The Night Before the Oscars, Hollywood’s biggest annual charity event, will not be held at the famed Beverly Hills Hotel next February. Organizers are joining a growing boycott against the Sultan of Brunei, who has major ties with the hotel, due to the new anti-gay penal codes instituted in his country. The celebrity-packed event was the brainchild of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and has been held at the famed pink hotel since its inception in 2003. This year’s host committee included such big names as Ben Affleck, Warren Beatty, Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Octavia Spencer. Virgin Airlines, Teen Line, Feminist Majority Foundation, and other groups have cancelled their upcoming events or expressed plans to not stay at the hotel in the future “until the Sultan abides by basic human rights.” Hollywood Reporter.
Twelve Theatre World Award winners are announced for outstanding Broadway debuts. They are: Paul Chahidi (“Twelfth Night“), Nick Cordero (“Bullets Over Broadway“), Bryan Cranston (“All the Way“), Mary Bridget Davies (“Night with Janis Joplin“), Sarah Greene (“The Cripple of Inishmaan“), Rebecca Hall (“Machinal“), Ramin Karimloo (“Les Miserables”), Zachary Levi (“First Date”), Chris O’Dowd (“Of Mice and Men“), Sophie Okonedo (“A Raisin in the Sun“), Emerson Steele (“Violet“), and Lauren Worsham (“Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder“). Playbill.
Miley Cyrus and Ricky Martin are the latest performers announced for the Billboard Music Awards. Airing on ABC May 18, the ceremony will also feature Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Jennifer Lopez, OneRepublic, and Pitbull. Vote now for these awards at the bottom of this story. TV by the Numbers.
Gregg Allman files a lawsuit to stop production on “Midnight Rider,” a biopic about his life. A February train crash in Georgia killed crew member Sarah Jones and injured six others. Actor William Hurt was slated to play the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member but has already pulled out. Allman has also appealed to the film’s director Randall Miller with a personal letter. Rolling Stone.
Film Independent announces that Clint Eastwood‘s upcoming “Jersey Boys” musical adaptation will close the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival. The 20th anniversary event will be held June 11-19 at L.A. Live downtown. Other screenings will include “Love Is Strange” (Ira Sachs), “Dear White People” (Justin Simien), “The Two Faces of January” (Hossein Amini), “Last Days in Vietnam” (Rory Kennedy), “Stray Dog” (Debra Granik), and “Snowpiercer” (Bong Joon-ho). The Wrap.
In the midst of so many late night changes on the other networks, ABC is happy and holding steady. Jimmy Kimmel has signed a new two-year contract extension that keeps him at the network through January, 2017. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is now in its 11th season and moved to an earlier time slot a year ago. His recent “Scandal“-focused episode on April 17 set a new record with over four million viewers. Variety.
NBC is pulling the rookie dramas “Crisis” and “Believe” from the last Sunday in May sweeps. Both shows were scheduled to air episodes on May 18, but the network will air a repeat of “Women of Saturday Night Live” instead. The programs have been struggling in the ratings, so there is no word yet on when or if they will return. TV Guide.
How did Jack Bauer fare after a four-year absence? The premiere of the limited series “24: Live Another Day” attracted 8.1 million viewers, down just 9% from the series finale in 2010. That was well ahead of recent Monday fare on Fox like “Bones” repeats and “The Following.” The two-hour episode starring Kiefer Sutherland should do even better when DVR and on-demand ratings are factored in later this week. USA Today.