony Award winners Frank Wood and Bill Irwin, as well as Kristen Connolly have joined the Public Theater production of King Lear, starring Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston in the title role. Previews will begin Oct. 18 Off-Broadway.” PLAYBILL

Owen Gleiberman is less than impressed with “Shame,” which won Michael Fassbender Best Actor honors at the Venice Film Festival: “Of course, if ‘Shame’ were a well-made lugubrious, moralistic sex-addict drama, I might be tempted to cut it a little more slack. The movie, though, is overstated yet slipshod — and, to be honest, often solemnly preposterous.” EW.COM

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