Actors Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks and Jake Gyllenhaal have been nominated for the New York Drama League's prestigious Distinguished Performance award. Other hopefuls aiming to take home the coveted theatre prize include Bette Midler, Vanessa Williams and Edie Falco, as well as Alan Cumming, who has been recognised for his one-man Shakespeare show, Macbeth.
The Lucky Guy, The Whale, The Nance, The Assembled Parties, Old Hats, The Testament of Mary, I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will compete for the title of Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, while Cyndi Lauper's Kinky Boots, Matilda: The Musical, Motown: The Musical, Dogfight, Here Lies Love, Murder Ballad and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 will fight it out for the title of Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical.
The nominated revivals include Annie, Pippin, As You Like It, and Golden Boy.
In addition, Bernadette Peters will be feted with the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre trophy and Jerry Mitchell will receive the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing.
The winners will be announced at the 79th annual ceremony on 17 May (13).
I’m headed to the set of Glee and The New Normal today, (Tweet me your questions: @LeanneAguilera) so I’m keeping this intro short and sweet. The week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List is filled with five fantastic shows! I chatted with the lovely Megan Hilty of Smash to find out what’s next for Ivy’s love life, and gathered scoop on what’s coming up for Hannah and the gang on Girls. I also hit up the FOX all-star party to find out what’s happening for the Raising Hope wedding bells and watched future episodes of Shameless and American Horror Story: Asylum to snag some crazy spoilers. Read on for all the TV fun below!
1. Girls: Cocaine-Induced Craziness
Oh em effing gee this season of Girls is amaze. I’ve only seen then first four episodes (subtle brag intended) and I’m already counting down the days til Lena Dunham wins her next Golden Globe. This Sunday’s episode, “I Get Ideas,” is truly fantastic. It has everything you could ever need: puppies, attempted restraining orders, high-waisted shorts and the return of Missy Elliot in the world of pop culture. Donald Glover is back as Hannah’s kinda, sorta, but oh-so hot boyfriend and spoiler alert: He’s a Republican. This of course is not a quality that Elijah deems admirable, but he really doesn’t get any say in this considering he had sex with Marnie for like “two and a half pumps.” And yes, that hilarious matter will be addressed soonish. But as great as the second episode is, the third (“Bad Friend”) is quite possibly the best thirty minutes of my entire life. And I’ve lived 23 phenomenal years so far.
If you thought Shoshanna on crack was incredible, just wait until you see Hannah and Elijah’s wild cocaine-induced adventure. Warning: You will see Hannah’s lady buttons, out and proud for the majority of the episode. And it’s both distracting and entertaining. Our leading lady is looking for some writing inspiration, so she does what any early-to-mid-twenties NYC girl would do: She asks her junkie neighbor if he could hook her up with some illegal drugs. (Writer's Note: I don’t actually live in New York so I have no idea if that last statement is entirely true. Editor's Note: Totally true.) The result is a laugh-out-loud, call your best friend and tell her you love her experience that only Girls could create.
2. American Horror Story: Asylum: Time Jumps Galore!
“What the eff was that?” Those were the exact words I though to myself after I finished this week’s all-new episode of American Horror Story: Asylum. We all know that this season has been absolutely one hundred percent batshit rocking back-and-forth in a corner crazy, and tonight’s episode, “Continuum,” is just as bizarre as the rest of them. The episode is divided into four chapters through a series of fast-paced time jumps: The Kit-centric storyline is set in 1967, Jude’s (or should I say Betty Drake’s) tale takes place in 1968, and Lana’s story in 1969. The final segment is a quick capper that fast-forwards the fans to an unknown year, starring Johnny Morgan (Dylan McDermott) completely scaring the crap out of an old woman.
