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Thursday, March 21, 2019

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

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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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Musical Taps Anna D. Shapiro to Direct by Brent Lang

Miranda Priestly can’t call all the shots. The upcoming musical adaptation of “The Devil Wears Prada” has tapped Anna D. Shapiro to direct the show, which is eyeing an eventual Broadwa…

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Hugh Jackman Starring in ‘The Music Man’ Revival on Broadway by Brent Lang

Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in an upcoming revival of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” It marks Jackman’s first musical role in more than a decade, which should make it a…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Andrea Martin Leaves ‘Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’ After Breaking Ribs by Brent Lang

Andrea Martin broke four ribs while rehearsing “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” and will leave the production. Kristine Nielsen, another member of the cast, will assume Martin’s ro…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

‘Choir Boy’ Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney on Race, Sexuality and Making His Broadway Debut by Brent Lang

“Choir Boy,” Tarell Alvin McCraney’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning “Moonlight,” ends its Broadway run next week. The drama has earned rave reviews for its portrait of a gay teen…

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Monday, February 4, 2019

‘The Band’s Visit’ Ending Broadway Run in April by Brent Lang

“The Band’s Visit,” a musical adaptation of a 2007 Israeli film that became an unlikely stage hit, will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Whe…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

How Indie Films Can Find Success in Theaters by Brent Lang

Indie films can still succeed in theaters, but producers and directors must be more creative in selling their films and cooking up stories that will resonate with audiences. That’s the…

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Michael Shannon, Audra McDonald to Star in Broadway Revival of ‘Frankie and Johnny’ by Brent Lang

Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald will portray two lovers whose one-night stand turns into something deeper in the Broadway revival of “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.”…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ Transfers to Broadway by Brent Lang

“What the Constitution Means to Me,” a buzzy Off-Broadway production that counts Hillary Clinton and Gloria Steinem among its fans, is making the move uptown. The play will come …

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Becomes Highest Grossing American Play in Broadway History (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a certifiable smash and has become one of the greatest stage successes of this or any Broadway season. Aaron Sorkin’s adaption of Harper Lee̵…

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Netflix Isn’t Killing Movie Theaters, Study Shows by Brent Lang

Netflix isn’t killing movie theaters. At least, that’s the take-away from a new study conducted by EY’s Quantitative Economics and Statistics group, which finds that people who…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

‘Roma’ Keeps Adding Theaters in Mexico by Brent Lang

“Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal coming-of-age drama, is also a love letter to Mexico City. The sprawling metropolis — its cobblestoned streets, fading movie …

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

‘Once on This Island’ Ending Broadway Run by Brent Lang

“Once on This Island,” this year’s Tony Award winner for best musical revival, will close its Broadway run on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. When the curtain falls for the last time…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Opening on Broadway in Summer 2019 by Brent Lang

The Belle Epoque is coming to Broadway. “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” the stage version of the beloved film, is hitting the Great White Way treatment next summer. Previews will be…

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

‘The Ferryman’: Irish Acting Legends Fionnula Flanagan, Dearbhla Molloy Reflect on the Broadway Smash by Brent Lang

“The Ferryman,” a drama about a former IRA member’s attempts to outrun his past, is one of the hottest tickets on Broadway. It has earned critical raves and previously pick…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

‘American Son,’ Opportunity Agenda Partner to Raise Awareness on Social Justice Issues by Brent Lang

The producers of Broadway’s “American Son” are partnering with the Opportunity Agenda to raise awareness about social justice issues. The effort is led by the show’s …

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

AFM: FilmNation Boards Gloria Steinem Biopic With Julianne Moore (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

FilmNation Entertainment will sell international rights to “In the Glorias: A Life on the Road,” Variety has learned. The film is based on the memoir of feminist icon Gloria Stei…

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Monday, October 22, 2018

West End Hits ‘Funny Girl,’ ‘Red’ Coming to Theaters Thanks to Trafalgar Releasing by Brent Lang

Theater fans don’t need to book passage across the pond in order to see West End favorites. On Wednesday, Trafalgar Releasing will begin rolling out its latest slate of hit London show…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Tina Turner Musical Coming to Broadway by Brent Lang

The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll wants to make Broadway part of her kingdom. “Tina,” a new musical based on the life and career of Tina Turner, will debut in New York City …

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Tony Goldwyn Joins Broadway’s ‘Network’ by Brent Lang

Tony Goldwyn has joined the cast of “Network.” The stage adaptation of the film classic is one of the year’s most hotly anticipated Broadway productions and boasts serious …

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Annette Bening, Tracy Letts Starring in ‘All My Sons’ on Broadway by Brent Lang

Annette Bening is returning to Broadway after 30 years to star opposite Tracy Letts in a new revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons.” The four-time Oscar nominee is no str…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Elisabeth Moss on ‘Her Smell’ and Why She Won’t Do a ‘Mad Men’ Reboot by Brent Lang

Elisabeth Moss puts it all out there as the strung-out rock star at the center of “Her Smell.” The Alex Ross Perry drama earned raves for the Emmy winner when it screened at this…

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Toronto Film Festival: Big on Lady Gaga, Small on Deals by Brent Lang

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper got a standing ovation, Alfonso Cuaron brought audiences to tears, and Michael Moore revved up the crowds at the Toronto International Film Festival with a broad…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ruth Wilson, Pedro Pascal, Elizabeth Marvel Join Glenda Jackson in ‘King Lear’ on Broadway by Brent Lang

Ruth Wilson, Pedro Pascal, and Elizabeth Marvel are joining the cast of an upcoming Broadway production of “King Lear.” The show is highly anticipated because Oscar and recent To…

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Tatiana Maslany Joins Bryan Cranston in ‘Network’ on Broadway by Brent Lang

Tatiana Maslany will join Bryan Cranston in “Network” when the stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film opens on Broadway this fall. The “Orphan Black” star will pl…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Movie Theaters Can Co-Exist With Netflix, Filmmakers, Executives Argue by Brent Lang

Movie theaters don’t need to be locked in mortal conflict with Netflix, a panel of exhibitors, filmmakers and studio suits argued at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday. …

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Friday, August 31, 2018

‘Cats’ Lands December 2019 Release Date, ‘Wicked’ Delayed by Brent Lang

The Jellicle Ball will go down just in time for Christmas 2019. Universal Pictures and Working Title will release “Cats,” the big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Broadway Dimming Lights to Honor Neil Simon by Brent Lang

Broadway will dim its lights in honor of Neil Simon. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, librettist, lyricist, producer, and theatre owner and operator died Sunday at the a…

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Broadway dimming lights to honor Neil Simon by Brent Lang

Broadway will dim its lights in honor of Neil Simon. The Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, librettist, lyricist, producer, and theatre owner and operator died Sunday at t…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘Beetlejuice’ Musical Taps ‘School of Rock’ Broadway Star by Brent Lang

Alex Brightman will follow in Michael Keaton’s footsteps, assuming the title role in “Beetlejuice” on Broadway. It’s a familiar challenge for the Tony Award nominee. …

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