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EMMYS: A Year After Its Finale Bryan Cranston Still Hopes ‘Breaking Bad’ Has Awards Mojo On Its Side

By | Wednesday July 30, 2014 @ 3:44pm PDT
Pete Hammond

EMMYS:  A Year After Its Finale Bryan Cranston Still Hopes ‘Breaking Bad’ Has Awards Mojo On Its SideBreaking Bad may have finished its run a year ago but, as far as Emmys are concerned, it has all the heat now – and then some. It recently won Best Drama Series from the Critics Choice Television Awards, Program Of The Year  from the Television Critics Association and even finally the Golden Globe last January for the show and star Bryan Cranston after essentially being ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the length of its 6-year  run. The show has really come into its own and continues to be talked about and debated, and has taken a kind of victory tour at all the Guild shows as well since finally winning its first Best Drama Series Emmy in 2013. And it is nominated again, for the last time, for those final eight episodes that ran last summer just as Emmy voting for the previous season was in full force. Some think voters gave breaking-bad-beats-mad-men-and-homeland-to-win-best-drama-seriesit the Emmy then as much for the new shows, that were unspooling as they had ballots in hand, as much they did for the eligible 8 shows from  the first half of the sixth and final season. It begs the question whether the Academy is ready to go there one more time even though BB long ago finished its first-run episodes on AMC. But despite three lead actor Emmys in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for Cranston as well as a pair for … Read More »

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HBO Films Nabs Adaptation Of LBJ Play ‘All The Way’ With Bryan Cranston Starring & Steven Spielberg Producing

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 2:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO Films Nabs Adaptation Of LBJ Play ‘All The Way’ With Bryan Cranston Starring & Steven Spielberg ProducingHBO Films has landed the rights to Robert Schenkkan’s play All The Way, which last month won the Tony for best play and best leading actor in Bryan Cranston. Emmy winner Cranston will reprise his role as President Lyndon Johnson, with Pulitzer Prize-winner Schenkkan writing the adaptation. The film will be produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television as well as Tale Told Prods. and Moon Shot Entertainment, with Spielberg, Darryl Frank & Justin Falvey, Schenkkan and Cranston executive producing and James Degus co-executive producing.

hbo FilmsAs Deadline reported last month, Spielberg recently optioned the play with the intention of adapting it for TV with Cranston as the star. Him teaming with HBO is not a surprise given their long history with the Emmy-winning epic miniseries Band Of Brothers and The Pacific, the latter of which Schenkkan worked on as a writer and co-producer. Read More »

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Broadway Box Office: ‘All The Way’ Ends On $1.6M High; ‘Aladdin’ Gains To $1.5M For Disney

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 12:51pm PDT

Broadway Box Office: ‘All The Way’ Ends On $1.6M High; ‘Aladdin’ Gains To $1.5M For DisneyBryan Cranston ankled his Broadway gig as LBJ on another high, as All The Way ended its a limited run Sunday with another record-breaking week. The Tony winners (Best Play, Best Performance By A  Leading Actor in a Play)  took in $1,623,495, a new high figure for a non-musical,  at the Neil Simon Theatre. Average ticket price was $141.62.

On the musicals front, Disney’s Aladdin is proving more popular each week, having its best stand since opening at the New Amsterdam. It was up $176,710 to $1,623,495, according to figures released by the trade group Broadway League for Week 5, which ended Sunday.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 4.18.55 PMThe season’s newcomer, Holler If Ya Hear Me, continued to sink, taking in just $159,571 at the Palace, and the long-running Once also looks to be in trouble, grossing barely half its $922,885 potential at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Broadway total was up fractionally from the week before, to $29,774,659 for 33 shows, from $29,753,590. The Week 5 tally a year ago was $24,997,386, with fewer shows running.

Wicked, at $2,107,598, edged out The Lion King, at $2,044,928 for the top spot; third place was The Book Of Mormon, at $1,658,638. Mormon continued to have the highest per-ticket average, at $189.52.

