Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

VH1 scraps comeback plans for 'The Osbournes'

VH1's reboot of the Osbourne family's reality television series has been axed, the The Hollywood Reporter has learned.The Viacom-owned cable network was eying a comeback of "The Osbournes" -- with heavy metal icon Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly -- which aired for four seasons on its sister...
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VH1 scraps comeback plans for 'The Osbournes'
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
VH1 scraps comeback plans for 'The Osbournes'

VH1's reboot of the Osbourne family's reality television series has been axed, the The Hollywood Reporter has learned.The Viacom-owned cable network was eying a comeback of "The Osbournes" -- with heavy metal icon Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly -- which aired for four seasons on its sister network MTV between 2002 and 2005. Sharon had said publicly back in November that a comeback of some "six to eight" episodes was in the pipeline.  Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Black-ish' creator set to write 'Good Times' movie
Monday Apr 27, 2015
'Black-ish' creator set to write 'Good Times' movie

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Good times are coming to the big screen. "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris has been set to write the screenplay for a "Good Times" film based on the hit '70s sitcom, his manager confirmed to The Associated Press. "Good Times," which aired on CBS from 1974 to 1979, was about an African-American family living in a poor neighborhood in Chicago. Barris, who is also writing the screenplay for "Barbershop 3," tweeted Monday that he was excited about the project. Known primarily for his work on the ABC sitcom "Black-ish" and creating "America's Next Top Model," Barris has also written for "Girlfriends," ''The Game," and "Are We There Yet?" No director or stars have been set for the project yet. A representative from Sony Pictures had no comment. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Jayne Meadows, actress and TV personality, dies at 95
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Jayne Meadows, actress and TV personality, dies at 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jayne Meadows, the Emmy-nominated actress and TV personality who often teamed with her husband, Steve Allen, has died. She was 95. Meadows died of natural causes Sunday at her home in the Encino, California, area, spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Monday. Her son, Bill Allen, and other family members were with her. "She was not only an extraordinarily gifted actress who could move audiences from laughter to tears and back again all in one scene, but she was the greatest storyteller I have ever known...." said her son, who heads the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Though best known as the wife of the beloved TV host — and the sister of "Honeymooners" star Audrey Meadows — Jayne Meadows had a solid career in her own right. She appeared on Broadway and in movies, gained three prime-time Emmy nominations as a TV actress and was a staple of talk shows and game shows. Steve Allen, who died in 2000, summed up her appeal in a 1977 Los Angeles Times interview. "She's an old-fashioned woman, old-fashioned in terms of her attitudes, her manner, her demeanor, her voice," he said. "She has a dignity that is rare these days. But she also has a lightness, an airiness, a girlishness and a certain degree of social innocence." The red-haired Meadows appeared in several Broadway shows and films before she first became known to a wider audience as a panelist on the prime-time game show, "I've Got a Secret." She was on the popular show from its first year, 1952, until the late 1950s. In the midst of this, she met and married Allen, tying the knot in 1954, just as he was starting his run as the first host of "The Tonight Show." "The thing that made me a name on television was not acting — it was (the game show)," Meadows told the Los Angeles Times. With that and her marriage, she added, "Instead of being the tortured actress who might have become an alcoholic or whatever, I ... settled for the security of love, a home, children, money in the bank and 'I've Got a Secret.' " It was also 1952 when younger sister Audrey gained TV immortality, taking over the role of Ralph Kramden's acerbic wife, Alice, in "The Honeymooners." At the time, it was a series of sketches on "The Jackie Gleason Show," but it grew into one of the most popular, and influential, sitcoms in television history. Jayne Meadows' innumerable TV guest credits include many appearances on her husband's shows: "Tonight," ''The Steve Allen Show" and "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour," as well as other talk shows. One of her Emmy nods, for best guest actress in a series, came in 1978 for "Meeting of Minds," Allen's 1977-81 PBS show that portrayed historical figures getting together for a chat. Among the characters Meadows played were Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette and Florence Nightingale, the role that got her the Emmy nod. Meadows got another Emmy nomination in 1987 as guest performer in a drama series for "St. Elsewhere" and again in 1996 for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for "High Society." In film, she played Billy Crystal's mother in the 1991 hit "City Slickers" and the 1994 sequel, "City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold." She had been largely retired since her husband's death. Meadows was born in 1919 to Episcopal missionary parents in Wu Chang, China, and barely spoke English when the family moved back to the United States. Young Jayne Cotter appeared in several Broadway shows in the 1940s, including "Kiss Them for Me," which also featured Richard Widmark and Judy Holliday. She changed her name to Meadows (borrowing an old family name) when she entered the movies. Among her early films were "Undercurrent," 1946, and "Song of the Thin Man," 1947, the last entry in the popular detective series starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. By the early 1950s, she was getting roles in TV anthology series such as "Robert Montgomery Presents" and "Kraft