News Nuggets: Civil Wars cancel tour over ‘irreconcilable differences’

Jonathan Demme to be honored by the Cinema Audio Society. From the press release: “Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme will receive the Cinema Audio Society Filmmaker Award at the 49th CAS Awards on February 16, 2013 at the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. In making this announcement, CAS President David E. Fluhr said, ‘We are thrilled to be honoring Jonathan Demme. Jonathan’s career spans 40 years as a Director, Producer and Writer, and includes both film and television and illustrates an incredible talent for both narrative films and documentaries.'”

Art Directors Guild adds three to its Hall of Fame. Press release: “Three legendary Production Designers – Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward S. Stephenson – will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild (ADG) Hall of Fame at the Guild’s 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW ceremony to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 2, 2013, as announced today by ADG President Thomas A. Walsh and Awards Producers Greg Grande and Raf Lydon.”

Salute to New York Theatre honors four theatrical figures: “T. Schreiber Studio and Theatre (Terry Schreiber and Peter Jensen, Co-Artistic Directors) will host the Salute to New York Theatre to honor four New York theatre luminaries – Tony Award-winning actress Judith Light, Tony Award nominated actress Amy Ryan, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley and NY1 theatre critic Roma Torre – on Monday, November 12th, starting at 6:00 pm at the Maritime Hotel (363 West 16th Street at 9th Avenue). Jordan Roth, Henry Winkler, and Stephen Adly Guirgis will present the four honorees with the TSS 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes artists who not only have achieved excellence in their field, but more specifically have chosen to make New York an integral part of that success.” BROADWAY WORLD

Screenwriter John Logan hopes for Oscars for “Skyfall“: “Of the 23 previous Bond movies over the last 49 years, only two have collected Academy Awards, both in technical categories. ‘Goldfinger’ won best sound effects in 1964 and a year later in 1965, ‘Thunderball’ got best visual effects. So could ‘Skyfall’ be the first Bond film to achieve mainstream Oscar glory? ‘Yes,’ Logan replies simply. ‘I think we made a proper movie, which was our goal.’ John Logan has previous form with Academy voters, having been nominated for his work writing ‘Gladiator,’ ‘The Aviator’ and most recently, ‘Hugo.’ There has been chatter online that Dame Judi Dench could be nominated for her role as M in ‘Skyfall.'” BBC

Folk duo The Civil Wars cancels tour due to conflict within the band: “We guess it wasn’t so civil after all.  After one celebrated full-length album and two Grammy Awards, The Civil Wars have announced the cancellation of their current tour because of ‘irreconcilable differences.’ In a statement posted on Facebook, Joy Williams and Paul White wrote: ‘We sincerely apologize for the canceling of all of our tour dates. It is something we deeply regret. However, due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.'” IN CONTENTION

Alcohol companies offended over their use in the film “Flight“: “Apparently, not all people, places, and/or alcoholic beverages would be thrilled to share the screen with Denzel Washington, two-time Oscar winner and one-time Sexiest Man Alive. Case* in point (*distributor pun): Budweiser beer and Stolichnaya vodka, whose brewing company and distributor, respectively, are protesting their cameos in Washington’s latest action film, ‘Flight.’ In the movie, which opened on Friday, Washington plays an airline pilot who turns to alcohol after being declared a hero for successfully crash-landing his plane in response to a mid-air disaster.” VANITY FAIR

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