April 23, 2014

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Jennifer Hudson to guest star on ‘Smash’

HollywoodNews.com: ‘American Idol’ is taking over ‘Smash’ as former contestant Jennifer Hudson will be guest starring on the show starring other former contestant Katharine McPhee.
Hudson will reportedly guest star on an episode for the second season of the show, states E! News. NBC has announced that she will play “a Tony Award-winning Broadway star whose arrival will impact the lives of the show’s dueling Marilyns, Karen and Ivy.”
But she apparently won’t only be involved in the season premiere, but she will allegedly come back for a few episodes.
Will you tune in?
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Walt Disney Studios Unveils Epic Adventure “Frozen”

HollywoodNews.com: Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy in “Frozen,” a computer-animated feature film slated for the big screen in November 2013. Directed by Chris Buck (“Tarzan,” “Surf’s Up”) and produced by Peter Del Vecho (“Winnie the Pooh,” “The Princess and the Frog”), “Frozen” features the vocal talents of film/TV/stage star Kristen Bell as Anna, a young dreamer about to take the adventure of a lifetime, and Tony Award ®-winning actress Idina Menzel as Elsa the Snow Queen. The movie will feature original songs by Broadway greats Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
In “Frozen,” a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, so Anna (voice of Bell) must team up with Kristoff, a daring mountain man, on the grandest of journeys to find the Snow Queen (voice of Menzel) and put an end to the icy spell. Encountering Everest-like extremes, mystical creatures and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
Bell has starred in a variety of films, including the comedies “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat,” and the upcoming films “Hit & Run,” “Some Girls” and the Farrelly Brothers’ “Movie 43.” On the small screen, Bell is currently starring in the Showtime series “House of Lies” alongside Don Cheadle; she has also starred in “Heroes” and “Veronica Mars.” Broadway credits include “The Crucible” and “Tom Sawyer.”
Menzel, who won a Tony Award® as Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked” (2004), landed her first role on Broadway in 1995 in the Tony Award-winning musical “Rent.” Film credits include “Enchanted” and the feature film “Rent.” She has appeared in a recurring role on TV’s “Glee” and recently released “Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony,” a live concert with an orchestra led by composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. Menzel is currently on a North American concert tour.
Robert Lopez is a three-time Tony Award®-winning writer of the Tony and Grammy® Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon,” which was co-written with Trey Parker and Matt Stone (“South Park”), and the musical “Avenue Q,” which ran for six years on Broadway and four years in London’s West End. Lopez teamed with wife Anderson-Lopez, whose Drama Desk-winning show “In Transit” is Broadway-bound, to write original songs for 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh,” a stage version of “Finding Nemo” and a new musical called “Up Here.”
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Tony Awards on CBS tonight… and the winners are…

HollywoodNews.com: Tonight’s Tony Awards on CBS may turn out to be a big ratings winner. For once, the Tonys have clear sailing all night with very little real competition on the regular broadcast networks. Almost everything else on the tube tonight is a repeat–from “American’s Got Talent” to “The Simpsons.”
Everything on Fox is a repeat. ABC has two first run reality shows–”Secret Millionaire” and “Exteme Makeover.” NBC has just “Dateline” that’s new and then the “Talent” repeat. The only real competition, off network, on cable, will be “True Blood” on HBO and “Mad Men” on AMC. So it’s up to Neil Patrick Harris and the Tony producers–the ball is in their court. They’ll have a slew of stars presenting and performing, and hopefully enough to keep viewers who dip in to see “Once” go up against “Newsies” for Best Musical among the many unknowns of the night. Some of the stars expected include Jessica Chastain, Hugh Jackman, Nick Jonas, Amanda Seyfried, Jim Parsons, Paul Rudd, Ellen Barkin, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, Christopher Plummer, James Marsden, Mandy Patinkin and Sheryl Crow. Bernadette Peters should be there, too, although last night she failed to show up for her Lifetime Achievement Award at the pre-Tony cocktail party.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield in “Death of a Salesman”

