The producer passed away on Friday (03Aug12) following a battle with cancer, although no further details were available as WENN went to press.
Martin broke the news to fans on Twitter.com, writing, "RIP my friend, partner, Tony winner, Joan Stein. Wit, too."
Stein worked on over 80 plays and musicals throughout her career, including Broadway productions The Nerd, The Elephant Man, The Lonesome West and 1998's Side Man, which won her a Tony Award.
She also worked on hit musical Catch Me If You Can, based on the 2002 Leonardo DiCaprio movie of the same name, and co-owned TV company Martin/Stein Productions with the Bowfinger comedian.
Tony Martin, a smooth-voiced baritone who found success in Hollywood on the nightclub stage and on the radio during his 80 year career, passed away of natural causes Friday night at his home in West Los Angeles, the New York Times reports. He was 98.
Martin was born Alvin Morris in San Francisco on December 25, 1913 to Hattie and Edward Clarence Morris, well-off Jewish immigrants from Poland. While his parents wanted him to be a lawyer, Martin followed his dreams to Hollywood in the 1930s. His classic looks and great voice quickly earned him roles in musicals, starting with a small role in the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' film Follow the Fleet in 1936.
Once his Hollywood career got rolling, there was no stopping Martin. He went on to star in films such as Sing, Baby, Sing (1936), Zeigfeld Girl (1941) — in which he serenaded Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr, and Lana Turner in a Busby Berkeley number — and Casbah (1948).
While Martin's face filled the silver screen his voice took over the radio air waves. His soulful take on popular ballads such as "I'm With You" (1936) and the Oscar-nominated "For Every Man There's a Woman" (1948), earned him his reputation as a charming crooner. Martin became a regular on the radio show The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and then hosted his own 15-minute variety program, The Tony Martin Show, on NBC from 1954 to 1956.
In his personal life, Martin proved equally charismatic. He wooed Hollywood starlets including Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, and Alice Faye (to whom Martin was married from 1937-1940). In 1948, Martin wed actress/dancer Cyd Charisse. Their marriage lasted 60 years, until she passed away at age 83 in 2008.
Martin, who is survived by his stepson and two grandchildren, will be remembered as a man who truly defined Old Hollywood class.
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The singer, cabaret and movie star is perhaps best known for his longtime collaboration with his wife Cyd Charisse and his role in 1948 film classic Casbah.
Martin's career took off in the 1930s as he made a name for himself as a film star and crooner, with hits like Stranger in Paradise, Fools Rush In and Begin the Beguine. On the big screen, his hit movies included Pigskin Parade and 1941's Ziegfeld Girl, opposite Judy Garland, Hedy Lamarr and Lana Turner.
When his film and pop career started faltering in the early 1960s, he began touring with Charisse in a cabaret act.
The couple performed together for 40 years and when Charisse died in 2008, Martin continued to hit the stage.
Born Alvin Morris on Christmas Day (25Dec), 1913, Martin is the only person who can boast four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Flowers were placed on his North Vine Street star, in front of the Capitol Records Building, on Monday afternoon (30Jul12).
The entertainer died on Friday (27Jul12).
Troubled by unfortunate event after unfortunate event The Watch sidesteps faux pas to come out on top as a consistently funny sci-fi comedy that doesn't let its high concept tangle up a bevy of one-liners. The script penned by Jared Stern Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg assumes you've seen a few movies before entering the theater (mainly any sci-fi movie made in the 1980s). "Summer movie logic" is the foundation for The Watch's ridiculous plot which finds four adult nincompoops teaming up to form a Neighborhood Watch trying to solve the murder of a local Costco employee and eventually pursuing a killer extraterrestrial. Instead of making sense of it all The Watch wisely focuses on its four leads: Ben Stiller Vince Vaughn Jonah Hill and The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade — a quartet whose bro banter goes a long way in spicing up the dust-covered material. There's nothing revelatory to be found in The Watch but the cast's knack for improv a poetry of the profane makes the adventure worth…viewing.
Director Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) establishes his two-dimensional characters quickly and bluntly smashing together broad personality types like a Hadron Collider of cinematic comedy. Stiller's Evan is a micromanaging do-gooder who can't find time for his wife; Hill's Franklin is a mildly disturbed weapons enthusiast yearning to join the police; Ayoade is the quaint weirdo who joins the Watch to fill the void left by his divorce; Vince Vaughn is Vince Vaughn: a loud crass gent looking for a bit of male bonding. The ragtag team assembles to fight crime but they spend most of their time drinking beers in a minivan — an affair they dub "stakeouts." A perfect opportunity for banter.
For a movie about enforcing the law and alien invasions there's a surprising lack of action in The Watch. Long stretches of the film see the central players yapping back and forth about everything: Russian nesting dolls peeing in cans or the similar viscosities of alien goo and human excrement. Charisma goes a long way and Vaughn does much of the heavy lifting making up for lost time out of the spotlight (he's been virtually nonexistent since 2005's Wedding Crashers). The man spits out jokes like no other — the rest of the cast barely keeps up. Ayoade balances out Vaughn's bombardment with a tempered timed delivery that's uniquely British and rarely found on the American big screen. Even when nothing's happening in The Watch it's rarely boring.
The Watch is at its best when it goes a step further mixing the group in with outsiders and throwing them off their rhythm. Billy Crudup cuts loose as a creepy neighbor and its delightfully weird while the always-impressive Rosemarie DeWitt as Evan's wife Abby brings unexpected warmth to the couple's relationship. Sadly The Watch mishandles its greatest asset: the aliens. The film never finds a pitch perfect blend of comedy and science fiction (Ghostbusters or Galaxy Quest this is not); a few scenes where the two come together hint at the best possible scenario but more often than not The Watch avoids its sci-fi roots. A moment in which the guys haul a dead alien back to their man cave plays like an E.T.-inspired version of The Hangover credits. It's lewd and ridiculous but the rest of the film struggles to maintain that energy.
Stiller Vaughn Hill and Ayoade have all proved themselves able funnymen capable of taking weak and tired material up a notch which they're forced to do in every moment of The Watch. Schaffer can handle his talent but his direction isn't adding anything to the mix. By the third slow-motion-set-to-gangster-rap scene The Lonely Island member's obsession with non-cool-coolness is officially just an attempt at being cool (which is not all that funny). The Watch has a greater opportunity than most comedy blockbusters to go absolutely bonkers: it's rated R. But instead of taking its twist and running with it the movie plays it safe. In this case safe is non-stop jokes about the many facets of human reproduction.
While recent animated blockbusters have aimed to viewers of all ages starting with fantastical concepts and breathtaking visuals but tackling complex emotional issues along the way Ice Age: Continental Drift is crafted especially for the wee ones — and it works. Venturing back to prehistoric times once again the fourth Ice Age film paints broad strokes on the theme of familial relationships throwing in plenty of physical comedy along the way. The movie isn't that far off from one of the many Land Before Time direct-to-video sequels: not particularly innovative or necessary but harmless thrilling fun for anyone with a sense of humor. Unless they have a particular distaste for wooly mammoths the kids will love it.
Ice Age: Continental Drift continues to snowball its cartoon roster bringing back the original film's trio (Ray Romano as Manny the Mammoth Denis Leary as Diego the Sabertooth Tiger and John Leguizamo as Sid the Sloth) new faces acquired over the course of the franchise (Queen Latifah as Manny's wife Ellie) and a handful of new characters to spice things up everyone from Nicki Minaj as Manny's daughter Steffie to Wanda Sykes as Sid's wily grandma. The whole gang is living a pleasant existence as a herd with Manny's biggest problem being playing overbearing dad to the rebellious daughter. Teen mammoths they always want to go out and play by the waterfall! Whippersnappers.
The main thrust of the film comes when Scratch the Rat (whose silent comedy routines in the vein of Tex Avery/WB cartoons continue to be the series highlight) accidentally cracks the singular continent Pangea into the world we know today. Manny Diego and Sid find themselves stranded on an iceberg once again forced on a road trip journey of survival. The rest of the herd embarks to meet them giving Steffie time to realize the true meaning of friendship with help from her mole pal Louis (Josh Gad).
The ham-handed lessons may drag for those who've passed Kindergarten but Ice Age: Continental Drift is a lot of fun when the main gang crosses paths with a group of villainous pirates. (Back then monkeys rabbits and seals were hitting the high seas together pillaging via boat-shaped icebergs. Obviously.) Quickly Ice Age becomes an old school pirate adventure complete with maritime navigation buried treasure and sword fights. Gut (Peter Dinklage) an evil ape with a deadly... fingernail leads the evil-doers who pose an entertaining threat for the familiar bunch. Jennifer Lopez pops by as Gut's second-in-command Shira the White Tiger and the film's two cats have a chase scene that should rouse even the most apathetic adults. Hearing Dinklage (of Game of Thrones fame) belt out a pirate shanty may be worth the price of admission alone.
With solid action (that doesn't need the 3D addition) cartoony animation and gags out the wazoo Ice Age: Continental Drift is entertainment to enjoy with the whole family. Revelatory? Not quite. Until we get a feature length silent film of Scratch's acorn pursuit we may never see a "classic" Ice Age film but Continental Drift keeps it together long enough to tell a simple story with delightful flare that should hold attention spans of any length. Massive amounts of sugar not even required.
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The actor will lead the cast in National Geographic Channel's adaptation of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Change America Forever.
Ridley and Tony Scott will co-produce the project, which goes before cameras next month (Aug12), according to Deadline.com.
The artist, whose work was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, passed away at his home in New York on Sunday (08Jul12) after a long battle with cancer.
Pakledinaz created costumes for theatre, opera and ballet over more than three decades and earned his first Tony nomination for his designs for play The Life in 1997.
He later triumphed and was handed trophies for his work on Kiss Me, Kate in 2000 and Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002.
The designer also taught graduate classes at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where a scholarship has been established in his name.
Jones opened his door with a photo of Darth Vader in his hand, pretending he had expected the visitor to be a Star Wars fan hoping for his autograph.
The skit led to the theme song from Matt Stone and Trey Parker's smash-hit comedy, which opened the 66th annual awards show, hosted for a third time by Neil Patrick Harris.
Harris then broke into a song and dance number, which featured appearances by Amanda Seyfried, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Broadway icon Patti LuPone.
The Tonys recognise excellence on the New York stage.
Hugh Jackman had a very special night at the Tony Awards on Sunday (10Jun12) - his actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness surprised him with the Special Tony Award for his work onstage.
The Australian actor jetted to his adopted New York City for the prizegiving during a break in the filming of Les Miserables in Europe and was left speechless when his partner strutted out onstage to honour her "special man" with one of the night's big trophies.
Furness admitted she was thrilled to have her husband back after four months of filming on location, but she joked, "There's nothing more romantic after not seeing your husband for four months than to have our first night back together on a Broadway stage with 12 million people watching."
The actor stepped up onstage and told the audience, "She's (Furness) never kept a secret her entire life. (She said), 'I'm just off to the loo (restroom),' and I was like, 'OK, see you in a bit!'"
Jackman ended his acceptance speech by urging his "incredible" wife to share the spotlight with him and told her, "I love you with all my heart. I know how much you hate public speaking; this is probably the greatest thing you've ever done for me. Really. It means the world to me."
He wasn't the only actor paying a heartfelt tribute to his partner at the Tonys - British comedian James Corden singled out his girlfriend Julia Carey for a special mention during his Best Actor acceptance speech.
He said, "My girlfriend, Julia, gave birth to our son, like, five days before we started rehearsals and she's my baby momma and I can't wait to marry her.
"I would not be holding this if it wasn't for her. She made me say 'us' instead of 'I' and 'we' instead of 'me' and I love her."
Elsewhere, it was a huge night for the stage musical adaptation of hit movie Once, which picked up eight of its 10 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for star Steve Kazee.
Peter & the Starcatcher was another big hit at the Tonys, claiming four awards, while Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Newsies, and Nice Work if you Can Get It picked up two gongs apiece.
