Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson In Negotiations for Disney’s Jungle Book
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson are in the middle of negotiations to join Disney’s live-action/CGI The Jungle Book remake. The film is being directed by Jon Favreau.

According to the report Nyong’o would voice Rakcha, the mother wolf that adopts Mowgli. Johnasson would voice Kaa. Previously Idris Elba was cast to voice Shere Kahn.

Johansson is currently filming Avengers: Age of Ultron while Nyong’o has been rumored to be considered for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Due to the roles being voice-only, neither their filming schedules nor Johansson’s pregnancy should have any impact on their participation in The Jungle Book.

ESPN Monday Night Football Schedule Announced
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The 45th season of Monday Night Football will kick off on ESPN with a doubleheader Monday, September 8 – New York Giants at Detroit Lions (7 p.m. ET) and San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals (10:15 p.m. / 7:15 p.m. PT).  ESPN’s 17-game prime time schedule in 2014 will feature all 12 playoff teams from 2013, including both the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks and AFC champion Denver Broncos.

In the opener, Eli Manning and the Giants travel to the Motor City to face Matthew Stafford and the Lions. It will be the first MNF kick-off game in Detroit since September 1971, the second year of sports television’s signature series.

In the late game, Philip Rivers and the Chargers – who advanced to the AFC Divisional Playoffs in 2014 – face Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals, who just missed the playoffs a year ago with a 10-6 record. The game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium, which will host the 2015 Pro Bowl (on ESPN) and Super Bowl XLIX.

Play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico, analyst Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters will call the Giants vs. Lions, and the MNF games each week at 8:15 p.m. (kickoff at 8:30 p.m.). The commentators for the West Coast game will be announced at a later date.

All ESPN MNF games will be available on tablets and computers via WatchESPN. ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language domestic sports network, will also continue to offer a Spanish-language production of MNF games during the 2014 NFL season. Additional MNF “game around the game” content will be available throughout the day across ESPN platforms, including the Monday Night Countdown pregame and post-game SportsCenter. The week-by-week MNF schedule:

September: Tom Brady takes the Pats to K.C.

  • Sept. 8: Season-opening doubleheader – Giants at Lions and Chargers at Cardinals;
  • Sept. 15: Nick Foles and the NFC East champion Philadelphia Eagles face Andrew Luck and theIndianapolis Colts, winners of the AFC South a year ago;
  • Sept. 22: Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears vs. the New York Jets, potentially with Michael Vick at quarterback. The game also pits one of the NFL’s top offensive head coaches, the Bears’ Marc Trestman, against defensive-minded Jets head coach Rex Ryan;
  • Sept. 29: Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs host Tom Brady and the AFC East champion New England Patriots at one of the NFL’s loudest venues, Arrowhead Stadium, in a matchup of 2013 AFC playoff teams.

October: Super Bowl champs travel to D.C. – Russell Wilson vs. RG III; Plus, Skins vs. Cowboys in Texas

  • Oct. 6: Russell Wilson and the Super Bowl champion Seahawks travel to the Nation’s Capital to play Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. It will be a homecoming for Wilson who grew up in Virginia, and for MNF’s Gruden, whose brother, Jay Gruden, is the first-year head coach of the Redskins.
  • Oct. 13: NFC West rivals collide near the Arch when Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ersplay Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams in a key divisional game.
  • Oct. 20: J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans face Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.First-year Texans coach Bill O’Brien, the former Penn State coach, also makes his return to the Keystone State.
  • Oct27: One of the NFL’s best rivalries is renewed on MNF when Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys host Griffin, the former Baylor standout, and the Redskins in an NFC East divisional battle.

November: Luck vs. Eli Manning at MetLife

  • Nov. 3: Luck and the Colts face Eli Manning and the Giants at MetLife Stadium.
  • Nov. 10: Cam Newton and the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers against Foles and the Eagles in a matchup of 2013 NFC playoff teams.
  • Nov. 17: Roethlisberger and the Steelers travel to the Music City to play the Tennessee Titans under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
  • Nov. 24: Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, site of their Super Bowl XLVII victory, to play Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

December: Get ready for the cold – and elite quarterbacks Ryan, Rodgers, Brees and Peyton Manning

  • Dec. 1: In the first of four December MNF games in cold weather cities, the Jets host Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins in a matchup of AFC East foes.
  • Dec. 8: Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons go toe-to-toe with Aaron Rodgers and the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers at historic Lambeau Field.  
  • Dec. 15: Brees and the Saints go marching into Soldier Field in Chicago to play Cutler and the Bears.
  • Dec. 22: In the MNF season-finale, NFL MVP Peyton Manning and the AFC West champion Broncos face Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals, winners of the AFC North a year ago. The game also extends Denver’s streak of 23 consecutive seasons playing on MNF (1992-present), an NFL best.

Postseason: MNF crew to call its first Wild Card Playoff and Pro Bowl

  • Wild Card Game: ESPN will televise a Wild Card playoff game during the 2014 season, the first NFL playoff game in the company’s 35-year history.
  • Pro Bowl: In addition to the Wild Card game, the MNF crew will call the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl on January 25, 2015 to kick off Super Bowl XLIX week in Arizona.
Disney Movies Anywhere iOS App Updated
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The Disney Movies Anywhere app for iOS has been updated. According to the description, version 1.0.11 features the following improvements:

Revamped download capability:

  • Improved progress bar indicator
  • Ability to pause a download and resume
  • Better handling of downloads when the app is in the background
  • Offline mode improvements

General user interface and usability improvements

Better artwork

You can download the app here.

Marvel AR Updated
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The iOS Marvel AR app has been updated. According to the description, here are the listed improvements in version 2.0

  • New splash screen to let you know what’s new each week
  • Big upgrades to speed and usability of our exciting AR content
  • More of the in-depth, behind-the-scenes features you love, from exclusive interviews to 3D animation, and increased regular content across books, such as returning series about Marvel Science and videos straight from the creators.

The Marvel AR app can be downloaded here.

Dan Ahdoot Discusses His Role on Disney XD’s Kickin’ It
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In the latest installment of Nerdist’s “It’s That Episode,” comedian Dan Ahdoot discusses his role as Falafel Phil on Disney XD’s Kickin’ It.

From the podcast’s description:

Dan Ahdoot (Tonight Show, Super Fun Night) has a dirty little secret: he plays Falafel Phil on Disney’s Kickin’ It. Dan watches an episode of Kickin’ It for the first time in years, tells all about his difficult decision to take the role of a stereotype, discusses what it’s like to be a big brother to a bunch of Disney kids, and describes the dangers of telling Jaden Smith that his hat is stupid.

You can listen to the podcast here.

The Frozen Soundtrack Continues Its Winning Streak
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The double Platinum-certified Frozen soundtrack maintains the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Top 200 album chart spending eleven non-consecutive weeks in the top position according to Nielsen SoundScan. Selling 259,000 copies in the week ending April 20, the soundtrack has sold over 2.3 million copies and over 6 million combined digital tracks in its 21st week of release.  Frozen remains the top-selling album of 2014 and is expected to cross 3M in shipments imminently.  The Frozen soundtrack has surpassed The Lion King’s 10-week reign at No. 1 in 1994 and has spent the most weeks at No. 1 for an animated film soundtrack in the 58-year history of the chart.

The triple Platinum, Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” performed by Idina Menzel, is in the Top 15 (#12*) at Mainstream AC radio and is #22* and climbing at Adult Top 40 radio.  The film video version of Idina’s “Let It Go” has been viewed more than 190M times on YouTube and Demi Lovato’s  “Let It Go” music video has surpassed 133M views.

