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Awards Tracker switching to Facebook commenting system

Facebook-comments Awards Tracker today is switching to a new commenting system.

The system requires commenters to sign in through their Facebook accounts. People without Facebook accounts will not be able to leave comments.

Readers will have the option of posting their Awards Tracker comments on their Facebook walls, but that's not required.

The change is part of an experiment on Awards Tracker and several other Times entertainment blogs. Readers are welcome to express their opinions about the news -- and about how the new Facebook comments system is working.

Jimmy Orr, the Los Angeles Times managing editor in charge of, discusses the Facebook system in greater depth.

-- Lisa Fung and Martin Beck

Tony Awards: Live coverage on Broadway's biggest night

Times Square

The Tony Awards take place on Sunday at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Join us here for live  coverage of Broadway's biggest night. CBS will air the ceremony at 8 p.m., with a delay for the West Coast.

Our report will begin with red carpet arrivals on Ministry of Gossip. Live blogging of the award ceremony will start around 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, here on Awards Tracker. Starting at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, Times arts and entertainment editor Lisa Fung and New York arts correspondents Patrick Pacheco and James C. Taylor will be providing commentary on the evening's event on The Envelope.

This year's ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Here's the gallery of Tony nominees. We also have an interactive Tony ballot so you can share your picks with your friends. And if you need additional  help, here's an interactive Cheat Sheet.

You can find more photos, news, features and additional Tony coverage here.


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Photo: Taxis speed down Broadway in Times Square. Credit: Kathy Willens / Associated Press.

A Danny Boyle lovefest over 'Frankenstein' stage production

Danny Boyle While other Oscar nominees have been busy on the campaign trail, "127 Hours" director Danny Boyle has been off in London, staging "Frankenstein" for the National Theatre.

The play, based on the classic Mary Shelley novel about the scientist and his monster, was widely anticipated. Boyle's production features dual casting with Jonny Lee Miller (one of the stars of his 1996 film, "Trainspotting") and Benedict Cumberbatch, who trade off playing Victor Frankenstein and the Creature on alternating nights.

Overall, the critics hailed Boyle's "Frankenstein," calling it "a thrill," "a bravura triumph" and "an embarrassment of riches." Our sister blog Culture Monster has a roundup of what the critics said. Click here for a full report, including a list of movie theaters where you can see "Frankenstein" live as part of the National Theatre's NT Live program. And check out the video trailer below.

-- Lisa Fung

Photo: Danny Boyle. Credit: Paul Hackett / Reuters


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