The 68th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on June 8, 2014, according to Deadline.
Hopeful nominees must meet the April 24 eligibility deadline, which is a few day before nominations will be announced (April 29).
The 2013-14 lineup is expected to be chock full of Tony-worthy performances. Some of the shows include musicals The Bridges of Madison County, Rocky, and Alladin, and plays Betrayal (starring Daniel Craig), Romeo and Juliet (starring Orlando Bloom), The Glass Menagerie (starring Zachary Quinto), and All the Way (starring Bryan Cranston).
A host for the 2014 ceremony has not yet been announced, but it wouldn't come as a surprise if Neil Patrick Harris was tapped again to spearhead the event considering that the 2013 Emmys jokingly pegged him as having an "excessive hosting disorder."
The awards show will air live on CBS, where it has aired since 1978.
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Hollywood stars including Juliette Lewis, Bette Midler and Mia Farrow have voiced their sorrow following the death of actress Karen Black. The 74-year-old Easy Rider star passed away on Thursday (08Aug13) after a battle with cancer, and the news came as a blow to her many famous friends and fans.
Natural Born Killers star Lewis, who was a longtime friend, helped spearhead a fundraising campaign to pay for Black to go to Europe to receive a revolutionary new treatment, and she has been left devastated by her pal's death.
In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, "Karen Black was my mentor and a 2nd mother to me. She inspired everyone she came in contact with. Her spirit/strength my luv (sic) is beyond words."
Actress/singer Midler also paid tribute to the late star, adding, "Karen Black, brilliant, unpredictable, dead at 74..." and Farrow posted a link to a video montage of Black's work, with the caption, "Wonderful Karen Black rest in peace."
Other stars to offer tributes include actress Martha Plimpton, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, and Rainn Wilson, who called her a "vital, courageous person and actress".
It's official! Avatar will be getting not one, not two, but three sequels. On Thursday, James Cameron and 20th Century Fox revealed that they had upped the planned number of Avatar films and that the three new installments will be shot simultaneously next year. According to Deadline, the first sequel is set to be released in December 2016, followed by the second in December 2017, and the third in December 2018. So basically, you can start planning your future family holiday festivities accordingly. (But really, you should start pre-ordering your tickets. You know how those Christmas Day movie crowds can be.)
Ever since the science fiction blockbuster took the world by storm just four short years ago, we've all been eagerly awaiting this announcement. But now that we've gotten the official confirmation, we can't help but ask, is three sequels a little excessive? It might be a tad premature to invest so much time and money in three huge blockbuster sequels. What if the second Avatar movie is a disappointment? Or the third? Or the fourth? Why not space them out more like Terminator? What if people start to lose interest in the breathtaking landscape of Pandora. Nah, that won't happen.
Still, Peter Jackson got some flack when he announced plans for a third Hobbit movie, and yet James Cameron is allowed to do whatever he wants with the Avatar movies? Is that the way the movie world works?
Don't get us wrong — we saw Avatar in theaters. More than once. Hell, given its $2.8 billion gross, clearly some of us saw it upwards of 10 times. And it's true that sequels have the potential to outshine their predecessors, even beyond the second movie — Toy Story 3 and Iron Man 3 were possibly the best of their series. But how many X Movie 4 films do so well?
Then again, James Cameron has stated that he envisions the fourth Avatar film to be more of a prequel, so that could bring some freshness to the series...down the line in 2018. Actually, maybe it's a little premature for us to even be talking about a movie that doesn't come out until December 2018. Wow, we feel old now — and we don't even want to know how old we'll feel when that date arrives.
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Jude Law, Dame Helen Mirren and Doctor Who star Matt Smith helped raise more than $155,000 (£100,000) for charity by taking part in a one-off play in London on Monday (01Jul13). British actor Luke Treadaway enlisted his real-life neighbour Law to co-star with him in the special production, while Mirren, Smith, Skyfall's Ben Whishaw and Sherlock star Andrew Scott appeared in video clips during the West End gala.
Treadaway was inspired to spearhead the benefit for autism charities after playing a teenager with the disorder in U.K. stage show The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
He tells the London Evening Standard, "Jude and I hadn't practised before Sunday but we rehearsed for two hours... in his garden. Everyone has been so lovely to come and do this, I couldn't have asked for a better reaction."
Law, who personally handed over $15,500 (£10,000) to the event, adds, "I'm just here to enjoy the show. I'm doing it because Luke asked me to."
