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As a kid, you can’t be picky where you find your fix of sci-fi and horror. Sometimes it’s the big screen, but often (for me, anyway) it was that living room landmark, television. I remember being seven and watching a Western where a couple of guys are on vacation at a resort where you can be a cowboy and have gunfights with androids (Sci-Fi, sweet!). And then…bad things start to happen. The androids break down, and now they’re killing the guests (ooh, Horror!). My head reeled from this magical swirl, a mesh of circuitry and chaos. Welcome to Westworld (1973), and its parent resort, Delos. Their slogan: Have we got a vacation for you.
- Scott Drebit
As if you need another reason to celebrate Broadway! Well, at least 106.7 Lite FM is giving you a place to do it! Beginning July 9, Bryant Park will be hosting a new Broadway musical cast every Thursday for six straight weeks. From this year’s Tony winners such as “Something Rotten!” and four-time winner “The King and I,” as well as “Finding Neverland” and “On the Town,” in addition to Great White Way staples “Les Miserablés,” “Chicago,” “Wicked,” “Kinky Boots,” and several others. “Summer 2015 marks an incredible milestone year for 106.7 Lite FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park—15 Years of music and performances—and we are incredibly proud of this event, which has become an iconic New York City summer tradition for our listeners, Broadway fans and city visitors alike,” said Chris Conley, the station’s program director, in a statement. “We look forward to another summer season of joining new and »
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
Channeling the tense atmosphere of their HBO series, True Detective, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn joined Jimmy Fallon for a game of deception, "True Confessions," on Thursday's Tonight Show. Seated around a table filled with lit cigarettes, cups of coffee and mysterious envelopes, the trio took turns confessing long-buried secrets – as the other two fired off "good cop/bad cop" questions to sort out truth from fiction.
Farrell begins his turn with heavy twitching and blinking, as he impersonates Robert Durst from The Jinx. "When I was a late teen, »
It simply had to be Yul Brynner.
When it came to casting the role of the imperious King of Siam in the film version of the hit Broadway musical The King and I, 20th Century Fox wanted only the Russian-born Brynner, who had originated the role on stage and performed it more than 1,000 times. But Brynner played hardball, holding out until he got script and cast approval, and a percentage of the movie’s profits.
It was worth the trouble as the dominating image of the bald-headed, hand-on-hips Brynner is what comes to mind when we think of the film.
Set in 1862 Siam (Thailand), the story focuses on the friendship that develops between the King and the strong-willed English schoolteacher (Deborah Kerr) who tutors his many children and wives. Brynner’s performance won the Oscar for Best Actor and launched his film career.
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
The best of Broadway took Radio City Music Hall by storm on June 7 to celebrate the 69th annual Tony Awards. Co-hosted by Tony winners Alan Cumming and Kristin Chenoweth, the ceremony gave top honors to Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s “Fun Home,” which became the first winner for best musical in Tony history written by an all-female team. Alison Bechdel, whose graphic memoir provided the source material for “Fun Home,” said after the ceremony that although she wishes her late mother and father could see it, “in some weird level of reality, my parents are ecstatic about this play.” Other big winners included “The King and I,” which won for best musical revival, costume design, featured actress Ruthie Ann Miles, and leading actress Kelli O’Hara, who finally received her first Tony after six nominations. “Be who you are, period,” she said after tap dancing off the stage. “It »
"I completely lost my mind. I don't know if that was obvious ... When they did say my name, I think it just blew me away," said actress Kelli O'Hara about finally winning her first Tony Award for "The King and I," which also won Best Musical Revival. She was so overwhelmed that she did a dance when accepting the award: "That's called 'Shuffle Off to Buffalo,' very poorly done in Jimmy Choo shoes, but when you're that excited, you lose your mind a bit." -Break- Tony Awards winners: Show by show This is her first Tonys victory after five unsuccessful nominations: for her featured role in "The Light in the Piazza" (2005) and lead roles in "The Pajama Game (2006), "South Pacific" (2008), "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (2012) and "Bridges of Madison County" (2014). About the role that finally broke her losing streak, O'Hara said, "Anna is a very strong woman, »
It is always surprising to see the depth and breadth of support for some shows at the Tony Awards and the limited appeal of others. Below, a breakdown of the 24 winners arranged by the four musicals and five plays that took home at least one Tony. -Break- Join the fierce fight about the Tony Awards going on right now in our notorious message boards Musicals "Fun Home" (5 wins from 12 nominations) Musical Direction Score Book Actor, Michael Cerveris "An American in Paris" (4 wins from 12 nominations) Costume Design Lighting Design Scenic Design Orchestrations "The King and I" (4 wins from 9 nominations) Musical Revival Actress, Kelli O'Hara Featured Actress, Ruthie Ann Miles Costume Design "Something Rotten" (1 win from 10 nominations) Featured Actor, Christian Borle Tony Awards: Complete List of Winners Plays "Curious Incident of the Dog i..."' »
This marked the 69th annual edition of the Tony Awards and, once again, these kudos proved to be the classiest of them all. The Good Once again, the Tonys brought the best acceptance speeches you can find during an awards show. Particular standouts from this year include: -Break- Best Actor (Play) champ Alex Sharp ("Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time") championing people who feel different to accomplish their dreams; Best Actor (Musical) winner Michael Cerveris ("Fun Home") invoking the memory of Alison Bechdel's father when wishing for the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality later this month; Best Actress (Musical) winner Kelli O'Hara ("The King and I") finally taking home her first Tony and proudly dancing offstage; and Surprise winner of Best Featured Actor (Play) Richard McCabe ("The Audience") referring to himself as a "tosser" and acknowledging that most Am »
"Not too bad, if I say so myself..." If I may take a quote from this year's Best Musical winner as I went 20/24 with my predictions for this year's 2015 Tony Awards. Undoubtedly, the two big winners of the night were the musical Fun Home and the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both of which took home five awards including honors for their leading men, directors, and, of course, Best Musical/Play. Right behind those two was the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which picked up four awards, including Best Revival and for their long overdue leading lady Kelli O'Hara, who easily gave the best speech of the night (including dancing off the stage). I may predicted Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth over her, but I am so happy to be wrong. yt id="MneMh2c-y0M" width="640" And what about Chenoweth »
- Mike Shutt
While the Tonys were being handed out Sunday night, TVLine wasn’t just watching the awards, we were deciding the winners — or, in some cases, “winners” — in a few categories of our own invention. So which performers and performances from the black-tie back-slap made the cut — and which should have been cut? Read on, find out and — best of all — hit the comments to weigh in yourself!
