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Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
How to fix awards shows in wake of the Emmys debacle
Source: Rolling Stone
"Let it be a mess," says Rob Sheffield, offering some suggestions for shaking up the award show format. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler showed during their three-year run on the Golden Globes that a messy award show is a great award show. "A simple formula: celebrities plus live TV plus free champagne equals a few hours of insanity," says Sheffield. Another suggestion: Get a star to host. "A few years ago, the network bosses got a silly idea in their gullivers — the idea that an award show’s job was to promote the in-house late-night franchise," says Sheffield. "So every fete began to get hosted by the network’s resident late-night straight white guy. Hey, what a crazy coincidence: This is when ratings cratered. Sure, Jimmy Kimmel does a fine job hosting the Oscars. That’s not the problem. The problem is he does an equally fine job five damn nights a week — so do Colbert, Fallon, Myers, Corden. It’s just not a big deal to see these guys put on a suit and tell some jokes. So they’re a fatal glamour drain — as Colbert’s former alter ego might have put it, they kill the eventiness. When LL Cool J hosted the Grammys, it was a must-see every year. But ever since Corden took over, the ratings have been fading faster than Canibus in a rap battle. So it’s simple: bring back LL. Mama said knock you out!"
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Glenn Weiss is known for cutting off Tony Award speeches, so his Emmys proposal rubbed some in the Broadway community the wrong way
Source: Page Six
Weiss, who won an Emmy for directing the Oscars, has directed the Tony Awards telecast 18 times. In fact, he met his new fiancé at the Tonys in 2001. "Glenn has produced and directed the Tonys for CBS for many years, and is known as an unforgiving stickler when it comes to keeping acceptance speeches to the allotted 45 seconds," a "theater pro" tells Page Six. One theater exec said “every year, Glenn gives this pompous speech to all the nominees, lecturing everyone about how the clock starts the second your name is called and that going long is unfair to your fellow nominees because it eats time for everyone whose categories come later in the evening.” Weiss did admit last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that his proposal was ironic knowing how directors like to cut off award show speeches.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Here's the lesson Neil Patrick Harris should learned from his Rachel Bloom Tonys diss: Don't punch down!
"Whether it’s fair or not, Harris is simply Too Famous to take a potshot at Bloom in that way without facing a backlash," says Marissa Martinelli. "It can be easy to forget that even among celebrities there are tiers of fame, but Harris has been in the public eye for almost 30 years; Bloom is a comparatively recent breakout whose show (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), while excellent, is consistently one of the least-watched on television...There’s a hierarchy even among celebrities, and Harris was punching down. Going forward, he’s better off leaving the 'I don’t know her's to Mariah Carey."
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Robert De Niro and Samantha Bee aren't politicians -- stop calling them out for saying naughty words
De Niro's "F*ck Trump" outburst at the Tonys led to not one but two Op-Eds in the Washington Post criticizing his use of profanity, including one that said it "could do a lot of collateral damage." The New York Times also ran a column criticizing De Niro, titled "How to Lose the Midterms and Re-elect Trump." To which Drew Magary says calls about decorum from De Niro and Bee are delusional: "Keep in mind that Robert De Niro isn’t a politician, and has no obligation to voters. Nor is Samantha Bee, who was targeted by a clockwork bad-faith campaign from the right when she called Ivanka Trump a feckless c*nt in public." He adds: "Literally two people, who don’t even hold public office, have the temerity to be publicly angry at the Trump administration, and somehow that’s enough to merit an Emily Post course in dinner table conversation from the fartsniffer set."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Rachel Bloom was "kind of devastated" by Neil Patrick Harris' diss, says "fame does that to you"
"No, no, no. It wasn’t a joke," the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star tells GQ when asked if her Tony Awards Twitter spat with Harris was for real. "Basically… I saw that tweet And I was kind of devastated. I was actually going to tweet, 'This makes me sad.' But then I was like, 'Ehhhhhhhhhh… I don’t want to give him that, necessarily.' Look. I’ve met him a couple times. Very recently, backstage in the dressing room of a Broadway show. And we hung out for a solid 15 minutes with the star of this Broadway show. It was just bizarre to me that it wouldn’t ring a bell. And also, that he wouldn’t Google it." Bloom adds that Harris' fame and Twitter popularity may have resulted in his diss: "But look, he’s not a writer, so his version of a Twitter joke is to just kind of… live-comment to Twitter followers with kind of random, unformed thoughts," says Bloom. "And fame does that to you—where you think every kind of random, unformed thought is a gem, because you get 10,000 likes from it. He has, like, 27 million Twitter followers. And that makes me scared about fame in general. The yes-men. Even if what you’re saying is, I don’t know, kind of weird or unoriginal, you’re still getting a lot of approval and dopamine surges for saying it." Bloom points out that his response to her response "wasn't really an apology," so she's hoping that Harris makes amends by urging his 27.7 million followers to watch Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. UPDATE: Harris apologized today to Bloom following her GQ comments, and she has accepted his apology: "Sincere apologies to @Racheldoesstuff for my Tony tweet," Harris tweeted. "I failed to research her before pressing ‘send’, and what I thought was a funny comment in our living room must have been far from funny to read, backstage, mid show. As a performer and a parent, I should have know better." Bloom responded: "Hi, thank you for this! Apology accepted."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Diehard Robert De Niro fan smashes his portrait after the actor's "F*ck Trump" Tony Awards rant
Source: Staten Island Advance
Staten Island's Joseph DeVito has gone viral with his video trashing a portrait of the legendary actor. "He shouldn't have used that language (on television); there are children watching," says DeVito, a loyal Trump supporter.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 6:33PM EDT
President Trump responds to Robert De Niro's "F*ck Trump" jab: "Wake up punchy!"
