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Leonardo DiCaprio Eyes Stage Career

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Drama, Celeb News, Scripts

Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio wants to star in a stage play.

The 39-year-old actor - who was catapulted to the spotlight in 1997's Titanic - has his sights set on performing in theaters after enjoying a film career spanning two decades, and is already looking at scripts for both classic and new productions.

"I have thought about theater on and off over they years but other things keep getting in the way. Maybe now's the time," he said.

Leonardo has been nominated for a number of awards for his work over the past year - including an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort in The Wolf Of Wall Street - but he wants to wait until after awards season before he explores theatre work further. "I'm going to get all of this - the awards and traveling - over with and maybe, just maybe, there will be a play. I've actually been looking at a bunch plays and stuff. I would love to do it," he explained.


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Cinecast: Seth Green on Affleck’s Batman, ‘Pushing Daisies’ Musical, ‘SATC 3’?

Bette Midler+ Seth Green - whom you may recall from Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and Austin Powers - gives Larry King a compelling explanation as to why Ben Affleck is a poor choice as Batman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film.

+ Bette Midler is set to appear at this Oscars this year - additionally, she'll be singing for the first time!

+ Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is in talks with Warner Bros. and Barry Sonnenfeld to adapt the short-lived (and much-loved!) ABC series into a musical for Broadway, which would star Pushing Daisies alum Kristin Chenoweth. Fuller says that he is also contemplating a film adaptation.

+ Michael Patrick King, who wrote for the Sex and the City series and directed both film adaptations, says that there's one more story to tell for Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha - greatly hinting at the possibility of a third film.

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Hugh Jackman to Host the Tony Awards

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Musicals, Awards, New Releases

Hugh JackmanHugh Jackman will host the Tony Awards 2014.

The Wolverine actor is set to present the show's 68th annual awards ceremony which will take place in New York City on June 8 and CBS Entertainment, who will broadcast the event, are delighted to have him on board.

"We are thrilled to have Hugh Jackman return to host the Tony Awards. Hugh is the ultimate performer - actor, singer and dancer - he does it all, second to none. He is a consummate entertainer and the one you want out there hosting your live television event," Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment, said in a statement.

Hugh previously fronted the Tony Awards between 2003-2005 and this will be the fourth time the Les Miserables star hosts the annual ceremony, which celebrates achievement in live Broadway theater.

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Bradley Cooper Returning to Broadway

Bradley CooperBradley Cooper is to star in The Elephant Man on Broadway.

The American Hustle actor will reportedly portray disfigured John Merrick - who toured the UK in a freak show before being rescued by Dr. Treves - on the New York stage "without the aid of make-up or prosthetics," Entertainment Weekly has revealed.

He previously played the role in a limited run in 2012 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. It is unclear whether his co-stars in that production, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, will also appear in the Broadway show.

The play will mark Bradley's first return to the New York stage since his 2006 stint opposite Julia Roberts and Paul Rudd in Three Days of Rain.

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Daniel Radcliffe Making Broadway Return

Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe is returning to Broadway.

The Harry Potter actor - who made his New York theatre debut in a 2008 production of Equus - will join the rest of the London cast of The Cripple of Inishmaan when it transfers to the US on 20 April for a three-month run.

The play, which was a sell-out when it ran in the West End last summer, follows disabled teenager Billy's attempt to become a movie star when a Hollywood production is filmed on an island near his Irish home in the 1930s. In a similar experiment to its British run, The Michael Grandage Company will sell 10,000 tickets for the production at just $27, considerably less than the average price for a Broadway show.

Woman in Black star Daniel previously spoke of how pleased he was with his Irish accent in the production. "Learning the accent was, is, an ongoing thing. I'm pleased with it to be honest and I think it's in a really good place. The rest of the cast most of whom are Irish seem pretty happy with it. So I am pleased with it. It's definitely going to be something that gets better and better and better the more I do it. It's been fun and it's a fun accent to talk in - the stuff that wouldn't necessarily be funny in an English accent is for some reason just funnier in an Irish accent," he said.


Sarah Hyland “Not OK” with Carly Rae Jepsen Casting

Sarah Hyland and Carly Rae JepsenSarah Hyland is "not OK" with Carly Rae Jepsen being cast as Cinderella on Broadway.

