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You may be able to watch ‘Hamilton’ on your TV screen soon (but not soon enough)

16 June 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Getting tickets to Hamilton is nigh impossible, but seeing the hit Broadway show in its entirety may someday not be — if you’re willing to have your Hamilton experience not be live. The production in the Richard Rodgers Theatre will be filmed before Lin-Manuel Miranda exits the lead role. Miranda confirmed the date of his final performance date (July 9) and talked about the plans to film the show with reporters at a breakfast event this morning. Miranda is departing the show after a long run in the role of the ten-dollar founding father — the musical debuted off-Broadway in January 2015 before moving to the Rodgers last July. Next stop for Miranda: Hollywood. He will star alongside Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns, he has Moana with his original music opening this November, and he’s producing a film adaptation of his first Tony-winning musical In the Heights. And we’re sure there are plenty more projects to come for Miranda in Tinseltown. As for what exactly is happening to the footage of the show, Miranda says he doesn’t know, throwing in a Harry Potter reference as he tweeted that it’s likely to remain tucked away unseen for a while. 2) What are we doing with that footage? No idea. Throwing it in a vault at Gringotts for a bit probly. But we're getting it. — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 16, 2016 So it won’t be live on pay-per-view like Laura Benanti-Zachary Levi show She Loves Me (recently announced to be the first Broadway show broadcast live). Hamilton is probably really being filmed for posterity with no real plan of where and when that footage will show up. But maybe the Hamilton original cast* show will end up on TV too eventually or maybe for limited events screened in movie theaters. One can hope. *By original cast, we’re not sure whether they mean the true original Broadway cast — Miranda will be there but already exited cast members like Jonathan Groff may not be back for this taping. In the meantime, catch segments of Hamilton staged for the Tony Awards telecast, look forward to the PBS documentary, and pray you’ll get to see the touring cast somewhere someday soon. And listen to that cast recording for the 14,289th time. »

- Emily Rome

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Jane Fonda to Celebrate ‘Laramie Project’ With Tectonic at 25!

15 June 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

This year marks a quarter century of groundbreaking theater at Moisés Kaufman’s Tectonic Theater Project, and the celebrated theater-maker and friends are ringing it in with style at Tectonic at 25! The 25th anniversary benefit performance will hit Nyu Skirball in New York City on Nov. 7 with host Jane Fonda. The event, which Kaufman will direct, is scheduled to include reimagined excerpts from award-winning Tectonic Theater classics like “The Laramie Project,” “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” “33 Variations,” “I Am My Own Wife,” and “Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Jazz Musical.” The roster of stage and film talent to take the spotlight and perform that evening has yet to be announced, but given Kaufman’s reputation and Fonda’s attachment, we expect theater legends and legends-in-the-making to participate. With a host committee that includes Sir Ian McKellen, Sally Field, David Hyde Pierce, Darren Criss, Jonathan Groff, and more, the Tectonic Theater Project has established itself as a leading company for politically and socially conscious theater. Tickets for the Nov. 7 event are »

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Happy Endings Revival: Is There New Hope for Season 4?

23 May 2016 12:03 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We know: That headline reads as if the news contained in this article is going to be amahzing. But it’s only potentially amahzing. You see, although Happy Endings creator David Caspe and his cast would be delighted to regroup for a revival of their prematurely cancelled ABC sitcom, they’ve yet to receive an offer that they couldn’t refuse.

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Actually, they’ve yet to receive an offer that they could even consider seriously. “A lot of [them] have been to do, like, six episodes shot on an iPhone,” Caspe said at a Vulture Festival »

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‘Happy Endings’ Cast and Producers Talk Revival Prospects, Favorite Episodes

23 May 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In a television landscape full of nostalgia grabs and reboots, “Happy Endings” is one show that has yet to find its second life. The David Caspe-created sitcom about six friends living in Chicago fostered a small but passionate audience, and was cancelled in 2013 after three seasons on ABC.

