News Nuggets: Is Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston the hotter Brit star?

Susan Wloszczyna cheekily asks which British star is hotter: Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston? She says each of the rising stars has “their own passionate supporters” that stir up deep rivalries among those fans. Maybe it was back in the 1960s for the last such excitement over hunky Brits like Peter O’Toole, Alan Bates, Oliver Reed, and Albert Finney. She offers up dueling video interviews to support her evidence about each man. Cumberbatch recently won an Emmy Award for playing Sherlock Holmes and is a strong Oscar contender for the upcoming “The Imitation Game.” Hiddleston is most known as the villain in “Thor,” Woody Allen‘s “Midnight in Paris,” and “The Deep Blue Sea.” Thompson on Hollywood

HBO releases a new trailer for the much-anticipated return of “The Comeback.” It shows actress Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) as she “claws her way back to the middle” of the entertainment industry. Co-stars Robert Michael Morris, Laura Silverman, and Malin Akerman will be be back, plus a guest turn by Seth Rogen. The show’s premiere episode airs on November 9. TV Line

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Rapper Pitbull will host the American Music Awards for the second straight year. He will also perform a song from his upcoming album “Globalization” on the November 23 ceremony for ABC. Last year’s show attracted 12.93 million viewers, the best result in four years. Iggy Azalea leads all performers with six nominations that night. Billboard

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Despite the star power of Adam Sandler, the new Jason Reitman film “Men, Women and Children” is taking a huge “bellyflop” at the box office. For its nationwide opening in 608 theaters this weekend, it brought in an “anemic” $306,367. The budget of $16 million will be hard to recover for the ensemble-based movie also starring Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, and Ansel Elgort. The Wrap

Ellen DeGeneres is taking it on herself to cast the upcoming “Ghostbusters 3” comedy. “Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig will helm the long-discussed project with an all-female cast. DeGeneres said to her Monday talk show guests Melissa McCarthy and Lena Dunham that the three of them should be in the movie. Original star Bill Murray was recently pushing McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Linda Cardellini. Entertainment Tonight

With “Into the Woods” in theaters soon, a new countdown features the top 10 musicals that should be made into films. The list (in order): “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Violet,” “Company,” “The Wild Party,” “Next to Normal,” “Bat Boy,” “Pippin,” “Assassins,” “The Most Happy Fella,” and “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” Rope of Silicon

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