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Star Wars: Keri Russell Is the Roguish Zorri Bliss

The battle between the Jedi and the Sith has been a constant in the Skywalker saga, but there’s a vital third class of heroes and villains that populate the galaxy: the smugglers, scrappers, bounty hunters, and scoundrels who make a living on the edges of a war. The life of a rogue is tough in the Star Wars universe, and the masked Zorri Bliss (Keri Russell)—revealed exclusively in Annie Leibovitz’s new portfolio from the set of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—is no exception.

In The Rise of Skywalker, Russell is reunited with J.J. Abrams—the man who made her a household name when he first cast her as a sentimental college undergrad in the TV show Felicity 20 years ago. Abrams has already transformed Russell’s career once, when he broke apart her innocent image with a short but memorable fight sequence in 2006’s Mission Impossible III. “When J.J. calls so unexpectedly,” Russell said last summer, “cool things happen.”

Many years and six seasons of the Emmy-winning spy drama The Americans later and Russell is not only adept at action, she’s well practiced in the art of keeping secrets. That would be why, until now, the only thing she let slip about her Star Wars character was “I do have the coolest costume. I will say that.”

She’s not wrong. The brass detailing and deep aubergine of Zorri Bliss’s suit invoke the glamour of Laura Dern’s Admiral Holdo, while the familiar silhouette calls to mind the bounty hunter Boba Fett. Even more hardcore Star Wars fans will notice a similarity between Russell’s costume and the one worn by the short-lived female bounty hunter Zam Wesell in Attack of the Clones.

Her mask helps Bliss disguise both her identity and motives—a useful feature for anyone who might want to blend in at a shady cantina or the Thieves’ Quarter of Kijimi. Ever since the balance of power in the galaxy was thrown off by the invasion of the First Order and the destruction of the New Republic, it has become very profitable for scoundrels to avoid picking a side during the escalating war between Leia’s Resistance and Kylo Ren’s forces. If Benicio Del Toro’s The Last Jedi character taught us anything, it’s not to trust a rogue, but we’ll have to see whether Zorri Bliss chooses the dark side, the light, or, most likely, herself when The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.

Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/

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Chris Pine, Keri Russell and Awkwafina Among 2019 SAG Awards Presenters

The first group of presenters for the 2019 SAG Awards has been revealed.

E! News has learned exclusively that Chris Pine, Keri Russell, Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina, Laverne Cox, Matt Bomer, Game of Thones alum and Netflix’s Bodyguard star Richard Madden, Ricky Martin, Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin are all set to present awards onstage at the annual event this weekend.

Awkwafina and Cox had earlier this month announced the list of 2019 SAG Award nominations. Crazy Rich Asians is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Russell’s FX show The Americans is also nominated for a SAG Award.

The 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony will air live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 27 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Source: https://www.eonline.com

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See the first photo of Keri Russell and Adam Driver in Broadway’s Burn This

“You can imagine them in bed together.”

That’s what Tony-Award-winning director Michael Mayer has to say about the crackling first publicity image of Keri Russell and Adam Driver for their upcoming Broadway play, Burn This. “You feel this erotic and emotional connection very strongly,” he adds.

The Star Wars: Episode IX costars are returning to the stage for the first ever revival of Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, which begins previews on March 15 with opening night set for April 16 at New York’s Hudson Theatre. Brandon Uranowitz (Falsettos) and David Furr (Noises Off) round out the cast.

Russell and Driver lead the action as Anna, a professional dancer and choreographer, and Pale, a coke-addicted hyper-active restaurant manager, who are brought together when Robbie, Anna’s dance partner and Pale’s brother, dies in a mysterious boating accident. The play follows the explosive chemistry between these two strangers as Wilson probes love, lust, and the power of raw attraction in his smoldering, award-winning play. The original production of Burn This starred John Malkovich and Joan Allen in Driver and Russell’s roles in a buzzy production that made the leap from its 1987 Off Broadway iteration to the Great White Way.

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Tickets Are Now on Sale for Burn This Starring Keri Russell & Adam Driver

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This. Tony winner Michael Mayer will direct the highly anticipated new staging, set to begin previews on March 15, 2019 with an opening scheduled for April 16 at the Hudson Theatre. Keri Russell and Adam Driver will star alongside Brandon Uranowitz and David Furr.

Burn This tells the story of four New Yorkers whose lives are uprooted by a young dancer’s accidental death. Set in downtown New York in the 1980s, the drama explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of Pale (Driver) and the modern dancer Anna (Russell), and their tempestuous relationship after they are brought together in the wake of a life-changing personal tragedy.

Burn This is scheduled to play a limited engagement through July 7.

Source: https://www.broadway.com/

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‘Burn This,’ Starring Adam Driver and Keri Russell, Locks in Broadway Plans

Tony nominees David Furr and Brandon Uranowitz will complete the cast of the Lanford Wilson drama, which opens April 16 at the Hudson Theatre.
After months of circling Broadway for the right venue and dates, the upcoming revival of Lanford Wilson’s combustible drama Burn This has secured a home at the Hudson Theatre, where it was originally planned for early 2017.

