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'Kinky Boots' Begins Its Pre-Broadway Chicago Run

2 October 2012 12:16 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

The pre-Broadway premiere of the high-profile new "Kinky Boots" musical begins its run Tuesday at Chicago's Bank of America Theatre.

The production, set to hit Broadway next spring, brings together an all-star trio at its helm including Tony-winning writer Harvey Fierstein, Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell and pop icon composer and Grammy-winning lyricist Cyndi Lauper.

Based on the 2005 British film of the same name, the musical tells the story of a drag queen who helps save the inheritor of family-owned shoe factory with the idea that he should craft high-heeled boots specifically catered to drag artists.

While in Chicago to promote the production, Lauper said, according to the RedEye, that she loves the story because "it's about real people who saved jobs--which is very relevant to what we're going through today--because they thought outside the box, because they cared enough to save the jobs."

Mitchell and Fierstein both pushed »

- Joseph Erbentraut

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AfterElton Briefs: Miley Cyrus is Bonnie Parker, Christina Wants "Your Body," and Michael Douglas Wears The Hell Out Of A Caftan

28 September 2012 3:20 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Here is last week's caption pic winner. This week's caption pic is at the bottom of the page.

Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is ...

"This just gave new meaning to the term "nerdgasm"

Thanks to David for this week's winning caption!

Weekend Birthdays! (Note: Birthday shoutouts are for out entertainers, allies, or for any celeb that seems to have a following on Ae). Stark Sands (above) is 34, Janeane Garofalo is 48, Mira Sorvino is 45, Naomi Watts is 44, Hilary Duff is 25, Zachary Levi is 32, Fran Drescher is 55, and Madeline Kahn would have been 70. Natalie Portman is in talks to play the title role in Jackie, "about Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy." In ratings news, The Last Resort performed barely better than the show ABC premiered last year in the same timeslot ... Charlie's Angels. The premiere of Elementary did very well, »

- snicks

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A New Broadway Season, A New Set of Tony Hopefuls

5 September 2012 2:36 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Sam Negin

Theater Editor & Columnist


A new Broadway season is about to begin and, with it, new life has been brought to my posts. After over 900 posts, 50 comments, over 325 Tony nominees and over 75 winners in the two-and-a-half years I blogged independently about the Tony Awards, I am proud to be joining the team at

Without any further ado, I would like to begin with a look ahead at the Broadway shows that will be coming up this year. I have made this list as comprehensive as I could given what information is available but, as is often the case, there is much more data available right now about the fall season (September through the winter holidays) than the spring season (Christmas through the Tony Awards in June) on Broadway. I will update this post with more details as information becomes available.

The list of shows we expect to see this year, »

- Sam Negin

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The Top 40 Hottest Guys of New York Theater!

5 September 2012 5:25 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

It's no surprise that summer tends to bring out the hottest guys in New York. And as the dog days of summer start to wane on the streets of the Big Apple, it's time to once again turn our attention to where the hottest of the hot like to spend their time: the New York stage.

Sure, movies and television have their share of rippling abs, but glimpsing a hottie on the screen is nothing compared to the live, in-the-flesh experience. So without further ado, we present the Hottest Guys of New York Theater!

Cesar Abreu

Ricky Martin isn't the only sexy stud to come to us via the pop group Menudo - we can thank our lucky stars we also get the stunning, studly Cesar Abreu. Currently dancing for the Metropolitan Opera, Cesar has also, unsurprisingly, been featured many times in the annual stripfest Broadway Bares.

Nick Adams

No stranger to this list, »

- Tim OLeary

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NYC 22

11 August 2012 1:06 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: CBS

Episodes: 13 (hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: April 15, 2012 -- August 11, 2012

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski, Stark Sands, Judy Marte, Harold House Moore, Felix Solis, Tom Reed, and Terry Kinney.

TV show description:

This cop show follows a half dozen diverse rookies of the New York Police Department as they learn and patrol the gritty streets of upper Manhattan.

