Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan reunited at the Lincoln Center in New York City on Monday (28Apr14) to honour their When Harry Met Sally... director Rob Reiner. The prolific filmmaker, whose hits include This is Spinal Tap and A Few Good Men, was the recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award in recognition of his hugely successful career.
Stars and former colleagues lined up to pay tribute the Reiner, including Michael Douglas - who arrived hand-in-hand with estranged wife Catherine Zeta-Jones - Martin Scorsese and James Caan, but the big moment of the night was when Crystal introduced surprise guest Ryan to the stage.
The pair reminisced about Ryan's iconic orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally..., revealing that Reiner himself showed her how to act out the moment.
Crystal also explained how his personal relationship with the director was very similar to the film's leading couple: "That was so personal to us because many of the things that Harry and Sally did in the movie, Rob and I did as friends, which we just talked about and (writer) Nora (Ephron) was able to work into the script. That bonding was very much Rob and I."
Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman and Mandy Patinkin also shared their memories of working with Reiner via video messages.
Actor/director Rob Reiner will be the 2014 recipient of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award. The When Harry Met Sally director will be the guest of honour at the 41st gala in New York in April (14). Previous recipients include Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Last year (13), Barbra Streisand was honoured.
British musician Tom Chaplin will be kept busy during his band Keane's hiatus as he is set to become a first-time father. The group announced they will be taking time out from performing following the release of their greatest hits album this month (Nov13).
In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday (19Nov13), the star revealed the break will give him more time to focus on fatherhood duties as his wife, Natalie Dive, is pregnant.
He says, "My wife's got a baby on the way next year, and I'm hoping to make a solo record so that will be a bit of a diversion."
However, Chaplin insist the band's break will not be permanent, adding, "People want to ask that question (about the band splitting) but we have known each other all our lives and (the band) is an integral part of who we are."
Chaplin married Dive in 2011.
Carsten Windhorst/WENNDespite becoming the first band since The Beatles to top the U.K. charts with their first five albums, the music world appeared to collectively shrug its shoulders at the weekend when Keane announced that they were taking a break after sixteen years together. One of many inoffensive piano-rock outfits to emerge in the wake of Coldplay's success, the East Sussex trio enjoyed huge success on both sides of the Atlantic in the mid-'00s. But they also became an easy target for the cooler indie fraternity, most notably with Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno, who famously joked that frontman Tom Chaplin's stint in rehab was more likely to be for port addiction than cocaine, and Noel Gallagher, who claimed that "whatever direction the band take, they will always be s***." But did they really deserve the 'Most Boring Band In The World' tag? Here's a look at five arguments in their defense."Is It Any Wonder"Inspired by their disillusionment over the Iraq War, "Is It Any Wonder" proved that Keane weren't always overwhelmingly polite. Recorded whilst battling a drink and drugs problem, Chaplin has never sounded so impassioned on a squalling indie-rock anthem which channelled U2 at their chest-beating stadium rock finest.Perfect SymmetryTo the surprise of everyone, Keane ditched their signature sound for third album, Perfect Symmetry, and instead looked to the widescreen '80s synth-rock of Tears For Fears, Simple Minds and David Bowie for a perfectly-executed pastiche which also produced their career-best single, "Spiralling.""Stop For A Minute"One of the more surreal collaborations of recent years, this lead single from 2010's Night Train E.P. saw one of the most quintessentially English bands of the '00s hook up with Somali-Canadian rapper K'Naan for a wholly unexpected venture into hip-pop."Early Winter"Not exactly a Keane song, although they did later give away their cover as a free download, the gorgeous soft-rock heartbreak of Gwen Stefani's "Early Winter" suggests that its writer and the brains behind the band, Tim Rice-Oxley, may have the more fruitful solo career."Dirtylicious"Recorded for Radio 1's famous Live Lounge series, Keane proved they weren't averse to the odd bit of suggestive R&B with this inspired mash-up of Christina Aguilera's "Dirrty" and Destiny’s Child's "Bootylicious."
British rockers Keane are embarking on an indefinite hiatus to allow bandmembers to focus on separate projects. A report published in Britain's The Sun newspaper initially suggested the group was splitting after 16 years together so frontman Tom Chaplin can build a solo career.
A spokesperson for Keane has since played down the break-up claims, although he states that Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley, Richard Hughes and Jesse Quin will be taking some time out after the release of their upcoming greatest hits album.
