News Nuggets: Why was Lady Gaga overlooked by the MTV VMAs?

New Motion Picture Academy president Hawk Koch explains his top priorities: “Number one, we’ve got to get the producer and the host of the Oscars … And the other thing is really important to me is that the world understands that the Academy is not just the Oscars, that we do so many other things. We preserve this great art form, we educate, we inspire. The next generation of AR Rahmans and Chris Nolans should want to join the Academy.  Maybe there’s a Walt Disney out there, an animator who’s going to change things, or a visual effects person, or a cinematographer who’s gonna be the next Gordon Willis or Owen Roizman. I want those people to know there’s a place they should be, not just in America but internationally.” THE WRAP

End of the Rainbow” ends its Broadway run on August 9: “Broadway’s ‘End Of The Rainbow,’ Peter Quilter‘s play with music about the final days of Judy Garland, starring the hailed-as-incandescent 2012 Tony Award nominee Tracie Bennett as the broken songbird, will close Aug. 19 at the Belasco Theatre. The producers had hoped the run would last to Jan. 6, 2013. As previously reported, the production (first seen in London) will play the West Coast March 12-April 21, 2013, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. A post-L.A. tour is in the works, and a film adaptation starring Bennett is being developed.” PLAYBILL

American Horror Story” isn’t Emmy’s only questionable category placement: “Sure, it’s a 13-episode series that’s coming back next season. But at least it has a closed-ended story and none of the characters from Season 1 are coming back this fall. In the miniseries and movie category, the show is up against two two-hour movies (‘Hemingway and Gellhorn,’ ‘Game Change‘), the second season of ‘Luther,’ an episode of ‘Sherlock‘ and a true miniseries, the six-hour, three-part epic ‘Hatfields and McCoys.’ How the voters can compare any of them — and the performances within them — against each other is a mystery. There are a few other category bugaboos that have left us scratching our heads this year, wondering if the television academy is ever going to tighten up the rules and get this right.” ZAP2IT

Michael Musto sizes up next year’s Tony race for Best Actress in a Musical: “I love predicting Tony award categories 10 whole months before they’re announced because there’s something so perverse about guessing who’ll get the nominations before some of the shows have even started rehearsing! Even more deliciously, I usually get at least 60% right.” VILLAGE VOICE

Margo Martindale cast in “August: Osage County” film: “Tony nominee Margo Martindale is set to star as Mattie Fay Aiken in the forthcoming film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play ‘August: Osage County.’ Martindale joins previously announced Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Oscar winner Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin. ‘August: Osage County’ will be directed by John Wells, adapted by Letts and produced by George Clooney & Grant Heslov, Jean Doumanian and Steve Traxler. Production is slated to begin in August.” BROADWAY.COM

Lady Gaga surprisingly overlooked by the MTV Video Music Awards: “She had ‘Marry the Night’ and ‘You and I.’ The former is a killer dance track with a clip directed by Mother Monster herself, but — granted — it was eight full minutes of non-music footage that likely served as her reel for her first acting role in ‘Machete Kills.’ And the latter was a not-very-good-song with a video that was… interesting? Regardless, the MTV VMAs have kind of been Gaga’s thing: she donned a meat dress, she spent her camera face-time in 2010 kicking off her ‘Born This Way‘ album promo, trotted out Joe Calderone last year and has mega-plans to announce details on her new set some time in September.” HITFIX

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