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CBS Developing Crime Drama ‘The Source’ From Dr. Phil & Jay McGraw

CBS has put in development crime drama The Source, from Dr. Phil and Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions and CBS Television Studios. Written by Amanda Green (Lethal Weapon, The Mysteries of Laura), The Source centers on a millennial investigative reporter who teams with an Lapd detective and together they make use of her dogged brand of investigating outside the bounds of the law in order to expose crime and wrongdoing. Green executive produces with Stage 29 Productions
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‘It’ Producer’s Remake of BBC Series ‘Murder’ Lands at CBS

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‘It’ Producer’s Remake of BBC Series ‘Murder’ Lands at CBS
CBS is developing a remake of the BBC series “Murder” with “It” producer Dan Lin.

Amanda Green (“Lethal Weapon”) is writing and executive producing the drama series, which received a put pilot order. This new take on the BBC investigative drama is shot like a true-crime documentary and follows multiple perspectives.
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‘It’ Producer Dan Lin Scores CBS Put Pilot Order for Remake of BBC Miniseries ‘Murder’ (Exclusive)

CBS has given a put pilot order to a remake of the BBC miniseries “Murder” from executive producer Dan Lin, Variety has learned exclusively.

The potential series will be shot like a true crime documentary, taking audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves. The first installment of the BBC version released in 2012, with three follow-ups released in 2016. Each episode serves as a standalone story and describes the events leading to and immediately after a murder has taken place.

Lin, who also recently produced the hit horror film “It” and previously produced “The Lego Movie” and “The Lego Batman Movie,” will executive produce under his Lin Pictures banner. Amanda Green will write and executive produce. Green previously worked with Lin as a writer on Fox’s “Lethal Weapon,” which Lin executive produces. Lindsey Liberatore will co-executive produce. Warner Bros. Television
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Lupita Nyong’o, Jessie Mueller Join Lilly Awards Lineup

What do Tony-winning “Waitress” star Jessie Mueller and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o have in common with feminist icon Gloria Steinem? They’ll all be on hand at the Signature Theatre May 23 for the 7th Annual Lilly Awards! Held each year to celebrate women in theater, reps for the Lilly Awards announced May 16 that they’ve added Mueller, Kathy Najimy, Genne Murphy, Candis Jones, Rehana Lew Mirza, and the creatives behind Irish activist group “Waking the Feminists” to their 2016 honorees. The list already included heavy-hitting theater-makers such as Danai Gurira, Martha Plimpton, Kate Whoriskey, and Mia Katigbak. Steinem, Nyong’o, and the rest of the “Eclipsed” women will be presenting the awards along with Lloyd Suh, Russell G. Jones, Rachel Chavkin, and Neena Beeber. The Angel Band Project (the Norbert Leo Butz–founded organization that provides music therapy for survivors of sexual and domestic violence) will also receive special recognition that evening.
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Emmy Guest Star Contenders Create Full Characters in Short Time Frames

Emmy Guest Star Contenders Create Full Characters in Short Time Frames
When Corey Stoll accepted the guest role of Pakistan station captain Sandy Bachman on Showtime’s “Homeland,” he knew his biggest challenge would be convincing the audience that Bachman was a cool, confident professional with a long career ahead of him, although that wasn’t actually true.

“It was important that the audience not think that I was going to die in the first episode,” Stoll says. “Part of what the creators wanted was for the audience to assume that I was going to be a major part of the story moving forward.”

Though Bachman did not survive that season four premiere, Stoll says he read as much as he could about the life of a spy in the short time he had to prep.

“I don’t really speak that much in the one episode I’m in, but it was important for me have a sense of a biography,
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NBC Hopes ‘Peter Pan Live’ Can Fly to New Heights

NBC Hopes ‘Peter Pan Live’ Can Fly to New Heights
It’s a beautiful, busy afternoon in Neverland. The emerald-green fiberglass lagoon is glistening. The synthetic rosebush trees are in full bloom, and the scent of freshly cut lumber wafts through Stage 1 at Grumman Studios on Long Island.

It’s only been a day since the company mounting NBC’s “Peter Pan Live” musical moved onto the stages in Bethpage, N.Y., where the live telecast will originate on Dec. 4. With three weeks until showtime for this one-night-only affair, crew members are swarming the elaborate sets, pounding nails into the Jolly -Roger, re-arranging the furniture in the Darlings’ London house and adding decorative touches to the Lost Boys’ hideout.

