Media Morsels 7.5.13

Breaking Bad at Lincoln Center

Whether you're not yet caught up on Breaking Bad or you just want to re-watch the series before the final season begins on August 11, Lincoln Center has you covered. Beginning July 26 and running through July 30, you'll have an opportunity to watch - for free - every episode. The marathon screening leads up to "The Perfect Batch: Breaking Bad Cast Favorites," which is exactly what it sounds like. Creator Vince Gilligan and stars Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk will be on hand to present their favorite episodes to partake in a question and answer session. Visit The Wrap for a schedule and ticket details.

Broadway Barks

The line up for this year's Broadway Barks has been announced. (Broadway Barks is hosted by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, and is a dog and cat adoption event attended (and therefore promoted) by stage veterans. This year's event will take place on Saturday, July 13 in Shubert Alley.) Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots) and Tony winners Gabriel Ebert (Matilda) and Andrea Martin (Pippin) are among those slated to appear. Visit for the full list, and look below for two of my favorite photos from the last couple Broadway Barks events!

Hollywood Innovators

In a new feature, The Wrap presents its inaugural list of 12 Innovators Changing Hollywood. (That link takes you to the gallery. Click here for the feature article.) Those on the list represent artists of all stripes. I think The Wrap is playing a little fast and loose with the term "innovator" (for example, Zach Braff is on the list - what?!?) but nevertheless I'm glad to see certain emerging artists (or artists who've been toiling away and are beginning to gain recognition) on the list, including Beau Willimon, who adapted his play Farragut North for the screen (it became The Ides of March) and was recently featured in a The Hollywood Reporter roundtable discussion because of his work and show runner for House of Cards. Way to go, Beau!

Working with Woody

Additional casting has been announced for Woody Allen's (untitled) next feature. Oscar and Tony winner Marcia Gay Harden (God of Carnage) and recent Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) join an already starry cast that includes Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-man), Colin Firth (The King's Speech), Hamish Linklater (Seminar) and Jeremy Shamos (The Assembled Parties). The Wrap has additional casting details. Allen's Blue Jasmine, which also has an impressive cast, including Cate BlanchettBobby Cannavale and Michael Stuhlbarg, hits theaters July 26.

Dig This

  • The Good Wife will welcome Ben Rappaport (Picnic, Sex Lives of Our Parents) as a fourth-year associate for its fifth season. Deadline has details.
  • According to The Public Theater's Twitter feed, there will be a cast recording of Venice, which recently concluded it's off-Broadway run at the Public. 
  • This year's Tony-winning best musical, Kinky Boots, is switching from a general rush to a lottery. Instead of lining up early in the morning to obtain rush tickets, patrons can visit the Al Hirschfeld theatre two and a half hours before curtain to sign up for the lottery. Names will be drawn and announced two hours before curtain, and winners can purchase a limited number of tickets for $37. has details.
  • George Lucas, Elaine May, Tony Kushner (Lincoln, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...) and others will receive the National Medal of Arts, an honor to be presented by President Obama next week. The Wrap has details.