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Tickets Now On Sale For Summer: The Donna Summer Musical On Broadway

Tickets are now on sale for Summer The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway through Ticketmaster.com. Summer features a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and others and will be directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, with music supervised by Ron Melrose and scenic design by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Gareth Owen and projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis.
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Breaking: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Will Hustle to Broadway This Spring

Summer The Donna Summer Musical featuring a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary and Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara and others, will be directed by Des McAnuff and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo, with music supervised by Ron Melrose and scenic design by Robert Brill, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Gareth Owen and projections by Sean Nieuwenhuis.
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Could Land (at Least) Seven Oscar Nominations: Here’s Why

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Could Land (at Least) Seven Oscar Nominations: Here’s Why
Call Me by Your Name” opened Thanksgiving weekend with stellar reviews and the best limited release numbers of 2017. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the elegiac romantic drama in 2016, and with a finished movie by summer’s end, screened it for Sundance programmers who immediately wanted the film in its lineup.

Now, “Call Me by Your Name” has become a consensus favorite among critics and audiences. It’s simple yet sophisticated, an escapist summer fantasy that feels authentic, and a lovely romance between 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and his professor father’s 24-year-old grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer). And it’s that rare four-quadrant specialty hit: embraced by straights and gays, women and men, young and old.

As classics scholars, Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) and Oliver explore the eroticism of Greek statues and fine art; Perlman admires the Grecian ideal of love between two men; he wishes he had experienced what Elio and Oliver share that summer.
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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Could Land (at Least) Seven Oscar Nominations: Here’s Why

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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Could Land (at Least) Seven Oscar Nominations: Here’s Why
Call Me by Your Name” opened Thanksgiving weekend with stellar reviews and the best limited release numbers of 2017. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the elegiac romantic drama in 2016, and with a finished movie by summer’s end, screened it for Sundance programmers who immediately wanted the film in its lineup.

Now, “Call Me by Your Name” has become a consensus favorite among critics and audiences. It’s simple yet sophisticated, an escapist summer fantasy that feels authentic, and a lovely romance between 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and his professor father’s 24-year-old grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer). And it’s that rare four-quadrant specialty hit: embraced by straights and gays, women and men, young and old.

As classics scholars, Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) and Oliver explore the eroticism of Greek statues and fine art; Perlman admires the Grecian ideal of love between two men; he wishes he had experienced what Elio and Oliver share that summer.
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Review Roundup: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Opens at La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse's world premiere of Summer The Donna Summer Musical, featuring songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder and others book by Robert Cary, Colman Domingo and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff Jersey Boys with direction by Des McAnuffchoreography by Sergio Trujillo Memphis and musical direction by Ron Melrose, is running through December 24. Let's see what the critics had to say
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Crypt of Curiosities: The Cat People Films

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Next to Universal, few studios have had such a big impact on horror than Rko Radio Pictures. Started in 1927, Rko was the first studio founded to make exclusively sound films, a then-brand-new invention that served as a major draw for the studio. Rko’s life was relatively short (it was killed just 30 years after forming), but during their time, they put out a seriously impressive number of classics, including Top Hat, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Informer, and most notably, Citizen Kane.

Of course, Rko didn’t shy away from horror. While their output wasn’t nearly as prolific as, say, Universal’s, it was still quite impressive, boasting some of the most formative and important horror films of old Hollywood. Rko saw the release of a few all-time classics, including I Walked With a Zombie, The Thing From Another World, King Kong, and the topic of today’s Crypt,
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Photo Exclusive: First Look at Lachanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever in New Donna Summer Musical at La Jolla Playhouse

Due to popular demand, La Jolla Playhouse announces another week-long extension for its world premiere of Summer The Donna Summer Musical, featuring songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder and others book by Robert Cary, Colman Domingo and Playhouse Director Emeritus Des McAnuff Jersey Boys with direction by Des McAnuffchoreography by Sergio Trujillo Memphis and musical direction by Ron Melrose. The production will now run through December 24. BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at the cast in action below
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Rome Film Review: ‘Rainbow — A Private Affair’

Rome Film Review: ‘Rainbow — A Private Affair’
To state the obvious: the Taviani brothers have made some remarkable films in their long and fruitful career, so saying that their latest, “Rainbow — A Private Affair,” is an artificial and dully old-fashioned literary adaptation in no way denigrates the position they hold in cinema’s firmament. It is, however, sad that this and their 2015 misfire “Wondrous Boccaccio” are both generically pretty, narratively bland works whose filmic shallowness is their most notable attribute. “Rainbow,” directed solely by Paolo Taviani but presented as a work of both brothers, is “freely inspired by” (though it’s closer than that) Beppe Fenoglio’s 1963 novel set during Italy’s mid-1940s civil war, when partisans and fascists engaged in tit-for-tat battles of attrition. The directors’ reputation ensures their latest offering makes the festival rounds, but it’s doubtful the movie will do well on general release even at home.

