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Amber Riley Is Going to Star in a West End Dreamgirls Revival and You, and You, and You, You’re Gonna Love Her

4 February 2016 7:34 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Amber Riley, who has been preparing for this role ever since the first season of Glee, will soon play Effie White in Dreamgirls. Riley, who recently appeared as Addaperle in The Wiz Live!, will take the stage at the Savoy Theatre in the 1981 musical's November revival. White, an analogue for Florence Ballard, the ousted original member of the Supremes, gets the iconic torch song "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going," which definitely helped Jennifer Hudson earn her Oscar when she played the role in 2006's film adaptation. Glee took full advantage of Riley's pipes — and the fact that her character was constantly passed over for the more conventional star Rachel Berry — to have her sing several of Effie's songs on the show. So you might say Riley's pretty well prepared. »

- Jackson McHenry

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Berlin: Sales Launch for ‘Ain’t No Half Steppin’ From ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Producer

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

Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales on the Broad Green Pictures’ dance comedy “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” at the Berlin Film Festival.

Production will begin in the spring. Broad Green announced in November that it had launching development on the dance comedy with “Drumline” helmer Charles Stone directing.

Producers are “Straight Outta Compton” producer Matt Alvarez, “Master of None” star Lena Waithe and Benjamin Cory Jones.

Stone will direct “Ain’t No Half Steppin'” from a script by Chuck Hayward, who currently writes for Cooper Barrett’s “Guide to Surviving Life” on Fox. The story centers on an ambitious black sorority girl who, in order to get admitted to the law school of her dreams, agrees to cross culture lines and teach the exclusive art of black Greek stepping to a band of white sorority girls whose charter is about to be revoked.

Alvarez joined the studio’s »

- Dave McNary

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Watch Channing Tatum's Singing Sailor in a Musical Scene From 'Hail, Caesar!'

3 February 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Channing Tatum makes his Coen Brothers debut in the new comedy Hail, Caesar!, and hopefully it's not his last collaboration with the filmmakers. Especially if they let him keep doing what he does best: dance. In his first scene in the movie, Tatum taps his way through one of three big musical numbers that pay homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood. He also sings -- yes, it's really him -- as an actor named Burt Gurney playing a sailor in a movie-within-the-movie. The tune is called "No Dame," and it's an original by Henry Krieger and Willie Reale of Dreamgirls acclaim. The number recalls such classics as 1945's Anchors Aweigh and 1949's On the Town, both of which star Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra as crooning seamen. But "No Dame&quot...

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- Christopher Campbell

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American Idol Alum Pia Toscano Is Engaged!

26 January 2016 7:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Pia Toscano is a bride-to-be! The American Idol alum and boyfriend Jimmy R.O. Smith got engaged over the New Year's holiday, People can confirm. Toscano, 27, was a contestant on the tenth season of Fox's singing competition in 2011, and has since appeared in Burlesque and Dreamgirls. Currently, the star is a background vocalist in Jennifer Lopez's Las Vegas residency "All I Have" at Planet Hollywood. "Pia and Jimmy met last year on J. Lo's tour," a source confirms to People. "She was singing backup and he is J. Lo's backup dancer." The #NewYear countdown with my future Mrs. Smith. A »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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American Idol Alum Pia Toscano Is Engaged!

26 January 2016 7:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Pia Toscano is a bride-to-be! The American Idol alum and boyfriend Jimmy R.O. Smith got engaged over the New Year's holiday, People can confirm. Toscano, 27, was a contestant on the tenth season of Fox's singing competition in 2011, and has since appeared in Burlesque and Dreamgirls. Currently, the star is a background vocalist in Jennifer Lopez's Las Vegas residency "All I Have" at Planet Hollywood. "Pia and Jimmy met last year on J. Lo's tour," a source confirms to People. "She was singing backup and he is J. Lo's backup dancer." The #NewYear countdown with my future Mrs. Smith. A »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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What's Changed? People's 1996 Special Report on the Exclusion of African-Americans from Hollywood Remains All Too Relevant

22 January 2016 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This year, controversy over the repeated snubbing of African-American actors from the Oscars has once again dominated headlines.Twenty years ago, a special report in People examined diversity in the movie industry and labeled Hollywood's "continued exclusion of African-Americans" as "a national disgrace".The report was reexamined five years later in a follow up exposé, and while People uncovered encouraging signs of improvement, the African-American actors interviewed made it clear they felt the industry still had a long way to go.Now, another fifteen years later, and with calls to boycott the award show gaining traction, the original article appears »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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What's Changed? People's 1996 Special Report on the Exclusion of African-Americans from Hollywood Remains All Too Relevant

