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Looking good, Megan Hilty! The former Smash star, who gave birth to daughter Viola Philomena on Sept. 18, flaunted her slim post-baby bod on Thursday night when she stepped out for the New York flagship store opening of maternity line Seraphine (a brand also loved by Kate Middleton!) for the first time since welcoming her baby girl. Attending the event sans her hubby Brian Gallager, Hilty, clearly, didn't waste any time to shed those post-baby lbs., flashing a beaming smile for photogs as she posed for pics in a fitted purple lace cocktail dress. The 33-year-old Broadway beauty teamed her fancy frock with a pair of high-heeled peep toe pumps and kept her accessories »
Amazon wants you to do a little pre-Christmas binge-watching. The company announced it will debut the dramedy Mozart in the Jungle on December 23, 2014, in the Us, UK, and Germany. Based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, & Classical Music by Blair Tindall, the Amazon series tells the story of Hailey (played by Lola Kirke of Gone Girl fame), an oboist who must deal with the complicated internal politics of a world-renowned orchestra and its recently-inducted, unconventional conductor Rodrigo (played by Gael Garcia Bernal from Rosewater). Other cast members, both recurring and guest, include Saffron Burrows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Hannah Dunne (Frances Ha), Peter Vack (I Just Want My Pants Back), Malcolm McDowell (The Mentalist), and Bernadette Peters (Smash). All ten episodes of Mozart in the Jungle are executive produced by Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited), Paul Weitz (About a Boy), John Strauss (There's Something About Mary »
- Bree Brouwer
Rare: Movie musicals. Very rare: Original movie musicals. Basically non-existent: Original, live-action movie musicals. What was once the bread and butter of Hollywood’s studio system is basically the ambler-encased mosquito in "Jurassic Park." If anyone could revive that dino DNA into a brand new behemoth, it’s Hugh Jackman. He’ll do just that next summer, when he begins shooting the long-gestating "Greatest Showman on Earth." Attached to the project since 2009, "The Greatest Showman on Earth" will star Jackman as P.T. Barnum, in a story loosely based on the circus pioneer’s life story. The film is touted as a full-fledged musical, with a song-and-dance score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the twenty-something duo behind TV’s "Smash" and Broadway’s recent "A Christmas Story: The Musical." Bill Condon and Jenny Bicks and Jordan Roberts ("The Big C") worked on previous drafts of the script, but Jonathan Tropper »
- Matt Patches
If your favorite part of NBC’s dearly departed Smash was the dynamite dancing in the Broadway-style musical numbers, you can thank Joshua Bergasse, the award-winning choreographer behind them. Bergasse, who’s also choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance, is now the dancemaster behind the new Broadway revival of On the Town, the ballet-tinged musical that opened to rave reviews in New York this October. While choreography for live theater has its differences than the dances you see on film, Bergasse grew up watching the same movie-musicals that are beloved among fans of the genre—films which have »
- Marc Snetiker
Matthew Morrison, the Broadway alum who’s currently wrapping up his final season on “Glee,” will take over the lead role in “Finding Neverland,” the Harvey Weinstein-produced musical that opens in the spring.
Morrison, whose legit credits include “Hairspray,” “Light in the Piazza” and “South Pacific,” returns to the part in “Neverland” after playing it in workshops of the developing production. He’ll play J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, in the adaptation of the 2004 Miramax film by book writer James Graham and songwriters Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy.
Jeremy Jordan (“Newsies,” “Smash”) played Barrie in the musical’s tryout production this summer at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass. Jordan received generally positive reviews from critics, but word of Morrison’s takeover of the role had begun to filter through the industry over the last couple of months.