During a reunion panel at the Vulture Festival on Sunday, Caspe said that he has received offers bring the show back, but joked that none of them have been seriously considered (“six episodes, shot on an iPhone”).

Still, the creator seemed open to the possibility of a revival in the future. “I think that if someone would actually let us do it the real way, that everyone [in the cast] would want to do it.”

In addition to Caspe and showrunner Jonathan Groff, all six members of the show’s core ensemble — Eliza Coupe (Jane), Elisha Cuthbert (Alex), Zachary Knighton (Dave), Adam Pally (Max »

- Seth Kelley

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Lin-Manuel Miranda & Hamilton Cast Celebrate Musical's Historic Tony Nominations Haul

3 May 2016 10:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The 2016 Tony Awards are still a few weeks away, but the cast of Hamilton has already notched a spectacular victory: The blockbuster musical scored a historic 16 nominations Tuesday, the most for any show in the awards' history. The show was recognized in nearly every category: writing, music, directing, costumes and design. Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda nabbed three nominations for himself in the best book of a musical and best original score category. He will also face-off with costar Leslie Odom Jr. for best leading actor in a musical. Hamilton: An American Musical has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards including Best Musical. »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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'Hamilton' gets record 16 Tony nominations, of course

3 May 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Tony nominations were announced today, and Hamilton got a record 16 of them, because of course it did. The ridiculously popular and critically acclaimed musical was nominated in basically every possible category, with its writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda alone earning three nominations: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre.  Other big names with nominations include Steve Martin, Lupita Nyong'o, Jane Krakowski, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Lange, and Michelle Williams. The Tony Awards will be broadcast on June 12 at 8 p.m. on CBS. You can find the full list of nominations here, but here are some of the major categories: Best Play Eclipsed The Father The Humans King Charles III Best Musical Bright Star Hamilton School of Rock - The Musical Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All »

- Sara Morrison

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Tony Nominations: Hamilton, The Color Purple, Etcetera

3 May 2016 7:53 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In what we're choosing to interpret as a "changing of the guard" moment, two Book of Mormon stars (Andrew Rannells and Nikki M. James) announced the Hamilton Awards this morning. Or, rather, the Tony Award Nominations though the bulk of them went to the hot show of the now, Hamilton. In fact it busted the previous record of most nominations which was 15 (held jointly by The Producers and Billy Elliott) by 1 nomination.  Shouldn't Rory O'Malley have been present, too, in this announcement since he's the only Tony-nominated Book of Mormon alum in Hamilton (having just replaced Jonathan Groff)?

The Tony Awards will be held on June 12th and broadcast on CBS at 8 pm Est.

Most Nominations Musicals:

Hamilton - 16

Shuffle Along - 10

She Loves Me - 8 

Can Jessica Lange add a Tony to her trophy shelf for "Long Day's Journey Into Night"? She already has 1 SAG, 2 Oscars, 3 Emmys, and 5 Golden »

- NATHANIEL R

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Hamilton Scores Record-Breaking 16 Nominations for 2016 Tony Awards

3 May 2016 5:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The contenders for this year's Tony Awards have been announced - and to no surprise, Hamilton stole the show, while making history. Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-infused Broadway hit snagged a record-breaking 16 nominations, including best musical and three nods for Miranda himself: best leading actor in a musical, best original score and best book of a musical. The musical Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed trailed Hamilton with a total of 10 nominations. Other notable stars who snagged noms include Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams for their performances in Blackbird, Lupita Nyong'o for Eclipsed »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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2016 Tony Awards: 'Hamilton' Makes History with 16 Nominations

3 May 2016 12:27 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers, has made history of its own. The production was nominated for 16 Tony Awards, more than any show ever.

Hamilton earned nominations in all 13 musical categories, including two for Lead Actor (Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr.) plus a trio of nominations for Featured Actor (Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson and Jonathan Groff). The previous record-holders were The Producers and Billy Elliot the Musical, both with 15 nominations.

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- editor@buddytv.com

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Matt's Inside Line: Scoop on Grey's, Bones, Flash, Grimm, Arrow and More!

12 April 2016 1:48 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Is Grey’s Anatomy‘s Callie pondering a major move? Will a S.H.I.E.L.D. duo find time for love amid war? Will The Flash unmask another mystery man? Is Grimm setting the stage for -Biest Fight Round 2? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.

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I’m guessing that on Grey’s Anatomy, Callie will want to take Sofia and move across the country to be with Penny, and that’s what will cause the Calzona tension. Please »

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‘Black-ish’ Will Be Having Good Times While Keeping The Conversation Current – The Contenders

10 April 2016 6:41 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris revealed today at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event that the show’s season finale will be a throwback to Good Times, with each cast member playing a version of a character from the iconic 1970s sitcom. Barris, joined by executive producer/showrunner Jonathan Groff and star and exec producer Anthony Anderson on the ABC panel, also said Deon Cole is returning as Charlie in upcoming after his character’s departure earlier this season. The… »

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BroadwayCon 2017 to Be Held at Javits Center

7 April 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The second annual BroadwayCon is already in the works! Bringing together theater stars and their fans in a fun conference environment, the inaugural BroadwayCon was held Jan. 22–24 in the New York Hilton Midtown. Despite a winter storm shutting down most of Broadway itself, the completely sold-out event was attended by 5,000 theater enthusiasts. Conference co-founders Anthony Rapp, Melissa Anelli, and Stephanie Dornhelm are promising another three days of panels, singalongs, meet-ups, and special performances. Tickets will go on pre-sale for returning attendees April 8 and to the general public April 11. To be held Jan. 27–29, 2017 at the Jacob Javits Center—a substantially larger venue—BroadwayCon will again be with co-presented with Mischief Management and Playbill. The event will feature such Tony winners and Broadway regulars as Kelli O.Hara, Cynthia Nixon, Christopher Jackson, Christine Ebersole, Santino Fontana, Norm Lewis, Ana Gasteyer, Lachanze, Seth Rudetsky, Jonathan Groff, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Lena Hall, Laura Osnes, Lesli Margherita, »

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Hamilton Star Javier Muñoz's Secret Cancer Battle

31 March 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's safe to say Javier Muñoz's life has completely changed since the musical Hamilton opened on Broadway in August 2015. Muñoz, who is the standby for the musical's writer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, performs the title role once a week and has become a household name for theater fans. He's earned his own eponymous hashtag, #Javilton, and been titled "the Sexy Hamilton" by none other than Ben Brantley, the chief theater critic for The New York Times. Muñoz, 40, and Miranda's history goes back more than 10 years, first with Muñoz as Miranda's understudy in the Broadway musical In the Heights, »

- Carey Purcell

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Hamilton Star Javier Muñoz's Secret Cancer Battle

31 March 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's safe to say Javier Muñoz's life has completely changed since the musical Hamilton opened on Broadway in August 2015. Muñoz, who is the standby for the musical's writer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, performs the title role once a week and has become a household name for theater fans. He's earned his own eponymous hashtag, #Javilton, and been titled "the Sexy Hamilton" by none other than Ben Brantley, the chief theater critic for The New York Times. Muñoz, 40, and Miranda's history goes back more than 10 years, first with Muñoz as Miranda's understudy in the Broadway musical In the Heights, »

- Carey Purcell

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Lea Michele Is the "Happiest Girl in the World" While Celebrating Bff Jonathan Groff's Birthday

26 March 2016 5:46 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Nothing makes Lea Michele happier than some quality time with her Bff! The Scream Queens star took to Instagram over Easter weekend to share how she was enjoying New York City in the middle of spring. Along the way, she couldn't help but reunite with her talented friend and co-star Jonathan Groff. "Just the happiest girl in the world," Lea wrote on social media as her Broadway bud picked her up for a hug in the air. "And suddenly all is right.." Although Jonathan is hard at work starring in Hamilton, the performer was able to celebrate his 31st birthday for much of the weekend including Saturday where brunch was absolutely on the agenda. "Birthday brunch with »

