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Thursday, May 1, 2014

QUEEN B: Beyonce named highest paid Black artist of all time

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Beyonce has been named the highest paid Black artist of all time according to Billboard Magazine.  This distinction places her ahead of MJ,  Prince, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder! The Mrs. Carter world tour gave her the boost to take the title (at least that's how MTV believes she got the new ranking.) the Queen B  rolled in some serious dough from the 126 concert dates  on the Mrs. Carter tour, banking some $212 million.
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List of new and returning programs on BET and Centric announced

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BET Networks, the #1 network for the African-American audience and a top 20 cable network among all adults 18-49, announced its upcoming programming schedule for BET and Centric at its annual Upfront presentation.  The network defined the Total Market approach, unveiled exclusive research on millennials and showcased its new original content, returning hits, mega-specials and events. 
“Our new shows and feature films, combined with our returning hits like "Real Husbands of Hollywood" and "Being Mary Jane," make BET’s original slate stronger than ever,” said Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. “We’re excited about our entire schedule, especially our original programming, our strong talk show acquisitions and our exclusive co-production deal with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment to produce new content for Centric.”
Audiences continue to flock to BET Networks for quality programming.   In March, BET reached more African American adults 18-49 than any network in cable with 9.8 million viewers, and BET Networks received 19 NAACP Image Award nominations, more than any other network – cable or broadcast.
“The leading brands not only count the people they reach, they reach the people that count. The most innovative advertisers are connected to crucial brand builders, product advisors and social media buzz makers. That audience is our audience,” said Louis Carr, President of Broadcast and Advertising Media Sales, BET Networks.  “To win with a Total Market approach, a brand must be in an environment that is relevant to audiences that drive attitudes, behaviors and lifestyles to influence what’s hot, what’s next and what matters. BET is where your total market begins.”
• THE START UP – In The Start Up, hip-hop prince Diggy Simmons makes his scripted series debut as Blake Monroe, founder of TheJetsetters.com, an entertainment and lifestyle blog. The Start Up hones in on what it means to be young, gifted and digital, as Blake and his friends strategize for fame and financing while they navigate the freedoms and pressures of adulthood. Also stars Teyana Taylor, Bria Murphy, Allen Maldonado, Chris Brew, and Stephanie Charles. From Executive Producers Mara Brock Akil, Salim Akil, Kenya Barris, James DuBose, Kevin Liles and Laurie Dobbins.
• GONE GOSPEL – Music artists outside of the gospel genre in search of their next chapter and verse share a house, compete in weekly challenges and embark on a holistic journey to rebuild their careers.  Under the mentorship of star-making songwriters, producers and life coaches, the artists will write an inspirational anthem on their road to transforming their lives. There will be egos. There will be tribulations. And there will be a dramatic, victorious conclusion like nothing seen before on BET. Hosted  by Kirk Franklin (Sunday Best); Executive Producers:  Marilyn Gill and Kirk Franklin.
• GOT GAME – When eligible men and women have to woo a new prospect without relying on their great looks, killer body or fashion sense, it all comes down to whether they’ve Got Game? BET gives the dating show a cliffhanger with each episode as singles undergo wild transformations, complete with costumes and movie make-up before their big dates. Will their charm shine through? Or will it be game over? Hosted by Donnivin Jordan.
• THE BOOK OF NEGROES – BET’s first-ever miniseries, this sweeping six-part epic traverses Aminata Diallo’s capture in Africa, enslavement in America, and emancipation in England. It is a riveting historical drama based upon the Commonwealth Prize winning novel by Lawrence Hill and chronicles love, loss, and the enduring human spirit. Stars Academy Award ® winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett, Jr. and Aunjanue Ellis. In Partnership with eOne and The CBC.
• LET THE CHURCH SAY AMEN – NAACP Image Award winning director Regina King (Southland) steps behind the camera to bring ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s inspirational best-seller to the screen. Enter the world of Rachel Jackson, the preacher’s daughter who surmounts incredible odds to reconcile with the father she disappointed. Stars Naturi Naughton, Steve Harris, Lela Rochon Fuqua, Hosea Chanchez and Collins Pennie.  Producers: Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone, and Regina King.  Executive Producers:  Reina King and TD Jakes.
• THE HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER – From veteran Executive Producer and Director Debbie Allen comes a new vision for a holiday classic, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker. A young girl’s dream comes to life when her Christmas gift shows her wondrous new worlds where original music and dance warm hearts, just like hot chocolate. Stars Raven-Symone’ and Tichina Arnold.
• BEING MARY JANE: SEASON 2 – BET’s first one-hour original drama, Being Mary Jane, is a bonafide smash hit, winning wide critical acclaim, the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Television Movie and becoming the season’s #1 Tuesday primetime show on any network. Expect another steamy, satisfying second season full of nuanced characters, stellar performances, and brilliant writing. Stars Gabrielle Union, Lisa Vidal, Richard Roundtree, Stephen Bishop and Margaret Avery, Richard Brooks, B.J. Britt, Raven Goodwin, Aaron D. Spears and LaTarsha Rose.
• REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD: SEASON 3 – The fakest reality show ever is a real-life runaway hit. Taking the #1 spot on Entertainment Weekly’s must-see list and acclaimed by The New York Times, Real Husbands of Hollywood is the #1 cable sitcom among all adults 18-49.* Led by comic genius Kevin Hart with an all-star cast (Boris Kodjoe, Nelly, Nick Cannon, Duane Martin and Cynthia Kaye McWilliams), Season 3 will be sure to deliver new rivalries, A-list cameos, and laugh-out-loud cliffhangers.
• THE GAME: SEASON 8 – In 2014, The Game swept both NAACP Image Awards for outstanding actress in a comedy series honors (Brandy Norwood and Wendy Raquel Robinson). The Game also delivered 4.4 million premiere night viewers, all waiting with bated breath for the answer to their big questions about Tasha, Kelly, Jason and Chardonnay. Season 8 promises to take this winning franchise to yet another level, so don’t miss out on the action, the comedy or the drama.
• 106 & PARK – 106 & Park is the #1 video countdown show anywhere on television. Now in its 14th year, our flagship program has been remixed and is bigger and bolder than ever. With multi-platinum artist and actor Bow Wow and Juno Award winning vocal sensation Keisha Chante in command of an interactive, state-of-the-art set, the new 106 & Park is the ultimate destination for the A-list of music, film, television, style, and sports. First Lady Michelle Obama chose the 106 & Park couch to drive home the value of higher education. Every weeknight, the show celebrates and reflects real youth culture as the home of the “livest audience,” delivering what’s hot and what’s next in pop culture.
• BET AWARDS – The BET AWARDS franchise is the #1 Program in Cable Television History among the Black audience, and is still a top 10 awards show on television (Broadcast & Cable) among total viewers. It continues to hold the leadership position because it gathers the biggest stars in music, sports, Hollywood, and philanthropy - all on one stage - for one incredible night. Now in its 14th year and better than ever, The BET AWARDS delivers electrifying performances, moving tributes and the most unforgettable moments on TV.
• BET HIP HOP AWARDS – The BET HIP HOP AWARDS returns for its 8th year to highlight who did it better in hip hop music, with bold performances and breakthrough freestyle cyphers that set social media on fire. This is the one show where the hottest rap stars of today share the stage with the hip hop icons of tomorrow. This show serves millions of people who love hip hop culture, which continues to define a generation and defy convention.
• BLACK GIRLS ROCK – BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is the tribute show that became a movement. This timely and timeless special salutes dynamic leaders in entertainment, business, philanthropy and beyond. Featuring emerging and legendary talent, touching tributes to present day role models and soulful, surprising musical performances, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! celebrates the brilliance and beauty of women of color who shape our world and uplift our girls.
• THE BET HONORS – The BET HONORS shows the world “what extraordinary looks like” by saluting luminaries whose lives and revolutionary work contribute to and elevate our culture. Airing during Black History Month, The BET HONORS is a shimmering night of dynamic performances and tributes that cross genres and generations.
Centric, BET Networks’ 24-hour music and entertainment network, inked an exclusive co-production deal with Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment this month to produce new content for Centric. As part of the deal, BET Networks will develop and premiere an all-new Season 4 of the highly rated television series, Single Ladies, on Centric. The network will also air Seasons 1, 2 and 3. Flavor Unit Entertainment’s #1 new talk show, The Queen Latifah Show will also begin airing in primetime on Centric.  This new partnership strengthens Centric’s position as the network for the African American woman.  
Centric’s popularity with African American audiences, most notably with African American women ages 25 to 54, continues to grow, with the network marking its most watched quarter in its history. For FY14 Q2 (Jan-Mar), Centric experienced its best quarter ever for Total Day and Primetime viewership, posting gains of +20 percent.
• SINGLE LADIES: SEASON 4 – This modern, romantic comedy series is set in the world of Atlanta fashion, music, and celebrity where friends share differing views on love, sex and relationships.  Produced by Flavor Unit Entertainment.
• ARISE ENTERTAINMENT 360 – ARISE ENTERTAINMENT 360 features the hottest and newest stories in American entertainment, arts, culture, fashion and music.
• BEING – “Being” is a documentary series highlighting music and entertainment's most dynamic figures – and a place where the stars tell their own stories, in their own words. Featuring never before seen photos, videos, and revealing interviews, “Being” delivers a compelling inside look at the inspiring lives of the biggest names in music, media and more.
• ACCORDING TO HIM & HER – “According to Him & Her” approaches timely topics involving relationships, friendships, dating and sex in a “he said, she said” battle of the sexes. Every week an onslaught of comedians, relationship experts and surprise celebrities will engage in a series of questions resulting in a no-holds-barred banter giving audiences the opportunity to finally see how the other sex thinks from a comedic perspective.
• SOUL TRAIN AWARDS – The Hippest Trip In America keeps grooving forward. The iconic brand that defined a generation returns for 2014 with its signature awards show. Featuring never before-seen musical collaborations and powerful tributes from world-class performers, the Soul Train Awards brings you the most revered and promising voices in soul and R&B.  The Soul Train Awards is simulcast on Centric and BET.
• CENTRIC COMEDY ALL-STARS – Bill Bellamy will host the third annual comedy event, honoring an industry icon. Some of the top names in comedy, plus the hottest comedians on the rise will make appearances during the show that is sure to keep you laughing.

