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Directed by Peter Weir
Written by Andrew Niccol
High concept is always a tricky beast. By its very nature, it always threatens to completely overshadow its own efforts and render the effort to capture the wonder of an emphatic hypothetical question rather academic. The query pondered by Peter Weir’s 1998 satire The Truman Show was one that any viewer can appreciate; ‘What if every moment of your life was being televised for the entertainment of the masses?’ In effect, what if your existence was a lie, a conspiracy that everybody else was in on? You would have no way of knowing, beyond perhaps paranoid convictions regarding the ironically unseen.
What makes The Truman Show a modern classic and, dare I say, a masterpiece is that it takes that question and dwarfs it with a story high on intelligence, both intellectual and emotional, and turns a gambit »
- Scott Patterson
The 2012-2013 theater season came to a close this past week with this year’s Tony Awards — up 20 percent in the TV ratings over last year — as Neil Patrick Harris proved an unstoppable host. (Seriously, you need to watch that opening number again.). In other news, the much-utilized Tkts discount booths, present in Manhattan and Brooklyn and a great assist for all those on a budget, turns 40 this month! (Click here to see the various incarnations of the booth over the past four decades.) Neil Labute’s latest premiered (and the drama wasn’t all on stage, it seems), with »
- Jason Clark
Reasons to be Happy that the Internet exists: If you’re a pissed-off playwright, sweet revenge can be just a few keystrokes away.
Neil Labute’s latest play — a similarly-named sequel to 2008′s Reasons to be Pretty that stars The Office’s Jenna Fischer and Gcb’s Leslie Bibb — is either great, terrible, or somewhere in between, depending on who you believe. Ben Brantley of the New York Times named it a Critics’ Pick, saying the show could be “the most winning romantic comedy of the summer.” EW’s own Melissa Rose Bernardo gave it a B, along with a »
- Hillary Busis
It’s curtains for Ann, the play written by and starring Holland Taylor. The show will close June 30, ahead of its planned Sept. 1 date, after playing 19 previews and 132 regular performances, producers announced Wednesday.
“It has been an honor to work with a truly remarkable playwright and a magnificent actress to bring Ann to Broadway and, happily in this case, they are one and the same,” said producer Bob Boyett in a release. »
- Erin Strecker
The 2013 Tony Awards brought out some of the best actors in the business, and was led by Neil Patrick Harris for the fourth time as host. Taking place at Radio City Music Hall Sunday June 9, some of the biggest winners of the night included Kinky Boots and Pippin. Check out the complete winners list below!
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Best Performance By Actor In Leading Role In Play
Winner: Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Best Performance By Actress In Leading Role In Play
Best Performance By Actor »
- Stephanie Webber
New York — Cicely Tyson, who returned to Broadway this season for the first time in 30 years, has taken home the Tony Award for best leading actress in a play.
She won Emmys for "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All." She was also nominated for her role in the miniseries "Roots." »
Here are the nominees and winners for The 67th Annual Tony Awards, held Sun. June 9, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall (winners are in bold):
Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a playTom Hanks, Lucky GuyNathan Lane, The NanceTracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeTom Sturridge, Orphans
Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a playLaurie Metcalf, The Other PlaceAmy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Holland Taylor, ANNCicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musicalBertie Carvel, Matilda: The MusicalSantino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein's CinderellaRob McClure, ChaplinBilly Porter, Kinky BootsStark Sands, Kinky Boots
Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musicalStephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin DroodCarolee Carmello, ScandalousValisia LeKae, »
Having memorably played a tough but warm-hearted Harvard Law professor in Legally Blonde and sassy mom Evelyn Harper on Two and a Half Men, veteran actress Holland Taylor is now up for a Tony Award for Broadway's Ann, her one-woman show in which she plays the late, feisty Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Doubly remarkable is not only that Taylor stars in the show, but she wrote it herself. (The Tonys air live on CBS Sunday at 8 p.m.) And while the Emmy winner has enjoyed career success, life has not been entirely glamorous for the 70-year-old, who opens up about »
- Andrea Billups
The only sure shot going into the 67th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday (June 9) is Neil Patrick Harris hosting for a fourth time.
"He understands Broadway and television, and Broadway and television come together one time a year," says Glenn Weiss, director and co-producer of the Tonys.
Though Harris was suspended upside down when "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was a contender in 2012, he's not going to pull similar stunts this time.
"I never find it a successful move when an awards show host dons different ridiculous outfits," Harris tells Zap2it. "As a viewer, I never feel it is funny, and I just think it is difficult for the host. It is a lot of work for not a lot of accolades. You end up with silly pictures of yourself in the trades.
