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Wayne Brady: 'You have to earn the right to be dirty in comedy'

28 August 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wayne Brady has spent almost two decades proving his improvisational mettle and vaudevillian flair as a comic on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", the host of "The Wayne Brady Show" (where he picked up two Daytime Emmys), and now as a voice actor on the Disney Channel series "Sofia the First." His family-safe version of comedy made him a fitting emcee for Charmin's "Keep It Clean Comedy Show," where New York high school students performed their cleanest versions of bathroom humor earlier this week. We caught up with Brady to discuss what makes for good clean humor, the worst cliches in comedy, and the challenges of taking over for Billy Porter in Broadway's "Kinky Boots" beginning November 21.  You just hosted a Charmin-sponsored event where kids aged 14-18 told their best clean versions of scatological jokes. That seems like a challenge. Were you optimistic about what the contestants could produce? Well, »

- Louis Virtel

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Exclusive Video Interview: Chiwetel Ejiofor Talks Z For Zachariah

24 August 2015 10:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Chiwetel Ejiofor has left us speechless with his performances in 12 Years a Slave, Children of Men, Dirty Pretty Things and Kinky Boots, and now he’s done it yet again in Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah.

Based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Ejiofor plays a John Loomis, a distraught scientist who struggles to survive in a dystopian future where a radioactive disaster has wiped out most of civilization. One day, he comes across a farmer named Ann Burden (Margot Robbie), who may be the last woman on earth.

She takes him in and they eventually build a strong level of trust between one another. But that bond is tested when they come across another man, Caleb (Chris Pine), who arrives in town and starts gaining Ann’s favor. Soon, the bond between them starts to unravel to the point where things between the trio become increasingly precarious. »

- Ben Kenber

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‘Transparent,’ ‘Empire’ Lead Casting Society of America’s Artios Awards Nominations

21 August 2015 9:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Transparent” and “Empire” lead the first-round nominees for the Casting Society of America’s 31st annual Artios Awards.

The Amazon comedy and Fox drama each scored two nominations. The noms announced Friday morning covered TV, theater, Web series and short film.

Transparent’s” casting director Edye Belasco received noms in both the TV pilot comedy and TV comedy series categories. “Empire’s” trio of Leah Daniels Butler, Claire Simon and Shelby Cherniet were nominated for TV pilot drama, while Butler and Simon were also recognized in the TV drama series field.

The TV comedy series category also includes “Orange Is the New Black,” “Veep,” “Silicon Valley” and “Episodes,” while the TV drama series contenders are “Game of Thrones,” “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife” and “Bloodline.”

In the TV movie or miniseries category, the nominees are “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Olive Kitteridge,” “Wayward Pines,” “Wolf Hall” and “The Slap. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Kinky Boots London exclusive rehearsal footage

18 August 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Kinky Boots London

Starting its preview run at the Adelphi Theatre in London from this Friday, 21st August is the new musical Kinky Boots, and to tie in with that, we have an exclusive look behind-the-scenes at rehearsals for the show in a brand new featurette.

Watch the Kinky Boots London rehearsal footage below.

Kinky Boots: The Musical which music and lyrics by Tony, Emmy and Grammy-winner Cyndi Lauper and a book by legendary Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein, has already had a hugely successful run on Broadway, where it opened in 2013. Transferring to the West End this year, the UK production stars Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry in the two leads as Charlie and Lola respectively, with other cast members including Amy Lennox as Lauren, Amy Ross as Nicola, Jamie Baughan as Don, and Michael Hobbs as George.

Kinky Boots: The Musical is based on the 2005 movie screenplay by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth. »

- Paul Heath

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‘The Wiz’: Common, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley Join NBC Live Musical

13 August 2015 10:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC is rounding out the cast of “The Wiz Live!” with recording artists Common and Ne-Yo, and “Hairspray” star Elijah Kelley, the network announced Thursday at its Television Critics Assn. summer press tour presentation.