The album has sold over 4.5 million worldwide and has been certified 15x Platinum in Korea; Platinum in Canada, United Kingdom, France, Argentina and Taiwan; and Gold in Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Singapore.

The soundtrack features eight original songs from Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and songwriter Robert Lopez plus score by the composer of last year’s Oscar-winning short “Paperman,” Christophe Beck.

ABC Announces May Sweeps Programming
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The ABC Television Network announced highlights of its upcoming May sweeps programming, featuring the premieres of new drama series “Black Box,” returning drama series “Motive,” and the season premiere of “The Bachelorette.” In addition, “The 2014 Billboard Music Awards” will take place live from Las Vegas, and Barbara Walters will bid farewell to daily television.

Other highlights include a guest appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama in a pivotal episode of “Nashville” set at Fort Campbell, another goodbye, as the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital bid an emotional farewell to the beloved Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) after 10 seasons on “Grey’s Anatomy,” and what’s sure to be the wedding of the year when Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) tie the knot in the star-studded, two-part season finale of “Modern Family.” In addition, other highly anticipated finales are scheduled this month, for “Resurrection,” “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Shark Tank,” “Dancing with the Stars,” and a special two-hour finale of “Once Upon A Time.”

THE VIEW – For the first time in television history all the past and present co-hosts of ABC’s “The View” will share the same stage, live, THURSDAY, MAY 15 (11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, ET) on ABC to honor the show’s creator Barbara Walters. Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck will join Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy, Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters for this momentous, once in a lifetime television event. On FRIDAY, MAY 16 after more than five decades of entertaining and informing generations of Americans, Barbara Walters says goodbye to daily television, commemorating her final co-host appearance on “The View.” Walters is the last remaining co-host of the original panel of five women she helped assemble. “The View” has been celebrating Walters’ career by highlighting her most famous interviews with the ongoing series, “The Year of Barbara.” “The View” will commemorate Walters’ final week (May 12-16) with ABC: A Barbara Celebration featuring surprise guests, dedicated segments, and retrospectives of Walters’ incredible life, both on screen and off. James McAvoy, Sally Field, B.J. Novak, John Leguizamo, Sofia Vergara, Diane Keaton, John Cena, Jason Priestley, Jon Cryer and Neil Patrick Harris are among the featured guests. “The View” airs live MONDAY–FRIDAY (11:00-12:00 noon, ET) on the ABC Television Network.

THE CHEW – All month long on ABC’s “The Chew,” the hosts mix it up in the kitchen turning incredible combinations of ingredients into delicious dishes. On Thursday, April 24, Vanessa Williams (“After Midnight”) guests, and Friday, April 25, Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) visits to talk about his new film, “Chef,” and Clinton Kelly heads to Las Vegas with his ultimate celebrity icon Olivia Newton-John. It’s “Chewer vs. Viewer Week” (4/28-5/2) as one host per day battles a viewer in the kitchen. It’s “How You Chew’n?,” when Wendy Williams drops by to cook with Clinton on Monday, April 28. Country music heartthrob Josh Turner turns up the heat in the kitchen on Wednesday, April 30 as he prepares a dish, and Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24”) visits Thursday, May 1. The hosts throw the ultimate Cinco De Mayo party on Monday, May 5 and kick-off “Mother’s Day Week,” which is set to include meals made by mom, a brunch bonanza with guest Jenny McCarthy (“The View”) and a special Mother’s Day Cooking Class consisting of four kids and four dads. On Tuesday, May 6, Charles Esten (ABC’s “Nashville”) visits “The Chew” as does chef/restaurateur Guy Fieri. On Monday, May 12 co-host Carla Hall turns the big 5-0 and in honor of this special occasion three viewers will compete to win the chance of a lifetime, a Girls Night Out with Ms. Carla Hall. Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) and Heather Graham are featured during “Wedding Week” May 13-16. Ultimate 80s heartthrob Rick Springfield helps kick off “Ultimate Week” on Monday, May 19 with the best in sweets, show-stopping suppers, ultimate breakfasts and delicious BBQ. The week also features appearances from Bethenny Frankel and Lea Michele (“Glee”). “The Chew” airs MONDAY – FRIDAY (1:00- 2:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.

GENERAL HOSPITAL – There are always exciting things going on in Port Charles and May is no exception! Port Charles will once again hold the iconic Nurses Ball gala, a fundraiser for HIV and AIDS awareness and research. As the Nurses Ball 2014 begins, several popular Port Charles residents will be noticeably absent from the Red Carpet and stuck at home watching the festivities on TV. Old and new loves will percolate while others find themselves in awkward situations. Amidst all the romantic drama, the never-dull Nurses Ball audience will be entertained with fun performances and sexy surprises. The Nurses Ball episodes air May 8 through May 13. Also in May, the PCPD finds new and crucial evidence in AJ’s murder, while a tortured Sonny continues to agonize over his predicament. Sabrina and Patrick’s baby will be put at risk. The shrewd Obrecht and savvy Madeline are both confident their individual ploys will get them out of jail. Nathan discloses a stunning revelation to Britt; Shawn threatens to tell TJ the truth about Jordan’s past and the strange-behaving Luke will give Julian an ultimatum. “General Hospital” airs MONDAY – FRIDAY (2:00- 3:00 p.m., ET) on The ABC Television Network.

JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE – Jimmy Kimmel kicks off May Sweeps with Julia Roberts (“The Normal Heart”), Sally Field (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), Robin Williams (“The Angriest Man in Brooklyn”), Adam Sandler (“Blended”), Jennifer Lopez, Pharrell Williams, Jon Hamm (“Million Dollar Arm”), Emily Blunt (“Edge of Tomorrow”), Leslie Mann, Tony Hale, Sandra Oh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”), Robin Roberts (“Good Morning America”), Elle Fanning (“Maleficent”), Emma Roberts, Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”), experiments with “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, Daymond John (“Shark Tank”) and ABC’s new Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman. Musical performances by Boy George, Franz Ferdinand, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Future Islands, Birds of Satan as well as Pharrell Williams.  “Jimmy Kimmel Live” airs MONDAY – FRIDAY (11:35 p.m. –12:37 a.m., ET).

GREY’S ANATOMY – “Change Of Heart” – Jackson is given the daunting task of delivering disappointing news to the doctors. Meanwhile, Derek’s sister Amelia drops by for a surprise visit, Richard surprises Catherine in Boston, and when Bailey gets frustrated by the slow pace of her research, she makes a risky decision on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, APRIL 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

BLACK BOX – SERIES PREMIERE – “Kiss the Sky” – Dr. Catherine Black reveals to her therapist Dr. Hartramph that she’s feeling empowered, unstoppable, and at the top of her game. This world renowned neurologist has a secret that is becoming more and more difficult to control–she’s bi-polar. At the state of the art facility where she works, Catherine has an insight to her patients that no one else has, allowing her to communicate with them on a different level. Catherine is introduced to a mysterious new man named Dr. Ian Bickman. She’s met her match when this boisterous new colleague joins the staff at The Cube. At home, Catherine’s boyfriend is pressuring her to marry him, but what would he do if he knew that there’s another side to her that’s not easily controlled, in the series premiere of “Black Box,” THURSDAY, APRIL 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

LAST MAN STANDING – SEASON FINALE – “Mutton Busting” – With some guidance from Mike, Ryan convinces an overprotective Kristin to let Boyd participate in the mutton busting competition at the rodeo to help build Boyd’s confidence. Meanwhile, Eve’s turned off by her boyfriend’s insecurity after he says he doesn’t want her to wear her JROTC uniform to the prom. Having heard about their fight, Eve’s not-so-secret admirer Andrew swoops in, on the season finale of “Last Man Standing,” FRIDAY, APRIL 25 (8:00-8:31 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.

