The Tony Awards are the biggest night in theater, but they've often struggled to attract viewers who are more interested in TV or movies as their primary source of entertainment. This year, though, they shouldn't have any trouble attracting an audience full of binge-watchers and moviegoers, as the 2014 nominations are filled with familiar faces. Whether you're going through Breaking Bad withdrawal or you haven't been stopped singing the score to Frozen in months or you're just sick of waiting for the final installment of The Hobbit franchise to hit theaters, this year's Tony Awards should cater to all of your interests.
However, it's not all good news for the Hollywood stars who decided to tread the boards this year. Plenty of big name actors were left off the list of nominees, resulting in reactions of shock (Are the Tony voters just not big Harry Potter fans?) and disbelief (No, McKellan and Stewart have to be here somewhere. I'll check again). We've gathered up all of the Tony nominations and snubs for our favorite Hollywood stars into one handy guide, so you'll be ready to place your bets by the time the awards roll around June 8th.
Bryan Cranston We Know Him For: His award winning turn as science teacher turned meth kingpin Walter White on Breaking Bad. He is the one who knocks. Nominated For: Best Leading Actor in a Play for his role as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way Previous Nominations: None This Makes Up For: Being shot full of holes at the end of Breaking Bad; the threat of losing an Emmy to the McConaissance
Chris O'Dowd We Know Him For: Romancing Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids; providing the world's worst tech support in The I.T. Crowd Nominated For: Best Leading Actor in a Play as the gentle giant Lennie in Of Mice and Men Previous Nominations: None This Makes Up For: That time he had to pretend to be disabled during a disastrous night at the theater
Tony Shalhoub We Know Him For: Playing the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk on Monk Nominated For: Best Leading Actor in a Play for playing theater icon Moss Hart in Act One Previous Nominations: Two Best Featured Actor in a Play nods: in 1992 for Conversations with My Father and 2013 for Golden Boy This Makes Up For: Years of having to clean up after people in the middle of murder investigations
Tyne Daly We Know Her For: Being one half of the most famous female cop duo on television, Mary Beth Lacey on Cagney and Lacey Nominated For: Best Leading Actress in a Play for her turn as the grieving mother of an AIDS victim in Mothers and Sons Previous Nominations/Wins: One Best Leading Actress in a Musical win for 1989's Gypsy and one 2006 Best Featured Actress in a Play nomination for Rabbit Hole This Makes Up For: Not immediately being offered a guest star stint on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Come on, one of Terry's twins is named after her!
Neil Patrick Harris We Know Him For: Playing the legen - wait for it! - dary Barney Stinson on How I Met Your MotherNominated For: Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his in-your-face performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch Previous Nominations: None, but he did host the awards four times. This Makes Up For: That disaster of a How I Met Your Mother series finale. Kind of.
Sutton Foster We Know Her For: Starring in the cult ABC Family hit show Bunheads, playing Brett’s sign-flipping girlfriend Coco on Flight of the Concords Nominated For: Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Violet, a Southern girl travelling to get televangelist to heal her terrible scars in Violet Previous Nominations/Wins: Three nominations and two wins, both for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for 2002's Throughly Modern Millie and 2011's Anything Goes This Makes Up For: The fact that Bunheads was cancelled far too soon. They will never take Khaleesi's dragons!
Idina Menzel We Know Her For: Voicing Elsa in Frozen, playing Rachel Berry's birth mother, Shelby Corcoran on Glee, her alter ego, Adele Dazeem Nominated For: Best Leading Actress in a Musical for playing Elizabeth, a woman struggling with the different paths her life could take in If/Then Previous Nominations/Wins: One nomination in 1996 for Rent and one win for playing Elphaba in 2004's Wicked This Makes Up For: John Travolta's Oscars flub; everyone having "Let It Go" stuck in our heads for the past six, long months
Stephen Fry We Know Him For: Making up one half of Fry and Laurie, starring in Jeeves and Wooster and Blackadder, being an international treasure Nominated For: Best Featured Actor in a Play for his turn as the pompous, scheming servant Malvolio in Twelfth Night Previous Nominations: Best Book of a Musical in 1987 for Me and My Girl This Makes Up For: Playing the least intimidating villain in The Hobbit films. At least Smaug can breathe fire!
