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How the Roseanne Revival Came Together, According to Laurie Metcalf

Roseanne CastThere are two trends viewers can’t escape in the current TV landscape: superheroes and revivals. The latest revived show is Roseanne, the beloved comedy is returning for eight episodes on ABC…

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Saint Laurie Changes Name to Kozinn + Sons

Goliath won out in the end.
Saint Laurie, a third-generation New York City-based tailor, has sold its name to Yves Saint Laurent and changed the name of its business to Kozinn + Sons Merchant Tailors.
Andrew Kozinn, whose grandfather Samuel founded the company in 1913, said his family has been “involved in litigation” with Yves Saint Laurent on and off since the Seventies. But when the company’s former creative director Hedi Slimane decided to drop the Yves from the name and rebrand the collection Saint Laurent Paris in 2012, Kozinn said he sued again.
But the cost of “modern-day litigation,” and battling a massive corporation like Saint Laurent proved too “arduous” for the small Saint Laurie business and Kozinn opted to “sell the trademark to them.”
The deal was quietly cut last year, he said, but under the terms of the sale, Saint Laurie had a year to officially change its name.
Now Kozinn has sent a letter to the Saint Laurie customers revealing the name change and ensuring them of “my family’s continuing pledge to provide quality, service and value to you.”
The letter explained that there was ongoing “confusion” between Saint Laurie and Saint Laurent, especially with online searches, and “the two companies negotiated

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Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at Guild Hall

The first-rate revival of Arthur Miller’s tragedy All My Sons at Guild Hall’s John Drew Theater is a reason to celebrate theater out east. With a cast led by Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf, under Stephen Hamilton’s direction, the drama moves quickly through the moral dilemma of an American family post-World War II. The sons, one presumed dead, one alive, ask for accountability, a heavy load for Joe Keller — that’s Alec Baldwin, his baggy trousers skimming an ample belly held up by suspenders — who is boss, businessman, and bully. When son Chris (Ryan Eggold) asks the big questions about his possible role in the deaths of 21 fighter pilots and the ruin of his partner’s family, Joe defends himself. He’s got a wife, Kate, submissive, damaged, but spiritual, performed by the formidable Metcalf, and a family to support, a good-enough reason to risk sending out faulty airplane parts from his factory — and, in fact, to lie. To his sons, Chris and Larry, his ordinariness is crushing, tragic — he was Father, better than this moral slide. They could accept no less in Miller’s classic drama.

Much rests on Alec Baldwin’s performance. While it takes a beat to get over that this is Alec Baldwin, he is a fine ensemble player, strutting and throwing his weight around, and attentive to everyone scene to scene. He had this kind of pivotal place in Orphans on Broadway a few seasons ago, allowing the actors Ben Foster and Tom Sturridge to shine. Joe’s volatility with Kate, and with Chris, is powerhouse, but they give it back, as does Annie Deever (Caitlin McGee), Larry’s one-time girl, now back for a visit with some revelations of her own.

The Kellers live in a fine house, Michael Carnahan’s set showing an inventive inside staircase and an outside view on the porch, with trees in the front yard. Also noteworthy are Sebastian Paczynski’s lighting and Amy Ritchings’ costumes, especially when Annie returns home in a sundress that instantly shows the sophistication she’s picked up in her move to New York City. David M. Brandenburg’s original music and sound design is memorable, befitting a play that requires that characters “figure it out, if you want to live.”

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‘Walking Dead’ Star Laurie Holden Is A Real-Life Hero

Actress Laurie Holden, who played Andrea for three seasons on AMC’s The Walking Dead, recently got the chance to be a hero in real life.
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Comic Laurie Kilmartin Is Live-Tweeting From Her Father’s Hospice Room

Laurie KilmartinAnyone who has ever lost a loved one would most likely rank the harrowing experience at the top of their “Worst Moments in My Life” list (trust me, I speak from experience).

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