The 67th Tony Awards, was already a highly anticipated event after it was announced that the magical Neil Patrick Harris would reclaim the honor of hosting the Broadway event of the season — And now, there's even more to sing about. The Tony Awards are always a star-studded affair, but this year the stage will shine even brighter from all the A-listers jammed into the Radio City Music Hall.
Ready for the complete list? Confirmed to take the stage to honor Broadway’s best are Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Feguson, Sally Field, Megan Hilty (R.I.P. Smash!), Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick, Zachary Quinto, Jane Krakowski, Alan Cumming, mega-hottie Jake Gyllenhaal, Sigourney Weaver, Glee's Matthew Morrison, Andrew Llyod Webber, Laura Benanti, and the one-and-only Andrew Rannells.
But wait there's more! Those celebs will join previously announced presenters Steven Van Zandt, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Cryer, Martha Plimpton, and Jesse Eisenberg. So basically these are like The Plastics of the entertainment industry. Sorry everyone else in Hollywood, but you can't sit with them!
Don't miss the 67th Annual Tony Awards airing live Sunday, June 9 at 8 PM on CBS!
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Actress Jane Lynch is struggling with leg cramps "all night long" as she performs in new Broadway musical Annie. The Glee star has been playing mean orphanage matron Miss Hannigan in the hit New York revival since May (13), and she is really suffering for her art onstage.
She tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "I do trip up the stairs at one point and I really do stub my toe because I'm method! I have cramps in my legs all night long from doing stuff like that."
Lynch will have to hobble on with the muscle cramps for another six weeks - her Broadway run is expected to run until 14 July (13).
Top producer Norman Lear has paid a heartfelt tribute to his All In The Family star Jean Stapleton following her death on Friday (31May13). The three-time Emmy winner, best known for playing Archie Bunker's long-suffering wife Edith in hit 1970s sitcom All in the Family, passed away of natural causes at her home in New York City, aged 90.
Over the weekend (01-02Jun13) a number of stars and industry executives offered their memories of the beloved actress, with Lear stating: "Back in 1971, possibly the first time I was asked by a journalist, 'What is Jean Stapleton like?', my reflexive response was: 'She's always where she is.' I was surprised by my answer, never had the thought before and never knew it resided within me. Can I reach deeply enough inside me now to express how much that, the idea and Jean Stapleton herself has meant to me? I was at my computer when her glorious children, John and Pam, phoned me (to break the news of her death), and I told them I was working on my memoir, and reflecting on the time I was father to my personal family on Mooncrest Drive while also fathering Archie and Edith and three other families on CBS (network). And I added - so, at 90, here still is Jean Stapleton, 'always where she is,' helping me to see my own frailties and humanity yet again. No one gave more profound 'How to be a Human Being' lessons than Jean Stapleton. Goodbye Edith, darling."
Her co-star Rob Reiner, who played son-in-law Michael Stivic on the show, adds, "Jean was a brilliant comedienne with exquisite timing. Working with her was one of the greatest experiences of my life. My thoughts go out to her family."
Bette Midler took to Twitter.com to write, "Jean Stapleton, beloved as Edith in ALL IN THE FAMILY dies at 90. She was unforgettable in that role...rest in peace...", while Glee's Jane Lynch, who is currently starring on Broadway, added, "Tonight I dedicate @ANNIEonBroadway to the great JEAN STAPLETON and her gorgeous memory."
Veteran entertainer Dick Van Dyke, who sang the TV show's theme tune, added his on Twitter tribute, writing, "R.I.P. Jean Stapleton, such a sweet lady!!"
Jane Fonda raced to cast Meryl Streep in her acclaimed 1978 movie Coming Home after the newcomer left her breathless with her performance in her film debut Julia the year before. The Mamma Mia! star had a supporting role in the 1977 Lillian Hellman biopic, opposite Fonda and Vanessa Redgrave, and the On Golden Pond star still recalls the first time she saw Streep onscreen.
In a webchat with GoldDerby.com on Friday (31May13), she explains, "You wouldn't have recognised her... She had a black wig and I remember the first time I saw the rushes (review of the previous day's filming).