Television Theatre." In 1958, she was back on Broadway, starring with Walter Slezak in the comedy mystery "The Gazebo." The New York Times critic hailed her "animated, sardonic performance that pulls the play up taut when it threatens to amble off." She was also in a 1978 revival of the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart comedy "Once in a Lifetime." When Allen died, she called him "my best friend and my partner on stage and off for more than 48 years. He was the most talented man I've ever known and the one true love of my life." The two had met at a dinner party in 1952. He sat next to her, speechless, until she turned to him and said, "Mr. Allen, you're either the rudest man I ever met or the shyest." It was the start of something big. Besides her son with Allen, Meadows is survived by three grandchildren and by stepsons Steve Jr., Brian and David, Allen's children from his first marriage. Meadows' previous marriage, to movie writer Milton Krims, ended in divorce. Audrey Meadows died in 1996 after a battle with cancer that she kept from her family, who learned of her illness only shortly before she died. After Communist China began opening up in the 1970s, Jayne Meadows traveled there with Allen several times, seeing the country of her birth for the first time in decades. She was active in community service, including volunteering at the Los Angeles Mission for people in need. Plans for a memorial service were not immediately announced. __ Former Associated Press writer Polly Anderson contributed to this report. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. 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Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres helped the Daytime Emmys make a gender-bending return to television with a comedy bit involving pasties and black stockings — and not worn by DeGeneres. "General Hospital" and "The Young and the Restless" were the top winners Sunday with three trophies each, while the latter shared the best drama series award with "Days of Our Lives." The ceremony opened with a pretaped segment in which Lauer and DeGeneres agreed to end their faux feud. The punchline: DeGeneres had sneakily edited the tape to put Lauer's head atop a man's chiseled body clad only in tasseled pasties, briefs and lace-topped stockings. It was reminiscent of a previous DeGeneres prank on her talk show in which she doctored a Lauer "Fifty Shades of Grey" cast interview to show him in a similar outfit, whip and all. The "Today" host, or his shimmying facsimile, agreed to donate a thousand dollars to an unspecified charity each time he was thanked by winners during the ceremony. "CBS Sunday Morning" host Charles Osgood, whose show was honored as best morning program, offered a heartfelt shoutout to Lauer. "Thank you for doing what you did because, God knows, I don't want to do that," said the 82-year-old Osgood. The ceremony took a dignified turn when Betty White was honored with a lifetime achievement award. "Hello, beautiful," she said to her trophy. "When I started in 1949 I had no idea that I'd still be around at this point, for one thing, or that I'd still be privileged enough to still be in this business. And it is such a privilege." Tyra Banks hosted the ceremony that aired on the Pop cable channel. The Daytime Emmys, which once had a secure home on the broadcast networks, settled for streaming online last year after a two-year turn on the cable news channel HLN. On Sunday, the Pop channel was forced to fend off the ceremony's unauthorized streaming after discovering its server had been hacked, a spokesman said. In a statement, the channel warned that any streaming was not sanctioned by the TV academy. The issue apparently was resolved during the ceremony, the spokesman said. The show's year-to-year change in location is a reflection of the dwindling daytime audience and programming shifts, but that didn't diminish the winners' enthusiasm. A beaming Craig Ferguson, replaced by James Corden as host of CBS' "The Late Late Show," accepted the trophy for best game show host for "Celebrity Name Game." "I never win anything. This is fantastic," Ferguson said, adding, "Thank you, Hollywood, for a job." Freddie Smith was honored as best younger actor in a drama for his role as Sonny in "Days of Our Lives." His character and that of Will (played by Guy Wilson) were part of daytime TV's first gay wedding with two men. Smith paid tribute to "the LGBT community for showing strength and courage. You're an inspiration to all of us." The ceremony featured the reunion of Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, the former "General Hospital" couple of Luke and Laura, who presented the trophy for best drama series, a tie, to "Days of Our Lives" and "The Young and the Restless." Geary was a winner as well, accepting his eighth Emmy for his "General Hospital" role, while fellow series star Maura West was named best lead drama actress. Other winners included Amelia Heinle, best supporting actress in a drama series for "The Young and the Beautiful," and Chad Duell, best supporting actor for "General Hospital." "Un Nuevo Dia" received the award for best Spanish-language morning program at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards. An in memoriam tribute was introduced by Melissa Rivers, who said her mother's career was reinvigorated by a daytime talk show after her late-night show was canceled. "The Joan Rivers Show" won a Daytime Emmy in 1990, the only Emmy her mother ever got, Melissa Rivers noted. Among the winners Sunday were "Jeopardy!," best game show; Steve Harvey, host of an informative talk show; "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," entertainment talk show; "Entertainment Tonight," entertainment news program; Hunter King, younger actress in a drama series, "The Young and the Restless"; and Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, entertainment talk show hosts, for "Live! with Kelly and Michael." ___ Online: http://emmyonline.com/daytime ___ Lynn Elber can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lynn Elber from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Review: Broadway's 'Fun Home' is a deeply moving triumph
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Review: Broadway's 'Fun Home' is a deeply moving triumph

