Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris O'dowd and Stephen Fry are among the big-name TV stars nominated for top prizes at the 2014 Tony Awards. Breaking Bad star Cranston is up for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play trophy for his turn in All The Way, which is also nominated in the Best Play category at the awards, held to honour the year's best Broadway performances.
He will compete with Irish actor O'Dowd (Of Mice and Men), Brit Mark Rylance (Richard III), Tony Shalhoub (Act One), and Samuel Barnett (Twelfth Night), who are all nominated in the same category.
Samuel L. Jackson's wife LaTanya Richardson is nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play category for her part in A Raisin in the Sun, but she will have to fend off competition from Tyne Daly (Mothers and Sons), Cherry Jones (The Glass Menagerie), Audra McDonald (Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill), and Estelle Parsons (The Velocity of Autumn).
How I Met Your Mother star Harris leads the nominations in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical category for his flamboyant turn in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, while singer Idina Menzel is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for her part in If/Then.
Beloved British actor Stephen Fry scooped a nod in the Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play category for Twelfth Night, but his fellow Brits Daniel Radcliffe, Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart were all overlooked despite giving acclaimed performances on the Great White Way.
Fry took to his Twitter.com page on Tuesday (29Apr14) to share his excitement at being nominated, writing, "Oh my goodness, apparently I've been nominated for a Tony award. I can't believe it. How rippingly thrilling."
The winners will be revealed at the 68th annual Tony Awards on 8 June (14) at New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Veteran actor James Earl Jones is heading back to Broadway in the revival of classic play You Can't Take It With You. The 87-year-old Tony winner will return to the Great White Way this autumn (14) in the 1936 comedy written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.
Jones is reportedly set to play the role of Grandpa Vanderhof, the head of the Sycamore family which butts heads with rival clan the Kirbys over a real estate dispute.
The Star Wars icon last appeared on Broadway in 2012's The Best Man revival, for which he earned his fourth Tony nomination for Best Leading Actor.
The upcoming production, directed by Broadway vet Scott Ellis, marks the first revival of the show in more than 30 years.
The play debuted on Broadway in 1936, and earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1937. In 1938, the film adaptation by director Frank Capra claimed the Best Picture prize at the Academy Awards.
Actress and model Rachael Taylor stunned a room full of Australia's most powerful women on Thursday (03Apr14) by opening up about her domestic violence ordeal at the hands of an ex and offering to help others struggling through abuse. The Transformers star was speaking at the David Jones and Crown Resorts Autumn Racing Ladies Lunch in Sydney when she candidly talked about becoming a victim after admitting it was a "difficult thing to talk about".
She said, "The one thing (that) is profoundly distressing... is that loss of self-value and self-esteem... the female self-worth is of such profound importance."
Taylor added, "(But) not all survivors of domestic violence get to stand up here and talk to you all about this and I feel very privileged that I do."
She then offered to chat to any of the 250 women in the room, who felt they were victims of abuse, adding, "Please come and talk to me if you would like. I am sitting on table 13. I want to say what is happening to you, it is not your fault."
Taylor has never named the ex who subjected her to domestic violence.
Country singer Joshua Scott Jones has branded his 2011 stint in rehab "the most difficult thing" he has ever had to deal with as he was forced to face his drug and alcohol addictions head-on. The star was forced to seek professional help for his personal troubles after his friends, including his former Steel Magnolia bandmate and then-fiancee Megan Linsey, staged an intervention following a days-long bender.
He had to bow out of several dates on the duo's autumn (11) tour to deal with his reliance on booze and painkillers, and Jones is grateful his pals realised just how serious his issues had become.
He tells People magazine, "I was out of control in my own life. I couldn't go to the grocery store or mow the lawn without taking a handful of pills. No one wanted to be around me."
But Jones admits the rehab treatment was a big shock to his system: "It was like hitting the brakes when you're going 100 miles an hour. It was the most difficult thing of my adult life."
