Kevin Spacey to Host 71st Annual Tony Awards

Kevin Spacey has been picked to host this year’s Tony Awards, putting the award-winning star of “House of Cards” in the unenviable position of steering a telecast surely facing a post-“Hamilton” hangover.

The telecast on June 11 will originate from the 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall and producers are sure to be keeping their fingers crossed that they avoid any technical or human snafus that have marred previous awards shows this year, including the wrong winner announced at the Oscars and sound issues at the Grammys.

Producers also hope Spacey will limit the audience erosion likely from the numbers last year when “Hamilton” drew 8.73 million viewers, up 35% from 2015. Last year’s host was James Corden and 2015 saw Kristin Chenoweth teaming up with Alan Cumming.

The nominations for the 2017 TONY Awards will be announced on Tuesday, May 2.

“I was their second choice for ‘Usual Suspects,’ fourth choice for ‘American Beauty’ and 15th choice to host this year’s Tony Awards. I think my career is definitely going in the right direction,” said Spacey. “Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down.”

Spacey won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in “American Beauty,” and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in “The Usual Suspects.” Recently, he starred in “Elvis & Nixon.” Next, he will be seen in the feature films “Billionaire Boys Club,” “Baby Driver” and “Rebel in the Rye.” Through his former production company Trigger Street, he produced “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, “The Social Network” and “21,” as well having produced the Emmy nominated television series “Recount” and “Bernard & Doris.”

For over a decade, Spacey served as the Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London. He recently stepped down from this role, but during his time appeared on stage in productions of “National Anthems,” “The Philadelphia Story,” “Speed the Plow,” “Inherit the Wind,” “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” and the acclaimed production of the one-man show “Darrow.” Spacey won the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his role in “The Iceman Cometh,” as well as the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play in Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers.” Also, he starred in the Broadway and West End productions of “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” opposite his mentor Jack Lemmon, as well as the title role in the Sam Mendes production of “Richard III,” which toured 12 cities around the world as part of the three-year Old Vic/BAM/Bridge Project.

This year marks the 71st anniversary of the TONY Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

(AP, CBS)

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Netflix Drama ‘House of Cards’ Scores 3rd Season

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Netflix says its acclaimed drama “House of Cards” will get a third season.

The online video provider had previously been cagey about the future of the series, which initially received a two-season order of 13 episodes apiece.

It returns with its second season on Feb. 14, when all 13 episodes will join the earlier 13 hours on the Netflix website.

Netflix offered no details concerning production start or release date for the third season’s 13 episodes.

“House of Cards” stars Kevin Spacey as a diabolical former U.S. senator now risen to vice president.

The first season instantly made Netflix a force in the arena of original video content and snagged nine prime-time Emmy nominations. Robin Wright won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Spacey’s scheming wife. (AP)

Online Series ‘House of Cards’ Makes Emmy History

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The Netflix series “House of Cards” is making Emmy history.

The political intrigue saga received a best drama series nomination Thursday. It’s the first top Emmy nod for a program delivered online, not on TV. The series received a total of nine bids, including acting nominations for stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.

The most Emmy nominations, 17, went to “American Horror Story: Asylum.” Close behind was “Game of Thrones” with 16 nods, while “Saturday Night Live” and the Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” earned 15 nominations each.

Netflix series “Arrested Development” missed out on a best comedy nomination, but Jason Bateman was nominated for his acting. If Mad Men wins its fifth best drama award, it’ll break the record held by “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law” and “The West Wing.” “Modern Family” will try for its third straight best comedy award. Its competition is “The Big Bang Theory,” “Girls,” “Louie,” “30 Rock,” and “Veep.”

Nominees for best actor in a TV drama are: Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey”; Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”; Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Damian Lewis, “Homeland”; Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards.”

Nominees for best actress in a TV drama are: Connie Britton, “Nashville”; Claire Danes, “Homeland”; Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”; Vera Farmiga, “Bates Motel”; Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”; Kerry Washington, “Scandal”; Robin Wright, “House of Cards.”

Actor, Comedy Series: Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development,” Netflix; Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS; Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes,” Showtime; Don Cheadle, “House of Lies,” Showtime; Louis C.K., “Louie,” FX Networks; Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock,” NBC.

