News Nuggets: Why ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ might be failing with Oscar voters

Sasha Stone laments the fact that “Inside Llewyn Davis” will most likely not be nominated as Best Picture by Oscar voters. She calls it “one of the best films of the year by far, one of the best reviewed, most intricately woven works of American art.” Directed by Academy faves Joel and Ethan Coen, it has received no guild support so far from producers or writers, so she wonders if the “abject failure” of the title character (played by Oscar Isaac) “hits a little too close to the bone.” Will this weekend’s major wins from the National Society of Film Critics help the movie’s chances? Awards Daily.

Tom Shaw considers the fortunes of NBC and which shows might be on the bubble. Having an admitted “soft spot” for “Community,” he thinks the low ratings for its fifth season premiere last week are bad news. Its fate next season will be determined by whether NBC wants four comedies on Thursdays or not. He is also predicting cancellations for “The Michael J. Fox Show,” “Sean Saves the World,” and possibly “Revolution.” TV by the Numbers.

The unofficial launch of Oscar campaigning and party season is ongoing in Palm Springs at their annual film festival. Extensive photos and “inside” moments showcase the event happenings in a place Tom Hanks calls “Sonny Bono’s rec room.” Contenders already attending have included Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, and the band U2. The Wrap.

With a weekend where many cities had inclement weather, the box office dips nationwide. Disney’s “Frozen” returns to the top position in its seventh week, bringing in another $20.7 million (overall $297.8 million for its run). “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” debuts in second place with $18.2 million. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” falls from first to third with $16.2 million ($229.6 million overall). The long-term effects of controversy are helping “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which moves up to fourth position with $13.4 million. Thompson on Hollywood.

Don Everly says he and his brother had a “special moment” before he passed away on Friday. Phil Everly and Don were hitmakers the Everly Brothers through the 1950s and 1960s but then broke up the act due to “infighting and hard feelings.” Don said, “I was listening to one of my favorite songs that Phil wrote and had an extremely emotional moment just before I got the news of his passing.” Phil died at age 74 of obstructive pulmonary disease. New York Daily News.

Martha Sorren offers six reasons why Jimmy Fallon will be “awesome” as the new host of “The Tonight Show” starting in February. Her summary includes: “awesome guests” like President Barack Obama; “funny musical sketches” like a recent one with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Stephen Merchant; “celebrity games” like Box of Lies with Tina Fey; and “thank you notes.” Bustle.

Jonah Hill uses his platform at a Palm Springs brunch this weekend to defend “The Wolf of Wall Street” against negative criticisms. “I personally take away the message from the film that this behavior, this lifestyle, leads to a very bad ending,” the supporting actor said. “I think the movie is not glorifying this behavior, it is showing that it leads to bad places whether their judicial punishment doesn’t reflect that is one thing. Where your life ends up, who you are as a person, is another.” Variety.

With major nominations from several guilds (actors, producers, writers), Focus Features is now offering a new enhanced digital script of “Dallas Buyers Club” online. Written by Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, this online edition is packed with original writer correspondence, behind-the-scenes images, videos, graphic cards, and b-roll footage. Focus.

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