News Nuggets: Tracie Bennett on not winning the Tony for ‘End of the Rainbow’

Alicia Keys will perform new song at the MTV Video Music Awards: “Alicia Keys is set to celebrate the biggest night in music at the 2012 Video Music Awards when she performs for her fifth time. Keys will debut a brand-new track off her upcoming album when she takes the stage on September 6. This will be the second time Keys has debuted new material at the VMAs. Back in 2007, Keys rocked Las Vegas as she performed her hit ‘No One,’ and is looking to re-create that same magic this year at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.” MTV

Anderson Cooper‘s daytime talk show makes changes for its second season: “The program’s name will change from ‘Anderson‘ to ‘Anderson Live.’ The new name is the latest in a series of changes to hit the season-old production. Previous reports indicated that the show will air live instead of being taped ahead of time, include a guest co-host daily, and move to a new studio, thereby allowing the CNN host to cover live events as they unfold. Broadcasting & Cable reported that the new program will emulate ‘Live! With Kelly,’ the show that Cooper guest-hosted a number of times to great reviews. There is still a possibility that Cooper may name a permanent guest host for his show.” HUFFINGTON POST

Max Greenfield will write Emmy blog for friend Gwyneth Paltrow‘s website: “‘New Girl‘ actor Max Greenfield (Schmidt) has become virtual besties with actress Gwyneth Paltrow — and he’s planning to write another blog for her website, GOOP. ‘We e-mail all the time but I’ve never met her. I just think her website is fun! And I think she’s fun!’ Max told Us Weekly. Max is a new Emmy nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, and we’ll have to check out Gwyneth’s site for details on his first Emmy experience. ‘I had done a piece for GOOP a while back and I e-mailed her recently and said, “Hey, Gwyneth, what if my next piece for GOOP was me getting ready for the Emmys?”‘ he said. ‘She was like, “Done!” So now we are going to document it and put it on GOOP!’ Nice!” WETPAINT

Will the Venice Film Festival give a preview of the next Oscars? “The 69th Venice Film Festival … kicks off on August 29 and ends on September 8, while Toronto runs from September 6 through September 16. Since Venice begins first, we’re discussing the Lido players that might become major award contenders, starting with the most likely of the bunch and making our way down the list, this week. No likely Oscar players are hitting theaters this upcoming weekend, so we’ll tackle Toronto next week.” SCREEN INVASION

Michael Musto hosts a talk for “End of the Rainbow,” where Tracie Bennett discusses not winning the Tony: “I MC’d a Talkback after last night’s performance of ‘End of the Rainbow,’ in which Tracie Bennett gives a volcanically energetic performance as declining legend Judy Garland … mostly she was sincere, probing, and informative, as when she talked about not nabbing the Tony award for her performance. It happened when an audience member blurted, ‘I can’t wait till you win the Tony!’ Tracie shot back, ‘I lost!’ and we all had a giggle. She went on to say that it’s absurd to compare the different nominated performances unless all the actresses are playing the same role. She added that she got to know Nina Arianda (who won the award for ‘Venus in Fur‘) and she felt similarly about the weirdness of such a competition.” VILLAGE VOICE

TV costume designers celebrate their Emmy nominations: “For longtime film and television costume designer Ruth Myers, nominated this year for an Emmy for her tailored 1930s and ’40s-based dress slacks and suits in the HBO movie ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn,’ that muse came in the form of the film’s sleek, svelte, 5’10” costar Nicole Kidman, whom she worked with on the 2007 movie ‘The Golden Compass’ … Myers and other Emmy-nominated costume designers came to celebrate the clothes from multiple shows and TV movies, including ‘Hemingway and Gellhorn,’ FX series ‘American Horror Story,’ PBS favorite ‘Downton Abbey,’ ABC’s fairy tale drama ‘Once Upon a Time‘ and HBO’s Prohibition-era series ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ Co-presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the exhibit runs Tuesday through Oct. 20. The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards airs Sept. 23 on ABC.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

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