News Nuggets: Daytime Emmys hope to expand beyond daytime dramas

Daytime Emmys hope to expand beyond soaps at Saturday’s telecast: “Just as daytime television is no longer primarily defined by its soap operas, the Daytime Emmys are also expanding this year to cover the whole morning and afternoon menu. The 39th annual Daytime Emmys, to air live Saturday at 8 p.m. on HLN, will honor not just the soaps and their stars, but news shows, talk shows, food shows, lifestyle shows, children’s shows and legal shows. ‘This is a coming-out party to embrace the whole spectrum of daytime programming,’ says Gabriel Gornell, executive producer. Numerically, dramas still dominate the awards. ‘General Hospital‘ has 23 nominations, the most of any show, and two canceled soaps, ‘All My Children‘ and ‘One Life to Live,’ have 11 apiece. But ABC’s 56 total nominations are only five more than PBS, which is the home of no soaps.” NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes planning to helm Willy Wonka stage musical: “Oscar-winning film-maker Sam Mendes is returning to the West End with a musical version of ‘Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.’ The production, which will open at the London Palladium next June, includes new songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who wrote the musical ‘Hairspray’ … Mendes, who is currently working on the new James Bond film, made his name in theatre working at the Donmar Warehouse in Covent Garden. His first film, ‘American Beauty,’ won five Oscars including Best Director and Best Picture. Mendes was married to Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet for almost seven years before the couple separated in 2010.” BELFAST TELEGRAPH

Will “Anna Karenina” trump “Les Miserables” at the Oscars? “It seems like only yesterday that were treated to the sumptuous, heart-rending trailer for the forthcoming ‘Les Miserables’ adaptation. But you know what they say about sumptuous, heart-rending trailers for cinematic adaptations of classic novels – once you pop, you just can’t stop. Because now there’s a trailer for an adaptation of ‘Anna Karenina,’ too. Like ‘Les Miserables,’ it’s an epic rumination of love and loss. Like ‘Les Miserables,’ it stars some of the world’s finest acting talent. Unlike ‘Les Miserables,’ you can watch it safe in the knowledge that Russell Crowe isn’t going to pop up and honk tunes at you. One of the films is likely to do very well at next year’s Oscars, but which?” THE GUARDIAN

Motion Picture Academy names a new communications director: “Jasmine Madatian has been named to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ newly created position of managing director, communications, giving her oversight of the Academy’s publicity and corporate communications campaigns, including the Oscars and year-round initiatives. ‘I look forward to sharing its dynamic year-round story – from the Oscars to its public programs to its incredible educational and preservation efforts,’ Madatian said in a statement. AMPAS chief marketing officer Christina Kounelias, to whom Madatian will report, announced the hire effective July 30.” CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Geoffrey Rush will appear in Australian revival of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”: “Directed by Simon Phillips (‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’), the limited engagement will run for 12 weeks with performances beginning October 20 at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre. Opening night is set for October 27. No further casting has been announced. Featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ follows scheming slave Pseudolus (Rush), as he attempts to win his freedom from the henpecked Senex and his overbearing wife Domina.” BROADWAY.COM

Anticipating Leonardo DiCaprio in “Django Unchained“: “As if a [Quentin Tarantino] film isn’t an event worth looking forward to in itself, the filmmaker revealed each casting card slowly. Jamie Foxx was cast as the slave, and lead character, Django, and Christoph Waltz as the German bounty hunter who joins Django on his mission to save his wife from the hands of a rich, white plantation owner, Calvin Candie. Taranrinto favourite Samuel L Jackson was cast in a supporting role. Tarantino’s trump card — DiCaprio as Candie … The real takeaway from the promo, really, is what DiCaprio might have in store for us. The actor looks positively wicked, the gleam in his eyes evil yet playful. His Candie seems like a bad guy who doesn’t compromise on style.” DAILY NEWS & ANALYSIS

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