Even in this nascent state, there’s an air of audacity to the undertaking that is energizing to all involved. On a site where Grumman Corp. once built airplanes and fighter jets, Peter Pan is poised to take flight in a
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Watch: Trailer for NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" with Christopher Walken and Allison Williams

For my 100th post on Rope of Silicon (yes, people, I have made it to 100), I needed something interesting. Would it be a reviewc A listc A rantc Then, I thought, how about something light, fluffy, and func This is why I bring you the trailer for the upcoming NBC musical event "Peter Pan Live!", which will premiere on December 4th. The trailer, available to view below, features some brief moments of Allison Williams, as the titular boy who won't grow up, singing and Christopher Walken having some fun as the evil Captain Hook. The trailer also gives us brief glimpses of Kelli O'Hara (five-time Tony nominee) as Mrs. Darling, Christian Borhle (Tony winner) as Smee, Taylor Louderman as Wendy, and Alanna Saunders as Tiger Lily. Executive producer Neil Meron, told Entertainment Weekly, that some new songs have been added to this particular production, pulled from the trunks of original composers/lyricists Jule Styne,
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All about the new songs in 'Peter Pan Live!' -- and how the show's handling 'Ugg-a-Wugg'

In addition to classics like "I Won't Grow Up" and "I'm Flying," NBC's upcoming live production of Peter Pan will feature some songs unfamiliar even to those who wore out their VHS copies of the Mary Martin movie. Peter Pan Live! enlisted Amanda Green—the daughter of one of Peter Pan's original lyricists, Adolph Green, and a Broadway veteran in her own right—to help expand the show with new lyrics for pre-existing melodies. "It fleshed out the show. It deepened the characters, it kind of drove plot more—which good songs do in musicals. Amanda was just wonderful in
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Tony Awards 2013: The Complete List Of Winners

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The 2013 Tony Awards brought out some of the best actors in the business, and was led by Neil Patrick Harris for the fourth time as host. Taking place at Radio City Music Hall Sunday June 9, some of the biggest winners of the night included Kinky Boots and Pippin. Check out the complete winners list below!

| Related: Check out the performances from the Tony Awards 2013! |

 

Best Performance By Actor In Leading Role In Play

Winner: Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Other nominees: Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy; Nathan Lane, The Nance; David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Tom Sturridge, Orphans

Best Performance By Actress In Leading Role In Play

Winner: Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Other nominees: Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place; Amy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Holland Taylor, Ann

Best Performance By Actor
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Tony Awards 2013: The complete winners list

Here are the nominees and winners for The 67th Annual Tony Awards, held Sun. June 9, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall (winners are in bold): 

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a playTom Hanks, Lucky GuyNathan Lane, The NanceTracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeTom Sturridge, Orphans

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a playLaurie Metcalf, The Other PlaceAmy Morton, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Holland Taylor, ANNCicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musicalBertie Carvel, Matilda: The MusicalSantino Fontana, Rodgers + Hammerstein's CinderellaRob McClure, ChaplinBilly Porter, Kinky BootsStark Sands, Kinky Boots

Best performance by an actress in a leading role in a musicalStephanie J. Block, The Mystery of Edwin DroodCarolee Carmello, ScandalousValisia LeKae,
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Hollywood Snubs at Broadway Awards Include Johansson, Weaver, MIdler, Rudd

Tony Awards 2013 ‘Hollywood Snubs’ (photo: Scarlett Johansson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) [See previous post: "Tony Awards 2013: Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks Nominated."] Among the movie celebrities who could have been nominated but weren’t, are The AvengersScarlett Johansson and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter‘s Benjamin Walker for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (made into a 1958 movie directed by Richard Brooks, and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman); and two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) for The Heiress (in the role that earned Olivia de Havilland an Oscar). Here are a few more: Alien and Avatar‘s Sigourney Weaver for Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike; Bette Midler for John Logan’s I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers, about the powerful Hollywood agent whose clients ranged from Barbra Streisand to Tatum O’Neal; and Paul Rudd (Prince Avalanche) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) for Grace. (See also Tony
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Tony Nominees: The Complete List

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Tony Nominees: The Complete List
Here is the complete list of this year's Tony nominees. Best Play The Assembled Parties Author: Richard Greenberg Lucky Guy Author: Nora Ephron The Testament of Mary Author: Colm Tóibín Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Author: Christopher Durang Best Musical Bring It On: The Musical A Christmas Story, The Musical Kinky Boots Matilda The Musical Best Book of a Musical A Christmas Story, The Musical Joseph Robinette Kinky Boots Harvey Fierstein Matilda The Musical Dennis Kelly Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella Douglas Carter Beane Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre A Christmas Story,
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2013 Tony Award Nominations Announced — See The Full List

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The 2013 Tony Awards air June 9 at 8 p.m. on CBS! Did your favorites score nominations?

The official nominees for the 2013 Tony Awards were released on April 30, and Kinky Boots takes the lead with 13 nods. From Tom Hanks and Laurie Metcalf to Tom Sturridge and Judith Light, see who’s got a spot in this year’s Tony race.

2013 Tony Award Nominations — Full List

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Tom Hanks, Lucky Guy

Nathan Lane, The Nance

Tracy Letts, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

David Hyde Pierce, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Laurie Metcalf, The Other Place

Amy Morton Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Kristine Nielsen, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Holland Taylor, Ann

Cicely Tyson, Trip to Bountiful

Best Performance by an Actor in a
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GLAAD Media Awards honor President Clinton, 'American Horror Story' and more

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The 2013 GLAAD Media Awards were given out in Los Angeles Saturday night (April 20), with former President Bill Clinton being awarded the Advocate for Change Award. Watch his acceptance speech above.

