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Who will receive the next Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Golden Globes?

October 20, 2010 |  6:43 pm

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. will announce the next recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award on Nov. 9. Let's hope it's not another old, white guy as usual: Al Pacino (age 60 in 2001), Harrison Ford (age 59 in 2002), Gene Hackman (age 72 in 2003), Michael Douglas (age 59 in 2004), Robin Williams (age 53 in 2005), Anthony Hopkins (age 68 in 2006), Warren Beatty (age 69 in 2007), Steven Spielberg (age 62 in 2009; he was to receive the award in 2008 but it was postponed due to the writers' strike) and Martin Scorsese (age 67 in 2010). Our forums moderator Chris "Boomer" Beachum offers us these observations about the award's past:

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• It has been a decade since the last woman was honored (Barbra Streisand in 2000).

• It has been 28 years since the only minority was honored (Sidney Poitier in 1982).

• The honoree is typically an actor, actress or director in his or her 50s or older who is willing to attend and accept the award. The association also does not like to honor someone who has a strong chance at a nomination at the next ceremony.

• If a woman is chosen this time, the most likely person will be Meryl Streep. It is a rare year in which she has nothing in contention. Streep also has an astounding 25 nominations and 7 wins in her career. If not Streep, the other strong female contenders would be Julie Andrews, Ellen Burstyn, Carol Burnett, Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Angela Lansbury, Mary Tyler Moore and Shirley Temple.

• If a minority is chosen for 2011, the most likely contenders would be Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones and Denzel Washington.

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Golden Globes TV predix: Best lead drama actor

October 13, 2010 |  1:22 pm

Our TV experts Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria agree on who four of the five nominees will be for lead actor in a drama series at the Golden Globes: Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire"), Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"). However, Boomer picks Hugh Laurie ("House M.D.") and Rob opts for Tom Selleck ("Blue Bloods") in the fifth slot. Notice how similar these predix are to what they forecast for this same category at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Michael C Hall Golden Globes news DexterBoomer handicaps the Globes race contender by contender below. Rob's reax to Boomer's rundown: "I would move James Badge Dale ('Rubicon') up, add Michael Chiklis ('No Ordinary Family') to possibles and Andy Whitfield ('Spartacus: Blood and Sand') to long shots."

Michael C. Hall won last year. Gabriel Byrne triumphed in 2008 and wasn't nominated in 2009 because "In Treatment" didn't air new episodes during the eligibility period.

Also, check out Boomer's and Rob's analysis of the Golden Globe races for best drama series and best comedy.

* = nominee last year

LEAD DRAMA ACTOR
(Front-runners)
Simon Baker, "The Mentalist"**
Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire"
Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment"
Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad"
Matthew Fox, "Lost"
Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" *
Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" *
Hugh Laurie, "House" *
Bill Paxton, "Big Love" *
Tom Selleck, "Blue Bloods"

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Nowhere Boy' may be serious comedy contender at Golden Globes | Michael Caine gripes he ought to have more Oscars

October 11, 2010 | 11:17 am

• "Proving that its buzz wasn't short-lived, Facebook movie 'The Social Network' topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, with ticket sales down a small 31% from its debut at $15.5 million," reports the L.A. Times. That helps to sustain its Oscar buzz, of course. COMPANY TOWN

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• Weinstein Co. is happily surprised by the response "Nowhere Boy" is getting from members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., who want it to compete in the comedy/musical lineup. TheWrap's Steve Pond reports, "'Nowhere Boy' is clearly a drama, but it also contains a fair amount of music, mostly in the skiffle and early rock songs played by John Lennon and his friends. In the curious world of the Golden Globes, where the dramas 'Ray' and 'Walk the Line' were considered musicals, that’s enough to put 'Nowhere Boy" in contention in a thin field." THE ODDS

Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" and Jill Andresevic's "Love Etc." won the audience awards at the Hampton's International Film Festival over the weekend. INDIEWIRE

• Former Variety editor Peter Bart weighs in on the date change being pondered for the Academy Awards: "If the Oscar ceremony is moved up a few weeks in 2012, that would trigger a variety of nervous-making options now being studied." VARIETY

