News Nuggets: Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ flooded with premature Oscar buzz at CinemaCon

CinemaCon becomes flooded with Oscar talk: “As it pertains to potential awards contenders, they’ve shown some much-anticipated footage from Peter Jackson‘s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in 48 frames-per-second, which yielded responses from mixed to overwhelmingly negative (a few champions of the hyper-real look scattered here and there). Today, though, ‘Oscar’ was on everyone’s lips after a taste of Ang Lee‘s ‘Life of Pi‘ … But really, when you see a little bit of impressive footage from an upcoming film, you should be saying, ‘I want to see more.’ Not, ‘It’s an absolute contender for Best Picture.'” IN CONTENTION

Wearying of the premature Oscar hype for “Life of Pi” at CinemaCon: “Every year, studios, exhibitors and press gather in Vegas for the annual hype harvest that is CinemaCon (née ShoWest), glimpsing first looks, clips and other previews of hotly anticipated movies to come. Surprises invariably appear, for better or worse, and conversations naturally ensue. Fine. What is not fine — at all — is grounding an Oscar frenzy in 10 minutes of footage from an unfinished film with a release date eight months away.” MOVIELINE

Brian McKnight receives an offer to perform at the AVN Awards: “Brian McKnight’s X-rated new song caused quite a stir earlier in the week, and the classic R&B singer still hasn’t heard the end of it. According to TMZ, McKnight’s latest effort has made him the toast of the porn industry, and he’s recently been invited to perform at next year’s AVN Awards — which are the Oscars of porn. The 16-time Grammy nominee gained the attention of the adult audience when he previewed an explicit song called ‘If You’re Ready To Learn’ on YouTube … It’s not clear yet whether McKnight is taking any of this seriously, but he revealed on Twitter that he plans on releasing ‘If You’re Ready To Learn’ to iTunes next Tuesday.” BET

The MTV Movie Awards seek to boost their credibility: “‘We want the show to be a little more of  a celebration of why we love movies,’ MTV President Stephen Friedman said in an interview at his offices this week, noting that he felt the program, for all its fan enthusiasm, was sometimes too irreverent toward the filmmaking process, undercutting the point of a movie-awards show in the first place … ‘If you look back, this show was among the first places to tell you about Christopher Nolan when he had “Memento,” just as MTV is the first place to tell viewers about a new band that they need to know,’ Friedman said. ‘We really want to go back to doing that.'” LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Latin Grammys return to Las Vegas for the fifth time: “The Latin Recording Academy announced Thursday that the show is set for Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip. It will air live on Univision. A month of Latin Grammy-themed cultural events, street parties and recording sessions are scheduled to lead up to what organizers call the biggest night in Latin music. The awards honor Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking artists and other professionals in their industry.” SEATTLE TIMES

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