News Nuggets: ‘The Help’ leads the NAACP Image Award nominations

The Help” leads the NAACP Image Awards: “Critically-acclaimed drama ‘The Help’ looks set to dominate the 2012 NAACP Image Awards after landing eight nominations. The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett‘s bestselling book of the same name will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture against seven-time nominee ‘Pariah,’ comedy ‘Tower Heist,’ ‘Jumping The Broom’ and ‘The First Grader,’ while stars Viola Davis and Emma Stone will go head-to-head for the title of Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. ‘The Help’ co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson are also nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress field, alongside ‘Pariah’s’ Kim Wayans and ‘Bridesmaids‘ comedienne Maya Rudolph.”

See nine rejected Oscar campaign posters: “Industry magazines like Variety are brimming with ‘For Your Consideration’ ads touting the usual suspects, including those who won Golden Globes last Sunday. But what about those potential nominees and angles that aren’t quite so obvious? We’re rooting for you, Mike Vogel in ‘The Help’! And even ‘Jack and Jill‘ has its Oscars champion … somewhere. With the help of our friend Old Red Jalopy, we’ve unearthed nine, shall we say, ‘unorthodox’ Oscar campaign posters you might have missed.” NEXT MOVIE

The GLAAD Media Award nominees include ‘Beginners,’ ‘Albert Nobbs,’ and ‘Modern Family‘: “The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced today the nominees for its 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.  By recognizing and honoring media for outstanding images of the LGBT community, the GLAAD Media Awards serve as a benchmark for the media industry and complement GLAAD’s work to bring LGBT images and stories to Americans.” GLAAD

Broadway’s “Ghost” musical fills out its cast: “Casting is now complete for the Broadway production of Ghost The Musical, which will star original London leads Richard Fleeshman and Caissie Levy. The supernatural romance will begin performances March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre … The Broadway cast will also include Bryce Pinkham (‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,’ ‘Orphans’ Home Cycle’) as Carl Bruner and Broadway newcomer Da’Vine Joy Randolph in the role of medium Oda May Brown.” PLAYBILL

Nominees Rihanna and Coldplay will perform together at the Grammys: “A performance by current Grammy Award nominees Coldplay and Rihanna, as well as a performance by nominee and 2012 MusiCares Person of the Year Paul McCartney, are the latest additions to the stellar lineup for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. Music’s Biggest Night —  hosted by two-time Grammy Award winner and ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ star LL Cool J —  takes place live from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 (8:00-11:30 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.”

Dan Kois interviews Razzie Awards head John Wilson: “With Golden Raspberry ballots out to voting members and the nominations less than a week away, stars’ Razzie hopes rest with one man: bearded impresario John Wilson, who started the Razzies 31 years ago and has been running them ever since. Wilson was gracious enough to take time out of his incredibly busy schedule to talk to RazzieWatch. After we finished hyperventilating, we did a darn good job interviewing our only personal lifelong hero!” GRANTLAND

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