While all four storylines are intriguing in their own psychotic way, Kit’s journey in “Continuum” is definitely the most horrific. Last week we saw that Alma is actually alive after Kit had already proposed to Grace. Ruh Roh! So, what’s a fella to do when he loves two women and has a child with each of them? Answer: Become one big dysfunctional family living under the same roof. Plus, attention ladies: Kit spends a few key scenes in his tighty-whities! True he’s splattered with blood while he’s wearing them, but come on — we’ve seen way worse on this series. Overall, Kit’s progression throughout the episode is heart breaking, and we’re starting to get the sense that Ryan Murphy does not want to end this season on a happy note. Sigh.
3. Shameless: The Baby Whisperer
Shameless is back, and I’m going to be totally honest when I say it’s better than ever. Last week we saw that after 137 days, Frank returned to his family and was welcomed with a less than enthusiactic reponse. Well, except for Debbie. This week we see that Debbie is still over the moon to have her dysfunctional dad back in her life, but of course, leave it to Frank to break a young girl’s heart in just a few short hours. The result is one of the most hilarious and satisfying scenes we’ve ever seen on Shameless. When I caught up with William H. Macy last week, he revealed that doing that scene was a challenge. “Emma, who plays Debbie, was pretty timid at first, but once she got going she really rattled my brain. I always take quite a beating on this show.”
Also in “The American Dream,” fans will see that Sheila and Jody are doing their best to quiet down the worlds most obnoxious baby. I love this show more than most of my shoes, but I swear if they don’t find a cure for this baby’s crying, then I seriously just might have to watch it on mute. Luckily it looks like Frank is also known as the baby whisperer and he’s able to quiet the little tyke down. I’m not sure if Frank's methods are considered legal, but at least the demon baby stops crying right?
4. Raising Hope: A Modern Wedding
Confession: I’ve recently rediscovered how much I love this show. Back when I was just a little baby journalist, (Ahem, that would be a year ago) my very first interviews were with the stars of Raising Hope. Luckily the cast was sweet and did not make me cry, so I continued on with my career choice. I was on set for last year’s Valentine’s Day episode, when Sabrina finally realized that she had feelings for Jimmy. It was oh-so adorable, and now the two crazy kids are getting married! Even though I wasn’t invited to the wedding, (Um, rude.) Shannon Woodward recently told me that it’s going to be an fantastic, spoof-filled episode. “Melanie Griffith’s character, who plays Sabrina’s mother, she decides not to come to the wedding… So instead of coming to the wedding she hires the film crew from Modern Family to document Jimmy and Sabrina’s wedding.” The actress continues, “Which is basically an amazing way of saying that this episode is exactly like Modern Family — we talk to the cameras, and for one episode it’s like a completely different show.” That. Sounds. Amazing.
Obviously this is going to be the TV wedding to watch this season, (airing Jan. 29 bee tee dubs) but according to Woodward the Natesville nuptials are not going to be the main focus of the episode. “It was really fun, but there is a huge surprise that I’m not allowed to say… but I can say that it is so big that the wedding is almost the B story. You will never guess it. There’s no way you’ll guess it, but it’s worth watching.” I pried and pleaded and even complemented her cute shoes, but she would not divulge the big secret. Grrr. However, she did tell me that there are plenty of other hilarious episodes coming up before and after the wedding. First up are the bachelor and bachelorette parties in an episode called "What Happens at Howdy's Doesn't Stay at Howdy's." Woodward explains, “Something crazy does happen, and it may involve Jimmy marrying a man by accident.” There is also a honeymoon two-parter in which Jimmy and Sabrina visit Los Angeles, end up on the set of a children’s TV show, and somehow involve monkeys. Sounds like a normal vaycay to me!
5. Twitter Question: @markisawimp: Saw 1st hour of Smash s2 & LOVED it, esp the opening Marilyn no. & Jimmy's song! Any good ep2 scoop?!
