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Gold Derby nuggets: Oscar loser 'Avatar' is Blu-Ray winner | 'Glee' serenades America | New York drama critics reveal awards on Friday

April 26, 2010 |  5:06 pm

• Chatting to Jay Bobbin, Emmy champ Kiefer Sutherland admits he was caught off guard when filming finally finished on the last hour of "24," which is signing off after eight seasons: "I thought there was still one shot left. Just as I walked out on the stairs for it, they said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, that is a show wrap.' It kind of caught me off guard, but I figured, 'Well, I'd better say something.' It was going to be short, because there was nothing you could say to explain how much all of this meant." 

• The 22 members of the New York Drama Critics Circle will announce their choices for best new play and musical of the season on Friday. If a play from foreign shores is chosen, there will also be a best American play and vice versa. Winners receive $2,500 along with bragging rights and will be celebrated at a May 10 dinner at the Algonquin Hotel where these awards began 75 years ago. Last year, the off-Broadway hit "Ruined" by American Lynn Nottage won best play, while Gregory Burke's "Black Watch" was named best foreign play and "Billy Elliot" took best musical.

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• "Dexter" star Michael C. Hall is fully recovered from his bout with Hodgkin's lymphoma, says his wife Jennifer Carpenter. Hall, who won a Golden Globe and SAG award in January, is set to return to production on the Showtime series about a sympathetic serial killer in June. Season five should unspool on the paycaster in the early fall. SHOW TRACKER

Russell Brand has revealed what he was thinking while hosting last year's MTV Video Music Awards and watching Kanye West hijack Taylor Swift 's acceptance speech for best female video. "It was like watching a wildlife documentary, when the leopard goes to kill the little antelope and you're like, 'Why wouldn't the cameraman stop it?' That's not their duty, theirs is to observe." HOLLYWOOD

• For those that missed the eighth annual TV Land Awards on Sunday night, the cable net has set up a great website that includes many of the evening's highlights. Among them: the cast reunion of "Bosom Buddies" including two-time Oscar champ Tom Hanks and a rendition of the "Glee" signature tune "Don't Stop Believing" by an all-star cast led by David Hasselhoff and Marilu Henner. TV LAND

Tim Stack has the details of the upcoming live concert tour of Golden Globe and SAG winner "Glee." The series' creator Ryan Murphy reveals, "We’re gonna do between 15 and 18 numbers. We made a decision to do our biggest hits because that’s what fans want to see. It’s a concert tour, but it also has a story in it." And reports Stack, "Staying true to the series, the plot will focus on the kids of New Directions and their rivalry with glee club all-stars, Vocal Adrenaline." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Last year's Tony-winning best play "God of Carnage" will close on June 27, two weeks after this year's kudos are bestowed. The four-hander by Yasmina Reza also won Tonys for director Matthew Warchus and lead actress Marcia Gay Harden. She and the others in the quartet (all of whom were Tony nominees) -- Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and James Gandolfini -- stayed with the show till last November. The current cast includes Tony champ Janet McTeer ("A Doll's House") -- who created Harden's part in the original West End production and lost the Tony to her last year when she was nominated for "Mary Stuart" -- and Daniels who is now playing the other male role.

• The British version of the Emmys -- the BAFTAs -- splits up its awards between on-air and behind-the-scenes talent. Nominees for the Craft BAFTAS were announced Monday with "Red Riding" -- an inter-linked series of films on Channel 4 -- leading the way with seven bids. Winners will be announced on May 23 at a ceremony hosted by TV presenter Christine Bleakley ("The One Show") at the London Hilton. BAFTA

• Who needs gold-plated Oscar statuettes when there's a mother mode of real retail gold for the taking? As Ben Fritz reports, it only took "Avatar" four days to break the Blu-Ray sales record held by "The Dark Knight." The James Cameron blockbuster sold 2.7 million discs over the weekend in this newest home theater medium edging out the "Batman" sequel which has shifted 2.5 million copies in the last 16 months. COMPANY TOWN

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Jonas Brothers steer clear of VMA controversy

September 10, 2008 |  3:05 pm


With eight time zones between the Jonas Brothers and the Hollywood home of last Sunday's VMAs, they finally weighed in on host Russell Brand's skewering of their purity rings at the event to the BBC in his native Britain. Per the BBC report:

Nick Jonas told Newsbeat: "For us it's cool to see that he recognizes we are gentlemen." Brand later apologized to the boys for the jibe during Sunday's ceremony, which was held in Los Angeles.

The question is, did Brand misjudge the audience? Kevin Jonas replied: "I think he focused on certain things and didn't move off of them. People's attention spans in America need more than that. ... [Nick Jonas] said: "I think he did a good job. We saw him on 'Conan O'Brien' and thought he was hilarious."

With endorsements like that and such stellar ratings for the awardsfest, will Russell Brand become the first back-to-back host for the festivities since Arsenio Hall had a four-year run as emcee beginning back in 1988?

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Britney Spears + Russell Brand = Boffo MTV VMA ratings

September 10, 2008 |  2:37 pm


Combining the unknown British comedian Russell Brand with the seemingly never overexposed Britney Spears paid off for MTV as Sunday's airing of the VMAs pulled in record numbers for the network.

As per this report in Broadcasting & Cable, "When the simulcast on MTV2 is taken into account, the VMAs delivered an 8.1 grossed rating in the demo across the two networks. All told and across the two networks during its time period, the 2008 VMAs reached more than 23 million viewers two-plus, with more than 12 million 12-34. The show was the highest-rated telecast on all of cable in the 12-34 demo this year."

These numbers represent a 15% boost from last year's hostless edition of the VMAs (best remembered for Britney's bad lip syncing) and a 41% jump from the 2006 awardscast headlined by Jack Black from Gotham.


MTV Video Music Awards tap bonkers Brit Russell Brand as host

July 24, 2008 |  9:33 pm

Spread the word. MTV is hip again. Instead of pandering to the celebrity worship of U.S. tweens, it named relatively unknown British comedian Russell Brand as host of the MTV Video Music Awards on Sept. 7, thus reminding us of that old, edgy music network that once defined cool instead of followed it.


The 33-year-old actor and stand-up comic isn't utterly unknown to Yankee hipsters. Recently, he portrayed a flamboyant British rocker in Judd Apatow 's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and he's now shooting a flick with Adam Sandler.

But he's a major star in the U.K. where he has a hit self-titled radio show and a TV program, "Ponderland," recently nominated for best comedy by BAFTA.

"Brand has a history with the network," notes Mark Malkin at E! Online. "He was fired from his gig as a VJ on MTV in London after he came to work dressed as Osama Bin Laden on Sept. 12, 2001."

Brand told Malkin: "I didn't mention [the incident] to them when they offered me this gig, which leads me to believe that they haven't investigated my career history too closely."

"It'll be good to preside over what is sure to be only vaguely coordinated televised insanity," he told the Associated Press.

MTV will soon begin unveiling nominees slowly, on a week-by-week basis. This Friday, July 25, contenders for best male and female videos will be announced at its website HERE.

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