News Nuggets: Ellen DeGeneres will receive the Mark Twain Prize

Ellen DeGeneres will receive the Mark Twain Prize: “Ellen DeGeneres, the award-winning comedian and talk show host, has been selected by the Kennedy Center to receive this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Ellen, as she is known to the millions who watch her syndicated talk show, had this to say about the award. ‘It’s such an honor to receive the Mark Twain Prize. To get the same award that has been given to people like Bill Cosby, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, it really makes me wonder … why didn’t I get this sooner?’ DeGeneres, 54, is the fifteenth recipient of the Twain, the center announced Tuesday. She was chosen because her ‘special brand of humor has allowed us to find hilarity in the mundane and has kept us laughing for years,’ said center chairman David M. Rubenstein.” WASHINGTON POST

The Hollywood Foreign Press will appeal its loss in Golden Globes case: “The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is going back to court to appeal Dick Clark Productions’ recent victory in the battle over who owns the TV rights to the Golden Globes. In a court ordered Joint Status Report submitted Monday to Judge Howard A. Matz, the HFPA’s lawyers said that they intend to file a motion in the next 30 days for an immediate appeal. The HFPA are also seeking to have resolution of the case’s so-called Phase II issues, including Golden Globe digital rights, pre-show rights, social media use and dcp’s accounting methods, put on ice while their fast tracked Phase I appeal goes ahead.” DEADLINE

Michael Fassbender learned an important Oscar lesson: “‘At the beginning people [say], “You’re going to be going to the Oscars,” and you’re like, “Whatever, doesn’t matter, don’t think so.” But after a while it does penetrate. After a while you’re like, “Anyway, so I’m going to the Oscars…”‘ He laughs. ‘And you start to believe it. And I did. I thought I was going. And then I found out I wasn’t and I was upset. I was very upset by it. The first reaction was “What the fuck…?”‘ He sounds frustrated that he had let himself get sucked in. ‘It’s a vanity thing. It does become important to you. And it shouldn’t.’ On reflection, he decided that he had learned something about misplaced priorities. ‘A good little lesson.'” GQ

The Weinstein Company acquires “The Sapphires” starring Chris O’Dowd: “The deal includes most worldwide rights, with the exception of the U.K, and Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada, Israel, Portugal and airlines. The movie is directed by acclaimed Aboriginal actor and theater director Wayne Blair, and stars Chris O’Dowd, who is best known for playing the traffic cop love interest of Kristen Wiig in last summer’s ‘Bridesmaids.’ Inspired by a true story, the film follows four young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Think of it as a cross between ‘The Deer Hunter’ and ‘Dreamgirls.'” THE WRAP

Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens will appear in “The Heiress” on Broadway: “Dan Stevens, known to millions of international TV viewers as romantic lead Matthew Crawley on the period drama series ‘Downton Abbey,’ will play suitor Morris Townsend in the new Broadway production of ‘The Heiress,’ starring the previously announced Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn. In the play based on the Henry James novel ‘Washington Square,’ Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (‘The Help‘) plays spinster Catherine Sloper, with Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner David Strathairn (‘Good Night and Good Luck,’ ‘Temple Grandin’) as her stern father, Dr. Austin Sloper.” PLAYBILL

Ten actors to look out for at this year’s Cannes Film Festival: “One of the single greatest opportunities for an actor to break out on the world cinema stage, the Cannes Film Festival, has helped launch countless careers.  So as the 65th edition of the festival gets underway, who might be this year’s Jean Dujardin? There’s perhaps more potential breakouts this year than ever, with many relative unknowns leading highly anticipated films. So in the midst of ‘Tiger Beat’-friendly presence of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Zac Efron, Indiewire is offering a list of 10 actors that could potentially upstage those we’re all too aware of. You might not know their names now, but that could easily change in the next 11 days.” INDIEWIRE

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