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July 26, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Rupert Grint, best known for playing ginger-haired wizard Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" films, will make his stage debut as a pill-popping thug. Producers announced Friday that Grint will join the cast of Jez Butterworth's "Mojo," opening at London's West End later this year. Ben Whishaw, Daniel Mays and "Downton Abbey's" Brendan Coyle round out the cast in the revival about London's underbelly in 1950s. Ian Rickson, who helmed the "Mojo" original 1995 production at the Royal Court Theatre, will direct.
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July 26, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Rupert Grint, best known for playing ginger-haired wizard Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" films, will make his stage debut as a pill-popping thug. Producers announced Friday that Grint will join the cast of Jez Butterworth's "Mojo," opening at London's West End later this year. Ben Whishaw, Daniel Mays and "Downton Abbey's" Brendan Coyle round out the cast in the revival about London's underbelly in 1950s. Ian Rickson, who helmed the "Mojo" original 1995 production at the Royal Court Theatre, will direct.
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May 10, 2012 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Supermodel Christie Brinkley makes her L.A. stage debut, reprising her Broadway turn as Roxie Hart in "Chicago: The Musical," at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood from Tuesday through May 27. You made your stage debut on Broadway as Roxie Hart a year ago. How did that come about? I was going over job offers with my agent and he sort of breezed over - "and then there's 'Chicago' wondering if you want to be Roxie or Velma, and there's da-da-da…. " And I said, "Are you sure that was for me?"
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March 8, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
The day after the Academy Awards, Lily Rabe was recovering from a night of hard partying around Hollywood. Against her better judgment, she and a friend had danced until dawn even though she was battling a persistent cold. As an experienced theater actress, Rabe isn't one to let illness or fatigue get in the way of punctuality. The 30-year-old actress arrived early to an interview to discuss her upcoming performance in "Miss Julie" at the Geffen Playhouse. And though she had trouble finding the right words to express herself, she was remarkably alert for someone operating on so little sleep.
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March 8, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
The day after the Academy Awards, Lily Rabe was recovering from a night of hard partying around Hollywood. Against her better judgment, she and a friend had danced until dawn even though she was battling a persistent cold. As an experienced theater actress, Rabe isn't one to let illness or fatigue get in the way of punctuality. The 30-year-old actress arrived early to an interview to discuss her upcoming performance in "Miss Julie" at the Geffen Playhouse. And though she had trouble finding the right words to express herself, she was remarkably alert for someone operating on so little sleep.
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October 24, 2002
I love Liz Smith's column and I read it religiously. She gets everything right 98% of the time. But she is wrong when she says that Antonio Banderas will make his stage debut when he appears in a revival of "Nine" on Broadway ("Rivera will turn heat up to 'Nine,' " Oct. 17). I have seen Banderas perform in starring roles in many major theatrical productions in Madrid, both before and after he became a star in the films of director Pedro Almodovar. What Smith should have said is that Banderas will be making his American stage debut when he appears in "Nine."
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April 17, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Breaking Ground: There will be some "firsts" involved when Sean Young joins Toni Tennille and Hinton Battle in "Stardust" May 7-June 7 at the Pantages Theatre. It will be the movie star's professional stage debut, and also will mark her first appearance as a singer and dancer.
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September 6, 2012 | By David Ng
Filmmaker Joe Wright, whose movie credits include "Atonement," "Pride and Prejudice" and the upcoming "Anna Karenina" will make his stage directorial debut this coming season at the Donmar Warehouse in London, the company announced this week. Wright is to direct a revival production of "Trelawney of the Wells" by Arthur Wing Pinero, which is set to officially open on Feb. 25. The Donmar's season is also to feature an all-female staging of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," starring Harriet Walter and directed by Phyllida Lloyd; and a revival of Conor McPherson's "The Weir.
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May 10, 2012 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Supermodel Christie Brinkley makes her L.A. stage debut, reprising her Broadway turn as Roxie Hart in "Chicago: The Musical," at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood from Tuesday through May 27. You made your stage debut on Broadway as Roxie Hart a year ago. How did that come about? I was going over job offers with my agent and he sort of breezed over - "and then there's 'Chicago' wondering if you want to be Roxie or Velma, and there's da-da-da…. " And I said, "Are you sure that was for me?"
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April 19, 2012 | By David Ng
Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in an off-Broadway play from the Roundabout Theatre Company. The Oscar-nominated actor will appear in the ensemble comedy-drama "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet" by British playwright Nick Payne. Gyllenhaal has acted on stage in London, but this would be his U.S. stage debut. Organizers said Thursday that the play is scheduled to open Sept. 20 at the Laura Pels Theatre in New York. A summary of the play provided by the Roundabout states that the story revolves around a 15-year-old girl with a weight problem.
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July 28, 2009 | Irene Lacher
For the young Jessica Biel, taking voice lessons was like trying on her mother's high heels. One day Jessica's mother needed to go to a voice lesson, but couldn't get a baby-sitter. So she took 8-year-old Jessica along. Jessica wanted a crack at it too, so her mother gave her the appointment. And so Biel's love of singing was born.
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May 28, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
DRAMA critics have been grousing mightily of late about the trend of celebrity casting. For some it's an epidemic more dangerously virulent than avian flu: "Hollywood infects Broadway -- News at 11." One can imagine certain reviewers sitting on the aisle with their little pads in hand, wearing hospital masks and rubber gloves for protection.
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September 3, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
Soon after graduating from high school in Glendale, Ariz., Stephen Spinella took flying lessons at the Phoenix airport. He wanted to travel, and he figured that's what airline pilots did. He got his license, but he never piloted another airplane. "I hated every second of it," he says. "Pulling a Cessna 150 out of a stall was not my idea of a good time."
NEWS
October 24, 2002
I love Liz Smith's column and I read it religiously. She gets everything right 98% of the time. But she is wrong when she says that Antonio Banderas will make his stage debut when he appears in a revival of "Nine" on Broadway ("Rivera will turn heat up to 'Nine,' " Oct. 17). I have seen Banderas perform in starring roles in many major theatrical productions in Madrid, both before and after he became a star in the films of director Pedro Almodovar. What Smith should have said is that Banderas will be making his American stage debut when he appears in "Nine."
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February 5, 2002 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Variety was the spice of televised life in the 1960s and '70s, and Ann-Margret was among the hottest flavors on the tube as she strutted her sex appeal and her talents as singer, dancer and actress in a number of TV specials. The titles included "From Hollywood With Love," "When You're Smiling," "Ann-Margret Olsson" (her birth name), "Ann-Margret Smith" (her married name) and "Rhinestone Cowgirl." Variety as a televised genre may have all but vanished, but not Ann-Margret, who turns 61 in April.
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