Media Morsels 12.14.12

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013

After a few months of deliberation, the 2013 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. Joining the ranks of Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles are Rush, Public Enemy, Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer and Albert King. (Summer and King will be inducted posthumously.) Lou Adler and Quincy Jones will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers. (Despite being eligible, rocker Joan Jett did not make it this year.) As noted in Rolling Stone's announcement of the class, Public Enemy will become "only the fourth hip-hop act to be inducted...[joining] Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five...Run DMC...and the Beastie Boys." The induction ceremony will be held on April 18, 2013, and broadcast a month later on HBO.

In other rock and roll news, the 12.12.12 concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy was held this week and Rolling Stone has a round up of some of the highlights and photos.

Award Season Updates

The Critics' Choice Movie Awards, SAG Awards and Golden Globe Awards (check out the first promo video, below) nominations were announced this week, but that wasn't all that happened on the award show circuit.
  • The Feinberg Forecast (in which The Hollywood Reporter's awards guru Scott Feinberg recaps what's happened in the previous week and what impact it has on the award season) notes:
    • Several critics' groups announced their picks (see below); 
    • Harvey Weinstein is ramping up is campaigning on behalf of Silver Linings Playbook
    • Weinstein is also making moves on the Django Unchained front, now pushing Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson in the supporting actor category alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, leaving Jamie Foxx alone in the lead actor category; and
    • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have announced they'll screen Lincoln in the Capitol Visitors Center on December 19, and the screening will be followed by a question and answer session with director Steven Spielberg, screenwriter Tony Kushner, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

  • The Academy put out the list of the 282 feature films that are eligible for nomination. You can find the full list (which, in addition to the frontrunners like Argo and Silver Linings Playbook, includes some great under the radar flicks like Bachelorette as well as some not-too-warmly-received clunkers like John Carter) on the Academy's Reminder List.

  • The LA Film Critics Awards winners were announced, with The Master winning several, including honors for director Paul Thomas Anderson and actors Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams; Jennifer Lawrence won for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook; and Chris Terrio took home a prize for his screenplay for Argo. Indie Wire's Thompson on Hollywood has the full list of winners.

  • Meanwhile, the Boston Society of Film Critics chose Zero Dark Thirty as the best film but honored Tony Kushner, Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field for their respective work on Lincoln. In a unique category, the BSFC bestowed the honor of Best Use of Music in a Film to Moonrise Kingdom. The full list of BSFC Award winners is available on the group's website.

  • Over in DC, the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association named Rian Johnson's script for Looper the Best Original Screenplay and awarded the Best Score honor to Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood for his score for The Master. Find the full list of WAFCA Award winners on the group's website.

  • Andy Samberg will host the Independent Spirit Awards, which, as per the tradition, will be handed out the night before the Oscars. On Saturday, February 23, 2013, the awards presentation will be broadcast live on IFC. The Wrap has more.

End of Year/Best Of... Lists

It's that time of year: year-end lists galore. (Look for my Year in Review post on Friday, December 28, in place of a new Media Morsels.)
Theatre Updates

Casting and Creative Teams
  • When Tom Hanks makes his Broadway debut this spring in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy he'll be joined by his Bosom Buddies co-star Peter Scolari, as well as Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore). Previews of Lucky Guy begin March 1, 2013, with opening night set for April 1. The limited run, which will play at the Broadhurst Theatre, will conclude on June 16. has details.

  • Cory Michael Smith (Cock)  and George Wendt have signed on for the spring production of Breakfast at Tiffany's. The play will begin previews at the Cort Theatre on March 4, 2013, and officially open on March 20. Smith joins previously announced Emilia Clarke (HBO's Game of Thrones). Playbill has details on both Smith and Wendt's bows.

  • The cast of Motown: The Musical was announced, and includes Charl Brown and Saycon Sengbloh (Fela!). Motown is set to run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with previews beginning March 11, 2013, and opening night set for April 14. Playbill has details.

  • Shia LaBeouf will star opposite Alec Baldwin in the spring production of Lyle Kessler's Orphans. This will mark LaBeouf's (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) Broadway debut. Orphans will run at the Schoenfeld Theatre, with previews beginning March 19, 2013, and opening night April 7. The production will be directed by Daniel Sullivan (Good People). Playbill has details.

  • Susan Stroman is at the helm of a musical adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway, which is aiming for Broadway's 2013-2014 season. This week, the creative team was announced and includes costumes by William Ivey Long, scenic design by Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Donald Holder and musical arrangements and supervision by Glen Kelly. Playbill has details.
Opening + Closing Dates and Theatres
  • Evita will ends its Broadway run on January 26, 2013. It was previously announced that the show's three stars, Elena Roger, Michael Cerveris and Ricky Martin, would be leaving the show at that time, and producers opted to close the show rather than continue to run it without those names on the marquee at the Marquis. Playbill has more.

  • Kinky Boots will begin previews two days earlier than planned. The show will now start on March 3, 2013. Opening night is still set for April 4. has more.

  • Pump Boys and Dinettes now has a home and dates: it will play at the Circle in the Square Theatre, and previews will begin on March 19, 2013. Opening night is April 8. Playbill has details, including casting updates.

  • Bobby Cannavale's next Broadway outing is in Roundabout's production of Clifford Odets's The Big Knife, a production that now has an opening date: April 16, 2013. Previews begin March 22 at the American Airlines Arena. Playbill has details.

Dig This

  • The Now. Here. This. original cast recording will be released next week, on December 18! (As Kickstarter, I received mine today!!!) Head over to to order your copy and watch the behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of the album.

  • There is more Arrested Development in store. Netflix has increased its original order so there will now be between 12 and 15 episodes of the new season. Rolling Stone has details.

  • The TKTS Booth pilot program of selling matinee and evening performance tickets simultaneously is being suspended during the holiday season due to crowded lines (which are due to the season and to the fact that the South Street Seaport location is not open because of damage sustained in Hurricane Sandy). Playbill has details, including the new hours of operation.

  • The accomplished musical theatre writer Joe Iconis (with whom I spoke, at length, last year: part one, part two, part three) and his merry band of misfits are putting on a Christmas show this weekend, and in preparation, Iconis spoke to

  • When Bunheads returns to the airwaves in the spring, Sutton Foster will be joined onscreen by her brother, Hunter Foster. Hunter will stretch his acting muscles and play Sutton's onscreen brother, Scotty Simms. Entertainment Tonight online has more.

  • Ted was released on DVD and Blue-Ray this week, and in addition to Seth MacFarlane making the rounds to promote it, the star of the movie, Ted, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel. Have a look: