Friday, October 28, 2011

Media Morsels 10.28.11

  • Sorkin's New Job Writing About Jobs?
    According to a report on Collider, the incomparable Aaron Sorkin is in talks to write a Steve Jobs biopic. The film would be loosely based on a recent authorized biography penned by Walter Isaacson. Having worked with the word genius on The Social Network, Sony, who bought the rights to Isaacson's book, is looking to re-team with Sorkin. And Sorkin writing about Jobs isn't so out of left field: In a recent elegiac piece for The Daily Beast, Sorkin wrote about his intermittent phone relationship with Jobs. Since Aaron Sorkin is involved, you can be sure I'll let you know the moment more details are in place.

  • Matt Taibbi on Occupy Wall Street
    My favorite journalist, who, in recent years, has taken a slight break from the campaign trail and focused his attention on financial crises, has been chiming in on the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. (He is still covering politics, though: In the latest issue of the venerable magazine, he profiles Rick Perry.) He's writing eloquently both in Rolling Stone and on his Rollingstone.com blog. Here are some highlights:
  • Bloody Bloody Book of Mormon?
    Far from a spooky Mormon hell dream, we heard this week that Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson writer-director Alex Timbers (whose Peter and the Starcatcher is headed to Broadway this spring!) is teaming up with The Book of Mormon and Avenue Q scribe Bobby Lopez and his wife, lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The three are collaborating on an original musical called Up Here. According to the announcement on Playbill.com, Lopez describes the musical as "kind of like Annie Hall meets Cirque du Soleil. It's a romantic comedy with a huge theatrical twist." Sounds like fun, right? Keep checking back for details!

    (Speaking of Bobby Lopez and The Book of Mormon, did you see this week's South Park episode? Lopez re-teamed with Matt Stone and Trey Parker to create a South Park, er, um, tribute to Broadway. The results are tawdry but hilarious! Watch here.)

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
    You know why I love Jon Stewart and his daily show so much? Because boyfriend can throw down:
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  • Award Season Update
    No, I don't have Oscar buzz - I have Tony news! It's only October and already, there's Tony talk. Here's the scoop:
    • As you may recall, the Tony Awards Administration Committee meets several times throughout the theatre season to rule on the eligibility of various productions and production elements. We learned, according to a Playbill.com article, that the Committee will hold its first meeting of the season next week, on November 3.

    • The two star-studded concerts that are bowing on Broadway this fall, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway and An Evening with Patti LuPone and Inigo Montoya Mandy Patinkin, are not seeking Tony recognition. You may recall that a couple of years ago the Tony administration committee did away with the Special Event category, usually reserved for concerts such as these. Since then, concerts and one-man (or one-woman, as with Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking) shows have been eligible for nomination in the regular play and musical categories. But producers for both Hugh... and An Evening say the shows are "concert attractions and [we] do not plan to invite awards organizations." Visit Playbill.com for more details.

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