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Fox has tapped Tony-winning actress Annaleigh Ashford (“Kinky Boots,” “You Can’t Take It with You”) to play Columbia in upcoming two-hour musical event “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The production begins filming in Toronto this March for a fall debut.
Ashford joins previously announced cast members Laverne Cox (Dr. Frank-n-Furter), Victoria Justice (Janet), Ryan McCartan (Brad), Adam Lambert (Eddie), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff), Staz Nair (Rocky) and Tim Curry, the original Frank-n-Furter, who returns to play the show’s Criminologist Narrator.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” follows sweethearts Janet (Justice) and Brad (McCartan), who stumble upon Dr. Frank-n-Furter’s bizarre abode. Frank-n-Furter, a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad-scientist – with the help of his faithful servants, Riff Raff and Magenta – is holding an annual, Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” – a fit, attractive man created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
The event is executive produced by Lou Adler, »
- Laura Prudom
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
Across Europe, Movistar+ picked up the series in Spain, and Mtg acquired the show for Viaplay in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Other territories include Finland (Nelonen), Belgium (Telenet), Turkey (D-Smart), as well as Axn in Central and Eastern Europe.
Osn picked up the series for the Middle East, Mnet will show it across Africa, and Sky bought the drama in New Zealand. Across Asia, buyers include pan-regional subscription VOD platform Hooq covering the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and India; as well as Viacom’s Colors Infinity in India.
“‘Mad Dogs’ has been a huge hit in the U.K. and there is clearly an equally high appetite for the U.S. series,” said Keith LeGoy, president, »
- Leo Barraclough
In October 2015, digital comedy network Above Average launched The Kicker, a new destination dedicated to sports humor. Now, three months later, The Kicker is launching its most exciting series thus far. It has teamed up with NBC Sports for Sports...The Musical, which will imagine the top sports stories of the moment as glitzy Broadway productions.
Sports...The Musical will be produced by The Kicker and distributed by NBC Sports. The series will run for five episodes, with the first one arriving on January 14th and the next four following it on each subsequent Tuesday.
In its quest to make sports stories feel like Broadway productions, The Kicker is pulling out the stops. It has turned to Brian Usifer, known for his work on Tony winner Kinky Boots, to supervise the music for Sports...The Musical. The actors in the show are Broadway vets, and in their first act, they »
- Sam Gutelle
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