Singer Jason Isbell was the toast of the Americana Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night (17Sep14), walking away with a trio of top prizes. Isbell took home the honours for Song of the Year for Cover Me Up, Album of the Year for Southeastern and Artist of the Year.
The Milk Carton Kids were named Duo or Group of the Year, while Sturgill Simpson was unveiled as Emerging Artist of the Year and Buddy Miller earned the Instrumentalist of the Year title.
Meanwhile, lifetime achievement accolades were presented to Loretta Lynn (Songwriting), Flaco Jimenez (Instrumentalist) and Taj Mahal (Performance), the President's Award went to Jimmie Rodgers and Jackson Browne received the Spirit of Americana Award, Free Speech in Music honour.
The ceremony also featured a surprise performance from former couple Robert Plant and Patty Griffin, who reunited for a rendition of their 2013 collaboration Ohio. The pair split last year (13).
Celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Robert Pattinson and Channing Tatum honoured late Hollywood stars Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall at an exclusive charity dinner on Thursday (14Aug14).
The actors attended the Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California for the handing out of donations to more than 40 non-profit entertainment industry-related organisations and scholarship programs. The grants, which totalled $1.9 million (£1.1 million), are funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the committee behind the Golden Globe Awards.
At the gala, celebrities took a moment to remember Williams and Bacall, who both passed away this week (beg11Aug14), with a round of applause.
Actress Kristen Bell, who was among the guests at the event, writes in a post on Twitter.com, "Kudos to #HFPA #hfpaGrantBanquet this eve for honouring Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall w/a (with a) moment of not silence but applause."
During the gala, Bell also performed the song Do You Want To Build A Snowman? from hit Disney movie Frozen. Kerry Washington, Chris Evans, Jason Segel, Eddie Redmayne, James Marsden and Sofia Vergara also attended the event.
Williams died of an apparent suicide on Monday (11Aug14) and Bacall passed away following a stroke on Tuesday (12Aug14).
Easy A screenwriter Bert V. Royal is adapting composer Jason Robert Brown's teen musical 13 for the big screen. The writer has been tapped to turn the Tony award winner's stage show into a movie musical for CBS Films, studio bosses announced on Tuesday (12Aug14).
It centres around a 13-year-old boy who moves from New York City to a small town in Indiana, detailing his struggle to win acceptance among his peers.
The production ran on Broadway for four months before it closed in 2009, and it starred singer/actress Ariana Grande. The musical has since been performed around the world, including a brief run in London's West End in 2012.
Rocker Adam Levine and his supermodel fiancee Behati Prinsloo have exchanged vows in Mexico. The Maroon 5 frontman and the Victoria's Secret model wed at Flora Farms in Cabo San Lucas on Saturday evening (19Jul14).
The bride wore a Marchesa gown and reports suggest Stevie Nicks, who will join Levine as an adviser on the next season of TV talent show The Voice, performed at the nuptials.
The couple will honeymoon in South Africa, according to E! News.
Levine proposed to Prinsloo a year ago (Jul13).
The wedding bash began with a celebrity-studded beach party on Friday Night (18Jul14). Levine's bandmates, Robert Downey, Jr., Jason Segel, Jonah Hill and models Erin Heatherton and Coco Rocha were among the guests.
Looks like they won't be "live from New York" any longer. After a difficult, uneven season that saw an influx of new cast members, controversy and the loss of Head Writer and "Weekend Update" host Seth Meyers halfway through the year, Saturday Night Live is by cutting down its slate of featured players down to a more manageable size. Brooks Wheelan announced that he would be leaving Tuesday morning on Twitter (via a joke, natch). Later in the day, it was announced that Noël Wells and John Milhiser also wouldn't return after they failed to make an impression with audiences this year. Those announcements come about a month after Nasim Pedrad, one of the current longest-running cast members, would be leaving to work on Mulaney.
But just because they won't be on SNL any longer, that doesn't mean that it's the last we'll ever see of Wheelan, Wells, Milhiser and Pedrad. There are plenty of people who only lasted a couple of seasons on the show and then went on to become major stars: Sarah Silverman, Damon Wayans, Rob Riggle, and Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., to name just a few. With that in mind, we decided to take a look back at their tenure on SNL in order to best predict what's next for Wheelan, Wells, Milhiser and Pedrad. Although if any one of them is going to wind up playing a superhero, our money's on Heshy.
