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Broadway’s ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Announces 2020 North American Tour

Broadway’s ‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Announces 2020 North American Tour
Pretty Woman: The Musical will launch a North American tour next year, kicking off at the Providence Performing Arts Center, Rhode Island, in October 2020.

Other dates, cities and casting will be announced at a later date. The musical, based on the 1990 movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, opened on Broadway August 16, 2018.

With original music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, book by the late Garry Marshall and the film’s screenwriter J.F. Lawton, and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell, Pretty Woman broke the Nederlander Theatre’s eight-performance weekly box office record four times. In recent weeks, the show has been grossing generally, more or less, in the $700,000-$800,000 range, of a potential $1.4M.

“Thirty years ago, Garry Marshall’s film Pretty Woman redefined a genre,” said producer Paula Wagner, “and now audiences across America will experience all the romance, comedy and passion in this unforgettable and imaginative new musical.
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‘Devil in the White City’ Series in the Works at Hulu from Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese

  • Variety
Hulu is developing a series based on the book “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America” by Erik Larson.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will executive produce the project along with Stacey Sher, Rick Yorn, Emma Koskoff, and Jennifer Davisson. Paramount Television will produce.

The Devil in the White City” tells true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were forever linked by The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893: Daniel H. Burnham, a brilliant and fastidious architect racing to mark his mark on the world and Henry H. Holmes, a handsome and cunning doctor who fashioned his own pharmaceutical “Murder Castle” on the fair grounds.

This is the latest chapter in the long development history of the book. DiCaprio acquired the rights nearly a decade ago with plans to adapt it as a film in
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‘Rent’ Alum Adam Pascal To Star In ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’

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‘Rent’ Alum Adam Pascal To Star In ‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’
Tony Award-nominee Adam Pascal is set to star in Pretty Woman: The Musical for one week. The original Roger from the landmark musical Rent will step into the role of Edward Lewis from Jan. 15-20.

Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance have written a premiere romantic rock score for Pretty Woman: The Musical and we are ecstatic to have one of Broadway’s foremost rockers, Adam Pascal, step in for Andy Karl during his vacation,” said producer Paula Wagner.

“I always love a reason to come back to Broadway,” said Pascal, “so singing this score opposite Samantha Barks, in this sexy, romantic musical for eight performances was a no-brainer.”

Based on the classic Garry Marshall movie starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, Pretty Woman: The Musical has played to sold-out audiences at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre and has shattered the box office records since opening July 20. Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams
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‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Sets First International Production In Germany

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‘Pretty Woman: The Musical’ Sets First International Production In Germany
The magical fairytale production of Pretty Woman: The Musical is about to go international. Producer Paula Wagner announced that the musical will have its first international production in Germany with performances starting September 23, 2019 at Hamburg’s Stage Theater.

Garry Marshall dreamed of bringing his beloved film Pretty Woman to Broadway as a musical. His dream has come true…and then some…as we move forward launching the second production of this romantic, new musical in Germany,” said Wagner. “Pretty Woman was an International blockbuster film. Widely embraced in Germany, Pretty Woman has had an extremely strong connection resonating with audiences from Hamburg to Berlin to Munich.”

Pretty Woman: The Musical originally opened on Broadway on August 16 at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre to sold-out audiences. Pretty Woman has original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance with a book by Garry Marshall and the film’s screenwriter J.F. Lawton,
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New Line Cinema Hires Former Fox Film Executive Daria Cercek

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Fox Film production executive Daria Cercek will join New Line Cinema, the company said on Tuesday.

New Line president and chief creative officer Richard Brener announced that Cercek will work on the development and production of original scripts, literary adaptations, existing IP and franchises for the company.

Cercek will report directly to Brener beginning Oct. 29.

Also Read: What's Next for Fox Film CEO Stacey Snider After Disney Closes Deal?

“Daria has built a reputation as one of the most well-regarded executives in the industry. To this day, I’ve never heard so many people speak so highly of someone,” Brener said in a statement. “In addition to her quality relationships with the creative community, Daria brings a breadth of experience and an impressive track record. She will be a tremendous asset to New Line and we’re so excited to welcome her to the team.”

