A lawyer for Gerard Depardieu has argued the actor's drink-driving charge is illegal because his client was "not completely sober" when informed about it. The Cyrano de Bergerac star crashed his scooter in Paris, France in November (12) and was allegedly found to be three times over the country's legal alcohol limit.
Depardieu's lawyer Eric de Caumont appeared in court in the city on Friday (24May13) and claimed that Depardieu, who missed the hearing because of filming commitments, had been drinking Champagne before he fell off his vehicle and was still too drunk to understand what was going on when he was charged.
However, police insist the actor was "conscious, lucid and able to respond" when he was charged.
Prosecutors are calling for a 10-month driving ban and a $5,270 (£3,400) fine, but de Caumont wants the case dismissed over allegations correct procedures were ignored when police measured the amount of alcohol in Depardieu's bloodstream.
Judgement has been deferred until next month (Jun13), according to Britain's Daily Telegraph.
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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The Olivier and Tony Award-winning thespian, who is currently starring in Cyrano De Bergerac on Broadway, will play Wonka in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London next summer (13).
Previews for the show, which is to be directed by Sam Mendes, will begin in mid-May and the show is booked until the end of November (13).
It's going to be a busy few months for Hodge as he prepares for the role - as well as playing Cyrano, he is also portraying Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell in upcoming movie Diana.
The Cyrano de Bergerac star was onboard a flight from Paris, France to Dublin, Ireland last month (Aug11) when he was caught short and needed to relieve himself while the aircraft was delayed on the runway.
Cabin crewmembers refused to allow him to use the toilets until after take-off, so Depardieu decided to pee into an empty bottle.
Urine splashed onto the floor, prompting the pilot to taxi back to the airport terminal so the plane could be cleaned - delaying the flight by a further two hours.
His friend and travel companion, actor Edouard Baer, claimed his pal had no choice but to use the bottle because he suffers from "prostate problems", although Depardieu himself has remained silent about the incident.
Now he has poked fun at the scandal by filming an 80-second video in character as the strong and overweight wild boar-eating Obelix, the sidekick of diminutive Gaulish warrior Asterix, portrayed by Baer.
In the clip, the pair is shown onboard a grounded plane when Depardieu loses his temper and throws a tantrum after being told he is not allowed to dine on his feast of boar until after take-off.
The actors are familiar with the popular French comic book characters - they are set to star in a big screen adaptation of the cartoon next year (12).
De Niro was required to become sexually aroused for one particular scene in director Bernado Bertolucci's movie but he struggled with the task and was forced to turn to his French co-star Depardieu for advice.
The Cyrano de Bergerac actor shared a secret solution involving traditional Chinese heat rub Tiger Balm - allowing the then 33-year-old De Niro to perform without any further issues.
But Depardieu, who recalled the incident during an appearance at the Montreal World Film Festival at the weekend (11-12Sep10), has refused to reveal the recipe for success in the bedroom, reports the New York Post's gossip column Page Six.
Grossman passed away in Los Angeles on 19 August (10), after a long battle with chronic obstructed pulmonary disorder, reports Variety.
She made her Broadway debut in the original 1966 Broadway production of The Lion in Winter, and also appeared in stage revivals of Cyrano de Bergerac and George Kelly's The Show-Off.
She later turned to writing, and with actor Paxton Whitehead adapted Georges Feydeau's There's One in Every Marriage for the Broadway stage in 1971.
Grossman also wrote several episodes for U.S. soap opera Ryan's Hope.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Scales.
The Elektra star made her Broadway debut opposite Kevin Kline in a production of Cyrano de Bergerac, and won high praise for her performance.
But the punishing work schedule made it difficult to balance her career with motherhood and being the wife of Ben Affleck - and Garner refuses to put her family under the same pressure again.
She tells W magazine, "(It was) just my favourite thing I've ever done.
"(But) it's hard on my family. You can't tell your kids, 'I'm exhausted. Wake up with someone else today.'"
Garner has two daughters with Affleck, Violet, four, and Seraphina, who turns one next month (06Jan10).
Tina Fey and her co-star Alec Baldwin are both up for Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series honours in their respective categories, while the entire 30 Rock cast has been nominated for the ensemble comedy prize.
Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance), Cuba Gooding. Jr. (Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story) and Jeremy Irons (Georgia O'Keeffe) will battle it out for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, against Kevin Kline (Great Performances: Cyrano De Bergerac) and Tom Wilkinson (A Number).
Drew Barrymore's TV movie Grey Gardens has scored a double mention - the Hollywood star and her colleague Jessica Lange are both nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. They will compete against Sigourney Weaver (Prayers For Bobby), Ruby Dee (America) and Joan Allen (Georgie O'Keeffe).
Other primetime TV nominees Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?) and Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) in the outstanding actress comedy category, Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Hugh Laurie (House) for outstanding actor in a drama series, and Glenn Close (Damages) and Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer) for outstanding actress in a drama series.
The nominations were announced on Thursday morning (17Dec09) by Michelle Monaghan and Chris O'Donnell and the prizegiving ceremony will take place on 23 January (10).
The full list of primetime TV nominations for the 16th Annual SAG Awards is as follows:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Kevin Bacon - Taking Chance
Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story
Jeremy Irons - Georgia O'Keeffe
Kevin Kline - Great Performances: Cyrano De Bergerac
Tom Wilkinson - A Number
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Joan Allen - Georgia O'Keeffe
Drew Barrymore - Grey Gardens
Ruby Dee - America
Jessica Lange - Grey Gardens
Sigourney Weaver - Prayers For Bobby
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Simon Baker - The Mentalist
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall - Dexter
Jon Hamm- Mad Men
Hugh Laurie - House
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Patricia Arquette - Medium
Glenn Close - Damages
Mariska Hargitay - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Holly Hunter - Saving Grace
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Steve Carell - The Office
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm
Tony Shalhoub - Monk
Charlie Sheen - Two And A Half Men
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series:
Christina Applegate - Samantha Who?
Toni Collette - United States Of Tara
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey - 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - The New Adventures Of Old Christine
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series:
The Good Wife
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series:
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The former head of production at MGM and Columbia studios made his name by signing off on bold and often controversial films like Straw Dogs, Network and Making Love.
Paying tribute to the mogul, his protege Sherry Lansing tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "He was an extraordinary producer and an extraordinary executive. He always thought out of the box and was never afraid to take a risk."
Melnick was also the brains behind cult TV show Get Smart.
He won Emmys in the mid 1960s for John Gielgud's Shakespearean TV special Ages of Man and Death of a Salesman.
Sam Peckinpah’s violent and controversial Straw Dogs was the first film Melnick produced.
He also helped to develop classic movies like Midnight Express, Kramer Vs. Kramer, All That Jazz and The China Syndrome at Columbia.
Melnick also produced 1984’s Footloose and Steve Martin's revamp of the Cyrano De Bergerac tale, Roxanne.
Actress Jennifer Garner has been named as the 2007 West Virginian of the Year by her hometown newspaper.
The Alias star was given the accolade by the Sunday Gazette-Mail honoring her dedication, hard work and services as an ambassador and role model for the
Garner was born in Texas but moved to Princeton, West Virginia, when she was four years old and considers the region to be her home.
The 35-year-old now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Ben Affleck and their 2-year-old daughter Violet. The family is currently renting an apartment in New York while Garner stars in Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway.
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An adaptation for television of Edmond Rostand's romantic play about the great French poet and soldier, Cyrano de Bergerac, who loves the beautiful Roxanne in vain and courts her vicariously through the handsome but ineloquent Christian.