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Will 'The Equalizer's success pressure Denzel into Neeson Season?

It was a good run, Liam Neeson. The 62-year-old who was Oskar Schindler and Alfred Kinsey spent the last seven years kicking the crap out of much younger bad guys in bone-crushing B-movies, best epitomized by the Taken films. But as of this past weekend, there’s a new sheriff in town. Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, one of the biggest movie stars of the past 25 years, and almost always, the coolest guy in the room, delivered his 12th No. 1 film, The Equalizer.

Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), The Equalizer is a Neeson-ized adaptation of the 1980s CBS detective drama series that starred Edward Woodward. Washington plays Robert McCall, a former spy/assassin with a sentimental soul who puts his deadly skills back in action when the Russian mob steps on the neck of some of his poor Boston friends. The Equalizer is a Bourne film for your parents’ generation, a taut but straight-ahead thriller where the old guy not only dispatches Russian gangsters with a creative assortment of Home Depot style tools, but offers life-lessons to a younger generation that hangs on his every word of wisdom. The Equalizer grossed more than $34 million in its opening weekend, Washington’s third biggest debut ever, and a sequel is already on the drawing board.

At 59, Washington is just entering his Neeson-season prime, and the man who brought “geri-action”—to quote my colleague Hillary Busis—back in vogue, might suddenly have some serious competition. READ FULL STORY

Broadway box office: 'Aladdin,' 'Raisin,' and 'Beautiful' are the season's hottest pre-Tony tickets

As we sneak up on this Sunday’s Tony Awards, the Broadway season’s box office winners are quickly emerging. And the biggest new hit appears to be on a magic carpet ride. For the week ending June 1, Disney’s Aladdin led new shows with nearly $1.2 million in ticket sales, according to figures from the Broadway League. The animated-film-based tuner is playing to full houses and nearly 88 percent of its potential gross in the cavernous 1,723-seat New Amsterdam Theatre. Right behind Aladdin, though, is a rare non-musical blockbuster: the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which soaked up $1.19 million last week (thanks in part to premium tickets selling for as much as $348). READ FULL STORY

'Gentleman's Guide', Neil Patrick Harris' 'Hedwig' lead nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards

Fully realizing its underdog appeal, the cheeky musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder slayed the competition this morning with a whopping 10 Tony nominations, including nods for both of its tireless leading men, Jefferson Mays and Bryce Pinkham. Neil Patrick Harris’ return to Broadway after a decade yielded him his first-ever Tony nomination for the celebrated revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which netted an impressive eight nods. (Had it been eligible as a new musical, Hedwig probably would have easily tied Guide, as score and book would have been slam dunks). Trailing these shows with seven nominations each were the spicy jazz revue After Midnight, the Carole King biomusical Beautiful, John Tiffany’s critic-adored revival of The Glass Menagerie (in which all cast members except for Zachary Quinto got nods), and the Mark Rylance-led, period specific staging of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (EW’s pick for best production of 2013).

It was, however, not a great morning to be a movie star trying out Broadway for the first time or returning to it. Snub-ees this year in addition to the aforementioned Quinto included the ranks of James Franco, Denzel Washington, Michelle Williams, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Daniel Radcliffe, Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei, Rebecca Hall and Zach Braff. The Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on June 8 at 8pm.

Nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards follow:

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Broadway box office: Denzel Washington's 'Raisin in the Sun' is season's biggest hit

There are no dreams deferred for the producers of the Denzel Washington-led revival of A Raisin in the Sun. In its first full week since its April 3 opening, director Kenny Leon’s well-reviewed revival earned a remarkable $1.18 million, according to figures from the Broadway League covering ticket sales for the week ending April 13. That makes it the fifth highest-grossing show of the week and the only non-musical to cross the seven-figure threshold. And thanks to premium ticket prices as high as $348, Raisin actually exceeded the estimated gross potential of the Ethel Barrymore Theatre by 16 percent. READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: Denzel and Menzel add some Broadway star power

King Kong ain’t got s–t on superstar Denzel Washington (at least, not until the beast’s new musical declares a firm date next season), as the movie megastar touched down on Broadway for the first time since his Tony-winning turn in August Wilson’s Fences in 2010. And like that heralded revival, he once again got raves from most outlets. Also receiving raves this week was Wicked star Idina Menzel, who dazzles in If/Then, the new tuner by the Next to Normal team of Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt. And though the young fans who adore her voice in Frozen may, well, freeze at the prospect of their favorite snow queen Elsa singing a song called “What the F–k?”, her Tony buzz and emotion-rich work has assured her status in the Broadway diva pantheon. (And speaking of Frozen, EW posted video of Smash alum Jeremy Jordan nailing Menzel’s signature Disney tune “Let It Go.” Seriously, check it out.)  READ FULL STORY

Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Misleading trailers

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Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t watched Side Effects or Flight and don’t want them to be spoiled for you, stop reading now!

