Media Morsels 10.19.12

Golden Globe Update

Ricky Gervais had a nice run, but this year, funny ladies Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes! The SNL alumnae proved a potent pair when they co-anchored Weekend Update on the late night sketch show, and I'm confident they'll bring the funny to the award season staple. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (that is, the folks who organize, vote on and decide the awards) said in a statement, "The HFPA is thrilled to have the magnetic duo be a part of the show's 70th anniversary!" So are viewers! The Golden Globe Awards will be handed out on January 13, 2013. The broadcast will air on NBC.

Reactions to the announcement:
  • Vulture listed 17 things Fey and Poehler should also be in charge of
  • The Hollywood Reporter pits Fey and Poehler against Oscar host Seth MacFarlane in an award show host showdown. (For the record, I wish reports about MacFarlane and his audience would stop saying women are not part of his audience. I am a woman and I am solidly part of his audience, and so are many of my gal pals. Women like funny men and funny shows and funny movies (like Ted). They like smart humor (which fills Family Guy), they like music (which also fills Family Guy) and they like talented people (scores of which fill MacFarlane's projects). 

Election Update

We have another presidential debate under our belts and this time, President Obama nailed it in terms of both substance and style. (Rolling Stone captured "Mitt Romney's Five Nuttiest Moments," and Matt Taibbi offered his take, including this: "[Romeny's] just casting off from his moorings and being what he basically is at heart, which is a salesman and bullshit artist of the highest order.") On the heels of the debate, Bruce Springsteen wrote an open letter on his website explaining why he is supporting the reelection of President Obama. (He also spoke and performed at an Obama rally in Ohio.) Adding to troop morale, this week the Obama for America team released a video in which members of the LGBT community talk about why they support President Obama's reelection. We also heard from Jay-Z, reminding us of the power of our voice. Watch the videos below and make sure your voice is heard on Election Day. (Visit Rock the Vote for more information about registering and voting. Also of note: Broadwayworld.com featured an article regarding the candidates' positions on funding the arts.)





Community Update: October 19 is a State of Mind


Bring It On Moves Closing Date

The fun and fluffy new musical Bring It On will take its final bow on Broadway a little sooner than expected. Rather than close on January 20, 2013, the show will now close on December 30, 2012. Still, there's much to cheer for, seeing as Bring It On was originally scheduled to complete its limited run on October 7. (According to an announcement in Playbill, there are talks of additional tour dates for the 2013-2014 touring season.) Read my review, watch star Taylor Louderman show you around her dressing room and then visit bringitonmusical.com to learn more about the show and to purchase tickets. And as a parting gift, please enjoy this video of the cast recording "I Got You" for the Original Broadway Cast Recording, available now.



Theatre Updates

  • Great news: Reed Birney (Circle Mirror Transformation, Uncle Vanya), Elizabeth Marvel and Ellen Burstyn (among others; see Playbill) will be directed by Sam Gold (Circle..., Seminar, The Aliens) in Roundabout's revival of William Inge's Picnic. (Commit "William Inge" and "Picnic" to memory; it always comes in handy for crossword puzzles.) We already knew Gold was directing the play, but with this cast it is definitely a must see this winter. Previews begin at the American Airlines Arena on December 14, 2012, with opening scheduled for January 13, 2013. The limited engagement will conclude on February 24.

  • The 50th anniversary production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which is not to be missed, has extended its limited engagement. The play will now continue its run at the Booth Theatre through February 24, 2013. Visit virginiawoolfbroadway.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

  • MTC is launching The Studio at Stage II, "where bold new work meets bold, new audiences." The inaugural production of the venture is Murder Ballad, a new musical written by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash, directed by Trip Cullman. Below, watch the writers and director talk about the sure-to-be engaging new musical that stars American Idiot's Rebecca Naomi Jones, Karen Olivo, John Ellison Conlee and Hair's Will Swenson. Learn more about The Studio and Murder Ballad and purchase tickets at manhattantheatreclub.com/TheStudio.



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  • The West Wing alumnus Richard Schiff is getting ready to make his Broadway debut in Glengarry Glenn Ross and spoke to Broadway.com about the adventure and his time on The West Wing. One of Schiff's Glengarry Glenn Ross cast mates is Bobby Cannavale, the busy actor who can currently be seen on season 3 of Boardwalk Empire. Cannavale (Trust, The Motherfucker with the Hat) spoke to Playbill about acting alongside Al Pacino.

  • Vulture went backstage at The Heiress, the play revival that is bringing Jessica Chastain, Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens and David Strathairn, among others, to Broadway.

  • The HBO shows Girls and Enlightened will be back for their second seasons on January 13, 2013, at 9 and 9:30pm, respectively. 

  • Beyonce will perform on the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Super Bowl XLVII is set for Sunday, February 3, 2012, in New Orleans. People has details.

  • Did you catch 30 Rock this week? Not only was it a superb comment on ladies being funny, but the luminous Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur) guest starred. Watch it on NBC.com.

  • The Gotham Independent Film Awards nominees, including The Master, have been announced, unofficially kicking off award season. Read the full list of nominees on Hit Fix.

  • In case you missed it last week, here's the latest official trailer for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz.

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