News Nuggets: ‘Gasland’ director Josh Fox arrested at House hearing

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox arrested at House committee hearing: “Joshua Fox of Milanville, Pennsylvania, was led out of the room in handcuffs and charged by Capitol Police with unlawful entry. Mr Fox directed the anti-drilling documentary ‘Gasland,’ which was nominated for an Oscar last year … Mr Fox later said in a statement: ‘I was not expecting to be arrested for practicing journalism. Today’s hearing in the House Energy and Environment subcommittee was called to examine EPAs findings that hydraulic fracturing fluids had contaminated groundwater in the town of Pavillion, Wyoming.'” DAILY MAIL

Bankrupt Kodak seeks to relinquish naming rights to the Kodak Theater, home of the Oscars: “Eastman Kodak is aiming to cut costs in its restructuring by giving up its expensive naming rights to the Kodak Theatre, which has been home to the Academy Awards for the past decade.” WALL STREET JOURNAL

Watch Jon Stewart and Brad Pitt joke about negative Oscar campaigning on “The Daily Show”: “The conversation turned to Oscar campaigning when the host suggested, ‘Why don’t they go negative on other movies? The Oscar race is always “For Your Consideration — ‘Moneyball.'” But why not like, “‘The Artist‘ — Go F–k Yourself!” Why not go negative on this guy?’ Pitt played along. ‘I thought about it,’ he said before employing a GOP primary race analogy. ‘Clooney took Iowa, New Hampshire. Jean took South Carolina. Florida will probably go to Oldman. I’m gonna be hanging out with Ron Paul, so I gotta get in there and mix it up a bit I think.'” DEADLINE

Adele will perform live at the Grammys: “The singer, who has been recuperating from surgery on her vocal cords, is nominated for six awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘Rolling in the Deep‘ and Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for ‘21.’ Since Adele was forced to cancel a sold-out tour of the United States in order to treat her vocal condition, this will be the singer’s first public performance in over five months.” ROLLING STONE

Paul McCartney will be honored at MusiCares Gala: “Grammy Award-winning artist Sir Paul McCartney will be honored as this year’s MusiCares Person of the Year at the organization’s 2012 gala, which will be held Feb. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center … The Person of the Year gala, hosted by comedian Eddie Izzard, will feature … performances from the Beatles; Cirque du Soleil’s Love; Tony Bennett; Coldplay; Foo Fighters; Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas; Duane Eddy; Norah Jones; Alicia Keys; James Taylor; Diana Krall; Neil Young with Crazy Horse; Sergio Mendes; and Katy Perry.” PLAYBILL

Does the SAG sweep for “The Help” mean an possible Oscar upset? “… you’ll spot all the signs of a surge stirring where it matters the most: in the Academy’s Actors Branch, the most populous voting bloc in an organization whose final Oscar ballots just went out today. Nice timing, there. Still: Does it matter? Maybe so, comes the word from some corners of the awards commentariat. ‘[W]henever you watch history being made you feel the power of what these silly and otherwise pointless awards shows can sometimes do: move the needle ever so slightly,’ observed Sasha Stone at Awards Daily.” MOVIELINE

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