Why hello there fellow Smash lover! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the first hour of our beloved musical theater drama, and for those who are yet to witness the amazingness you can watch it here. But please don’t even get me started on Jimmy’s song, I swoon, pass out and then bump my head each and every time I watch it (So far I’m up to 9 concussions but it’s so good that I just can’t stop!). Funny you should ask about scoop, because I have tons from when I stalked chatted with the Smash stars last week at the NBC TCA Press Tour party. Megan Hilty — the sweetest girl you’ll ever meet — is just as excited as the fans for the new season to start. In the second episode you’ll witness one of the most gorgeous Ivy solos you’ve ever heard, but she steps on Karen’s toes as Marilyn to be able to sing it. Hilty says that Ivy has a difficult journey ahead of her this season. “She’s forced to really look at her life and ultimately realize that she needs to make some changes, both personally and professionally.”
If you’re hoping Ivy’s personal life will include a new fella, you might have a wait a bit. “For right now, she needs to figure things out for herself first before she can be good for anybody else. Maybe she needs a plant or a dog or something.” Another key aspect of Ivy’s past will be coming back this season: her mother. That’s right: Broadway legend Bernadette Peters will reprise her role as Leigh Conroy, the fabulously fierce musical theater star. Hilty explains that their strained mother/daughter relationship is something that will definitely be addressed. “They’re also trying to mend things between them, but its difficult. They’re two very different personalities and very strong women. It’s a little tumultuous but they’re working towards it.” Be on the look out for more Smash scoop from yours truly as we get closer and closer to the premiere.
Are you excited for the season premiere of Smash? What do you think the “huge surprise” is going to be on the Raising Hope wedding? Want to party with Lena Dunham on Girls? Tell me everything in the comments below!
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Up All Night: Two SNL lady legends will reunite when Rachel Dratch guests on the second season of Up All Night alongside fellow alum and former co-star Maya Rudolph. Dratch will play Linda, a giant fan of Rudolph's Oprah-lite Ava, who is ecstatic when she's given memorabilia from Ava's show. (This isn't the first time Dratch has lent a funny bone to a former SNL co-star's show — she's a frequent guest on 30 Rock with Tina Fey.) [THR]
How I Met Your Mother: Better call Saul — especially if you need someone to guest on your show again! Bob Odenkirk, who plays Breaking Bad's resident douche-lawyer Saul Goodman, will return to CBS's long-running comedy in Season 8, reprising his role as Barney's (Neil Patrick Harris) GNB boss Arthur Hobbs. Odenkirk will pop up in the season's second episode. [TVLine]
White Collar: CSI: Miami's Emily Procter is set to join Season 4 of USA's Matt Bomer bonanza as Amanda Callaway, the new gal in charge at the New York White Collar Division. She'll keep an eye on Bomer and Tim DeKay for at least two episodes. [TVLine]
Smash: Broadway and Dreamgirls diva Sheryl Lee Ralph has been tapped to play Cynthia, the mother of Jennifer Hudson's character Veronica Moore, who will be introduced in the upcoming second season of NBC's musical dramedy. It's a vote of confidence for the meat of Hudson's role that we're already going to meet her mother, who may wax more Bernadette Peters in her matriarchy (Peters guested as Megan Hilty's character's stage mom extraordinaire last season). [Vulture]
Suburgatory: Voice actor H. Jon Benjamin will play Cheryl Hines' character Dallas's post-divorce life coach. [TVLine]
Arrow: Torchwood star John Barrowman will recur on The CW's new superhero drama as a "mysterious," "well-dressed man." [EW]
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Glee is one of the most LGBT-friendly programs on TV, so it's no surprise that three of its stars have been tapped to host the upcoming GLAAD Media Awards. Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith, whose characters did battle this season after Finn outed Santana, will host the New York awards show on March 24. On June 2, their co-star Dianna Agron will host the San Francisco portion of the event, a role which Rivera filled in 2011.