Jennifer "White House" Perry (Leelee Sobieski) is a former college volleyball star and Marine MP in Iraq who has a take-charge attitude. Ray "Lazarus" Harper (Adam Goldberg) is the oldest rookie of the group. As a former police news reporter, Lazarus has better inside sources than most seasoned cops

Tonya Sanchez (Judy Marte) comes from a family with a criminal history. Ahmad Kahn (Tom Reed) is »


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Oscar Isaac Reveals New Details about the Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis

31 July 2012 1:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

After the Coen Brothers fired off four excellent films in the span of four years, it feels like an eternity until we'll see their next one, Inside Llewyn Davis.  The movie stars Oscar Isaac as the eponymous young musician (loosely based on real-life folk singer Dave Van Ronk) trying to make it in the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene.  The film shot in Manhattan earlier this year, and I harbored a brief hope that the flick would appear at the Toronto International Film Festival, but no dice.  It looks like we'll have to wait a little longer, but at least today we know a little bit more about the film. Hit the jump for what Isaac had to say about the upcoming movie, which also stars Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, Stark Sands, and John Goodman. According to THR, the movie tracks a week in Davis' life in 1960 (or »

- Matt Goldberg

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Morning Meme: Larry Kramer Blasts Barbra Streisand, Chris Evans Likes It Doggie Style, and Dora the Explorer Gets Real

29 June 2012 5:02 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Among the things I never thought I'd be writing about The Amazing Spider-man, Andrew Garfield says that he was inspired by Spider-man XXX: A Porn Parody. “I watched it a few times.  I watched it more from an inspirational stand point than from a sexual standpoint. I think you can find inspiration from anywhere when it comes to this character because it’s everyone’s; it belongs to everyone…”

Entertainment Weekly has some great photographs from the new season of Husbands the Series. I spoke to Jane Espenson and Cheeks last night about the new season, and will have that interview for you next week, but I can tell you that you're going to love it.

I'm sure that The Vice Guide To Being Gay is going to offend some people – it trades on some stereotypes, but the A-to-z guide is pretty funny, and it has more than a few truths in it. »

- lostinmiami

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'NYC 22's' Stark Sands: 'I would love to do a movie musical'

27 May 2012 11:00 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Stark Sands, who plays Kenny McLaren on CBS' "NYC 22," was about 13 and traveling with his parents on a school break when he helped an older woman with her computer.

It was Anne Bancroft. "All of a sudden, Mel Brooks (the late Bancroft's husband) walked in and says, 'How ya doing, kid? Happy New Year!' " Sands says as he beams at the memory.

That was also about the same time Sands realized he wanted to be an actor.

"I did plays in elementary school," he tells Zap2it, "the same stuff everybody did. In middle school I found out not only did I like it, but I was good at it. I did the musicals and became the guy who would get the lead in the show every year."

His parents took the family from Dallas on exotic vacations, and after college in California, Sands stayed in Los Angeles, »


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ICM Talent Agent Becoming Production Svp

21 May 2012 4:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Yet another talent agent is departing the ICM hallways, but this time it’s amicable and he’s not going to a competitor. Veteran Brian Bunnin is joining Vincent Herbert’s Streamline Entertainment as Svp Production and Development. “I’m thrilled to work alongside Vince and his entire groundbreaking team and look forward to continue working with ICM in a new capacity,” Bunnin said in a statement to Deadline. He began his tenure at ICM in 1999 as an intern while attending film school at USC and has been on teams representing Kevin Zegers, Stark Sands, Sean Kingston, The Game, Kathy Bates, and Kris Kristofferson. »


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NYC 22: Cancelled; No Season Two on CBS

13 May 2012 7:27 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The rookies of NYC 22 won't be honing their police skills on CBS much longer. The network has cancelled the cop series before the entire season has finished airing.

NYC 22 follows a half dozen police men and women as they learn the ropes in the Big Apple. The ensemble cast includes Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski, Stark Sands, Judy Marte, Harold House Moore, Felix Solis, Tom Reed, and Terry Kinney.

Debuting on April 15th, in (now-cancelled) CSI: Miami's former timeslot, NYC 22 attracted a disappointing 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 8.86 million viewers. The second episode dropped 7% and the third fell 14% more. Last Sunday night's episode maintained a 1.2 in the demo and 6.87 million.

