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Imagine Dragons Frontman Dan Reynolds Takes On Mormon Church Policy With HBO Doc ‘Believer’ — Sundance Studio

Taking a break from his latest world tour, Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds came to Deadline’s Sundance Studio yesterday with director Don Argott to discuss their powerful and personal documentary project, Believer In the film, to be released by HBO, the Mormon Reynolds takes on a new mission to explore how the Church treats its LBQTQ members. Seeing members of the Church spurned for their sexual orientation, what has been most devastating for Reynolds is… Read

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‘Hearts Beat Loud’ Star Nick Offerman On Countering Difficult Political Climate With “Healthy Stories” — Sundance Studio

Yesterday was a good day for Sundance regular Brett Haley (I’ll See You In My DreamsThe Hero), seeing Sony acquire international rights to his latest directorial outing, Hearts Beat Loud. Haley’s first musically-oriented film, Hearts Beat Loud follows single dad Frank (Nick Offerman) as he prepares to send his daughter Sam (Kiersey Clemons) off to UCLA, while confronting the realization that his record-store business is failing. Sharing his love of music with his… Read

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Tom Petty Family Calls For Opioid Discussion After Coroner Reports Drug Overdose Was Cause Of His Death

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The wife and daughter of rocker Tom Petty said today that they hope revelations that he died of a drug overdose will spark further discussion on the country’s opioid crisis. Petty’s death in October at age 66 shocked the world, as he had just completed a major tour, including prominent dates at the Hollywood Bowl. His death was originally attributed to cardiac arrest. But today the Los Angeles Coroner’s office said that their final analysis showed Petty succumbed to an… Read

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‘Tallulah’s Tammy Blanchard Joins Denzel Washington In ‘Iceman’ On Broadway; Bernie Williams Goes Cabaret; Michael Weller’s ‘Carousel’ Spin

Tammy Blanchard (Tallulah, Into the Woods, Moneyball) has been cast in the upcoming Broadway revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, starring Denzel Washington and staged by George C. Wolfe. Blanchard will play Cora, one of three prostitutes who frequent Harry Hope’s grim Greenwich Village saloon and flophouse where a roomful of “pipe-dreamers” await the arrival of Washington’s reliably affable salesman Theodore Hickman, known to all as Hickey. The Scott Rudin… Read

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Celebrates Last Chemo Day With ‘Beat It’ Video

Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus celebrated her final day of chemotherapy with a sweet gift from her sons Charlie and Henry: A video of the boys lip-syncing to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”. (Watch it below.) The actress, who disclosed her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in September, shared the celebratory video on her Instagram page, with the note: “My beauty boys @henryhallmusic @charlie_hall made this for me today, my last day of chemotherapy. Pretty swell, right… Read

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‘Elvis Presley: The Searcher’: HBO Sets Spring Airdate For Docu About The King’s Creative Journey – TCA

HBO has set an April 14 premiere date for Elvis Presley: The Searcher, a three-hour, two-film presentation focusing on Elvis Presley the musical artist. With an original score from Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, it’s a comprehensive creative journey from the King’s childhood through the final 1976 Jungle Room recording sessions. The films include atmospheric shots taken inside Graceland and feature more than 20 new, primary-source interviews with session players, producers… Read

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ABC Sets Music-Driven Family Drama Inspired By Legacy Of Selena Quintanilla With Put Pilot Commitment

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After lengthy negotiations, ABC has closed a deal for a put pilot commitment to an untitled music-driven family drama series inspired by the musical legacy of Selena Quintanilla, the Queen of Tejano music and one of the most iconic Mexican-American pop stars. Miguel Nolla (Scandal) is writing the project, executive produced by top music talent manager Scooter Braun, which is being done with the cooperation of Selena Quintanilla family members Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., and… Read

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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Songwriters Sara Bareilles & Nicholas Britell On Percussive, “Fighting” Tribute To Billie Jean King

Receiving his first Oscar nomination this year for Moonlight, composer Nicholas Britell fulfilled yet another dream recently, teaming up with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles on Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Battle of the Sexes. Like Britell, Bareilles has found herself creatively stimulated in recent years, touring with new music, writing music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Waitress, in which she also starred, and now writing music for film… Read

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‘The Greatest Showman’ Soundtrack Hits No. 1 On Album Chart & iTunes

Just as The Greatest Showman scored a Best Song Golden Globe for “This Is Me,” its companion album has hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and iTunes charts. It’s the first soundtrack to top the Billboard tally since Fifty Shades Darker spent one week at the summit in March. The record debuted at No. 71 on the 200 four weeks and has climbed each week since. It’s the first album to reach the top without debuting at No. 1 in a year. Greatest Showman also is the first soundtrack… Read

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Pink To Sing National Anthem Before Super Bowl On NBC

Pink has been tapped to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4, the NFL and NBC said today. The performance will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff. This will be P!NK’s first time appearing on the Super Bowl stage. The prolific singer, songwriter and actress has released seven studio albums, one greatest hits album, sold over 50 million albums equivalents, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million… Read

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‘The Greatest Showman’s Anthemic, Empowering “This Is Me” Wins One For The Underdogs At Golden Globes

UPDATED with video: “This Is Me,” the signature song from the P.T. Barnum musical The Greatest Showmantook the Golden Globe for best original song at the 75th annual event tonight. An empowerment anthem designed to showcase the struggles of the circus “Oddities,” it’s sung in the film by Letty, the Bearded Lady (played by Keala Settle in her first major screen role after numerous Broadway stints). Ironically, another character was originally considered for the song, but… Read