<p>Whether on Broadway, television or the silver screen, Tony Award-winning performer Jonathan Groff proved equally adept no matter the medium. Born March 26, 1985, his parents - one Methodist,...
Californication star Scott Michael Foster and newcomer Elizabeth Lail have been cast as Frozen's Kristoff and Anna in TV drama Once Upon A Time. The roles of Queen Elsa of Arendelle’s younger sister and her beau were portrayed by Jonathan Groff and Kristen Bell in the record-breaking animated film, but Foster and Lail will star as the characters-come-to-life in the fourth season of the hit U.S. fairytale drama, according to TVLine.com.
Producers for the U.S. TV series, which features real-life newlyweds Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, have not announced who will play the film's heroine, Elsa, who was voiced by Idina Menzel in the 2013 movie.
Glee star Jonathan Groff poked fun at John Travolta while introducing singer/actress Idina Menzel at the Tony Awards in New York on Sunday night (08Jun14) by calling her "the wickedly talented... Idina Menzel". Travolta used the same line when he messed up her name at the Oscars, calling her Adele Dazeem.
"He was my date and decided that the best thing to do before I went on to sing for the President was to make me laugh so hard that I peed my pants... We had to change the bed!" Lea Michele reveals pal Jonathan Groff tried to calm her nerves before performing for U.S. President Barack Obama at his 2013 inauguration by making the actress burst out into uncontrollable laughter.
An ice-skating spectacular inspired by hit Disney movie Frozen will glide into the spotlight this autumn (14). Disney on Ice: Frozen will kick-off a huge international tour in Orlando, Florida in September and run well into 2015. The ice skating show is not the only Frozen production in the works - in January (14), Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed executives are developing a Broadway musical based on the film.
Actor Hugh Jackman crashed the live U.S. broadcast of the Tony Award nominations on Tuesday (29Apr14) by interrupting guest presenters Lucy Liu and Jonathan Groff as they were about to read out the shortlist for the Broadway trophies at the Diamond Horseshoe club at New York's Paramount Hotel. The Les Miserables star walked onstage and said, "Hang on, hang on, sorry guys, sorry", before reminding viewers to tune in to the prizegiving on 8 June (14), when he will serve as the event's host for the fourth time. Musical comedy A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder and Neil Patrick Harris' glam rock production of Hedwig and the Angry Itch lead the nominations with 10 and eight nods, respectively.
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Looks like your baby cousin isn't the only one who's still obsessed with "Let It Go." After passing the billion dollar mark over the weekend, Frozen has become the highest grossing animated film of all time, unseating the previous record holder Toy Story 3. The Disney juggernaut is currently the 10 highest grossing film of all time, with box office earnings totalling $1,072,402,000 worldwide. Since it's still in theaters around the globe, it could soon surpass The Dark Knight Rises, which currently holds the ninth spot. Since its release in November, Frozen has also earned two Oscars and as well as a Broadway production, which has recently entered the early stages of development.
But Frozen isn't the only film to break records at the box office. Sure, we all know about Avatar's incredible success, and we know there's always going to be at least one superhero movie at the top of the list, but what about the smaller victories? Which horror film has scared the most moviegoers out of their seats? Which R-rated film has shocked the biggest audience? And which major franchise has the most dedicated fanbase of them all? In honor of Frozen's milestone, we've rounded up some of the most surprising, exciting, and embarrassing highest grossing films of all time into one handy gallery.
GALLERY: The Highest Grossing Films of Every Genre
Celebrity relationships make up the bulk of tabloid news. People are obsessed with the bed-hopping, infidelity, and unlucky A-listers searching for love. It sells magazines and makes people watch celebrity news shows. Every once in a while, there is a couple that you just want to make it. It seems like true love exists and marriages can survive anything. Sure, celebrities face unique problems: high-stakes financial issues, constant temptation, and the scrutiny of the public eye. But on paper, their relationships seem like a love story come to life.
Here are a few of our favorite Hollywood couples that could use a little movie magic to reconnect.
