It’s hard to believe that Tom Hanks has never been on Broadway before. But the two-time Oscar winner will make his debut this spring in Lucky Guy, a new play by Nora Ephron, the late writer-director of two of his biggest box office hits (Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail). And this is no one-man vanity project, as you can see from this exclusive first photo from the production, which begins previews March 1 before an official opening April 1 under the direction of two-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe. READ FULL STORY
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Scarlett Johansson was born to play Maggie the Cat, the frustrated sexpot at the center of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Benjamin Walker, best known in New York for playing the titular character in the meta-musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, seems an equally good choice for Maggie’s repressed, alcoholic husband Brick.
So it’s no surprise that these two look pretty great together in this first-look photo from the play’s new Broadway production. Can any modern-day actress rock a retro hairdo quite like Johansson? Here’s the picture:
After assembling a laugh-out-loud cast for the first season of his dating show parody Burning Love, Ken Marino set an ultra-high bar as he stepped behind the camera to produce the web series’ second season. But, as you can see from this exclusive cast shot, Marino has outdone himself. From Party Down cast mates to comic mainstays, the next set of suitors in this “loving homage” to The Bachelorette is chockablock with gut busters.
Below, Marino talks EW through season 2 with four exclusive pics, singles out some of the early favorites, and reveals the theme of season 3. Read on… READ FULL STORY
First look at the poster for Broadway's 'Picnic' with 'Lost' star Maggie Grace and Sebastian Stan -- EXCLUSIVE
Maggie Grace and Sebastian Stan get close — Nicholas Sparks-movie close — in the brand-new poster for the Broadway-bound revival of Picnic, William Inge’s 1953 Pulitzer-winning drama about steamy passions in the mid-20th-century American heartland. Stan, a Gossip Girl alum who appeared in Captain America and last summer’s USA miniseries Political Animals, plays a handsome young drifter who crashes a Labor Day picnic in a small town — and catches the attention of the beautiful but innocent Madge Owens (played by Grace, a Lost alum who most recently reprised her role as Liam Neeson’s daughter in Taken 2). The limited-run play, directed by Sam Gold, begins previews Dec. 14 before a Jan. 13 opening at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre.
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With each new entry in the Halo franchise, fans of the sci-fi first-person shooter series expect two things: A cinematic solo experience to shame anything George Lucas has committed to celluloid (at least in the last three decades), and a robust suite of online multi-player modes that continue the fragging fun long after the campaign’s credits have rolled.
Halo 4 (which hits stores in the U.S. on Nov. 6) is the first game in five years to put players behind the gold visor of Covenant-crushing space marine Master Chief. But it’s also taking something of a risk with a brand new third option for prospective players: Spartan Ops, a play-extending experiment of sorts that mixes serialized storytelling with bite-sized playable missions. EW has the exclusive trailer of the experience, along with an interview with one of the creative minds behind the effort. Check them out below: READ FULL STORY
Green Arrow shooting into superhero fighting game 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK
It could scarcely be a better time to be Green Arrow. The not-quite-top-tier DC Comics hero is enjoying a major career resurgence thanks to the CW’s highly anticipated new series Arrow – featuring the crime-fighting abs of star Stephen Amell — not to mention the nation’s abiding obsession with all things archery.
And now EW can exclusively reveal that the man who by day is known as billionaire Oliver Queen has joined the ranks of warring superheroes in Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s upcoming fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Developed by the same team behind the seminal fighter Mortal Kombat, Injustice pits DC characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Catwoman, Nightwing, Harley Quinn, Cyborg, and Solomon Grundy against each other in a battle royale in vast battlefields that the characters can employ against their enemies. In this exclusive gameplay trailer, it’s clear that Green Arrow will use his arsenal of arrows and wisecracks to pummel the crap out of his comic book compatriots. It would appear Mr. Arrow especially has a bone to pick with the Flash. READ FULL STORY
Every so often since 1992, an all-star crew of writers — which has included Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, Scott Turow and Simpsons creator Matt Groening — have stepped away from their laptops and notepads to play in an all-author band called The Rock Bottom Remainders. By their own admission, the Remainders have never been what you’d call great. “We’re a novelty, like a dog that can dance,” Barry recently told EW. (Bruce Springsteen once put it to them this way: “Don’t get any better or you’ll just be another lousy garage band.”) But being great was never really the point — it was about momentarily indulging their fantasies of rock-star glory and raising money for various literary organizations.
In June, in the wake of the death of their founder, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the Remainders decided to call it quits and gave their final concert (woohoo! rock and roll!) at a librarians’ convention. But EW has an exclusive clip from tonight’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, featuring the band’s last televised performance. Granted, this may not be a landmark piece of rock history up there with the Band’s Last Waltz or the Beatles’ rooftop concert. But how often do you get a chance to see Stephen King strumming a guitar and singing? READ FULL STORY
It’s been 10 years since Jekyll & Hyde has been seen on Broadway, but a new production of Frank Wildhorn’s rock opera — headlined by American Idol and Rock of Ages breakout Constantine Maroulis — promises to bring the thrills when it hits the Great White Way in 2013 after a national tour launching in San Diego this October.
Pulling double vocal duty as the genial Dr. Henry Jekyll and his murderous alter ego Edward Hyde, Maroulis will share the stage with R&B superstar Deborah Cox, who plays altruistic prostitute Lucy. ”It’s going to be sexy dangerous,” says director Jeff Calhoun (Newsies). “That’s what I’m going for.” EW is excited to bring you the first look at Maroulis as Hyde and Cox as Lucy in the new production: READ FULL STORY
When penning the fifth season of True Blood, the frightening yet disarmingly funny vampire drama that returns to HBO this Sunday, creator Alan Ball found inspiration (in all places!) by watching the scary-in-their-own-right presidential primaries.
“My first instinct about going into religion and politics was from watching Michele Bachmann, who thinks she has a direct line to God.” Ball told EW. “What would happen if she became president? A lot of right-wingers would like to see a theocracy in America. From there we thought, ‘What would a vampire theocracy be and how would you justify it? What kind of impact would it have on humans?’”
The result is a battle between the Tru Blood-sipping Authority, headed by Roman Zimojic (Christopher Meloni), and religious extremists like the Sanguinistas, who believe humans were created by God for one purpose only: to serve as a hearty meal. “Sanguine is from the Latin word for blood, and I was trying to find a name that like a real movement,” explains Ball.
We think it works! READ FULL STORY
There’s going to be a whole lotta crazy and a whole lotta steam on Broadway this spring thanks to the upcoming revival of Tennessee Williams’ New Orleans-set A Streetcar Named Desire. Daphne Rubin-Vega (above, in the peach nighty) will be suffering like hell as former rich girl Stella. Nicole Ari Parker (in the red kimono) will be vamping it up as her faded Southern belle sister, Blanche. Wood Harris will be sexually frustrated as Blanche’s patient paramour, Mitch. The French Quarter, where they live, will be swinging to original music by jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard. And, of course, Blair Underwood (below, eating oranges) will get soaking wet and scream “Hey, Stella!” in his Broadway debut as Stanley.
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