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Debra Messing Heading To Broadway In ‘Birthday Candles’ New York Premiere

Debra Messing Heading To Broadway In ‘Birthday Candles’ New York Premiere
Debra Messing will return to Broadway next year in a spring production of playwright Noah Haidle’s Birthday Candles. The Roundabout Theatre Company production will mark the New York premiere of the play.

Directed by Vivienne Benesch, Birthday Candles will begin previews April 2, with an opening on April 21 at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. The limited engagement will run through June 21, 2020.

The Will and Grace and Smash star previously appeared on Broadway in John Patrick Shanley’s play Outside Mullingar opposite Brían F. O’Byrne in 2014.

In the new production, Messing will play Ernestine Ashworth, described by producers as, at first, a young woman who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. “Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, one cake baked over a century. What
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Kellyanne Conway To Reporter On Hatch Act: “Can You Leave, Please?”

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is, apparently, in no mood to discuss her alleged violations of the Hatch Act. MSNBC White House reporter Eamon Javers added this terrific little insider’s tidbit to the latest Conway controversy.

“I was just standing in an office in the Wh press office when Kellyanne Conway came in,” Javers tweeted today. “I asked for her reaction to this. She pointed to the door and said ‘can you leave, please?’ Later, I asked her again, and she said: ‘I have no reaction. Why would I give you a reaction?'”

News broke this morning that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel – an independent government agency unrelated to the Mueller investigation – is recommending that Conway be removed from her job for repeated violations of the Hatch Act. (The Hatch Act bars federal workers from engaging in partisan politics.)

According to the Osc, Conway has repeatedly
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Tales of the City: Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (‘Broad City’) deserve Emmys for bringing the real New York City to life

Tales of the City: Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson (‘Broad City’) deserve Emmys for bringing the real New York City to life
Shortly after college I bought a one-way bus ticket, boarded with two duffel bags and no job, and moved to New York City. The metropolis I soon fell in love with looked nothing like how primetime sitcoms described, but Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson soon brought my New York to TV screens with their hilarious “Broad City.”

Growing up, the New Yorkers I watched from my couch were Debra Messing and Eric McCormack. Looking back, I cannot even fathom what the rent would be for their luxurious apartment on “Will and Grace.” I don’t care if Will is a lawyer, there’s no way he could afford it. And while we’re at it, how on earth did Monica and Rachel pay for that massive West Village two-bedroom on “Friends”? So as I struggled to cram my belongings into my new postage stamp of a room in Astoria — yeah,
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Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’

Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’
At 50, Brian D’Arcy James has parlayed his theater stardom — he boasts three Tony nominations, for “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Shrek the Musical,” and “Something Rotten” originated King George III in “Hamilton,” and currently stars in Tony-winning drama “The Ferryman” — into frequent supporting roles in film and television. He popped up as Debra Messing’s husband in NBC showbiz series “Smash,” as the parent of a troubled teenager in “13 Reasons Why,” won the ensemble SAG award in Oscar-winner “Spotlight,” cheated at poker in Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” tested airplanes in “First Man,” plays the U.S. president in current “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” Melissa McCarthy’s criminal husband in “The Kitchen,” a Silicon Valley player in Alex Garland’s FX series “Devs,” and is prepping Officer Krupke for Steven Spielberg’s revamp of Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins’ “West Side Story.”

In short, James has a wide range
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Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’

Brian d’Arcy James Does It All, from Tony-Winner ‘The Ferryman’ to ‘Dark Phoenix’ and ‘West Side Story’
At 50, Brian D’Arcy James has parlayed his theater stardom — he boasts three Tony nominations, for “Sweet Smell of Success,” “Shrek the Musical,” and “Something Rotten” originated King George III in “Hamilton,” and currently stars in Tony-winning drama “The Ferryman” — into frequent supporting roles in film and television. He popped up as Debra Messing’s husband in NBC showbiz series “Smash,” as the parent of a troubled teenager in “13 Reasons Why,” won the ensemble SAG award in Oscar-winner “Spotlight,” cheated at poker in Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” tested airplanes in “First Man,” plays the U.S. president in current “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” Melissa McCarthy’s criminal husband in “The Kitchen,” a Silicon Valley player in Alex Garland’s FX series “Devs,” and is prepping Officer Krupke for Steven Spielberg’s revamp of Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins’ “West Side Story.”

