Denzel Washington's A Raisin In The Sun has joined plays featuring James Franco and Bryan Cranston among the most financially successful Broadway projects this season after recouping the $4.25 million (2.7 million) it cost to stage. The show, which scooped the Best Revival award at Sunday's (08Jun14) Tonys, recouped the cash just days before the end of its run on Sunday (15Jun14).
The revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play has grossed over $1 million (GBP625,000)-a-week throughout its 14-week limited engagement at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
A Raisin in the Sun also features LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Sophie Okonedo, who also picked up a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Other plays that have recouped their investment on Broadway this season include Franco's Of Mice and Men; Cranston's All the Way, which was named Best Play at the Tonys; The Glass Menagerie, with Cherry Jones and Zachary Quinto; Betrayal, with Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz; the Shakespeare’s Globe's Twelfth Night and Richard III double bill, and Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays.
Bryan Cranston's critically-acclaimed Broadway turn in All The Way has official become a theatrical success after recouping its $3.9 million (£2.44 million) costs. The Breaking Bad star has been portraying former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the political drama since the play's grand opening in March (14), and days after the cast and crew celebrated their 100th performance, the show is now turning a profit.
And the success continues to build - All The Way, which runs until the end of the month (Jun14), is for a top awards at Sunday's (08Jun14) Tony Awards - it is nominated for Best Play, while Cranston is shortlisted for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
The production, written by Robert Schenkkan, recently triumphed at the 2014 Drama League Awards, claiming the Distinguished Production of a Play title.
Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube has clarified comments he made insisting he should have won a prize at the MTV Movie Awards over late actor Paul Walker. The tragic star, who perished in a car crash in November (13), was posthumously honoured with the Best Onscreen Duo award alongside his Fast & Furious 6 co-star Vin Diesel at Sunday's (13Apr14) ceremony.
In an interview with USA Today, Ice Cube seemed to suggest film fans voted out of sympathy for Walker, and that he should have scooped the prize with his Ride Along co-star Kevin Hart. He said, "We was robbed. Shame on you MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period. They should have gave it to him before he passed away (sic)."
Now he has taken to Twitter.com to insist his remarks have been taken out of context, writing, "Re: (regarding) The MTV Awards. I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people! Don't believe the hype. "We should honour people before they die. That's all. MTV Awards. Ice Cube is not a sore loser. I was born losing. This winning s**t is what I gotta get use to (sic). Last tweet and I'mma (sic) leave it alone. Remember this: A lie travels further then the truth (sic). Damn the devil is busy. And Paul Walker fans don't trip (get upset). I was a fan too."
Rapper/actor Ice Cube has accused fans of voting for Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker as the MTV Movie Awards' Best On-Screen Duo out of "sympathy", after losing out to the Fast & Furious pair at Sunday's (13Apr14) ceremony. Ice Cube and his Ride Along co-star Kevin Hart were among the nominees for the accolade at the annual prizegiving, but the honour was ultimately given to Diesel and Walker, who died in a car crash last November (13).
The hip-hop veteran is bitter about the result, because he is convinced devotees let their emotions get the better of them instead of rewarding the pair which really deserved to win for outstanding chemistry.
He tells USA Today that it was a "sympathy" vote for Walker, adding, "We was robbed (sic). Shame on you MTV. We had the best chemistry of everybody nominated, for us not to win was crazy. We were the best onscreen duo, period."
He adds, "They should have gave it to him (Walker) before he passed away."
Ice Cube also reveals that he decided to leave the ceremony shortly after arriving, opting to watch a basketball game at home instead.
He admitted, "I just wasn't into it. I have been going in and out of these things (awards shows) for 25 years. If you ain't (sic) into it, why torture yourself? As soon as you get bored, get up and leave."
Zac Efron was forced to accept his prize for Best Shirtless Performance semi-naked at Sunday's (13Apr14) MTV Movie Awards after guest presenter, singer Rita Ora, helped to rip off his top to unveil the toned physique which won him the honour in That Awkward Moment. But that wasn't the only talking point of the night - the actor's introduction went a little awry as co-presenter Jessica Alba mispronounced his name as "Zac E-fron".
Soul singer Claudia Lennear has been given a big career boost following her appearance in Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom - David Bowie has offered to write her next project. Lennear joined the likes of Darlene Love and Judith Hill in Morgan Neville's 2013 film, which followed the lives of backing singers to the stars, after previously working with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, George Harrison and Leon Russell.
She was also said to have inspired the Rolling Stones' Brown Sugar hit in 1971 and Bowie's Lady Grinning Soul in 1973.
Lennear now reveals she recently reconnected with the legendary Space Oddity star days before Sunday's (02Mar14) Oscars ceremony and received a welcome proposal.
She tells the New York Post's Page Six column, "I got a call from David Bowie out of the blue... He told me he wanted to write my next project. I couldn't believe it when I first heard his voice. We haven't seen each other in 20 years."
She adds, "I am not sure what my next project will be... but I will definitely hold David to his promise."
20 Feet From Stardom was named Best Documentary, Feature at the Academy Awards.
Dallas Buyers Club star Jared Leto has revealed movie legend Harrison Ford fell victim to Ellen Degeneres' pizza delivery during the prizegiving - he spilled the toppings all over his shirt. The Best Supporting Actor winner sat in the front row during Sunday's (02Mar14) ceremony, and right behind him was one of his favourite actors, Ford.
During the segment in which host DeGeneres handed out slices of pizza to the starving celebrities during the three and a half hour telecast, Leto noticed the Star Wars actor was a little too eager to chow down on the snack.
Appearing on DeGeneres' U.S. daytime talk show on Monday (03Mar14), Leto revealed, "I'm a massive fan of his and he knows that, so I think it will be okay me telling the story, so when you handed out the pizza, Harrison Ford grabbed a slice.
"He was very hungry, took a big bite of the slice, I looked over my shoulder and (it spilled) right down his shirt... It was all down his shirt and he went back to try to clean it up but then I just saw him leave."
DeGeneres quipped, "I knew he'd have the munchies."
Leto also revealed that the celebrity encounters continued at one of the after parties, where his mum danced with Madonna.
He added, "It was one of the highlights of my night... I got home at the cracka** of dawn, maybe 6.00am. Don't feel sorry for me. This is a time to rebel. This is a sunrise you want to see."
Naomi Watts was so moved by Cate Blanchett's performance in Blue Jasmine she sent her fellow actress a fan letter gushing about the Woody Allen film. The Impossible star reveals she was impressed by the Oscar winner's portrayal of a rich socialite plunged into poverty and homelessness, and poured her heart into a note for Blanchett.
Watts says, "Cate Blanchett's performance was out of this world, she was just fantastic; I wrote a fan letter to her.
"Just (telling her) how brilliant she is, as always, but particularly this role... I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I did all things, and so did she. She was just brilliant."
Watts wasn't the only member of Hollywood's elite in awe of Blanchett's talent - she was named Best Actress at Sunday's (02Mar14) Oscars ceremony, earning the Australian her second Academy Award.
"I'm really grateful. I'm here with my mom and my brother. I don't live too far from here, so it's kind of awesome to be so close to home and to be celebrating like this. So I have a lot of gratitude. A lot of excitement." Oscar winner Jared Leto celebrated with his family after winning the Best Supporting Actor at Sunday's (02Mar14) Academy Awards.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O is set to be joined onstage at Sunday's (02Mar14) Oscars ceremony by Vampire Weekend guitarist Ezra Koenig. The frontwoman will perform the The Moon Song, which has been nominated for the Best Original Song award, from Spike Jonze's movie Her.