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News Nuggets: A closer look at Broadway moms on Mother's Day

By Daniel Montgomery
May 13 2012 13:21 pm
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Celebrating Broadway moms on Mother's Day: "Every once in a while a play comes along with a genuine mother of a maternal role: from 'Medea' through 'The Glass Menagerie' to ''night, Mother' and 'Three Tall Women' to more recent productions like 'Doubt,' 'Well' and 'August: Osage County.' But this past season in New York City gave theatregoers (Off-Broadway and on) more memorable moms than most — in 'Other Desert Cities,' 'The Lyons,' 'Tribes,' 'Russian Transport' and 'Hurt Village' — even if few of them could be considered role models to hold up as your family's matriarch on Mother's Day." PLAYBILL

"Community" will return to NBC, but will showrunner Dan Harmon return with it? "Harmon only signed a one-year deal when the show was renewed last spring, and insiders tell Vulture there haven't been any intense talks just yet. [NBC chief Bob] Greenblatt said he's aware Harmon isn't signed, but said he doesn't know details: 'I've been so busy looking at our new shows and putting together the schedule, that hasn't come to me yet,' he told Vulture. (Universal Television, overseen by Greenblatt, is a co-producer of 'Community'). So what happens if there is no deal? 'Shows lose showrunners all the time and do well,' Greenblatt said. 'We have to figure out at makes sense. I don't have a specific answer for that yet.' Gulp." VULTURE

Senior directors dominate youth-driven Hollywood: "Sure, Hollywood is fixated on the young, chasing teenage dollars, looking for the next fresh hotties, and sending stars over 25 to the glue factory get botoxed. And yet, this summer, some of the most eagerly anticipated movies are coming from directors old enough to collect Social Security. There's Ridley Scott, behind this year's most anticipated sci-fi epic, 'Prometheus;' there's Woody Allen, with another comedy/travelogue, 'To Rome with Love'; and there's Oliver Stone, with all-star crime thriller 'Savages.' Not bad for directors who are 74, 76, and 65, respectively." MOVIEFONE

"The Gangster Squad" debuts its trailer: "It's the on-screen reunion you never thought you were waiting for! Since seeing his 'photoshopped' abs in last year's 'Crazy Stupid Love,' Emma Stone is back together again with Ryan Gosling. In the first trailer for their shoot-em-up crime drama 'Gangster Squad,' Stone and Gosling are once again unlikely paramours -- she's arm candy for Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn), the most feared mobster in LA, and he's an LAPD officer. From director Ruben Fleischer ('Zombieland'), 'Gangster Squad' follows a group of 1940s rouge cops who will stop at nothing to catch L.A.'s most wanted (Penn)." MOVIEFONE

"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" does big business in the wake of the "Avengers" romp: "As 'The Avengers' continued to dominate the overall box office, Fox Searchlight continued to find fantastic numbers from what is soon to be the highest grossing indie of 2012, 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.' The film is certainly the specialty story of mother's day weekend, which also saw a decent debut from 'Girl in Progress' and less promising starts from 'Where Do We Go Now?,' 'God Bless America' and 'I Wish.'" INDIEWIRE

 
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