Media Morsels 6.21.13

The Wolf of Wall Street: First Trailer

Fresh off his stint as playboy Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, Leonardo DiCaprio is starring as another playboy in The Wolf of Wall Street. This collaboration between DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese (Hugo) is based on the eponymous memoir by Wall Street-er Jordan Belfort, and chronicles his excessive and probably illegal lifestyle as he made it big on Wall Street. Boardwalk Empire creator Terrence Winter wrote the adapted screenplay. (You may have heard DiCaprio say during interviews for Django Unchained that he was filming The Wolf of Wall Street. Indeed, it was in production in New York last fall.) The film is slated for release November 15, just days before DiCaprio's birthday. With this pedigree (DiCaprio and Scorsese are joined by the resurgent Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, The Artist's Jean Dujardin, and Once's Cristin Miloti, among others), look for this to be a contender come movie award season. (Visit Amazon to order the book.)

Neil Patrick Harris to Star in Hedwig on Broadway

Neil Patrick Harris probably will be at the Tonys in 2014 but not as host. He very well may be a nominee. The talented entertainer is returning to Broadway in spring 2014 in the first Broadway bow of the cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (Read my interview with songwriter Joe Iconis to hear him talk about his introduction to Hedwig.) The musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask debuted off-Broadway in 1998 and went on to have a celebrated and accolade-laden run. Harris will star as the titular Hedwig, the transgender lead signer of a rock and roll band. Visionary director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, American Idiot) will be at the helm. Additional casting and specific dates and a theatre are still to be announced, but in a statement Harris said, "I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig's heels. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can't wait to begin the journey." Harris was previously on Broadway in revivals of Cabaret and Assassins.

Off-Broadway News

  • MCC Theater has announced that Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart) will star in its production of Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike, directed by Sam Gold (The Aliens, The Flick). Previews being at the Lucille Lortel May 21, 2014, in advance of a June 9 opening. has details.

  • The Classic Stage Company announced its 2013-2014 season, and it includes a new play from David Ives (Venus in Fur); Romeo and Juliet, starring Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Finn Whittrock (Death of a Salesman); and a new jukebox musical starring Mandy Patinkin, with direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. Playbill has details. 

  • Rattlestick Playwrights Theater also announced its season this week. The 2013-2014 season will include Lucy Thurber's play cycle The Hill Town Plays, and new works by Craig Lucas, Samuel D. Hunter and Halley Feiffer, an actress who is also an accomplished writer. Visit Playbill for details.
The Newsroom: Season Two

With the premiere of season two less than a month away (the season premiere is July 14), The Hollywood Reporter checked in with the The Newsroom team, including creator and writer Aaron Sorkin, and the cast, which includes Jeff Daniels, John Gallagher, Jr, Thomas Sadoski and Olivia Munn. In the cover story of the June 28 issue, Sorkin talks about creating the second season (including completely scrapping the first episode and then re-writing and re-shooting it) and working with the excellent team he's assembled. On The Hollywood Reporter website are some online bonus features, such as the video (below) taken during the cover photo shoot and photos from said shoot. Pick up a copy of The Hollywood Reporter or read the article online, and then tune into HBO on July 14 at 10pm for the premiere.

Justin Peck to Premiere New Ballet at Fall Gala

The New York City Ballet announced its program for the Fall Gala, and, similar to this past fall's gala event, the night will honor fashion and find choreographers collaborating with renowned fashion houses. As the New York Times reports, Benjamin Millepied will create a new work and team up with Dutch designer Iris van Herpen. Rising Company member Justin Peck (In Creases) will team up with Prabal Gurung for a ballet for five dancers set to Lukas Foss's "Capriccio for Cello and Piano." Individual tickets for the performance go on sale to the public August 5 and start at $29. (Read the NYT article for full details.) And for more Peck, check out this neat slideshow, A Choreographer's Perspective, on the NYCB website.

Dig This

  • Aaron Tveit (Catch Me if You Can, Graceland) has been cast in a short film directed by Georgina Chapman (designer of Marchesa gowns). Showbiz 411 has details.

  • Full casting has been announced for the Broadway premiere of Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock-Star Rabbi. has details.

  • Broadway revivals of Oliver! and Miss Saigon might be on the horizon, according to reports. Find information about Oliver! here and about Miss Saigon here

  • Liv Tyler joins the previously announced Justin Theroux and Carrie Coon in HBO's series adaptation of The Leftovers, a Tom Perrotta novel. The Hollywood Reporter has details.

  • Mic check: writer, rapper and all-around wordsmith Lin-Manuel Miranda (Bring It On, Merrily We Roll Along, Tony Awards scribe), recently spoke with Jeremy McCarter for a Public Forum (part of The Public Theater). The two talked about Miranda's rap group, Freestyle Love Supreme, writing for the Tonys and how love for hip hop and musical theatre go hand in hand. Listen in here.
  • Check out production stills from Twelve Years a Slave, the latest offering from director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame). The film stars McQueen's previous collaborator Michael Fassbender, as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sarah Paulson (Collected Stories), Brad Pitt and Michael K. Williams, among others. 

  • checks in with two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz; he talks about his new concert at the cabaret venue 54 Below and the Broadway-bound new musical, Big Fish

  • Want to know what's going to be on HBO this summer? Take a look: