News Nuggets: Zooey Deschanel will play Loretta Lynn on Broadway

TV cancellations probably won’t affect Emmy nominations: “Emmy contenders emerged largely unscathed even as more and more programs found the network chopping block this week, with Kathy Bates of ‘Harry’s Law‘ perhaps the most prominent casualty. Bates received a lead drama actress nomination last tear for ‘Harry’s’ — which also generated 2011’s winner for drama guest actor, Paul McCrane — but despite the show ranking as one of the Peacock’s most-watched programs, the demos of its viewers did not fit with NBC’s needs … ‘Awake,’ dropped today as expected by NBC, arguably deserves some Emmy writing nomination consideration for its pilot by Kyle Killen, but attention to the show might be too low to register at voting time. No broadcast drama received a writing nom a year ago.” THE VOTE

With “Newsies” now a hit on Broadway, should it return to the silver screen? “Now, after much acclaim from critics and general audiences, some people are asking (okay fine, I am asking) if Disney has plans to turn the stage show back into a movie using [Harvey Fierstein’s] revised version as a guide. You know, a ‘Hairspray’ situation, in which a movie inspires a show that then inspires another movie. Disney isn’t currently developing any such title, but if the Mouse House decides to revisit the cult classic, original director Kenny Ortega says he wants to be involved.” EW.COM

Loretta Lynn chooses Zooey Deschanel to play her in “Coal Miner’s Daughter” stage musical: “Lynn, 80, unveiled plans for a musical adaptation of ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ during a Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night. Wearing one of her signature long sleeve, floor length dresses, the singer blew through four songs before bringing Deschanel onstage to sing the title tune. The announcement mirrored the way Lynn invited actress Sissy Spacek on the Opry stage in 1979 to reveal that Spacek would play her in the upcoming film. Spacek later won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Lynn.” EW.COM

Brit, Germans win student Oscars: “A young British filmmaker and two Germans have won foreign picture student Academy Awards, Oscars organizers the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday. The order of gold, silver and bronze in the Foreign Film category will be announced when winners receive their prizes on June 9 at the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards show in Los Angeles. They are David Winstone (University of Westminster) for ‘For Elsie;’ Thomas Stube (Film Academy Baden-Wuerttemberg) for ‘Of Dogs and Horses,’ and Elmar Imanov (International Film School Cologne) for ‘The Swing of the Coffin Maker.'” EXPATICA

How will film version of “On the Road” handle Jack Kerouac‘s singular prose: “Walter Salles is an intelligent, conscientious filmmaker, but also rather a polite one … It’s the ballsiest task of Salles’s career, and we won’t know if and/or how he’s pulled it off until we see the film for ourselves.  Two outfits that obviously believe he’s pulled it off are IFC and Sundance Selects — who, in the biggest nugget of pre-Cannes acquisitions news to date, snapped up the US distribution rights to the film … Either they were savvy to get their offer in there early, before critical reactions could potentially interest bigger buyers, or the film’s  handlers suspected a cushier offer wouldn’t be forthcoming. Either way, it bodes well for an appropriately challenging and uncompromised adaptation of a daunting property.” IN CONTENTION

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