Singer Demi Lovato took to the U.S. Capitol on Thursday (04Sep14) in the hope of urging members of Congress to pass legislation on mental health reform. The Skyscraper hitmaker, 22, visited Washington, D.C. to address an audience at the National Alliance on Mental Illness' convention.
Lovato, who has been open about her own struggle with bipolar disease, teamed up with former U.S. Representative Patrick Kennedy to urge members of Congress to pass a comprehensive mental health bill.
During her speech, she said, "Those of us here today know that mental illness has no prejudice. It affects people of every race, age, gender, religion and economic status. It doesn’t discriminate between Republicans or Democrats, either.
"We've seen increased attention to our country's broken mental health system over the past few years, but we've seen very little action. Today our message is very clear: it's time for Congress to act for mental health by supporting the passage of a comprehensive mental health bill this year."
Lovato also took to Instagram.com to share photos of herself at the Capitol building, including a selfie with a bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
She added the caption, "Mean muggin (sic) with Winston Churchill... he agrees with me.. A MESSAGE TO CONGRESS: PASS COMPREHENSIVE MENTAL HEALTH REFORM LEGISLATION THIS YEAR!!!!"
Actress Cheryl Hines will exchange vows with Robert Kennedy, Jr. on Saturday (02Aug14), according to the groom's cousin. Former congressman Patrick Kennedy has confirmed the couple will wed at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm actress became engaged to Kennedy in April (14). Kathleen Kennedy, her stepdaughter-to-be, recently told the New York Daily News the wedding will be a "secret affair, very private".
Kennedy is son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the late Senator Edward Kennedy. This will be his third marriage.
Broadway star Audra Mcdonald made history at the Tony Awards on Sunday night (08Jun14) when she became the most decorated actress on the New York stage. McDonald picked up her sixth Tony for portraying jazz and blues legend Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, putting her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by a Broadway star.
The Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play win also gave McDonald the first Tony Awards grand slam - she has previously won gold as a best featured actress in a play (A Raisin in the Sun and Master Class), a best lead actress in a musical (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess) and a best featured actress in a musical (Ragtime and Carousel).
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was at the beginning of his Tonys journey - he scored Sunday night's Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his New York stage debut as President Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, which also picked up the Best Play Tony.
Former Tonys host Neil Patrick Harris was also a first-time winner - he walked away with the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role as a gender-bending rocker in Hedwig & the Angry Inch.
Accepting his award, the gay star paid tribute to his partner David Burtka, stating, "I love you so much and I am so happy that we got to do this. Thank you for your sacrifices," and his kids Harper and Gideon, adding, "I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to spend as much time with you as I wish I could... I promise that as soon as this is done I'll be able to read books to you and put you to sleep."
The award marked a very special date in his family's history - Harris' parents were celebrating their wedding anniversary.
The actor's Broadway hit was the night's big winner, picking up a total of four awards. Hedwig also claimed the Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting and Lena Hall was honoured with the prize for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical.
A Raisin in the Sun and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder were triple winners.
A Raisin in the Sun claimed Best Revival of a Play, while Brit Sofie Okonedo and Kenny Leon claimed Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play and Best Direction titles, respectively, and Gentleman's Guide landed awards for Best Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Direction of a Musical (Darko Tresnjak).
The full list of 2014 Tony Awards winners is:
All the Way
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Best Revival of a Play
A Raisin in the Sun
Best Revival of a Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Book of a Musical
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - Robert L. Freedman
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Bridges of Madison County- Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Bryan Cranston, All The Way
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play
Mark Rylance (Twelfth Night)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical
Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Scenic Design of a Play
Beowulf Boritt, Act One
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Best Costume Design of a Play
Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Linda Cho, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Best Sound Design of a Play
Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Best Direction of a Play
Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
Best Direction of a Musical
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre - Jane Greenwood (casting designer)
Isabelle Stevenson Award for Humanitarian Efforts - Rosie O'Donnell
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre - Joseph P. Benincasa, Joan Marcus & Charlotte Wilcox
Neil Patrick Harris' starring role in the Broadway debut of cult rock musical Hedwig And The Angry Inch has won rave reviews by critics, who have hailed his performance as "fabulous", "outrageous" and "blazingly entertaining". The How I Met Your Mother actor has returned to the Great White Way to star in the musical about a rock 'n' roll band fronted by a transgender East German singer.