Kelley will play the Scarecrow, the first of the three friends to meet Dorothy (Shanice Williams). He’s always dreamed of having brains, never realizing that he’s the smartest of them all. The role marks a reunion between Kelley and his “Hairspray” co-star Queen Latifah. It will be the actor’s second collaboration with “Wiz” executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who also served as EPs on “Hairspray.”

Ne-Yo will play the Tin Man, who was once a flesh-and-blood woodsman until a spell put on him by the Wicked Witch caused him to lose his limbs and heart — but not his ability to feel.

Oscar and Grammy winner Common will play the Bouncer, the »

- Laura Prudom

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Lifetime TV Brings Broadway to the Small Screen

31 July 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Are you not getting enough Broadway-caliber theater on your TV screen? Of course you’re not. The Lifetime channel’s award-winning morning show “The Balancing Act” will begin Season 2 of its “Broadway Balances America” series in August. Sponsored by event producer Broadway Across America, the six-part series will feature several touring shows from the Great White Way, weekdays at 7:30 a.m. Among the musicals stepping into the spotlight are the recent Broadway productions of “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “Cabaret,” and “If/Then.” The series also promises to take viewers behind the scenes with exclusive investigative features; “Balancing Act” correspondent Amber Milt will go backstage with director Jack O’Brien’s newly conceived production of “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music,” and interview Cyndi Lauper about the cultural impact of her hit touring show “Kinky Boots.” “The media is pretty fragmented now and it’s really hard to get people’s attention. »

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Summer Guide to Broadway: First Looks, Family-Friendly Shows and Tony-Winning Dramas

5 July 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Every year, following the Tony Awards, Broadway settles in for the summer, celebrating its freshly-minted winners and welcoming a few brave new productions for tourists and locals alike. While the new season doesn't really gear up until the fall, there's no shortage of offerings in which to escape the sweltering New York heat. Beyond the favorites of previous seasons (Matilda, Aladdin, Kinky Boots, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, The Book of Mormon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Les Miserables) and the long-running smashes (Jersey Boys, Wicked, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera), The Hollywood

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- Ashley Lee

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6 Weeks of Free B’way Performances in NYC’s Bryant Park!

26 June 2015 8:03 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

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 »

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Red-Carpet Video Interviews: Gloria Estefan’s Broadway Musical ‘On Your Feet!’

21 June 2015 11:38 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – HollywoodChicago.com presents our video coverage of the pre-Broadway premiere of the new musical “On Your Feet!” from Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan on June 17, 2015 at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago.

We interview Oscar-winning “Birdman” writer Alexander Dinelaris, who wrote the “On Your Feet!” book and “The Bodyguard Musical,” about the Estefan’s new musical as well as about “Birdman”. We also interview “On Your Feet!” director Jerry Mitchell (Tony Award-winning director of “Kinky Boots” and “Hairspray”) and “On Your Feet!” choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Olivier Award-winning choreographer of “Jersey Boys” and “Memphis”). Enjoy our interview below!

Video interviews by: Adam Fendelman, HollywoodChicago.com

Video filmed and edited by: Jeff Doles, 238 Studios

“On Your Feet!” will open on Broadway on Nov. 5, 2015 with preview performances beginning on Oct. 5, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre in New York City. Ana Villafañe makes her Broadway debut as Gloria Estefan opposite Josh Segarra as Emilio Estefan. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Shania Twain Debuts Blond Hair, Wears Sexy Thigh-High Boots on Stage as She Kicks Off Final Tour—See Pics!

6 June 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Shania Twain, is that you? The 49-year-old country star debuted blond hair and her sexiest onstage looks yet at Seattle's KeyArena on Friday, where she performed the first show of her final (yes, final) tour. Her Rock This Country tour is also her first concert series in 11 years and follows a two-year residency at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. One of the singer's looks was part Rocky Horror, part Kinky Boots, part Stevie Nicks and overall hot rock chick—she wore black, thigh-high chunky boots, paired with fishnet stockings, a sparkling red mini dress, a black fringed jacket and red aviator sunglasses. Twain delighted the crowd by kicking up her legs enthusiastically on stage and »

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2015 Tony Award Predictions, Will it be 'Fun Home' or 'An American in Paris'c

5 June 2015 9:29 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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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Edinburgh reveals 2015 Network projects

3 June 2015 5:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: A crime farce, prison drama, Highland thriller and fantastical love story among titles.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has confirmed the feature film projects and filmmaking teams who will be participating in the fourth year of development and mentoring programme Eiff Network.

The Network participants are:

writer/director John Addis and producer Sukey Richardson with their crime farce Deadbeat;

screenwriter Brian Martin and his prison based drama Inside;

screenwriter Nat Luurtsema, director Isabelle Sieb and producer Diarmuid Hughes with their black comedy drama Poppy;

writer/director Iain Mitchell with his highland thriller Keeper;

screenwriter Melissa Iqbal with her science fiction thriller The Ark;

screenwriter Line Langebek and director Samantha Harrie with the fantastical love story When I Could Fly.

The initiative is run in partnership with story editor Kate Leys and supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund and Creative Scotland.  Network aims to connect filmmaking teams with industry as they develop feature projects »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Edinburgh unveils 2015 Network projects

3 June 2015 5:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: A crime farce, prison drama, Highland thriller and fantastical love story among titles.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has confirmed the feature film projects and filmmaking teams who will be participating in the fourth year of development and mentoring programme Eiff Network.

The Network participants are:

writer/director John Addis and producer Sukey Richardson with their crime farce Deadbeat;

screenwriter Brian Martin and his prison based drama Inside;

screenwriter Nat Luurtsema, director Isabelle Sieb and producer Diarmuid Hughes with their black comedy drama Poppy;

writer/director Iain Mitchell with his highland thriller Keeper;

screenwriter Melissa Iqbal with her science fiction thriller The Ark;

screenwriter Line Langebek and director Samantha Harrie with the fantastical love story When I Could Fly.

The initiative is run in partnership with story editor Kate Leys and supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund and Creative Scotland.  Network aims to connect filmmaking teams with industry as they develop feature projects »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane will be talking Ted 2 on The Graham Norton Show

26 May 2015 1:22 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The promo blitz for Ted 2 is about to swing into full force, with both Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane confirmed to appear on The Graham Norton Show.

The comedy sequel arrives in cinemas in the UK on July 10. Writer and director MacFarlane is once again voicing the trouble-making teddy bear.

Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg create lyrics for Law & Order theme in Ted 2 trailer

The new movie, which also stars Morgan Freeman and Amanda Seyfried, sees Ted face a legal battle when he wants to have children with his girlfriend Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth).

Wahlberg and MacFarlane will join Graham Norton on the June 12 edition of his BBC One chatshow.

The show will also feature Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, who will be promoting the musical Kinky Boots, for which she has written music and lyrics.

The Graham Norton Show continues Friday at 10.35pm on BBC One.

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Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane will be talking Ted 2 on The Graham Norton Show

26 May 2015 1:22 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The promo blitz for Ted 2 is about to swing into full force, with both Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane confirmed to appear on The Graham Norton Show.

The comedy sequel arrives in cinemas in the UK on July 10. Writer and director MacFarlane is once again voicing the trouble-making teddy bear.

Seth MacFarlane and Mark Wahlberg create lyrics for Law & Order theme in Ted 2 trailer

The new movie, which also stars Morgan Freeman and Amanda Seyfried, sees Ted face a legal battle when he wants to have children with his girlfriend Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth).

Wahlberg and MacFarlane will join Graham Norton on the June 12 edition of his BBC One chatshow.

The show will also feature Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, who will be promoting the musical Kinky Boots, for which she has written music and lyrics.

The Graham Norton Show continues Friday at 10.35pm on BBC One.

