Media Morsels 7.12.13

Reviewing the Drama will be on a two-week Media Morsels hiatus beginning July 19, but will return on August 2.

Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl Goes Off Camera

The rocking muscian and music fan is on the cover of the current issue of Off Camera. In this penetrating interview, which you can read, watch or listen to here, Grohl talks about, what else, rock and roll, imparting wisdom like, "Sound City was kind of a platform for me to talk about something that I really believe in, which is the sound of human beings playing music and people collaborating and the effect of the things that you don't necessarily take into consideration. ... Music's a big fucking deal, so I guess for me, it's important that everyone feels the way I feel about music, you know? It's such a luxury in life that everybody has music available to them..." along the way. I love the music this man makes and I love listening to him talk about music. This is why.

Broadway Updates

  • First Date, the original musical that began previews this week, has a student rush policy. Those with a valid student ID can purchase one ticket (per ID) on the day of the performance for just $25. Balcony seats are regularly priced (and available in advance) for $35. First Date is written by Austin Winsberg (book) and Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (music and lyrics), and stars Krysta Rodriguez (The Addams Family, Smash) and Zachary Levi (Chuck), who is making his Broadway debut. Playbill has details. (Head to to see photos of the curtain call and post-show celebration after the first preview, which was July 9.) And below, watch a new episode of Show People, hosted by's Paul Wontorek. This week, Paul talks to First Date star Rodriguez about the new show, as well as her time on Spring Awakening and Smash
  • As announced on its official Twitter channel, there will be 100 tickets/performance available to students and educators for $20/ticket for the upcoming Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet.

  • No doubt due to the power of Cicely Tyson's Tony-winning performance, the Broadway revival of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful has extended its run. The play, which also stars two-time Tony nominee Condola Rashad, Vanessa Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr., will now run through October 9. Playbill has details.

  • The Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal will open one week earlier than originally planned. The play, which stars Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig and Rafe Spall and is directed by Mike Nichols (Death of a Salesman) begins previews at the Barrymore Theatre on October 1 and will now open on October 27. It runs through January 5, 2014. has details.
Love's Labour's Lost Casting Update

SNL alumna Rachel Dratch has joined the cast of the upcoming Love's Labour's Lost, a new musical adaptation of the eponymous Shakespearean play that will run at the Delacorte as part of Shakespeare in the Park. The show is written by team Bloody Bloody Andrew JacksonMichael Friedman and Alex Timbers. Timbers also directs the musical, which stars the previously announced Colin Donnell (Anything GoesMerrily We Roll Along); Rebecca Naomi Jones (Murder BalladAmerican Idiot); Daniel Breaker (The Performers); Patti Murin (Lysistrata Jones); Bloody Bloody alumni Jeff HillerJustine Levine and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe (Assistance); and Kevin Del Aguila (Peter and the Starcatcher). Previews begin July 23. Visit for details, and head over to for photos from a recent rehearsal.

Dustin Hoffman Talks About Being a Woman

In this touching clip from the American Film Institute (AFI), the talented actor talks about developing Tootsie and preparing to be a woman.

The Newsroom: Season 2

Your treat of the week: The Newsroom, season 2, begins this Sunday night, July 14, on HBO. (As mentioned at the top of this post, I'll be on break and won't be here to wrap up the first two episodes for you. Check back on August 2 for coverage of the first three episodes.) Below, Aaron Sorkin thanks you for watching, and has two clips from the new season, including one featuring stage veteran Hamish Linklater (Seminar). And here are some other Newsroom treats:
  • Aaron Sorkin answers five fans' questions on HBO Connect.

  • HBO's Instagram has photos of the cast and creative team walking the black carpet leading up to this Wednesday's LA premiere of season two. (Before the premiere episode began to screen, Sorkin said, "You're about to see one hour of a story that pays off nine hours from now.")

  • Check out this additional promo, which sets up this season's arc, as well as this one.

Academy Award News: The Songs

The Oscars aren't until March 1, 2014, but some interesting news was announced this week: The Academy will host a concert in LA that will feature performances of the nominated scores and songs. Thompson on Hollywood reports that the Governors of the music branch said, "a symphony orchestra of Los Angeles studio musicians will perform a suite from each score of up to ten minutes in length. Subject to availability, each original composer will conduct his or her own work," and the Academy plans to invite composers and directors to talk about their creative processes. While this does not spell out anything as far as what kind of musical performances we will actually see on the Oscars telecast, it's noteworthy, nonetheless.

Dig This

  • Playbill takes you behind the scenes with Rebecca Naomi Jones on a two-show day at Murder Ballad. The sexy rock musical continues through July 21, and if you use code MBAL49, you can purchase tickets for only $49. Visit to order tickets. You don't want to miss this!

  • A fun list from The Hollywood Reporter: 33 Power Canadians in Hollywood, including writer/director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Keanu Reeves, SNL impresario Lorne Michaels (and some SNL stars), Michael J. Fox, the beautiful and talented Rachel McAdams (The Notebook, Sherlock Holmes), Ryan Gosling (Drive, The Ides of March), Seth Rogen (50/50) and Arrested Development star Will Arnett.  

  • Though Spider-Man 2 won't be released until next year, current Spidey Andrew Garfield (Death of a Salesman, The Social Network) is already thinking about possibilities for a third installment: "Why can't [Spider-Man] be gay?" he asks. Entertainment Weekly has more.

  • According to a report in the Huffington Post, there might be more Arrested Development episodes on the way. Is this such a good thing? The recent, Netflix-exclusive fourth season did not match the quality of the original three seasons. Will you tune in to a fifth?

  • Kristen Bell will make an appearance on the sixth season of Parks and Recreation. Entertainment Weekly has details.

  • There will be a Breaking Bad exhibit at Astoria's Museum of the Moving Image. Beginning July 26 and running through October 27, the museum will house "From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White's Transformation in Breaking Bad." Visit the museum's website for more details.