Mahershala Ali Finally Gets the Leading Role He Deserves

After a string of supporting performances, he steps into the spotlight as not one but two main characters in the sci-fi drama “Swan Song.”

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Actresses From ‘One Tree Hill’ Reunite. Cue the Healing.

Hilarie Burton Morgan, Sophia Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz talk shop on their podcast “Drama Queens” for their fans but, also, for themselves.

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Corey Stoll on Becoming the New Face of Fortune in ‘Billions’

The actor talked about taking over from Damian Lewis as the show’s chief nemesis, and why a do-gooder billionaire is still a billionaire.

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Brian Cox Takes Stock of His Eventful Life on Stage and Screen

In “Putting the Rabbit in the Hat,” the actor currently thriving as Logan Roy in “Succession” recounts his Scottish upbringing, his years in the theater and his experiences in Hollywood.

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Louie Anderson, Stand-Up Comic and TV Host, Dies at 68

Mr. Anderson, who was known for his role “Life With Louie,” won an Emmy in 2016 for his performance in the show “Baskets.”

#actors-and-actresses, #anderson-louie, #deaths-obituaries, #television

Hardy Kruger, German-Born Hollywood Star, Is Dead at 93

Escaping execution by the Nazis for “cowardice” as a soldier, he found success in films because he found ways to portray “the new, good German.”

#actors-and-actresses, #deaths-obituaries, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #kruger-hardy, #movies

Jon Bernthal’s Guide to Making It as a Supporting Actor

Not being No. 1 on the call sheet has worked out pretty well for the “King Richard” cast member, who helped power that film to a SAG nomination.

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Conrad Ricamora on His Bumpy Road to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

The actor reflects on continuing the Off Broadway revival’s hot streak, and fighting against the stereotypes facing Asian American actors.

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Jeremy Irons Is Transported by Renzo Piano and a Dog Named Smudge

The star of the new Netflix movie ‘Munich — The Edge of War’ discusses his first Broadway gig and the connection between Irish fiddling and jazz.

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Yvette Mimieux, Who Found Fame With ‘The Time Machine,’ Dies at 80

Typically playing fragile characters, she had success in the 1960s in “Where the Boys Are” and other movies before her acting career took a downturn.

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Now Is the Winter of Broadway’s Discontent

Curtains are rising again after the Omicron surge caused widespread cancellations, but attendance has fallen steeply. Nine shows are closing, at least temporarily.

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Bridget Everett Shows Off Her Softer Side in ‘Somebody Somewhere’

“Somebody Somewhere,” a bittersweet comedy on HBO, will likely surprise viewers who know Everett as a self-proclaimed “cabaret wildebeest.”

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The Life and Legacy of Sidney Poitier

How the first Black man to win an Oscar transformed not only American cinema, but also America itself.

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Actress Dagmara Dominczyk Burns Bright in ‘Succession’ and ‘The Lost Daughter’

The Polish actress also stars in “The Lost Daughter,” directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

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Don’t Sleep on These 6 Performances During Awards Season

As various nominating groups unveil their choices, these impressive turns have been largely overlooked. But there’s still time to rectify that, academy voters!

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The Visions of Penélope Cruz

She already felt a mystical connection with the director Pedro Almodóvar. For their seventh collaboration, “Parallel Mothers,” she gave her all, even collapsing after one scene.

#actors-and-actresses, #almodovar-pedro, #content-type-personal-profile, #cruz-penelope, #movies, #parallel-mothers-movie

Dwayne Hickman, T.V.’s Lovelorn Dobie Gillis, Is Dead at 87

He went on to appear in movies and other TV shows and to work as a television executive, but the role of Dobie would dog him for decades.

#actors-and-actresses, #beatty-warren, #deaths-obituaries, #denver-bob, #hickman-dwayne, #television, #the-many-loves-of-dobie-gillis-tv-program, #weld-tuesday

Max Julien, Star of a Cult Blaxploitation Film, Dies at 88

Black audiences flocked to see him in “The Mack,” and generations of cinephiles have paid homage to his star turn, his smooth delivery and his extraordinary costumes.

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Who Is Annie Hamilton?

Annie Hamilton may be the most well-known, unknown actor in New York.

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Sidney Poitier Was the Star We Desperately Needed Him to Be

Without the obstacles put in his way, he could’ve been even bigger than he was. But Mr. Poitier still managed to be a giant, which, in itself, is astonishing.

#academy-awards-oscars, #actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #guess-whos-coming-to-dinner-movie, #movies, #poitier-sidney

A Season to Savor a Cherished Musical Again and Again (and Again)

Our critic didn’t set out to see “Caroline, or Change” seven times, but amid so much uncertainty the show turned out to be just what she needed.

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11 of Sidney Poitier’s Greatest Movies to Stream Now

As an actor and filmmaker, he strove to bring layered Black individuals to the screen at a time when that was rare.

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Sidney Poitier, Who Paved the Way for Black Actors in Film, Dies at 94

The first Black performer to win the Academy Award for best actor, for “Lilies of the Field,” he once said he felt “as if I were representing 15, 18 million people with every move I made.”

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LaChanze on Alice Childress’s “Trouble in Mind”

Since October, the actress has been performing the lead role of Wiletta Mayer in the Broadway debut of Childress’s 1955 play.

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Peter Bogdanovich, Director Whose Career Was a Hollywood Drama, Dies at 82

Within one decade, the ’70s, he was transformed from one of the most celebrated of filmmakers, notably for “The Last Picture Show,” into one of the most ostracized.

