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4 items from 2012

Showstopping: why Broadway audiences applaud too often

5 November 2012 8:38 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's the done thing on Broadway to shower star names with applause the moment they enter. I can't be the only one to find this tradition ridiculous

On a recent trip to New York, I was depressed to note further deterioration in that cursed element of Broadway theatre, the "entry round" – the enthusiastic and often lengthy applause at the moment when theatregoers recognise a famous actor.

David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, the 1983 play about real estate agents, is deliberately written to begin in mid-conversation, enhancing the audience's sense of eavesdropping. In the current Broadway revival, the first character we meet, Shelly Levene, duly starts halfway through a speech, but then has to stop and resume because viewers wish to show their enthusiasm for the fact that he's being played by Al Pacino.

Subsequently, the carefully exact rhythms of Mamet's dialogue are regularly interrupted by the desire of ticket-buyers to »

- Mark Lawson

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Peggy Pope at Barnes and Noble

9 May 2012 1:08 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

You may not recognize her name, but once you see her face, you'll remember this veteran character actor from her memorable appearances in films such as "9 to 5" and on TV shows such as "Soap," "Bewitched," and "Barney Miller." She also won an Obie for John Guare's "Muzeeka" and appeared on Broadway with Brian Bedford, Jimmy Stewart, and Ann Miller. She'll discuss her new memoir, "Atta Girl: Tales From the Trenches of Show Business," and her five-decade career as a working actor, with performer-producer Richard Skipper May 11. Barnes and Noble, Lexington Ave. and 86th St., NYC. 7 p.m. Free. (212) 369-2180. »

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On The Rise 2012: 10 Actresses Poised For The Big Time

30 March 2012 1:48 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While there are still not enough good roles for women out there, particularly in mainstream Hollywood, that hasn't stopped a batch of young female stars from exploding from out of nowhere in recent years. Head-turning performances have helped launch faces like Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones and many others into the stratosphere, and the success last weekend of "The Hunger Games" has hopefully put to rest the fallacy that huge audiences won't turn up to big movies carried by a woman.

With that in mind, and hot on the heels of our ten picks for actors on the rise yesterday, we've chosen ten actresses who, while yet to be household names, have wowed audiences and casting directors in recent years, and look like strong contenders to headline the big movies of the future. Check our picks our below, and weigh in with your own tips in the comment section. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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At Signature’s Gala, Theater’s Future is Explored

31 January 2012 5:15 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan Kevin Spacey (left) and Edward Norton at Pershing Square Signature Center Opening Gala.

At the opening gala for the Pershing Square Signature Center last night, the voluminous space was opened up to visitors for the first time.

Some 500 guests paid $1,000 or more per ticket to attend the event, which included a tour of the Frank Gehry-designed facility and its three theaters. Some of the guests in attendance included actors Edward Norton (who was being honored »

- Barbara Chai

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