News Nuggets: Grammys auction VIP experience with Justin Bieber

Up All Night” drastically changes its format: “‘Up All Night’ jokes are going to sound funnier next year — sort of. NBC is adding a live studio audience to its struggling sitcom. The network has ordered five more episodes of ‘Up All Night,’ extending the comedy’s current run from 11 to 16 episodes. More interestingly: The show is switching from single-cam format to multi-cam. For those not versed in production-speak, single-cam is more cinematic-looking and uses more locations (think ‘The Office,’ ‘30 Rock,’ ‘Arrested Development’). Multi-cam is typically shot on an indoor set in front of a studio audience, and feels a bit more like a play (‘Two and a Half Men,’ ‘Big Bang Theory‘). Both formats have a distinct feel and it’s very rare for a comedy to switch from one to the other.” EW.COM

The Help” and “The Good Wife” are among Casting Society Artios Award winners: “The Casting Society of America tonight announced the winners of the 28th Annual Artios Awards for outstanding achievement in casting. The Big Budget Feature Drama award went to Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee for ‘The Help.’ Mindy Marin and Kara Lipson (Associate) received the Big Budget Feature Comedy award for ‘Crazy Stupid Love.’ There was a tie for Television Series Drama. The honor was shared by Mark Saks and John Andrews (Associate) for ‘The Good Wife’ and Judy Henderson, Craig Fincannon (Location Casting), Lisa Mae Fincannon (Location Casting) for ‘Homeland.’ Nicole Sullivan hosted the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The New York ceremony was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.” DEADLINE

Grammys auction off a VIP experience with Justin Bieber to benefit the Grammy Foundation. From the press release: “Proceeds from Grammy Charity Online Auctions provide essential support for the Grammy Foundation. Under the banner of Grammy in the Schools, the Grammy Foundation produces a range of distinct education programs — across the country throughout the year — that serve high school students and their schools including Grammy Camp, Grammy Camp — Basic Training, Grammy Camp — Jazz Session, and Grammy Signature Schools. The Grammy Foundation also offers preservation and advancement initiatives, fosters dialogue about compelling issues facing the music industry, supports projects that increase the understanding of music and its role in society, and raises public awareness about the urgent need to preserve our nation’s recorded sound legacy.” EBAY

Tony-winner, Oscar-nominee John Logan will write the next two James Bond films: “As buzz builds for the 23rd James Bond film ‘Skyfall,’ the franchise’s producers have quietly made a deal with John Logan to write not one but two 007 films. I’m told that Logan pitched an original two-movie arc to Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson while they were shooting ‘Skyfall,’ and that he has already begun writing the scripts. If plans work out, this would be the first Bond film with a storyline to be played out over multiple films, and it certainly makes it feasible that the pictures could be shot back-to-back.” DEADLINE

Can John Hawkes beat better known stars to win the Best Actor Oscar? “Only a few years ago, John Hawkes was one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets. He’d been acting for decades, and cropped up in dozens of big film and TV projects, but at best was simply one of those ‘Hey, it’s that guy!’ character actors. But the mid-’00s saw him edge towards center stage with a lead role in Miranda July‘s ‘Me and You and Everyone We Know,’ and as a regular on ‘Deadwood,’ and 2010 saw him finally make an indelible mark, as the terrier-like Teardrop in ‘Winter’s Bone,’ which saw him pick up a surprise Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Two years on, he could be heading back, touted for a Best Actor nomination for ‘The Sessions,’ which premiered at Sundance in January.” INDIEWIRE

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