News Nuggets: Will any of this year’s Cannes entries be Oscar contenders?

“The Standbys,” “Carol Channing: Larger Than Life,” and “Oklahoma!” will be part of the 2nd Annual Tony Awards Film Series, which will take place May 12-13. From the press release: “The Tony Awards Film Series will screen Broadway inspired films and will feature exclusive interactive opportunities for audiences, including panel discussions with Tony Award winners, a Carol Channing look-a-like contest and sing-a-longs. The Tony Awards Film Series is free to the public, with a suggested donation to The Paley Center for Media. Tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis, as seating is limited. Please limit two (2) tickets per person. To RSVP, please send your ticket request and film preference to FilmSeries@TonyAwards.com.”

Will Cannes produce any Oscar contenders? “… no one really knows if Cannes had anything to do with last year’s eventual Best Pic nominees and its winner.  Nonetheless, it’s worth thinking about what might spring up this year.  Of the Cannes fest entries, only a few pop out as films that have the stuff (notable director, usually) to go the distance.  That would be Andrew Dominik’s ‘Killing Them Softly,’ David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis,’ Lee Daniels’ ‘The Paperboy,’ and John Hillcoat’s ‘Lawless.’  Of course, you’d say, none of these are on the level that ‘Tree of Life’ or ‘Midnight in Paris‘ were – but ‘The Artist,’ well, that thing came out of nowhere.” AWARDS DAILY

Linda Lavin coes to Broadway in “The Lyons“: “She’s had a Tony, Emmy nods, an Obie, Golden Globes, three husbands, experience, TV chops for that title role in her sitcom ‘Alice’ and she’s got commercials every few minutes announcing she opens tonight at the Cort in the comedy ‘The Lyons.’ Already the pros are checking her out. Neil Simon, Billy Crystal, Kyra Sedgwick have attended preview audiences. ‘The show was SRO at its off-B’way Vineyard Theatre tryout,’ she says.” NEW YORK POST

Melanie Fiona talks about winning Grammys with Cee Lo: “The Toronto-born R & B artist recently won her first two Grammys for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for her Cee Lo Green collaboration ‘Fool for You.’ ‘It was a dream come true for me,’ says Fiona, of winning the awards. (On the actual night, she was so excited she ran through the auditorium and up to the stage in towering platform heels and a floor-length gown to accept her first Grammy.) ‘It means that if I never do anything else, I can say I achieved a high level of accomplishment in the music industry.'” POST CITY

Russell Crowe joins Darren Aronofsky‘s upcoming “Noah”: “Said Aronofsky, ‘I’d like to thank Paramount and Regency for backing my team’s work to breathe new life into the biblical epic. I rejoice that Russell Crowe will be by my side on this adventure. It’s his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day.’ ‘Noah’ is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.” DEADLINE

Adele named Britain’s Favorite Gay Icon: “Following her nod for Pop Artist of the Year, the 23-year-old Rolling in the Deep hitmaker beat Kylie Minogue, Madonna, George Michael and Will Young to be crowned the winner of the GaydarRadio poll. London-born Adele won by a landslide after racking up 55 percent of the 4,000 votes. Her nearest rival, Lady Gaga, got just 19 per cent. Gaydar’s programme controller, Robin Crowley, told the Sun: ‘Adele has numerous Grammys and Brits but this is the accolade she’s been waiting for.'” INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

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