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Jane Fonda to Join Russell Crowe & Amanda Seyfried in FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS
by Movies News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

With a comedy set up at Netflix, and the family dramedy THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU with Jason Bateman on the horizon, Deadline reports that Fonda has just signed on to join Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Octava Spencer, and Aaron Paul in Gabriele Muccino's FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS. Bruce Greenview has also joined the cast. (more...)

New York Live Arts' Festival JAMES BALDWIN THIS TIME! Presents World Premiere of NOTHING PERSONAL, 4/23-24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

As part of New York Live Arts' second annual Live Ideas festival, James Baldwin, This Time!, director Patricia McGregor (Katori Hall's Hurt Village, Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand) and actor Colman Domingo, of Lee Daniel's The Butler and Stew's Passing Strange,present the world premiere of Nothing Personal. This production, which shares the name of the exceptionally powerful 1964 volume by James Baldwin and renowned photographer Richard Avedon, brings the collaboration to life in a wrenchingly original stage adaptation. (more...)

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Better Living Through Chemistry
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ A small-town pharmacist's uneventful life is turned inside out when he falls for a lonely trophy wife in Better Living Through Chemistry, a murderously funny black comedy available on Blu-ray , DVD, & DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet on April 15, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. (more...)

Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin to Star in New Netflix Original Comedy GRACE AND FRANKIE
by TV News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Netflix will bring to its global members 'Grace and Frankie,' a new original comedy series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as long-time rivals brought together by a rather unusual change in their marital circumstances. (more...)

Jane Fonda And Lily Tomlin Back Together Again In 'Grace and Frankie,' A New Original Comedy Series On Netflix
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Netflix, the world's leading Internet television network, will bring to its global members 'Grace and Frankie,' a new original comedy series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as long-time rivals brought together by a rather unusual change in their marital circumstances. The 13- half-hour episode first season from Skydance Productions is written and created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, and will premiere next year. Marta Kaufman, Howard J. Morris, Paula Weinstein, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross will executive produce. (more...)

Jane Fonda to Receive USC's Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The USC School of Dramatic Arts, considered one of the world's premier theatre schools, honors cultural icon Jane Fonda with the prestigious 'Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists' at a gala fundraiser on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 6:30 p.m., at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The multi-Academy Award-winning actress/producer is being recognized for her public commitment to social responsibility, to increasing awareness of global issues and for inspiring and empowering young people, as well as for the exemplary quality, skill and innovation of her vast body of work on screen and stage. The award, created in 2009 is named for its first recipient, Robert Redford. Proceeds from the event provide scholarship support for the next generation of artists at the School. (more...)

From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: The Bag Man
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ John Cusack (Lee Daniels' The Butler, Grosse Pointe Blank), two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook, Raging Bull) and Rebecca Da Costa (Breaking at the Edge, 7 Below) star in the intense action-packed thriller The Bag Man, coming to Blu-ray , DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Both the Blu-ray and DVD include a special behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Bag Man featuring exclusive interviews with the cast and filmmakers. (more...)

Timbaland Signs On as Songwriter for FOX Drama Pilot EMPIRE
by TV News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

Timbaland has joined the upcoming FOX drama pilot EMPIRE. The Grammy-winning producer will serve as both songwriter and producer for the show. (more...)

Forest Whitaker Receives NAACP Chairman's Award at 45th NAACP Image Awards Tonight
by TV News Desk - Feb 22, 2014

Academy Award-winning actor, producer, director and 2014 Image Award nominee, Forest Whitaker is set to receive the NAACP Chairman's Award during the 45th NAACP Image Awards, broadcast live tonight, February 22 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed) on TV One, the civil rights organization announced today. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: An Ode To Octogenarians, Onstage & Onscreen
by Pat Cerasaro - Feb 21, 2014

Today we are turning our attention to the increasingly ubiquitous presence of performers in their golden years reaching lofty new career heights and ingratiating themselves with new audiences all the while - most notably, Elaine Stritch, Christopher Plummer, Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Judi Dench, Angela Lansbury, Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones. (more...)