In short, James has a wide range
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Wilson Cruz Recalls His Groundbreaking Gay Role on ‘My So-Called Life’: ‘It Was Life-Altering’

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At Wednesday night’s Paley Honors, which paid tribute to Lgbtq achievements in television, attendees never lost sight of those who first paved the way – both on screen and off. CNN’s Don Lemon opened the ceremony by thanking legendary transgender activist Sylvia Rivera, who helped lead the charge at Stonewall fifty years ago. After recounting the story of the riots, he gestured around the Ziegfeld Ballroom. “Because she was there, we’re here tonight in this room, and at this point in history.”

On the eve of that landmark anniversary, stars ranging from Laverne Cox to Billy Crystal reflected on the progress that’s been made in the decades since — and how far things still have to go.

Our Lady J, a writer on “Transparent” and “Pose,” first learned about Stonewall as a teenager in New York. She immediately wanted to know more, so she turned to someone with
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Billy Crystal, 'Will & Grace' Recognized for Lgbtq+ Achievements in TV

Billy Crystal, 'Will & Grace' Recognized for Lgbtq+ Achievements in TV
"I met a woman in an airport in the middle of the country. She came up to me and she said, ‘My husband hates gays,'" Debra Messing told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday night at The Paley Honors: Tribute to Lgbtq+ Achievements in Television, explaining that the woman was apparently a fan of Will & Grace, despite her spouse's disapproval.

The woman told the actress that her husband refused to watch, often covering his face with a newspaper. Then, one day, he referenced Sean Hayes' iconic "Just Jack!" complete with the hand motion.

"He had ...
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NBC Fall 2019-20 Schedule: Not A Lot Of Change For Top-Rated Network, ‘Will & Grace’ & ‘Manifest’ Held For Midseason

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NBC is not into change very much this upcoming season, to put it conservatively.

Sure, the network has Melissa McCarthy taking over hosting duties from Steve Harvey for the fourth season of Little Big Shots in the upcoming season, and Will & Grace and last year’s breakout Manifest are both pushed back to midseason. And, yes, there’s now a Mike Schur hour on Thursdays with more of the producer’s The Good Place and his new comedy Sunnyside.

Otherwise, with a scattering of newbies aside, most of the Comcast-owned net’s schedule for the 2019-20 season looks a lot like the season that is just about to end, a lot.

Or as NBC Entertainment co-chairs George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy said earlier today: “we came into this season from the vantage point of extreme stability, but without any complacency.”

With that noted, here is NBC’s fall 2019-20 schedule,
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E! Cancels Busy Philipps Late-Night Talk Show After Seven Months

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E! has pulled the plug on “Busy Tonight,” the late-night talk show hosted by actor Busy Philipps, after seven months.

Busy Tonight” bowed Oct. 28 and airedSunday through Wednesday in the 10 p.m. slot before moving in January to a Monday-Thursday 11 p.m. rotation. The half-hour series blended celebrity interviews with comedy bits. Philipps broke the news of the cancellation in a tweet sent late Sunday night. The final installment will air May 16.

Hey guys. Just wanted to let you know my show BusyTonight won't be continuing on the E network after May 16. I'm beyond proud of what we've built in such a short period of time and I'm hopeful we can find the right place for the show to live on. Goodnight you guys. I love you.

— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) May 6, 2019

Philipps, known for her roles on NBC’s “Freaks and Geeks” and ABC’s “Cougar Town,” was billed as “Hollywood’s unfiltered best friend.
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Variety Wins Daytime Creative Arts Emmy For ‘Actors on Actors’ Series

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Variety took home a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy award on Friday for its “Actors on Actors” series.

“Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” is a production with PBS SoCal that features two actors discussing their craft and thoughts on Hollywood. The winning season includes interviews with actors promoting their television projects including: Bill Hader (“Barry”) with Jason Bateman (“Ozark” and “Arrested Development”), Michael B. Jordan (“Fahrenheit 451”) with Issa Rae (“Insecure”), Sharon Stone (“Mosaic”) with Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Jonathan Groff (“Mindhunter”) with Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Deuce”), J.K. Simmons (“Counterpart”) with Edie Falco (“Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”), and Jeff Daniels (“Godless” and “The Looming Tower”) with Laura Linney (“Ozark.”)

“Actors on Actors” won in the special class series category against “Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter,” “Lucky Dog With Brandon McMillan,” “Mysteries & Scandals,” “To Life: How Israeli Volunteers Are Changing the World,” “Working in the Theatre,” “Light in the Water,
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This Year’s Best Comedies Prove TV’s Flexibility in the Streaming Era (Column)

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This Year’s Best Comedies Prove TV’s Flexibility in the Streaming Era (Column)
The comedian Tim Robinson’s new Netflix series, “I Think You Should Leave,” was an instant standout when it debuted last week. In bizarre and outlandish sketches — set on a thrown-together game show, in a focus group overtaken by petty social competition, or in a house entirely decorated with “Garfield”-themed furniture — Robinson follows his particular fixation with socially thwarted characters, often men whose free-floating anger makes them ultimately pathetic, to terminuses far from where each sketch began.

In today’s TV landscape, “I Think You Should Leave” is one-of-a-kind. And, in another sense, it’s part of a growing trend. The best shows of the year so far have tended to be comedies that feel like the culmination of a vision that came to air with little network interference, shows that are so flamboyantly themselves that they go farther than alienating some portion of the audience: They’re proudly niche.
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Angela Bassett, Debra Messing, Chloë Sevigny Among Tribeca Film Festival Jurors

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Angela Bassett, Debra Messing, Chloë Sevigny Among Tribeca Film Festival Jurors
Angela Bassett, Debra Messing, and Chloë Sevingy are among the 50 actors, filmmakers, and entertainment industry professionals who will judge the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 18th year, the annual film celebration will unfold in downtown Manhattan from April 24 through May 5.

Other judges include director Rebecca Miller, comedian Tig Notaro, actor Justin Long, and IndieWire editor-in-chief Dana Harris.

“At 18, we’re proud of our lineup of talented and diverse filmmakers and welcome our extraordinary jury,” Jane Rosenthal, co-Founder and CEO of the festival, said in a statement.

Angela Bassett will judge the International Narrative Competition contestants, while Chloë Sevigny and Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) will be on the committee to hand out the Nora Ephron award, created in honor of the late filmmaker, journalist, and writer.

David Cross (“Arrested Development”) will judge the new documentary director competition, and Justin Long (“Frank and Lola”) will assess the contestants for new narrative director competition.
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Tribeca Film Festival Sets Jurors In Film And Immersive Categories

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Tribeca Film Festival Sets Jurors In Film And Immersive Categories
The Tribeca Film Festival today announced the jury members who will select winners in the film and immersive sections of its upcoming 18th gathering. The jurors will award work in ten categories.

This year’s jury features award-winning filmmakers, actors, producers, and cultural leaders, including Angela Bassett, Rebecca Miller, Orlando von Einsiedel, Steve Zaillian, Drake Doremus, Famke Janssen, Jenny Lumet, Tig Notaro, Chloë Sevigny, and more. The festival will take place in New York City from April 24-May 5.

In all, over 52 industry leaders have been selected to honor feature length and short film categories, comprised of narratives and documentary films, as well as Storyscapes, the juried section of the Virtual Arcade, presented by At&T.

The jurors will also present the Tribeca X Award, celebrating branded storytelling at the intersection of advertising and entertainment.

The festival additionally plans to announce the winner of the seventh annual Nora Ephron Award, created to
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Tribeca: Aaron Rodgers, Angela Bassett, Sheila Nevins Among Jurors

Tribeca: Aaron Rodgers, Angela Bassett, Sheila Nevins Among Jurors
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the jury members who will select the winners in 10 categories across the film and immersive competition sections.

The 51 jurors include Aaron Rodgers, Angela Bassett, Sheila Nevins, Tig Notaro, Debra Messing, Maureen Dowd and Topher Grace.

The U.S. narrative feature jurors are author Jonathan Ames, actor Cory Hardrict, IndieWire editor-in-chief Dana Harris and Rachel Getting Married writer Jenny Lumet. The international narrative feature jurors are Bassett, actress Famke Janssen, director Baltasar Kormakur, writer-director Rebecca Miller and writer Steve Zaillian. The feature documentary jurors are director Drake Doremus, filmmaker Robert Greene, producer Julie Goldman, Wall ...
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Ashley Judd Discusses Decision to Have an Abortion: I'd Have 'Had to Co-Parent with My Rapist'

Ashley Judd Discusses Decision to Have an Abortion: I'd Have 'Had to Co-Parent with My Rapist'
Ashley Judd will continue to be an outspoken advocate for abortion because, she says, it’s what saved her from having to raise a child with her rapist.

