Title: CEO of the Atlantis World Media
Show: The Newsroom
Played by: Jane Fonda
The sharp-tongued exec fights fiercely for the Atlantis Cable Network’s news team and its vision, despite the ACN’s financial woes. A doctored interview and a wrongful termination suit sway ACN director Charlie Skinner, anchor Will McAvoy, and executive producer MacKenzie McHale to resign — they feel they’ve lost the public’s trust — but Leona refuses to accept their white flags. She puts the decision in the hands of ACN president (and her son) Reese: A leadership challenge for him, and a trust case study for her company’s top talent.
On working on the set of “The Newsroom”:
“I love being part of that team and work with [Aaron] Sorkin. The only reason that I can like someone is by their scripts. Not my merit. We all want to work with [Sorkin], his dialogues are great. When I heard about ‘The Newsroom’ I was doing ‘The Daily Show’ and knew that I would regret if I did that bet.”
On becoming Sloan:
“Sloan is fiercely loyal and if you ask any of my friends, [they will tell you that too. Also she does not need to justify her actions, and that is my philosophy. When I was little, we moved every so often and I had to make new friends. I realized that I could not like everyone, I had to feel comfortable with my imperfections because people noticed them right away. I wanted to give that character that determination. I was inspired by many woman I know.”
L.A. Theatre Works follows up its September recording of Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Pretty with the West Coast premiere of his fresh, quirky sequel — REASONS TO BE HAPPY — featuring the same characters 3 years later.
LaBute is in the director’s chair again, and Emmy nominated Jenna Fischer (The Office), Thomas Sadoski (The Newsroom), Gia Crovatin (Neil LaBute’s most recent Good Luck [In Farsi]) and Josh Stamberg(Drop Dead Diva) are back as Steph, Greg, Carly and Kent.
The couples have realigned, but the stars are still crossed as these four struggle to find love. LaBute’s gift for contemporary dialogue captures a woman’s directness and a man’s loss for words in this hilarious take on heartbreak and miscommunication.
All performances will be recorded live in front of an audience (without sets or costumes) by L.A. Theatre Works to air on LATW’s syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide (locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM) and can be streamed on demand at www.latw.org.
Thursday, Dec. 12 @ 8 pm
Friday, Dec. 13 @ 8 pm
Saturday, Dec. 14 @ 3 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, Dec. 15 @ 4 pm
James Bridges Theater
UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
235 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
(enter UCLA from Hilgard just south of Sunset Blvd.; park in Lot 3 on the lower level)
Tickets are $15-$50. Call 310-827-0889 or visit www.latw.org for more information. Or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LATheatreWorks and Twitter @latheatreworks.
EXCLUSIVE: Tim Blake Nelson is getting more company on his ensemble drama Anesthesia. The Lincoln actor wrote, stars in, and is directing the pic which follows the disparate stories of New Yorkers whose lives come together after the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor. Sam Waterston has been cast as said professor, Walter Zarrow. Oscar-nominated Glenn Close will play Zarrow’s wife Marcia, with Corey Stoll (Midnight In Paris) as an investment banker who witnesses the attack and Gretchen Mol as his wife, an alcoholic New Jersey homemaker. As I reported Sunday, Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart has taken a supporting role in the ensemble drama; she’ll play Zarrow’s troubled student Sophie. Nelson will step in front of the camera himself to play Zarrow’s son.
Michigan actor-musician Jeff Daniels, roots singer-songwriter Patty Griffin and indie performer Neko Case will be among the acts performing at the 2014 Ann Arbor Folk Festival.
The annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fundraiser for The Ark, returns to Hill Auditorium for two nights of folk and roots music on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night.
The Folk Festival, presented by the Ford Motor Co. Fund, will celebrate its 37th year with a selection of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary performers. Each night includes a blend of well-known and up-and-coming artists, providing you with an opportunity to hear artists you know and love while discovering great new talent.
Friday night’s headliner is Iron & Wine (real name Sam Beam). For his second appearance at the Festival, Iron & Wine appears with a full band and comes with a new album that is winning raves.
Also headlining on Friday night and making her first appearance at the Festival is Neko Case. Her music has always transcended genre and her latest release is both uncategorizable and utterly brilliant. To hear what else is happening on the leading edge you’ll want to check out Willie Nile, Pearl and the Beard and local favorites Appleseed Collective.
On Saturday night, the lineup will feature Ark and Folk Festival favorite Patty Griffin, who comes with her first album of mainly new material since 2007. Also topping the bill on Saturday night is folk-pop songstress Ingrid Michaelson as well as actor and musician, Jeff Daniels, also known for his Purple Rose Theatre in nearby Chelsea.
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