News Nuggets: Why was winner Kevin Spacey missing from the SAG Awards on Sunday?

Why wasn’t Kevin Spacey at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday to pick up his Best TV Drama Actor trophy for “House of Cards“? He took out a special ad in Variety on Wednesday to explain: “I wish I could have been with all of you at the SAG Awards to say thank you in person for having given me such a great honor. However, I was in the Middle East doing workshops with a different group of actors — gathered together for a program through my Foundation called “Home Grown.” He also thanked SAG voters on Twitter for his award. USA Today

The Grammy Awards will feature a number of duets and collaborations on the Feburary 8 ceremony. Newly announced performers are Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani, Annie Lennox and Hozier, and Jessie J with Tom Jones. LL Cool J will host the event once again this year. CBS News

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Filming is finally starting for the much-discussed Steve Jobs biopic written by Oscar and Emmy champ Aaron Sorkin. After going through such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale, they finally chose Michael Fassbender for the lead role. Other co-stars include Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Kate Winslet, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Katherine Waterston. Vulture

The all-female “Ghostbusters” cast is now official. Sony and director Paul Feig announce that the reboot will star Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, and “Saturday Night Live” stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Production details are still being worked out, but the film is slated for theaters on July 22, 2016. Variety

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When Netflix relaunches “Wet Hot American Summer,” many original cast members from the 2001 cult movie will be joined by an all-star group of newcomers. From the film, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Elizabeth Banks, and Bradley Cooper are expected back for the new eight-episode limited series. Joining Camp Firewood for the first time are Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jason Schwartzman, Josh Charles, and John Slattery. TV Line

Super Bowl XLIX halftime director Hamish Hamilton teases that Sunday’s event starring Katy Perry will be “big, bold, ambitious and very different.” He and his staff have been meticulously planning the show for many months that will be “a triumph of bringing lots of people, technology, ideas, creative, scientific and logical minds together.” Hamilton also discusses how this show is different from his other upcoming job of directing the Academy Awards. The Wrap

Sir Elton John only needs an Emmy to complete his EGOT, and he may now have a great chance. He is teaming with Alan Ball (“Six Feet Under”) to create a new musical drama on HBO. The series “Virtuoso” will be a period piece “set against the complex and volatile backdrop of 18th century Vienna” and will follow young musical prodigies at the prestigious Academy of Musical Excellence. Hollywood Reporter

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