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You Now Have 2 Extra Weeks to See Emma Stone in Cabaret on Broadway

Theatre Marquee for Broadway's 'Cabaret' on Nov. 11, 2014 in New York City.
Walter McBride—WireImage Theatre Marquee for Broadway's 'Cabaret' on Nov. 11, 2014 in New York City.

Emma Stone has extended her run as Sally Bowles in Cabaret for two more weeks through Feb. 15

Is Emma Stone vying for that coveted EGOT title?

The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that Emma Stone has extended her run as Sally Bowles in Cabaret for two more weeks through Feb 15. Stone made her Broadway debut to solid acclaim, amid numerous award nominations for her turn in Birdman.

Alan Cumming will continue his run as Emcee through the show’s entire run to March 29, and the musical will launch a 20-city North American tour starting January 2016. According to Roundabout, casting for a new Sally Bowles for the remaining 12 weeks on Broadway will be announced in the coming weeks.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME movies

This Artist Is Creating a New Star Wars Comic For Each Day in 2015

In anticipation of the new film

With almost a year until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans are doing what they can to cope.

To help satiate people’s Star Wars thirst, artist Gerard Folz has decided to tweet out one themed comic a day throughout 2015.

It’s a pretty big task. May the force be with him.

(h/t: MTV)

TIME Television

Check Out a Deleted Scene From Season 3 of Girls

Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Allison Williams
Mark Schafer—HBO Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Allison Williams

Shoshanna, Hannah and Adam get ready to pick up Jessa from rehab

The fourth season of Girls doesn’t hit HBO until Sunday, but eager fans can watch a scene cut from last year’s premiere.

In last year’s first episode, Hannah (Lena Dunham), Adam (Adam Driver) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) get ready to pick up Jessa (Jemima Kirk) from rehab. In the cut scene, a hungover Shoshanna says she packed disguises just in case they have to break Jessa out of the facility.

Watch the exclusive clip at People.

TIME viral

People Thought Ricky Martin Was Dead So He Did This

The singer's response to a hoax video was perfect

A YouTube video released Saturday suggested singer Ricky Martin had died in a car accident. The video was a hoax, but many fans lamented over the “Livin’ La Vida Loca” star’s faux passing on social media.

In a response, Martin posted an Instagram photo of a beach, writing “hello from #heaven.”

Hello from #heaven.

A photo posted by Ricky (@ricky_martin) on

He later sent out another photo of himself enjoying a sunset.

#Sunset in #heaven

A photo posted by Ricky (@ricky_martin) on

Good thing he has a sense of humor.

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TIME Video Games

PlayStation Now Will Offer Over 100 Games for $20 a Month

Sony

PlayStation now will feature an all-access model at launch

PlayStation Now, Sony’s streaming workaround for PlayStation 4 owners looking to play PlayStation 3 games without a PS3 console, will finally go live in the U.S. and Canada on January 13 after running in beta for nearly a year.

Sony is rolling out PlayStation Now as a flat all-you-can-play service, as opposed to a subscription-free model that requires players to pay for each game, or a hybrid subscription plus pay-for-each-game model. Until now, Sony has let gamers rent games on an hourly, weekly, daily or monthly basis.

For either $19.99 a month or $44.99 for three months (about $15 a month), Sony is teasing access to “over 100 PlayStation 3 games.” If you want to take it for an obligation-free spin, Sony is offering a seven-day trial that includes access to everything. The complete list of PlayStation Now launch games is here.

PlayStation Now streams visual information from remote Sony-managed servers to the PlayStation 4, like game streaming pioneer OnLive, which has offered as much for PC games since 2010. The games are processed on the remote servers, and all that’s piped to players is the graphical output. All updates, downloadable content and saved games are handled by Sony’s backend, so you have access to everything instantly.

The caveat: visual streaming algorithms that hinge on reciprocal feedback–visual to you, your gamepad input back to the servers–can have noticeable fidelity issues. Be aware that you’ll need a zippy baseline broadband connection to meet the service’s requirements (a steady 5 Mbps, according to Sony, with all of that dedicated to PlayStation Now). If anything interrupts the flow, image quality will degrade, a bit like a camera going out of focus.

In my time with the PlayStation Now beta last year, I was impressed by just how solid the games looked, but I still noticed moments where image quality would drop–probably a point of contention for videophiles, never mind competitive gaming purists, who require visual verisimilitude. But if you’re looking to interface casually with a slice of Sony’s PS3 catalogue, PlayStation Now may be of interest. A 500GB PS3 still goes for $250 today, to say nothing of the cost of individual games.

PlayStation Now will be PS4-only at launch, but Sony plans to support other devices down the road, at which point you’ll be able to pause a game you’re playing on one device, then pick it back up from another.

TIME Television

Donald Trump Fired Someone From Celebrity Apprentice for Not Calling Bill Cosby

Donald Trump on the set of 'Extra' in New York City on Dec. 17, 2014.
D Dipasupil—Getty Images Donald Trump on the set of 'Extra' in New York City on Dec. 17, 2014.

The first firing of the season revealed.

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have watched Sunday’s season premiere of The Celebrity Apprentice.]

Bill Cosby was back on network television on Sunday night. But it was his name rather than his face that was present, as his former TV daughter Keshia Knight Pulliam was the first person fired from the new season of Celebrity Apprentice—in part because she never reached out to her former Cosby Show TV dad for a donation.

The first task was a fundraising challenge as teams were scrambling to line up big donors for pies they were baking. As Project Manager of the men’s team, Geraldo Rivera brought in the big bucks, and women’s Project Manager Keshia could not keep up, especially when she opted not to ask for money from the now-embattled comedian because they did not have a close enough relationship. (The entire season was filmed before the recent controversy that has erupted around Cosby.) As a result, she was fired.

In other news, we learned Ivanka Trump is a huge 90210 fan, that Kevin Jonas has a lot of Twitter followers, and that a Howard Stern impersonator creates more of a stir than an actual bona fide Joe Piscopo.

My full recap will be up soon [UPDATE: Dalton’s recap is now live], but feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in the meantime. Was the right person fired? And whom are you loving and loathing so far? Plus, for more Celebrity Apprentice news and views, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Television

This Man Is Why Everyone on Downton Abbey Was Talking About Politics

Ramsay MacDonald
Hulton Archive / Getty Images circa 1900: James Ramsay MacDonald (1866 - 1937), Scottish politician and Britain's first Labour prime minister

Which real politician was making news back in 1924?

The first episode of the fifth season of Downton Abbey — which premiered for U.S. audiences on Sunday night — was, predictably, focused largely on the comings and goings of the suitors and staffers who populate the estate. But those characters, upstairs and down, were also concerned with someone who didn’t show up at all: Britain’s new Prime Minister, recently risen to power when the season kicks off in 1924.

But who is this new P.M., and why is he such a big deal?

The man in question is James Ramsay MacDonald, and he was Britain’s first-ever Labor (or ‘Labour,’ per the British spelling) Prime Minister. Early in 1924, the then-Conservative leaders in the House of Commons informed the king that, with the help of Liberal Party support, a Labor Party push for a no-confidence motion had succeeded. Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin resigned, along with his cabinet, and recommended MacDonald as his successor. The king agreed.

All of this was, at TIME noted back then, “the usual procedure of an outgoing Cabinet.” What was worth noting — and the reason why the folks at Downton would have been talking about the news more than usual — was MacDonald’s unusual personal background.

He was, as Lady Mary put it on the show, the son of a crofter (a farmhand), and as TIME put it in real life, “once a country yokel.” He studied and worked his way from a village to London and from manual labor to a political career. His pacifism got him shut out of the mainstream during World War I, but in 1922 he was reelected to the House. “The Times of London, says he is one of the most noteworthy of British Prime Ministers—an idealist and a pacifist guiding the country when idealism and pacifism are not the ruling passion of the world,” TIME reported in the Feb. 4, 1924, issue. “Henry William Massingham, famed Liberal editor of London, summed up Macdonald thus: ‘Not eloquent, but a statesman. A man of principle, but not a fanatic. Elastic without being supple. A character as stainless as Burke or Gladstone.'”

Though the makeup of Parliament meant that the left-leaning and once-radical MacDonald couldn’t do anything too extreme — the Labor party still needed the support of the Liberal party to maintain a majority over the Conservative party — he still represented a major shift in British political life. Just as Downton Abbey‘s Mr. Carson remarks again and again, the old ways were changing. Rigid lines between the classes had begun to blur, and it was possible for the first time for a man of modest background to exert power over politicians from wealthy and middle-class backgrounds.

The following year, TIME published a round-up of the Prime Ministers who had resided at No. 10 Downing Street since it was established as the official home of the office in 1735, and the difference was made clear. “Twenty-five were peers or the sons of peers, 8 were country gentlemen or members of well-connected families, 5 came from the so-called middleclass: Addington, son of a doctor; Disraeli, grandson of a merchant; Gladstone, son of a shipowner; Asquith, son of a manufacturer; George, son of an itinerant teacher,” the summary read. “The remaining one, Mr. Ramsay MacDonald, was born in the humblest circumstances, his relatives being fishers and farm hands.”

And, though nobody on Downton Abbey mentioned it, that political shift in 1924 brought change in more ways than one. McDonald’s new government included a new Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Labor. Her name was Margaret Bondfield, and she was the first woman in British history to become a cabinet minister.

Read TIME’s original coverage of MacDonald’s rise to power, here in the TIME Vault: Advent of Laborism

TIME

Go Inside the Quirky World of a Tumblr Photo Star

Tumblr star Izumi Miyazaki has a highly personal approach to photography, which she shares on Tumblr

In the summer of 2012, Izumi Miyazaki – a photography student then in her first year at Musashino Art University in Tokyo – had the foresight to start a Tumblr blog to share her work with others. Initially, the blog can be seen as a way to articulate a visual language in photography: everyday street scenes in suburban Tokyo are shown next to self-portraits in which Miyazaki positions herself in public as well as private spaces. Looking at the chronology of her blog, though, it becomes clear that within weeks of starting it, Miyazaki developed a highly personal approach to photography where she purposefully mixes notions of absurdity and humor with an element of realness more commonly associated with street photography. Rarely, if ever, is anyone else visible in her work making Miyazaki the sole star in this fictitious world.

Miyazaki uses photography experimentally as well as playfully: one manipulated image depicts an egg cracked open above her head. Taken in autumn 2012 and shared and liked on Tumblr over 27,000 times, Miyazaki accredits this image for rapidly drawing national as well as international attention to her work. A little more than a year later, one of her quirky self-portraits was on the front cover of Phat Photo – one of Japan’s most prominent photography magazines, read mostly by a younger demographic. Miyazaki’s rapid rise is a reflection of the power of an image-economy hungry for the next new trend – an economy that favors creativity, individuality and also wittiness.

Many of Miyazaki’s photographs feature food: one image depicts her about to bite into a rice ball, another shows her lying on the kitchen floor eating a pack of cookies. And since no one else are featured in her images, these scenes allude to a form of alienation, which is further emphasized by other photographs were Miyazaki inserts multiple versions of herself into the image. Asked about why she tends to do that in her self-portraits, Miyazaki explains that she grew up as a lonely child: “I don’t feel lonely when I make and watch photos of a double me.”

Unlike the work of Hiromix or Yurie Nagashima however, whose provocative self-portraits from the 1990s questioned notions about gender and sexuality, Miyazaki seems more concerned with depicting herself as an individual trapped in a highly advanced consumer society. Next to Miyazaki’s body, depictions of billboards, advertisements or posters of politicians become empty and meaningless signs.

While promoting her work on the art fair circuit in Tokyo (a culturally specific phenomenon where individual artists pay to represent themselves in small booths), and perhaps as a way to appropriate the economy of signs described above, Miyazaki has started to sell merchandise such as tote bags and buttons of her images. Miyazaki is keen to use her clients as means to ‘exhibit’ her work on the street. The implication of this methodology is clear: similar to the way her Tumblr followers share her photographs, Miyazaki is bypassing the regimented structures of the gallery system by opening up her work to new audiences.

Izumi Miyazaki is an artist and photographer based in Japan

Marco Bohr is a photographer and writer based in the United Kingdom. He runs the Visual Culture Blog and can be found on Twitter @MarcoBohr.

TIME movies

Sylvester Stallone Unveils Title of Last Rambo Movie

It sounds remarkably similar to the title that started it all, First Blood

The fifth movie in the Rambo franchise will be called Rambo: Last Blood, Sylvester Stallone announced on Twitter Saturday.

The most recent Rambo film was released in 2008 and earned more than $110 million worldwide at the box office. The franchise, which began with First Blood and has stretched over 30 years, features Stallone as a Vietnam War veteran with unmatched survival skills.

Stallone will write, direct and star in Last Blood. The film’s release date hasn’t been announced. In the film, Stallone’s character will reportedly take on a Mexican drug cartel.

TIME movies

Box Office Report: The Hobbit Wins Again

The Hobbit
Warner Bros 'The Hobbit'

Well, it does have five armies

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the victor of the holiday season box office: The film has nabbed the No. 1 spot for three weekends in a row.

The Hobbit is following in the footsteps of its predecessors — both movies also spent three consecutive weeks as the box office winner — but its numbers aren’t as impressive. While An Unexpected Journey made $31.9 million its third weekend and The Desolation of Smaug $29 million, The Battle of the Five Armies made $21.9 million.

Though a third-weekend total of $21.9 million isn’t disappointing by most standards — Unbroken and Into the Woods didn’t even reach the $20 million mark in their second weekends — it does show that the appetite for The Hobbit has weakened, however slightly, over time.

Unbroken and Into the Woods, two films that opened Christmas day and spent their first weekend nearly tied at the box office, were close once again: Into the Woods took the number two spot with $19.1 million while Unbroken hovered close behind with $18.4 million — meaning both dropped by just about 40 percent.

As for new releases, horror flick The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death outperformed by earning $15.1 million, over $5 million more than expected by forecasters. The first Woman in Black also outperformed when, in 2012, it opened with $20.8 million, but the sequel wasn’t expected to do as well because of its lack of star-power and because of the presence of so many other buzzed-about options available in theaters. But these other options probably ended up working in The Woman in Black 2‘s favor. Horror fans haven’t had much to see in cinemas since Halloween time, so this sequel was probably the answer to scary-movie cravings that Into the Woods, for instance, couldn’t sate.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the latest family-friendly favorite, rounded out the top five with $14.5 million. The Ben Stiller film has made $137.5 million to date — enough to break even with the movie’s $127 million budget.

1. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies$21.9 million
2. Into the Woods $19.1 million
3. Unbroken $18.4 million
4. The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death$15.1 million
5. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb — $14.5 million

Although Night at the Museum and Annie opened the same weekend, the former has been a step ahead of the musical remake since day one: Annie took the No. 6 spot with $11.4 million this weekend.

As for smaller releases, the Clint Eastwood-directed Bradley Cooper film American Sniper brought in a stunning $640,000 in its second weekend from only four locations. Crime drama A Most Violent Year also played in just four locations, but made a less eye-opening $188,000 debut.

This article originally appeared at EW.com

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