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Over the past month, we polled 116 culture creators, mavens, and movers and shakers about the year in movies, TV, books, music, memes, and more. The wide-ranging results showed that the respondents were just as bedazzled by their cohorts’ output as we were—and, sometimes, just as rankled, too.Respondents: Christopher Abbott, Jack Antonoff, Patricia Arquette, Michael Barker, Robert Battle, Leslie Bibb, Michael Bierut, Lisa Birnbach, André Bishop, Kate Bosworth, Katrina Bowden, Lorraine Boyle, Rachel Brosnahan, Amy Brownstein, Mika Brzezinski, Gemma Burgess, Jenna Busch, Robert Caro, Wyatt Cenac, Michael Chernus, Olivia Cheng, Anna Chlumsky, Ellar Coltrane, Ruth Connell, Brady Corbet, Katie Couric, Sloane Crosley, Tyne Daly, Adam David Thompson, Lea DeLaria, Jacopo Della Quercia, Laura Dern, Anna Deavere Smith, Eamon Dolan, Jane Dystel, Scott Eastwood, Mona Fastvold, Chaz Ebert, Louise Erdrich, Julia Fierro, Rupert Friend, Cary Fukunaga, Willie Geist, Betty Gilpin, Jon Glaser, Andy Grammer, Lev Grossman, Chin Han, Jon Hamm, »
- Vulture Editors
Joel Rosenzweig, who directed television series including “Cagney & Lacey,” “The Trials of Rosie O’Neill,” “Christy,” “Buck James” and “Falcon Crest,” died of post-operative heart failure at his home in Richardson, Texas, on October 29. He was 66.
At USC in 1970, Rosenzweig, guided by Oscar winner and acting mentor Nina Foch, was deemed “able to do character breakdown better than anyone on the planet.” His master’s thesis at USC was the world premiere staging of The Who’s rock opera “Tommy.”
A year later, when he was 22, Rosenzweig staged the rock opera again, this time with a professional cast at the Aquarius Theatre in Hollywood. Ted Neeley played the title role. “Creative differences” with the producers were to follow, but all subsequent productions of the iconic rock album (both on stage and screen) adhered closely to that original libretto by the onetime USC drama student.
A second generation native of Los Angeles, »
- Carmel Dagan
This week marked the Broadway bows of actors Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal and one Gordon Sumner, but we all know him better as musician Sting (though, to be clear, this the composing debut of original music by Sting on Broadway; he actually appeared in a production of 3 Penny Opera on the boards 25 years ago). McGregor and Gyllenhaal are no strangers to the stage either, the former got raves for his smooth crooner in Guys and Dolls in the West End years back (why, oh why, didn't we get that one too?), and Gyllenhaal has been quietly doing the classics »
- Jason Clark
Having won a Tony Award in 2007 for best actor in a musical for Curtains, David Hyde Pierce will try his hand at directing one on Broadway in the spring, with the new musical comedy It Shoulda Been You. Described as a "modern spin on the traditional wedding comedy," the show unfolds during the chaotic preparations for the nuptials of a Jewish bride and a Catholic groom, with Broadway veterans Tyne Daly and Harriet Harris as their respective mothers, locked in a culture-clash collision. The show premiered to sellout houses and mixed reviews in 2011 at the George
- David Rooney
Imagine if a Time Lord and Skyler White teamed to solve a young boy’s murder in a small Northern California town? That’s what it’s like for fans of Doctor Who and Breaking Bad approaching Fox’s Gracepoint, which takes David Tennant and Anna Gunn, beloved for playing for iconic cable TV roles, and puts them into a big broadcast prime-time crime series. For Tennant, the role means embracing the unusual, perhaps unprecedented, step of reprising the same character he played in Broadchuch, the U.K. version of the show (though Fox has added a different ending for Gracepoint). For Gunn, »
- James Hibberd
Tyne Daly is set school some youngins’ as a guest star on season 6 of Modern Family.
EW has learned that Daly will play “Mrs. Plank,” who is described as Lilly’s “stern, old-school teacher.” Daly joins a host of recently announced guest stars for the show, which include Steve Zahn and Andrea Anders. The show most recently won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Modern Family returns on Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. Et on ABC.