Pete Hammond looks "back at films from the first eight months of the year that have reason for awards hopes, and, in some cases, may have to struggle against the odds just to be remembered" — namely, "The Ghost Writer," "Shutter Island," "Winter's Bone," Inception," etc. DEADLINE

Sasha Stone (Awards Daily) and Jeffrey Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere) present their third Oscar podcast. OSCAR POKER

• "Michael Caine is gently cross that Jack Nicholson has three Oscars to his two and grumbles that his chance has now gone. 'I’m in 'Batman' next, as Alfred the butler. I can’t win one for that. And I’m playing Granddad in the next film I’m making, 'Mysterious Island.' I've got to grow a beard until we start shooting.'" MIRROR

• The Producers Guild of America will hail Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman with the honorary Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television at its awards ceremony on Jan. 22. PGA

Photo: "Nowhere Boy" (Weinstein Co.)

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Golden Globes TV comedy predix: 'Glee,' 'Modern Family' and ...?

October 7, 2010 |  6:09 pm

Glee Chris Colfer TV Globes news

Now that Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria gave us their Golden Globe predix for best TV drama series, let's see how they size up the race for best laffer. Boomer drew up his predix first — see list below. After Rob reviewed the rundown, he said, "I would move 'Raising Hope' up to front-runners and move 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community' down to possible."

Boomer's predix: "The Big C", "Glee," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "30 Rock."

Rob's predix: "The Big Bang Theory," "Glee," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie," "30 Rock."

"Glee" won last year, of course.

* = nominee last year

BEST COMEDY SERIES
(Front-runners)
"The Big Bang Theory"
"The Big C"
"Community"
"Entourage" *
"Glee" *
"Modern Family" *
"Nurse Jackie"
"The Office" *
"Parks & Recreation"
"30 Rock" *

(Possible)
"Better with You"
"Cougar Town"
"Eastbound & Down"
"Family Guy"
"How I Met Your Mother"
"The Middle"
"Mike & Molly"
"Two and a Half Men"
"United States of Tara"
"Weeds"

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Early forecast of Golden Globes: Best TV drama series

October 5, 2010 | 11:08 am

Now that the fall TV shows have begun to play out, we have a better idea of which ones may be serious contenders at the next big batch of awards: Golden Globes. I asked our gurus, Chris "Boomer" Beachum and Rob Licuria, (AwardsHeaven) to pipe in with their early handicapping.

Boomer responded first with his breakdown. Below is how he sizes up the contest for TV drama series. Rob offered his slight edit: "I would move 'Damages' up to front-runners, add 'No Ordinary Family' to possibles."

Surprisingly, that means "Boardwalk Empire" is the only new show they list as a front-runner to be nominated. Normally, the Globes make a special point to spotlight hot new series, but the recent batch of new shows is getting a largely cool reception.

TV shows nominated last year are marked on the list below with an asterisk (*). "Mad Men" has won this category for the past three years, just as it did at the Emmys.

Mad Men Golden Globes

BEST TV DRAMA SERIES
(Front-runners)
"Big Love" *
"Boardwalk Empire"
"Breaking Bad"
"Dexter"  *
"The Good Wife"
"House" *
"In Treatment"
"Lost"
"Mad Men" *
"True Blood" *

(Possible)
"Blue Bloods"
"The Closer"
"Damages"
"Detroit 187"
"The Event"
"Friday Night Lights"
"Hawaii 5-0"
"Parenthood"
"Sons of Anarchy"
"Treme"

Photo: Charlie Hofheimer and Elisabeth Moss prove that "Mad Men" has remained hot this season. Credit: AMC

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'Modern Family' returns – to claim another Emmy?

September 22, 2010 |  7:44 am

Modern family dvdTuesday, the DVD of "Modern Family's" first TV season went on sale. Tonight at 9 Pacific/Eastern, the show's sophomore season debuts with an episode titled "The Old Wagon" in which Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) get misty-eyed with nostalgia when they plan to give up their old Dunphy station wagon.

