News Nuggets: TV animation showrunners protest ‘Community’s’ Emmy entry

Animation showrunners criticize “Community” for entering the animation categories: “A protest letter written by ‘The Simpsons‘ showrunner Al Jean and signed by 52 of the business’s top animated program showrunners and producers was sent to Academy of Television Arts and Sciences chair Bruce Rosenblum on Monday outlining what they see as a double standard involving the NBC comedy ‘Community,’ a live-action comedy series that also has become eligible for animated program and shortform animated program Emmy consideration … Animated series, such as ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Family Guy,’ are by contrast only eligible to submit for consideration in the comedy series category or in the animation category, the latter given out at the lesser-promoted, more tech-y Creative Arts Awards.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Ruben Nepales elected chairman of the Hollywood Foreign Press: “Inquirer columnist Ruben Viado Nepales was elected on June 8, Chairman of the Board for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the Golden Globes that reaches 250 million readers across the globe. Elected Board members include Helen Hoehne, Yoram Kahana, Yukiko Nakajima, Lorenzo Soria and Dierk Sinderman (Alternate). During the election, General Members first elected the officers and board members, who in turn elected Ruben V. Nepales as their new chair. ‘I never expected that by night’s end, I would also [be] elected chairman of the board.  I am humbled by the honor,’ said Nepales.” INQUIRER

Once” Tony nominee Cristin Milioti is the latest added to the cast of “The Wolf of Wall Street“: “Variety reports that Milioti, Tony nominated for her role as ‘Girl’ in the Broadway adaptation of ‘Once,’ will play Belfort’s Italian American first wife, a hairdresser who is a devout spouse and heartbroken when she learns of his extra-martial shenanigans. Milioti has done a lot of stage work but you can catch her in comedian Mike Birbiglia‘s ‘Sleepwalk With Me’ come August. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is scheduled to start production in late summer in New York City which would allow the young actress to continue her run in ‘Once’ on Broadway.” CINEMA BLEND

Lena Dunham responds to James Franco‘s criticisms of “Girls“: “And now, a lesson in good-natured putdowns from Lena Dunham, whose acclaimed HBO series ‘Girls’ drew to a first-season close last night. Several weeks after James Franco offered ‘A Dude’s Take on “Girls,”‘ a critical analysis of the breakout series in which the actor suggests that her artist character, Hannah, ‘get a f*cking job’ already, Dunham and her show-running partner, Jenni Konner, have responded to Franco’s unsolicited opinion on their comedy. During a discussion with Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall, the duo dissects Franco’s observation that the male characters on the comedy ‘are the biggest bunch of losers I’ve ever seen.'” VANITY FAIR

Glenn Beck plans a conservative alternative to “Glee“: “Beck implied that his untitled anti-‘Glee’ will feature characters that aren’t ‘sleeping with everybody else’ and who have values other than self-gratification. To prove that he is seriously considering appealing to America’s youth in musical-TV-series form, Beck has revealed that he is even working with a rapper on his project. When not pressed for a name, he explained, ‘I can’t say who yet—but my audience and his audience will say, “What?”‘ In celebration of this coldly awaited conservative spin-off of a series that many viewers, including those at VF.com, have already given up on, we’ve quickly brainstormed a few bizarro ‘Glee’ personalities that we’d most like to see on Beck’s reboot.” VANITY FAIR

Four new clips released from “Won’t Back Down“: “The film was initially scheduled to be released on March 30th, 2012, but the studio distributing it (Fox) pushed that date all the way back to September 28th. They likely feel they might have an awards-contender on their hands. The drama, produced by Walden Media & 20th Century Fox, is centered on two frustrated mothers (played by [Viola Davis] and Maggie Gyllenhaal) who team up to transform an inner-city public school. Specifically, Viola plays a teacher who risks plenty to join the cause; while Gyllenhaal plays a single mother who sells cars, tends bar and rouses parents to take charge of their grade school.” INDIEWIRE

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