- Teresa Jue
ABC's Modern Family is bringing in a fierce teacher for Lily. Tyne Daly has boarded the Emmy-winning comedy series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Daly will guest star in "Won't You Be Our Neighbor," the fourth episode of Modern Family's upcoming sixth season, and play Mrs. Plank, Lily's (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) stern, old-school teacher. The Emmy (Judging Amy, Christy, Cagney & Lacey) and Tony winner (Gypsy) joins the previously announced recurring guest stars Steve Zahn and Andrea Anders in the episode. The duo will play Ronnie and Kim, a "horrible" family who moves in next door to the Dunphy family. Daly, repped by Innovative and Anonymous Content, most recently appeared in episodes of Burn
- Lesley Goldberg
With her fourth victory Monday night as Best Comedy Actress, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is another step closer to Emmy immortality. She is now tied with Helen Hunt ("Mad About You") in this category and just one behind the all-time record holders Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") and Mary Tyler Moore ("The Dick Van Dyke Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"). -Break- Louis-Dreyfus has now won three straight times for her role as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on the HBO series "Veep. She previously won as the lead on "The New Adventures of Old Christine" in 2006. Her first Emmy was as Best Comedy Supporting Actress for "Seinfeld" in 1996. She has been setting Emmy records over her three-decade television career. Last year, she surpassed legend Lucille Ball by receiving her 14th comedic acting nomination (this year's nod brought the total to 15). Following Tyne Daly, she is only the seco..."' »
Why are so many female characters depicted as successful in their professional lives but “broken” in every other way? “Madam Secretary” is Hall’s effort to bust out of what has become a TV cliche.
Tea Leoni stars as a former CIA analyst who is reluctantly recruited as Secretary of State after her predecessor dies mysteriously. The conflict for Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord comes as she grapples with her high-pressure, 24/7 job where national security is in fact on the line every day. But she has a solid marriage with her religion professor husband, played by Tim Daly, and healthy relationships with her two kids.
“The challenge of trying to create a woman in a strong position of leadership is to not show her life being broken everywhere else, »
- Cynthia Littleton
After two consecutive wins as Best Drama Actress, Claire Danes ("Homeland") is looking to make it three in a row. If successful with her episode submission "The Star," she will join just two other leading ladies who went undefeated for three consecutive years: Barbara Bain ("Mission: Impossible") from 1967-1969 and Tyne Daly ("Cagney & Lacey") from 1983-1985 (she won a fourth in 1988). Can Danes pull it off? -Break- Exclusive: Emmy episode submissions for 'The Good Wife,' Jim Parsons, Claire Danes, ... Synopsis: In the Season 3 finale "The Star," Danes' character, Carrie Mathison, meets up with disgraced soldier Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) in Tehran immediately following his killing of General Akbari, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Carrie is under the false impression that she and Brody will travel back to America where they will live together and be parents to thei...' »
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is starting to dominate her Emmys category of Best Comedy Actress. If she wins a third consecutive time in August for her role as U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on "Veep," she will be moving into the same territory of control that Candice Bergen ("Murphy Brown") and Helen Hunt ("Mad About You") had decades ago. We will ask her about those Emmy chances when she joins us for a live chat this Monday, July 28, at 2:00 p.m. Pt; 5:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- No matter what happens at the next ceremony, Louis-Dreyfus has been setting Emmy records over her three-decade television career. Last year, she surpassed legend Lucille Ball by receiving her 14th comedic acting nomination (this year's nod brings her to 15). Following Tyne Daly, she is only the second person to ever win Emmys for three different regular series roles ("Seinfeld, »
Columnist Liz Smith gets to the bottom of the rumors that Meryl Streep will play the legendary opera singer Maria Callas. She spoke with director Mike Nichols, who is in charge of the upcoming HBO production "Master Class," and he confirms the story from Streep's press agent Leslee Dart. The Terrence McNally play is about the late-in-life diva as she now is a teacher following the death of her lover, Aristotle Onassis. Various Broadway versions has seen Zoe Caldwell, Patti LuPone, Dixie Carter, and Tyne Daly in the lead role (with Caldwell winning a Tony Award in 1996). Will Streep and Nichols add yet another Emmy Award to their awards mantels? Huffington Post. -Break- Longtime character actor Eli Wallach dies at age 98. His lengthy feature film resume included "The Magnificent Seven," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Baby Doll," "The Misfits," "Cinderella Liberty," and "The Godfather: Part III." He...' »
Tyne Daly played the role on BroadwayYou've undoubtedly heard the news by now that Meryl Streep will be playing opera diva Maria Callas in the film adaptation of the play Master Class, about Callas teaching a voice class at Juilliard. Well, telefilm adaptation I guess... so ink Streep down for the Emmy whenever that arrives since Hollywood is all about over-rewarding the winners. On stage the role has been played by Fanny Ardant, Zoe Caldwell, Faye Dunaway and Tyne Daly. Master Class is, in a way, a distant cousin to The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as each involve an imperious older woman teaching students while also basically monologuing about her own glory days.
