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Hadley Freeman's memoir masquerading as a survival guide is fresh, witty and packs a serious punch
Anyone who professes to hate the Daily Mail while being addicted to its "sidebar of shame" (the celebrity-packed right-hand feed on its website) will feel very at home with this book. The Nora Ephron opening quote, "Be the heroine of your life not the victim", sums up the style and the theme.
Like Ephron's non-fiction books, it's a series of anecdotes dressed up as a survival guide: "Sex tips for smart ladies; Every dating guide you'll ever need; But do you like him?" It's packed with cultural references: Nancy Mitford, The Devil Wears Prada, Nina Simone, Miss Piggy, The Princess Bride. New York-born Freeman manages to get away with a lot: she can be both scathing and serious about being "awesome" in a way no British writer could.
Obviously this book is aimed firmly at fans of Caitlin Moran, »
- Viv Groskop
Tom Hanks could bring 'Lucky Guy' to the London. The Oscar-winning star is currently discussing transferring the critically-acclaimed Nora Ephron Broadway play from New York City to the West End. But if the 56-year-old actor agrees to the transition and the show gets the go ahead, it won't be up and running until spring 2014 and will only be available for a limited amount of time, according to the Daily Mail newspaper. Hanks plays the lead role of controversial tabloid journalist Mike McAlary and covers the highs and lows of the career of the reporter, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1998 for his coverage on the police brutalisation of Abner Louima and died from colon cancer later that »
The Oscar-winning actor admits the drug cured his inflamed throat quickly and that he even had the bonus of rejuvenating his performance because he felt so good.
"You take the steroid, and the only repercussion is you will not be in the hall of fame. But you do get back on that horse and you are on stage and you feel great," femalefirst.co.uk quoted Hanks as saying.
"I was on steroids for two performances, never felt better in my life, came off the show was tighter, it was quicker. I just blew through the performance feeling like a million bucks. I felt like I was 23 again,". »
- Diksha Singh
Tom Hanks turned to steroids to cure his cold. The Oscar-winning actor was struggling to take to the stage in his critically-acclaimed Nora Ephron Broadway play 'Lucky Guy' because of a nasty cold, so begged his doctor for help by putting him the drug. Speaking on 'The Late Show with David Letterman', Tom said: 'Say you have a cold and it happens now and it sweeps through the theatrical community. 'The cast of 'Pippin' goes down ... you have to go see the magic doctor. And then she puts you on the juice.' Chat show host Letterman chimed in: 'Whoa! Well, that's not legal.' Hanks, 56, jokingly replied: 'Oh no, it's completely legal, Dave ... I'm lying!' The »
Avnet will be recognized for his contributions to AFI while Bigelow and Coates are being heralded for their “contributions of distinction” to the art of the moving image.
The degrees will be presented during the AFI Conservatory’s commencement ceremony on June 12 at the El Capitan Theater.
Previous AFI honorary degrees have been given to Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, James Earl Jones, Nora Ephron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.
Avnet is an AFI alumnus and serves as vice chair of the board of trustees. His credits as a director, writer and producer include “Black Swan,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Risky Business” and “The History Boys.”
- Dave McNary
Christopher McDonald removes his fedora, slides into a booth at Sardi's, the Broadway bar, and stares across the street at the Broadhurst Theatre.
"Lucky Guy" is playing, Tom Hanks stars and McDonald co-stars.
McDonald talks about Hanks with tremendous admiration.
"He's a great guy, smart, funny and with a great attitude," McDonald tells Zap2it. "He's generous and funny as Hell. We laughed so much during the rehearsal period."
He's gone with Hanks to see Hanks' wife, Rita Wilson, perform at 54 Below, a Broadway nightclub, and they went to a basketball game. It's a far cry from when McDonald wrote him a letter years ago.
"Tom is the only person I ever sent a fan letter to," McDonald says.
Proving his nice guy reputation is well deserved, Hanks had indeed responded.
McDonald reminded him of this exchange when they started working together on "Lucky Guy" and he remembered.