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Music Legend Natalie Cole, R&B Icon Maxine Nightingale and Other Luminaries to Join Tower Cancer Research Foundation in Honoring Julian Gold, M.D., Beverly Hills Vice-Mayor and Randall Katz, CEO, Milestone Entertainment on May 7, 2014

LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Music legend Natalie Cole and leaders in entertainment, politics, business and medicine will come together at Tower Cancer Research Foundation's (TCRF) Tower of Hope Gala on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 to honor Beverly Hills Vice-Mayor Julian A. Gold, M.D. and Randall (Randy) Katz, CEO of Milestone Entertainment. The event will begin at 5:30 PM at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. R&B music icon Maxine Nightingale will perform. Gold is the Co-Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Katz is a TCRF Board member and Chair of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation Board. The evening is designed to bring attention to and raise funding for TCRF, a boutique donor-directed cancer research foundation. TCRF seeks to accelerate the development of cancer treatments, improve patient access to new agents and methodologies, and provide support and educational programs for patients and their families.

Guests will learn how TCRF has been the Southern California cancer patient's greatest ally since 1996. TCRF is known for its stellar reputation professionally vetting cancer research programs and maximizing the impact of donor-investors. The foundation, which is focused on Southern California, provides grants for clinical trials, innovative cancer research, caring patient support and community education. In line with its mission to advance cancer research on every level, TCRF supports pioneering and talented physician scientists with awards ofannual grants to those doing cutting edge bench-to-bedside lab research. TCRF's patient support services include patient mentoring, cancer support groups, free workshops and support for caregivers. TCRF's Free Cancer Information and Resource Telephone Help Line, staffed by professional social workers, is designed to help cancer patients and their families cope with the complexities and challenges of a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment.

TCRF's demonstrated commitment to both the Southern California community and to nurturing local cancer research talent inspired Gold and Katz to step forward as this year's honorees. For tickets, contact (310) 288-1755 or visit www.towercancer.org

Founded in 1996 and primarily focused on Southern California, TCRF provides grants for clinical trials, innovative research, caring patient support and community education to promote more effective treatments for cancer and blood disorders. As a leading boutique cancer research foundation in Southern California, TCRF has raised over $25 million in the last decade. These resources, which are donor directed, have funded specific programs that are professionally vetted by committees comprised of local scientific and community leaders. In addition, TCRF awards $100,000 in grants annually to young pioneering physician scientists engaged in groundbreaking bench-to-bedside research. While there are many brilliant scientists performing cancer research, TCRF recognizes the importance of nurturing the local pool of rich research talent because important breakthroughs have come from unexpected directions and provided new perspectives. www.towercancer.org
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Iconic Rapper Big Daddy Kane Lends His Voice with 15-year old singer Alissa Cavallaro Anti-bullying Campaign

