Daytime Emmy-winning legend Jeanne Cooper dies at age 84: “Cooper, who played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on ‘The Young and the Restless,’ died Wednesday morning in her sleep, her son the actor Corbin Bernsen wrote on Facebook. The family confirmed the death to CBS. Bernsen tweeted April 12 that his mother faced an ‘uphill battle’ for an undisclosed illness. In subsequent days he wrote of her gradual improvement and said that she’d been taken off breathing equipment. In a Facebook posting April 17, Bernsen said his mother cursed several times, ‘showing me that she’s becoming her old self, not thrilled about the situation, and ready to get out of the hospital and shake up the world.'” CBS
So far, this year’s Tony nominees have not enjoyed a bump at the box office: “‘Kinky Boots,’ ‘Matilda: The Musical,’ ‘Pippin‘ and ‘Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella‘ – the four shows that got the most nominations Tuesday – either lost money or saw only small increases, according to data released Monday from The Broadway League.” Associated Press
Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club“), Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station“), Christian Bale (“American Hustle“) and Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks“) are among What Culture‘s list of prospective Oscar contenders for Best Actor.
Filmmaker Kabir Khan decries India’s obsession with Oscars: “‘I think we are unnecessarily obsessed by Oscars. Lets not forget Oscars is an award ceremony for the US film industry which has one category amongst the various categories called best foreign film,’ Khan told PTI on the sidelines of three weeks long Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) being held here. Khan said Oscars were not the ultimate criteria to validate a good film.” Deccan Chronicles