News Nuggets: Chris Hemsworth is named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

Actor Chris Hemsworth is the 2014 “Sexiest Man Alive.” The news about the star of “Thor” and “The Avengers” was revealed exclusively on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night. In a new interview he says that he and his wife were surprised by the selection: “I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house. I can just say to her, ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.'” He will next star on screen in the Michael Mann cyber thriller “Blackhat” and then for Ron Howard in “In the Heart of the Sea.” People

Award-winning “Luther” may be in for a remake in America. Showrunner Neil Cross and original star Idris Elba are working on the new show for Fox. It will still center on “a detective dedicated to solving crimes who finds his commitment to his duties both a blessing and a curse.” Even though Elba has earned three Emmy nods and a Golden Globe win for his lead role, he is not expected to appear on screen. Hollywood Reporter

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Tom Hardy, one of the hottest new film stars from “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Locke,” will soon be working on television as well. The British actor will star in “Taboo,” a historical drama that will air on the BBC in late 2015 and on FX in America in 2016. He will play James Keziah Delaney, a “rogue adventurer” in 1813 who returns from Africa with 14 “ill-gotten” diamonds to seek vengeance for his father’s death. Hardy and Oscar-nominated director Ridley Scott will produce. USA Today

Sunday’s American Music Awards on ABC continue to add more performers. Newly announced are Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Jessie J, Lil Wayne, Wyclef Jean, and Magic. In addition to host and performer Pitbull, previously announced to take the stage are 5 Seconds of Summer, Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Charli XCX, Fergie, Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, One Direction, Sam Smith, and Taylor Swift. The Wrap

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The 40th annual Humanitas Prize recipients will be announced in Beverly Hills on January 16. The awards are given to honor writers “whose work explores the human experience in a way that both entertains and enlightens.” This year’s film nominees are “12 Years a Slave,” “Belle,” and “Nebraska.” Drama TV nominees are “Homeland,” “Parenthood,” “The Killing,” and “True Detective.” Comedy nominees are “How I Met Your Mother,” “Modern Family,” and “The Middle.” Deadline

ASCAP hosts a special ceremony Monday to honor five legendary songwriters. Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim, and Stevie Wonder received the new ASCAP Centennial Awards. Performers and presenters included Sting, Chris Botti, Paul Williams, Trisha Yearwood, Berry Gordy, India.Arie, Emmylou Harris, and Bernadette Peters. Newsday

Charles Champlin, longtime film writer and entertainment editor for the L.A. Times, dies at age 88 in Los Angeles. He began his work for that newspaper in 1965. After covering films for decades, he later covered books and arts before retiring in 1991. In 1975, he co-founded the Los Angeles Film Critics Association with Ruth Batchelor. Variety

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