Monday, April 19, 2021

California Boosts Indoor Event Capacity to 75% in Some Areas by Cynthia Littleton

The falling rate of COVID-19 infections and rising rate of vaccination has prompted California state officials to allow concerts and other indoor events to be held at 75% of capacity in some…

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New York City Movie Theaters Can Expand Capacity to 33% by Rebecca Rubin

Movie theaters in New York City will soon be able to welcome a slightly larger number of customers into their venues. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has given local cinemas permission to operate…

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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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Scott Rudin Fallout Intensifies With Sutton Foster Statement, Emotional Video From Late Assistant’s Twin by Ellise Shafer

The outrage surrounding producer Scott Rudin intensified over the weekend, with Broadway star Sutton Foster speaking out while the twin brother of a late former Rudin assistant posted an emo…

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Saturday, April 17, 2021

Scott Rudin to ‘Step Back’ From Broadway After Workplace Abuse Allegations by Ellise Shafer

Producer Scott Rudin has announced that he will “step back” from Broadway following allegations of abusive workplace behavior, Variety has confirmed. The move marks an extraordinary fa…

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Friday, April 16, 2021

‘In the Heights’ to Open Tribeca Film Festival by Rebecca Rubin

“In the Heights,” a movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, has been tapped to open the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. The festival’s opening night screening will be held …

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Viola Davis on ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ and Black Artists Being the ‘Leftovers’ In Hollywood by Clayton Davis

As accomplished as Academy Award winner Viola Davis is in the industry, she still feels the unfair comparisons and judgments for the roles she chooses. “It’s so hard to get films made th…

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Anika Noni Rose Joins ‘Let the Right One In’ Pilot at Showtime Opposite Demián Bichir by Joseph Otterson

Anika Noni Rose has been cast in the “Let the Right One In” pilot at Showtime, Variety has learned. She joins previously announced cast member Demián Bichir. The series centers on Mark…

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Women in Animation Helps Young Female Artists Find Place in the Biz by Carolehorst

Animation production didn’t skip a beat during the past year, and that’s great news for students aspiring to join the globally dynamic industry. Yet while some 60% of animation students…

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Adam Schlesinger to Be Celebrated in Online Show by Ex-Bandmates and Dozens of Rockers and Actors by Chris Willman

The late rocker and TV/theater composer Adam Schlesinger, who died from complications of COVID-19 in April 2020, will be feted by dozens of musicians and actors in May in an online tribute b…

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The Glam Squad Cheers Return of the (Virtual) Red Carpet by Jasmin Rosemberg

When celebrity events were halted because of the coronavirus pandemic last March, Hollywood’s clothing stylists, hairstylists and makeup artists were put out of work. The return of awards …

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How Playing Blues Legend Ma Rainey Liberated Viola Davis by Flavio Gomez

It rained and rained the night before shooting the establishing tent show scene of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Humidity in the rural outskirts of Pittsburgh — standing in for backwoo…

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Broadway Composer Lewis Flinn Releasing ‘The Curtain Call Mixes’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

It’s been a tough year for composer Lewis Flinn and most of the people who make their living producing live performances. COVID-19 has left the marquee lights dark across Broadway and beyo…

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‘Younger’ Team Teases the Most ‘Mature’ and ‘Unexpected’ Season Yet by Elizabeth Wagmeister

When “Younger” debuted in 2015, the show was built on a lie. The female protagonist, Liza Miller, played by the Tony Award-winning Sutton Foster, is a 40-year-old divorcee who poses as a…

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

ArcLight Hollywood May Be Closing, But It’s Not Too Late to Save Other Cinemas by Peter Debruge

Even after a year of indoor theaters being shuttered in Los Angeles, it’s hard to imagine a future without the ArcLight Hollywood, the tony 15-screen megaplex that countless Angelenos cons…

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Kim Godwin Named President of ABC News by Brian Steinberg