In our message boards, our posters are hoping the recent Emmy sweep of "Modern Family" (six trophies, include best comedy series, writing and supporting actor for Eric Stonestreet) will give it momentum heading into the next Golden Globes and SAG Awards, where it performed poorly earlier this year.

The Times' Home section has recent features about the homes showcased in the TV show. One reveals that the "Modern Family" home of Phil and Claire  is in Cheviot Hills and has a couch from Sofa U Love. In another, the TV series' production designer, Richard Berg, describes the Dunphy décor as "Pottery Barn-Restoration Hardware traditional modern."

Below, a TV Guide video of the cast performing a table read of an upcoming episode script.

Photo: DVD of Season 1 of "Modern Family." Credit: ABC

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Awards calendar: Key derby dates ahead

September 21, 2010 | 11:31 am

Nov. 10 – Country Music Assn. Awards
Nov. 21 – American Music Awards
Nov. 22 - International Emmys
Derby Horses Oscar statuette Nov. 29 – Gotham Awards
Dec. 1 – Grammy nominations
Dec. 2 – National Board of Review
Dec. 8 – WGA TV nominees announced
Dec. 12 – Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. Awards
Dec. 13 – New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Dec. 16 – SAG Awards nominations
Jan. 4, 2011 – WGA film nominations
Jan. 5, 2011 – People's Choice Awards
Jan. 8, 2011 – National Society of Film Critics
Jan. 16, 2011 – Golden Globes
Jan. 22, 2011 – Producers Guild of America Awards
Jan. 25, 2011 – Oscar nominations
Jan. 30, 2011 – Screen Actors Guild Awards
Feb. 5, 2011 – Writers Guild of America Awards
Feb. 13, 2011 – BAFTA
Feb. 13, 2011 – Grammys

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Is Oprah worthy of receiving Kennedy Center Honors?

September 8, 2010 | 10:41 pm

A battle has erupted in our forums over the Kennedy Center Honors' plan to bestow an award upon Oprah Winfrey on Dec. 5 (and aired by CBS on Dec. 28.)

According to the organization's website, the honor is "given to those in the performing arts for their lifetime of contributions to American culture." Granted, Oprah has had a profound impact on American culture, but in the performing arts?

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Oprah's vitae as an actress is limited, although it does include an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for "The Color Purple."  Naysayers in our message boards assert that she's regarded chiefly as a TV talk show host, but a previous gabfest emcee earned this same honor (Johnny Carson) and Oprah often ballyhoos the performing arts on her TV show. Her detractors may also not be giving her sufficient credit for producing movies like "Beloved" and telefilms like "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Women of Brewster Place."

Below: a sampling of some forum comments. See more here.

Rockstitution: "I'd have taken Betty White over Oprah for the TV slot."

DS0816: "If Oprah Winfrey has to be on the list, than next year's must include Phil Donahue."

Seanflynn: "I admire Winfrey greatly, have no problem with lots of honors she might receive. She has been an amazing, vital voice for many years. I question this though. It is known for people who are involved in the creative arts and are known as performers and/or creators. But Carson also was a writer/performer/comedian/actor on his show -- Winfrey is an interviewer only. Her other creative endeavors as an actor and producer are laudible, but not remotely Kennedy Center honor worthy, or on the level of Carson's creative/performing work. I think this award for her is dubious."

Photo Credit: Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

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Gold Derby nuggets: MTV Movie Awards preview 'Twilight' & 'Harry Potter' | EW predix Tony Awards

June 4, 2010 |  5:26 pm

• Sunday's MTV Movie Awards will include a preview of the penultimate entry in the most successful film franchise of all time -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1." That movie won't be out till Thanksgiving. However, the "Twilight" series will also be represented with a sneak peek of "Eclipse" which opens at the end of the month. 

