Saturday, July 24, 2021

Jackie Mason, One of the Last Borscht Belt Comedians, Dies at 93 by Carmel Dagan

Jackie Mason, the sometimes-controversial standup comedian who unapologetically embraced Jewish themes and political incorrectness, achieving a national profile through a series of successfu…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:49PM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

‘Hamlet’ Review: Ian McKellen’s Greatness Shines Intermittently in a Rudderless Production by Gordon Cox

Skeptics puzzling over the logic of watching 82-year-old Ian McKellen playing student prince Hamlet need only look as far as the play’s second scene in which Hamlet rebukes his mother. “…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:18PM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Broadway Actors Chronicle Theater Industry’s COVID-19 Shutdown in New Book ‘When the Lights Are Bright Again’ by Rebecca Rubin

A new book titled “When the Lights Are Bright Again” will memorialize the theater industry’s devastating yearlong pandemic-related shutdown. The book will be published by Applause Thea…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:36PM

Kate Beckinsale Still Hoping for an ‘Underworld’-‘Blade’ Crossover Movie: ‘What a Duo That Would Be’ by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” Kate Beckinsale is “highly” doubtful that another “Underworld” will be made, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t up for playing Selen…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:10AM
Tuesday, July 20, 2021

How ‘Pass Over’ Is Making ‘Precedent-Level Changes’ on Broadway by Gordon Cox

When the Broadway production of Antoinette Nwandu’s play “Pass Over” opens on Broadway, it’ll incorporate significant changes — both on stage and behind the scenes. Listen to this …

SOURCE: Variety at 01:44PM
Monday, July 19, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber Closes ‘Cinderella’ Musical After Cast Member Tests Positive for COVID-19 by Naman Ramachandran

Composer and producer Andrew Lloyd Webber has decided not to open his £6 million ($8.2 million) musical “Cinderella,” one day before it was due to open at London’s West End after a ca…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:28PM
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Josh Gad Addresses LeFou’s Sexuality on Disney Plus’ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Prequel Series: ‘Expect the Unexpected’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Marc Malkin

Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.” Queer Disney fans raised a rainbow flag in 2017 when it was revealed that in the Bill Condon-directed live-action adaptation of the animated …

SOURCE: Variety at 11:10AM
Monday, July 12, 2021

‘Grace,’ Musical About Gentrification, Preparing For Worldwide Debut With Industry Readings (EXCLUSIVE) by Antonio Ferme

Edgewood founder Dale A. Mott and NEWorks Productions announced that two industry readings of the upcoming musical “Grace” will be held on Aug. 24 at Alvin Ailey Studios. “Grace” cel…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:29PM

Uzo Aduba, Ron Cephas Jones to Star in Lynn Nottage’s ‘Clyde’s’ on Broadway by Brent Lang

Uzo Aduba and Ron Cephas Jones will star in Second Stage Theater’s upcoming Broadway production of Lynn Nottage’s new play, “Clyde’s.” The cast will also include Reza Salazar (“S…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:00PM

‘Sleep No More’ Welcoming Back Audiences in October (EXCLUSIVE) by Brent Lang

“Sleep No More,” the groundbreaking and immersive reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” will resume performances this fall, becoming the latest show to announce its return after …

SOURCE: Variety at 10:30AM

‘Enemy of the People’ With Ann Dowd Cancels Remaining Performances by Brent Lang

“Enemy of the People,” an interactive adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic morality tale, has cancelled all remaining performances. The Park Avenue Armory show was scheduled to continu…

SOURCE: Variety at 10:17AM
Saturday, July 10, 2021

Anthony Fauci to Be Honored at Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Gala by Ethan Shanfeld

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation announced it will host its Ball to End AIDS fundraising gala on Sept. 17 at West Hollywood Park. At the gala, sponsored by Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Amer…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:26PM
Friday, July 9, 2021

Harvey Weinstein Trial Can Start Within Four Months, Los Angeles D.A. Says by Gene Maddaus

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office told a judge on Wednesday that it is ready to bring Harvey Weinstein to trial within four months on charges of rape and sexual assault. We…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:32AM

Disney Streaming Division Hires Ex-Netflix Exec Ajay Arora to Lead Commerce, Experimentation Team by Todd Spangler

Disney Streaming Services tapped Ajay Arora, previously Netflix’s director of product innovation for growth, as senior VP of product, commerce and experimentation. In the new role, Arora w…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:32AM

Bill Condon to Direct ‘Guys and Dolls’ Movie Adaptation by Rebecca Rubin

Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind “Chicago,” “Dreamgirls” and Disney’s remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” is taking on another famed movie musical. Condon has sign…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:32AM