NEW YORK (AP) — The best commercial for a Broadway show this season isn't on TV. It's on Broadway itself, in the stunning, deeply moving "Fun Home." Three siblings ranging in age from 6 to 10, whose father runs a funeral home in Pennsylvania, perform a mock ad with a handwritten, Motown-flavored song that is sheer exuberance itself. "Our caskets/Are satin lined/And we got so many models guaranteed to blow your mind," the 10-year-old sings into a can of lemon Pledge acting as a microphone, while his sister boogies and his 6-year-old brother shimmies. "Come to the Fun Home/Ample parking down the street/Here at the Fun Home/Body prep that can't be beat," the three sing in a song that rhymes "satisfied" with "formaldehyde." Was it mentioned that they're dancing over and around a coffin? The song "Come to the Fun Home" is one of many highlights in a fresh musical that seems like an impossible sell on Broadway but hooks you instantly with its honesty and beauty. It's actually the best commercial for what Broadway can do. "Fun Home" is an adaptation from Alison Bechdel's graphic novel about growing up in a funeral home with a closeted gay dad. A closeted gay dad who has an untimely death. It should be theatrical suicide, and yet few shows are as moving, relatable and funny. The 100-minute musical — the title is an abbreviation for the business Bechdel's father runs — played for four months off-Broadway last year in a traditional proscenium stage with much of the same cast and opened Sunday at Circle in the Square Theatre with a seven-piece band. It has only gotten better in its theater-in-the-round format, with director Sam Gold using every inch of the stage and even the aisles. Furniture — sinks, doors and coffins — by designer David Zinn pops up from below the stage and sofas, a car and a bed are spun about. In a play that lingers on death, sometimes the show just has actors onstage amid empty spaces, the voids speaking volumes. (Zinn also nails the '70s costumes, from bowl cuts to awkward plaid to the ill-fitting pants.) "Fun Home," with a book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori, switches between three Alison Bechdels — as a 9-year-old (Sydney Lucas), as a 19-year-old college student (Emily Skeggs) and at 43 (Beth Malone), the artist looking back. The adult Alison is our guide, walking like a ghost through her own past, sifting her memory for clues about her father's secrets. Her father, Bruce, is played by Michael Cerveris, who offers one of the most complex, heartbreaking performances of the season. Bruce is fussy, exacting, weak, loving, caring and very anxious, like a trapped animal. He has a simmering anger and also a deep romanticism and sometimes both fire at the same time. Cerveris manages to make him utterly sympathetic. Bruce's descent into suicidal depression happens as Alison is flowering into a woman and her realization that she's a lesbian. Lucas gets to sing "Ring of Keys" about her first longing for another woman, and Skeggs has the hysterically lovesick "Changing My Major," after her first sexual encounter. The adult Alison, Malone, sings "Telephone Wire," a wry lament about missed conversations with a parent that any child can relate to. And Judy Kuhn, who plays the mother, sings the heartbreaking "Days and Days" to her daughter, with the warning, "I didn't raise you to give away your days like me." There are sweeping love stories on Broadway this season and light comedies, too. That's fine, but make sure "Fun Home" is on your list as well. Rarely do you find a funeral home you're unhappy to leave. ___ Online: http://funhomebroadway.com ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dead
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dead

Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer whose career included all of the fabled "Lord of the Rings" films and "The Hobbit," died suddenly on Monday, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. He was 59.The Australian-born filmmaker won the Academy Award in 2002 for Peter Jackson's first "Lord of the Rings" film, "The Fellowship of the Ring." Lesnie's final movie was Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner," which was filmed in his home country. On Twitter, Crowe said, "Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on." Lesnie also shot the remake of "King Kong" (2005), "The Lovely Bones" (2009) and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011) during his career. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Salma Hayek launches 'The Prophet' in ancestral Lebanon
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Salma Hayek launches 'The Prophet' in ancestral Lebanon

Hollywood star Salma Hayek, in her ancestral homeland Lebanon for the first time, launched the global premiere of her animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran's celebrated novel "The Prophet" on Monday.The Mexican actress and director described the movie version of the Lebanese author's spiritually-uplifting book as a "love letter to my heritage." She said the adaptation, which features an all-star cast, was a "personal film" because her Lebanese grandfather loved The Prophet. "Through this book, I got to know my grandfather. Through this book, I had my grandfather teaching me about life," said the star, who has been in Lebanon since Friday. The Prophet, now in its 163rd edition, is widely considered the second most-read book in the world, after the Bible. The movie adaptation, being screened in Beirut on Monday evening, features the voices of Hayek, along with actors Liam Neeson, Alfred Molina and Frank Langella. A collection of poems and prose, originally written in English, The Prophet has been translated into more than 40 languages since its first publication in 1923. It tells the story of Almustafa, who before returning to his homeland, speaks to residents of the city of Orphalese about different aspects of life -- love, work, children, friendship and death. The movie is entirely animated, with dream-like fantasy sequences as Almustafa -- called simply Mustafa in the film -- shares his wisdom before being expelled by authorities because of his poetry. Divided into 26 chapters, verses from "The Prophet" are often quoted at births, weddings and funerals around the world. "Your children are not your children, they come through you but not from you," one popular line reads. "When love beckons to you, follow him, though his ways are hard and steep," reads another, a regular at weddings. Gibran wrote most of his books in the United States, where he headed the New York Pen League, the first Arab-American literary society, although he was born in Lebanon under Ottoman rule. - Realising 'old dream' - Hayek said visiting Lebanon had allowed her to realise an "old dream" of visiting the birthplace of Gibran, the country's most famous writer. She said she hoped her adaptation of the book would demonstrate "to the world that there is an Arabic writer who wrote philosophy and poetry, who brought all religions and all the world together, and has sold more than one hundred million copies around the world for many generations." "We wanted to do (him) justice, we want the world to remember" him. Despite his popularity among readers, Gibran's most famous work received a lukewarm reception at the time of writing from American critics, who criticised it as simplistic and moralising. Hayek's adaptation, first screened at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, is an international effort involving 10 directors and nine producers from Canada, France, Lebanon, Qatar and the United States. It will begin screening publicly in Lebanon from April 30, and in the United States during the summer. Hayek said the adaptation was animated in a bid to better convey Gibran's message to a younger generation, with the script produced by Roger Allers, who directed Disney's "The Lion King". The film is scored by French-Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared, who worked on "The English Patient". In tribute to Gibran, Hayek's visit to Lebanon included a stop in his hometown of Bsharre, where the writer was buried after he died in 1931, aged just 48, of tuberculosis. Gibran, whose novels include "Broken Wings" and "Spirits Rebellious," was considered something of a rebel in his time and was critical of political and religious authoritarianism. That theme is reflected in Hayek's adaptation, which sees Almustafa placed under house arrest and expelled because his poems are considered a "call to rebellion." Hayek also acknowledged the region's ongoing political turmoil during her visit to Lebanon, meeting with some of the nearly 1.2 million Syrian refugees living in the country. She urged donations to support refugee children. "The conflict should not mean that an entire generation is lost," said Hayek. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Salma Hayek's 'The Prophet' to headline Annecy International Animation Festival
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Salma Hayek's 'The Prophet' to headline Annecy International Animation Festival

This year's International Animation Festival in Annecy, France will open with a film co-produced by Lebanese-Mexican actress Salma Hayek, "The Prophet."The film is based on the perennial 1923 classic by Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran, which has been read by over 120 million people worldwide. Hayek, who took on the role as producer, said it was a challenge to create its first-ever adaptation and she turned to nine animation directors to help give life to Gibran's work including Tomm Moore, Michal Socha, Joan Gratz, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Mohammed Harib and Paul and Gaëtan Brizzi. Roger Allers ('The Lion King") directed the film and Bjarne Hansen was in charge of art direction. Made up of 26 prose poems, "The Prophet" tells the encounter of a little girl and a political prisoner who shares his views on life and the human condition. "The Prophet" will premiere on June 15 during the opening of The Annecy Animation Festival, which runs from June 15-20 in southeastern France. www.annecy.org Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch: The first trailer for Disney's 'The Descendants'
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Watch: The first trailer for Disney's 'The Descendants'

