Tuesday, May 21, 2019

London Theater Review: ‘White Pearl’ by Gordon Cox

Playwright Anchuli Felicia King dismantles the Asian market in this misfiring satire at London’s Royal Court Theatre. “White Pearl” makes a case that those seeking to make inroads into…

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Marisa Tomei Starring in Broadway Revival of ‘The Rose Tattoo’ by Brent Lang

Marisa Tomei will star in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo.” The Oscar-winning actress will play Serafina, a part previously performed by the likes of Maure…

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Variety, PBS SoCal Announce Lineup for Season 10 of ‘Variety Studio: Actors on Actors’ by Dnissen01

Variety and PBS SoCal have announced the actor lineup and schedule for Season 10 of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” The first two episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series will premi…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

‘Rocketman,’ ‘Pain and Glory’ Generate Oscar Chatter at Cannes by Brent Lang

The Cannes Film Festival is intended to celebrate the best of cinema. It’s the favored venue for world-class auteurs such as Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, and Hirokazu Kore…

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On the Scene at Pollstar’s Impact 50 Party With Agents for Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran, More by Shirley Halperin

Oak View Group co-founders Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff were among the luminaries on hand to mark Pollstar’s inaugural Impact 50 list recognizing the executives shaping the present and fut…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Blackbird Presents Names Joe Litvag President of Live Entertainment by Jem Aswad

Concert and film producer Blackbird Presents announced today that industry veteran Joe Litvag has joined the company as a partner and president of live entertainment. In this newly created p…

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Gabrielle Carteris Seeking Re-Election as SAG-AFTRA President by Dave McNary

SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris will seek re-election as the union’s top national officer and the head of the ticket for the Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide f…

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Tim Blake Nelson Waxes Philosophical on Writing a Play About Socrates by Terry Flores

Despite Tim Blake Nelson’s knack for playing folksy characters in films such as “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” in his soul lurks the heart of a classicist. Nelson, who stars in HBO’…

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Harvey Weinstein Trial Documents to Remain Sealed by Gmaddaus

A New York State appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld a judge’s decision to bar the public from a critical hearing in the Harvey Weinstein rape case. On April 26, Justice James Bur…

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TodayTix Banks $73 Million to Boost Theater and Arts Ticketing App by Todd Spangler

TodayTix, a Broadway-born mobile ticketing start-up, is looking to expand into a bigger global media and transaction enterprise with a capital infusion of $73 million led by private-equity f…

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ Hip-Hop Musical From Solvan ‘Slick’ Naim in the Works at Netflix by Dave McNary

Solvan “Slick” Naim is developing an untitled hip-hop movie musical based on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” for Netflix. The streaming service announced the project on Th…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

London Theater Review: ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Gordon Cox

August Wilson famously disavowed the idea of an all-black “Death of a Salesman.” In 1996, he declared any such staging “an assault on our presence and our difficult but honorable histo…

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Paradigm Hires Ashley Hanley, Promotes Trio to Agent in New York by Dave McNary

Paradigm Talent Agency has hired Ashley Hanley as a talent agent, and promoted three New York-based trainees to agent: Valerie Champeau (talent), Katelyn Dougherty (book publishing) and Rach…

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LAGFF’s 2019 Lineup Includes Olympia Dukakis Documentary by Peter Caranicas

The documentary “Olympia,” a revealing look at the life and career of Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis, will join the other films screening at the 13th annual Los Angeles Gr…

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Terry Bradshaw Apologizes for ‘Offensive Comments’ at Fox Upfront by Cynthia Littleton

“Fox NFL Sunday” host Terry Bradshaw has apologized for “offensive comments” he made about actor-comedian Ken Jeong during Fox’s upfront presentation in New York on Monday. During …

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New Fox Looks Like Work in Progress at Upfront (Analysis) by Cynthia Littleton

Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier has taken to saying that the relaunch of the broadcast network following the historic Disney-21st Century Fox transaction has turned Fox into a “start…

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‘Umbrella Academy’ Star Emmy Raver-Lampman Buys Sherman Oaks Modern Farmhouse by James McClain