The other news of the week: Sting’s musical The Last Ship (not to be confused with the new TNT drama) opened its Broadway tryout run in Chicago with a big wet kiss from the Sun-Times’s Hedy Weiss, who … Read More »

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Broadway Box Office: Bryan Cranston Breaks Good As ‘All The Way’ Posts $1.425M Week

By | Monday June 23, 2014 @ 12:55pm PDT

Broadway Box Office: Bryan Cranston Breaks Good As ‘All The Way’ Posts $1.425M WeekWhile The Lion King ($2.1 million), Wicked ($2.03 million) and The Book Of Mormon ($1.6 million) regularly duke it out for the three top-grossing slots on Broadway each week, they’re all hit musicals running in big houses. In the fourth slot for Week 4, which ended Sunday, is All The Way, which star Bryan Cranston, playing President Lyndon Baines Johnson, has led to a record-making run as he and the Robert Schenkkan drama prepare to end their limited engagement next week. All The Way took in $1.425 million at the Neil Simon Theatre — a cool 104.15% of its gross potential and a record for a non-musical in a standard eight-performance week.

In the fifth spot, according to figures released by the Broadway League trade group, was Kinky Boots, still a near-sellout at $1.39 million. It’s worth noting that All The Way and Kinky Boots, at the Hirschfeld, are in similar-size theaters of just over 1,400 seats. Read More »

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Steven Spielberg Wants Bryan Cranston’s Tony-Winning LBJ Turn For Miniseries

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: All you TV actors who figured Bryan Cranston would cransbe out of the Emmy picture once he ended Breaking Bad and headed to the Broadway stage, guess again. Cranston won a Best Lead Actor Tony Award last night for his turn as President Lyndon Johnson in the Robert Schenkkan-penned play All The Way. The play also won the Tony last night, and I’m told that it is in the process of being optioned by Lincoln director Steven Spielberg through his Amblin banner. Spielberg wants Cranston to reprise his role in a drama that begins with the Kennedy assassination, and spans the first year of Johnson’s administration, from taking office and leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress to his landslide re-election victory.

Spielberg has seen the play a couple of time as has relationships with both Schenkkan and Cranston, I’m told.

spielIt isn’t immediately clear where they set this up — Spielberg does a lot of business with HBO, while Cranston has the relationship with AMC — but it is all going to move very quickly. Since it will be a miniseries, it remains to be seen whether a second play on LBJ that The Kentucky Cycle playwright Schenkkan has written will be in the mix here. Titled The Great Society, the play premieres July at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July 2014. That sequel continues the … Read More »

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Steven Spielberg Wants Bryan Cranston’s Tony-Winning LBJ Turn For Miniseries

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: All you TV actors who figured Bryan Cranston would cransbe out of the Emmy picture once he ended Breaking Bad and headed to the Broadway stage, guess again. Cranston won a Best Lead Actor Tony Award last night for his turn as President Lyndon Johnson in the Robert Schenkkan-penned play All The Way. The play also won the Tony last night, and I’m told that it is in the process of being optioned by Lincoln director Steven Spielberg through his Amblin banner. Spielberg wants Cranston to reprise his role in a drama that begins with the Kennedy assassination, and spans the first year of Johnson’s administration, from taking office and leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress to his landslide re-election victory.

Spielberg has seen the play a couple of time as has relationships with both Schenkkan and Cranston, I’m told.

spielIt isn’t immediately clear where they set this up — Spielberg does a lot of business with HBO, while Cranston has the relationship with AMC — but it is all going to move very quickly. Since it will be a miniseries, it remains to be seen whether a second play on LBJ that The Kentucky Cycle playwright Schenkkan has written will be in the mix here. Titled The Great Society, the play premieres July at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July 2014. That sequel continues the … Read More »

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Steven Spielberg Wants Bryan Cranston’s Tony-Winning LBJ Turn For Miniseries

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: All you TV actors who figured Bryan Cranston would cransbe out of the Emmy picture once he ended Breaking Bad and headed to the Broadway stage, guess again. Cranston won a Best Lead Actor Tony Award last night for his turn as President Lyndon Johnson in the Robert Schenkkan-penned play All The Way. The play also won the Tony last night, and I’m told that it is in the process of being optioned by Lincoln director Steven Spielberg through his Amblin banner. Spielberg wants Cranston to reprise his role in a drama that begins with the Kennedy assassination, and spans the first year of Johnson’s administration, from taking office and leveraging his power to pass Civil Rights legislation in Congress to his landslide re-election victory.

