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Why Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ Movie Could Be a Decade Away

7 June 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the Tony Awards this Sunday, Broadway musical “Hamilton” is widely expected to walk away with the top trophies. If it does, it’ll cap an extraordinary year that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop version of American history has spent at the epicenter of the zeitgeist. But despite the frenzy, Alexander Hamilton’s rise and fall won’t be migrating to the big screen anytime soon, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

It’s not for a lack of interest. Beyond “Hamilton’s” watercooler cache, there’s a financial reason for studios to snap it up. It’s a hot time for Hollywood musicals. “Into the Woods” and “Les Miserables” scored at the box office, fueling a revival of a genre that many observers had left for dead a decade or so ago. Television has been equally receptive. “Glee” may have ended its run, but NBC continues to find »

- Brent Lang and Gordon Cox

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Non-Equity Jeff Awards Honor ‘London Wall,’ ‘Rent’

7 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Celebrating excellence in Chicago’s nonunion theater scene, the 43rd annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards gave top honors to Griffin Theatre Company’s production of John Van Druten’s “London Wall” and the revival of Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” from Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre—the evening’s biggest winner with a total of four awards.  Hosted by Chicago theater regulars Karl Hamilton and Sarah Hayes, the sold-out awards gala at Park West June 6 featured production numbers from nominated musicals and revues from the 2015–16 season, plus excerpts from nominated plays. In addition to best musical production, “Rent” took home awards for director Scott Weinstein, actor Aubrey McGrath, and music director Jeremy Ramey. The New Colony and Definition Theatre Company’s production of “Byhalia, Mississippi” received Jeff Awards for playwright Evan Linder, actor Cecelia Wingate, and scenic designer John Wilson. Oracle Theatre’s “The Hairy Ape” also earned three honors, for leading actor Julian Parker, »

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15 All-Time Great Tony Awards Performances, From ‘Dreamgirls’ to Neil Patrick Harris (Videos)

31 May 2016 9:36 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A look back at the highest kicks (and notes) over the history of the Tony Awards telecast celebrating Broadway “Grand Hotel” (1990) Michael Jeter, perhaps best known from the sitcom “Evening Shade,” was a rubber-limbed sensation playing a tipsy bookkeeper in the number “Let’s Take a Glass Together.”   “Dreamgirls” (1992) Jennifer Holliday’s rendition of “And I’m Telling You…” has been widely imitated, and this is the performance that is most often imitated. A-ma-zing. “Rent” (1996) Jonathan Larson’s rock opera version of “La Boheme” gained extra poignance with his unexpected death after the first Off Broadway preview. The show became a phenomenon, »

- Thom Geier

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‘Hamilton’ Producer Jeffrey Seller and Flody Suarez Sign Pact with Universal TV

23 May 2016 2:32 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

“Hamilton” producer Jeffrey Seller and producing partner Flody Suarez have signed a deal with Universal Television to develop new projects for the studio.

The producing pact furthers the duo’s association with NBC and Universal Television chairman Bob Greenblatt, who is one of “Hamilton’s” investors. Suarez previously served as VP of development at NBC, where he worked on shows including “ER” and “Just Shoot Me.”

“I’m so pleased to have Universal Television in business with one of the theater’s leading producers, Jeffrey Seller, and his producing partner, Flody Suarez,” said Greenblatt. “Jeffrey’s spectacular track record on Broadway and his knack for finding and nurturing brilliant new talent, such as the creative forces behind ‘Rent,’ ‘Avenue Q,’ ‘In the Heights’ and ‘Hamilton,’ is nothing short of remarkable. There is more and more cross-pollination these days from theater to television, especially at NBC, and we’re excited to »

- Laura Prudom

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‘Hamilton’ Producer Jeffrey Seller & Flody Suarez Ink Deal With Universal TV

