The 2014 Tony Award winners are…

11:45 am EDT, June 9, 2014

The 2013-2014 Broadway season has come to a close with the 68th Tony Awards, hosted by a tireless Hugh Jackman. The winners are as follows…

Musical Categories
– Best musical — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
– Best revival of a musical — Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best lead actress in a musical — Jessie Mueller, Beautiful
– Best lead actor in a musical — Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best featured actress in a musical — Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best featured actor in a musical — James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
– Best direction of a musical — Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
– Best book of a musical — Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
– Best original score — Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County
– Best choreography — Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
– Best scenic design of a musical — Christopher Barreca, Rocky
– Best lighting design of a musical — Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
– Best costume design of a musical — Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder
– Best sound design of a musical — Brian Ronan, Beautiful
– Best orchestrations — Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Play Categories
– Best play — All the Way
– Best revival of a play — A Raisin in the Sun
– Best lead actress in a play — Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
– Best lead actor in a play — Bryan Cranston, All the Way
– Best featured actress in a play — Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
– Best performance by an actor in a featured role in a play — Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
– Best direction of a play — Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun
– Best scenic design of a play — Beowulf Boritt, Act One
– Best lighting design of a play — Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie
– Best costume design of a play — Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
– Best sound design of a play — Steve Canyon Kennedy, ,em>Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

The big winners of the night were A Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig, with four wins apiece, including Best Musical and Best Revival Respectively. On the play front, A Raisin in the Sun surprised everyone by nabbing three wins (including Best Revival), most of which were assumed to go to The Glass Menagerie (which only walked away with one award, for lighting). The Best Play was All the Way.

What was striking was how many new winners there were. Of all the musical categories, only three winners had previously won a Tony (Jason Robert Brown for Score, Kevin Adams for Lighting, and Brian Ronan for Sound Design). Same thing in the play categories: only three previous winners (Audra McDonald and Mark Rylance in acting categories, and Natasha Katz for Lighting). Both Lead Actor winners – Neil Patrick Harris and Bryan Cranston – can now put a Tony next to their Emmys, and are halfway to an EGOT.

On the musical side, the wealth was evenly distributed to all this season’s shows: After Midnight, Beautiful, Aladdin, Rocky, and even the dearly departed Bridges of Madison County each received a Tony or two. If/Then, Les Miserables, and Cabaret all walked away empty-handed, but between their box office numbers and fantastic performances at the Tonys, they should be fine. Violet and Bullets Over Broadway should be worried – their box office has not been as strong, and their performances late in the broadcast were far less effective.

The plays were not as evenly rewarded. Lady Day, Twelfth Night, Act One, and Glass Menagerie all shared in the Tony wealth. But crowd favorites like Cripple of Inishmaan and Casa Valentina, along with many others, did not get any Tony love – if you want to see these shows, I’d recommend doing so soon.

Audra McDonald made history tonight with her Best Actress win. She won a sixth competitive acting award, something no other actor or actress has ever done. She had previously been tied with Broadway legends Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris at five wins apiece. His victory also made Audra McDonald the first actor or actress to ever win in all four acting categories (Lead in a Musical, Lead in a Play, Featured in a Musical, Featured in a Play).

Less happy are Kelli O’Hara and Danny Burstein, who tonight join George C. Scott as the only actors to amass five nominations without any wins. There’s always next year…

Hugh Jackman did a decent job hosting, even if the opening number was rather underwhelming. Ironically, the best number of the night still belonged to NPH, who gave an absolutely insane performance from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In fact, all the musicals put their best foot forward.

Idina Menzel sang a solo from If/Then and seemed much more comfortable than at the Oscars (because her name was pronounced correctly!). Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) sang a duet with Carole King herself. James Monroe Iglehart performed a justifiably abridged version of “Friend Like Me,” Aladdin’s biggest showstopper. We got to hear classics like “Willkommen” from Cabaret and “One Day More” from Les Mis. To celebrate Wicked’s tenth anniversary, the current Elphaba and Glinda performed “For Good” (and did it much better than at the actual tenth anniversary performance). There were even musical numbers previewing next season’s musicals “The Last Ship” and “Finding Neverland.”

What did you think of the Tonys? Are you happy with who won? And which of the shows do you most want to see after watching them perform?

Sometimes “less is more,” and sometimes “three’s a crowd.” When you’re talking Captain America: Civil War, the phrase you’re looking for is, “the more the merrier.”

