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Kathy Griffin freaks out over her Emmy loss to Ryan Seacrest

August 22, 2010 |  8:13 am

"Call the paramedics!" tweeted Kathy Griffin upon losing the Emmy for best reality program to her nemesis. "I'm putting myself on a 5150 psych hold (a la Britney) 72 hours in a padded cell, far, far away from @RyanSeacrest."

Seacrest produced "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution," which beat Griffin's "My Life on the D-List" for best reality program.

Griffin also tweeted lots of other reax, but many are not quotable for this family-friendly organization. In addition, she tweeted the photo below of herself with fellow Emmy loser Kristin Chenoweth at the Governors Ball after the Creative Arts ceremony.

In our webcam chat with Griffin last week, she fumed with worry about her upcoming showdown with Seacrest. If you haven't seen it, tune in — she's hilarious.

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Photo: @KathyGriffin

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Sean Hayes rallies from controversy to host Tony Awards

May 24, 2010 | 10:58 am

Promises Promises The Tony Awards have tapped current nominee Sean Hayes to host the 64th edition of the annual theater kudos. By choosing this Broadway newcomer, the producers are sending a clear message of support for Hayes. The recently out actor found himself at the center of a controversy when Newsweek columnist Ramin Setoodeh slammed him for playing straight in the rialto revival of the 1968 tuner "Promises, Promises."

Hayes had impressed theater critics as the hapless Chuck Baxter, who longs for a co-worker -- the unlucky-in-love Fran Kubelik (Kristin Chenoweth). Although Setoodeh dismissed his efforts, the theater community rewarded him with a Tony nomination for lead actor in a musical. Hayes' costar --the Emmy-winning Chenoweth ("Pushing Daisies") -- leapt to his defense with an impassioned plea to Setoodeh for tolerance. Although this past Tony champ ("You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown") was snubbed by the nominating committee, expect Chenoweth to be in the audience at Radio City Music Hall on June 13 to cheer on Hayes.

Another Tony winner, Katie Finneran ("Noises Off") -- who stole that show from theatrical royalty Patti LuPone -- did the same in "Promises, Promises" as a barfly on the prowl who sets her sights on Chuck. Marian Mercer took home the featured actress award for creating this role, and Finneran could well do the same this year, thereby besting two Broadway veterans -- five-time champ Angela Lansbury, nominated for the revival of "A Little Night Music," and one-time winner Barbara Cook, up for the new revue "Sondheim on Sondheim."

"Promises, Promises" -- the musical version of 1960 best picture Oscar champ "The Apartment" -- has quite the pedigree. Neil Simon adapted the Oscar-winning screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, and Hal David and Burt Bacharach provided the words and music. For the original production, Jerry Orbach landed a lead actor Tony for bringing to the stage the part first played on film by Jack Lemmon and now reprised by Hayes.

Hayes is not the first Tony Awards host to have the added pressure of being a nominee. In 2004, Hugh Jackman won the same award Hayes is vying for -- lead actor in a musical -- for "The Boy From Oz" while emceeing his second Tony telecast. The following year, he won an Emmy Award in the now defunct individual performance in a variety special category for his work as Tonys host.

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Experts predict Tony Award nominations

April 29, 2010 |  9:57 am

There's a lot of drama surrounding the Tony Award nominations, which will be unveiled Tuesday. Take, for example, the battle over best musical. The pundits cited below are split over eight contenders to take those four category slots. "American Idiot" is the favorite to win, but an upset is possible. The biggest drama of all is over best drama — there's no clear front-runner.

We've recruited predix from a team of savvy prognosticators: Melissa Bernardo (Entertainment Weekly), Martin Denton (NYTheatre), Thom Geier (Entertainment Weekly), Andy Humm (Gay City News, Gay USA), Kenneth Jones (Playbill.com), Brian Lipton (Theater Mania), Patrick Pacheco (L.A. Times, NY1), Paul Sheehan (TheEnvelope.com), David Sheward (Back Stage), Matt Windman (amNY) and me.

