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Hitchhikers beware: Norman Bates and his mother Norma Louise are leaving White Pine Bay, Oregon, and hitting the road for a brief vacation in San Diego. The Sdcc Bates Motel panel, returning for its second year at the convention, has just been announced, and it will include the lead actors from A&E’s Bates Motel, which was recently greenlit for a third season.
Taking place in Room 6A on Friday, July 25th from 3:30pm – 4:30pm, the Bates Motel panel will feature Emmy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Academy Award nominee for Up in the Air, The Departed), Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland), Olivia Cooke (The Quiet Ones) and Nestor Carbonell (Lost, The Dark Knight Rises) as they join key figures from behind the camera, executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (NBC’s Friday Night Lights), as they engage in a “thought provoking panel discussion” about the show. »
- Derek Anderson
Musical-theater rehab may be the theme of Broadway’s upcoming season, as The First Wives Club becomes the second show in recent weeks to emerge from turnaround following an abortive tryout (as was the case with the revised, rewritten and re-scored Finding Neverland, which is about to begin its second out-of-town run, this time at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Ma). Executive producer Elizabeth Williams and producers Jonas Neilson and Paul Lambert announced this morning that a revamped version of The First Wives Club, with a new book and a new director, will open at Chicago’s Oriental Theater next spring, aiming for a […] »
I’m told by a company insider that Roger Bart, a Tony winner and star of Broadway’s The Producers and Young Frankenstein, has departed Finding Neverland, the Broadway-bound, Diane Paulus-staged show based on the 2004 Miramax film starring Johnny Depp. The film about Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie and his relationship with the family that became the Darlings of his books about the ageless boy, the fairy Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, Captain Hook and his gang of pirates aboard the Jolly Roger. The musical is slated to begin performances July 23 at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts, following a U.K. tryout […] »
Jennifer Hudson: "American Idol" standout, Academy Award winner, Grammy winner, and now a Tonys juggernaut. Though Hudson won't be a part of the cast of "Finding Neverland," the new musical at Harvard's American Repertory Theatre, she sang its biggest tune at Sunday night's Tonys ceremony. "Neverland" gives you everything you want from Jennifer Hudson, namely passion and pure power. How likely is it that we'll see Jennifer Hudson on Broadway in the next two years? Totally inevitable or just incredibly inevitable? »
- Louis Virtel
There’s plenty of Tony Awards coverage to go around—you can peruse through EW’s list of the best and worst moments, or re-live Sunday’s ceremony through our live blog—but, let’s be real. Everyone just wants to see the performances.
Worry no more. Here are all of this year’s musical performances from the 68th Tony Awards.
Hugh Jackman opens the show
Aladdin (James Monroe Iglehart)
If/Then (Idina Menzel)
- Marc Snetiker
If you thought the Tonys ended when A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder walked off with the telecast’s last award (for Best Musical), boy, are you in for a surprise. Now, the fun really begins, as TVLine names its own winners — and losers — in a variety of, shall we say, “alternative” categories. And the nonexistent statuettes go to…
Most Tireless Performer | Four-time host Hugh Jackman bounced up and down – literally bounced up and down – for nearly five minutes to open the show and hardly slowed down after that. When he wasn’t flirting with the audience, he »
I was in London two weeks ago and caught four plays -- Well, three plays and one musical -- in three days, so when the Olivier Awards roll around, I'll be well-prepared. However, with Josh Lasser handling most of the New York junkets for Team HitFix, I haven't made it to NYC since Fall 2012, which would also be the last time I made it to Broadway. As a result, I've seen none of this year's Tony nominees. So follow along for full coverage of what I'm able to understand from the 2014 Tony Awards. I know Hugh Jackman is hosting. I know Neil Patrick Harris is both a performer and a guaranteed winner. Click through for the full live-blog and comment below, should the spirit move you! 7:55 p.m. Et. In case you haven't been following any Tony fanatics on Twitter, pre-show winners have included "Rocky" (Scenic Design of a »
- Daniel Fienberg
The 68th Annual Tony Awards has added a slew of presenters and performers, including Orlando Bloom, Jennifer Hudson, Jonathan Groff, Judith Light, Rosie O'Donnell, T.I., Patrick Wilson and “NCIS: Los Angeles” pair Barrett Foa and LL Cool J, in advance of the ceremony airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS. Hudson will perform at the night's ceremony, singing a song from the upcoming musical “Finding Neverland.” Also read: Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, Sting and ‘Wicked’ Cast Performing at Tony Awards The ceremony, hosted by “X-Men Days of Future Past” star Hugh Jackman, will also feature a slew of appearances by movie, »
- Tim Kenneally
Jennifer Hudson will perform a song from Harvey Weinstein’s Broadway-targeted musical version of “Finding Neverland” during the Tony Awards as part of a telecast that will showcase a bit of Broadway’s past and future as well as its present kudo contenders.