In the northwestern province of Piedmont, toward the end
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Luxuriate in Four New Clips from ‘Call Me by Your Name’ and Soundtrack Details

It’s been a long journey for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name since its rapturous response at Sundance Film Festival nearly nine months ago. There’s now only one month left until the theatrical release of the year’s finest romance, but first, the gorgeous soundtrack will arrive, and now we have the full tracklist. Set for an early November release, it features two new tracks from Sufjan Stevens (and one reworked one), as well as cuts from The Psychedelic Furs, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and more. We also have four clips from the film, one of which has already enjoyed full memeification.

Before for that, however, there’s a few new details on Guadagnino’s upcoming projects. He recently opened up about a potential sequel to his Armie Hammer- and Timothée Chalamet-led film, and his main trio said they’d be interested. “If I paired the
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Nyff Review: ‘Occidental’ Recalls Tati and Leaves Little Positive Impression

French-Algerian visual artist and filmmaker Neïl Beloufa’s second feature, Occidental, opens in media res as its eponymous setting, the tawdry Hotel Occidental, is going up in flames. Its exterior is beset by clashing police and protesters while a man is vexedly trapped inside one of the inn’s rooms, seemingly more annoyed than distraught despite his presently dire situation. This familiar setup suggests that, by the time the film catches up with this scene, the chain of events that preceded it will have provided some clarity or context for the sequence and lead to a fuller understanding of how and why things wound up this way. But as the subsequent opening credits, set against images of the lethargic, largely anonymous protest that led to the ensuing riots, imply with their dual-layered text (tinted by retro pastels scattered haphazardly around the frame), this will not be the case. Beloufa aims
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Ben Affleck and Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus Get Artsy During N.Y.C. Shopping Date

Ben Affleck and Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus Get Artsy During N.Y.C. Shopping Date
Ben Affleck and girlfriend Lindsay Shookus browsed for some new artwork while out and about in New York City this week, taking in some local galleries.

The Saturday Night Live producer kept it casual in denim and a long-sleeved striped shirt, and showed her pride for the sketch show with white Converse sneakers emblazoned with the series’ title. Affleck similarly went for comfort, wearing a navy sweater and khakis with sneakers.

Just a few days prior, Affleck supported Shookus at the SNL studios on Saturday night for the live taping of season 43’s second episode, hosted by guest Gal Gadot.
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Turner, Canal Plus Group Partner Up to Launch Warner TV in France

Turner and Canal Plus Group are partnering up to launch Warner TV, a new channel already present in Asia and Latin America that will now be offered exclusively to Canal Plus’ pay-tv subscribers across France. Shows featured on the channel, which launches Nov. 9, include “Pretty Little Liars,” “Blindspot,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

Turner’s parent company, Time Warner, has a long-running output deal with Canal Plus Group. Warner TV will be the second channel from the Turner group to be included in Canal Plus packages, following the recent launch of the kids channel Toonami. Turner’s portfolio in France already comprises TCM Cinéma, CNN International, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Toonami.

“We are delighted to be the first operator in Europe to offer subscribers the Warner TV channel on a fully exclusive basis on the French market, thereby boosting our offering in terms of series channels and our partnership with the
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Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Step Out for a Cute and Casual Movie Date in N.Y.C.

Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus Step Out for a Cute and Casual Movie Date in N.Y.C.
Ben Affleck and girlfriend Lindsay Shookus were spotted heading to a movie theater on Saturday night in New York City.

Affleck, 45, was dressed casually in a bomber jacket and jeans while Saturday Night Live producer Shookus, 37, wore a black dress and sneakers.

As they made their way into the theater, Shookus reached out to hold Affleck by the arm.

Related Video: Ben Affleck Is Moving Out! Actor Gets His Own Place in L.A. Amid Divorce from Jennifer Garner

Affleck and Shookus went public with their relationship in July after going out to dinner at Giorgio Baldi in Los Angeles.
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Did Twin Peaks' Bowie Encore Satisfy? Which Defenders Hero Are You Most Hot For? GoT Shops Lowe's? And More Qs

Did Twin Peaks' Bowie Encore Satisfy? Which Defenders Hero Are You Most Hot For? GoT Shops Lowe's? And More Qs
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Insecure, The Last Ship, Twin Peaks and The Bold Type!

