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‘Out Of Blue’: First-Look At Patricia Clarkson In Neo-Noir Detective Thriller

Exclusive: Production has just wrapped in New Orleans on Carol Morley’s Out Of Blue, with a first-look pic of star Patricia Clarkson (above; full image below). Jacki Weaver, James Caan, Toby Jones, Aaron Tveit, Mamie Gummer, Jonathan Majors and Devyn A Tyler also star in the crime drama from the helmer of The Falling. Clarkson plays Mike Hoolihan in the neo-noir metaphysical mystery. She’s a homicide detective called to investigate the shooting of leading astrophysicist…
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Watch: Jennifer Nettles Reinvents Wicked's 'No Good Deed' in #OutOfOz Studio Sessions Turn

She’s not in Nashville anymore, Toto!

After a string of starring roles in musicals like Chicago and Mamma Mia!, Country superstar Jennifer Nettles is joining the ranks of stars reinventing songs from the hit musical Wicked — appearing in the show’s #OutOfOz: Wicked Studio Sessions video series.

People has the first look at the 43-year-old Grammy winner’s take on “No Good Deed,” one of two tunes Nettles tackles in the popular YouTube show — which has seen Wicked alums like Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit and more take a new stab at Stephen Schwartz’s songs.

For Nettles,
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The Incredible Linking Man

• The Cut "I'm rooting for the Lannisters" fun piece on Game of Thrones (which I still read about on occasion even though I haven't watched since season 2)

• /Film Guillermo del Toro's official tequila looks like it's from one of his movies

• Vulture every Charlize Theron performance ranked. Interesting list though I quibble with the order (as they seem to equate the quality of the movies with the quality of her performance and Theron is precisely the star she is because she is often able to be good even in terrible pictures). Also Young Adult should be #1

• Playbill all star cast lined up for Steve Martin's next Broadway show (after his musical Bright Star), this one's a comedy called Meteor Shower

• Browbeat the internet goes wild for old Russ Tamblyn dancing clip from 1956

• Tracking Board Nicole Kidman is in talks to headline a crime thriller called Destroyer directed by Karyn Kusama.
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Maya Rudolph to Star in Fox's Live Musical 'A Christmas Story’

Maya Rudolph to Star in Fox's Live Musical 'A Christmas Story’
Maya Rudolph is heading to Fox!

The Saturday Night Live alum will star in Fox’s live holiday musical production of A Christmas Story, Fox announced Tuesday during the Fox portion of the summer Television Critics Association press tour.

Related: 'Rent' and 'A Christmas Story' Live Musicals Coming to Fox

Rudolph will play the mother of 9-year-old Ralphie Parker. The 45-year-old actress is no stranger to singing. She was a backup singer for several years before SNL, performed with The Rentals and is in a Prince cover band with her friend, Gretchen Lieberum.

A Christmas Story: The Musical is based on the 1983 classic film, which was written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and the 1966 novel, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Shepherd. The musical takes place in 1940s Indiana and centers on a child named Ralphie, who wants a Red Ryder Bb Gun for Christmas.

Tony and Oscar
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‘A Christmas Story’ Live: Maya Rudolph to Star in TV Musical Written by ‘La La Land’ Team

‘A Christmas Story’ Live: Maya Rudolph to Star in TV Musical Written by ‘La La Land’ Team
Fox has its latest live musical and it’s set to arrive just in time for the holidays.

The network announced Tuesday that Maya Rudolph is set to star in “A Christmas Story,” a live performance of the Broadway musical that premiered in 2012, based on the beloved film of the same name.

Read MoreHow ‘The Wiz Live!’ and ‘Grease Live!’ Revitalized the TV Musical

Rudolph will star as Ralphie’s mom, the role made famous by countless Christmas Day marathons by Melinda Dillon. In addition to her longtime tenure on “Saturday Night Live” and as the co-host of “Maya and Marty,” Rudolph led the 2014 variety special “The Maya Rudolph Show.”

This live event will serve as a reunion of sorts, as “La La Land” songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and producer Marc Platt will both reprise their roles from shepherding the “Christmas Story” Broadway musical to the stage.

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‘A Christmas Story’ Live: Maya Rudolph to Star in TV Musical Written by ‘La La Land’ Team

‘A Christmas Story’ Live: Maya Rudolph to Star in TV Musical Written by ‘La La Land’ Team
Fox has its latest live musical and it’s set to arrive just in time for the holidays.

