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'Of Mice and Men': Chris O'Dowd on laughing with James Franco and killing Leighton Meester (on stage)

You recognize him from Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd, Family Tree, Girls and plenty more, but Irish comic Chris O’Dowd has switched gears for his latest role.

He’s playing Lennie, the gentle half of a pair of migrant ranch workers who lead John Steinbeck’s classic Depression-era novella Of Mice and Men. In the newest Broadway revival of the play, O’Dowd makes his Broadway debut opposite James Franco (as the pragmatic George) and Leighton Meester (as a seductive, nameless flirt) in the Anna D. Shapiro-directed production, which opens April 16 at the Longacre Theatre.

Above, check out an exclusive first look at one of the most famous scenes in the play, wherein Lennie and Curley’s wife share a fateful moment in a barn loft. Below, O’Dowd chats with EW about the nerves behind his Broadway debut and how he clicked with Franco and Meester. READ FULL STORY

First look at Zach Braff (and company) in Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' musical -- EXCLUSIVE

Woody Allen’s beloved 1994 crime-comedy caper Bullets Over Broadway is making the big leap to the real Broadway stage in a world premiere musical, helmed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers).

Here’s why you ought to be excited: Stroman has enlisted a truly dazzling cast of stage veterans to join Scrubs alum Zach Braff in his Broadway debut. Braff plays David Shayne, a naïve playwright who finds himself embroiled with the mob when a gangster’s talentless girlfriend (Masters of Sex’s Heléne Yorke) tramples into the cast of his Broadway show. Joining the onstage fun are Marin Mazzie as the alcoholic Helen Sinclair, Brooks Ashmanskas as gluttonous leading man Warner Purcell, Nick Cordero as interfering gangster Cheech, Vincent Pastore as deep-pocketed mafioso Nick Valenti, Lenny Wolpe as producer Julian Marx, and Betsy Wolfe as David’s neglected girlfriend Ellen.

EW’s got the first exclusive photo of the cast all spiffed up in full costume (designed by Tony-winner William Ivey Long, no less) plus your sneak peek at video from behind the scenes of the glitzy photo shoot, introduced by Braff. One thing is quickly apparent: Bullets Over Broadway will have no shortage of the old school glamour that made Allen’s much-loved movie such a visual treat.
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Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriguez cut it up recording 'First Date' album -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Eight times a week, former Chuck star Zachary Levi and Smash alum Krysta Rodriguez meet-cute in the new Broadway musical First Date. You can guess what happens next for the pair of seemingly mismatched urbanites.

The show, which opened on Aug. 8 to mostly mixed reviews despite high praise for the two leads, has been doing middling box office numbers. (For the week ending Aug. 25, it took in $411,514—just under half of the potential gross for the Longacre Theatre.) Levi, Rodriguez, and the rest of the seven-person cast recently recorded the original cast album of the musical, which will be released digitally on Sept. 24. In an exclusive video (after the jump), Levi and Rodriguez cut it up in the studio before breaking into a few bars of their first duet in the show, the appropriately titled “First Impressions.” READ FULL STORY

'No Man's Land': Check out the hair on Patrick Stewart! -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

After years of the bald pate that has made him utterly recognizable from his days as Jean-Luc Picard through X-Men‘s Professor X, Patrick Stewart is opting for silver-fox elegance alongside fellow Marvel universe-er Ian McKellen for a pair of stage classics.

This shot, exclusively debuting on EW.com, is from Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land, in which Stewart plays Hirst opposite McKellen’s Spooner, as a pair of men in a North West London house sizing each other up over a hot summer night. Performing in repertory with No Man’s Land will be Samuel Beckett’s legendary Waiting for Godot, with Stewart and McKellen taking on Vladimir and Estragon, respectively. Joining them for both productions will be Billy Crudup (Arcadia) and Shuler Hensley (Oklahoma!). Sean Mathias, who just helmed the Emilia Clarke-starring Breakfast at Tiffany’s, will be directing.
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Comic-Con: Kanye West's art director delivers 'Head Smash' to comics

There’s a long history of comic book artists treading into the neighboring world of album cover art especially when psychedelia, counter-culture, fantasy or heavy metal bridged the distance between the art table and the turn table. Usually it’s an art table star — like R. Crumb, Berni Wrightson, Barry Windsor-Smith or Paul Pope to just a few — playing the tourist in turntable territory but the exact opposite is the case with the cover for Head Smash.