The actor claims his crippling addictions "unraveled" his relationship with Linsey, prompting their romantic split in 2011 and the end of Steel Magnolia last year (13).
However, he has since embarked on a solo career and insists life has never been better.
He adds, "Everything's more fun. I have things to look forward to."
Elvis Costello and Marcus Mumford have signed up to help music producer T Bone Burnett turn lost Bob Dylan lyrics into songs for a new tribute album. My Morning Jacket star Jim James and Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops have also joined the project.
Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is set for release this autumn (14) to coincide with a new documentary called Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, directed by Sam Jones.
The lyrics come from Dylan's 1967 Basement Tapes sessions.
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Lone Survivor isn't a film for the faint of heart. It's a film that beats you down and only lets you up for a few precious moments before the credits roll, but that emotional throttling is what helps make the film such a powerful experience.
Peter Berg's Lone Survivor tells the story of Operation Red Wings, primarily focusing on a group of four Navy SEALs who are sent to the mountains of Afganistan to capture or kill a member of the Taliban. The plan goes wrong, and the team has to fight for their lives to escape the enemy-infested area. The film does a marvelous job of ratcheting up the tension before collapsing into its main action sequence, one that is as thrilling as it is unsettling. The long sequence brings forth memories of the infamous D-Day opening of Saving Private Ryan, except this film's fire-fight stretches out the violence like a medieval torture device. The langourous scene is, at times, hard to sit through. Each moment slips by in coiled tension. It's undoubtedly uncomfortable, and the film makes a point to never make the violence fun or enticing. The action isn't consequence-free, and every bullet fired carries weight, making the scenes brutal and unrelenting because of it. The film takes on the aura of a horror movie that wants you to feel every second that ticks by, and director Berg makes sure that a pressing hopelessness starts to weigh on the viewer just as it does on the soldiers.
Mark Wahlberg is plenty capable as Marcus Lutrell, a member of the SEAL unit that is sent on the mission. The supporting cast plays its parts admirably by believably infusing a diverse set of personalities and values into the soldiers, while still keeping them in tune with the same military culture that governs much of their thoughts and actions. There's a great scene where a difficult decision has to be made, and the viewer gets to see the different directions to which some of the character's moral compasses are tuned. Sometimes the right thing can mean different things to different people when the risk of death is on the table. The real standout in the cast is Ben Foster, whose SO2 Matthew Alexson swirls with barely contained fury. He is darkly intense and has electric screen presence that really starts to manifest when the bullets star flying and things become dire.
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For all the good will that the film builds up in its first and second act, the final third of the film hits some snags as history demands that the story take itself to a different location, sacrificing some of the tension that it has built up. In the last 30 minutes of the film, there are some odd tonal choices that don't gel with the tension brimming in the first half. A comedic scene involving a language barrier stands out in particular.
The movie makes a point to steer clear of any political judgment, and it doesn't try to lay blame for the botched mission on any one head. And while the film never outwardly states and opinion on the conflicts that America found itself embroiled in during this time period, the searing brutality depicted in the movie highlight that no one should be subjected to the pain that these men were faced with. Made abundantly clear is the soldiers' willingness to drop everything and serve their country the best way they know how. Lone Survivor tries to honor the soldier, but not glorify war.
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Lone Survivor is at its best when it makes you feel the worst. It gives soldiers their due reverence by showcasing the true terror of the battlefield, and while the film does start to sag a bit in its third act, it's still more than worth the experience in order understand the consequences of war, and its toll on the people in the trenches.
A new tour of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy starring the original TV show's lead actor Simon Jones has been axed due to poor ticket sales. Jones, who played hapless hero Arthur Dent in the 1980s series as well as in the longrunning radio BBC radio show, had reprised his role for a U.K. wide trek this month (Oct13), but bosses at The Radio Production Company have pulled it from the stage with immediate effect.
A statement from the team reads, "The Radio Theatre Company deeply regret to announce the immediate cancellation of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Radio Show 2013 Tour.