Spielberg has seen the play a couple of time as has relationships with both Schenkkan and Cranston, I’m told.

spielIt isn’t immediately clear where they set this up — Spielberg does a lot of business with HBO, while Cranston has the relationship with AMC — but it is all going to move very quickly. Since it will be a miniseries, it remains to be seen whether a second play on LBJ that The Kentucky Cycle playwright Schenkkan has written will be in the mix here. Titled The Great Society, the play premieres July at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in July 2014. That sequel continues the … Read More »

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`Theatre World’ Awards Salute Bryan Cranston, Chris O’Dowd Broadway Bows

By | Tuesday May 6, 2014 @ 8:16am PDT

85th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsBryan Cranston, starring on Broadway as LBJ in Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way, and Chris O’Dowd, co-starring with James Franco in the Broadway revival of Of Mice And Men, were among the winners of Theatre World‘s 70th annual awards this morning. Kudos give the nod to outstanding Broadway and off-Broadway debuts. Also cited were Mary Bridget Davies, whose uncanny imitation of Janis Joplin recently aborted its Broadway-to-off-Broadway move, and Zachary Levi, who debuted in the Broadway tuner First Date. The Dorothy Loudon Award for Excellence in the Theatre went to Celia Keenan-Bolger, Laura in the Tony-nominated revival of The Glass Menagerie. Canadian thesp Christopher Plummer got the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement. Willis was the founder and longtime editor of Theatre World and Screen World seasonal compendia. The awards will be handed out at a June 2 ceremony at Circle In The Square Theatre. A complete list of winners follows: Read More »

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New York Critics Laud ‘The Night Alive’, ‘All The Way’ and ‘Fun Home’

NYDramaCriticsCircleThe New York Drama Critics Circle named Conor McPherson’s The Night Alive as the best play of 2013-2014; Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s Fun Home as the best musical, and Robert Schenkkan’s All The Way as the best new American play. Circle rules say that when the best play is foreign-born, group can also cite an American work, as was done here. The group also voted special citations to the Shakespeare’s Globe all-male productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III, and to playwright Richard Nelson and the company of actors who performed in his Apple Family cycle of plays.

Night Alive, set in Dublin, was a Donmar Warehose production presented by off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theatre Co. Fun Home, a musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s autobiographical graphic memoir, was presented at the Public Theater. All The Way, which stars Bryan Cranston as Lyndon Baines Johnson, is a Tony Best Play contender currently running at the Neil Simon.

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Tony Noms’ Many Celebrity Snubs Leaves CBS Mulling What Might Have Been

By | Tuesday April 29, 2014 @ 10:03am PDT

CBS scored a big one thisThe 2014 Tony Awards Nominations Ceremony morning when Bryan Cranston was announced as being among the nominees for a Tony Award this year. The Breaking Bad star received his first Tony nomination, for best actor in a play, for his performance in All The Way, which CBS hopes will drive some Cranston/non-theater fans to the traditionally low-ish-rated trophy show broadcast. But a slew of celebrity snubs at the Tony noms unveiling made it a somewhat disappointing morning for the network, which could have been looking at possible record ratings for the awards show had this morning’s list turned out otherwise. Among the network’s bigger disappointments: Denzel Washington, for instance, was considered a front-runner to snag a nom for A Raisin In The Sun. Also among the impressive list of Those Snubbed: Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Craig, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James Franco, Michael C. Hall, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz. Read More »

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‘Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston Writing Memoir

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 2:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BryanCranstonAfter completing his run as tortured meth maker Walter White that won him three Emmys for Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston has made a deal with Scribner to write his memoir, to be published fall 2015. Cranston, who began his career in comedic roles that ranged from Seinfeld to Malcolm In The Middle, took a dramatic detour in the Vince Gilligan-created AMC series that now defines his career. He’s currently starring as LBJ on Broadway’s All The Way. “Walter White taught me a lot — some of it useful, some of it dangerous,” said Cranston. “With this book, I want to tell the stories of my life and reveal the secrets and lies that I lived with for six years shooting Breaking Bad.”

