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Photo Flash: Harriet Harris, Kate Rockwell & More Lead World Premiere of Joe Dipietro's Hollywood at La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse presents the worldpremiere of Hollywood by Tony Award winner Joe Dipietro Memphis, Chasing the Song and directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley. Starring Harriet Harris, Patrick Kerr, Kate Rockwell and more, Hollywood runs through June 12 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre, with an official opening on May 18. Check out a first look at the cast in action below
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Film Review: ‘Friends and Romans’

Film Review: ‘Friends and Romans’
A comedy about refuting expectations that never deviates from formula, “Friends and Romans” squanders charismatic star Michael Rispoli in a leaden mess that elicits nothing but eye-rolling groans. Populated by Italian-American actors most notable for filling out the ranks of various gangster films and TV shows, director Christopher Kublan’s dramedy finds a pigeonholed thespian trying to break free from his dead-end career as an extra in organized-crime fictions by staging a one-night-only theatrical Shakespeare production. While its portrait of people striving to be more than they are — or presumed to be — affords some genial uplift, this indie’s theatrical prospects will probably be limited to the tiny niche of moviegoers who can’t get enough “Godfather”-related gags.

Operating from the premise that Don Corleone impersonations are the height of hilarity, Kublan’s film (co-written with Rispoli and Gregg Greenberg) opens with Staten Island native Nick DeMaio (Rispoli) at an audition,
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Rose Byrne joins the Broadway cast of 'You Can't Take It With You'

Rose Byrne joins the Broadway cast of 'You Can't Take It With You'
Neighbors star Rose Byrne will make her Broadway debut this fall opposite James Earl Jones in the upcoming revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can’t Take It With You.

Bryne will play Alice Sycamore, the youngest daughter of an eccentric family who brings home her fiancé for their parents to meet. In addition to the previously announced Jones and Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen, the play will also star Tony nominee Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots), Mark Linn-Baker (Perfect Strangers), Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Marc Damon Johnson (Lucky Guy
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Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford Join James Earl Jones In Broadway’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ Revival

Rose Byrne, Annaleigh Ashford Join James Earl Jones In Broadway’s ‘You Can’t Take It With You’ Revival
The constellation of stars signing on for the late-summer revival of You Can’t Take It With You starring James Earl Jones just expanded by two: Rose Byrne (Neighbors, Damages), in her Broadway debut, and Annaleigh Ashford (Masters Of Sex, Broadway’s Kinky Boots) will appear, along with Kristine Nielsen (Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike). The cast will also include stage veteran Mark Linn-Baker (also Perfect Strangers), Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Julie Halston (Anything Goes), Marc Damon Johnson (Lucky Guy), Patrick Kerr (Stage Kiss) and Reg Rogers (Holiday). The director is Scott Ellis. Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges Of Madison County, the upcoming Honeymoon In Vegas) is writing incidental music for […]
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Ask the Flying Monkey! Bad Performances in Hit Movies, Great Gay Love in “Modern Family,” and “Tara”’s Gay Guys!

This week! A look at how gay Frasier was and how brilliant Modern Family is, a chat with United States of Tara's gay couple Michael Hitchcock and Sammy Sheik, and an exploration of bad performances in hit movies. Plus, truly unlikely gays!

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Q: When it comes to positive portrayals of gay characters on TV, I've seen coming out stories, displays of affection, and lots of sweaty workout scenes, but I don't think I've ever seen the love and loyalty that is portrayed between Cam and Mitchell on Modern Family. Do you agree that the "gas station scene" – where Cam, as Fizbo the Clown, mightily defends Mitchell against a jerk – qualifies as one of the most natural, and therefore important, portrayals of gay (or straight) love we've seen on TV?
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