News Nuggets: Stephen Daldry may direct film version of ‘Wicked’

Considering the relationship between media outlets and FYC campaigns: “However, while sites like Sasha Stone’s Awards Daily or Tom O’Neil’s Gold Derby—which expands beyond film to cover awards in Theater, Television, and Music—have built a niche covering entertainment awards long before they enter into mainstream culture, the ongoing campaign surrounding the 2012 Emmy Awards has expanded into popular sites such as Deadline and Entertainment Weekly sooner than ever before. Mirroring an existing trend at Gold Derby, both EW—through their ‘Emmy Watch’ feature—and Deadline—through AwardsLine coverage—have turned over their digital pages to interviews with key Emmy contenders, offering a platform to extend their campaigns for a nomination and an eventual victory.” ANTENNA

Sasha Stone looks back at the Oscar history of Peter O’Toole: “Those who have been waiting for Peter O’Toole to at last win a competitive Oscar will have to give up that dream. Ed Copeland brought the subject up on Facebook, why O’Toole never won an Oscar and what he should have won for. It seemed that every year he was in a good position to win, another actor’s position was just a notch better. But let’s take a look back at O’Toole’s fated Oscar path. O’Toole was nominated eight times in the leading actor category. The Academy saw fit, before his last Oscar nomination for ‘Venus,’ to give him an honorary Oscar.” AWARDS DAILY

Stephen Daldry may direct a film version of “Wicked”: “Tony winner and Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry is the new front-runner to direct Universal’s screen adaption of the blockbuster musical ‘Wicked.’ The studio and the musical’s producer Marc Platt have considered several contenders to head the project, including J.J. Abrams, Rob Marshall, James Mangold and, more recently, ‘Glee‘ creator Ryan Murphy. Now the studio is courting Daldry, reported … Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, ‘Wicked’ is a prequel to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and follows the unlikely friendship between two witches, the fair-skinned Glinda and the green-skinned Elphaba, whose tones match their temperaments.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Producer Howard Gordon previews the second season of “Homeland” at Comic-Con: “‘The first two episodes were shot in Israel,’ said Gordon, a Comic-Con veteran. Gordon came out before Showtime’s ‘Dexter‘ panel this evening to show a short and freshly cut trailer for ‘Homeland’s’ upcoming season, which starts on September 30. The trailer showed Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison character in a teaching position and no longer an active CIA agent after her bipolar breakdown at the end of last season. Gordon said that it was different shooting in Israel, where the series ‘Homeland’ is based on first broadcast, as opposed to the United States. ‘It got challenging in certain places, people weren’t happy we were there,’ said the producer.” DEADLINE

Christopher Nolan considers his Oscar chances: “This is how I honestly feel: I’ve been nominated for an Oscar three times. My films have had more than 20 nominations. The Academy has honoured my films in spectacular fashion, and I couldn’t be happier. You don’t take on Batman as a character because you think you’ll win a prize. That’s absurd. We want this to be the most exciting, emotionally engaging, and enjoyable blockbuster and audience can see this summer. I’m happy with it. It’s the film I wanted to make. I look at what everyone has done, and I think they’ve done a good job. [Laughs] And I think I’ve done a good job of not obscuring it.” COMIC BOOK MOVIE

Forbes names Taylor Swift the highest-paid celebrity under 30: “At 22 years old, Taylor Swift has a career’s worth of accomplishments under her belt. In addition to her six Grammys, seven CMA awards, two feature films and three multi-platinum albums, she can now brag about being the richest entertainer under 30. According to Forbes’s 2012 list of the top-earning young talents, Swift earned approximately $57 million in the past 12 months. This includes profits from her album sales, her product endorsements (like CoverGirl makeup), and her concerts (which bring in around $1 million dollars per night).” IVILLAGE

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