GALLERY: Celebrities Who Need to Get Back Together
The war for LGBTQ equality still rages on in America... mostly in Arizona. But luckily, television is making that struggle a little easier. More balanced and accurate portrayals of people under the rainbow flag are starting to crop up. This helps the community both on and off-screen. Openly gay actors like Zachary Quinto, Neil Patrick Harris, and Ellen Page can play straight. And straight actors like Cameron Monaghan, Andre Braugher, and Sara Ramirez can play for the other team. And LGBT actors like Laverne Cox and Jonathan Groff can play characters a little closer to themselves.
Television is making some pretty major political moves by exploring more than just character whose sexual identities are more complex than the labels of gay and lesbian. Cox has used her role on Orange Is the New Black to spread awareness of transphobia and other issues affecting the transgender community. There also is a movement towards exploring queer sexuality. Distinctly different from bisexuality, queer people don’t define their romantic partners by gender, instead embracing a fluid sexuality. There are even roles of LGBTQ young adults and children that allow these parties to be themselves, perhaps paving the way for boys who paint their nails and wear makeup to be free from bullying and discrimination.
Here are a few of our favorite, and arguably some of the most influential, LGBTQ characters on television. They show there is a wide spectrum of sexual preferences and gender identities but ultimately we are all people.
GALLERY: Our Favorite LGBTQ Characters on Television
Fans turned on singer/actress Lea Michele when she went on holiday in January (14) because they felt she should still be mourning boyfriend Cory Monteith, who died last year (Jul13). The Glee star was dating Monteith when he died of a drug overdose, and after a difficult second half of 2013, she opted to take a break and treated herself to a relaxing holiday with her best friend Jonathan Groff.
She now admits that online remarks about her planned break left her saddened and hurt.
She tells Britain's Glamour magazine, "People were posting the most horrendous things. Things like, 'You're cheating on Cory'. But a lot of my fans are young and they can't understand. People are going to have to get that I am 27 years old and that I have my whole life ahead of me."
<p>Whether on Broadway, television or the silver screen, Tony Award-winning performer Jonathan Groff proved equally adept no matter the medium. Born March 26, 1985, his parents - one Methodist, the other Mennonite - instilled conservative values in the young Groff, including weekly Sunday school sessions. Despite this religious upbringing, however, it was the call of the Broadway stage that Groff eventually heeded, forgoing his initial plan to attend Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 for a chance to understudy in a production of "In My Life." Despite never seeing the stage, Groff's patience paid off just a year later, when he starred in the original production of "Spring Awakening." Based upon a controversial German play that explored themes of homosexuality, rape, abortion, child abuse and suicide, it went on to win eight Tony Awards, with the Best Leading Actor going to Groff. The acclaim led to a regular role on the long-running soap opera "One Life to Live" (ABC 1968-2013). Fate, however, cut his stint short, as the real-life Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 nixed his character's ongoing storyline about a similar school shooting. Nonetheless, it began an up-tick in Groff's career that continued in 2009, when he made his feature film debut in director Ang Lee's late-'60s period piece "Taking Woodstock" (2009). Roles in the indie family drama "Twelve Thirty" (2010) and Robert Redford's "The Conspirator" (2010) followed, in between several more off-Broadway performances. In 2010, Groff began his most-visible role, a 12-episode stint on the series "Glee" (Fox 2009- ) as the leader of Vocal Adrenaline, the rival glee club. The following year saw Groff take on his first starring film role in the low-budget indie comedy "C.O.G." (2011). His next movie brought him to an entirely new fanbase: the animated musical "Frozen" (2013), in which he played the male lead of Kristoff, was an enormous hit that inspired a fanatically devoted young audience. Conversely, Groff's next project was the decidedly adult comedy-drama series "Looking" (HBO 2014- ), in which he starred as a gay video game developer looking for love in San Francisco.</p>
"I was going to go to Carnegie Mellon (University) actually, but I deferred my admission for a year because I got on a tour of "The Sound of Music" right after high school. I thought, 'Oh, I'll go on this tour and go and train at school.' It was a nonunion tour, and I made, like, $10,000 for the whole year of working. I thought, 'I'll never be able to pay off these college loans,' so I moved to New York instead of going to school, which, in the end, worked out," from Details Aug. 15, 2012