#actors-and-actresses, #bogdanovich-peter, #deaths-obituaries, #movies, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #paper-moon-movie, #stratten-dorothy, #the-last-picture-show-movie

They Screamed, We Screamed. Now They’re in ‘Scream’ Again.

After more than a decade, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette return to take a new stab at the meta-horror franchise. They didn’t jump in right away.

#actors-and-actresses, #arquette-david, #campbell-neve, #cox-courteney, #craven-wes, #movies, #scream-movie

Betty White Recalled as a Trailblazer With a Love for Life

“The world looks a little different now,” said the actor Ryan Reynolds, who was one of many to pay tribute to the actress who died on Friday.

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Betty White, a TV Fixture for Seven Decades, Is Dead at 99

Among the many highlights of a career that began in 1949 were star turns on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the 1970s and “Saturday Night Live” in 2010.

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Clifton Collins Jr. Hopes ‘Jockey’ Makes Him a Familiar Name

You know the actor from countless TV shows, but after immersive preparation for a rare leading role, he appears headed for a breakthrough.

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Juliette Lewis, an ‘Imagination Freak Fairy,’ Knows Her Worth

She’s been a child star, and a rock star. Now, at 48 and starring in the buzzy thriller “Yellowjackets,” Lewis has discovered how to regenerate.

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As Other Arab States Falter, Saudi Arabia Seeks to Become a Cultural Hub

While conflicts and crises have battered Arab cultural capitals, Saudi Arabia is hosting film festivals and bankrolling new movies.

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What Three Broadway Shows Tell Us About Racial Progress

The female protagonists in “Trouble in Mind,” “Caroline, or Change” and “Clyde’s” show the richness that comes from having a multitude of Black voices onstage.

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Hollywood Turns Up Star Power in Search of Audiences

Boldface names have always mattered at the movies, but a number of recent casts have been full of them. That hasn’t always helped at the box office.

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Nicole Kidman on Lucille Ball in ‘Being the Ricardos’

A career of dramas like “The Hours” and “Big Little Lies” was not enough to help Kidman portray the “I Love Lucy” star in “Being the Ricardos.” As she put it, “Funny’s hard.”

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On Broadway, Newly Vital Understudies Step Into the Spotlight

As Omicron spreads, shows are relying on replacement actors more than ever. And productions without enough of them have had to cancel performances.

#actors-and-actresses, #actors-equity-assn, #broadway-league, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #theater

The Artists We Lost in 2021, in Their Words

Some artists held the spotlight for generations. Others left us lamenting careers cut short. Here is a tribute to those we lost this year.

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Sally Ann Howes, Star of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,’ Dies at 91

The English-born actress captivated children in the 1968 film, which became a holiday favorite. It was one of around 140 productions she appeared in during a six-decade career.

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Peter Dinklage on ‘Cyrano’ and Life After ‘Game of Thrones’

The actor is happy to upend 100 years of clichés by playing the romantic lead. It’s a liberating change after the series became his life.

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Continuing ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’

Lily Tomlin, who first performed this comically cosmic play, and Jane Wagner, its author, discuss a new production with Cecily Strong and Leigh Silverman, its new star and director.

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Carrie-Anne Moss Resurrects Her ‘Matrix’ Action-Hero Role

The actress synonymous with Trinity faced the weight of expectations when she reunited with Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski for the new sequel.

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How Dasha Nekrasova Is Calling the Shots

The “Succession” star and co-host of the podcast Red Scare has directed her first feature, “The Scary of Sixty-First,” about a house once owned by Jeffrey Epstein.

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Elijah Wood on ‘The Lord of the Rings’ at 20

“I’ll never be upset at being associated with those films or for them being the largest in people’s memories of who I am,” the actor says.

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How George Clooney Cast a Young Brooklyn Resident for His Next Film

Daniel Ranieri went from ranting in an online video to being cast in a Hollywood movie. But he still loves sports, games and his ‘gaga’.

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In Sean Baker’s Films, Big Roles Go to Passers-by and Professionals Alike

Sean Baker prefers a cast with a mix of experience levels. That was never more true than on “Red Rocket,” where many of the performers had never worked on a movie.

#actors-and-actresses, #baker-sean-1971, #movies, #red-rocket-movie

Oscar Contenders Like Lady Gaga and Ben Affleck Go Big

Aim-for-the-fences performances from Lady Gaga, Ben Affleck and many others are making waves, and we’re here for the outrageous fun.

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Rita Moreno and Ariana DeBose on ‘West Side Story

The two actresses explain what the new “West Side Story” gets right, what the original lacked and why playing the role they’re both known for is so gut-wrenching.

#actors-and-actresses, #debose-ariana, #hispanic-americans, #moreno-rita, #movies, #race-and-ethnicity, #west-side-story-2021-movie

‘The Music Man’ Once Had a Disabled Character. Then He Was Erased.

At the urging of producers, Meredith Willson cut a boy in a wheelchair from the early scripts for his 1957 musical. A look back shows what was lost.

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Patti LuPone on ‘Company,’ Stephen Sondheim and More

“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh, I’ll drink to that!” she belts onstage in Stephen Sondheim’s “Company,” as Broadway reopens. So. Will. We.

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Opening Their Eyes to Art and Each Other

Talibah Safiya and Bertram Williams Jr. felt a spark while watching a play together in high school, 11 years before their first proper date.

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Jussie Smollett Found Guilty of Reporting a Fake Hate Crime

Mr. Smollett was convicted of filing a false police report in 2019 claiming he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. The jury deliberated for more than nine hours.

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