• Count singer John Legend among those who believe in the power of Twitter. He sent out a tweet that included a picture of his broken 2005 best R&B album Grammy and the explanation: "casualty of the nephews staying with me. I hope they send replacement grammys!" Soon enough he got a reply tweet from the Recording Academy that read, "Don’t worry, we can send a replacement GRAMMY Award to you!" TMZ
• Hollywood veteran Paula Wagner will produce the 22nd annual awardsfest of the Producers Guild of America. In making the announcement, PGA presidents Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch said, "Paula is an innovative and dynamic producer with some of the most impressive credits in the business. She has tremendous respect and passion for the producing craft, and we’re thrilled she accepted our invitation to produce the 2011 Producers Guild Awards show." Nominations will be announced on Jan. 4, and the ceremony will be held Jan. 22 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
• "Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon is emceeing this year's Emmy Awards and chatted with Amy Dawes about the gig. " 'It'll have the spirit of the late-night show,' Fallon says of his approach. 'I'll do jokes and impressions, and we'll keep it very high-energy and positive and keep it moving.'" And Dawes reports, "Given his show's reputation for digital savvy, Fallon says the Emmy broadcast can be expected to amp up its New Media quotient. 'I think we're going to do live streaming from backstage, so you can see what the winners are saying to the press back there, and we'll do a live Q&A with me during the commercial break, where you can tweet in your questions. It'll be a full-on social media attack,' Fallon promises. 'We might even use Ustream to show what the writers are doing backstage, when they're coming up with new bits to react to what's happening during the show.' " THE ENVELOPE
• According to Lynette Rice, the Emmy Awards could be in for a shakeup as the deal that rotated the kudocast among the big four broadcast networks expires this year. As Lynnette notes, "The Big Four are itching to shake things up, even if that means allowing the Emmys to move to cable. Gripes one Big Four suit, 'How can we be expected to pony up more money for what continues to be, with few exceptions, a show that celebrates cable TV?' (The TV Academy declined to comment.)" ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
• Brad Brevet delivers his first preview of the Oscars season. However, he cautions that "near every movie I'm working with has yet to be seen, or even talked about on any kind of buzz-worthy level. If I hadn't attended Cannes I would have only seen four of the 23 films on my list of Best Picture contenders and even with Cannes I've only seen seven of them. That isn't saying much. I guess what I'm trying to get at here is to tell you to take these predictions with a grain of salt because I'm working on only the smallest amounts of information for each." Topping his best picture list is "Another Year," while veteran Robert Duvall ("Get Low") and Anne Hathaway ("Love and Other Drugs") rank first among the acting contenders. ROPE OF SILICON
• Ray Richmond delivers the scoop that the fourth season of "Breaking Bad" won't begin airing till July, making it ineligible to contend at the Emmys till 2012. That means Bryan Cranston -- a front-runner this year to add a third Emmy to the two he has already won for this AMC drama -- will be sitting out next year's best actor race. As Ray writes, "To bridge the 13-month gap between seasons, the plan is to produce short interstitial mini-episodes of 3 to 4 minutes apiece early next year after the show goes back in production in January. They'll be posted on AMC’s website. 'The idea is to keep people aware and interested in the show during the long time away,' Cranston says to me. 'But I, for one, am eager to make these little interstitials important. I don’t want them to be simply filler or recap, but something that actually moves the storyline forward. If we’re going to do it, it ought to be a real part of the larger show.'" DEADLINE
• Cranston was one of the nominees on hand, reports Mikey Glazer, when the TV academy "hosted the Performers Peer Group for an invitation-only soiree with 50 of the org’s governors and VIPs in Beverly Hills on Wednesday night." Other nominees including "Kyra Sedgwick ('The Closer'), Cranston’s 'Breaking Bad' co-star Aaron Paul, Julia Ormand (HBO’s 'Temple Grandin'), and Chris Colfer ('Glee') mingled over Grey Goose cocktails with key voters at Chakra, in the shadow of the Writer’s Guild Theatre on Doheny." THE WRAP
• "Inception" writer/director Christopher Nolan is to be feted by his countryman on Nov. 4 when he receives the John Schlesinger Britannia Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Artists/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA). In addition, Emmy nominee Michael Sheen ("The Special Relationship") will be honored with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. As Steve Pond notes, "Last year, the John Schlesinger Award went to 'Slumdog Millionaire' director Danny Boyle, while the British Artist of the Year honor was given to actress Emily Blunt. In recent years, the directing award has also gone to Anthony Minghella, Stephen Frears, Mike Newell and Jim Sheridan, while actors receiving honors include Rachel Weisz, Kate Winslet and Tilda Swinton." THE WRAP
Top photo: Jimmy Fallon. Credit: NBC.
Bottom photo: Bryan Cranston at the 2009 Emmy Awards. Credit: CBS.
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