Cercek joins New Line from
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Fox Film Executive Daria Cercek Jumps To New Line

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Exclusive: Longtime Twentieth Century Fox feature film executive Daria Cercek is exiting to join New Line Cinema. Cercek, who held the title of senior veep at Fox, will become Executive Vice President, Production at New Line. The hire was confirmed by New Line president/Chief Creative Officer Richard Brener. Cercek starts her new job October 29 and she will report to Brener.

While there is currently much uncertainty in the halls of Fox as the staff prepares to integrate under the Disney umbrella and embrace a streaming future, Cercek’s move to New Line has been percolating for some time. Given her impressive track record for developing comedies, and New Line’s prodigious output of them, she seems a glove fit for the new post.

Among the films Cercek shepherded at Fox are the last three films in the X-Men franchise, but her comedy resume is particularly impressive and includes Spy,
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Annie Lennox, ‘Westside’ Team Join Variety’s Music for Screens Summit

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Annie Lennox, ‘Westside’ Team Join Variety’s Music for Screens Summit
Annie Lennox has been added to Variety’s inaugural Music for Screens Summit and will take part in a keynote conversation with composer Scott Salinas. The event will be held at Neuehouse in Hollywood, Calif. on Oct. 30

Lennox, who rose to fame during the 1980s as singer and co-songwriter of Eurythmics, has released six studio albums and won three Grammys. Her latest album, “Nostalgia,” was released in 2014.

Other new additions to the event include a keynote conversation with the team behind Netflix’s “Westside,” and speakers include executive producer Kevin Bartel and executive music producer James Diener from the upcoming reality music series. Shirley Halperin, Variety’s executive editor of music will moderate.

Also, Tom Holkenborg a.k.a. Junkie Xl (“Alita: Battle Angel”) has joined the Composer Roundtable presented by Ascap. Variety contributor Jon Burlingame will moderate the conversation about how best to craft music for film and TV in the digital age.
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‘Dear White People’ Creator Justin Simien Takes on Biopic for Sugar Hill Records Founder Sylvia Robinson

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‘Dear White People’ Creator Justin Simien Takes on Biopic for Sugar Hill Records Founder Sylvia Robinson
Justin Simien, the creator and director of “Dear White People,” has been tapped to direct an untitled project at Warner Bros. about “The Mother of Hip-Hop,” Sylvia Robinson.

Robinson, who started her career as a singer in the duo Mickey and Sylvia, went on to become a prominent record producer, writing and producing for artists such as Ike and Tina Turner, Kid Rock, P. Diddy, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

She founded the record label Sugar Hill Records in the 1970s, named after the affluent African-American Harlem district, with husband Joe Robinson and was responsible for helping to bring rap and hip-hop into the mainstream.

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Robinson’s initial cut of The Sugarhill Gang’s iconic song “Rapper’s Delight” was a whopping 15 minutes long.

Famed producer Paula Wagner, who last produced 2017’s “Marshall,
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Justin Simien Directing Sylvia Robinson Biopic

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Justin Simien Directing Sylvia Robinson Biopic
Dear White People” creator Justin Simien will direct Warner Bros.’ untitled Sylvia Robinson biopic.

The movie has been in the works since 2014 when Paula Wagner acquired the film rights to the life story of Robinson, the founder of Sugar Hill Records. The script, written by Tracy Oliver, Malcolm Spellman, and Carlito Rodriguez, details how Robinson became a music mogul after recording 1979’s “Rapper’s Delight.”

Robinson’s career stretches back to being half of the duo Mickey & Sylvia (best known for the 1957 hit “Love Is Strange”). She died in 2011 at the age of 76.

Dear White People,” a comedy centered on African-American college students, won the special jury prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Simien directed from his own script and produced. The movie was bought by Roadside Attractions and spun off into a Netflix series of the same name in 2017. Simien recently completed production on the horror comedy “Bad Hair,
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‘Dear White People’ Creator Justin Simien To Direct Biopic About “Mother Of Hip-Hop” Sylvia Robinson For Warner Bros

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‘Dear White People’ Creator Justin Simien To Direct Biopic About “Mother Of Hip-Hop” Sylvia Robinson For Warner Bros
Exclusive: Award-winning filmmaker Justin Simien is set to direct Warner Bros. untitled Sylvia Robinson project about the famed singer, songwriter, and Sugar Hill Records founder known as ‘The Mother of Hip-Hop’.

The script, written by Tracy Oliver, Malcolm Spellman and Carlito Rodriguez, is a rags-to-riches tale about how Robinson blazed a trail as a female record producer and music mogul in a male-dominated industry. In 1979 she recorded the first rap record “Rapper’s Delight” which ushered in the new era of hip-hop and cemented her legacy as the “Mother of Hip-Hop”.

Simien’s Dear White People feature won the special jury prize at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Roadside Attractions. The pic was ultimately spun off as a Netflix series over three seasons. Simien recently wrapped production on his second feature, the horror satire Bad Hair, which stars Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams and Michelle Hurd. Simien is
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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Keynote Variety’s First Music for Screens Summit

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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross to Keynote Variety’s First Music for Screens Summit
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will keynote Variety’s inaugural Music for Screens Summit, held at Neuehouse in Hollywood on Oct. 30.

The day-long event, with ambient music exclusively provided by iHeartMedia, will focus on the latest trends in composing for film and television, music supervision, commercial synchs in the digital age, legacy act management, soundtracks’ enduring popularity, and more.

Interviewed by Kcrw’s Elvis Mitchell, Reznor and Ross will discuss their work together as composers, producers and songwriters. The two collaborated on the score for David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” and have since worked on composing for such projects as “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “Gone Girl,” and “Patriot’s Day.” The duo entered the documentary realm in 2016, working alongside Gustavo Santaolalla and Mogwai on the score for the environmental advocacy film “Before the Flood” and collaborating with acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on 2017’s “The Vietnam War.
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Video: Pretty Woman Creatives and Family of Garry Marshall Honor His Legacy in Post-Show Speeches

Last night, August 2, the cast and creative team of Pretty Woman the Musical paid tribute to the film's director, the late, great Garry Marshall. Following the performance, the musical's director Jerry Mitchell, producer Paula Wagner, and Marshall's family, Kathleen Marshall, Scott Marshall, and Barbara Marshall, took the stage to give speeches and honor the director. They even dedicated a seat in the theatre to him with a plaque.
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Photo Coverage: Julia Roberts and the Family of Garry Marshall Arrive at Tribute Performance of Pretty Woman

Last night, August 2, the cast and creative team of Pretty Woman the Musical paid tribute to the film's director, the late, great Garry Marshall. Speeches were given by the musical's director Jerry Mitchell, producer Paula Wagner, and Marshall's family, Kathleen Marshall, Scott Marshall, and Barbara Marshall. Also in attendance for the evening was Julia Roberts, the film's original star BroadwayWorld was there for the big night, and you can check out photos of Roberts, the Marshalls, and more arriving below
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Slideshow, Audio: Chicago International Film Festival Summer Gala Celebrates Michael Kutza

Previous | Image 1 of 6 | NextCelebration: Michael Kutza, Founder of the Chicago International Film Festival.

Chicago – It was a night of stars, tributes and memories as Cinema/Chicago, the organization that presents the annual Chicago International Film Festival, honored the Founder of the Fest (and longtime Artistic Director) Michael Kutza at their 2018 Summer Gala on July 14th. Appearing on the Red Carpet to honor the Chicago cinema icon, who will be retiring at the end of the year, were movie stars Kathleen Turner and Terrence Howard, directors Andrew Davis (“The Fugitive”) and Steve James (“Hoop Dreams), as well as the iconic movie producer Paula Wagner.

Michael Kutza was 22 years old in 1965, when he founded the Chicago International Film Festival, with former silent film star and Chicagoan Colleen Moore. He was Artistic Director until 2017, and held that title longer than any other festival Ad in history… and in honor of that record and
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Mission: Impossible Revisited: Tom Cruise Lights the Fuse

In just under a month, the sixth installment of Paramount's Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible Fallout, will hit theaters, bringing Tom Cruise's iconic Ethan Hunt character back for another edge-of-your-seat adventure. As we get ready for Ethan Hunt's return, and what has been said to be Tom Cruise's most death-defying stunt yet, we're going to revisit the franchise from the beginning, examining one movie a week before Fallout's release on July 27, and we begin with the one that started it all ,1996's Mission: Impossible.