Anika Noni Rose We Know Her For: Voicing Tiana, the first black Disney princess in The Princess and the Frog, holding her own opposite Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls Nominated For: Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance as Beneatha, the activist sister of Walter Younger in A Raisin in the Sun Previous Nominations/Wins: A Best Featured Actress in a Musical win for Caroline, or Change in 2004 This Makes Up For: Having her two most famous characters overshadowed by Beyonce and Adele Dazeem
Daniel Radcliffe We Know Him For: Playing the most famous and most beloved boy wizard of all time, Harry Potter Snubbed For: Best Leading Actor in a Play for his hilarious and heartbreaking performance as Billy, a crippled Irish boy in The Cripple of Inishmaan At Least He's Got: An encyclopedic knowledge of spells and hexes with which to enact revenge
Denzel WashingtonWe Know Him For: His Oscar winning performances in Glory and Training Day, being one of the biggest movie stars in the world Snubbed For: Best Leading Actor in a Play for his take on the iconic role of Walter Younger in A Raisin in the Sun At Least He's Got: His devastating looks to fall back on.
James Franco We Know Him For: His Oscar-nominated performance in 127 Hours, his lackluster Oscar hosting gig, the dreads and grills he rocked in Spring Breakers, being the older brother of Dave Franco Snubbed For: Best Leading Actor in a Play for his role as George in Of Mice and Men At Least He's Got: About 50 other slightly pretentious artistic endeavors he can distract himself with
Zach Braff We Know Him For: Playing the goofy daydreamer JD on Scrubs, making Garden State, the movie everyone loves to hate Snubbed For: Best Leading Actor in a Musical for playing playwright David Shayne in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway At Least He's Got: One of the cutest celebrity friendships ever with Donald Faison to comfort him in his time of need
Zachary Quinto We Know Him As: Murderous Sylar on Heroes, the rebooted version of Spock in Star Trek Snubbed For: Best Leading Actor in a Play for his interpretation of Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie At Least He's Got: A new Star Trek movie coming up to keep him busy
Ian McKellan We Know Him For: Playing two of the most iconic and nerdy characters of all time: Magneto and Gandalf Snubbed For: Best Leading Actor in a Play for both No Man's Land and Waiting For Godot, which ran in rep at the Cort Theater At Least He's Got: Many more exciting New York adventures with Patrick Stewart to cheer him up
Patrick Stewart We Know Him For: Playing two of the most iconic and nerdy characters of all time: Professor X and Captain Jean Luc Picard Snubbed For: Best Leading Actor in a Play for both No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot, which he starred in opposite McKellan At Least He's Got: Many more adorable New York adventures with Ian McKellan to cheer him up
Michelle Williams We Know Her For: Her Oscar nominated performances in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine and My Week With Marilyn, playing bad girl with a heart of gold, Jen Lindley, on Dawson's Creek Snubbed For: Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles in Cabaret At Least She's Got: Those Dawson's Creek residual checks to make up for it.
A decade-long gap between sequels could leave a franchise stale but in the case of Men in Black 3 it's the launch pad for an unexpectedly great blockbuster. The kooky antics of Agent J (Will Smith) and Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) don't stray far from their 1997 and 2002 adventures but without a bombardment of follow-ups to keep the series in mind the wonderfully weird sensibilities of Men in Black feel fresh Smith's natural charisma once again on full display. Barry Sonnenfeld returns for the threequel another space alien romp with a time travel twist — which turns out to be Pandora's Box for the director's deranged imagination.
As time passed in the real world so did it for the timeline in the world of Men in Black. Picking up ten years after MIB 2 J and K are continuing to protect the Earth from alien threats and enforce the law on those who live incognito. While dealing with their own personal issues — K is at his all-time crabbiest for seemingly no reason — the suited duo encounter an old enemy Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) a prickly assassin seeking revenge on K who blew his arm off back in the '60s. Their street fight is more of a warning; Boris' real plan is to head back in time to save his arm and kill off K. He's successful prompting J to take his own leap through the time-space continuum — and team up with a younger K (Josh Brolin) to put an end to Boris plans for world domination.
Men in Black 3 is the Will Smith show. Splitting his time between the brick personalities of Jones and Brolin's K Smith struts his stuff with all the fast-talking comedic style that made him a star in yesteryears. In present day he's still the laid back normal guy in a world of oddities — J raises an eyebrow as new head honcho O (Emma Thompson) delivers a eulogy in a screeching alien tongue but coming up with real world explanations for flying saucer crashes comes a little easier. But back in 1969 he's an even bigger fish out water. Surprisingly director Barry Sonnenfeld and writer Etan Cohen dabble in the inherent issues that would spring up if a black gentlemen decked out in a slick suit paraded around New York in the late '60s. A star of Smith's caliber may stray away from that type of racy humor but the hook of Men in Black 3 is the actor's readiness for anything. He turns J's jokey anachronisms into genuine laughs and doesn't mind letting the special effect artists stretch him into an unrecognizable Twizzler for the movie's epic time jump sequence.
