News Nuggets: Dave Karger becomes Chief Correspondent for Fandango

Oscar expert Dave Karger will be a correspondent for Fandango. From the press release: “Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, announced today that it has appointed film expert Dave Karger to the newly created role of Chief Correspondent. The hiring of Karger, a 17-year veteran and senior writer from Entertainment Weekly who also served as the Academy’s official Red Carpet Greeter for the 2011 and 2012 Oscars, is a key part of Fandango’s strategy to be a multi-platform entertainment brand. He will report to Hilary Smith, SVP of Digital Communications and Integrated Media Marketing for NBCUniversal’s Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media division. ‘Dave has a well-deserved nationwide following as one of the industry’s most dynamic and respected film and awards authorities,’ said Smith. She added, ‘Bringing him to Fandango in this newly created position is a game-changer for the brand, as the business builds on its image as the primary source for all things movies.'”

Writers Guild donates to the Actors Fund. From the press release: “The Writers Guild of America, West announced today that it is contributing $977,095 to The Actors Fund. The monies are specifically earmarked for emergency financial assistance needed by entertainment professionals for basic living expenses such as rent or medical bills. The Fund provides support for everyone in entertainment – writers, designers, sound technicians, dancers, directors, film editors, stagehands, electricians, and actors – with a broad spectrum of programs designed to help with the serious economic, health or employment challenges they face.”

Emmy winner Jeanne Cooper still going strong as “The Young and the Restless” celebrates 10,000 episodes: “Betty White isn’t the only woman of a certain, ahem, older age still thriving on television. Jeanne Cooper is right there with her. Cooper plays wealthy Katherine Chancellor on ‘The Young and the Restless,’ which aired its 10,000th episode Thursday. She joined the CBS soap a few months after it debuted in March 1973, and is its longest-tenured cast member. Cooper, who turns 84 next month, shows no signs of slowing down. She said this week: ‘What would I do? I’m no good at crocheting. My fingers would bleed.'” ASSOCIATED PRESS

Follies,” “Guiding Light” alum Ron Raines joins the cast of “Newsies“: “‘Newsies,’ the Tony Award winning new American musical, has just announced that 2012 Tony Award nominee Ron Raines will temporarily join The Cast in the role of Joseph Pulitzer on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 and will play the role through Sunday, December 16, 2012. He steps in for John Dossett, who will be starring in ‘Giant’ at The Public Theater.” BROADWAY WORLD

Michael C. Hall is the Susan Lucci of premium cable: “Michael C. Hall has been nominated six times for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Emmy for ‘Dexter,’ but he’s yet to come away with a win. It’s a winless streak that’s even longer than ‘Mad Men‘ star Jon Hamm‘s, who’s been nominated five times in the same category without taking home a statue. Fortunately, Hall doesn’t seem too bent out of shape about it. On G4 TV’s ‘Attack Of The Show,’ he jokingly compared himself to Susan Lucci, the former ‘All My Children‘ actress who was nominated nineteen times for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series before finally winning a Daytime Emmy in 1999. Reflecting on his repeated losses in an interview with his Showtime colleague and ‘Attack Of The Show’ host Ben Schwartz, Hall quipped, ‘I’m the Susan Lucci of pay cable.'” HUFFINGTON POST

Stockard Channing joins “The Good Wife” for season four: “Channing, who is set to guest star in at least one episode, will play Alicia Florrick’s (Julianna Margulies) mother, described as ‘mercurial and heavily influenced by the 1960s’ counterculture era.’ Other Season Four guest stars include Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth, who departed the season early due to an injury sustained on the set, Tony winner Nathan Lane, Maura Tierney, Marc Warren, Amanda Peet, Christina Ricci and Miriam Shor.” PLAYBILL

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