Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell has officially been announced as a new co-host of U.S. talk show The View. The actress originally joined the daytime programme in 2006, but walked away from the project in May, 2007 after just one season as a panellist. However, she will be back for the new run of shows this autumn (14) following the departure of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd. Confirming the news in a Twitter.com post on Thursday (10Jul14), bosses at U.S. network ABC write, "It's official! ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ (with) moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18".
Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell is reportedly set to return to the panel of U.S. talk show The View, seven years after she quit.
The outspoken actress signed up to co-host the daytime programme in 2006, but walked away from the project in May, 2007 after just one season on air, citing her constant clashes of opinion with then-co-host and Republican Party supporter Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
However, O'Donnell has since agreed to join current presenter Whoopi Goldberg on The View, filling one of the vacant seats left by departing personalities Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, according to TMZ.com.
Show creator and executive producer Barbara Walters also stepped down as their fellow co-host earlier this year (14).
Producers are still on the hunt for two additional personalities to complete the new-look panel.
Now And Then screenwriter Marlene King wants to revive the popular 1995 film as a TV series. King divulged the plan after a fan asked if there will ever be a follow-up to the coming-of-age film nearly 20 years after its debut.
In a Reddit.com Ask Me Anything session on Monday (09Jun14), King explained, "We're talking about it. We're talking about Now & Then the TV series.
"(U.S. network) ABC family has shown a little bit of interest in that, so we're still talking about that. People tweet about this to me all the time, they'll even send me photos of themselves watching the movie on a sunday afternoon."
Now and Then followed a group of four grown-up women and featured flashbacks to their childhood in the 1970s. The film featured Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Melanie Griffith, and Rita Wilson, while their younger counterparts were played by Gaby Hoffmann, Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, and the late Ashleigh Aston Moore, respectively.
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
Musician Melissa Etheridge wed her partner Linda Wallem in an intimate ceremony in California on Saturday (31May14). The singer serenaded the Nurse Jackie creator as she walked down the aisle in front of their celebrity friends, including Rosie O'Donnell and Chelsea Handler at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito.
A source tells People.com, "It was such a magical moment."
Etheridge's four kids, Bailey, Beckett, Miller and Johnnie, all participated in the ceremony.
Before exchanging vows, Etheridge uploaded a snap of the sandals she was wearing on her big day, writing, "A gorgeous, perfect, beautiful day to get married. #shoesonlylove."
The rocker announced plans to wed her partner, who she has dated since 2010, after U.S. High Court officials overturned California's Proposition 8 bill, which outlawed gay marriage, last year (13).
She said, "It is about family and I love my four kids. I called my now-fiancee. I'm looking forward to marrying my partner of three years... I'm going to get married in the state of California... Love is love and America is beautiful... I'm proud to be an American."
Etheridge split from her former partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, in 2010.
Pop singer Cyndi Lauper invited her celebrity pals Liza Minnelli and comedienne Rosie O'Donnell to be her back-up singers at her New York City concert on Friday (09May14).
The 80s music icon is currently on the road as the supporting act for Cher on the Dressed to Kill tour, and during their stop at the Barclays Center in the Big Apple, Lauper surprised the audience by bringing two of her pals up on stage. Minnelli and O'Donnell stood at a mic stand while they provided vocal back-up for Lauper as she sang her hit song Girls Just Want to Have Fun for the crowd.
Both the Cabaret star and O'Donnell, who also played a tambourine, sang along with the chorus and playfully danced with Lauper.
The brouhaha that erupted over Stephen Colbert being named as successor to David Letterman's chair as host of CBS' The Late Show once again shined a light on the ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of the American public that is still raging between comedians and conservative pundits.
When news broke of Colbert's new role — providing him with potentially a much larger audience than his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report — right-wing commentators, especially Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh went on the offensive, decrying CBS' choice as the potential undoing of America.
It was just the latest volley in the feuds that have been going on for years… or at least since Jon Stewart took over The Daily Show in 1999. When the Hollywood Reporter released its list of the 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media, the list included a healthy dose of both conservative commentators (O'Reilly, Fox News' Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity) and comedians (Stewart, Colbert, Jimmy Fallon).
It used to be that comedians made fun of politicians and the political types would just ignore it. That was in the days before cable gave comedians significantly more leeway to discuss politics than Johnny Carson could've ever imagined. To counter what they viewed as liberal bias, conservatives developed their own media stars to keep politicians from having to get dirty. So, who's winning the battle?