Tom Cruise had already been a global mega-star by the time he came aboard to star and produce Mission: Impossible, which was the first film produced under his Cruise/Wagner Productions company with longtime producing partner Paula Wagner. This franchise, however, would help Cruise cement his legacy as one of the few action stars who insists on doing all of his own stunts, which
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‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Finds Its Man: Andy Karl Cast In Broadway Production

‘Pretty Woman’ Musical Finds Its Man: Andy Karl Cast In Broadway Production
Three-time Tony Award nominee Andy Karl, last seen on Broadway in Groundhog Day, has been cast as the male lead in the upcoming Pretty Woman: The Musical. He’ll play Edward Lewis (Richard Gere in the 1990 movie) opposite Samantha Barks’ Vivian (the role that made a superstar of Julia Roberts).

Karl, who won an Olivier Award for the London production of Groundhog Day and also starred in Broadway’s Saturday Night Fever, replaces Steve Kazee, who left the Pretty Woman production for family reasons, according to producers.

The new musical, which begins performances July 20 at the Nederlander Theatre, also stars Karl’s real-life wife Orfeh, a Tony nominee for Legally Blonde. Karl had seen the show in pre-Broadway workshops and the Chicago run.

“I always figured I’d be playing the part of ‘audience member’ for Pretty Woman,” Karl said. “When Paula Wagner and my longtime friend, Jerry Mitchell, asked
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Broadway Favorite Andy Karl Steps Into 'Pretty Woman'

The Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Pretty Woman has a new leading man.

The production team headed by Paula Wagner announced Wednesday that Andy Karl will step into the role of cutthroat corporate raider Edward Lewis, the part originated by Richard Gere in the 1990 movie, when the show moves to New York this summer.

A three-time Tony nominee who won a 2016 Olivier Award for Groundhog Day, Karl will star in the modern-day Cinderella story opposite Samantha Barks (Les Miserables) as Vivian Ward, the Hollywood Boulevard hooker who dreams of a better life. He steps into the role played in the musical'...
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That Time Tom Cruise and Ronald Reagan Bonded Actor-to-Actor — Over Jellybeans

That Time Tom Cruise and Ronald Reagan Bonded Actor-to-Actor — Over Jellybeans
When Nancy Reagan, in the late 1980s, thought her husband needed something to “liven up” the doldrums of post-White House life, she went straight to a Hollywood top gun for help.

In Movie Nights with the Reagans, being released on Feb. 27, author and former White House aide Mark Weinberg reveals that former president Ronald Reagan, a former actor, was always “bothered” by the fact that he was not given an honorary Oscar. And, as his retirement schedule was so dull, Mrs. Reagan invited Tom Cruise to her “Ronnie’s” California offices so that he could relive some of his
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Tom Cruise and the failed United Artists experiment

Simon Brew Dec 14, 2017

In late 2006, with much fanfare, Tom Cruise was announced as headlining a revived United Artists. But what went wrong?

Lurking in the corners of Netflix UK is a not-very-widely-seen Tom Cruise movie, that a decade ago was all set to herald a new filmmaking dawn. Directed by Robert Redford, and with a cast that includes Redford, Cruise, Meryl Streep and a then-relatively-unknown Andrew Garfield, Lions For Lambs looked on paper to be a heavyweight political drama. Its focus is on three stories: an ambitious politician giving an interview to tough reporter, an army platoon being ordered to go on a top secret mission by said politician, and a professor trying to talk a promising student into turning his life around.

It looked like Oscar-bait. It turned out to be a footnote to the failure to resurrect United Artists.

United Artists was originally founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin,
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Chadwick Boseman, Reginald Hudlin Talk ‘Marshall’ And Biopic’s Powerful Timeliness — The Contenders

Chadwick Boseman, Reginald Hudlin Talk ‘Marshall’ And Biopic’s Powerful Timeliness  — The Contenders
Marshall star Chadwick Boseman and director Reginald Hudlin were joined on The Contenders stage by producer Paula Wagner and songwriter Diane Warren to discuss the biopic about the civil rights revolutionary Thurgood Marshall. “I didn’t feel like I needed to know who Marshall was to enjoy the film we created,” said Boseman. “For me, I saw that I had a freedom to explore him in this time period and the audacity he had. He walked into these spaces with confidence and…
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