Diane Lane has returned to a New York stage. It took her long enough. The "Unfaithful" and "Man of Steel" star was still basically a girl the last time — a whopping 37 years ago.
What lured her back was "The Mystery of Love & Sex," a new play by Bathsheba Doran at Lincoln Center Theater, the same place where in 1977 at age 12, she was in "The Cherry Orchard" and goofed around with co-stars Raul Julia and Meryl Streep.
"There are wonderful ghosts here, actually," she said. "I feel like I walk past the ghost of myself."
In the new play, Lane plays the mother of a college-age daughter forced to grapple with both her own marriage and her daughter's budding romance.
Lane, 50, said she related to her character. "She has this whole Georgia thing. I lived in Georgia for a long time and that accent is very close to me. I felt like, 'Oh, there's enough familiar territory on the table for me to not feel like I'm completely out of orbit.' "
Her acting heroes, she said, are Shirley MacLaine, Vivian Leigh and Jane Fonda. "They possessed a kind of mercurial talent that they themselves were not necessarily even cognizant of. That is what I loved about real actresses that I saw in the theater."
Stamper's secret is out
The last time "House of Cards" fans saw Michael Kelly, who plays henchman to Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), his character, Doug Stamper, was bashed in the head with a rock by an assailant and left for dead. Well, Stamper lives! And he, in Kelly's portrayal, resumes his driven, devilish mission as "Cards" unveils its 13-episode third season Friday. Kelly said he wore a hat and contact lenses rather than his usual glasses when out in public during filming to try to keep the secret.
He's back: Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard in the sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 classic "Blade Runner." The sequel's been in the works for some time, and shooting is scheduled to begin next summer. Denis Villeneuve, who helmed "Prisoners" and "Enemy," which both starred Jake Gyllenhaal, will direct. Scott is executive producer.
Ouch: Madonna says she hit her head and suffered whiplash when she was yanked backward down some steps while performing live at the Brit Awards. The tumble occurred Wednesday as the 56-year-old queen of pop sang "Living For Love." Madonna's dancers tugged at her flowing Armani cape, but instead of coming loose it dragged the singer down three steps. "I had a little bit of a whiplash and I smacked the back of my head," Madonna told a British TV show.