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A play with music about a play with music — sounds crazy, no? And yet here in New York City, in the same season, we have not one but two plays with music about plays with music, each thrilling in their own way. Shuffle Along, from George C. Wolfe, you already know about; it’s on Broadway and it’s about a hit musical from 1921 created by black artists and mostly forgotten — except for the wide-ranging impact it had on white the musicals that came after. Indecency is about…

Deadline has confirmed a major reorganization at Warner Bros with the approach to its still-building film series based on its DC Comics properties. Warner Bros declined comment, but sources with knowledge of the reorganization have confirmed that DC Chief Content Officer Geoff Johns, who helped establish the brand’s presence on Television, and WB EVP Jon Berg will now co-run DC Films. While DC Films has long been a production banner within Warner Bros, it will now exist…

Executive Producer and film financier Tommy Vlahopoulos has signed across the board with Creative Artists Agency, along with his company Tommy V Productions. Founded in 2015, Tommy V Productions joined in November with Jeff Rice Films to create a bicoastal operation. Producer Matthew Lamothe was promoted to Vice President of Jeff Rice Films in the deal and now spearheads Tommy V Productions’ Los Angeles operations, with Vlahopoulos based out of the company’s New York…

It was the fifth, count ’em fifth , movie of the day for me here on this Tuesday in Cannes. I saw everything in languages ranging from Spanish (Almodovar’s Julieta) to the Filipino’s Tagalog (Mama Rosa) to Portugese (a delicious Sonia Braga in Aquarius)  and English channeled thru French director Olivier Assayas (Kristen Stewart in Personal Shopper- and there were NO boos at my screening).  All of these are official contenders in the main Cannes Competition. But it was in…

EXCLUSIVE: The Venture Bros star James Urbaniak has joined the cast of Todd Hayne’s upcoming Wonderstruck. Based on Brian Selznick’s novel of the same name, The Amazon Studios drama follows the dual narratives of two deaf children separated by several decades. Rose (Millicent Simmonds), living in 1927, escapes the New Jersey house she’s locked in to catch a glimpse of her idol, Lillian Mayhew in New York. Meanwhile, Ben (Pete’s Dragon‘s Oakes Fegley), who lives with his…

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump told Megyn Kelly of his White House bid, “If I don’t win, I will consider it to be a total and complete waste of time, energy and money.” In a sit-down interview with the Fox News Channel primetime star, Trump said “I could have done without” the fracas over his re-tweet comparing photos of his wife and Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi. This in response to Kelly’s question as to whether there had been any mistakes in his campaign. “I have…

Four Relativity Media films are making their way back on the schedule in the wake of the entertainment company emerging from Chapter 11. All of these titles have endured some sort of shell game maneuvers on the calendar and legal battles as Relativity has tried to get its house in order. The Kate Bosworth thriller Before I Wake will finally open on Sept. 9. The pic was initially dated for last year on May 8 and then Sept. 25. The last glimpse of it was on April 8. Even…

Chris Bender and JC Spink announced today they are calling it quits on Benderspink, the pair’s 18-year-old management and production company. Both will start new ventures, we’re told; Spink no longer works at the company’s offices. The duo’s producer credits include David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Ring movies and more recently the Vacation reboot and Lionsgate’s Kevin Costner actioner Criminal which bowed in April. Bender is…

“We’re just f*cking with you now, right? You realize that,” said Jimmy Kimmel about ABC’s upcoming shows early on in his annual monologue-cum-roast in the middle of ABC’s TV UPfronts presentation. And that’s about as good an example as any of the profane, equal opportunity dis-fest he delivered this afternoon in his 14th appearance at the Upfronts. Mostly hilarious, particularly at the beginning when Kimmel channelled Stephen Colbert by coming out onstage after a…

One day after the first trailer dropped for Fox’s reboot of 24, 24: Legacy, ABC has unveiled the first look at that series’ original star Kiefer Sutherland in Designated Survivor, the network’s new drama. It will premiere this fall in the 10 PM Thursday time slot and was introduced during ABC’s upfronts presentation in New York. In the new series, Sutherland plays Tom Kirkman, a lower-level White House cabinet member who is appointed the “designated survivor” — the member…