American soprano Renee Fleming has swapped opera for acting to make her debut in a play at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. The opera veteran is no stranger to the stage, but for the first time in her three-decade long career, she has stepped into the spotlight without a musical score to accompany her.
In Living on Love, Fleming plays a beloved American opera diva married to a fiery composer, and it co-stars Douglas Sills as her onstage husband, as well as Veep actress Anna Chlumsky and actor Justin Long.
Fleming managed to prove herself onstage, with critics giving her mostly positive reviews.
Alexis Soloski of the New York Daily News writes, "Like all the characters, (Fleming's character) Raquel is an assemblage of tics and quirks rather than a flesh-and-blood human. Ms. Fleming's take on the role is eight-lane-highway broad, and she has the costumes to match. But when she ascends into an aria, letting her heavens-grazing voice stand in for Raquel's, she seems entirely in tune."
Steve Barnes of New York's Times Union newspaper calls her performance both funny and "captivating", adding, "Fleming commands the theatre with an expected amount of regal presence, especially on the few occasions when she sings."
Living on Love ends its run on Saturday (26Jul14).
Stars including Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Weinstein and Nathan Lane turned out for an extravagant dinner thrown by lifestyle guru Martha Stewart in New York on Saturday night (19Jul14). The evening was the cookery expert's first big party at her East Hampton estate for more than 20 years, according to the New York Post's gossip column Page Six.
The elegant dinner marked the launch of a rare Dom Perignon Champagne, and the celebrity guests sipped the expensive drink while watching an art installation film before sitting down to a lavish dinner inside a marquee.
Johansson was joined by her French fiance Romain Dauriac, and Hollywood producer Weinstein brought along his fashion designer wife Georgina Chapman and their three-year-old daughter India.
Also attending the bash were radio shock jock Howard Stern, Broadway veteran Nathan Lane, Devious Maids star Susan Lucci and actor Christopher Meloni.
We definitely thought the guy who netted over $50,000 to make potato salad would be the oddest thing we'd see on Kickstarter all year, but nary a week has passed, and the bowels of the internet have already spit out something that somehow manages to be even weirder. Breaking Bad super-fan Larry Shepherd wasn't entirely satisfied with the conclusion of Vince Gilligan's landmark series, which ended with (spoiler!) Walter White dying, so he has decided to launch his own Kickstarter campaign for a Breaking Bad spinoff series called Anastasia.
The imaginary series would pick up just moments after the finale, and star two U.S. Marshals (hopefully played by Val Kilmer and Slash, oy vey!) who discover Walt's body. But there's a twist: after the two Marshals leave the body unattended for just a few seconds (Slash just really needed to rip out a few guitar riffs to let out some stress; law enforcement is a tough gig, you know), a mysterious figure of unidentifiable gender and age, grabs Walt's body by the ankles and escapes into the night. So starts the mystery of Anastasia, and so ends the sanctity of western civilization. It only gets more absurd from there. Here are the weirdest aspects of this very unfortunate Kickstarter project.
The show will presumably star Val Kilmer and Slash for some reason.We can already feel the electric chemistry between these two leads. Amazing.
Unscripted Alcoholics Anonymous meetings will happen on the show with real celebrities going through real drug recoveries.Certainly, loads of in-recovery celebrities will pop on by to talk about their very real addictions on a scripted television show...
"Steven Tyler is going to be the first person we invite."He's not coming.
"People that love Native American spirituality are going to love this show."No they won't.
Shepherd promises to get Val Kilmer an Emmy, but not an Oscar because this is a TV show.Tatiana Maslany can't even get a nomination, but we're sure this guy will get Val Kilmer an Emmy.
"To me, Anastasia is a restaurant...and our actors are the food."Huh?
A-list actors will dress up in pounds of makeup and the audience will have to guess who they are.I'm sure their agents will love that.
Val Kilmer will create the "quirkiness" of his character.You know, I don't think the real Val Kilmer is terribly enthused about this whole thing.
But "Slash will stay in the 'Slash' character."What? So Slash will just be Slash? Will he bring his top hat and Les Paul to drug raids?
Backers on Kickstarter will pick the names of the main characters.Yep, that's totally going to end well. Get ready for your two lead U.S Marshals "I.C. Weiner" and "Call of Duty Hitler."
Vince Gilligan and Sony have not approved of the idea.But Shepherd is prepared to move ahead with the idea, with or without Breaking Bad. Nothing stops this train, nothing.
