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Critics’ Choice Awards 2015: Complete list of nominations



Mad Max Fury Road

Nominations for the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced on Monday, December 14. Winners will be announced during a live telecast to be held January 17 and hosted by Critics’ Choice-winning “Silicon Valley” star TJ Miller.


Best Picture
“The Big Short”
“Bridge of Spies”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”

Best Director
Todd Haynes, “Carol”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “The Revenant”
Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”
George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Ridley Scott, “The Martian”
Steven Spielberg, “Bridge of Spies”

Best Actor
Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Johnny Depp, “Black Mass”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”
Charlize Theron, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano, “Love and Mercy”
Tom Hardy, “The Revenant”
Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”
Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”
Rachel McAdams, “Spotlight”
Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Best Original Screenplay
“Bridge of Spies”
“Ex Machina”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Inside Out”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Big Short”
“The Martian”
“Steve Jobs”

Best Animated Feature
“The Good Dinosaur”
“Inside Out”
“The Peanuts Movie”
“Shaun the Sheep”

Best Foreign Language Film
“The Assassin”
“Goodnight Mommy”
“The Second Mother”
“Son of Saul”

Best Documentary Feature
“Cartel Land”
“Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”
“He Named Me Malala”
“The Look of Silence”
“Where to Invade Next”

Best Cinematography
“The Hateful Eight”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”

Best Costume Design
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Film Editing
“The Big Short”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”

Best Hair & Makeup
“Black Mass”
“The Danish Girl”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Revenant”

Best Production Design
“Bridge of Spies”
“The Danish Girl”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”

Best Song
“Fifty Shades of Grey” – “Love Me Like You Do”
“Furious 7” – “See You Again”
“The Hunting Ground” – “Til it Happens to You”
“Love and Mercy” – “One Kind of Love”
“Spectre” – “Writing’s on the Wall”
“Youth” – “Simple Song #3”

Best Score
“The Hateful Eight”
“The Revenant”

Best Visual Effects
“Ex Machina”
“Jurassic World”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”
“The Revenant”
“The Walk”

Best Ensemble
“The Big Short”
“The Hateful Eight”
“Straight Outta Compton”

Best Young Actor/Actress
Abraham Attah, “Beasts of No Nation”
R.J. Cyler, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”
Shameik Moore, “Dope”
Milo Parker, “Mr. Holmes”
Jacob Tremblay, “Room”

Best Action Movie
“Furious 7”
“Jurassic World”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

Best Actor in an Action Movie
Daniel Craig, “Spectre”
Tom Cruise, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”
Tom Hardy, “Mad Max: Fury Road”
Chris Pratt, “Jurassic Park”
Paul Rudd, “Ant-Man”

Best Actress in an Action Movie
Emily Blunt, “Sicario”
Rebecca Ferguson, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”
Bryce Dallas Howard, “Jurassic World”
Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2”
Charlize Theron, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Best Comedy
“The Big Short”
“Inside Out”

Best Actor in a Comedy
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Steve Carell, “The Big Short”
Robert De Niro, “The Intern”
Bill Hader, “Trainwreck”
Jason Statham, “Spy”

Best Actress in a Comedy
Tina Fey, “Sisters”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”
Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”
Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”
Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie
“Ex Machina”
“It Follows”
“Jurassic World”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“The Martian”


Best Comedy Series
“Jane the Virgin”
“Master of None”
“The Last Man on Earth”
“You’re the Worst”

Best Comedy Actor
Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”
Will Forte, “The Last Man on Earth”
Randall Park, “Fresh Off the Boat”
Fred Savage, “The Grinder”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”

Best Comedy Actress
Rachel Bloom, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Aya Cash, “You’re the Worst”
Wendi McClendon-Covey, “The Goldbergs”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black-ish”
Constance Wu, “Fresh Off the Boat”

Best Comedy Supporting Actor
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Jaime Camil, “Jane the Virgin”
Jay Duplass, “Transparent”
Neil Flynn, “The Middle”
Keegan-Michael Key, “Playing House”
Mel Rodriguez, “Getting On”

Best Comedy Supporting Actress
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Kether Donohue, “You’re the Worst”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Judith Light, “Transparent”
Niecy Nash, “Getting On”
Eden Sher, “The Middle”

Best Comedy Guest Actor/Actress
Ellen Burstyn, “Mom”
Anjelica Huston, “Transparent”
Cherry Jones, “Transparent”
Jenifer Lewis, “Black-ish”
Timothy Olyphant, “The Grinder”
John Slattery, “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”

Best Drama Series
“Mr. Robot”
“Penny Dreadful”
“The Knick”
“The Leftovers”

Best Drama Actor
Hugh Dancy, “Hannibal”
Rami Malek, “Mr. Robot”
Clive Owen, “The Knick”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Justin Theroux, “The Leftovers”
Aden Young, “Rectify”

Best Drama Actress
Shiri Appleby, “UnREAL”
Carrie Coon, “The Leftovers”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away with Murder”
Eva Green, “Penny Dreadful”
Taraji P. Henson, “Empire”
Krysten Ritter, “Jessica Jones”

Best Drama Supporting Actor
Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”
Christopher Eccleston, “The Leftovers”
Andre Holland, “The Knick”
Jonathan Jackson, “Nashville”
Rufus Sewell, “The Man in the High Castle”
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

Best Drama Supporting Actress
Ann Dowd, “The Leftovers”
Regina King, “The Leftovers”
Helen McCrory, “Penny Dreadful”
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Maura Tierney, “The Affair”
Constance Zimmer, “UnREAL”

Best Drama Guest Actor/Actress
Richard Armitage, “Hannibal”
Justin Kirk, “Manhattan”
Patti LuPone, “Penny Dreadful”
Margo Martindale, “The Good Wife”
Marisa Tomei, “Empire”
B.D. Wong, “Mr. Robot”

Best Movie/Miniseries
“Childhood’s End”
“Saints and Strangers”
“Show Me a Hero”
“The Wiz Live!”

Best Movie/Mini Actor
Wes Bentley, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Martin Clunes, “Arthur and George”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Oscar Isaac, “Show Me a Hero”
Vincent Kartheiser, “Saints and Strangers”
Patrick Wilson, “Fargo”

Best Movie/Mini Actress
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Kirsten Dunst, “Fargo”
Sarah Hay, “Flesh and Bone”
Alyvia Alyn Lind, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”
Rachel McAdams, “True Detective”
Shanice Williams, “The Wiz Live!”

Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor
David Alan Grier, “The Wiz Live!”
Ne-Yo, “The Wiz Live!”
Nick Offerman, “Fargo”
Jesse Plemons, “Fargo”
Raoul Trujillo, “Saints and Strangers”
Bokeem Woodbine, “Fargo”

Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige, “The Wiz Live!”
Laura Haddock, “Luther”
Cristin Milioti, “Fargo”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Winona Ryder, “Show Me a Hero”
Jean Smart, “Fargo”

Best Animated Series
“Bob’s Burgers”
“BoJack Horseman”
“South Park”
“Star Wars Rebels”
“The Simpsons”

Best Reality-Competition Series
“Face Off”
“MasterChef Junior”
“The Amazing Race”
“The Voice”

Best Structured Reality Show
“Antiques Roadshow”
“Inside the Actors Studio”
“Project Greenlight”
“Shark Tank”
“Undercover Boss”

Best Unstructured Reality Show
“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”
“Deadliest Catch”
“Naked and Afraid”
“Pawn Stars”

Best Reality Host
Ted Allen, “Chopped”
Phil Keoghan, “The Amazing Race”
James Lipton, “Inside the Actors Studio”
Jane Lynch, “Hollywood Game Night”
Jeff Probst, “Survivor”
Gordon Ramsay, “Hell’s Kitchen”

Best Talk Show
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“The Graham Norton Show”
“The Late Late Show with James Corden”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

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Transitioning Your Pup: From Kibble to Fresh Canine Cuisine




In recent years, more and more dog owners have been exploring alternatives to traditional kibble diets for their furry friends. One increasingly popular option is transitioning to fresh canine cuisine, which includes raw and lightly cooked meals. This shift can offer numerous benefits for your dog’s health and well-being, but it’s essential to approach the transition carefully and thoughtfully. In this article, we’ll explore the process of moving your pup from kibble to fresh food, discussing the benefits, potential challenges, and best practices for a smooth transition.