Brooks Wheelan What’s Next: Wheelan doesn’t have a lot lined up at the moment, though he does have a short film titled Lose Yourself, Save Yourself, where he plays Fighter 2. His Strengths: Possibly because he comes from a standup background rather than a sketch one, Wheelan didn’t create very many memorable characters, and his most significant moments on the show were his two appearances as himself on “Weekend Update,” where he would warn audiences against the dangers of getting terrible tattoos and binge drinking. Where We See Him: Wheelan seems to embody the same kind of “goofy, wisecracking All-American” guy that actors like Jake Johnson or fellow SNL alum Jason Sudeikis trade on. We could easily see him bringing some of the energy to a sitcom where he plays the sarcastic straight guy to a group of off-the-wall characters. Still, his weirdly funny exterminator bit with Ed Norton proves he’s capable of some truly strange characters, and so we could see him playing smaller, supporting roles in films for a while as a variety of strange, obnoxious characters. And of course, there’s always his stand up career to fall back on…
Noël Wells What’s Next: Wells has the TV series Gentleman Lobsters, which is slated for a 2014 premiere. She’s also a photographer in her spare time, and her work has been showcased in exhibitions and been printed in magazines. Her Strengths: Though they were slightly hit and miss – her Nancy Grace was four minutes of eye twitches and catchphrases – Wells made the biggest impact on the show through her impressions, most notably, playing Lena Dunham in the season premiere’s parody of Girls. Where We See Her: Though her talent with impressions and slightly offbeat characters would serve her well on another sketch show, something along the lines of Inside Amy Schumer or Key and Peele, Wells most reminds us of two other early SNL departures: Jenny Slate and Casey Wilson. Like them, Wells has a quirky charm to her that would serve her well in indie films (she actually earned solid reviews for her work in last year’s Forev) and in an ensemble sitcom, where she would be free to play up her weirder side.
John Milhiser What’s Next: Like Wheelan, Milhiser has a short film on his slate, Little Horribles, and he also starred in the indie film Camp Takota, which is available online. His Strengths: Milhiser didn’t get much of a chance to make an impression on audiences, although eh did show off a pitch-perfect Jon Cryer impression during a Family Feud sketch. He did, however, have one highlight during his tenure, a sketch where he and Lady Gaga played “encouraging” stage parents helping their child through a talent show performance, which let him show off his goofier side, and his ability to execute a high kick. Where We See Him: Milhiser strikes us as a Ben Falcone or Nat Faxon-type, someone who pops up in different things all the time, playing characters with varying levels of insanity and oddity. He’s definitely shown that he can play both weird and silly characters, but since he didn’t make that much of an impression, he’ll probably be “that guy from that thing” for a while, until he manages to find the right project to help him break out.
Nasim Pedrad What’s Next: After five years on SNL, Pedrad is leaving in order to play Jane, the roommate of John Mulaney’s character on the FOX sitcom Mulaney. Her Strengths: During her time on the show, Pedrad played a wide variety of characters, including Kim Kardashian, Arianna Huffington, Bedelia, the awkward teenager whose best friend is her mother and Shallon, the world’s most dangerous fifth grader. Though she never made the kind of impression that Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon have, she’s become a vital part of the ensemble over the past five years, thanks to her ability to inhabit both the sanest and the oddest human beings. Where We See Her: Hopefully, her role on Mulaney will be exactly what she needs to properly break out, since she never quite managed to on SNL. From there, we could see her following a similar career path to Wiig or Tina Fey, playing both broad comedy and more serious roles in both television in movies. Alternatively, she could become more of a Michaela Watkins/Ana Gasteyer- type, and becoming the go-to actress for slightly odd, scene-stealing characters.
Veteran singers Loretta Lynn and Jackson Browne are set to be saluted with lifetime achievement prizes at the 2014 Americana Music Association Honors and Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. Country icon Lynn will be recognised for her songwriting success, while social activist Browne will receive the Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award.
Blues musician Taj Mahal and Latin accordionist Flaco Jimenez will also be feted with the respective lifetime achievement awards for performance and instrumentalist.
The accolades will be presented to the quartet during the Americana Awards ceremony on 17 September (14).
Roseanne Cash, Robert Ellis and Jason Isbell lead the nominees for the event with three nods apiece.
It pays to work for filmmaker Nancy Meyers - the director has just cast her former assistant in her new movie. Jason Orley was invited to audition for a key role when Meyers failed to find an actor she liked and now he'll be acting opposite Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in comedy The Intern.