• A viral infection may be hurting Catherine Zeta-Jones's shot at winning the Tony Award for best musical actress, according to Michael Riedel of the New York Post. She's missed five performances of "A Little Night Music" while many voters are checking out the shows for the first or second time. However, Riedel adds, "While CZJ may not be an aggressive campaigner like, say, that old master Harvey Fierstein, she has been making the rounds of the Tony circuit. She's appeared at benefits and second-tier awards, schmoozing even some of the scarier members of the theater press corps, most of whom have become bloggers." NEW YORK POST

MTV Movie Awards logoMark Malkin dropped by the Gibson Amphitheater, which is hosting Sunday's kudos and reports on who is sitting where: "Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner didn't snag front-row seats at Sunday's MTV Movie Awards. That honor goes to Sandra Bullock. Even so it's not like the 'Twilight' trio was shafted. They're right behind Sandy B. As of this morning, there was an empty seat between Rob and Kristen's placeholders, so it's still not known if they'll eventually end up totally next to each other on show day. Taylor's a seat away from KStew with Scarlett Johansson rounding out the row. Just behind them are Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens and Eva Mendes. Across the aisle is Mark Wahlberg, who's sitting behind Betty White and Katy Perry. A gaggle of funny dudes gathered in a pod to the side includes Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Hangover boxer Mike Tyson." E ONLINE

• On Wednesday, Philip Berk was reelected president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. A correspondent for FilmInk (Australia) and Galaxie (Malaysia), Berk has been an HFPA member for 33 years and is serving his eighth term as president. The group, which hands out the Golden Globes, also re-upped Hans Spurkel, Meher Tatna and Jack Tewksbury as vice president, executive secretary and treasurer, respectively. The new board of directors is Ali Sar (Chairman), Jorge Camara, Yoram Kahana, Theo Kingma, Lorenzo Soria, and Ruben Nepales (alternate).

Tony Awards logo • Entertainment Weekly theater critics Thom Geier and Melissa Rose Bernardo have posted their predictions for the Tony Awards. While they agree that "Red" will win best play, Thom thinks "Fela!" will take the top tuner prize while Melissa chooses "Memphis." Among the acting awards, the two agree on just two of the four lead categories -- Viola Davis in the play "Fences" and Douglas Hodge in the musical "La Cage aux Folles."  They think those productions also will win their respective revival races. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Top photo: MTV Movie Awards logo. Credit: MTV.

Bottom photo: Tony Awards logo. Credit: American Theater Wing.

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Ricky Gervais returns to host Golden Globes even though he flopped last time

April 28, 2010 | 11:50 am

"Not a great night for Ricky Gervais fans," sighed Mary McNamara in the L.A. Times after the British gadfly hosted the Golden Globes in January. In fact, he performed so poorly that she predicted "Gervais will probably not be hosting the Oscars any time soon."

Ricky Gervais Golden Globes host news

But now it looks like the rascally comedian will get the last laugh. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. just announced that he'll return as Golden Globes host next year.

The reason may be the hike in TV viewership for this last show — up 14% from the previous year (16.9 million compared with 14.9 million in 2009). But was that really the result of Gervais at the helm? The last Globes received an added marketing push on many fronts — including Facebook and other new media — while it also went live on both coasts for the first time ever.

The Hollywood Reporter said Gervais was "disappointingly toothless" as he "tackled predictable subjects," making "few inspired" jokes.

Afterward, he seemed to admit defeat, promising, "I'm not going to do this again."

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Gold Derby nuggets: ACMs still win night with lower ratings | ABC finds five hours for 'Lost' finale

April 19, 2010 |  3:15 pm

Carrie Underwood ACMs • The Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday won the night for CBS with 13.05 million tuning in to see Carrie Underwood keep her crown as entertainer of the year. With the other nets programming original fare this year, viewership was down 12% from last year's awardscast which had scored the best numbers in a decade. Lower ratings for these country music kudos bucks the trend this TV season which has seen increased audiences for everything from the Emmys and Oscars to the ACM's country cousin, the Country Music Awards, which were up by 7% last November.

