Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Helen Mirren Can’t Sing, Gets an Award Anyway at Roundabout Theater Company Gala by Gordon Cox

New York’s Roundabout Theater Company celebrated Helen Mirren March 2 by reminding her, repeatedly, that she can’t sing her way out of a paper bag. “Helen Mirren can do a l…

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Jane Lynch to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Angel From Hell’ by Elizabeth Wagmeister

Weeks before “Glee’s” series finale, Jane Lynch has locked down her next television role. Lynch will star in CBS’ pilot “Angel From Hell,” Variety has le…

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘The Mystery Love and Sex’ With Diane Lane, Tony Shalhoub

Watching Tony Shalhoub and Diane Lane execute a comic take-down of super-liberal parents scrambling to keep ahead of shifting sexual mores is a blissful experience. Trouble is, it’s no…

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Broadway Box Office: Helen Mirren, Larry David Stay Strong in Down Week

The Broadway box office took a significant slide last week following the long Presidents Day weekend — but new, star-driven plays like Helen Mirren topliner “The Audience” a…

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Clive Owen Heads to Broadway for ‘Old Times’

Clive Owen will make his Broadway debut in the fall, toplining a Roundabout Theater Company revival of Harold Pinter’s “Old Times.” Douglas Hodge, the British actor who won…

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Andy Lau’s ‘Lost and Love’ Set for U.S. Release

China Lion Film Distribution has acquired Andy Lau’s “Lost and Love” from IM Global and set a March 20 release for  North America — day and date with the release in main…

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Richard LaGravenese on His ‘Rude Awakening’ to Hollywood by Geoffberkshire

Richard LaGravenese was nominated for an Oscar at age 32 for his first solo screenplay, “The Fisher King.” But his movie career got off to a rocky start a few years earlier, as co-writer…

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Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dies at 83 by Terry Flores

Leonard Nimoy lived up to his longtime catchphrase: Live long and prosper. Having achieved success in many arenas during his lifetime, the actor, director, writer and photographer has died a…

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘An Octoroon’ at Theater for a New Audience

Going large was the right move for this transfer of “An Octoroon,” Soho Rep’s madly popular, 2014 OBIE Award-winning hit show. Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ subversively fu…

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Cast Takes Over New York Stages as Kunal Nayyar Heads Off Broadway

Just as Jim Parsons gears up to return to Broadway in “An Act of God,” his co-star on “The Big Bang Theory,” Kunal Nayyar, will make his New York stage debut around …

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‘Fish in the Dark’ Director Anna D. Shapiro on Why She Talks Just Like Larry David

In the last 12 months, theater director Anna D. Shapiro (“August: Osage County”) helmed the Broadway debuts of James Franco (“Of Mice and Men”), Michael Cera (“This Is Our Youth…

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Off Broadway Review: Superhero Musical ‘Brooklynite’

The basis for “Brooklynite” reaches back to Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” about two cousins wh…

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London Theater Review: Ralph Fiennes in ‘Man and Superman’

What a piece of work is “Man and Superman”? Hard work, to be frank. George Bernard Shaw’s experimental juggernaut — deemed unstageable in 1903 — makes for three and a half …

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘The Nether’ Starring Emmy Winner Merritt Wever

It takes a lot of doing to put together a boring production of a play about pedophilia. Nonetheless, that’s the dubious achievement of MCC’s lackluster presentation of “Th…

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Kevin Spacey to Pick Up Special Honor at London’s Olivier Awards

Kevin Spacey will be presented with a special award at the 2015 Olivier Awards, the London equivalent of New York’s Tonys. Spacey, while juggling film work and his starring role in &…

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Nathan Lane to Improve Box Office Outlook at Broadway’s ‘It’s Only a Play’

Starry Broadway comedy “It’s Only Play,” which became a box office juggernaut in the fall but saw sales drop with a cast changeover in January, looks poised to step back u…

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘Lives of the Saints’ by David Ives

In “Lives of the Saints,” David Ives has gone from Venus in Furs to Polish Church Ladies in Housedresses. Those dear old things show up in the title piece, which ends this evenin…

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How to Fix the Oscars in 5 Easy Steps by Ramin Setoodeh

This year’s Oscars weren’t just a disappointment in terms of viewership — down 16 percent, with tepid reviews for host Neil Patrick Harris — it also speaks to a much larger …

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Hot Musical ‘Hamilton’ to March on Broadway This Summer

Producers of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s rave-magnet musical “Hamilton” have opted not to rush the show onto Broadway in time for the eligibility cutoff for the 2015 Tonys, setti…

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ESPN Suspends Keith Olbermann After Heated Twitter Debate by Brian Steinberg

ESPN said it would suspend Keith Olbermann for the rest of the week in light of snarky remarks the popular broadcaster on Twitter made about a Pennsylvania State University fundraiser and so…

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Actors Jailed in Thailand for Performing Play

Military government uses 'lese majeste' laws to silence critics

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IATSE to Launch Safety Hotline by Ted Johnson

IATSE plans to launch a safety hotline for its members, the latest effort to address on-set safety issues following the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of “Midnight Ri…

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Broadway Box Office: Before Oscars, Bradley Cooper Wraps ‘Elephant Man’ on High Note

Star-driven plays stormed the Broadway charts this week, with Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark” landing the fifth slot in the Top 10 while Bradley Cooper topliner “The…

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London Review: Mark Rylance in ‘Farinelli and the King’

Long before he became a major international stage actor with three Tony Awards under his belt, Mark Rylance used to run Shakespeare’s Globe. No surprise that he should be keen to try out i…

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

TV Review: Neil Patrick Harris’ Academy Awards Opening by Brian Lowry

Neil Patrick Harris brought an obvious bag of tricks to his role as Oscar host, and his opening number took clever advantage of talents he has showcased in stints emceeing the Tonys and Emmy…

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Academy Awards: J.K. Simmons Wins for ‘Whiplash,’ Neil Patrick Harris Offers Diversity Jokes by Brent Lang

J.K. Simmons scored the first major award of the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, winning Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a demanding jazz instructor in “Whiplash.” Th…

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Oscar Host Neil Patrick Harris? by Variety Staff

Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars on Feb. 22, but how much do you know about the multi-hyphenate performer? Test your knowledge with Variety‘s quiz to find out whether you&…

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Laura Benanti Cast as Melissa Benoist’s ‘Supergirl’ Mom in CBS Pilot by Elizabeth Wagmeister

“Supergirl” has found her mom in “Nashville’s” Laura Benanti. Benanti has been cast in a major recurring role, as Alura Zor-El, the birth mother of Kara Zor-El…

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Andrew Upton to Exit Sydney Theatre Company Post

After an eight-year tenure as artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company – five of which he shared with wife Cate Blanchett – Andrew Upton is set to step down at the end of this yea…

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘Hamilton’ by Lin-Manuel Miranda

What musical idiom comes to mind when you think of Alexander Hamilton, a revered Founding Father of this nation, aide de camp to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, first…

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Broadway Box Office: Helen Mirren’s Queen Draws Crowds to ‘The Audience’

Helen Mirren made a grab for the Broadway box office crown last week in “The Audience,” with her first two performances in the show racking up regal sales while another star-driven new p…

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