The revival of the 1998 Off-Broadway show opened at the Belasco Theatre on Tuesday (22Apr14) and critics have heaped praise on star actor Harris.
Mark Kennedy from the Associated Press writes that Harris "simply crushes it", adding, "Rarely does a role fit a performer so well. Harris is funny, twisted, poignant, outrageous, bizarre, silly and very, very human."
Elysa Gardner from USA Today also praises director Michael Mayer, writing, "Harris, under Michael Mayer's razor-sharp direction, serves it with a blazingly entertaining and ultimately moving performance. The humour here is darker and rawer than the material that has endeared Harris to TV audiences, but he brings the same affable, slightly naughty charm."
Ben Brantley from the New York Times could not fault the actor's ability, adding, "Harris is in full command of who he is and, most excitingly, what he has become with this performance. That's a bona fide Broadway star, the kind who can rule an audience with the blink of a sequined eyelid."
David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter also praised the actor, writing, "Harris is beyond fabulous, holds nothing back and plays it any way but safe in Michael Mayer's exhilarating production."
The opening night was attended by a host of stars including Hollywood actor Sam Rockwell, acting couple Justin Long and Amanda Seyfried, Yoko Ono, U.S. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and Mad Men star Christina Hendricks.
The band The Maine, originally from Tempe, Arizona, has been active within the music scene since 2007. Formed by members John O’Callaghan, Jared Monaco, Kennedy Brock, Garrett Nickelson, and Patrick Kirch, The Maine performed an acoustic set for an intimate, sold-out crowd at The Studio at Webster Hall on February 27 for their An Acoustic Evening with The Maine tour.
Performing songs from their previous albums, the boys made this show more personal than previous tours. Talking to fans in the crowd, they got on topics ranging from playing "Hot Cross Buns" on the recorder in school (they literally started singing it in the middle of their song "Take Me Dancing"), to their mutual love for That’s So Raven. We even got to enjoy a pretty entertaining story about O'Callaghan's high school years. We’ll keep it PG and just say it involved a sink and a certain bowel movement.
This past December, The Maine released Imaginary Numbers, their first acoustic EP. Written and produced by the band, this album set a different and fresh tone for The Maine. Comparing this tour to the first time I saw them perform live in 2008, the maturity of their music and confidence on stage made me not want the night to end (so cliché, right?). If you haven’t seen The Maine in concert yet, you’re in luck. The boys are touring nonstop until August and making stops in the UK, Brazil and then back to the states this June. Hurry up and buy your tickets for the show closest to you, before they sell out (because they will). You can also download Imaginary Numbers, as well as previous albums, on iTunes today.
Downton is abuzz with an impending party .. but when are they not having one?
Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) is surprised by the appearance of the newly named Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen). They begin to bond and Mary begins to resemble her former self. Is it too much to hope for the slight-delivering, passive aggressive Lady Mary from Series 1? Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) invites Michael Gregson (Charles Edwards) in the hopes that he will win the respect of her parents. Good luck, Lady Edith ... you’re the 1920’s answer to the Cathy comics. Ack! Terence Sampson (Patrick Kennedy) arrives on the scene and convinces everyone to play cards including Earl Grantham (Hugh Bonneville). Luckily, Mr. Gregson wins back all the money and exposes the dirty dealings of Sampson.
Meanwhile, everyone seems to be really inconsiderate of poor Tom (Allen Leech). A guest asks him about Lady Sybil. Isobel (Penelope Wilton) arrives to the party despite mourning. Then in true shady fashion she complains about her sadness to Tom despite the fact that he’s a widower. Sure, she lost a child but is it anyone’s place to give someone survivor’s guilt? Tom confesses that he doesn’t feel like he belongs with the family. Scheming Miss Braithwaite (MyAnna Buring) brings him a huge glass of whiskey and then shows up at his room late in the night.
The drama: Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James) surprises everyone, including Lady Mary, by bringing down Matthew’s old phonograph. Lord Grantham has Australian opera singer Nellie Melba (Kiri Te Kanawa) dine in her room until Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern) corrects his error. Also, what the hell is going to happen if anyone founds out that Tom slummed it with Braithwaite?
