News Nuggets: Julia Roberts, Alec Baldwin will star in ‘Normal Heart’ film

Dan Kois makes his final Razzie predictions: “It is only four days until the 2012 Golden Raspberry nominations are released in Hollywood, California! Even as we write, Head RAZZberry John Wilson is collecting ballots (including our own!) and tallying votes for the world’s greatest and most important awards show. You know what that means: It’s time for our final predictions.” GRANTLAND

Is “The Artist” unbeatable for the Producers Guild Award? “Nothing would make this more interesting of an Oscar year if something other than ‘The Artist’ wins, but after it took the London Film Critics it’s really hard to imagine any other film winning. The PGA has around 4,000 voters — so it is the first massive vote (albeit preferential and not weighted) test ‘The Artist’ will face.  The DGA is a bigger body and doesn’t face the preferential system – 9,000 members.  It’s hard to imagine [Michel] Hazanavicius winning in that scenario, with Martin Scorsese, Alexander Payne, Woody Allen and David Fincher.” AWARDS DAILY

Ryan Murphy assembles his cast for his “Normal Heart” film adaptation: “As previously reported, Mark Ruffalo will play Ned Weeks, the hero of the drama about fear in the early days of the AIDS crisis. Tony winner Joe Mantello played that part in the recent Broadway production. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ruffalo will be joined by Oscar winner Julia Roberts as wheelchair user Dr. Emma Brookner (the role that won Ellen Barkin a Tony), who becomes an AIDS activist; Emmy winner Alec Baldwin as Weeks’ lawyer brother; and Matt Bomer as Felix Turner, a gay fashion journalist who falls in love with Weeks (John Benjamin Hickey won a Tony for his portrayal of Turner on Broadway). Jim Parsons will reprise his Broadway role of a Southern gay activist.” PLAYBILL

Jessica Chastain explains how Gary Oldman made her cry: “I was in the middle of an interview, I think it was ‘Entertainment Tonight’ or something, and he came over to meet and he, like, put his hands on my shoulders and said some really nice stuff about my work, and that he knew who I was. And I was so shocked by it. Then when he walked away, I turned, and I was kind of like, woozy, and I tried to continue the interview, but then the interviewer said, ‘You have tears in your eyes.'” VULTURE

“Far From Heaven” will make its way to the stage: “‘Far From Heaven,’ one of our favorite movies here at TFE, is stage bound. Musical stage bound to be more precise. Not every property was meant to be reinterpreted for the musical form but you’ve generally got a head start on greatness if the story or appeal is already heightened as it were … But this could all go horribly wrong. Perhaps big brassy pastiche numbers like ‘Mr & Mrs Magnatech’ await us? And Mr Whitaker’s gay escapades in musical context could veer way too far into unintentional camp rather than 50s homage. The musical will premiere in July 2012 at the Williamstown Theater Festival but no cast has yet been announced.” THE FILM EXPERIENCE

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