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Jeopardy! Contestant Gives Hilariously Wrong Answer, Still Wins

26 May 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Some of Cyndi Lauper's music can be quite inspirational... That probably wasn't why Jeopardy! contestant Choyon Manjrekar wrote "What is Kinky Boots?" as his challenge answer during Monday's challenge, but he certainly gets props for having a sense of humor! The Final Jeopardy! clue provided was this: "A Christian hymn & a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, Also the name of a 2009 Tony-Nominated Musical." As you can see in the clip above (excerpted by Today), Choyon's face was comically serious as his answer was revealed. "Kinky Boots, yes indeed," read Alex Trebek with a chuckle. "Whenever people go to temple or church, they sing 'Kinky »

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Jeopardy Contestant Choyon Manjrekar Hilariously Delivers Wrong Answer to Question About Hymn: "Kinky Boots"

26 May 2015 5:41 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Wrong, so wrong. A Jeopardy! contestant's hilarious response to a question about a hymn has gone viral after he gave the most unexpected answer. The contestant, Choyon Manjrekar, was leading his trio by $13,999 when they were given the clue: "A Christian hymn and a Jewish holiday hymn are both titled this, also the name of a 2009 Tony-nominated musical." Manjrekar's response? "What is Kinky Boots?" Host Alex Trebek found his answer so amusing, he noted: "Whenever people go to temple or go to church, they sing 'Kinky Boots!'" This [...] »

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How to watch the General Election: Your complete guide to all the TV

6 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

You might have noticed there's a General Election happening. But how can you keep up with all the bewildering swingometer and poll-closing action on TV? Fear not, because we've put together a handy guide to all of the best coverage.

What to watch now

If you missed Educating Joey Essex: General Election - What Are You Sayin'? fear not, the programme is now available on ITV Player.

If you ever wanted to see a former Towie star interrogating the party leaders - minus spoilsport David Cameron, of course - then this is the show for you.

General Election 2015: Who are the celebrities voting for?

How should you watch the 2015 General Election? Take our fun quiz to find out

Preview shows (aka "the warm-up act")

The election isn't until tomorrow, but that doesn't mean you can't start getting in the spirit of it early. Our pick for tonight is »

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How to watch the General Election this week: Your complete guide to all the TV

6 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

You might have noticed there's a General Election happening this week. But how can you keep up with all the bewildering swingometer and poll-closing action on TV? Fear not, because we've put together a handy guide to all of the best coverage over the next few days.

What to watch now

You might have missed Educating Joey Essex: General Election - What Are You Sayin'? last night (May 5), but fear not, the programme is now available on ITV Player.

If you ever wanted to see a former Towie star interrogating the party leaders - minus spoilsport David Cameron, of course - then this is the show for you.

General Election 2015: Who are the celebrities voting for?

How should you watch the 2015 General Election? Take our fun quiz to find out

Preview shows (aka "the warm-up act")

The election isn't until tomorrow, but that doesn't mean you can't start »

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A Royal Night Out review: The Queen in a rom-com? We are not amused

6 May 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Julian Jarrold; Screenwriter: Trevor De Silva; Starring: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley , Emily Watson, Jack Reynor, Rupert Everett; Running time: 97 mins; Certificate: 12A

Her Majesty the Queen may very well be amused by A Royal Night Out, only because it deviates so far from what might plausibly have happened on Ve night, 1945, when she and Princess Margaret celebrated the end of the war in Europe among the commoners on the streets of London. Director Julian Jarrold makes no bones about the fact-less, fancy-freeness of it all, turning a royal anecdote into a screwball comedy of sorts, but where's the punchline?

Up-and-coming Canadian actress Sarah Gadon is a dead ringer for the future monarch "Lilibet" and she imbues her with the requisite youthful whimsy as she yearns to be among the people on this most special night - before the burden of having to rule over them. But Jarrold (Kinky Boots, »

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