News Nuggets: Fate of the Daytime Emmys still up in the air

Is it Vegas or bust for the Daytime Emmys? “Doesn’t anyone want this golden gal anymore? The Daytime Emmy nominations will be announced May 4, but so far no network has agreed to air the ceremony … [Associated Television International] was able to finance the 2011 awards only by turning the show, airing from Las Vegas, into a veritable infomercial for charities, hotels and entertainment acts. Folks were peeved. “It was a vulgar Vegas nightmare,” says ‘The Young and the Restless‘s’ Peter Bergman (Jack), a three-time Emmy winner … ‘General Hospital‘ Emmy winner Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis) concurs, noting, ‘It’s gotten to the point where even the nominees don’t care.'” TV GUIDE

The International Film Festival Summit awards Michel Hazanavicius: “… they will honor Michel Hazanavicius the director of ‘The Artist‘ with the ‘Festival Film of the Year Award.’ The award will recognize the outstanding artistic dimensions of the whole project and extraordinary successful fare on the circuit from Cannes (best actor) to 5 Oscars (6 Cesar, 3 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTAS, etc.) The prize will be given to Michel Hazanavicius in the presence of his producers on April 3rd during the IFFS Europe, which will be taking place April 3-4 at the Hotel du Louvre in Central Paris.” SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

Kevin Spacey to receive a Helen Hayes Award: “The Helen Hayes Awards, akin to the D.C. version of the Tony awards, will be honoring Spacey with the Helen Hayes Tribute, given each year to an exemplary figure in the theater. Though best known for his roles in films such as ‘American Beauty,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ and ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Spacey has theatrical bonafides. He’s appeared on Broadway in plays such as ‘The Iceman Cometh’ and ‘Lost in Yonkers,’ for which he won a Tony. He currently serves as the artistic director of the famous Old Vic theater in London. Spacey is also being honored for his arts advocacy, which brought him to D.C. along with Alec Baldwin in August to testify on Capitol Hill.” WASHINGTON POST

Purdue University film expert considers the appeal of bad movies: “‘Some films are just popular because they are so terrible,’ says Lance Duerfahrd, an assistant professor of English. ‘The great thing about cinema is there is a complex relationship between popularity and quality, as well as production budget and profit, that generates success. A film can break box office records, but still be deemed poor quality. It is interesting to see which actors or directors are perennial favorites for the Razzie awards,’ he says. ‘Director Michael Bay‘s movies keep receiving nominations but also are considered blockbusters when in the theater.'” PORTAGE LIFE

Martina McBride will perform “Marry Me” during a live ACM Awards wedding: “To celebrate the message of the song, McBride and [Pat] Monahan will perform the duet during a very special moment in the show, when a couple will get married live onstage during their performance. For the first time in ACM Awards history – and perhaps any awards show history – a live wedding ceremony will take place onstage during the performers’ ‘Marry Me’ duet, which is McBride’s current single from her latest album, ‘Eleven.’ The song was written by Monahan and originally released in 2010 as the third single from Train’s chart-topping fifth studio album, ‘Save Me, San Francisco.'” TALK TV WORLD

The Weinstein Company sets October 12 as the release date for Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “The Master“: “Could this mean an early appearance on the fall film festival circuit? It’s completely possible. PTA’s ‘There Will Be Blood,’ mostly skipped those rounds in 2007, though it appeared briefly at Telluride and Fantastic Fest (at the former festival they only showed clips). Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, ‘The Master’ is a 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as ‘the Master’ (Hoffman) whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man (Phoenix).” INDIEWIRE

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