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"Don't Be Pushed Around"
single set for May 2014 Release
Singer Alissa Cavallaro, 15 and iconic rapper Big Daddy Kane has announced their anti-bullying collaboration 
Cavallaro and Big Daddy Kane perform "Don't Push Me Around" rap.
Together the singer and rapper have created a musical journey of positive, pulsating lyrics ensuring the listener's confidence and giving voice to young people who often feel helpless. The single "The Journey Isn't Over" will go on sale through Battle Records - E 1 Entertainment Distribution, iTunes, CD Baby and other online outlets May 2014.  

Every day, young people are chastised and belittled by their peers, leaving an indelible mark on their education and social experiences.  Proceeds from the sales of the recording will benefit Suicide Prevention & Awareness Program / Sing into the Sunlight Organization.

Young Alissa stands on the shoulders of this legendary rapper and wants to encourage her peers to "dare to be different" and find security in what sets them apart; and "Don't Be Pushed Around." Alissa will tour elementary and high schools during the remainder of this academic school year and summer months to announce the campaign "Don't Be Pushed Around"
Also, Alissa is working in tandem with Attitude Apparel Inc. and their design team to create a limited edition of "Don't Be Pushed Around" collection of bold and edgy t-shirts, hats and accessories. "Don't Be Pushed Around" products will be available for purchase at Attitude Apparel Inc. kiosks at each tour stop as well as onAlissa's and Attitude Apparel Inc.'s websites.

The Anti Bullying campaign seeks to:

  •           Empower Teenagers
  •           Encourage students to take pride in their individuality
  •           Create comfortable environments to discuss peer pressure
  •           Share conflict resolution and anger management methods
  •           How to stand-up for yourself and others
  •           Lend a hand and save a child

About Suicide Prevention
Mental illness can happen to anybody regardless of age, culture, race, gender, ethnicity, economic status or location. Today, mental health struggles are a leading impediment to academic success among college students. Mental health affects relationships, academics, success and overall well-being. Yet because of lack of education and an unnecessary shame that surrounds the issues, mental health is not discussed and too many students are suffering in silence. 
The average age of onset of most mental health disorders is 18-24. 1,100 college students die by suicide each year making it the 2nd leading cause of death on college campuses. 44% of college students report having felt so depressed in the past year it was difficult to function. 2/3 of students who need help don't receive it.

About Attitude Apparel Inc.
Born in beautiful Brooklyn, New York Attitude Apparel Inc. began as a concept; a concept that clothing can inspire creativity, intelligence, and greatness. All items created by Attitude Apparel Inc. are inspired by the art, sound, smell, taste, and feel of what is beautiful New York City. We are a new company with big goals. We want to inspire the world to create beautiful art and fill the world with joy and creativity! Each of our products has been designed by artists within the company with the intention to inspire others to do the same. Attitudeclothingbrand.com
About the artist: Alissa Cavallaro, since the tender age of nine, music has been young Alissa's passion.  Since that time, it has become her destiny.  Self-described as "weird," she accomplished an almost superhuman feat, winning the Amateur Night competition at the infamous Apollo Theater in New York City at age nine.  Alissa Cavallaro.com


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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

National Day of Prayer observance to air live

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Hosted by Congressman Robert Aderholt (Alabama, 4th District), the National Day of Prayer will be observed on Thursday May 1.  Beginning at 9:00 a.m. the obeservance will be broadcast  live on God.tv from the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C. Anne Graham Lotz (daughter of Dr. Billy Graham) is the honorary host.

Along with Lotz, speakers include  Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, Congressman Robert Aderholt, Mrs. Vonette Bright, The Honorable Bob McEwen, Congressman Mike McIntyre, Don Moen, Chaplain Father Patrick Conroy, Dr. Dick Eastman, Mr. David Butts, Mr. John Bornschein, and more. For more information or to find related events in your area go to www.nationaldayofprayer.org/
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Dr. Randal Pinkett and BCT Partners LLC Announce Merger with Lynx Technology Partners, Inc.

