News Nuggets: Reigning champ Iran could boycott Oscar’s Foreign Film race

Pete Hammond recaps the Primetime Emmys: “[Emmy producer Don] Mischer told me the reason the Emmy show seemed rushed at the end last was because he had to have it over by no later than 8 PM PT because the West Coast replay began then — if it was a few minutes late people tuning in might think they missed something watching the end rather than the beginning. He said the biggest West Coast audience by far watches the show at the 8 PM rerun rather than live at 5. But Mischer, a true veteran of the live awards show wars, regretted having to cut off winners in their acceptance speeches. Among those who got the hook were the Drama Series Writing winners for ‘Homeland‘ and Miniseries/Movie Supporting Actor winner Tom Berenger.” DEADLINE

An Iranian official urges a boycott of Oscar’s Foreign Film category: “An Iranian official said Monday his country should boycott the 2013 Oscars and not field a candidate for the foreign film category in the wake of the anti-Islam video that was made in the United States and that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. Javad Shamaghdari, head of the government-controlled cinema agency, said Iran should ‘avoid’ the Hollywood festival. He is quoted by the semi-official Mehr news agency as urging the committee in charge of selecting Iran’s choice to take a step back. The committee, which works under the cinema agency, already picked ‘Ye Habbeh Ghand,’ or ‘A Cube of Sugar’ — a film about a family wedding turning into a funeral when the groom’s relative dies — to run for best foreign film. The government has still to endorse the selection for it to become official.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

Helen Mirren will reprise her Oscar-winning role as Queen Elizabeth II: “Revisiting her 2006-Oscar-winning role in ‘The Queen,’ Helen Mirren will play the British Isles’ reigning monarch in the upcoming Peter Morgan play, ‘The Audience.’ (Tip of the crown to Vulture for the lead.) ‘The Audience’ will imagine the private Buckingham Palace meetings that Queen Elizabeth II has had with a dozen prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to David Cameron, over a 60-year span. The official Web site for the play, which begins its limited season on February 15 at the Gielgud Theatre in London, notes that ‘these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age.'” VANITY FAIR

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” ended its Broadway run last night: “The 2012 Tony Award Winner for Best Revival of a Musical, ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ will conclude its limited engagement at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street) today, September 23, 2012. ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ began previews on Saturday, December 17, 2011, and officially opened on January 12, 2012. Upon closing, it will have played 322 performances. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you on a multimedia journey through the life of the longest-running production of Porgy and Bess to ever play on Broadway.” BROADWAY WORLD

Will viral sensation Psy become the first Korean Grammy-winner? “Psy is far exceeding his expectations of success in the US and raising the expectations of fans worldwide and in Korea. The most recent dream and hope that fans are talking about is #1 on the Billboard singles chart, which would make Psy the second Asian singer ever to achieve this feat, next to 1963 Japanese singer Sakamoto Kyu … The second big hope is that if Psy is able to get to the top of the Billboard charts, he could be chosen as a nominee for the New Artist category in the 55th Grammy Awards, to be held next February. The Grammys are the highest honor for any musician and it reflects on both the quality of the album as well as the kind of reception and popularity it was able to achieve.” KPOPSTARZ

Despite Emmy bids for “Girls” and “New Girl,” TV is still a tough industry for women, argues Lynn Elber: “At first glance, the television industry is in the grip of female empowerment so strong that men seem relegated to an afterthought … But appearances are deceiving, especially within the Hollywood fantasy factory: Making TV overwhelmingly remains men’s work even with the television business in its seventh decade. Women are consistently underrepresented in top TV creative positions and face being treated as dismissively as bit players whatever their achievements.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

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