The Modern Family star wrote a series of angry Tweets about the "Call Me Maybe" singer's scheduled appearance in the New York musical, saying she's "hesitant" about whether she will be able to pull the part off. "Today's a meltdown day. Carly Rae Jepsen is going to be Cinderella??? On Broadway??? NOT OK WITH THIS. [sic]," she wrote.

Looking to the show's current star, Laura Osnes, she then tweeted, "Tell me it's gonna be OK @LauraOsnes." Sarah then added, "Hoping she will be amazing. I'm hesitant though..."

Carly is set to take on the role for 12 weeks starting on February 4. It is not known if Sarah, 23, had been auditioning for the same part, but she sought to clarify she does not have anything personal against Carly: "To avoid anyone assuming things? My previous tweets do not mean that I'm not a Carly Rae Jepsen fan. The end."

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Hugh Jackman Drops Out of Broadway’s ‘Houdini’

Leonardo DiCaprioHugh Jackman has dropped out of the upcoming Broadway production Houdini.

The 45-year-old Australian actor was due to take on the leading role as the legendary escape artist, Harry Houdini, in the eagerly anticipated show in New York City next year but will not longer be taking to the stage because of his busy schedule. "I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on Houdini. Ultimately, though, I wasn't able to commit to the time this role will require," the Wolverine star issued a statement.

The actor, who won a Tony Award for best actor in a musical in 2004 for The Boy from Oz, in which he performed for a year, added, "I have tremendous respect and admiration for the creative team and I wish everyone the best. I know they're well on their way to making something extraordinary."

Hugh signed on to star in the project in January 2012, but just weeks later The Newsroom creator, Aaron Sorkin, who was also due to work on the production, dropped out.

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Rachel Weisz, Daniel Craig Sleep in Separate Beds for Roles

Daniel Craig and Rachel WeiszDaniel Craig and Rachel Weisz sleep in separate beds to stay in character for their Broadway show.

The pair - who wed in 2011 - play a married couple in a new production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal on the New York stage where Rachel's character Emma cheats on Daniel's Robert, and to make sure they can do their alter egos justice they have been taking their roles "very seriously."

"Daniel and Rachel are taking their roles very seriously. When the curtain comes down they are staying in character to keep momentum and have taken themselves to separate bedroom to keep focused. They feel they cannot go home and snuggle up together at night and then switch into character," a source said.

Daniel, 45, and Rachel, 43, began dating in December 2010 before the release of 2011's psychological thriller Dream House when they were again cast as a couple. Since they tied the knot in June that year they haven't worked together and their dedication to staying in character off set has worried the play's production team. "It's been a big talking point backstage and the production team were a little concerned as Daniel and Rachel haven't worked together since they married," the insider added.


Michelle Williams Heading to Broadway

Alan Cumming and Michelle WilliamsMichelle Williams will make her Broadway debut next March.

The 32-year-old actress, who has been nominated for an Oscar three times, is set to star as Sally Bowles opposite acclaimed British actor Alan Cumming, 48, in a new production of Cabaret. Roundabout Theater Company confirmed on Wednesday that the Brokeback Mountain star has signed on for a 24-week run and previews will begin on March 21, 2014 at the Kit Kat Klub at Studio 54 on Broadway in New York.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes will helm the production for the second time after originally reviving the show in 1993, which also starred Alan. "I'm delighted to be stepping back into the Kit Kat Klub one more time, and to be having the opportunity to re-explore and re-discover this extraordinary musical alongside two equally extraordinary performers," he said in a statement.

The show will begin its official run on April 24.


Ethan Hawke to Play Macbeth

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Classics, Drama, Casting, Celeb News

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke will play Macbeth on Broadway.

The 42-year-old actor has been confirmed as taking the leading role in the Shakespeare tragedy. The female lead playing Lady Macbeth has yet to be confirmed.

Ethan will reunite with director Jack O'Brien at Lincoln Center Theater, where he has previously starred productions of The Coast of Utopia - earning him a Tony nomination in 2007 - and Henry IV. Ethan is also currently riding high as the star of The Purge - which topped the box office last weekend - as well as playing the lead in highly anticipated romantic drama Before Midnight, the sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.

The actor recently admitted he often questions his stardom and feels "guilty" as he thinks he deserves the attention he receives from fans. "You know in your heart of hearts that you're special only like every human being is special, so you don't know why you're getting all this attention and you feel guilty about it. What you feel guilty about is the feeling that some part of you thinks you deserve it 'cos it feels good. And it's a weird snake that's eating it's own tail."


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