News Nuggets: Blake Shelton and Scotty McCreery anticipate the ACM Awards

Scotty McCreery on the surreal experience of his first ACM Awards: “… he can barely believe this new life of his is really happening and that he’s rubbing elbows with the country stars he loves the most. ‘I remember just watching the show and wanting to be there,’ he said in an interview with the Academy of Country Music. ‘I always wanted to just sit there and gaze at the artists and see the people walk onstage. That’s still me. I’m still the fan. You better believe when I’m there at the ACMs, I’ll be watching everybody’s performance, and you’ll probably catch me with my jaw on the floor.'” CMT

ACM Awards host and nominee Blake Shelton is “freaking out” about the event: “Shelton joked ‘Hillbillies have invaded Las Vegas and we don’t know what the hell we’re doing and there will be disasters.’ And Shelton is one of the ringmasters. He said, ‘I’m the most inbred hillbilly one of them all.’ Shelton will have legend [Reba] McEntire by his side. This will be McEntire’s 14th year hosting the show. This is the second year in a row the dynamic country duo has done the show together. The two do admit to some nerves, and especially Shelton who will be singing in front of some of his music idols. ‘It’s…days away, and (I’m) already freaking out.'” CBS NEWS

The strange case of the “Harry Potter” Oscars snub: “‘I think a lot of us look fairly wryly at the politics of the American Academy (of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences), of which I am a member,’ said John Richardson, special effects supervisor on the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. ‘It does beg the question why did “Harry Potter” not get recognized at all for the last “Deathly Hallows” film?” he told Reuters at the press launch of the new Potter studio tour at Leavesden Studios just outside London … Richardson said one reason why the ‘Potter’ films failed to land any Oscars may have been the voting system, whereby the Academy’s entire active membership can select winners in every category during the final ballot stage.” REUTERS

Dolby seeks naming rights to the former Kodak Theater: “Dolby Laboratories Inc., the sound and video pioneer, is in talks to acquire naming rights to the former Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, home to the annual Oscars ceremony, two people with knowledge of the situation said. Dolby, based in San Francisco, is negotiating with building owner CIM Group for long-term naming rights to the 3,332-seat theater at the Hollywood & Highland Center, said the people, who requested anonymity because the talks are private.” BUSINESSWEEK

As the Tonys approach, Broadway heats up with new productions: “It’s that gusty time of year again, when the skies open up over Broadway and out of the clouds come the April showers of new productions, all making landfall just under the Tony Awards deadline. The month of April is by far the busiest of the year for Broadway openings: A total of 13 plays and musicals will open, or nearly one new show every other day — representing a third of the 2012-13 season’s new productions. (The deluge starts with a revival of Gore Vidal’s ‘The Best Man,’ officially opening Sunday, and concludes April 26 with the new musical ‘Leap of Faith.’)” WASHINGTON POST

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