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Saturday, June 5, 2021

‘In the Heights’ Director Jon M. Chu on Film’s In-Person LALIFF Screening: ‘Like I’m Waking Up From Some Crazy Dream’ by Marc Malkin

“It’s going to be Washington Heights that is going to show the world how to get up again,” declared director Jon M. Chu as he addressed the audience ahead of the special preview screen…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:40PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2021

How Hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards May Have Saved Leslie Jones From Getting COVID (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just For Variety“… Leslie Jones didn’t exactly run to get a COVID vaccine. “When it first came out I was like, ‘I’m not taking that shit,’” the fo…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:54AM
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Actors Fund Study Details Devastating Impact of COVID-19 on Entertainment Industry by Marc Malkin

A new survey conducted The Actors Fund sheds more light on COVID-19’s impact on the entertainment industry. The organization surveyed 7,163 people who sought its assistance during the pand…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:30AM
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Glenn Close Talks Wanting to Play Cruella Again and Her New Jazz Album (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” Emma Stone may be taking on the role of Cruella de Vil in Disney’s “Cruella,” but that doesn’t mean Glenn Close is done playing the D…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:15PM
Saturday, May 1, 2021

‘Pose’ Final Season Premiere Kicks Off Hollywood’s Return to the Red Carpet by Marc Malkin

In what Hollywood hopes is a sign that live events are finally on the rebound, FX and 20th Television launched the third and final season of “Pose” with a red carpet premiere Thursday ni…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:30AM
Thursday, April 29, 2021

Timotheé Chalamet’s Harry Styles Costume From ‘SNL’ Sells for Nearly $5,000 at Actors Fund Auction by Marc Malkin

Going once. Going twice. Sold! Timotheé Chalamet’s costume he wore to play Harry Styles on “Saturday Night Live” has sold for $4,725 during Christine Baranski’s celebrity auction on…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:58AM
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Timotheé Chalamet’s Harry Styles Costume From ‘SNL’ Up for Sale in Actors Fund Auction by Marc Malkin

It was this week a year ago that Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep and Audra McDonald went viral with their boozy rendition of “Ladies Who Lunch” during a virtual birthday celebration for…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:19PM
Monday, April 26, 2021

Patrick Dempsey Talks Final Appearance on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and Singing for the First Time in the ‘Enchanted’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Patrick Dempsey has left the “Grey’s Anatomy” building…again! While the actor appeared on last week’s episode when Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) dreams of her and Derek finally having th…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:10PM
Monday, April 19, 2021

Oscar Attendees Will Not Wear Face Masks During Telecast (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

The Academy is not asking Oscar attendees to wear face masks while cameras are rolling during the live ceremony on April 25. The news was announced on Monday morning during a Zoom meeting wi…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:03PM

Tony Nominee Jeremy O. Harris on Redirecting Awards Campaign Budgets to ‘People Who Needed Them Most’ by Marc Malkin

Broadway, still shuttered, finds itself at the crossroads of several economic and political crises. Just this month, an exposé on Scott Rudin re-illuminated the industry’s long codependen…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:23AM
Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Jameela Jamil Talks ‘I Weigh’ Podcast and Surviving the ‘Ugliest Smears’ Against Her by Marc Malkin

Jameela Jamil is celebrating the one-year anniversary of “I Weigh,” the podcast offshoot of her activist mental health organization of the same name. Guests have included Billy Porter, D…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:44AM
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Talks Working With the ‘Brilliant’ Emerald Fennell on ‘Cinderella’ Musical by Marc Malkin

  Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety“… With the West End set to reopen in May, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cinderella” musical, with a book by freshly minted Oscar nominee Em…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:50AM
Thursday, March 18, 2021

Why the Oscars Should Be a Fundraiser for COVID Relief by Marc Malkin

Now that Oscar noms are in and planning for the 93rd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre and Union Station is underway, I’m hoping the next announcement we hear is that the evening will se…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:10PM
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talks New Cookbook and Returning to Broadway by Marc Malkin

Move over, Martha Stewart. Jesse Tyler Ferguson has just released his first cookbook, “Food Between Friends,” with co-author Julie Tanous. The 272-page tome includes recipes for garlicky…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:58PM
Monday, March 15, 2021

Hollywood Publicists Advise Clients Not to Work With HFPA Until Group Implements Diversity Changes (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

  Less than a week after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association circulated a letter to Hollywood publicists insisting it was committed to diversifying and addressing longstanding criticism…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:26AM
Friday, March 12, 2021

Inside Liza Minnelli’s 75th Birthday Celebration With Barbra Streisand, Kristen Chenoweth and Shirley MacLaine by Marc Malkin