Though she began her career in musical theatre — performing on Broadway and national touring productions, most notably as part of the original ensemble cast of “Hamilton” — Emmy Rave…

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‘Macbeth’ Getting Dark-Comedy Retelling With Off Broadway’s ‘Scotland, PA’ by Mnichols999

Macbeth is getting a modern makeover. William Shakespeare’s classic is being reimagined as the dark comedy stage musical “Scotland, PA,” set to premiere next fall. Roundabout Theatre C…

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Listen: Santino Fontana on How Broadway’s ‘Tootsie’ Was Adapted For Our Times by Gordon Cox

Broadway’s “Tootsie” has turned into one of this season’s Tony Awards frontrunners, winning raves for its deftly funny update of potentially problematic source material — and for a…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Concert Review: Ariana Grande Makes Staples Center a Curvy, Colorful Nightclub by Chris Willman

Whatever else it may be, Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour is not a “get to know your superstar” affair. On record, Grande has ably followed Taylor Swift down the trail of openly au…

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Listen: Why Aaron Sorkin Cut His Favorite Scene From ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Gordon Cox

Aaron Sorkin remembers treasuring a favorite scene in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and in the 1962 movie version that starred Gregory Peck. But you won’t find that scene in his h…

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Lady Gaga Strips Through Four Outfits on Met Gala Red Carpet by Dnissen01

Lady Gaga busted into the 2019 Met Gala with an extravagant Brandon Maxwell outfit–well, outfits. Like a Russian nesting doll, Gaga took off one layer after another. The Oscar-winning sing…

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Met Gala: Billy Porter Explains What Camp Means to Him by Meredith Woerner

The 2019 Met Gala theme Camp: Notes On Fashion has set expectations record high. And with Lady Gaga teasing itty bitty purses and voluminous gowns online, the excitement is understandable. B…

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Asbury Park Doc Featuring Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Van Zandt to Hit Theaters by Shirley Halperin

“Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock n’ Roll,” a new documentary exploring the roots of the New Jersey sound, is hitting theaters worldwide for an engagement on May 22 and 29. The film…

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Bruce Springsteen Reveals He Just Wrote an Entire Album for E Street Band to Tour Behind by Chris Willman

Bruce Springsteen hasn’t made too many public predictions about whether he’d ever record or tour with the E Street Band again. Sunday night, he answered a firm yes to both those question…

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Ariana Grande’s Songwriting Dream Team Schools ASCAP Expo on Making Hits a Reality by Shirley Halperin

If there’s one takeaway for the hundreds of ASCAP Expo attendees who sat for a Saturday afternoon panel featuring Ariana Grande’s “songwriting dream team” of Tommy Brown, Victoria Mo…

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Bruce Springsteen and Martin Scorsese Talk About ‘Are You Talkin’ to Me?’ and How ‘Last Waltz’ Influenced ‘Broadway’ by Chris Willman

In their conversation Sunday night at a private Netflix event honoring “Springsteen on Broadway,” Bruce Springsteen and Martin Scorsese spent close to a third of the 45-minute chat discu…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Madonna Talks Advocacy and the Need for Love at GLAAD Media Awards New York by Mnichols999

Visibility, advocacy, and hope were the big themes Saturday at the 30th annual GLAAD awards, which saw the largest attendance that the ceremony has ever seen with more than 1,300 guests. Mad…

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YouTube Now Has 2 Billion Monthly Users, Who Watch 250 Million Hours on TV Screens Daily by Todd Spangler

Has YouTube become the new center of gravity for primetime? That’s the narrative it wants Madison Avenue to believe — especially as it relates to coveted younger demos. The Google-owned …

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‘Saturday Night Live’: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Pete Davidson Sing ‘I Got Fired by NBC’ by Cynthia Littleton

Adam Sandler returned to “Saturday Night Live” for the first time since 1995 to sing a chorus of “I got fired by NBC” in his opening monologue, with help from Chris Rock and Pete Dav…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

ASCAP Expo Touts Streaming Revenues, Diversity Initiatives and Big Dreams by Chris Willman

It was fitting that ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams took the stage Thursday morning at the opening of the 14th annual “I Create Music” Expo to the strains of Kermit the Frog croo…

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