It was clear from the start that this new show was doomed to be cancelled.

The series currently averages »


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NYC 22: New CBS Cop Show; Cancel or Keep It?

25 April 2012 8:21 AM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

CBS aired the season (possibly series) finale of CSI: Miami a couple weeks ago and are now filling the timeslot with a new cop show, NYC 22. Will this TV series last as long as its predecessor or will it be cancelled instead?

NYC 22 follows a diverse group of six rookie cops who are learning what it means to be members of the NYPD. The TV show's cast includes Adam Goldberg, Harold House Moore, Judy Marte, Leelee Sobieski, Stark Sands, Terry Kinney, and Tom Reed. It's produced in association with Robert De Niro's Tribecca Productions.

The cop drama debuted on April 15th to a disappointing 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.43 million total viewers. It was tied for second place in the all-important demo but first in overall viewers.

Last Sunday night's episode dropped to a 1.4 in the »


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'NYC 22' gives Leelee Sobieski an appreciation for police women

15 April 2012 2:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

All too often, the neighborhoods that need police the most are those where residents trust cops the least.

It's a tough situation for those who live there and for those trying to patrol the streets. CBS' latest drama, "NYC 22," premiering Sunday, April 15, has that delicate relationship as an undercurrent.

Though those involved with a show are always quick to dismiss the notion that it's anything we have seen before, this is a procedural cop show, albeit one with excellent credentials: Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal are executive producers, and Richard Price created it. It could not be more authentic New York, given the people behind it.

On a cold December day, the show is shooting at Amsterdam Avenue and 105th Street. It's a neighborhood of old apartment buildings and newer condos, shared by Columbia University students and longtime residents.

The cops' beat is from Morningside Heights, around Columbia, »


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'NYC 22' review: A by-the-numbers cop show

15 April 2012 1:48 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

CBS has had no shortage of success with its cop-related dramas. In fact, for the 2011-12 season, the network has six shows in the top 20 that are based on police or military folks doing investigations. But with programs like "CSI" showing their age, it's no surprise that the network would look to insert some fresh blood into their line up. The most recent effort is "NYC 22."

The Robert De Niro-produced show follows a group of police rookies as they learn the ropes and learn about themselves while fighting crime. If this logline sounds familiar, it's probably the exact same pitch producers gave with "Rookie Blue" and countless other cop dramas.

The series features a United Nations of characters including Adam Goldberg as a former reporter, Leelee Sobieski as an ex Marine MP, Harold House Moore as a former NBA player in addition to Tom Reed, Judy Marte and Stark Sands. »


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TV Review: CBS’s ‘NYC 22’ is TV District That Feels Too Familiar

15 April 2012 8:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – “NYC 22” reminds me of a cover song by a really strong bar band. You can admire the craftsmanship. It doesn’t hit any wrong notes. And it reminds you of what you like about the original. But it can’t replace it. “NYC 22” is so derivative of other programs that it is constantly fighting with itself because it exposes its own flaws through the comparison. It feels like “NYPD Blue” and “Southland,” but those are the brilliant originals. This is the cover version.

TV Rating: 3.0/5.0

The cast of “NYC 22” is a strong one but the more important voice is behind the scenes as the show was created by the brilliant Richard Price, the author of the novels “Clockers,” “Samaritan,” “Lush Life,” and more, as well as one of the main writers of “The Wire.” (Read and see everything in the previous sentence…now.) Richard Price knows »

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'NYC 22' Screening and Discussion

11 April 2012 1:20 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

We know what you're thinking: another Gotham-based cop show?! Well, this CBS series is created by novelist-screenwriter Richard Price ("Clockers," "Lush Life"), and Robert De Niro is an executive producer. Go behind the scenes April 12 for a screening of the premiere episode and a discussion with creative personnel and cast members, including Terry Kinney, Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski, Tom Reed, and Stark Sands. Find out if you're right for any background roles! Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd St., NYC. 6:30 p.m. $20. (212) 621-6800 or »

