Maslany going off-broadway
Tatiana Maslany, the star of “Orphan Black,” will be finding a temporary home on an off-Broadway stage.
Second Stage Theatre said Tuesday that the BBC America star will appear beside Tony Award nominee and “The Newsroom” actor Thomas Sadoski in Neil LaBute’s world premiere “The Way We Get By.” The play will be directed by Leigh Silverman, who was nominated for a Tony Award last season for her direction of “Violet.” Previews begin May 12.
Maslany, who plays varied clones of her main character on “Orphan Black,” just finished filming “The Woman in Gold.” In that, she stars alongside Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.
Fans clamor for ‘Philinda’
There’s Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, aka Brangelina, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, aka Kimye. But are you ready for Philinda?
Clark Gregg says that’s the moniker “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” fans have come up with as they push for an on-screen romance between his character, S.H.I.E.L.D. chief Phil Coulson, and longtime agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen.
The 52-year-old Gregg says some “very vocal and passionate” viewers have been on social media sites saying they “want to see that come to some kind of fruition” on the ABC show, airing Tuesdays (9 p.m. EDT)
Action figure breaking badly
The “Breaking Bad” action figures in the aisles at Toys “R” Us stores are making some parents mad, including a Florida mother who launched an online petition to get the retailer to pull the products.
Toys “R” Us, however, has heard this kind of complaint about action figures before, and it isn’t alarmed. The figures, which feature drug lord Walter White and his sidekick, Jesse Pinkman, from the award-winning television show “Breaking Bad,” are carried in the adult action figure section of the store in limited quantities “for our collector customers,” and the company has no plans to stop selling them, according to Toys spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh.
The Florida mother who started the Change.org petition was reacting to a Walter White figure sold online at the Toys “R” Us website that comes with accessories including a small bag of the illegal drug crystal methamphetamine. As of Tuesday morning, the petition against the retailer had more than 7,000 supporters.
Diversity boost for SNL
“Saturday Night Live” is giving its on-screen diversity another boost. NBC says the comic institution is adding Leslie Jones to its cast.
The African-American comedian wins her on-camera role after serving as a writer on the show last season.
Jones has been a featured performer at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and the Aspen Comedy Festival. She starred in a one-hour comedy special “Problem Child” on Showtime.
She came to “SNL” in January, along with fellow writer LaKendra Tookes as well as Sasheer Zamata, who was signed to join the cast at that time.
Those hirings came after “SNL” had been criticized for a lack of diversity.