"The job of hosting an awards show like the Tonys is to be the ringmaster and barker, »
Smith Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir Project has creeped its way into Tony Awards land, with some hilarious results. Nominees for this Sunday night’s Tony Awards (airing on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. Et) had to express their gratitude, best wishes, and other emotions in six words, and the magazine’s Facebook page has them in a gallery for perusal. Most amusing of all is how many nominees either exceed or don’t quite reach six words. (Ahem, Courtney B. Vance, Hal Luftig, and Bertie Carvel- — though the latter freely admits his rascally deed). And Holland Taylor slips one last word in, »
- Jason Clark
New York — The great comedian W.C. Fields is credited with the line, "Never work with children or animals." He would have had trouble on Broadway this season.
There were kids at every turn – "Motown: The Musical," "Kinky Boots," "Annie," "Matilda the Musical," "A Christmas Story, the Musical" and "Pippin." And animals? Dogs in "Annie," "Pippin" and "A Christmas Story, the Musical," a cat in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," a dead crow in "Macbeth" and even a live vulture in "The Testament of Mary."
But now that it's Tony Awards time, it's the moment for the adults to shine. No kids or pets made it through the nomination process, so only grown-ups will emerge victorious Sunday night.
Will win: "Kinky Boots." Should win: "Matilda the Musical."
Though it's been a horse race between "Kinky Boots" and the import "Matilda the Musical" – both coincidentally having actors adopting British accents and both »
In the past couple years, Charlie Sheen has spent most of his time talking about dragon blood, trading one goddess for a new one and generally "winning." But despite his seemingly unintelligent behavior and rocky past, his former costar has recently gone on the record to sing his praises calling him "as smart a person as you'll ever find."
Before heading back to her theatre roots, Holland Taylor, who worked with Sheen on "Two and a Half Men" before he was replaced by Ashton Kutcher, revealed to Parade magazine, that "anybody who's spent time with Charlie likes him." And, the 70-year-old actress noted, his more unlikeable behavior can all be traced back to the "madhouse way" in which Sheen was raised.
"If you grow up in [Hollywood], you're going to be affected by the atmosphere. And if you go into acting at a young age, watch out," she revealed.
Unfortunately for Sheen, »
- Samantha Toscano
Charlie Sheen has had more than his share of problems over the years, but his former costar Holland Taylor says fans shouldn't judge him for his past mistakes. "Anybody who's spent time with Charlie likes him," the Two and a Half Men actress tells Parade magazine in a new interview. "He's as smart a person as you'll ever find." Which is not to say that he hasn't done dumb things -- everyone has. But Sheen, Taylor says, had an abnormal childhood, so normal behavior is relative. "He grew [...] »
Holland Taylor is sounding off on her Two and a Half Men pals Charlie Sheen and Ashton Kutcher. In a new interview with Parade, the 70-year-old actress shares her thoughts on her two headline-making costars. "Anybody who's spent time with Charlie likes him," Taylor gushed of Sheen, who played her son on the hit CBS show. "He's as smart a person as you'll ever find." When asked about some Sheen's not-so-smart decisions, Taylor said, "He grew up with a movie star father [Martin Sheen] who was gallivanting around the world. [Today] Martin is a big AA person and very public about it. But back in the day, Martin was a young, crazy, brilliant talent—always gone, always »
Cyndi Lauper has plenty to celebrate - and she's not doing it alone. Not only is the singer-songwriter Tony-nominated for her critically acclaimed score to the best-musical contender Kinky Boots, but she's also marking the 30th anniversary of the monster hit that first put her on the map, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," which she released in 1983. To celebrate? She was totally surprised by the Kinky Boots ensemble. After quietly securing permission from Lauper's manager and her record company, Sony Music, they assembled this performance music video (see below) of Lauper's signature number. "It's so sweet, I'm crying," Lauper, »
- Stephen M. Silverman
Despite a Broadway season that saw a 6-percent dip in attendance, theater fans still have cause for celebration at this Sunday’s Tony Awards. There’s a contest heating up for Best Musical, pitting the “revolting” children of Matilda against the fabulous drag queens of Kinky Boots.
And there’s some real suspense in other major categories: Will two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks (above) add a Tony to his mantel for his Broadway debut in Lucky Guy? Will former Who’s the Boss star Judith Light win back-to-back Tonys in Best Featured Actress in a Play? EW critics Melissa Rose »
- Thom Geier
Tony Awards 2013 ‘Hollywood Snubs’ (photo: Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) [See previous post: "Tony Awards 2013: Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks Nominated."] Among the movie celebrities who could have been nominated but weren’t, are The Avengers‘ Scarlett Johansson and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter‘s Benjamin Walker for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (made into a 1958 movie directed by Richard Brooks, and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman); and two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) for The Heiress (in the role that earned Olivia de Havilland an Oscar). Here are a few more: Alien and Avatar‘s Sigourney Weaver for Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike; Bette Midler for John Logan’s I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, about the powerful Hollywood agent whose clients ranged from Barbra Streisand to Tatum O’Neal; and Paul Rudd (Prince Avalanche) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) for Grace. (See also Tony »
- Andre Soares
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
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, »
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