SHARK TANK – “Episode 522” – An 11-year old fashionista from Memphis, Tennessee has already captured Oprah’s attention with his line of hand-crafted bow ties for people of all ages which he makes with his family members. But can he cut a deal in the Tank with Daymond John or another Shark? Two men from Linden, Utah present their new hot beverage made from roasted cocoa beans roasted like coffee which is packed with antioxidants, and a college student from Provo, Utah created his own blend of nutritional supplements to help focus, mental agility, and overall brain health. Two Boston men operate a popular 5K obstacle course race series in 20 cities that features 100′ foot water slides, fire and water hazards, as well as other “epic” obstacles. Will the Sharks buy in?  Also, an update on Brandon and Keith Marz from Van Nuys, California,  Leander, TX and their Marz Sprays, oral vitamin atomizers which are a tasty, easy way to get daily nutrients, in which Lori invested last season. “Shark Tank” airs FRIDAY, APRIL 25 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – “Episode 2419” – This week’s highlights include a musical tribute to basketball fails, a man ice skating for the first time with a series of hilarious falls, a round of “Eye Pokes Versus Dogs Licking Glass,” parents pranking their son by sticking his soft drink straw directly into a packet of ketchup, a little boy replies that he’d prefer pizza rolls when asked if he wants a brother or a sister, and Tom plays “Who’s Makin’ That Racket?,” on America’s Funniest Home Videos,” SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

ONCE UPON A TIME – “A Curious Thing” – Zelena threatens to kill Henry if Hook – whose lips have been cursed by the Wicked Witch — doesn’t proceed with kissing Emma, which will drain all of her magical powers away, and things begin to heat up between Regina and Robin Hood. Meanwhile, back in the Fairy Tale Land that was during the past year, Snow and Charming go in search of Glinda, the Good Witch of the South, to see if she can help them defeat Zelena, and the curse that will ultimately send the Fairy Tale characters back to Storybrooke is cast — but from an unlikely source, on “Once Upon a Time,”SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

RESURRECTION – “Schemes of the Devil” – With the help of Bellamy and Sheriff Fred, Tom leads the charge in the search for Rachael, but her situation becomes increasingly dire as her captors grow more desperate. Maggie and Dr. Ward continue their medical research on the resurrected subjects and a series of shocking discoveries sets them on the brink of a game changing find, however, their focus shifts when Arcadia is suddenly in the throes of an epidemic, on “Resurrection,” SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (9:00-10:01 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

REVENGE – “Revolution” – As all the Graysons slowly gain the upper hand, Emily is forced to take on a new identity to expose them, on “Revenge,”SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

DANCING WITH THE STARS – “Episode 1807”– Latin Night; Guest Judge Ricky Martin performs, MONDAY, APRIL 28 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

CASTLE – “Law & Boarder” – When an up-and-coming professional skateboarder is gunned down by a mysterious motorcyclist, Castle and Beckett are thrust into the world of extreme sports, where the death defying stunts aren’t the only thing that’s dangerous, on “Castle,” MONDAY, APRIL 28 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Nothing Personal” – Just when there’s no one left to trust, Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) — from “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Solider” — returns to team up with Coulson as S.H.I.E.L.D. is being destroyed around them, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

THE GOLDBERGS – “The Age of Darkness – Despite her best efforts, Beverly is crushed when she cannot console Erica when her boyfriend, Drew Kremp, dumps her. So Murray steps in to help his daughter. Meanwhile, Barry is obsessed with a new arcade game and continually asks Pops for money to play. When he takes the situation to a desperate level involving Adam, an intervention is planned, on “The Goldbergs,” TUESDAY, APRIL 29 (9:01-9:31 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

TROPHY WIFE – “There’s No Guy in Team” – Concerned about Warren’s social life, Kate encourages him to make new friends and get involved in clubs or sports, however, it backfires and now she might have made things worse for him. Elsewhere, Hillary struggles with her art assignment and looks to Jackie for some creative guidance, and Pete teaches Bert the value of money, on “Trophy Wife,” TUESDAY, APRIL 29 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP – “Tichina Arnold/Kelly Packard” – Actress Tichina Arnold and Actress Kelly Packard, TUESDAY, APRIL 29 (10:00-11:00p.m., ET)on the ABC Television Network.

THE MIDDLE – “The Optimist” – With high school graduation less than two years away, Sue finds herself becoming super stressed out when she hunkers down and frantically tries to earn a scholarship to help pay for college. Meanwhile, upon figuring out that business is down because she forgot to send out all of Dr. Goodwin’s dental appointment reminder cards, Frankie tries to find a way to secretly send them out without her boss finding out. After Mike misinterprets a situation and scolds a girl for picking on Brick, Brick demands that Mike formally apologize, and Axl and his football buddy, Hutch, eat the Hecks out of house and home in order it try to bulk up so that they are big enough to be picked again to play on the team next year, on “The Middle,”WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

SUBURGATORY – “Dalia Nicole Smith” – When Dalia fails to get into the only college she applied to, Dallas is on a mission to help her find her calling, however, Dalia takes it upon herself to find a sugar daddy. Meanwhile, George forces Tessa to double date with him and a hot mom and her son that they met during her college tour, on “Suburgatory,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

MODERN FAMILY – “Sleeper” – Phil fails at his one task to stay home and wait for the repairman, forcing him to tell an elaborate lie to hide the truth from Claire, but the stress is more than he can physically handle. Meanwhile, Gloria is obsessing over the family portrait she is responsible for organizing this year, Claire accuses Cam of being too snobby to use her girls’ hand-me-downs, and Jay secretly enters Stella in a dog show, on “Modern Family,”WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

MIXOLOGY – “Liv & Jim” – Liv is forced to face the reality of her actions as well as her engagement after her fiancé unexpectedly shows up at the bar. Meanwhile, Bruce gets into a bar-gument with Tom and Cal after he finds out they watched the third season of ‘Downton Abbey’ without him because of his constant disparaging remarks. Bruce takes offense and finds a new group of guys to hang out with, but when they also start to call him out for being a terrible person, he ponders whether or not he owes Tom and Cal an apology on “Mixology,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET).

NASHVILLE – “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad” – Scarlett’s breakdown is driving everyone to point fingers at who might be responsible for her condition. Deacon is blaming Rayna for pushing her too fast, Rayna is blaming Juliette for forcing her on stage, and Beverly thinks Rayna is only interested in seeing her label succeed. It always feels like everyone has an axe to grind with Juliette so she turns to Avery, only to find him preoccupied with Scarlett. During her moment of weakness, she is driven right into the hands of her nemesis. Meanwhile, Layla tries to convince Will to join her in a reality show, on “Nashville,” WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

GREY’S ANATOMY – “We Are Never Getting Back Together” – Cristina looks to Meredith for advice as she assesses her future at the hospital. Derek and Amelia work together on a difficult surgery involving conjoined twins. Meanwhile, Jo is spread too thin when she tries to work on several cases at once and Stephanie realizes the truth about Bailey’s bubble boy case, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MAY 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

BLACK BOX – “Sweet Little Lies” – Dr. Black’s team of fourth year medical students try to determine why a young nanny is suffering from hallucinations of her head exploding. Will and Catherine struggle to get their relationship back on track after she reveals that she cheated on him during a manic episode. After the chief of neurosurgery suffers a seizure during surgery, the Cube’s medical director calls a meeting to announce that any doctors suffering from medical conditions that could harm patients must come forward, on “Black Box,” THURSDAY, MAY 1 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

