Laura Hertzfeld

'Ruth Draper's Monologues': EW review


If you didn?t know better, you might think that the comedic sketches of Ruth Draper’s Monologues are a one-woman commentary on life in Los Angeles today. Three ladies who lunch unironically ordering raw vegetables at a fancy restaurant? Check. Prancersizing? Check. Juggling the nanny and the puppy and a call from your lover? Check. But the material in Monologues, performed by the ever-fabulous Annette Bening at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse through May 18, was written nearly a century ago.

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'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike': EW review

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Mark Blum, Kristine Nielsen, Christine Ebersole and David Hull

The Russian history major in me tried to keep a running tally of Chekhov references in Christopher Durang’s new play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which runs through March 9 at L.A.’s the Mark Taper Forum. But the show, winner of last year’s Tony Award for Best Play, is so chockfull of them that I lost count. No matter, the comedy is light and easy-breezy, whether you’ve spent countless hours analyzing Russian literature — or not.

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'Grand Piano': Elijah Wood follows a mystery voice to the stage -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Long before Damien Chazelle won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for his jazz drummer pic Whiplash, he was hard at work writing the suspenseful Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack. The film, directed by Eugenio Mira, follows Wood’s character, a pianist, who suffers from stage fright and is served with a mysterious note just before his big performance.

Check out an exclusive clip from the film below.

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New U2 song 'Invisible' premieres during Super Bowl -- VIDEO

U2 may be coy about when their new album is coming out, but fans got a taste of new music from the band with a new song, “Invisible,” which premiered during Sunday’s Super Bowl as part of the (RED) campaign to end AIDS. The song is currently a free download on iTunes through 11:59p.m. on Feb. 3. For each download, Bank of America is donating to the (RED) campaign.

Check out the teaser for the song in the video below:

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Philip Seymour Hoffman talks Sundance, directing in one of his final interviews -- VIDEO

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Philip Seymour Hoffman was at the Sundance Film Festival less than two weeks ago to talk about his role in John Slattery’s directorial debut, God’s Pocket. He spoke with EW’s Anthony Breznican along with Slattery and co-star Christina Hendricks (Mad Men). Hoffman had his first film as director – Jack Goes Boating – premiere at Sundance in 2010, and he only had this bit of advice for Slattery: “When you get here, it’s the letting go time.”

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Dominic Cooper stars as Fleming, Ian Fleming in 'The Man Who Would Be Bond' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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If there was ever any one cooler than James Bond, it was his creator, Ian Fleming. In a new BBC America mini-series about the mastermind behind 007, Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) stars as the gadget-wielding, model-bedding, tuxedo-wearing playboy who was recruited to work in British intelligence against the Nazis during World War II.

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Angelina Jolie's wicked laugh, Lana Del Rey's haunting cover take center stage in new 'Maleficent' spot

Lana Del Rey’s haunting new version of “Once Upon a Dream” provides the backdrop for the latest trailer for Disney’s Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as Sleeping Beauty’s horned nemesis. This new spot from the stylistic, wicked version of the fairy tale features the evil queen speaking: “There is evil in this world, hatred and revenge…” ending her introduction with a sinister laugh.

Check out the trailer, which premiered during Sunday’s Grammy awards, below.

Maleficent hits theaters on May 30.

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