News Nuggets: Spike Lee interested in directing ‘Porgy and Bess’ film

“Mommie Dearest” is leading our poll of favorite films that won the Razzie for Worst Picture and Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil is pissed off about that. See his rant and cast your own vote in our new message board section. FORUM POLLS

Andrea Grossman describes her experience of being an Emmy-nominated executive producer: “Mel [Brooks] brought along a few cameras [for an on-stage chat with Dick Cavett], edited the footage, ran it on HBO, and HBO in turn made it available On Demand for months. Mel Brooks has a pretty good sense of humor, and made me one of the producers. It was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Show … But the thing is, I didn’t even know how to secure a pair of tickets. I am still not quite certain about the definition of executive producer. Have you ever counted the number of producers and executive producers some of those tv series list? Do all of them go to the Emmys? So many tough questions. I don’t even know about the ticket process.” HUFFINGTON POST

Spike Lee wants to make a “Porgy and Bess” film: “A little known fact that even hardcore Spike Lee fans may not know: the ‘Do The Right Thing’ filmmaker has been trying to make a film adaptation of George Gershwin‘s legendary 1935 American folk opera ‘Porgy And Bess’ for over a decade now. Lee came close in the early aughts, but talks with the notoriously fussy Gershwin estate reportedly fell apart at the very last minute after what was allegedly was a lot of back and forth … While taciturn as usual on subjects he doesn’t want you to know about — ‘when people need to know something I’ll let them know,’ he laughed — Lee did confirm that he is still negotiating to make ‘Porgy And Bess’ happen.” INDIEWIRE

Jimmy Kimmel reflects on what he’s learned in almost 10 years in late night: “I think the most important lesson is that you have to look at this as a long-term thing. And every show matters. You might not make the impact you’d like to with one thing that you’re proud of, but it all adds up. And people notice consistency … a lot of the guests didn’t know who I was or what I was doing there at the beginning. It made me feel very insecure and like I had to prove something to them in each interview. That part has changed. It’s just like being in high school, really. Your first year you’re terrified, you’re scared on the bus, and by year four you’re sneaking up behind the chemistry teacher and giving him a wedgie.” DEADLINE

Robert Zemeckis‘s “Flight” will premiere on the closing night of the New York Film Festival on October 14: “The film stars Denzel Washington as an airline pilot who miraculously crash-lands his plane after a mid-air catastrophe, but after doing so questions concerning who’s at fault begin to percolate. I’ve seen some including ‘Flight’ in their Best Picture predictions as a potential contender and response to the first trailer was quite positive. Could the placement at the NYFF be a sign of good things to come before the film’s November 2 release?” ROPES OF SOLICON

Three Los Angeles TV stations win local Emmys: “KABC, KTLA and KNBC each won seven Emmys on Saturday evening at the 64th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, which were presented in the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood. KNBC swept the prestigious categories for best newscasts winning for regularly scheduled daily newscasts in the morning (4 am to 11 am),  daytime (11 am to 7 pm) and evening (7 pm to midnight).” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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