Unlike other summer blockbusters Men in Black 3 is light on the action Sonnenfeld utilizing his effects budget and dazzling creature work (by the legendary Rick Baker) to push the comedy forward. J's fight with an oversized extraterrestrial fish won't keep you on the edge of your seat but his slapstick escape and the marine animal's eventual demise are genuinely amusing. Sonnenfeld carries over the twisted sensibilities he displayed in small screen work like Pushing Daisies favoring bizarre banter and elaborating on the kookiness of the alien underworld than battle scenes. MIB3's chase scene is passable but the movie in its prime when Smith is sparring with Brolin and newcomer Michael Stuhlbarg who steals the show as a being capable of seeing the future. His twitchy character keeps Smith and the audience on their toes.
Men in Black 3 digs up nostalgia I wasn't aware I had. Smith's the golden boy of summer and even with modern ingenuity keeping it fresh — Sonnenfeld uses the mandatory 3D to full and fun effect — there's an element to the film that feels plucked from another era. The movie is economical and slight with plenty of lapses in logic that will provoke head scratching on the walk out of the theater but it's also perfectly executed. After ten years of cinematic neutralizing the folks behind Men in Black haven't forgotten what made the first movie work so well. After al these years Smith continues to make the goofy plot wild spectacle and crazed alien antics look good.
Lindsay Lohan is being sued yet again -- this time by Elite Transportation Limo and Security Services for allegedly racking up a nearly $100,000 bill with the company and never paying it. The actress' rep said in a statement, "Lindsay has not been served with any lawsuit, and we cannot comment on a lawsuit we have not yet seen." But just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. I mean, let's be honest -- does this sound like something that Lindsay would do? Of course it does and it looks like she's not going to be able to get away with it for much longer. Attorney Laurie Rau confirmed the limo service filed suit against Lohan and Tri-Star Entertainment for extensive unpaid services, including chauffeured transportation and private security in California and beyond. Apparently the company made several attempts to contact Lohan in order to resolve the issue, but received no response. The lawyer commented that if the actress hasn't received the papers yet, then she should be getting them any day now. So it looks like Lindsay will be off to court sometime soon. There's something new.
How did she end up spending that much on limo rides? According to the lawsuit, the star booked limos for her friends and family and used the service herself between February 2009 and May 2009, which costs as much as $6,000 per hour. Her tab now comes to $90,585.79, including penalties and late fees. All that money can really stack up after a while, but evidently not enough to keep her from buying a $80,000 Porshe.
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Actor Matt Roth, Metcalf's second husband of eight years, filed for divorce last week (ends23Sep11), but she is refusing to let her personal issues derail her career - the actress is returning to the London stage for a production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night.
Previews for the drama are scheduled to begin on 2 April (12) at the Apollo Theater and the production will run until August (12), reports trade paper Daily Variety.
Metcalf last appeared in the West End in Arthur Miller's All My Sons in 2001.
Saving a crew of Russian submariners from a watery grave should prove an easier task for Harrison Ford than winning this weekend's box office derby against a spunky mouse with human-like qualities.
K-19: The Widowmaker represents Ford's first action thriller since 1997's Air Force One, but that by no means guarantees a bigger opening than Stuart Little 2. The sequel to 1999's surprise smash hit scurried into 3,255 theaters, runs a mere 77 minutes and enjoys huge awareness among young audiences who have already turned Scooby-Doo and Lilo & Stitch into summer blockbusters. Based on a true Cold War-era incident, K-19 will crash-dive into 2,824 theaters, but runs 138 minutes and faces stiff competition from Tom Hanks' Road to Perdition for adults looking for an intelligent summer offering.
Essentially a Cold War remake of Run Silent, Run Deep, K-19 recounts how Russian bureaucracy and inefficiency led to the 1961 disabling of a Soviet submarine and a possible nuclear meltdown. Ford, serving as the submarine's captain, spends as much of his time trying to save his men as he does clashing with second-in-command Liam Neeson. Director Kathryn Bigelow tells K-19 solely from a Russian perspective, which could provoke apathy from some teens uninterested in Cold War politics.
