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John Cameron Mitchell, the co-creator and original star of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; and Stephen Schwartz, the veteran composer behind such iconic musicals as Godspell, Pippin and Wicked, have both been tapped to receive special Tony Awards at the June 7 ceremony. Mitchell will be presented with the 2015 Special Tony Award, fresh off his return to the role of the transgender rocker in the cult musical that he co-wrote with composer-lyricist Stephen Trask. Following in the heels of Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall, Mitchell played Hedwig in a triumphant three-month
- David Rooney
The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced Monday that write/director/actor/Genius John Cameron Mitchell will receive a special Tony Award at the upcoming 69th annual presentation of stage honors. Mitchell had racked up Drama Desk and Obie Award nominations before he put the off-Broadway smash "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" into the world, but it was that bold musical about a transgender East German rock musician that came to define him. The production was revived in 2014 with none other than Neil Patrick Harris in the lead (he won a Tony, as did the revival), and Mitchell himself recently returned to the role for an eight-week stint. "John's return to 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' is one for the history books," American Theatre Wing President Heather Hitchens and Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin said in a joint statement. "This is a remarkable undertaking, and we are »
- Kristopher Tapley
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
As of April 21, the National YoungArts Foundation is accepting applications from the young artists and visionaries of tomorrow looking to join the ranks of alumni Kerry Washington, Andrew Rannells, Nicki Minaj, and Anna Gunn. Would you jump at the chance to win up to $10,000, exclusive master classes and collaborative opportunities with world-renowned artists, and eligibility to be recognized as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts? Apply to become a 2016 YoungArts winner today! Students aged 15–18 or in high school grades 10–12 are encouraged to choose from a variety of disciplines—including theater, dance, music, design writing, and cinematic and visual arts—and prepare an audition or portfolio of work. Winners join an alumni network of more than 20,000 leading professionals in those fields. To apply for next year’s program between now and the Oct. 16 deadline, visit www.youngarts.org/apply. Over 100 of the 2015 YoungArts winners will be working with the »
The 10th annual Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo featured a record breaking attendance number of 102,000 fans eager to check out premiere guests like Neil Patrick Harris, Rosario Dawson, Stephen Amell, Hayley Atwell, Gwendoline Christie, Danai Gurira, Jason Momoa, David Morrissey and more! The 10 year anniversary of the Calgary Expo was a star-studded and packed event, taking place from April 16 – 19th and featuring a record breaking 102,000 attendees (the largest number yet for the decade old convention). The organizers have perfected the festival model which takes place in the heart of Calgary, Alberta Canada at Stampede Park. The staff were friendly and the lines moved quicker than ever before despite the extremely large crowd. Gwendoline Christie Game Of Thrones actress and »
- Keven Skinner
Neil Patrick Harris made his Canadian convention debut last weekend at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo to a packed house of fans, chatting about his career and the potential sequel to one of his most beloved works: Dr. Horrible's Sing-along Blog. Neil Patrick Harris was the final and perhaps most grand addition to the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo lineup as he was announced on the first day of the convention after it had already begun. When Stan Lee was forced to cancel his appearance, Nph came to the rescue and made a Friday-only date with Canada, greeting fans and talking to a packed house in the Stampede Corral stadium. Nph was in full force, joking with his panel moderator and convention spokeswoman Emily Expo, at one point saying to her, "I can't stop staring »
- Keven Skinner
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka's twins have quite sophisticated palates! In a new interview with The New Potato, Burtka reveals that their 4-year-old daughter Harper and son Gideon are quite the foodies, just like their parents. "My kids are crazy eaters. They have incredible palates," the 39-year-old said. "Gideon eats everything you put in front of him. His passion for cooking and eating good food is in his soul. His favorite foods: Clams, sushi, octopus, grilled pork, steak, Parmesan cheese, ginger, mint, cinnamon and coconut. Harper likes very strong and briny flavors. Some of her favorites: Oysters, sardines, prosciutto, capers, duck liver, miso, and anything »
