Friday roundup: Timberlake, Krasinski to announce Golden Globe noms; Mandela wanted Freeman to play him in films; TromaDance heads home to New Jersey
Here's hoping that Justin Timberlake, "The Office's" John Krasinski and "Inglourious Basterds" star Diane Kruger are early risers. The three have been selected to announce the nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday. They'll join Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. chief Philip Berk at the Beverly Hilton at the ungodly hour of 5 a.m. Here's hoping there's coffee.
The celeb announcers are no strangers to award shows. Kruger netted the Chopard Trophy for Female Revelation at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, and Krasinski has two Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble, which he shares with his "Office" cast mates. And lest you think that Timberlake has only Grammy Awards on his mantle (six, at last count), he also earned two Emmys for his work on "Saturday Night Live."
Well, there's nothing like the approval of a living historical figure to lend a performance that extra degree of credence. Just ask Morgan Freeman, who says that former South African President Nelson Mandela wanted the actor to play him if a film version of his autobiography, "Long Walk to Freedom," ever came to pass. The Oscar winner labored for a decade to bring that project to the screen, but to no avail. He's happy, however, that Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort, "Invictus" -- on which Freeman also serves as executive producer -- has allowed him the opportunity to finally play the role. According to Freeman, he was granted unprecedented access to Mandela as he researched for the film. His efforts clearly paid off: Freeman's performance has earned him considerable Oscar buzz, as well as a Career Achievement Award in acting from the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 5.
After 11 years of creating havoc in Park City, Utah, TromaDance, the independent film festival founded by Troma head Lloyd Kaufman, is heading back to its East Coast roots. The 2010 edition of the fest, which Kaufman viewed as an alternative to the "crass commercialism" of the Sundance Film Fest, will take place at the ShowRoom theater and Asbury Lanes (the latter of which will offer one of the fest's coolest selling points: "independent bowling!") Asbury Park, N.J., on April 7. Aside from the location, the 11th TromaDance will remain the same, with free screenings, no entry fees for filmmakers submitting their work and no VIP treatment for celebs (though the term, from a Troma perspective, is entirely subjective; keep in mind that the company's biggest star remains the mutant superhero Toxic Avenger). Submissions for the fest have been extended until March 20.
And fresh from the rumor mill, there's word going around that 2009 "American Idol" runner-up and polymorphous pop singer Adam Lambert may get a chance to redeem himself in the public eye with a performance at the Academy Awards. Granted, that would require Lambert's song "Time for Miracles," from the "2012" soundtrack, to land a nomination, but should that happen, Lambert would be front and center for a global viewing audience. Last time that happened -- at the American Music Awards on Nov. 22, for those that might have missed the near-universal media coverage after his performance -- Lambert was widely criticized for an overtly sexualized tear through his hit single "For Your Entertainment," which resulted in about 1,500 viewer complaints and the cancellation of an appearance on "Good Morning America." Lambert has wisely distanced himself from the AMA performance, saying that he wishes to focus on his career (plummeting album sales might be more of the inspiration here), so a spin on the Kodak Theatre stage might be the forward momentum his image needs at the moment.
But again, the song needs to be nominated first.
-- Paul Gaita
Photo: Justin Timberlake. Credit: Getty Images.
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