Today is the 24th of September. The Oscars are the 24th of February. There’s a connection there.

— Among today’s news bites is this year’s opportunity for fans to enter an online draming for
bleacher seats along the 85th Academy Awards red carpet, by filling out this entry form by Nov. 16. There 700 seats available; in the past, according to the film academy, there have been as many as 20,000 entries.

Winners will be notified in November. And note well — the only prize is the spot in the stands. Transportation to the event — you’re on your own.

— The “Les Miserables” poster is at once striking and a callback to the roots of the musical.


— Guy Lodge looks at the 47 films long-listed for the European Film Awards at HitFix.

–Here’s an animated trailer for the live-action “Looper” (via Thompson on Hollywood).

— Showtime will air a marathon of the first season of Emmy-winning drama “Homeland” on Saturday, beginning at 12 noon and running past midnight.

— The Emmy ratings report from Rick Kissell of Variety:

The Primetime Emmy Awards were no match for football on Sunday, but the
kudocast gained in overall viewership from last year while slipping
among young adults.

Sunday’s Emmys telecast, in which Showtime’s
“Homeland” and ABC’s “Modern Family” emerged the big winners among
series, averaged a 3.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.2 million viewers
overall, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates adjusted for
time-zone differences.

The demo score is down about 10% from last
year’s 4.2 on Fox and matches the 2008 show on ABC as the lowest-rated
Emmy telecast on record among young adults. Holding up better among
older viewers, though, this year’s kudocast gained about 800,000 total
viewers from last year (12.4 million on Fox) and topped three of the
previous five Emmy shows. …