News Nuggets: Any hope for Emmy underdogs ‘Walking Dead’ or Danny Pudi?

Newly crowned Tony-winner James Corden to take on the role of British opera singer: “Tony Award winner James Corden is heading to the big screen to portray unlikely British opera singer Paul Potts in an upcoming biopic. The British actor is in demand following his win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for ‘One Man, Two Guvnors‘ at the Tony Awards on Sunday (10Jun12), and has been confirmed as the lead in the movie about Potts’ rise to fame. The phone salesman-turned-classical singer became an overnight sensation after he appeared on Simon Cowell‘s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ in 2007. Talking about hiring Corden, who will work on the screenplay alongside director David Frankel, film mogul Harvey Weinstein tells the Daily Mail, ‘James is a brilliant actor and a wonderful comedian and we’re excited to be working with him – and David – on this inspiring true story. Hot off James’ Tony win, we can’t wait to get started.’ Katy Perry is in talks to play Potts’ wife.” FEMALE FIRST

Is the LA Times obsessed with the Tony Awards? “You know that moment in ‘Tonight’ from ‘West Side Story’ when the love-besotted Maria can’t stop singing Tony’s name as much as he can’t stop singing hers? Every year about this time, the LA Times sings its own arias about Tony – but it’s the awards, not the character, that fascinate the Times so intensely. Appearing in [June 11’s] print edition of the Times Calendar section, in the wake of [June 10’s] Tony ceremony, were five Tony-centric articles, two related sidebars and 12 photos, with a thirteenth photo on the front page of the entire newspaper. Online at the Times Culture Monster site — a slide show with 55 photos from the Tony ceremony. Of course other Tony articles preceded the day of the big event itself – all on behalf of covering the awards ceremony for one segment of the theater community in a city that’s roughly 2,500 miles from LA.” LA STAGE TIMES

The Walking Dead” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd laments her show’s Emmy chances: “Who doesn’t want to win an Emmy, raise your hands? OK, so maybe it’s true that some of you already have received so many statuettes that you’ve run out of places to stow them. I understand. Having the admiration and respect of your peers year after year might just get boring after a while. If you happen to have one that is gathering dust in a closet, I’ll take it on loan, since the odds of my actually winning one are probably between remote and zero … That’s the great thing about awards: You get to keep them on your mantel and not just read about your ratings success in The Hollywood Reporter. Not only that, but an award victory isn’t necessarily expected to be repeated next season.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

There’s no shame in men watching soap operas: “I watch soap operas. Does that mean I have to turn in my ‘man card’? … Let’s look at some of the myths as to why men watch soaps. ‘There must be something wrong with your masculinity.’ First off, Plenty of men watch soaps. Last year, former NBA superstar Charles Barkley appeared on ‘Conan‘ and talked about how upset he was that ‘All My Children‘ was canceled, even mentioning he watched the TV show religiously. So, that can’t be a reason. Then, another myth is  ‘Oh, you must watch soaps just to look at beautiful women.’ That’s partly true. I don’t mind looking at beautiful women, but that’s not the main reason I look at them.” HLN

In support of Danny Pudi, audience favorite but Emmy longshot on “Community“: “Pudi doesn’t have to go grandiose to sell emotion. In fact, when he decides to ‘go normal’ for Shirley’s (Yvette Nicole Brown) wedding, attempting to assimilate by talking at length about hors d’oeuvres to a relative stranger, it’s hysterical. When he commits (and then some) to his ‘Law & Order’-inspired detective role during a mission to find out who sabotaged his science project, you’ll be overcome with laughter. But not even these gems top Pudi’s delivery of the over-the-top hokey shtick as a bawdy plumber pulling a ruse on Greendale Community College security in the penultimate episode. The man can do it all.” HOLLYWOOD.COM

Tony-winner Brian F. O’Byrne joins Jake Gyllenhaal in Off-Broadway production: “Michelle Gomez and Tony Award winner Brían F. O’Byrne, the film, TV and stage actor, will join the previously announced Jake Gyllenhaal in the American premiere of Nick Payne‘s ‘If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet’ later this summer at Off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre … The play first surfaced at the Bush Theatre in England in 2009. Here’s how the new work is billed by the nonprofit Roundabout: ‘Provocative, insightful and laced with fresh humor, “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet” is an entertaining look at a regular family stuck somewhere between knowing what the problem is… and doing something about it.'” PLAYBILL

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