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'Merrily We Roll Along' coming to movie theaters Oct. 23: Watch two clips -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

One of the reliefs of moviegoing is that you only have a one in a million chance of being in a theater with Madonna. But another is that if you’re a rabid stage fan and happen to constantly miss all the great stuff being produced in the U.K., Fathom Events is giving viewers a chance to see some of their most acclaimed works in a comfy movie house for only a fraction of the price, and the West End’s celebrated revival of the 1981 Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along will be rollin’ along to about 460 U.S. theaters Oct. 23.

Long beloved by Sondheim’s devoted fans, it tells a tale of a famous songwriter/producer at the height of his success and explores the story chronologically backward, concluding with his and his pals’ humble beginnings. It may have proved too ambitious for its time (the original Broadway production reportedly had many walkouts, and only played 16 non-preview performances); the musical is now considered a treasure by musical theater fans and critics alike.

Below, EW has two exclusive clips from the 2012 London Menier Chocolate Factory production — starring Jenna Russell, Mark Umbers, Josefina Gabrielle, and Damian Humbley — which prove plenty promising. And if you like these, Fathom Events is promising more stage-to-screen transfers to come, so keep an eye out! For more information on ticketing and venues for Merrily We Roll Along, visit Fathom Events’ website.

Click below for a clip of “He’s Only a Boy” (performed by Ms. Gabrielle):
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'Scandal' behind the scenes: Josh Malina dodges hugging epidemic -- VIDEO

Any loyal viewer of Josh Malina’s Josh Cam video series here on EW is already familiar with the epidemic known as Fake Hollywood Hugging. And in this week’s installment of our behind-the-scenes video series, the Scandal actor finds himself in a sea of embraces as the cast and producers gather for the first table read of the year.

Will he survive? Click below to see. Also, throw heaps of praise on Twitter user @Beliskner, who is the winner of our Josh Cam contest! The talented @Beliskner created the new opening credits that you’ll see in this week’s video and for the rest of the Josh Cam season. Congrats, @Beliskner.

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'Matilda': Watch a song clip from 'Naughty' -- EXCLUSIVE

Like any good book, there must be a conclusion, so here’s the final entry in our video series going behind the cast recording of Broadway’s Matilda — appropriately highlighting the very lucky quartet selected to portray the sensitive, telekinetic bookworm at the center of Roald Dahl’s celebrated novel.

In this clip, watch as “The Matildas” (Bailey Ryon, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence and Milly Shapiro) co-tackle “Naughty”, our lead character’s first major song in the show. I dare you not to coo over them just a little, not to mention marvel at how committed they are to their Cockney accents (take that, Dick Van Dyke!). READ FULL STORY

'Matilda': Watch a song clip from 'The Smell of Rebellion' -- EXCLUSIVE

In the third of four EW exclusive looks behind the making of the Broadway cast album of Matilda (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22), watch as Tony nominee and Olivier winner Bertie Carvel takes on Miss Agatha Trunchbull’s fierce aria of her ultimate enemy-all children. Check out these appropriately Roald Dahl-ish lyrics: “And so to stop the stench’s spread/I find a session of phys. ed./Sorts the merely rank from the revolting.” And those pipes! Mr. Carvel must have had an awfully good vocal coach (just marvel at how he maintains pitch while essentially singing through his throat); it’s almost as scary as Trunchbull herself (seen above).

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'Matilda': Watch a song clip for 'When I Grow Up' -- EXCLUSIVE

Fewer things these days can create the ear to ear smile induced in one of the signature tunes in the hit Broadway musical Matilda than when “When I Grow Up” is performed, which is composer Tim Minchin’s wistful ode to the wonders of remaining young at heart. In the exclusive clip below, watch the entire Broadway ensemble perform the track for the show’s new cast album (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22). And if you don’t take a listen, that’s not right!-as the young bookworms in the story would fervently proclaim. READ FULL STORY

Go behind the recording of Broadway's 'Matilda' -- first of four EW exclusives!

Get an exclusive first-hand look behind the recording of the Matilda Broadway cast album and all its kiddies — or “maggots” as the villainous hammer-thrower Miss Trunchbull would exclaim. The cast went back into the studio to record a new album with some fun new tidbits from the show. In the mini-doc below, you can see the four prodigious (and well-spoken) young ladies who won the leading role share their chops, as well as Tony nominees Bertie Carvel as Trunchbull (and marvel at how on Earth he maintains that pitch of voice for so long!), Lauren Ward as the sweet, encouraging Miss Honey, and surprise Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, as the daffy, shady Mr. Wormwood.

