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Theatre News: Lohan's Debut, 'Wolf Hall', 'Zhivago', Estefan Musical Aim for 2015

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This month in theatre news, Lindsay Lohan debuts on the West End, and the KGB, Henry VIII and a deaf leading lady will all play Broadway in 2015.

> Lindsay Lohan opened at London’s Playhouse Theatre in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow, in a role originated by Madonna and most recently played by Elisabeth Moss on Broadway. The jury is split on whether ‘fetch’ happened—the Mean Girls actress reportedly forgot a line or two in the 90 minute drama, and drew mixed (though assuringly few terrible) reviews from critics.

Doctor-zhivago> A musical adaptation of the classic film, Doctor Zhivago will come to Broadway in 2015 directed by Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys). Featuring music by Lucy Simon, lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers and book by Michael Weller, the show first premiered in 2006 at La Jolla Playhouse in Calif., followed by a significantly revised version in Australia last year. The production will take over the Broadway Theatre, where Cinderella is set to close Jan. 3.

> Producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Matthew Byam Shaw announced that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 will transfer to Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre (where Rocky closed this summer) beginning performances March 20, 2015. Based on the best-selling novels by Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, the plays tackle the drama of the court of Henry VIII (meaning heads will roll!). Both shows will run in repertory.

Luftig> Gloria Estefan told the New York Daily News that pop star Ariana Grande is her top pick to play the Grammy-winning icon in On Your Feet!, the new musical based on Estefan’s life and career slated to arrive on Broadway at the Marquee Theatre in October, 2015. Grande was previously seen on Broadway in the 2007 musical 13. Fingers remain crossed for Nick Jonas to play Emilio.

> Mark Medoff’s 1980 play Children of a Lesser God, about the romance between a deaf woman and a hearing man, will be revived on Broadway in the 2015-2016 season by Kinky Boots producer Hal Luftig (pictured right). Kenny Leon, who won a Tony for his direction of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington last season, will direct. No casting has been announced, but the team is committed to assembling a diverse cast and presenting a deaf actress in the leading role, according to the New York Times.

 


News: Wonder Woman, Mindy Kaling, Andrew Garfield’s Package, Taco Bell

Super RoadWonder Woman Lynda Carter sends some love to Virginia girl who was sent home by her Christian school for not acting girly enough: "Sending love to little Sunnie Kahle! Stay strong and love who you are..short hair, sneakers and all."

RoadDanish Zoo that killed off baby giraffe now kills 4 lions: "The Copenhagen Zoo, which generated global outrage last month when it killed a healthy 18-month-old giraffe named Marius, said it had to euthanize four lions this week to clear the path for a newly arrived young male lion. The zoo’s decision created abacklash on social media on Wednesday, with some calling the zoo’s staff members “serial killers” and “murderers.” The zoo justified the killings of the two parents, ages 14 and 16, and their cubs on the grounds of genetic purity and conservation, noting that the new lion would invariably prey on the cubs, while there was a risk that the older male lion would try to breed with one of the female lions that were his offspring."

RoadMindy Kaling to Vogue: "I don't want to be skinny."

RoadLindsay Lohan cops to her sex list

RoadMeanwhile, Nick Cannon dishes his own past sexploits before he met wife Mariah.

RoadEmma Stone apparently approves of boyfriend Andrew Garfield's spidey package: “It takes a lot of consideration because you don’t want it to be overwhelming and also you don’t want it to be underwhelming. You don’t want it to intimidate and you don’t want it to the opposite of intimidate,” Andrew said. “I had one focus group [check it out] and that focus group was Emma. She approved.”

RoadZac Efron's bodyguard claims Efron was a 'hero' who saved his life in the late night altercation that ensued between him and three homeless men in downtown LA.

RoadIs consciously uncoupled Chris Martin dating Alexa Chung?

RoadGeorge Clooney has a new gal.

RoadJames van der Beek gave Justin Timberlake his ID so he could get into clubs while still underage. 

Mrmr RoadLove is in the air in Britain.

RoadBeaked whale sets new diving record, reach depth of nearly 2 miles beneath the Ocean's surface: "To survive the immense pressure changes it faces as it moves down the water column, Cuvier's beaked whales have evolved lungs and a trachea that collapse completely in the depths of the ocean and then pop back open as the whale moves to the surface to breathe."

RoadIs the five second rule real?

RoadTaco Bell's breakfast menu will come to Canada when Canada agrees to take back Bieber.

RoadPinterest hacked, users flooded with butt pics

RoadNew exhibit of awkward family photos opens today at the California Heritage Museum.

RoadCameron Diaz says all women are attracted to other women at somepoint: “I think women are beautiful – absolutely beautiful. And I think that all women have been sexually attracted to another woman at some point. It’s natural to have a connectivity and an appreciation for the beauty of other women.”

RoadThese reunions always looked scary. 

