News Nuggets: Ricky Gervais on Golden Globes: ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’

“What’s the worst that could happen?” says Ricky Gervais about his return to the Golden Globes? “‘I end my career once a week, if you read the press. I only do things that end my career now. That’s my fun. That’s my extreme sport.’ Gervais, 50, came under fire last year for his offensive jokes that skewered Hugh Hefner, Charlie Sheen, the cast of ‘Sex and the City 2’ and Scientologists, among others. The three-time Golden Globe winner said he thought he wasn’t going to host the show again, but told reporters Friday that he changed his mind after he started reading articles saying he would never be invited back. ‘I did it to annoy them,’ he said of the press.” TV GUIDE

Adele, Coldplay top the 2012 Brit Award nominations: BRIT AWARDS 2012

Movie awards go to the dogs: “Dog News Daily, the pet industry’s leading digital media and marketing company, just announced the 1st Annual Golden Collar Awards for Best Achievement in Acting by Dogs in Film during 2011. The nominations will be announced Wednesday during an 8 a.m. PT news conference from the dog hotel to the stars, The D Pet Hotel on HIghland Avenue in Hollywood. And who better to make the announcement than Uggie, along with Penelope Ann Miller, from ‘The Artist‘?” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Folk duo The Civil Wars will perform at the Sundance Film Festival: “This won’t be the Civil Wars’ first experience playing at the prestigious film festival. ‘We had a wonderful time [at Sundance] last year,’ singer and guitarist John Paul White tells Rolling Stone. ‘We saw some great movies and old friends, met some new friends and whiskeys. We thoroughly enjoyed playing the ASCAP stage with other artists we really dig. It makes sense that we would enjoy the festival – there’s a certain kinship to what we do as independent artists. The perspectives are the same. It’s inspiring.'” ROLLING STONE

“Luck” star Dustin Hoffman on his move to television: “Why is Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman taking his talents to the small screen for HBO’s ‘Luck’? The actor gave a blunt answer Friday. ‘You cannot get a shot at doing your best work in the studio system,’ he said at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. ‘There’s committees, there’s meetings, they’re on the set … they get involved in a quasi — at least I think it is — creative way. They buck heads with people they shouldn’t be bucking heads with. And with HBO, once they give a go, there is no committee, there’s no meetings, these guys are allowed to try to do their best work and they then give it to us.'” THE WRAP

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