"The whole history of our country has been sometimes racing, but usually stumbling in the right direction. All of you have helped us to be more worthy of what we said we were about in the beginning," says Clinton.

The full list of winners below, some of which were announced at the New York event March 16:

Outstanding Film - Wide Release

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ParaNorman (Focus Features)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)

Your Sister's Sister (IFC Films)

Outstanding Drama Series

Degrassi (TeenNick)

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

The L.A. Complex (The CW)

Smash (NBC)

True Blood (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Glee (Fox)

Go On (NBC)

Happy Endings (ABC
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'Hands on a Hardbody' Bows Out on Broadway

New York -- Mirroring the tough-luck lives portrayed in Hands on a Hardbody, the economics of Broadway proved too unforgiving for the show, which has posted a closing notice for Saturday April 13. Based on the 1997 documentary by S.R. Bindler, the musical has a book by Pulitzer winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife), lyrics by Amanda Green, and an original score co-written by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and Green. Neil Pepe directed the production, with an ensemble cast led by Keith Carradine and Hunter Foster. Like the film, the show chronicles an endurance contest held

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'Hands on a Hardbody': From Texas to Broadway, a bit of a bumpy ride

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Broadway musicals come with two basic expectations: song and dance.

"Hands on a Hardbody" delivers on the songs, but stymies itself in dance. When a shiny, red pick-up truck takes up most of the stage, there's just no room to move. 

Based on a real contest in Longview, Texas, this revolves around whomever can keep a hand on a Nissan Hardbody the longest. 

The 10 hopefuls keep going in the 106-degree heat, through the night, only breaking for 15 minutes every six hours. And after 91 hours, 16 minutes and 21 seconds, one is awarded the keys.

The concept, which works in a documentary and in contests, does not translate easily to Broadway.

"Hands" has some fine moments, courtesy of powerful voices and interesting songs. It lacks, though, the vibrancy needed to sustain a Broadway hit.

The show is completely earnest and takes itself very seriously, as it examines some of the social and economic ills plaguing Americans.
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Theater Review: Hands on a Hardbody

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Theater Review: Hands on a Hardbody
One kind of source material rarely exploited for musicals is the documentary. I’m not looking forward to a singing version of Capturing the Friedmans. But Doug Wright (who pulled off the trick with Grey Gardens) must like the grit and rhythm of real-life drama. His adaptation of the 1997 film Hands on a Hard Body into a musical of almost the same name (The last two words have mysteriously become one) features tough times, moral uplift, and alt-country songs by musical-theater royalty Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio of Phish.The story is vastly and smartly tightened; instead of giving us two dozen Texans competing in an endurance contest to win an Aztec-red Nissan (quite unsexy, but it gets entrance applause), the musical focuses on ten. Each struggles to keep a paw on the prize; the last to drop from exhaustion or dementia after several days will go home with the keys.
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GLAAD Media Awards honor 'Glee,' 'Modern Family,' Adam Lambert and more

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GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has announced its annual Media Awards nominations, which recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.

The full list of nominees:

Outstanding Film - Wide Release

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Cloud Atlas (Warner Bros. Pictures)

ParaNorman (Focus Features)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment)

Your Sister's Sister (IFC Films)

Outstanding Film - Limited Release

Any Day Now (Music Box Films)

Keep the Lights On (Music Box Films)

Mosquita y Mari (Wolfe Releasing)

Musical Chairs (Paladin)

North Sea Texas (Strand Releasing)

Outstanding Drama Series

Degrassi (TeenNick)

Grey's Anatomy (ABC)

The L.A. Complex (The CW)

Smash (NBC)

True Blood (HBO)

Outstanding Comedy Series

Glee (Fox)

Go On (NBC)

Happy Endings (ABC)

Modern Family (ABC)

The New Normal (NBC)

Outstanding Individual
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'Hands on a Hardbody' Musical Sets Broadway Opening

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"Hands on a Hardbody," the new musical about 10 down-on-their-luck Texans vying to win a new truck by being the last to keep a hand on the vehicle, is set to open on Broadway March 21, 2013, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Inspired by true events and based on S.R. Bindler's 1997 documentary of the same name, the musical features a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright ("I Am My Own Wife"), lyrics by Amanda Green ("Bring It On: The Musical") and music by Green and Trey Anastasio of Phish. Also
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'Hands on a Hardbody' Musical Plans Broadway Move

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"Hands on a Hardbody," a new musical written by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright with music by Phish frontman Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green, is heading to Broadway. Based on true events, the musical revolves around 10 down-on-their-luck Texans in a competition to win a new truck -- if they can outlast the others by keeping at least one hand on the vehicle. Also read: 'Once' Leads Nominees for 2012 Tony Awards Wright, who won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for "I Am My Own Wife," based the show on the
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