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'The Producers' plays the Hollywood Bowl: An on-the-scene report

Mel Brooks’ The Producers is typically a thoroughly New York affair, due to the fact that it’s a slapsticky, backstage musical about a pair of corrupt Broadway producers determined to make the biggest flop in the history of the Great White Way. But last night’s production of the musical at the Hollywood Bowl came off — as you might expect, in such a thoroughly historic Los Angeles location — as a very Tinseltown take on the show.

And it wasn’t only because Hollywood stars like Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dane Cook, and Rebecca Romijn were starring in the show, but rather because of the scene happening in the crowd as the sun set. Under the stars, tons of other stars were out and about. Brooks himself (looking spry at 86 years old!) ambled in with a security guard just minutes before the show started. The legend was followed by Eric Stonestreet, who plays Ferguson’s on-screen partner on Modern Family. Minutes later, Romijn’s husband Jerry O’Connell could be seen finding his seat in the amphitheater, which can hold about 17,000 folks when full. Who knows what other Hollywood stars or legends were in the crowd, but there were likely dozens of other bold-faced names there.

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On the scene: 'Kitchen Nightmares' in Brooklyn

Neither donkeys nor doughnuts were on the menu as Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares relaunched Brooklyn restaurant Mama Maria’s last night. Ramsay’s restaurant takeover show heads into its sixth season this fall, and, judging from Mama Maria’s Yelp page, the family business fits squarely among the troubled restaurants Ramsay has endeavored to turn around since the series’ 2007 debut.

Anyone who’s seen even a single episode of Kitchen Nightmares knows the show invades a flailing eatery for a few days, rejiggers its cuisine and décor, then welcomes diners to critique the new and improved restaurant. On the night of the re-opening, patrons are generally treated to a prix fixe of ready-for-reality-TV drama: An aperitif of nervous hope, an appetizer of early-evening success followed swiftly by a main course of server blunders and behind-the-scenes bottlenecks, then a long wait while the imperiled staff attempts to regain its composure, and finally the sweet dessert of redemption. As I headed into the restaurant for an early evening seating, I worried I might be stuck in the smooth sailing portion of the night. Would there be no Nightmare for me? READ FULL STORY

Snap Judgment: We touched Microsoft's Surface tablet!

The words “Apple” and “iPad” were never spoken during Microsoft’s unveiling yesterday of the company’s new tablet device, the Surface, but they haunted just about every facet of the presentation. First, there was the unusual, Apple-like secrecy surrounding the event — reporters were given just a few days notice that a “major announcement” would be taking place in Los Angeles, and only informed of the specific location just six hours before it was set to begin. (I overheard one reporter from San Francisco saying that he was only able to make a hotel reservation after he’d landed in L.A. that morning, because he wasn’t sure where in the sprawling city he’d have to be.)

When the Surface was finally revealed, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and a few other executives tripped over themselves fetishizing the tablet’s design, repeatedly emphasizing words like “seamless,” and “elegant,” and “perfect.” And much time was spent obsessing over the cutting-edge engineering that allowed for “vapor magnesium” casings that were both unfathomably thin and impressively rigid.

It was plainly obvious that Microsoft was gunning not only for Apple’s hefty market share, but also its zeitgeist-seizing mojo. The one question on all our minds, however, was whether any of us would get to actually use the Microsoft Surface.  READ FULL STORY

'Project Runway': On the scene at the show's splashy Times Square fashion show

Out-of towners got the chance to be part of the upcoming season of Project Runway when Heidi Klum hosted a fashion show smack dab in the middle of New York City’s Times Square last night.

After welcoming the crowd, Klum took her seat beside fellow Runway stars Michael Kors and Nina Garcia and guest judges Lauren Graham and costumer Patricia Field to view the designs created by the new crop of contestants, 16 hopefuls competing for the chance to win prizes including $100,000 seed money from L’Oreal Paris, a fashion spread in Marie Claire, a 2013 Lexus GS 350 and the chance to design and sell their collection at retail chain Lord & Taylor.

Though the audience didn’t get to see anyone auf’d, they were treated to a lesson on the realities of reality television. “I warned you, because this is TV we’re going to do it one more time,” Klum explained after the 32 models (each contestant presented two designs) completed their first finale walk. “And maybe this time we can get some different music, something a little more groovy.”

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On the scene at 'American Idol' finale: No shortage of lasers, confetti and Phillip Phillips fans

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In many ways, watching an American Idol finale in the flesh can end up being a lot like watching it at home: just like the previous night’s show, if you have a seat closer to the ZZ row than the A row, your eyes are going to be fixed mostly on the big screens instead of on the tiny people occupying the stage far away.

