News Nuggets: ‘Leap of Faith’ will perform at the Tonys despite closing

The Hollywood Reporter holds a roundtable with six top drama actresses: “Ask a drama series actress to name the toughest part of her job, and inevitably the conversation turns to motherhood and the pressure of ‘doing it all.’ But this year’s contenders are candid about much more: nudity, terrible auditions and “inhuman” hours were mentioned by the six women in our Emmy-season kickoff roundtable panel: Claire Danes, 33 (Showtime’s ‘Homeland‘), Mireille Enos, 36 (AMC’s ‘The Killing‘), January Jones, 34 (AMC’s ‘Mad Men‘), Julianna Margulies, 45 (CBS’ ‘The Good Wife‘), Emmy Rossum, 25 (Showtime’s ‘Shameless‘), and Kyra Sedgwick, 46 (TNT’s ‘The Closer‘).” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Cannes winner “Amour” gets an awards season release date: “Sony Pictures Classics said Tuesday that it will release the critically heralded drama on  December 19 in New York and Los Angeles. The film is widely expected to be a top contender for the Oscar for best foreign film. At Cannes, it beat out other acclaimed films like Jacques Audiard‘s ‘Rust and Bone‘ and Matteo Garrone‘s ‘Reality.’ Writing in TheWrap after seeing the film at Cannes, critic Sasha Stone raved, ‘Written and directed by Haneke, this French film is probably headed straight for Oscar’s foreign language race, where it will likely win. That is, unless some silly procedural error derails its chances. It will be, along with a few other films here in Cannes, one of the best films of the year.'” THE WRAP

Family Guy” Emmy mailers rankle TV producers: “The show producers—who are known to get a bit sassy with their Emmy mailers—might have gone overboard this year, sending voters a card featuring Peter Griffin saying, ‘Come on, you bloated, overprivileged Brentwood Jews. Let us into your little club’ … ‘Wow,’ a Brentwood TV producer told The Hollywood Reporter, ‘if “Family Guy” was that funny on a regular basis, it might get nominated.’ Another producer said, ‘It’s so heavy-handed. It’s light on funny.’ ‘While I think Family Guy is a genuinely funny show,’ a different television exec exclaimed, ‘we all—including this “Brentwood Jew”—need to think twice about this kind of humor. Stereotyping any particular ethnic group is just not cool and can lead others (with the wrong intentions) to feel a certain license to take shots. Surely Seth [MacFarlane] has better stuff than this.'” E!

MTV Movie Awards increase social media efforts: “Continuing its effort to engage viewers with social media, MTV is taking votes for an annual movie award via Twitter for the first time. The voting, which opens today and continues into the live show this Sunday, is part of MTV’s plan to emphasize social media before and after the telecast as much as, or maybe even more than, during the show itself. MTV dubbed its digital strategy ‘storytelling without borders’ at its most recent upfront pitch. ‘We are thinking beyond the linear broadcast,’ said Colin Helms, senior VP of MTV digital.” AD AGE

Besides “Amour,” what Cannes films could be Oscar contenders? “Immediately following the debut of her film ‘Rust and Bone‘, Marion Cotillard was pegged for a Best Actress nomination. The buzz didn’t permeate to the winners, with Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan both taking home the award for their portrayal of two female friends in ‘Beyond the Hills’ (the win was a tie) … this year’s [Best Actor] winner Mads Mikkelsen (for ‘The Hunt‘) has a handful of blockbuster credits to his name, including ‘Casino Royale,’ ‘Clash of the Titans’ and the upcoming ‘Thor 2.’ If his performance is truly up to snuff with the 2012 competitors, the Cannes win his a huge boost.” HOLLYWOOD.COM

Leap of Faith” will perform at the Tonys despite closing: “But even as the biggest flop of the season, ‘Leap of Faith’ had an unusual asterisk – its single Tony Award nomination, a major one, for best musical. And so the producers had a decision to make: Whether to leave ‘Leap of Faith’ dead and buried, or capitalize on the nomination and pay to stage a musical number on the Tony Awards telecast on CBS on June 10? The producers opted to go for it, and have raised roughly $150,000 to secure a spot for the number at the Tonys ceremony, according to two Broadway industry executives familiar with the plans; they divulged the information on condition of anonymity to preserve their relationships with the “Leap” producers, who declined to comment.” NEW YORK TIMES

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