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Dr. Randal Pinkett
NEW YORK - NY - April 30, 2014 -- Winner of the fourth season of NBC-TV'sThe Apprentice business-oriented reality competition, Dr. Randal Pinkett continues to make significant inroads within the corporate arena.  As co-founder, Chairman and CEO of the multimillion dollar management consulting and IT solutions firm, New Jersey-based BCT Partners, Pinkett will spearhead an Entrepreneurial Empowerment Session on Saturday, May 3,2014 from 9:00 am to 12 noon at Rutgers University, Busch Campus Center, 604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854.
Sponsored by Abundant Life Family Worship Church and the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, the event, designed particularly for established and aspiring business owners, will feature a roundtable discussion with Dr. Pinkett and the founding members of BCT Partners (Dallas Grundy, Lawrence Hibbert and Dr. Jeffrey Robinson), as well as breakout sessions regarding goal setting, strategy and execution.  The four BCT Partners founders, former classmates at the host venue of Rutgers University, will talk about their beginnings in business and the evolution of BCT since its creation in 2001.

The session will also include the announcement of BCT Partners' merger with Lynx Technology Partners, Inc., one of New York's fastest growing IT consulting companies.  This combination portends to create a powerhouse management consulting, information technology and information security firm, blending the best and brightest talents and resources from each of these minority-owned companies, affording their customers and employees the benefit derived from a combined 15 years of business expertise and groundbreaking successes.  The merged organization will be named BCT Partners LLC, and for the second half of the session, the BCT founders will be joined by the founder of Lynx Technology Partners, Inc., Aric Perminter, to discuss the significance of the merger and their planned future.  The session will conclude with a networking period, to give attendees an opportunity to meet and mingle with the panel participants.

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Oprah makes and launches her own chai tea for Starbucks

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Oprah's latest business venture is piping hot, although completely outside of her zone.  The media mogul has gotten into tea making in a partnership with Teavana and Starbucks.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

2014 MTV Movie Awards Winner and Nominees

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Here's the full list of nominees with winners in bold.
  • 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
  • Amy Adams - American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
  • Jennifer Aniston - We're the Millers (New Line Cinema)
  • Sandra Bullock - Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
  • Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Bradley Cooper - American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
  • Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
  • Liam James - The Way Way Back (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Michael B. Jordan - Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)
  • Will Poulter - We're the Millers (New Line Cinema)
  • Margot Robbie - The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
  • Miles Teller - The Spectacular Now (A24 Films)
  • Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams - American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson - Don Jon (Relativity Media)
  • James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens - Spring Breakers (A24 Films)
  • Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller - The Spectacular Now (A24 Films)
  • Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter - We're the Millers (New Line Cinema)
  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures) – Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and Steve Carell vs. James Marsden vs. Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Kanye West vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler vs.Jim Carrey and Marion Cotillard vs. Will Smith vs. Liam Neeson and John C. Reilly vs. Greg Kinnear
  • Identity Thief (Universal Pictures) – Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures) – Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs.Orcs
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) – Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin vs.Mutant Monkeys
  • This is the End (Columbia Pictures) – Jonah Hill vs. James Franco and Seth Rogen
  • Kevin Hart - Ride Along (Universal Pictures)
  • Jonah Hill - The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
  • Johnny Knoxville - Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Paramount Pictures)
  • Melissa McCarthy - The Heat (20th Century Fox)
  • Jason Sudeikis - We're the Millers (New Line Cinema)
  • Rose Byrne - Insidious: Chapter 2 (FilmDistrict)
  • Jessica Chastain - Mama (Universal Pictures)
  • Vera Farmiga - The Conjuring (New Line Cinema)
  • Ethan Hawke - The Purge (Universal Pictures)
  • Brad Pitt - World War Z (Paramount Pictures)
  • Amy Adams and Christian Bale - American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
  • Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
  • Vin Diesel and Paul Walker - Fast & Furious 6 (Universal Pictures)
  • Ice Cube and Kevin Hart - Ride Along (Universal Pictures)
  • Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
  • Jennifer Aniston - We're the Millers (New Line Cinema)
  • Sam Claflin - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
  • Zac Efron - That Awkward Moment (Focus Features)
  • Chris Hemsworth - Thor: The Dark World (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Steve Carell, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues(Paramount Pictures)
  • Johnny Knoxville and Jackson Nicoll -Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Paramount Pictures)
  • Cameron Diaz - The Counselor (20th Century Fox)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
  • Danny McBride and Channing Tatum - This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
  • Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)
  • Benedict Cumberbatch - Star Trek into Darkness (Paramount Pictures)
  • Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
  • Mila Kunis  - Oz The Great and Powerful (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Donald Sutherland - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
  • Christian Bale - American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
  • Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
  • Elizabeth Banks - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate)
  • Orlando Bloom - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
  • Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson - This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
  • Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)
  • Melissa McCarthy - Identity Thief (Universal Pictures)
  • Will Poulter - We're the Millers (New Line Cinema)
  • Robert De Niro - American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)
  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures)
  • Kanye West - Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (Paramount Pictures)
  • Joan Rivers - Iron Man 3 (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Rihanna - This is the End (Columbia Pictures)
  • Henry Cavill as Clark Kent - Man of Steel (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man - Iron Man 3 (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor - Thor: The Dark World (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
  • Channing Tatum as John Cale - White House Down (Columbia Pictures)
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2014 Tony Awards Nominations List

