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Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek to Star at Williamstown Theatre Festival

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Marisa Tomei, Alfred Molina and “Malcolm in the Middle” alum Jane Kaczmarek will lead the starry production at this summer’s Williamstown Theatre Festival, artistic director Mandy Greenfield announced Monday. Oscar winner Tomei will star in Tennessee Williams‘ “The Rose Tattoo,” which runs from June 28 to July 17 in a revival directed by Trip Cullman. Molina and Kaczmarek will star in the American premiere of Australian playwright Tom Holloway’s drama “And No More Shall We Part,” about a married couple facing the challenge of one partner’s terminal illness. Anne Kauffman directs the show, which runs Aug. 10-21. Also Read: Cast of 'Hamilton'. »


- Thom Geier

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‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Actor Claims He Was Barred From Aeromexico Flight ‘Because of My Turban’

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American actor and fashion designer Waris Ahluwalia, a practicing Sikh who has appeared in films directed by Wes Anderson and Spike Lee, was still stuck in the Mexico City airport Monday night 13 hours after security officials blocked him from boarding his 7:15 a.m. flight home to New York City. On his social media accounts, Ahluwalia blamed his travel woes on his refusal to remove his turban at security checkpoints. Ahluwalia wrote on Instagram, “This morning in Mexico City I was told I could not board my flight to NYC because of my turban.” The part-time model, who also designs. »


- Joshua Rich

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Daniel Bryan Bids Moist-Eyed Farewell to Wrestling on WWE’s ‘Raw': ‘I Am Grateful’ (Video)

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This week’s episode of USA’s “Monday Night Raw” was an extremely emotional one for wrestling fans worldwide as Daniel Bryan, who announced his retirement via Twitter on Monday, gave a farewell speech before a sold-out crowd in his home state of Washington. “In the past few days, I’ve been angry, I’ve been sad, I’ve been frustrated,” Bryan said. “But since I woke up this morning, I’ve felt nothing but gratitude. Because I got to do what I’ve always loved to do for 16 years.” After being sidelined by injuries for months, the former WWE »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Divergent’ Series Finale Seeks New Director as Robert Schwentke Drops Out

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Robert Schwentke will not sit in the director’s chair for “Ascendant,” the fourth and final film in the “Divergent” series that stars Shailene Woodley. An individual close to the production confirmed to TheWrap that Schwentke, who helmed the series’ second and third films, “Insurgent” and “Allegiant,” departed because he had to catch his breath after directing the two movies so closely together. Though it has not been filmed and is now in need of a director, “Ascendant” is set to debut on June 9, 2017. Lionsgate previously pushed the movie back a few months to land on that release date. Also Read:. »


- Joshua Rich

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Matt LeBlanc to Star in Comedy Pilot for CBS

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“Friends” alum Matt LeBlanc is returning to network TV with a pilot that CBS has picked up. The network ordered the pilot for the multi-camera family comedy “I’m Not Your Friend” with a series commitment. The show is from writers and “That ’70s Show” alums Jeff and Jackie Filgo, who will executive produce along with LeBlanc and Michael Rotenberg. Also Read: 'Friends' Cast Reunites, Bonds With 'Big Bang Theory' Stars (Photo) The CBS production is being billed as a family comedy in which a contractor must raise his children when his wife returns to work. LeBlanc, who currently stars in Showtime’s “Episodes, »


- Joshua Rich

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Oscar Nominees Dazzle En Masse in Their 2016 Class Picture (Photo)

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No, that wasn’t a solar flare that threatened to blind you in Beverly Hills on Monday; just the megawatt collective star power of the assemblage at the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel. As they prepared to go head-to-head in heated competition at this year’s Academy Awards, the current crop of nominees made nice and sat for a group photo, gathered around a life-sized model of the statuette that they’ll all be vying for. It was like a class yearbook photo — at a high school that you could hardly have hoped to attend. Also Read: Inside Oscar Nominees. »

- Tim Kenneally

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‘Angel From Hell’ Pulled From CBS Schedule