23 May 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Universal Television has signed a production deal with Jeffrey Seller, producer of smash Broadway musical Hamilton, and his producing partner, former NBC executive Flody Suarez. "Jeffrey's spectacular track record on Broadway and his knack for finding and nurturing brilliant new talent, such as the creative forces behind Rent, Avenue Q, In the Heights and Hamilton, is nothing short of remarkable,” NBC Entertainment and Uni TV chairman Bob Greenblatt said. “There is more… »

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Broadway's Secret Weapon

6 May 2016 2:53 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Drew Hodges is at a loss for words. Asked if he’s surprised at the life he’s leading -- did he imagine he’d grow up to fly around the world orchestrating scenes with great actors and artists for his own wildly influential agency -- he pauses three entire seconds. “I wish I had an answer for you,” he says. “It's like, Come for the veal, stay for the floor show.”

You might not know Drew Hodges’ name, but if you’ve enjoyed some form of popular culture in the past decade, you’re living in a world he helped create. "When I started, the idea of theater was still very much that ‘fabulous invalid’ thing," he says, “sort of dying, old, kind of nostalgic. I was lucky enough to work on a lot of stuff that started to chip away at that."

Twenty years ago, art-directing for his small design firm’s music, »

- Helen Eisenbach

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'Hamilton' Pays Tribute to 'Rent' for Musical's 20th Anniversary

29 April 2016 4:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Today's biggest hit on Broadway is taking a moment to honor its predecessors. In a tweet on Friday, Hamilton paid tribute to Rent, which debuted 20 years ago and went on to become a hit musical and, later, a feature film. A stage photo accompanied the quote "When you're living in America at the end of the millennium, you're not alone," taken from Rent's song "What You Own." The original cast of Rent included big names such as Idina MenzelTaye Diggs, Anthony Rapp and Jesse L. Martin. "When you're living in America at the end of the

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Chris Columbus Bio: In His Own Words

7 April 2016 2:25 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Chris Columbus is a well-known American director famous for directing some of the most iconic films of the past couple of decades including Mrs. Doubtfire, two of the Home Alone movies, the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent and the first two movies from the Harry Potter series among others. Chris Columbus: Early Life Chris Joseph Columbus was born on September […]

The post Chris Columbus Bio: In His Own Words appeared first on uInterview. »

- Antonia Georgieva

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Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell's Son Is All Grown Up and Starring on Broadway

3 March 2016 11:46 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

This celebrity son is definitely larger than life.  Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell's only child is definitely walking in his father's musical footsteps. At just 13 years old, Baylee Littrell is set to make his Broadway debut as a featured actor in Disaster!, also starring Rent icon Adam Pascal. The show is scheduled for its official Big Apple opening on March 8.  "When I think about it, I accomplished something that not a lot of people get to achieve in their life," Baylee told the Associated Press (via The Jackson Sun). "I'm still a little shocked. It still hasn't come out of my mind yet." Chalk it up to talented DNA. Baylee's only »

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'Slc Punk 2' Preview: Sean and John the Mod Return | Exclusive

11 February 2016 10:32 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

17 years after writer-director James Merendino explored the Utah punk scene in the cult classic Slc Punk!, the filmmaker has returned for his long-awaited follow-up Punk's Dead: Slc Punk 2. The film will be released in select theaters from February 11 through February 15 via Tugg, before debuting on Digital Download February 16 and DVD, VOD and Digital HD March 8. To get fans ready for this long-awaited sequel, Cinedigm has provided us with an exclusive clip, featuring original stars Devon Sawa and James Duval reprising their roles as Sean and John the Mod.

James Merendino returns to the wild world of Salt Lake City punk's underground with his new feature Punk's Dead: Slc Punk 2. Garnering a fan following, along with an Independent Spirit Award nomination, for his 1999 cult hit Slc Punk!, Merendino's highly anticipated follow-up was partially financed by a highly successful Indiegogo campaign. Punk's Dead: Slc Punk 2 will be available exclusively »

- MovieWeb

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‘Rent’ and 5 Other Musicals We Want to See Live on TV

4 February 2016 11:02 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Live TV musicals are all the rage lately, and we’re all for it! Since 2013’s “The Sound of Music Live!” with Carrie Underwood on NBC, the peacock network has been dishing out musicals annually with “Peter Pan” and “The Wiz.” And now Fox joined the fun with “Grease: Live.” Who knows what's next?! We drummed up some of our dream stage-to-screen adaptations below. What’s on your list?  “Rent”Between the 2005 Chris Columbus film adaptation and the 2009 final Broadway bow DVD recording, this record-breaking rock musical from the late Jonathan Larson has already been exhaustively adapted for the screen. But wouldn’t it be great to see today’s buzziest young stars take on pop rock classics? Rachel Bloom as Maureen? Chris Colfer as Angel? 5 Seconds of Summer star Luke Hemmings for Roger? Sign us up! “Aida”This ancient Egypt-set musical about star-crossed lovers often flies under the radar, »

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Just Announced: Justice League vs. Teen Titans To Premiere At WonderCon!

3 February 2016 10:37 AM, PST | Legions of Gotham | See recent Legions of Gotham news »

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and WonderCon will offer fans the first opportunity witness the animated clash between veteran super heroes and their youthful counterparts when "Justice League vs. Teen Titans," the latest DC Universe Original Movie, has its World Premiere at WonderCon during the March 25-27 weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The announcement is now live on the WonderCon website.

"Justice League vs. Teen Titans" welcomes the Teen Titans to the ever-expanding canon of classic DC Comics characters within the DC Universe Original Movies. When Damian’s over-aggressive tendencies almost destroy a Justice League mission, he is sent to learn teamwork by training alongside the Teen Titans. However, adjusting Damian’s attitude turns out to be the least of the Teen Titans’ troubles as Raven’s satanic, world-conquering father Trigon begins an escape from his inter-dimensional prison. To complete his return, Trigon must have Raven’s assistance – and to accomplish his goal, »

- The Atari Nation

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Lifetime Sets Movie About Kevin Durant’s Mom; Queen Latifah Produces, Cassandra Freeman Stars

3 February 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Cassandra Freeman (Inside Man, Single Ladies), Tracie Thoms (Cold Case, Rent), Pauletta Washington (Wilma), Daniel Bellomy, Nic Few (Major Crimes, The Exes), and Demarius Mack (Real Husbands Of Hollywood) have been cast in Lifetime original movie with the working title of The Real Mvp: The Wanda Pratt Story, based on the life of NBA star Kevin Durant’s mom. Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s Flavor Unit are executive producers. Production is currently underway in… »

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On this day in pop culture history: ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ premiered

1 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

34 years ago today, a new talk show favorite was born when Late Night with David Letterman debuted. Letterman hosted Late Night on NBC until 1993, when the network chose Jay Leno over Letterman to take Johnny Carson’s place as host of The Tonight Show. Letterman then moved to CBS and launched Late Show with David Letterman. On both Late Night’s first show in 1982 and Late Show’s first episode in 1993, Bill Murray was the first guest. He was a frequent guest on both, with 44 appearances between the two shows. In the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman last May, Murray presented item No. 1 on the show’s star-studded final Top 10 list. Other notable February 1 happenings in pop culture history: • 1896: Giacomo Puccini opera La bohème had its world premiere in Turin, Italy. 100 years later, the massive popularity-bound musical Rent premiered in New York — Jonathan Larson based Rent »

- Emily Rome

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Justice League vs Teen Titans: New Blu-Ray Details and Trailer Released

29 January 2016 10:35 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

DC's incredibly animated films continue to roll out, and today brings our first real look their next endeavor, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, which includes a new trailer along with all the blu-ray details and special features.  Come inside to learn more! 

If you've been looking forward to yet another DC animated film (and you should be, because they're all wonderful), then get your first good look at Justice League vs. Teen Titans, which hits blu-ray on April 12, 2016:

The demonic forces of Trigon infiltrate the minds and bodies of the Justice League, turning the veteran super heroes against their youthful counterparts in the all-new DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on April 12, 2016 on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD.

