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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Shutter Island' reopens | '127 Hours' news and views | Casting news for 'The Hobbit'

October 22, 2010 | 11:29 am

Pete Hammond delivers the scoop on a "high profile kick-off to Paramount's 'Shutter Island' Oscar campaign." As Pete reports, "American Cinematheque will present a retrospective of the film collaborations of Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre the weekend of November 13 with the pair participating in a live 'conversation' following a November 14 screening. DiCaprio will appear in person while Scorsese will be satellited in from London where he is currently working on his new film 'Hugo Cabret.'" DEADLINE

• In the latest installment of their weekly Oscar Talk podcast, Anne Thompson and Kris Tapley dish about the odds of films like "Solitary Man" and "Welcome to the Rileys" making it into the race. THOMPSON ON HOLLYWOOD

127 HoursGraydon Carter moderates a compelling Q&A with "127 Hours" director Danny Boyle and star James Franco and the real-life subject of the film Aron Ralston, who was forced to cut off his own arm when he was trapped by a boulder while hiking alone. LITTLE GOLD MEN

Sasha Stone admits, "I don’t think I’ve ever spent a more riveting or emotionally moving hour and a half in the theater as I did last night watching '127 Hours.' It confirms what I already knew about Danny Boyle: that he is a genius visually, intellectually, emotionally. He knows that it isn’t just the story of how Ralston got out of that canyon; it’s that key bit of truth we all must remind ourselves of everyday: life is not lived alone. We need each other. We need to be able to ask for help." AWARDS DAILY

• The American Society of Cinematographers has named three more honorees who will be feted alongside Roger Deakins at the 25th-anniversary edition of their kudos on Feb. 13. John Seale will receive the International Award, Michael D. O’Shea is to get the Career Achievement in Television Award, and photographer Douglas Kirkland will take home the Presidents Award. ASC

• Casting has come together for Peter Jackson's two-part film adaptation of "The Hobbit." As Harley W. Lond reports, "Martin Freeman will star as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage will play head dwarf Thorin Oakenshield. Other cast members — all of them to play dwarves — include Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow and Peter Hambleton." MOVIEFONE

• "Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich and screenwriter Michael Arndt sit down with Terry Gross for a fascinating conversation about the making of this best picture contender as well as the history of the franchise. NPR

• The British Library has acquired more than 50 awards bestowed on the late Harold Pinter, including his 2005 Nobel Prize in literature. As Zainab Rahim reports, "The library acquired the awards through the government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme, which seeks to ensure that important cultural treasures pass into the UK’s public collections. The BL, which is also a charity that advocates for the preservation of knowledge, previously acquired the playwright’s archive in December 2007 including his handwritten notes, typed drafts covered in annotations and his Nobel Prize acceptance speech that he was unable to deliver due to ill health " THE STAGE

Photo: Danny Boyle, left, and James Franco on the set of  "127 Hours." Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

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Gold Derby nuggets: Jennifer Aniston as Barbra Streisand | Seth McFarlane's big-band sound | 'Boardwalk Empire' set for Sept. 19

August 6, 2010 | 10:33 am

Hbz-jennifer-aniston-streisand-0910-02-de-98758908 Jennifer Aniston pays tribute to Barbra Streisand in a photo spread in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar. Among the iconic looks she re-creates is this one from the first scene of Barbra's movie debut in "Funny Girl." That film won Streisand the first of her two Oscars, as she tied with Katharine Hepburn ("The Lion in Winter") for best actress of 1968. Although Aniston cites "A Star is Born" from 1976 as one of her favorite films featuring Streisand, she does not replicate Babs' famous frizzy hairstyle for the photo shoot. For "Evergreen," the love theme from that film, Streisand became the first female composer to win the best song Academy Award. On her website, Streisand posted the following: "I was very flattered that Jennifer Aniston chose to interpret my style with the photos in Harper's Bazaar. She's a delightful person, and I think she did a wonderful job. If only she had a bump on her nose." HARPER'S BAZAAR

