News Nuggets: Broadway’s Tony-winning ‘War Horse’ set to close in January

Joss Whedon prepares to unveil “Much Ado About Nothing” in Toronto: “… the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ ‘Angel’ and ‘Firefly’ creator still feels relatively nervous, modest, yenta-ish and excited when it comes to film festivals. His equally modest, black-and-white Shakespeare adaptation ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ premieres Saturday at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The festival runs from Thursday through Sept. 16. ‘I’ve been to two festivals in my life, and I’ve never been to Toronto. I haven’t really been making festival movies. This is new territory for me,’ Whedon told EW.com. ‘I’m kind of festive. Toronto has an amazing rep. The entire cast is coming. That’s so exciting for me, since they’re all my buddies. I would like to find a distributor and would really like to see other people’s movies.'” EW.COM

Presenters announced for the Creative Arts Emmys. From the press release: “Today the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences along with producer Spike Jones, Jr. announced the first presenters for the 2012 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards. Similar to years past, the awards will be presented by pairings of showrunners with talent from the shows they produce. Presenters announced today include Lisa Kudrow & Dan Bucatinsky (‘Web Therapy’), Chris O’Donnell & Shane Brennan (‘NCIS: Los Angeles‘), Christina Hendricks & Matthew Weiner (‘Mad Men‘), Jennifer Morrison, Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis (‘Once Upon a Time‘), Martha Plimpton & Greg Garcia (‘Raising Hope‘), Silas Weir Mitchell & Jim Kouf (‘Grimm‘), Morena Baccarin & Howard Gordon (‘Homeland‘), Frances Conroy & Ryan Murphy (‘American Horror Story‘) and Padma Lakshmi, Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz (‘Top Chef‘).”

Joe Berlinger discusses the personal significance of his “Paradise Lost” documentaries: “‘One of the greatest experiences of my life was walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards this year–even though we didn’t win the Oscar,’ related Berlinger. ‘I was walking with Jason Baldwin who seven months earlier was serving a life sentence without parole. Bruce [Sinofsky] and I felt we had to continue making these films in order to continue to shine a light on this story and help these men who had been wrongfully convicted. It’s been a two-decade journey. I started out as a young guy and now I’m over 50. My first child was born during the making of the first film [in the trilogy]. Now that kid is in college. My second child was born during the making of the second film. It’s been a long road given the drawn out appeals process. And to end up on the red carpet with Jason after all that meant everything.'” SHOOT ONLINE

Tony-winning “War Horse” closes on Broadway in January: “Producers of the Tony Award-winning drama have set a Jan. 6 closing date for the play at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. By the time it closes, the play will have run for close to 21 months. An import from Britain’s National Theatre, ‘War Horse’ has been an international success. The show, based on the book by Michael Morpurgo, is running on London’s West End and has spawned a U.S. national tour, which recently came to the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. The tour is scheduled to come to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa in January.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Betty White may be the Emmy frontrunner, but should she be? “Because she’s Betty White, she automatically becomes the favorite in the outstanding reality host category, and with perpetual winner Jeff Probst not nominated this year, her front-runner status becomes even more stark. But if you look at who she’s in the category with, you’ll realize that what she does as the host of ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers‘ is completely different than what her fellow nominees do. And to judge them against each other just isn’t fair to anyone.” ZAP2IT

Will Oscar’s Best Picture roll out in December? “Expect Quentin Tarantino‘s slave western ‘Django Unchained‘ to attract plenty of awards buzz for central performances by Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kerry Washington, but will it make like Tarantino’s ‘Inglourious Basterds’ and score a Best Picture nod? A surer bet is ‘Les Miserables,’ since director Tom Hooper won the category in his last go-round with ‘The King’s Speech,’ and the movie musical has a powerhouse cast topped by Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway.” VULTURE

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