Sunday, April 20, 2014

WATCH: Mark Ruffalo’s Voice Is a Cure in ‘The Normal Heart’ Trailer by Maane Khatchatourian

The promos for Ryan Murphy’s HBO drama keeping getting more and more powerful. The first full trailer shows Mark Ruffalo, his onscreen partner Matt Bomer and Julia Roberts fight to rai…

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Friday, April 18, 2014

James Franco’s Ex-Manager, Accounting Firm Sued for Diverting Actor’s Commissions by Ted Johnson

Miles Levy, former manager to James Franco, has been sued by his business partners in what is described as a scheme to divert the actor’s commissions to one of Levy’s own compani…

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New Memoir Remembers Legend Ethel Merman by Gordon Cox

Everyone knows Mama Rose’s first line in 1959’s “Gypsy.” It’s “Count four before you start, Louise!” Or at least it was. But one day in rehearsal Ethel Merman crossed it out fo…

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Broadway Review: ‘Act One’ Starring Tony Shalhoub by Gordon Cox

Moss Hart has a lot to answer for.  Just think how many future brain surgeons and rocket scientists were lost, lured to Gotham to pursue a theater career after reading “Act One,”…

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L.A. Theater Review: ‘Ruth Draper’s Monologues’ Starring Annette Bening by Gordon Cox

Chutzpah isn’t the first trait you’d associate with the elegant, patrician Ruth Draper (1884-1956), intimate of Shaw and Henry James and creator of precisely observed monodramas on the f…

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Playwright Eric Dufault Nabs PONY Fellowship and the N.Y. Apartment That Comes With It by Gordon Cox

The Lark Play Development Center and Playwrights of New York have named scribe Eric Dufault as the 2014-15 recipient of the PONY Fellowship, the hefty annual grant program that has a track r…

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James Franco Opens ‘Of Mice and Men’ on Broadway: ‘They Are On Our Asses About Everything!’ by Gordon Cox

“Of Mice and Men” may be a particularly American tale, but Irishman Chris O’Dowd — who stars with James Franco in the Broadway revival that opened April 15 — st…

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mitchell Jason, Broadway, TV Actor, Dies at 92 by Carmel Dagan

Mitchell Jason, who appeared onstage, in films and on TV, died in Doylestown, Penn., on March 11. He was 92. Jason studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, acted in numerous Br…

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Broadway Review: ‘Of Mice and Men’ Starring James Franco, Chris O’Dowd by Gordon Cox

Anna D. Shapiro delivers a flawless, beautifully acted revival of John Steinbeck's 1937 play.

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Walter Roy Beery, an Actor Onstage and on TV, Dies at 75 by Carmel Dagan

Walter Roy Beery, an actor who appeared in numerous television shows but whose first love was the theater, died at his home in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on April 6 from complications of lymphoma…

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West End Review: ‘Handbagged’ by Gordon Cox

Everyone likes secrets, especially dramatists. So it’s no surprise that the unravelling of the mysteries of the current Queen Elizabeth’s famously undocumented weekly meetings with her P…

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‘The View’ to Feature All 11 Co-Hosts in May 15 Salute to Barbara Walters by Cynthia Littleton

“The View” will bring all 11 co-hosts in the show’s 17-year history together for the first time on May 15 for a farewell salute to series matriarch Barbara Walters. The liv…

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Off Broadway Review: ‘The Library’ Directed by Steven Soderbergh by Gordon Cox

A skilled director can work magic, which is what Steven Soderbergh has done with “The Library,” a thin play penned by Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns (“Side Effects…

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

London Theater Review: ‘Birdland’ by Gordon Cox

Hyper-alert Andrew Scott is ideal casting for Paul, the central role of “Birdland,” the latest play by Simon Stephens (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time&#…

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‘Soul Train’ Aims to Pull Into Broadway Station by Gordon Cox

“Rock of Ages” producer Matthew Weaver has acquired the stage rights to “Soul Train” with an eye toward turning the property into a Broadway musical. The producer has…

