News Nuggets: Justin Bieber booed at Billboard Music Awards

Justin Bieber booed at the Billboard Music Awards as he demands to be taken seriously as an artist: “Justin Bieber would like you to talk about him because you like songs from ‘Believe‘ and not because he has monkey problems, a blog-catnip on-again/off-again relationship with another pop star, and sometimes attacks photographers on the street. He wants to be known as an ‘artist,’ whatever that means. He is not tabloid fodder nor a meme victim. He should be taken seriously … But the way to get people to take you seriously isn’t to simply demand that they do or to declare yourself an artist.” Entertainment Weekly

Weinstein Company unveils some of its 2013 awards hopefuls at the Cannes Film Festival: “The Weinstein Company unveiled its slate for the year at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday, giving a glimpse of their game plan for Oscar season, which includes an intriguing documentary-style feature about the elusive writer J.D. Salinger, a biopic on Nelson Mandela and a southern vehicle for A-list Actresses, ‘August: Osage County.’ The presentation included a small parade of stars, including Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Michael B. Jordan and a host of other actors and directors joined by co-chairman Harvey Weinstein at the event. Weinstein joked that he would have invited George Clooney, a coproducer on “August,” but he was still sore over losing the Best Picture Oscar to him this year with ‘Argo.'” The Wrap

Comedy legend Mel Brooks talks to NPR about winning EGOT, and why he waited to accept his Kennedy Center Honor: “‘I shouldn’t say this … but I’ll say it anyway,’ he says. ‘I was offered this — the Kennedy Center Honors — maybe a year or two before, and I said, “Well, I’m going to wait for another president, if I’m still alive, if you don’t mind.” I just didn’t feel comfortable when Bush was president to accept the honors. … Had I not gotten 110 awards — you know, I’m an EGOT, so I don’t need any more. … The Kennedy Center Honors, at the moment, I didn’t need them.'”

Ben Affleck poked fun at his Oscars acceptance speech — including his much discussed comments about his marriage to Jennifer Garner — while hosting “Saturday Night Live.” SF Gate

Could campaigning infractions by “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” derail its chances at the Tony Awards? New York Post

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