Media Morsels 1.25.13

The Last Five Years

The seminal Jason Robert Brown musical is coming back to New York (to Second Stage Theatre, to be exact, and will be directed by the writer), and caught up with stars Betsy Wolfe and Adam Kantor to talk about bringing this beloved musical to life:

Justin Peck World Premiere Ballet

Next week, New York City Ballet will present its third Justin Peck ballet. In anticipation of the upcoming milestone, Peck spoke with Time Out New York. You can catch his latest work, Paz de La Jolla, on its world premiere night, January 31 and throughout the season. (You'll definitely want to see this. Year of the Rabbit, which premiered in the fall, was terrific, and there's great buzz around his first ballet for the company, In Creases.) Visit for details and to purchase tickets.

Award Season Update

Oscars: Check out the latest Oscar poster, featuring host Seth MacFarlane →
Plus, this week we learned that in addition to the James Bond tribute, the Oscars will feature a tribute to movie musicals of the last decade, highlighting Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Miserables. (Though, curiously, at least based on the press release, not Nine.) Read the press release for more.

The Feinberg Forecast (in which The Hollywood Reporter's awards guru, Scott Feinberg, breaks down the previous week and explains what impact it has on the Oscars) notes:
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) hosted SNL to mixed acclaim. (I thought she was natural and sassy; others thought her opening monologue, in which she playfully chided her fellow nominees, bordered on arrogant.)

  • Jessica Chastain's (Zero Dark Thirty) films did well at the box office. ZD30 was second place while her horror flick Mama took the top slot. (Ms. Chastain can also be seen on Broadway in The Heiress now through February 9.)

  • Speaking of box office returns, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained has officially surpassed Inglourious Basterds to become Tarantino's highest grossing film.

  • Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), among others, won London Film Critics Awards over the weekend.
Check out the newest Oscar promo, in which "Seth MacFarlane Goes Psycho" (and watch the rest of them here!):

The SAG Awards will be handed out this Sunday night. Lots of stars will be on hand to present the awards, including Silver Linings Playbook's Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro; Les Miserables's Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway; Argo's Ben Affleck; The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels; The Impossible's Naomi Watts; The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies; and Viola Davis, Justin Timberlake, Taye Diggs, Liev Schreiber, Kerry Washington (a fellow GW alumna) and Neil Patrick Harris. Check out the full list of nominees and then tune in to TNT or TBS on January 27 to find out who's going home with an actor!

Aaron Tveit on Graceland

As you know, Graceland, the new USA show from White Collar creator Jeff Eastin, is set to premiere this summer and stars theatre favorite Aaron Tveit. Recently, Tveit talked to AfterElton about the show, and below, Entertainment Tonight offers a tiny sneak peek:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

On Wednesday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced speakers and performers for the 28th annual induction ceremony. As per the report in Rolling Stone and on the Rock Hall's website, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct Rush; Don Henley will induct Randy Newman; Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera will induct the late Donna Summer; and John Mayer will induct Albert King and Gary Clark, Jr., will perform in King's honor. The Rock Hall has yet to announce who will induct or perform in honor of Heart, Public Enemy, Lou Adler and Quincy Jones, the latter two being recipients of the Ahmet Ertegun Award for Lifetime Achievement. The induction ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on April 18th and will be broadcast on HBO on May 18th.

Inside Llewyn Davis

The latest film from the Coen Brothers is Inside Llewyn Davis, and this week we got a look at the first trailer. The fictional tale centers on a young folk musician, the titular Davis, who is presented as a Bob Dylan-esque character. As Hit Fix reports, the film is loosely based on folkie Dave Van Ronik's memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. Theatre veterans pop up everywhere, from Stark Sands (American Idiot) and F. Murray Abraham to Oscar Isaac (We Live Here) as Davis, and star alongside other favorites, like Carey Mulligan (Shame), Justin Timberlake (The Social Network) and John Goodman (Argo). Check out the trailer, below, and stay tuned for release details.

Theatre Updates

  • Bill Pullman will join the cast of The Other Place on February 5. Pullman will be replacing Daniel Stern who has to leave the show to attend to a family matter. The Other Place has gained critical acclaim, particularly for its leading lady, Laurie MetcalfPlaybill has more.

  • Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will return to Broadway - together - this fall in a limited, repertory run of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot. Both plays will be directed by Sean Mathias. This will definitely be one of the hottest tickets this fall so stay tuned for more details, like dates and a theatre. (Visit Playbill for the actors' statements about the run.)

  • New details about the Broadway bow of Aladdin: before the magic carpet stops at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre in spring 2014, it will play Toronto's Mirvish Theatre November 13 through January 12, 2014. Playbill has more.

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