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BEST PLAY
"A Behanding in Spokane" — Geier, Humm
"Enron" — Bernardo, Denton, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward
"In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play" — Humm, Windman
"Next Fall" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"Race" — Denton, Jones, O'Neil, Sheward
"Red" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"Time Stands Still" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, Pacheco, Sheehan, Windman

BEST MUSICAL
"The Addams Family" — Jones, Sheward
"American Idiot" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"Come Fly Away" — Bernardo, Geier, Windman
"Everyday Rapture" — Lipton, Pacheco
"Fela!" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"Memphis" — Denton, Geier, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"Million Dollar Quartet" — Bernardo, Denton, Humm, Sheehan
"Sondheim on Sondheim" — O'Neil, Humm

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY
"A View from the Bridge" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"Collected Stories" -- Humm
"Fences" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"Hamlet" — Bernardo, Humm
"Lend Me a Tenor" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"The Royal Family" — Denton, Geier, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
"A Little Night Music" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"Finian’s Rainbow" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"La Cage Aux Folles" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier,Humm,  Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
"Ragtime" — Bernardo, Humm
"Promises, Promises" — Denton, Geier, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
John Gallagher Jr., "American Idiot" — Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, O'Neil, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
Kelsey Grammer, "La Cage aux Folles" — Denton, Jones
Sean Hayes, "Promises, Promises" — Bernardo, Geier, Lipton, Pacheco, Sheehan, Windman
Douglas Hodge, "La Cage Aux Folles" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
Chad Kimball, "Memphis" — Bernardo, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
Nathan Lane, "The Addams Family" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheward
Sahr Nguajah, "Fela!" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Kate Baldwin, "Finian’s Rainbow" — Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
Kristin Chenoweth, "Promises, Promises" — Bernardo, Humm, O'Neil
Montego Glover, "Memphis" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
Bebe Neuwirth, "The Addams Family" — Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheward, Windman
Christine Noll, "Ragtime" -- Bernardo, Denton
Sherie Rene Scott, "Everyday Rapture" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman
Catherine Zeta-Jones, "A Little Night Music" — Bernardo, Denton, Geier, Humm, Jones, Lipton, O'Neil, Pacheco, Sheehan, Sheward, Windman

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Will 'Promises, Promises' be fulfilled at Tony Awards?

April 26, 2010 |  8:52 am

Promises Promises The first rialto revival of the 1969 musical "Promises, Promises" opened Sunday night to decidedly mixed reviews. This tuneful version of 1960 best picture Oscar champ "The Apartment" has quite the pedigree. Neil Simon adapted the Oscar-winning screenplay by Billy Wilder and I.A.L Diamond while Hal David and Burt Bacharach provided the words and music.

Critics cheered Emmy champ Sean Hayes ("Will & Grace") making his Broadway debut as the hapless Chuck Baxter, who longs for a co-worker -- unlucky-in-love Fran Kubelik. Jerry Orbach landed a lead actor Tony in 1969 for bringing to the stage this part first played on film by Jack Lemmon.

Awards darling Kristin Chenoweth fared less well, with most reviewers making note of her ill-fitting role as a melancholy mistress. This Tony ("You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown") and Emmy winner ("Pushing Daisies") needn't make room on her mantle for another award. In her case, the nomination, if it comes, will be her only reward, just as it was for Shirley MacLaine in the movie and Jill O'Hara in the first Broadway run.

However, another Tony winner Katie Finneran ("Noises Off") -- who stole that show from theatrical royalty Patti LuPone -- does the same here as a barfly on the prowl who sets her sights on Chuck. Marian Mercer took home the featured actress award for this role in 1969 and Finneran could well do the same.

The original "Promises, Promises" was the first show directed by one-time actor Robert Moore and he earned a Tony nomination. While he directed only seven more Broadway shows before dying in 1984, Moore was nominated for four of them. Michael Bennett did not win the Tony in 1969 for his sensational choreography of the show; Joe Layton picked up a second Tony for "George M" to join the one he won for "No Strings" in 1962. However, Bennett went on to win seven Tonys, including five for choreographing such innovative shows as "A Chorus Line" and "Dreamgirls."

