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Even though Bradley Cooper was spotted reconnecting with ex-girlfriend Suki Waterhouse during Coachella, it seems that he has moved on with Irina Shayk. A source confirms to E! News that The Elephant Man actor and Cristiano Ronaldo's ex attended Broadway's Finding Neverland, which stars Glee alum Matthew Morrison, Wednesday night. This isn't the first time they've spent time together, either, as another insider dishes that they've been "hanging out." The insider tells us that they were also spotted out last weekend with a group of friends and were "really enjoying each other's company" while dancing. "They have a lot of chemistry with each other," the source »
Theater awards season is upon us and the 81st annual Drama League Awards have announced nominations for the past season on and Off-Broadway. Nominees for the Distinguished Performance Award include Backstage cover stars Matthew Morrison (“Finding Neverland”), Elisabeth Moss (“The Heidi Chronicles”), Andy Karl (“On the Twentieth Century”), Kristin Chenoweth (“On the Twentieth Century”), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Constellations”), Carey Mulligan (“Skylight”), and Tony Yazbeck (“On The Town”). Actors can only win this award once in their careers. Nominations for new Broadway and Off-Broadway productions include recent Pulitzer Prize for Drama winner “Between Riverside and Crazy”; “Hand to God”; “Constellations,” starring Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson; “The Audience,” starring Helen Mirren as the Queen of England (who turns 89 today!); and others. Revival nominations include “The Elephant Man,” starring Bradley Cooper, who was also nominated for Distinguished Performance; “The Heidi Chronicles”; “You Can’t Take It with You”; “The Iceman Cometh”; and »
If the Outer Critics Circle Award nominations are any indication for the upcoming Tony nominations and awards, then “Something Rotten” looks to be the big winner and “Finding Neverland” the biggest loser. “Rotten,” the new musical comedy set in Elizabethan times, received the most nominations from the Occ with 12 while “Neverland” was totally skunked. (See full list of nominations here.) -Break- Do you think either of these will win Best Musical at the Tonys? There are just eight days to go till Tony nominations are announced on April 28. Win our predictions contest and you will earn a place of honor in our famous leaderboards as well as a $100 Amazon gift certificate and bragging rights for a year. Gold Derby Users – just like You – are the smartest prognosticators when it comes to these Broadway kudos. Your picks factor into our Users racetrack odds which are a key compo »
"Finding Neverland," movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s maiden Broadway show as lead producer, is a certified hit at the box office. However, it may have a tough time securing a crucial Best Musical nomination due to mostly lackluster reviews. Among them, the New York Times’ Ben Brantley dubbed it an “uncomfortable production” ... “largely made up of empty calories.” Do you think it will reap one of the four slots for Best Musical when Tony Awards nominations are announced on April 28? Make the best predictions in our Tony nominations contest and you could win a $100 Amazon gift certificate and a place of honor in our famous leaderboards. -Break- There are 10 new tuners this season and three look like locks for nominations according to our early odds: "Fun Home," which earned raves in its run at the Public Theater last year; “Something Rotten,” a Shakespearean sendup that has ge »
This week in best of the dressed-to-impress, we were taken with stars' structured minis, pretty pantsuits and intricate midi-length frocks—along with the palette of daylight and midnight hues. With that, here are five ladies who got the trends du jour particularly right. First, we have to give it to Blake Lively, who's been stunning in printed frocks all week at press appearances for her new flick Age of Adaline. Last night's look was no different: The hot mom donned a sunny David Koma number with fun, bauble-embellished Sophia Webster platforms. Another pretty mama alert: Olivia Wilde has a major Marchesa moment at Finding Neverland's opening night in New York City, where she wore a fringed, »
Wolverine’s bushy beard and sharp talons are long gone as Hugh Jackman takes on J.M. Barrie’s notorious pirate Blackbeard in “Pan.” The Australian actor posted an Instagram sneak peek trailer on Thursday that shows the historical character in all his glory. “Welcome to Neverland,” shouted Jackman, as the opening shot revealed his pale skin and perfectly primped mustache. Instagram Also Read: ‘Finding Neverland’ Theater Review: Matthew Morrison Turns His Broadway Return Into Pure Child’s Play The film from director Joe Wright tells the unknown origins of Peter Pan in the reimagined take on the classic tale of »
- Debbie Emery