Disney released the first trailer for its highly anticipated "The Descendants" on Sunday evening during the Radio Disney Music Awards telecast.While only glimpses of its contemporary villainous cast were shown before, the trailer introduces the teenage offspring of classic Disney crooks and mischief-makers. The troublemaking teens include Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart) -- the spawn of Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and Jafar (Maz Jobrani). Executive producer Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") directs and choreographs the TV movie, which premieres summer 2015 on the Disney Channel, says Variety. Watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4UUQqefajc Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Winehouse family criticizes 'misleading' movie about singer
Sunday Apr 26, 2015
Winehouse family criticizes 'misleading' movie about singer

LONDON (AP) — The family of Amy Winehouse has criticized a documentary about the late singer that is due to have its premiere at next month's Cannes Film Festival. A statement issued Sunday by family spokesman Chris Goodman said director Asif Kapadia's "Amy" is "misleading and contains some basic untruths." The statement said the film suggested family members did too little to help the singer, who died in July 2011 at age 27 of accidental alcohol poisoning. The soul diva, whose 2006 album "Back to Black" won five Grammy Awards, had battled drug and alcohol abuse for years. The family statement said the movie did not reflect the "huge effort from all concerned to help Amy at all stages." "Fundamentally, the Winehouse family believes that the film does a disservice to individuals and families suffering from the complicated affliction of addiction," it said. The filmmakers said in a statement that they began work with "total objectivity" and the support of the Winehouse family. They said the documentary was the result of interviews with about 100 people who knew the singer, including "friends, family, former partners and members of the music industry that worked with her." Kapadia won wide acclaim with "Senna," a documentary about the late motor racing champion Ayrton Senna. "Amy" is due to screen out of competition at the May 13-24 Cannes festival. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dead
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
Oscar-winning 'Lord of the Rings' cinematographer Andrew Lesnie dead

Andrew Lesnie, the Oscar-winning cinematographer whose career included all of the fabled "Lord of the Rings" films and "The Hobbit," died suddenly on Monday, according to the The Hollywood Reporter. He was 59.The Australian-born filmmaker won the Academy Award in 2002 for Peter Jackson's first "Lord of the Rings" film, "The Fellowship of the Ring." Lesnie's final movie was Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner," which was filmed in his home country. On Twitter, Crowe said, "Devastating news from home. The master of the light, genius Andrew Lesnie has passed on." Lesnie also shot the remake of "King Kong" (2005), "The Lovely Bones" (2009) and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" (2011) during his career. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Broadway waits as Tony Award nominations revealed Tuesday
Tuesday Apr 28, 2015
Broadway waits as Tony Award nominations revealed Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) — Many of Broadway's best will be up a little earlier than usual. It's Tony Award nominations day. The nominations will be announced Tuesday from The Paramount Hotel in a televised event co-hosted by Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis. There were some 40 nominators this year, selecting candidates for 24 competitive categories of Tonys, which will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7. Top musical candidates are "Fun Home," a show based on Alison Bechdel's coming of age graphic novel; "Something Rotten!," a big, bawdy show about the birth of the first musical; a dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film "An American in Paris"; and the Chita Rivera-led "The Visit." ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Hedwig' creator John Cameron Mitchell to get a special Tony
Monday Apr 27, 2015
'Hedwig' creator John Cameron Mitchell to get a special Tony

NEW YORK (AP) — John Cameron Mitchell, who co-created the Broadway hit "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and then played the lead character this spring, will receive the 2015 Special Tony Award. The show — about an East German transsexual seeking love and stardom in a retro glam-rock band — roared onto Broadway last season. Neil Patrick Harris started off the Hedwigs and was replaced by Andrew Rannells and then Michael C. Hall and Mitchell. Next up is Darren Criss. The 51-year-old Mitchell's other Broadway credits include "Big River," "The Secret Garden" and "Six Degrees of Separation." Nominations for the annual Tonys will be announced on Tuesday. The statuettes will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

It's nail-biting time on Broadway ahead of Tony nominations
Monday Apr 27, 2015
It's nail-biting time on Broadway ahead of Tony nominations