buzzz worthy. . . New York, NY (April 29, 2014) –

Nominations in 26 competitive categories for the American Theatre Wing’s 68th Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards® were announced today by actress of stage and screen Lucy Liu and Tony-nominee Jonathan Groff, at the Tony Award Nominations ceremony sponsored by IBM. The nominees were selected by an independent committee of 33 theatre professionals appointed by the Tony Awards Administration Committee.

 The 2014 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. (The list of nominations follows.) Marking 68 years of excellence on Broadway, The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, on Sunday, June 8th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay). Legitimate theatrical productions opening in any of the 40 eligible Broadway theatres during the current season may be considered for Tony nominations. The 2013/2014 eligibility season began April 26, 2013 and ended April 24, 2014.

 The Tony Awards will be voted in 26 competitive categories by 860 members of the theatrical community. As previously announced, the 2014 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented to costume designer Jane Greenwood and the Isabelle Stevenson Award will be presented to Rosie O’Donnell. The 2014 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre will be presented to President and CEO of The Actor’s Fund Joseph P. Benincasa, photographer Joan Marcus and General Manager Charlotte Wilcox.

 Each year, the Tony Awards Administration Committee presents a Tony Award to a regional theatre on the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association. The 2014 Regional Theatre Award will be presented to the Signature Theatre of New York. The 2013-2014 Tony Award Nominating Committee consists of Douglas Aibel, Arin Arbus, John Arnone, Ira Bernstein, Susan Birkenhead, Mark Brokaw, Ben Cameron, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Veronica Claypool, Douglas J. Cohen, Ida Cole, John Darnton, Jacqueline Z. Davis, Kent Gash, Kathryn Grody, Susan Hilferty, Philip Himberg, Ann Hould-Ward, Julie Hughes, Abe Jacob, Stephen Karam, Corby Kummer, Dick Latessa, Sara Lukinson, Marsha Mason, Susan Rice, Mervyn Rothstein, Scott Schwartz, Linda Shelton, Tobie S. Stein, Robert Viagas, Carol Wasser and Robin Wagner.

 The Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards are bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement. The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television. The 2014 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Nick Scandalios is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the American Theater Wing, William Ivey Long is Chairman and Heather A. Hitchens is Executive Director. For the CBS broadcast, Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss/White Cherry Entertainment are Executive Producers. Weiss also serves as Director.

 IBM, the official information technology partner of the Tony Awards, develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards website, www.TonyAwards.com across digital platforms. Audemars Piguet is the presenting sponsor of the Tony Awards Red Carpet. United Airlines is the official airline of the Tony Awards. The New York Times is the official and exclusive print media partner of the Tony Awards. Nexxus Salon Hair Care is the official beauty partner of the Tony Awards. Paramount Hotel is the official hotel partner of the Tonys. PEOPLE is the official magazine partner of the Tony Awards. City National Bank is the official bank of the Tony Awards. Carnegie Mellon University is the first-ever, exclusive higher education partner of the Tony Awards. # # #

 Nominations for the 2014 American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards® Presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing

 Best Play Act One Author: James Lapine Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Adam Siegel, Hattie K. Jutagir All The Way Author: Robert Schenkkan Producers: Jeffrey Richards, Louise Gund, Jerry Frankel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Double Gemini Productions, Rebecca Gold, Scott M. Delman, Barbara H. Freitag, Harvey Weinstein, Gene Korf, William Berlind, Caiola Productions, Gutterman Chernoff, Jam Theatricals, Gabrielle Palitz, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, Will Trice, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Repertory Theater Casa Valentina Author: Harvey Fierstein Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Colin Callender, Robert Cole, Frederick Zollo, The Shubert Organization Mothers and Sons Author: Terrence McNally Producers: Tom Kirdahy, Roy Furman, Paula Wagner & Debbie Bisno, Barbara Freitag & Loraine Alterman Boyle, Hunter Arnold, Paul Boskind, Ken Davenport, Lams Productions, Mark Lee & Ed Filipowski, Roberta Pereira/Brunish-Trinchero, Sanford Robertson, Tom Smedes & Peter Stern, Jack Thomas/Susan Dietz Outside Mullingar Author: John Patrick Shanley Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove Best Musical After Midnight Producers: Scott Sanders Productions, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Furman, Candy Spelling, Starry Night Entertainment, Hal Newman, Allan S. Gordon/Adam S. Gordon, James L. Nederlander, Robert K. Kraft, Catherine and Fred Adler, Robert Appel, Jeffrey Bolton, Scott M. Delman, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, Sandy Block, Carol Fineman, Marks-Moore-Turnbull Group, Stephen & Ruth Hendel, Tom Kirdahy Aladdin Producers: Disney Theatrical Productions, Thomas Schumacher Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Producers: Paul Blake, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Jeffrey A. Sine, Richard A. Smith, Mike Bosner, Harriet N. Leve/Elaine Krauss, Terry Schnuck, Orin Wolf, Patty Baker/Good Productions, Roger Faxon, Larry Magid, Kit Seidel, Lawrence S. Toppall, Fakston Productions/Mary Solomon, William Court Cohen, John Gore, BarLor Productions, Matthew C. Blank, Tim Hogue, Joel Hyatt, Marianne Mills, Michael J. Moritz, Jr., StylesFour Productions, Brunish & Trinchero, Jeremiah J. Harris A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Producers: Joey Parnes, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson, 50 Church Street Productions, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Catherine & Fred Adler, Rhoda Herrick, Kathleen K. Johnson, Megan Savage, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Ron Simons, True Love Productions, Jamie deRoy, Four Ladies & One Gent, John Arthur Pinckard, Greg Nobile, Stewart Lane & Bonnie Comley, Exeter Capital/Ted Snowdon, Ryan Hugh Mackey, Cricket-CTM Media/Mano-Horn Productions, Dennis Grimaldi/Margot Astrachan, Hello Entertainment/Jamie Bendell, Michael T. Cohen/Joe Sirola, Joseph & Carson Gleberman/William Megevick, Green State Productions, The Hartford Stage, The Old Globe Best Revival of a Play The Cripple of Inishmaan Producers: Michael Grandage Company, Arielle Tepper Madover, L.T.D. Productions, Stacey Mindich, Starry Night Entertainment, Scott M. Delman, Martin McCallum, Stephanie P. McClelland, Zeilinger Productions, The Shubert Organization The Glass Menagerie Producers: Jeffrey Richards, John N. Hart Jr., Jerry Frankel, Lou Spisto/Lucky VIII, INFINITY Stages, Scott M. Delman, Jam Theatricals, Mauro Taylor, Rebecca Gold, Michael Palitz, Charles E. Stone, Will Trice, GFour Productions, American Repertory Theater A Raisin in the Sun Producers: Scott Rudin, Roger Berlind, Eli Bush, Jon B. Platt, Scott M. Delman, Roy Furman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Ruth Hendel, Sonia Friedman/Tulchin Bartner, The Araca Group, Heni Koenigsberg, Daryl Roth, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Joey Parnes, S.D. Wagner, John Johnson Twelfth Night Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis, Roger Berlind, Glass Half Full Productions/Just for Laughs Theatricals, 1001 Nights Productions, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jane Bergère, Paula Marie Black, Rupert Gavin, Stephanie P. McClelland, Shakespeare's Globe Centre USA, Max Cooper, Tanya Link Productions, Shakespeare Road, Shakespeare's Globe Best Revival of a Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch Producers: David Binder, Jayne Baron Sherman, Barbara Whitman, Latitude Link, Patrick Catullo, Raise the Roof, Paula Marie Black, Colin Callender, Ruth Hendel, Sharon Karmazin, Martian Entertainment, Stacey Mindich, Eric Schnall, The Shubert Organization Les Misérables Producer: Cameron Mackintosh Violet Producers: Roundabout Theatre Company, Todd Haimes, Harold Wolpert, Julia C. Levy, Sydney Beers, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, David