The representative says, "Keane are taking a break after the Best Of to pursue their own projects."
The Best of Keane is due for release in November (13) and will include all the hits from their five studio albums, which have collectively sold over 11 million copies worldwide.
Veteran actor Steve Martin was pleasantly surprised to learn he had been selected to receive an honorary Oscar this year (13) because he never expected his comedy work to be recognised by the Academy. The Father of the Bride star will join Angela Lansbury and Angelina Jolie among those feted by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this November (13), but he admits he was dreading the worst when he received a voicemail from Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the organisation, asking him to give her a call.
Martin is well aware only a few comedy films and performances have won big at the Academy Awards over the years, so he had virtually ruled out the chance of ever striking Oscar gold.
He says, "Honestly, this is something I never thought would happen because comedy tends to be ignored by the Academy. I can only think of, well, there's a couple - there's Charlie Chaplin, and I think in recent history it was Roberto Benigni, and you could argue Tom Hanks got one for Forest Gump, if you want to call that a comedy...
"But it was amazing because I thought there's really no chance so I didn't really think about it... And then a couple of weeks ago, I got a phone call, a message left by Cheryl Isaacs Boone (sic)... I thought, 'What is this about?'... and I started thinking, 'Oh, I bet I know what this is; this is they want me to be that person who gets up at 5am to announce the nominees...' and I started thinking, 'I've hosted the Oscars three times and now they want me to get up at 5am to announce the nominees who are not me', and now I'm getting madder and madder and finally I call her back and I go, 'What is it?' and she said, 'We want to give you an honorary Oscar' and I was really flattered and deeply moved because the great thing about it is, you can't lose! It's for a body of work so it is very nice."
Martin will be presented with the accolade at the fifth annual Governors Awards gala in November (13) and he's relieved the ceremony will be separate from the big televised Oscars next year (14).
He adds, "It's not televised, which is actually a great thing. There was a time in my life when I would have wanted to be out there and now I like the relative peace and quiet... You go to a dinner and I am able to invite some of the people closest to me... You make a little warm speech, you don't have to be funny, you can just be sincere."
Mumford & Sons
Mandolin-toting folk band Mumford & Sons fist-bumped their way out of the soft, fuzzy place in our hearts, getting kicked out of an Atlanta strip club last week. Maybe the Grammy went to their heads?
Oh, how the wholesome teeny-poppers have fallen. Watch, as Taylor Hanson cusses out a heckling fan – sorry, “b***h” - mid-croon.
Back in 2006, fans of the nicest band in rock were shocked as moonfaced posh boy and Keane frontman Tom Chaplin confessed publicly to bingeing on rubbish TV, cocaine and – fittingly – after-dinner standby: port. There’s hope for good boys everywhere, though: he’s since swapped the hard stuff for golf.
No roundup of nice boys gone bad would be complete without a Bieber shout-out. So what’s the Bieb done to push his chipmunked-faced Canadian background further into the shadows of our minds now? Bieber wore all black (and shades inside) to play crotch-grabbing hype man to Floyd Mayweather at the Vegas Alvarez fight, alongside fellow Cash Money pottymouth, Lil Wayne. Curioser and curioser…
We guess this means our hopes for our tweenaged sisters lie in the so-far, so-good One Direction?
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Tom Hanks, Nathan Lane, Tom Sturridge and Cyndi Lauper are among the stars set for glory at this year's (13) Tony Awards after landing a series of top nominations. Oscar winner Hanks is in the running for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his part in Lucky Guy at the upcoming 67th annual prizegiving, which honours the best on Broadway.
He will go head-to-head with Lane (The Nance), Tracy Letts (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), David Hyde Pierce (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and Sturridge (Orphans).
Legendary actress Cicely Tyson is up for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for The Trip to Bountiful, facing competition from Laurie Metcalf (The Other Place), Amy Morton (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Kristine Nielsen (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) and Holland Taylor (Ann).
Meanwhile, Lauper's hit Kinky Boots bagged the lion's share of nominations with 13 Tony nods, while Matilda The Musical scooped 12. The two stage shows will compete for the coveted Best Musical trophy alongside Bring It On: The Musical and A Christmas Story, The Musical.
