News Nuggets: Hollywood Film Awards honor Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey

The Hollywood Film Awards will be handed out on Monday, but winners already know they will be accepting their trophies. Sandra Bullock (“Gravity“) is Best Actress, and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyer’s Club”) is Best Actor. The cast of “August: Osage County” receives the Best Ensemble award. Harrison Ford will receive the life achievement award. Hollywood Reporter.

Departing Focus Features head James Schamus holds a “last hurrah” Academy screening for “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” He was “soaking in the praise and taking it all in stride” for the well-received premiere which was attended by stars McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Garner. Deadline.

Jimmy Fallon claims his takeover of “The Tonight Show” next February will be no different than the show his staff is doing now on “Late Night.” He says departing host Jay Leno “has been great to me” and that he recommended longer monologues to lead off the program each night. Orlando Sentinel.

The Big Bang Theory” continues to dominate Thursday night ratings, remaining the overall top show for the evening. Two other freshman CBS laffers, “The Crazy Ones starring Robin Williams and “The Millers” starring Will Arnett, are growing weekly and among the few new programs with excellent ratings. TV by the Numbers.

After making tons of money with the “Harry Potter” film franchise, Daniel Radcliffe is now having “the time of his life” making independent films and small TV projects. His movie “Kill Your Darlings” opens in limited release this month. The miniseries “Young Doctor’s Notebook” recently aired on Ovation. HitFix.

TV critic Robert Bianco recommends two programs for this weekend. “Great Performances” celebrates 40 years on PBS with appearances by Julie Andrews, Josh Groban, Audra McDonald, Itzhak Perlman, David Hyde Pierce, and the New York City Ballet. Starz offers the miniseries “Dancing on the Edge” starring Oscar frontrunner Chiwetel Ejiofor as a jazz musician in the 1930s.

Michael Ausiello has a blind item (guess the actual answer) that a new TV pilot will star a “big-time actor” who will have a very surprising death soon on his current series. It is such a shocker that the producer of this new series can’t even trumpet his signing because it would ruin the surprise. TV Line.

Over three decades later, “The Waltons” cast reunites for “Good Morning America” and a photo shoot. Emmy winners Richard Thomas and Michael Learned plus Ralph Waite and all the kids attended. Entertainment Weekly.

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