Media Morsels 11.11.11
- Aaron Tveit Wants to Make You a Drink
For a good cause, of course. The immensely talented actor (who was on this past week's episode of The Good Wife) will be joined by several other stars of stage and screen on November 16 at Hudson Station Bar and Grill. While there, Tveit (most recently seen on Broadway in Catch Me if You Can), John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart), Jesse L. Martin (an original Rent cast member), Annie Parisse (Becky Shaw and Clybourne Park) and others will serve as bartenders from 7-11pm. All tips will be donated to Stockings with Care, which "grants the Christmas-morning wishes of children from families in crisis." Visit Playbill.com for more details about the event, and visit stockingswithcare.org for information about the charity.
Not sure what to ask Tveit, Hickey and others to make? Check out Virgin Media's list (with instructions!) of the ten coolest movie cocktails, including A Big Lebowski White Russian.
- J. Edgar
Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie, J. Edgar, comes out today. The star (or, more likely, someone in his camp) has been posting on his social media outlets all week, giving followers glimpses of the red carpet, as well as production stills. In this particular interview, Leo talks about his passion for this film, the kind of which doesn't get made often these days. (You can connect with my favorite actor on Facebook, Twitter and mobli.) You know my movie-going habits, dear readers, so check back soon for my review of J. Edgar. (And Happy Birthday, Leo!)
- The Muppets
Dear readers, you know how excited I am for The Muppets to hit the cineplex, right? Well, co-writer and star Jason Segel is also excited. Below, he explains the magic of the Muppets. First on Studio Q, then on The Tonight Show. Plus, great news: Jason Segel will finally host SNL. He'll host next week, November 19. Tune in, and enjoy! (And mark you calendar: the movie opens on November 23!)
- Fall Openings
This week, two hotly anticipated shows of the fall season celebrated their opening nights.
- Monday, the first Broadway revival of Godspell opened at the Circle in the Square. Broadwayworld.com has photo coverage of red carpet arrivals; the curtain call; and the opening night party. Here's my review of the show. (This revival company will record a cast album. Check back for details.)
- Tuesday brought us the Broadway premiere of the scintillating and provocative new play, Venus in Fur. Broadway.com has photo coverage of the curtain call and after party; and Broadwayworld.com has photo coverage of the red carpet arrivals and the curtain call and opening night party. Here's my review of this must-see new play.
- Award Season Update
- Oscars: Following producer Brett Ratner's departure, Eddie Murphy has bowed out of his Oscar-hosting duties. But, never fear: Billy Crystal, the master Master of Ceremonies, is on the job! (The Oscars will be awarded on February 26, 2012.)
- Golden Globes: Morgan Freeman will receive the Cecil B. DeMille award, the Golden Globes' lifetime achievement award. Recent recipients include Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro. The Globes will be handed out on January 15, 2012.
- Dig This
- Vocal selections from The Book of Mormon are now available. The songbook includes every song from the show.
- Check out the first promo stills from the upcoming On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. (Here's my review of the lab production.)
- As Broadway.com counts down to the release of The Muppets, they're posting great Muppet moments. Below, Joel Grey sings "Wilkommen." (More: Joel Grey (singing "Razzle Dazzle"); and Bernadette Peters)