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: The greatest American play? Quite possibly Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” set in 1949 and revived last night on Broadway in a production that is outstanding. Mike Nichols directed and reinvented Miller’s classic, with Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, Andrew Garfield (the new movie Spider Man) as Biff, Linda Emonds as Willy’s wife Linda, and Finn Wittrock as Happy. This is a historic production, quite possibly the best ever (and there have been many great ones starring Dustin Hoffman, Brian Dennehy, Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott). Thursday night’s star studded opening was the second time I’ve seen this production, and it’s only gotten more devastating, deep, emotional, and overwhelming. Philip Seymour Hoffman is our generation’s Jason Robards. He is perfection as Willy Loman in all aspects–from Willy’s wrestling with his past (the father and brother who left him) to his denial about more current events, and his increasing mental in capacities. PSH has an Oscar for “Capote” but this is his Tony Award. He cannot be missed.
The whole cast is spot on. Considering it’s a play about fathers and sons, I was particularly moved by Andrew Garfield’s father’s reaction to seeing his son as the angry ne’er do well, Biff. At the party following the opening night at Bryant Park Grill, Mr. Garfield and Andrew just kept hugging and crying. The cast is extremely worn out emotionally after each performance. Even last night Mike Nichols, who’s sat through every preview to give “notes,” told me he was overwhelmed. Arthur Miller’s famous actress sister, Joan Copeland, t0ld me it was the best production she’d seen since the original. Martin Short told me that Tom Hanks had seen it a few days ago and declared it “the best thing he’s ever seen, period.” Columbia Pictures’ Amy Pascal came to congratulate her upcoming Spider Man.
Scott Rudin produced this extravaganza, and it made for quite a glittering night. In the audience were Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Paul Simon, Barbara Walters (who came with David Geffen), Julianna Margulies, Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich, Catherine Keener, Amy Ryan, Spike Lee, Anjelica Huston, Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, and Garfield’s actress gf Emma Stone, Julia Roberts, plus “Saturday Night Live” star Bill Hader, who said he almost fainted when Nichols complimented his “SNL” work. It was kind of funny at one point seeing Streep, Gummer, Nichols, Sawyer and Huston all dining [...]

Ricky Martin poses for Broadway’s revival of “Evita” pic

HollywoodNews.com: You won’t be able to see Ricky Martin as Che in the upcoming Broadway revival of Evita until April 5, 2012 when the production is scheduled to open at The Marquis Theatre.
But previews will begin Monday, March 12, 2012 and tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 am via www.ticketmaster.com / 1-800-745-3000.

Starring with Martin is Olivier Award-winning Argentinean actress Elena Roger as Eva Perón and Tony Award-winner Michael Cerveris as Juan Perón. The trio posed in New York City for a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Frank Ockenfels.
Michael Grandage will direct the production and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford will choreograph.
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Bernadette Peters is back on Broadway in “Follies”

HollywoodNews.com: Any time the great Bernadette Peters is on Broadway it is cause for celebration.
The two-tine Tony winner appeared most recently in A Little Night Music and now she is back heading the cast of Follies which officially opens on Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Marquis Theatre.
Production shots have been released of Miss Peters in the role of Sally Durant Plummer and I had to share some with all of you.
Here’s the plot: When former members of the “Weismann Follies” reunite on the eve of their theater’s demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. Reminiscing of their younger selves and the years gone by, the crumbling theater brings back memories for both couples of good times and bad.
The score features some of Stephen Sondheim’s best-known songs, including Broadway Baby, I’m Still Here, Too Many Mornings, Could I Leave You?, and Losing My Mind.
Follies originally opened on April 4, 1971 at the Winter Garden Theatre where it ran for 522 performances and received seven Tony Awards, including Best Original Score.
The current production with Miss Peters played a limited engagement at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater opening on May 7 and closing with sold-out houses on June 19, 2011.
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Cynthia Nixon to star in “Wit” on Broadway

HollywoodNews.com: Cynthia Nixon may be best known for her role as Miranda Hobbs in the Sex and the City TV series and movies, but she also has a long Broadway career that will resume in January when she stars in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit.
The play will begin previews on January 5 at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and which will officially open on January 26.
The play is about a brilliant and exacting poetry professor undergoing experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.
Nixon has triumphed in Broadway before winning a Tony Award for her performance in Rabbit Hole. Her other Broadway credits are The Women, Indiscretions, The Heidi Chronicles, Hurlyburly, The Real Thing, and The Philadelphia Story.
An Emmy winner for Sex and the City and Law & Order: SVU, she currently appears on Showtime’s The Big C.
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Tony Awards open up the “Book of Mormon,” “War Horse”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: In a fairly predictable affair, the immensely popular “Book of Mormon” grabbed nine Tony Awards – including Best Musical – during Sunday’s telecast, broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
“We really want to thank the audiences because you guys made the show what it is and I think you’re going to have to atone for it one day,” co-creator Trey Parker said. Parker and his creative partner Matt Stone, of course, are the driving force behind “South Park.”
Best Play, meanwhile, went to Nick Stafford’s “War Horse,” which soon will be a feature film from director Steven Spielberg.
The ceremony was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, who made several jokes at the expense of the troubled “Spider-Man” musical and brought the house down with a duet with Hugh Jackman.
The Tony Award winners are:
Play
War Horse by Nick Stafford
Musical
The Book of Mormon
Book of a Musical
The Book of Mormon, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone
Original Score
The Book of Mormon, music and lyrics Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone
Revival of a Play
The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer
Revival of Musical
Anything Goes
Lead Actor in a Play
Mark Rylance, Jerusalem
Lead Actress in a Play
Frances McDormand, Good People
Lead Actor in a Musical
Norbert Leo Butz, Catch Me If You Can
Lead Actress in a Musical
Sutton Foster, Anything Goes
Featured Actor in a Play
John Benjamin Hickey, The Normal Heart
Featured Actress in a Play
Ellen Barkin, The Normal Heart
Featured Actor in a Musical|
John Larroquette, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Featured Actress in a Musical
Nikki M. James, The Book of Mormon
Direction of a Play
Marianne Elliott, Tom Morris, War Horse
Direction of a Musical
Casey Nicholaw, Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon
Choreography
Kathleen Marshall, Anything Goes
Orchestrations
Larry Hochman, Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon
Scenic Design of a Play
Rae Smith, War Horse
Scenic Design of a Musical
Scott Pask, The Book of Mormon
Costume Design of a Play
Desmond Heeley, The Importance of Being Earnest
Costume Design of a Musical
Tim Chappel, Lizzy Gardiner, Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Lighting Design of a Play
Paule Constable, War Horse
Lighting Design of a Musical
Brian MacDevitt, The Book of Mormon
Sound Design of a Play
Christopher Shutt, War Horse
Sound Design of a Musical
Brian Ronan, The Book of Mormon
Special Tony Awards for Lifetime Achievement
Athol Fugard
Philip J. Smith
Regional Theater Tony Award
Lookingglass Theatre Company, Chicago
Isabelle Stevenson Award
Eve Ensler
Special Tony Award
Handspring Puppet Company
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GLAAD honoring Ricky Martin and Kristin Chenoweth

