Keri Russell to attend star-studded College Signing Day event for MTV

As announced on Wednesday, MTV will host and livestream a star-studded event at The Public Theater in New York City on May 5. Michelle Obama, Andy Cohen, Billy Eichner, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, iJustine, The Americans stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, Michael B. Jordan, Neil Patrick Harris, Nick Cannon, Questlove, and Zoe Kravitz are among those scheduled to appear, along with more than 200 students from NYC high schools.

“One of the greatest honors of my life was serving as your first lady, and one of my greatest joys is hearing the stories of young people like you pursuing your dreams through education,” Obama says in the video announcement above. “I love hearing about how you’ve challenged yourself, how you’ve overcome obstacles. You are working to create a life that you can be proud of and I want you to know that I’m rooting for you every step of the way. Trust me, you’ve got this.”

College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors pursuing higher studies, whether through a four-year university, community college, or professional training program. Obama supported the day in the past by hosting similar events in Harlem (2016), Detroit (2015), and San Antonio (2014) as part of her Reach Higher initiative through the White House.

More than 1,000 events will be held simultaneously across the country for this year’s College Signing Day. In the video, Obama encourages graduating seniors to post selfies with their college gear with the hashtag #CollegeSigningDay for May 5.


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Keri Russel Lead Benefit Reading of An American Daughter

Keri Russell will lead an A-list cast for a one-night reading of Wendy Wasserstein’s 1997 play An American Daughter. Christine Lahti will direct the evening benefiting the nonprofit She Should Run on May 8 at 7:00pm at the Tony Kiser Theatre.

The reading will star Russell as Dr. Lyssa Hughes with Hugh Dancy as Walter Abrahmson, Jonathan Groff as Morrow McCarthy, Victor Garber as Senator Alan Hughes, Julie White as Charlotte Chubby Hughes, Zoe Kazan as Quincy Quince, Raúl Esparza as Timber Tucker and Quincy Tyler Bernstine as Judith B. Kaufman. Additional casting will be announced.

A prophetic reflection of the modern political era, Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter follows Lyssa (Russell), an accomplished doctor and the president’s newly named nominee for surgeon general. While her confirmation at first seems inevitable, Lyssa is stunned when the vetting of her past leads to a scandal that threatens to derail her future.

The original 1997 Broadway production of An American Daughter opened on March 20, 1997 and ran through June 29, 1997. Daniel Sullivan directed a cast that included Kate Nelligan as Lyssa, Peter Riegert as Walter, Bruce Norris as Morrow, Hal Holbrook as Senator Alan Hughes, Penny Fuller as Charlotte Chubby Hughes, Elizabeth Marvel as Quincy Quince, Cotter Smith as Timber Tucker, and Lynne Thigpen, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Judith B. Kaufman.

She Should Run is a nonprofit organization “working to create a culture that inspires women and girls to aspire towards public leadership.”


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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys Talk Russia at the Premiere of The Americans

“I wear some pretty serious shoulder pads,” crowed Keri Russell at the season five premiere of her FX drama The Americans. “I mean, very serious shoulder pads!” The series, which is set in the early 1980s, features Russell and Matthew Rhys posing as two Soviet KGB officer happily living in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. The former Felicity actress is also slightly in awe of another aspect of the period clothing—cinched waists. “We don’t wear anything on our waists anymore,” she said. “Everything’s like lazy. It’s hard to eat five tacos at lunch and put those pants back on. A lot of times I can’t. “Russell’s on-screen (and off-screen) partner Rhys also expressed a kind of bemused horror with the era’s fashion. “High-waisted jeans,” he exclaimed. “You go, ‘Why can’t I wear this after my lunch?’ And you realize why. We’ve been very subtle in the use of shoulder pads, but even still you think, ‘What were they thinking?’ It was madness, a decade of madness, so thank goodness it’s over.” On a more serious note, show creator Joseph Weisberg admits that the show’s parallels to President Trump’s embroilment with Russian authorities, along with rumors of election tampering, have been surreal to say the least. “It’s very disconcerting,” he admitted. “It was not our plan at all.” After a screening, the cast including Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, and Noah Emmerich partied at the Plaza Hotel alongside Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough from MSNBC’s Morning Joe.


