News Nuggets Roundup: ‘Simpsons’ will continue for two more seasons

Are Meryl Streep andGlenn Close the last great American actresses? “If you look at the Best Actress race of the 1970s, 1980s and even into the 1990s, the Best Actress race was dominated by strong roles, with established, respected actresses, many of them homegrown here in America, with well-earned clout in Hollywood … But something shifted. Was it the moment the young, fresh, charismatic but untrained Julia Roberts became a box office sensation, thus rendering actresses who couldn’t ‘open’ movies obsolete?” AWARDS DAILY

Michael Fassbender‘s Oscar prospects for “Shame” are looking up this week: “How hot has this rising star been at the New York Film Festival? ‘Women in lobby stomping feet, screaming after mtg Michael Fassbender just now,’ tweeted the Film Society, adding, ‘2 guys escorted out also.'” VULTURE

The Simpsons” dodges a bullet, renewed for two more seasons: “It’s over: the cast members of ‘The Simpsons’ have agreed to new two-year deals with series producer 20th Century Fox TV and, with them locked in, Fox has renewed the veteran series for two more seasons. Both sides reportedly made concessions from their original demands, with the cast abandoning their quest for a piece of the series’ lucrative back-end and the studio upping their previous final offer for a 45% salary reduction.” DEADLINE

Gabriel Byrne to present the Eugene O’Neill Award: “Irish American Writers & Artists Inc. will honor Ciarán O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore, co-founders of Off-Broadway’s Irish Repertory Theatre, with the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award at The Manhattan Club Oct. 17 … The annual award is given to an Irish-American writer or artist who has created a body of work that places him or her among the great artists and entertainers of all time. Moore also serves as the company’s artistic director, and O’Reilly serves as producing director.” PLAYBILL

Mark Rylance reprises his Tony-winning role in the UK: “Mark Rylance returns to the West End in his Olivier and Tony-winning performance as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in ‘Jerusalem,’ resuming performances at the Apollo Theatre—where the play originally ran after transferring from the Royal Court in 2010—Oct. 8, prior to an official opening Oct. 17. It will play a 14-week engagement through Jan. 14, 2012.” PLAYBILL

Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer wins the Nobel Prize in Literature: “Transtromer is the first Swedish writer since 1974 to be awarded the prize, which carries a financial award of about $1.4 million. When his name was read out at the academy’s headquarters in Stockholm, journalists and others who had gathered whooped and applauded … The academy’s permanent secretary, Peter Englund, said the committee was mindful of potential charges of bias but that Transtromer’s worthiness was not in doubt.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

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