SHARK TANK: SWIMMING WITH SHARKS – In the high pressure world of “Shark Tank,” entrepreneurs battle to win a better future for themselves and their companies. Featuring updates on more than a dozen of the show’s most memorable and controversial entrepreneurs, “Shark Tank: Swimming with Sharks” goes behind the scenes of the hit reality show and reveals what happens after the deals are made and the entrepreneurs plunge into the uncharted waters of the shark-eat-shark business world. Anchored by “Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer, “Shark Tank: Swimming With Sharks” is an all-new special made to give viewers a unique look behind-the-scenes of ABC’s hit show, “Shark Tank,” airing FRIDAY, MAY 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m./ET). In keeping with the evening’s theme, an all-new, original episode of “Shark Tank” will air immediately following (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

SHARK TANK – “Episode 526” – An entrepreneur from Marina Del Rey, CA wants an investment in his e-commerce flower business, which offers bouquets shipped direct from farms on an active volcano for just $40 flat. A man from Encinitas, CA thinks his anti-aging lifting strips for mouth wrinkles is a game changer. A 19-year-old from Plano, TX invented a “breakaway” hanger as a third-grader which collapses under pressure for easy on and off, and two friends from Brooklyn, NY pitch their compostable party tableware made from renewable plant materials. And, Kevin O’Leary follows up on his and Mark Cuban’s recent investment in Groovebook, which tripled its sales in just 5 days after airing earlier this season and also drops by “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” This episode of “Shark Tank” airs FRIDAY, MAY 2 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – “Episode 2420” – SUNDAY, MAY 4 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network

ONCE UPON A TIME – “Kansas” – SUNDAY, MAY 4 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

RESURRECTION – SEASON FINALE – “Torn Apart” – The town of Arcadia is in a state of chaos when the return of the deceased reaches a critical mass. Bellamy has no other choice than to ask for outside aid which backfires when Sheriff Fred steps in with his own agenda, triggering a siege on the town that no one saw coming, on the season finale of “Resurrection,” SUNDAY, MAY 4 (9:00-10:01 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

REVENGE – “Impetus” – Dire circumstance leads Emily to take extreme measures against both the Graysons and those closest to her, on “Revenge,”SUNDAY, MAY 4 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

DANCING WITH THE STARS – “Episode 1808” – Guest Judge Abby Lee Miller, MONDAY, MAY 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

CASTLE – “Veritas” – A secret investigation conducted by Beckett related to her mother’s murder goes awry when a man she has been surveilling is killed. When evidence links Beckett to the victim, she and Castle become the target of a manhunt that puts both of them in grave danger. MONDAY, MAY 5(10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – “Ragtag” – In the last episode before the epic season finale, Ward ‘s betrayal and HYDRA’s shocking secrets are revealed as Coulson’s team goes undercover on a mission that leaves no one unscathed, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY,  MAY 6  (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

THE GOLDBERGS – “A Wrestler Named Goldberg” – Murray and Pops convince Barry to come up with an elaborate lie about him joining the wrestling team so an overprotective Beverly is duped. When the truth comes out and backfires, Beverly takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Adam convinces Erica to take him to the local premiere of “Return of the Jedi” but she flakes to hang out with her friends. When Erica sees his disappointment, she makes good on her original promise with a plan, on “The Goldbergs,” TUESDAY, MAY 6 (9:01-9:31 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

TROPHY WIFE – “Back to School” – Kate begrudgingly agrees to accompany Jackie to her high school reunion, not fully realizing all that it entails. Meanwhile, Pete and Diane take Hillary and Warren to visit a college campus and Bert is left in the care of Meg and Tevin, on “Trophy Wife,” TUESDAY, MAY 6 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP – “Laila Ali/Angie Stone”  Former professional boxer Laila Ali and Grammy Award® nominated singer, songwriter Angie Stone,TUESDAY, MAY 6 (10:00-11:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

THE MIDDLE – “Office Hours” – Feeling that her mind has been turned into Swiss cheese over the kids’ never ending demanding requests of her, Frankie sets up office hours in which they can only voice their needs between 5:00-6:00 p.m. Meanwhile, an overprotective Mike keeps a stern eye on Darrin to make sure he doesn’t take advantage of Sue; and Brick invites his surprising new friends over to the house for a book club meeting, on “The Middle,”WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

SUBURGATORY – “Les Lucioles” – When Tessa takes over planning Lisa and Malik’s wedding, she struggles with the limited budget and loses sight of the romance. Meanwhile, June confronts Tessa and warns her to stay away from Ryan, Malik’s family decides to boycott the wedding and he enlists George’s help to walk him down the aisle, and Sheila offers Lisa some pearls of wisdom, on “Suburgatory,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

MODERN FAMILY – “Message Received” – Jay, Gloria and Manny challenge each other to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. Mitch and Cam’s wedding is getting too big and costly so they resort to selling a couple of their prized possessions, and the kids play a joke on Phil and Claire, on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

MIXOLOGY – “Bruce & Maya” – The night is drawing to a close and nobody wants to go home alone once it’s last call. Bruce recruits Maya to fake flirt with him to get Jessica’s attention, but when things start to look like they’re getting serious between them, Tom gets nervous causing Cal to spring into action. Meanwhile, Fab spots her attractive gynecologist and debates whether or not she’d be able to date him on “Mixology,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

NASHVILLE – “All or Nothing with Me” – First Lady Michelle Obama and Kellie Pickler guest star. Rayna organizes a charity concert at Fort Campbell after finding out Luke has been injured in Afghanistan, forcing him to cut his tour short. Deacon and Maddie are brought closer together as they chart a new course for their future. Teddy is beginning to feel like his family is slipping further and further away from him. Juliette is racked with guilt knowing that her back is against the wall after Jeff threatens to go to Avery with the truth. Gunnar is feeling pressure to reveal a secret about Juliette to Avery until Zoey urges him that his professional and private life should be kept separate. And Will and Layla begin shooting their new reality series, on “Nashville,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

GREY’S ANATOMY – “Everything I Do, Nothing Seems to Turn Out Right” – With Derek away, Meredith spends time with Amelia and finds out her true feelings about her time in Seattle. Bailey deals with the ramifications of her actions and Callie receives devastating news. Meanwhile, the residents panic after hearing that one of them will be fired, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MAY 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

BLACK BOX – “Who Are You?” – Will reveals to Catherine he’s slept with the hostess at his restaurant in retaliation for her betrayal. Bickman’s ego gets the best of him when he performs emergency surgery on a celebrity. Regan reluctantly agrees to allow Esme an opportunity to work with Catherine on a student film. A patient arrives at the Cube and displays signs of being unbalanced, on “Black Box,” THURSDAY, MAY 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

SHARK TANK – “Episode 525” – Self-professed wine connoisseur Kevin O’Leary gives advice to a lady from Solano Beach, CA on her lighter, healthier alternative to a full-bodied wine. Likewise, Robert Herjavec has some suggestions for a former merchant marine from Anacortes, WA on his innovative, deep-sea treasure hunting business. Three men from San Francisco, CA hope to paddle their way into a deal with a collapsible kayak that folds up like the traditional Japanese art of origami, and a couple from Pleasant Hill, CA reveal to the Sharks the surprising twist they put into their decadent cinnamon rolls. Also, an update on Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac from Los Angeles, CA and their Maine lobster roll food truck business, which Barbara Corcoran invested in during Season 4, on “Shark Tank,” FRIDAY, MAY 9 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

ONCE UPON A TIME – TWO HOUR SEASON FINALE – SUNDAY, MAY 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

REVENGE – SEASON FINALE – “Execution” – Nothing is off limits as Emily and Victoria are dead set on destroying each other. Lives will be lost and fates will be altered, but who will rise victorious?, on the season three finale of “Revenge,” SUNDAY, MAY 11 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

