News Nuggets: DreamWorks aiming for a SAG Ensemble nod for ‘Rise of the Guardians’

Maroon 5‘s Adam Levine talks about the surprise of winning the Best New Artist Grammy against Kanye West: “Adam Levine and Maroon 5 recently spoke with Carson Daly onstage at the Red Bull Sound Space at AMP Radio … When asked about winning the Best New Artist Grammy in 2005 when they beat out Kanye West, Levine said, ‘What was really crazy about that year is that we were nominated for two Grammys and the first one we lost before the Best New Artist, and we lost to Los Lonely Boys…great song, but I was pissed off…and then we were nominated against some amazing artists and one of them was Kanye West. And so I’m thinking, like, “God Bless Lonely Boys, but you know, Kanye’s got this,” and we didn’t think that we were going to win it. But then we won,’ he continues. ‘And I think we were all just so shocked, first of all that we won a Grammy. Second of all that it was in the category it was in and third of all that we beat Kanye ’cause I know, as pissed off as he probably was…but yeah, it was a trip.'” 411 MANIA

Warner Bros. launches its campaign for its slate of Oscar hopefuls: “Warner Bros. hasn’t had a lot of luck when it came to wooing the Academy in recent years. Last year, their offerings included the last ‘Harry Potter’ film, ‘Contagion,’ ‘Happy Feet Two,’ and ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close‘ – none of which received major gold with the exception of the last, which had the involvement of Academy favorites Scott Rudin and Stephen Daldry to thank despite its lukewarm critical response … This year, Warner Bros. offers up ‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Magic Mike,’ ‘Argo,’ ‘Cloud Atlas,’ and ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘ for consideration.” HYPABLE

Max Greenfield wanted to wear Tom Ford to the Emmys: “Max Greenfield told his publicist to ‘immediately contact Tom Ford’ when he found out he was nominated for an Emmy Award. The actor, who stars as Schmidt in hit US TV series ‘New Girl,’ declared that the label’s sleek designs were on the top of his red carpet wish list … ‘On the evening of the Emmys I did not have the honour of wearing Tom Ford, however I was thinking about him. I was outfitted with a custom tux from Brooks Brothers Black Fleece Label.’ Max also bemoaned the fact that men’s fashion isn’t paid enough attention on the red carpet. The star joked that he had planned to mention this in his acceptance speech if he won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.” XPOSE ENTERTAINMENT

The Guardian’s movie matchmaker lets you know which of this year’s Oscar-season films you’re likeliest to enjoy: “Awards season is a great time to be a cinemagoer. But it’s also a confusing time. Which films would you actually like? And which might win acclaim, but you’d personally hate? Consult our matchmaker to find out.” THE GUARDIAN

DreamWorks hopes for a SAG Ensemble nomination for animated “Rise of the Guardians“: “Writes Jenelle Riley at Backstage: ‘DreamWorks certainly thinks it has a shot, submitting the voice cast for “Rise of the Guardians” in [the] Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture category at the 2013 SAG Awards. This marks the first time DreamWorks has submitted an animated film in the category’ … The only time I’ve ever really felt voice work deserved awards attention was when Ellen DeGeneres came along with a stellar performance in 2003’s ‘Finding Nemo.’ Though a lot of people have had and will continue to have glowing things to say about John C. Reilly in ‘Wreck-It Ralph.’ I mostly agree with them; it’s an endearing and lovable portrait. Maybe it’s time to start considering a new category or some kind of peripheral recognition for voice work.” IN CONTENTION

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