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Monday, April 14, 2014

TV Land Orders Darren Star Laffer ‘Younger’ Starring Hilary Duff, Sutton Foster by Andrea Seikaly

“Sex and the City” creator Darren Star’s newest series “Younger” has found a home at TV Land. The cabler has ordered 12 episodes of the half-hour laffer, written, executive produce…

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Broadway Box Office: Daniel Radcliffe Walks Tall in ‘The Cripple of Inishmaan’ by Gordon Cox

Daniel Radcliffe made a little Broadway box office magic last week, pulling in robust numbers in the first two previews of “The Cripple of Inishmaan” during a frame that saw springtime…

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Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced by Gordon Cox

Donna Tartt’s sprawling story “The Goldfinch,” which is being adapted for Hollywood by “The Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson, took home the 2014 Pulitzer Pr…

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Plays by Tanya Barfield, Halley Feiffer Set for 2014 National Playwrights Conference by Gordon Cox

New plays by Tanya Barfield and Halley Feiffer are among the six works on tap for this year’s National Playwrights Conference, the annual new-play development program at the Eugene O’Nei…

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Broadway Review: ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ Starring Audra McDonald by Gordon Cox

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” Lanie Robertson’s elegiac lament for the jazz singer Billie Holiday at the end of her broken-down life, has been knocking aro…

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‘Book of Mormon,’ ‘Chimerica’ Score at London’s Olivier Awards by Gordon Cox

Broadway hit “The Book of Mormon” scored the same kind of awards love in London as the show got in New York: The tuner nabbed a total of four trophies, including the awards for …

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Tony-Winning Actress Phyllis Frelich Dies at 70 by Alex Stedman

Deaf, Tony-winning actress Phyllis Frelich, who both inspired and starred in the Broadway version of “Children of a Lesser God,” died Thursday in her Temple City, Calif. home. Sh…

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Friday, April 11, 2014

London Theater Review: ‘King Charles III’ by Gordon Cox

Following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, her successor, the current Prince Charles, about to be crowned king, holds the government and the entire country to ransom. It’s not j…

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Shirley Jones Talks Frank Sinatra, Gordon McRae at TCM Opening Night Gala by Andrea Seikaly

Old Hollywood glamour was in the air on Thursday as Shirley Jones, Maureen O’Hara and Kim Novak turned out for opening night of the TCM Classic Movie Festival. The fifth annual fest kicke…

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‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Opening: Don’t Look for Zach Braff to Star in the ‘Scrubs’ Musical by Gordon Cox

On Broadway, you can’t throw an unusually opulent opening night party without people gossiping. Take the shindig for the musical “Bullets Over Broadway” after its April 10 opening…

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Michael Mayer Moves From ‘Hedwig’ to Superheroes at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater by Gordon Cox

A new superhero musical directed and co-written by Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning “Spring Awakening” helmer now directing Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway in “Hedwig and t…

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Kevin Spacey Regales the Crowd With 20-Minute Speech at Museum of the Moving Image Tribute by Janine Lew

“Who is Kevin Spacey? The man’s talent has more facets than a diamond,” said Chazz Palminteri at Museum of the Moving Image’s salute to the “House of Cards” actor Wednesday night…

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Broadway Review: ‘Bullets Over Broadway’ by Gordon Cox

Susan Stroman's energetic direction almost compensates for a weak book and a few key miscastings in Woody Allen's showbiz tuner.

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Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman on ‘Late Show’ by Brian Steinberg

CBS named Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as host of “The Late Show,” handing the reins of its flagship latenight program to a cable host who has found success in attr…

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Theater Actor Mark Rylance Joins Disney’s ‘Through the Looking Glass’ by Justin Kroll

Even the Mad Hatter needs a father. Disney seems to have found the man to play that part, as it is in negotiations with Mark Rylance to join Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska in Disney’s “T…

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Stuart Gordon Gives L.A. Audiences a ‘Taste’ of Onstage Gore by Gordon Cox

“There will be blood,” promises director Stuart Gordon of “Taste,” the stage play now running through May 17 at L.A.’s Sacred Fools Theater. That red stuff probably isn’t much o…

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