News Nuggets: Jean Dujardin in talks to join Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin in talks to join Martin Scorsese‘s “The Wolf of Wall Street“: “The French actor would play Jean-Jacques Handali, described by the trade paper as a ‘suave Swiss banker.’ (As if Dujardin could be anything but suave.) He would join a cast that already includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Kyle Chandler. Based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort, ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ follows a stock broker who finds fortune and excess in the free-spirited ’90s, only to be brought down by embezzlement charges. DiCaprio will play Belfort, while Hill co-stars as his friend and colleague. The film marks the fifth collaboration between DiCaprio and Scorsese, following ‘Gangs of New York,’ ‘The Aviator,’ ‘The Departed’ and ‘Shutter Island.'” HUFFINGTON POST

The Grammys want the Emmys to notice them: “The Grammy Awards, which typically get no respect the Television Academy, have launched an Emmy campaign in an attempt to get Emmy voters to recognize an historic year for what Grammy staffers say is the biggest, most difficult awards show of all. The tricky part is that one of the things that made the 2012 Grammys stand out is that they took place a little more than 24 hours after the death of Whitney Houston – and by drawing attention to the way in which the show responded to that event, Grammy organizers run the risk of appearing to use the tragedy as a campaign tactic.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Ryan Seacrest among possible bidders for Dick Clark Productions: “Ryan Seacrest and Santa Monica-based investment firm Colony Capital are among several bidders interested in Dick Clark Prods., sources close to the situation tell Deadline. If the American Idol host proceeds with his pursuit of the former company of his mentor Clark, he would likely work with private equity firms Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital which have already committed to pursuing business with Seacrest, according to the WSJ. This week DCP reported it had retained the Raine investment bank to facilitate a possible sale.” DEADLINE

Modern Family” co-creator Steven Levitan talks Emmy submissions and the season finale surprise: “We liked the idea of setting up the audience for one thing and then having it go a different way with some sort of surprise. We also have really begun to love Aubry Anderson-Emmons as Lily, and what she can bring. We all fell in love with her around here. She is utterly charming. We have a lot to play with her, so it dawned on us that Cam and Mitchell already went through having a baby, so maybe it would feel repetitive. Maybe it would be nice to give it to someone else. Whose lives would it screw up the most? With Jay and Gloria, we really like what it will do to that household.” EW.COM

Showtime offers free preview weekend targeting Emmy voters: “Today, Showtime kicks-off its ‘Best in SHO’ Emmy Free Weekend promotion, granting unprecedented access to members of the Television Academy with an awards-themed free preview weekend featuring marathon runs of the network’s award-winning original programming. The first ever awards-themed free preview offered by a premium network, this initiative – starting today, through this Sunday, June 17 – is an integral part of the Showtime 2012 For Your Consideration Emmy Awards campaign. In collaboration with Time Warner Cable and DirecTV, the leading distributors in the country’s top two markets, Showtime and its multiplex channels will be offered as a free preview and accessible to over 20 million homes, including Academy members and consumers in New York and Los Angeles through Time Warner Cable, and nationwide via DirecTV.” TV BY THE NUMBERS

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