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Retract the Claws and Grab Your Tap Shoes, It's Gonna be a Helluva Show

By Vivian Kane | Industry | February 11, 2014 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | February 11, 2014 |

Hugh Jackman has announced that he’ll be hosting the Tony Awards this year, because apparently he and Neil Patrick Harris are just flipping for the job now. Or possibly there’s some sort of dance-off involved.


I always feel weird being so excited by the Tonys. Living on the West Coast, it’s rare that I’ve ever actually seen any of the shows that are nominated. I don’t even like that many musicals. But I still watch it every year. And I love it. Mostly because it really is a hell of a show. If you missed this opening number from last year, I strongly recommend giving it a watch.

While there’s been some criticism (as there is nearly every year) of the choice to bring in a (mostly) film actor to host a theatre awards show, I have no problem with that. I get that this is a televised event and they want as many viewers as possible. That means having a huge star host. Plus, Jackman does do a lot of theatre and he’s damn talented. No, I have a different complaint. Let’s take a look, just for a moment, at how this information was released.

I gave a mild mocking last week over a tweeted parenthetical press release. And I thought that was lazy. This, just… I don’t even know what to do with this. Hugh Jackman, in an echo-y hallway, in front of a bare wall. Is this an attempt at faux casual? To make us feel like we, his friends, got the scoop first? It’s the damn Tonys. Don’t be afraid to class it up, CBS.

Here, enjoy this Sutton Foster palate cleanser. I think we need it.

Via The Wrap.

Vivian Kane is completely unapologetic about her “-re” spelling of theatre.

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