Carson (Jim Carter) is his usually stern self as everyone is working double duty in entertaining mode. Lord Gillingham’s valet (Nigel Harman), known only as Mr. Gillingham, arrives on the scene and befriends Anna (Joanne Froggatt) much to Mr. Bates’ dismay (Brendan Coyle). Trying to impress Ivy (Cara Theobold) Jimmy (Ed Speleers) falls and hurts his hand. A broke Mr. Molesley (Kevin Doyle), has been complaining all over town how broke he is and taking odd jobs. And yet, when asked to be a footman in place of Jimmy, he complains a lot.
Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) has a panic attack. Alfred (Matt Milne) makes the sauce and discovers a love for cooking. Anna has a headache so she excuses herself during the opera performance. In a disturbing turn of events, Anna gets violently raped by Mr. Gillingham. Too scared to tell her husband, she enlists Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) for help in covering it up. This is a huge departure from Downton's normal drama. Is having lovable and sweet Anna attacked too far or is it the right level of drama for the show? After all, times are changing as we approach the 1920s.
The drama: Anna can’t tell Mr. Bates because she’s worried he will go nuts and kill her attacker. Clearly, he’s a little unhinged. If memory serves he didn’t even kill his wife despite being arrested for her murder.
What does one say to a singer? - Lord Grantham
Screaming in the servant’s hall, singers chatting to his lordship and a footman cooking the dinner what a topsy-turvy world we’ve come to. - Carson
I’m afraid Tom’s small talk is very small. - Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith)
The Kennedy clan has welcomed a new addition after Patrick Kennedy's wife gave birth to a baby girl. Nora Kennedy, who is Edward Kennedy's granddaughter, was born on Tuesday (19Nov13).
Her mum Amy Petitgout gave birth to the tot at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in New Jersey.
A statement from former Congressman Kennedy reads, "Amy and I are thrilled to welcome Nora to our family and are thrilled that both mom and baby are doing well today."
Kennedy wed the teacher in 2011 and the couple welcomed son Owen last year (Apr12). Petitgout has a five-year-old daughter, Harper, from a previous marriage.
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So long, AMC and hello, Broadway. Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame is taking his role as our 36th president in All the Way from Cambridge, Mass. to New York City, according to The New York Times. (We know you were all hoping it would be a musical.)
Receiving positive reviews for his performance as Lyndon B. Johnson, Cranston is expected to drive up ticket sales for the play written by Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle) when it hits Broadway late this year or early 2014. Assuming Cranston is vying for a Tony nomination for next year, he will be facing off against actors like Zachary Quinto in The Glass Menagerie, Denzel Washington in A Raisin in the Sun, Daniel Craig in Betrayal, Ian Mckellen and Patrick Stewart in No Man's Land and Waiting for Godot, and Ethan Hawke in Macbeth.
The three-hour historical drama chronicles LBJ's first year as president following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 and his election win the following year. All the Way is currently nearing the completion of its sold-out run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge.
So far, Cranston is the only actor confirmed to appear in the Broadway play.
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America's Kennedy clan is set to welcome a new member - the wife of Edward Kennedy's son Patrick is pregnant. Amy Petitgout is scheduled to give birth to a baby girl on Thanksgiving Day in November (13).
Patrick Kennedy, a former Rhode Island congressman, wed the teacher in 2011 and the couple welcomed son Owen last year (Apr12).
Mum-to-be Petitgout has a five-year-old daughter, Harper, from a previous marriage.
There’s nothing sexier than head of thick, silky hair to run your hands through, right? Wrong.
Don’t get us wrong, we do think great hair is hot. Think George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey and John F. Kennedy Jr. — all very, very sexy men with equally amazing heads of hair. But while a great head of hair is on many a woman’s dream man wish list, it's definitely not a deal breaker considering the incredibly underrated population of very sexy — and very bald — men out there.
We've even got the proof to back it up — first of all, there's Matt Damon in the new film Elysium. But if that's not enough for you, here's some science:
According to a study published in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science in 2012, society sees men with shaved heads as being more "manly." Participants in the study repeatedly ranked cue-ball men higher for "masculinity, strength dominance and leadership potential."
Guess that's why Vin Diesel, Bruce Willis, and The Rock are all action flick first picks. Guess it also makes sense, then, how Bryan Cranston went from Malcolm in the Middle's dopey dad to everyone's favorite meth manufacturer, Walter White. After all, it does take some major cojones taking that Gillette to the head.
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