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Hot Trailer: ‘Godzilla’

By | Tuesday March 18, 2014 @ 3:46pm PDT

Something caused all that damage. Earthquake? Typhoon? Bryan Cranston says the authorities are lying about what really happened. But you and I know it’s Godzilla. Warner Bros has released a new international trailer for this latest reboot of the classic kaiju property. The military is doing its best, but history shows again and again how nature points up the folly of man. Or, as Ken Watanabe puts it, “The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control — and not the other way around.” The Legendary Pictures actioner from director Gareth Edwards and writer Max Borenstein also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche and Sally Hawkins. It arrives May 16:

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SAG Awards TV: ‘Breaking Bad’ Has Great Last Hurrah, ‘Modern Family’ Extends Streak

Nellie Andreeva

breakingbadFor those who missed the Primetime Emmy Awards in September, there was a repeat at the SAG Awards tonight, with Modern Family winning the top comedy prize for a fourth straight time and Breaking Bad topping the drama field for the first time. “What a way to go out in style,” Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston exclaimed when accepting the best drama ensemble trophy for the show’s final season. That going out in style included a sweep for the acclaimed AMC drama, which won both categories it was nominated in — best drama series ensemble and best actor in a drama series for Cranston, his second consecutive win. It was also the second consecutive year that three time Emmy winner Cranston left the Shrine Auditorium with two SAG trophies — last year he won best actor for Breaking Bad and shared best feature ensemble for Argo.

Related: 20th Annual SAG Awards – Live Blog

burrellBest comedy ensemble victor Modern Family also was a double winner tonight, with Ty Burrell earning the first individual SAG Award for the show. He ended Alec Baldwin’s incredible streak of seven consecutive wins for actor in a comedy series. Because of a SAG Awards rule quirk, 30 Rock qualified for the SAG Awards for an eighth year, even through the comedy ran for seven seasons. The Emmy-winning NBC comedy landed three nominations — for best comedy ensemble, Baldwin, and last year’s comedy actress winner Tina Fey — but for the first time in its history left without a single statuette. Burrell’s win means that three-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons, on his third consecutive SAG Award nomination, is yet to get a win as is the ensemble of his show, three-time nominee The Big Bang Theory.

freyfusCan you blame Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “forgetting” what awards show she was at while accepting her best comedy actress SAG Award for HBO’s Veep? She has been a fixture on the awards circuit for the past two years and is the two-time reigning Emmy champion. And let us all just agree that while Maggie Smith is playing the deliciously cantankerous elder Lady Grantham on Downton Abbey, she automatically gets at least one major acting award a year. In 2011 and 2012 it was an Emmy, last year it was a Golden Globe, now she won her first individual SAG Award (she also shared in the show’s best drama ensemble trophy last year.)  Read More »

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20th Annual SAG Awards: ‘American Hustle’ Wins Best Motion Picture Ensemble, Matthew McConaughey & Cate Blanchett Best Actors; ‘Breaking Bad’, Bryan Cranston And ‘Modern Family’ Take Top TV Honors

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SAG Awards 2014UPDATED WITH WINNERS AND BACKSTAGE REACTIONS: American Hustle cemented its status as on Oscar Best Picture frontrunner tonight, taking the top ensemble award at the 20th Annual SAG Awards, which were handed at LA’s Shrine Auditorium. The actor races also gained further clarity with more wins for Matthew McConaughey and his Dallas Buyers Club co-star Jared Leto, and Blue Jasmine‘s Cate Blanchett. 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show(A mild upset came in Supporting Actress, when 12 Years A Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o won over a field that included Golden Globes winner Jennifer Lawrence.) On the TV side, Breaking Bad ended its final season on the air by taking the Best Ensemble Drama Series crown for the first time, with Bryan Cranston winning Best Drama Actor for a second consecutive year. In comedy, Modern Family won its fourth consecutive ensemble award, and Ty Burrell became the first individual winner from the series. There were a few good one liners over the two-hour-plus ceremony (organizers eventually asked winners to pare their speeches to 45 seconds — some did, some didn’t). Among the cracks were Burrell’s 5 Simple Steps to 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Show20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - ShowSuccess in Acting; Rita Moreno’s F-bomb (caught by the censors) at the beginning of her Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech; and Blanchett brushing off an off-camera clock during her time onstage, saying of McConaughey’s, er, wide-ranging speech just before hers: “Matthew McConaughey just spoke about Neptune, so I think I can have an extra 5 seconds.”