Pop star Lauper, who wrote the score for Kinky Boots, has taken to her Twitter.com page to share her excitement, writing, "OmG (Oh my God)! OMG!! Wow we got nominated! I'm crying and jumping up and down! I can't believe it so excited! So proud to be part of this!"
The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony on 9 June (13) at Radio City Musical Hall in New York City.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
The Assembled Parties
The Testament of Mary
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Bring It On: The Musical
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Best Book of a Musical:
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
A Christmas Story, The Musical
Hands on a Hardbody
Matilda The Musical
Best Revival of a Play:
The Trip to Bountiful
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Revival of a Musical:
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play:
Tom Hanks - Lucky Guy
Nathan Lane - The Nance
Tracy Letts - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
David Hyde Pierce - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tom Sturridge - Orphans
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play:
Laurie Metcalf - The Other Place
Amy Morton - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Kristine Nielsen - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Holland Taylor - Ann
Cicely Tyson - The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Bertie Carvel - Matilda The Musical
Santino Fontana - Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Rob McClure - Chaplin
Billy Porter - Kinky Boots
Stark Sands - Kinky Boots
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical:
Stephanie J. Block - The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Carolee Carmello - Scandalous
Valisia LeKae - Motown The Musical
Patina Miller - Pippin
Laura Osnes - Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:
Danny Burstein - Golden Boy
Richard Kind - The Big Knife
Billy Magnussen - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Tony Shalhoub - Golden Boy
Courtney B. Vance - Lucky Guy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play:
Carrie Coon - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Shalita Grant - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Judith Ivey - The Heiress
Judith Light - The Assembled Parties
Condola Rashad - The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Charl Brown - Motown The Musical
Keith Carradine - Hands on a Hardbody
Will Chase - The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Gabriel Ebert - Matilda The Musical
Terrence Mann - Pippin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:
Annaleigh Ashford - Kinky Boots
Victoria Clark - Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella
Andrea Martin - Pippin
Keala Settle - Hands on a Hardbody
Lauren Ward - Matilda The Musical
Best Direction of a Play:
Pam MacKinnon - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Nicholas Martin - Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Bartlett Sher - Golden Boy
George C. Wolfe - Lucky Guy
Best Direction of a Musical:
Scott Ellis - The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Jerry Mitchell - Kinky Boots
Diane Paulus - Pippin
Matthew Warchus - Matilda The Musical
Andy Blankenbuehler - Bring It On: The Musical
Peter Darling - Matilda The Musical
Jerry Mitchell - Kinky Boots
Chet Walker - Pippin
Christopher Nightingale - Matilda The Musical
Stephen Oremus - Kinky Boots
Ethan Popp and Bryan Crook - Motown The Musical
Danny Troob - Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sutton Foster took the stage together. No, they haven't teamed up for a Broadway show, a new television series, or a Modern Family/Bunheads crossover (which would be awesome). But the theater-loving stars came together Tuesday to announce the nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards. (They are the hosts for this year's show, after all, so it only made sense that these two would have the honors of making the big announcement.)
Check out which plays and actors are nominated for Tony Awards for their work on the stage this year.
2013 Tony Awards Nominations:
Best Play:The Assembled PartyLucky GuyThe Testament of MaryVanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Best Musical:Bring It On: The MusicalKinky BootsMatilda The MusicalA Christmas Story, The Musical
Best Book of a Musical:A Christmas Story, The MusicalKinky BootsMatilda The MusicalRodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Revival of a Play:Golden BoyOrphans The Trip to BountifulWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Revival of a Musical: AnnieThe Mystery of Edwin DroodPippinRodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play: Laurie Metcalf, The Other PlaceAmy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeHolland Taylor, AnnCicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play: Tom Hanks, Lucky GuyNathan Lane, The NanceTracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeTom Sturridge, Orphans
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre: A Christmas Story, The Musical Music and Lyrics: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Hands on a Hardbody Music: Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green Lyrics: Amanda Green Kinky Boots Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Matilda The Musical Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical: Stephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Carolee Carmello, Scandalous Valisia LeKae, Motown The Musical Patina Miller, Pippin Laura Osnes, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Bertie Carvel, Matilda The Musical Santino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Rob McClure, Chaplin Billy Porter, Kinky Boots Stark Sands, Kinky Boots