Oddly, Ford serves as both K-19's primary asset and liability. Ford's decision to adopt a Russian accent as the commander of a disabled Soviet nuclear submarine might distract audiences from the task at hand. It does seem unnecessary for Ford to try his hand at such an accent considering the Russians have no verbal interactions with their U.S. counterparts.
Yet audiences always turn out en masse to see Ford save the day. The 1990s saw Ford score with The Fugitive ($183.8 million), Air Force One ($172.6 million) and Clear and Present Danger ($122 million). Plus, this is an opportunity to see Han Solo butt heads with Qui-Gon Jinn.
Also, audiences seem to enjoy spending time trapped within the confines of a jeopardized submarine. The Hunt for Red October ($17.1 million opening; $120.7 million total), Crimson Tide ($18.6 million opening; $91.3 million total) and U-571 ($19.5 million opening; $77 million total) all weathered rough seas to become successful by varying degrees.
Given Ford's stature, K-19 should open around The Fugitive's $23.7 million. (In a twist of irony, K-19 won't muster enough energy to exceed The Sum of All Fears's $31.1 opening and $115 million total through Sunday. Ford declined to star in the fourth Jack Ryan yarn, allowing Ben Affleck to revitalize the franchise.)
K-19's future then depends upon whether it can withstand strong competition from Road to Perdition. If so, K-19 could dock somewhere between the totals of Crimson Tide and U-571.
Road to Perdition widens by several hundred theaters this weekend after a superb $22.1 million at a modest 1,797 theaters. That could put some older adults in a bind as they found themselves choosing between Road to Perdition and K-19.
DreamWorks deliberately kept the theater count low in order to prevent the 1930s-era gangster saga from rapidly burning out, a strategy that's worked thus far. Road to Perdition opened better than Hanks' The Green Mile ($18 million) and close to Apollo 13 ($25.3 million) and Forrest Gump ($24.4 million).
With $31.8 million through Thursday, Road to Perdition could hit $50 million by this weekend. The presumed Oscar contender is on track to break $100 million long before Labor Day. This would give Sam Mendes his second consecutive $100 million smash, following his Oscar-winning American Beauty ($130 million).
Keep an eye on your cheese, Mickey Mouse, 'cause Stuart Little's back!
Families embraced the smartly dressed rodent during the winter of 1999, when Stuart Little debuted with $15 million
en route to a $140 million total. The first film introduced the CGI-animated Stuart Little, voiced by Michael J. Fox, as the adopted child of Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie. The sequel, also directed by Rob Minkoff, now requires the brave mouse to traverse New York City in order rescue a bird voiced by Melanie Griffith.
Interest is waning in Lilo & Stitch and Scooby-Doo, so Stuart Little 2 should appease children and parents alike family market until the Aug. 7 arrival of Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams. The talking mouse should fend off an attack next weekend by those singing grizzlies, The Country Bears.
Stuart should squeak with joy this weekend. Stuart Little 2's built-in audience should allow it to double its predecessor's debut. Aiding Stuart's cause: families have thoroughly rejected Hey Arnold! The Movie ($12.6 million through Sunday) and The Powerpuff Girls Movie ($9.6 million). Still, Stuart's second escapade might not be as popular as his first, which showed strong endurance after a good debut. Stuart Little 2 should settle for about $110 million after a dynamic opening.
Stuart Little 2 will stop kids from making their second or third trips to Lilo & Stitch and Scooby-Doo. The Disney-animated yarn, which has $123.4 million through Thursday, should slightly exceed Dinosaur's $137.7 million total. With $144.9 million through Sunday, Scooby-Doo will dig up a $155 million total, certainly enough to justify its projected 2004 sequel.
Reptiles don't seem to bother Steve Irwin, but a rodent such as Stuart Little might scare away his audience.
The family-friendly The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course last weekend took in a less-than-snappy $9.5 million, and has just $14 million through Thursday. No doubt Irwin's diehard fans caught him in theaters last weekend, and Stuart Little 2 will likely take a big bite out of The Crocodile Hunter's pre-teen audience this weekend.
By tumbling by at least 50 percent in its second weekend, The Crocodile Hunter will barely make it past $25 million. That might make MGM executives think twice about exploiting the popularity of a cable-TV star without providing audiences with a viewing different experience from what they already receive on the small screen.
The summer could belong to Jonathan Lipnicki. When not playing with adopted brother Stuart Little, Lipnicki's hanging out on the basketball court with Lil' Bow Wow.