Rocker Chris Martin matched Law's donation, and brought the evening at the Apollo Theatre to a close by performing Coldplay hits Viva la Vida and Paradise.
A Curious Night at the Theatre generated more than $155,000 (£100,000), which will go towards the U.K. organisations Ambitious about Autism and The National Autistic Society.
When we last saw Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) at the end of Parks and Recreation's fourth season, she was sliding her portrait into the wall of City Council Members amid thunderous applause and plenty of tears. (I know my eyes were far from dry.) But as Leslie fulfills her lifelong dream of winning elected office, change also comes to Pawnee, Ind. Leslie's "lover" (and owner of the cutest butt this side of the Atlantic), Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott), is headed to Washington D.C. to spearhead a congressional campaign and April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza) is making the trek to our nation's capital as well to work as Ben's intern. Back in Pawnee, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) must take responsibility for the Parks Department as Leslie settles into her new role as City Councilwoman. As for the rest of the gang — well, I guess it's business as usual for most everyone else.
As we kick off the Season 5 opener, Leslie and Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) are headed to Washington for, as Leslie puts it, "Romantic reunions, government meetings, self-guided museum tours" and food truck waffle sundaes. Always the busy sugar-fueled bee, Leslie plans to make use of her time in D.C. — she has scheduled a meeting to try to get federal funding to clean up the Pawnee River. Andy, on the other hand, just wants to do a whole lotta makin' out with April (but can you blame him?).
In Pawnee, Ron is eager — or at least adamant — to infuse his own leadership style into the Parks Department. With Leslie inhabiting a new part of City Hall, Ron is forced to do his least favorite thing: organize people. So, to everyone's surprise, he calls a meeting and announces that he will be taking charge of the Parks Department Employee Appreciate Barbecue. (Formerly known as "Leslie Knope's Employment Enjoyment Summerslam Grill Jam Fun-Splosion.") But there will be no popsicle eating contest, no watermelon carving, no gazpacho off, and no one-woman show about the parks' rules and regulations. There will be one thing only and plenty of it. Meat. This is a Ron Swanson barbecue; would you expect (or want) anything less?
Back in D.C. —this is kind of a ping-ponging episode, location-wise — Leslie is beginning to understand what it feels like to be a small fish in a big pond. We're talking a minnow in the ocean. As she discovers that her "presentation" about the river funds has been reduced to placing her proposal in a bin with a sky-high pile of binders, and that the congressman will never get to hear her babbling brook CD or watch her frolicking otters DVD, Leslie looks crestfallen. To add insult to injury, a totally non-helpful secretary (who probably hates waffles and miniature ponies) tells her there are eight cities by the name of Pawnee in the U.S. Now I know what the moment of disillusionment looks like.
At the great Ron Swanson BBQ of 2012, the troops are getting restless. No, they don't want to eat a pig they just met (even if his name is Tom), no they don't want to wait four hours for Ron to perfectly season their meat, no they don't want to pee in the trees — strike that, they don't want Jerry to pee in the trees. And as Donna, Chris, Ann, and Tom become perilously close to their boiling points, Ron Swanson also begins to heat up. I'm talking about his temper here, not just his grill. After a little more whining and whinging from the peanut gallery, Ron declares, "No meat for you!" and drives off with his smoking (literally) grill in tow. Friends, we call that a Ronper Swantrum (I'm working on it).
Speaking of Ann (Rashida Jones) and Tom (Aziz Ansari), as everyone expected, their drunken decision to give their relationship another shot — and move in together — lasted about as long as it took them to sober up and down a greasy omelette to cure their hangovers. But since Tom bet Donna $1,000 that he and Ann would last a month, mums the word. I have a feeling there's only so long these two can keep up the Great Cohabitating Glitter War, where not even names like Sparkle Suds, Disco Dairy, and Sparkle Skin makes it okay to put the herpes of craft supplies into every semi-gelatinous liquid you own.
Let's ping pong back to D.C., where no cocktail party with highfalutin political muckety-mucks is fancy enough to free Leslie from her newfound feeling of ennui. Even meeting Senators Barbara Boxer and Olympia Snowe, numbers 4 and 26 on Leslie's List of Amazing Women, can restore her faith in government. So Leslie hides in the coat closet and unwittingly says the truest thing that's ever been said of John McCain: "Nosey people have no respect for personal space."
