Media Morsels 10.5.12

Oscar Update

Big news: Seth MacFarlane is hosting the Oscars! That's right, when the 85th Academy Awards are handed out on February 24, 2013, MacFarlane (Family Guy, Ted) will be there to host the festivities. Read more about the hosting gig on Playbill, and below, watch MacFarlane tell his dad the exciting news. (In related news, a misguided parents group is filing a complaint about American Dad, another of MacFarlane's shows. The ridiculous thing about these kinds of complaints is that the kids the parents are trying to protect don't get the salacious aspect of the joke. They don't know to make anything of it until their parents cause such ado. Get over it, parents. If you don't want you kids to see that, then don't let them watch it.)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The nominees for the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class have been announced and include artists like Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, N.W.A., Deep Purple, Albert King, Randy Newman and more. Rolling Stone has details on the nominated artists. And for the first time, fans can vote for their favorites. Visit Rolling Stone to vote for the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

Theatre Update

  • Hands on a Hardbody, the new musical co-written by Phish's Trey Anastasio, now has a Broadway home. The musical will begin previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on February 23, 2013, and will officially open on March 21. Anastasio's co-writer is Amanda Green (Bring It On), with Doug Wright on board as the librettist. Neil Pepe directs and Sergio Trujillo choreographs the production, which also boasts American Idiot's Tony Award-winning designers Christine Jones (scenic) and Kevin Adams (lighting). Keith Carradine and Hunter Foster lead a cast that also includes Hair's Allison Case and Jay Armstrong Johnson. Playbill has details.
  • Manhattan Theatre Club has announce the full cast for the Broadway bow of Sharr White's The Other Place. Previously announced Laurie Metcalf (who is reprising a role she created when the play ran off-Broadway at MCC) will be joined by Daniel Stern (Kevin Arnold's voice in The Wonder Years), Zoe Perry (Metcalf's daughter) and John Schiappa. The Other Place runs at the Friedman Theatre beginning December 11. Playbill has details.
Into the Woods and then Into the Cineplex

Rob Marshall (Chicago on film) is working on a film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical Into the Woods and this week there was a star-studded reading of Lapine's screenplay. Among the starry cast were Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur), Donna Murphy (who appeared in the recent Shakespeare in the Park production), James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors), Allison Janney, Patrick Wilson, Megan Hilty (Smash), Anna Kendrick (50/50) and Cheyenne Jackson (the upcoming The Performers). Playbill has details. And reports that Meryl Streep might join the film.

Dig This

  • The new Craig Wright play Grace, which opened last night, will host a series of post-show talkbacks. The four person cast, Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington and Ed Asner, will take part in a moderated discussion about the terrific new play. Playbill has details.

  • Boardwalk Empire has been renewed for a fourth season.

  • Comedy legend Mel Brooks will receive the AFI Life Achievement Award next year. The ceremony will be televised. has details.

  • Check out photos of New York City Ballet dancers in their custom-made Valentino costumes from the recent fall gala. (And look for my review of some old favorites and Justin Peck's brand new Year of the Rabbit early next week.)

  • Tony Hale, best known at Buster Bluth on Arrested Development and currently co-starring on Veep, will soon appear on Up All Night, which co-stars fellow Arrested Development alumnus Will Arnett. TV Line has details.

  • The Grex Group is presenting Ibsen's Women, highlighting the women's rights championed in Ibsen's work. (The Grex Group is also partnering with Art Start, which uses art to reach out to at-risk students.) Learn more at

  • Raul Esparza (Leap of Faith, Arcadia) will appear on an upcoming episode of Law and Order: SVU. has details. 

  • Rent original cast member Daphne Rubin-Vega will appear in season two of Smash. Playbill has details.

  • Babs and Seth Rogen star in The Guilt Trip: