Rebecca Hall coming to Broadway in 'Machinal'

Rebecca Hall

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Hall Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3”) will make her Broadway debut next season in a revival of Sophie Treadwell’s rarely seen, once incendiary 1928 drama “Machinal,” in which she will play a lonely wife and mother who becomes involved in an affair and eventually with murder.

Rock-star rabbi musical coming to Broadway “Soul Doctor: The Journey of a Rock-Star Rabbi,” a new musical about the life...

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Theater Review: 'The Caucasian Chalk Circle' -- 2.5 stars

Christopher Lloyd, left, and Elizabeth A. Davis in

(Credit: Christopher Lloyd, left, and Elizabeth A. Davis in “The Caucasian Chalk Circle” )

The Caucasian Chalk Circle 2.5 stars

The plays of Bertolt Brecht, certainly the most famous and divisive political playwright of the 20th century, are slowly coming back into vogue.

Just a few months ago, the Foundry Theatre’s staging of “The Good Person of Szechwan” at LaMaMa proved to be one of the most exciting Brecht revivals in years. (Luckily, the production will be done again...

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Movie Review: 'The East' -- 3 stars

Brit Marling, left, and Shiloh Fernandez in “The

(Credit: Brit Marling, left, and Shiloh Fernandez in “The East” )

The East 3 stars Directed by Zal Batmanglij Starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page Rated PG-13

“The East” stars indie sensation Brit Marling as a highly trained corporate security agent who infiltrates a group of eco-terrorists. It’s a surprising role for the unique talent, who specializes in affecting an aura of thoughtfulness, not physicality.

We’ve seen this basic...

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Army of friendly people hope to increase NYC amity on Nametag Day

Chrissie Mayr

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Don't be surprised if someone — not a cop — stops you Saturday and asks if you'd like to identify yourself. That's when about 180 volunteers are planning to fan across the city distributing nametags for "Nametag day," an effort to increase the friendliness factor in one of the world's most anonymous cities by distributing up to 200,000 nametags.

"We want to encourage people...

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The A train makes first run in Rockaways since Sandy

The A Train

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A vintage IND subway train rolled through the Rockaways Thursday to celebrate the A train's return to the peninsula seven months after Superstorm Sandy struck.

By noon, straphangers had an A train with regular service, which cost more than $75 million to restore. More than 30,000 people rely on A train service in the Rockaways daily.

"Today, we get the people of the Rockaways all...

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Hamptons a 'Shore' thing for Vinny?

Vinny Guadagnino

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Now that MTV’s “Jersey Shore” is off the air, Vinny Guadagnino plans to branch out, beachwise.

“Maybe now that I am venturing out of [the] Jersey shore, I'll go to the Hamptons — I hear it’s dope there!” he told our News 12 colleague Elisa DiStefano at Wednesday’s NYC premiere of “After Earth.”

But he isn’t abandoning his shore roots: “I keep it real! I roll up places; I’m just a regular...

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Reel Hot Movies: 90 summer flicks you need to know about

Henry Cavill as Superman "Man of Steel"

(Credit: Henry Cavill as Superman "Man of Steel")

The Man of Steel is back this season, and with him comes a truckload of new adventures, charming romances and a slew of familiar names. From giant fighting robots to an inside look at the White House through the eyes of a butler and the return of some monstrous friends, here are 90 new movies to see this summer:

‘The Internship’ “Wedding Crashers” stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn reunite...

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Up in smoke: Bruno Mars invests in e-cigarette brand NJOY

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Bruno Mars has put his money where his mouth is.

The singer has signed on as an investor with electronic cigarette brand NJOY, the company announced Thursday. The terms of Mars’ investment were not disclosed.

“I’ve been using NJOY Kings instead of cigarettes these days and I’m sticking to it,” Mars said in a statement. “I believe in the product and the company’s mission.”

The 27-year-old...

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Spotted: Colin Farrell at Brooklyn Diner, more

Colin Farrell

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Colin Farrell grabbing lunch and a chocolate malt at Brooklyn Diner on West 57th Street

Eric Bana working out at Crunch’s 59th Street location  ...

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Threatening letter sent to President Obama: U.S. Secret Service

President Barack Obama

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Authorities intercepted a threatening letter addressed to President Barack Obama that was similar to ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Secret Service said on Thursday.

Letters sent to Bloomberg and his gun control group contained material believed to be the deadly poison ricin and contained a reference to gun control, New York police said on Wednesday.

A Secret Service...

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