News Nuggets: The Academy plans to expand membership

Motion Picture Academy to expand its ranks: “The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is aiming to expand and diversify its ranks by relaxing a cap on membership that has restricted new admittances since 2004. The academy has about 5,800 voting members; in recent years, fewer than 200 people have been invited to join annually. The number of openings is essentially determined by how many members have retired, resigned or died. In the last decade, the overall ranks have not grown by more than 30 members a year.” Los Angeles Times

The Wall Street Journal’s Barbara Chai talks with NPR‘s Scott Simon about what to expect from the upcoming Tony nominations.

TV Guide‘s Michael Logan handicaps the race for Best Drama at the Daytime Emmys. He cheers “The Bold and the Beautiful” for its episode submissions, and thinks “The Young and the Restless” could still be nominated despite mediocre episodes and a “bloody dreadful” year.

Smashed” and “The Spectacular Now” director James Ponsoldt tapped for Hillary Clinton biopic: “Written by up-and-coming screenwriter Young Il Kim, ‘Rodham’ placed fourth on the 2012 Black List. Set during the height of the Watergate scandal, the story follows rising star Hillary Rodham, the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, who finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for former boyfriend Bill Clinton, who is teaching law in Arkansas.” The Wrap

Guy Lodge and Kristopher Tapley highlight 10 under-the-radar summer movies to watch, including “Frances Ha,” “The Iceman,” and “Shadow Dancer.” In Contention

The Big C” star Gabourey Sidibe cast in the third cycle of “American Horror Story.” The Wrap

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