The first Avengers movie shocked us with a team-up film that worked in ways we hadn’t thought possible before. It just hadn’t really been done, and we were all surprised that it worked as well as it did. In Captain America: Civil War, The Russo Brothers trump The Avengers without even trying. They aren’t telling a team-up story, they are telling us a story about friends that don’t agree. It just so happens that their disagreement gives us one of the best Marvel movies to date. Without even trying, they raise the bar the Avengers set in more ways than one, presenting us with not one team, but two.

Like any film, Captain America: Civil War has its weaknesses. No movie is perfect, even if this one does seem damn close. Our Civil War review dives into all of it.

Strengths

First Impressions

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Prior to the film opening, one of the fandom’s biggest concerns regarding Captain America: Civil War was the never-ending list of characters that would be making appearances in this movie. Not only is the crazy number of superheroes present for this civil war not a hindrance, it’s one of the movie’s greatest strengths. Seeing Ant-Man and Spider-Man battling alongside Avengers we’ve loved from the beginning is one of the highlights of the film, not to mention the insane joy you feel watching the quippiest fight scene in the history of cinema. Listening to our brand new Peter Parker (Tom Holland) deliver line after snarky line while handling whatever is thrown his way is better than any moment in any previous Spider-Man movie.

Civil War delivers on every promise made in the dozen or so previews we’ve anxiously watched over the last year. The stakes were high, expectations were even higher, but Captain America: Civil War exceeds both.

A Few Fresh Faces

In addition to handling the sheer force of this gaggle of superheroes, Captain America: Civil War introduces us to two new characters that we’ll be seeing solo films from in the near future. Introducing them in a film as large and unwieldy as this one is a definite risk, but it pays off in spades. We couldn’t be more excited to see where their individual films will take these two new shining stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Spider-Man

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Spider-Man was beginning to feel like the third rail of comic book heroes. Despite being a thoroughly entertaining and engaging character, Peter Parker’s story was starting to feel dull and lifeless on screen. Maybe it was because we had been treated to his origins in two different incarnations a mere 10 years apart, but his introduction in Captain America: Civil War is anything but dull. His quirky sense of humor plays nicely off Tony’s snarky wit, and we were instantly charmed by his innocent and silly nature. Next year’s Spiderman: Homecoming will be a welcome addition to the MCU now that we’ve met and fallen for the newest incarnation of the wily webslinger.

Black Panther

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If you walk away from Captain America: Civil War without any Black Panther feelings, we’re not sure we want to know you. All the marketing regarding this character set him up to be a worthy Team Tony member, sporting a suit made of the most durable substance on the planet. We didn’t intend to find out that behind his badass black armor was a man dedicated to his people as well as his family. Seeing the birth of this character within the confines of Civil War allows even the most casual of comic book fans to fall in love with this powerhouse. The Black Panther movie will be released in 2018.

A touch of comedy

Putting aside the team-up aspects of this film, some of the most deliciously entertaining moments are when Falcon and Bucky are forced to share space. Seeing Cap’s two greatest allies bicker like school children is both delightfully unexpected and unexpectedly delightful. We can’t wait to see what the Russos have brewing for the next time we see Cap’s squad in action.

Also, the subtle flair and dry wit of Scott Lang is a perfect fit for the role that Ant-Man played in this movie. The character brought so much to the story as well as the entertainment factor. We would happily sign a petition to keep him involved in all things Marvel and Avengers from here on out.

Weaknesses

Let there be a villain

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While Captain America: Civil War has so much going for it, there are a few things that don’t work as well as we would have liked. First and foremost would be the villain, Zemo. Yes, that’s right, the feuding inside the Avengers ranks may pit one side against the other, but no one is truly right or wrong. This movie needed an external villain to focus on after all the infighting was done. The story couldn’t be over until some threat was vanquished, or at least put away with no hope of escape. Zemo is played well by Daniel Brühl, but the character himself is lacking.

Zemo’s story just isn’t the main player in this one. He masters the art of distraction, and uses it to keep all the heroes busy while he furthers his own agenda. Zemo is a fine foil for the ultimate showdown, but he just isn’t as dynamic or interesting as Marvel villains have been of late.

