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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Cirque du Soleil Composer Benoît Jutras Developing Rock Opera About Japan’s Imperial Family (EXCLUSIVE) by Rebecca Rubin

Benoît Jutras, the composer behind many Cirque du Soleil productions, is developing a slate of original musicals for the stage and screen. The first project will be a rock opera that traces…

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

‘Mean Girls’ Won’t Reopen on Broadway Due to the Pandemic by Rebecca Rubin

When the lights go up on Broadway, “Mean Girls” won’t be returning to the stage. Producers announced Thursday that the musical, based on Tina Fey’s modern cult classic, will not reop…

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

‘Spamalot’ Movie Moves From Fox to Paramount by Rebecca Rubin

Paramount Pictures is getting in on the business of Monty Python. The studio has acquired “Spamalot,” the upcoming movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. The film was previously s…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bryan Cranston Calls Out Trump at Tony Awards: ‘Media Is Not the Enemy’ by Rebecca Rubin

Bryan Cranston took a moment to get political during Sunday night’s Tony Awards, blasting the president’s stance on the state of journalism. “The media is not the enemy of the people. …

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Tony Winner Rachel Chavkin Says Broadway Needs More Women Directors by Rebecca Rubin

“Hadestown” director Rachel Chavkin, who won her first Tony Award on Sunday night, used her acceptance speech to make a call for greater diversity and representation on Broadway. “Ther…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

‘Lion King’ Dazzles CinemaCon With New Footage by Rebecca Rubin

Hakuna Matata, indeed. Disney debuted all-new footage of the highly anticipated remake at CinemaCon, the annual exhibition trade show in Las Vegas. The roughly five minute clip followed a yo…

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‘Cats’ Behind-the-Scenes Footage Debuts at CinemaCon, Jennifer Hudson Sings ‘Memory’ by Rebecca Rubin

Jennifer Hudson delivered an anthemic rendition of “Memory” to cap Universal Pictures’ CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday. Universal and Working Title didn’t release any footage fro…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Box Office: ‘Dumbo’ Lands at No. 1 With Soft $45 Million by Rebecca Rubin

Disney’s “Dumbo” had an underwhelming liftoff at the domestic box office. Tim Burton’s live-action remake of the 1941 cartoon debuted with $45 million from 4,259 North American theat…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Will Disney’s ‘Dumbo’ Remake Take Off at the Box Office? by Rebecca Rubin

Disney’s upcoming adaptation of “Dumbo” is taking flight this weekend. Directed by Tim Burton, the studio’s live-action re-imagining of the 1941 cartoon is expected to earn roughly $…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ Trailer Spotlights Will Smith’s Genie by Rebecca Rubin

You ain’t never had a friend like Will Smith’s Genie. Disney released the first full-length trailer for the studio’s live-action remake of “Aladdin,” starring Smith as the Genie, M…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Disney Unveils First Look at ‘Frozen 2’ (Watch) by Rebecca Rubin

Elsa, I have a feeling we’re not in Arendelle anymore. Everyone’s favorite ice queen is braving a new element in the newest teaser trailer for Disney’s “Frozen 2,R…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

‘BlacKkKlansman’ Returns to Theaters After Six Oscar Nominations (EXCLUSIVE) by Rebecca Rubin

“BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee’s crime drama about a black detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, is heading back to theaters after picking up six Oscar nominations. The …

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Friday, January 4, 2019

‘Aquaman,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Propel Warner Bros. to 2018 Global Box Office Record (EXCLUSIVE) by Rebecca Rubin

Thanks to the smash successes of “Aquaman,” “A Star Is Born,” and “The Meg,” Warner Bros. capped off 2018 with a new milestone. The studio had its biggest…

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Movie Theaters Bounce Back: What’s Behind the 2018 Rebound by Rebecca Rubin

Reports of the death of movies are greatly exaggerated. The exhibition business came roaring back in 2018, as blockbusters such as “Black Panther,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” …

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

‘Frozen 2’ Release Moves Up a Week by Rebecca Rubin

The wait never bothered us anyway, but “Frozen” fans will get to see Anna and Elsa back on the big screen a little sooner than expected. Disney announced “Frozen 2” h…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

