News Nuggets: Does Rachel Weisz deserve Oscar attention for ‘Deep Blue Sea’?

An early FYC appeal for Rachel Weisz in “The Deep Blue Sea“: “Academy Award contenders for Best Actress don’t tend to be minted as early as March … But damn it, if we don’t even bother to hope, the underdogs never get their due — and Weisz’s work in ‘The Deep Blue Sea’ needs and deserves all the naïve hope it can muster … Weisz doesn’t so much excel herself as define herself as the actress we’ve long either believed or wished her to be.” IN CONTENTION

Does Disney’s box office bomb “John Carter” deserve Razzie Awards next year? Respond in Razzie’s poll: RAZZIES.COM

Chloe Grace Moretz awarded at CinemaCon: “Chloë Grace Moretz will receive the CinemaCon Female Star of Tomorrow Award at CinemaCon, the National Association of Theatre Owners convention, which runs from April 23-26 in Las Vegas. She will be presented with the honor at the event’s awards ceremony, which will be held April 26 in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Moretz will next be seen as a rebellious teenager in Warner’s and Village Roadshow’s ‘Dark Shadows.’ The film, directed by Tim Burton, opens May 11.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Despite impressive grosses, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” lost money: “MGM execs told investors that would only co-finance the next two sequels in the Stieg Larsson‘s ‘Millennium Trilogy’ if it can achieve ‘better economics.’ ‘Dragon Tattoo,’ distributed by Sony, generated more than $230 million worldwide, but not enough to pay back MGM for its investment. The movie carried a $100 million production budget. ‘While this is a solid result, it is below our expectations and we booked a modest loss,’ CEO Gary Barber said during a conference call with investors.” THE WRAP

Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes will raise hunger awareness at the ACM Awards: “The members of Little Big Town are sending a message with their Academy of Country Music Awards performance. They will sing a song called ‘Here’s Hope’ with a children’s choir to raise awareness about child hunger in the United States. ACM new artist of the year nominee Hunter Hayes co-wrote the song and will introduce the performance. It’s all part of the ACM Lifting Lives Moment that will take place during the April 1 awards show.” WASHINGTON POST

Tony Awards committe schedules its third meeting: “ has learned that the Tony Awards Administration Committee will assemble for the third time during the 2011-2012 season the afternoon of March 29, according to a Tony Awards spokesperson … This committee ‘determines eligibility for nominations in all awards categories, reviews the rules governing the awards, and appoints the Nominating Committee. It may, at its discretion, bestow non-competitive Tony Awards including Special Tony Awards, the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award; as well as Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.'” PLAYBILL

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