"It was a scene where Lillian Hellman had just opened on Broadway with her play, Little Foxes, and it was a magnificent triumph... Lillian is walking through Sardi's and the camera panned with me... and then the camera stopped and I walk off camera, and Anne Marie walks on camera and stops - and that was Meryl. What she did in just a few seconds with her face and her hand... my hair stood on end.
"I was in the process of casting Coming Home and I called my producing partner, Bruce Gilbert, and I said, 'Listen, it's a weird name, Meryl Streep, but I'm telling you not since Geraldine Page have I seen anything like this; try to get her in the part.'
"She wasn't free, she was doing a Tennessee Williams play but I feel privileged to have been present at her screen debut... It was breathtaking."
Jane Fonda has taken issue with a line in Bette Midler's hit Broadway play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers because it continues the myth she was offered the lead in cult 1974 movie Chinatown. As late super agent Mengers, Midler suggests Fonda turned the role down, but the movie veteran insists Roman Polanski never officially offered her it before opting to cast Faye Dunaway.
In an online chat with GoldDerby.com editor Tom O'Neill on Friday (31May13), the actress said, "In Bette Midler's play... it says that I turned down Chinatown... I'm mad about it with Roman Polanski but he never really offered me the part."
During the chat, Fonda also exploded the myth that she turned down the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate.
"I can look like her, we both have long, narrow faces. You'd be surprised how much I look like her in the movie. I enjoyed playing her. We may not agree politically, but I respect her... I felt very honoured to play her and I think I did a good job." Jane Fonda on portraying former First Lady Nancy Reagan in new movie The Butler.
"You just can't beat Maggie Smith... I didn't feel bad about losing to her. I don't think I deserved it in Julia; I'd like to go back and do that again and I'd do it differently, but I'm sure proud of the ones that I won." Jane Fonda on missing out on Oscar gold for They Shoot Horses Don't They and Julia. The movie veteran lost to Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) in 1970 and Diane Keaton (Annie Hall) in 1978. Fonda won two Best Actress Oscars for Klute (1972) and Coming Home (1979).
Jane Fonda will always treasure a fond memory of her On Golden Pond co-star Katharine Hepburn's competitive streak after the late movie icon picked up her fourth Oscar. Despite famously telling reporters she wasn't interested in accolades, Hepburn made it clear to her young co-star that she did.
Fonda, a double Oscar winner, tells GoldDerby.com, "She came from an era of great competition... and I don't, so it took me a while to kind of figure out her modus operandi (method of operation), but even at the very end, some of the last words we exchanged she took me by surprise and it happened the night of the Oscars.
"I was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, my father was nominated as Best Actor and Katharine was nominated as Best Actress. The film of course won and the writer won and my father won and Katharine won and I called her up to congratulate her and the first words out of her mouth were, 'You'll never catch me now'.
"I stopped for a second, I thought, 'What is she talking about? Oh my Lord, that's right, if I had won... we'd be tied... That was Katharine."
"I'm like Rupert Murdoch marinated in Ted Turner... I am a ferocious businesswoman who looks very, very closely... at the bottom line but I'm not ruthless. I don't try to hurt people by telling not truths. I think Ted Turner is that way." Jane Fonda tells GoldDerby.com her tough-talking character in The Newsroom is loosely based on her media mogul ex-boyfriend Ted Turner.
Veteran actress Jane Fonda was nervous about meeting the mother of her adopted daughter for the first time recently, but the pair bonded over their shared experiences of surgery. The Barbarella star and her second husband Tom Hayden took in African-American child Mary Williams when she was 14 after meeting the underprivileged girl at Laurel Springs Children's Camp in Santa Barbara, California.
Fonda had rarely spoken about her daughter until she opened up about their relationship in an interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year (13), and now Williams has further detailed their life together.
The 45 year old reveals she is now back in contact with her birth mother, also called Mary, and her two mums met for the first time at a recent photoshoot for her book, The Lost Daughter.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "Jane was so nervous. I think she felt Mama was going to look at this white lady with jewellery who's had work (cosmetic surgery) done and all this class guilt came to the fore. But they got along just fine and laughed together and talked about their different surgeries, so they found a common bond."