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People's Choice nominees include 'Glee,' Katy Perry [Derived headline] [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

November 6, 2013


People's Choice nominees include 'Glee,' Katy Perry

The votes are in, and the ballot's set. The People's Choice Awards nominees have just been announced.

"Glee" leads the TV pack with eight nominations, including favorite network TV comedy.

Katy Perry roars with five music nominations.

In movies, Sandra Bullock has five nominations, including two for favorite duo -- one with "Gravity" co-star George Clooney and the other with "The Heat's" Melissa McCarthy.

Oprah Winfrey is up for an award for her work in "Lee Daniels' The Butler." "Dancing With the Stars" is nominated and so are Ross Matthews, Britney Spears and "Game of Thrones."

Another notable nominee? Robin Williams. He won his first People's Choice Award in 1979 for favorite actor in a new TV series for "Mork & Mindy," and he's competing in the same category again, 34 years later, for his role on "The Crazy Ones."

-- USA Today

Rather excluded from CBS' Kennedy special

The 50th-anniversary coverage of the Kennedy assassination on CBS News won't include the recollections of its longtime anchor Dan Rather, further proof of the lingering bitterness following Rather's messy exit and subsequent lawsuit against the network.

Rather helped organize CBS' plans for President John F. Kennedy's visit to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, and as a young reporter, was a key component of assassination coverage. Now 82, with his own show on AXS-TV, he's one of the few reporters on the story that day who's still active in journalism.

Rather, who later became CBS News' top anchor for 24 years, will appear on NBC's "Today" show on Nov. 22 this year.

"I held off doing anything for anybody else for a while, thinking I may be asked to do something (for CBS)," Rather said. "I can't say I had any reason for that hope."

CBS Washington bureau chief Bob Schieffer, who as a newspaper reporter in 1963 gave the mother of Lee Harvey Oswald a ride to Dallas after the assassination, will anchor a Nov. 16 special that traces CBS' coverage that day.

Although Rather's name isn't mentioned in the announcement, it's considered likely the Schieffer documentary will include 50-year- old clips of Rather.

-- Associated Press

Jacksons give Gordy tribute at Ebony gala

Motown founder Berry Gordy recalls that when he signed The Jackson 5, he sent them to live in a house in California. The rowdy kids ended up getting kicked out and had to move in with him.

On Nov. 4, at a tribute to Gordy at the Ebony Power 100 gala in New York City, Marlon Jackson thanked him for "letting us come to your house and tear it up," as well as for putting them on the path to a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career. The Jacksons performed their hits for Gordy after he received a lifetime achievement award.

The event, hosted by Nick Cannon, honored blacks with considerable power, such as President Barack Obama, Forest Whitaker, commentator Van Jones, educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Serena Williams.

-- Associated Press

Lifetime plans 'Bountiful' adaptation

Lifetime is adapting the Tony-nominated Broadway hit, "The Trip to Bountiful." Production is under way in Atlanta for a 2014 airdate.

It will star Cicely Tyson ("The Help") and Vanessa Williams ("Ugly Betty"), who starred in the recent Broadway revival that ended in October. They will be joined by Blair Underwood ("In Treatment") alongside Keke Palmer ("CrazySexyCool").

Michael Wilson, who directed the play, will make his television directorial debut with the project.

-- The Wrap

Eminem's camp denies 'SNL' lip-syncing claim

In the days after his performance on "Saturday Night Live," Eminem has been accused of lip-syncing. Now the rapper's publicist is telling the world to read his lips: It just ain't true.

Denying claims that have popped up in the media over the past couple of days, the rapper's representative says Eminem -- whose new album, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2," dropped Nov. 5 - says that, while Eminem did indeed perform with backing tracks, he did, in fact, rap live during the performance.

"He rhymed over a layered vocal with accent tracks to make it sound like the album," his publicist said in a statement.

-- The Wrap

'Budapest' to open Berlin Film Festival

Wes Anderson's new movie, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is to open the 2014 Berlin Film Festival.

Festival organizers said Nov. 5 the event kicks off on Feb. 6 with the world premiere of the movie, which stars Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Jude Law and Edward Norton. The latest movie from the director of "Moonrise Kingdom," features Fiennes in an adventure that involves the theft and recovery of a priceless painting.

-- Associated Press

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