Week in Review 1.17.14

Award Season Update

Oscars—Hours before the Oscar nominations were announced (find the full list of nominees and my commentary here), The Hollywood Reporter's awards guru, Scott Feinberg, filed his final pre-Oscar-nom Feinberg Forecast, with his final nomination predictions. He was certain to note that these were predictions, not what he thought should be the actual nominations. I particularly like his "shoulda been a contender" picks. (He had 12 Years a Slave leading the pack, with American Hustle close behind; turns out, we made fairly accurate prediction.)

As for the nominations, check out this round up of analysis and reactions:
Also this week, I published my "10 Actors Who Should Just Win an Oscar Already" list on Culturalist, and Leonardo DiCaprio andAmy Adams might be able to pull it off this year!

In other Oscars news, Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres let fans know the theme of this year's Oscars:



Golden Globe Wrap Up—Well, the Golden Globes are behind us, but let's take one last look back.
Critics' Choice Movie Awards—The 19th annual ceremony was held on Thursday. Forest Whitaker and the creatives behind Before Midnight received special honors. Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Amy Adams (American Hustle), as well as Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) and 12 Years a Slave, repeated their Globe wins. Head to The Hollywood Reporter for the full list of winners. Lupita Nyong'o was also a winner; watch her moving acceptance speech below:



The Newsroom is Coming Back - Officially

After months of speculation and conflicting reports, Buzz Feed reports that HBO has officially announced that The Newsroom will return. It's a bittersweet announcement, though, because the third season will also be its last. (For those keeping score, that means The Newsroom will have bested both Sports Night and Studio 60 in terms of the number of seasons.) There is still not any indication of when the show will be filmed or when it will air (or how many episodes there will be), but Will, Mack, Jim, Sloane and the rest of the gang will ride again. Buzz Feed has more.

Coming to Broadway

  • Opening night has been set for the Broadway debut of Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses. Cast members Marisa Tomei (The Ides of March), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Toni Collette (The Way Way Back) and Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Letts (August: Osage CountyWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will celebrate on April 6, after previews begin sometime in mid-March. A theatre has still not been announced. Playbill has more.

  • A revival of the Tony-winning musical Titanic is heading to Broadway this fall. No specific dates, theatres or actors have been announced, but the production will be directed by Thom Southerland, who directed a successful production of the Maury Yeston-Peter Stone musical in London last year. Theater Mania has more.

  • Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) is coming back to Broadway! While no dates or theatre (or director or additional casting, for that matter) have been announced, reports say that come 2015, Jackman will return to Broadway in a Jez Butterworth play, The River. The play had a celebrated run on the West End in 2012. Interestingly, it's only 80 minutes long; Butterworth's last Broadway play, the phenomenal Jerusalem, clocked in at three hours. (I loved every second of it.) Broadway.com has more.

  • The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced additions to its 2014-2015 season, which will include a revival of my favorite farce, Noises Off. Jeremy Herrin will direct the Michael Frayn play; dates and casting to be announced. (Roundabout also announced that a Tom Stoppard play, Indian Ink, will bow off-Broadway.) Noises Off will be part of a Roundabout season that also includes a production of Stoppard's (Arcadia) The Real Thing, which will star Ewan McGregor (in his Broadway debut) and will be directed by Sam Gold (The Flick). Broadway.com has more.


  • Daniel Radcliffe (How to Succeed...) will return to Broadway this spring in a production of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan. The play, which I saw a few years ago when it was revived off-Broadway at the Atlantic, is pure McDonagh, which I think is a good thing. Radcliffe starred in a production in the West End, which is what is transferring (with the full cast in tow) to Broadway. Directed by Michael Grandage, the play will arrive at the Cort Theatre, where previews will begin April 12 in advance of an April 20 opening. It will play a strictly limited engagement through July 20, and tickets start at just $27. This production will mark the Broadway debut of the play (though not the playwright; McDonagh was most recently represented on Broadway with A Behanding in Spokane.) Playbill has more.
Broadway Casting Updates

  • Krystal Joy Brown (Big Fish) is joining the company of Motown. Playbill has details.

  • Lena Hall (Kinky Boots) has joined the band in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, playing Yitzhak to Neil Patrick Harris's Hewig. The rock musical will run at the Belasco Theatre; previews begin March 29 with opening night set for April 22. Harris is scheduled to appear through August 17. Broadway.com has more.

  • The cast of the upcoming Broadway bow of Act One just got a little starrier: Tony Award winner Andrea Martin (Pippin), Chuck Cooper (Romeo and Juliet, Choir Boy) and others have joined the cast. They'll appear alongside previously announced stars Santino Fontana (Cinderella) and Tony Shalhoub (Golden Boy). The Lincoln Center production, written and directed by James Lapine, will play the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Previews begin March 20; opening night is set for April 17. Playbill has more.
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