Word had already begun to leak out that Weinstein’s “Finding Neverland,” which bows later this year at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., would get a performance spot during the ceremony, but early reports that the show’s star, Jeremy Jordan, would sing a song from the tuner turned out to be incorrect. Tony organizers confirmed Hudson would be doing a number from the show after the Oscar winner tweeted about it earlier today.
For years, it had been a longstanding tradition that only those shows nominated for Tony Awards would been seen in the telecast’s performance segments — a nationally televised showcase that is »
- Gordon Cox
Principal photography is underway on the as-yet-untitled drama based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, about the infamous gangster Whitey Bulger.
The film stars Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) as Whitey Bulger and Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) as FBI Agent John Connolly.
- Michelle McCue
Principal photography is underway on the as-yet-untitled drama based on the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, about the infamous gangster Whitey Bulger. The film stars Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) as Whitey Bulger and Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) as FBI Agent John Connolly. Filming began in Boston under the direction of Scott Cooper (“Out of the Furnace,” “Crazy Heart”).
The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Twelve Years a Slave”) as Whitey’s brother, Billy Bulger, who is a Massachusetts State Senator; Jesse Plemons (AMC’s “Breaking Bad”) as Whitey’s longtime partner in crime, Kevin Weeks; Sienna Miller (HBO’s »
- Kellvin Chavez
Versatile Welsh actor Rhys Ifans has played everything from Peter Cook in Not Only But Always to a rampaging lizard in The Amazing Spider-man. But his latest role will see him returning to his roots as he portrays Dylan Thomas in a new independent biopic about the poet’s final days.
Co-starring John Malkovich, Dominion is set in 1950s New York, where Thomas spent a lot of time in a local pub. Known for liking a drink, the charismatic Ifans appears to be the perfect fit here. Also featuring will be Diego Luna (Elysium) and Zosia Mamet (David Mamet’s daughter and star of Girls). Presumably being made to mark 100 years since Thomas’s birth, this will be one of various celebratory projects, which include the TV drama A Poet In New York with Tom Hollander (Rev, About Time).
Ifans is generally on the unsung side of movie stardom and »
- Steve Palace
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the season 2 finale of Bates Motel, stop reading now!
Are we saying goodbye to Norman? Because the ending of that finale definitely felt like a farewell to me. Specifically, it felt like a farewell to that adorable boy from Finding Neverland — which probably accurately describes Norman as a child — and a greeting to the teenager who killed his father and his teacher. On a separate note, I loved the return of his Norma personality and her amazing outfit, because the only thing more extreme than Norma is Norman’s version of her, and »
- Samantha Highfill
The story will focus on the events surrounding the last days before his untimely death at the age of 39 in 1953 in New York, which included multiple visits to the White Horse Tavern in Greenwich Village.
Ifans, a native of Wales, has appeared recently in “Anonymous, “The Five-Year Engagement” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Malkovich and Luna collaborated on “Chavez” with Luna directing and Malkovich starring.
