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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page B6

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
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6B E3 USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE WEDNESDAY,OCTOBER21,2015 LIFELINE MONEY AUTOS TRAVEL SPORTS LIFE USA SNAPSHOTS © The nation’s best sellers Top five best sellers, shown in proportion of sales. Example: For every 10 copies of See Me sold, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard sold 5.0 copies: Tomorrow: Top 50 books list ( Source USA TODAY Best-Selling Books MARY CADDEN AND KARL GELLES, USA TODAY See Me Nicholas Sparks 10.0 The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire Dan Howell, Phil Lester 3.8 Killing Reagan Bill O’Reilly, Martin Dugard 4.4 The Martian Andy Weir 4.8 Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Rick Riordan 5.0 NEWYORK Atall, leggy strawberry-blonde spots Bruce Willis in Times Square and throws her arms around him. The 60-year-old actoris nonplussed: The woman, 27, is his eldest daughter, Rumer Willis— her hair freshly dyed — and they’ve arranged to meet to discuss their Broadway debuts, both taking place this fall. “It’s one of those happy coincidences,” says Rumer, taking a seat n ext to her dad inside the rehearsal studio where he’s working on Misery , an adaptation of the S tephen King novel. The play is b y William Goldman, who also a dapted King’s book for the 1990 fi lm starring James Caan as Paul S heldon, a romance novelist held hostage by an emotionally unsettled fan played by Kathy Bates. In the stage version, set to begin previews Thursday and open Nov. 15 at the Broadhurst Theatre, Laurie Metcalf plays Annie to Bruce’s Paul. Rumer Willis, meanwhile, has been starring since Sept. 21 as the killer fox Roxie Hart in Broadway’s long-running revival of Chicago . The erstwhile brunette and Dancing With the Stars champ was set to start the gig in August but needed more time to recover from a foot injury sustained while touring with Stars . “That was a bummer,” she says. “But I’m healed now.” While Bruce Willis began his career on the stage, appearing o - Broadway in plays such as Heaven and Earth and Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love , Rumer (in Chicago through Nov. 1) concedesthat the transition to theater has been challenging. “It feels awkward to have to enunciate and be louder when you’re used to having a camera close to you,” she says. Her father notes that it’s “much more rigorous working on stage” than in film. “When you’re filming, it’s like, ‘OK, you can take abreak.’” He turns to Rumer. “Do you get to take a break?” Rumer shakes her head. “There are long hours on a movie set, but it’s stop and start. Onstage you have to keep going, even if you mess up a dance or a line. We’ve had some crazy things happen, like the other night, when a shoe broke. I was supposed to have silver shoes for this scene, and we didn’t. You just fly by the seat of your pants.” Bruce Willis has been trying to mine the wit in the bleak circumstances provided Paul in Misery . “My character is lost; he just can’t figure out how to save himself,” h e says. But “you can find something funny in a line. Even if it has worked in a straight way, m aybe the next time I’ll use a diff erent in fl ection and try to get p eople to laugh. Laurie does the s ame thing.” H e chuckles, thinking of the actress who plays his tormentor: “She can be so funny.” Rumer learned about performing while growing up, “just watching” her father, who has two other daughters by her mom, Demi Moore, and two with his second wife, Emma Heming Willis. “Even without asking for advice, you can pick up a lot being on sets.” Notes her father: “I’ve told my girls that if you give your word on something, you’ve got to do it. You can’t say, ‘Oh, I can’t come in this week.’ I’m proud of their discipline. That’s the cool thing about Rumer and her work.” THEATER DUSTIN COHEN FOR USA TODAY Elysa Gardner USA TODAY BRUCE A ND RUMER WILLIS ARE Father and daughter r eady for their first curtain calls on the Great White Way JEREMY DANIELS Rumer Willis is making her Broadway debut playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago . F ans may be taking a bite out of Cookie. Fox’s Empire (tonight, 9 p.m. ET/PT), red-hot in its first season, has begun to show early signs of cooling. Though the show remains network TV’s top series among young adults by a mile, i ts audience has declined each week this fall, rather than build — a s it did, impressively — last spring. Same-day viewership has dropped by more than 5 million since March’s big finale, marking the show’s smallest audience since Feb. 11. But Empire is still averaging 1 6.7 million viewers, up 32% from its average for last season’s first four episodes, and has nearly d ouble the young-adult crowd of ABC’s Scandal and NBC’s Blindspot , the biggest new hit of the fall. “ Besides football and The W alking Dead , nothing’s pulling in these kinds of numbers; it’s still a monster hit,” says Billie G old of ad firm Amplifi.