McDonald gazes at Sardi's walls of fame, »
Lucky Guy, the late Nora Ephron’s valentine to the 1980s heyday of New York journalism, has more good news this week on top of its impressive six Tony nominations (including nods for Ephron for Best Play and first-time Great White Way star Tom Hanks). It has become the latest Broadway production to recoup its investment, after only eight weeks on the boards — a fast feat for any show, play or musical.
Since opening on April 1, the play — chronicling the controversial career of late Pulitzer-winning newspaper columnist Mike McAlary — was met with some mixed reviews but audiences have been arriving in droves, »
- Jason Clark
New York -- That title isn't wrong. In what is turning into a truly fortunate week for Lucky Guy, producers have announced that the late Nora Ephron's play has recouped its initial capitalization of $3.6 million, only two days after picking up six Tony nominations. Digging into her early journalism roots, Ephron's final work is an affectionate chronicle of the New York tabloid wars of the 1980s and of the rise, fall and redemption of scrappy crime-beat columnist Mike McAlary. On Tuesday, it was nominated for best play, leading actor Tom Hanks, featured actor Courtney B. Vance and director George C. Wolfe as well
- David Rooney
Trevor Hogg chats with Academy Award nominated cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt about being a teenage photojournalist, working with director Mike Nichols, the Oscars and the current state of filmmaking...
My sister is a painter and architect, my father was a doctor but he always wanted to be a musician, and my mother was interested in painting. I was surrounded by art in my childhood,” states Stephen Goldblatt who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and moved with his family to the United Kingdom at the age of seven; four years later he became obsessed with photography and later as a teenager Goldblatt was hired to work for London Life Magazine owned by the Sunday Times. “I was working as a photographer when I was 18. The thing about old style film photojournalism was that you were telling a story in still pictures and not being digital, you tended to try to do »
Tony Awards 2013: Tom Hanks, Nora Ephron, Cicely Tyson, Tom Sturridge among nominees (photo: Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy) The Tony Awards 2013 nominations were announced earlier today. Missing in action is a whole array of film celebrities, though a few managed to be included in this year’s shortlist. (See also: “Tony Awards 2013: Scarlett Johansson, Sigourney Weaver, Jessica Chastain ‘Snubbed.’“) Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) is in the running for Best Actor in a Play for Lucky Guy, which is also up for the Best Play Tony Award. Written by Nora Ephron, who directed Hanks and Meg Ryan in two of their biggest box-office hits, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, Lucky Guy traces the rise, fall, and rebirth of New York tabloid columnist Mike McAlary. Ephron, among whose other film credits include the Meryl Streep / Amy Adams comedy Julie & Julia and, as a screenwriter, »
- Andre Soares
There were plenty of surprises in the Tony nominations this morning, starting with the fact that the most-recognized show was Cyndi Lauper’s Kinky Boots (with 13 total nominations, including Best Musical) — and not presumed front-runner Matilda (with 12). Of course, the Roald Dahl-inspired Matilda might have picked up a tying 13th nomination had the four young actresses rotating in the title role not been ruled ineligible for Best Actress in a Musical (the quartet will share special Tony honors instead).
Plenty of familiar Hollywood names made the cut for nominations, including three in the Best Actor in a Play category: »
- Thom Geier
Here is the complete list of this year's Tony nominees. Best Play The Assembled Parties Author: Richard Greenberg Lucky Guy Author: Nora Ephron The Testament of Mary Author: Colm Tóibín Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Author: Christopher Durang Best Musical Bring It On: The Musical A Christmas Story, The Musical Kinky Boots Matilda The Musical Best Book of a Musical A Christmas Story, The Musical Joseph Robinette Kinky Boots Harvey Fierstein Matilda The Musical Dennis Kelly Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella Douglas Carter Beane Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre A Christmas Story, »
- Tim Molloy
Another year, another set of Tony nominations. I was surprised to note how many theatrical experiences we covered this year here at The Film Experience. As a proudly NYC based site, we have to get our theater on even if the focus is the movies. But hey, a little television and theater coverage mixed in with a whole lot of movies and Oscar gives us a fuller more rounded persona as a blog, don’t you think? I wasn’t able to watch the actual announcement this morning but my darling Sutton Foster – who is between seasons (hopefully) of the ever-more interesting Bunheads on ABC Family – announced them despite a couple of seasons off the boards now. You know I highly recommend a TV show when I’m okay with it usurping all of a beloved stage star’s time.
