Friday, March 22, 2019

How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Danielle Brooks Became a Broadway Producer by Marcmalkin

Danielle Brooks earned a Tony nomination when she made her Broadway debut as Sofia in the 2015 revival of “The Color Purple,” but now the “Orange Is the New Black” star is working be…

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Barry Manilow Reflects on Early Career, New York Talent Show ‘Callback,’ and Featherbed by Terry Flores

Barry Manilow’s place as one of America’s best-loved entertainers was secured decades ago, but the 75-year-old shows no signs of resting on his laurels, which include nearly 50 top 40 hi…

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Studio Marketing Chiefs Discuss the Theatrical vs. Netflix Oscars Debate by Will Thorne

On a day where a large part of the Fox marketing department was wiped out in the aftermath of the Disney merger, a group of marketing chiefs from other studios and streamers sat down at the …

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Global Sales for ‘Les Miserables’ Starring Dominic West Ahead of Series Mania by Stewart Clarke

The BBC and Masterpiece adaptation of “Les Miserables” will play on a numerous international channels after a raft of deals were sealed for the series, which features Dominic West, David…

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Off Broadway Review: Daveed Diggs in ‘White Noise’ by Gordon Cox

Any new play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog / Underdog”) demands — and deserves — attention. And in its premiere production at the Public Theater,…

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Broadway Review: ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ by Gordon Cox

In the wake of the long-running “Jersey Boys” and the short-lived “Summer,” director Des McAnuff is back on Broadway with another show built around the song catalog of a music act …

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

WGA Authorizing Managers, Lawyers to Make Deals if Agents are Fired by Dave McNary

The Writers Guild of America has authorized managers and lawyers to negotiate deals for writers in place of agents — if the guild tells members to fire their agents on April 7. The guild…

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Rachel Bloom on the ‘Beautiful Mystery’ of the ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Series Finale by Danielle Turchiano

While four seasons of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has explored musical genres from boy bands to country, the one type of music series co-creator and star Rachel Bloom admits the show will not …

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‘This Is Us’ Composer Siddhartha Khosla Signs With ASCAP by Chrislwillman

Siddhartha Khosla, one of the busiest composers in TV with ongoing assignments for “This Is Us,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “Marvel’s Runaways,” has made the move to ASCAP, the…

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Writers Guild Makes Concession on Film Financing in Agent Talks by Dave McNary

The Writers Guild of America has made a concession in film financing in its negotiations with Hollywood talent agents — the second in six weeks of talks. WGA West executive director David …

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WGA Leaders to Meet With Showrunners on Agency Packaging Fight (EXCLUSIVE) by Cynthia Littleton

WGA leaders are set to meet tonight with a group of showrunners who are raising concerns about the guild’s handling of negotiations with talent agents over the issue of packaging fees and …

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Showbiz Marketers Look to Netflix’s Data Expertise as They Build Their Own Campaigns by Peter Caranicas

Netflix’s ability to profit from its secret sauce of granular consumer data has made it the envy of Hollywood. Now, with Disney, Warner Media and others prepping their own ambitious servic…

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Global Box Office Flat in 2018, Netflix and Subscription Services Rise in Popularity by Brent Lang

The domestic box office rebounded in 2018 in a recovery fueled by blockbusters such as “Black Panther” and “Incredibles 2.” Ticket sales in the U.S. climbed 7% to top out at a record…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Sara Bareilles Premieres New Songs, Declares Love for Obama at Intimate L.A. Show by Chrislwillman

“I know it’s been a really long time since I made a record,” said Sara Bareilles, introducing a night of mostly new music at the Troubadour Tuesday. Hearing some shouted assents from t…

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Disney, Fox Employees Grapple With Day One Transition on Two Hollywood Lots by Brent Lang

What kind of a boss will Disney be? That’s a question facing employees at 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, National Geographic Partners, FX Networks, and other assorted parts of Rupert M…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Disney Completes 21st Century Fox Acquisition by Cynthia Littleton

Before the East Coast airing of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” ends tonight, Disney will formally seal the deal on its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox. “This is an extraordinary and …

