News Nuggets: Barbra Streisand will produce and star in 'Gypsy' film

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Mar 13 2012 15:43 pm
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Indiewire makes its 2012 Emmy predictions: "The nominations have the potential to represent a extremely strong season of television, from drama ('Breaking Bad,' 'Homeland') to comedy ('Parks and Recreation,' 'Modern Family') to television movies and miniseries ('Game Change,' 'Great Expectations'), though keep in mind the Emmys' rather tragic history in handing out undeserving or sometimes downright bizarre nominations (and snubbing of the likes of 'The Wire')." INDIEWIRE

After "The Artist" and "Hugo," the next Oscars could bring us back to the past again: "... just like the newly crowned best-picture winner, 'The Artist,' the films with the most potential for next year's Oscar contention take moviegoers back to the past. The voters love big, recognizable faces in adapted works, says Tom O'Neil of GoldDerby.com, whether it's mining real life or literature. So one of the favorites for 2013 — at least on paper — is 'The Great Gatsby' (opening Dec. 25, 2012), director Baz Luhrmann's 3-D version of 'arguably the greatest American novel, adapted by our best director of romantic melodramas,' O'Neil says." USA TODAY

Barbra Streisand moves forward with a film version of "Gypsy": "Producers Barbra Streisand and Joel Silver have set Academy Award-winning writer Julian Fellowes to pen the screenplay adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Tony Award winning musical, 'Gypsy,' which Ms. Streisand and Mr. Silver are currently developing for Universal Pictures. Ms. Streisand will portray 'Momma Rose' in the new version, her first musical film since 'Yentl' in which the Oscar-winning actress and iconic singer starred, produced, co-wrote and directed in 1983." AWARDS DAILY

Movieline introduces the Soily Awards for the worst films of 2011, nominates 'J. Edgar,' Glenn Close: "... the reaction to the Razzies among film critics and commentators has yielded many of the same complaints we hear every year: The nominations tend to omit movies that take themselves more seriously and/or aspire to something a little more sophisticated than Adam Sandler jump-roping with his shrill twin sister. The editors at Movieline concur with this perspective and hope to change it with the help of both esteemed peers and loyal readers. Thus the inaugural Soily Awards, our attempt to reconcile the year's highest-profile Hollywood misfires with their truly uninspired brethren." MOVIELINE

Sutton Foster and Stockard Channing step away from Broadway for the TV screen: "Two Broadway leading ladies took their leave and headed to TV land…though one only temporarily. Sutton Foster played her last performance of 'Anything Goes' on Sunday, off to film an ABC Family series 'Bunheads' (I’ll be very, very curious to see how the box office for 'AG' does without their marquee star; is the show star enough?) 'Other Desert Cities'' Stockard Channing bows out after tonight to film a TV pilot but will return to Broadway on April 6." THE BROADWAY BLOG

"The Lion King" will become the sixth longest running Broadway musical: "Disney's 'The Lion King' will become the sixth longest-running Broadway musical when it plays its 5,960th performance March 14 at 2 PM. The musical will surpass 'Oh! Calcutta!,' which played 5,959 performances ... Directed by Julie Taymor — who became the first woman to ever receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical — 'The Lion King' has become an international hit with productions playing all around the globe." PLAYBILL

 
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