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Gold Derby nuggets: Charlie Sheen signing off? | Kristen Chenoweth's 'new' songs | Betty White tops on 'The Middle'

April 9, 2010 |  4:52 pm

Charlie Sheen On Friday night, Charlie Sheen is taping what could be his final appearance on the hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men." Sheen -- who has earned four consecutive Emmy nods for the show -- may be exiting the CBS staple after seven seasons. Sheen -- who has had his share of personal woes over the course of the series -- faces charges for a domestic dispute at Christmas and is currently in rehab. As Elizabeth Leonard reports, the actor denies that his leaving has anything to do with salary negotiations; rather as he explains in a statement: "Approaching the start of the current season and as far back as June ‘09, I submitted my terms for season eight to Warner Bros. and CBS respectfully. Both parties have known the score for over a year. In no way, has this been a hasty or negligent eleventh hour surprise." PEOPLE

• The first trailer and poster for "The Kids Are All Right" -- the hit of the Sundance and Berlin filmfests-- have been released in advance of the July 7 premiere. The domestic drama from Lisa Chodolenko stars Oscar nominees Annette Bening and Julianne Moore as same-sex parents struggling to integrate the sperm donor father (Mark Ruffalo) into the family. As Simon Dang writes, "The poster's tagline probably says it best: 'Nic and Jules had the perfect family, until they met the man who made it all possible.' " PLAYLIST

Jennifer James reviews the tantalizingly titled "Streep Tease" playing at the Bang Theater in Los Angeles. As the subtitle says, this is "An Evening of Meryl Streep Monologues Performed by an All-Male Cast." For James, "this brisk, hour-long sampling of Streep’s oeuvre, directed by Ezra Weisz, features a gamely goofy cast" and "the most hilarious segment of the evening is a six-minute rendition of the entire plot of 'Out of Africa,' performed by David Dean Bottrell with a spot-on Danish accent and a languid manner that is at hilarious odds with his breathlessly-paced romp." CULTURE MONSTER

Kristen Chenoweth Promises PromisesGordon Cox reports on the Broadway trend to make old musicals sound new again with the addition of tunes not heard in the original production. He cites the current revival of the 1968 Tony winner "Promises, Promises" which has leafed through the Burt Bacharach-Hal David songbook for more solos for lead Kristen Chenoweth. As per the show's director Rob Ashford, the added songs -- "Say a Little Prayer" and "A House Is Not a Home" -- "make Fran's role complete, and therefore more appealing." VARIETY

Kristen Chenoweth has proven to be appealing to both Tony and Emmy voters over the years. She won the featured actress in a musical award at the 1998 Tonys for her work as sassy sister Sally in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" and contended in the lead category in 2004 for "Wicked," losing to her costar Idina Menzel. For her supporting role on the comedy series "Pushing Daisies," Chenoweth won an Emmy last fall. She may well contend again for both awards again this year with her star turn in the tuner "Promises, Promises" and her TV guest spot on the breakout hit "Glee." She talks about these latest roles in the paperback edition of her memoir "A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages" that hit stores this week.

Idina Menzel is also guesting on "Glee" this year and to coincide with her first appearance, she will be releasing a six-track EP on April 13. The disc features three tunes from her album "I Stand" and another three from her appearance on the PBS series "Soundstage."

Betty White The Middle Emmy AwardsRick Porter previews the upcoming appearance of four-time Emmy champ Betty White on the May 19 season finale of ABC freshman hit "The Middle." As Rick writes, "White plays Mrs. Nethercott, the librarian at Brick's (Atticus Shaffer) school -- and she may hold the key to whether Brick advances to the third grade. At the end of the school year, Frankie (Patricia Heaton) and Mike (Neil Flynn) discover that Brick has 31 overdue books checked out of the library, which is endangering his chances at being promoted." White's last Emmy win was for a 1996 guest spot as an exaggerated version of her self on "The John Larroquette Show" and the last four of her 16 nominations have been for guesting on both comedy and drama series. ZAP 2 IT

• Our forum posters have been handing out awards to their choices for the best in film since 2002. This year, "The Hurt Locker" won best picture, director (Kathryn Bigelow), film editing and cinematography. In previous years, the top prize has gone to "Wall-E," "No Country for Old Men," "The Departed," "Brokeback Mountain," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" and "Chicago." Now our posters have nominated their picks for the best pics and performances of the decade. Voting continues through Sunday, April 25 with the top 3 vote recipients and overall winner in each category announced on Sunday, May 2. Many thanks to our forum notables Chris "Boomer" Beachum, Robert "Rob L" Licuria, Andrew "andrew" Pickett and Matt "Noble" Noble for organizing these awards. GOLD DERBY

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David Sheward's gutsy, early Tony Award predictions

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Top photo: Charlie Sheen in "Two and a Half Men." Credit:CBS

Middle photo: Kristen Chenoweth in "Promises Promises." Credit: Broadway Theater

Bottom photo: Betty White and Atticus Shaffer in "The Middle." Credit: ABC

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