News Nuggets: Julia Roberts roasts George Clooney at Britannia Awards

Julia Roberts roasts non-Brit George Clooney as she introduced his BAFTA-LA Britannia Award for excellence in film. Also offering comments/jokes were Sandra Bullock, Alfonso Cuaron, Meryl Streep, John Goodman, Steven Soderbergh, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Kathryn Bigelow, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, and Ben Kingsley were also honored. Hollywood Reporter.

Pete Hammond reports that Sacha Baron Cohen had “half the packed Beverly Hilton audience roaring and the other half shaking in their Jimmy Choos” when he pranked them Saturday night at the same Britannia Awards. As Salma Hayek was presenting the Charlie Chaplin comedy award, she also introduced an elderly woman who was said to be the oldest surviving star from a Chaplin picture. Baron Cohen then pushed the lady off the stage and later carried her limp “dead” body off stage. Deadline.

Kendrick Lamar is the big winner at the 2013 Soul Train Awards. Lamar won Album of the Year for “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City.” The Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams hit “Blurred Lines” won for Song of the Year. Miguel and Tamar Braxton prevailed as male and female artists. The ceremony was recorded Friday and will be televised December 1 on BET and Centric. USA Today.

One of the few remaining unseen Oscar contenders, “American Hustle” unveils the first six minutes this weekend during a career tribute to director/writer David O. Russell. Glenn Whipp says the opening scenes indicate “the filmmaker is working with the same energetic brio and stylistic command that propelled his last two movies, ‘The Fighter’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.” Russell “coyly” revealed that “there’s a whole bunch of surprises in the movie actually.” L.A. Times.

Kris Tapley declares that Christian Bale gives “the best performance he has ever delivered, and obviously, that’s saying something” for his role in “Out of the Furnace.” He calls the character of Russell Baze “unparalleled” and “a landmark,” even when compared to his Oscar-winning performance in “The Fighter” plus “The Machinist” and “American Psycho.” The new film screened for the first time this weekend at the AFI Fest. Hitfix.

Thor: The Dark World” overwhelms the box office this weekend with $86.1 million domestically and $327 million worldwide. The Marvel sequel starring Chris Hemsworth brought in one of the top November openings of all time but was still behind “Skyfall” at $88.4 million from the same weekend last year. “Bad Grandpa” fell to second place at $11.3 million followed by “Free Birds” and “Last Vegas.” In a limited release, Oscar contender “12 Years a Slave” debuted in seventh position with $6.6 million. Hollywood Reporter.

Is TV legend Bill Cosby looking for a return to the small screen? Kimberly Potts reports that the comedian is re-teaming with “The Cosby Show” co-creator Tom Werner to develop a family comedy that “would satisfy the people who have come to me in public places” asking for something good to watch. Cosby is also now working with writer Tom Straw on a relaunch of his animated series “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.” Yahoo.

BBC celebrates 50 years of “Doctor Who” on November 23 with the special “The Day of the Doctor.” Two new action-packed trailers tip off appearances in the special from Jenna Coleman, John Hurt, Billie Piper, Matt Smith, David Tennant, and others. TV Line.

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