News Nuggets: Dustin Hoffman declares movies are in the worst state ever

Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (“Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Rain Man”) believes the “movie industry in its worst state ever.” In a new interview, he says, “I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been, and I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been — in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst.” Much smaller budgets for dramatic films are leading to less time spent on script development and shooting schedules. He adds, “I don’t think that has anything to do with whether you are good or not; it’s just about whether your films make money or not.” Variety

Brad Brevet offers his first look at the upcoming Oscar race for Best Actor. In his top two spots are Michael Fassbender as the title character in “Steve Jobs” and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu film “The Revenant.” Other contenders could be Michael Caine (“Youth”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”), Paul Dano (“Love and Mercy”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Southpaw” or “Demolition”), and Tom Hiddleston (“I Saw the Light”). Rope of Silicon

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Will Jeffrey Dean Morgan finally be “the one” for Julianna Margulies on “The Good Wife“? The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star joins the long-running CBS drama next season as the new legal investigator, replacing Emmy winner Archie Panjabi. Morgan’s other TV work has included “Magic City,” “Weeds,” “Supernatural,” and “Texas Rising,” which has him on the Emmy ballot this summer. TV Line

A new photo gallery highlights the top 10 most-anticipated panels at this week’s Comic-Con in San Diego. They are: “Warcraft” (Travis Fimmel), “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” (Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck), “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (J.J. Abrams), “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” (Lily James), “The Walking Dead” (Andrew Lincoln), “Game of Thrones” (Natalie Dormer), Marvel TV (Hayley Atwell), “Ash vs. Evil Dead” (Bruce Campbell), “Supergirl” (Melissa Benoist), and “Heroes Reborn” (Zachary Levi). Entertainment Weekly

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Legendary producer Jerry Weintraub dies Monday in Palm Springs at age 77. His career began promoting concerts with Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Beach Boys, John Denver, and more. His film career started with Robert Altman‘s “Nashville,” a 1975 Best Picture nominee. Other films included “Diner,” “The Karate Kid” movies, “Ocean’s Eleven” and its two sequels, and “Nancy Drew.” Hollywood Reporter

John M. Stephens, a cinematographer and cameraman especially known for thrilling action sequences, dies at age 82. His most notable movies include “Grand Prix,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” and “Field of Dreams.” He also shot sequences for “Titanic,” “Ice Station Zebra,” “Midnight Run,” “Three Amigos,” and “Bandits.” Yahoo Movies

MTV scares up six million viewers for the debut of its new horror series “Scream.” That makes it summer’s most-watched new cable series premiere among Millennials, focusing on viewers 12-34 and 18-34. The program also slashes social media with 54,000 tweets during the airing of the first episode. The show is an adaptation of the popular 1996 film and has Bob Weinstein and Harvey Weinstein as executive producers. The Wrap

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