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Cartoon avatar app goes big in China

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As anyone who’s ever had an AIM, GChat, or Twitter account knows, a cute avatar is key to a good online persona. In China, consumers have made that quest into a giant market.

Fortune reports that  MYOTee, a cartoon avatar creator with dozens of custom options, has become the hottest mobile app in the nation’s variable market. Earlier this month, the app received over a million downloads in just a couple of days — hitting the top of Apple’s free app ranking in China. READ FULL STORY

Taye Diggs knows you're bummed about his divorce from Idina Menzel

It’s always hard when your favorite celebrity couple breaks up (and you’re forced to declare on Tumblr that love no longer exists). Luckily, Taye Diggs understands.

In an interview with Redbook magazine, Diggs opened up about the end of his 10-year marriage to Idina Menzel, one which inspired theater fans everywhere to believe that some people really can have it all (including cute YouTube videos). “I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times when I thought, Oh, man, people are going to trip out [if we split],” Diggs told Redbook. The two separated last December.

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Shonda Rhimes tells dreams to 'suck it' in amazing Dartmouth commencement speech -- VIDEO

Shonda Rhimes knows how to write a speech; we know that much. But does she know how to deliver one of her own speeches? Though she might not like doing it, the answer is clearly “yes.”

On Sunday, Rhimes stood in front of her alma mater’s graduating class of 2014 to tell this year’s newest batch of Dartmouth alums what to expect after college. Her speech was filled with candid revelations, personal stories, and of course, a few references to the wild world of ShondaLand. Here’s what we learned: READ FULL STORY

'Awkward' star Molly Tarlov really wanted to be Kelly Kapowski -- VIDEO

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She may play a mean girl on TV, but Awkward‘s Molly Tarlov is nice in real life — even if you insisted on being Kelly Kapowski when you “played Saved by the Bell” with her when you were younger. She makes a few other confessions in our Pop Culture Personality Test below. (And for a Britney Spears-related admission, catch her in our special Prom Confessional.) READ FULL STORY

Doodle 4 Google winner showcases innovation -- and a whale in a top hat!

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Google employees develop gadgets that help make the world a better place. Sometimes they get kids to help.

Today’s Google doodle highlights one such invention, a “transformative water purifier” from the mind of 11-year-old Audrey Zhang of New York. Zhang’s fanciful machine takes in liquid from polluted rivers, lakes, and oceans, and then transforms it into clean, drinkable water. “When humans and animals drink this water, they will live a healthier life,” Zhang wrote in her description of the piece. READ FULL STORY

See Hugh Jackman's bouncy Tony Awards opener

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly a full opening number. But at least viewers finally found out why Hugh Jackman was bouncing up and down in his Tonys promo.

For Jackman’s opening routine at the Tony Awards last night, the host opted to forgo a full musical opening. (He’s done his fair share in the past — and, honestly, he probably couldn’t compete with Neil Patrick Harris’s showstopper from last year’s ceremony.)

Instead, showing off the endurance of the guy who brought Wolverine to screens, Jackman’s routine involved bouncing — everywhere and by everyone. Even Sting and Clint Eastwood got in on the fun.

Watch below, and stay for Jackman and Harris’ purposefully awkward elevator bit. Come on, Jackman, tell Harris you can host any show better than him. READ FULL STORY

Tony Awards 2014 winners: 'A Gentleman's Guide' and 'All the Way' take top prizes

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, an old-fashioned musical comedy and the rare Broadway hit not based on a movie or TV show and with zero Hollywood stars in its cast, claimed Best Musical at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday. Meanwhile, the LBJ biodrama All the Way won Best Play as well as Best Actor for star Bryan Cranston in his Broadway debut.

Neil Patrick Harris, an Emmy-winning four-time Tony host, earned his first award for his role as an East German transgender punker in the musical revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch (and is halfway to an EGOT). And Audra McDonald picked up a record-breaking sixth Tony playing Billie Holiday in the drama Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, becoming the first performer to win Tonys in all four acting categories.

Tony voters spread the wealth this year, with no one show dominating. A Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig each took home a total of four awards, while A Raisin in the Sun earned three for revival, director Kenny Leon, and costar Sophie Okenedo. After the jump, a complete list of this year’s winners. READ FULL STORY

Inside the Tony Award Nominees: Best Revival of a Musical

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 Musical.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Opened: April 22, 2014

Closing: Aug. 17, 2014

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall

Directed by: Michael Mayer

Book by: John Cameron Mitchell

Music and lyrics by: Stephen Trask

Synopsis: Hedwig (Harris) is a transgender East German who weds an American G.I. near the end of the Cold War, and finds herself living in a Kansas trailer park and forming a band called The Angry Inch while pining for her lost love, a younger rock star named Tommy.

Tony nominations: 8 — Best Revivial of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Neil Patrick Harris), Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Lena Hall), Best Scenic Design of a Musical (Julian Crouch), Best Costume Design of a Musical (Arianne Phillips), Best Lighting Design of a Musical (Kevin Adams), Best Sound Design of a Musical (Tim O’Heir), Best Direction of a Musical (Michael Meyer)

EW’s review: “Purists may balk at Harris’ punk-lite vocals on Trask’s infectiously rockin’ score — he’s less Iggy, more pop — and his threats to ”cut you, bitch” come off with more of a wink than actual menace. But in a bravura performance, the actor proves the perfect instrument for Hedwig’s transition into world-class superstardom. He’s honed his showmanship on four Tony Awards gigs, of course. But he’s looser here, and lewder, more spontaneous and quick on his pumps.” A- (Thom Geier)

Scenic designer Julian Crouch on the challenges of a revival: “Hedwig is a kind of woman who would never perform on Broadway. In a sense, she’s a failure. So we had to find a way that it would be genuine that she was on Broadway – so let’s do it on the set of a failed musical. It really worked.”

Odds of winning: Bet your pumps on it.

NEXT: Les Miserables

Tony host Hugh Jackman on his rivalry with Neil Patrick Harris, hip flasks, and a 'Wolverine' musical -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

After nine years’ absence, Hugh Jackman bounces back to host this Sunday’s Tony Awards broadcast in a big way. Taking a break from rehearsals at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, he gave props to Neil Patrick Harris, another four-time Tony host who’s up for his first award this year for Hedwig and the Angry Inch. (Jackman earned his own statuette in 2003 for the musical The Boy From Oz.) His advice to Harris: “Sneak some food in…or a hip flask, whatever works for you.” While dismissing any notion that he might one day star in a Wolverine musical, the X-Men star did talk about his plans to return to the New York stage this fall in a three-character drama, The River, opening this fall in a theater that’s about half the size of the one where he performed Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway three years ago. No, he’s not trying to make it harder for fans to see him. “It’s a very intimate play,” he explains. Check out our exclusive clip after the jump (and come back Sunday for our Tony live blog, starting at 8 p.m. ET #EWTonys). READ FULL STORY

'Veep' star Timothy C. Simons explains how he used to steal HBO -- VIDEO

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Veep wraps its third season Sunday with back-to-back episodes (June 8, starting at 10 p.m. ET), so 1.) prepare yourself for a double dose of Jonah and 2.) watch Timothy C. Simons take our Pop Culture Personality Test and speak of the kind of pirating patience that doesn’t exist anymore. READ FULL STORY

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