1942 Oscar Auctioned in Rhode Island

A rare auction of an Oscar statuette has brought a total of $79,200.

Nanci Taylor of Briarbrook Auctions in Rhode Island said Monday that amount includes a 20 percent buyer’s premium for the 1942 Oscar. It was awarded to Joseph C. Wright for color art direction for his work on “My Gal Sal,” starring Rita Hayworth and Victor Mature.

Taylor declined to disclose the name of the buyer, but said “you would recognize the name.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences doesn’t allow an Oscar statuette to be sold without first offering it back to the academy for $1. But the auction house says that restriction doesn’t apply to awards before 1950.

Wright died in 1985. His nephew inherited the statue, one of two Wright won in 1942. (AP)

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1942 Oscar to be Auctioned in Rhode Island

A 1942 Oscar statuette is being sold an auction in Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1jCCSPx ) the statuette will be sold Monday by Briarbrook Auctions in East Greenwich. Art director Joseph C. Wright won the Oscar in 1942 for color art direction on the film “My Gal Sal.”

The Oscar belongs to Wright’s nephew, who lives in Cranston and wishes to remain anonymous.

Oscars rarely come onto the market. Since 1950, Oscar winners are required to sign a contract agreeing that if they or their heirs ever want to sell an Oscar, it must first be offered to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for $1.

Wright died in California at the age of 92. (AP)

Jay Leno to Win Nation’s Top Humor Prize in DC

Newly retired from “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno is now being awarded the nation’s top humor prize by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Leno will be honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by his fellow comedians in a performance Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally in November on PBS.

Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein says Leno followed in the tradition of Twain and has offered a lifetime’s worth of humorous commentary on American life.

In a statement, Leno says he’s a big fan of Twain’s. He said “A Tale of Two Cities” is one of his favorite books. But that novel was written by Charles Dickens.

Since leaving NBC, Leno has gained an international following online with his new creation, JayLenosGarage.com. (AP)

Comic Kathy Griffin to Host Daytime Emmys Online

Kathy Griffin is taking her comedy online as host of the Daytime Emmy awards as the event heads to a new home on the Internet.

The 41st annual awards will be presented June 22 from the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.

Griffin joked that her only regret is that the epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year’s World Cup.

The awards were televised on the HLN cable network the past two years. But when the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and various cable outlets couldn’t strike a deal, the academy decided to move the show online.

Awards will be handed out in 25 categories, including several new ones, during the live stream.

The academy hopes to attract more worldwide fans through social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Google Hangout, Twitter, Vine and Instagram.

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On the Web: Daytime Emmy Awards: http://www.daytimeemmys.net (AP)

Lupita Nyong’o Joins ‘Star Wars’ Cast

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Three months after winning an Oscar, Lupita Nyong’o is going to a galaxy far, far away.

The Walt Disney Co. announced Monday that Nyong’o is joining the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The 31-year-old actress became a breakthrough star for her award-winning performance in “12 Years a Slave.”

Also added to the cast was Gwendoline Christie, best known for playing the hulking Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

When the principal cast of “Episode VII” was announced last month, the lack of women raised some eyebrows. Nyong’o and Christie join an ensemble that includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac and Andy Serkis.

Production is underway for the movie, which is being directed by J.J. Abrams. It’s slated to open in December 2015. (AP)

‘Breaking Bad’ Leads Twitter TV popularity

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AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is the champion of a new television metric: more second-screen activity on Twitter than any other TV series.

The Nielsen company, for the first time this season, is measuring how many people are reading Twitter messages about particular TV programs the night they are on the air.

Nielsen said Monday the drug-dealing drama starring Bryan Cranston had an average of 6 million people seeing tweets for each episode. The show was boosted by its finale last September, where the number shot up to 9.1 million.

Another AMC series, “The Walking Dead,” came in second with 5.17 million.

For individual events, the Super Bowl and the Oscars led the way — just as each year both events generally have the most viewers. (AP)