News Nuggets: Kerry Washington, Geena Davis battling Annette Bening to be an Oscars governor

Actresses Kerry Washington, Geena Davis, and Amy Madigan are challenging incumbent Annette Bening to be a governor for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each branch of the film academy has three governors on staggered terms, so one of them is up for election every year. It is Bening’s turn to either be re-elected or replaced by this Friday’s deadline. Results will be announced next week. The other two acting branch governors are Ed Begley, Jr. and Tom Hanks. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the current Academy president overseeing the Oscars, is on the ballot again for the public relations branch. If she does not get re-elected, she will only be a one-term president. Producers branch governor Gale Ann Hurd is being challenged by Albert Berger, Jennifer Fox, Jennifer Todd, and Gail Mutrux. Writers branch governor Phil Alden Robinson faces off against Larry Karaszewski, Callie Khouri, and John Logan. Directors branch governor Lisa Cholodenko is up against Lee Daniels, Jason Reitman, and Edward Zwick. Hollywood Reporter.

Rosie O’Donnell is in serious negotiations to return to the ABC daytime talk show “The View” as a co-host. The couch is almost bare with Whoopi Goldberg as the only remaining host after the pending departures of Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy. Part of O’Donnell’s contract may be that she has approval rights of other hosts. Will that mean she would decline the possibility of Meghan McCain, the daughter of Republican Senator John McCain, who has guested on the show many times? She also might have a problem with former VP candidate Sarah Palin. Other possible names that have been floated recently are Mario Cantone (“Sex and the City”) and Jane Lynch (“Glee“). E! Online.

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Ryan Lattanzio wonders if the new Richard Linklater film “Boyhood” is the “most radically inventive film experience of the year.” He says that it “overflows with beauty, truth, ingenuity, humanity, and tenderness, and it firmly places the director in the pantheon of cinema’s great auteurs.” The film was shot over a 12-year period, focusing on a boy (Ellar Coltrane) from childhood through his first day of college. It co-stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as his parents and opens in limited release this Friday. Thompson on Hollywood.

Even though the first season of “Masters of Sex” had a sweet ending last fall, the new season debuting this Sunday does not carry on that bliss. Executive producer Michelle Ashford says new episodes “are creating much of the emotion and chemistry that sizzled – and fizzled – between the two” main characters of William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). New guest stars this season include Sarah Silverman, Courtney B. Vance, Keke Palmer, and Danny Huston. Episodes will cover the years 1958 to 1961, the beginning of the sexual revolution. USA Today.

Michael Schneider asks if Emmy campaigning is now getting out of hand. He says that it is “so competitive that stars and producers spend a chunk of April, May and June schmoozing at publicity events, participating in panel discussions attended by voters and being interviewed in roundtables” for special Emmy editions. An average campaign for a major show costs between $150,000 and 4500,000, with much of the money spent on billboards, buses, trade publications, events, and online websites. TV Guide.

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Executive producer Don Mischer announces his full production team for the 66th Emmy Awards airing August 25 on NBC. This year’s director will be Glenn Weiss, a nine-time Emmy winner who has directed the Tony Awards for the past 14 years. Co-producer Danette Herman will work on the Emmys for the 25th time. Keith Raywood (“Saturday Night Live“) will be the production designer. Grammy winner Steve Jordan will be the music director, in charge of an all-star ensemble performing throughout the ceremony. Emmys.

Emmy winner Rosemary Murphy dies at age 87 in New York City. Her performance in the 1976 miniseries “Eleanor and Franklin” was the one that brought her the Emmy. In films, she was best known as the neighbor Maudie Atkinson in the 1962 movie “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Other films included “Julia,” “September,” “A Mighty Aphrodite,” and “Savages.” She had a long career on Broadway, with Tony nominations for the plays “Period of Adjustment” (1961), “Any Wednesday” (1964), and “A Delicate Balance” (1967). Variety.

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