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CBS has pulled new episodes of “Angel From Hell” from its Thursday schedule, the network announced Monday. “2 Broke Girls” will move back into the 9:30 p.m Et Thursday timeslot beginning Feb. 18. That series, starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs, previously held that slot before being moved to Wednesdays. A rerun of “The Big Bang Theory” will air this week instead of “Angel From Hell.” It is not known at this time if CBS has any plans to continue with “Angel From Hell” by finding it a new home in its primetime lineup. Also Read: CBS Orders Family Comedy Pilot From. »


- Joe Otterson

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Pablo Trapero to Direct ‘Man in the Rockefeller Suit’ for Fox Searchlight

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Pablo Trapero, a newly minted Goya winner for his film “El Clan,” is in final negotiations to direct “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” TheWrap has learned. Argentinian Trapero, who also took the Silver Lion at last year’s Venice Film Festival, will helm the tale of lifelong con artist Christian Gerhartsreiter, who pretended to be a descendant of the monied American family. Screenwriter David Bar Katz adapted the book by Mark Seal, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair magazine. Donald De Line is producing. Also Read: Lupita Nyong'o in Talks to Star in Amblin Sci-Fi Thriller 'Intelligent Life' CAA handles Trapero. »


- Matt Donnelly

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Michael Bloomberg Teases Third-Party Presidential Run

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Make room for President Buzzkill. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who as mayor waged campaigns against smoking and oversized sodas, is considering taking up a new campaign — for president of the United States. Bloomberg has confirmed that he’s “looking at all the options” and “listening to what candidates are saying and what the primary voters appear to be doing.” Also Read: Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, Espn Films Kick Off Election Series with 'The Dean Scream' At the moment, it seems, Bloomberg isn’t a big fan of what he’s been hearing so far. “I find the level »


- Tim Kenneally

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CAA Signs Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan

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CAA has signed former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to its roster. The longtime Obama cabinet member stepped down from his post at the start of the year. The agency will represent Duncan in all areas, including books and public speaking, and will help “identify new business ventures” the company said. Duncan ranks among the longest-sitting cabinet members throughout both Obama terms. His accomplishments include the shepherding of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which raised $100 billion to pay 325,000 teachers’ salaries, and increases in Pell Grants for American college students. Also Read: President Obama Addresses #OscarsSoWhite: 'Provide Opportunity »


- Matt Donnelly

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CBS Orders Family Comedy Pilot From ‘Mad TV’ Alum Stephnie Weir

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CBS has given a pilot order to an untitled comedy from “Mad TV” alum Stephnie Weir. The multi-camera comedy revolves around a conservative, small town family that is forced to reconcile its values when it discovers that its children’s lives are less than perfect. Weir serves as writer and executive producer on the project from CBS Television StudiosGreg Garcia also serves as Ep for Amigos de Garcia ProductionsAlix Jaffe is co-executive producer. Also read: CBS Orders Ridley Scott Drama Pilot 'Sensory' Among the network’s other comedy pilots are “The Kicker” from “30 Rock” team Jack Burditt, Tina Fey »


- Reid Nakamura

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‘The Choice’ Star Maggie Grace Talks Onscreen Kisses, Benjamin Walker’s Mooning Habit (Video)

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Working on the set of a Nicholas Sparks movie is a dream, at least according to “The Choice” star Maggie Grace. “It was so much fun to make. It was like, ‘We get paid to do this?'” Grace told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell in the latest episode of “Drinking With the Stars.” “Everybody was really close and silly,” she said of the cast, which also included Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer and Alexandra Daddario. “We’d spend the day on a boat, and Walker would moon us every chance he got… I mean, it got old.” Also read: 'The Choice »


- Reid Nakamura

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CW’s ‘Frequency’ Reboot Casts Riley Smith in Dennis Quaid Role

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Riley Smith has landed the lead role of Frank Sullivan in the CW’s “Frequency” reboot pilot, TheWrap has learned. The role was played by Dennis Quaid in the 2000 New Line sci-fi drama of the same name, on which the potential series is based. “Frequency” will be written by “Supernatural” alum Jeremy Carver, who will also serve as executive producer, along with Toby Emmerich, John Rickard, Dan Lin and Jennifer Gwartz. Also Read: CW Orders Pilots From Kevin Williamson, 'Supernatural' Producer In this reimagining of the New Line Cinema time-travel film, a female police detective in 2016 discovers that she is able to. »