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The Americans Season 5 After Party

Margo Martindale, Matthew Rhys, John Landgraf, Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich, Keldrich Sellati, Holly Taylor and Alison Wright attended the party following the red carpet premiere of FX’s “The Americans” Season 5 at the Ballroom at The Plaza on February 25 in New York City.

– Events The Americans Season 5 Premiere – February 25 2017

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Talk Show Alerts !!!

Keri will be busy promoting The Americans next weeks as she has some Talk Show appearances coming up! Make sure to check out site for the full coverage.

– February 27 – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
– March 8 – Live with Kelly
– March 8 – AOL BUILD series
– March 15 – Late night with Seth Meyers

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Tacos, Portraits and Jookin With Rag & Bone

“We were all very drunk,” Matthew Rhys said. “And we were like, ‘Yes, yes, of course!’”

“He said there’d be free booze at the party — that’s the only part I remember.”

Matthew Rhys, the Welsh actor currently starring on FX’s “The Americans,” was recounting how he and partner (and costar) Keri Russell came to be featured in Rag & Bone’s fall portrait collection Thursday night — the details of which are, apparently, a tad fuzzy.

Rhys and Russell circled through the gallery space on Tenth Avenue, bottles of Peroni in hand, alongside a press-apprehensive Thom Yorke (who doubled as a DJ for the party), Haley Bennett, Amber Valletta, Joan Smalls, Dylan Penn and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

“Marcus is our neighbor, and our kids go to school together,” Russell said, standing near her portrait. “[We knew him] literally just from the kids at school, from bleary-eyed, unbrushed teeth drop-offs with kids at school. And then someone was like, ‘Oh no, he’s [the Rag & Bone designer].’

“We were are a birthday party and he said, ‘Do you want to do this thing?’” Russell continued. “We were all very drunk,” Rhys clarified. “And we were like, ‘Yes, yes, of course!’”

The two appeared like naturals in their respective portraits — though the Rag & Bone collaboration didn’t stir up any modeling inclinations. “Oh, I signed with Models 1 — was it Models 1? Yes, I’ve got a campaign,” Rhys said dryly. “You’re going to be doing women’s lingerie,” Russell joked, before adding, in sincerity, “No, everyone at the shoot was, like, way cooler than we were.”

Nearby was Emma Sulkowicz, who rose to Internet prominence during her time at Columbia University for her sexual assault awareness performance art piece “Carry That Weight.”

“They told me they were taking pictures of women they admired? It seems like that’s not the theme anymore,” said Sulkowicz with a laugh of her portrait, which was taken the day prior. “And I don’t actually really know what this is — but it was really fun!”

Despite not knowing exactly what the party entailed, the Columbia grad — now a student in the Whitney Museum’s independent study program — was nonetheless enjoying the experience. “It was my first time ever getting photographed, in this kind of situation,” she said. “I’ve never had anyone fuss over my makeup before — on a very fundamental level I think it feels nice. I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

Rag & Bone aren’t the only ones to reach out to the recent grad. “I got asked to be in this Elle hair thing — they’re doing a thing on people with hair that they like,” she said. “But then they ended up not wanting me anymore. It was very mysterious, they e-mailed my studio e-mail…”

Just past 9:30 p.m., as the party had moved to a neighboring room boasting whiskey and Tacombi tacos, the crowd parted for dancing. Recently exited Elle fashion news director Anne Slowey and the dancer and model known as Lil Buck took to the clearing for a round of Jookin, a dance popularized — at least with this crowd — by Lil Buck. Fashion week: full of surprises.


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Rag and Bone exhibition party

New York City was hit with a surprise blizzard on Thursday. But that wasn’t going to stop Keri Russell from attending Rag and Bone’s New York Fashion Week exhibition party on Thursday evening. The 40-year-old Americans actress, who was accompanied by her significant other Matthew Rhys, was sartorially set for the wintry weather.

– Events Rag and Bone exhibition party – February 9 2017

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