But there are still parts of the taping at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre that you probably didn’t catch on TV, like some fun off-camera moments from the judges and the truly loud and dominant crowd of Phillip Phillips fans. Yes, even 20 minutes before the show started, love for the Georgia guitar man was in the air, as one eager audience member shouted, “There’s Phillip!” – and that was just for one of his many appearances on-screen as moments from past episodes played. Here are a few other things you may have missed as you watched this year’s American Idol finale:

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On the scene at 'American Idol' finale: The audience at Nokia Theatre clearly liked Phillip Phillips better than Jessica Sanchez

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Watching American Idol is so much more satisfying on a television. So thank your lucky stars that that’s where you got to watch it.

That fact that Idol is better on TV became abundantly clear last night, as I was sitting in the audience of the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, where the show’s performance finale was shot and telecast live to the East Coast and the Midwest in front of 7,000 screaming fans. My seat was in the very back row, all but assuring that I had to watch what was playing out just a few hundred feet in front of me on the jumbo projection screens plastered on either side of the stage. Think of the situation as something like how you might experience a Britney Spears concert in a huge arena today and — even though she’d be on stage right in front of you — you’d still end up watching most everything on the screens provided. Sure, it was something to simply exist in the same space as Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips, as they tried to convince America to vote for them one final time, but just like, say, the Grammys or the Oscars, American Idol is a show that’s made to be watched from the comfort of your own home.

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'The Voice': On the scene for the season 2 finale

By Whitney Pastorek

Stuck in traffic on the way to the finale of The Voice tonight, I felt a palpable excitement, PopWatchers. Last night’s epic battle of Jermaine Paul, Chris Mann, Juliet Simms, and Tony Lucca had featured such fireworks – both literal and (yes, Adam) metaphorical – I felt certain that I was about to bear witness to a dramatic spectacle! Would Christina punch Adam in the face? Would Tony Lucca’s wife rip out Christina’s weave? Would audience members spontaneously combust in the heat? I did not know, but I was prepared for anything.

Sadly, the answer turned out to be: none of the above. It was a somewhat languid finale for those of us there in person, as the heat in the soundstage led not to combustion, but wilting. It took very little time for Bill the Warmup Dude to inform us that we were the quietest audience ever. “Your clapping should be contagious, like a cold,” Bill told us. “I need your applause to be real applause, with both hands making noise.” Eventually he gave up, and just told everyone that Justin Bieber would be performing later. That did the trick. READ FULL STORY

How to survive the White House Correspondents' Dinner red carpet

It may have been cool and collected inside the White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the Hilton Hotel on Saturday night, but as a red carpet reporter covering the event for the first time I can tell you it was pure mayhem before and after. From an appearance by Lindsay Lohan to an MIA George Clooney, here’s what I saw and what I learned:

1. Get there early.
Apparently, there’s no such thing as on-time to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner red carpet. If you’re on-time, you’re already late. At least that’s what I realized when I showed up to the Hilton Hotel at 4:30p.m. (the call-time), only to learn that some camera crews had been standing outside the doors since 11a.m (!).
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'The Avengers' world premiere: Watch the live-stream here!

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Will Tony Stark arrive in a limo, or fly in via jet pack? How will Steve Rogers handle the paparazzi? Can Thor live-tweet while holding his hammer? Will Nick Fury bedazzle his eye patch? Will Clint Barton bring the gun show to the red carpet? Can Natasha Romanoff answer the same inane questions from the press line without beating a poor journalist to a pulp? And what brave designer will create the likely-to-be-ripped-to-shreds outfit for Bruce Banner?

Sure, today’s world premiere of The Avengers at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood would be much cooler if Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, and Mark Ruffalo all showed up as their respective characters. But it’s still going to be the most super-heroic red carpet of the year — and you can watch the live-stream of it right here on EW.com starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

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'The Avengers' red carpet premiere: Watch the live-stream here tomorrow!

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Will Tony Stark arrive in a limo, or fly in via jet pack? How will Steve Rogers handle the paparazzi? And what brave designer will create the likely-to-be-ripped-to-shreds outfit for Bruce Banner?

Sure, tomorrow’s world premiere of The Avengers at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood would be much cooler if Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo all showed up as their respective characters. But it’s still going to be the most super-heroic red carpet of the year — and you can watch the live-stream of it right here on EW.com starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

HULK SAYS CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE-STREAM!

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