News Nuggets: ‘Barrymore’ starring Christopher Plummer to be released this fall

Christopher Plummer‘s “Barrymore” will hit theaters in the fall: “The 90-minute movie, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2011, is set in 1942 when Barrymore finds himself no longer a going concern at the U.S. box office … In addition to U.S. theaters, producers said Tuesday that the movie will be shown at cinemas in Canada beginning in May and in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries in October.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

HBO’s “Game Change” scores record ratings: “The premiere of HBO’s controversial movie ‘Game Change’ on Saturday ranked as the pay net’s most-watched original film in nearly eight years. An average audience of 2.1 million viewers tuned into the Julianne Moore starrer. Across four weekend plays, the movie that also featured Woody Harrelson and Ed Harris lured 3.6 million … The last time an original film did so well for HBO was in 2004, with the movie ‘Something the Lord Made’ starring Alan Rickman and Mos Def. It averaged 2.6 million.” EW.COM

New Artist nominees Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, and Scotty McCreery will perform at the ACM Fan Jam: “… Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery will perform at the 2nd Annual ACM Fan Jam and Post-Award Concert, hosted by Zac Brown Band, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.  Their performances at the ACM Fan Jam, the fans-only live concert event taking place in Las Vegas during and after the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, will be broadcast during the Awards, Sunday, April 1 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.”

Steel Magnolia looks forward to the ACM Awards: “Although rumors had been swirling that engaged duo Steel Magnolia, Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones, were breaking up, the ACM Vocal Duo of the Year nominees are confirmed to be participating in the ACM Experience, a free event for ‘country music lifestyle fans’ slated for March 30 – April 1 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.” THE BOOT

CBS renews a whopping 15 shows for another season: “The list includes two comedies, breakout hit ‘2 Broke Girls‘ and sophomore ‘Mike & Molly‘ and nine dramas, freshman ‘Person of Interest,’ which has been on a ratings upswing, sophomores ‘Hawaii Five-0‘ and ‘Blue Bloods,’ the critically praised (though modestly rated) ‘The Good Wife‘ and veteran procedurals ‘NCIS,’ ‘NCIS: Los Angeles,’ ‘Criminal Minds,’ ‘CSI‘ and ‘The Mentalist.'” DEADLINE

Will Adam Sandler‘s ‘Hotel Transylvania’ ressurect his reputation post-‘Jack and Jill‘? “The film follows Sandler’s Dracula as he sets about organising a birthday party for his daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) at the hotel he runs for ghosts, ghouls and monsters. However, when a human (Andy Samberg) turns up unexpectedly and falls for Mavis, all hell begins to break loose … Directed by occasional ‘Clone Wars’ helmer Genddy Tartakovsky, ‘Hotel Transylvania’ looks like good fun to us, even if Sandler, [Kevin] James and [David] Spade last teamed up for the godawful ‘Grown Ups.'” TOTAL FILM

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