Kimberly Godwin, a veteran of local and national TV-news operations, will be the next president of ABC News  — and the first Black executive to run a broadcast-network news operation. Dis…

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To Protest Scott Rudin, Broadway Star Karen Olivo Won’t Return to ‘Moulin Rouge’ by Rebecca Rubin

Broadway star Karen Olivo says she won’t return to “Moulin Rouge” once the musical reopens. She’s leaving her Tony-nominated role in protest of the theater industry’s silence on al…

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NFT Raises $200,000 for ‘Save Our Stages’ With Support From Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo; Next Round Starts Friday by Jem Aswad

After an NFT fundraiser for independent venues raised more than $200,000 last week, Goldflyer and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) have announced the second round. Top NFT m…

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GoFundMe Teams With Director Bao Nguyen for ‘#StopAsianHate​ Together’ Film With Olivia Munn, Ken Jeong and More by Todd Spangler

In the wake of escalating violence against Asians in the U.S., crowdfunding site GoFundMe collaborated with independent film director Bao Nguyen to produce a short film that shines a light o…

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Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern to Star in ‘The Son,’ From ‘The Father’ Director Florian Zeller and Cowriter Christopher Hampton by Leo Barraclough

Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern will star in “The Son,” writer-director Florian Zeller’s follow-up to the BAFTA winning and Academy Award nominated “The Father.” The film is adapted fr…

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Pacific Theatres Shutters: Who Will Rescue the Cinerama Dome? by Gene Maddaus

The workers at the ArcLight Hollywood have been on furlough for more than a year, and have been waiting eagerly for the venue to reopen. On Monday, they got word that the theater would remai…

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David Beckham Details First Production Slate, Disney Plus Show and Upcoming Bioseries by Jamie Lang

On the day it was revealed that soccer superstar David Beckham is in line to star in Disney Plus series “Save Our Squad,” the former mid-fielder turned team owner gave his first in-depth…

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Live Nation and Veeps to Set Up 60+ Major Venues for Livestreaming by Jem Aswad

In a move that shows livestreaming will be a part of the concert experience even in a post-pandemic word, Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest live-entertainment company, and Vee…

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Sharon Klein Named Exec VP of Casting at Walt Disney Television by Elaine Low

Sharon Klein, most recently executive vice president of Disney Television Studios and FX Entertainment, has been named executive vice president of casting at Walt Disney Television, signific…

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15 Years of Spotify: How the Streaming Giant Has Changed and Reinvented the Music Industry by Dan Doperalski

Ask any executive what the music business was like in the ’00s and their face may take on an expression more commonly associated with narrowly averted disasters like car accidents or, more…

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David Beckham to Star in Disney Plus Series ‘Save Our Squad’ by Manori Ravindran

David Beckham is set to present a new Disney Plus series called “Save Our Squad.” Co-produced by Twenty Twenty and Beckham’s production outfit Studio 99, the series will find the footb…

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How Theater Community Mobilized to Stop Asian Hate by Gordon Cox

In response to the shooting in Atlanta and the rise in hate crimes it underscored, Asian American theater artists took action, organizing support and self-care programs for the Asian America…

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Monday, April 12, 2021

‘Dreamgirls’ Reunion Highlights ‘RWQuarantunes’ Benefit Raising $1.3 Million for Broadway Cares by Chris Willman

A virtual 40th anniversary reunion of the original “Dreamgirls” dream cast — Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph — was among the highlights of a virtual benefit Su…

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Leslie Odom Jr. Performs Original Song Contender ‘Speak Now’ at BAFTAs (EXCLUSIVE) by Jazz Tangcay

This past weekend, singer, songwriter and actor Leslie Odom Jr. performed “Speak Now” at the BAFTA Awards as part of its opening night ceremony. The evening was hosted by radio and TV pr…

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New York’s SummerStage Announces Return to In-Person Concerts This Summer by Jem Aswad

New York’s SummerStage concert series has announced plans to return to live, in-person concerts and performances at outdoor venues this summer. According to the announcement, “Pending ad…

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