Actress, Comedy Series: Laura Dern, “Enlightened,” HBO; Lena Dunham, “Girls,” HBO; Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime; Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation,” NBC; Tina Fey, “30 Rock,” NBC; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Adam Driver, “Girls,” HBO; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family,” ABC; Ed O’Neill, “Modern Family,” ABC; Ty Burrell, “Modern Family,” ABC; Bill Hader, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC; Tony Hale, “Veep,” HBO.

Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS; Jane Lynch, “Glee,” FOX; Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family,” ABC; Julie Bowen, “Modern Family,” ABC; Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime; Jane Krakowski, “30 Rock,” NBC; Anna Chlumsky, “Veep,” HBO.

Heidi Klum will try to end her 12-time losing streak. She’s up for best host of a reality show, along with her “Project Runway” co-host Tim Gunn. Her competition is Ryan Seacrest for “American Idol,” Tom Bergeron for “Dancing With the Stars,” Betty White for “Off Their Rockers,” Cat Deeley for “So You Think You Can Dance” and Anthony Bourdain for “The Taste.”

Is this the year “American Idol” finally wins its first Emmy for best reality show? It’s up against “The Amazing Race,” “The Voice,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “Project Runway,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Top Chef.” “The Amazing Race has won this award nine times.

“Saturday Night Live” has added to its record for most Emmy nominations for a program. It picked up another 15, for a total of 171. Justin Timberlake, Louis C.K., Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig are all nominated for hosting. Timberlake has already won four Emmys for his appearances on SNL. Wiig has never won. Bill Hader is up for the characters he plays on the show. Former SNL cast members Will Forte and Molly Shannon are nominated, Forte for his guest shot on “30 Rock” and Shannon for her guest-starring role on “Enlightened.”

Other nominees include Michael Douglas and Matt Damon for their Liberace movie.

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 22 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and airing live on CBS.

Full list is available at http://www.emmys.com (AP)

Netflix Reviving Axed ‘Arrested Development’

“Arrested Development” is coming back to life on the Netflix video streaming service.

Netflix says the quirky TV comedy series is resuming production and will be available for instant viewing by Netflix subscribers in 2013.

“Arrested Development” aired on Fox for three seasons from 2003 to 2006.

The Emmy-winning show focused on the formerly wealthy Bluth family and included Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Jeffrey Tambor in its cast. Netflix didn’t specify which original cast members might be returning or say how many new episodes were planned in its announcement late Friday.

Earlier this year, Netflix announced that new political drama “House of Cards” will be produced for viewing on the service in 2012. The show will star Kevin Spacey.

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Kevin Spacey Seeks to Boost Middle East Theater

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Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is hoping to foster dramatic talent in the Middle East with a new theater arts academy.

The joint venture by the Kevin Spacey Foundation and another group led by an Emirati business tycoon plans to offer workshops and classes in every aspect of theater from acting to stage design. The mission also seeks to bring Mideast content to international venues such as Broadway.

Spacey, who is artistic director of London’s Old Vic Theater, unveiled The Middle East Theater Academy on Sunday in Dubai. The academy will not have a specific base, but will take up projects across the region.

Spacey was in the United Arab Emirates to host the Laureus sports awards in Abu Dhabi.

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List of Nominees for 68th annual Golden Globes

Nominees for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Tuesday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:

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  • Picture, Drama: “Black Swan,” “The Fighter,” “Inception,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network.”
  • Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Alice in Wonderland,” “Burlesque,” “The Kids Are All Right,” “Red,” “The Tourist.”
  • Actor, Drama: Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”; Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”; James Franco, “127 Hours”; Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine”; Mark Wahlberg, “The Fighter.”
  • Actress, Drama: Halle Berry, “Frankie and Alice”; Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”; Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”; Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine.”
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”; David Fincher, “The Social Network”; Tom Hooper, “The King’s Speech”; Christopher Nolan, “Inception”; David O. Russell, “The Fighter.”
  • Actor, Musical or Comedy: Johnny Depp, “Alice in Wonderland”; Johnny Depp, “The Tourist”; Paul Giamatti, “Barney’s Version”; Jake Gyllenhaal, “Love and Other Drugs”; Kevin Spacey, “Casino Jack.”
  • Actress, Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”; Julianne Moore, “The Kids Are All Right”; Anne Hathaway, “Love & Other Drugs”; Angelina Jolie, “The Tourist”; Emma Stone, “Easy A.”
  • Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”; Michael Douglas, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”; Andrew Garfield, “The Social Network”; Jeremy Renner, “The Town”; Geoffrey Rush, “The King’s Speech.”
  • Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”; Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”; Mila Kunis, “Black Swan”; Amy Adams, “The Fighter”; Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom.”
  • Foreign Language: “Biutiful,” “The Concert,” “The Edge,” “I Am Love,” “In a Better World.”
  • Animated Film: “Toy Story 3,” “The Illusionist,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Despicable Me,” “Tangled.”
  • Screenplay: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy, “127 Hours”; Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg, “The Kids Are All Right”; Christopher Nolan, “Inception”; David Seidler, “The King’s Speech”; Aaron Sorkin, “The Social Network.”
  • Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, “The King’s Speech”; Danny Elfman, “Alice in Wonderland”; A.R. Rahman, “127 Hours”; Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “The Social Network”; Hans Zimmer, “Inception.”
  • Original Song: “Bound to You” (written by Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera, Sia Furler), “Burlesque”; “Coming Home” (written by Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges), “Country Strong”; “I See the Light,” (written by Alan Menken, Glenn Slater), “Tangled”; “There’s a Place for Us” (written by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey), “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”; “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” (written by Diane Warren), “Burlesque.”

TELEVISION

  • Series, Drama: “Boardwalk Empire,” “Dexter,” “The Good Wife,” “Mad Men,” “The Walking Dead.”
  • Actor, Drama: Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”; Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”; Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Hugh Laurie, “House.”
  • Actress, Drama: Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”; Elisabeth Moss, “Mad Men”; Piper Perabo, “Covert Affairs”; Katey Sagal, “The Closer”; Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer.”
  • Series, Musical or Comedy: “30 Rock,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “The Big C,” “Glee,” “Modern Family,” “Nurse Jackie.”
  • Actress, Musical or Comedy: Toni Collette, “The United States of Tara”; Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Laura Linney, “The Big C”; Lea Michele, “Glee.”
  • Actor, Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; Steve Carell, “The Office”; Thomas Jane, “Hung”; Matthew Morrison, “Glee”; Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory.”
  • Miniseries or Movie: “Carlos,” Sundance Channel; “The Pacific,” HBO; “Pillars of the Earth,” Starz; “Temple Grandin,” HBO; “You Don’t Know Jack,” HBO.
  • Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Hayley Atwell, “Pillars of the Earth”; Claire Danes, “Temple Grandin”; Judi Dench, “Return to Cranford”; Romola Garai, “Emma”; Jennifer Love Hewitt, “The Client List.”
  • Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Idris Elba, “Luther”; Ian McShane, “Pillars of the Earth”; Al Pacino, “You Don’t Know Jack”; Dennis Quaid, “The Special Relationship”; Edgar Ramirez, “Carlos.”
  • Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Hope Davis, “The Special Relationship”; Jane Lynch, “Glee”; Kelly Macdonald, “Broadwalk Empire”; Julia Stiles, “Dexter”; Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family.”
  • Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Scott Caan, “Hawaii Five-O”; Chris Colfer, “Glee”; Chris Noth, “The Good Wife”; Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”; David Strathairn, “Temple Grandin.”

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

  • Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert De Niro.

Pacino, Holmes, Brosnan Head to Sundance Film Fest

 

The stars are aligning for next month’s Sundance Film Festival.

Among top-name talent appearing in premieres at Robert Redford’s showcase for independent film are Al Pacino, Katie Holmes, Channing Tatum, Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Spacey, Tobey Maguire, Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan.

Pacino, Holmes and Tatum star in “The Son of No One,” a drama set in post-9/11 New York that will close the festival, which runs Jan. 20-30 in Park City, Utah.

Among other premieres: the evangelical tale “Salvation Boulevard,” with Brosnan and Connelly; the economic-crisis drama “Margin Call,” starring Spacey; the domestic romp “The Details,” featuring Maguire and Elizabeth Banks; and the wrestling comedy “Win Win,” with Giamatti and Ryan.

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