Billy Crystal to honor Robin Williams at the Emmys
Billy Crystal will deliver a tribute to his longtime friend, the late comedian Robin Williams at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on NBC Monday. The award show’s executive producer Don Mischer announced during a red-carpet roll out that Crystal was the “perfect choice” to do “something powerful and memorable” in honor of Williams at the Emmys, according to USA Today. Crystal, who has yet to speak publicly at length about Williams’s death, co-starred in the 1997 film “Father’s Day” and HBO telecasts of “Comic Relief” with the late performer. Singer Sara Bareilles will accompany Crystal’s tribute with a song dedication of “Hercules.”
Last year, Williams honored his mentor and fellow comedy legend Jonathan Winters during the Emmy’s “In Memoriam” segment. Williams, 63, was found dead from apparent suicide in his home on Aug. 11.
’19 Kids’ and another on the way
Two months after their wedding, Jill Duggar and husband Derick Dillard revealed that they expecting a child in March. The baby will be the first for Duggar, 23, and Dillard, 25, who tied the knot in Springdale, Ark., on June 21, after a brief courtship and engagement. Duggar stars in the TLC reality show, “19 Kids and Counting” with her extended family of siblings and parents. The show’s next season will begin on Sept. 2, and will feature the couple’s wedding ceremony, where they shared their first kiss.
Jill Duggar and three of her sisters co-authored the book, “Growing Up Duggar,” where they endorse courting, a process in which potential couples take deliberate steps to marry. Duggar was introduced to Dillard by her father Jim Bob Duggar, and they began a correspondence through Skype and text message. The couple learned of the pregnancy while visiting the Duggar parents’ home one month into the marriage.
“About 30 days after Jill and Derick got married, they gathered everyone in the living room and shared the news,” Jim Bob, Jill’s father told People Magazine. “Everyone was clapping and cheering, and we were in shock, too.”
Emma Stone replaces Michelle Williams in Broadway’s ‘Cabaret’
“Spiderman” actress Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the 1966 Kander and Ebb musical “Cabaret.” The 25-year-old takes the place of Michelle Williams, who ends her run in November as the platinum-bobbed showgirl, Sally Bowles. Stone was previously set to star in the show in 2013, but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. She will begin her stage residency from Nov. 11 until Feb. 1, 2015, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Actor Alan Cumming will remain in his award-winning role as the show’s Emcee.