News Nuggets: ‘Gravity’ should have starred Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey, Jr.?

A new video chat with director Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity“) reveals that Sandra Bullock and George Clooney were not the original choices to star. Angelina Jolie dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Robert Downey, Jr. felt the cramped physical conditions would not allow him to improvise. It is a wide-ranging 90-minute discussion with Stephen Galloway that covers much of Cuaron’s career. Hollywood Reporter.

Two-time Oscar nominee Bette Midler is tapped to perform on this year’s Academy Awards ceremony March 2. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron stated, “We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time. We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.” Those last words bring speculation that she will be singing underneath the “In Memoriam” segment, perhaps with “Wind Beneath My Wings.” HitFix.

Make way for a third “Sex and the City” movie? Executive producer, writer, and director Michael Patrick King says he feels there is “one story left” for the four characters. He added, “Sarah Jessica Parker and I both know what that final chapter is. That doesn’t mean it will or should be told, but I do think there’s one story left … There’s four girls, and those girls are still in my mind. There are other stories to tell and characters that haven’t even been written yet.” Parker and Kristin Davis have both indicated they would be on board. Cynthia Nixon, however, says they “had a wonderful ride” and “it’s fine to let it go.” Huffington Post.

Jethro Nededog brings an exclusive that CeeLo Green surprisingly quit “The Voice” to avoid being fired. NBC was “blindsided” when the singer announced the news Tuesday to host Ellen DeGeneres on her daytime talk show. During the fifth season of the show last fall, he had at least one “meltdown” and had to leave the set on at least two occasions. No response yet from executive producer Mark Burnett. The Wrap.

How does a movie with a Mexican director, two American stars, and a major film studio (Warner Bros.) win as Best British Film at BAFTA? It turns out “Gravity” passed the cultural test by being produced by Briton David Heyman (of the “Harry Potter” films) and shot at Pinewood Studios outisde London. Because the production was done there, it employed a local crew. L.A. Times.

Sasha Stone wonders if the new Entertainment Weekly cover for their Oscars edition “tempts fate.” It features frontrunners Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine“) and Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave“). One of her readers reminds that the 2012 cover had perceived frontrunners George Clooney (“The Descendants”) and Viola Davis (“The Help”). That did not work out well for either of them. Awards Daily.

Chris Dorr believes Netflix is now “setting the new norm in TV watching” because “the viewer is in control.” With the release of the “House of Cards” entire second season last week, he says that he and his wife “choose how and when we watch the new season,” referring to it as “binge viewing.” This new pattern allows all viewers to determine how much and when they want to watch. Thompson on Hollywood.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will receive the Comedy Filmmakers of the Year award at CinemaCon this year. The Las Vegas event will honor them for writing, directing, and/or producing ‘Superbad,” “Pineapple Express,” “The Green Hornet,” “Knocked Up,” and “This is the End.” Their next film is “Neighbors,” which will debut on May 9. Variety.

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