‘A Gentleman’s Guide’ Leads Tony Nominations

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The musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” a musical romp in which a poor man comically eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, has nabbed a leading 10 Tony Award nominations.

The nominations also made waves for snubbing some big names, including Denzel Washington, Daniel Radcliffe, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Michelle Williams, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig.

The musicals up for the big prize in June are: “After Midnight,” ”A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” ”Aladdin,” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Shows that failed to make the cut include “Bullets Over Broadway,” ”Rocky,” ”If/Then” and “The Bridges of Madison County.”

The best new play category has James Lapine’s “Act One,” Terrance McNally’s “Mothers and Sons,” Robert Schenkkan’s “All the Way,” John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar” and Harvey Fierstein’s “Casa Valentina.”

The best play revival category includes “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” ”The Glass Menagerie,” ”A Raisin in the Sun” and “Twelfth Night.” There are only three options for best musical revival: “Violet,” ”Les Miserables” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”

A decision by a Tony administrative panel last week made Alan Cumming ineligible for a lead acting musical prize in the revival of “Cabaret” because he already won the award for the same role in 1998.

Some 870 Tony voters – members of professional groups such as the Wing, the League, Actors’ Equity Association, the Dramatists Guild and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society – will decide the final awards, which will be handed out June 8 at Radio City Music Hall. Only Broadway shows that opened in the 12 months ending on April 24 are eligible. (AP)

Craig Ferguson Announces Late-Night Retirement

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Craig Ferguson says he is stepping down as host of CBS’ “The Late Late Show” this year.

CBS says Ferguson made the announcement to his studio audience Monday.

It’s the second late-night retirement for CBS, with David Letterman’s decision to leave “Late Show” in 2015. Letterman will be succeeded by Stephen Colbert.

Ferguson says he will retire this December. CBS did not announce who will replace him. (AP)

UK Law Firm Congratulates Lawyer on Clooney Match

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Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor may be getting hitched.

A London law firm has congratulated one of its lawyers on her engagement to George Clooney.

Clooney’s spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, has declined to comment on reports the actor is to marry 36-year-old lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

But Doughty Street Chambers said Monday that its barristers and staff “offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms. Amal Alamuddin … and Mr. George Clooney on their engagement to be married.”

The Beirut-born Alamuddin is a member of the firm’s international law team. She has advised former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Syria, and represented ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Clooney, 52, was married to actress Talia Balsam between 1989 and 1993. (AP, Rex USA)

NBC Taps Seth Meyers as Next Emmys Host

Seth Meyers will take his late-night act to prime time as the next host of the Emmy Awards.

NBC, home to Meyers in his long stint on “Saturday Night Live” and his new late-night talk show, announced late Thursday that he’ll host the 66th edition of the Emmys set to air on the network Aug. 25.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted in 2013.

It will be telecast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

The 40-year-old Meyers, himself an Emmy winner, debuted as host of “Late Night With Seth Meyers” in February, taking over the slot of Jimmy Fallon, who moved on to “The Tonight Show.”

Before that he had been on “SNL” since 2001 and served as the show’s head writer since 2006. (AP)

‘Zero Motivation,’ ‘Point and Shoot’ Top Tribeca Film Fest

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A film about a self-documenting man amid the Libyan revolution and a dark comedy about female Israeli soldiers have taken top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Awards handed out Thursday at the New York festival were led by best narrative feature winner “Zero Motivation,” a portrait of young female soldiers at a remote desert base in Israel. The category’s jury hailed the directorial debut of Talya Lavie as the emergence of “a new, powerful voice.”

Marshall Curry’s “Point and Shoot” won best documentary. The film follows a shy Baltimore native who joined up with Libyan rebels in 2011. He films himself through much of his adventures, including a six-month stint in solitary confinement.

The 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival concludes Sunday. (AP)

87th Annual Academy Awards Date Set for Feb. 22

The 87th annual Academy Awards will air live beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The date, announced on Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, marks the academy’s return to their standard pattern after pushing the show back to March 2 this year because of the Olympics.

2015 Oscar nominees will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 15, which follows the academy’s recent plan. 2014 nominations were announced Jan. 16. Voting for the 2015 nominees will begin on Dec. 29, 2014 and end on Jan. 8, 2015.

The Academy Awards’ annual luncheon for nominees is set for Feb. 2, 2015.

Final Oscars voting will commence on Feb. 6, 2015. Voting will end Feb. 17. (AP)

Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on Late Show

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Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS’ late-night host.

CBS announced Thursday that “The Colbert Report” host will replace Letterman when he retires next year. Colbert is signed for five years.

Letterman has hosted “Late Show with David Letterman” since 1993. He turns 67 Saturday.

Colbert says in a statement: “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

Comedy Central’s Emmy-winning “The Colbert Report” has been a hit since its launch in 2005. (AP)