News Nuggets: Will ‘The Company You Keep’ be Robert Redford’s comeback?

Will Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln” break the Steven Spielberg acting curse at the Oscars? “… no actor or actress has ever won an Oscar for a performance in a Spielberg film. There have been plenty of nominations: Melinda Dillon for ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’; Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery and Oprah Winfrey for ‘The Color Purple’; Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes for ‘Schindler’s List’; Anthony Hopkins for ‘Amistad’; Tom Hanks for ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and Christopher Walken for ‘Catch Me If You Can.’ But none actually converted it for a win, and maybe it’s because there were more deserving winners, or maybe it’s because Academy voters have never quite shaken the view that Spielberg is a master technician first and foremost.” INDIEWIRE

Benedict Cumberbatch may join “August: Osage County” film: “British stage and screen actor Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to star as ‘Little’ Charles Aiken in the forthcoming film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘August: Osage County,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film stars previously announced Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, Tony nominee Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Dermot Mulroney and Juliette Lewis … Best known as Sherlock Holmes on TV’s ‘Sherlock,’ Cumberbatch’s London theater credits include ‘Frankenstein,’ ‘Hedda Gabler’ and ‘The Children’s Monologues.'” BROADWAY.COM

Will Robert Redford return to the Hollywood forefront? “The 21st century has so far seen the release of three movies directed by Robert Redford: ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance,’ ‘Lions for Lambs’ and ‘The Conspirator.’ So this morning’s news that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the Oscar-winning director’s latest, the political thriller ‘The Company You Keep,’ prompted a question for SPC Co-president Tom Bernard. Can Redford be relevant again? ‘This movie has the potential to re-establish him,’ Bernard says of the film, which focuses on a former Weather Underground militant (Redford) who goes on the run after he’s exposed by a young reporter (Shia LaBeouf).” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Focus Features turns its attention to Gus Van Sant‘s “Promised Land“: “The studio has three other movies -– the costume drama ‘Anna Karenina,’ the Franklin Delano Roosevelt love story ‘Hyde Park on Hudson‘ and Wes Anderson’s brilliant ‘Moonrise Kingdom.’ Making it a quartet with ‘The Promised Land’ speaks both to the studio’s belief in the quality and playability of Van Sant’s film and to the idea that the other three movies might not quite have the stuff to land a best picture nomination. ‘Promised Land’ mirrors another Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-friendly Van Sant movie, ‘Good Will Hunting,’ in that its screenplay originated with two of its lead actors. Here, it’s Matt Damon and John Krasinski, working from a Dave Eggers story.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Sarah McLachlan will write music for Broadway-bound “King Kong”: “Grammy winner Sarah McLachlan will compose a song for the upcoming musical adaptation of ‘King Kong,’ according to the singer’s Facebook page. Featuring music by Marius de Vries, lyrics by Michael Mitnick and a book by Craig Lucas, the musical will bow in June 2013 at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Directed by Daniel Kramer, the production is aiming for a Broadway run later that year.” BROADWAY.COM

Will musical producers succeed at the upcoming Oscars: “Producers with strong musical backgrounds have tackled the Oscars before, and for everyone who’s won raves on the demanding Oscar stage, there’s another who’s fallen flat. Of course, we don’t know what Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have in mind for the 85th Academy Awards, which they were chosen to produce this week. Zadan told TheWrap that it would be ‘the obvious thing’ to assume that their Oscars will be long on music, but that it wouldn’t necessarily be accurate.” REUTERS

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