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Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, and more lose a bet to Jimmy Fallon -- VIDEO

Ten years ago, if Jimmy Fallon told you he was going to host the Tonight Show, you’d likely respond to the Saturday Night Live player, “Yeah. In your dreams. Enjoy the Taxi premiere!”

But times have changed, and with Monday night’s debut for Fallon’s Tonight Show, it was time for the comedian to collect on a couple bets. “To my buddy who said I’d never host the Tonight Show — and you know who you are — you owe me a hundred bucks,” he declared during his monologue.

Cue Fallon’s buddies: Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lindsay Lohan, and many, many more. Watch below in EW’s late-night highlight video: READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: Ethan Hawke and Sarah Jessica Parker return, Spider-Man swings out

After three years on the boards, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has decided to call it quits on Jan. 5 after a tumultuous, headline-grabbing ride on Broadway that will result in a reported $60 million loss. Will producers be leery of investing in the next wave of in-development super-musicals (including a buzzed-about King Kong that is eyeing New York after a successful run in Melbourne). Meanwhile, this week’s openings are significantly less costly, including Ethan Hawke’s first Shakespeare turn on Broadway in 10 years, Tony winner Jefferson Mays in an eight-role bonanza, a first-time play by actress Amanda Peet with some heavy-hitting leads, and Pretty Little Liars’ Keegan Allen and ubiquitous movie heavy James Badge Dale in a new bro play (click on the links below for full reviews):

The Commons of Pensacola The Madoff scandal influences another play, this time the playwriting debut of actress Amanda Peet. The biggest coup: Stage and screen titans Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner play the leads. Senior writer Jessica Shaw was less than enchanted by the results, though she has great things to say about Ms. Danner: “The show belongs to Blythe Danner… she brings class and wit…even when asked to pass gas.” EW grade: B-

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder  Wodehouse farce and classic musical theater blend together for this regional smash that has made its way to Broadway, with Jefferson Mays in arguably the toughest workout on Broadway playing the eight members of a homicidally unlucky family. Senior editor Thom Geier calls Mays’ performance “jaw-dropping” and adds, “no one is likely to get sick of the black comedy in A Gentleman’s Guide, which remains winsome and charming despite an alarming surfeit of devious and devilish characters. Quite simply, it’s a bloody good time.” EW grade: A

Macbeth In Lincoln Center’s bold new take on The Scottish Play, Ethan Hawke plays the beleaguered king and Anne-Marie Duff makes her Broadway debut as his scheming wife. According to EW’s Melissa Rose Bernardo, the Witches take center stage in this revival. “The craggy all-male trio of Malcolm Gets, John Glover, and Byron Jennings — pull all the strings, popping up in minor roles and causing toil and trouble at every turn” she writes. As for Hawke, she adds: “Though his scruffy, still-boyish looks suggest the prototypical Hamlet, Hawke makes a very convincing (and wonderfully sleazy) Scottish king.” EW grade: B-

One Night…  True Blood’s Rutina Wesley, who had a fiery turn a few seasons ago opposite Jonathan Groff in The Submission, returns to the stage in Charles Fuller’s new Off Broadway play about traumas facing women in the U.S. armed forces. Melissa Rose Bernardo cops to finding this new work overstuffed: “Operation Iraqi Freedom, hallucinations, PTSD, homeless veterans, rape, sexism, arson, and broken families. How do you pack all that into a 90-minute play? Not very tidily, as it turns out.” EW grade: C

Small Engine Repair  A quartet of guys with questionable histories meet up for a fateful evening in a New England auto repair shop, but senior writer Adam Markovitz wasn’t completely in tune with the Off Broadway play by John Pollono. “It’s a savvily written piece of punchline theater — the kind of play with 60 minutes of talky preamble leading up to one scene that’s funny, nerve-wracking, and ballsy enough to justify the whole show,” he writes. “For more ambitious work, you’re better off looking elsewhere.” EW grade: B-

Taking Care of Baby  Dennis Kelly — who won a Tony this year for his book for the smash musical hit Matilda — enjoys the American premiere of his 2007 British play about a young mother implicated in the deaths of her two young children, and the media circus that surrounds it. The “verbatim play,” as it is known, proved a mixed but worthy affair per my review: “For about half of the play’s two-plus hours, the gimmick is genuinely compelling…. but the production is blessed with a laser-focused principal cast.” EW grade: B

Too Much, Too Much, Too Many  A family copes with loss in this new work at Roundabout Underground, which highlights new works by up-and-coming scribes in an intimate Off Broadway black box space. “The cast gives passionate performances,” Stephan Lee writes, though he adds: “It’s a play in which a character says of another, ”He’s got loss in his voice,’ without a hint of irony.” EW grade: B

Sarah Jessica Parker shrieks over pointe shoes in New York City Ballet reality show -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Sarah Jessica Parker is not Carrie Bradshaw, but that doesn’t mean the lines don’t blur a little bit — especially when shoes are involved.

