News Nuggets: Angelina Jolie steals show at CinemaCon with potential Oscar ‘juggernaut’

Pete Hammond reports that Angelina Jolie stole the show by appearing at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday. She introduced seven minutes of her upcoming Christmas Day film “Unbroken,” which is called a possible Oscar “juggernaut.” The movie focuses on Olympic runner and World War II POW Louis Zamperini. Other Universal offferings featured at the event were “Lucy” (Scarlett Johansson), “Dumb and Dumber 2” (Jim Carrey), “Get On Up” (Chadwick Boseman), and the adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Deadline.

At their PaleyFest panel session Monday, “Masters of Sex” cast members discuss how they joined the show and what might be happening in the second season. Lizzy Caplan said she “fought hard for the role” to show she could do something other than contemporary comedies. Michael Sheen was performing “Hamlet” in London when he agreed to shoot the pilot episode. The new season of the period drama about the team of Masters and Johnson will debut on Showtime in July. Thompson on Hollywood.

Meryl Streep signs on for one of the hottest film packages circulating Hollywood. She will star in “Ricky and the Flash,” from Academy Award winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. It has been over two decades since Jonathan Demme won an Oscar for directing “Silence of the Lambs,” but he is set to helm the production. Streep, a three-time Oscar champ herself, plays a woman “who abandoned her family when she was younger to find fame and fortune as a rock star.” The Wrap.

CBS airs a backdoor pilot of “NCIS,” their most popular show Tuesday night. The New Orleans version of the procedural stars Scott Bakula as the “warm, fun, and focused” Special Agent Pride. Other cast members are Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, and Emily Wickersham. Regulars on the longtime original, Mark Harmon and Michael Weatherly, make appearances on the double episode spinoff. The network will decide later this spring whether to pick up the program for their fall lineup. Entertainment Weekly.

Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu will announce this year’s Tony Awards nominations on April 29. “CBS This Morning” will carry the presentation live. Groff currently stars on the HBO comedy “Looking.” Liu stars on the CBS drama “Elementary.” The 68th annual ceremony is set for June 8 and will be hosted by Hugh Jackman. Playbill.

Fans of 90s pop music will be excited to hear that the Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls might be teaming up. The two “powerhouse” musical groups could be going on a world tour in the near or distant future. Backstreet member Brian Littrell said, “We are actually in early talks about maybe doing a world tour.” His group has continued on-and-off tours in recent years. The girls haven’t performed together since the 2012 London Olympics. E! Online.

The number of frequent young moviegoers plunges in a new 2013 box office report. The incredibly important 18-24 age group went to films 21% less than the year before. The reason might be that there are just too many other options available online and elsewhere. In a keynote address at CinemaCon, MPAA chief Chris Dodd said, “We need to keep exploring fresh ways of leveraging our new technology to drive traffic to your theaters.” Variety.

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will become the first ever celebrity judge on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” She will join the judging panel on next Monday’s episode. The show is bringing in several guest judges this season to try and boost ratings. Others include Julianne Hough, Ricky Martin, and Redfoo. Hollywood Reporter.

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