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Elizabeth Reaser And Josh Radnor Ride Richard Greenberg’s ‘The Babylon Line’ – Review

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Josh Radnor (Liberal Arts, Mercy Street) and Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga, Hello My Name Is Doris) play a writer and his student in Richard Greenberg’s new drama, The Babylon Line, which opened Monday at Lincoln Center Theater. Fine as these actors are, each with a growing presence on New York stages, my focus was pulled elsewhere in this provocative but maddening play. The introduction is as familiar as the descending chords in an eight-bar blues. In a classroom… Read

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‘Sing’ Review: The Tunes In This Terrific ‘Toon Will Have You Dancing In The Aisles

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It may help that I have now seen Illumination Entertainment and Universal’s wonderful new animated holiday entry Sing twice (at the Toronto Film Festival, and at last Saturday’s premiere), where both screenings were followed by killer concerts featuring Jennifer Hudson and Tori Kelly and in Los Angeles also Stevie Wonder. But this tuneful (there are 65 songs) ‘toon works on any level, so the live performances aren’t really necessary to put me on a high. The movie… Read

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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ Plots January Expansion

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After its limited debut on December 23, Paramount’s Martin Scorsese movie Silence will now expand on Golden Globes weekend January 6, and again on the four-day MLK weekend January 13. The movie just started screening in the past week for awards-season voters and press. Yesterday, Silence came in as runner-up in the best supporting actor race with the Los Angeles Film critics for Japanese thespian Issey Ogata. Last week, the movie premiered at the Vatican and also screened… Read

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‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Adds Anne-Marie Johnson; Matthew McNulty Joins ‘The Terror’

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Anne-Marie Johnson has joined the cast of Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. The series is Netflix's follow-up installment to the 2015 eight-episode limited series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, which was a prequel to David Wain's cult 2001 feature comedy Wet Hot American Summer. Johnson will play Burkhart, a powerhouse fixer lawyer. Known for her starring role on In The Heat of the Night, Johnson most recently guested on NCIS: LA, Major Crime… Read

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‘The Divorce Party’ Adds James DuMont; John Cassini Cast In ‘Volition’

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James DuMont has joined the cast of The Divorce Party, the comedy directed by Hughes William Thompson from Sprockerfeller Films and 2020 Productions.  The film follows a newly dumped divorcee who hires his former wedding planner to throw a "divorce party" celebrating his new singledom after being left by his wife. DuMont will play Charlie, a member of the Divorce Support Group. Lane Garrison and Mark Famiglietti wrote the script with Sunil Perkash, Ryan R. Johnson, Martin… Read

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‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’ Flies To 2019; Uni’s DWA To Scale ‘Everest’

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Universal Pictures said that DreamWorks Animation's How To Train Your Dragon 3 will now nest on Friday, March 1, 2019 instead of its previously announced May 18, 2018 date. Dean DeBlois, the film series’ director, is on deck. Recent logline for HTTYD3 reads “As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested… Read

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Post-Thanskgiving Plummet Knocks Stuffing Out Of Broadway Box Office

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After a record-breaking $35 million Thanksgiving week — inflated by Hamilton‘s $998 top ticket price and $3.2 million haul — Broadway sank back into something like normalcy during Week 28 of the 2016-2017 season. Staggering-seeming falloffs were the result of temporarily spiked prices: While the overall tally was off 18 per cent from the holiday week, attendance overall was off less than 5 per cent. The Lin-Manuel Miranda musical sold $2.23 million in tickets at the… Read

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Margaret Whitton Dies: ‘Major League’ Actress & Producer-Director Was 67

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Margaret Whitton, the actress, director and producer who is probably best know for playing the money-grubbing owner of the Cleveland Indians in two Major League movies, has died after a battle with cancer. She was 67. Her film credits include The Secret Of My Success, 9 1/2 Weeks and Mel Gibson’s Man Without A Face. She began her career on the stage, with credits there including as director of the Public Theater's production of Dirty Tricks, starring Judith Ivey as Martha… Read

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‘This Is Us’ Tops ‘Empire’ With New Live+3 Ratings High

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After edging Empire in Live+7 for the first time for the week of Nov. 14, NBC’s breakout This Is Us also scored its first victory over the hit Fox drama in Live+3 for the week of Nov. 26. The Nov. 29 episode of This Is Us — which already set a new Live+same day high for the freshman drama in total viewers (10.065 million) — has moved ahead of the Nov. 30 Empire in among adults 18-49 in L+3 by +0.2 after trailing by -0.2 in Live+same day. This Is Us grew to a 4.2 (L+3)… Read

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Viacom CEO: It’s Time To Focus On Growth Potential Following Year-Long “Drama”

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Viacom’s acting CEO Bob Bakish told Wall Street today that some of his biggest assets including Paramount Pictures, MTV, and Comedy Central “need to get better” — while he urged investors to keep in mind that his company has “multiple billion-dollar brands that other companies would kill for.” In his first public appearance at an investor conference, Bakish had little to add about Viacom’s merger talks with CBS. While a special board committee explores a possible deal “my… Read

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Van Williams Dies: TV’s ‘Green Hornet’ Was 82

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Van Williams, known for his starring role as the Green Hornet (aka Britt Reid), in the 1960s TV show, died November 28 in Scottsdale, Ariz., of kidney failure, according to Variety. He was 82. Williams was a diving instructor in Hawaii in the mid 1950s when he was discovered by producer Mike Todd. He was first signed to contract by Warner Bros. in 1959, with his big break coming that same year as co-star of ABC series Bourbon Street Beat. The New Orleans-set series aired… Read

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Bill Cosby Dealt Legal Blow As Judge Rules Depositions Can Be Used In 2004 Rape Trial

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A Pennsylvania judge today ruled that damning depositions Bill Cosby gave in 2005 and 2006 can be used as evidence in a criminal case there against the much-accused actor. The trial over the alleged 2004 sexual assault of then Temple University employee Andrea Constand is scheduled to go to trial in June 2017. “And now, this 5th day of December, 2016, upon consideration of the 'Defendant’ s Motion to Suppress The Contents Of His Deposition Testimony and Any Evidence… Read