News Nuggets: ‘Seminar,’ ‘Magic/Bird’ to shutter after Tony snubs

Tony Award snubs claim their first victims: “Teresa Rebeck‘s comedy ‘Seminar,’ which received no nominations, quickly announced that it would shutter this Sunday. Jeff Goldblum recently stepped into the play to take over for Alan Rickman. Next up to the guillotine is the basketball drama ‘Magic/Bird,’ which also got no recognition from Tony nominators. The show ends on May 12. ‘Though it ran a limited time, it attracted many new audiences to the theater as well as provided a vehicle for many young people to attend their first show,’ its producers said in a statement.” AM NEW YORK

BAFTA honors Rolf Harris with an Academy Fellowship: “Rolf Harris’ broadcast career may have started alongside a puppet called Fuzz, but the Australian presenter, musician and artist has been a regular fixture on TV screens since he signed with the BBC in 1953. Six decades later, 82-year-old Harris is being honoured with Bafta’s highest award, a fellowship, to be received at the TV Awards on Sunday 27 May at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Generations of Britons have grown up watching Harris’ work, which includes ‘Rolf’s Cartoon Club,’ ‘Rolf on Art,’ and ‘Animal Hospital.'” TELEGRAPH

Chris Rock is one of the irreverant presenters at the Comedy Awards: “Opening the second-annual Comedy Awards, recorded last Saturday and being shown on Sunday night on Comedy Central, he was more blunt. Of the eligible comics for best comedy special, he said, three are funny, one used to be and another never was. Then he assured the audience he was not joking. Then he took it back. Whether you believed him didn’t really matter, since Mr. Rock accomplished something remarkable: He made everyone listen closely to the roll call of nominees. They were Louis C.K., Norm MacDonald, Patton Oswalt, Colin Quinn and someone who I suspect didn’t like the joke, Daniel Tosh.” NEW YORK TIMES

A Separation” receives yet another honor, this time in Italy: “Internationally-acclaimed Iranian drama was awarded for the Best Foreign Language film at the 2012 David di Donatello Awards, which is considered the Italian equivalent to the Academy Award. [Asghar Farhadi’s] prize-magnet drama went up against the renowned cinematic creations such as Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo,’ Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life,’ George Clooney’s ‘Ides of March‘ as the other nominees in this section.” PRESS TV

Emmy-nominee and BAFTA-winner Steven Moffat discusses his updated “Sherlock“: “‘There are very, very few people who can play Sherlock Holmes, and there have been so many and so few good ones,’ Moffat tells Fresh Air’s TV critic David Bianculli … Moffat and his wife, a producer on the series, were on the hunt for their Sherlock when they first noticed [Benedict Cumberbatch] playing a supporting role in the 2007 film ‘Atonement.’ ‘He was a brilliant actor, he had the look, [and we thought] “Let’s send the script to him,”‘ he says. ‘And we did. He came in and read for it. And after he read for it, we just thought, “There’s really no point in looking anywhere else. There really isn’t.”‘” NPR

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