News Nuggets: MTV Movie Awards will preview ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Footage from “The Dark Knight Rises” will debut at the MTV Movie Awards: “We are proud to announce that this year’s live broadcast will feature the debut of exclusive new footage from one of the summer’s most highly anticipated movies, ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’ And if that’s not exciting enough, the film’s writer/director Christopher Nolan and stars Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman will be on hand to introduce the never-before-seen footage. If you’ve been following the news surrounding Nolan’s third and very likely final Batman film, you know that plot details have been kept under lock and key, so any chance to see anything new from the film ahead of its July 20 release is definitely cause for celebration.” MTV

What Cannes contenders are most likely to succeed at the Oscars? “The Cannes film fest doesn’t appear to have delivered any major Best Picture contenders, the way it did with last year’s ‘The Artist,’ ‘Tree of Life’ and ‘Midnight in Paris.’ On the other hand, there are many films that could be in contention, in one category or another.  It’s never easy to gauge how a film will play … Going category by category, here are the films and performances that I think made the most impact.  Whether they make it to the end of the year is a different question, of course. That depends on things you can control (publicity) and things you can’t (buzz and the dying of buzz).  Right now, the film I think will hit like an asteroid is Benh Zeitlin’s impressive debut, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild.'” AWARDS DAILY

Tony-winner Katie Finneran joins the Broadway revival of “Annie”: “Late-breaking pre-holiday news — Two-time Tony Award winner Katie Finneran (‘Promises, Promises,’ ‘Noises Off’) will star as Miss Hannigan in the new production of ‘Annie,’ the Tony Award-winning classic musical. ‘Annie’ opens November 8 at the Palace Theatre (1567 Broadway at 47th Street). Previews begin October 3. ‘Miss Hannigan is one of the great musical comedy roles and I cannot wait to play her, in all of her deliciously evil glory,’ Finneran said.” BROADWAY WORLD

No” wins top prize at Directors Fortnight at Cannes: “The Directors Fortnight section at Cannes has said yes to “No,” Chilean director’s Pablo Larrain‘s look at the referendum that ended Pinochet’s reign in that country. On Friday, the film won the top prize at the Directors Fortnight, a section that runs concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival. Earlier this week, Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American rights to the film, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal as an ad man working on the campaign to persuade votes to give Pinochet a no vote.” THE WRAP

Who deserves to win at the BAFTA TV Awards? “The acting categories seem particularly close this year, with Benedict Cumberbatch, Dominic West, John Simm and Joseph Gilgun all nominated for the leading actor award. It feels like West has the momentum behind him for his extraordinary portrayal of Fred West in in ‘Appropriate Adult‘ – he took the same category at the 2012 Royal Television Society awards. And yet … Cumberbatch, who lost out in this category last year, surely deserves recognition for his remarkable playing of ‘Sherlock.’ A tough call.” THE GUARDIAN

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