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‘Rent’: Live Musical Gets 2019 Premiere Date On Fox


Fox has a move-in date for Rent, its live production of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical: The show will go on January 27, the Sunday between the NFL Conference Championship Games and Super Bowl LIII. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, and set in New York City’s gritty East Village, Rent tells the story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. The show premiered on Broadway in April 1996 and ran to… Read


‘Mamma Mia!’: Andy Garcia Joins Cast Of Universal Sequel

EXCLUSIVE: As it tunes up for a July 2018 release, Universal’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has added Andy Garcia to the cast. The sequel to 2008’s toe-tapping $610M worldwide grosser will return audiences to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an original musical based on the songs of Swedish pop sensations, Abba. Garcia is stepping into a new role which is being kept under wraps. He joins the previous film’s Meryl Streep as Donna; Julie Walters as Rosie; and… Read


Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Donald Trump Defending Flag With “Son Of Bitch” NFL Protest Reax

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

“It’s always appropriate for the President of the United States to defend our flag, our national anthem, and the men and women who fought and died to defend them,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders when asked about Donald Trump’s call for NFL team owners to fire any “son of a bitch” caught down on one knee during the national anthem. Trump’s remark at a campaign rally on Friday took up most of the oxygen at Monday’s White House press briefing. Asked… Read


Showtime’s Donald Trump Animated Series Taps R.J. Fried As Showrunner

Showtime has tapped Emmy-nominated comedy writer R.J. Fried as showrunner of its new untitled half-hour animated series centered on the Trump White House, executive produced by Stephen Colbert. A three-time Emmy nominee, Fried most recently served as co-executive producer and head writer for Problematic with Moshe Kasher. His credits also include The Late Show with David Letterman, Triumph's Election Special 2016, Maya & Marty, Night of Too Many Stars, Onion Sportsdome, Po… Read


Jean Guerin Exits Sony Pics PR Post For TV Return At Fox

Jean Guerin

Jean Guerin is leaving her post as media relations senior veep at Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group to become Executive Vice President, Publicity & Corporate Communications at Fox Broadcasting Co. Tahra Grant has been tapped to replace her at Sony. At Fox, Guerin will report to Fox Television Group chief marketing officer Shannon Ryan, with direct responsibility for all communications for chairman-CEOs of Fox Television Group Dana Walden and Gary… Read


‘Tracey Ullman’s Show’ Gets Season 2 Premiere Date On HBO

HBO never announced a formal Season 2 pickup for Tracey Ullman’s Show, but today the premium network gave it a premiere date. The sophomore run of the Emmy-nominated sketch comedy series will bow at 11 PM October 20. Veteran comic Tracey Ullman plays an array of famous faces and everyday people on the show, which looks at modern life on the British side of the pond. In the new season, she uses her signature brand of sharp satire to shape-shift into a range of public… Read


Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos Producing Female Silicon Valley Comedy For ABC

ABC has put in development half-hour comedy Valley Girls (aka Geek Girl Rising), based on Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens' recently published non-fiction book Geek Girl Rising: Inside The Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech, from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos' Milojo Prods, Ari Berkowitz (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Kristin Newman (The Neighbors) and ABC Studios. Written by Berkowitz, Valley Girls is inspired in part by the stories of the highly successful women… Read


Helen Hunt, Olivia Munn To Star In ‘Die In A Gunfight’ From Mark Gordon Company

Oscar-winner Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner franchise), and Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Game films) have been tapped the star in action romance film Die In A Gunfight from The Mark Gordon Company. Marvel’s Ant-Man And The Wasp scribes Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari penned the screenplay, which has Animals-helm Collin Schiffli in the director’s chair. The film follows two star-crossed lovers – Ben… Read


Altice And Disney Stocks Rise As Carriage Standoff Continues

On a down day for most media stocks and the broader markets, Altice USA shares perked up as the cable company dug in for a carriage standoff with Disney that could go down to the Saturday night wire. In late-session trading, the company's shares were up more than a percentage point, to $27.64, on lighter-than-average volume. The current level is not much better than the 52-week low of $26.60 a share, but the gains went against the grain on a day when the Dow Jones… Read


Johnny Lin & Brian Oliver Prep Horror Film ‘Sacrifice’, Paul Johansson Directing

EXCLUSIVE: Filmula Entertainment’s Johnny Lin and New Republic Pictures’ Brian Oliver, who recently teamed to produce and finance the sci-fi thriller Rise, have reunited to produce the psychological horror  Sacrifice. The screenplay is by Robert Tinnell and with Paul Johansson ( One Tree Hill, Atlas Shrugged: Part 1) on board to direct. Story follows a priest who survives a botched exorcism and chases a possessed fellow priest to a mystical island off the coast of… Read


California Film & TV Incentives Boosted Below-The-Line Wages By $1.4 Billion

California's film and TV production incentives program has produced a sustained 12% increase in the number hours worked in the state by below-the-line crew members, generating an additional $1.4 billion in their wages during the first two years of the expanded program, according to the latest annual report of the California Film Commission, which administers the program. The expanded incentives, called Program 2.0, was enacted in 2015 and tripled the amount of tax… Read


‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Draws 9.6 Million Viewers In Sunday Premiere

Star Trek: Discovery drew 9.6 million viewers in its Sunday premiere broadcast on CBS. The premiere episode, which aired from 8:48-9:53 PM after NFL football, also drew a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, which is up from the fast affiliates of this morning. CBS Research projects Star Trek: Discovery to increase to more than 15 million viewers with seven-day delayed viewing, and an additional 5%-10% with live +35 day viewing, As Deadline reported earlier, the premiere on CBS… Read