News Nuggets: Is it possible to win an Emmy without campaigning?

The Wanted singer predicts a loss to One Direction at the VMAs: “As two British-based boy bands prepare to face off at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards for best new artist, The Wanted’s Max George admits his money is on the other guys. ‘I think One Direction will win. That is my prediction,’ the 23-year-old said. The Wanted, which had a hit this year with the party jam ‘Glad You Came,’ is also up against Canadian sensation Carly Rae Jepsen, R&B singer Frank Ocean and pop-rockers Fun. at the Sept. 6 awards show in Los Angeles. Siva Kaneswaran and Jay McGuiness are rooting for ‘Call Me Maybe‘ singer Jepsen, while Nathan Sykes, the quintet’s youngest member, sees Ocean as the band’s biggest competition.” WASHINGTON POST

Can an actor win an Emmy without campaigning? “When it’s time to toot their own horns on the Emmy campaign trail, even healthy egos often feel like piping down. After he got seven Emmy nominations July 19, Louis C.K. said fighting for prizes should be ‘more of an athletics thing.’ Then he ducked the spotlight. ‘He appears to be hiding in the witness protection program,’ says Tom O’Neil, editor of the awards site GoldDerby. As the front-runner, maybe C.K. can get away with being campaign-shy. But it’s risky. ‘You don’t get anything in Hollywood unless you ask for it,’ says O’Neil. ‘It’s been 39 years since a film [‘American Graffiti’] got nominated for best picture without an official campaign, and things aren’t much different at the Emmys.'” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Martin Scorsese is the subject of an “absurd” lawsuit: “The Oscar-winning filmmaker of ‘The Departed’ was sued by Cecchi Gori Pictures earlier this week for choosing to make ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ which started filming on Thursday, instead of its movie, ‘Silence.’ The company said Scorsese had agreed to put ‘Silence’ ahead of other projects in recent years and to get into production before the end of 2012. The suit, filed in Los Angeles alleging breach of contract, also claims the director and his company owe Cecchi Gori $1.5 million plus 20 percent of other fees Scorsese received from making movies that were put ahead of ‘Silence.’ ‘It is shocking to us that the lawyers for Cecchi Gori Pictures would file a suit pursuing such absurd claims considering the amicable working relationship existing between Martin Scorsese and the principals of Cecchi Gori Pictures,’ Scorsese’s representatives said in a statement.” REUTERS

Can Lena Dunham or Louis C.K. win the Emmy for Comedy Directing? “While Dunham is considered perhaps the second coming of Tina Fey—and, at 26, a much younger version—she bumps up against some grim Hollywood history in this category. The comedy directing Emmy has been won only once before by a woman: Betty Thomas for HBO’s ‘Dream On’ in 1993. Her odds are much better to land one for writing or acting this year. As for C.K., his episode ‘Duckling’ of his eponymous series is already considered something of a classic … The brilliance of the execution could help C.K. nose out a victory. Then again, he also lost all four of his Emmy nominations a year ago and might just claim the mantle of perpetual bridesmaid.” DEADLINE

Katie Couric supports her ABC lead-in “General Hospital” as her talk show nears its debut: “‘I think obviously soap operas have a huge and very loyal following,’ she said at an ABC press conference last month. ‘If you have any question about that, you should just follow me on Twitter and you can hear from a lot of those folks. And obviously I think they fill a need for a lot of people, and so I think they can peacefully coexist with a lot of the other offerings on daytime television.’ On Sept. 10 when Ms. Couric’s talk show begins, it will air at 3 p.m. and ‘General Hospital’ will move to 2 p.m. weekdays on WTAE. ‘General Hospital’ executive producer Frank Valentini said the time slot change will be good for the show. ‘It will shake up the lineup a little bit, and I like the way that we’re being positioned with the other shows that are surrounding us,’ he said.” PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE

Sister Act” ends its Broadway run: “The Broadway musical ‘Sister Act’ will play its final Broadway performance today, Sunday, August 26, 2012, prior to kicking off a North American tour on October 2 at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre. Upon closing after a 16-month run, the Broadway production will have played 28 previews and 561 performances at the Broadway Theatre … ‘Sister Act’ had its world premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in the fall of 2006, followed by a production at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater in the winter of 2007. The West End production began previews at London’s Palladium Theatre on May 7, 2009, and concluded its run there on October 30, 2010. The Broadway production began preview performances on March 24, 2011, and officially opened on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the Broadway Theatre.” BROADWAY WORLD

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