1 | In The Defenders Episode 5, wouldn’t Colleen have smelled that Danny & Co. had just emerged from a sewer? And in Episode 7, did you notice that Matt woke up in a strange police station holding room and made a beeline for a chair he couldn’t have known was there, to grab a coat he could only presume was there? Can we assume that
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Film Review: ‘Polina’

Film Review: ‘Polina’
One of the defining movie moments of the last 40 years — a sequence at once ridiculous, iconic, and enthralling — is the ballet-school audition climax of “Flashdance,” in which the aspiring dance superstar played by Jennifer Beals prances and struts and gyrates and, finally, break-dances to the synth-pop glory of Giorgio Moroder and Irene Cara, wowing the world of highbrow snoot and overthrowing it at the same time. “Polina,” co-directed by Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj, turns the mythology of that sequence into a European art film — or, more precisely, stretches it out into a teasingly austere, deliberately paced movie about a young Russian ballerina’s progress from elegant classical drone to free-spirited something-or-other.

Polina (Anastasia Shevtsova) has grown up in a joyless land of oppression, nuclear power plants, and occupational dead ends, and it’s her family’s dream that she’ll use her talent as a dancer to ascend. Her father, Anton
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A Day-by-Day Timeline of Selena Gomez and The Weeknd's Whirlwind Romance

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A Day-by-Day Timeline of Selena Gomez and The Weeknd's Whirlwind Romance
Selena Gomez and The Weeknd threw everyone for a loop when they were photographed kissing outside of Giorgio Baldi restaurant in La on Jan. 10, just two months after the "Starboy" singer split from model Bella Hadid. Their relationship is still fairly new, but the stars haven't tried to keep it under wraps. Not only are they now officially following each other on Instagram, but they enjoyed a romantic vacation in Italy in January, where they were not shy about showing Pda. It's been seven months since Selena and The Weeknd first got together, but so much has happened since then. RelatedSelena Gomez and The Weeknd Can't Keep Their Hands to Themselves When They're Together
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Virtual Reality Films Take Hold at Fall’s Film Festivals

The possibility that virtual reality could push the limits of the moviegoing experience took a leap forward with Alejandro G. Inarritu’s immigration-themed installation “Carne y Arena” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

But on the A-list festival circuit, it’s the Venice Film Festival that is leading the way in the Vr arena.

There are of course other film festivals around the world that to varying degrees have been dipping their toes into what is becoming the Vr craze.

Sundance, which was the first to explore and open up to interactive storytelling, has the New Frontier Story Lab residency program and showcases Vr works as a non-competitive sidebar; Tribeca has its immersive Storyscapes and Visual Arcades programs; Toronto last year launched a separate Vr strand called Pop Vr, which featured five pieces; Geneva Intl. Film Festival Tous Ecrans, which runs in November, started a competitive section with roughly 10 virtual reality works in 2016. And the Dubai
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Ben Affleck's New Girlfriend Likes the Spotlight

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2017-07-17T06:29:55-07:00Ben Affleck's New Girlfriend Likes the Spotlight

Last week, Ben Affleck stepped out with his latest fling, “Saturday Night Live” producer Lindsay Shookus, whisking her away via limo for a romantic lobster dinner at Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, Calif.

It’s a departure from Shookus’ typical six-day-a-week grind working as a Manhattan-based talent booker for “SNL,” but given her ear-to-ear grin in paparazzi pics, the 37-year-old seems to be basking in her newfound spotlight — although it’s hardly her first romantic brush with fame.

“She’s enjoying it,” a colleague of Shookus’ told The Post. “She never wanted to be on camera, but she’s comfortable getting a lot of attention.”

Read the rest of this article at Page Six.

Ben Affleck has recently appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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Celebrity Scoop: Beyoncé Reveals Photos of Twins, Julianne Hough Ties the Knot with Brooks Laich and More of the Biggest News from Hollywood

Celebrity Scoop: Beyoncé Reveals Photos of Twins, Julianne Hough Ties the Knot with Brooks Laich and More of the Biggest News from Hollywood
From baby reveals to walks down the aisle, here’s the intel on everything you missed from Hollywood’s hottest stars this week.

Beyoncé introduces her two latest additions to the Bey Hive

Beyoncé has finally graced the Bey Hive with the names and first photo of her twins: Sir and Rumi Carter.

“Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today,” the songstress captioned the photo reveal of her new babies.

In the family photo, Beyoncé wore a Palomo Spain ensemble draped over her arms as she held her two newborns. The picture echoed the same theme as the maternity image she
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Jennifer Garner Has Girls' Night at Restaurant Where Ex Ben Affleck Took New Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus

Jennifer Garner Has Girls' Night at Restaurant Where Ex Ben Affleck Took New Girlfriend Lindsay Shookus
Jennifer Garner headed to a familiar spot for a girls’ night out.

The 45-year-old actress was spotted with girlfriends at Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, California, on Wednesday — the same restaurant where ex Ben Affleck recently had a date night with his new girlfriend, Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus.

The Alias star smiled as she left the restaurant – which was a favorite haunt of Garner and Affleck when they were together.

She was dressed down for the evening, wearing jeans with a black sleeveless top and heels.

An insider told People that Affleck and Shookus stepped
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