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‘The Prom’ Review: Broadway Comedy Razzle-Dazzles Small Town Bigotry

Your prom probably didn't have a glorious gaggle of Broadway troupers and their trunk loads of self-regard and narcissism gumming things up for your rite of passage – more's the pity – but in some ways I'd guess Broadway's musical The Prom isn't so unlike the one you lived through way back when. The build-up was more fun than the event, right? Inspired by an actual event – and the inspired is apt – The Prom is the latest razzle-dazzle show-biz love fest from director and… Read

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Michelle Obama Reveals To Jimmy Kimmel Things She Could Not Say As First Lady

"You picked a great night to show up," Jimmy Kimmel assured his Hollywood studio audience Thursday night when his guests were Lin Manuel Miranda and former First Lady Michelle Obama. "You remember Mrs. Obama? From when we had a United States?" Kimmel asked. "Our former First Lady is here to share stories from her new autobiography, Becoming. As in, 'What the hell is this country Becoming?'" The former First Lady, during her time in the White House, had to be careful about… Read

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Stealing $7M+ In Thursday Night Previews – Early Read

EXCLUSIVE: After grossing $10.1M in ten offshore markets off 9K screens, Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is eyeing an estimated Thursday night of $7M-$7.5M at approximately 3,300 locations that started showtimes at 5PM, per Deadline sources. These figures do not come from Warner Bros. As we always footnote, this estimate could go higher or lower, and west coast shows just started an hour and 15 minutes ago. Two years ago at this time, Fantastic Be… Read

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‘The Daily Show’s Jaboukie Young-White Unhappy Amazon HQ Coming To Queens

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The Daily Show's Jaboukie Young-White is underwhelmed with Amazon’s announcement it’s locating half of its new HQ in Queens. “It’s worse than bad, it’s cliche!” Young-White sniffed. “Amazon has been around for 24 years and now they're doing what any 24-year-old does: Move to New York and gentrify a neighborhood.” “Do you have any idea how crowded the subway is going to get? It’s already a non-consensual, clothes-on orgy,” he complained to Trevor Noah. Amazon is promising… Read

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‘Capernaum’ Director On The High Price Children Are Paying For Society’s Mistakes — Awardsline Screening Series

Watching Capernaum, Lebanon’s entry in 2018 for Best Foreign Language Film, one point becomes immediately clear: Only a truly dedicated, humanistic director could make such a film, experiencing first-hand so many sorrows so that others around the world might understand. In the case of the Cannes title, which won the fest’s Jury Prize, that director is Nadine Labaki, an esteemed Lebanese filmmaker who had already made her way down the Croisette a number of times before… Read

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Don’t Stop Him Now: Will The Oscars Embrace ‘Mr. Robot’ Emmy Winner Rami Malek’s Turn As Freddie Mercury In ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’?

When Sacha Baron Cohen left the Freddie Mercury biopic back in 2013, it was hard to imagine another chameleon who could step into the skin of the flamboyant 1970s-80s musical genius who died at 45 after battling AIDS. Then came Mr. Robot star Rami Malek who went from playing a paranoid introvert on the USA series, to portraying one of the rock world's loudest game-changing extroverts in Bohemian Rhapsody. Stepping into the shoes of a recent celebrity is one of the most… Read

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NBC Buys ‘Man. Woman. Child.’ Comedy From Hazy Mills & Will Packer Media

NBC has put in development Man. Woman. Child., a comedy from writer Vanessa McCarthy (Schooled), Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills (Hot in Cleveland, Grimm), Will Packer Media and Universal TV where Hazy Mills is based. Written by McCarthy, Man. Woman. Child. centers around a single man in his 30's who makes the calculated decision to start a family and have a baby via surrogacy. With loads of opinions and judgment from his friends and family, only one young woman… Read

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Facebook Reports Progress In Cracking Down On Hate Speech, Other Violations

UPDATED with comments from Mark Zuckerberg Facebook updated on its progress in combatting hate speech, depictions of graphic violence, terrorist propaganda and other violations of its community standards. The social network said it is making strides in proactively identifying hate speech, saying it’s able to remove the majority of posts before users report them. It’s also gotten better at finding violent or graphic content. CEO Mark Zuckerberg published an extensive… Read

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Bert & Bertie Attached To Direct & Write ‘Eurydice’ For Amazon Studios

EXCLUSIVE: After directing Amazon’s Troupe ZeroBert & Bertie are set to direct and write Eurydice for the studio. We hear that the story is inspired by the Greek mythological daughter of Apollo and oak nymph, but the script is still in the works and described as an inventive female-driven sci-fi thriller We hear other deals on the project are still being worked on before it’s a complete go. Troupe Zero is currently in post-production. Lucy Alibar wrote and… Read

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‘Grand Hotel’: John Marshall Jones, Richard Burgi & Adrian Pasdar Join ABC Drama Series

John Marshall Jones (Smart Guy), Richard Burgi (General Hospital) and Heroes alum Adrian Pasdar have booked recurring roles on Grand Hotel, ABC’s drama series executive produced by Eva Longoria. Written by Brian Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. Jones will play… Read

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CBS Developing ‘Family Emergency’ Medical Drama From Michael Rauch & Jennie Snyder Urman

CBS has bought for development Family Emergency, a sibling/medical drama from Instinct developer/executive producer Michael Rauch, Jane the Virgin and Charmed’s Jennie Snyder Urman and CBS TV Studios where Rauch and Urman are based. Written by Rauch, Family Emergency revolves around three sisters who often clash but always have each other's backs work together in a busy ER, saving patients' lives while navigating the complications of love, medicine and family. Rauch… Read

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Kelly McMahon To Succeed Retiring Joan Graves As MPAA Ratings Chief

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The MPAA has named Kelly McMahon to succeed Joan Graves as chair of the Classification and Rating Administration, the group that assigns film ratings. Graves, a 77-year-old grandmother of two, retires next year after 30 years with the organization. The MPAA’s corporate counsel, McMahon, will succeed her after a transition. "I look forward to working with Joan and Kelly to shape the future of the rating system and continue our mission of helping American parents make… Read