The four-character play will star previously announced leads Adam Driver and Keri Russell, with Tony nominees David Furr and Brandon Uranowitz completing the cast.

Michael Mayer will direct the new staging, which swoops in on a prime vacancy created at the Hudson by the Jan. 6 closing of another Mayer production, the Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels.

First seen in 1987 in a celebrated production that paired John Malkovich and Joan Allen, Burn This is a smoldering story of love and raw attraction set in gritty 1980s New York. It centers on two strangers brought together by an untimely death who forge an explosive connection.

David Binder, who last teamed with director Mayer on the hit 2014 revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is lead producer on the Wilson play, which has assembled a Tony-winning design team of Derek McLane (sets), Clint Ramos (costumes) and Natasha Katz (lighting).

Previews start March 15 at the Hudson, with an official opening set for April 16. General ticket sales begin Dec. 2.

The play marks Driver’s return to Broadway for the first time since 2011, while Russell will make her Broadway debut, following six seasons on the critically adored FX series The Americans.

Furr was last on Broadway in a 2016 revival of Noises Off, earning a Tony nomination for his role. Uranowitz received Tony nominations in 2015 for An American in Paris and in 2017 for Falsettos. He is currently appearing in the musical The Band’s Visit.

The Broadway revival of Burn This was originally announced to reopen the newly restored Hudson in early 2017, with Jake Gyllenhaal slated to play the role of coke-snorting restaurant manager Pale. Those plans fell apart due to Gyllenhaal’s scheduling conflicts, and the play got back on track late last year with Driver in the role.

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Keri Russell joins Star Wars costar Adam Driver in Broadway’s Burn This revival

Keri Russell is already planning a Star Wars reunion with Adam Driver after filming is done on Episode IX. The Golden Globe winner is joining him in the Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This, it was announced Wednesday.

Joan Allen (Room, ABC’s The Family) made her Broadway debut in this play as dancer Anna when it hit the Off-Broadway stage in 1987, and the performance earned her a Tony Award for best actress in a play. Russell will now take over the role in the 2019 revival, while Driver has already been announced as “dangerous, sexy, raw, and demanding” Pale, John Malkovich’s old part. The revival is being directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony for Spring Awakening in 2007.

Set in downtown New York in the 1980s, Burn This is the story of four city dwellers whose lives are upended by a young dancer’s accidental death. The spiritual and emotional isolation between Pale and Anna are explored amid their tempestuous relationship after they’re brought together by a personal tragedy.

Russell’s schedule following FX’s The Americans is filling up fast. With the series finale airing in May, the actress has been confirmed for an unspecified role in Star Wars: Episode IX — which has already begun filming — as well as a role Antlers with director Scott Cooper (Black Mass, Hostiles). Now she’s in Burn This, which marks a return to the New York theater world for Russell after making her Off-Broadway stage debut in Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig in 2004.

Russell and Driver also collaborated previously for a live reading of Stephen Belber’s Tape in 2016 with Pablo Schreiber.

With producer David Binder (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) on board, performances of Burn This will commence at a yet-to-be-announced Broadway theater in March 2019. Other casting announcements will be made at a later time.

Source: https://ew.com/

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Emmy Predictions: Actress In A Drama Series

Just like the lead actor race, this one is ripe for a shakeup since last year’s surprise winner, Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black, hasn’t returned due to the show not being eligible this year. That leaves room for a winner from two years ago, a couple of perpetual nominees, someone on their last chance and a newbie to the race. A survey of the field, though, comes up with two distinct front-runners.

Keri Russell

Another overlooked TV veteran, Russell finally broke through for this highly acclaimed FX series and might be the best chance it has to cash in at this year’s Emmys. Both she and co-star Matthew Rhys are nominated for a second straight year, with Margo Martindale having won for Guest Actress last year in her third consecutive nomination.

Source: http://deadline.com/

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Keri to receive a “Hollywood Walk of Fame” Star

A new group of entertainment professionals in Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre, Radio and Recording have been selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was announced on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by the Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

“The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is thrilled to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected a great group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world,” stated Di Bona. “As a Walk of Famer myself, I know these honorees will look back at the day of their ceremony and remember it with fond memories shared with family and friends, and of course, the fans. We look forward to their big day as the Walk of Fame Class of 2017 become part of Hollywood history on this famous Walk,” he added.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2017 are:

In the category of TELEVISION:
Tyra Banks, Andre Braugher, Ken Corday, Lee Daniels, Hugh Laurie, Eva Longoria, Wolfgang Puck, Keri Russell, Haim Saban, George Segal, Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Tambor

Dates have not been scheduled for these star ceremonies. Recipients have two years to schedule star ceremonies from the date of selection before they expire. Upcoming star ceremonies are normally announced ten days prior to dedication on the official website www.walkoffame.com.

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Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominations

Keri has been nominated for Best actress in a drama series. The fifth annual awards will be broadcast live on A&E from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 31 at 8 p.m. ET.

Best actress in a drama series

Eva Green, Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel (A&E)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Best drama series

The Americans (FX)
Empire (Fox)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Good Wife (CBS)
Homeland (Showtime)
Justified (FX)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)