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This Week on Stage: Mike Daisey controversy, Andrew Garfield and Phillip Seymour Hoffman take on Arthur Miller

The season is revving up, there’s only 85 days left until the Tonys, and one of the most anticipated plays of the spring, Death of a Salesman, just opened—but the stage news that had everyone talking this week was the revelation that monologist Mike Daisey had fabricated parts of his off-Broadway hit The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. Yet, there were also good things going on: David Strathairn joined Jessica Chastain in next season’s The Heiress, Universal hired Downton Abbey’s Julian Fellowes to adapt another big screen Gypsy, and Val Kilmer announced he will play Mark Twain in his own one-man show, Citizen Twain, in L.A. at the end of the month. I also chatted with Broadway stalwart and cult actor David Patrick Kelly (The Warriors), who’s currently appearing in the stage adaptation of Once.

Meanwhile, EW’s Thom Geier took in the grade A performances of Andrew Garfield and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Mike Nichols-directed Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman. “Nichols coaxes memorable performances from every actor,” says Geier, adding, “while this Salesman owes much to tradition, it pulses with energy and urgency…Miller’s play has seldom seemed so vital.” And EW.com’s Laura Hertzfeld reviewed the touring production of American Idiot. “Despite a cast of solid singers and musicians, the L.A. version lacks the spontaneity of the original 2009 New York production,” she writes. “But the touring company holds its own and sticks to the script, carrying us through 90 minutes of rock ballads, strobe lights, and worn-through T-shirts.” She gives the musical a B-.

For more stage news and reviews, check out EW.com’s Stage hub.

Reactions to the new iPad: Something old, something new


The new iPad, which has been anticlimactically named “the new iPad,” has the tech world buzzing after its unveiling by Apple CEO Tim Cook at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts today. So what’s in a name? Well, aside from a lukewarm reception to the letdown name itself (as TechCrunch.com marveled, “The new iPad will just be called ‘iPad.’ That’s not confusing at all,”) it’s those noticeable, but not entirely groundbreaking new features like the retina display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, access to 4G LTE networks and A5X GPU chip for sharper graphics. With no major changes to the iPad itself, much of the feeling around the web is:,“The new iPad is a minor update, but you’ll buy it anyway.”

What else did Apple unveil today pre-'new iPad'?

Yeah, that was a little announcement today about the “new iPad” today, but Apple CEO Tim Cook prepped the salivating crowd with a few more tidbits, and we have them for you! READ FULL STORY

Apple unveils 'new iPad,' heralds the 'the post-PC revolution'

Today was a huge moment for Apple as CEO Tim Cook took the stage at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to announced Apple’s latest riff on the “revolutionary” iPad. It was the first announcement since Apple founder Steve Jobs’ passing in October (just a day after Apple iPhone 4S announcement), and Cook, joined by marketing chief Philip Schiller, did not spare the drama as he touted the company’s “post-PC revolution.”

“We think the iPad is the poster-child of the post-PC world,” said Cook in his introduction. “When we set out to create the iPad, we set out to create not just a new product, but a new category.” With LTE download speeds, retina display, HD video recording, and more, the iPad (on sale March 16) may just live up to its promise. We break down the news below. READ FULL STORY

Apple will probably introduce the iPad 3 next week

Remember all those many months ago, when you purchased a brand new iPad 2? Didn’t the happy little device seemed so young and full of life? It was so much faster than its dilapidated father, the crusty old iPad 1 — not to mention skinnier! Alas, the year has not been kind to your iPad 2. It’s grown old and weary, covered with the dust of a million grubby fingerprints. But there’s good news on the horizon. The state-socialism fanboys at beloved megacorporation Apple have just sent out a press invitation for a mysterious-but-not-really event on March 7. The invitation comes with an image (above) which features a finger lovingly caressing an iPad. Subtitle: “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” Hello, nurse! READ FULL STORY

Apple CEO promises to end the unsafe working conditions that helped boost profits


Last month, the New York Times ran a fascinating in-depth piece on beloved megacorporation Apple, explaining how the company’s techno-utopian garden of leisure has actually been built on the bruised backs of a dystopian worker-society who live in a factory without sunlight — coincidentally also the plot of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, which is currently available on the iTunes store, so you can watch it on your iPad and enjoy the cheap irony. According to Reuters, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced earlier today that Apple was making a concerted effort to end underage labor and improve working conditions in factories which create Apple products. READ FULL STORY

Too soon: Taiwanese ad imagines an angelic Steve Jobs praising rival tablet

We haven’t yet reached four months since Steve Jobs’ death, so clearly the moment is ripe to create a vision of the Apple icon up in heaven… betraying his life’s work. I imagine that must have been the rationale behind the new Taiwanese Action Pad ad, which adds one very important accessory to Jobs’ signature black turtleneck-and-jeans combo: Angel wings.

Suffice it to say, an undergraduate thesis could be written (and probably soon will) about the inappropriateness of this ad. The most fundamental point is this: Steve Jobs would not be amused. But are you? Check out the ad after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011: Top-selling apps


After two years at the top, do these Birds really have a reason to be Angry any more? Topping three of the four lists for 2011’s top-selling apps, they were joined by another bird — one who sticks to a strict limit of 140 characters or less — an Internet streaming company who’ve had an up-and-down year, a seemingly unstoppable social network, and, of course, zombies. So what other apps made the cut? Click through to see the year’s most popular downloads.* READ FULL STORY

Google Music launches assault on iTunes, Facebook, Amazon, and Spotify...with Busta Rhymes?


Google officially launched their online music service today, although the press conference seemed almost purposefully awkward. A stammery array of Google-bot execs, a desperately unsexy orange aesthetic, the madcap assertion that Busta Rhymes’ participation was somehow exciting: Suffice it to say, this was miles away from the techlord-chic of a vintage Apple keynote. (Was Steve Jobs the only charismatic man in Silicon Valley?) But the implications are profound for pretty much every corner of the media industry.  READ FULL STORY

Steve Jobs' last words revealed in sister's eulogy

At a memorial service earlier this month, novelist Mona Simpson delivered a touching eulogy for her late brother, Apple CEO and tech-entrepreneur rock god Steve Jobs, which has now been reprinted in its entirety by the New York Times. The eulogy discussed her relationship to her brother in depth. Since Jobs was given up for adoption after he was born, Simpson didn’t even know that she had a brother until she was 25, and her portrait of their friendship is often unbearably moving. Still, undoubtedly the most intriguing part of Simpson’s memoriam is her description of the final hours of Jobs’ life. Appropriately for the man who spent a lifetime streamlining technology, Jobs’ last words were simple, straightforward, and profound: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.” (Yes, there’s already a website.)

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