Morrison joins “Neverland” with the national TV profile he cultivated on “Glee, »
- Gordon Cox
Syfy is casting its magicians for its adaptation of Lev Grossman's trilogy, which follows a group of young people who attend Brakebills, a college for magic, and has been labeled "Harry Potter for adults." Though the pilot has yet to cast its protagonist, it has enlisted Hale Appleman to play Eliot, Quentin's older, wine-loving friend, and Arjun Gupta to play Penny, a prickly, punk student. Stella Maeve, meanwhile, will play Julia, Quentin's crush from his high school days before magic. Julia does not get into Brakebills but becomes plagued upon knowing that magic exists and she does not have access to it. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Smash actor Andy Mientus will play the openly gay 'Hartley Rathaway'/'Pied Piper' on the 11th and 12th episode of CW's The Flash television series. In the comics the character was introuduced as a villain, but later became an ally. Perhaps, it will play out the same way in the show. Perhaps, not. TV Line described 'Pied Piper' as "a bona fide genius who used to work at S.T.A.R. Labs until a falling out with his mentor, Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh). The particle accelerator robbed Hartley of his hearing, but inspired him to create a series of sonic weapons that he uses in an effort to punish Wells by destroying his new protege: The Flash." The first image below of 'Pied Piper' is from Yvr Shoots. Click here to see the rest of their photographs from today's shoot. #TheFlash meets "The Villian" aka - Hartley Rathaway aka »
Alert! Katharine McPhee is singing on Scorpion. This is not a drill! The American Idol veteran and former Smash star is dusting off her vocal pipes and we've got your exclusive sneak peek at the magical moment above. You can take the woman out of the musical, but you can't take the music out of the woman! The song our ears are treated to is "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." McPhee, who spent two seasons as Karen Cartwright on NBC's Smash and came in second during her American Idol season, stars opposite Elyes Gabel in the new hit CBS drama about a group of geniuses contracted to work with the Us government to solve the nation's crises. On Scorpion, McPhee plays Paige, a former »
Thurman was recruited at the last minute because Parker is recovering from pneumonia, according to a report on TV Line.
NBC has ordered eight episodes of the family drama about the fallout when a man slaps another couple’s misbehaving child. Melissa George, Thandie Newton, Peter Sarsgaard and Zachary Quinto also star. Lisa Cholodenko is directing from a script by playwright Jon Robin Baitz. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are also exec producing.
Thurman logged a five-episode guest arc on the NBC drama “Smash” in 2012.
- Variety Staff
You don’t have to be Sherlock to figure out that Season 3 of Elementary is going to be a bit different.
Thursday’s season premiere made that pretty clear when it took nearly 13 minutes (sans ads) for Holmes to even appear — and in a creepy helmet, no less. Instead, the opener took its time establishing Joan’s new way of life, picking up six months after the events of Season 2. She’s got an amazing apartment, there’s a meet-cute with her neighbor’s brother (played by Smash’s Raza Jaffrey) involving a lizard and she’s successfully working as a P. »
Debra Messing and Will Chase are now broken up - check out the details of their split below. The 'Smash' co-stars - who met on the set of the musical drama series - have gone their separate ways after almost three years of dating but will remain in contact as ''close friends''. A representative for the 46-year-old actress told Us Weekly magazine: ''Debra Messing and Will Chase have ended their two-and-a-half year relationship but remain close friends.'' Though the pair didn't speak much about their relationship, Debra - who split from husband Daniel Zelman, the father of her 10-year-old son Roman - previously revealed she had a lot of ''fun'' working on 'Smash' with Will, 44, and their other co-star Katharine McPhee. She said soon after she and Will started dating: ''The amount of fun I'm having on this show is so ridiculous -- off the charts already. »
When we last saw Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Joan Watson (Lucy Liu) in Elementary's season 2 finale, they were heading their separate ways: Holmes to London to work for MI6, Watson toward a new life in New York without the partner she described as having a pull "like gravity" on her. Creator/executive producer Rob Doherty promises a reunion on tonight's season premiere, which takes place eight months after Holmes' departure. Fans of the prickly detective won't be shocked to learn that "things did not exactly work out with MI6. Holmes a certain compulsion to come back to New York. »
- Lanford Beard
Allison Williams is taking flight in Peter Pan Live! and you don't have to wait until Thursday, Dec. 4 to see her in action. NBC has released the first promo of the Girls star in the trademark green costume (this one includes fishnets for some reason) with special behind-the-scenes footage. There's also a glimpse of Williams as Peter Pan battling Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Yes, that's Christopher Walken. There's a fair amount of wind and wires involved because it is Peter Pan. NBC's Peter Pan Live! hails from the producers of last year's The Sound of Music Live, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. They're also behind this year's Oscars and were behind NBC's Smash. The 2013 telecast »