15 Best ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ Episodes, Ranked by Jordan Moreau

“SpongeBob Squarepants” has taken viewers to a pineapple under the sea for more than 20 years, delivering over 250 nautical episodes and three feature-length films. The show became a sta…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:29AM

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Playwright Jack Thorne to Deliver MacTaggart Lecture at Edinburgh TV Festival by Naman Ramachandran

Acclaimed dramatist and playwright Jack Thorne will deliver this year’s James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival. Thorne’s credits include the West End play “Harr…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:29AM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Movie Theaters Slowly Recover, But 2021 Box Office Still Down 81% From Pre-Pandemic Times by Rebecca Rubin

For the first time in a long time, people are actually going to the movies. After a delayed start to summer, Universal’s action franchise “F9: The Fast Saga,” Paramount’s thriller …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:52AM

Can Big Screen Musicals Pump Up the Box Office ? by Carolehorst

With films from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bill Murray, Todd Haynes, Leos Carax and others, the Cannes Film Festival, movie theaters and streamers are alive with the sound of music. “It might jus…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:51AM

‘Schmigadoon!’ Borrows Ably from Musical Theater, but Can’t Find Itself: TV Review by Danvariety

Your inclination towards “Schmigadoon!,” at least in its early going, will likely be determined by your reaction to its title. If you think it’s a clever, charming wink to “Brigadoon…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:51AM

K-Pop Propels YouTube to Streaming Dominance in Korea, Study Finds by Patrick Frater

The powerful appeal of K-pop is a major contributor to YouTube taking up position as the dominant streaming video platform in South Korea, a new study has found. Netflix, which has also inve…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:51AM

‘Annette’ Star Marion Cotillard Opens Up About Pressures of Fame, Live Singing in Leos Carax Rock Opera by Manori Ravindran

The stars of Cannes Film Festival opener “Annette” opened up on Wednesday about the demands of making Leos Carax’s rock opera and the film’s parallels with the real-life demands of f…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM

‘We the People’ Musical Moments, Ranked by Jazz Tangcay

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “We the People,” streaming now on Netflix. “We the People,” doesn’t just teach civics, it also mixes music and animation as …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM

Eric Adams Wins Democratic Primary for New York City Mayor by Antonio Ferme

Eric Adams has won the Democratic primary for New York City mayor, per the Associated Press. Adams, a former police captain, ran a centrist campaign and would be New York City’s second Bla…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM

LGBTQ Social Media Groups at Most Major Chinese Universities Shuttered Overnight by Rebecca Davis

Tencent’s WeChat social media platform on Tuesday evening blocked and wiped all past content of the accounts for the campus LGBTQ groups of China’s top universities, striking a major blo…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM

‘Annette’ Review: Adam Driver Slow-Motion Implodes in Leos Carax’s Tragic Pop Opera by Peter Debruge

Debuting on opening night of the Cannes Film Festival a full year after it was originally expected to appear, “Annette” arrives on a pedestal from which it’s too easily toppled. This l…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM

Could Sparks Fly for Adam Driver, Simon Helberg and ‘Annette’ at the Oscars? by Clayton Davis

The musical groove of Amazon Studios’ “Annette” has landed within the confines of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. While the terms “strange” and “quirky” will be understat…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM

Lily Rabe to Star With Jesse Plemons in HBO Max Series ‘Love and Death’ by Mónica Marie Zorrilla

“The Undoing” and “The Underground Railroad” regular Lily Rabe has been cast opposite “Fargo” and “Black Mirror” star Jesse Plemons in the HBO Max original limited series “…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM

Ecstatic Adam Driver Claps for Return of Cannes at ‘Annette’ Premiere by Elsa Keslassy

An ecstatic Adam Driver, a French-speaking Jodie Foster, a pink-suited Spike Lee and surprise guest Pedro Almodovar all marked the return of the Cannes Film Festival at a glamorous, emotiona…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM

‘In the Heights’ Opening Number Took Months to Cut, Says Editor Myron Kerstein by Jazz Tangcay

As very early Oscar prospects start to emerge, a few pundits are placing bets on how many nods Jon M. Chu’s “In the Heights” could garner. Possible contenders include the original song…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

How ‘What to Send Up When It Goes Down’ Blurs the Line Between Ritual and Theater by Gordon Cox

Aleshea Harris’ “What to Send Up When It Goes Down” isn’t a traditional play, but audiences shouldn’t come away with the mistaken impression that the show — a play, a ritual, a p…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:43PM

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