In a new reality show, city.ballet, premiering Nov. 4 on AOL, Parker takes audiences into the world of the New York City Ballet. The idea of a reality show about a well-respected institution like the New York City Ballet and its dancers might seem like a bit of an oxymoron, but through Parker’s guidance and the cooperation of the Ballet, city.ballet hopes to give an unparalleled look at the lives of professional dancers — right down to their blisters and bloody feet.

It’s not the poppy confection of Center Stage, the hellish nightmare of Black Swan, the surrealist fantasy of The Red Shoes, or a tawdry, exploitative reality show. It’s just real, and it proves that the lives of these dancers are difficult enough without manufactured drama of reality television (or the threat of black feathers sprouting through their backs).

Take a look at two exclusive clips from city.ballet below — one has ballet master in chief Peter Martins explaining the stakes, and the other shows Parker having a Carrie Bradshaw moment in a closet full of pointe shoes.
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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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'Sex and the City' premiered 15 years ago today. We can thank it for...

Sex and the City, the show you claim you’re totally over because it’s so annoying and materialistic but you find yourself re-watching on E! more than you’d ever admit, is 15 years old today. That’s right: It’s been 15 years since Carrie originally confidently stumbled around Manhattan and met Mr. Big, setting up women for a decade of unrealistic expectations about everything from New York real estate to how charming the average person will find a plethora of puns.

But dashing guys and great friendships are only part of the show’s enduring pop culture legacy. We couldn’t, ahem, help but wonder: What else did Sex and the City introduce to mainstream culture over the past 15 years? Read on to find out the original reason you can’t get away from Manolo Blahnik, Cosmos, or even the phrase “He’s just not that into you.”
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Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner head to stage as mother and daughter

The theatricality of Glee must have made Sarah Jessica Parker want to return to the theater. Producers announced today that Parker, currently singing and dancing on the Fox dramedy, and Tony winner Blythe Danner will return to the New York City stage this fall in a new play, The Commons of Pensacola.

The show, written by actress Amanda Peet, centers on a woman (Danner) “forced to leave her life behind when husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Becca’s filmmaker boyfriend pay Judith a visit to the one bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. How will past and present circumstances inform how this family moves into the future?” READ FULL STORY

Sarah Jessica Parker 'in conversation' to join Blythe Danner on stage

It’s official: Sarah Jessica Parker is (maybe) returning to the stage.

Entertainment Weekly can confirm a Showbiz 411 report that Parker is in talks to join a play written by actress Amanda Peet about “a family weathering a major financial crisis,” the Manhattan Theater Club told EW in a statement.

“We are looking forward to producing the world premiere of The Commons of Pensacola … directed by Lynne Meadow as part of our 2013-2014 season,” the MTC said. “We are in conversation with Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker about appearing in this timely, new play.”

At the moment Danner is featured in Nice Work if You Can Get It alongside Parker’s husband, Matthew Broderick, but the new deal would see her switch productions in the fall. If Parker comes on board, it will be her first stage appearance since the ’90s.

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Ryan Murphy tweets 'Glee'-ful pic of Kurt's 'Sex'-y new mentor, Isabelle

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Gleeks, time to get your giddy on. After we were treated to both photo and video teases for Cassandra July — Rachel’s acid-tongued NYADA dance instructor played by Kate Hudson — it was only a matter of time before Kurt’s Midwestern mentor came on the scene. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce you to Isabelle, Kurt’s (seemingly much friendlier) guide to all things jazz hands, played by Sarah Jessica Parker. Glee honcho Ryan Murphy tweeted this pic of Chris Colfer, who plays Kurt, cuddling up to Parker on set. Snap judgment: If the two stars can get this close between takes, that would imply that Kurt and Isabelle’s burgeoning student/teacher relationship probably won’t end in an out-for-blood diva-off. Then again, this is Glee. Frenemies make the best competitors.

This pics brings with it a good news/bad news situation, though. While we now know that Isabelle shares Kurt’s penchant for tartan (hello, kilt at prom!), we have to wait a while to see the bottom half of her — and Kurt’s — outfit. Glee premieres on Sept. 13, but Parker won’t make her first appearance until episode 3.

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Long live the new queen! Kristen Stewart crowned highest-paid actress in Hollywood

Kristen Stewart is Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, according to a Forbes magazine study of the industry in the last year. The 22-year-old star of the Twilight films bolstered her bank account with her role in last month’s action film Snow White and the Huntsman. All together, Stewart earned $34.5 million, half a million more than Cameron Diaz, who cleaned up when Bad Teacher performed well at the box office. Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie rounded out the $20 million club, and Stewart’s Snow White costar Charlize Theron ranked fifth with $18 million.

Overall, the list’s names were familiar, with Kristen Wiig the only newcomer from last year’s top 10 — replacing Reese Witherspoon. Click below for the entire list: READ FULL STORY

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

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