January 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM
On Oscar Nominations Eve (I’m getting up super-early tomorrow, but you don’t have to), a few bits and pieces of news:
- Tim Minchin, composer/lyricist of the current Broadway musical “Matilda,” has announced that his next project will be a stage musical version of “Groundhog Day.” Let us pause while we contemplate the idea of an evening with the same song, played over and over and over until they get it right.
- Lena Dunham, who has apparently survived that terrible yellow dress on Sunday night, is not only working on the HBO series about the life of personal shopper Betty Halbreich (and, if you saw Halbreich in the documentary “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s,” you’d know this is not a terrible idea), but also a documentary about “Eloise” illustrator Hilary Knight. Also she apparently has some sort of TV show.
- John Ridley, sure to get an Oscar nomination tomorrow in the adapted screenplay category (“12 Years a Slave”), will write and executive produce a new TV crime drama series called “American Crime,” centering on a racially charged murder and subsequent trial in California’s Central Valley. ABC has ordered a pilot episode; no word yet on when it might air.
- And, for those who follow the Razzies (the Golden Raspberry Awards, now in their 34th year): “Grown-Ups 2″ led the pack with eight nominations, including worst movie, worst sequel, worst ensemble, and worst actor (Adam Sandler). “A Madea Christmas,” “Movie 43” and “After Earth” were tied with six nominations. If Sandler wins, it will be his third worst actor prize in a row. Awards will be handed out in a surely non-star-studded ceremony; though in recent years the likes of Sandra Bullock and Halle Berry have earned major good-sport points for showing up to collect their Razzies in person.