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As a perennial event nearing its 40th anniversary, it takes a lot to make the Kennedy Center Honors seem newsworthy. Yet this year’s addition of new producers to replace founding patriarch George Stevens Jr. – amid some acrimony and ill feelings – coupled with President Obama’s address on terrorism that impacted his attendance managed to do just that. Throw in honoree George Lucas as his creation, “Star Wars,” swallows the pop-culture universe, and the always-stately telecast contains more urgency than usual, even if it’s clear the new stewards had no intention of reinventing the wheel.
Helpfully, this has to be one of the more commercially pleasing and diverse lineups of honorees in recent memory. In addition to Lucas – presented, surprisingly, during the first hour of the telecast – there are actresses Cicely Tyson and Rita Moreno, singer/songwriter Carole King, and conductor Seizi Ozawa. (The Eagles chose to defer their induction, »
- Brian Lowry
Washington — Unveiling a variety of touches that broke from longstanding tradition, the Kennedy Center toasted five titans of the performing arts on Sunday in the 38th annual presentation of its Kennedy Center Honors. The careers of director George Lucas, actors Cecily Tyson and Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and singer/songwriter Carole King were feted in a tight and fluid ceremony, which is slated to air Dec. 29 on CBS.
The first honors program under new the Kennedy Center’s new president Deborah Rutter coincided with a new production team, Tony Awards veterans Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment. The duo was tapped last May under a one-year tryout deal to succeed George Stevens Jr., who conceived the Honors program and co-produced from its inception through last year.
The gala celebration, as usual, drew a top shelf turnout of showbiz and D.C. glitterati, including President Obama, who »
- Paul Harris
Well, this is some news to sing about. CBS officially announced today that the 2016 Tony Awards will air live on the network on Sunday, June 5, 2016, beginning at 8 p.m. The ceremony, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. Next year will be a historic one for the Tony Awards, as it marks the 70th anniversary of the awards show, which was first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The nominations for the 2016 Tony Awards will be announced on Friday, April 29, and Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers for the upcoming show. (In addition to executive producing, Weiss will also serve as director of the Tonys for the 17th consecutive year.) At this year’s ceremony, which was held on June 7, Fun Home and The Curious Incident of the…
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- Chris King
The 2016 Tony Awards will air June 5 on CBS, the broadcaster announced Monday.
The ceremony, which honors achievement in Broadway theater, will air from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. that Sunday. It is exec produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment. This also makes the 17th consecutive year that Weiss will also serve as director. A host has yet to be named.
The Tony Awards have been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The 2015 ceremony, which was hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, flirted with near-record ratings lows as it went against the NBA Finals on ABC.
The upcoming ceremony also marks a milestone for the Tony Awards, which are presented by Tony Award Productions — a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. It is the 70th anniversary of the event, which was first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. »
- Whitney Friedlander
A version of this story appeared in the “Down to the Wire” issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. Lots of people have won Emmys, but you can count on one hand the number who’ve had the surreal experience of cuing their own acceptance speech. Glenn Weiss did it last year when he directed the show on which he won an Emmy for directing the Tonys — and this year’s Emmy director, Louis J. Horvitz, has done it five times, winning the majority of his seven Emmys (five for the Oscars, two for the Kennedy Center Honors) while sitting in the show’s. »
- Steve Pond
The 2015 Kennedy Center Honors will be presented to six artists instead of the traditional five. Those announced on Thursday for the national celebration of the arts are rock band the Eagles, singer-songwriter Carole King, director and producer George Lucas, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa, and actress Cicely Tyson. -Break- Editors Emmy slugfest: Which shows will get last two Drama Series slots? (Video) Normally announced after Labor Day, the press release on Thursday was a summer surprise six weeks early. The artists are the first to be honored by new production team, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss, who annually produce the Tony Awards for White Cherry Entertainment. Veteran producer George Stevens, Jr., a founder of the annual event since it started in 1978, and his son Michael were not retained after last December's ceremony. In discussing this year's selections, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein say »
The event, a fundraiser for the Washington, D.C. arts center that brought in $6 million last year, set for December 6. CBS will again broadcast, on December 29.Star Wars patriarch George Lucas, actresses Cicely Tyson and Rita Moreno, songwriter Carole King, conductor Seiji Ozawa and the Eagles will be saluted at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. It is the event’s 38th year but the first to be produced by Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss at White Cherry Entertainment. George… »
The Kennedy Center has tapped White Cherry Entertainment, veteran producers of numerous TV events including the Tony Awards and Emmy Awards, to handle production of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors.
