News Nuggets: Johansson adapts Capote for her directing debut

Resurrected “Arrested Development” will make its return on Netflix in 2013: “The move is a huge boost to Netflix, which has been trying to establish a presence in the original content world. Last summer, the subscription service beat out the likes of HBO for the rights to the David Fincher and Kevin Spacey political series ‘House of Cards.’ The cult hit aired for three seasons, 2003-2006, on Fox and won an Emmy for ‘Best Comedy.’ Showtime had reportedly been pursuing rights to air the show, as well.” REUTERS

National Board of Review selects a host for its upcoming awards: “NBC News’ ‘Today’ news anchor Natalie Morales has been tapped to host the annual National Board of Review Awards Gala, taking place on January 10th at NYC’s Cipriani 42nd Street. This year’s winners will be announced on December 1 so that voting members have the opportunity to see as many films as possible. To determine the NBR’s annual awards, ballots are sent in by the 110 members – film enthusiasts, academics, filmmakers, and students in the New York metropolitan area – and subsequently tabulated by a certified public accountancy firm in order to decide the winners.” DEADLINE

Scarlett Johansson is set to make her directing debut: “Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson will soon join the ranks of actresses-turned-directors with ‘Summer Crossing,’ Truman Capote’s first novella, about a 17-year-old Manhattan socialite who breaks away from her family and has an affair with a working class parking lot attendant in the summer of 1945. The ‘Avengers’ star had discussed her directorial debut previously this fall, but with backers and ‘The Deer Hunter’ producer Barry Spikings it seems the project is actually happening.” MOVIELINE

Oscar-winner John Myhre tapped as Academy Awards production designer: “Myhre will design the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced today. This will be the first time Myhre has served as production designer for the Oscars. ‘John is a prolific production designer, who has created some of the most intriguing sets that we’ve ever seen,’ said Grazer and Mischer. ‘His cinematic perspective will be a great contribution to our team dynamic and the show itself.'” DEADLINE

Emmy-winner Regis Philbin bids farewell to his long-running talk show: “In a daytime landscape filled with bland, polished hosts and smarmy good cheer, Mr. Philbin was crumpled, nasal and histrionic … Mr. Philbin was beloved by viewers partly because he didn’t try to be likable. Feisty and always antic, he could be embarrassingly candid, and his humor was often needling. His former longtime co-host Kathie Lee Gifford, who left his show in 2000 and was later hired by NBC as a co-host on “Today” with Hoda Kotb, returned on Thursday to reassure him that he would enjoy retirement.” NEW YORK TIMES

One Life to Live” films its last episode in its ABC studio: “A day filled with tears, laughter, and hugs erupted into applause when the last scene of ‘One Life to Live’ finished taping in its ABC studio Friday. Today saw scenes moving along at the famously whiplash-like speed common for daytime soaps, but with increasing fanfare and emotion … ABC announced the show’s cancellation in April, along with that of ‘All My Children,’ and then licensed both shows to Prospect Park, a media and production company founded in 2009 by Jeffrey Kwatinetz and former Disney Studios head Rich Frank, for an Internet version.” EW.COM

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