DANCING WITH THE STARS – “Episode 1809,”– Semi-Finals, American Icons Night, MONDAY, MAY 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

CASTLE – SEASON FINALE – “For Better or Worse” – Castle and Beckett’s long-awaited wedding is almost here, but when a shocking surprise threatens to ruin the big day, they are sent on a wild mission filled with masked men, angry bikers and a charming ne’er-do-well from Beckett’s past (guest star Eddie McClintock as Rogan O’Leary). MONDAY, MAY 12 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. – SEASON FINALE – TUESDAY, MAY 13 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

THE GOLDBERGS – SEASON FINALE – TUESDAY, MAY 13 (9:01-9:31 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

TROPHY WIFE – SEASON FINALE – “Mother’s Day” – Kate is overjoyed when Diane and Jackie offer to let her have the kids on her first Mother’s Day, however, when Kate discovers their hidden agenda, she is determined to get revenge. Meanwhile, Pete slowly buckles under the pressures at work, on the season finale on “Trophy Wife,” TUESDAY, MAY 13 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP – “Angie Everhart/Pat & Gina Neely” – Model and Actress Angie Everhart and Restaurateurs and Food Network stars Pat & Gina Neely, TUESDAY, MAY 13 (10:00-11:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

THE MIDDLE – “Heck on a Hard Body” – Sue is determined to win herself a car and enters Ehlert Motors ‘Hands on a Hard Body’ contest, in which the last person whose hands never leave the car wins. Meanwhile, Mike and his perpetually down-on-his-luck brother Rusty (Norm Macdonald) find time to bond again when they take a road trip to Chicago with Brick to attend his Spelling Bee; and Frankie has to travel to Axl’s college dorm to help him locate a missing desk or risk losing her $200 deposit, on “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 (8:00-8:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

SUBURGATORY – SEASON FINALE – WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 (8:30-9:00 p.m.) on the ABC Television Network.

MODERN FAMILY – “The Wedding, Part 1” – Mitch and Cam’s big day is finally here and nothing can ruin it, until nothing turns into a whole lot of somethings and puts wedding planner extraordinaire Pepper Saltzman (guest star Nathan Lane) to the test. Meanwhile, Jay and Gloria host the Tuckers, Phil squeezes in an eye procedure before the festivities and Claire embraces her role as “best woman,” on “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

MIXOLOGY – “Last Call” – The bartenders have spoken and it’s last call at Mix. Bar tabs aren’t the only things that need to be closed as Tom finds himself bonding with Liv while she tries to help him take home Maya. But in the process, Liv and Tom can’t help but realize they might actually be meant for each other instead. Bruce starts to panic when he realizes Jessica is probably going to go home with Dominic, so he sets out to find a backup girl he can take home but learns some things aren’t always what they appear, on “Mixology,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET).

NASHVILLE – SEASON FINALE – “On The Other Hand,” – As Will Lexington’s album climbs the chart with the help of Jeff Fordham’s deep pockets, Rayna enlists Teddy’s help to plan a huge, free concert at LP Field to draw attention to her Highway 65 debut. She will perform with Luke Wilson and duet with Juliette before thousands of fans. Zoey, Avery and Gunnar rock out at a benefit for Deacon’s favorite charity, Sober House, and Avery plans to serenade Juliette with a song he wrote for her. But when he attempts to sing it, he doesn’t understand why she is not present, and Scarlett makes a decision about her future in Nashville, WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

GREY’S ANATOMY – SEASON FINALE – “Fear (of the Unknown)” – In the Season 10 finale, the doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital bid an emotional farewell to the beloved Cristina Yang. A possible act of terrorism rocks Seattle and causes chaos at the hospital. Meanwhile, Meredith makes a life changing decision and one doctor receives shocking news on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, MAY 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

BLACK BOX – “Exceptional or Dead” – THURSDAY, MAY 15 (10:02-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

SHARK TANK – SEASON FINALE – “Episode 527” – A college sophomore from Oak Brook, IL raised in a traditional Indian family, wants to make her own American dream come true with her flat-folding, reusable storage box. A couple from Carmel, IN hope to cook up a deal with their reinvented cookware, two exuberant moms from Beverly Hills, CA have taken the pain out of shoe shopping for your kids with an iPad app that measures foot sizes, and two men from Aurora, IL designed a quick, simple solution to tying up a water balloon. In a first of its kind follow-up, many of the amazing success stories from “Shark Tank” are highlighted, with the entrepreneurs discussing their experiences and how their businesses have grown since coming to the Tank, on the Season Finale of “Shark Tank,” FRIDAY, MAY 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

BARBARA WALTERS: HER STORY – TWO HOUR SPECIAL – After more than five decades of entertaining and informing generations of Americans, Barbara Walters says goodbye to daily television. This two-hour ABC primetime special that celebrates acclaimed journalist Walters, a television icon, with a look at her incredible, unparalleled life and career, FRIDAY, MAY 16 (9:00-11:00p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS – SEASON FINALE – “Episode 2422” – SUNDAY, MAY 18 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. 

THE 2014 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS – dick clark productions and Billboard, the ultimate authority in music and home of the iconic Billboard charts defining success in music, announced today the first group of musical performers at this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Billboard Chart toppers Luke Bryan, Imagine Dragons, John Legend and OneRepublic will all join previously announced Jason Derulo, as performers in the live awards show, airing onSUNDAY, MAY 18 on ABC (8:00–11:00 p.m., ET) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

DANCING WITH THE STARS – “Episode 1810” – Performance Finals, MONDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-9:30 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

THE BACHELORETTE – SEASON PREMIERE – Andi Dorfman, 26, a beautiful and successful woman, has it all at first glance — her loving family, her great friends, and even her dream job. But she realized there was something missing. So, last September, she put her busy life on hold to try and find love on “The Bachelor.” She thought she had found her match, but in the end it was not meant to be, and Andi walked away from Juan Pablo. She did not, however, let that experience stop her desire to find her perfect soul mate. Andi will embark on her own journey to find love when she stars in the tenth edition of “The Bachelorette,” on ABC. Chris Harrison hosts, MONDAY, MAY 19 (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

DANCING WITH THE STARS – SEASON FINALE – “Episode 1811,”– Results Finals where the season 18 champion will be crowned and awarded the coveted Mirror-ball trophy, TUESDAY, MAY 20 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

THE MIDDLE – ONE HOUR SEASON FINALE – “Orlando”/”The Wonderful World of Hecks” – While Sue counts down the days until the Hecks depart on their road trip to Walt Disney World (she won the trip in a “Hands on a Hard Body” contest), Brick begs his parents to take a detour to North Carolina so he can meet his online girlfriend, and Axl anxiously awaits the posting of his final grades as a college freshman. Then, when the Hecks arrive at Walt Disney World, a good time may not be had for all when a series of misfortunes threaten to put a damper on their trip, on the one-hour season finale of “The Middle,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

MODERN FAMILY – SEASON FINALE – “The Wedding, Part 2” – The wedding day chaos continue as the entire party shifts from one contingency plan to another. Guests start to get testy, Mitchell and Cameron are feeling discouraged and poor Claire shows physical wear and tear, but an unexpected turn of events leads to the ceremony we’ve all been waiting for, on the season finale of “Modern Family,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

MIXOLOGY – SEASON FINALE – “Closing Time” – The night is coming to an end and it’s Tom’s last chance to ask Maya to go home with him, but Bruce and Cal explain the various obstacles that lie ahead that could prove costly on his quest to find love. Meanwhile, Bruce has to decide whether or not to make a final play for Jessica or go home with a girl who is infatuated with his red-headed attributes. Across town, Liv finds herself in a situation with Ron that comes down to a last minute decision that will ultimately affect her happiness. And Kacey will need to overlook some information she learns about Cal and decide if she still wants to keep her date with him, on the season finale of “Mixology,” WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 (9:31-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

MOTIVE – SEASON PREMIERE – “Motive” returns for an exciting second season with gripping new cases featuring more complicated killers and intricate crime scenes, WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Further Casting Announced for London’s Shakespeare in Love
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Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions are delighted to announce casting for the forthcoming stage production of Shakespeare in LoveThe announcement coincides with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth.


