From the moment he climbs onstage, cane in hand, specs at tip of nose, a snowy mustache and goatee encircling his mouth, and looking jauntily proper in three-piece pinstripe suit, Danny DeVito has us in the palm of his hands. Huffing as if this breath might well be his last, he surveys the scene, making small talk with the suspicious couple who have asked him here. Producing a notebook and pencil, he begins jotting down figures. That harp in the corner? Beautiful gilding but the sounding board’s cracked. Don’t worry, it’s a nice piece. That formal oak dining table. Seats 12, 14 in a pinch? Gorgeous, they don’t make ’em like they used to – and no wonder: they’d never fit through a modern doorway. And who entertains like that anymore? Read More: // here
Mark Ruffalo attends the Arthur Miller’s “The Price” Broadway Opening Night at American Airlines Theatre on March 16, 2017 in New York City. View: // here
Since his introduction in the early 1960s, The Hulk has been pop culture’s most prominent Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dynamic. In one form, you have the renowned scientist, Dr. Bruce Banner, and when he transforms, he becomes the nearly-mindless rage monster known as The Hulk. Regarding the latter where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is concerned, it’s difficult to make him feel like a compelling character given his animalistic state, but according to Mark Ruffalo, Thor: Ragnarok will help flesh out the Green Goliath, and it all has to do with his new surroundings. Read More: // here
Along with an EW cover that shows off Chris Hemsworth’s (gasp) new shorter Thor haircut in the upcoming sequel Thor: Ragnarok, the first images from the film have been unveiled as well. Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows filmmaker Taika Waititi directs the third standalone Thor movie, and while the Thor films have thus far been something of an ugly stepchild in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everything about Ragnarok signals this could be one of Marvel’s best movies yet. Read More: // here
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Pop culture anniversaries tend to be occasions for gauzy nostalgia or vigorous defenses of the places various pieces of art ought to have in the canon. I don’t feel any need to defend David Fincher’s “Zodiac,” one of the greatest movies yet released this century, which arrived in theaters ten years ago today. And I don’t feel warm and fuzzy about it either. The great thing about “Zodiac,” which tracks the search for the serial killer of the same name, is the way it adds an eerie, record-scratch of a scream below gloomy moment when the promises of the 1960s seemed to be curdling, and the sense of malaise and decline that would characterize the 1970s was setting in. “Zodiac” is a movie about how uncertainty and institutional failure will drive you mad, and as a result, it’s more relevant than ever. Read More: // here
Annie Sheard couldn’t believe it. On the screen in front of her and the other theater students at St. Joseph Catholic Academy in Kenosha was actor and three-time Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo. And he was talking to them. “That’s the Hulk. That’s Matty from ’13 Going on 30.’ That’s the star of ‘Spotlight,’ ” said Sheard, a St. Joseph senior. “This is real.” On Monday, Ruffalo, a Kenosha native, spoke via Skype from his home in New York with a group of high school theater students at St. Joseph. The Skype session was organized by Ruffalo’s father, Frank Ruffalo, and his uncle, Martin Ruffalo, who are alumni of St. Joseph. Read More: // here
Jessica Hecht and Tony Shalhoub also star in the Arthur Miller drama. Read More: // here
Honoree Scarlett Johansson and actor Mark Ruffalo attend the 19th Annual amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 8, 2017 in New York City. View: // here
Terry Kinney directs the show, which officially opens March 16 at the American Airlines Theatre. Read More: // here