Mirvish, Barry and Fran Weissler, Elizabeth Armstrong, Mary Jo and Ted Shen Best Book of a Musical Aladdin Chad Beguelin Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Douglas McGrath Bullets Over Broadway Woody Allen A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Robert L. Freedman Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Aladdin Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin The Bridges of Madison County Music & Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Music: Steven Lutvak Lyrics: Robert L. Freedman & Steven Lutvak If/Then Music: Tom Kitt Lyrics: Brian Yorkey Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night Bryan Cranston, All The Way Chris O'Dowd, Of Mice and Men Mark Rylance, Richard III Tony Shalhoub, Act One Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Ramin Karimloo, Les Misérables Andy Karl, Rocky Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Mary Bridget Davies, A Night with Janis Joplin Sutton Foster, Violet Idina Menzel, If/Then Jessie Mueller, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Kelli O'Hara, The Bridges of Madison County Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play Reed Birney, Casa Valentina Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Danny Burstein, Cabaret Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway Joshua Henry, Violet James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin Jarrod Spector, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical Linda Emond, Cabaret Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Anika Larsen, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Adriane Lenox, After Midnight Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Best Scenic Design of a Play Beowulf Boritt, Act One Bob Crowley, The Glass Menagerie Es Devlin, Machinal Christopher Oram, The Cripple of Inishmaan Best Scenic Design of a Musical Christopher Barreca, Rocky Julian Crouch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Santo Loquasto, Bullets Over Broadway Best Costume Design of a Play Jane Greenwood, Act One Michael Krass, Machinal Rita Ryack, Casa Valentina Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night Best Costume Design of a Musical Linda Cho, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway Arianne Phillips, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Isabel Toledo, After Midnight Best Lighting Design of a Play Paule Constable, The Cripple of Inishmaan Jane Cox, Machinal Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie Japhy Weideman, Of Mice and Men Best Lighting Design of a Musical Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Christopher Akerlind, Rocky Howell Binkley, After Midnight Donald Holder, The Bridges of Madison County Best Sound Design of a Play Alex Baranowski, The Cripple of Inishmaan Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill Dan Moses Schreier, Act One Matt Tierney, Machinal Best Sound Design of a Musical Peter Hylenski, After Midnight Tim O'Heir, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Mick Potter, Les Misérables Brian Ronan, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Best Direction of a Play Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie Best Direction of a Musical Warren Carlyle, After Midnight Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Leigh Silverman, Violet Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder Best Choreography Warren Carlyle, After Midnight Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine, Rocky Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway Best Orchestrations Doug Besterman, Bullets Over Broadway Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County Steve Sidwell, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder * * * Recipients of Awards and Honors in Non-competitive Categories Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre Jane Greenwood Regional Theatre Award Signature Theatre, New York, N.Y. Isabelle Stevenson Award Rosie O’Donnell Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre Joseph P. Benincasa Joan Marcus Charlotte Wilcox * * * Tony Nominations by Production A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - 10 Hedwig and the Angry Inch - 8 After Midnight - 7 Beautiful - The Carole King Musical - 7 The Glass Menagerie - 7 Twelfth Night - 7 Bullets Over Broadway - 6 The Cripple of Inishmaan - 6 Act One - 5 Aladdin - 5 A Raisin in the Sun - 5 The Bridges of Madison County - 4 Casa Valentina - 4 Machinal - 4 Rocky - 4 Violet - 4 Les Misérables - 3 All The Way - 2 Cabaret - 2 If/Then - 2 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill - 2 Mothers and Sons - 2 Of Mice and Men - 2 A Night with Janis Joplin - 1 Outside Mullingar - 1 Richard III - 1 The Velocity of Autumn - 1 #TonyAwards
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