Among those receiving awards this year are Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, executive producers of Smash. At the New York ceremony Broadway legend (and Smash guest star) Bernadette Peters will present them with the Visto Russo Award, which is given to an openly LGBT media professional who's made a significant contribution to promoting LGBT equality. Later at the San Francisco ceremony, Grey's Anatomy creator Shona Rhimes will receive the Golden Gate Award, which goes to a media professional whose work has increased visibility and understanding of the LGBT community. "Whether they bring the stories of LGBT people into living rooms or empower gay and lesbian individuals to take proactive steps in the face of inequality," said GLAAD acting president Mike Thompson, "Each honoree is making tremendous strides toward full acceptance of the community."
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The beloved TV and movie veteran's face appeared to be swollen as she arrived on the Broadway red carpet, and even posed for photos.
Many photographers feared she was suffering from an allergic reaction - or something more serious, but it has emerged she simply tripped over her Golden Retriever as she was leaving home earlier in the evening.
An insider tells WENN, "She's such a trooper. She tripped over her dog and took a really bad fall, but insisted on being there for her friend."
Moore has battled diabetes since the late 1960s and alcoholism. Earlier this year (11) she underwent elective brain surgery to remove a benign tumour.
Just last week (ends09Sep11), she was named the recipient of the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
The actress, who is best known for her portrayal of homemaker Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show and as title character Mary Richards in iconic sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show, will be the 48th person to pick up the accolade when the Screen Actors Guild Awards take place in January (12).
Like most American families the Grombergs are a little dysfunctional despite their amazing loft apartment sensational Apple computers and successful family law firm. Middle-aged Alex (Michael Douglas) is what his son Asher (Cameron Douglas) calls a "soggy cracker": a corporate attorney who's always worried about something he works in a soup kitchen and takes pro bono work to assuage his middle-class guilt over his day job. He also struggles to understand his oldest son who's a failure in college but does well enough as a drug dealer and DJ. Alex's father Mitchell (Kirk Douglas) meanwhile is your standard powerbroker-cum-bored-retiree; he founded the law firm where Alex now works and if Alex's whining is to be believed spent most of his time there while his son was growing up and definitely didn't do much understanding. These three main characters are so self-absorbed that it's not surprising the story of their lives comes off about as interesting as a soup-soaked Saltine; thank goodness for mom Rebecca (Bernadette Peters) who manages at least on occasion to be something other than tolerant and uptight second son Eli (Rory Culkin) a karate champion with a crush on the class runaway a sixth-grade goth girl.
Interestingly it's young Culkin of that other famous Hollywood clan who steals the show with a deadpan delivery that would make Jerry Seinfeld proud. His performance aside It Runs in the Family is notable for its four-for-the-price-of-one special on Douglases: There's grandpa Kirk his ex-wife Diana as the grandmother of the clan son Michael and grandson Cameron in his first role. If you thought it would be creepy watching a family of Douglases play a family on the big screen you were right. It's beyond creepy--it's uncanny in that is-this-real-or-is-this-a-movie kind of way and the acting style is eerily familiar too. Everybody wants to be the good guy everybody wants to say the punch line and nobody wants to take any chances. Still the Douglases seems to take great joy in their own movie and in working together and that brings a certain joy to the audience; despite its pervasive cherish-your-family theme there are moments when it doesn't go over the top and these are charming--if few and far between.
Director Fred Schepisi makes ubiquitous use of several generations of Douglas family photos to punctuate various scenes in the film--usually the ones where we're supposed to realize how much they love each other and learn what family really means. The audience is meant to come away with a nice smarmy sense of the quirky little realities of this "everyfamily " but just in case you didn't get it the characters--like the actors--don't take any chances that might make you question just how "nice" they really are; they resist any real rebellion or risk and there's always someone willing to try to understand if they do occasionally screw up. Aside from making for a pretty dull film it doesn't ring particularly true. For all the actors are really a family they don't seem very comfortable with one another on the screen so their characters' squabbles and heartfelt admissions come off stilted and forced their reactions seem too controlled and their relationships ironically don't give the audience a sense of any real bond between them.