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Off Broadway Review: ‘Of Good Stock’ with Alicia Silverstone

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Hell is spending a weekend with the three irritating Stockton sisters who strut and fret in Melissa Ross’s busy but fruitless family drama, “Of Good Stock.” Director (and Manhattan Theater Club artistic director) Lynne Meadow’s production is smartly cast — Jennifer Mudge, Heather Lind, and Alicia Silverstone play the abrasive siblings — and easy on… Read more »

‘The Goldbergs’ Actress Hayley Orrantia to Star in ‘God’s Not Dead 2′

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Hayley Orrantia (“The Goldbergs”) has been cast as the lead in faith-based “God’s Not Dead 2,” currently shooting in Arkansas. Orrantia will play a student whose family sues her high school teacher — portrayed by Melissa Joan Hart — over the teacher quoting Bible verses in class. Harold Cronk is directing from a script by… Read more »

Watch: Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Creed’ First Trailer Gives ‘Rocky’ Franchise New Life

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The first trailer for “Creed,” the seventh Rocky Balboa film, has hit the Web, but this time, it’s Michael B. Jordan who dons the boxing gloves. “Fantastic Four” star Jordan plays the son of Balboa’s arch nemesis-turned-friend Apollo Creed, who was played by Carl Weathers in the first four “Rocky” films. Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone,… Read more »

Amy Schumer Talks ‘Trainwreck’ Sex Scenes and Almost Being ‘The Bachelorette’

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Amy Schumer said she seriously considered signing on to be the next Bachelorette in the ABC series after the enthusiastic response from her appearance on the current season. “I really was very tempted,” she noted when people suggested she take over; ABC exec Robert Mills even made overtures to her on Twitter. “But I think… Read more »

LGBT Struggle Echoes Black Civil Rights Movement

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Civil rights leader Julian Bond co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Poverty Law Center. A former Georgia state senator, he has been a professor at several universities, including Harvard. He has served as a commentator on NBC’s “Today” show, and narrated the PBS documentary series “Eyes on the Prize.” A past chairman… Read more »

Broadway Musical ‘It Shoulda Been You’ to Close in August

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Broadway musical “It Shoulda Been You,” which has struggled at the box office since it began performances in March, has called it quits, posting a closing notice for early August. The musical, a wedding comedy with a timely gay-marriage twist, earned mixed reviews when it opened in April. Although it was entirely shut out of the… Read more »

Don Harris Leaving Paramount as President of U.S. Distribution

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Don Harris is leaving Paramount to pursue other opportunities after four years as president of domestic distribution. Harris, who previously worked at DreamWorks and as head film buyer for the AMC Theaters chain, will be staying through the July 31 release of “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” Paramount expects to announce his replacement in the… Read more »

Is the Music Industry Purging Its Record of Homophobia?

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Awards shows are inherently ersatz, and winners’ invocations of sociopolitical causes are often so inflated with self-importance that the underlying message is lost. Music award shows in particular have often reflected the medium’s halfway measures on gay rights. From glam to disco, New Wave to “Vogue,” pop music has borrowed from the aesthetics of gay… Read more »