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Lin-Manuel Miranda Brings #Ham4Ham Live Performance For ‘Hamilton’ Opening Night In L.A.

A swarm of Hamilton fans gathered in front of the Pantages Theatre on closed-down Hollywood Boulevard hoping to snag $10 tickets to opening night of the Tony-winning hip-hop-infused historical Broadway musical — and to catch the first and only live #Ham4Ham lottery performance  in L.A. hosted by the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. The pre-show #Ham4Ham live performances started in New York when Miranda would bring out special guests and perform to crowds waiting for… Read

L.A. Film Czar Ken Ziffren Says Premium VOD For Studios Still In Limbo

Ken Ziffren

The major Hollywood studios’ flirtation with Premium VOD and their talks with exhibitors has been akin to “tip-toeing up to the edge of the ocean water, and tip-toeing back” Los Angeles film czar Ken Ziffren said today at his ninth annual state of the entertainment industry address before the Beverly Hills Bar Association. “It’s one thing you don’t do with the major (theater) circuits,” advised Ziffren. “If it happens,” said Ziffren about studios’ yearning for PVOD, “it’s… Read

‘Tulip Fever’ Release Date Shifts Into September

Tulip Fever

UPDATED with new release date: Tulip Fever, the 17th century period romance starring Oscar winners Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, and Judi Dench will now open September 1 nationwide. It marks the fourth release-date chance for the pic directed by Justin Chadwick: Initially, the movie was scheduled for July 15, 2016, before distributor The Weinstein Company announced a week before that date it would move to February 24. Soon before that date the pic was shifted to… Read

‘Wolf’ Whistles To $685M; ‘Annabelle’ Conjures $35M+; ‘Spider-Man’ Leaps Past $700M WW – International Box Office

Wolf Warrior 2

UPDATE, WRITETHRU with actuals: New Line/Warner Bros’ Annabelle: Creation came to life at the international box office this weekend with $35.4M in her first wide frame. That was a slight bump for the doll versus Sunday estimates. The prequel spinoff was the major expanded title in overseas markets, while pictures like Spider-Man: Homecoming, Dunkirk, Valerian and more passed new milestones. Nevertheless, offshore play continued to be dominated by China‘s action phenom, Wol… Read

‘Groundhog Day’ Ending Broadway Run Next Month

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day, the Broadway musical based on the stellar 1993 romantic comedy starring Bill Murray, is ending its Broadway run on Sunday, September 17, producers said today. It will have played 176 performances and 32 previews. An 18-month national tour is in the works for next year, and a London production is also in the offing. The musical — book by Danny Rubin, music and lyrcis by Tim Minchin — opened at the August Wilson Theatre on April 17 this year. It landed seven… Read

‘The Secret Life Of Pets 2’ Will Be Unleashed A Month Earlier

The sequel to Illumination’s $875M worldwide-grossing animated pic from last summer will continue its tale on June 7, 2019, Universal announced today. On its new date, The Secret Life of Pets 2 will rival Sony’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels and 20th Century Fox’s untitled Marvel release. The pic’s previous release date was the holiday weekend of July 3, 2019. It had been pushed back in January from July 13, 2018. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his… Read

Joshua Jackson To Make Broadway Debut As ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Sets Dates

Joshua Jackson

Joshua Jackson is moving to Broadway with Children Of A Lesser God, the first Main Stem revival of the Tony Award-winning Mark Medoff play since its 1980 premiere. Jackson, co-star and fellow newcomer Lauren Ridloff and director Kenny Leon will follow the production they originally mounted at the Berkshire Theater Group's Fitzpatrick Main Stage this summer. The play will begin performances at Studio 54 on March 22, 2018, with opening night set for April 11. Producer Hal… Read

How Will Studios End The Lowest Summer In 25 Years? By Not Opening Any New Wide Releases Over Labor Day

It’s often said by distribution chiefs that moviegoing is a 52-weekend-a-year business, but that won’t be their philosophy this coming Labor Day weekend which runs Sept. 1-4. For the first time in 25 years, both major studio and specialty distributors will not be releasing any new wide releases in north of 1,000 theaters. The last time this occurred was in 1992 with the Universal Matthew Broderick comedy Out on a Limb which debuted in 703 locations (by the way, that was… Read

Broadway Grosses Dip But ‘Phantom’ Flies To $1.1M And ‘Come From Away’ Lands At $1.3M

The Broadway box office did the August droop, slipping just over $1 million from the previous week. The opening of Michael Moore’s almost-solo show The Terms of My Surrender, at the Shubert Organization’s Belasco Theatre, stopped traffic and divided critics (thumbs down from the Times; thumbs up from the Daily News), filling 87 per cent of theater’s 1,008 seat across eight performances (including 4 previews). In a gesture of solidarity, Bill Murray visited Groundhog Day… Read

‘Baby Driver’ Zooms Past $100M At Domestic B.O. As Originality Prevails At Listless Summer B.O. – Update

Previous, Saturday, 10:16AM:  Updated with Edgar Wright’s quote The Edgar Wright-directed action movie ballet Baby Driver broke the $100M threshold yesterday as we exclusively reported on Saturday morning. The film made by Sony/TriStar, Working Title and Media Rights Capital to the tune of a net production cost of $34M, has been a breath of fresh air at a summer box office given its originality amid a litter of Nth franchise sequels, many of which have fallen short of… Read

Curse Broken, Canadian Troupe Soulpepper Finds Success In New York’s Competitive Summer Climate

EXCLUSIVE: New York isn’t always kind to theater strangers from away, especially in the summer, when local festivals produced by Lincoln Center and other venues tend to big-foot outsiders angling for critical valuation and sufficient box office appeal at least to cover the costs, which can be high. So I was dubious when Toronto’s 20-year-old company Soulpepper announced a monthlong residency offering 10 different shows at the Signature Theatre’s three-stage complex on… Read

Hollywood’s Curve-Crazy Costumer Bob Mackie Returns To NYC For ‘When Pigs Fly’ Revival

EXCLUSIVE: Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly, a campy, politically charged musical revue that was a two-year off-Broadway hit in the late 1990s, will be revived this fall with a Hollywood star on board, if not on the boards: Cher, Liza, Carol  and Barbie favorite Bob Mackie will design the clothes for the show that was conceived by Crabtree and Mark Waldrop, with book and lyrics by Mark Waldrop and music by Dick Gallagher. I’m told that producer Joshua Goodman, whose… Read