The president addressed De Niro's on-stage Tony Awards remarks in two tweets sent from Air Force One on his return trip from Singapore. "Robert De Niro, a very Low IQ individual, has received to (sic) many shots to the head by real boxers in movies. I watched him last night and truly believe he may be 'punch-drunk,'" Trump tweeted. "I guess he doesn’t realize the economy is the best it’s ever been with employment being at an all time high, and many companies pouring back into our country. Wake up Punchy!"
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Robert De Niro's Tony Awards "F*ck Trump" outburst was "brief, profane and pointless"
Source: The Atlantic
As Samantha Bee recently learned, uttering profanity against the Trump administration isn't very effect, according to Sophie Gilbert. "A brief outburst was apparently as far as his onstage protest was willing to go," she says of De Niro's outburst. "In that, the moment was of a piece with the bulk of the other statements made on the Tony stage, and with Kelly Clarkson’s vague call for 'action' on mass shootings at last month’s Billboard Music Awards, and with the Oscars in March, where President Trump’s name was barely mentioned at all. De Niro’s exclamation was easy—cathartic in its plosive syllables and its matching, guttural vowel sounds, and employing a profanity that postures itself as daring, subversive. It might have been a satisfying moment for De Niro and for his audience, but it was toothless otherwise." She adds: "It’s easy to take a platform that offers easy (if bleeped-out) access to millions of people and use profanity to capture a mood, to express an emotion. But the outrage that will doubtless ensue is a distraction from what really matters, and what’s much harder to realize: the work of trying to change a situation, not just rage against it."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Tony Awards boosted by Bruce Springsteen and Harry Potter
Total viewership for this year's awards show was up 5% from last year, with 6.3 million people watching. ALSO: Here's every key moment from the Tonys that didn't make TV.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Robert De Niro twice yelled "F*ck Trump" at the Tonys, which was met with CBS censorship
Source: The Daily Beast
According to The Daily Beast, "frenzied viewers wondering 'WHAT DID ROBERT DE NIRO SAY???' promptly flooded Twitter, and thankfully a handful of reporters in the audience obliged." Several reporters explained what De Niro and the context in which he said it. Another reporter pointed out that the profanity was aired uncensored on the Australian feed. Even though The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg called it an "Amazing live TV moment," the Tonys were aired on brief delay on CBS throughout much of the country and on a three-hour delay on the West Coast. De Niro was the only presenter to bash President Trump on stage at the ceremony.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban were perfect hosts for the Tonys with their infectious energy
Source: The A.V. Club
"Bareilles and Groban were great anchors throughout the evening, popping up every so often to provide a sense of continuity without eating up too much screentime," says Caroline Siede. "They made fun of their particular musical niches (music you’d hear in a Starbucks, songs you’d put on a mixtape labeled 'emotional'), and delightfully underplayed the visual gag of appearing in each other’s most recent Broadway costumes. Not everything they did worked (their Sia-themed lament about Broadway’s grueling schedule felt a little undercooked), but kudos to Bareilles for earning one of the biggest laughs of the night just by acknowledging a technical timing snafu."
- Bareilles and Groban were just the right palette cleanser after Kevin Spacey hosted last year
- Barreilles and Groban kicked off the ceremony with an ode to the "losers"
- Watch the Parkland school shooting survivors give an emotional performance of "Season of Love"
- Tina Fey was perhaps the night's biggest snub of the night after CBS moved her category to primetime
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Rachel Bloom fires back after Neil Patrick Harris dissed her Tonys role on Twitter
"Who is the woman in the top hat backstage at @TheTonyAwards? Gideon remarked that she says ‘like’ and ‘oh my god’ a lot. I’m confused...," Harris tweeted during the ceremony, referencing his 7-year-old son. Harris apparently didn't know who Bloom was, even though the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star has met Harris before and had a similar role last year. Bloom responded a half-hour later on Twitter: "I’m a big fan of yours. We’ve met numerous times and my husband, Dan Gregor, wrote for 'How I Met Your Mother' for 5 years. Notably, he wrote the episode where your character finally meets his father." That prompted Harris to respond awkwardly: "Indeed! Well said. Thanks for the reminder. How was backstage?"
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Bruce Springsteen to perform at the Tonys
The legendary performer opted not to make his Springsteen on Broadway stage show up for Tony Awards consideration, but he'll receive a Special Tony Award anyway.
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Tony Awards adds Kerry Washington, Tina Fey, Robert De Niro, Amy Schumer and Billy Joel as presenters
Also presenting awards at Sunday's ceremony are Rachel Bloom, Rachel Brosnahan and Tituss Burgess, as well as Christine Baranski, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Jeff Daniels.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Tony Awards to honor Parkland high school drama teacher who hid with 65 of her students
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School drama teacher Melody Herzfeld will be honored by the Tony Awards for Excellence in Theatre Education at the June 10 ceremony. She will receive $10,000 and tickets to the Tonys after guiding her students to a performance of the song "Shine" during CNN's town hall on the Parkland shooting.