If this preview of the album (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22) doesn’t make you want to line back up to revisit it, then you must have come down with a case of the Trunchbulls. Check out songs like “Revolting Children”, “Naughty” and the instant classic “When I Grow Up” (all composed by Tim Minchin. Look for three more debut tracks next week on EW.com. Enjoy!
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Sarah Jessica Parker's new stage role: Get a behind-the-scenes look -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s amazing to discover that Sarah Jessica Parker hasn’t appeared on the New York stage in 12 years (!), which was right in the midst of her celebrated turn as Carrie Bradshaw in HBO’s Sex and the City.

Meanwhile, uptown…(hee hee), it is quite a big deal that NYC has her back, starring in a brand-new play called The Commons of Pensacola, written by none other than actress Amanda Peet (The Good Wife) — making her stage debut as a playwright — with a tale of a woman (Parker) reconnecting with her her mother, who has been forced out of living a luxurious lifestyle. And given that the latter role is played by Blythe Danner (who, it is mentioned, was Parker’s co-star in A.R. Gurney’s delightful comedy Sylvia nearly 20 years ago), this looks to be one of the hot shows to catch this fall. And it’s already a monster hit off-Broadway, with nary a performance under their belt and a several-week extension (seats are only on sale through Jan. 26, so you might want to act fast). Judging by the clip below, there appears to be no shortage of chemistry between these ladies.

The Commons of Pensacola begins previews at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stage I in NYC on Oct. 22, with an opening night scheduled for Nov. 21. The play will run through Jan. 26; for tickets and additional info, you can visit MTC’s website.
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'Scandal': Josh Malina's behind-the-scenes video series returns! Plus, a special contest announcement

Scandal season 3 is finally upon us, and that means Josh Malina’s much-loved behind-the-scenes video series is back too!

That’s right, welcome to the new season of Josh Cam! Hold your applause, please.

But as we gear up for another season of inside scoop from the set, we also have a special contest announcement! Josh Cam needs a new intro — and we want the Gladiators to get it handled. Here’s the info you need to take part:

+ Create a 10-second intro for Josh Cam.
+ Upload it to YouTube.
+ Tweet it to @EW and @JoshMalina using the hashtag #EWJoshCam by Monday, Oct. 7 at 5 p.m. PT.
+ Wait for us to tweet you back, informing you of your victory! (We will announce the winner Oct. 9.)

IF we pick yours:
+ We will use your intro for all of Josh’s behind-the-scenes videos this year.
+ You will win a special shout-out from Josh in an upcoming BTS video.
+ AND you will receive a thank you gift that will include swag and a copy of EW’s Scandal issue, signed by Josh Malina.

You may applaud now — and also enjoy the return episode of Josh Cam:
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Schmidt shakes his groove thang in weekend-starting 'New Girl' Gifgasm -- EXCLUSIVE

Putting the “GIF” in TGIF, Fox just launched a “Gettin’ Schmidty Wit It” microsite dedicated to television’s reigning endearing d-bag. You’ll want to check out this gloriously silly tribute to Schmidt (Max Greenfield), who shakes what his mama gave him to a kicky tune that’s guaranteed to be “Shakalak”-ing through your head ’til at least Tuesday at 9 p.m., when New Girl‘s third episode of the season airs.

As you can see from the image above, Schmidt’s having the time of his chut-i-ney-loving life. But he doesn’t have to do it alone, does he? Come on! How can you possibly resist such unbounded exuberance? You can’t, right?

So click here to get your weekend started right!*

And don’t forget to keep clicking, Newbies! This is the kind of time-suck for which the phrase “the gif that keeps on giving” was created. If only there were about 100 more gifs ready to go. Note to Fox: MORE MORE MORE! (Please.)

*Just a warning for iPhone/iPad watchers: The sound will only auto-play on a desktop.

Who's really behind all those cat videos? 'Funny or Die' reveals all -- EXCLUSIVE

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What do all your favorite feline clips — The Great Catzby, The Catrix, even Cannes Palm D’or winner Meowcolm X — have in common?

Well, though each one looks like a low-fi short that simply captures kitties being kitties, these ace time-wasters actually share one visionary director: Shula Von Hollow, the Orson Welles of cat videos.

You’ll find Shula’s story — her slow rise to the top, her first meeting with muse/cat Javier, how she lost everything when a certain keyboard-playing furball emerged — in this special Funny or Die video, released to coincide with the second annual Internet Cat Video Festival. (We know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t every day Internet Cat Festival day?” Incredibly enough, the answer is technically “no.”)

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