After connecting on the set of their NBC show Smash in 2011, Debra Messing and Will Chase have gone their separate ways. "Debra Messing and Will Chase have ended their two-and-a-half-year relationship, but remain close friends," the actress's rep confirms to People. At the time the two started dating, the Nashville star, 44, had recently separately from his wife, Broadway actress Stephanie Gibson, while Messing, 46, was estranged from her husband of 10 years, Daniel Zelman. Over the course of their relationship, the pair - who also played romantic interests on the small screen - became more public with their romance, attending premieres and galas together. »
- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo
After nearly three years together, former Smash co-stars Debra Messing and Will Chase have decided to call it quits. A rep for the actress confirmed the split to E! News and added that the two "remain close friends." So what lead to the breakup between the two TV stars? A source tells us that distance was a key factor in their decision to part ways romantically, with Debra working on her NBC show The Mysteries of Laura and Will on Nashville. "The problems started when Will went from a recurring to a regular role on Nashville. He's had to spend a lot more time down there," the source explained. "Debra, meanwhile, shoots her show all week here in NYC. It's sad »
The CW's newest hit series “The Flash” added another female cast member to its fold on Monday, a spokesperson from the network told TheWrap. See photos: The CW Diversity Scorecard: From ‘Arrow’ to ‘Vampire Diaries’ “Vampire Diaries” alum Malese Jow has joined the superhero series and will recur as the DC Comics character Linda Park, a quick-witted journalist who befriends up-and-coming reporter Iris (Candice Patton). She's also said to meet The Flash's alter-ego Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) at a bar, with the two of them hitting it off. Linda first appears on Episode 112. Also read: ‘The Flash’ Casts ‘Smash’ Alum Andy Mientus to Play. »
- Travis Reilly
Debra Messing and her boyfriend Will Chase have recently split after nearly three years of dating, her rep confirms exclusively to Us Weekly. "Debra Messing and Will Chase have ended their two-and-a-half year relationship," Messing's rep tells Us, "but remain close friends." Messing, 46, and Chase, 44, found love in late 2011, after starring together on their now-canceled musical drama series, Smash. Shortly after they started dating, Messing gushed about how much she enjoyed being on the set of the show. "The amount of fun I'm having on this [...] »
My friend and I attended the Austin Film Festival's opening night screening of musical The Last 5 Years, starring Anna Kendrick (Up In the Air, Pitch Perfect) and Jeremy Jordan (a Corpus Christi native who's been in Joyful Noise and Smash). My heart was in my throat as soon as Kendrick's Cathy started singing, and this twisty story kept my emotions on edge from then on. Jamie (Jordan) and Cathy sing monologues about the current state of their relationship; her songs move backward in time as his move forward (which seems obvious after the fact, but I didn't note this at the time). They only sing together in the proposal scene.
Director Richard Lagravenese (who also directed the less-extraordinary Beautiful Creatures, which the same friend viewed with me) warned the audience before the film that The Last 5 Years is practically all song. The movie contains very little dialogue -- »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Update 11:25 With exclusive interviews and information:
It’s been nearly four decades since tyro producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were working for Joseph Papp when he moved A Chorus Line from the Public Theater to Broadway. That singular sensation revived an industry gasping for breath; the show went on to a make millions for everyone involved, including the Shubert Organization, in whose namesake theater A Chorus Line ran for 6,137 performances.
Storyline Entertainment, the Meron/Zadan partnership, went on to become enormously successful on the opposite coast, producing feature or TV films of Annie, Chicago, Hairspray and, in stunning defiance of prognostications, The Sound Of Music Live for NBCUniversal. Now in the final weeks of prepping the follow-up, Peter Pan Live, which will be broadcast December 4 with a cast led by Allison Williams and Christopher Walken, Meron and Zadan have signed a three year development and production deal with »
- Jeremy Gerard
Any Smash fan who spent two seasons following the progress of a fictional musical about Marilyn Monroe has to wonder: What the hell happened to Debra Messing‘s scarves? Famously reviled by TV fans, the show cut down on the cozy accessory in season two, but sadly never made it to a third. In hopes of cracking a Hollywood mystery for the ages, VH1 spoke to Will Chase, who played Michael Swift, the on-screen fling to Messing’s Julia Houston.
As an actor who came from Broadway himself, the current Nashville star discussed his musical theater legacy, and what he thinks of the recent trend of televised musicals (like NBC’s The Sound Of Music Live and the upcoming Peter Pan). Most importantly though, we talked about Smash, if there’s any hope of bringing Bombshell to Broadway, and where in the world Debra Messing‘s scarves might be today. »
- Elizabeth Black
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