RoadDoes this ancient tablet tell the story of Noah?

RoadCover art revealed for new Game of Thrones book. You can read a sample of the new book as well.

RoadCircumcision foes (aka "intactivists") protest at White House.


Billy Eichner and Lindsay Lohan Destroy a Car in 'How I Met Your Mother' Rage: VIDEO

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Billy on the Street's Billy Eichner and actress Lindsay Lohan systematically bashed in the face of each How I Met Your Mother cast member with a sledgehammer, in an apparent rage over the show ending.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Oprah To Lindsay Lohan: 'Cut The B.S.' – VIDEO

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Thanks to Oprah Winfrey's OWN network, Lindsay Lohan has been given another chance at repairing her public image via a reality show/documentary series titled Lindsay. However, the starlet who once couldn't go two minutes without being in photographs and tabloids is finding that sobriety has her shying away from the camera and shirking her responsibilities to the show. It finally got to the point where Winfrey herself had to fly in and have a sit-down with Lohan and set her straight...and the kid gloves came off.

O: [M]y truth is that I really do want you to win. I really do. If that isn't what you want, I'm OK with that. You know, I will tell these guys to pack up and leave today.

L: No, it's not that I'm not ready to do that, I do want to.

O: You need to cut the bulls--t.

At a different point in the discussion, Winfrey even pulled out the f-bomb:

O: I believe that you believe that this is your time to turn this around for yourself. I believe that. I believed you when you told me that.

L: It is.

O: OK. Alright. If that is the case, then you're not going to be f--king up.

You can watch Oprah give Lindsay her much-needed talking-to, foul language and all, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Iconography: Was 'Mean Girls' Too Gay To Function?

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The phrase "gay icon" gets tossed around a lot, but what does that really mean? Welcome to Gay Iconography, a new feature where we present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts. 

So far this series has focused on individuals that many consider gay icons. Sometimes that meant obvious standards (like Cher and Judy Garland), and sometimes it was introducing more contemporary figures (like Ben Cohen and Laverne Cox) that are still making their mark.

But sometimes there are classic works that become iconic more than their individual creators or stars. (Films like Paris Is Burning and Brokeback Mountain immediately come to mind.) However, this week, we were reminded of a (perhaps sillier) movie that happens to be celebrating 10 years since its initial release.

We're talking about Mean Girls. I get it, this isn't The Boys In the Band. But, for a certain generation, Mean Girls is the definitive portrayal of the high school experience. Hailed as one of the best high school films of all time, the film was a box office and critical success when it was released in 2004, and it has only grown in popularity -- especially in the gay community. Even if you've (somehow) never seen it, it's so often quoted, you've likely heard one of Mean Girls' many one-liners.

Treat yourself to some Friday afternoon LOLs with the groolest moments that have endeared the film to those of us just too gay to function, AFTER THE JUMP

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NEWS: Lohan's Interview, Gaga V. Perez, Hostages, Ambush In Egypt, Public Sex Boxes

Road During a post-rehab interview with Oprah Winfrey, Lindsay Lohan confessed to being an "addict", and blamed the start of her troubles on the success that she met immediately following the release of Mean GirlsLindsay Lohan

Road Conflict in Egypt continues to rage on as an ambush claimed the lives of 25 soldiers earlier today in the Sinai Peninsula. 

Road Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton took to Twitter yesterday in an apparent feud after Hilton allegedly tried to enter Gaga's apartment. 

Road Gaga also released the video to her new single, "Applause" today. 

Road The U.S. Navy released a guide for gay service members about same-sex partner benefits

Road Oscar Pistorius appeared in court earlier today and apparently wept during his hearing. His trial is set to begin on March 3rd. 

Road A hostage situation continues as an armed man keeps several people captive in the German city of Ingolstadt. Twitter Feud 

Road Ashton Kutcher's jOBS didn't seem to draw very many crowds this weekend. They were apparently too busy watching The Butler

Road At least 37 people were killed in Bihar, India when an express train crossed tracks at a remote station. 

Road Mexican authorities have captured the leader of a major drug cartel: Mario Ramirez Trevino. 

Road Alexander Skarsgard bared it all on last night's episode of True Blood (ALERT: link contains spoilers).  Prince-shares-breakfast-can-wait-cover-art-featuring-dave-chappelle1-400x400

Road Sen. Rand Paul, who has vowed a "government shutdown" as Obamacare laws take effect, confessed yesterday that he "doesn't think it's a good idea."

Road Prostitutes in Zurich will now be able to offer their services under the cover of private drive-in sex boxes

Road Apparently, Prince has no problem taking a joke...

Road Beyonce dares you to hate on her new hairstyle.

Road Nick Jonas is apparently putting his beefy bod to work for a good cause.

Road While Princess Diana has been dead for over a decade, conspiracy theories surrounding her death are still alive and well. 

Road Russell Simmons had no idea that a "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" might offend a few people.


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