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NYC 22 Hits The Streets

5 April 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Premiering on Sunday April 15 on CBS, NYC 22 features six unique NYPD recruits as they learn though experience on the perilous streets of upper Manhattan. The emotional and physical demands of their work require these rookies to mature in a hurry, and increasingly they are forced to come together as a unit. NYC 22 chronicles their struggles and their growth. The rookies are a diverse bunch: Jennifer 'White House' Perry (LeeLee Sobieski), a former college athlete and Marine MP; Ray 'Lazarus' Harper (Adam Goldberg), the senior rookie and former police reporter whose sources are more reliable than those of even the most seasoned cops; Tonya Sanchez (Judy Marte), a young woman with a family well known to the NYPD; Ahmad Khan (Tom Reed), an Afghani native who fought his way to freedom; Kenny McLaren (Stark Sands), a fourth-generation officer who is talented but is unsure about his future on the »

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'NYC 22': Adam Goldberg, Leelee Sobieski hit the streets in CBS' De Niro-produced cop show -- Exclusive Promo

6 March 2012 9:11 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

On April 15, CBS premieres NYC 22, a character-driven drama following six NYPD rookies on foot patrol in Harlem. The new show counts Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal among its executive producers and was created by Richard Price (the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Color of Money who also wrote five episodes of The Wire). Watch an exclusive promo below. You’ll meet Ray “Lazarus” Harper (Adam Goldberg), a former crime-beat reporter who figures he has better sources than most cops, and his partner, Tonya Sanchez (Judy Marte), a rebel whose family has a criminal history; Jennifer “White House” Perry (Leelee Sobieski »

- Mandi Bierly

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First Look at Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis

24 February 2012 7:02 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We're more than happy to report all things Coen Brothers, but I'll admit the first photos from the set of Inside Llewyn Davis were pretty dull.  I love signage as much as the next guy, but now we've got some good set photos to show you.  The new images show off lead actors Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and Justin Timberlake, and the male cast members have gone bearded.  The film is set in 1960s Greenwich folk scene, so the actors look period-appropriate.  I'm not sure why Isaac is carrying around a cat, but I'm sure the cat digs his beard.  Cats love beards almost as much as they like Internet memes. Hit the jump to check out the set photos.  The film also stars Garrett Hedlund, Stark Sands, and John Goodman. Click over to Just Jared and Zimbio for more images. For those unfamiliar with the plot, Isaac plays a »

- Matt Goldberg

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First Look At Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan & Justin Timberlake On Set Of The Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

24 February 2012 6:24 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Last year was bittersweet for fans of the Coen Brothers. While it was the first time in four years the prolific duo didn't have a film released, it was announced that they'd be returning to the music world in 2012 for their next feature "Inside Llewyn Davis" which would focus on the '60's Greenwich Village scene that included names like Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Joni Mitchell among others.

Lensing on the picture has only recently began but a host of set photos have already been appearing online over the last week or so providing our first glimpses at leading man Oscar Isaac, who reportedly plays a surrogate of folk singer Dave van Ronk, along with a bearded Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan, who respectively play the married pair of Jim (a rival musician) and Jean.

Exact plot details are still under wraps but a recent profile »

- Simon Dang

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Oscar Isaac... with Cat

20 February 2012 5:00 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »


If Jonesy starts hissing, Oscar, run! He's spotted an acid-blooded alien or at least a Hyperdyne Systems 120-a/2.

Actually Oscar is just hauling around a new co-star (role size to be determined) on the set of Inside Llewyn Davis in which he plays Llewyn Davis, a singer songwriter in 1960s New York. The best part of this news is that this is the latest from the Coen Bros and it's filming already. Inside Llewyn Davis reunites Oscar with his Drive wife Carey Mulligan who is contractually obligated to be in every picture released for the next four years. Other costars include Garret Hedlund, Justin Timberlake (now no longer a musician at all though maybe someone should tell him he's more fun as a pop star than as an actor? SNL hosting aside), Stark Sands, F Murray Abraham and Coen Bros mainstay John Goodman.

You only have to wait until 2013 to see it. »


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