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SAG Awards TV: ‘Breaking Bad’ Has Great Last Hurrah, ‘Modern Family’ Extends Streak

Actor statuettes up for grabs in 13 categories — five for film and eight for TV. There also are TV and film stunt ensemble categories, with those winners unveiled ahead of the main ceremony simulcast live on TNT and TBS. Final voting by the Screen Actors Guild’s eligible membership — that’s about 100,000 actors — was due yesterday, which gave ballot-casters a chance to soak in the Golden Globe winners last weekend.

Deadline had all the SAG scoops in our live-blog of the ceremony. Jen Yamato and Ross Lincoln were on the ground at the Shrine, and Film Editor Anita Busch, TV Editor Nellie Andreeva and Awards Columnist Pete Hammond provided analysis. Here’s how it went down: Read More »

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PHOTOS: 2014 Golden Globes – The Winners

Golden Globes Winners 2014

Co-host Amy Poehler found herself celebrating at Sunday’s Golden Globes when she won a statuette herself between emcee duties; Bryan Cranston wound up double-fisting Breaking Bad‘s two Globes on the night, one for his star turn as the conflicted Walter White. See all of the night’s victors take the winners’ circle backstage, including Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, and the makers of American Hustle; Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor – Comedy/Musical, The Wolf of Wall Street), Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor – Drama, Dallas Buyers Club), Cate Blanchett (Best Actress – Drama, Blue Jasmine), Michael Douglas (Best Actor, Miniseries/Made for TV movie Behind the Candelabra), and more: Read More »

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Bryan Cranston & Beth McCarthy-Miller Dominate DGA Awards TV Nominations

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 1:11pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

cranstonmodernFew were surprised when three-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston last year landed multiple SAG nominations and won two awards: one for his starring role on AMC’s Breaking Bad and one as a cast member of Argo. But it was surprising to see the actor today emerge as the most nominated director in DGA Awards’ TV categories with two noms,dga__121218230019-200x190 (1) one for the 5A season premiere of Breaking Bad and one for “The Old Man & The Tree” episode of Modern Family. Cranston landed his first DGA nom last year and went 2-for-2 today, landing nominations for everything he directed in 2013 — not bad for a side career. He will have some stiff competition in both the drama and comedy series categories, including on the drama side from his boss, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, nominated for Breaking Bad‘s series finale, and A-list film and TV directors David Fincher (House Of Cards), David Nutter (Game Of Thrones) and Lesli Linka Glater (Homeland).

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Matt Lauer To Host ‘Going For Gold’

NBC announced this morning Matt Lauer will host GoingMattLauer__130326235800-e1364342305297-200x272 For Gold — and yet,  it’s not a Sochi Olympics walk-up. It’s a celebrity-studded walk-up to the network’s broadcast of the Golden Globe Awards, is an NBC News production, and will air Friday at 8 PM. If it’s Sochi Olympics walk-up you’re looking for, NBC will broadcast Shaun White: Russia Calling on January 25 — an hour-long program examining how the two-time gold medal winner balances work and play while prepping for the Games. It is not produced by NBC News, instead by Shaun White Enterprises, with Shaun White exec producing, and promises, modestly, to be “a rare inside look into the challenges and sacrifices that are made in order to be the best in the world.”

From NBC’s Going For Gold announcement: Read More »

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‘Breaking Bad’ Obituary For Hometown Fans

By | Friday October 4, 2013 @ 9:15am PDT

The series finale of Breaking Bad Sunday officially laid to rest the AMC hit and drew a record 10.3 million viewers — though apparently it didn’t offer quite enough closure for some. The Albuquerque Journal ran a obituary on Bryan Cranston‘s anti-hero in today’s edition, appearing on Page A4 and paid for by the Facebook group “Unofficial Breaking Bad Fan Tour” and its leader David Layman. The series was shot in Albuquerque, which has become a tourist destinations for avid watchers of the show. Click over for the obit, in case you don’t want any spoilers…

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Bryan Cranston To Narrate H2 Series ‘Big History’

By | Wednesday October 2, 2013 @ 9:30am PDT

Bryan Cranston’s next TV series announced this morning: H2’s new original 10-hour series Big History, debuting November 2 at 10 PM. He’s the narrator. “I was asked to be the voice of 13.7 billion years of history,” Cranston said in today’s news. The series is an offshoot of the Big History Project, based on the Big History academic movement spearheaded by historian David Christian of Australia’s Macquairie University; it gets funding from Bill Gates. Here’s the  announcement from H2, the History Channel digital net: Read More »

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