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Monitor: Stars scoop up Tony Award nominations

Monitor: Stars Scoop Up Tony Award Nominations

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SPLITS
Sandra Bullock, 45, filed for divorce from her husband of nearly five years, Jesse James, 41, in Austin on April 23. In the papers, Bullock cited a ”conflict of personalities.” The Oscar winner plans to finalize the adoption of her 3½-month-old son, Louis Bardo, as a single parent…. Halle Berry, 43, confirmed she has broken up with her boyfriend of four years, model Gabriel Aubry, 34. The couple are reportedly negotiating custody of their daughter, Nahla, 2.

MARRIED
Seth Green, 36, wed model-actress Clare Grant (Black Snake Moan), 30, on May 1 near San Francisco.

BIRTHS
On April 29 in L.A., Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath, 42, and fiancée Carin Kingsland welcomed twins Lydon Edward and Hartley Grace.

COURTS
Drug-possession charges against former One Day at a Time star Mackenzie Phillips, 50, were dropped April 30 in L.A. after the actress completed an 18-month drug-treatment program.

DEATHS
Helen Wagner, 91, who played Nancy Hughes on the CBS soap As the World Turns for a record 54 years, died May 1 in Mount Kisco, N.Y…. Dorothy Provine, 75, costar of 1963’s It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, died of emphysema April 25 in Bremerton, Wash. — With additional reporting by Stewart Allen and Adam Markovitz


BIRTHDAYS
Thomas Pynchon, 73
May 8

Kenan Thompson, 32
May 10

Malin Akerman, 32
May 12

Robert Pattinson, 24
May 13

Stephen Colbert, 46
May 13


Denzel! Catherine! Scarlett! Stars Scoop Up Tony Noms
Nominations for the Great White Way’s top awards went out May 4, and one thing’s clear: Broadway is set to deliver a night loaded with Hollywood glamour for the 64th Annual Tony Awards, which will air June 13 on CBS. Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music), Viola Davis (Fences), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still), and Scarlett Johansson (A View From the Bridge) battle it out in the female categories; another contender, Angela Lansbury (A Little Night Music), is poised to win her record-breaking sixth Tony. The men’s races, however, are even juicier, as the top play performance category pits Denzel Washington (Fences), Jude Law (Hamlet), Christopher Walken (A Behanding in Spokane), Liev Schreiber (A View From the Bridge), and Alfred Molina (Red) against one another. In musicals, it’s an NBC showdown: Former Peacock stars Kelsey Grammer (La Cage aux Folles) and Sean Hayes (Promises, Promises) will vie for the prize. Overall, Fela! — the new musical based on Nigerian pioneer Fela Kuti, produced by Jay-Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith — and the Grammer-starring reboot of the gender-bending La Cage aux Folles were the most decorated, with 11 nominations each. The revival of August Wilson’s Fences, starring Davis and Washington, was close behind, with 10 nods, including best play revival. And then, of course, there’s Green Day: American Idiot, the rock opera based on the band’s blockbuster 2004 album, is up for Best Musical. — Tanner Stransky