Not too long ago, my roommate and I decided to enjoy a Friday night in with nothing but some microwave popcorn and whatever we could find on On Demand. And after flipping through On Demand’s entire library, it seemed we would be spending the evening with Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, and Jude Law in Side Effects, which looked like some sort of psychological thriller. Let me refresh your memory. Here’s the trailer:

After watching the trailer, we felt sufficiently prepared for a psychological puzzle/love story. Too bad it actually ended up being less of a psychological puzzle and more of an average hoax movie. Not only did Tatum’s character die like 20 minutes into the movie — there goes my eye candy (Sorry, Jude) — but the thriller aspect of the film had nothing to do with drugs or anyone’s psychological problems but rather with super manipulative women. And to top it all off, the love story I ended up getting was between Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rooney Mara? I don’t understand!

Maybe I wouldn’t have disliked the movie so much if going into it I had watched a trailer that adequately prepared me for what I was about to see. Let’s face it: A misleading trailer can ruin a movie, or, as was the case with Flight, it can just really throw you off.

Let me start by saying that I loved Flight. It was a great film. But, going into it, I expected a story about a respected pilot who was being falsely accused of alcohol abuse after he landed a plane that just about any other pilot would have crashed. Or perhaps he wasn’t being falsely accused at all, but regardless, I expected to be on his side. I was ready to cheer him on and scream “How dare they!” and “Show some respect! He was the only one who could’ve landed that plane!” at the screen. It also didn’t help that Denzel Washington played the pilot — how could you not root for Denzel?!

Instead, what I got was one of the most in-depth, frustrating, and powerful stories about addiction I had ever seen. I spent the entire film with my fists clinched as I watched Washington’s character give in to his addiction, therefore ruining his life. I did want to scream at the screen, but it had nothing to do with defending the man in front of me. I was in for much more of an emotional roller coaster than I had expected, all because the trailer hadn’t properly prepared me. Thanks a lot.

These are both pretty big examples of misleading trailers. Most of the time, the misleading elements are just one aspect of the trailer: It presents something as a comedy that is really a drama, or it shows every funny scene in the entire movie in the trailer, so you’re left with a not-very-funny film. Or, in my case, you’re left screaming at the man you came prepared to love, or you’re left with a lot of Jude Law when you were hoping for a lot of Channing Tatum.

Now it’s your turn! What are your trailer pet peeves? Have you ever been completely mislead by a film’s trailer?

'A Raisin in the Sun': Diahann Carroll, Sophie Okonedo, Anika Noni Rose to join Denzel Washington

It looks like Cicely Tyson’s recent Tony triumph in The Trip to Bountiful might be sparking more Broadway returns for veteran actresses off the boards for 30-plus years. Diahann Carroll, a Tony winner herself who hasn’t appeared in a Broadway show since a stint in Agnes of God in 1983, will return to the New York stage playing the award-winning role of Lena Younger, opposite the already-announced Denzel Washington (who won a Best Actor Tony for the revival of August Wilson’s Fences in 2010) playing Walter, in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, concerning a lower-middle-class African-American family in the 1950s trying to determine what to do with inherited money that might provide them a better living.

Joining Washington and Carroll will be Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) as Walter’s wife Ruth, Tony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change) as Walter’s younger sister Beneatha, and Lucky Guy‘s Stephen Tyrone Williams as Nigerian student Joseph. Kenny Leon, who also helmed the Washington-Viola Davis production of Fences, will direct the revival of the legendary play, recently selected by EW as one of the 10 best plays of all time.

A Raisin in the Sun is scheduled to begin previews at the Barrymore Theatre on March 8, 2014, and is slated to open April 3.

Denzel Washington maybe-probably turned down 'Fast & Furious 7.' Who should they cast instead?

The Fast & Furious franchise hit a new gear with 2011’s Fast Five when it added in Dwayne Johnson as the anti-Diesel. The addition of the Rock was a net positive for all involved, and this year’s Furious 6 followed suit, with a sequel-teasing mid-credits sequence that introduced a very familiar antagonist for the next film. Universal is bullish on the future of the franchise — understandable, since the sixth film has grossed a franchise-high $740 million so far. It makes sense that they would already be looking towards the future. And if the current hot rumor is to be believed, they’re setting their sights high. Mike Fleming at Deadline reports (mid-rant) that the studio approached Denzel Washington about a small role in Fast 7 that would lead into a major role in Fast 8 — similar to the soft-launch of Evil Statham in Furious 6. READ FULL STORY

Denzel Washington heading back to Broadway

Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway — but he won’t be singing.

Standing with his wife, Pauletta Pearson, on the red carpet Monday at the premiere his new movie, 2 Guns, the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor said he’s set to appear in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

“We start previews in March,” he said. READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, and more: Which Sexiest Man Alive was the sexiest at the Oscars? -- POLL

Despite the shiny hair and even shinier dresses of Hollywood’s leading ladies at last night’s Oscars, I found my eye wandering to the dapper leading men. Whether the actors were dancing on stage, growing sophisticated beards, or winning major awards, as my eye wandered I realized what many of these handsome men had in common: seven of them had been named People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Denzel Washington earned the title in 1996, George Clooney in 1997, Richard Gere in 1999, Ben Affleck in 2002, Clooney again in 2006, Hugh Jackman in 2008, Bradley Cooper in 2011, and Channing Tatum in 2012.

So which of the Sexiest Men Alive was the sexiest last night? Were you struck by Clooney’s beard, Cooper’s slicked-back hair, Washington’s ageless charm, Jackman’s chivalry, Affleck’s tears, Tatum’s dance moves, or Gere’s glasses? Cast your vote in the poll below!

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