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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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, …

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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…

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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…

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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. “…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Why David Harbour Just Compared ‘Hellboy’ to ‘Hamlet’ by Marc Malkin

David Harbour understands if movie-goers don’t realize he’s the star of the new “Hellboy.” “I was kind of stunned. It’s quite a transformation. I didn’t even recognize myself,…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Michelle Williams on Becoming Gwen Verdon: “I Had to Start Meditating” by Marc Malkin

Michelle Williams is dancing her way into another hit leading role with FX’s “Fosse/Verdon.” At the New York premiere on Monday night, the actress told Variety it took more than dance…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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

“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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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

‘Spring Awakening’ Creative Duo Has Six More Musicals in Development by Marc Malkin

At the Off-Broadway premiere of “Alice by Heart,” a new musical from “Spring Awakening” creators Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik and inspired by “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,…

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Steven Spielberg Takes Veiled Shot at Streamers, Urges Filmmakers to Make Movies for Theaters by Marc Malkin

Steven Spielberg is continuing his quest to push filmmakers to make movies for theaters and not just for television. “I hope all of us really continue to believe that the greatest contribu…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

John Legend, Cheryl “Salt” James, More Bring Black Roller Skating Culture to the Spotlight by Marc Malkin

Roller skating isn’t just a hobby. In black communities across the country, it’s a culture. It’s a way of life. At the premiere for documentary “United Skates” in Los Angel…

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Diane Warren Wants to Write a Song for Lady Gaga and Celine Dion by Marc Malkin

Social media exploded last week when Celine Dion showed up at Lady Gaga’s new Enigma show in Las Vegas. Not only was the “My Heart Will Go On” songstress in the audience, b…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’s’ Starry Opening: Oprah, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and More by Marc Malkin

The Shubert Theatre in New York City last was filled on Thursday night with Oscar winners, media titans and, of course, Broadway legends who came out for the opening of “To Kill a Mockingb…

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Dec 16, 2021: Diana - Longacre Theatre