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, THE WALKING DEAD & JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRAMPA Win at Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2014

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild tonight announced winners of its Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists awards in 14 categories of film, television, commercials and live theater during the black-tie ceremony at the Paramount Studios Theatre. MAC Cosmetics was the Official Cocktail Reception Sponsor. The awards took place before an audience of more than 500, including guild members, industry executives and press. The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild's President Sue Cabral-Ebert presided over the awards ceremony with actor/comedian Tom Arnold serving as host. (more...)

The Wait Is Over -- Global Superstar Mariah Carey Announces May 6th Album Date for The Most Anticipated Release of the Year!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey explodes into the new year with 'You're Mine (Eternal),' her brand new single which she wrote and produced with hitmaker Rodney Jerkins and is launching just in time for Valentine's Day. Both the highly-anticipated, multi-format single, and the remix featuring uber-talented R&B heartthrob Trey Songz, blast off globally to radio and all digital retailers on Wednesday, February 12 th andset the stage for Mariah's new album coming May 6th on Island Def Jam / Universal Music Group. (more...)

Kathy Griffin to Host AARP's 13th Annual 'Movies For Grownups' Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

AARPis pleased to announce that newly-crowned Grammy Award-winne, two-time Emmy Award winner,and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Griffin will host the 13 th annual Movies for Grownups Awards (more...)

World Premiere of THE SUN SHINES EAST Opens Tonight at Deane Little Theatre
by Hilary Kelly - Jan 31, 2014

Shining East Productions presents The Sun Shines East, based on a true story written by Corinne Chateau* about an adoptive mother's struggle to break through deep personal barriers and international politics to bring home her daughter. Pat Golden directs a cast of 5 including Karen Christie-Ward*, Tara Gadomski*, Mary Francina Golden*, Bristol Pomeroy, and Amy Staats*. Fourteen performances will be held at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre, 10 West 64th Street, in New York City from tonight, January 31-February 16, 2014. (more...)

Fred Armisen Among Presenters for Writers Guild Awards NY Ceremony
by TV News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

An incredible line-up of presenters has been confirmed for the 66th annual Writers Guild Awards New York Ceremony on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. (more...)

Lee Daniels to Speak at Oakland University's Keeper of the Dream 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

Now in its 22nd year, Oakland University's Keeper of the Dream Scholarship continues to celebrate and recognize student leaders who promote diversity, cultural understanding and community activism on campus. Now in its 22nd year, Oakland University's Keeper of the Dream Scholarship continues to celebrate and recognize student leaders who promote diversity, cultural understanding and community activism on campus. (more...)

Jared Leto, Oprah Winfrey & More Among First SAG AWARD Presenters Announced
by Movies News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker, and Oprah Winfrey will be presenters at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (more...)

World Premiere of THE SUN SHINES EAST to Open 1/31 at Deane Little Theatre
by Hilary Kelly - Jan 10, 2014

Shining East Productions presents The Sun Shines East, based on a true story written by Corinne Chateau* about an adoptive mother's struggle to break through deep personal barriers and international politics to bring home her daughter. Pat Golden directs a cast of 5 including Karen Christie-Ward*, Tara Gadomski*, Mary Francina Golden*, Bristol Pomeroy, and Amy Staats*. Fourteen performances will be held at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre, 10 West 64th Street, in New York City from January 31-February 16, 2014. *Member, Actors' Equity Association. AEA Approved Showcase. (more...)

Beyonce, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle & More Among 45th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nominees; Full List Revealed!
by TV News Desk - Jan 09, 2014

The nominees for THE 45TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today during a live press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena, CA. David Oyelowo ('Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'), Joe Morton (ABC's 'Scandal'), Keke Palmer (VH1's 'CrazySexyCool'), Bresha Webb (TV One's 'Love That Girl') and Gina Torres (USA's 'Suits') announced the categories and nominees with NAACP Image Awards Committee Chairman, Leonard James and President and CEO of TV One, Alfred Liggins. (more...)

SOUND OF MUSIC's Audra McDonald Among Nominees for 2014 Black Reel Awards
by TV News Desk - Jan 07, 2014

Audra McDonald (Porgy & Bess, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade), who portrayed Mother Abbess in NBC's live broadcast of THE SOUND OF MUSIC has received a 2014 Black Reel Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie or Mini-Series. (more...)

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