"Although a well-loved show, Hitchhiker's Live has been subject to the same extreme economic pressures as many productions touring the U.K. this autumn... As a result in the last 24 hours we have had no option but make the extremely hard and painful decision to stop the tour."
The story was adapted for the big screen in 2005 and starred Martin Freeman as Dent, alongside Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, and Zooey Deschanel.
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UPDATE: Both Cyrus and Hemswort's reps have confirmed the news exclusively to People: the engagement has officially been called off.
EARLIER: We couldn't usher in the autumn without the traditional breaking up of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. The time-honored tradition has become sacrosanct practice in contemporary society, alike in spirit and accountability to the changing of the leaves' colors or the shifting of the nature of television from esteemed drama to subpar comedy. Once again, the rumors are afoot: E! reports from an unnamed source that Cyrus and Hemsworth are splitting after four years (on and off) together.
According to the reports, it was 20-year-old Cyrus who terminated the relationship, having determined Hemsworth, 23, to be guilty of infidelity. Some yet unsubstantiated details point to Hemsworth's involvement in a concord of sexting with Mad Men's own January Jones. Let this be a reminder: Sexting is cheating. The lamest kind of cheating, but cheating nonetheless.
Although the news is only budding now, reports add that Hemsworth was conspicuously absent during Cyrus' performance of "We Can't Stop" at the 2013 Video Music Awards. Granted, this could simply be chalked up to the fact that he had a notion of what she was going to do onstage and decided, instead, to be anywhere else. Oh yeah, and Cyrus stopped following Hemsworth on Twitter over the weekend — which is, like, huge.
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Don't worry, everybody — things are going to be just fine.
The summer looked bleak when we found out that Jon Stewart would be high tailing it out to Hollywood to direct his first feature film, leaving the Daily Show desk in the hands of one of his bespectacled lackeys. We wondered how our weeknights at 11 PM could possibly live up to those that have occupied the past decade and change, if it would even be worth it to keep up with current events without Stewart's trademark nebbishy bite lining every story.
When the news broke this weekend that the NSA has been tapping our phones and Internet histories, we weren't even sure where to turn for a stimulating, intellectual takedown of the political atrocity. We were at a loss.
But again, we need not worry. It’s going to be okay.
Oh, not the phone-tapping thing. That's still going on, and it's pretty f**king terrifying. But the Daily Show thing will be fine.
On Monday night, longtime correspondent John Oliver took Stewart's desk, at which he'll stay seated throughout the host's summer-long hiatus. Coming right out the gate with a self-mocking bit about his own inability to fill Stewart's shoes (a shtick carried on by costars Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Jessica Williams, Al Madrigal, and Aasif Mandvi — each of whom expressed mock outrage at Oliver's promotion to temporary headliner).
Quickly, Oliver leapt right into the NSA story (which, understandably, maintained a stronghold on the episode's subject matter), covering the entire ordeal with the sort of clever wit we'd expect from any episode of the show.
Of course, we will miss Stewart, and will always hold him at a plateau beyond the reach of any competition or successor. As such, we might find Oliver's gags just a little too drawn out, his interview (Monday faced him with Seth Rogen for This Is the End) just a bit too fawning, his overall demeanor just a smidge too… non-Stewart. But as far as non-Stewarts go, we got a bargain with Oliver. We'll look forward to our New Jersey-born Jonathan Leibowitz's return come autumn. But until then, we're in for a few pleasant months with Oliver at the helm.
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The Gavin & Stacey star was set to play the title role made famous by Renee Zellweger in the movie adaptation of Bridget Jones's Diary, but she has now pulled out of the project, which was due to launch in the West End in the autumn (12).
Britain's Daily Mail reports the show will now debut in 2013, while an insider adds, "The show will survive because it's in excellent shape. A great actress is required to play Bridget and whether that great actress is Sheridan Smith or someone else we'll have to see. The person in that role does not have to be a star."
British singer Lily Allen has written the music for the stage production.