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'Justice League Vs Teen Titans' Trailer Has DC Heroes at War

29 January 2016 10:33 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The demonic forces of Trigon infiltrate the minds and bodies of the Justice League, turning the veteran super heroes against their youthful counterparts in the all-new DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League Vs. Teen Titans. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on April 12, 2016 on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD. The studio has released the first trailer for this animated adventure, which you can check out below, along with the Blu-Ray and DVD artwork.

Justice League Vs. Teen Titans will be available on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition for $29.96 Srp, Blu-Ray Combo Pack for $24.98 Srp, and DVD for $19.98 Srp. The Blu-Ray Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition will include all components of the Blu-Ray Combo Pack, »

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No Joke, Justice League vs. Teen Titans Due in April

29 January 2016 10:15 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA (January 29, 2016) – The demonic forces of Trigon infiltrate the minds and bodies of the Justice League, turning the veteran super heroes against their youthful counterparts in the all-new DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on April 12, 2016 on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-RayCombo Pack and DVD. Order due date is March 8, 2016.

Justice League vs. Teen Titans will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96 Srp, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 Srp, and DVD for $19.98 Srp.  The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include all components of the Blu-RayCombo Pack, along with an exclusive Robin figurine in a numbered, limited edition gift set. Fans can also »

- ComicMix Staff

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Justice League vs Teen Titans Dc Universe Movie Official Announcement

29 January 2016 10:01 AM, PST | Legions of Gotham | See recent Legions of Gotham news »

Demonic Forces Pit

Heroes Against Heroes In

Justice League vs. Teen Titans

On Blu-Raytm, DVD & Digital HD April 12, 2016

Teen Titans Join the Canon of Super Heroes within the DC Universe Original Movies;

Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-RayCombo Pack Include Exclusive Robin Figurine

Burbank, CA (January 29, 2016) – The demonic forces of Trigon infiltrate the minds and bodies of the Justice League, turning the veteran super heroes against their youthful counterparts in the all-new DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on April 12, 2016 on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-RayCombo Pack and DVD. Order due date is March 8, 2016.

Justice League vs. Teen Titans will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96 Srp, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 Srp, and DVD for $19.98 Srp.  The Blu-rayTM »

- The Atari Nation

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1st Annual BroadwayCon Unites Thousands of Fans

25 January 2016 10:30 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The Great White Way had a very special event Jan. 22–24 in the New York Hilton Midtown, and we’re not talking about Winter Storm Jonas. The inaugural BroadwayCon, a weekend of panels, workshops, fan meetups, and performances, brought together some of today’s most active theater artists and thousands of attendees from all over the country. Created by event organizers Melissa Anelli, Stephanie Dornhelm, and “Rent” star Anthony Rapp, the first-ever conference gave fans a chance to collectively celebrate and bond over their love of all things Broadway. “I’m really grateful and really proud,” Rapp told Backstage at the event. “I’m just so glad that so many people in the community are participating.” Asked why it took until 2016 for such a function to come together, he praised the efforts of Anelli, Dornhelm, and co-presenters Playbill and Mischief Management. “It needed the right people to do it, and they’re the right people. »

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55 years ago today, Cruella de Vil made her big-screen debut

25 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

55 years ago today, audiences got to meet Pongo, Perdita, Patch, and 98 more spotted puppies when “101 Dalmatians” opened in theaters. The film is often credited with saving Disney Animation — 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” under-performed at the box office, leading to massive layoffs. Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, even tried to convince Walt to shut down their animation department and shift focus to TV production. Fortunately for Baloo, Ariel, Simba, Elsa and all the animated Disney greats that were yet to come, “101 Dalmatians” was a box office hit — it was the 10th highest grossing film of 1961 in the U.S. and Canada. And the characters of “101 Dalmatians” have made their mark on pop culture in the 55 years since. Cruella de Vil, the movie’s villain who wants to turn the puppies into a dog-skin fur coat, ranked at #39 on AFI’s list of the top 50 movie villains of all time. Glenn Close »

- Emily Rome

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