The Tonys went Hollywood Sunday night, from winners Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in best revival winner Fences to best featured actress and actor Scarlett Johansson and Eddie Redmayne, respectively, and Catherine Zeta-Jones as best actress (in musical revival A Little Night Music). The Tonys also favored two 50s-set shows as Memphis — a rocking musical about underground Tennessee dance clubs and interracial love — won best musical, and Red –starring Alfred Molina as artist Mark Rothko –won Best Play. Vanity Fair posted a gorgeous gallery of black and white portraits of select nominees.
– Red writer John Logan (The Aviator, Gladiator and The Last Samurai) is behind the pilot for the upcoming HBO drama Miraculous Year, which is to be directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Red‘s Redmayne is also in talks to play a lead role of a Broadway dancer/singer. Hope Davis, Norbert Leo Butz, Frank Langella and Patti LuPone are also in talks to round out the young composer’s New York family. Redmayne (The Other Boleyn Girl) will also appear this summer in Starz’s The Pillars of the Earth miniseries.
– Christopher Nolan doesn’t like 3D. And it seems he’s not alone. At the LAT’s Hero Complex Film Festival, The Dark Knight director declared, “I’m not a huge fan of 3D,” to a receptive crowd. First off, reports the LAT, Nolan resents that 3D leads people to believe that regular cinema is flat without these special effects; “95% of our depth cues come from occlusion, resolution, color and so forth, so the idea of calling a 2-D movie a ‘2-D movie’ is a little misleading.” Nolan says he tested Inception for 3D, but it would have taken time and the results would not have been up to his standards, even though making a film 3D is “quite easy.” Since his breakout film, 2000’s Memento, Nolan has proved he doesn’t need such tricks to entertain. The industry will hopefully take heed when Inception the most anticipated film of the summer, takes off just fine without 3D. [Anne Thompson: The success of the Hero Complex Fest reminds that like the recent Turner Classic Movies Festival, folks will turn up to see classic titles with speakers attached; Ridley Scott and Leonard Nimoy also pulled big weekend crowds.)
– Shooting for the series’ final installments (to be released in two parts), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, wrapped last week, and had Daniel Radcliffe, at least, in tears. On the Tonys red carpet, Radcliffe admitted that “everyone was really devastated.” The boy wizard will return to Broadway next spring with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which will help the young actor to prove after his coming-of-age as Harry Potter whether he has the right stuff to succeed in show business over the long haul.
– According to Variety, Breaking Bad will return for a fourth season now that cost-per-episode issues have been resolved. The drama has earned lead actor Bryan Cranston the Best Actor Emmy for two years in a row: there are still original story lines left in Hollywood. But it’s not that he’s the only chemistry teacher/cancer patient/meth cooker on television. The show is centered on strong understated acting from Cranston and Anna Gunn as his wife.
[Eddie Redmayne portrait courtesy of Vanity Fair.]