The Emmy Award nominations incited much Twitter rage today, and in the midst of all the hashtags for Tatiana Maslany and Mads Mikkelsen, people seemed to have forgotten about THE Vincent Kartheiser. While Mad Men and Jon Hamm were both [unsurprisingly] nominated, Kartheiser continues to be snubbed for his brilliant performance as the incomparable Pete Campbell. But you know what? He's still KING.
1. Still heralded as his greatest moment, ever:
2. Sure, every man may be a type and may have a type. But when this... lady of the night captured Campbell's "type" it was everything:
3. The audio is ridiculous, but the clip never gets old:
4. Greatest. Middle-aged man. Fist fight. Ever (sure, this is really Lane Pryce's finest hour, but still):
5. Pete + Janis Joplin = all you need in life.
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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air on Monday (oddly enough), August 25, and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live vet and Late Night host Seth Meyers. Here are the nominees recognized for their achievements over the course of this past year in television.
Best Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeep
Best Drama SeriesBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Best Actor - ComedyLouis C.K. - LouieDon Cheadle - House of LiesRicky Gervais - DerekMatt LeBlanc - EpisodesWilliam H. Macy - ShamelessJim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress - ComedyLena Dunham - GirlsEdie Falco - Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus - VeepMelissa McCarthy - Mike and MollyAmy Poehler - Parks and RecreationTaylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston - Breaking BadJeff Daniels - The NewsroomJon Hamm - Mad MenWoody Harrelson - True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey - True DetectiveKevin Spacey - House of Cards
Lead Actress - DramaLizzy Caplan - Masters of SexClaire Danes - HomelandMichelle Dockery - Downton AbbeyJulianne Margolies - The Good WifeKerry Washinton - ScandalRobin Wright - House of Cards
Best Mini-SeriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenBonnie and ClydeFargoLutherTremeThe White Queen
Best TV MovieKilling KennedyMohammad Ali's Greatest FightThe Normal HeartSherlock: His Last VowThe Trip to Babylon
Best Actor - Mini-Series/TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch - SherlockChiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba - LutherMartin Freeman - FargoMark Ruffalo - The Normal HeartBill Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Actress - Mini-Series/TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter - Burton and TaylorMinnie Driver - Return to ZeroJessica Lang - American Horror Story: CovenSarah Paulson - American Horror Story: CovenCicely Tyson - The Trip to BountifulKristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
Best Variety ShowThe Colbert ReportThe Daily ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!Real Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show
Best Reality Competition ShowThe Amazing RaceDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe Voice
Best Supporting Actor - Comedy SeriesFred Armisen - PortlandiaAndre Braugher - Brooklin Nine-NineTy Burrell - Modern FamilyAdam Driver - GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern FamilyTony Hale - Veep
Best Supporting Actress - Comedy SeriesMayim Bialik - The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen - Modern FamilyAnna Chlumsky - VeepAllison Janney - MomKate McKinnon - Saturday Night LiveKate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Best Supporting Actor - DramaJim Carter - Downton AbbeyJosh Charles - The Good WifePeter Dinklage - Game of ThronesMandy Patinkin - HomelandAaron Paul - Breaking BadJon Voight - Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress - DramaChristine Baranski - The Good WifeJoan Froggatt - Downton AbbeyAnna Gunn - Breaking BadLena Headey - Game of ThronesChristina Hendricks - Mad MenMaggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Best Guest Actor - ComedySteve Buscemi - PortlandiaLouis C.K. - Saturday Night LiveGary Cole - VeepJimmy Fallon - Saturday Night LiveNathan Lane - Modern FamilyBob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Best Guest Actress - ComedyUzo Aduba - Orange Is the New BlackLaverne Cox - Orange Is the New BlackJoan Cusack - ShamelessTina Fey - Saturday Night LiveNatasha Lyonne - Orange Is the New BlackMelissa McCarthy - Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor - DramaDylan Baker - The Good WifeBeau Bridges - Masters of SexReg E Cathey - House of CardsPaul Giamatti - Downton AbbeyRobert Morse - Mad MenJoe Morton - Scandal
Best Guest Actress - DramaKate Burton - ScandalJane Fonda - The NewsroomAllison Janney - Masters of SexKate Mara - House of CardsMargo Martindale - The AmericansDiana Rigg - Game of Thrones
Grieving rocker Bob Geldof has told of his "intolerable" pain over the death of his daughter Peaches in his first television interview since the tragedy. The Boomtown Rats frontman was left devastated when the 25-year-old was found dead at her home in Kent, England in April (14) after taking heroin.
