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Posted at 6:18 AM ET, 06/12/2010

Tony Awards go Hollywood; January Jones's car trouble

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly

Denzel Washington in a scene from the Broadway revival of August Wilson's "Fences." (AP)
GALLERY: Famous faces among Tony Award nominees

Three stories we're tracking this weekend...

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In an effort to bring more celebrity glamour to Broadway and, perhaps, decent ratings to CBS's broadcast on Sunday night, this weekend's Tony Awards will boast a distinctly Hollywood vibe. Several of this year's nominees -- Denzel Washington, Scarlett Johansson, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones -- already happen to be more familiar from screen than stage. But previously announced performers and presenters like Daniel Radcliffe, Cate Blanchett, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and "Glee" stars Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison also raise the likelihood that the Tonys may emerge as a Twitter trending topic. But perhaps the best reason to watch? To find out whether host Sean Hayes makes any sly commentary about a recent, controversy-generating Newsweek article that said actors like Hayes -- an openly gay man currently starring as a ladder-climbing New Yorker in Broadway's revival of "Promises, Promises" -- can't be convincing in hetero roles. Dare we call this an opportunity for Hayes to set the record straight?


January Jones. (Getty Images)
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In "Mad Men," January Jones plays a '60's-era housewife/stress kitten prettily (though barely) contained in the form of the impeccably dressed Betty Draper. In real life, Jones is blaming the paparazzi for her own mini-drama. On Friday, news broke that Jones had left the scene of a Thursday evening hit-and-run accident. According to the LAPD, the 32-year-old actress smashed into three parked cars after losing control of her Range Rover. At that point, things get sketchy. Jones apparently called celebrity chef Bobby Flay (maybe she was hungry?), who she'd met for the first time earlier that evening. Flay arrived, he tells TMZ, to make sure she was okay. Then Jones left the scene of the accident saying, according to one witness, "I can't deal with this commotion." The "commotion" meaning an alleged gaggle of overzealous photographers. Police continue to investigate.

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Look at me, I'm PG-13: Remember the movie "Grease," the one you memorized back in 1978 when it was released with a PG rating? The Motion Picture Association announced earlier this week that a July reissue of the hand-jiving musical, complete with sing-a-long lyrics, has been branded PG-13 for "sexual content including references, teen smoking and drinking, and language." (Teen smoking and drinking? They know Stockard Channing was actually 34 when the movie came out, don't they?) This news -- perhaps not surprising since the John Travolta musical was first released prior to the PG-13 era -- comes on the heels of confirmation from Paramount that the printed lyrics in the "Grease Sing-Along" may be cleaned up for propriety's sake, although the audio will remain the same. Translation: if you want to know what Travolta is really saying during "Greased Lightnin'," read the man's lips.

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Buzziest Celebs of the Week (Based on our weekly poll of Celebritology readers, these are the three top celebs in the news for the week of June 6 - 12):

1. Gary Coleman: Ex Shannon Price tries to stake a claim on the late actor's estate and, ickily, sells deathbed photos to a tabloid.

2. Lindsay Lohan: A judge hit the star with another $100,000 in bail after her alcohol-monitoring bracelet registered a violation. Mom Dina says someone spilled a drink on Lilo's leg.

3. Lady Gaga: The outré songstress/fashion subverter pushed dress code boundaries this week at her sister's high school graduation (see-through lace pants) and at a New York Mets game (studded leather bikini).

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Pop Culture Pick
It's the show that wants to do bad things to us. On Sunday, HBO's vampires-for-adults series, "True Blood," returns with a vengeance -- promising more blood-soaked over-the-top plotting and, according to our own Hank Stuever, almost a dozen new characters. We're only a teensy bit concerned about the infusion of "Twilight"-trendy werewolves to the action. The premiere airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

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You Said It: A selection of notable reader comments from the past week...

Headline: 'Glee' books to start hitting shelves in August
Comment: "This is the stupidest idea ever; it'll make millions." -- td_in_baltimore

Headline: Heidi Montag worried she could be pregnant
Comment: "Heidi, we're all worried about that." -- DorkusMaximus1

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | June 12, 2010; 6:18 AM ET
Categories:  Celebritology Weekend  | Tags:  january jones DUI, january jones accident, january jones crash, tony awards, tony awards denzel washington, tony awards scarlett johansson, tony awards sean hayes  
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Comments

Also re the Tonys, great profile of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Marian Seldes:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/magazine/13seldes-t.html?hpw=&pagewanted=all

Although chiefly a stage performer and acting teacher at Juilliard, she was even unforgettable on a single epi of "Murphy Brown" as aunt "Babbling Brooke"!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 12, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

P.S. Also interesting (though almost unheard of nowadays) is Seldes' success despite her comparative lack of interest self-promotion, or in being a "celeb"!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 12, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

RE:January Jones/Bobbie Flay.

Screech was in one of the parked cars. The responding police officer was Eric Estrada.
Bobbie was there to cook some southwest fusion food with a light barbecue flavor. Or maybe they are doing the tube-steak boogie.
Bobbie Flay=Fixer.


In other news, Lady GaGa bit the head off a live chicken last night while attending a Mets game.

Posted by: Wo-HenNankan | June 12, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the props on my "Glee" quote, ladies. And congrats to Dorkus as well. (But, er, who's going to tell oolin-byay that he didn't ake-may the ist-lay?)

I bet as part of the Marian Seldes tribute, they won't show her stellar work in "Home Alone: 3." When I realized who it was, I hoped that she did it as a favor to the director and not that she had a balloon payment due.

"Grease" as PG-13 wow. Will "Grease 2"'s song about reproduction earn IT a similar new rating? My stamen will go berserk!

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | June 12, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

LieLow: and the dog ate my homework.

Lagy Gaga is the best thing to happen to Pop fashion since David Bowie. You go, girl!

Posted by: kabuki3 | June 13, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

td, since I've never seen Home Alone 3 (and don't plan to), could you elucidate as to whether Marian Seldes' performance is bad (which I doubt), or if the film as a whole sucks despite her appearance.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 13, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Nosy, she played the stern neighbor of the (not Macauley Culkin) little boy home alone. Minor part really. She was fine, but I just found it odd that she did the movie. She was also Big's mother on one ? episode of "Sex and the City."

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | June 13, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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