Terence McNally's play has been around since 1995 and as recently as last Winter Faye Dunaway, who played the role in a Los Angeles production, was still being interviewed about her struggle to get it on film. »
- NATHANIEL R
The 68th Tony Awards on Sunday, hosted by Hugh Jackman, took place at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, where the best of the stage were honored.
Tony Awards Recap
A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder picked up steam leading up to Tony night. At the end of the show, the musical, which follows a destitute man looking to remove the eight ahead of him inline for a title, won four awards Sunday. Gentleman’s Guide won for best musical, book of a musical, director and costume design.
How I Met Your Mother actor Neil Patrick Harris, who has previously been a favorite Tony host, picked up his first award – best lead actor in a musical – for starring in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwig won for best musical revival, and Harris’ costar Lena Hall won best featured actress in a musical.
Jessie Mueller beat out »
Check out all the winners and nominees of the 68th Annual Tony Awards.
The biggest stars of Broadway gathered at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Sunday night to honor and celebrate all the greatest shows and show-stopping performances from the world of theater at the 68th Annual Tony Awards.
Hugh Jackman served as host for his fourth time, and the three-hour ceremony saw lots of big wins.
The 2014 Tony Awards showcased many of the musical numbers from this year's nominated shows, and featured a slew of big-name Hollywood stars who served as presenters. Here is the complete winners list, along with some of our favorite acceptance speeches.
Did the right shows and stars win?
Winner: All the Way
Mothers and Sons
Winner: A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
A Gentleman’s Guide »
New York -- Just over a week ago, The Hollywood Reporter conducted our first Tonys Actress Roundtable with six 2014 Tony nominees -- Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons), Sutton Foster (Violet), Latanya Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun), Idina Menzel (If/Then), Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and Kelli O'Hara (The Bridges of Madison County) -- and the conversation produced so much interesting material that it couldn't all fit into the main video. Therefore, THR is now releasing an 11-minute bonus feature: the actresses' discussion about what first brought them to New York and what they regard as their "big break"
- Scott Feinberg
Will Neil Patrick Harris claim his first Tony Award this Sunday for his gender-bending turn in the musical revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch? Probably. Will fellow multiple-Emmy winner Bryan Cranston win for playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the biodrama All the Way? Count on it. But will it be the Carole King biomusical Beautiful or the murderously funny A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder that earns top honors as the Best New Musical of the Broadway season?
On that point, as on many other tight races in this year’s Tony contest, EW critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier are divided. »
- Thom Geier
The Hollywood Reporter has been sitting down with actors and actresses for Oscar and Emmy roundtable discussions for several years, but this year they're expanding eastward with their first ever Tonys roundtables. The inaugural participants include best actress in a musical nominees Sutton Foster (Violet), Idina Menzel (If/Then), Jessie Mueller (Beautiful: The Carole King Story) and Kelli O'Hara (The Bridges of Madison County) as well as best actress in a play nominees Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons) and Latanya Richardson Jackson (A Raisin in the Sun). As for the men, THR spoke to best actor in a musical nominees Neil Patrick Harris (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Andy Karl (Rocky) and Jefferson Mays (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), best featured actor in a musical nominee James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin) and best actor in a play nominees Chris O'Dowd (Of Mice and Men) »
- Jacob Combs
Speaking at the Hay Festival, Jennifer Saunders confirms that she’s working on an Absolutely Fabulous movie for release sometime in 2015. “I am writing the film as we speak – it’s in the pipeline. I am hoping it will be released by the end of next year.” The paper notes that Chris Colfer is expected to be among the stars in the film, but doesn’t attribute that to Saunders, so it could just be their Twitter exchange a couple of months ago.
After Amazon said that they wouldn’t drop the Boy Scouts of America from their charitable giving program because banned organizations were picked from the Splc’s hate groups list, the Splc has written a letter to Amazon about why they should drop the Scouts. “But the lack »
- Ed Kennedy
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder” has been enjoying more recognition as awards season rolls on. The musical comedy has garnered four wins at the 64th annual Outer Critics Circle Theatre Awards, including nods for actor Jefferson Mays and director Darko Tresnjak; “Bullets Over Broadway” and “The Glass Menagerie” are close as well, with three each.Nick Cordero and Marin Mazzie both took outstanding featured actors in a musical for their performances in “Bullets Over Broadway.” Bryan Cranston took outstanding actor with his Broadway debut “All the Way” (outstanding new Broadway play winner), wherein he plays the former United States president Lyndon B. Johnson; he beat out Ian McKellen in “No Man’s Land.” Cherry Jones from “The Glass Menagerie” was the winner in the outstanding actress category beating out Rebecca Hall (“Machinal”), Jessica Hecht (“Stage Kiss”), Estelle Parsons (“The Velocity of Autumn”) and Tyne Daly (“Mothers and Sons »
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