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Obie Awards Complete Winners List: Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Describe The Night’ Among Honorees

The American Theatre Wing’s President and CEO Heather Hitchens and The Village Voice President and CEO Peter Barbey revealed the winners of the 63rd Annual Obie Awards Monday night. Rajiv Joseph's Describe the Night,  produced by Atlantic Theater Company, was honored as Best New American Play while Tony Award-nominated and three-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant received a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. Hosted by Emmy and Obie-winning actor… Read

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Charlize Theron To Play Megyn Kelly In Fox News Movie At Annapurna

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Charlize Theron has been set to play Megyn Kelly in Annapurna Pictures’ untitled movie that will focus on the women of Fox News Channel who worked there during the tenure of Roger Ailes, the chairman and network architect who resigned in 2016 amid a sexual and workplace harassment scandal. Jay Roach is directing the pic written by The Big Short scribe Charles Randolph in a project that has been in the works since before Ailes’ death a year ago. It will feature an ensemble… Read

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Sheaun McKinney Joins Joe Carnahan’s ‘Boss Level’; McKinley Belcher Cast In ‘The Art Of Racing In The Rain’

Sheaun McKinney (HBO's Vice Principals, FX’s Snowfall) has been cast, Boss Level, joining Frank Grillo, Mel Gibson, Naomi Watts, and Ken Jeong. Joe Carnahan is directing the film, which was financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis and recently picked up by Entertainment Studios to be released sometime next year. Written by Carnahan and Chris and Eddie Borey, the pic centers on Roy (Grillo), a retired Special Forces veteran who is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his… Read

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Writer-Director Antonio Campos Signs With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Campos, the writer-director-producer whose credits include the Cannes Un Certain Regard pic Afterschool and the Sundance films Simon Killer and Christine, has signed with WME. Campos has been busy on the TV side of late, directing and executive producing USA’s The Sinner starring Jessica Biel in addition to Netflix’s The Punisher, on which he directed an episode in Season 1 and is helming the first two episodes of Season 2. As a producer, his credits… Read

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‘Black Panther’s’ Michael B. Jordan To Star In Rooster Teeth Animated Series ‘gen:LOCK’

Michael B. Jordan, who portrayed the tortured villain Erik Killmonger in Black Panther and will reprise the title role in Creed II, will join Rooster Teeth's animated series gen:LOCK to voice the main character, Julian Chase. The actor, whose star has been on the rise since his critically acclaimed performance in NBC’s Friday Night Lights and the indie breakout Fruitvale Station, will lend his considerable talent — though, alas, not his arresting physique — to the sci-fi… Read

Film

‘Deadpool 2’ Review: Ryan Reynolds Earns His ‘R’ For Raunchy Bliss In Frenetic LOL Sequel

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Having been away at the Cannes Film Festival for the past two weeks, the one biggie I missed (due to the fact that 20th Century Fox didn’t screen it until I was in France) was Deadpool 2. But like many others, I caught the Marvel sequel in a real theater with real people, not critics, over the weekend, and now in this post-opening review I get to do a little Monday morning quarterbacking. As I say in my video review above, Deadpool is the funniest, raunchiest and most… Read

TV

‘The Expanse’: Amazon In Talks To Pick Up Space Series After Syfy Cancellation

There is hope for The Expanse beyond its upcoming third season, which will be the sci-fi drama’s last one on Syfy. I hear Alcon Television Group, which fully finances and produces The Expanse, is in conversations with Amazon about picking up the critically praised series for Season 4. Sources stress the talks are still ongoing. Reps for both companies declined comment. Amazon, along with Netflix, have been main targets for the fans behind the #SaveTheExpanse campaign. The… Read

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Felicity Huffman Takes On A New Role: Girl Boss

Felicity Huffman has portrayed overwhelmed mom Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewivesthe bigoted mother of a young war veteran who was brutally killed in a home invasion robbery in American Crime Story, and an astute headmaster Leslie Graham dealing with troubling allegations concerning the school’s basketball team in American Crime Story: Season 2. Now she’s taking on a new role: “girl boss.” Huffman acquired rights to The Iron Will of Shoeshine Cats, the 2009 novel by… Read

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UTA Signs ‘American Idol’ Alum Randy Jackson

You’ve got new reps, dawg. UTA has signed Randy Jackson, the original American Idol judge who stayed with the show for 13 seasons and also is a musician, producer, record exec and entrepreneur. The Grammy-winning multihyphenate has played on an avalanche of hit songs and albums, having recorded and/or performed such legendary acts as Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Keith Richards, Smokey Robinson and Carlos Santana. The agency says… Read

Box Office

Broadway Box Office Steady With Prior Week, Remains 14% Ahead Of 2016-17

With Broadway in the final days of its statistically extended 2017-2018 year (53 weeks instead of 52, long story), grosses held steady for the week ending May 20, according to figures from the Broadway League. The tally for 35 shows (down one after Lobby Hero‘s exit) reached $38,813,251, a virtual dead heat with the prior week’s $38,621,280. For the full year, receipts are at $1.658 billion, up 14.4% from 2016-17 after 52 weeks. (The extra week is added in certain years… Read

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‘Loudermilk’s Peter Farrelly On Coming Around To TV With His First Series – The Contenders Emmys Video

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Moving to Los Angeles to embark on his career more than two decades ago, writer-director Peter Farrelly (There’s Something About MaryDumb and Dumber) never had the small screen in mind. “Unless you were on Seinfeld or Cheers or Friends, then it wasn't worth it — it seemed like a waste of time,” Farrelly recalled during Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys panel on his Audience Network original series Loudermilk. Witnessing television’s evolution into an extended Golden Age… Read

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He’s Baaaack! Ryan Kavanaugh Hired As Consultant By Relativity’s New Owners

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UltraV Holdings, the investor group that now controls Relativity Media following a bankruptcy proceeding, has hired the company’s controversial founder and former CEO Ryan Kavanaugh as a consultant. The agreement also opens the door for him to take part in other ways in the company’s new iteration. According to a lengthy asset purchase agreement (read it here) dated May 17 but filed over the weekend in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Kavanaugh… Read