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Alec Baldwin returning to Broadway in 'Orphans'

Alec Baldwin has already lined up his first post-30 Rock gig: The actor will star in the Broadway debut of Orphans, directed by Daniel Sullivan and produced by Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole.

“I have dreamed, for a long time, of doing this play with this director,” Baldwin said in a statement that was put out with the announcement. “It’s an honor to work with Dan Sullivan in Lyle Kessler’s Orphans.”

The play features three characters. At the center of it all are two orphaned brothers who live in a run-down row house in North Philadelphia. There’s Treat, the eldest, who supports his damaged younger brother Phillip by stealing. The house turns into a prison for Phillip, who appears to be simple-minded. On one particular occasion, Treat kidnaps a rich, older man, Harold — this is the role Baldwin has been cast in — who, as it’s revealed, has his own motives and becomes a father figure for the boys. The roles of Treat and Phillip have not yet been cast.

An exact location for the play has yet to be set, but Orphans will be staged at one of the Shubert theaters in New York City. Orphans first premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles, before heading off for a Steppenwolfe Theatre engagement in Chicago in 1985 and a successful runs in off-Broadway in New York and in London. A film version was made in 1987.

Baldwin’s last hit the New York stage in 2006, when he starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off Broadway production of Joe Orton’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane. More recently, he appeared on stage in the 2010 Guild Hall production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, directed by Tony Walton, in East Hampton, N.Y.

The upcoming seventh season of 30 Rock will be the NBC comedy’s last and, although Baldwin has a tradition of wavering before returning for each season, he will appear in the series’ final 13 episodes, including a one-hour season finale. 30 Rock will likely wrap its shooting for the season before Orphans debuts.

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Alec Baldwin still joking about run-in, but photographer isn't amused -- VIDEO

With his Twitter crusade against the New York Daily News in full swing even this morning, Alec Baldwin appears to be in pretty good spirits about Tuesday’s altercation he had with a Daily News photographer. On last night’s Late Show With David Letterman, Baldwin admitted, “It looks like I’m forming the letter F with my mouth” in the front page shot of his run-in. But it’s not the F-word you think! Baldwin “explains,” and photographer Marcus Santos tells his side, below. READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin's Twitter tantrums: Too far?

Alec Baldwin got into a scrap with a New York Daily News photographer yesterday, and in the last 24 hours, he has been a real class act. His Twitter has been nothing but charm and goodwill for the media. Oh, who are we kidding? This is the man who brought us WordsWithFriendsGate 2011.

The Twitter outburst started almost immediately, with Baldwin tweeting, “A “photographer” almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning. ‪#allpaparazzishouldbewaterboarded.” He spent an  hour attacking Daily News editor Colin Myler and even “the English Queen” herself (our apologies on Baldwin’s behalf, Liz), then posted, “I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over….” Oof! READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin goes on anti-Republican Twitter rant, calls them 'lying thieves'

Alec Baldwin plays a staunch conservative on 30 Rock, but his personal politics are famously liberal, as demonstrated by a fusillade of anti-Republican tweets yesterday. Baldwin let his opinion loose on some 870,000 followers as he took to Twitter from the Cannes Film Festival, where he wrote, “Away from the noise and vulgarity of the U.S. election. I gotta tell you. It’s been nice.” Only a few hours later, Baldwin blasted the Republican party in a series of tweeted heats (sorry, heated tweets):

Some complain on Twitter about Obama.

You wanna go back? To Bush? Cheney? Paulson? Rumsfeld? Unfunded wars? Death of U.S. soldiers and innocent civilians for oil? READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': I now pronounce you divorced! Discuss the season 6 finale

Well, PopWatchers, “What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?” was the finale to 30 Rock‘s penultimate season. Yup, season 7 will be the series’ last. And in terms of season finales, I have to say the season 6 ender was a little underwhelming. But at least they’ve now primed us for where things (might) be headed come fall. Will Liz and Criss have a baby? Will Jack become the supreme leader of KableTown? Will Kenneth…who cares what Kenneth does! But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Liz and Criss continued their discussion about possibly having a plant baby together. Criss was particularly worried that Liz would bail on him. “You know what kind of women in their 40s have never been married, Liz? Uggos, crazies, and bailers. You’re not an uggo. And you’re haha crazy, not oh boy crazy, which means you bail!” So Criss set out to make enough money to pay for their apartment renovations. And when his hot dog business didn’t deliver, he sold his van, Van Der Beek. That’s true love.

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'30 Rock' finale: Lizzing is what happens while you're busy making other plans

One never does well to make plans in the 30 Rock universe. Let us consider last year’s season finale: All Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) wanted was to spend the summer wearing comfortable clothes, spending time outside, and learning Spanish. And technically she did all those things — when she was sentenced to don a jumpsuit and work on a community service trash crew with a bunch of Latino criminals.

On 30 Rock, the best laid plans are often the source of the most perverse pleasure. They reveal, to quote Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin) in that same episode, “[the show's] version of normal.” And yet, as we head toward tonight’s season finale, all the major players were making plans like they had only a few hours to live. Oh wait… Below, we check in with Lemon, Jack, and the rest of the gang to see where they think life will take them in season 7.* READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': Welcome home, Avery Jessup!

Last night’s 30 Rock, “The Return of Avery Jessup,” unsurprisingly featured the return of Avery Jessup. Avery finally reunited with her family, and despite her prolonged absence, she and Jack decided to quickly go back to life as they once knew it. As expected, the power couple totally crushed their return to normalcy. But not before they both participated in a power struggle/head game that only Avery and Jack could concoct and not hate each other at the end.

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Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hanks and more join Michelle Obama’s veteran aid campaign -- VIDEO

They may not have been enlisted by the commander-in-chief, but a host of A-list celebrities have been drafted by the First Lady for a different kind of military campaign: Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Michael Douglas and other stars have lent their celestial power to a new PSA for Michelle Obama’s “Got Your Six” campaign, which aims to help military veterans find jobs, education and housing and altogether re-enter civilian life.

The PSA campaign features a number of celebrities–including Tom Hanks, Judith Light, Tracy Morgan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pharrell Williams and Brian Williams–repeating the expression “I’ve got your six,” which in the military means “I’ve got your back” (referring to the number six’s directional position on the clock). Watch the first of several PSAs after the jump: READ FULL STORY

'30 Rock': 'Queen of Jordan' returns. RUDE!

On last night’s 30 Rock, we were treated to a second episode of Angie’s Bravo reality series Queen of Jordan. As I said the last time 30 Rock deviated from its regular format, I’m kind of obsessed with the fake show. And it’s definitely something I would watch on a regular basis. Now for all you haters who didn’t like it: RUDE!

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'30 Rock' live: Top 6 differences between the East and West Coast feeds -- VIDEO

Anything can happen on live TV — including Sir Paul McCartney being replaced by the buxom reality star with the big behind. And as it did in 2010, 30 Rock embraced that ethos last night, airing slightly different episodes for East and West Coast audiences. (Both versions are now available on Hulu.) So, what did you miss if you only saw the episode that aired in your time zone? Here are the major ways the West Coast Feed (WCF) differed from the East Coast Feed (ECF):

1. Kim Kardashian stepped in for Paul McCartney
In the ECF, Kenneth shepherded the Beatle into Jack’s office to use his secret executive bathroom. In the WCF, Kim Kardashian got that honor instead. Both also showed up at the end of their respective episodes; McCartney revealed that he’d lost his memory, while Kardashian tweeted a photo and then revealed she had broken Jack’s toilet. Compare and contrast their appearances here: READ FULL STORY

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