Thursday, May 21, 2015

Off Broadway Review: Ghost Hunter Tale ‘The Other Thing’

Watch out for Kim, the protagonist of “The Other Thing,” Emily Schwend’s slow-to-launch but gratifyingly sanguinary play about ghost hunters — and the ghosts who come…

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Actors’ Equity Elects New Union Officers with Kate Shindle as President

Broadway veteran Kate Shindle has been elected the new president of Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union of U.S. stage actors and stage managers. Shindle (Broadway’s ̶…

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New York Times Changes Film Review Policy, Can’t Guarantee Coverage by Brent Lang

The New York Times is changing its film review policies, with the paper telling distributors this week that it can no longer guarantee its critics will weigh in on every film that screens in…

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Mel Brooks to Present AFI Kudos to Steve Martin by Tim Gray

Mel Brooks will present Steve Martin with the American Film Institute’s 43rd Life Achievement Award. The black-tie ceremony on June 4 will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The bo…

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ESPN Plugs Content Into StubHub Ticketing Apps by Todd Spangler

ESPN cut a content-distribution deal with event-ticketing site StubHub, part of a bigger initiative by the eBay-owned subsidiary to turn itself into a bigger destination for sports fans. Th…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Off Broadway Review: ‘Permission’ by Tony-Nominated Playwright Robert Askins

Never heard of Christian Domestic Discipline? Let Robert Askins enlighten you. According to a religious doctrine observed in certain churches known to the playwright, it’s the practice…

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West End Review: ‘McQueen’ Starring Dianna Agron by Gordon Cox

Raised in the East End and trained on Saville Row, fashion designer Alexander McQueen was an icon of creative London in an era when Cool Britannia ruled the waves. James Phillips’ soulless…

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Cicely Tyson at Gracie Awards: ‘The Day I Feel That I Have Made It, I Am Finished’ by Janine Lew

The annual Gracie Awards celebrated its 40th year at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday night. The Alliance for Women in Media event feted women from all facets of media, including news, te…

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Larry David Pushes Broadway’s ‘Fish in the Dark’ Into Profit

Larry David’s Broadway play “Fish in the Dark” has officially recouped its startup costs, according to its producers, thereby turning the rest of the show’s sky-hig…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Deezer Adds Podcasts, News and Talk to Streaming Music Service by Janko Roettgers

Music subscription service Deezer has added more than 20,000 podcasts and radio shows to its platform. The new content influx comes courtesy of online-radio platform Stitcher, which Deezer a…

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Off Broadway Review: Pulitzer Prize Winner ‘The Flick’

Annie Baker’s excruciatingly funny 2013 play, “The Flick,” is back on the boards, none the worse for winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The funky Barrow Street Theater i…

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‘Hamilton,’ Henderson and Houghton Win 2015 Obie Awards (FULL LIST)

“Hamilton,” the Off Broadway trophy magnet that will make the move to Broadway this summer, racked up one more award at the 60th annual Obie Awards, earning the honor for best ne…

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Broadway Box Office: ‘The King and I’ Tops $1 Million

Lincoln Center Theater’s Broadway revival of “The King and I,” spurred by glowing reviews and nine Tony nominations, claimed a spot in the Broadway millionaires’ club…

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Taye Diggs to Star in Broadway’s ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’

Taye Diggs will return to Broadway for the first time in a decade in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” stepping into the musical’s lead role after current star Darren Criss exit…

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Friday, May 15, 2015

‘Glee’ Alum Joins ‘ABC Family’s ‘Shadowhunters’ by Seth Kelley

“Glee” actor Harry Shum Jr. will play a centuries-old warlock in the ABC Family series “Shadowhunters.” Based on the adult fantasy book series “Mortal Instrumen…

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Carole King, Michael Keaton, Renee Zellweger Perform With the Kids at SeriousFun Los Angeles Gala by Seth Kelley

Even an impressive lineup of celebrity performers could not keep the kids from stealing the show at the SeriousFun Children’s Network gala at the Dolby Theatre Thursday. The org — wh…

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Regional Theater Review: ‘The Last Two People on Earth’ with Mandy Patinkin

As the REM song goes, “It’s the end of the world as we know it — and I feel fine.” But for the two mismatched characters in “The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaude…

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‘American in Paris,’ ‘Curious Incident’ Gain Steam at 2015 Drama League Awards

The 2015 Drama League Awards lent awards momentum to Tony contenders including “An American in Paris” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” which picked up trophie…

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Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89 by Carmel Dagan

Singer-guitarist B.B. King, the “King of the Blues” who helped define his genre’s electrified postwar sound and became the music’s best-known international ambassador, has died. He w…

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Disney CEO Robert Iger Sells $21.7 Million in Company Stock by James Rainey

With the good times continuing to roll at Disney, CEO Robert Iger has cashed in some of his stock in the company, taking in some $21.7 million by selling 200,000 shares, according to an offi…

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West End Review: ‘Death of a Salesman’ with Antony Sher by Gordon Cox

Timed to mark Arthur Miller’s centenary, “Death of a Salesman” proves grimly pertinent in austerity Britain. High school students are taught to see Willy Loman as a man chasing the Am…

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AFI to Fete Angela Lansbury, Lawrence Kasdan With Honorary Degrees by Dave McNary

The American Film Institute will confer honorary degrees on actress Angela Lansbury and writer-director-producer Lawrence Kasdan on June 10. The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presen…

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Playwright Annie Baker On Life After The Pulitzer

Playwright Annie Baker won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play “The Flick,” which this month makes its Off Broadway return in a commercial production backed by Scott Rudin. He…

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Startup Aims to Harness Big Data for Broadway

With the Broadway League’s annual road conference in full swing, a startup aimed at arts presenters and producers has launched new software in the hopes of capitalizing on Broadway…

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Disney CFO Jay Rasulo Not ‘Concerned’ Fans Will Tire of Superhero Films by James Rainey

Scratch off the list of things that the Walt Disney Company is worried about: superhero “fatigue.” The company’s chief financial officer said in an interview Wednesday in New Y…

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Al Pacino-Anthony Hopkins Thriller ‘Beyond Deceit’ Gets Financing by Dave McNary

Pacific Mercantile Bank has provided Mike and Marty Productions with financing for its legal thriller “Beyond Deceit,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino. The production fin…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Cannes: Marcia Gay Harden’s Romance ‘After Words’ Sells to Level 33 (EXCLUSIVE) by Dave McNary

Level 33 Entertainment has acquired North American rights to romantic drama “After Words,” starring Marcia Gay Harden, Oscar Jaenada and Jenny Ortega, Variety has learned. Red Se…

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Off Broadway Review: Athol Fugard’s ‘The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek’ by Gordon Cox

Despite a distinguished career spanning half a century, the celebrated 82-year-old South African playwright, Athol Fugard, still thinks of himself as an “outsider artist.” That p…

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‘The Wiz’s’ Stephanie Mills Returns for NBC Production by Whitney Friedlander

Stephanie Mills is returning to Oz. The Broadway star who originated the role of Dorothy in the musical adaptation of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is set to appear in NBC’s…

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Broadway Box Office: Divine Launch for Jim Parsons in ‘An Act of God’

Jim Parsons blessed Broadway with heavenly sales last week, bringing in a hefty tally from the first four previews of new comedy “An Act of God.” Powered by the fanbase Parsons …

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Outer Critic Circle Awards 2015 (FULL LIST): ‘Curious Incident’ Wins Big

Tony contender “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” led the Outer Critics Circle Awards, taking five statues including the honor for Broadway play. Broadway musical “An …

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