Ian Bartholomew will play Tilney, Tony Bell will play Ralph, Anna Carteret will play Queen Elizabeth, Paul Chahidi will play Henslowe, David Ganley will play Burbage, Richard Howard will play Sir Robert De Lesseps, Harry Jardine will play Sam, Abigail McKern will play Nurse, David Oakes will play Marlowe, Patrick Osborne will play Mr Wabash, Alistair Petrie will play Wessex,Doug Rao will play Ned Alleyn, Ferdy Roberts will play Fennyman and Colin Ryan will play John Webster.  They are joined by an ensemble including Daisy BoultonRyan Donaldson, Janet Fullerlove, Sandy Murray, Timothy O’Hara, Thomas Padden, Elliott Rennie, Charlie Tighe and Tim Van Eyken who will also be musical director. Gaiety will play Crab the dog. Further casting is still to be announced.


They join the previously announced Tom Bateman who will play Will Shakespeare and Lucy Briggs-Owen who will play Viola De Lesseps.


Based on the Academy Award®-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom StoppardShakespeare in Love has been adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Featuring a company of 30 actors and musicians, this new play will be directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the driving force behind the world-renowned theatre company, Cheek by Jowl.Shakespeare in Love will be produced by Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions.


Shakespeare in Love has its world premiere at the Noël Coward Theatre on Wednesday 23 July 2014, with previews from 2 July.


Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he finds his muse in the form of passionate noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love draws many others, including Queen Elizabeth, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.


This sweeping romantic comedy will transport you back to Shakespeare’s London, teeming with vibrant colours, characters, music and life. Oh, and there’s a bit with a dog!


Ian Bartholomew was most recently seen on stage in Oh, What A Lovely War! at Theatre Royal, Stratford East. His extensive theatre credits include The Iceman Cometh at the Almeida and Old Vic; The Front Page at the Donmar Warehouse; The Merchant of Venice with the Royal Shakespeare Company and, in the West End, Tommy, Dead Funny, Radio Times and Into the Woods.


Tom Bateman’s theatre credits include ‘Antonio’ in The Duchess of Malfi at The Old Vic; ‘Claudio’ in Much Ado About Nothingat the Wyndham’s Theatre; ‘Richard’ in The Lion in Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and ‘Dante Gabriel Rossetti’ inLizzie Siddal at the Arcola Theatre. He has played major roles in TV series Da Vinci’s Demons and The Tunnel.


Tony Bell’s extensive theatre credits include The Glee Club at the Cast Theatre, Doncaster; 39 Steps (UK tour); The Winter’s Tale, Henry V, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Propeller/ World Tour; Treasure Island, A Man for all Seasons at the Theatre Royal Haymarket; Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew at The Old Vic, RSC and BAM New York; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Comedy Theatre/ BAM NY; Red Demon at Tokyo Nodamap and Ghostward at the Almeida Theatre;


Daisy Boulton made her professional debut in Measure for Measure, directed by Michael Attenborough at the Almeida Theatre. Recent credits include The White Carnation at the Finborough Theatre/ Jermyn Street Theatre; Kingdom of Earth at the Rosemary Branch Theatre and Devil’s DiscipleLove for LoveAll’s Well that Ends Well, Bloody Poetry and The Relapse at RADA.


Lucy Briggs-Owen’s extensive theatre credits include: ‘Maryna’ in Boris Godunuv, ‘Princess’ in The Orphan of Zhao, ‘Helena’ inA Midsummer Night’s Dream, ‘Luscinda’ in Cardenio and ‘Anne’ in The City Madam all for the Royal Shakespeare Company; ‘Brooke Ashton’ in Noises Off in the West End; ‘Cressida’ in Troilus and Cressida at the Barbican and on international tour; ‘Vivie Warren’ in Mrs Warren’s Profession  in the West End and on tour; and most recently as ‘Olga’ in Fortune’s Fool at The Old Vic.


Anna Carteret joined Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre Company at the Old Vic in 1967, and performed in over 20 of its productions. Additional theatre credits include Richard III with the Royal Shakespeare Company; Waste and King Lear at The Old Vic; I Do and Tom and Viv at the Almeida Theatre; Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre and Absolutely! (Perhaps) at the Wyndham’s Theatre.


Paul Chahidi’s theatre credits include Twelfth Night & Richard III at Shakespeare’s Globe, Broadway and West End (for which he received an Olivier Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Maria in Twelfth Night),  Privacy at the Donmar Warehouse, Measure for Measure, Written on the Heart, As You Like It, The American Pilot, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Enron at the Noël Coward Theatre & UK tour.


Ryan Donaldson’s theatre credits include numerous productions with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art including Pond Life, Much Ado About Nothing,  The Accrington Pals,Platanov, The Orestia and The Provoked Wife.


Janet Fullerlove’s theatre credits include Fortune’s Fool at The Old Vic; The Taming of the Shrew with the Royal Shakespeare Company; The Beggar’s Opera at the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, Macbeth with Shakespeare’s Globe Trust. Opera credits includeSweeney Todd, West Side Story, Facade and The Marriage of Figaro with the Pimlico Opera and Shouting at Shadows with Cheltenham Everyman/Sixth Sense.


David Ganly’s extensive credits include The Threepenny Opera at the Gate Theatre, Dublin; King Lear at the Theatre Royal Bath; Drum Belly at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Macbeth at the Sheffield Crucible; Of Mice & Men at the Watermill, Newbury;The Wizard Of Oz at the London Palladium; Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Young Vic; Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre London; The Weir at the Gate Theatre in Dublin; Uncle Vanya with the English Touring Theatre.


Richard Howard’s theatre credits include The Marrying of Ann Leete, Self Portrait at the Orange Tree; Blues for Mr. Charlie at the Tricycle; Stanley with the RNT; Jane Eyre at the Playhouse; Tom Kilroy’s Double Cross at the Dublin/ Belfast/Royal Court;Macbeth at the Bristol Old Vic; Edward Bond’s Lear at the Royal Court; Twelfth Night and As You Like It US Tour and a world-wide tour with the London Shakespeare Group.


Harry Jardine’stheatre credits include Faster, Higher, Stronger, Straighter at the Dominion Studio; numerous productions with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art; Mary Poppins (rehearsed reading) for Cameron Mackintosh Ltd and Disney Theatrical Group and Les Misérables.


Abigail McKern’s theatre credits include The Magistrate at the Savoy; Suddenly Last Summer at the Albery; Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Death Of A Salesman at the Lyric; Tartuffe at the Almeida; Wild Honey at the National Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and  As You Like It at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre for which she won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress.


David Oakes’ theatre credits include Pride & Prejudice with the New Shakespeare Company; Much Ado About Nothing for the Royal Shakespeare Company; All The Little Things at the Almeida Theatre and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Shakespeare’s Globe. Television credits include The Borgias, The Pillars of Earth and The White Queen.