• Back in 1973, Marlon Brando rivaled the San Andreas fault for sending shock waves through Hollywood when he refused to accept the Academy Award for his performance in best picture champ "The Godfather." He sent Sacheen Littlefather in his stead, and on his behalf she decried the depiction of Native Americans by the entertainment industry. This week, the activist actress met with TV critics to promote the PBS documentary "Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian." In an Associated Press article, she revealed that "her high-profile advocacy put her life at risk and cut her acting career short. She says when she visited Brando after the ceremony, bullets were fired at his front door. No one was injured." AP

Seth MacFarlane Tonight Show Album Family Guy "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane won one of his two Emmys for penning a ditty for that devilish animated series back in 2002; his other was for voicing the character Stewie in 2000. In an appearance Thursday on "The Tonight Show," McFarlane -- who contends again this year for another song for the show -- announced he has inked a deal with Universal for a big-band album. He told Jay Leno that the track list will include "swing arrangements of classic tunes. We kind of deliberately touched stuff that the Deans and the Franks and the Sammys didn’t do yet." He then got up and wowed the crowd with a rendition of "Cream in My Coffee." HIT FIX

Steve Carell stars as the dubious guest of honor in "Dinner for Schmucks." The perennial Emmy nominee recalls in an interview with Total Film what a schmuck he was when he hosted one particular soiree. "My wife and I once had a dinner party where we invited a bunch of our friends around to watch the Oscars, and we decided that we would record it, have dinner, then fast forward through to all the good moments. We didn't know how to set the digital recorder properly, and the show went over, so it ended just as the categories were getting interesting. So then I had to pull out a laptop: 'Who wants to know who won best supporting actress?' It was really, really awful." ACE SHOWBIZ

Boardwalk Empire HBO has announced that the premiere date for "Boardwalk Empire" will be Sept. 19. The paycaster's marquee series for 2010 bears an award-winning pedigree. Oscar winner Martin Scorsese ("The Departed") is executive producing the series about bootleggers in 1920s Atlantic City, while Terence Winter -- who adapted Nelson Johnson's novel of the same name -- won two Emmys for scripting episodes of "The Sopranos" and another two when that HBO hit won best drama series in 2004 and 2007. "Boardwalk Empire" stars Steve Buscemi as a politico with dirty fingers. The versatile Buscemi earned a 2001 Emmy nod for directing an episode of "The Sopranos" and contended in the 2004 supporting actor category for his portrayal of Tony Blundetto, cousin to mob boss Tony Soprano. In 2008, he was a guest actor nominee for his appearance on "30 Rock." Scorsese directed the first episode of "Boardwalk Empire," which is slated to run 75 minutes.

Upper photo: Jennifer Aniston as Barbra Streisand. Credit: Harper's Bazaar

Center photo: Seth MacFarlane on "The Tonight Show." Credit: NBC

Lower photo: Steve Buscemi in "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO

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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Glee' in vogue with viewers | 'South Park' celebrates 200 episodes | Rachel Weisz as 'Jackie'

April 14, 2010 |  3:49 pm

Jane Lynch Glee Madonna • The Golden Globe and SAG winner "Glee" returned to the Fox lineup Tuesday night and made good use of lead-in "American Idol," nearly doubling its audience from last fall. The tuneful series, which had been off the air since December, drew 13.7 million viewers, compared with an average of 7.7 million for its first 13 episodes. Capping off the telecast was a sneak peek from next week's episode -- the video "Vogue" -- with sure-to-be Emmy nominee Jane Lynch re-creating Madonna's iconic 1990 hit, down to every last hand gesture and pose.

• HBO is certainly confident in the prospects for "Treme," which it renewed for a second season just two days after the premiere episode aired to an audience of 1.4 million on Sunday night. This critically acclaimed series about life in post-Katrina New Orleans may help the paycaster become a major player again in the Emmy race for best drama series. Since "The Sopranos" won the trophy in 2007 for its final season, HBO has nabbed only one nomination in the category, with "Big Love" losing to AMC's "Mad Men" last year.