Stuart Little 2 should not cause too much harm to the NBA fairy tale that is Like Mike, which draws slightly older boys. Besides, Stuart Little 2 doesn't feature Lil' Bow Wow going one-on-one with the troubled Allen Iverson.
Like Mike dropped a respectable 37 percent in its second weekend, from $12.1 million to $7.8 million, and has $36.9 million through Thursday. Like Mike should easily exceed the $53.1 million total generated by the kiddie baseball fantasy tale Rookie of the Year.
Scared of spiders?
Then avoid Eight Legged Freaks, a campy throwback to the old monster B-movies of the 1950s. Spilled toxic waste turns ordinary spiders into gigantic killing machines. Only David Arquette
and direct-to-video vixen Kari Wuhrer can stop the destruction of their small Arizona town. Perhaps it doesn't bode well for Nevada's Yucca Mountain, employed as the nation's nuclear waste repository.
More Tremors than Arachnophobia, Eight Legged Freaks offers an easygoing but unimaginative combination of laughs and chills. Arquette doesn't make a particularly charismatic hero, but with Eight Legged Freaks, all that matters is how the spiders end up splattered. The special effects certainly don't rival those of Men in Black II, but the same folks who giggle at the antics of Agents Jay and Kay will lap up Eight Legged Freaks wholeheartedly.
Eight Legged Freaks got a jump on the competition by opening Wednesday. Its two-day total of $2.5 million might justify Warner Bros.' decision to delay the formerly titled Arac Attack from the spring to summer. Eight Legged Freaks could emerge as a summer sleeper if it can double Arachnophobia's $8 million opening and exceed its disappointing $53.2 million total.
The serious-minded Reign of Fire took a slight hit following Wednesday's spider invasion. The post-apocalyptic showdown between man and dragon dropped $1.6 million on Tuesday, to $1.4 million on Wednesday, and to $1.3 million on Thursday. Audiences, though, might prefer to see the lighthearted Eight Legged Freaks this weekend than the dark and brooding Reign of Fire, which has $21.9 million through Thursday.
Reign of Fire's less-than-sizzling $15.6 million opening slightly beat the $15 million debut by 1996's Dragonheart. Losing too much heat this weekend could result in Reign of Fire barely matching Dragonheart's $51.3 million total. That task is made all the more difficult by the presence of those Eight Legged Freaks.
MIBII's illegal extraterrestrial aliens also could fall victims to those mutated spiders. The sequel to the 1997 smash sci-fi spoof dropped a 53 percent in its second weekend, from $52.1 million to $24.4 million. That tumble was expected following tepid reviews. In comparison, Men in Black eroded by 41.1 percent in its second weekend, from $51 million to $30 million, for a total of $139.5 million.
With $143.5 million through Thursday, MIBII certainly won't top its predecessor's $250.1 million total. Instead, Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and director Barry Sonnenfeld should brace themselves for a third weekend of about $13 million and a total barely breaking $200 million. Still, MIBII already ranks as the biggest hit for the three since Men in Black.
Halloween came early this year, and that benefitted one of the horror genre's most notorious serial killers. Halloween: Resurrection sliced up $12.2 million during its opening weekend. Michael Myers' bloody rampage claimed an unexpected victim, which no doubt attracted many during its debut but could ultimately prove the franchise's undoing.
Resurrection failed to top the $16.1 million debut of its predecessor, Halloween: H20, which profited solely from the return of Jamie Lee Curtis. Resurrection, which has $16.4 million through Thursday, certainly won't top H20's $55 million. And, given that Myers' biggest fans have already cheered on him during his latest killing spree, Resurrection will likely take a 50 percent tumble in its second weekend. The body count will come to an end at around $30 million. Still, don't expect this to be the last we see of Myers.
Also, can we soon expect to see CIA assassin Jason Bourne on the run again? Matt Damon's The Bourne Identity earned a total $100.4 million on Tuesday, making it the ninth 2002 release to attain blockbuster status. Next up would be The Bourne Supremacy, based on the second in the trilogy of novels by Robert Ludlum.
Damon also was to star in Minority Report, but dropped out to complete Ocean's Eleven. Minority Report has done OK with Colin Farrell in the role of on-the-run cop Tom Cruise's pursuer, having earned $113.6 million through Thursday.
Mr. Deeds on Thursday became the 10th 2002 release to cross $100 million. Adam Sandler's unnecessary remake of director Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town has $100.3 million through Thursday, with a total $120 million to $130 million likely. Fans clearly prefer Sandler when his archetypal buffoon with a heart of gold doesn't come with horns and a pitchfork.