A few missing players

The roster for this movie is massive, and they didn’t really need to add anyone, but it is a little sad to see this group minus two of its biggest personalities. Thor and Hulk do not make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War, and while their absences are easy to explain, it would have been fascinating to see where they stood on the battle lines. Hopefully we will learn all about their thoughts on the Sokovia Accords when they’re back for Infinity War, but until then, we’ll just keep theorizing and postulating endlessly, as any good fan does.

Too many subplots

The only true criticism we have regarding the inclusion of so many characters is that it forces the film to spend time giving each and every one of them motivation and time to share their thoughts on the matter. We had subplots for Wanda and Vision, Sharon Carter, Spider-Man, and Black Panther, to name a few. Those subplots always course-correct back to the central theme, but taking the time to develop all those characters detracts from time they could have spent on the film’s focus: Cap and Tony.

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Ultimately…

Everything we wanted it to be

Civil War does not disappoint. We wanted it to be a Captain America movie, and we got that. We wanted it to show both sides of the accountability debate, and we got that. We wanted to be able to see things from Cap’s perspective, but not be completely alienated from Tony Stark, the man whose movie started this whole amazing journey into the MCU — and we got that.

Captain America: Civil War tells the story that we needed to see. We needed to see that Cap and his friends are not wrong for wanting to continue to live and fight freely as they have been from the start. We needed to know that Tony saw Cap’s perspective while vehemently disagreeing and needing the accountability that the Accords provide for himself. While the Civil War raged, we knew that this wasn’t about either side winning.

Captain America: Civil War is about both sides seeing heroism in their own way and realizing that disagreeing isn’t the be-all and end-all.

It’s also important to note that while nobody loses this Civil War, nobody wins either. Neither side comes through completely unscathed, and some scars are more than just superficial. There’s a lot left unsaid, and more than a few non-physical wounds that’ll need time to heal. Both sides have a long road to travel before our heroes can walk the same path again, and hopefully the films we will see between now and Avengers: Infinity War – Part I will show progress toward that cause.

A few stray thoughts

  • It wouldn’t have been a Captain America movie without Peggy Carter, and she impacts this story in a way we didn’t expect.
  • Who knew a string of random words could elicit such horror?
  • We could definitely watch a feature length version of that Scarlet Witch vs. Vision battle.
  • We are more invested in Rhodey’s future than we ever thought possible.
  • We can’t help but wonder how Vision’s part in this war will affect him going forward.

What did you think of ‘Captain America: Civil War’?

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New ‘Power Rangers’ movie costumes revealed

The suits for the ladies are... questionable.

12:30 pm EDT, May 5, 2016

Can we morph into a world where female super heroes don’t have to wear high heels?

EW.com has exclusively revealed the first look at what the new Power Rangers costumes will look like when they hit the big screen next year. Check them out below.

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The new suits are explained as “alien” according to costumer designer Andrew Menzies. “It’s tricky finding a new language for a superhero costume. Ours is an alien costume that grows on them, that’s not man-made. You can’t win everyone over, but we are trying to appeal to a more mature audience and gain new fans.”

Noticeably in the picture, both the Pink Ranger and the Yellow Ranger’s costumes feature full busts and even wedge heels. Haven’t we learned anything about last year’s Jurassic World protests!?

This photo comes after the previously released photo of Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa which also featured a brand new look.

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What are your thoughts about the new Power Rangers suits? Should they have stuck a little closer to the original concept from the hit ’90s TV show?

Power Rangers hits theaters March 24, 2017. The cast includes Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin as Black Ranger Zack, Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler as Blue Ranger Billy.

Veronica Roth’s upcoming science fiction novel is titled Carve the Mark, and hits store shelves on January 17, 2017.

An official website (complete with a countdown clock!) launched Thursday morning. It reveals the cover (above) and synopsis for Carve the Mark, which will apparently appeal to “fans of Star Wars and Divergent.”

The cover is interesting, as it appears to show cuts made in stone, with something like gold seeping out of the openings. “Honor has no place in survival,” the book’s tagline reads.

Here’s the full synopsis:

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive — no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

Intriguing! I’m liking the sound of these currentgifts and their influence on this science fiction world.

Previous reports have described Carve the Mark as the first part in a duology, with part 2 getting a release in 2018.

This will be the first book published since Roth wrapped up the Divergent Series. Although Allegiant was released in 2013, a book with short stories about Four arrived the following summer.

You can pre-order Carve the Mark here. Do you think you’ll be reading it?