Understanding the Benefits of Fresh Canine Cuisine

Before diving into the transition process, it’s important to understand why many pet owners are making the switch to fresh food for their dogs. Some potential benefits include:

  1. Improved digestion: Fresh foods are often easier for dogs to digest than heavily processed kibble.
  2. Better nutrient absorption: Whole, fresh ingredients may provide more bioavailable nutrients.
  3. Increased energy levels: Many dogs experience a boost in vitality when switching to fresh food.
  4. Healthier skin and coat: The higher quality nutrients in fresh food can lead to a shinier, healthier coat.
  5. Weight management: Fresh diets can help maintain a healthy weight more easily than some kibble options.
  6. Reduced allergies: Some dogs with food sensitivities may find relief with a fresh food diet.

Planning the Transition

Transitioning your dog from kibble to fresh food should be a gradual process. Sudden dietary changes can lead to digestive upset, so it’s crucial to take things slow. Here’s a general timeline to consider:

Week 1-2: Introduction Phase

  • Start by replacing 25% of your dog’s kibble with fresh food.
  • Mix the fresh food thoroughly with the kibble to encourage your dog to try it.
  • Observe your dog’s reaction and monitor for any digestive issues.

Week 3-4: Increasing Fresh Food

  • If your dog is tolerating the new food well, increase the fresh food portion to 50%.
  • Continue to mix the foods thoroughly.
  • Keep an eye on your dog’s stool consistency and energy levels.

Week 5-6: Majority Fresh Food

  • Increase the fresh food portion to 75% of your dog’s diet.
  • Reduce kibble to 25%.
  • By this point, you should notice positive changes in your dog’s overall health and vitality.

Week 7 and Beyond: Full Transition

  • If all has gone well, you can now feed your dog 100% fresh food.
  • Some owners choose to keep a small amount of high-quality kibble in the diet for convenience or as treats.

Choosing the Right Fresh Food Options

When transitioning to fresh canine cuisine, you have several options:

  1. Commercial fresh food: Many companies now offer fresh, pre-prepared dog food that can be delivered to your door. These options are convenient but can be more expensive.
  2. Homemade meals: Preparing your dog’s meals at home gives you complete control over ingredients but requires time and careful planning to ensure nutritional balance.
  3. Raw diets: Some owners opt for a raw dog food diet, which can include raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables. This approach requires careful handling and preparation to avoid bacterial contamination.
  4. Lightly cooked diets: A middle ground between raw and commercial options, lightly cooked diets involve minimal processing of whole food ingredients.

Whichever option you choose, it’s crucial to ensure that your dog’s new diet is nutritionally complete and balanced. Consult with a veterinary nutritionist if you’re unsure about your dog’s specific dietary needs.

Potential Challenges and How to Address Them

While many dogs transition smoothly to fresh food, some may experience challenges:

  1. Reluctance to try new foods: Some dogs are hesitant to eat unfamiliar foods. Try warming the fresh food slightly or adding a small amount of low-sodium broth to enhance the aroma.
  2. Digestive upset: Temporary diarrhea or constipation can occur during the transition. If symptoms persist, slow down the transition process or consult your veterinarian.
  3. Weight changes: Monitor your dog’s weight closely during the transition. Adjust portion sizes as needed to maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Increased food drive: Some dogs become more enthusiastic about mealtimes on a fresh food diet. Establish consistent feeding routines to manage expectations.

Tips for Success

To ensure a smooth transition to fresh canine cuisine, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Be patient: Every dog is different, and some may take longer to adjust than others.
  2. Stay consistent: Once you’ve chosen a fresh food option, stick with it for at least a few weeks before making any changes.
  3. Monitor your dog closely: Watch for changes in energy levels, coat condition, and overall health.
  4. Keep your veterinarian informed: Regular check-ups can help ensure your dog is thriving on their new diet.
  5. Consider supplements: Depending on the fresh food option you choose, you may need to add supplements to ensure nutritional completeness.
  6. Practice good hygiene: When handling raw or fresh foods, be sure to follow food safety guidelines to protect both you and your pet.

Transitioning your pup from kibble to fresh canine cuisine can be a rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. By taking a gradual approach, choosing the right fresh food options, and staying attentive to your dog’s needs, you can help your pet enjoy the potential benefits of a fresher, less processed diet. Remember that every dog is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Always consult with your veterinarian before making significant changes to your dog’s diet, especially if your pet has existing health conditions or dietary restrictions.

