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Your 2016 Tony Award Nominations

The Tony Award nominations for 2016 are out and not surprisingly there is one big winner: Hamilton. While Hamilton has not won anything yet obviously, it’s hard to deny the fact that this Broadway musical is about to have a huge night on June 12. It has 16 nominations! Other leading nomination receivers include Shuffle Along (10) and She Loves Me (8).

Let’s take a look at a few of the nominations Hamilton is up for…

Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Alex Brightman – School of Rock
Danny Burstein – Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Levi – She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton
Leslie Odom Jr. – Hamilton

Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Laura Benanti – She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack – Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo – The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller – Waitress
Phillipa Soo – Hamilton

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Kate and Nick Plus More Hollywood News

There’s too much in Hollywood going on these days to ignore it even if we are past hump day. Let’s take a look at a rare Hollywood headlines this Thursday!

Kate Hudson and Nick Jonas aren’t quelling the rumors about the two of them being romantically entangled as they met up for dinner last weekend. They were spotted at the trendy Carbone restaurant in Soho. Kate is 14 years his senior.

The latest installment of the 80s ‘Ghostbusters’ franchise has earned an honor it would not like to have. The movie trailer starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig has been voted one of the worst or ‘unliked’ movie trailers this year according to YouTube. The movie is not set to open until mid-July in selected theatres everywhere.

Have you been following the Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa drama? You know that Kelly called in sick a while ago, fuming for how her co-host Michael’s leaving the show was handled by the executive producers. While on camera recently, Kelly sucker punched Michael with a Q about ‘What it was like to be divorced,” a comment that caused him to be visibly upset. A few of the replacements that have been bantered about have been Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, and Andy Cohen. It’s not known if these eligible co-stars will bow out gracefully, or give serious consideration for the gig.

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May the Fourth Be with You!

If you don’t know it by now, today is a special holiday for many people everywhere. It’s May the fourth! Let’s celebrate it by taking a look at the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

The Force Awakens was released in December of 2015 and was a huge hit at the box office. In fact, it was the highest grossing movie of the entire Star Wars series. It’s the third highest grossing movie ever, bringing in over $2 billion worldwide.

Not surpisingly, this movie has been nominated for many awards. It had five nominations at the Academy Awards and four nominations at the British Academy Film awards.

Stars from The Force Awakens include Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac among many others.

Don’t worry Star Wars fans, there are two sequels on the horizon. They are expected to be released in 2017 and 2019.

May the fourth be with you good Star Wars friends!

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Movies Opening This Weekend – May 6th – 2016 [videos]

This weekend Hollywood offers a menu of interesting and varied films that the whole family will love. There is an inspirational movie about the battle of drug addition directed by Hollywood icon Rob Reiner that will make you hug your children a little tighter after viewing this complicated film. The biographical film ‘Pelé: Birth of a Legend.’ is both insightful and informative. What were the early years of Pelé really like?

We will also visit with many of the stars and extras in the original 70s ‘Star Wars’ blockbuster, discovering how being part of one of the greatest movies ever made affected their lives, years after the filming stopped. Finally, in an unusual movie, Hollywood takes movie fans are taken back to the 1960s for a black and white comedy that will prove some movies still work decades later.

Enjoy the movies this weekend – I always do!

Dark Horse (2015)
(PG) 85 min – Documentary
Director: Louise Osmond

Much like the inspirational movies ‘The Black Stallion’ and ‘Seabiscuit’ the ‘Dark Horse’ will warm your hear with the working class story of a group of friends that breed a horse for racing. This Irish based film is cute and heartwarming, worth the price of a ticket this weekend. Bring the whole family for wonderful entertainment. [watch trailer]

Being Charlie (2015)
(NR) 97 min – Romance
Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Nick Robinson, Common, Cary Elwes, Devon Bostick

Drug addiction is a disease that has affected every family in one way or another. ‘Being Charlie’ is the challenging film about a trouble teenager from a privileged family who breaks out of a youth drug treatment clinic, only to discover that the road to recovery is a difficult and painful journey. Legendary director Rob Reiner shines in this atypical film about hope and courage. [watch trailer

Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016)
(PG) 107 min – Biography
Directors: Jeff Zimbalist | Michael Zimbalist
Stars: Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Seu Jorge

If you’re a soccer fan then you know Pele. What you may not know is the incredible rise from poverty to fame Pele endured to be the star of Brazil’s first World Cup victory, all before Pele’s 18th birthday.’Pelé: Birth of a Legend’ is the biographical drama that pulls back the curtain on one of the sport’s biggest, and most unlikely heroes. [watch trailer

Band of Outsiders (1964)
(NR) 95 min – Comedy
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Stars: Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur, Danièle Girard, Louisa Colpeyn

Let’s turn the clock back to the 1960s with this black and white retro comedy about a couple of thieves who love old Hollywood B-movies. Two movie buffs talk a college student into helping commit a robbery, and the fun begins. [watch trailer]

Captain America: Civil War (2016)
(PG-13) 147 min – Action
Directors: Anthony Russo | Joe Russo
Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan

The latest installment of the fantasy films genre offers the Avengers latest offering that demonstrates the real rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man. [watch trailer]

A Bigger Splash (2015)
(R) 124 min – Crime
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Stars: Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson

A famous rock star takas a well-deserved vacation, but the plot thickens with the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter. The glamour of rock n’ roll and crime intersect in this film, and it’s a dramatic recipe. Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson ‘up their game’ in this unusual storyline. [watch trailer]

Elstree 1976 (2015)
(NR) 90 min – Documentary
Director: Jon Spira
Stars: Paul Blake, Jeremy Bulloch, John Chapman, Anthony Forrest

Back in 1975 a new film was being made – a space movie from an unknown director and producer. Filmed in England, the studio hires hundreds of actors and extras for what will ultimately become of one of the most successful films ever made. ‘Elstree’ will reveal how the movie Star Wars impacted every member of the cast and production company some 40 years later. This film is required for Star War fans. [watch trailer]

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Your Daytime Emmy Award Winners

This year’s Daytime Emmy Award winners have been announced and there sure was a little bit of awkwardness around them. With all of the issues surrounding Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, and Live with Kelly and Michael, it’s no surprise that they win an award, but neither of them show up to make a speech.

The two of them won the Best Entertainment Talk Show Host, which is certainly no surprise. They’ve done an amazing job over the years making it one of the best in the business consistently.

There were plenty of awards given out at this award show, but let’s focus on a few of the bigger ones…

Outstanding Drama Series – General Hospital
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – Tyler Christopher, General Hospital
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Mary Beth Evans, Days of Our Lives
Outstanding Entertainment News Program – Extra
Outstanding Game Show – The Price is Right
Outstanding Game Show Host – Craig Ferguson, Celebrity Name Game
Outstanding Morning Program – CBS Sunday Morning

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