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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

29 June 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

Reagan didn’t immediately reveal what he was going to do, »

- Ted Johnson and Brent Lang

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Gay Rights and Hollywood Still Have a Long Way to Go

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Activist David Mixner stood alone on a theater stage in Los Angeles at the start of this year’s Gay Pride Month, sharing his memories with an audience of friends, political figures and a smattering of celebrities, about the time Ronald Reagan saw the light.

It was 1978, and aides to Reagan, who was on the cusp of launching his presidential campaign, believed he was ready to endorse a California initiative to ban gays and lesbians from teaching in the state’s classrooms, a ballot proposition inspired by the anti-gay crusades of singer Anita Bryant.

Mixner remembered when he and fellow activist Peter Scott landed a secret meeting with Reagan, who was exceedingly charming and willing to listen. Mixner warned the soon-to-be candidate that the initiative would create anarchy: Students could retaliate for a bad grade by accusing their teachers of being gay.

Reagan didn’t immediately reveal what he was going to do, »

- Ted Johnson and Brent Lang

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Watch Laverne Cox Don Corset and Pasties for Sexy ‘Broadway Bares’ Performance (Video)

22 June 2015 4:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Laverne Cox gave thousands of spectators an eyeful during Sunday’s Broadway Bares fundraiser in New York City, wearing nothing more than nipple pasties and a black corset. The “Orange Is the New Black” star wowed the audience with a sexy routine designed to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as part of its annual striptease fundraising gala. Cox joined “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bianca Del Rio, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, two-time Tony winner Judith Light, Olivier Award winner Lesli Margherita and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber and more than 100 of »

- Itay Hod

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Tony Awards: Alex Sharp, Ruthie Ann Miles and Richard McCabe win for Broadway debuts

8 June 2015 1:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Three performers -- Alex Sharp, Richard McCabe and Ruthie Ann Miles -- won Tony Awards for their Broadway debut. These victories put them in a freshman club that now has 90 members.  -Break- Sharp, who won for his portrayal of socially awkward genius Christopher Boone in "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," is the fifteenth Best Actor (Play) champ to take home the trophy for his first time on Broadway. He joins: Paul Scofield for "A Man for All Seasons" (1962); Cliff Gorman for "Lenny" (1972); John Kani and Winston Ntshona (joint nomination) for "Sizwe Banzi is Dead/The Island" (1975); Tom Conti for "Whose Life is it Anyway?" (1979); Harvey Fierstein for "Torch Song Trilogy" (1983); Jeremy Irons for "The Real Thing" (1984); Ralph Fiennes for "Hamlet" (1995); Stephen Dillane for "The Real Thing" (2000); Jefferson Mays for "I Am My Own W..." »

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HBO’s Lgbt History: Common Threads (1989)

27 May 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel is working his way through all the Lgbt-themed films & miniseries produced and distributed by HBO.

Last week we looked at the quietly touching film Tidy Endings (1988), written and starring Harvey Fierstein and a must-see for Stockard Channing completists. We’re not going far this week, since much of HBO’s early Lgbt output tried to grapple with the AIDS epidemic that had dominated the cultural conversation about gay men in the 1980s.

Did you know that films produced by HBO have won over 20 Oscars? This past year alone, HBO dominated both documentary categories with Citizenfour and Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 emerging victorious. It has been a stealth awards run which Sheila Nevins (currently the president of HBO Documentary Films but her involvement stretches back to 1979) has all but nurtured herself. 

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt (1989)

Written & Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman (based on the book, The »

- Manuel Betancourt

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NBC Announces 2015-2016 Fall TV Schedule with Trailers

11 May 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As it closes in on its second consecutive season-long victory in the key adult 18-49 demographic, NBC unveils a new 2015-16 primetime schedule that combines popular returning series, edge-of-your-seat new dramas, inventive new comedies and season nine of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series The Voice. NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the second year in a row after having gone the prior 10 years without an 18-49 win. Through 32 completed weeks of the season, NBC also ranks #1 or tied for #1 among the Big 4 networks in adults and men 18-34 and men and women 18-49.

In total viewers, NBC is running #2 for the season and within 7% of its year-ago Olympics-boosted average (8.8 million vs. 9.5 million), making this season and last NBC's two top-scoring seasons in total viewers since 2006-07. NBC has won the last three November sweeps in adults 18-49, as well as »

- MovieWeb

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NBC Announces The Wiz as Its Next Live Musical, Sets December Air Date

31 March 2015 7:43 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Get ready to travel back to Oz, everybody! NBC announced yesterday that the next musical project that executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who were behind the network’s live versions of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan, will tackle will be The Wiz. Like both Sound of Music and Peter Pan, The Wiz will air this December (Dec. 3, to be exact); however, this time, Zadan and Meron won’t be putting on the show alone. Instead, the duo will work together with Cirque du Soleil on NBC’s version of The Wiz, and following the Dec. 3 debut of the musical, Cirque’s new stage theatrical division will then present The Wiz as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season. Tony-winning director Kenny Leon will stage both the TV production and Broadway revival of The Wiz, collaborating with another Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein, who will compose new »