The haunting image is the handiwork of Joe Perez, the designer and art director best known for his work with Kanye West and Donda. Perez’s portfolio includes the Cruel Summer album cover in 2012, for example, but never a comic book. That changes with the brutal dystopian visions of Head Smash , which features interior art by Dwayne Harris and the original cover by Tim Bradstreet. The world is the creation of Vlad Yudin of The Vladar Company and was co-written with Erik Hendrix of Arcana and premieres down at Comic-Con International. We caught up with Perez to get in tune with his mixed media. See the art below.

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Get a first look at the new Broadway musical 'First Date,' starring Zachary Levi -- EXCLUSIVE

Who says there are no new Broadway shows in the summertime? Bucking that trend is the team behind the anticipated new musical First Date, which begins previews next month on Broadway and marks the long hoped-for Broadway debut of Zachary Levi (TV’s Chuck, the upcoming film Thor: The Dark World…oh, and this duet).

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Peter Parker with a bong? Joe Casey springs 'The Bounce' -- FIRST LOOK

When readers first met young Peter Parker, back in 1962 on the opening page of Amazing Fantasy No. 15, he’s wearing spectacles, carrying schoolbooks and listening too hard to the latest insult.

It’s a little different when readers are greeted by young Jasper Jenkins – the title character of Joe Casey’s The Bounce – in our exclusive preview of the first issue. Instead of eyeglasses, he’s got glassy eyes and the object in his hand looks suspiciously like a three-foot bong. He’s also ignoring the latest lecture. “With great power comes great responsibility” still applies — but in the case of this 21st century slacker soul, it may also be accompanied by metahuman munchies.

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First Look: See Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan in Broadway's 'Annie' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Glee‘s Jane Lynch begins a summer run on May 16 in the Broadway revival of Annie, playing the boozy and bawdy orphanage manager Miss Hannigan, who torments the titular red-haired girl. (Lynch is replacing current star Katie Finneran.) The actress rehearsed for the part this winter in L.A. while she wrapped up the fourth season of Glee.

Lynch admits that the role shares similarities with her villainous Glee character, Sue Sylvester, and says the two characters would probably be pals in real life. “I think Miss Hannigan would look up to Sue because Sue is much more stealth and much more successful at being manipulative,” says Lynch. “Miss Hannigan is just sloppy. She’s kind of a mess.”

Lynch adds that her Glee costar Darren Criss, who stepped in for Daniel Radcliffe in the Broadway run of How to Succeed…, gave her some good advice. “He said ‘Make yourself comfortable.’ You have to really save your energy and your angst for the show.” Lynch admits that performing live on stage every night is  going to be a test of endurance. “I had a rehearsal onstage for the first time and I got to the point where I was doing ‘Little Girls’ and I was out of breath,” she says. “So I have to learn how to conserve my energy.”

She’s also not gonna be preoccupied with any potential Glee castmates or other pals coming to see her. Says Lynch, “I’ve told them I don’t want to know when anyone’s coming. I just wanna show up and do the show. I don’t want to think oh so-and-so is out there. I met Patti LuPone last night and she was like, ‘I’m going to come see you.’ And I was like, ‘You cannot let me know when.’ I do not want to know when Patti LuPone is coming to see me!”

Read more:
‘Glee’: Kate Hudson and Lea Michele perform Stevie Wonder’s ‘Uptight (Everything’s Alright)’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
‘Glee’ season finale recap: All or Nothing
‘Glee’: Listen to three songs from this week’s Stevie Wonder tribute — EXCLUSIVE

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'Home Improvement' reunion! First photos of Jonathan Taylor Thomas on 'Last Man Standing'

Randy and Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor are together again!

At least, they will be on March 22, when Jonathan Taylor Thomas’s guest spot on Tim Allen’s sitcom Last Man Standing airs. Here’s a first look at the episode, as well as two more shots from JTT’s triumphant return to TV. (He’s been absent from the small screen since a 2005 stint on Veronica Mars.)

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Sofia Vergara's bra racks up 'Machete Kills' body count -- EXCLUSIVE

Well, finally, a Hollywood movie that bends over backwards to give big gun supporters a fair shake.

Yes, that’s Sofía Vergara who – as Lady Desdemona, a femme fatale in Machete Kills – straps herself into a weaponized wardrobe that lifts, separates and mows down rivals.

It’s all from the impact-splatter imagination of Robert Rodriguez, the filmmaker who alternates between bloody (Sin City, El Mariachi) and fizzy (four Spy Kids films, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl) without aesthetic shift or ethical distress. READ FULL STORY

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