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Jake Gyllenhaal Returning To Broadway For Arthur Miller Celebration


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The Nightcrawler actor, who made his debut on the Great White Way in the play Constellations earlier this year (15), will appear onstage alongside the likes of his brother-in-law Peter Sarsgaard, Alec Baldwin, Ellen Barkin, Laurence Fishburne, Greta Gerwig, and John Turturro for One Night 100 Years on 25 January (16).

The event, which will raise funds for the Arthur Miller Foundation for Theater and Film Education, will feature the stars reading scenes from Miller's plays Death Of A Salesman, The Price, and All My Sons, in addition to the late writer's autobiography, Timebends, and a number of unpublished works, reports the New York Post.

Gregory Mosher will direct the production at the Lyceum Theatre, which currently serves as the home for a revival of Miller's A View From The Bridge, starring Mark Strong.

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Alec Baldwin And Laurence Fishburne To Star In Arthur Miller Benefit


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Officials at The Arthur Miller Foundation are organising a star-studded birthday celebration for the acclaimed writer at New York's Lyceum Theater on 25 January (16), when actors will take to the stage to read excerpts from Miller's autobiography and his unpublished works as well as his plays such as Death of a Salesman and All My Sons.

In addition to Baldwin and Fishburne, other stars slated to take part include Ellen Barkin, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sam Shepard and playwright Tony Kushner.

Director Gregory Mosher, who staged the 2010 revival of Miller's A View from the Bridge, will helm the reading.

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Marilyn Monroe's Love Letters Fetch Over $120,000 At Auction


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Marilyn Monroe's love letters, featuring correspondence with ex-husbands Joe Dimaggio and Arthur Miller, have fetched over $120,000 (£75,000) at auction.

A handwritten note sent to the late actress by baseball legend DiMaggio after she announced she was divorcing him sold for $78,125 (£48,828) on Saturday (06Dec14) at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, while a missive from Monroe to her third husband, playwright Miller, earned $43,750 (£27,344).

The letters were part of a vast collection of the tragic movie icon's belongings, including clothes, make-up, hair pins and lingerie, that hit the auction block over the weekend (06-07Dec14).

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Marilyn Monroe Letters For Sale


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Marilyn Monroe's love letters are going up for sale.

Over 300 items which previously belonged to the late screen icon will be auctioned off at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills next month, including notes written by her former husbands Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller.

In one letter, addressed to Mrs. DiMaggio, the baseball star bared his heartbreak at their split in 1954 after a few months of marriage.

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Scarlett Johansson Returns To Broadway In ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’


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Scarlett Johansson will grace Broadway once more, as she plays Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, reports The New York Daily News.

Tennessee Williams’ award winning play, which has won the Pulitzer Prize, and has been revived several times on Broadway already, will set the scene for Johansson’s return to the stage; her first since her Tony-winning performance in a 2010 revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. Benjamin Walker will join her on stage. The actors will play Maggie and Brick in a new production that is expected to open Jan. 17 at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre. Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones) will play Brick’s plantation-owner father, Big Daddy. Tony winner Debra Monk will play Big Mama.

The show’s lead producer will be Stuart Thompson, and Johansson, who worked with him on “View From the Bridge,” has wanted to play Maggie for some time, and her box office star power proved strong enough for the Broadway producers to bring back a play that is already familiar to many theatre-goers. It’s hard to pigeonhole Johansson as an actress, given the range of roles she’s fulfilled. More art-house performances, notably with Woody Allen, include; Match Point, Scoop and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but she has also featured in many Hollywood blockbusters, like Iron Man 2 or The Avengers.


Colin Friels Hospitalised After Stage Collapse


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Actor Colin Friels was admitted to hospital in Sydney on Thursday night (16Aug12) after collapsing on stage during a production of Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman.

The Scottish-born star, who has appeared in films such as The Man Who Sued God and The Eye of the Storm, shocked the audience at the city's Belvoir St Theatre when he stumbled across the stage and passed out during the play's second act.

A doctor in the audience got up to help Friels and the 59-year-old actor was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for tests.

A spokesperson for the theatre revealed Friels had been feeling unwell during the interval but "was very stoic and insisted on continuing with the show".

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Katie Holmes Begins Comeback On Broadway


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Katie Holmes is to return to Broadway later this year.

The 33-year-old actress will star in 'Dead Accounts' - her first major project since announcing her split from Tom Cruise late last month - this autumn, and playwright Theresa Rebeck is ''positively tingling with delight'' about the brunette beauty being in the production.

She told The Wrap: ''It's beyond cool, honestly. The whole team is lively as hell. I am positively tingling with delight.''

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Katie Holmes Returning To Broadway


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Katie Holmes is returning to Broadway.

The 33-year-old actress - whose divorce settlement with Tom Cruise was agreed earlier this month - is to star in 'Dead Accounts' this fall as a woman in her 30s, who lives with her parents and faces a shock when her brother returns to their Cincinnati town in bizarre circumstances.

Playwright Theresa Rebeck is ''positively tingling with delight'' about Katie starring in the production, which is set to open at the Music Box Theatre in New York, where the actress is expected to continue living with her and Tom's six-year-old daughter Suri following their divorce.

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Elvis' One-night-stand With Monroe


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Rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley had a one night stand with Marilyn Monroe, according to The King's former associate BYRON RAPHAEL.
Raphael, who worked for the William Morris agency and with Presley and his manager COLONEL TOM PARKER in the mid-1950s, often arranged the singer's sex life -seeking out attractive women for Presley's enjoyment.
However, one night in 1956, Raphael says he was approached by Presley to organise a rendezvous with the Some Like It Hot bombshell.
Raphael tells gossip site PageSix.com that his bosses had encouraged Presley to propose a date with Monroe on a Hollywood studio lot, but she rejected him.
Raphael says, "He was very embarrassed, but I think she turned him down because she felt it was too public. But Presley didn't give up and secretly set up a meeting.
"Two weeks later, Elvis called me and said, 'I want you to pick up Marilyn.' It was a rainy night and I brought her to the Beverly Wilshire (hotel) and we went upstairs to his room.
"When he saw her, they came together and, without saying a word, started kissing. I was in shock and I didn't know what to do. Then Marilyn, who was 10 years older, said, 'You're pretty good for a guitar player.'
"After two minutes, they went into the bedroom and I didn't know if I was supposed to leave, or stay and wait for them, so I sort of just dozed off. The next thing I knew I was startled awake by the door opening and I dove behind the bar. And they both walked out stark naked. I didn't say a word. I just stayed quietly.
"He either put her in a cab or she stayed the night, I don't know.
"A few days later, when I mentioned Marilyn to Elvis, he said, 'She's a nice gal, but a little tall for me.'
"I knew that this was the sort of thing that could ruin their careers. They were two of the most famous people in the world and Marilyn was still married to Arthur Miller at the time - so I never said a word."

O'Toole Slams 'Bore' Miller


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Irish film legend Peter O'Toole has controversially slammed late playwright Arthur Miller as "a bore", only two months after the scribe's death.

The New York writer died on 10 February (05) following heart failure, at the age of 89.

Despite Miller's recent passing, the Lawrence Of Arabia actor, 72, isn't afraid to admit he wasn't a huge fan of Miller's work.

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