News Nuggets: ‘Brave’ and film’s other liberated women of 2012

Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek recovering from a mild heart attack: “The 71-year-old longtime game show host was reportedly in good spirits and undergoing tests at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a statement from his representatives. In those tests, cardiologists said Trebek’s doctors were likely trying to determine how much damage his heart had sustained, and whether there were any severe blockages in his blood vessels. Dr. Cam Patterson, physician-in-chief at the University of North Carolina Heart and Vascular Center, said Trebek’s doctors were likely studying whether Trebek was at risk for another heart attack and how much damage his heart endured.” ABC NEWS

The 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival announces its winners: “The Narrative Award recognizes the finest narrative film in competition at the Festival and went to Pocas Pascoal for the North American Premiere of ‘All is Well,’ with an Honorable Mention going to Dominga Sotomayor’s ‘Thursday Till Sunday.’ The Documentary Award recognizes the finest documentary film in competition at the Festival and went to Everardo González for the U.S. Premiere of ‘Drought.’ The award for Best Performance in the Narrative Competition went to Wendell Pierce, Emory Cohen, E.J. Bonilla and Aja Naomi King for their performances in the World Premiere of Joshua Sanchez’s ‘Four.'” DEADLINE

The Tony-winning production of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” closes after a year on Broadway: “The Tony Award-winning production of Bette Midler‘s ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert,’ which celebrated its one-year anniversary on Broadway March 20, plays its final performances at the Palace Theatre June 24 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM. When it closes, the musical will have played 23 previews and 526 performances. The U.S. national tour of ‘Priscilla,’ according to a May 16 press announcement, will begin in Minneapolis at The Orpheum Theatre on Jan. 8, 2013. Following its North American debut engagement in Toronto, ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ — drawn from the Academy Award-winning film ‘The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ — officially opened at Broadway’s Palace Theatre March 20, 2011, following previews that began Feb. 28.” PLAYBILL

Director Wes Anderson discusses working with kids on “Moonrise Kingdom“: “I’ve worked with kids on different films in the past, and they’re really fun. They tend to be really enthusiastic. It takes a long time to find them, though. I usually set aside a lot of time in advance of a movie with important roles for kids to search, but when you have great ones, they can be a real ace in the hole. All of the actors in the scout troop, they’re our friends now, and I had a great time working with them. There is a little kid in the movie named Jake Ryan, and I cast him in a commercial I did after the movie. Then we just did a little thing coming out this week, a little short with #Ben Schwartzman# playing his character in the movie and Jake Ryan playing his sidekick, who is always funny.” VANITY FAIR

Brave” joins the trend of liberated women at the movies in 2012: “‘Some Day My Prince Will Come.’ It is the ongoing mantra of female characters, even up to the modern HBO drama, ‘Girls,’ which finally decided enough was enough and in the season’s closer Princess Hannah was finally released, choosing to not choose the man who chose her – after all, what kind of life could she possibly have without him in it? Turns out, Hannah has other things on her mind. Such was the case with three features  this year, ‘The Hunger Games,’ ‘Snow White’ and now, Pixar’s ‘Brave.’ Each has flipped the traditional female roles to give women more to do than mope around about when their prince is showing up.” AWARDS DAILY

Once” tops $1 million in ticket sales on Broadway for the first time: “Two weeks after the Tony Awards ceremony, big winners ‘Newsies‘ and ‘Once’ continued to attract sellout audiences. ‘Once’ broke the million-dollar mark for the first time with $1,008,136 in receipts, just missing the frontrunners’ list. ‘Wicked’ continued to reign supreme with a whopping $2,038,405 in ticket sales for the week, while ‘The Book of Mormon‘ led the pack with 102.63% capacity. (Also playing at capacity: newcomer ‘Harvey,’ starring Jim Parsons.) Meanwhile, Broadway said goodbye to ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ and ‘Godspell,’ which experienced bumps in capacity and sales during their final week of performances.” BROADWAY.COM

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