A special Tony for Rosie
Rosie O’Donnell is getting a Tony Award.
The award’s administration committee said Tuesday that the former talk-show host will receive the 2014 Isabelle Stevenson Award, an honorary prize given to members of the theater community for their philanthropic efforts.
O’Donnell has hosted the Tony Awards three times. Her theater credits include performing in “Grease,” ‘’Seussical” and “Fiddler on the Roof” as well as producing the musical “Taboo.”
The Tony Awards are June 8.
‘Potter’ spinoff to be trilogy
When J.K. Rowling revealed plans for a “Harry Potter” spinoff film adapted from her “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” fans rejoiced at the idea of returning to the wizarding world the author rendered in such detail in her worldwide bestsellers about the Boy Who Lived.
Turns out, there will be more than just one movie. Warner Bros. has announced its intention to release a planned trilogy of films based on “Fantastic Beasts,” with all three screenplays written by Rowling herself.
Originally published in 2001, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” arrived as a 42-page textbook of sorts, chronicling the adventures of its fictional author and Hufflepuff hero Newt Scamander — Newt is a magizoologist (one who studies magical creatures, of course).
In a release issued last year when the first film project was originally announced, Rowling specified that the new movies are neither prequels nor sequels to the “Harry Potter” series, but rather “an extension of the wizarding world.” Newt’s adventures, she said, begin in New York 70 years prior to the events in the first “Harry Potter” novel.
No casting has been announced for the film series, nor has a start date for the first production been revealed.
Top Anglican meets Crowe
The pope said no but the leader of the world’s Anglicans was happy to meet Russell Crowe, star of watery Biblical epic “Noah.”
Crowe was denied a private audience with Pope Francis when he was promoting the movie in Rome last month.
But Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby met the actor at the cleric’s Lambeth Palace home Tuesday, the day after the movie’s British premiere, to discuss faith and spirituality.
Director Darren Aronofsky’s film is a box-office hit in the U.S. but some Christian conservatives have complained it takes liberties with the Biblical account of the flood. It has been banned in much of the Muslim world because of its depiction of the prophet.
Welby’s office said the archbishop had seen “Noah” and found it “interesting and thought-provoking.”
Handler eyes split from E!
“Chelsea Lately” may not be around for much longer – at least not on E!
In news first reported by the Hollywood Reporter, comedian Chelsea Handler is itching to find a new home for her late-night talk show once her contract with the cable network expires at the end of 2014.
According to her manager, Irving Azoff, Handler is fielding offers from “at least seven suitors” and is considering a weekly or nightly program on another network or platform.