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By sheer happenstance — because sometimes in New York it can seem that everything really is happening somewhere nearby — I saw a revival of Tennessee Williams’ lyrically overwrought drama Orpheus Descending in a tenderly lucid, gripping production staged by Austin Pendleton in a Christopher Street church, poor-theater style with not much more than a few sticks of furniture. The language and a fine company did the rest. That was just a few days before Hadestown, which…

The Man In The High Castle‘s Frank Spotnitz wasted no time tonight addressing the elephant in the DGA Theater – sort of. “No, I am hugely proud of the show and very excited about its future as well,” said the now ex-showrunner on if he had anything to add to the news that Deadline broke last week that he is leaving the position for Season 2. “I am really glad that you guys are here to call attention to the amazing work that everyone on stage has done,” he added at the…

XLrator Media will screen the Duff McKagan/Guns N’ Roses documentary It’s So Easy and Other Lies: Live at the Moore in 50 cities across the country beginning May 26, prior to the film’s June 3 theatrical release in Los Angeles. Based on the best-selling memoir from McKagan, the band’s founding member and bass player, It’s So Easy features exclusive archival footage and chronicles McKagan’s rise to fame and fortune with Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, his struggles with…

Ciel Hunter, who started as an intern at Vice Media more than a decade ago, has been promoted to Head of Content for the youth media company. She was Executive Creative Director. As Head of Content, Hunter will oversee Vice’s digital presence across the web, including its video and editorial arms, platforms such as Snapchat and go90 and new and emerging platforms. He also will work to integrate Vice’s existing verticals with the Viceland TV network. She also will manage…

Alicia Coppola has joined the cast of Cowgirl’s Story, a military family drama from actress-producer Bailee Madison. Coppola will play Lt. Helen Rhones, a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan and mom to Madison’s Dusty Rhodes. Written, directed and co-produced by Timothy Armstrong and inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, Cowgirl’s Story tells the stories of high school cowgirls holding down the home front while their military parents are on duty in…

The 61st annual Obie Awards, established by the Village Voice to acknowledge achievement in off-Broadawy theater, named Rajiv Joseph’s gripping drama with humor Guards at the Taj as the best new play of the season. Guards was presented by the Atlantic Theatre Company and the award includes a $1,000 prize to the playwright. The Obies, which sets no predetermined limit on the number of awards it will give out in any given season, also Monday evening presented awards in…

Viacom employs a lot of accomplished storytellers. But few of them could dream up a drama that’s more compelling — and potentially important — than the one taking place right now at the company’s own offices in New York and Hollywood. On Friday night, Sumner Redstone — or people around him — rocked his media empire by kicking Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman and board member George Abrams off of his family trust and the board of his privately held theater chain, National…

LBJ in the form of Bryan Cranston came ‘all the way’ to Deadline’s all day first-ever Contenders Emmys event at the DGA Theatre last month. Kicking off the day were director Jay Roach, actor Anthony Mackie who plays Martin Luther King Jr, and Bryan Cranston recreating his Tony Award-winning role of President Lyndon Johnson in HBO’s TV movie version of the Broadway play, All The Way. The film just premiered over the weekend on HBO to sterling reviews. At the Contenders

EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Howell, who was Paramount’s Head of Comedy for the past two-and-a-half years, has joined DreamWorks Animation as the company’s new Head of Development. She is taking over for Gregg Taylor who began producing duties last August on DreamWorks’ Larrikins, the animated musical film. Like Taylor (who had the gig before her), Howell will report to Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. Taylor had been maintaining the job duties while also juggling his…

EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures has closed a deal to acquire an untitled microbudget adult thriller based on a pitch from scribe Lori Evans TaylorAkiva Goldsman is aboard to produce, and Weed Road president of production Greg Lessans will oversee. The plot revolves around a couple who rent out their home to a woman who begins to invade their lives. Taylor will pen the script; her first screenplay, the Hitchcockian thriller Bed Rest, landed at MGM last year with Karen Rosenfelt…