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It's a tale of two A-list replacements: Dexter star Michael C. Hall put on some makeup for Hedwig and the Angry Inch and kicked up $544,166 for his first six performances, according to figures from the Broadway League for the week ending Oct. 19. That's down just 4 percent per-show from what Andrew Rannells took in during his final seven shows the previous week—but it still represents an impressive 85 percent of the potential gross for the Belasco Theatre. But another high-profile substitution proved less successful: Carol Burnett, returning to Broadway for the first time in a decade, failed to lift ticket sales »
- Thom Geier
ABC is keeping its distance from Stephen Collins in the wake of his child molestation scandal.
Related 7th Heaven Removed from Up TV Over Stephen Collins Molestation Scandal
The former 7th Heaven star was set to return to Scandal this season as Reed Wallace — a character originally introduced back in Season 2 — but ABC has reportedly had a change of heart. A rep for the network tells BuzzFeed that ABC “will not be airing any footage with Stephen Collins.”
Collins’ second appearance had already been filmed, which the actor confirmed Sept. 23 on Twitter:
Happy to say I did another episode of #Scandal. »
Shonda Rhimes: The constant talk about my race and gender “really pisses me off" In a Hollywood Reporter profile that calls describes Rhimes as sharing "several traits with her characters: the dedication of Meredith Grey, the drive of Christina Yang and the steely confidence of Olivia Pope,” Rhimes talks about the NY Times “angry black woman” article and how she’s tired of being described by her race and gender. "I find race and gender to be terribly important; they're terribly important to who I am. But there's something about the need for everybody else to spend time talking about it … that pisses me off,” she says. The SNL MasterCard really exists: Watch the "SNL"-produced commercial In the ad, Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan play your dream dates. Brian Dennehy and Neal McDonough sign on for TNT’s “Public Morals” Dennehy will play a powerful mobster and McDonough »
- Norman Weiss
It's Only a Play doesn't open until this Thursday, but the backstage comedy revival is already minting money for its producers at Broadway's Schoenfeld Theatre. The star-studded show—featuring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, and Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint—grossed an impressive $1.25 million for the week ending Oct. 5, according to figures from the Broadway League. That's a remarkable haul for a non-musical—and actually exceeds the potential earnings for the venue (thanks mostly to premium tickets sales and high demand). Another star-studded revival, Kaufman and Hart's You Can't Take It With You (starring »
- Thom Geier
Polly Bergen: 'Desperate Housewives' Emmy nominee; winner for 'The Helen Morgan Story' (photo: Felicity Huffman, Doug Savant, and Polly Bergen in 'Desperate Housewives') (See previous article: "Polly Bergen: Actress on Richard Nixon 'Enemies List'.") Polly Bergen began her lengthy — and to some extent prestigious — television career in 1950, making sporadic appearances in anthology series. She won an Emmy for Best Actress in a Single Performance – Lead or Supporting — beating Julie Andrews, Helen Hayes, Teresa Wright, and Piper Laurie — for playing troubled torch singer Helen Morgan (Show Boat) in the 1957 Playhouse 90 episode "The Helen Morgan Story," featuring veteran Sylvia Sidney as Morgan's mother. Curiously, Bergen's retelling of Helen Morgan's story was broadcast the same year that Ann Blyth starred in Michael Curtiz's Morgan biopic. Also titled The Helen Morgan Story, the film focused on the relationship between the singer and a »
- Andre Soares
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
James' Star Trek Tng season 3 look-backs conclude with a justifiable classic: Best Of Both Worlds...
This review contains spoilers.
3.26 Best Of Both Worlds
The Enterprise arrives at Jouret IV to respond to a distress call. Unfortunately, once they arrive, they find that there's a smouldering crater where the colony used to be. Has O'Brien made another mistake with the co-ordinates, they wonder? But no, to their astonishment, he was correct. The colony Is gone. And Starfleet thinks the Borg is responsible.
