News Nuggets: Would ABC object to Jimmy Fallon hosting Oscars?

Jimmy Fallon could host the 2013 Oscars, but ABC may protest: “There is both a Facebook page and a Twitter page dedicated to promoting the idea of NBC late-night star Jimmy Fallon as an Oscar host. But its hard to imagine ABC letting this happen without a fight. That’s because ABC has its own late night host in Jimmy Kimmel, who competes with Fallon. Kimmel is hosting the Emmy Awards on ABC this year and thus wouldn’t be able to do the Oscars anyway, but that doesn’t mean the network wants his chief rival to get the gig … Although ABC’s deal with the Academy does not include veto power over the host, its concerns would be listened to closely.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Project Runway” contestants vied for a trip to the Emmys: “This week, the clients and models are 7 female contestants from past seasons. The 14 designers must create Emmy looks for them. (Later, the designers learn that the winner will accompany their ‘client’ to the awards show. Squeal!) As a twist, the partnered contestants are each assigned a different color Lexus– this color should be incorporated into their look. This is very limiting, in retrospect. Contestants stick to their boring colors across the board.” WALL STREET JOURNAL

Questioning M.I.A.‘s Video of the Year nomination at the MTV VMAs: “Mostly, the Video of the Year nominees for the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards make sense: Gotye, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Drake. All good clips, all big hits, all that jazz. But then you look at the fifth nominee, and… oops. Where did M.I.A.’s ‘Bad Girls’ come from? Released in January as the lead single from M.I.A.’s upcoming fourth album, the song was a massive flop, failing to reach the Hot 100. And remember that in February, M.I.A. was getting all that attention for flipping off the Super Bowl. Even with all that scrutiny, her new single couldn’t make an impact. That’s not to say the song is bad—it’s a decent slice of hip-hop swagger that mixes menacing beats with Bollywood sounds—but its failure suggests that M.I.A.’s paper plane has crashed and burned.” NEW NOW NEXT

Casting us underway for film adaptation of Tony-winning “Jersey Boys”: “The ‘Jersey Boys’ film, adapted by John Logan, is moving forward full speed ahead. Movie Hole today revealed the casting notice, which confirms that ‘Iron Man’ director Jon Favreau will helm the adaptation. The notice seeks actors to fill the lead roles of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. ‘Jersey Boys’ is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.” BROADWAY WORLD

The Emmy bell tolls for “Breaking Bad‘s” Mark Margolis: “Mark Margolis started out his career on the stage performing hundreds of plays and has since contributed to over 40 television series and 70 plus features including ‘Scarface,’ ‘The Cotton Club,’ ‘Gone Baby Gone,’ and every one of Darren Aronofsky‘s films. On ‘Breaking Bad,’ Margolis played Hector ‘Tio’ Salamanca, the former right-hand-man of the Juarez Cartel, who after suffering a stroke, was unable to speak or walk; left only to communicate with a brass service bell fixed to his wheelchair amd his face. That didn’t stop him from being one of the most memorable characters on the best show in television and at 72, Margolis earned his first Emmy nomination for Guest Actor in a Drama Series.” BUZZ FOCUS

“Bring it On” musical opens on Broadway and reviews pour in. Says Charles Isherwood of the New York Times, “While it has its moments of memorable wit and some appealing rhythmic Broadway-pop songs, ‘Bring It On’ is by no means in the same league as those musicals [‘Next to Normal,’ ‘In the Heights,’ ‘Avenue Q’], and has the feel of a daffy lark embarked upon as a summer-vacation goof … It’s when the cast members drop the bonding and the mean-girl bitching to take part in Mr. Blankenbuehler’s exciting cheerleading routines, arranging themselves into dazzling human starbursts, that ‘Bring It On’ really brings something fresh to the ever-expanding roster of shows aimed at the teenage demographic.” BROADWAY WORLD

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