News Nuggets: Chris Pratt, Ariana Grande guesting on ‘Saturday Night Live’ premiere

Saturday Night Live” sets their first guest pairings for the premiere episodes of the 40th season on NBC. Hot off his blockbuster summer hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” actor Chris Pratt will host the first episode on September 27 with musical guest Ariana Grande. Rookie sensation Iggy Azalea has also announced she will pair up with Grande for that show. Comedian Sarah Silverman, fresh off a surprise Emmy win, will host on October 5 with musical guest Maroon 5. TV Line

A new SAG-AFTRA study of 5,700 members finds that over half of lesbian, gay, and bisexual performers “have heard directors and producers make anti-gay comments.” Over half of the LGBT respondents believe that directors and producers are biased against them. More than a third of those surveyed reported they had witnessed “disrespectful treatment” on set. UCLA’s think tank Williams Institute conducted the survey with results set to be formally presented in New York and Los Angeles at town hall meetings on Wednesday. Deadline

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Dave McNary reports that Mel Brooks was in “feisty form” Tuesday night for a 40th anniversary screening of his classic comedy film “Young Frankenstein.” The event took place at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and he was joined by co-stars Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr plus producer Michael Gruskoff. Earlier in the day, he joked around at his handprint ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre by putting on an extra 11th finger for the permanent cement. Variety

NBC’s live musical version of “Peter Pan” continues to come together. The latest addition is Broadway actress Kelli O’Hara, who will play the Darling matriarch. She joins the previously announced Allison Williams as Peter Pan, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, and Christian Borle as Smee and George Darling. Produced by veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the event will air on December 4. TV Guide

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HBO debuts an “evocative” first look at their upcoming miniseries “Olive Kitteridge.” Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout, the program is directed by Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”). The premium channel will debut the production on November 2 and 3, just before Golden Globe and SAG Awards voters mark their ballots. It stars Oscar winner Frances McDormand and Oscar nominees Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray. Vulture

Sony Pictures Classics co-founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard are chosen for France’s highest military and civil honor. The duo will receive the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at New York’s French embassy on September 22. They are being honored for their support of French cinema. The two men founded the company in 1992 and have released films that have earned 32 combined Oscars. Hollywood Reporter

Ukraine officials select “The Guide” to represent their country in the foreign language category at next year’s Oscars. Directed by Oles Sanin, the movie is about a blind minstrel and an American boy in the turbulent Soviet Ukraine during the 1930s. The film will be considered by Academy voters along with many other submissions from around the world. Interfax

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