With this in mind, Starfleet dispatches chief desk-jockey Admiral Hanson and Borg tactical specialist Lieutenant Commander Shelby to the Enterprise. Apparently it's been her job to figure out ways to defeat the inevitable Borg attack (she's presumably well-positioned to do so having never seen a Borg, much less fought one. This might explain why they later admit all their Borg super-weapons are 18 months from being finished.)
Shelby and Riker are dismissed, »
When Oscar glory comes knocking for a successful Hollywood actor, it must be hugely tempting when the chance arrives for them to reprise that award-winning role. But while sequels and reboots are a common enough sight in the movie industry these days, examples of stars who've returned to their Oscar-winning roles are relatively few and far between.
The reason, perhaps, is because it's so difficult to recapture the creative lightning in a bottle that led to the Oscar win in the first place. Nevertheless, some actors do occasionally take up the offer and return to the filmmaking well. And as the list below proves, the results can sometimes be highly accomplished - though seldom quite as powerful and fresh as the films they're following...
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Played the »
Anna Gunn could very well win her second consecutive Emmy for Breaking Bad in about three weeks on the West Coast—but right now, she’s laying down some East Coast roots in Sex With Strangers, a new drama directed by David Schwimmer. The role is only the actress’s second major New York City stage part (she was in the supporting cast of The Rehearsal opposite Frances Conroy and Roger Rees back on Broadway in 1996), but the reviews for her and costar Billy Magnussen (soon to be seen in the long-awaited film of James Lapine/Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods; by the way, »
- Jason Clark
Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Anjelica Huston, Martin Sheen, Brian Dennehy, Mia Farrow, Stacy Keach, and Diana Rigg will comprise rotating casts of the first Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. The production, which is directed by two-time Tony winner Gregory Mosher, is set to begin performances on September 13 for an official opening on September 18 at the Nederlander Theatre. Photos Hollywood Onstage: Bradley Cooper, Glenn Close, Matthew Broderick Headline NYC's 2014-15 Season “Gurney’s romantic, heart-breaking and somewhat autobiographical play has long been a favorite of mine,” producer Nelle Nugent said in a
- Suzy Evans
Update with casting, schedule info below: Playwright A.R. Gurney’s romantic two-hander will return to Broadway for a star-fueled revival beginning September 13 at the Nederlander Theatre. Among the pairings for the run are Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, launching the show, followed by Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Carol Burnett, Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg and Martin Sheen. Rigg is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The director is two-time Tony winner Gregory Mosher. Producers are Nelle Nugent, Barbara Broccoli, Fredrick Zollo, Olympus Theatricals, Kenneth Teaton and Colleen Camp. Show was earlier reported as a possible tenant for the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. “The Nederlander had more weeks […] »
The first Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s seminal epistolary play has assembled a high-profile cast for a series of limited engagements this fall.
Love Letters remains one of theater’s most enduring romances of the past 25 years, having first opened in New Haven, Connecticut, in November 1988. The show paints a portrait of two friends—Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III—who have exchanged letters for over 50 years, having spent a lifetime discussing their greatest hopes and deepest disappointments.
- Marc Snetiker
Written by Samuel Baum and Sam Shaw, “Cocked” centers on a Washington, D.C., management consultant named Richard Paxson (Trammel), who’s estranged from his father (Dennehy) and brother (Lee), but is pulled back into the fray of his family’s gun manufacturing company after a corporate rival, run by their uncle, moves to take them over.
Lee will play Grady Paxson, Richard’s handsome yet hot-headed brother, a strong believer in the 2nd Amendment who’s been running the family’s firearms empire into the ground.
Lee is repped by CAA, manager Gay Ribisi and attorney Ken Richman.
