Media Morsels 4.27.12

  • This is 40
    Check out the trailer of the latest from Judd Apatow, a "sort-of-sequel" to Knocked Up:
  • Theatre Awards Update
    • The Outer Critics Circle Awards nominees were announced this week. These will give us a mere hint at what we might expect on Tuesday when Tony nominations are announced.

    • Drama League Awards nominees were also announced. Nominated productions include Peter and the Starcatcher; Venus in Fur; Seminar; The Lyons; The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures; Clybourne Park; Death of a Salesman; The Best Man; How I Learned to Drive; Wit; Ghost; Leap of Faith; and Porgy and Bess. And actors up for the Distinguished Performance Award include: Nina Arianda, Christian Borle, Raul Esparza, Andrew Garfield, Linda Lavin, Jessie Mueller and Jeremy Shamos, among many others. Visit Playbill for details. (Winners will be announced on May 18.)

    • This morning we learned about the Drama Desk Awards Nominees. Also honoring both Broadway and off-Broadway, these seemed to break from award tradition and remember shows and performances from early in the season. Visit my Tumblr for the full list of nominees.

    • Audience Choice Awards
      It's time for you to make your voice heard! Voting is now open in the Audience Choice Awards, which is exactly what it sounds like. From now until May 2, you can fill out a ballot to choose the nominees. The final list of nominees will be announced on May 3, after which point you can vote for the winners! Head over to today to cast your vote! (The toughest category in which to whittle it down to five nominees? Best Actor in a Play, since it isn't separated into Leading and Featured. What was the toughest category for you?)

    • Tony Award Committee Meeting
      The Administration Committee met for the final time this season to discuss the eligibility of the last several shows that opened this season. Some rulings: 
      • Linda Emond and Andrew Garfield will be eligible in the Featured Actor/Actress categories for Death of a Salesman, though Alex North is not eligible for Best Original Score for the same play

      • Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are not eligible for Best Original Score for Once, presumably because too much of the score was originally written for the film upon which the musical is based, and not for the theatre

      • Candice Bergen, Kerry Butler, Angela Lansbury, Jefferson Mays and Michael McKean will be eligible in the Featured Actor/Actress categories for The Best Man

      • Rick Elice will be eligible for Original Score for Peter and the Starcatcher (the show is a play with music, not a musical)

      • Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman will be eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress categories for Ghost, and Rob Howell (scenic design) and Jon Driscoll (video and projection designer) will be jointly eligible for Best Scenic Design for the same show

      All other eligibility is consistent with opening night credits. (This means that actors billed above the title, such as Raul Esparza in Leap of Faith, are eligible in the Leading Actor/Actress categories, and all other performers in the Featured Actor/Actress categories.) has more rulings and details.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
    The induction ceremony, which was held April 14, will be broadcast (in an abridged format) on HBO on May 5. Here's a sneak peek at what you'll see:
  • Bus and Truck News
    The powerful The Normal Heart, which had an acclaimed revival on Broadway last season, will embark on a national tour, set to to launch at DC's Arena Stage this June. Patrick Breen, who appeared in the Broadway production as well as the beautiful Next Fall, will take on the lead role of Ned Weeks. Visit Playbill for details, and head to to purchase tickets for the DC run.

  • Django Unchained
    We saw the first photos of the new Quentin Tarantino film, Django Unchained this week. IMDB describes the new flick as such, "With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner," and shared these photos (like the one at the top of this post). It's Tarantino, which is a good enough start, and has an excellent cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Sacha Baron Cohen. Stay tuned for details on this film, which is due for release this winter.

  • POTUS Slow Jams the News
    In case you missed it: