Veteran actress Marian Seldes has died, aged 86. Seldes passed away at her home on Monday (06Oct14) following a long, undisclosed illness.
Her brother Timothy Seldes announced her death in a statement which reads: "It is with deep sadness that I share the news that my dear sister Marian Seldes has died. She was an extraordinary woman whose great love of the theatre, teaching and acting was surpassed only by her deep love for her family."
Her impressive career spanned 60 years and she was considered an American theatre legend. She made her Broadway debut in 1947 in the Robinson Jeffers adaptation of Medea.
She was one of acclaimed playwright Edward Albee's go-to actresses, appearing in such plays as Tiny Alice, The Play About the Baby and Three Tall Women.
In 1967, she won her first Tony Award for her supporting role in Albee's A Delicate Balance.
Seldes was nominated for four more Tony Awards, including nods for her roles in Father's Day, Ring Round the Moon, Dinner at Eight, and Deathtrap, for which she also holds a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for her four-year run without having missed a single performance.
She last appeared on the Great White Way in 2007 for Terrence McNally's Deuce. In 2010, she received the prestigious Tony Lifetime Achievement Award.
Seldes also made her mark in many films including Truman, Mona Lisa Smile, August Rush and Leatherheads, as well as TV shows such as Murphy Brown and Sex and the City.
Seldes also served as a professor at Julliard performing arts school, having a roster of drama students including Viola Davis, Kevin Spacey, Kevin Kline, Christopher Reeve, and Robin Williams.
She is survived by daughter Katharine Claman Andres, her only child with first husband Julian Claman. Her second husband, writer/director Garson Kanin, died in 1999.
The Peter Pan TV special scheduled for America later this year (14) has landed a darling Broadway favourite - five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara has been cast as Wendy, John and Michael Darling's mum. The Bridges of Madison County and South Pacific stars joins a cast that includes Allison Williams as Pan, Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Christian Borle who will double up as pirate Smee and George Darling.
Jonah Hill poked fun at an ex-girlfriend while picking up GQ magazine's International Man of the Year honour in London on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
The Wolf of Wall Street star took aim at his sixth grade love while accepting the style trophy from Bradley Cooper. Hill said, "Emily, my first girlfriend... You broke my heart and left it shattered. It was really sad. I know you were young and love is wild and you grow apart, but I'm GQ International Man of the f**king Year!"
The twice Oscar-nominated star joined Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Pharrell Williams, Van Morrison, New Order, new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Paulo Nutini among the big style winners, while Johnny Depp presented punk veteran Iggy Pop with GQ's Icon Award at the Royal Opera House.
And the women weren't left out - Kim Kardashian West, who was joined on the red carpet by her husband Kanye West, picked up the Woman of the Year prize and stunned in a custom-designed haute couture Ralph & Russo gown. Reminding the world her full name is now Kim Kardashian West, the reality TV star said, "I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day."
Among those handing over the top prizes at the ceremony Lindsay Lohan, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Daisy Lowe, Bob Geldof, Pippa Middleton and author E.L. James, who presented her Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan with a Breakthrough Award.
The full list of GQ Men of the Year Award winners is:
Comedian of the Year: John Bishop
Editor’s Special Award: Liam Neeson
Chef of the Year: Tom Kerridge
Designer of the Year: Christopher Bailey
International Man of the Year: Jonah Hill
Writer of the Year: Michael Lewis
Philanthropist of the Year: Tony Blair
Breakthrough Fashion Designers of the Year: Agi and Sam
TV Personality of the Year: Peter Capaldi
Innovator Award: Ewan Venters
Inspiration Award: New Order Hugo Boss
Most Stylish Man: Douglas Booth
Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton
Actor of the Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
Entrepreneur of the Year: Andre Balazs
Special Achievement: Paolo Nutini
Vertu Breakthrough Award: Jamie Dornan
Legend Award: Van Morrison
Solo Artist of the Year: Pharrell Williams
Leading Man of the Year: Colin Firth
Humanitarian of the Year: Ringo Starr
Woman of the Year: Kim Kardashian West
Icon Award: Iggy Pop
Veteran crooner Tony Bennett is throwing his support behind a new campaign encouraging children to stay in school and graduate. The legendary singer will take part in a day long broadcast on American Graduate Day next month (27Sep14) from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and U.S. TV station WNET New York.
The broadcast will attempt to boost school graduation rates, and a number of other celebrities will also be taking part, including Girls actress Alison Williams, actor Edward James Olmos, American statesman Colin Powell, and U.S. Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
It will include interviews and performances celebrating the work of groups helping youth to succeed at school and work.
Hit series Breaking Bad went out with a big bang on Monday night (25Aug14) after dominating the drama categories at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Bryan Cranston earned his fourth Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy for his portrayal of chemistry teacher-turned-drug lord Walter White, while his co-stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn were named Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress in a Drama Series.
Creator Vince Gilligan also triumphed at the ceremony after Breaking Bad, which wrapped its fifth and final season last year (13), beat Mad Men, True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards and Downton Abbey to take home the prestigious Outstanding Drama Series title. In addition, there was a writing honour for Moira Walley-Beckett for the episode Ozymandias.
Modern Family was another multiple winner - the show continued to reign over the Outstanding Comedy Series category for the fifth year in a row, while Ty Burrell walked away as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, the first prize of the night, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series went to Gail Mancuso for her Las Vegas episode of the show.
BBC series Sherlock landed a trio of trophies for writer Steven Moffat and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, while Jim Parsons (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for The Big Bang Theory), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Veep), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife) and Allison Janney (Mom) scored big, too.
Singer Sara Bareilles performed a touching rendition of Nat King Cole classic Smile for the event's traditional In Memorium segment, which included nods to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter O'Toole, Lauren Bacall, Paul Walker, James Garner, Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, Mickey Rooney, Harold Ramis, Elaine Stritch and Shirley Temple, among others, before concluding with a snap of Robin Williams and a special honour from his close friend and fellow comedian, Billy Crystal.
The main list of winners at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by comedian Seth Meyers, is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Comedy Series - Modern Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Allison Janney, Mom
Outstanding Miniseries - Fargo
Outstanding Television Movie - The Normal Heart
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Martin Freeman for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Outstanding Variety Series - The Colbert Report
Outstanding Reality-Competition Program - The Amazing Race
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Joe Morton, Scandal
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Moira Walley-Beckett for Breaking Bad episode Ozymandias
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series - Louis C.K. for Louie episode So Did the Fat Lady
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series - Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series - Gail Mancuso for Modern Family episode Las Vegas
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special - Sarah Silverman, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Steven Moffat for Sherlock episode His Last Vow
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special - Glen Weiss, 67th Annual Tony Awards
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Colin Bucksey for Fargo episode Buridan's A**.
The marquees of Broadway's theatres will be dimmed for a minute for the second time this week on Friday (15Aug14) as a tribute to late Tony Award-winning actress Lauren Bacall, who died on Tuesday (12Aug14), aged 89. The lights on Broadway were also dimmed on Wednesday (13Aug14) to honour tragic funnyman Robin Williams.
Broadway actor James Monroe Inglehart celebrated Robin Williams' beloved role as Aladdin's Genie during Tuesday's (12Aug14) production of the hit stage adaptation by leading the audience in a touching sing-a-long. Inglehart, who recently won a Tony Award for his incarnation of the Genie in the New York show, returned to the stage after the final curtain came down at the New Amsterdam Theatre and belted out the film's Oscar-nominated song Friend Like Me in honour of the man who brought the Disney character to life onscreen.
Crowd members were encouraged to join in by using song lyrics that had been stuffed inside each copy of the show's Playbill programme.
Williams was no stranger to Broadway - he last performed on the Great White Way in 2011 in the play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.
Broadway theatre bosses will pay tribute to the tragic actor by dimming their marquee lights for one minute on Wednesday night (13Aug14).
Williams died in an apparent suicide at his California home on Monday (11Aug14), aged 63.
Former Smash star Christian Borle has signed on to play two roles in the much-anticipated live TV special of Peter Pan. The Tony award winner is in final negotiations to play both Captain Hook's sidekick Smee as well as the Darling children's father, Mr. Darling.
The casting follows the original Broadway production as well as the 1955 live TV broadcast, in which the parts of Captain Hook and Mr. Darling were both played by actor Cyril Ritchard.
Borle, who also appeared in last year's (13) live staging of The Sound of Music alongside Carrie Underwood, is well acquainted with the world of Peter Pan - he won his 2012 Tony for playing pirate Black Stache, the future Captain Hook, in the beloved story's prequel, Peter and The Starcatcher.
Borle joins previously cast Girls' star Allison Williams in the title role and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook.
Singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams' new album will feature a tune inspired by the words of her poet father. Author and academic Miller Williams' Compassion has been realised in musical form by his daughter on Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone.
Williams won acclaim when a poem he wrote was read at U.S. President Bill Clinton's second inauguration.
The new album, which is set for release in September (14), will feature The Faces keyboard player Ian McLagan, guitarists Bill Frisell and Tony Joe White and the Wallflowers stars Stuart Mathis and Jakob Dylan.
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Actor Shia Labeouf has been charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct following his arrest during a performance of Broadway's Cabaret on Thursday night (26Jun14).
The Transformers star caused a stir on the Great White Way while attending the musical, starring Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming, at the Studio 54 theatre. Reports suggest LaBeouf was smoking inside the venue.
Police were called during the intermission and the actor was escorted out in handcuffs. He was arrested amid allegations of violent behaviour and obscene language, and was subsequently charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.
As the furore took place on Thursday, Cabaret castmember Danny Burstein commented on the drama in a post on his Facebook page, writing, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your places call for Act II. Also, to let you know, Shia LaBeouf has just been escorted from the building in handcuffs."
Tony Award nominated actor/composer Benj Pasek was also took to Twitter, writing, "Just saw Shia LaBeouf in handcuffs in tears surrounded by 6 police officers outside of Cabaret the musical. Oh New York, u is a crazy b**ch (sic)."
The actor has shocked fans in recent months with his increasing bizarre behaviour, including wearing a brown paper bag over his head on the red carpet at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany earlier this year (14) and setting himself up in a bizarre live art installation in Los Angeles.