News Nuggets: Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ releases teaser trailer

Teaser trailer released for Kathryn Bigelow‘s “Zero Dark Thirty“: “Details of the film have been closely guarded, but Sony Pictures released a teaser Monday that should get any cinephile’s blood pumping and announces Bigelow’s next as another awards contender from the only woman ever to nab an Oscar for best director. ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ features an impressive roster of talent, including Jessica Chastain (‘The Help‘), Joel Edgerton (‘Warrior‘), Kyle Chandler (‘Friday Night Lights‘) and Mark Strong (‘Green Lantern’), but the true star of the film is its ripped-from-the-headlines account of the killing of Osama bin Laden. That’s the name that keeps getting repeated in the gripping trailer, which also sports the same spastic camera work that made ‘The Hurt Locker’ so arresting.” THE WRAP

MTV VMAs provide stars an opportunity to make a bold statement: “Last year, Beyonce announced to the world that she was expecting her first child by striking a simple pose, holding her baby bump, on the red carpet. Later, she took the stage to perform ‘Love on Top,’ while putting her belly on display for the entire viewing audience … Asked whether the network feels any pressure to deliver those types of moments each year, [MTV’s executive vp music and talent strategy Amy] Doyle responds: ‘I think the artists actually put that pressure on themselves because they know that this is the biggest and loudest way to make a statement, whether through performing or announcing something that’s going on in your life.'” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Emmy nominees Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle discuss the upcoming third season of “Downton Abbey“: “Returning for Season 3 in September in the UK and January 2013 on Masterpiece on PBS, the hit drama series ‘Downton Abbey’ will see wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises that grip the majestic English country estate, now that the Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on … While at the PBS portion of the TCA Summer Press Tour, co-stars Joanne Froggatt (who plays head housemaid Anna Smith) and Brendan Coyle (who plays currently incarcerated head valet John Bates) talked about how all of the Emmy nominations feel, what it’s been like to have the show become such a cultural phenomenon, how surprised they were when they learned the fate of Mr. Bates, and the possibility of working in the U.S., once the show is finished.” COLLIDER

Sid Ganis approached to produce 2013 Oscars: “Former Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis was approached to produce next year’s Oscars telecast with ‘Saturday Night Live‘ veteran Lorne Michaels, according to two sources with knowledge of the academy’s negotiations. Earlier this week, word emerged that Michaels had been asked to produce the February ceremony with comedian Jimmy Fallon hosting, but sources said ABC, which broadcasts the Oscars, had raised objections to having the late-night star from rival NBC play emcee on one of the year’s most-watched shows. A spokeswoman for the academy on Thursday denied that talks with Fallon and Michaels were taking place. Calls to the academy regarding Ganis were not immediately returned; Ganis could not be reached for comment.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Acclaimed Frank Ocean breaks through at the MTV VMAs: “Frank Ocean’s musical orientation was a story long before his sexual one. The Odd Future singer/songwriter captivated in-the-know music buffs when he drooped ‘Nostalgia, Ultra’ in 2011 for free on his Tumblr site — the same URL where he revealed a year and change later that he was once in love with a man. It’s a trajectory unlike any other in music, making Ocean a fitting nominee for the 2012 Best New Artist VMA. In fact, Ocean saw his name come up three times when the nominees for the Video Music Awards were announced earlier this week, with his ‘Swim Good’ clip receiving nods in the Best Male, Best Direction and Best New Artist category, which his buddy Tyler, the Creator won last year.” MTV

Seven-time Emmy winner Anthony Geary talks about the troubled times for soap operas: “‘I think we were all pretty emotional to get 24 nominations when we were so shaky about a year ago,’ Geary said. ‘We’d been living on death row.’ These are clearly not the best of times for daytime soap operas. From a peak of 19 back in the 1960s, the genre has dwindled to four — ‘GH,’ ‘Days of Our Lives,’ ‘The Bold and the Beautiful‘ and ‘The Young and the Restless.’ And rumors have swirled that ‘GH’ was at death’s door. That if ABC’s ‘The Revolution’ had garnered decent ratings, the soap would have followed ‘All My Children‘ and ‘One Life to Live‘ to the TV boneyard.” SALT LAKE TRIBUNE

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