At the beginning of the episode, Leslie asks, "Am I living the dream?" While Leslie initially has a rough go with all the tall and polished Washingtonian ladies — or, as she likes to call them "Hot Rebecca" — and D.C. bureaucracy, Andy is able to remind her that she has never been one to give up. Who needs Washington to clean up the Pawnee River when Leslie has her own two hands and a great pair of galoshes? As Ron prepares corn (a f**king vegetable) for the Parks Department and Leslie Skypes with Ben's cute butt, it's clear to see that not all change is bad.
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The two celebrities have joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activists in calling for the reform of the No Animals Harmed... label given to film projects that are given the American Humane Association (AHA)'s stamp of approval whenever horses, dogs, cats and other furry friends are used.
Barker and Simon will stage a press conference to launch the campaign on Thursday (13Sep12), when they will ask AHA officials to investigate claims that animals are being mistreated on sets.
PETA bosses claim the AHA has failed to adequately oversee several recent and current film and TV productions, where animals have been injured and killed.
The campaign launch comes just months after PETA chiefs won a major battle with TV executives at HBO over horse racing drama Luck following the deaths of two horses.
The animal rights activists fought to shut the set down after the tragedies and creators and producers agreed to cease production.
The projects that have come under fire for questionable treatment of animals include The Lone Ranger, There Will Be Blood, Failure to Launch and The Hobbit.
PETA bosses have revealed they received information about the mistreatment of animals on these and other film sets from "whistleblowers" after they released leaked information about the deaths of the horses on the set of Luck.
Announcing the new campaign to force AHA officials to take action, PETA's Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo tells WENN, "Moviegoers can't rely on the assurance that 'no animals were harmed' if the very people standing on film sets to safeguard animals are the ones placing animals at risk. The reports of complicity and complacency that PETA has received suggest a broken system that must be fixed immediately, before one more animal is injured or killed."
The comedian and longtime animal rights activist has been outspoken in pressuring government officials into outlawing tigers, lions, elephants and other exotic creatures from the big top.
On Thursday (01Mar12), the Department for the Environment confirmed plans to implement the crackdown within two years.
Gervais took to his Twitter.com page to share his delight, writing, "We won... Congrats Twonks (fans). A victory for compassion."
Sir Paul McCartney also threw his support behind the legislation, while American stars including Pink, Demi Moore and Olivia Munn have helped spearhead a campaign to eliminate elephants from U.S. circuses.
We can all understand the desire to spearhead another period drama. Mad Men is still so many people's favorite show, and although Playboy Club tanked and Pan Am isn't exactly a ratings victor, the exploration of days long past is always going to be interesting. The question for Magic City, which takes place just a year before the 60s in the crime-laden, alcohol-induced high society of 1959 Miami, is: how far beyond the general premise are you willing to extend yourself?
Mad Men's charm isn't invested entirely in its 1960s backdrop. We watch the show because of Don Draper, and Roger Sterling, and Joan Harris. Magic City stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko and Danny Huston -- all actors with great capability. So, we can hope that the writing will be rich enough for them to actually build characters we can get involved with.
Magic City will premiere this spring on Starz. Watch the trailer below and see what you think.
Riley, who plays Mercedes on the hit American TV show, has partnered with beauty brand Secret Deodorant in support of their Mean Stinks programme.
The talented star will front a Facebook.com group aimed at giving teen girls courage, support and advice on how to deal with hurtful comments and behaviour from bullies and mean girls.
She says, "I know the challenges that young women face, mean behaviour being one of them, and I want to stand strong against bullying by encouraging women to be nice and elicit positive change.”
Riley will also step in front of the camera for a number of print adverts.
After creating some of the highest rated and most culturally significant animated series of all time, you'd think that all of Seth MacFarlane's dreams would have come true by now. But a true artist is never satisfied, and the man behind Family Guy and American Dad will now attempt to reboot a childhood favorite: The Flintstones. Deadline reports that MacFarlane has just struck a deal between Fox (where he's based) and Warner Bros. TV (which holds the rights to the beloved property) that would give him permission to put a new version of the show into production.
The source notes that the rights holders were particularly hesitant to give MacFarlane the keys to this prehistoric kingdom given his rep for raunchy comedy, but I'm sure that all of the multi-national corporations involved in the reboot will keep him on a short leash. MarFarlane's deal should give him the opportunity to relaunch the brand as both a film and TV franchise; an exciting prospect for all those who lived through Universal Pictures films from the 90s. There aren't many other details available yet as the news and deal just broke, but we do know that the rebooted animated series will air on Fox.