PhotosCritics’ Choice Television Awards 2015: Allison Janney’s Big Kiss, Taraji’s Cookie Moment and More in Photos
Who took home all the hardware from Broadway's biggest night? Well, Helen Mirren won big for her turn as Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience (all hail Helen), and Ruthie Ann Miles nabbed kudos for her performance in The King and I — the real winners, at least for a sec, were the audience members and viewers at home who got to see Miles's phone-assisted speech, highlighted by a weirdly intense play-off and equally intriguing joke. In other categories, An American in Paris, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and Fun Home cleaned up nicely — the latter two earning top honors for best play and best musical, respectively.Here's the full victors list, with the winners bolded (if you want to relive some of the fun from the broadcast, check out our liveblog!): Best MusicalAn American in ParisFun HomeSomething Rotten!The VisitBest PlayThe Curious Incident of the »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
After they took the stage to receive their Broadway-lauding honor and gushed their happy thanks onstage, the winners of the 2015 Tony Awards spoke to the press backstage. Here's what Sunday's winners had to say: Kelli O’Hara, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, The King and I "I've never been to one of these — what do I do?" the first-time winner, nominated six times, asked reporters. "[My character] Anna is a trailblazer and I want to be like her." When her name was called, "I completely lost my mind. I
- Ashley Lee
- Ryan Adams
Fun Home and The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time were the big winners tonight as the 69th annual Tony Awards were handed out. The shows led the field with five trophies apiece at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan including Best Musical and Best Play, respectively. The King And I and An American In Paris were next with four wins each. Helen Mirren took the first award of the night for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play in The… »
Two star-free shows, the musical “Fun Home” and the play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” took top honors at the 69th annual Tony Awards Sunday night. Each earned five statuettes, including Best Musical for “Fun Home” and Best Play for “Curious Incident. Four prizes each went to the musicals “An American in Paris” and “The King and I,” whose lead actress, Kelli O’Hara, won her first Tony after six nominations. In addition, Helen Mirren took home her first Tony as Best Actress in a Play for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Audience;” she is. »
- Thom Geier
The 69th annual edition of these top theater kudos were handed out on Sunday, June 7 at New York's Radio City Music Hall and air live on CBS. Nominees were determined by 50 theater professionals while winners were voted on by 863 members of the Broadway community. -Break- Join the devilish debate about the Tony Awards going on right now in our message boards Musicals Best Musical "An American in Paris" X - "Fun Home" "Something Rotten!" "The Visit" Best Musical Revival X - "The King and I" "On the Town" "On the Twentieth Century" Best Actor (Musical) X - Michael Cerveris, "Fun Home" Robert Fairchild, "An American in Paris" Brian d'Arcy James, "Something Rotten" Ken Watanabe, "The King & I" Tony Yazbeck, "On the Town" Best Actress (Musical) Kristin Chenoweth, "On th..." »
The 69th Annual Tony Awards honored Broadway's best and brightest on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A slew of star-studded nominees, including Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, were in attendance as Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming shared the event's hosting duties. Find out the big winners below!
Fun Home - Winner
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Winner
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Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I - Winner
On the Twentieth Century
Best Revival of a Play
Skylight - Winner
This Is Our Youth
Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home - Winner
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
- Alana Altmann
The hottest race to watch on this Sunday’s Tony Award telecast is Best Musical Actress. The main contenders are Kristin Chenoweth for her madcap movie star Lily Garland in “On the Twentieth Century,” six-time nominee Kelli O'Hara as the iron-willed schoolteacher Anna Leonowens in the Lincoln Center revival of “The King and I,” and two-time Tony winner and ten-time nominee Chita Rivera as the icy millionaires Clair Zachannassian in “The Visit.” -Break- Chenoweth won a Featured Actress Tony for “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” in 1999. This season, her screwball performance has been wildly praised. She totally dominates “Twentieth Century” and displays a great deal of versatility. She gives voice to her operatic range, plays a mouthy accompanist in a flashback as well as the glamorous movie star, and engages in slapstick comedy routines. She has won both the Outer Critics Circle and the Dr...' »
Here is something a bit different for Rope of Silicon. Sure, we have award predictions for the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, but that makes sense, considering this is site is 95% about movies. But there are plenty of other stories out there being told in theaters that get plenty of respect. Except these are stories performed live right in front of your face. So, I took it upon myself to comb through the absurd amount of categories of the Tony Awards, which is this Sunday June 7, to give you my predictions on what will win. I am doing this not just because it is fun to predict things and hope I get them all right, though that is certainly part of it, but I also want to shed light on these projects that a lot of people don't know about. Film and television people often have on blinders when »
- Mike Shutt
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