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'Black-ish' Season Finale Will Pay Homage to 'Good Times' + Deon Cole Returning

14 March 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Momentum for ABC's "Black-ish" certainly isn't slowing down, after a much-talked about recent episode that tackled police brutality, leading to a 3rd season renewal. Now the show's executive producer Jonathan Groff confirmed at Paley Fest 2016 over the weekend that Deon Cole, who left the series mid-season to star on TBS' Angie Tribecca, will be returning to "Black-ish" reprising his role as Charlie Telphy in a special appearance before the end of the season. He also revealed that the show's season finale will take another trip down memory lane, traveling back to the 1970s with an homage to a comedy hit that's been in the news lately.​ "The season finale is a »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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The Ranch Trailer: Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson Reunite on Netflix

10 March 2016 7:25 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson are hanging out on a totally different street in Netflix’s forthcoming sitcom The Ranch (releasing on Friday, April 1).

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In the first trailer for the new multi-camera sitcom, the former That ’70s Show co-stars are joined by on-screen dad Sam Elliott (Justified), a foul-mouthed rancher prophesying about life while chowing down on a bowl of quinoa.

His desire to prognosticate probably has something to do with son Colt (Kutcher), who’s struggling to let go of his semi-pro football career after returning home to help »

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McCallany To Lead Fincher's "Mind Hunter"

9 March 2016 11:47 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Holt McCallany has been cast as the lead in David Fincher's new Netflix crime drama series "Mindhunter".

McCallany previously worked with Fincher on "Alien 3" and "Fight Club" and scored rave reviews for his leading man performance in FX's short lived boxing drama "Lights Out".

Set in 1979, the TV series centers on the inquisitive and skilled FBI Agent Bill Tench (McCallany) who, along with fellow serial killer investigator in the behavioral science unit, FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), interview serial killers to help them solve current murders.

Anna Torv is also onboard the series as a psychologist. Joe Penhall and Scott Buck are penning while Fincher and Charlize Theron are executive producing.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Black-ish’ Is the Ideal Sitcom for the Age of Black Lives Matter

23 February 2016 9:40 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s a small prop, dwarfed by other items on the dark wooden table.

Among the books, decorative objects and remotes on the coffee table in the large family room, which is at the heart of the action in most “Black-ish” episodes, lies a copy of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me.”

In the Feb. 24 episode of “Black-ish,” Coates’ National Book Award-winning work is not only mentioned, there’s a joke about the fact that Andre Johnson (executive producer and star Anthony Anderson) has trouble pronouncing the author’s name.

It might seem strange for a broadcast network comedy to wring a punchline from a searing meditation on police brutality and the persistence of racism in America. But it’s more than just a well-crafted comedy: Over the course of its first two seasons, “Black-ish” has emerged as the ideal family sitcom for the age of Black Lives Matter. »

- Maureen Ryan

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Finding Linky

26 January 2016 2:16 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

La Times the Academy has clarified some of its new rulings on membership due to confusion from within its own ranks - very useful info

In Contention Kris Tapley has some thoughts on that as well and depressingly mentions there is still talk of "expanding" the acting categories. This will be very hard for yours truly to stomach if it happens. Traditions are important (and no I dont mean traditions of discrimination - don't confuse the issue!). Changing an 80 year tradition of a set of five slots in no way helps diversity and may actually serve to make the Academy look much much worse sending an accidental message (you weren't good enough for five but maybe with seven -- oops you weren't good enough for seven either!) so I pray to all the cinematic gods that wiser heads prevail and they reject it. 

Fistful of Films... speaking of working through something by talking about it. »

- NATHANIEL R

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