White Cherry partners Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss have signed a one-year deal with the prestigious event, which airs annually on CBS, that Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter anticipates will usher in a “whole new era” for the event.
Kirshner and Weiss will succeed George Stevens Jr., founding producer of the 37-year-old program, who has spearheaded the event in recent years with son Michael Stevens. The center ended its association with the Stevens duo last year.
“Glenn and Ricky have the right vision to produce an exceptional show,” said Rutter. “We admire the creativity, professionalism and collaborative spirit they will bring to this signature event.” The view was echoed by Kencen chairman David Rubenstein, who also thanked George and »
- Paul Harris
From BAFTA to DGA, the Latest Winners this Awards Season
With the Oscars upon us, the awards season is almost over! But the last trek to the Academy Awards include many guild awards and of course, BAFTA! So here.s the latest congratulatory awards list of the winners from BAFTA to DGA, from Annie to Ace and everything in between!
Your full BAFTA winners (winners are highlighted):
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
The Directors Guild of America held the 67th annual DGA Awards Dinner in Los Angeles last night, during which Alejandro González Inarritu was honoured with the DGA Award for Oustanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Birdman.
Innaitu was nominated alongside Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Clint Eastwood (American Sniper), Richard Linklater (Boyhood) and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), and the award makrs his second DGA success, having received the DGA Award for Commercials in 2012 for a Proctor and Gamble ad.
Here’s a full list of the winners…
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
“Transparent,” “Best New Girl” (Amazon Prime)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series »
- Gary Collinson
In his acceptance speech, the director claimed that filmmaking is not as hard as it used be, stating: "To make a good film we all know is war, and we have just to survive it. If this is considered a great film, it doesn't have anything to do with me. It's a miracle."
On accepting the award, she said: "This is an incredible time to be a documentary filmmaker. People are doing work that is incredibly groundbreaking and risk-taking."
The Comedy »
"Birdman" helmer Alejandro González Iñárritu won the Directors Guild of America's (DGA) award for best direction of a motion picture Saturday night, effectively firming up his film's march into the Oscars later this month. The Michael Keaton comedy also took top honors from both the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. With the DGA prize it joins films like "Argo," "The King's Speech," "Slumdog Millionaire," "No Country for Old Men," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," "Chicago," "American Beauty" and "Apollo 13" as the only films to pull off the hat trick. Only one of those, "Apollo 13," failed to win the Best Picture Oscar. So it's more or less settled, right? I confess, coming into the industry awards phase of the season, I didn't expect "Birdman" to dominate like this. And maybe that was ultimately its secret weapon. Everyone had their eyes on "Boyhood. »
- Kristopher Tapley
“I never expected to be here tonight talking to you — never,” a deeply moved Inarritu said in his acceptance speech Saturday night at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. “I am openly humbled.”
Inarritu, a native of Mexico, noted that filmmaking is unpredictable: “You can’t pick a sexual position that will turn out a certain kind of child.”
“I’m just so thankful, thankful, thankful, thankful,” he concluded.
- Dave McNary
The win for “Transparent” comes a month after it won the comedy series trophy at the Golden Globes.
Jane Lynch hosted the 67th annual DGA ceremonies at the Century Plaza.