Timothy O’Hara’s theatre credits include include Scoop, Chair and Have I Non  at the Lyric Hammersmith; London Wall  at the St James’ Theatre / Finborough Theatre; Coffin at the King’s Head Theatre and There Will Be More and The Pope’s Wedding at the The Cock Tavern. TV and Film credits include Clone, Casualty and Sherlock Holmes.


Patrick Osborne’stheatre credits include Accolade, The Seagull, The Pearl, Clockheart Boy, The Soldier’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Mobius Strip.


Thomas Padden’s theatre credits include All My Sons, Great Expectations, Merrily We Roll Alongand Of Mice and Men at the Watermill, Newbury; Pocket Merchant, Pocket Henry V, Richard III, Comedy of Errors and Pocket Dream with Propeller; Huis Clos at the Trafalgar Studios; Oh What a Lovely War with Northern Stage and Andronicus, The Comedy Of Errors, Measure For Measure, Troilus and Cressida, A Winter’s Taleat Shakespeare’s Globe and The Lady in the Van at the Theatre Royal Bath.


Alistair Petrie’s theatre credits include Brand and The Importance of Being Earnest in the West End; Henry IV Parts I & II, His Dark Materials, Playing With Fire, Time and the Conways  with the Royal National Theatre; Brand and Troilus and Cressida with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Pravda at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Television and Film credits include Utopia I & II, Sherlock, Whitechapel, The Forsyte Saga, Cloud Atlas, Rush, The Duchess and the soon to be released Frankenstein, The Face of An Angel and A Little Chaos.


Doug Rao’s theatre credits includeA Lady of Little Sense, Don Gil of the Green Breeches and Punishment Without Revenge at Theatre Royal Bath and the Arcola Theatre, Dalston; The Prisoner’s Dilemma, A Russian In The Woods andLove In A Wood with the RSC; Death of a Salesman with the Birmingham Rep and Amy’s View at the Salisbury Playhouse.

Elliott Rennie’s theatre credits include Jekyll and Hyde at the Southwark Playhouse; The One Hundred And One Dalmatians at the New Vic Stoke; Faust at the Greenwich Theatre; Sweet Charity at the MAC Belfast; The Trench with Les Enfants Terribles, UK Tour & Edinburgh Festival and The B.F.G. at the Derby Theatre.

Ferdy Roberts is the co-Artistic Director of Filter Theatre and an Associate Artist of the Lyric, Hammersmith. His theatre credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Three Sisters at the Lyric, Hammersmith; Water at the Lyric and BAM NYC;Twelfth Night at the Tricycle; The Caucasian Chalk Circle at the National Theatre; Faster, Open Court; If You Don’t Let Us Dream We Won’t Let You Sleep at the Royal Court; The Birthday Party and The Dumb Waiter at the Bristol Old Vic and Another Country with Background Productions (West End).

Colin Ryan’s theatre credits include Wendy and Peter Pan with the RSC; Macbeth and The Lightning Child at Shakespeare’s Globe; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Northampton Royal & Derngate; Deadkidsongs at the Theatre Royal Bath; The Importance of Being Earnest at the Riverside Studios and I Was Looking At The Ceiling And Then I Saw The Sky at the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Charlie Tighe’s theatre credits include The Life of Galileo at the National Theatre; School for Scandal at the Park Theatre; Guys and Dolls (UK tour); Little Shop of Horrors and Rope at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre; Pygmalion (International Tour) and TheComedy of Errors (Globe Theatre, Germany).

Tim Van Eyken’s theatre credits include War Horse at the National Theatre; Glengarry Glen Ross at the Landor Theatre; Aloysius in The Ballroom of Joys and Sorrows at the Watford Palace Theatre and Good at the Manchester Royal Exchange

Gaiety the Dog is a Champion and won at Crufts in 2010 before going on to win at the World Show in Bratislava.  She then retired from the show ring to become a full time mum having several litters of puppies. She is really enjoying the training forShakespeare in Love especially all of the treats and fuss that are involved with being a star on the stage. She is looking forward to meeting her co-stars.

Creative Team Biographies

Lee Hall, who has worked as a writer across theatre, TV, radio and film, won the 2009 Tony Award® for Best Book for his stage adaptation of Billy Elliot. The musical, which also won the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 2006, was based on his screenplay for the film of the same name which saw him nominated for an Academy Award®. In 2008, Hall won the London Evening Standard Award, Best Play for The Pitman Painters. Hall has been writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Live Theatre and his screenplay for War Horse was directed by Steven Spielberg in 2011. Other theatre credits include Cooking With Elvis at Live Theatre in Newcastle, Spoonface Steinberg at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End (adapted also for TV and radio) and Two’s Company at Live Theatre and Bristol Old Vic.

Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod formed Cheek by Jowl in 1981 and have since directed and designed over 30 productions for the company which have been performed in over 300 cities in 40 countries all over the world. With Cheek by Jowl, Donnellan and Ormerod have reimagined many of Shakespeare’s texts including the all-male As You Like ItTwelfth NightThe Tempest,MacbethA Midsummer Night’s DreamTroilus and Cressida and Othello. Cheek by Jowl is an associate company of the Barbican in London where forthcoming collaborations include ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore from 9 April 2014 and Ubu Roi from 18 June 2014. In 1989 Donnellan was made Associate Director of the National Theatre where productions have included Fuente Ovejuna,Sweeney ToddThe Mandate and both parts of Tony Kushner’s Angels In America. Additional theatre credits include  The ChangelingGreat Expectations and British premiers of OutcryHomebody/KabulSara and Lady Betty (written by Donnellan). In 2000, Donnellan formed Moscow-based company The Chekhov Festival whose productions have included Boris Godunov andThree Sisters, and recently the pair co-directed feature film Bel Ami starring Robert Pattinson, Kristin Scott Thomas and Uma Thurman. His book, The Actor and The Target, originally published in Russian (2001), has since appeared in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Romanian and Mandarin.

Paddy Cunneen – Music.Paddy is the Artistic Director of Tumult In The Clouds Theatre Company and has been Associate Director of Cheek By Jowl since 1990. Credits with Cheek by Jowl include As You Like It, Hamlet, Lady Betty, Measure for Measure, Sara Sampson, The Tempest, Philoctetes, The Three Blind Men and Don’t Fool with Love. Other theatre includes: Blue Remembered Hills, Closer, Angels in America 1 and 2, Fuenteovejuna (National Theatre) and Closer, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Lonesome West, The Iceman Cometh, The Blue Room and The Pillowman (Broadway). TV and Film credits include Boy A (BAFTA nominated best score 2008); Nan, Bite, Unfinished Business, Cry Wolf, Two Oranges and a Mango, The Maitlands, You Drive Me, Golden Wedding, Big Fish, The Pan Load, Memory Man and Afterlife

Jane Gibson – Choreography. Jane Gibson has an extensive list of film, television, theatre and opera credits to her name as a movement consultant and choreographer including no less than 26 stage productions directed by Declan Donnellan. She is an associate director of Cheek by Jowl. She was appointed the first Head of Movement at the National Theatre and held the position for 10 years.  Her work at the RSC includes Troilus and Cressida in a co-production with the Wooster Group and A Tender Thing. Her most recent film credits include My Week with Marilyn, The Amazing Spiderman, OZ: The Great And Powerful and A Little Chaos.

Neil Austin – Lighting. Neil Austin is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning lighting designer working internationally on plays, musicals, opera and dance. Recent and upcoming work includes The Silver Tassie (National Theatre); Birdland (Royal Court); Le Corsaire (ENB); Evita (US National Tour); Macbeth (Park Avenue Armoury) and Electra (Old Vic). Other theatre includes The Weir (Donmar / Wyndham’s Theatre); The El Train(Hoxton Hall); Henry V (Noël Coward Theatre); Macbeth (Manchester International Festival); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Broadway); Julius Caesar (Donmar / St Ann’s Warehouse, New York); The Sunshine Boys(Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles) and The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios).

