News Nuggets: Get ready for big movie hits from Seth Rogen, Michael Keaton, Denzel Washington

Brent Lang uses new survey data to predict that Seth Rogen, Michael Keaton, and Denzel Washington are all expected to enjoy fall movie hits. He says that “matching the right actor with the perfect project is a tricky (but tested) formula for box office success.” Piedmont Media Research shows how an actor’s presence in a particular film actually impacts audiences. Rogen and James Franco will star in the comedy “The Interview.” Keaton has the Oscar contender “Birdman.” Washington stars in the action thriller “The Equalizer.” Variety

Over 30 stars from programs produced and written by Shonda Rhimes defend their boss. A New York Times column by Alessandra Stanley on Friday referred to her as an “angry black woman” and immediately “went viral – for all the wrong reasons.” Rhimes responded, “Wait. I’m ‘angry’ AND a ROMANCE WRiTER?!!” Then “Scandal” co-stars Bellamy Young and Josh Malina countered back. Since then, responses have roared in from Kerry Washington, Chandra Wilson, Viola Davis, Jeff Perry, Kate Burton, Sara Ramirez, Joe Morton, and more. Hollywood Reporter

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Jeff Jensen looks back on the 10th anniversary of ABC’s “Lost.” It debuted this week in 2004 with a $14 million pilot shot by director J.J. Abrams. The Emmys rewarded that first season with Best Drama Series, and actors Terry O’Quinn and Michael Emerson would also pick up trophies later on. He calls it a “torrid affair” between audience and story that “sucked us into an exotic survival saga and a shrewdly formulated allegory for a fractured, catastrophe-frazzled world.” He says that it “was the greatest love of my TV watching life…so far.” Entertainment Weekly

Bob Dylan will be the next recipient of the MusiCares Person of the Year award from the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual charity event on February 6, two days before the 2015 Grammy Awards. Performers will include Beck, Black Keys, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, and Neil Young. Hollywood Reporter

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For its 20th anniversary, Matthew Chernov deconstructs how “The Shawshank Redemption” ultimately “went from bomb to beloved.” It premiered 20 years ago today in ninth place at the box office, behind the reviled “Exit to Eden.” Even after seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Morgan Freeman), it still had not been seen by many people. Later on, it became a growing hit with video sales and even more so with repeated viewings on TNT. Variety

Mark Gordon is slated to receive the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television from the Producers Guild of America. The PGA Awards will be held on January 24. Gordon is one of the producers behind “Grey’s Anatomy,” Criminal Minds,” “Army Wives,” and “Ray Donovan.” Previous recipients have included Chuck Lorre, J.J. Abrams, Don Mischer, Don Hewitt, Aaron Spelling, David E. Kelley, and Mark Burnett. The Wrap

The Casting Society of America will present special awards to director Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods“) and casting director Ellen Lewis (“Goodfellas,” “Forrest Gump”). The CSA will host the Artios Awards on January 22. Feature film nominees will be announced later this year. Drama series nominees are “Breaking Bad,” “Game of Thrones,” “The Good Wife,” “House of Cards,” and “True Detective.” Comedy series nominees are “Girls,” “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Veep.” HitFix

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