- Debra Birnbaum
The 3rd July 2013 saw the release of Disney's The Lone Ranger, its larger-than-life western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Its theatrical debut marked the end of a lengthy and difficult production, stories from which had been hungrily served up by the media - the previous summer was dominated by news stories of its spiralling budget, which was thought to have crossed $250m. Nevertheless, the 2013 blockbuster season should, in theory, have marked a fresh start for Disney, as it spent a reported $150m on marketing The Lone Ranger. But the House of Mouse hadn't counted on the popularity of another film launched on that exact same day in July: Universal's animated sequel, Despicable Me 2.
The Lone Ranger, a film with an »
The month of June should treat Sam Trammell well: The actor is in a little movie now in theaters – he plays Hazel’s father in The Fault in Our Stars — and will be back on our TVs come June 22, when the seventh and final season of HBO’s True Blood premieres.
He stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM Channel 105) to chat about both. In the first clip below, he talks about playing a parent for the first time on-screen and the first movie that made him weep. In the second, he confirms we’re in for a darker, scarier season »
- Mandi Bierly
Up-and-coming actress Lili Reinhart (“Surviving Jack”) has been cast in Amazon Studios’ pilot “Cocked,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Sam Trammell (“True Blood”) will star as Richard Paxson, a Washington D.C. management consultant who enters the family business of manufacturing guns. Also read: Fox Previews ‘Gang Related,’ ‘Surviving Jack,’ More (Video) Brian Dennehy is in negotiations to play his estranged father, while Reinhart will play Trammell's liberal daughter, who stands out within her right-wing family. Dreama Walker will co-star as Dennehy's illegitimate daughter, who works »
- Jeff Sneider
Brian Dennehy is in negotiations to star opposite Sam Trammell in Amazon Studios’ dramedy pilot Cocked. Written by Samuel Baum and Sam Shaw, Cocked centers on Richard Paxson (Trammell), a Washington D.C. management consultant who’s estranged from his father Wade (Dennehy) and brother but is pulled back in to the fray of his family’s gun manufacturing company after a corporate rival, run by their uncle, moves to take them over. Dennehy, repped by ICM Partners, was the only choice for the role and was approached shortly after the project was picked up to pilot. He has now entered formal negotiations. Co-starring in the pilot is Don’t Trust the B—- alumna Dreama Walker. Related: 2014 Amazon Studios Pilots »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In the final season of The Big C, Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Laura Linney reprises her role as Cathy Jamison, who comes to a realisation about her battle with skin cancer. Deciding to quit chemotherapy, Cathy finds peace and resolution with her husband (Oliver Platt, 2012), son (Gabriel Basso, The Kings of Summer), and even her estranged father (Brian Dennehy, First Blood). With four one-hour episodes, Cathy’s journey is filled with laughter, tears and poignancy – a fitting farewell to this acclaimed series.
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The name director Ted Kotcheff may not be as instantly recognisable as some of his filmmaker contemporaries, but a fertile creative period during the 70s and 80s saw him craft a number of well-received films across a variety of genres – The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (which launched the career of a young, pre-Jaws Richard Dreyfuss), the original Fun with Dick and Jane, North Dallas Forty, Switching Channels and Weekend at Bernie’s.
Arguably, he’s best known for bringing the iconic character of John Rambo into the world with the 1982 ‘Nam-scarred survivalist classic First Blood, but another underappreciated film from his CV is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. 1971’s Wake in Fright was an early addition to the Australian New Wave cinema movement, and remains a vivid and disturbing depiction of the country’s hard-drinking, fiercely masculine subculture of that era. We talked to Kotcheff earlier this month »
- Adam Lowes
Here's what John Hollander had to say at the summit about The Incredibles, though it isn't known when they may release this 3D version.
"Right now we're working on The Incredibles, which is a lot of fun in 3D. I'm not sure what the release strategy for it will be. It's been an interesting challenge to work on technology because - while the film was released 10 years ago - the technology is even older as it took four years to make."
He also spoke about the Ratatouille 3D conversion, which has already been completed.
"We have a version of Ratatouille, which works really well in 3D and we're trying to figure out exactly what the release strategy for that will be. »
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