O'Reilly seems to by turns enjoy his tete-a-tetes with Stewart and to be infuriated by the platform that Comedy Central has given Stewart and Colbert to promote a "liberal agenda." Where he seems to have fun with Stewart, that playfulness doesn't always extend to Colbert, who based his character and show largely on O'Reilly. "Colbert has built an entire career on pleasing the left," O'Reilly said on his show. "It'll be hard to fathom that 40% of Americans who describe themselves as conservative will watch Colbert."
O'Reilly isn't alone in his view that comedians are undermining the message that conservative policymakers are trying to deliver. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has long sparred with Bill Maher over the views that he expresses on his HBO show. Coulter, whose books include How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must), is a frequent guest on Real Time with Bill Maher, offering a counter to the host on everything from welfare reform to immigration. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, first on The View and now on Fox & Friends, has also frequently called out comedians — most notably her former View co-hosts Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg — while promoting her own largely conservative views on subjects. As President Barack Obama found out, the conservative pundits don’t want politicians in on the joke either. When the President appeared on Zach Galifianakis' web series Between Two Ferns, O'Reilly and others went after what the felt was Obama's flippant treatment of a serious issue (healthcare reform). Of course, when O'Reilly said that "Abe Lincoln wouldn't have done it" it led to a series of jokes.
Really, the comedians largely have it easy. Making fun of politicians is a time honored tradition, and an American birthright. From newspaper cartoonists to Will Rogers to Saturday Night Live, there's always been someone taking shots at the powers-that-be. The difference is that more and more, comedians are offering an actual opinion on their beliefs beyond just the jokes, something that Maher on Politically Incorrect and one of his HBO predecessors Dennis Miller (now a conservative radio host) helped make fashionable. O'Donnell and Janeane Garofalo have long been outspoken on their views on gun control, women's rights, and a variety of other issues. While Stewart, Colbert, John Oliver and the rest of the Daily Show group point out hypocrisy in both political parties — similar to what SNL has done for nearly 40 years — they make little effort to conceal their glee at puncturing holes in the façades of conservative political figures like Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum. In a recent commentary on The Daily Beast, comedian Dean Obeidallah opined that conservatives "fear comedy because they aren't good at it."
Not everyone is thrilled with the political influence that comedians like Stewart and Colbert have come to wield. "The problem becomes, are they the principle source of information for the country? Do they begin to move in and occupy the place that Walter Cronkite occupied or Edward R. Murrow occupied?," media analyst Marvin Kalb said. "The unfortunate answer now is 'Yes,' they are occupying that space. The danger there is that people begin to take it too seriously and they begin to think that the joke is the reality."
Whether it's good or bad, there's little doubt that potshots from both sides, pundits and comedians, will continue unabated for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, we know enough as a society not to take either side too seriously… whether they're joking or not.
Former The Sopranos star Steve Schirripa served as the Entertainment Director at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas before becoming an actor, booking musicians and comedians such as Frankie Valli and Rosie O'Donnell to perform at the venue.
Rosie O'Donnell has defended remarks she made branding Lindsay Lohan's TV show a "tragedy", insisting she has nothing but "compassion" for the struggling star. The funnywoman was among the thousands who tuned in to watch the actress' self-titled reality series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, and expressed her shock at the seemingly chaotic state of Lohan's life.
O'Donnell tweeted, "The Lindsay show is a tragedy - on every level. I hope one day she gets sober for real and watches these episodes - n (and) sees what we all do."
The tweet irked Lohan, who hit back by saying the comments were "really sad", and now O'Donnell has taken to her blog to explain what she said.
In poetic style, the actress/broadcaster writes, "I watched only one episode, LL (Lindsay Lohan) looking lost - late for work again and again scared suffering - surrounded by sycophants.
"We r (are) asked to watch but not see what is right in front of r (our) eyes to nod in complicity as everyone braces for impact.
"I tweeted the show was a tragedy 'an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress' that's what it felt like to me start to finish (sic).
"I wish only for Lindsay's healing for sobriety that will serve her so for a calming of all demons that plague her for stillness inside her soul.
"I have compassion for the little girl I see beneath the designer duds (clothes), one that could use a safe place to land maybe for the first time in her life."
The series came to an explosive end on Sunday (20Apr14) when the Mean Girls actress revealed she had suffered a miscarriage during filming.
"It just seems like she's bored. I don't understand whenever actresses talk nasty about other actresses. I find that to be really sad." Lindsay Lohan fires back at actress Rosie O'Donnell, who recently criticised that the Mean Girls star's new reality TV.