- Linda Ge

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Lupita Nyong’o in Talks to Star in Amblin Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Intelligent Life’

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Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o may have found her next big gig — one that will send her back to outer space. “Intelligent Life,” from Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Partners, is a sci-fi thriller and love story being considered by the the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actress, an individual familiar with the talks told TheWrap. No director is attached to the project. Initial reports said the production was circling Ava DuVernay, but the “Selma” filmmaker has not yet received an offer. Also Read: 'Star Wars' Actress Lupita Nyong'o: 'I Didn't Really Know What I Was Auditioning for' (Video »


- Matt Donnelly

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Taryn Manning Sues New York City Over 2014 Arrest

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Orange Is the New Black” star Taryn Manning is tangling with the authorities. Again. Manning, who plays  Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett on Netflix’s women-behind-bars series, has filed a lawsuit against New York City — yep, all of it — over her arrest in 2014. In her petition, filed Monday in New York Supreme Court, Manning claims she was wrongfully arrested in Nov. 2014. According to media reports, Manning was arrested for allegedly violating a restraining order by threatening her former roommate Jeanine Heller. Also Read: Taryn Manning's Legal Counsel Says Makeup Artist's Assault Allegations 'Entirely Fabricated' In Monday’s court filings, Manning maintains that she. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Inside Oscar Nominees Luncheon: Sly Stallone, Academy Diversity Are Talk of the Day

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In the midst of one of the most brutally competitive Oscar races ever, more than 150 Academy Award nominees got to be friendly and collegial for a few hours on Monday. The event was the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon, an awards-season tradition at which all the nominees meet, are told to keep their acceptance speeches short, pose for a “class photo” and then pick up their certificates of nomination and some Academy swag — official nominee sweatshirts in the past, knit Oscar caps these days. Of the 15 acting nominees in attendance — Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Kate »


- Steve Pond

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‘Good Wife’ Creators Tease Possible Spinoff

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Fans of “The Good Wife” may be in luck. Series co-creators Michelle and Robert King have said that they are open to the possibility of a spinoff once the CBS series ends its run this season. “Nothing is off the table,” Michelle King said during a conference call on Monday. “Nothing is formal but we are not saying no to anything.” Robert King added, “What would be appealing is if we could find a way to spinoff an ensemble. We wished we had more time to explore other lives.” Also Read: 'The Good Wife' Will End This Season, »


- Joe Otterson

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Fox Chief Hints at More Downsizing to Come

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The current wave of downsizing at 21st Century Fox may not be the last. Speaking to investors Monday following the release of the company’s second-quarter 2016 earnings, CEO James Murdoch indicated that the company has designs on cutting payroll beyond the buyout program that the company initiated last week in its film and TV businesses. “One number that has been out there is really $250 million of savings around this particular program, but these are programs that are going to be ongoing,” Murdoch said. “And they run across all the businesses.” Also Read: 'Gotham' Releases First Look at Bd Wong as Hugo. »


- Daniel Holloway

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Snoop Dogg Turns Sports Reporter for Super Bowl Week on ‘The Rich Eisen Show’

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Rapper, actor, entrepreneur …  and sports reporter? Snoop Dogg revealed a new set of skills during Super Bowl week when he became a member of the media as special sports correspondent for “The Rich Eisen Show” on DirecTV’s Audience Network. Veteran sports anchor Rich Eisen threw Snoop to the wolves and sent him to the final media day before the big game. The “Reincarnated” rapper did so well that he may have earned himself a new gig on the sidelines. “I was on Rich’s show during the season and he suggested that I be a part of the media for the Super Bowl. »


- Debbie Emery

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‘Gotham’ Releases First Look at Bd Wong as Hugo Strange (Video)

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Fox has released the first image of Bd Wong as Hugo Strange from the upcoming season of “Gotham.” Wong posted the image (below) on his Instagram page with the caption, “We Get Strange On February 29.” Strange first battled Batman in the 1940s comic book version of the character, becoming one of The Bat’s first recurring supervillains. While Strange possesses no superpowers, he is known for his genius intellect and extensive knowledge of a wide variety of scientific disciplines as well as psychology. Also Read: 'Batman v. Superman' Teased in Super Bowl Ads for Turkish Airlines Strange is not the only new face. »


- Joe Otterson

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