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Inside the 2014 Tony Award nominees: Best Revival of a Play

As we look ahead to the Tony Awards on Sunday, EW is taking a closer look at this season’s nominated selection of new musicals, plays, and revivals, all of which will be competing for Broadway’s highest honor. Today, we dive into this year’s nominees for Best Revival of a Play. READ FULL STORY

Watch Jenny Slate explain why 'Se7en' is the scariest movie she's ever seen -- VIDEO

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In the Sundance fave Obvious Child (in limited release June 6), Jenny Slate plays a comic who follows a break-up with a one-night stand, learns she’s pregnant, and struggles to tell the guy how she intends to handle it. There’s laughter and tears, but luckily, we only had the former when Slate took our Pop Culture Personality Test and revealed why Kevin Costner was her first celebrity crush, what Annie reference her mother still makes on all her birthday cards, and why Se7en is the scariest movie she’s ever seen. READ FULL STORY

Pharrell wears headdress for 'Elle UK' cover, Twitter #nothappy

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Pharrell Williams traded in his infamous Vivienne Westwood hat — which he debuted at this year’s Grammys — for a Native American headdress for the cover of Elle UK. The response to the cover was swift, particularly on Twitter, where users have taken up the hashtag #nothappy, a play on his hit song “Happy,” to display their concerns with the Native American cultural appropriation. READ FULL STORY

Inside the 2014 Tony Award Nominees: Best Play

As we look ahead to the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8, EW takes a closer look at this season’s nominated selection of new musicals, plays, and revivals, all of which will be competing for Broadway’s highest honor. Today, we dive into this year’s nominees for Best Play.

Act One

Opened: March 20, 2014

Closing: June 15, 2014

Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Andrea Martin, Santino Fontana, Beatrice Kaufman, Frieda Fishbein

Directed by: James Lapine

Written by: James Lapine, based on the memoir by Moss Hart

Synopsis: Act One chronicles the life of Moss Hart (1904-61) and his growth from a poor kid interested in theater to a wildly successful playwright, who wrote (or co-wrote, with George S. Kaufman) classics such as Merrily We Roll Along and You Can’t Take It With You.

EW’s review: “Eccentricity comes easily to Shalhoub after his award-winning eight-season stint as an OCD-afflicted detective on TV’s Monk. The actor is so quirkily charming as Kaufman — and such a good match for Fontana as his high-strung extroverted writing partner — that it’s almost a letdown when he morphs back into Moss.” B- –Melissa Rose Bernardo

Tony nominations: 5 — Best Play; Best Leading Actor in a Play (Tony Shalhoub); Best Scenic Design of a Play (Beowulf Boritt); Best Costume Design of a Play (Jane Greenwood); and Best Sound Design of a Play (Dan Moses Schreier)

Odds on winning: It has an outside chance.

NEXT: All The Way

Jonah Hill apologizes for gay slur again on 'Tonight'

Jonah Hill recently called a papparazzo a “f—–” in a video captured by TMZ and, after extensively apologizing for using the slur in a radio interview with Howard Stern, he addressed the situation again on Tuesday night’s Tonight Show.

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Inside the 2014 Tony Nominees: Best Musical

As we look ahead to the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8, EW takes a closer look at this season’s nominated selection of new musicals, plays, and revivals, all of which will be competing for Broadway’s highest honor. Today, we dive into this year’s nominees for Best Musical.

After Midnight 

Opened: Nov. 3, 2013
Starring: Adriane Lenox, Dulé Hill, and a rotating list of celebrity guest stars including Fantasia Barrino, Gladys Knight, and Patti LaBelle
Concept by: Jack Viertel
Directed and Choreographed by: Warren Carlyle
Synopsis: Celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club, After Midnight is a sexy and smoky musical revue of the Jazz Age. With original arrangements of Ellington classics and Langston Hughes’ poetry, After Midnight features 25 dancers and singers and a 17-piece big band picked by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.
EW review: “But for the most part, After Midnight is a show that’s as light on its feet as its very talented ensemble. Be sure to hang around after the curtain call for Ellington’s ‘Rockin’ in Rhythm,’ a kind of it-ain’t-overture by Marsalis’ incomparable orchestra that is sure to put a spring in your step for days to come.”  A- –Thom Geier
Listen to this: “Women Be Wise”
Nominations: 7 — Best Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical (Adriane Lenox), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Isabel Toledo), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Howell Binkley), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Peter Hylenski), Best Direction of a Musical (Warren Carlyle), and Best Choreography (Warren Carlyle)
Fun Fact: After Midnight was first performed as part of New York City Center’s Encores! program under the title Cotton Club Parade in 2011 and 2012.
Odds of Winning: A long shot for the gold.
Fantasia Barrino on her affinity for jazz“Jazz music is a different language — it’s not the same as R&B, it’s not the same as most music that a lot of us listen to, especially our young people, but I feel like it’s what people need to see because it’s where it all started. It’s so elegant, it’s so classy, it’s so sexy, and most of all, it stands for those people who came before us and who went through so much. Music was their way of feeling like they could make it through.”
Warren Carlyle on what attracted him to the show: “It’s been an amazing journey. I started working on it about 4 years ago. It’s been an amazing journey of development. I took the job, I wanted to do it because of the music, the music is really what attracted me. I don’t know, I love this music. It’s incredible. It’s a giant Broadway musical. All the story is told through music and dance. There’s a little bit of poetry that weaves it together but it’s sort of a wild artistic adventure.”

NEXT: Aladdin 

Jonah Hill apologizes for using gay slur: 'I'm happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say'

Jonah Hill called a papparazzo a gay slur over the weekend — and now, he’s apologizing for it.

“In that moment, I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people,” Hill told Howard Stern in a radio interview.

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Tony Awards 2014: Who will win?

Will Neil Patrick Harris claim his first Tony Award this Sunday for his gender-bending turn in the musical revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch? Probably. Will fellow multiple-Emmy winner Bryan Cranston win for playing Lyndon B. Johnson in the biodrama All the Way? Count on it. But will it be the Carole King biomusical Beautiful or the murderously funny A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder that earns top honors as the Best New Musical of the Broadway season?

On that point, as on many other tight races in this year’s Tony contest, EW critics Melissa Rose Bernardo and Thom Geier are divided. Here, we offer our predictions of who will be step-step-kicking to the podium at Radio City Music Hall this Sunday. (By the way, we’ll also be live-blogging the ceremony, hosted for the fourth time by Hugh Jackman.) Disagree with our picks? Please let us know who you think will win — or should win — in the comments section. READ FULL STORY

New 'Mortal Kombat' coming next year: Watch the gruesome trailer -- VIDEO

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Just when you thought the violence on last night’s Game of Thrones was rough, Ed Boon, co-creator of Mortal Kombat, confirmed that there will be a new installment of the popular fighting game. The new release, Mortal Kombat X, will be available in 2015.

The announcement was made via Twitter at 6:01 a.m. today and has since been retweeted more than 2,000 times. Shortly thereafter, Boon also tweeted a link to the trailer, which features two lead characters, Scorpion and Sub-Zero, fighting to the death. The result? Almost two minutes of adrenaline-infused, hyper-masculine, fist punching, bone breaking, and blood-spewing action, all set to Wiz Khalifa’s “Can’t Be Stopped.” READ FULL STORY

'Donnie Darko' reimagined as an 8-bit videogame -- VIDEO

It’s Donnie Darkobut without Donnie’s impassioned Smurfette monologue and with 8-bit graphics — the result looks like a very, very mad world, indeed. READ FULL STORY

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