Updated list of winners:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Homeland, “13 Hours in Islamabad”
House of Cards, “Chapter 22″
True Detective, “Who Goes There”
Game of Thrones, “The Children”
Louie, “Elevator: Part »
- Dave McNary
Tonight, the final major guild, The Directors Guild of America, announced their awards for 2014, giving their top prize to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for his brilliant direction of Birdman. This means that the film has won the “Triple Crown” (PGA, DGA, and SAG), making it an unstoppable force as we head into the Oscars.
No film since Apollo 13 has won all three of these awards and lost the Best Picture Oscar, but that film had failed to get a Best Director nod, showing that it wasn’t quite as strong with the Academy. Birdman, on the other hand, has nominations in every major category except Film Editing (which is probably due to the Editors’ Branch thinking that there wasn’t much editing there), so its path to the Oscars should be pretty smooth.
This completes what we could rightly call the “King’s Speech Coup,” named after the film that, »
- Jeff Beck
The Directors Guild of America (DGA) has announced the nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2014. All the usual suspects received nods (Wes Anderson, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Richard Linklater), the unusual (Morten Tyldum for "The Imitation Game"), and then there's Clint Eastwood for "American Sniper."
Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 7, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Here's your complete list of nominees of the 67th Annual DGA Awards:
Feature Film Nominees
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Mr. Anderson.s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Miki Emmrich
First Assistant Director: Josh Robertson
Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard
This is Mr. Anderson.s first DGA Award nomination.
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Eastwood.s Directorial »
The winners will be announced Feb. 7 at the guild’s annual awards dinner in Los Angeles. Scroll down »
Directors Guild President Paris Barclay has announced the TV, documentary and commercial nominees for this year's DGA Awards. “The spectrum of directorial excellence across today's nine television and documentary categories is revelatory for the breadth and depth in what each of these women and men have directed – from 30-second commercials to multi-hour miniseries,” said Barclay in a statement. “As fellow filmmakers, we’re inspired by the quality, imagination and creativity demonstrated by these impressive nominees; as audience members, we’re incredibly fortunate to enjoy the fruits of their labors. Our congratulations to all of the nominees.” First-time nominees include Jodie Foster ("House of Cards," "Orange is the New Black"), Cary Fukunaga ("True Detective"), Mike Judge ("Silicon Valley"), Lisa Cholodenko ("Olive Kitteridge"), Michael Wilson ("The Trip to Bountiful") and Jill Soloway ("Transparent"). Winners will be announced Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles at a ceremony hosted by Jane Lynch. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Half is a much more equal percentage than zero, no? Four women were nominated for five DGA awards in episodic television Wednesday morning, marking a giant step up from the film side of things where zero women made the cut — including "Selma" director Ava Duverney, who many expected to earn a slot. Jodie Foster earned nominations for directing episodes of both "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards," while "Homeland" dominated the drama category with two of the five nominations. Other big names to land nominations include Cary Joji Fukunaga for "True Detective," Louis C.K. for "Louie," Mike Judge for "Silicon Valley" and Jill Soloway for "Transparent." Nominees for the TV Movie and Miniseries category included Lisa Cholodenko for "Olive Kitteridge" and Ryan Murphy for "The Normal Heart." Some surprise nominees snuck in as well — including Rob Ashford and Glenn Weiss for »
- Ben Travers
The Directors Guild of America announced its television, commercial and documentary nominations on Wednesday, with Jodie Foster receiving a pair of nods for directing episodes of the drama series “House of Cards” and the comedy series “Orange Is the New Black.”
The Oscar-winning actress is the only director to be nominated in both the drama and comedy categories. In drama, she will be competing with Dan Attias and Lesli Linka Glatter for two different episodes of “Homeland,” Cary Joji Fukunaga for “True Detective” and Alex Graves for “Game of Thrones.”
See photos: Golden Globe Awards: Winners Gallery (Photos)
In comedy, »
- Steve Pond
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