Media Morsels 8.19.11

  • Oscar News Rumblings
    Over at they are offering picks for who will host the 2012 Oscars. Among the site's list of contenders is award show host veteran Neil Patrick Harris (brilliant at this year's Tony Awards), Jimmy Fallon (effective at last year's Emmy Awards) and Robert Downey, Jr. I think that GoldDerby's choice of Jimmy Kimmel is a good one. He won't be as sardonic as Ricky Gervais was (though I liked Gervais at the Golden Globes) but he'll still be funny and fun. Who do you think it will be?

  • Taxing the Rich
    This week, uber-wealthy Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, wrote in the New York Times that Congress should stop coddling the rich. He said, "My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It's time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice." While I agree that the rich should contribute more to our nation's dwindling revenue stream, I don't think it's entirely the fault of Congress. Yes, Congress is a mess, but its "billionaire-friendly" legislation and tax rates are entirely influenced by the lobbyists paid by Buffett's rich friends. If Buffett is serious about Congress getting serious, perhaps he should put his money where his mouth is and start lobbying for more sensible tax policy.

  • Movie Theater Etiquette
    The folks over at have created (and revised) a movie theater etiquette manifesto, listing the dos and don'ts of viewing movies on the big, public screen. Enumerated on the list are obvious pledges to stay quiet and to turn off cell phones. I do not understand how this is not an absolute no-brainer for people, but we've all been there when some douche starts texting during the movie, or tells his friend what's about to happen on screen. Also on the list is an admonition against bringing in loud or "stinky" food into the theater, exemplified on IFC's list by Chinese takeout. (Do people really bring Chinese takeout to the movies?) What would you add to the list, and is there a different set of rules for movie theater versus live-action (read: Broadway and off-) theatres?

  • Bachelorette on Film
    Last summer at Second Stage Uptown, I had the good fortune of seeing Leslye Headland's Bachelorette, a play focusing on some mean but damaged young women who gather together on the night before a friend's wedding, a friend the women had once nicknamed "Pigface." It was a sharp, scathing play, with expert performances from Celia Keenan-Bolger and Tracee Chimo. It was announced this week that the play will be produced (by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay) on screen. The best part is that it will star funny ladies Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan, and will reunite Caplan with her Party Down co-star, Adam Scott. Stay tuned for more details as they are announced.

  • Dig This
    • All aboard! The Anything Goes cast album is about to be released! Digital copies will be available beginning August 23 and physical copies of the recording will be available on September 20. Visit to pre-order your copy!

    • The Green Album is streaming on! (That would be the album on which artists cover their favorite Muppets tunes, not the Weezer album. Although, Weezer does appear on the record.) It's brilliant. I love "Mahna Mahna!"

    • Andrew Rannells talks about The Book of Mormon, meeting Oprah and teeth whitening strips!


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