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Gold Derby nuggets: Anne Hathaway on Oscar duty | 'Avatar' lags in all-time ticket sales | Updates on Oscar winners

January 26, 2010 |  4:25 pm

Oscars Expanded Best Picture RaceAnne Hathaway -- who heard her name announced as a best actress contender last year for "Rachel Getting Married" -- will be joining academy president Tom Sherak at the podium next Tuesday to read off this year's roster of Oscar nominees. As per the announcement, "Sherak and Hathaway will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories at a 5:30 a.m. news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills." AMPAS

• Hathaway -- who is to be roasted and toasted with Harvard's Hasty Pudding Award on Feb. 5 -- will have Justin Timberlake as her consort as he receives the man of the year prize. As Tim Nudd writes, "He's won six Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards and a host of other accolades. Now, Justin Timberlake can add another sweet trophy to the pile. The singer, songwriter, actor and producer was chosen for being 'one of pop culture's most influential entertainers,' the troupe said in a statement." PEOPLE

Kenneth Jones reports, "a wave of enthusiastic reviews for Broadway's 'A View From the Bridge' prompted close to $500,000 in box office sales on Jan. 25, the day after the revival of Arthur Miller's drama opened at the Cort Theatre. The box office boost and the raves don't necessarily translate to an extension, however. A spokesperson told that the closing date of April 4 is firm. A limited 14-week engagement was planned. The Cort is already pre-booked for an April 14 launch of a revival of August Wilson's 'Fences.'" PLAYBILL

Avatar Golden Globes winner James Cameron Zoe Saldana Sam Worthington • While "Avatar" is the biggest grossing movie of all time worldwide, the sci-fi flick currently ranks only 26th when it comes to ticket sales in the USA. With ticket prices rising even faster than the rate of inflation -- and the 3-D premium boosting the takings of "Avatar" even further -- the 76,421,400 admissions to date translate to a box office of $554,981,691. Compare that with the 202,044,600 tickets sold to "Gone With the Wind." While that 1939 epic has had several re-releases through the years, the bulk of those sales were back when the country's population was only 131 million; today it stands at 306 million. BOX OFFICE MOJO

Sasha Stone previews Saturday's DGA awards in a must-read piece. As Sasha writes, "After the PGA’s shocker, I feel unsure of even calling Kathryn Bigelow to win this thing hands down, although if there is a front-runner, she is it. 'Avatar,' 'Up in the Air,' 'The Hurt Locker,' 'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Precious' are five great films. This is a lineup that almost rivals those from the 1970s. There might not have been a lot of films to choose from for Oscar’s Big Ten, but the small amount of films that were available are pretty damned good. These five directors are all different. And they are all either at the top of their game, or close." AWARDS DAILY

Melena Ryzik reports on the savvy strategy behind the selling of "The Cove" to academy voters. "The documentary about a secretive dolphin slaughter in Japan is on the Oscar shortlist this year; its distributors, Roadside Attractions, bought it three months after Sundance, and are now figuring out how to campaign for it. 'It’s really just about getting people to see the movie,' said Eric d’Arbeloff, a co-president of Roadside Attractions. That may seem like a no-brainer, but for a film like 'The Cove,' it’s not that easy. There’s really no way to sell it as warm and cuddly. 'I have friends who are animal rights people who won’t see it because it’s too painful for them,' Mr. d’Arbeloff said. Referring to a scene which depicts some stuff you wouldn’t want Flipper to go through, he added: 'Our point is: a, that’s about 20 seconds of the movie; b, this is something that is really happening; and c, it’s something that we can actually do something about.'" NEW YORK TIMES

Rachel-Weisz-oscar • Oscar champ Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener") picked up another prize Monday as the London theater critics named her best actress for her searing portrayal of Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire." Another Donmar Warehouse star -- Jude Law -- picked up the Shakespeare performance prize for "Hamlet." Recent Tony champ Mark Rylance ("Boeing Boeing") won best actor for his work in best play winner "Jerusalem" by Jez Butterworth and the Tony-winning tuner "Spring Awakening" won best musical at these 21st annual kudos. THE STAGE

Michael Ausiello has the scoop on Oscar winner Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") coming to the small screen on a regular basis. As Michael writes, "Whitaker is nearing a deal to headline CBS' in-the-works spin-off of 'Criminal Minds,' sources confirm to me semi-exclusively. Whitaker would play Cooper, the new team’s fiercely loyal and intensely private leader. A former star profiler in the BAU, Coop’s been off the grid for the last eight years, leaving only a trail of rumors in his wake. 'Minds 2.0' will follow the 'NCIS'/'NCIS: LA' model in that the new team will be introduced in an episode of 'Minds' this spring before being launched into their own show next fall." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Another of Oscar's golden boys -- F. Murray Abraham ("Amadeus") -- proved his mettle Monday when he tackled a thief backstage at a Gotham theater. Attending a reading of "Much Ado About Nothing" at Classic Stage, "he noticed the man slipping out toward the dressing rooms. Mr. Abraham got up and spoke to the house manager, and the two of them went backstage and found the man hiding under a table in a dressing room. The house manager shouted that a robbery was underway while Mr. Abraham and the man scuffled, with the intruder punching Mr. Abraham. Cast members ran backstage as the intruder fled." NEW YORK TIMES

Top photo: Academy Awards. Credit: AMPAS 

Middle photo: "Avatar" poster. Credit: Fox

Bottom photo: Rachel Weisz winning the Oscar. Credit: AMPAS

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