Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Broadway’s ‘Of Mice and Men,’ Starring James Franco, Will Play Movie Theaters by Gordon Cox

NT Live, the National Theater’s successful series of cinema broadcasts of theater performances, has tapped its first Broadway title with “Of Mice and Men,” the Broadway r…

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

‘Bullets Over Broadway’ Musical Shot Down By Disappointing Sales by Gordon Cox

“Bullets Over Broadway,” the musical based on Woody Allen’s 1994 comedy, will call it quits in August after a disappointing five-month run. With a book by Allen (based on t…

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‘Fun Home’ Star Sails to ‘Unsinkable Molly Brown’ Revival by Gordon Cox

Beth Malone, one of the stars of last season’s Off Broadway hit “Fun Home,” will take on the title role in the Denver Center Theater Company’s upcoming revival of …

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Broadway Box Office: Ten Shows Top $1 Million in Weekly Grosses by Rick Kissell

New house records for “Beautiful” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” were among the highlights of a big week at the Broadway box office, which saw a whopping 10 shows to…

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hank Azaria to Lead Cast of Comedy from ‘Family Guy’ Producers by Whitney Friedlander

“The Simpsons” vet Hank Azaria is heading across the border and will be the lead voice role in “Bordertown,” Fox’s new animated series created and written by &…

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris May Join ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ by Maane Khatchatourian

Neil Patrick Harris’ wish to appear in “American Horror Story: Freak Show” is co-creator Ryan Murphy’s command. Harris told EW Radio that he penned a letter to Murphy asking …

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Elaine Stritch Remembered: Her Brittle Surface Masked a Fragile Heart by Gordon Cox

The billowy white blouse. The black stockings. The oversized sunglasses. The hat. And that famous croak of a voice. When people say there was no one like Elaine Stritch — and everyone …

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Woody Allen Ditched His Own After Party for ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ by Ramin Setoodeh

The most honest conversations at a movie premiere often happen in the bathroom, which was the case for Woody Allen’s “Magic in the Moonlight.” At the after-party on the Upper East Side…

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Mel Brooks Recalls His First Mention in Variety in 1952 by Debra Birnbaum

Even the “2000 Year Old Man” had to start somewhere. Back in 1952, 26 year-old Mel Brooks was just another struggling comedy writer, penning sketches for a revue — albeit one backed by…

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

One of the Final Interviews With Broadway Legend Elaine Stritch by Ramin Setoodeh

Elaine Stritch, who died on Thursday at 89, sat down with me in February to talk about “Just Shoot Me,” the documentary about her life as a legendary stage and screen actress. Wh…

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‘Sid Made Us Laugh’: Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal Remember Sid Caesar at Paley Center by Shelliweinstein

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Billy Crystal and Eddy Friedfeld took to the Paley Center Wednesday to salute the late, great Sid Caesar in a panel discussion full of love and laughs following the…

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Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel List Studio City Abode by Mark David

SELLER: Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel LOCATION: Studio City, CA PRICE: $2,995,000 SIZE: 4,931 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Stage and screen actors Taye Diggs and I…

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No One Played Offstage at Comfort-Centric TCA Awards by Malinasaval

In 2001, a frail Sid Caesar walked with assistance to the stage to accept his Television Critics Assn. Career Achievement Award, looking out at a ballroom filled with critics and Hollywood b…

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Elaine Stritch, Acerbic Tony and Emmy Winner, Dies at 89 by Variety Staff

Actress Elaine Stritch, star of Broadway hits including “Elaine Stritch at Liberty” and “Show Boat,” who was nominated for multiple Tonys and Emmys, winning three of the latter, has …

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Premiere Pays ‘Loving Tribute’ to Firefighters, Says Dane Cook by Marc Graser

Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” touched down on Hollywood Boulevard outside the El Capitan Theatre on July 15 for the animated film’s premiere, with Dane Cook returning to voice…

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Holler If Ya Wanna Buy Eric Gold’s Beach House by Mark David

