News Nuggets: Joss Whedon’s ‘Much Ado’ to open Oscars Outdoors series

Joss Whedon‘s “Much Ado About Nothing” to open Oscars Outdoors screening series: “The screening series launched by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year is returning to Los Angeles this summer, along with some New York screenings in partnership with Rooftop Films Summer Series … Another early screening treat follows on June 6 with ‘Twenty Feet from Stardom,’ a documentary about backup singers in popular music that premiered at Sundance in January. A Q&A with director Morgan Neville will follow the June 6 L.A. screening, and New York City audiences will get to see the film on June 8 at the Rooftop series. Twenty Feet opens in theaters on June 14.” Entertainment Weekly

Tony-nominated plays “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “Lucky Guy,” and “The Nance” extend their runs. New York Times

Glenn Whipp says the Emmys should honor Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation“), Kerry Washington (“Scandal“), Andrew Lincoln (“The Walking Dead“), and Adam Driver (“Girls“), and move on from a diminished “Modern Family.” Los Angeles Times

One Life to Live” and “All My Children” reduce their air pattern to two episodes per week to adjust to audience viewing patterns. Deadline

NBC turns to Facebook to campaign for Emmys: “The Peacock, claiming to be the first to use Facebook in a TV kudos campaign, this week is launching sponsored posts on the social site that will show up for users who have ‘liked’ the Primetime Emmys, various entertainment brands and events, and other biz-related Facebook pages.” Variety

Cannes jury head Steven Spielberg enjoys the absence of campaigning in the festival’s main competition: “‘It’s such a relief that we’re going to be seeing movies and we’ll deliberate a final result and we don’t have to go though the campaign,’ said the US director, head of the Palme d’Or jury,” BBC

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