News Nuggets: Roman Polanski will direct ‘Venus in Fur’ film in French

Director Roman Polanski will adapt another Tony-winning play for the screen: “Roman Polanski announced today that he will direct a film adaptation of David Ives‘s play ‘Venus in Fur,’ a Broadway and off-Broadway success, that received a Tony nomination for Best Play and garnered a Tony for Nina Arianda as Best Actress. Polanski will work on the erotic black comedy while awaiting completion of the screenplay for ‘D.,’ based on the historic Dreyfus scandal, which Polanski will direct as well. ‘Venus in Fur’ will be filmed in French and will star Emmanuelle Seigner and Louis Garrel.” COMING SOON

Controversy in Bangladesh puts the country’s Foreign-Language Oscar entry in question: “The Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies chooses the nominee but, like last year, the federation has split into two groups, each claiming to be the body responsible for selection. One faction comprises nine members of the BFFS led by producer Habibur Rahman Khan. It announced Tuesday that ‘Ghetuputra Kamola’ (‘Pleasure boy Kamola’) from helmer Humayun Ahmed, who died in July, was its pick for the Oscars. It is opposed by an 11-member group, led by helmer-thesp Syed Hasan Imam, which has yet to unveil its choice.” VARIETY

Scarlett Johansson comes to Broadway in “Cat on a Hot Tim Roof” this winter: “Scarlett Johansson will play Maggie the Cat on Broadway this winter in Tennessee Williams’s ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,’ starring opposite Benjamin Walker (‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’) as her alcoholic husband, Brick, the show’s lead producer, Stuart Thompson, announced on Thursday. The theater and television actor Ciaran Hinds will play Brick’s irascible father, Big Daddy Pollitt, and the Tony Award winner Debra Monk (‘Curtains,’ ‘Redwood Curtain’) will play Big Mama.” NEW YORK TIMES

Jimmy Kimmel promises a big Emmy surprise: “On Sunday, Jimmy Kimmel will host the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (ABC, 8 p.m. ET), and he says it’s imperative that you watch: ‘I am gonna do something very weird during the show. I think it could possibly be the biggest prank ever pulled, as far as number of people involved. Possibly. I haven’t researched it, but it’ll definitely be right up there,’ he says. ‘The audience will be a participant in this. So it’s important that you watch because you’re either going to be in on it or not.'” EW.COM

Jake Gyllenhaal bonds on-stage with off-Broadway co-star Brian F. O’Byrne: “One is a 45-year-old Tony Award-winning Irish-born character actor and stage veteran. The other is a 31-year-old A-list movie star making his U.S. stage debut. But spend some time with them and you might swear they’re related. ‘He’s like my older brother — that’s how it feels,’ says Gyllenhaal, sitting beside O’Byrne in a comfy downtown cafe. ‘It feels like that in the scenes and it feels like that when we come offstage.’ Fittingly, they portray estranged siblings in the American premiere of Nick Payne‘s ‘If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,’ a lovely off-kilter play that opens Thursday off-Broadway about how frustratingly blind people can become.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

Does Oscar’s earlier nominations date change the race for better or worse? “Clearly the Academy made this move to dampen the luster of the Globes. Without any viable Oscar caché, the Globes will increasingly become a fringe affair … Tuesday’s announcement may pre-empt the Globes, but it creates a set of new problems: The campaign window for nominees is now longer, ensuring more vigorous/exasperating lobbying, just as the screening window has been seriously condensed and compromised. All of which means we’ll get more of what we don’t need from the Academy Awards: More politics and less diversity. Which makes the Oscars a little more like the Globes, no?” TIME

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