The list of winners is:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play - Judith Light (Other Desert Cities)
Best Orchestrations - Martin Lowe (Once)
Best Choreography - Christopher Gattelli (Newsies)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Michael McGraw (Nice Work if You Can Get It)
Best Book of a Musical - Enda Walsh (Once)
Best Sound Design of a Play - Darron L West (Peter & the Starcatcher)
Best Sound Design of a Musical - Clive Goodwin (Once)
Best Direction of a Musical - John Tiffany (Once)
Best Direction of a Play - Mike Nichols (Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play - Christian Borle (Peter & the Starcatcher)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Judy Kaye (Nice Work if You Can Get It)
Best Costume Design of a Play - Paloma Young (Peter & the Starcatcher)
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Gregg Barnes (Follies)
Best Original Score - Alan Menken & Jack Feldman (Newsies)
Best Revival of a Play - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Best Scenic Design of a Play - Donyale Werle (Peter & the Starcatcher)
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Bob Crowley (Once)
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Natasha Katz (Once)
Best Play - Clybourne Park
Best Revival of a Musical - The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Steve Kazee (Once)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play - James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play - Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Audra McDonald (The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess)
Best Musical - Once
Lifetime Achievement Award - Emanuel Azenberg
Regional Theatre Award - The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.
Isabelle Stevenson Award - Bernadette Peters
Special Tony Award - Hugh Jackman
What good is sittin' alone in your room? Well, actually, a lot of great things come out of sitting alone in your room--like Game of Thrones marathons! (What were you thinking, sickos?) Anyway, come hear the music play, old chum! Doesn't Everbody loves a good Broadway hootenanny, right? Of course you do! And if you don't, well then get out of this post! Helmed again this year by the man of many fabulous hats, Neil Patrick Harris, the show was all that is glittery and jazz-handy about the Great White Way (or as NPH called it, "Fifty Shades of Gay" ba-zing!).
Below we have the best and the worst of the 2012 Tony Awards--at least, the bits that Hollywood didn't try to steal from the Broadway scene. Because, yeah, hey, wow, there were lots of TV and Movie actors on this show, huh? Are they mad that they don't have their own award shows or something? In any event, some people won, more people lost, and if you want that list, please click here. Please consider this our official petition to have Neil Patrick Harris just host everything forever.
Best Kooky Tony's Intro Starring A Whole Bunch of White Dudes:
The Book of Mormon
Best Use of Theater Surprise Face:
Best Excuse to Put John Lithgow on TV:
The 2012 Tony Awards
Worst Attempt at an 1890s New York Accent:
Best Use of a Mushroom Cap as a Wig:
Best Speaking Voice, Ever:
Bernadette Peters and her Incredible Non-Moving Face
Best Use of a Roger Sterling LSD trip:
The Follies' performance
Worst Idea Ever:
Ghost, The Musical
Best Use of a Face:
John Larroquette's glasses
Best Use of the Color Blue:
Josh Young's perilously well-tailored suit
Best Use of Puns:
NPH's Spider-Man bit featuring the flawless Angela Lansbury
Worst Glittery Nipples:
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Best Name of a Real Live Human:
Da'Vine Joy Randolph
Worst Consolation Prize for "Bombshell" Not Getting Nominated For Anything:
Christian Borle aka Tom Levitt (#SmashJokes)
Best Use of Holographic Automaton Technology:
Best Broadwayiest Moment:
Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone singing at each other
Best Use of a Harvey Fierstein:
Worst Crowdsurf Ever:
That chick that crowd-surfed behind NPH after Hairspray. Because there's nothing cooler and more appropriate at a black-tie awards ceremony than to crowd-surf. And yes, it was probably a planned gag (since they were real into those sort of behind the scenes/unplanned gags), but it was STILL the worst of the planned "unplanned" gags.
Hugh Jackman's wife
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Worst Hobo Resort Collection:
Candice Bergen's shirt and the technicolor jacket from hell that has taken her hostage
Best, Most Adorable Accent, EVER, YOU GUYS!:
Best Tony Awards Drinking Game:
Drink every time: Jesus.
Best Bizarre Crush:
Nina Arianda on Christopher Plummer
Best Members of the Theater Elite:
Matt Stone and Trey Parker
Best GIF Ever Created in the History of the Internet:
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Is that all there is? Is that all there is?! It is all there is, my dear, but let's keep dancing! Discuss your favorite moments in the comments below!
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