News Nuggets: George Clooney will co-produce film version of ‘August: Osage County’

MuchMusic Video Awards honor Katy Perry, LMFAO: “As Canada’s version of the VMAs, not much separates the ceremony aesthetically or programmatically from its American counterpart, save the fact that it’s held in the MuchMusic parking lot in downtown Toronto, lacked Lady Gaga in drag, and honored a handful of performers many Americans couldn’t pick out of a lineup. The big winners would be familiar to viewers watching from Mars, however, including Justin Bieber‘s protegee Carly Rae Jepsen, whose ‘Call Me Maybe’ helped her pick up three trophies, the most of the night (Bieber was right behind with two wins). Katy Perry won International Video of the Year for ‘Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)’ and LMFAO picked up the group award for ‘Sexy and I Know It.’ Marianas Trench scored Pop Video of the Year and the Sheepdogs earned Rock Video of the Year.” SPIN

The Worst Domain Name Awards will recognize the worst on the web: “Domain name registrar has announced a nationwide search. It hopes to uncover the Worst Domain Names registered on the web by businesses and it has already discovered a handful that you’ll find below.  Downtime, back when we were innocent, fell for this trick once at school. We saw no problem when being told by friends to visit a website called ‘Pen Island.’ It was only when you see the full URL that you realise what you’ve just typed … Amazingly a company specialising in personalised pens has snapped this domain name up.” COMPUTER WEEKLY

General Hospital” prospers after its close brush with cancellation: “The show has been renewed for at least one more year and has a new executive producer and head writer at the helm. The Daytime Emmys will air at 8 p.m. Saturday on HLN (formerly known as the Headline News channel). ‘Nominations or not, the Daytime Emmys is a great night to come together with peers and celebrate that we’re still around,’ says Bradford Anderson, the ‘General Hospital’ star who nabbed a Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of lovelorn cybergeek Damian Spinelli. ‘I think morale (on “GH”) is pretty high right now. Our numbers are going up.’ There’s every reason to see why morale has been down. Even the Daytime Emmys ceremony was struggling to find a broadcaster to air it. In recent years, the show’s numbers have been waning since daytime TV’s ratings are decaying.” TIMES HERALD-RECORD

Why did the revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar” fail on Broadway? “They don’t know how to love him. The sad news from New York City Tuesday was that the Stratford Shakespeare Festival production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ would end its run there on July 1, far shorter than anyone had expected. It means that a show that played to record-breaking houses in Canada is going to close on Broadway after only 116 performances, many of which had attendance close to only 50 per cent. How could the belle of the Canadian ball become a wallflower once they started playing that Broadway melody? It’s unfortunately very easy.” TORONTO.COM

George Clooney will produce film version of “August: Osage County“: “George Clooney is co-producing the film version of “August: Osage County,” the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play about family dysfunction. Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts are set to star in the movie as mother and daughter. John Wells plans to direct, with Tracy Letts writing the script based on his own play. The Weinstein Co. will release the film and says shooting is scheduled to begin in the fall. ‘August: Osage County’ is the darkly funny story of a family of estranged women forced to come together in their Midwestern home when a crisis occurs. It won five Tony Awards in 2008, including best play. Clooney will work with his usual producing partner, Grant Heslov.” WASHINGTON POST

“Porgy and Bess” helmer prepares “Pippin” for Broadway: “The next major theater project by Diane Paulus, the director of the Tony Award-winning musical ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,’ is already attracting Broadway attention. Barry and Fran Weissler, veteran Broadway producers, are considering signing on as backers of Ms. Paulus’s revival of the 1972 musical ‘Pippin’ that is scheduled to run this winter at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., a spokesman for Mr. Weissler confirmed on Tuesday. While the spokesman, Clint Bond Jr., said any talk of a Broadway move for ‘Pippin’ was premature, such a transfer would become a possibility if the Weisslers, who have produced musical revivals like the long-running ‘Chicago,’ come on board and the show draws strong reviews in Cambridge, where it is scheduled to run Dec. 5-Jan. 20, 2013.” NEW YORK TIMES

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