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While Amazon's first slate of original series mostly fizzled—perhaps because it still hasn't picked up Onion News Empire—the online giant is resolute in its plans to do to the television industry what it's currently doing to the publishing industry, picking up three new comedy pilots. The first is from cousins Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, plus Broadway writer/director Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-Wee Herman Show), and explores the seamy world of sex and drugs backstage at the symphony. Mozart In the Jungle will be based on the memoir of oboist Blair »
Get ready to reacquaint yourselves with Chairry, Pterri and Pee-wee Herman himself, children of the '80s!
Paul Reubens, who played the titular star of "Pee-wee's Playhouse" in the latter half of the 1980s, opened up about a revival of the hit children's series in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.
The actor, who's now 60, told the La Times that there's a new Pee-wee TV show on tap, "potentially though not necessarily an update on 'Pee-wee’s Playhouse,'" according to the paper. Reubens wouldn't provide details about the new Pee-wee program, but said an announcement is “imminent” about the show, which will air in 2014.
“Short of something unforeseen like the studio going out of business, I think it’s very likely both these projects will happen next year,” Reubens told the La Times of the show and of the long-awaited follow-up Pee-wee movie, which Judd Apatow signed »
- Jaimie Etkin
With The Muppets... Again! currently filming, the Muppets are already looking ahead to their next project: a potential Broadway musical. On May 31, over 85 Muppets convened at the New Amsterdam Theater to put on a proof-of-concept show for Disney Theater Productions, performing existing material under the direction of Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-Wee Herman Show). Initial audience reaction wasn't terrific, as two unnamed elderly critics declared it “wasn’t half-bad—it was all bad!” before chortling to themselves. Nevertheless, Disney is confident it can overcome a host of obstacles, including drummer-oriented anger management, hiring an »
Producers said Sunday they plan to get "Rocky" up and punching at the Winter Garden by February following a successful debut in Hamburg last fall.
Originally written in English but translated into German for its world premiere and billed as "Rocky: Das Musical," the show is produced by Stallone and Stage Entertainment USA.
"The reason I think it has worked so well there and why I think it'll work on Broadway is that, yes, it's a story about boxing, but the real story is actually an intimate, powerful and gritty and »
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