News Nuggets: Jennifer Lawrence proclaimed the Most Valuable Star of 2014

Jennifer Lawrence tops this year’s list of Most Valuable Stars, a rare accomplishment for an actress. In terms of box office alone, she is only the third woman to be the biggest box office draw since 1967 (Sandra Bullock, 2009; Julia Roberts, 1999). Lawrence stars in two major franchises with “The Hunger Games” and the “X-Men” reboot and continues to make awards-related films like “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” Others in this year’s top 10: Robert Downey, Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Bullock, Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, and Bradley Cooper. Vulture

Amy Poehler confirms on NBC’s “Today” that the next Golden Globes will be the last time that she and Tina Fey will host the ceremony. She says, “It’s the law of diminishing returns, which is why this is our last time. Unless you want to be a perennial host, there’s nowhere to go but down!” The duo will emcee for a third time this January. Vanity Fair

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HBO announces the power pairing of Emmy-winning actress Kyra Sedgwick with “New Adventures of Old Christine” creator Kari Lizer. The duo will topline a half-hour single-camera comedy series next year. Sedgwick will play a nun who was disillusioned by her lifetime of service to the church and a marriage she no longer enjoys. Her previous long-running series was “The Closer” for TNT. Deadline

To celebrate the release of “The Sopranos” complete series on Blu-ray next week, creator David Chase reveals his favorite episode for each character. The choices include: Carmela (Edie Falco), “Whitecaps”; Tony (James Gandolfini) – “Join the Club” and “Mayham”; Christopher (Michael Imperioli) – “The Ride”; Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) – “Where’s Johnny?”; and Livia (Nancy Marchand) – “Pilot.” Huffington Post

The Walking Dead” producer Gale Anne Hurd will receive the David O. Selznick achievement award from the Producers Guild of America. Her career has also included such films as “Aliens,” “The Terminator,” “The Abyss,” “Armageddon,” and “The Incredible Hulk.” The PGA Awards will be held on January 24 in Los Angeles. Thompson on Hollywood

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