News Nuggets: Tom Hanks may make his Broadway debut, play Walt Disney on film

Will Tom Hanks make his Broadway debut in a Nora Ephron play? “The piece, ‘Stories About McAlary,’ centers on the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning [New York] Post columnist Mike McAlary. The project reportedly began as a film that would star Hanks, though he has yet to commit to the project since Ephron opted to make it a play instead. Hugh Jackman previously played McAlary in a reading staged by Mike Nichols.” BROADWAY.COM

Tom Hanks might also play Walt Disney in upcoming film: “The script by Kelly Marcel details how Walt Disney spent 14 years courting P.L. Travers, the Australian author of ‘Mary Poppins,’ in order to make adapt her books about the magical nanny. Travers resisted for so long because she feared Disney would make an animated adaptation. The studio finally made a live-action movie in 1964, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, but stuck in animated sequences, which turned the author off from working with Disney again.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Should late costume designer Eiko Ishioka receive a posthumous Oscar bid for “Mirror Mirror”? “I realize that this is my third post in the space of a week to mention the staggering wardrobe created by the late Eiko Ishioka for ‘Mirror Mirror.’ But since a posthumous Best Costume Design Oscar for the Japanese visionary — a word diluted by overuse that fully applies here — who passed away in January after battling pancreatic cancer, is going to remain near the top of my wishlist for the next awards season, you may as well get used to it.” IN CONTENTION

The Hunger Games” earns accolades for Josh Hutcherson. Are the MTV Movie Awards next? “The man who plays Peeta Mellark just picked up a NewNowNext award from Logo TV in the category of Next Mega Star. (The awards, held Thursday, were broadcast Monday night.) … While his costars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth are empty-handed at the moment, talk at NewNowNext turned to the coveted best kiss trophy handed out annually at the MTV Movie Awards. Hutcherson and Lawrence could go head-to-head with reigning couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Ricky Gervais thinks he and his “idiot friends” should present the Oscars: “His own show aside, Gervais dodged when asked whether he’ll host the Golden Globes next year for a fourth time. Some of the fun has gone out of it, he noted, because now the audience gets the jokes. But Gervais said he’d ‘love to’ do some kind of streaming commentary for the Oscars (which he hasn’t been invited to host — yet). ‘You watch the Oscars on your TV with the sound down, and you have me and a few of my idiot friends … saying what you can’t say on television. … That’s better than singing and dancing, isn’t it?'” TODAY

Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons will announce the Tony nominations on May 1. From the press release: “The Tony Awards Nominations Announcement will be co-hosted by Tony nominated actress Kristin Chenoweth and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Jim Parsons.    Ted Chapin, Chairman of the American Theatre Wing; Heather Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing; Nick Scandalios, Chairman of The Broadway League; Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League; will also be on-hand … The Tony Nominations can be viewed LIVE (8:30am ET) in their entirety at www.TonyAwards.com and on NY1, where available.”

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