News Nuggets: Will Cannes influence the Oscars again this year?

Will Cannes make a major mark on the Oscar race again? “Certainly festival director Thierry Fremaux and Gilles Jacob hope the sun will shine on the official selection this year as well after a rousing 2011 where Cannes had an an unusually large impact on the Oscar race. An impressive three films that debuted here – ‘Midnight in Paris,’ ‘The Tree of Life‘ and ‘The Artist‘ – all received Best Picture nominations … ‘I’m just here supporting our film,’ an excited Fremaux told me at the time, but certainly ‘how do you top this?’ had to be in the back of his mind.” DEADLINE

The MTV Video Music Awards get a new location: “MTV’s annual awards ceremony is moving to Los Angeles’ Staples Center this year, giving it a lot more elbow room than its previous location, the Nokia Theatre. The Staples Center, home venue to the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings, has a seating capacity approaching 20,000 for concerts and special events, compared to the Nokia’s 7,100 capacity. An MTV spokesperson told TheWrap that the move to the Staples Center will ‘provide us with an opportunity to execute our vision at a new size and scale while maintaining the intimacy of the musical performances that the VMAs have become legendary for.'” THE WRAP

Bret Michaels settles his lawsuit with the Tony Awards: “The Poison frontman filed the suit after being hit by a piece of scenery during the 2009 awards show, the Los Angeles Times reports. Michaels had just finished performing and claims he was told to exit the stage towards the hazard. His nose was broken and he received three stitches in his lip. He also blamed the incident for a near-fatal brain hemorrhage he sustained 10 months later. So what’s the ‘Rock of Love’ reality star getting for his troubles? Unfortunately, everyone is staying tight-lipped about the details. The settlement agreement was confidential. But what’s known is that it covers both the organizers of the Tony Awards and CBS, the network that aired the event.” REUTERS

A 3-hour cut of Kenneth Lonergan‘s embattled “Margaret” will hit DVD in July: “This is great news for anyone who missed the movie’s brief theatrical release last fall, but even better news for fans of the film (we are a small group, but we’re very vocal). As The New Yorker reports, the film will be available in both the original theatrical cut (which ran two-and-a-half-hours) alongside a new director’s cut (with an additional 36 minutes of footage), presumably in a two-disc edition, on DVD at least. So all those dangling subplots and unresolved conflicts may not be dangling and unresolved for much longer.” THE PLAYLIST

“Social Network” Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin will pen Steve Jobs biopic: “Studio Sony’s announcement that it has appointed the creator of ‘The West Wing’ to adapt Walter Isaacson‘s bestselling official biography of Jobs immediately catapulted the film into pole position in the race to bring the late technology guru’s story to the big screen, as well as marking it as potential awards season fodder. Sorkin surprised many by adapting what had looked on paper to be a rather dry tale about the Harvard-based founders of Facebook into a film which won three Oscars last year and took more than $200m at the global box office.” THE GUARDIAN

What were this season’s nine highest rated canceled shows, and why were they axed? “You had Fox’s ‘Fringe‘ getting renewed for a final GTFO season with only 4.2 million viewers and slight 1.6 average rating. Then you had ‘Terra Nova‘ getting axed with 10.8 million viewers and a 3.6 rating. The biggest mitigating factor was a show’s cost — which usually rises along with its age — along with the difficulty of a time period, who owns the program, how intensely critics and fans feel about the series and, believe it or not, whether a network’s executives like the show. Here are the top nine highest-rated canceled shows this season.” EW.COM

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