Small children living large! At just 4 years old, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka's kids are already developing expensive taste. Actor and chef Burtka, 39, dished on the couple's twins Gideon and Harper in a new interview with The New Potato, highlighting the refined preferences that the youngsters have. "My kids are crazy eaters," he told the food publication. "They have incredible palates." "Gideon eats everything you put in front of him," Burtka said of his preschool-aged son. "His passion for cooking and eating good food is [...] »
Water is a big deal, but it can also get taken for granted. That's why a number of celebs have come together to help promote and raise awareness of Waterkeeper Alliance's "Keep it Clean" campaign by creating a series of funny digital shorts, and E! News has the exclusive sneak peek at the first for you! Directed by Rachael Harris and produced by Kids at Play, the 2-minute clip opens with a lovely song from Saturday Night Live's Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan and features stars like Susan Sarandon, Neil Patrick Harris, Oscar Nunez, Niecy Nash, Cheryl Hines and Rob Huebel giving a mix of funny and serious commentary about their favorite use of water. There are the usual »
Who will host this year's Tony Awards? The two most recent selections are probably not available with Hugh Jackman in an active film career and Neil Patrick Harris just weeks after hosting the Oscars. The three most logical choices have ties to Broadway as well as CBS: new late night host James Corden, Alan Cumming ("The Good Wife"), and Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"). The network might want extra promotion for their upcoming "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert. Other possibilities: Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Whoopi Goldberg, or Rosie O'Donnell? Hollywood Reporter -Break- The Billboard Music Awards announce three more performers for this year's ceremony. Hozier, Sam Smith, and Nick Jonas will all take the stage for the May 17 event in Las Vegas. Others previously announced are Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa. Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen will host the show on ABC. TV by the Numbers 2015 Tony Awards predict. »
Academy Awards dates for the next three years have been set.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has set Sunday, February 28, 2016 as the date for the 88th Oscars ceremony.
February 26, 2017 will be the date of the 89th Academy Awards, while the 2018 gala is being held on March 4.
All three years will continue to air on ABC in the Us as part of a multi-year contractual agreement between the network and AMPAS. No host or producer announcements have been made at this time.
Neil Patrick Harris made his debut as host at the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles in February.
The How I Met Your Mother actor has already indicated that he is unlikely to return for the 2016 ceremony.
"I don't know that my family nor my soul could take it," Harris said in March.
"It's a beast. It was fun to check off the list, »
The Academy and the ABC Network are sticking with February dates for the 88th (February 28, 2016) and 89th (February 26, 2017) Oscarcasts, but are hitting March 4th for 2018. There's always debate about how late the Oscars are, following too many other award shows in the season, from the Critics Choice and Golden Globes to such Guild awards such as SAG. Ratings for the 2015 Oscars hosted by Neil Patrick Harris were down by 15 per cent. Academy key dates for the 2015 Awards season are: Saturday, November 14, 2015 Wednesday, December 30, 2015 Friday, January 8, 2016 Thursday, January 14, 2016 Monday, February 8, 2016 Friday, February 12, 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 Tuesday, February 23, 2016 Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016 The Governors Awards Nominations voting opens 8 a.m. PTNominations voting closes 5 p.m. PTOscar Nominations AnnouncementOscar Nominees LuncheonFinal voting opens 8 a.m. »
- Anne Thompson
Mip TV will see ITV Studios Global Entertainment hit the Croisette with a number of new dramas from around the world, including Swedish thriller “Jordskott,” which is the company’s first foray into non-English-language drama; British costume drama “Poldark”; U.S. enchantress tale “Good Witch,” which stars Catherine Bell and airs on Hallmark Channel; and U.S. crime drama “Aquarius,” which stars David Duchovny and will broadcast on NBC.
“We want to be known as a global distributor and global production company, not based in one particular place in the world, but able to move rather agilely across the world, and working with the best creators, wherever they may be,” says Maria Kyriacou, managing director of Itvsge, which distributes ITV programs around the world.
The international market is constantly shifting and one of the major forces reshaping the commercial and creative landscape is the rise of the subscription video-on-demand platforms. »
- Leo Barraclough
When Hollywood merges with Broadway, there are always fender-benders.
Just ask Harvey Weinstein.
As the movie aficionado and awards maven steered “Finding Neverland,” his first venture as a lead theater producer, toward the Great White Way, eyebrows raised in his wake.
