Ellen Wheeler Saves the Soap Opera, and Other Culture Highlights From This Week’s ‘New York’

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Can Guiding Light producer Ellen Wheeler make the soap opera relevant again? Lauren Mechling is cautiously optimistic. Plus: Five young soap stars to watch. David Edelstein liked Tropic Thunder AND Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Jeremy McCarter reviews Hair, "the weirdest musical ever staged." Sara Cardace checks in with Pineapple Express thespian Danny McBride. Joshua David Stein asks, What the heck Jonah Hill is doing on Sesame Street? Also, Vulture's Dan Kois reviews the leaked trailers of Comic-Con.