Speaking with British TV host Lorraine Kelly on Friday (04Jul14), Geldof said he has suffered immense heartache over the tragedy but is determined to try to move forward with his life.
He also revealed his grief often hits him in public and he has to hide away from prying eyes while he sheds a tear.
Geldof says, "It's intolerable... it's very hard as everybody must realise, especially if it happened to them too, and what else do you do? You get on with it...
"The default position for me is, 'Right, things have to be organised,' and I go in organisation mode, but like anybody else these things assault you without warning.
"You could be talking to somebody, you could be walking down the road, and I've got to be very careful because this is still very raw... but I'm walking down the road and suddenly out of the blue there's an awareness of her... and you know, I buckle and I've got to be very careful because walking down the Kings Road (in London) there are paps (paparazzi) everywhere so I have to duck off into a lane or something, and blub (sob) for a while and then get on with it and that's it. So I'd imagine that will be there for a long time - I mean, what else?"
Geldof also revealed the family has been inundated with messages of support following the tragedy, adding, "We were overwhelmed by people writing to us in the kindest way, obviously complete strangers but who felt it. The nice thing about that was that this young girl had made such an impact, especially on her generation."
Kodaline frontman Steve Garrigan had a premonition of a tour bus accident just moments before the coach he was travelling in smashed into a wild deer. The High Hopes hitmakers escaped the incident unharmed, and Garrigan remains mystified by his spooky vision of the future.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "Strange things happen on tour buses. We were driving down a country lane once and I said, 'Imagine if a deer jumped in front of us'. Then within seconds a deer jumped out in front of us and we killed it. For the next few weeks we banned ourselves from all premonitions."
The experience also prompted the musicians to re-evaluate their plans for a pet mascot. Garrigan adds, "We were going to get a goldfish for the tour bus, but we'd have to get it a seat belt."
Actors Annette Bening, Ellen Burstyn, Lucy Liu, John Lithgow and Nathan Lane and director Oliver Stone were among the stars in the audience for Kenneth Branagh's final Macbeth performance at New York's Park Avenue Armory on Sunday night (22Jun14). The production of the classic Shakespeare play came to an end after a sold-out limited run, which lasted less than three weeks.
Lamb Of God star Randy Blythe is recovering after scolding his manhood with hot black coffee. The heavy rocker feared he had done lasting damage while resting his coffee cup between his legs while driving, when the lid came loose and "liquid caffeinated FIRE" covered his genitals.
He recounted the accident in a post on his Instagram.com page last week (ends13Jun14), revealing, "I briefly lost control of my truck, swerving into the lane of oncoming traffic, barely missing another truck, before quickly pulling into a nearby parking lot to try and make some sense of this atrocity I had committed against myself.
"I felt like I was going to throw up for a good minute or two, then I regained control and started returning home to do what I knew what I had to do. I had to put him on ice."
He finished his painful tale by urging fans to have a laugh at his expense, revealing, "everyone else I've told did, including my wife."
Posting an update on Wednesday (18Jun14), Blythe added, "I never thought I would ever be writing something like this, but here is an update on the condition of my penis: HE IS 100% RECOVERED AND FULLY FUNCTIONAL, COMPLETELY CAPABLE OF PERFORMING ANY OF HIS NORMAL DUTIES. No scarring, so scabbing, no PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). He's good to go.
"I suppose it took a while (like a week) for the metal 'news' sites to pick up this obviously very important story in the world of heavy metal, but they did... all I did was dump hot coffee on my unit... Now I am getting texts from my friends saying things like, 'Ouch! Are you OK?' or 'I'm really, really, sorry about The Captain, dude'.
"While the sudden outpouring of concern for the welfare of my penis is heartwarming indeed (it brings a tear to my eye, it really does), it's not like someone tried to chop him off or he suddenly developed the ability to do calculus or something... My dude was a little sore for two days - that's it."
Blythe adds, "I am VERY careful with coffee in the car now, always using the cup holder."
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has followed pal Daniel Radcliffe onto the Broadway stage. The British actor will make his debut on the New York stage as acclaimed director Frank Finger in the star-studded Broadway production of Terrence McNally's comedy, It's Only A Play.
Grint says, "I'm thrilled to be making my Broadway debut alongside this amazing cast and creative team."
The play will reunite The Producers stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick and will also feature Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham and Stockard Channing.
It's Only a Play is scheduled to premiere at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 9 October (14).
Radcliffe is currently starring in a Broadway production of The Cripple of Inishmaan, while he has also previously appeared in Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.