News Nuggets: Hugh Jackman and Aaron Sorkin team up on Broadway

The Oscars join forces with Funny or Die: “The Academy decided to hip it up a bit – diving right into their fears about none of the modern audiences being able to relate to something or someone that isn’t somehow connected to ‘American Idol’ or Kim Kardashian. So they are collaborating with Funny or Die (the kids watch that, don’t they?) to help aid along those who might not get the Billy Crystal thing but have long since gotten the Megan Fox thing.” AWARDS DAILY

A look at Oscar’s Best Actress race, especially crowded this year: “The Best Actress race is hot this year. That isn’t always the case as the paucity of realistic contenders in this category often reflects the lack of good roles for women in Hollywood. But the gods were smiling in 2011, providing killer parts for a nice mix of veterans, past nominees and winners and young stars looking for their first major recognition from Oscar. But as usual, Meryl Streep leads the pack.” DEADLINE

Is it too late for a “Harry Potter” Oscar push? “… despite the Academy’s Muggle-like attitude towards the highest-grossing film franchise of all time — and the final film’s inability to break into the main pack of awards season contenders — Warner Bros. is still putting some serious marketing muscle into a campaign to win ‘Harry’ his first Best Picture nod. Artful billboards with laudatory film critic quotes have been popping up all over Los Angeles for months now, and the studio has also been releasing a series of TV ads to the same purpose … These ads are ostensibly to promote the film’s DVD and Blu-ray discs — which hit stores way back on Nov. 11, whereas Oscar ballots are due Jan. 13.” EW.COM

The Tree of Life” and “Midnight in Paris” top the Internet Film Critic Society Award winners: IFCS

Tony-winner Hugh Jackman will star in Aaron Sorkin‘s first Broadway musical: “… Jackman has signed up for the 2013 Broadway run of ‘Houdini,’ which will be, in our favorite phrase of the day, ‘the librettist debut of Aaron Sorkin.’ (Stephen Schwartz, of ‘Godspell’ and ‘Wicked’ fame, will write the music.) Does the mind not reel at the thought of a musical libretto written by Aaron ‘Walk and Talk’ Sorkin? It will run for hours, or else Jackman will have to take speed-singing classes and learn to enunciate ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ in double time. While rope-pulling. Schwartz should just license ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ and call it a day.” VULTURE

Ricky Gervais admits he “got it a bit wrong” at the Golden Globes — in 2010: “‘I tried too hard with the schtick, the comedy, and I should have just gone out there and done zingers, I think, because the attention span of someone at an award show, particularly the Golden Globe, is about a second,’ he told Matt Lauer. As for the 2011 show, the comedian echoed a past sentiment that none of his jokes — about Angelina Jolie‘s poor-performing movie or Robert Downey Jr.‘s battle with drugs — were untrue. Of course, any publicity is good publicity, so Gervais was invited back to host the Globes for a third time, which airs January 15.” MOVIEFONE

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