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play: Carrie Coon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Shalita Grant, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Judith Ivey, The Heiress Judith Light, The Assembled Parties Condola Rashad, The Trip to Bountiful
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play:Danny Burstein, Golden Boy Richard Kind, The Big Knife Billy Magnussen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Tony Shalhoub, Golden Boy Courtney B. Vance, Lucky Guy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical:Annaleigh Ashford, Kinky Boots Victoria Clark, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Andrea Martin, Pippin Keala Settle, Hands on a Hardbody
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical:Charl Brown, Motown The Musical Keith Carradine, Hands on a Hardbody Will Chase, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Gabriel Ebert, Matilda The Musical Terrence Mann, Pippin
Best Costume Design of a Play: Soutra Gilmour, Cyrano de Bergerac Ann Roth, The Nance Albert Wolsky, The Heiress Catherine Zuber, Golden Boy
Best Costume Design of a Musical: Gregg Barnes, Kinky Boots Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical Dominique Lemieux, Pippin William Ivey Long, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Direction of a Play:Pam MacKinnon, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nicholas Martin, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Bartlett Sher, Golden Boy George C. Wolfe, Lucky Guy
Best Direction of a Musical:Scott Ellis, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots Diane Paulus, Pippin Matthew Warchus, Matilda The Musical
Best Choreography:Andy Blankenbuehler, Bring It On: The Musical Peter Darling, Matilda The Musical Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots Chet Walker, Pippin
Best Orchestrations:Chris Nightingale, Matilda The Musical Stephen Oremus, Kinky Boots Ethan Popp & Bryan Crook, Motown The Musical Danny Troob, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Best Scenic Design of a Play:John Lee Beatty, The Nance Santo Loquasto, The Assembled Parties David Rockwell, Lucky Guy Michael Yeargan, Golden Boy
Best Scenic Design of a Musical:Rob Howell, Matilda The Musical Anna Louizos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood Scott Pask, Pippin David Rockwell, Kinky Boots
Best Lighting Design of a Play: Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer, Lucky Guy Donald Holder, Golden Boy Jennifer Tipton, The Testament of Mary Japhy Weideman, The Nance
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:Kenneth Posner, Kinky Boots Kenneth Posner, Pippin Kenneth Posner, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella Hugh Vanstone, Matilda The Musical
Best Sound Design of a Play:John Gromada, The Trip to Bountiful Mel Mercier, The Testament of Mary Leon Rothenberg, The Nance Peter John Still and Marc Salzberg, Golden Boy
Best Sound Design of a Musical:Jonathan Deans & Garth Helm, Pippin Peter Hylenski, Motown The Musical John Shivers, Kinky Boots Nevin Steinberg, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:Bernard GerstenPaul LibinMing Cho Lee
Regional Theatre Award:Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA
Isabelle Stevenson Award:Larry Kramer
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:Career Trainsition For DancersWilliam CraverPeter LawrenceThe Lost ColonyThe four actresses who created the title role of Matilda The Musical on Broadway: Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence, Bailey Ryon, and Milly Shapiro
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Veteran entertainer Barbra Streisand was given an early birthday treat on Monday (22Apr13) as a host of stars gathered in New York City to salute her glittering movie career. The singer/actress, who turns 71 on Wednesday (24Apr13), was the toast of the 40th anniversary Chaplin Award Gala, where she was handed the prestigious accolade in honour of her film achievements.
Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Ben Stiller, Jeremy Irons, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were among Streisand's famous friends who attended the Lincoln Center event, which raised $2 million (£1.3 million) to promote independent cinema.
Introducing Streisand to the stage, former U.S. President Bill Clinton told the crowd, "Every great person is driven, but if that person has massive talent, big brains and a bigger heart, you want to go along for the ride."
Accepting her trophy, Streisand said, "Ever since I can remember, people have been calling me bossy and opinionated. Maybe that's because I am. Three cheers for bossy women."
Liza Minnelli serenaded her pal with Isn't This Better? from Funny Lady, telling the crowd, "She's a good lady and a helluva broad (sic)!" while Tony Bennett sang classic song Smile, written by Charlie Chaplin.
In a video clip, Robert Redford joked that he had been warned his The Way We Were co-star would be "a pain", but insisted she turned out to be "totally engaging to act with, beautiful, thorough and skilled".
Previous recipients of The Film Society's Chaplin Award include Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, James Stewart, Meryl Streep, Sidney Poitier and Tom Hanks.