In some ways the Tonys are more equivalent to the »
- NATHANIEL R
Tom Hanks has been nominated for his first Tony award. The 56-year-old actor is up for Best Performance by an Actor for his debut role on Broadway in the play 'Lucky Guy'. Tom plays the lead role of newspaper columnist Mike McAlary in the Nora Ephron play, after forming a friendship with the late writer. Tom - who previously starred in 'You've Got Mail' and 'Sleepless In Seattle', both written and directed by Nora - was overcome with emotion at the show's opening night earlier this month saying he missed Nora, who died of leukemia aged 71 last year. Speaking after the performance, he said: 'That was a tough moment. We were going to do this, and Nora and [show »
Nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced Tuesday morning. The drag queen musical "Kinky Boots," inspired by the true story behind the 2005 film of the same name, is at the head of the class acts with 13 nominations including best musical. Cyndi Lauper, who wrote the music and lyrics for "Boots," received the nomination for best score while playwright and seasoned Tony winner Harvey Fierstein ("La Cage aux Folles") is up for best book. Dennis Kelly's "Matilda the Musical," based Roald Dahl's novel about a preternaturally gifted little girl, is close behind with 12 noms including best musical. Nora Ephron's final play "Lucky Guy" holds a place in six categories including best play and Tom Hanks for best actor. A few other notable Hollywood personalities appear on the ballot, including Tony Shalhoub for best featured actor ("Golden Boy") and Tracy Letts for best actor in Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Tom Hanks received his first Tony Award nomination today for his leading role in Nora Ephron's play "Lucky Guy." Thanks to a flutter of responses on Twitter, we came to the realization that the Broadway nod brings Hollywood's golden boy one step closer to Egot status, a title reserved for individuals who have earned the 1-2-3-4 punch of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony win.
Much like Tracy Jordan, the beloved "30 Rock" character who aspired to Egot fame, Hanks has the opportunity to join the dozen other acting greats who have earned all four awards. Among them are Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg and composer Marvin Hamlisch.
All he needs to do is secure his Tony statue (he's up against theater veterans like Nathan Lane and David Hyde Pierce) and nab himself a Grammy soon after. Perhaps a spoken word album is in Hanks' future?
- Katherine Brooks
New York — The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, earned a nod as leading man in a play.
"Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear. Lauper's songs and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser.
"I walked my dog early this morning so I'd be back in time to listen to the announcement. It's so great. It's so great. I'm done crying a little bit. But I'm still thrilled and a little stunned," Lauper said.
The haul did not match the record number of nominations for a musical, which is 15, set by "The Producers" in 2001 and "Billy Elliot" in 2009. "The Book of Mormon" nabbed 14 Tony nods in 2011.
"Lucky Guy, »
The nominations for the Tony awards 2013 are in. Musical Kinky Boots has 13 nods, followed by Matilda with 12. What have you seen – and who would you like to win?
The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg
Lucky Guy by Nora Ephron
The Testament of Mary by Colm Toíbín
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang
Bring It On: the Musical
A Christmas Story: the Musical
Matilda: the Musical
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best revival of a musical
Best book of a musical
A Christmas Story: the Musical by Joseph Robinette
Matilda; the Musical by Dennis Kelly
Best original score (music and/or lyrics) written for the »
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- Sadie Gennis
The nominations for the 67th annual Tony Awards were announced Tuesday (April 30). "Kinky Boots," a musical from Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, leads the way with 13 nominations. Actor Tom Hanks also received his first Tony nomination, for his work in the late Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy."
The 2013 Tony Awards air live on CBS Sunday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt.
The full list of nominees:
Bring It On: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Testament of Mary
The Assembled Parties
Best revival of a play
Trip to Bountiful
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best revival of a musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy
Nathan Lane, The Nance
Tracy Letts, »
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