• Mexico's version of the Oscars, the Ariels, also honored a female director for the first time, as "Five Days Without Nora" from Mariana Chenillo won seven awards Tuesday night, including best picture, original screenplay, actor (Fernando Lujan) and supporting actress (Angelina Palaez). While Chenillo won the award for best first work, veteran helmer Carlos Carrera took home best director for "Backyard," which also won best actress for Asur Zagada. Another first film, "Meet the Head of Juan Perez" by Emilio Portes, won supporting actor (Jose Sefami) and three technical awards. THR

South Park Episode 200 • "South Park" airs its 200th episode Wednesday and will once more mock all of the celebrities it has skewered over the years. Creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have a lot to celebrate besides reaching this production milestone. They have done quite well with the Emmys over the years, winning three of their eight bids for animated program of less than one hour (2005, 2007, 2009) as well as another in 2008 for an extended version of the show. Now they are teaming up with Tony-winning composer Robert Lopez ("Avenue Q") for the new Broadway musical "The Book of Mormon," which is slated to open next March. Jason Moore -- a Tony nominee for directing "Avenue Q," which won the 2004 best musical Tony Award -- will helm this production in conjunction with Parker, who, by the by, was a 1999 Oscar nominee along with composer Marc Shaiman for a ditty they composed for the "South Park" movie.

• New tuner "The Addams Family" may have hit a false note with the critics last week, but as Patrick Healy reports, the cash registers have been ringing ever since. "The show sold $851,000 in tickets last weekend on top of a $15 million sales advance, huge figures for a new Broadway run, and all but guaranteeing that it will be hard to snag a pair of good orchestra seats until fall. After five months of well-publicized creative difficulties for the show, this seeming paradox amounts to a theater world version of the golden fleece: the critic-proof smash." Whether it will win over Tony voters as well will be revealed on May 4, when nominations for the 64th annual awards are announced. NEW YORK TIMES

• Two Tony Awards winners -- Anika Noni Rose ("Caroline or Change") and Michael Cerveris ("Assassins") -- are to co-host the 55th annual edition of the Village Voice Obie awards on May 17 at Manhattan's Webster Hall. These kudos, founded in 1955, are unique among the Gotham theater kudos in that they celebrate both off- and off-off-Broadway productions.

Rachel Weisz Jackie Oscars • Oscar champ Rachel Weisz ("The Constant Gardener") has proved she will tackle any part, no matter the challenge. She just swept the West End theater awards for her acclaimed performance as  Blanche DuBois in a revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire." Now comes word, via Nicole Sperling, that she is to play Jacqueline Kennedy in "Jackie," a biopic helmed by her fiancee, Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler"), from a script by Noah Oppenheim. Seven of the last 10 women to prevail in the lead actress race at the Oscars did so by playing real-life roles. This film will chronicle the four days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November 1963. No doubt Weisz wishes the just-announced September 2011 release of an oral history by the former first lady was available now. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• The International Emmys bestowed prizes for digital content on Monday at MIP. As with the program awards, Britain dominated here too, winning both the fiction prize for "Primeval Evolved," an online companion to the now-canceled ITV series, and the nonfiction award for the Open University Web documentary "Virtual Revolution." New Zealand took home its first international Emmy for the interactive online children's mystery series "Reservoir Hill."

• The Razzies have not only announced the date for their awardsfest next year -- Feb. 26 -- but also the news that the ceremony may finally be shown on TV. Razzie chief John Wilson issued this statement: "With Sandra Bullock having just followed in the footsteps of Halle Berry, Bill Cosby and Ben Affleck to good-naturedly accept a Razzie statuette, the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation is exploring the possibility of a first-ever television broadcast of their award ceremonies next spring as well as developing other Razzie-branded entertainment properties." Eric Ortner will produce the award show for potential TV airing.

• Add Oscar-winning helmer Martin Scorsese ("The Departed") to the growing list of converts to the 3-D process for making movies. Tatiana Siegel reports that the veteran filmmaker will use the technology for his next project, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." This adaptation of Brian Selznick's bestselling children's book -- set to begin production in June with a script by John Logan ("The Aviator") -- is slated for a Christmas 2011 release. VARIETY

Top photo: Jane Lynch in "Glee." Credit: Fox

Middle photo: "South Park" production still. Credit: Comedy Central

Bottom photo: Rachel Weisz at the 2005 Academy Awards. Credit: AMPAS


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