Tom Hanks was on Broadway? What’s a “Kinky Boot”? What anyone living outside of New York City needs to know about this year’s Broadway kudofest.
People within the tiny microcosm of culture that is the Broadway theatre district were breathless with excitement this morning over the announcement of the 2013 Tony Award nominations. But unless you were among the 12 million tourists who purchased tickets to a Broadway show in the past year—and coughed up the $120-a-pop to see a one-woman show on the Virgin Mary instead of Phantom of the Opera or Wicked for the fifth time—you’re unlikely to have any clue as to who the contenders are, or whether the shows were any good.
Joan Marcus (3); AP
That’s where we step in, offering up this Outsider’s Guide to this year’s Tony nominees, featuring clips from those splashy musicals you may have missed, word on the buzz over who will win, and, most gleefully, which Hollywood big shots were left off the list.
Andrew Romano talks to 'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan about the show's "victorious" ending.
Worried that the finale of Breaking Bad—which returns to AMC for its final run of eight episodes on August 11—will be a letdown? That the last few frames will fall short of the impossibly high standards set by Walter White & Co. over the preceding five-and-a-half years?
Jesse Pinkman played by Aaron Paul and Walter White played by Bryan Cranston in an episode during the fifth season of AMC's 'Breaking Bad'. (Frank Ockenfels/AMC)
Well, worry not: showrunner Vince Gilligan has assured The Daily Beast that he isn't going to pull a Sopranos and leave us hanging.
From humble upbringings to new, affluent identities, Don Draper of ‘Mad Men’ and Jay Gatsby of ‘The Great Gatsby’ share commonalities with the events and people in their lives.
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, John Hamm as Don Draper. (Warner Bros. Pictures; AMC)
The two mysterious American characters that have made an indelible mark on TV, film, and literature, are now hitting the entertainment world at the same time. Baz Lurhmann’s sparkling rendition of The Great Gatsby is out in theaters on May 10, and AMC’s Mad Men is in the midst of unveiling some juicy new surprises in its sixth season.
Former ‘Gossip Girl’ star Penn Badgley, the star of ‘Greetings From Tim Buckley,’ which opens Friday, on playing musician Jeff Buckley, who drowned in 1997, and his own ambitions.
At times, acting well is the best revenge. Although scores of Jeff Buckley fans expressed skepticism—or outright hostility—after it was announced that Penn Badgley would play the leading role in writer/director Dan Algrant’s Greetings From Tim Buckley, early reviews have been uniformly rapturous about the former Gossip Girl star’s performance. When the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall, The Globe and Mail proclaimed “Penn Badgley’s performance here … is so strong and involving that if he wasn’t already a star courtesy [of] his gig on TV’s Gossip Girl you’d be tempted to go Garland and break out the ‘a star is born’ huzzah.” In Entertainment Weekly, Owen Gleiberman hailed Badgley as “a great camera subject, and a great singer, too—he does an eerily dead-on impersonation of Buckley’s jazzy wail.”
Actor Penn Badgley and director Dan Algrant of “Greetings From Tim Buckley” pose at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2012, in Toronto. (Matt Carr/Getty)
When I sat down with Badgley toward the end of a daylong press junket, he was far too polite to chide the naysayers who dreaded the mere prospect of the film’s release. It was nevertheless evident that he was quietly enjoying a well-earned triumph.
Game of Thrones's Jon Snow, Mad Men's Michael Ginsberg, Downton Abbey's Matthew Crawley, and more of television's male virgins.
Recent debates about TV sexuality have addressed everything from the nudity gap between men and women, the prevalence of rape as a plot device, to the difficulty of choreographing sex scenes that don’t appear either miserable or risible. But missing from this discussion is the sudden appearance in prestige television of a much more interesting and nuanced archetype: the adult male virgin.