Producers traditionally give themselves credit above the title of a Broadway show. Harvey Weinstein breaks that tradition by not only giving Weinstein Live Entertainment that honored spot at the top, but under the cast and two dozen other credits, he also announces: “produced by Harvey Weinstein.” Since he began the process of bringing “Finding Neverland” to Broadway with another director and creative team, it’s possible that such a drastic overhaul deserves two producing credits. “Finding Neverland” isn’t just Weinstein’s grandest legit gamble, it’s also a thoroughly enchanting new musical. And not in ways one might expect from all the out-of-town. »
- Robert Hofler
Provenance is a concept usually associated with art, not theater. Who, after all, owns a plot — or the history on which it is based? Still, the problem rears up in several ways in Finding Neverland, the new musical starring Matthew Morrison as J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan. This is not the first Broadway show to posit a backstory for a beloved work of fantasy. (Hello, Wicked.) It is not even the first to posit a backstory for Peter Pan; just a few years ago we had Peter and the Starcatcher. But that play was itself a fantasy, set within the Pan universe before the arrival of the fictional Darlings. Finding Neverland purports to be historical: the true tale of how Barrie, inspired by his dealings with the family of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, created the boy who wouldn’t grow up. It also purports to be a singing-dancing family »
- Jesse Green
Finding Neverland flies. Occasionally it even soars. The miracle is that the darned thing not only got off the ground, but that this musical prequel to the Peter Pan story arrives on Broadway much improved after a storied, bumpy tour of the hinterlands, with its intermittent charms intact, many of its missteps gone or at least minimized, and a ready appeal to family audiences that could insure a hit if only producer Harvey Weinstein honored his promise to keep ticket… »
It had enough admirers to snag several Oscar nominations, including best picture, but I confess I found the 2004 movie Finding Neverland a decorous yawn, starring a somnambulant Johnny Depp opposite Kate Winslet in a role that under-utilized her talents. But the preciousness and mawkish emotional manipulation of the movie seem like the austere work of a Michael Haneke by comparison with this long-aborning stage musical adaptation. Bombastic and exhausting, the show confuses childishness with an affinity for the child inside, at times recalling Wicked in its busily assaultive hyperactivity, but without that show's catchy songs or engaging
- David Rooney
When Hollywood merges with Broadway, there are always fender-benders.
Just ask Harvey Weinstein.
As the movie aficionado and awards maven steered “Finding Neverland,” his first venture as a lead theater producer, toward the Great White Way, eyebrows raised in his wake.
He switched press agents. He swapped out the lead actors. He entirely scrapped an earlier version of the musical with a different creative team. When in spring 2014, he landed a much-coveted spot for the show on the Tony Awards telecast, naysayers tut-tutted that the play hadn’t even begun performances out of town, much less confirmed its Broadway run. Besides, Jennifer Hudson, the star of the Tonys segment, wouldn’t even be appearing in the actual stage production.
“I was criticized for Jennifer,” Weinstein recalls. “But this song (‘Neverland’) has been downloaded a million times, and all over the world people now know ‘Finding Neverland.’ In the movie business, »
- Gordon Cox
The stars were out Monday night at McC Theater’s Miscast Gala 2015, where some of Broadway’s best honored Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Sarah Paulson and Tony-winning producer Fran Weissler. This year’s record-breaking proceeds went toward supporting McC’s mission to continue creating inspiring NYC theater. “It’s exciting to be honored by a company you have such a high respect for,” said Weissler on the red carpet at the Hammerstein Ballroom. “But I’m most excited to finish my speech so it’ll be over.” A trailblazer for female producers, Weissler has taken home a whopping seven Tony awards for some of the best musicals of the last few decades including “Pippin,” “Chicago,” and most recently “Finding Neverland.” Paulson, who launched her acting career largely in McC shows, was celebrated for her work in everything from “American Horror Story” to “12 Years a Slave.” The actor echoed Weissler’s nervousness, »
For those of us dependent upon our Netflix accounts for entertainment, the announcement of new movies coming to streaming is one of the best times of the month. This month brings tons of great movies like Teen Witch and Finding Neverland, but there are also lots of TV options to add to your list. Netflix has a few new original series and specials that it's debuting, along with the complete series of several vintage TV shows. Basically, you'll still have a lot to watch even after this stuff expires. »
[Press Release] New York, NY – Monday, March 23, 2015 – Producers of the new Broadway musical Finding Neverland are delighted to announce the gross for its first full week of previews – only 7 performances – is $1,004,171.00. The show, starring Matthew Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and Laura Michelle Kelly, began previews on Sunday, March 15 and has been playing at or near sold-out capacity since. Speaking on behalf of the production, Executive Producer Victoria Parker said today, “It’s exciting to see firsthand how word-of-mouth and social media buzz directly translates to box office sales. We are delighted that audiences are embracing Finding Neverland.” Based on the Academy Award® winning motion picture by the same name, Finding Neverland follows playwright J.M. Barrie as he summons the »