“But the week-to-week drop in ratings has t o be a little unsettling.” On social media, fans have b egun griping about ever-more- outrageous storylines (“cartoon g arbage,” sni ed one Twitter user), such as frantic e orts in last w eek’s episode to find and dig up t he body of Vernon, who was acc identally killed in last season’s fi- nale, and park his decomposed corpse in a car to intimidate an attack-dog prosecutor. There’s pushback on the show’s heavy dose of celebrity cameos, such as Chris Rock and Ludacris. “Some of them are laughable, and they clearly don’t fi t into the story,” Gold says. And Empire has become less d ominant on Twitter: The Oct. 7 episode sparked 456,000 tweets, according to Nielsen, down from the 700,000 range in early March and a huge 2.4 million for the March 18 season finale. But is this all inevitable back- l ash of network TV’s biggest hit in adecade? Matt Phillips of the Keller Fay G roup, which measures fan “sentiment” about primetime TV s hows, says reaction to Empire is still “overwhelmingly positive” a nd shows “no sign of decline from last season.” V anity Fair , summing up last week’s episode, said, “Everything w as insane, which is to say that e verything was perfect.” And USA T ODAY’s Robert Bianco last month praised the show’s “energetic charms” but warned viewers, “Don’t look for logic; it’s not Empire ’s strong point.” As Lyon scion Jamal sang in one of the show’s first musical hits, its stars make no apologies for the show’s plots. “ Yes, it’s over the top, and some of the stu is outlandish (but) w e still will challenge you to think ... or we’re making you look at yourself, or just pissing you o ,” says Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie. Creator Lee Daniels has likened the series to 1980sdrama Dynasty , but the parade of celebrity cameos — championed by Fox — risks comparisons to a nother Aaron Spelling soap, The Love Boat : “ The minute you start worrying about guest stars, you’ve got y our eye o the ball. The ball is the family, and Empire .” TELEVISION Heat from Fox’s ‘Empire’ may be ebbing Gary Levin @GaryMLevin USA TODAY CHUCK HODES, FOX Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson lead the Empire . Khloé Kardashian is speaking out about estranged husband Lamar Odom, who is in a Los Angeles hospital after being transferred by air ambulance to continue treatment after he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel last week. In a statement posted on her website, the reality TV star says the past week has been “incredibly difficult,” and she thanked well-wishers and hospital staff. “I am thankful to family, friends, and fans, who have sent nothing but prayers and well wishes to Lamar. I also want to take a moment to thank everyone at Sunrise Hospital, including the amazing doctors and nurses for their kindness and diligent work. Under their amazing care, incredible strides have been made.” FRAZER HARRISON, GETTY IMAGES MAKING WAVES Lupita Nyong’o is set to make her Br oadway debut next year. ‘Eclipsed,’ a play set in civil-war- torn Liberia in the early 21st century and featuring Nyong’o as one of several “wives” of a rebel commander, will move uptown after completing its twice-extended run at the Public Theater. The play, written by Danai Gurira — known to fans of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ as Michonne— opened Oct. 14. The Broadway staging is scheduled to begin previews at the Golden Theatre Feb. 23 and open March 6. Compiled by Cindy Clark BROADWAY BOUND JOAN MARCUS GOOD D AY TRACY MORGAN The c ome- dian has announced he’ll begin a nationwide stand-up tour Feb. 5 at the Hor seshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. The news c omes hot on the heels of a busy weekend f or the comedian, which included a stint hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ and a touching appear anc e to salute his friend Eddie Murphy at the Kennedy Center. Stops on his T r acy Morgan: Picking Up the Piec es tour include the Wilbur Theater in Boston Feb. 20, the Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantuck et, Conn., on March 19, and a return to the Kennedy Center April 22. HOW WAS YOUR DAY? BROADWAY BABIES KRIS CONNOR, GETTY IMAGES

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