On last night’s Game of Thrones, after getting seduced by wildling warrior Ygritte (Rose Leslie), Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) confessed that “There’s been no one else.” Ygritte knew that as a man of the Night’s Watch, the celibate brotherhood who guards the Wall which marks the border of Westeros, Jon was forbidden from having sex after he swore the vows she asked him to break. But she assumed that he’d had sex before he joined up, and was surprised to learn she’d been mistaken. “A maid! You’re a maid,” she teased him.
Devoted fans shower porn stars with gifts and even career advice. Aurora Snow on the rise of the porn superfan and the ‘true friendship’ that exists with their favorite cam girls.
Widely available high-speed Internet and the rise of social media have made adult entertainment a lot more "personal" in recent years. "Cam girl" jobs have become a popular way for women to make money in the sex industry without having any actual physical interaction with their "clients" or fans. Some porn stars who spent many years having sex in front of a camera have taken to webcam sessions, either as an income supplement or as a replacement to their former job. And their fans have made the migration as well.
Thanks to the Internet, we have relationships that satisfy our needs but don't have to be consummated in person. Superfans are willing to go the extra mile, shelling out hard-earned cash for a girl they have never met and most likely never will, but they hand over their earnings regardless. It's a new kind of relationship.
May the royal odds be ever in your favor.
On April 29, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge will toast to two years of nuptial bliss, but the fervor surrounding them since their televised Westminster Abbey wedding has hardly fizzled. As Catherine’s mid-July due date nears, gamblers are stacking their chips on all nuances of royal baby trivia.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pays an official visit to the Hope House residential treatment centre, run by Action on Addiction for recovering addicts, London Feb. 19, 2013. (Mary Turner/Pool/Reuters)
Gambling on the royal family is a British tradition. Rupert Adams, a public-relations manager at William Hill, one of the U.K.’s largest bookmakers, says his firm has racked up £70,000 in royal-related bets, with £15,000 taken in since the pregnancy announcement. The wagers are almost entirely small scale—a few pence here, a couple pounds there—just good, old-fashioned patriotic fun.
The South Korean performer is back with a record-breaking follow-up to ‘Gangnam Style.’ Psy opens up to Marlow Stern about ‘Gentleman,’ tensions with North Korea—and his crazy, surreal year.
South Korean rapper Psy poses during a news conference for his concert "Happening" in Seoul on April 13. Psy unveiled the music video and choreography for his new single "Gentleman" at the Seoul concert. (Kin Cheung/AP)
The 35-year-old’s magniloquent new music video, “Gentleman,” has already broken the YouTube record for most views in a single day, notching 38 million—eclipsing that “Kony 2012” video, which was the previous record-holder with 31 million views. And with 244 million views since launching on April 13, as well as a top 10 berth on the Billboard Hot 100, it’s fairly safe to say that Psy has rid himself of the “one-hit wonder” label.
The season finale of The Good Wife was full of dramatic bombshells. Jace Lacob talks to creators Robert and Michelle King about rebooting the show, the start of a ‘civil war,’ Alicia and Kalinda’s dynamic, and what’s next. WARNING: Spoilers galore.
With two simple words (“I’m in”) the fantastic fourth season of CBS legal drama The Good Wife came to a staggering conclusion on Sunday evening with the revelation that Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), Illinois’s newly minted first lady, would be leaving Lockhart/Gardner to join the startup firm captained by former rival Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry).
On the eve of the gubernatorial election, Alicia, played by Julianna Margulies (left); Will, played by Josh Charles; and Diane, played by Christine Baranski, find themselves in a series of emergency court proceedings when the validity of crucial ballots is called into question, on the episode “What's in the Box?” of “The Good Wife.” (David M. Russell)
The move effectively reboots the show, which will return for a fifth season in the fall. What will Alicia’s decision mean for her star-crossed romance with Will Gardner (Josh Charles) once he gets wind of her betrayal? And what does it mean for The Good Wife that its main characters are being split up and established as potential adversaries?
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