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Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell Talk Starring in New Dylan Thomas Play and Praise Taylor Swift for Introducing the Welsh Poet to a ‘New Generation’

Mathew Rhys has been an “unabashed” fan of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas for as long as he can remember.

He cemented his love of the writer — best known for his poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” — when he portrayed him in the 2008 biopic “The Edge of Love.”

“When you tell most English people that you love Dylan Thomas, they go, ‘Grrr,’ because it’s such a cliché,” Rhys says. “But I’m unabashed that I’m a lifer.”

He’ll play Thomas once again on May 14 in a one-night only stage reading of “Dear Mr. Thomas: A New Play for Voices,” a production by Christopher Monger about Welsh’s time in New York in the 1950s when the 92nd Street Y organized four U.S. tours for Dylan. He wrote the play “Under Milk Wood” during that time while also becoming a rock star-like celebrity known for his drunken escapades and womanizing. He famously stayed at the Chelsea Hotel before dying at a nearby hospital in 1953 when he was just 39.

Keri Russell will play Welsh’s assistant and mistress Liz Reitell. Rounding out the cast are Kate Burton, Gopal Divan, Betsy Zajko and Taylor Trensch.

I caught up with Rhys and Russell over Zoom from their New York home to talk Thomas, Taylor Swift referencing him in the title track of “The Tortured Poets Department” album and what other plays they’d like to collaborate on. Continue reading Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell Talk Starring in New Dylan Thomas Play and Praise Taylor Swift for Introducing the Welsh Poet to a ‘New Generation’

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2024 white house correspondents’ dinner

Keri Russell hit the red carpet at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington on Saturday in a gorgeous and understated look perfect for the occasion.

The Diplomat star wore a black strapless floor-length gown with a matching scarf detail around her neck. The actress, also known for her iconic ’90s curls, styled her hair in a classic bun and accessorized the outfit with a striking statement ring.

She posed for photos both solo and with her Diplomat costar Rufus Sewell.

Production for season 2 of The Diplomat was delayed by the writers’ and actors’ strikes last year but was able to resume in December 2023. Netflix has not yet set a release date for the show’s second season.

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– events 2024 white house correspondents’ dinner – april 27 2024

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Deadline White House Correspondence Breakfast with Netflix’s “The Diplomat”

Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell at the Deadline White House Correspondence Breakfast with Netflix’s “The Diplomat” held at the Residence of Ireland on April 27, 2024 in Washington, D.C.
Later they will attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

It begins at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET via C-SPAN. You can watch it live here



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– events Deadline White House Correspondence Breakfast with Netflix’s “The Diplomat” – April 27 2024

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner Preview: POTUS, Politics Media & Showbiz Converge For D.C.’s Party-Palooza

This year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner likely will see an uptick in the celebrity quotient.

The star power could come as a function of the 2024 election year and a dinner lineup in which Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost will be the featured entertainer following President Joe Biden‘s own stand-up act. POTUS himself probably will stay mum on the court drama of rival and predecessor Donald Trump unfolding in NYC this week, but expect Jost to get a zinger or two in there.

Among the showbiz types expected to attend are Chris Pine, Da’Vine Joy Rudolph, Jon Hamm, Scarlett Johansson and Rachel Brosnahan. Keri Russell and Rufus Sewell from Netflix’s The Diplomat also are planning to attend, after headlining a Deadline event with series creator Debora Cahn at the Irish Ambassador ambassador’s’ residence on Saturday morning. Also planning to attend: SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher and national executive director Duncan Crabtree-Ireland.

Source: https://deadline.com/

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The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards finally arrived on Monday night. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences made the decision last year to delay the awards due to the then-ongoing writer’s and SAG-AFTRA strikes, pushing the event from its original date of September 18th, straight into the heart of awards season.

Keri was nominated for best actress but sadly lost.

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– events The 75th Emmy Awards – January 15 2024

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MPTF’s 17th Annual Evening Before

Keri and Matthew Rhys attended MPTF’s 17th Annual Evening Before on Saturday. The Diplomat star has been nominated for an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama for her role in the Netflix thriller series.

She wore a classic black dress with a square neckline, long sleeves and a frill at the hem, which ended inches above her knees.

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– events MPTF’s 17th Annual Evening Before – January 13 2024

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The 81st Golden Globe Awards Update

Keri arrived on the red carpet for the 2023 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles, wearing a sleeveless white gown with a fringe skirt, a white feather bag and a statement necklace — all from Jil Sander. Russell finished accessorizing her look with jewelry from Jacob & Co., including diamond earrings and diamond rings.

Of the nomination, she said on the red carpet, “It’s such a fun show to be a part of. To be celebrated and acknowledged in this is just so fun.”

In the Netflix series, which was renewed for a second season within days of its premiere, Russell is Kate Wyler, the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom who finds herself at the center of an international crisis while her marriage hangs in the balance.

She told The Wrap that despite juggling three kids with Rhys, she was convinced to join the show after reading just one episode. “I was like, ‘F—, this is really good,’ ” she said.

“It was the first thing I’d wanted to do in a million years,” she told the outlet.

Keri and Ray Romano presented the Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role on Television award at the 81st Golden Globe Awards.


GALLERY LINKS:
– events The 81st Golden Globe Awards – January 7 2024
– events 2024 Golden Globe After Party | Netflix – January 7 2024

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Upcoming Hollywood Award Shows

The 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards – January 7, 2024 – Photos
Best Television Female Actor – Drama Series Keri Russell – The Diplomat
Best Drama Series – The Diplomat

The Critics Choice Association – January 14, 2024 – Photos
Best Actress in a Drama Series Keri Russell – The Diplomat
Best Drama Series – The Diplomat

75th Emmy Awards – January 15, 2024
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Keri Russell – The Diplomat

The 30th Annual SAG Awards – February 24, 2024
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Keri Russell – The Diplomat

The 35th Annual PGA Awards – February 24, 2024
Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama
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