Malkovich appeared last year in “Warm Bodies” and “Red 2.”
- Dave McNary
Spellbound, the animated test movie from Amazon Studios features five original songs. We asked producer Kevin Bannerman (Anastasia, Ice Age) about the role the songs played and how they shaped the film.
How do songs help shape a movie?
It helps shape the movie’s tone. They can often show screenwriters a side of the character that hasn’t been explored. With a lyricist, the characters can develop a sense of humor and personality through their songs.
What song is the most pivotal in the movie?
Each song is unique in its own way because each individual song has its own special reason for being. “New Breeze Blowing” is important because it takes the relationship between Lottie and Bastien to new heights (pun intended). But “The Road to Riches” is just as important for several reasons: it gives us an insight into Horace, it allows Lottie and Horace to have »
Believe it or not, Johnny Depp has been lighting up the silver screen for three decades.
Since breaking out on the hit show "21 Jump Street," Depp has become well known for his eccentric roles, most notably as the suave pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. While the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise made him a bankable star, Depp owes much of his career to renowned director Tim Burton for collaborations such as "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) -- just to name two.
But there's still much to know about the international star. From his early ambitions as a musician to his surprising fear, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Johnny Depp.
2. He and his family moved frequently during his childhood, living in more than 20 different places before settling in Miramar, »
- Jonny Black
Amazon Studios today announced it has greenlit two new pilots—the half hour dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans, from Whit Stillman, and one hour drama Hand of God from Executive Producers Marc Forster, Ben Watkins, Ron Perlman, Brian Wilkins and Jeff King—for its third pilot season debuting later this year on Amazon Instant Video. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video. Additional pilots joining The Cosmopolitans and Hand of God in the third pilot season will be announced in the coming weeks. More on the pilots:
Written, directed and produced by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco), The Cosmopolitans follows a group of young American expatriates in Paris searching for love and friendship in a foreign city. The »
Amazon Studios hasn’t backed out from its commitment to creating original series’ for their Instant Video streaming service. Despite Netflix running away as the #1 streaming network, Amazon has announced that a third round of pilots are set to premiere later this year. They’re also going to keep their unique, quasi fan-sourced, approach alive. See, on Amazon, when they launch a pilot they allow the viewers a window of time to offer direct feedback about whether or not they’d like to see the series get a full season order.
They’ve found some success with recent shows like Alpha House and Betas, while notable flops like their series adaptation of Zombieland famously tanked during the network’s ambitious first attempt at creating something original.
Amazon Studios that the network’s third round of pilots will include the following two shows:
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Amazon Studios continues to curate original programming featuring big-name stars with the announcement that it has greenlit two new pilots: the half-hour dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans and the hour-long drama Hand of God.
The Cosmopolitans finds Adam Brody returning to television in his first starring role since The O.C. He plays Jimmy, an American living in Paris whose romantic adventures intertwine with a group of fellow ex-pats, including Vicky, played by Chloë Sevigny. Dree Hemingway and Shaun Evans also star in the pilot from writer/director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona). Production begins this week on location in Paris.
Hand of »
- Amber Ray
Not content with tripling its streaming traffic over the past year, Amazon just greenlit a pair of star-studded pilots it hopes will help add to an even more sizable streaming video audience in 2014. The half-hour dramatic comedy The Cosmopolitans and the hourlong drama Hand of God will premiere during Amazon’s third pilot season later this year on Amazon Instant Video, when and where viewers will be encouraged to provide feedback on their favorite shows they want to see turned into fully fledged series. The Cosmopolitans is written, directed, and produced by Academy Award nominee Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco) and follows a group of American expats in Paris “searching for love and friendship in a foreign city.” That group of includes characters played by Adam Brody, Chloe Sevigny, Carrie MacLemore, Dree Hemingway, Freddy Abslom, Shaun Evans, and Adriano Giannini, all of which are on location »
- Joshua Cohen
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