News Nuggets: Where’s the love for ‘Win Win’?

Why isn’t “Win Win” getting more attention? “Over the past few weeks, as I’ve scanned critics’ year-end lists and followed the nominations and awards of the earlier ceremonies, ‘Win Win’ has gotten so little buzz that I didn’t even realize it was in contention. How does this happen? How does a movie with a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes get so egregiously overlooked? How does a movie called ‘near perfect,’ ‘just about perfect’ and ‘everything the movie business should aspire to’ simply drop out of the conversation? ‘Win Win’ is probably in my top three movies of the year, and it has barely made the cut for many top-ten lists.” MOVIEFONE

Charlie Kaufman‘s upcoming film, “Frank or Francis,” will be a musical: ” The ‘Being John Malkovich’ writer and writer/director of ‘Synecdoche, New York’ first alluded to his tuneful turn during a speech at Bafta’s screenwriters lecture in September. ‘I always try to do something different,’ said Kaufman during the speech, which is now available in full on Bafta’s website. ‘I’m a person with a very specific existence and a very specific background. This thing that I just wrote that will hopefully get made is a musical, and I’ve never done that before, so I did it.'” GUARDIAN

Stage production of “Uncle Vanya” starring Cate Blanchett will transfer to New York: “The New York Times reports that the production, which co-stars Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, will play New York City Center July 19-28. The engagement is part of the Lincoln Center Festival … This adaptation of the Chekhov classic was penned by Andrew Upton. The production premiered in Australia at Sydney Theatre in November 2010.” PLAYBILL

What are this season’s most transparent Oscar-bat movies? “This year, almost all of the classic Oscar bait categories are covered. We have plenty of ‘real’ characters, from J. Edgar Hoover to Margaret Thatcher to Marilyn Monroe. We have a 9-11 flick, ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,’ inspired by true events and starring two Oscar darlings: Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock … Of course, one of the safest ways to land on the Academy’s radar is to play someone battling an addiction or mental illness. Michael Fassbender nails his role as a sex addict in ‘Shame.’ Plus he does full-frontal nudity, which signifies a ‘brave’ performance in the Academy’s eyes.” MOVIEFONE

Helen Mirren will guest on “Glee“: “Nearly eight months after Gwyneth Paltrow’s last episode, the Fox musical series has cast Helen Mirren in a role that was written explicitly for the British actress. Mirren’s episode ‘Yes/No’ will air on January 17 and feature the Academy Award winner as the ‘inner voice’ of one of the cast members — meaning that Mirren will not be seen. The actress has already recorded her part, which according to Movieline’s sister site TVline, will feature ‘several long and hilarious monologues.'” MOVIELINE

Can Andy Serkis actually win an Oscar for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes“? “So far, [the Oscar campaign has] proven mildly successful—Serkis received a Critic’s Choice award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, though he was shunned by the more prestigious SAG and Golden Globe awards. But the award everyone really cares about is the Oscar, so should Serkis, for his performance capture accomplishment, be nominated for an Academy Award? And, as [film critic Roger] Ebert asked, where does the human end and the effects begin?” DAILY BEAST

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