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Gold Derby nuggets: PGA reruns most TV nods | Letterman loves 'Brothers' | 'Nine' leads Satellite noms

November 30, 2009 |  4:47 pm

Mad Men Renewal AMC Emmy Awards Entertainment News 2468097Daniel Fienberg delves into Monday's announcement of TV nominees for the 21st annual PGA kudos and discovers, "While the nominees are largely a familiar and traditional lot, without a single new Fall 2009 drama or comedy on the list, the PGA did manage to recognize a few fresh names, including HBO's 'True Blood' in the drama category." As Daniel reports, "Drama nods are led by last year's winner, AMC's 'Mad Men,' while ABC's 'Lost' and 'Dexter' are also repeat nominees. Coming off a second season in which it broke ratings records seemingly every week, 'True Blood' is new to the field, as is 'Breaking Bad.'" On the comedy side, "As with last year, '30 Rock' will be competing against NBC's 'The Office,' HBO's 'Entourage' and Showtime's 'Weeds.' The category's only new nominee is Showtime's 'Californication.'" HIT FIX

Anne Thompson conducts a lively interview with "Up in the Air" helmer Jason Reitman. Among the 20 questions he answers, "How do you film George Clooney in an airport?" THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

Lou Lumeninck wonders, "Is 'Eastwood: 35 Years, 35 Films at Warner Bros.,' a massive DVD set scheduled for Feb. 16, timed to take advantage of an expected Best Picture Oscar nomination for Clint's latest, 'Invictus'' -- or part of a clever awards campaign for the latter?  Or both? Listing for $180, the 19-disc set will include all of his Warner titles except his very first, 'Lafayette Escadrille.' '' NEW YORK POST

Brothers PosterLane Brown observes that "Oprah has 'Precious' and now David Letterman, too, has a horse in this year's awards race, we guess." Says Lane, that would be Jim Sheridan's 'Brothers,' for, "Dave seems to have invited poor Natalie Portman to last Wednesday's 'Late Show' just to give himself an excuse to rave about her film for ten minutes: 'This is a real movie. It couldn't be more timely. There's just not a false note in the entire thing. You must be thrilled to be a part of it,' he said, barely letting an increasingly uncomfortable Portman get a word in. 'I don't remember when I saw a movie that I was this impressed with. ... It's the finest movie made in the last twelve, twenty years.'" NEW YORK

Michael Lewittes reports, "While having his latest TV show, 'Hank,' canceled was a drag, Kelsey Grammer has now signed on to star next spring in 'La Cage aux Folles' on Broadway." Michael says, "The show begins on April 18, and don’t be surprised if Grammer walks away with a Tony. When the play debuted in 1983 it won six statuettes." GOSSIP COP

David Ng tells of a new entry in the Tony Awards derby -- Irish scribe Martin McDonagh's first American-based play "A Behanding in Spokane." This "dark stage comedy" opening March 4 will star Oscar champ Christopher Walken ("The Deer Hunter") as "a man searching for his hand." McDonagh's Broadway credits include "The Lieutenant of Inishmore," "The Pillowman," "The Lonesome West" and "The Beauty Queen of Leenane." And as David notes, "He received Tony nominations for each play but has yet to win. Earlier this year, he received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for 'In Bruges.'" CULTURE MONSTER

Nine PosterPaul Gaita takes a closer look at Sunday's nominations for the 14th annual Satellite Awards -- led by "Nine" with 10 nods -- and writes that "as in past years, the sizable list is a mixed bag of names with considerable Oscar buzz and left-field choices." And as Paul details, "Based on the 2008 nominations, their batting average (as Oscar predictors) is a tad spotty. They did pick 'Slumdog Millionaire' for motion picture drama and 'WALL-E' for motion picture animated, and also got best documentary feature ("Man on Wire"), best director (Danny Boyle), best original score (A.R. Rahman for 'Slumdog'), but went for the outside choices on all the major acting awards -- Richard Jenkins for 'The Visitor' (best actor, drama), Angelina Jolie for 'Changeling' (best actress, drama), Sally Hawkins for 'Happy-Go-Lucky' (best actress, comedy or musical) and most eyebrow-raising of all, Ricky Gervais for the grisly 'Ghost Town' (best actor, comedy or musical)." THE CIRCUIT

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