A year to the day since Broadway shuttered, Liza Minnelli celebrated her 75th birthday — but not over post-show drinks with Joan Collins, in a limo in Paris with John Waters, or at her chi…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:11PM
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Liza Minnelli’s 75th Birthday Party Will ‘Give You Goosebumps,’ Producer Promises by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety”… We’re just a couple days away from Liza Minnelli’s birthday, which is March 12. As I first told you, the Hollywood legend — and Varie…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:31PM
Thursday, March 4, 2021

Ann Reinking Scholarship Created for Young Dancers Moving to New York City by Marc Malkin

The late Ann Reinking is being honored with a scholarship in her name. The $5,000 grant from Off the Lane will be awarded annually to a young dancer moving to New York City to help them in t…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:56PM
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Evan Ross Says Mom Diana Ross Loves ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ by Marc Malkin

  Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” Evan Ross appears in Lee Daniels’ “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” as a federal agent. He knows the subject well — his mom, …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:45AM
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Liza Minnelli to Celebrate 75th Birthday With Star-Studded Streaming Party by Marc Malkin

Ring them bells! Liza Minnelli will be celebrating her 75th birthday on March 12 with a dancing and singing streaming shindig. The virtual “Love Letter to Liza: A 75th Birthday Tribute Cel…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:52AM
Friday, February 12, 2021

Golden Globes Presenters Asked to Appear in Person for Live Telecast (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Live from New York or Beverly Hills, it’s the 78th Golden Globe Awards. While the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC announced earlier this month that the Globes would be broadcas…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:15PM
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Chita Rivera, Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey Remember Legendary Restaurateur Joe Allen by Marc Malkin

Joe Allen may have named his New York City restaurant after himself, but he was never one to seek the spotlight, even as the eatery became more renowned than he could have ever imagined. “…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:53PM
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

‘The Prom’ Star Jo Ellen Pellman on Why Kate McKinnon Is Her Queer Role Model by Marc Malkin

  Long before Jo Ellen Pellman was cast in the starring role of Emma in Ryan Murphy’s movie adaptation of “The Prom,” she saw the original production of the Broadway musical. “I’m…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:59PM
Saturday, January 23, 2021

How Inauguration Night’s Star-Studded ‘Celebrating America’ Spectacle Came Together in a Pandemic by Marc Malkin

The inauguration television special “Celebrating America” was only about six weeks in the making. “We did election night, and people are calling me and going, ‘Okay, what are we doin…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:13PM
Thursday, January 21, 2021

Broadway Vet Exits Theater Career to Become a Teacher After COVID by Marc Malkin

Kate Elliott has been working in and around New York’s theater scene for about 20 years, after graduating from Boston University with a BFA in sound design and music. Most recently, she wa…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:00AM
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Tina Fey and Wayne Brady Sign on for Educational Theatre Foundation Gala (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Tina Fey and Wayne Brady have joined the lineup for this year’s Educational Theatre Foundation Gala. Theatre Alive!: A Celebration of School Theatre, to be held virtually on Jan. 28, will …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:39PM
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Tony Winner Brian Stokes Mitchell on the Actors Fund and the ‘Ratatouille’ TikTok Musical by Marc Malkin

In March, Brian Stokes Mitchell was just four days away from performing a concert at New York’s City Center when the pandemic forced theaters to close. All the other jobs that Mitchell, wh…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM
Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Must Attend: Variety’s Calendar of New Year’s Eve Events by Marc Malkin

Looking for something to do while you are stuck inside? Check out Variety’s Must Attend calendar of (mostly virtual) events. Jan. 6 El Museo del Barrio hosts the 44th annual Three Kings Da…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:00PM
Friday, June 5, 2020

Billy Porter, Laverne Cox, Shangela and More Talk About the Meaning of LGBTQ Pride by Marc Malkin

This year’s Pride Month celebrations won’t look anything like they’ve looked in the 50 years since the first took place in 1970 in New York City, but that doesn’t mean there’s not …

SOURCE: Variety at 12:27PM
Friday, April 26, 2019

‘Beetlejuice’ Musical Team Hopes to Attract New Audiences to Broadway by Marc Malkin

In the new Broadway adaptation of Tim Burton’s 1988 cult classic film “Beetlejuice,” teenager Lydia takes center-stage alongside the titular gut-busting demon (Alex Brightman) to refle…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:07AM
Friday, April 19, 2019

Why John Lithgow Worried About Starring in Broadway’s ‘Hillary and Clinton’ by Marc Malkin

When Lucas Hnath first conceived of “Hillary and Clinton” in 2008, he was writing for and about a very different America. Now, a total reimagining of the show has made its way to Broadwa…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:14PM

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