‘Venom’ Rules International Box Office Again, ‘A Star Is Born’ Crosses $200 Million Worldwide by Rebecca Rubin

“Venom” remains a force to be reckoned with overseas as the Tom Hardy superhero movie topped the foreign box office for the third weekend in a row. Sony’s “Venom̶…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Box Office: ‘Venom’ Faces Off Against ‘A Star Is Born’ by Rebecca Rubin

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Tom Hardy are injecting a little star-power into multiplexes. Following a lackluster September at the box office, “Venom” and “A Star Is Born…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Box Office: ‘Venom’ Targets $65 Million Debut, ‘A Star Is Born’ Aims for Mid-$20 Millions by Rebecca Rubin

October should start strong as two releases targeting vastly different audiences will open at the box office. One stars a shocking otherworldly being. The other is “Venom.” Early…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ Broadway Cast Recalls Performing for Julia Roberts by Rebecca Rubin

Samantha Barks didn’t watch Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s iconic “Pretty Woman” in preparation for her starring role in the new Broadway musical adaptation of the …

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Keri Russell to Join Adam Driver in ‘Burn This’ on Broadway by Rebecca Rubin

Keri Russell is Broadway bound. The award-winning actress is joining Adam Driver in the first Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This.” Tony Award winner Michael Ma…

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bryan Cranston Returns to Broadway in ‘Network’ by Rebecca Rubin

Bryan Cranston will return to Broadway in his Olivier Award-winning role of Howard Beale in “Network.” Lee Hall and Ivo van Hove are adapting the play, which is based on the 1976…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Amy Schumer Calls ‘My Fair Lady’s’ Henry Higgins a Mansplainer by Rebecca Rubin

While introducing the first Tony nominee for best revival of a musical, “My Fair Lady,” Amy Schumer paused to throw some general shade at the state of women’s right in Amer…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Tony Winner Ruthie Ann Miles Injured, Daughter Killed in Car Crash by Rebecca Rubin

Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Blumstein, whose stage name is Ruthie Ann Miles, is in the hospital and her 4-year-old daughter Abigail has died after they were struck by a car in Brooklyn, acco…

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Academy Award Winners 2018: Updating Live by Rebecca Rubin

The 90th Academy Awards are taking place on Sunday, honoring the best in film from the past year. Nominees to look out for include Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” which…

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Disneyland Experiences Power Outage by Rebecca Rubin

Disneyland suffered a power outage on Wednesday afternoon, Variety has confirmed. At least a dozen rides and attractions appear to have been shut down at the Anaheim, Calif., park. According…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Aaron Sorkin to Receive Creative Impact in Screenwriting Award at Palm Springs Film Festival by Rebecca Rubin

Variety has tapped Aaron Sorkin for the 2018 creative impact in screenwriting award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. The award will celebrate Sorkin’s prolific screenwr…

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Friday, December 8, 2017

TV News Roundup: Alice Cooper Cast in NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live!’ by Rebecca Rubin

In today’s roundup, Alice Cooper joins the cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!,” while Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” announces a new Fab Five.  CASTING Alice Coo…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Barack Obama, Ariana Grande’s Tweets Among Most Popular of 2017 by Rebecca Rubin

Twitter has released its top-trending topics and tweets of 2017, with Barack Obama and Ariana Grande dominating the most popular posts. The former president’s response to violence in …

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Geraldo Rivera Apologizes to Bette Midler Following Resurfaced Groping Claim by Rebecca Rubin

Geraldo Rivera apologized to Bette Midler on Friday in the wake of recently resurfaced sexual harassment allegations against the Fox News contributor. Midler took to Twitter on Thursday to …

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

‘Come From Away,’ ‘Falsettos,’ ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ Join Ahmanson’s Upcoming Season by Rebecca Rubin

Center Theatre Group announced Wednesday that three Broadway productions have been added to its 2018-19 season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s mu…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Christopher Plummer on Replacing Kevin Spacey in ‘All the Money in the World’: ‘It’s a Shame’ by Rebecca Rubin

Christopher Plummer has responded to the reveal that he will replace Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s upcoming thriller “All the Money in the World.” In the wake of numerous…

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