He switched press agents. He swapped out the lead actors. He entirely scrapped an earlier version of the musical with a different creative team. When in spring 2014, he landed a much-coveted spot for the show on the Tony Awards telecast, naysayers tut-tutted that the play hadn’t even begun performances out of town, much less confirmed its Broadway run. Besides, Jennifer Hudson, the star of the Tonys segment, wouldn’t even be appearing in the actual stage production.
“I was criticized for Jennifer,” Weinstein recalls. “But this song (‘Neverland’) has been downloaded a million times, and all over the world people now know ‘Finding Neverland.’ In the movie business, »
- Gordon Cox
Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka often share adorable snapshots of twins Harper and Gideon, and they really upped their game on Easter. In a cuter than cute Instagram, the family of four leans in close and smiles for a frame-worthy holiday portrait. "Happy Easter from the Burtka-Harris bunnies and one lil' chick!" Neil wrote in the caption. The sweet moment shouldn't come as a surprise to Neil's followers, though - of all the picture-perfect celebrity families out there, Neil and David's is one of the most active on social media. The couple, who secretly got married last September after 10 years of dating, constantly shares heart-meltingly cute photos of the twins, ranging from their elaborate Halloween costumes to their nights on the town eating oysters and watching jazz shows. (Yes, they're sophisticated NYC tots.) Keep reading to see their best snaps! »
After an incredible amount of Oscar season hype, there was a moment this year when it became difficult to separate Michael Keaton from Birdman. As he reminded us last night on SNL, though, Michael Keaton is so much more than that movie. The welcome lack of a Birdman sketch this episode may be the direct result of Neil Patrick Harris's groaner of a tribute to the "locked out in his underwear" scene during the Oscars. Or maybe Keaton is just itching to move on. Either way, instead of a scene from that movie, the lone callback to Keaton's filmography came during a wonderful monologue that gleefully celebrated his widely beloved earlier roles. But even with all the attendant baggage of expectations that comes with being Michael Keaton, the host proved he didn't have to coast on our appreciation for him.Over the course of the night, Keaton disappeared into »
- Joe Berkowitz
Punxsutawney Phil finally has a chance at stage stardom, because the movie Groundhog Day is coming to the Great White Way. In 2017, the 1993 comedy classic will open as a Broadway musical with help from the team behind the hit stage production of Matilda. Starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, the film told the story of a grumpy news reporter stuck in a time loop that left him reliving the same Feb. 2, over and over again. The cast has yet to be announced, but that hasn't stopped us before from making predictions. While you wait to find out who is going »
- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc
When Orange Is the New Black star Lea DeLaria made an appearance at a New York event Thursday night, she was dramatically thinner than when we last saw her in season 2 of the Netflix show. And the brash, fun-loving comic revealed the key to her weight loss while holding on to her fierce sense of humor. "What you need to do is, first contract diabetes. Two, take the medication that they give you for diabetes," she told People at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center's annual dinner at Cipriani Wall Street, which honored award-winning Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor and »
- Sara Hammel
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Claire Danes, David Beckham, and Bob Odendirk were all on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" Monday night. Claire talked about how she can be a bossy dancer when she's drunk. David talked about how his son Brooklyn has a job at a small French coffee shop in London; he also shared the story of Brooklyn's first date on Valentine's Day when the kid was 14, and Victoria made David stay in the restaurant and watch them. Bob talked about "Better Call Saul" and how he can now make a perfect Cinnabon. (Prove it - send one this way!) The trio also played Celebrity Cell Phone Profile - before the show, »
- Gina Carbone
Stage-to-screen impresarios Zadan and Meron are getting back to what they know and love: live musical productions. The producing duo behind the 2015 Oscars, whose ratings sank and whose host Neil Patrick Harris fell flat after two successful years, will be mounting "The Wiz," the soul music re-telling of "The Wizard of Oz." The production will take center stage on NBC December 3, 2015. This is not Zadan and Meron's first foray into live song-and-dance spectacles on NBC. "The Wiz" will be their third consecutive special after 2013's "The Sound of Music Live!" starring Carrie Underwood, who had the pipes to carry Maria von Trapp. And in 2014, Zadan and Meron drummed up "Peter Pan Live!," a magnificent failure starring Allison Williams who, between "Pan" and her simpering dullard Marnie on HBO's "Girls," seems to be grooming for more singing roles. Read More: Academy: Hire Judd Apatow to Produce 2016 »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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