Eric Gold — Ellen DeGeneres’ former manager and one of the producers of “Holler if Ya Hear Me,” the much-ballyhooed Broadway musical based on the life of Tupac Shakur — shelled out…

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Bryan Cranston to Star in HBO Films’ ‘All the Way’ Adaptation by Debra Birnbaum

Bryan Cranston is going “All the Way” with HBO Films. The studio has acquired the rights to the Tony Award-winning play starring Cranston as President Lyndon Johnson, which also…

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Broadway KO’s ‘Rocky’ Musical by Gordon Cox

Underdog contender “Rocky” couldn’t triumph over Broadway, where soft sales have led producers to post an Aug. 17 closing notice for the big-budget musical based on the Os…

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Joely Richardson Goes Solo in Off Broadway’s ‘The Belle of Amherst’ by Gordon Cox

Joely Richardson, the English actress best known to U.S. audiences for her role in FX series “Nip/Tuck,” will take on Emily Dickinson in an Off Broadway production of  “…

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Neil Patrick Harris Propels ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ to a Profit by Gordon Cox

Powered by a Tony-winning performance from Neil Patrick Harris, Broadway musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has recouped its $5 million capitalization costs in about 15 weeks, …

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‘Guys and Dolls’ Joins Venice Classics Line-up by Leo Barraclough

LONDON — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled its Venice Classics line-up, which includes Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s “Guys and Dolls” (1955) and Francois Truffaut’s “Bai…

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Tupac Shakur Musical ‘Holler If Ya Hear Me’ Flops on Broadway by Gordon Cox

Broadway’s Tupac Shakur musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me” won’t be heard after July 20, when the sales-challenged new show will close following several weeks of dire box…

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Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts Join James Franco’s ‘Michael’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Ramin Setoodeh

Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts will be joining James Franco in the drama “Michael,” about an anti-gay pastor who was once gay himself, Variety has learned. Quinto will play the …

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Broadway Box Office: ‘Aladdin,’ ‘Beautiful’ Muscle Up the Charts by Gordon Cox

Some things old and some things new dominated the Broadway box office charts last week, as “Aladdin” and “Beautiful,” two of the strongest spring openers, muscled pas…

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‘American Psycho’ Musical Will Slay Off Broadway Next Year by Gordon Cox

“American Psycho,” the murderous musical that had its world premiere in London last year, has lined up a Stateside debut at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theater, where the t…

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Chicago Theater Review: ‘The Qualms’ by Pulitzer Winner Bruce Norris by Gordon Cox

Pulitzer-winning playwright-provocateur Bruce Norris (“Clybourne Park,” “The Pain and the Itch”) has proven himself an expert at depicting American middle class hypocrisy, exposing c…

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Off Broadway Review: ‘The Long Shrift’ Directed by James Franco by Gordon Cox

In “The Long Shrift,” Robert Boswell has written James Franco the flashy leading role of a hardened ex-con named Richard Singer who, as an awkward 18-year-old high school kid, wa…

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

NBC Sets Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in ‘Peter Pan Live’ by Cynthia Littleton

NBC topper Bob Greenblatt opened the Peacock’s portion of the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour on Sunday by touting the network’s strength so far this summer and confir…

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Friday, July 11, 2014

New Play by Pulitzer Winner Bruce Norris Set for New York Run by Gordon Cox

“The Qualms,” the new play by Pulitzer winner Bruce Norris (“Clybourne Park”), has locked in a New York run at Off Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons just ahead of…

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Producers Will Swing Big to Keep Tupac Musical Open on Broadway by Gordon Cox

Reviews were mixed and sales are downright dire. Which is why all of Broadway is wondering: When will “Holler If Ya Hear Me” throw in the towel? Not yet, according to Eric L. Gold, the …

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Lincoln Center Theater to Bow New Plays By ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Masters of Sex’ Writers by Gordon Cox

New plays by Bathsheba Doran and Nick Jones, two playwrights whose TV gigs include Emmy-nominated series “Masters of Sex” and “Orange is the New Black,” have been …

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