Orley worked for Meyers while she was making 2009 movie It's Complicated. The Intern will mark his acting debut, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the film, Hathaway's character runs an online fashion site, where De Niro's 70-year-old widower lands a job as an intern.
Rene Russo and Nat Wolff will also appear in the film.
Rocker Jimmy Page has further fuelled his war of words with former bandmate Robert Plant by insisting he won't take the stage as Led Zeppelin without the singer. The group staged a reunion show at London's O2 Arena back in 2007, prompting many fans to believe a full tour was a possibility - but Plant has adamantly refused to take the stage with Page and John Paul Jones again in the years since.
Page has revealed he considered a tour with a stand-in for Plant, but abandoned plans in 2008.
Recalling the reunion, Page tells Telerama.fr, "It was a very emotional concert for the people there. We took it very, very seriously, put lots of work into it - well, John Paul Jones and myself did with (drummer) Jason (Bonham).
"We all had reputations, and we had a collective reputation for Led Zeppelin... It was a wonderful show... and I'm really pleased that, finally, it managed to come out as a DVD, Celebration Day, 'cause then people could sort of witness how good it was."
Asked about the reunion rumour that refuses to go away, Page adds, "You can't really do it without Robert. So you can't really do it.... If he wanted to do it... then he could do it. But he doesn't choose to, so I can't speak for him."
Plant recently mocked the guitarist's ongoing reunion chatter, stating Page needs to "go to sleep and have a good rest, and think again," adding, "We have a great history together and like all brothers, we have these moments where we don't speak on the same page, but that's life."
Broadway star Audra Mcdonald made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday night (08Jun14) when she became the most decorated actress on the New York stage. McDonald picked up her sixth Tony for portraying jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, putting her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by a Broadway star.
The Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play win also gave McDonald the first Tony Awards grand slam - she has previously won gold as a best featured actress in a play (A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class), a best lead actress in a musical (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) and a best featured actress in a musical (Ragtime and Carousel).
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was at the beginning of his Tonys journey - he scored Sunday night's Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his New York stage debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, which also picked up the Best Play Tony.
Former Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris was also a first-time winner - he walked away with the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as a gender-bending rocker in Hedwig & the Angry Inch.
Accepting his award, the gay star paid tribute to his partner David Burtka, stating, "I love you so much and I am so happy that we got to do this. Thank you for your sacrifices," and his kids Harper and Gideon, adding, "I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to spend as much time with you as I wish I could... I promise that as soon as this is done I'll be able to read books to you and put you to sleep."
The award marked a very special date in his family's history - Harris' parents were celebrating their wedding anniversary.
The actor's Broadway hit was the night's big winner, picking up a total of four awards. Hedwig also claimed the Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting and Lena Hall was honoured with the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical.
A Raisin in the Sun and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder were triple winners.
A Raisin in the Sun claimed Best Revival of a Play, while Brit Sofie Okonedo and Kenny Leon claimed Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play and Best Direction titles, respectively, and Gentleman's Guide landed awards for Best Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak).
The full list of 2014 Tony Awards winners is:
All the Way
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Best Revival of a Play
A Raisin in the Sun
Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Book of a Musical
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - Robert L. Freedman
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Bridges of Madison County- Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Act One
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Sound Design of a Play
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Best Direction of a Play
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Direction of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre - Jane Greenwood (casting designer)
Isabelle Stevenson Award for Humanitarian Efforts - Rosie O'Donnell
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre - Joseph P. Benincasa, Joan Marcus & Charlotte Wilcox
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Katy Perry has opened up about her failed marriage to Russell Brand and broken romance with John Mayer in the new issue of Cosmopolitan after becoming the first person to grace all of the magazine's global covers at once.
The pop superstar, who is reportedly back in the arms of her ex-boyfriend Robert Ackroyd, bares her soul in a revealing new interview with U.S. comedienne Chelsea Handler.
Speaking about her former husband Brand, she insists that their marriage seems very distant, explaining, "It feels like a hundred lifetimes ago, so it's like digging up an old grave. "A lot of therapy has happened and a lot of understanding and growth... Sometimes you have to go through all this s**t to get your grips on life and figure out what the next boundaries in your love life are going to be. You have to go through the mud in order to find that peaceful place. In the long run, it was necessary for me to have more of a teammate."
And it appears she may have found that, at least for a short time, in ex-boyfriend Mayer. Perry tells the July (14) issue of the magazine, "I have a lot of respect for (John) still." The singer split from Brand at the end of 2011, and she ended her relationship with Mayer in February (14).