Arts in brief


LOS ANGELES – He’s already a titan of social media, so it only makes sense that Ashton Kutcher would play the late Apple founder Steve Jobs in a biography.

Kutcher’s publicist confirmed that the independent film “Jobs” will begin production in May while he’s on hiatus from the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.”

The 34-year-old actor, who has more than 10 million Twitter followers, will portray Jobs through his rise from hippie to hugely revered technological entrepreneur as the co-founder of Apple. Jobs died last October of cancer.

NEW YORK – Amy Brenneman plans to return to an Off-Broadway stage this spring in the play “Rapture, Blister, Burn.”

The star of such TV shows as “Private Practice,” “Judging Amy” and “NYPD Blue” will appear in a Playwrights Horizons production of Gina Gionfriddo’s comedy.

Playwrights Horizons announced that the play will begin previews May 18, with an opening set for June 12. It ends its run June 24.

Brenneman is a five-time Emmy nominee.

In the play, two women covet each other’s lives.

Edie Falco returns tonight as the conflicted “Nurse Jackie” on Showtime. Falco, who made her mark as the spunky Carmela on “The Sopranos,” admits that high wage-earning was not part of her past.

“When it comes to having to pay bills, it’s an impossibly difficult career,” she says.

“The first bunch of years you really spend a lot of time wondering what ... you were thinking. The teachers when you’re at school are all very supportive and excited that you want to do this, but nobody can prepare you for the realization that it’s almost impossible to support yourself. Even at some of the highest levels of Broadway, certainly compared to television and movies, it’s incredibly hard work, eight shows a week. The pay is great by normal standards, but for an actor, it’s the lowest paying of the various venues. I’ve always had side jobs until ‘Sopranos.’ ”

It’ll be pure poetry all this month on the Disney Channel’s Disney Junior, as well as the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel.

To celebrate National Poetry Month, folks like Jennifer Garner, Laura Linney, Katie Holmes, Vanessa Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Kenneth Branagh, Jessica Alba, Owen Wilson, Liev Schreiber and John Leguizamo will be reading poetry to the kiddies through April 21. These poems will be narrated in tandem with classic Disney animation as part of “A Poem Is ...,” a short-form series via the network.

NEW YORK – Laura Ingalls Wilder, who holds a special place in the hearts of millions of parents and children, soon will be added to the country’s official literary canon.

The Library of America announced that it will issue a boxed two-volume set this fall of Wilder’s “Little House” series, including “Little House on the Prairie” and “Little House in the Big Woods.” Wilder based the books on her family’s experiences as pioneers in the 19th century. She died in 1957 at age 90.

Founded in 1979, the Library of America specializes in clothbound volumes of classic American literature.

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