- Chris King

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Musical 'The Wiz' Revived for Both a Live TV Production on NBC + a New Broadway Run (Kenny Leon Will Direct)

31 March 2015 6:55 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

NBC will debut a new live television production of the hit Broadway musical “The Wiz” on Thursday, Dec. 3, to be executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, whose new stage theatrical division will co-produce the live TV event and then present it as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season. Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon will stage both the television production and Broadway revival of “The Wiz,” in collaboration with Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. “We're thrilled to have the opportunity to not only produce this as our next »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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'Mulan' Live-Action Movie Planned at Disney

30 March 2015 3:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the success of Disney's live-action takes on Maleficent and Cinderella, the studio is developing a remake of their 1998 animated hit Mulan. The studio picked up the screenplay by writing team Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, which centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was at the center of Disney's animated adventure. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink are on board to produce the Mulan live-action remake.

The original Mulan centered on the title character, voiced by Ming-Na Wen, who disguises herself as a man to take her ailing father's place on the battlefield. With the help of her beloved dragon sidekick Mushu (voiced by Eddie Murphy), Mulan becomes a brave warrior who becomes one of her country's most honored heroines. The original Mulan voice cast also included Miguel Ferrer, Harvey Fierstein, June Foray, James Hong, Pat Morita, B.D. Wong and George Takei. Mulan earned over »

- MovieWeb

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NBC Sets The Wiz as Next Live Musical; Broadway Revival to Follow

30 March 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

NBC has settled on the source material for its next live musical staging, and it may come as a bit of a surprise. THR reports that the network has set The Wiz as its next live television event, but this adaptation will differ from NBC’s Peter Pan and The Sound of Music in one significant way: it has Cirque du Solei onboard. The Wiz Live will be a co-production between NBC and Cirque du Solei under the latter’s new theatrical banner and will air on December 3rd, followed by a fully fledged Broadway revival of the Wizard of Oz update during the 2016-17 season. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will once again return as executive producers with Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon staging both the television production and the Broadway revival. If that wasn’t enough, Harvey Fierstein is contributing new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown. »

- Adam Chitwood

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NBC Picks The Wiz over Music Man as Next Live Musical, Sets December Airdate and Cirque du Soleil Twist

30 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

NBC’s next live musical event will come with a literal twist (or, more likely, dozens of ‘em).

The network announced on Monday that executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron — the men behind NBC’s live versions of The Sound of Music and Peter Pan — will mount a live production of The Wiz in partnership with Cirque du Soleil on Dec. 3. Cirque’s new stage theatrical division will then present The Wiz as a major Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season.

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NBC Reveals ‘The Wiz’ as Next Live TV Musical Special

30 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC will ease on down the road for its next live musical television event: “The Wiz” will take centerstage Dec. 3, the net announced Monday.

The Wiz” marks NBC’s third such production, following the success of “The Sound of Music Live!,” starring Carrie Underwood, and “Peter Pan Live!,” in which Allison Williams played the title character.

The Wiz” will be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil’s new stage theatrical division. After the television event, the musical will make its Broadway revival for the 2016-17 season, also presented by Cirque du Soleil.

Casting for both projects has yet to be announced.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who exec produced NBC’s “Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” return as exec producers. Kenny Leon directs both the TV production and the Broadway revival, along with Harvey Fierstein, who will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

“We »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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'The Wiz' Set as NBC's Next Live Musical

30 March 2015 12:45 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC is upping its live musical game. The network on Monday announced that The Wiz will be its next live musical performance — with Cirque du Soleil boarding the project with plans to bring the show to Broadway in 2016. NBC's The Wiz, set for Thursday, Dec. 3, will again be executive produced by Sound of Music and Peter Pan duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, with Tony-winning director Kenny Leon attached to direct both the live event as well as the Broadway revival in 2016-17. Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein will contribute new material to

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- Lesley Goldberg

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NBC Sets "The Wiz" As Next Live Musical

30 March 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

NBC has announced that "The Wiz" is set to be its next live musical performance following the great success of "The Sound of Music" and the not-so stellar but still decent performance of "Peter Pan".

On top of that, Cirque du Soleil is onboard the project with plans to bring the show to Broadway in 2016. Kenny Leon ("A Raisin in the Sun") will direct the production.

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will produce the live event as well as the Broadway revival, while Tony winner and Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein will contribute new material to the original book by William F. Brown.

The show is currently slated for a December 3rd airing.

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- Garth Franklin

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NBC Sets 'The Wiz' as Next Live Musical, Featuring Cirque du Soleil

30 March 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

NBC is set to ease on down the road with its next live musical, with the network announcing Monday that it will stage an adaptation of "The Wiz" in December -- with a special assist.

NBC revealed that "The Wiz" will once again be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (the duo behind the network's previous live efforts, "Sound of Music Live!" and "Peter Pan Live!," and the past three Oscars telecasts). But this year, the network is pulling out all the stops for the broadcast, which will also feature a collaboration with acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil.

And the ambitious plans don't stop there: After the live staging airs on NBC in December, the show will then move to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season. Tony winner and Broadway veteran Harvey Fierstein ("Mrs. Doubtfire," "La Cage aux Folles," "Hairspray") will work on adapting the show's original book by William F. Brown, »

- Katie Roberts

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Emily Blunt Joins Animal Crackers

30 March 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Indie ‘toon Animal Crackers already boasts Ian McKellen and Sylvester Stallone for an unexpected team-up as part of its cast. Now co-directors Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft have announced that real-life married couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are also lending their voices.Animal Crackers follows a family, led by Blunt and Krasinski’s Zoe and Owen Huntington who inherit a ramshackle circus. When they partake of the titular biscuits, they find themselves transformed into animals and other characters, which we feel is a plotline that 1998’s Armageddon sorely missed out on.“When Emily and John came in and performed their first scenes of the movie together... It was magic,” Sava, who also co-wrote the script with Dean Lorey, tells Screen International. “I can think of no other way of describing what they brought to the film. We had to literally go back and re-storyboard the sequences because they »

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‘Animal Crackers’ Adds Kaley Cuoco & John Krasinski To Voice Cast – Berlin

3 February 2015 10:15 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

They’ll be a bit of The Big Bang Theory and The Office overheard in the star studded Blue Dream Studios feature. Kaley Cuoco and John Krasinski have joined the voice cast of the Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft co-directed animated pic Animal Crackers, the studio announced today. Odin’s Eye Entertainment is representing international sales of the film in Berlin.

Partnering with China’s Beijing Wenhua Dongrun Investment Co. and China Film Co. Ltd. for financing, the Blue Studio produced pic follows a family who inherited an old circus and a mysterious box of animal crackers – yep, the ones you used to eat. Sava is producing along with George Lee and Marcus Englefield from Storyoscopic Films, Jamie Thomason, and Leiming Guan. Wenhua Dongrun’s Mu Yedong, China Film board chairman La Peikang, and Landmark Asia’s Sam Chi are EPing.

Cuoco and Krasinski are the latest addition to »

- Dominic Patten

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Berlin: Kaley Cuoco, John Krasinski Join Voice Cast for Animated ‘Animal Crackers’

3 February 2015 7:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Blue Dream Studios has added Kaley Cuoco and John Krasinski to the animated feature film “Animal Crackers,” joining  Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone, Patrick Warburton, Gilbert Gottfried, Raven-Symone and Harvey Fierstein.

Odin’s Eye Entertainment is selling international markets at Berlin. “Animal Crackers” is set to be completed in the summer of 2016.

The film is about a family whose life is turned upside down when they inherit a rundown circus and a mysterious box of Animal Crackers, which magically change the person who eats them into an animal. Scott Christian Sava is co-directing with Tony Bancroft (“Mulan”) from a script he co-wrote with Dean Lorey.

The film is produced by Sava from Blue Dream Studios, George Lee and Marcus Englefield from Storyoscopic Films, Jamie Thomason, and Leiming Guan.

The project is being financed in partnership with Beijing Wen Hua Dongrun Investment Co. and China Film Co.

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- Dave McNary

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Alan Menken developing Mrs Doubtfire musical for Broadway

24 January 2015 2:43 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A Mrs Doubtfire musical is in development.

Composer Alan Menken told Entertainment Weekly Radio that the project is in the "early stages" of development.

"It's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," he said, adding: "We're really enjoying working on it."

Menken has previously created the music for Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Enchanted, Little Shop of Horrors and Sister Act the Musical.

Harvey Fierstein, who starred in the film with Robin Williams as his make-up artist brother, will write the script for the musical.

Mrs Doubtfire was released in 1993, and also starred Sally Field, Mara Wilson and Pierce Brosnan.

Talk of a film sequel was halted after Williams's death last year.

Watch a trailer for Mrs Doubtfire below: »

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Plans Afoot To Stage A ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ Musical!

23 January 2015 11:41 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The death of Robin Williams devastated the world late last year. It was a news story that many could not believe or indeed want to believe. He was gone. A Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb may have been his final performance on screen, save a vocal part in the Simon Pegg starrer Absolutely Anything, but his film legacy is still alive, even if Hollywood is intent on keeping it so by rehashing some of his old work. This is a little different however as news reaches us today that plans are afoot to bring one of his most beloved movies to the stage.

Mrs. Doubtfire was probably one of Williams’ finest movies, and probably one of the best comedies of the 1990s. Now Alan Menken and Harvey Fierstein are said to be behind a stage version of the film, according to EW.

“It’s going very well, »

- Paul Heath

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