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‘West Side Story’ Remake Adds Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James as Cops by Dave McNary

Steven Spielberg has cast Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James as police officers in his movie adaptation of “West Side Story.” Stoll will take on the role of Lieutenant Schrank, the New…

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Peloton Sued for $150 Million for Using Drake, Lady Gaga Music Without License by Jem Aswad

A group of publishers including Downtown Music Publishing, Pulse Music Publishing, ole, peermusic, Ultra Music, Big Deal Music, Reservoir, Round Hill, TRO Essex Music Group and The Royalty N…

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‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Movie in the Works Based on Broadway Musical by Dave McNary

The Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde” is getting the movie treatment from Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris. Dinelaris, who is writing and producing the adaptation, won an Oscar …

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Listen: The ‘Balls-Out Theatricality’ of Sam Mendes by Gordon Cox

If you find yourself directing a Broadway play with a cast so big it includes a goose, two rabbits, more kids than you can count and an actual infant, what do you do? If you’re Sam Mendes,…

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‘Rocketman’: Paramount Previews Footage of Elton John Biopic by Marcmalkin

“Rocketman” is ready for lift off. Paramount Pictures threw a cocktail party Monday night to preview 15 minutes of the upcoming Elton John biopic, set for release on May 31, at the Troub…

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‘Frozen’ the Musical Opening in London in 2020 by Stewart Clarke

“Frozen” the musical is coming to London and will open in the West End in fall 2020. The Michael Grandage-directed Disney Theatrical Productions stage show has been on Broadway for a yea…

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Off Broadway Review: John Guare’s ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ by Gordon Cox

Anyone who doesn’t have a cottage on the Cape or the Islands, as they say in Massachusetts, might be puzzled by the title of John Guare’s new play.  “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is no Re…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

J. Balvin, Ozuna, Deadmau5 Among New Artists Launching 2019 Vegas Residencies by Tim Chan

The list of artists heading to Vegas this year is getting a little longer. Reggaeton stars J. Balvin and Ozuna and DJ heavyweights Armin van Buuren, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz are among the new…

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iHeartMedia Promotes Angel Aristone to Executive VP of Communications by Jem Aswad

Angel Aristone has been promoted to executive vice president of communications for iHeartMedia, the company announced today. According to the announcement, Aristone will continue to position…

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WarnerMedia Setting Interim Leadership Team After Kevin Tsujihara Ouster (EXCLUSIVE) by Matt Donnelly

An interim leadership team will take the reins at Warner Bros. Entertainment following the shocking dismissal of CEO Kevin Tsujihara on Monday. The team will likely consist of Warner Bros. m…

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Musicians Freak Out as They Belatedly Learn Myspace Lost 50 Million Songs by Chrislwillman

Myspace-related news travels very, very slowly in the late 2010s. So while the company had quietly acknowledged a massive data loss in response to user inquiries last year, it took until thi…

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Writers Guild Blasts Talent Agencies CAA, WME for ‘Soaring’ Profits by Dave McNary

The Writers Guild of America has singled out Hollywood’s largest talent agencies, William Morris Endeavor and Creative Artists Agency, for allegedly soaring profits. The WGA, in an acrimon…

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Wall Street Applauds as Disney Nears Finish Line on Fox Acquisition by Cynthia Littleton

Wall Street is rooting for Disney as the media giant reaches the finish line this week in its 15-month quest to acquire most of Rupert Murdoch’s film and TV empire. Fox shareholders, on th…

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Philadelphia’s Iconic Trocadero Theatre to Close, Owner Confirms (EXCLUSIVE) by Jem Aswad

After several days of rumors and a last-minute attempt by local promoters to save it, Philadelphia’s Trocadero Theatre — part of the city’s entertainment skyline since 1870 — is clos…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

‘Saturday Night Live’ Accused of Plagiarizing New York Comedy Duo’s Sketches (EXCLUSIVE) by Daniel Holloway

“Saturday Night Live” aired last October a sketch about a pumpkin patch where the employees, much to the consternation of the proprietor, engage in sexual intercourse with the product. …

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