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Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' Debuting on Disney Plus in July

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' Debuting on Disney Plus in July

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit, zeitgeist-tapping, precedent-breaking, Broadway smash “” will land on just in time for our Nation’s birthday.The rap-infused look at Alexander Hamilton’s life and formative role in American history will now be released on the streaming service on July 3, roughly a year before it was supposed to debut. It had originally been slated for a theatrical release on Oct. 15, 2021.Thomas Kail, the show’s director, shot three live performances of “Hamilton” featuring the original Broadway cast.“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought ‘Hamilton’ to the...

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May 12
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Lynn Shelton, Director of 'Humpday' and 'Little Fires Everywhere,' Dies at 54

Lynn Shelton, Director of 'Humpday' and 'Little Fires Everywhere,' Dies at 54

, an indie filmmaker who helped popularize the genre with works such as “” and “Your Sister’s Sister,” died Friday of a blood disorder.  She was 54.Shelton was best known for her naturalistic, understated approach to comedy and drama in low-budget films that were hits with the Sundance crowd, but she reached a wider audience with her work on television, helming episodes of “The Mindy Project,” “Mad Men,” “Glow,” and “Fresh Off the Boat.” Recently, Shelton directed four episodes of the Hulu series “Little Fires Everywhere,” an adaptation of Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller that starred Reese...

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May 16
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Hollywood's Great Depression: Meet the Entertainment Workers Left Jobless by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Hollywood's Great Depression: Meet the Entertainment Workers Left Jobless by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Mac Brandt was one of the lucky ones.For the past six years, he’s made a living purely from acting, appearing in television shows like “Kingdom” and “Arrested Development,” and scrounging up enough jobs to pay the bills without having to tend bar or wait tables. But life changed drastically for Brandt and much of the entertainment industry in March, when work ground to a halt as the swept across the country. Movie theaters have gone dark, soundstages have shut their doors and productions have been delayed indefinitely, leaving tens of thousands of people like Brandt jobless and forced to...

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Apr 29
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Post-Pandemic Hollywood: Inside Plans to Make Movie and TV Sets Safe Again

Post-Pandemic Hollywood: Inside Plans to Make Movie and TV Sets Safe Again

Tom Cruise expected to spend his summer in Italy, hanging onto the sides of planes, dodging bullets and engaging in elaborate car chases. The arrival of COVID-19 spoiled those plans, indefinitely postponing the shooting of “Mission: Impossible 7,” the latest installment of the globe-trotting espionage franchise.With signs that the virus is starting to plateau, Cruise is hoping the big-budget action film, delayed since early March, will see cameras roll this June, insiders say. However, a tangle of legal issues and a lack of clarity on when sufficient medical testing will be made available...

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Apr 22
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'Artemis Fowl' Will Skip Theatrical Release and Debut on Disney Plus

'Artemis Fowl' Will Skip Theatrical Release and Debut on Disney Plus

’s “” will forgo a theatrical release and will instead launch on . The sci-fi fantasy was scheduled to open on May 29, but the pandemic has led to the closure of most movie theaters.Disney has — shifting everything from “Captain Marvel 2” to “Indiana Jones 5” while it tries to game out how long the public health crisis will last.“Artemis Fowl” had looked like a dicey commercial proposition. It was originally slated to open on Aug. 9, 2019, but its release was pushed back by a year even before the pandemic swept across the globe. However, its digital debut will likely draw attention to...

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Apr 3
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Universal to Make 'Trolls World Tour,' 'The Hunt,' 'Invisible Man' Available Early on Home Entertainment

Universal to Make 'Trolls World Tour,' 'The Hunt,' 'Invisible Man' Available Early on Home Entertainment

With movie theaters due to coronavirus, Pictures will make its movies available on home entertainment on the same day as the films’ global theatrical releases.The initiative will kick off with DreamWorks Animation’s “,” which is scheduled to debut on April 10 in the U.S. The company will also make films that are currently in theaters available on-demand starting as early as Friday, March 20. These films include the horror movies “The Hunt” and “The Invisible Man,” as well as “Emma,” an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel from Focus, ’s specialty label.The films will be available for a 48-hour...

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Mar 16
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'No Time to Die' Postponed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

'No Time to Die' Postponed Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

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Natalie Portman Responds to Rose McGowan's Criticism of Her Oscar Dress

Natalie Portman Responds to Rose McGowan's Criticism of Her Oscar Dress

has responded to ’s of her red carpet protest at the Oscars. The “Black Swan” star created a stir with her decision to wear a black and gold Dior dress that included a cape embroidered with the names of snubbed female directors.However, her act of haute couture defiance didn’t sit well with McGowan, who called Portman a “fraud” and said wearing the cloak wasn’t an act of bravery, it was, “More like an actress acting the part of someone who cares.” In a statement, Portman agreed with McGowan that she didn’t deserve to be called brave.“I agree with Ms. McGowan that it is inaccurate to call me...

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Feb 13
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