The actress, 50, explained her reasoning for protesting a new Georgia bill that would ban abortion as soon as a heartbeat can be heard Thursday at the Women in the World summit in New York.

“As everyone knows, and I’m very open about it, I’m a three-time rape survivor. And one of the times I was raped, there was conception,” she told moderator Katie Couric. “And I’m very thankful I
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Will & Grace: Season 10 Viewer Votes

Are you still up for the Will & Grace TV show revival, now that the situation comedy has returned for its 10th season on NBC? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Will & Grace is cancelled or renewed for an 11th season, which in this case was decided back in March of 2018. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration, when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all the season 10 episodes of Will & Grace for us here.

An NBC sitcom, Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes. In season 10, guest stars include Matt Bomer, Minnie Driver,
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Selma Blair Praised for Candidly Sharing Her Makeup Application Struggles While Battling Ms

Selma Blair Praised for Candidly Sharing Her Makeup Application Struggles While Battling Ms
Celebrities and fans alike are praising Selma Blair for keeping a positive attitude in the wake of her multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

The actress, 46, documented her degrading motor skills as she gave the world a candid look at the everyday struggle she faces when applying makeup.

“My fine motor skills aren’t like, fine at this moment so I just want to say I’m gonna probably give a makeup tutorial never. But if I do then you know I’m just really trying to have fun cause I notice I put my makeup on in the morning and all day
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Rachel Brosnahan aiming to be the 1st repeat comedy actress Emmy champ not named Julia Louis-Dreyfus since 2001

Rachel Brosnahan aiming to be the 1st repeat comedy actress Emmy champ not named Julia Louis-Dreyfus since 2001
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) has a tall order at the Emmys. The reigning Best Comedy Actress champ will have to defeat the thus far undefeated “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus to retain her title. If Brosnahan does pull it off, she’d be the first non-jld repeat winner for the same show since 2001.

That year, Patricia Heaton (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) nabbed her second straight Emmy during the twice-delayed, post-9/11 ceremony. For 10 years after that, the category saw 10 different winners for 10 different shows — including Louis-Dreyfus for “The Old Adventures of New Christine” — before she started her six-year “Veep” reign in 2012.

1. Jennifer Aniston, “Friends” (2002)

2. Debra Messing, “Will & Grace” (2003)

3. Sarah Jessica Parker, “Sex and the City” (2004)

4. Felicity Huffman, “Desperate Housewives” (2005)

5. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006)

6. America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty” (2007)

7. Tina Fey, “30 Rock” (2008)

8. Toni Collette, “United States of Tara” (2009)

9. Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie” (2010)

10. Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly
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Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ Earns Daytime Emmy Nomination

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Variety has earned another Emmy nomination for its “Actors on Actors” series, but the first at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

The PBS SoCal series brings together two actors for a candid conversation about their recent roles and thoughts on Hollywood. The nominated season includes interviews with actors promoting their TV projects including: Bill Hader (“Barry”) with Jason Bateman (“Ozark” and “Arrested Development”), Michael B. Jordan (“Fahrenheit 451”) with Issa Rae (“Insecure”), Sharon Stone (“Mosaic”) with Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”), Jonathan Groff (“Mindhunter”) with Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Deuce”), J.K. Simmons (“Counterpart”) with Edie Falco (“Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders”), and Jeff Daniels (“Godless” and “The Looming Tower”) with Laura Linney (“Ozark.”)

“Actors on Actors” has previously won two Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, out of a total of five nominations.

“Actors on Actors” is nominated in the special class series category alongside “Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter,
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Hooray! Yes, you can jump in now to predict the 2019 Emmy Awards nominees in 16 categories

With the Oscars departing us this weekend, what major awards can you now predict at Gold Derby? Jump into our brand new Emmy Awards Nominations 2019 predictions center, which just launched this morning for 16 categories. The Television Academy will announce all nominations on July 16.

Scroll all the way through each category to look for returning contenders and new shows competing for the first time. There will be many guaranteed slots open, especially on the drama side.

SEEWave goodbye to ineligible ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ Elisabeth Moss for the 2019 Emmy Awards

Besides “Game of Thrones” and two-time nominee “This Is Us,” the drama field is clearing out of competitors from last year: “The Americans” aired its final season in spring of 2018; “The Crown,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Stranger Things” and “Westworld” will not have new episodes in time for the 2019 cutoff date.

New programs that might join the race for Best Drama
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