Simon Baker– Sound. Recent theatre credits include The Roaring Girl with the RSC; Oliver! at the Sheffield Crucible; Mojo at the Harold Pinter Theatre; The Light Princess at the National Theatre; Josephine and I at the Bush Theatre; The Amen Cornerat the National Theatre; Matilda The Musical with the RSC,  Cambridge Theatre and Shubert Theatre, New York – 2012 Oliver Award for Best Sound; The Merry Wives of Windsor with the RSC; My Fair Lady at the Sheffield Crucible; Steptoe and Son with Kneehigh Theatre/UK Tour; Loserville at the West Yorkshire Playhouse/Garrick Theatre; Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic; Wah Wah Girls at Sadler’s Wells; Angus Thongs andEven More Snogging at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; God of Carnage at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles; Batman Live (World Arena Tour); Me and My Girl at the Sheffield Crucible; The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg at the Lyric Theatre; The Real Thing at the Old Vic; The Norman Conquests at the Old Vic and on Broadway; The Late Middle Classes at the Donmar; La Bête at the Comedy Theatre and on Broadway; Lord Of The Rings at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Toronto – 2007 Olivier Nomination Best Sound; Deathtrap at the Noël Coward Theatre; Boeing-Boeing at the Comedy Theatre and on Broadway -  2007 Tony Nomination for Best Sound; Di and Viv and Rose at the Hampstead Downstairs/Hampstead Main Stage;  Bridge Project for BAM/Old Vic Theatre 2009; The Birds (Dublin) and Closer To Heaven at the Arts Theatre.  For Kneehigh Theatre work includes Brief Encounter (London, WYP, UK and US Tours, Broadway and St Anne’s Warehouse NY – 2011 Tony Nomination for Best Sound); Don John with the RSC and international tour); The Red Shoes international tour; Wild Brideinternational tour; Midnight’s Pumpkin and all three years of Kneehigh’s Asylum Season.

Tickets for Shakespeare in Love at the Noël Coward Theatre are now on sale online at or by calling the box office on 0844 482 5141.

Marvel Lists Slate of C2E2 Presentations
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Face front, true believer! This week, Marvel returns to Chicago for C2E2 2014 – and we’re bringing the hottest creators, the biggest announcements, and even a few surprises. Marvel is proud to unveil our full panel schedule for the convention, bringing fans all the answers they’ve been craving about Original Sin, the return of Peter Parker, Wolverine: 3 Months to Die, and much, much more! Sure you’ll be visiting our booth on the convention floor (Booth #327), but now is your chance to enjoy the biggest announcements of the convention at the world famous Marvel panels!

You cannot afford to miss out on this year’s star-studded Marvel panels! If you’ve never experienced a Marvel panel live, you don’t know what you’re missing! Stop by for a Q&A with your favorite creators, major announcements and more!                                        

Please note, all guests, times and rooms are subject to change.

Friday, April 25th

MARVEL: House of Ideas

Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM CST

Room: N426

Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology? Then this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news about Marvel’s Infinite Comics as well as what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Unlimited and MORE in this can’t-miss panel hosted by Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic, Ultimate FF), Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk) and other Mighty Marvel guests!

MARVEL: Breaking in to Comics the Marvel Way

Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM CST

Room: N426

Are you a writer or artist?  Ever dream of working for Marvel?  Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!”  Well, here’s your chance!  Join superstar writers and artists including Mark Brooks (Fearless Defenders), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic, Ultimate FF), Todd Nauck (Nightcrawler), and Charles Soule (She-Hulk) as well as Marvel’s talent scout C.B. Cebulski to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL!

Saturday, April 26th

MARVEL: Spider-Verse

Time: 1:45PM – 2:45PM CST

Room: N426

It’s the most epic Spider-Man event of all time as every Spider-Man EVER come together to face a world-ending threat!  Senior Editor Nick LoweJoshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Ramón Pérez (Amazing Spider-Man #1.1: Learning to CrawlJames Robinson (Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business, Fantastic Four), and Mark Waid (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man: Family Business) will be taking any and all questions from YOU the fans!  This is one panel no Spidey fan can miss!

MARVEL: Original Sin

Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM CST

Room: N426

Who killed the Watcher?  Marvel’s murder mystery mega-event ORIGINAL SIN will bring the heroes of Earth to the remotest corners of the Marvel Universe and force them to confront their own darkest secrets!  You’ve got questions and we’ve got answers!  Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Editor Jordan D. White, Editor Jake ThomasJames Robinson (Fantastic Four,All-New Invaders) and Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk) are on hand to give you the scoop.

MARVEL: Next Big Thing

Time: 4:15PM – 5:15PM CST

Room: N426

Want to start reading Marvel comics?  There’s no better time than Marvel NOW!  And there’s no better place to learn about our thrilling and creatively diverse All-New Marvel NOW series than this panel!   Don’t miss some exciting discussion of Guardians of the Galaxy and Inhuman titles, plus a surprise announcement or two!  Panelists include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Senior Editor Nick Lowe, Mahmud Asrar (Wolverine & the X-Men), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Amazing Spider-Man: Who Am I? Infinite Comic), Charles Soule(She-Hulk), Ryan Stegman (Wolverine), James Robinson (Fantastic Four), and Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon)!

Sunday, April 27th 

Marvel Unlimited Plus: MEMBERS ONLY Event

Time: 10:45AM – 11:45AM CST

Room: N426

Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, and top Marvel creators including Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-Men)James Robinson (Fantastic Four), and Ryan Stegman (Wolverine) for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe.  Get FREE merchandise (while supplies last), sneak peeks of upcoming comics, Q&A Session to answer all your burning questions and more surprises to be announced.  Not to be missed! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the Marvel Booth for a ticket to the event.

Wolverine: 3 Months to Die

Time: 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM CST

Room: N426

Wolverine is going to die!  But when, and how?  The biggest Wolverine event in years kicks off in June with “3 Months to Die” and this panel is the place to find out more!  Plus, learn about exciting new developments across the entire X-Men family of titles!  Panelists include Executive Editor Mike Marts, Editor Jordan D. WhiteMahmud Asrar (Wolverine & the X-Men), Russell Dauterman(Cyclops), Jason Latour (Wolverine & the X-Men), Greg Pak (World War Hulk) and Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Thunderbolts) as they take on all questions!

Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the and @Marvel on Twitter, the best way to get exclusive photos andvideos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!

Star Wars Weekends Celebrity Lineups Announced
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Disney has released the talent lineups for Star Wars Weekends at Disney Hollywood Studios. In addition, James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein will appear during all five weekends.

Weekend I: May 16-18 

Ahmed Best: Jar Jar Binks (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom MenaceStar Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithStar Wars: The Clone Wars)

Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithStar Wars: Episode IV A New HopeStar Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars: Episode VI Return of the JediStar Wars: The Clone Wars)

Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend II: May 23-25

Warwick Davis: Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi); Wald (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)

Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi); Capt. Jeremoch Colton (Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith)

Tiya Sircar: Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend III: May 30-June 1

Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)

John Ratzenberger: Major Bren Derlin (Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back)

Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend IV: June 6-8

Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: Episode IV A New HopeStar Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi); Darth Bane (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace)

Billy Dee Williams: Lando Calrissian (Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes BackStar Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi)

Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)

Weekend V: June 13-15

Dee Bradley Baker: Captain Rex/the Clones, Bossk and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Cat Taber: Padmé Amidala and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Tom Kane: Yoda, the series’ narrator and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Matt Lanter: Anakin Skywalker and several additional characters (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)

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