News Nuggets: Steven Soderbergh discusses his Liberace biopic with Michael Douglas

Hitfix predicts the Golden Globes: “… a Globe win has always been a strong p.r. coup for an Oscar campaign and films such as ‘The Descendants‘ and ‘Hugo‘ as well as nominees including Brad Pitt, Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep will be looking for wins as they get ready for competitive Academy Awards races.  On the TV side, the Globes love to be ‘first’ in terms of anointing the hip new thing. Does that mean a big night for Zooey Deschanel and ‘New Girl‘?  Find out what HitFix awards experts think by reviewing our predictions for this year’s show.” HITFIX

Roger Ebert considers the Oscar race: “I expect [the Best Picture nominees] will be ‘The Artist,’ ‘The Tree of Life,’ ‘Hugo,’ ‘Midnight in Paris,’ ‘The Descendants,’ ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,’ ‘Drive,’ ‘The Help,’ ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ and ‘Take Shelter.’ The best eligible films not on my predictions list are ‘Shame‘ and ‘Melancholia‘ and ‘Margaret.’ The absence of a film about compulsive masturbation will deprive this year’s host, Billy Crystal, of an inconceivable wealth of material … Which film will win, I have no idea. Well, actually I do, but I predict I will be wrong. What I doubt is that it will be ‘The Tree of Life.’ The Academy shies away from winners that might alienate or confuse audiences; in its best possible world, the winning film will be universally popular.” ROGER EBERT’S JOURNAL

Director Steven Soderbergh discusses his upcoming Liberace biopic: “[‘The Side Effects’ with Channing Tatum] will begin shooting in New York City in May, followed in July by the long-gestating ‘Liberace’ project ‘Behind the Candelabra’ for HBO, starring Michael Douglas as the gay lounge singer, who grew to epitomize ‘uncool’ among music circles … ‘Well, I think most people don’t know him at all. He was the first of a certain kind of entertainer, do you know what I mean? I mean, you don’t really have Elton John and Cher and Madonna unless he comes first. There was something very specific about the one name thing, but It’s just the kind of performing that was unique and that now we see a lot of, but when he did it, nobody was doing it.'” COMING SOON

The WGA announces its nominees for new media and video games: “Nominees in the derivative new media category include ‘30 Rock‘s’ ‘Jack Donaghy: Executive Superhero’ by Tom Ceraulo; ‘Mortal Kombat: The Web Series’s’ Todd and Aaron Helbing; ‘Sons of Anarchy‘s’ Kurt Sutter and Gladys Rodriguez; and ‘The Walking Dead‘s’ John Esposito and Greg Nicotero. In the category of video game writing, the teams behind ‘Assassin’s Creed: Revelations,’ ‘Batman: Arkham City,’ ‘Brink,’ ‘Mortal Kombat’ and ‘Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception’ were all nominated.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Quincy Jones plans to launch the Asian Grammys: “Ravaged by piracy and digital file sharing, album sales have slumped in recent years, so Jones has turned his attention to a new frontier: the east … The main Asian push begins in March: in addition to being its chairman, Jones is now executive producer of the Asia Academy of Music Arts & Sciences’ inaugural awards show, envisaged as a kind of Asian Grammys … How does he feel about the decline of the music industry? ‘It engages me. I’m not going to sit by and watch it die. Let’s reinvent it. We have to start in China.'” FINANCIAL TIMES

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