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: If you forget about the year when Jennifer Aniston was inexplicably honored, the GLAAD Media Awards usually get it right when it comes time to celebrating the LGBT community and its allies.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today announced it will honor Grammy Award-winning singer Ricky Martin and Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
Martin will receive the Vito Russo Award at the New York award ceremony on Saturday, March, 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Chenoweth will receive the Vanguard Award at the Los Angeles event on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the Westin Bonaventure.
GLAAD also announced that Andy Cohen, Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming and host of ‘Watch What Happens: Live’ will host the New York event. Additional honorees and special guests will be announced soon.
Nominees for the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced last month and are available here. The awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
Martin will receive the Vito Russo Award, which is named after one of GLAAD’s founders, and is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community.
Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include Cynthia Nixon, Suze Orman, Rosie O’Donnell, Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, Elton John, Liz Smith, k.d. lang, David LaChapelle, Brian Graden, and Tom Ford.
“Ricky coming out was a game changer for many gay and transgender Latino children, who for too long, did not have many out gay people to look up to,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Through his music, videos and interviews, Ricky has sent an important message that our community wants the same things all people do: an equal chance to raise our families and take care of our loved ones.”
Chenoweth will receive the Vanguard Award which is presented to media professionals who have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.
In May 2010, Chenoweth responded to a controversial ‘Newsweek’ article which incorrectly asserted that gay actors ‘cannot play straight roles.’ She defended gay actors including Sean Hayes, her co-star in ‘Promises, Promises,’ and called on ‘Newsweek’ to “embrace stories which promote acceptance, love and unity.”
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Will Smith, Jay-Z confirm partnership, planned ‘Annie’ remake

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Media superstars Will Smith and Jay-Z made it official: Their respective companies will combine forces to develop and co-produce major motion pictures, one of which being an “Annie” remake with Willow Smith in the title role.
“The time is right to bring back ‘Annie’ to the big screen. Of course, we’re true believers in Willow’s talent and believe she will be perfect in this role,” said Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad. “Combining Willow with the Overbrook team that reimagined ‘Karate Kid’ and the spectacular Jay-Z makes this a dream project.”
More from the release:
The partnership began over dinner with Jada, Will, James Lassiter and JAY-Z, where they decided to co-invest in the now successful beauty products line Carol’s Daughter. They continued this partnership as co-producers of the successful Broadway production Fela!, which earned a total of eleven Tony Award nominations in 2010.
Additionally, Willow Smith, managed by OE Executive Miguel Melendez, signed onto JAY-Z’s record label, Roc Nation which produced her first single titled “Whip My Hair” has been certified Platinum. JAY-Z previously sampled the classic Annie song “It’s the Hard Knock Life” in his chart-busting single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).”
“We are excited to partner together to develop and produce a wide variety of films with our longtime friend JAY-Z, with whom we share a common global vision, both commercially and philosophically, and look forward to collaborating once again with the incredibly talented executives at Sony,” said Overbrook Co-Founder James Lassiter.
Stated Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, “The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision. We’ve already produced a Tony Award winning play and we’re developing a true superstar in WIllow. This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative, and innovative.”
Do you like this idea? What other projects would you like to see The Fresh Prince and Jay-Z collaborate on? More remakes, or something totally original? Let us know in the comments section below.
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