Sharon Waxman delves into the mystery surrounding entry into the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. -- which puts on the Golden Globes -- and discovers that there is trouble afoot as HFPA president Philip Berk supports the admission of Lesley O’Toole over the objection of member Patricia Danaher. As Sharon points out, "the battle may be over who gets to control the market in writing for UK publications, but the problem is a perennial one for members of the Foreign Press, who get unmatched access to movie stars -- including access to transcripts from HFPA news conferences -- because of the prominence of the Golden Globes. The 84-member group accepts only five new members a year to protect those and other privileges, such as free travel to two film festivals per year." THE WRAP

• "Glee" leading lady Lea Michele is not one to hold a grudge. Snubbed by the Tony Awards three years for her performance in the tuner "Spring Awakening" -- which went on to win the best musical prize -- Michele will be on hand May 4 to announce the nominees for the 64th annual edition of these top theater kudos. Joining her at the podium will be Jeff Daniels, a nominee for lead actor last year for his role in "God of Carnage." While that play won the Tony, Daniels lost his race to Geoffrey Rush in "Exit the King." Daniels exited his play last fall but returned in March to tackle the other male role -- the one that earned James Gandolfini a Tony nom last year. TONY AWARDS

• A record 61 entries from 36 countries, along with 497 entries from students representing 122 U.S. colleges and universities are in the running for the 2010 Student Academy Awards. Winners of this competition -- now in its 37th year -- will be announced during a ceremony on June 12 at the academy's swank Samuel Goldwyn Theater. As the press release notes, "Since the program’s inception, Student Academy Award winners have gone on to earn 40 Oscar nominations and won 7 Academy Awards." The most recent of these was Pete Docter who co-directed the 2009 best animated feature 'Up.' In addition, Gregg Helvey, a 2009 Student Academy Award winner, also helmed the live action short nominee "Kavi" last year. AMPAS

Lost_Logo • ABC is devoting a four-hour block of primetime on May 23 to the finale of "Lost" and airing a special edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" later that night. In addition, the alphabet net will also salute the Emmy Award-winning series with other events on both coasts. As per Michael Schneider, "Exec producer Carlton Cuse let slip via Twitter last week that one event, 'Lost Live: The Final Celebration,' will take place at UCLA's Royce Hall on May 13." And comedy troupe the Upright Citizens Brigade will celebrate the show with finale eve events at their outpost in LA and New York as well. VARIETY

Juan Jose Campanella -- who directed last year's Oscar-winning foreign language film "The Secret in Their Eyes" -- chats with Bilge Ebiri about his second entry in the derby race having lost in 2001 for "Son of the Bride." As Campanella recalls, "the last few days, people started talking about it in blogs and stuff like that. I saw something in 'Entertainment Weekly' even. It made me very nervous. When we first got nominated, we thought, 'Oh, it’s a great honor to be nominated, let’s go there and enjoy ourselves. It’ll be like 'Son of the Bride,' it’s good for the movie, and that’s it.' And then the last week or so, I saw these things and I thought, 'Oh s***.' Because now I was getting my hopes up and suddenly becoming nervous. So, we went in thinking that we were in the running." NEW YORK

• In anticipation of his upcoming hosting gig at the MTV Movie Awards, Aziz Ansari says he has been busy catching up on all the potential nominees. "I've watched 'Twilight' a bunch. I've watched 'Avatar' 400 times. I have hit movies playing on Blu-ray at all times. I've been stalking Daniel Radcliffe. Whatever I can do to get the movies in my head." And he admits, "I want to make sure all the short films I do really meet the high bar that's been set by all the other hosts. I thought all the stuff Andy (Samberg) did last year was awesome, and I just want to do my own version." MTV

Top photo: Carrie Underwood at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Credit: CBS

Bottom photo: "Lost" logo. Credit: ABC

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Addams Family' squabbles? | Best of 'Breaking Bad' | Brad Brevet previews Oscars 2010

March 19, 2010 |  3:44 pm

Addams-Family-logo-722691 • The latest incarnation of "The Addams Family" -- which has already gone from 1940s cartoon to 1960s TV series to 1990s movie franchise -- is soon to bow on Broadway. The tuner stars Tony champs Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as lovebirds Gomez and Morticia, and they both dispute rumors that they are less than happy with their stage marriage. As Neuwirth puts it, "I think we both have a nice, healthy dose of diva. But we also do really go together. You’ve got the little clown running around, and you have a very still, dry person. That’s a fun pairing." And Lane defends his leading lady's concerns about the dour demeanor of her role. "That’s not a fun thing to play, and it kind of undermined the character. They had to find a wittier way of dealing with it and not make it her main story line." NEW YORK

• NBC has renewed its last remaining soap -- "Days of Our Lives" -- till 2011. While the sudser has contended for best drama series at the daytime Emmys 15 times -- beginning with the first kudos in 1974 -- it has won only once, in 1978. The most recent of its nominations came last year.  "Days," which began as a half-hour in 1965 before expanding to an hour a decade later, is one of the only soaps to show year-to-year increases in key demographics.