22 January 2016 3:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This year, controversy over the repeated snubbing of African-American actors from the Oscars has once again dominated headlines.Twenty years ago, a special report in People examined diversity in the movie industry and labeled Hollywood's "continued exclusion of African-Americans" as "a national disgrace".The report was reexamined five years later in a follow up exposé, and while People uncovered encouraging signs of improvement, the African-American actors interviewed made it clear they felt the industry still had a long way to go.Now, another fifteen years later, and with calls to boycott the award show gaining traction, the original article appears »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Inside the Oscars' Controversial History of Recognizing (and Overlooking) Minorities & Women

19 January 2016 2:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Oscars' history of recognizing - and overlooking - minorities and women has led to milestone wins and headline-making controversies. For the second year in a row, only white actors were nominated in the acting categories, spurring a revival of last year's #OscarsSoWhite hashtag on social media, and prompting stars including Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith to vow to skip the show. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences itself acknowledged the problem following last Thursday's nominations announcement. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement Monday saying she is "both heartbroken and frustrated" about the lack of diversity among »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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Inside the Oscars' Controversial History of Recognizing (and Overlooking) Minorities & Women

19 January 2016 2:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Oscars' history of recognizing - and overlooking - minorities and women has led to milestone wins and headline-making controversies. For the second year in a row, only white actors were nominated in the acting categories, spurring a revival of last year's #OscarsSoWhite hashtag on social media, and prompting stars including Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith to vow to skip the show. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences itself acknowledged the problem following last Thursday's nominations announcement. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement Monday saying she is "both heartbroken and frustrated" about the lack of diversity among »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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What the Critics’ Choice Awards Can Tell Us About Oscar

18 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

The Broadcast Film Critics Association handed out their Critics’ Choice Awards last evening in Los Angeles and is the first awards ceremony since the Academy released their official nominations last Thursday.

Those looking to the Critics’ Choice Awards in hopes of fleshing out their Oscar predictions will notice a few differences between last week’s Golden Globes and Sunday’s awards in the major categories. Most notably is the fact that Spotlight won best picture after being entirely shut out by the HFPA at the Globes.

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Sylvester Stallone (Creed), and Brie Larson (Room) all repeated their Globes success with acting wins, but Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) took home the best supporting actress award in lieu of Kate Winslet’s (Steve Jobs) win the week before.

Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller took home the night’s best director award, »

- Patrick Shanley

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Welcome to the '60s! We're Dream Casting the NBC Live Version of Hairspray

13 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

You can't stop this beat! For the fourth installment of its live musical series, NBC will be gifting us with a new take on the '60s-set, dance-heavy, politically charged Hairspray. We still have nearly a year until the show's December premiere, but in the meantime, we're dreaming up who should take on the iconic roles. While it'll be a challenge to live up to the 2007 film - Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Travolta - this crew shouldn't have a problem. Rebel Wilson as Tracy TurnbladShe's long proved her vocal - and comedic - chops in the two Pitch Perfect films, »

- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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Welcome to the '60s! We're Dream Casting the NBC Live Version of Hairspray

13 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

You can't stop this beat! For the fourth installment of its live musical series, NBC will be gifting us with a new take on the '60s-set, dance-heavy, politically charged Hairspray. We still have nearly a year until the show's December premiere, but in the meantime, we're dreaming up who should take on the iconic roles. While it'll be a challenge to live up to the 2007 film - Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Travolta - this crew shouldn't have a problem. Rebel Wilson as Tracy TurnbladShe's long proved her vocal - and comedic - chops in the two Pitch Perfect films, »

- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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Beyonce Is Apparently Writing A Movie About Butts

4 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Could pop sensation Beyonce be moving from Goldmembers to big butts? The award-winning singer has temporarily shelved her acting career to focus on her music, having last appeared on-screen opposite Idris Elba in 2009’s Obsessed. But a new report (from a suspicious source) suggests Beyonce might be eyeing a return to the film industry, with a project that she hopes would get her in the Oscar conversation.   Beyonce is no stranger to award-winning films, collecting a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Bill Condon’s musical adaptation of Dreamgirls. She also circled A Star Is Born for Clint Eastwood, though that fell apart. Now, though, The Sun reports that Beyonce would like to write and possibly star in her own movie. The film would adapt the life of South African woman Saartjie Baartman, who was known in the 1800s as a performer in London freak shows »

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