NEW YORK (AP) — Will the list include a musical set in a funeral home of all places? Or one set in Paris? Is there room for a brand-new show that makes William Shakespeare look like Mick Jagger? Can a dark, sinister show led by an 82-year-old sneak in? Tony Award nominations are revealed Tuesday and the top prize — best musical — has plenty of varied candidates. The field for best lead actress in a musical also proves to be very strong for a second year. Top musical candidates are "Fun Home," a show based on Alison Bechdel's coming of age graphic novel; "Something Rotten!" a big, bawdy show about the birth of the first musical; a dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film "An American in Paris"; and the Chita Rivera-led "The Visit." One of the most buzzed-about shows this season — "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton — will not get a nod since it is running off-Broadway; it transfers later this summer. The nominations will be announced from The Paramount Hotel in a televised event co-hosted by Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker and Bruce Willis, who will make his Broadway debut in the upcoming "Misery." There were about 40 nominators this year, selecting candidates for 24 competitive categories of Tony Awards, which will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall on June 7. Some 870 Tony voters — members of professional groups such as the American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League, Actors' Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society — will decide the final awards. Only Broadway shows that opened in the 12 months ending on April 23 are eligible. Other top musicals hoping to secure one of the four slots include the flashy "Finding Neverland" and the sweet "It Shoulda Been You." More distant possibilities are "Doctor Zhivago," which was roasted by critics, and the already-closed "Honeymoon in Vegas," ''The Last Ship" and "Holler If Ya Hear Me." The best new play category will include the candidates "Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two," ''Airline Highway," ''The River," ''Hand to God," ''Disgraced," ''The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," ''The Audience" and "Constellations." The best play revival category has plenty of options to fill its four spots: "A Delicate Balance," ''The Elephant Man," ''The Heidi Chronicles," ''It's Only a Play," ''Love Letters," ''The Real Thing," ''Skylight," ''This is Our Youth" and "You Can't Take It With You." The musical revival category has five potential candidates looking for four openings: "Gigi," ''The King and I," ''On the Town," ''On the Twentieth Century" and "Side Show." A rule allows for a fifth nominee in the four major production categories — best musical and play and best revivals for each — if at least nine shows are eligible and the fifth-highest vote-getter finishes close enough to the fourth. The best actress in a musical category is very competitive again this year. Those expected to compete for the five slots are Kristin Chenoweth for "On the Twentieth Century," Kelli O'Hara for "The King and I," Rivera for "The Visit," Leanne Cope from "An American in Paris," Lisa Howard in "It Shoulda Been You" and Laura Michelle Kelly in "Finding Neverland." The top candidates for the five openings for best actor in a musical are Brian d'Arcy James for "Something Rotten!", Michael Cerveris in "Fun Home," Matthew Morrison from "Finding Neverland," Roger Rees in "The Visit," Ken Watanabe in "The King and I," Tony Yazbeck in "On the Town," Robert Fairchild in "An American in Paris" and Peter Gallagher in "On the Twentieth Century." Leading candidates for the five best actor in a play spots include Bradley Cooper for "The Elephant Man," Nathan Lane in "It's Only a Play," Ben Miles for "Wolf Hall, Parts One & Two," Alex Sharp in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," Steven Boyer in "Hand to God," Jake Gyllenhaal in "Constellations" and Bill Nighy for "Skylight." The top five likely picks for best actresses in a play will include Carey Mulligan in "Skylight," Helen Mirren in "The Audience," Ruth Wilson in "Constellations," Glenn Close in "A Delicate Balance" and Elisabeth Moss in "The Heidi Chronicles." ___ Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Mark Kennedy from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Watch: The first trailer for Disney's 'The Descendants'
Monday Apr 27, 2015
Watch: The first trailer for Disney's 'The Descendants'

Disney released the first trailer for its highly anticipated "The Descendants" on Sunday evening during the Radio Disney Music Awards telecast.While only glimpses of its contemporary villainous cast were shown before, the trailer introduces the teenage offspring of classic Disney crooks and mischief-makers. The troublemaking teens include Mal (Dove Cameron), Evie (Sofia Carson), Carlos (Cameron Boyce) and Jay (Booboo Stewart) -- the spawn of Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy), Cruella de Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and Jafar (Maz Jobrani). Executive producer Kenny Ortega ("High School Musical") directs and choreographs the TV movie, which premieres summer 2015 on the Disney Channel, says Variety. Watch the trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4UUQqefajc Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.