Mary Kaye Schilling sat down with Joseph Mazello and James Badge Dale -- two stars of "The Pacific" -- for a freewheeling conversation. "Dale plays PFC Robert Leckie and Mazzello is PFC Eugene Sledge, two men whose subsequent books about the war were used as source material for 'The Pacific' (which airs Sunday nights at 9). Though they filmed virtually no scenes together (the series follows three separate platoons within the First Division Marines in three historic Pacific theater battles), the actors became comrades in adversity." NEW YORK

Breaking Bad • "Breaking Bad' begins its third season Sunday on AMC. Bryan Cranston has won the Emmy for best actor in a drama series for each of the first two seasons. Steve Kandell has compiled a super slideshow of the highlights of the series. As he writes in his intro, "if you haven’t already, give in because centering a drama around a nebbishy, cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who squanders his family’s (and the audience’s) sympathy by turning into a cold-blooded meth kingpin is no small feat, and it deserves your attention. You may not feel good, but you’ll feel something." NEW YORK

• While picking up the female star of the year award from ShoWest on Thursday, Katherine Heigl almost dropped her dignity after a shoulder strap snapped. "Heigl desperately tried to maintain her composure as she attempted to stop the dress falling away and exposing her left breast -- until host Billy Bush gallantly stepped in and spared her blushes by holding the outfit in place. After finishing her speech, Heigl headed backstage and repaired the broken strap with a safety pin. WENN

• "9 to 5" failed to make much of an impression on Tony Awards voters last year, landing just a couple of acting nominations (Allison Janney, Marc Kudisch) as well as bids for Dolly Parton who penned the music and lyrics and for choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler who had won a Tony the year before for his work on "In the Heights." However, the national tour is dropping his dance moves as well as the direction of Joe Mantello in favor of Jeff Calhoun, who will handle both tasks. Calhoun said, "I met Dolly Parton as a chorus kid dancing in the film 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' only a few years after '9 to 5' was already a hit movie. It was a thrill to work with her then and an honor and privilege to be entrusted to direct and choreograph this exciting new tour." PLAYBILL

OscarsBrad Brevet has been one busy boy since the Oscars aired just a couple of  weeks ago. He has compiled a list of 73 films in contention for the next Academy Awards. They range from "127 Hours" from Oscar-winning helmer Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") to "Your Highness" from David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express"). Oddly enough, both of these movies -- separated by 71 other entries in alphabetical order -- star James Franco. ROPE OF SILICON

• First "Glee" was a Golden-Globe winning TV show, soon it will be a live concert with the cast, and now comes word that it also will be turned into a tuner. Gordon Cox reports that licensing giant Music Theater Intl. -- the same company behind the legit edition of "High School Muscial" -- is in talks with the folks at Fox. As Gordon notes, "a stage adaptation of 'Glee' seems a no-brainer, especially one that could be performed by the real-life counterparts of the singing and dancing teens in the TV show." VARIETY

• The remake of 1970s Friday night TV staple "The Rockford Files" has cast three-time Emmy champ Beau Bridges to play pops to Dermot Mulroney. Mulroney is stepping into the shoes of James Garner, who earned five consecutive Emmy nominations for his work as Jim Rockford, winning in 1977. The TV icon's on-screen dad, Noah Berry Jr., went winless despite three nominations over the six years of the series. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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Top photo: "The Addams Family" poster. Credit: Lunt-Fontanne Theater

Middle photo: "Breaking Bad" poster. Credit: AMC

Bottom photo: Academy Awards statues. Credit: AMPAS

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