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Drama League nominates 8 new plays, 9 new musicals ... and 50 performers

By Paul Sheehan
Apr 24 2014 03:39 am

Like the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League does not distinguish between Broadway and off-Broadway when doling out honors.

However, with so many shows and performers included in Wednesday's nominations, chances are they cover most of the contenders for the upcoming Tony Awards.

Indeed, four of the League's eight new play nominees -- "All the Way," "Casa Valentina," "Mothers and Sons" and "The Realistic Joneses"  -- are frontrunners at the Tony Awards. (Predict the Best Play race at the Tonys at the bottom of this post using our easy drag-and-drop menu.)

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News Nuggets: It's bad news for 'Frozen' fans

By Chris Beachum
Apr 23 2014 18:15 pm

Oscars Frozen Kristen Bell Emmys Lupita Nyong'o Jennifer Lawrence Entertainment News entertainment news nuggetsDisney chairman Alan Horn reveals bad news for "Frozen" fans: there are no concrete plans for a sequel. Speaking at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday, he said, "We're not demanding speed. We're demanding excellence." The Oscar-winning animated film is now the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time with $1.129 billion worldwide. In North America, it is the third biggest Disney animated film behind "The Lion King" and "Toy Story 3." The company is planning a Broadway version, and co-star Kristen Bell would be interested in that role on stage. She said many in the cast are Broadway veterans, so "I certainly hope they try and wrangle us." The cast also included Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff. Huffington Post.

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Gold Derby Emmy MVP: Nina Dobrev more than just eye candy on 'Vampire Diaries'

By Marcus James Dixon
Apr 23 2014 13:26 pm

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(Pictured left to right: Nina Dobrev as Katherine, Nina Dobrev as Amara, Nina Dobrev as Elena)

On "The Vampire Diaries," Nina Dobrev has played so many characters -- and versions of characters -- it's a bloody travesty she's never been recognized by the TV academy.

For those keeping track at home, over the first five seasons Dobrev effortlessly portrayed human Elena, human Katherine, vampire Elena, vampire Katherine, Elena pretending to be Katherine, Katherine pretending to be Elena, Katherine's soul inside of Elena's body and original immortal Amara. Whew -- did we forget anybody?

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Emmys smackdown: Stephen Colbert vs Jimmy Fallon

By Matt Noble
Apr 23 2014 13:00 pm

With Stephen Colbert set to be the next host of “The Late Show” and Jimmy Fallon having settled into “The Tonight Show;” we will see them go head to head in the world of network late night at some point in 2015.

But long before then we are likely to see a Colbert and Fallon showdown at the upcoming Emmy Awards in the race for Best Variety Series. 

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'Dancing with the Stars' poll: Did judges get it right on 'Party Night'?

By Daniel Montgomery
Apr 23 2014 11:32 am

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The judging on "Dancing With the Stars" sparked disagreement from our readers on "Disney Night." In last week's poll, most respondents disagreed with James Maslow's perfect score, and our commenters had a few choice words for judges about some of their other calls:

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Daytime Emmys mystery: Are Supporting Actress winners cursed?

By Daniel Montgomery
Apr 23 2014 09:16 am

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Repeat winners are commonplace at the Daytime Emmys, but there's a strange anomaly when it comes to the Best Supporting Actress race: only three women have ever won it twice.

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'American Idol' predictions: C.J. Harris or Sam Woolf will be eliminated this week

By Marcus James Dixon
Apr 23 2014 05:35 am

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Attention "American Idol" singers C.J. Harris and Sam Woolf: You're on the chopping block to be eliminated according to Gold Derby's racetrack odds for Top 6 Week. Conversely, the frontrunners  are rockers Jena Irene and Caleb Johnson.

With the judges having used their Save, C.J. and Sam should be hoping for a miracle come Thursday night when America's votes are revealed.

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'Game of Thrones': Best (and dumbest) moves in 'Breaker of Chains' episode

By Matt Noble
Apr 23 2014 05:30 am

After last week’s jaw dropping purple wedding episode, “Game of Thrones” saw a slight bump in its ratings with 6.59 million viewers tuning in this week to see who was behind the murder of the king.

Episode three -- "Breaker of Chains" -- turned up the heat on 2011 Supporting Actor Emmy champ Peter Dinklage (who has odds of 4/1 to win a bookend). And Emilia Clarke (who has odds of 9/1 to reap a repeat bid for Supporting Actress ) continued her chain-breaking rampage in the east.

With so much skin in the game let’s have a look at my moves of the week. 

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Gold Derby Emmy MVP: 'Review' is best new comedy of the year

By Riley Chow
Apr 23 2014 05:25 am

“Review” is high-concept, but hard to define. It looks like a sketch show, but it is serialized. It also looks like a mockumentary, but it has a sketchier fourth wall than “Modern Family.” Each episode of “Review” begins with a letter from a viewer who is curious about a specific life experience. Whatever it may be, host Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) embarks on that experience so that he can rate it out of five stars. Each episode contains two or three segments and is entirely fictional.

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