With patience, care, and attention to detail, you can successfully guide your pup through the journey from kibble to fresh, wholesome canine cuisine, potentially improving their health and quality of life for years to come.

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Coming In August Broadway Barks Returns to Shubert Alley



The 26th anniversary of the star-studded dog and cat adoption event, Broadway Barks returns to Shubert Alley on Saturday, August 3, 2024 to benefit New York City animal rescue groups. The event, co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, features Broadway celebrities who use their star power to help find loving homes for animals in need from 24 NYC area adoption and rescue groups.

Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster. Photo courtesy of Broadway Barks.

Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster will co-host this year’s festivities! Other celebrity participants to be announced soon.

Photo by Daniel Roberts, © Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Barks begins at 3pm with a ‘meet and greet’ of all the adoptable pets; from 5–6:30pm, adoptees make their Broadway debut on stage alongside some of Broadway’s favorite stars for the celebrity presentations.Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the adoption event takes place in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues).

Photo by Daniel Roberts, © Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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My View: Happily Ever Laughter at 54 Below……Liz Callaway & Jason Graae



At first glance they might seem like a musical and personality mismatch, but the chemistry between Liz Callaway and Jason Graae is far from problematic.  It is an enormously entertaining integration of these two artists musicianship, acting, and comedic expertise. Liz Callaway’s once in a lifetime voice and vocal dexterity doesn’t just sing in tune.  It lands in the middle of the middle of a note with a clarity that pierces your soul.  Jason, once he gets his oboe in tune (that’s a double entenndre) also possesses excellent vocal technique, and my camera, no matter how many photos I snap is incapable of capturing his enormously expressive facial movements that glide between comical and the heartfelt with such ease. His rendition of William Finn’s “What More Can I Say” brought tears.  The duets from “BABY” for which Ms Callaway was nominated for a Tony and her two songs from the animated film Anastasia (in which she starred) were highlights.  This evening’s friendship (they’ve been for forty years) was the perfect blendship, together with the masterful Alex Rybeck on the piano at 54 Below last night. The show was very appropriately titled “Happily Ever Laughter” and it has two more performances, July 5 & 6.

Speaking of friendship and blendship, my table of KT Sullivan, Eda, and Debbie Gravitte was pretty special too.


















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My View: Jamie deRoy & Her Friends….Who’s Like Them….Damm few



There wasn’t a sign on the door that said “ Private Party…you have to know Jamie deRoy to get in”, but it seemed that way last night as all the tables in Birdland were filled with Jamie’s friends. They came for another edition of her long running (34 years) variety show.  Jamie as usual hosted the evening and presented a talented line up of performer friends which included: Jason Graae, Jason Henderson, Cory Kahaney, MOIPEI, A.J. Shively, and Jim Vallance & Catherine Porter. The evening, which benefited the Entertainment Community Fund, was directed by Barry Kleinbort with musical direction by Ron Abel.

A show tends to be well received when an audience is mainly comprised of friends. However, even an audience of strangers would have become Jamie’s friends after watching this outstanding cast creating a highly enjoyable evening of music and humor.  As the song says.. “ya’ got to have friends”, and to answer the question asked by the many friends who couldn’t snag a ticket…yes, Jamie sang “Jews Don’t Camp”.

Check out the show photos and the Cast Party










RON ABEL, music director


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Ken Fallin’s Broadway:​ N/A Ana Villafane & Holland Taylor



Emmy Award® winner Holland Taylor (“The Practice,” “Two and a Half Men,” Ann) and Theatre World Award winner Ana Villafañe (On Your Feet) star as two congresswomen, generations apart. From Congressional aide, turned playwright Mario Correa and Tony Award®-winning director Diane Paulus (Jagged Little Pill) a world premiere play about power, politics, and the perilous path to progress.

N/A is a whip-smart battle of wills — and wits — between N, the first woman Speaker of the House, and A, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Inspired by real people and events, this riveting two-hander illuminates the person whom many consider the most powerful woman in American history… and the once-in-a-generation political talent who defied her.

You can see a review from t2c here.

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