• Sandra Bullock may actually be on hand to collect a golden popcorn bucket or two at the MTV Movie Awards on June 6. Ted Casablanca and John Boone deliver the scoop: "While nothing is confirmed, a fashionable source spills that Sandra's stylist has been pulling together outfits from top-notch labels for 'The Blind Side' babe to check out should she decide to strut her stuff for the photogs." Bullock is in the running for three awards -- best kiss (with her co-star from "The Proposal" Ryan Reynolds), best female performance ("The Blind Side") and best comedic performance ("The Proposal"). Bullock won three MTV kudos back in 1995 for her breakout hit "Speed" and contended for four more in the following two years. E ONLINE
• Sir Paul McCartney will be feted at the White House on June 2 when he will be presented with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award -- bestowed by the Library of Congress -- has gone to Paul Simon (2007) and Stevie Wonder (2009). Wonder -- a one-time duet partner for McCartney -- is among those bold-faced names slated to perform during the ceremony. Also on hand will be Elvis Costello, Faith Hill and the Jonas Brothers with the event set to air July 28 on PBS.
• "Glee" will continue to sing for Fox for at least two more seasons. The network announced the renewal of the freshman hit -- which won the Golden Globe for best comedy series -- on Monday. Both of our Emmy experts -- Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Robert "Rob L" Licuria -- expect the show to be in the running for the top TV award when nominations are announced July 8.
• Randee Dawn thinks that "Glee" will not be the only first-year series to figure in this year's Emmy Awards. For example, both "Modern Family" and "The Good Wife" feature likely nominees. However, she cautions, "despite the abundance of new contenders this year, the odds of a winner among them are slim. During the past five years, in the comedy categories only two first-time lead actress nominees have won (Felicity Huffman in 2005 for 'Desperate Housewives' and America Ferrera in 2007 for 'Ugly Betty') and only one lead actor (Ricky Gervais in 2007 for 'Extras'; he had won notice in other categories but not in acting). First-time nominees have even less luck in the lead actor and actress drama categories. Patricia Arquette ('Medium') was the last one, male or female, to win for her first nomination, and that was in 2005." THR
• The Envelope's Pete Hammond filed a series of must-read reports from the Cannes filmfest. In this final dispatch, Pete considers the awards potential of various films. "Of the prizewinners, expect to see Javier Bardem become a major player leading up to the 83rd Oscars once the Spanish-language 'Biutiful' finds a domestic distributor. The film is likely to be Mexico's
foreign-language entry even though it was shot in Spain. Leading the list of foreign-language contenders is 'Of Gods and Men,' the moving, true drama about a group of monks under siege in war-torn Algeria. It follows nominees 2008 Palme d'Or winner 'The Class' and 2009 grand jury winner, 'Un Prophète,' as the obvious French entry (Cannes fest director Thierry Frémaux is on the selection committee) but has a better chance than either of those actually to prevail in the category. I guarantee it will play very well with the academy's more
conservative selection committee, whereas Thailand's 'Boonmee' may be too surreal for their tastes." And Pete says, "other movies not winning award recognition but making a big enough splash here to move on to the academy race include a potential best picture and actress (Lesley Manville) nominee in Mike Leigh's 'Another Year,' with 'Fair Game' also in picture and acting contests (Sean Penn, Naomi Watts). NOTES ON A SEASON
• Two helmers -- veteran Roger Corman and relative newcomer Lee Daniels -- will be honored by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television during the upcoming annual Festival of New Creative Work. Both will be in the spotlight on the closing night of the fest June 10.
•The Channel 4 biopic "Mo" starring Julie Walters as the late Labour politican Mo Mowlam picked up three prizes at the BAFTA craft kudos Tuesday -- director, editing, and hair/makeup. Walters is nominated at next month's BAFTA TV awards for her gritty performance. "Red Riding" won two awards while "The X Factor" won the production team prize. BBC
• One of the Vulture wags -- Josh Duboff -- takes note of the surprisingly low number of tweets about Sunday's series finale of "Lost." As Josh writes, "While the numbers are still impressive - there were 437,613 'Lost'-related tweets the night of the finale, significantly higher than the average of 27,000 tweets posted per show during the season -- the series-ender's twitter chatter was tromped by that of other big events, like the Academy Awards, which saw about 780,000 Oscar-related tweets this past March. You know, we were thinking that church scene could have benefited from an uncomfortably long interpretative dance number." NEW YORK
Following Tuesday's announcement of Sean Hayes as host of this year's Tony Awards comes the first round of bold-faced names scheduled to appear on the June 13 CBS kudocast: Antonio Banderas, Justin Bartha, Cate Blanchett, Michael Douglas,
Kelsey Grammer, Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Lucy Liu, Lea Michele,
Helen Mirren, Matthew Morrison, Chris Noth, Bernadette Peters, David
Hyde Pierce, Tony Shalhoub, Liev Schreiber, Denzel Washington and Raquel Welch.
• Three-time Grammy champ Brandford Marsalis told Andrew Gans he was shocked to get a Tony nomination for his score for the revival of "Fences." As he explains, "When you've finished … a record, you're like, 'All right, this might get a Grammy nomination.' It crosses your mind, [but it] never crossed my
mind, that, 'Wow, this ['Fences'] music might get nominated for a Tony.' It just never crossed my mind." As to whether the jazz composer would tackle a full-length tuner, he says, "When you think about the stuff that Gershwin wrote and Lorenz Hart and Hammerstein and Rodgers, they wrote these songs for these plays, and the songs are still being sung 60, 100 years later. And, then you look at some of the modern plays and some people have been able to do that, but that would be the challenge: to write songs that have a certain kind of universal appeal in an era like ours now. It would be a hell of a challenge. If this opens the door to that, that would be
• Turns out current Tony nominees Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury are indeed irreplaceable. The two headline the nominated revival of Stephen Sondheim's 1973 Tony champ "A Little Night Music." While the run had been extended to Aug. 29, it will now shutter on June 20 which is the end date for these star troupers. There had been a rumor along the rialto that Oscar champ Gwyenth Paltrow ("Shakespeare in Love") and her Tony-winning mother Blythe Danner would head up a replacement cast.
Top photo: Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. Credit: MTV
Middle photo: Best actor winner Javier Bardem at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Credit: Reuters
Bottom photo: Tony Awards logo. Credit: American Theater Wing
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