Media Morsels 7.15.11

  • Broadway Barks
    The 13th annual Broadway Barks was held this weekend in Shubert Alley. Organized by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, Broadway Barks is a "dog and cat adopt-a-thon benefiting NYC animal shelters and adoption agencies." Each year, Broadway folks come out to add to the event's profile and this year Broadway's brightest stars (like Aaron Tveit, right) pandered to patrons on behalf of the puppies. Broadwayworld.com has full photo coverage of the event: backstage part one; backstage part two; presentation. For more information, visit broadwaybarks.com or contact the ASPCA to find a shelter in your area.

  • Best of 2011 - So Far
    Rolling Stone's resident movie critic Peter Travers doles out his picks for the best films of 2011 thus far. Would you be surprised to find out that I haven't seen one of them? You know, dear readers, that I don't get to the multiplex that often. However, of his picks, I'm interested in seeing (and have added to my Netflix queue!) many, including Beginners; Midnight in Paris and Win Win. What about you? What are your picks for the best films of 2011, so far? Answer below in the comments section.

  • Emmy Award Nominations
    The 2011 Emmy Award nominations were announced this Thursday. Visit emmys.com/nominations to read the full list of nominees. Did you favorite shows make the cut? I'm glad that Episodes got some love, though I would have liked Stephen Mangan to be nominated instead of Matt LeBlanc. I'm also glad Ed O'Neil got some Emmy love this year. Plus, two talented dudes from The Good Wife, Josh Charles (!!!) and Alan Cumming, were nominated. And, of course, Boardwalk Empire's Kelly MacDonald was rightfully nominated, as well. Make sure that you tune into the Emmy Awards broadcast on Sunday, September 18. The show will be hosted by the very funny Jane Lynch. Want to make bets on how many of her Glee co-stars will make cameos in bits?
  • Dig This
    Incubus released a new record this week! If Not Now, When is epic in scope, both in its sound and aspirations. I especially like the title track, which has a wonderful sprawling sound to it, and I like the track "Switchblade" is my new jam. Watch below as the band performs an hour-long set on Letterman. (At about 16 minutes in, they sing a cut from the record, "Promises, Promises." Every time I listen to this song, I'm reminded of Sondheim's "Marry Me a Little," from Company. Does anyone else make that leap?!?)

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