- Pietro Filipponi
It’s late afternoon, halfway through a 12-hour-long rehearsal day for Finding Neverland, the musical version of the 2004 Johnny Depp movie about the playwright J.M. Barrie — creator, 111 years ago, of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, which made his career and also inspired the 1953 Disney animated movie, the 1960 stage-to-screen version starring Mary Martin, the peanut-butter brand, the bus company, the solidly mediocre NBC live event starring Allison Williams last year, and Michael Jackson’s ranch (not to mention the so-called syndrome, which describes commitment-phobic arrested development). At the moment, Matthew Morrison, who plays Barrie, is stage right in the 1,505-seat Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, practicing his dance spins. The previews of Finding Neverland are timed almost exactly to the wrap of Morrison’s six-year run as the earnestly encouraging Ohio high-school singing-club coach Will Schuester on Fox’s once-game-changing sing-along dramedy Glee. Morrison has traded his Mr. Schue sweater-vest for an Edwardian »
- Carl Swanson
The Broadway version of Finding Neverland is finally taking flight. The new musical, which is based on the 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, began previews Sunday in New York City - and People got an exclusive sneak peek at photos from the show. The Harvey Weinstein-produced adaption of the Peter Pan backstory stars Tony nominees Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer. The Glee actor, 36, stars in the leading role as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie, while the Frasier alum, 60, plays famed stage producer Charles Frohman. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, the show tells the story of »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
[Press Release] New York, NY – Friday, March 13, 2015 – The new Broadway musical Finding Neverland will play its first performance this Sunday, March 15 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (205 West 46th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenues). Also announced today, the rush ticket policy for Finding Neverland beginning Tuesday, March 17. A limited number of rush tickets will be available for purchase in-person at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre box office beginning at 10am (12pm on Sundays) for that day’s performance(s) only. Rush tickets cost $37 with a maximum of one ticket per person, and may be purchased with cash only. Rush tickets are subject to availability and may not be offered at all performances. Rush seating locations will be determined at the discretion of the box office. Starring »
- Pietro Filipponi
Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie brings his dynamic style to an original King Arthur epic, a sweeping fantasy action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam (FX’s “Sons of Anarchy”), for Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.
Principal photography has begun at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, UK.
Ritchie posted this first shot from the film on his Instagram account.
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole »
- Michelle McCue
Warner Bros. has announced that Guy Ritchies upcoming new take on the King Arthur mythos has started filming today, and along with the announcement they've revealed the film's cast and details on the plot. Come inside to see how different this version will be.
I love the tale of King Arthur. It's a great fantasy story with a rich history and potential. As such, I've been looking forward to seeing how Guy Ritchie would handle the tale, and what he would be changing. Today, cameras have started rolling on the film, and we're able to get a little more information on plot:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Michael Rothstein named president of international sales and distribution following Jonathan Deckter’s exit last week.
Rothstein was formerly president of international at The Weinstein Company where he served from its inception in 2005 until 2013, and previously worked with Im Global’s Ford at Miramax.
The exec will oversee a sales operation spread across regional offices in Los Angeles, London, Beijing and Mexico City.
Reporting to Rothstein will be sales and distribution executives Tatyana Joffe, Emil Elmér, David Jourdan, Leslie Chen, Callum Grant, Talia Goldman and Weihan Zhang, as well as a sales division of over 40 people encompassing sales, marketing, legal, accounting, collections and technical operations.
The Im Global slate encompasses 12 to 15 Hollywood titles per year as well as sales on Chinese language and Bollywood films through the company’s Anthem label which handles eight to 10 films per year.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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