The network announced Tuesday that Maya Rudolph is set to star in “A Christmas Story,” a live performance of the Broadway musical that premiered in 2012, based on the beloved film of the same name.

Read MoreHow ‘The Wiz Live!’ and ‘Grease Live!’ Revitalized the TV Musical

Rudolph will star as Ralphie’s mom, the role made famous by countless Christmas Day marathons by Melinda Dillon. In addition to her longtime tenure on “Saturday Night Live” and as the co-host of “Maya and Marty,” Rudolph led the 2014 variety special “The Maya Rudolph Show.”

This live event will serve as a reunion of sorts, as “La La Land” songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and producer Marc Platt will both reprise their roles from shepherding the “Christmas Story” Broadway musical to the stage.

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From Dirty Dancing to Grease Live: Ranking How the Internet Felt About All the TV Musical Adaptations

Every time you change the channel, it seems that another primetime network has revamped another classic for the small screen — and sometimes, to viewers’ displeasure.

After this week’s Dirty Dancing remake, which, well, wasn’t a fan favorite, we’re taking a look back at what the Internet has had to say about the rest of the primetime musical adaptations, from the low to high notes.

8. Dirty Dancing

The latest addition to the primetime lineup of musical remakes was a little different. ABC’s Dirty Dancing wasn’t technically a musical, and it wasn’t live, as many of the revamps have been.
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BrainDead: Cancelled CBS Series "Probably a Mistake" to Do on Broadcast TV

CBS cancelled its BrainDead TV show after just one season. Back in October, we reported the summer series’ cancellation was due to low ratings.A comedic political thriller, BrainDead starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James, Johnny Ray Gill, Charlie Semine, and Jan Maxwell. Now TV Line reports co-creator Robert King admitted the show was probably not meant for CBS or any broadcast networks.Read More…
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Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, and More Stars Gush Over ‘Hairspray Live’

Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, and More Stars Gush Over ‘Hairspray Live’
You can’t stop the beat! Hairspray Live! aired on NBC on Wednesday night to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Many stars – some with a musical background and some without – couldn’t stop raving over the show, which starred newcomer Maddie Bailio, Ariana Grande, Derek Hough, Martin Short, Kristin Chenoweth, Dove Cameron, Jennifer Hudson, and more.

Anna Kendrick, who’s had roles in the films Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods, and The Last 5 Years, live tweeted the whole event, gushing about the performances and cast.

Kate Hudson Snapchatted her mom, Goldie Hawn, dancing around the living room to the show, and Jennifer Lopez, who recently announced that she will be in the upcoming live NBC musical Bye Bye Birdie, tweeted her support of the star-studded cast.

Aaron Tveit, the Broadway alum who recently starred in Fox’s Grease Live! as Danny, also
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‘Hairspray Live!’: Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande Draw Raves in NBC’s Musical

‘Hairspray Live!’: Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande Draw Raves in NBC’s Musical
Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande generated major heat on social media for their performances in “Hairspray Live,” NBC’s latest holiday musical production.

The three-hour telecast went off Wednesday night with just a few hitches — some audio glitches, particularly in the outdoor scenes, and some scenes that lacked for lighting. A few stage directions were also audible to viewers. But overall, NBC’s staging of the 1962-set musical inspired by John Waters’ 1988 movie was a crowd-pleaser for tuner lovers.

Star Maddie Baillio, a newcomer with limited experience, held her own against stars Harvey Fierstein (who also penned the teleplay), Martin Short, Derek Hough, Kristin Chenoweth, Dove Cameron, Ephraim Sykes, Andrea Martin and Garrett Clayton.

“Hairspray Live” revolves around a portly white teenage girl’s efforts to integrate the performers on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local Baltimore dance show. Hudson played popular DJ Motormouth Maybelle. Her show-stopping number with the civil rights anthem “I Know Where I
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14 Roles That Made Us Fall in Love With Aaron Tveit

The internet lost it over Aaron Tveit's performance in Grease: Live earlier this year, but he was stealing hearts way before he was Danny Zuko. If you thought he did an amazing job singing and dancing, there's a reason. Aside from guest-starring on a few of your favorite shows, the talented actor is also a well-seasoned Broadway star. Does Wicked ring any bells? As the actor celebrates his 33rd birthday this week, look back at all the roles that made you fall for him. Related:Aaron Tveit's Hottest Moments From Grease: Live
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CBS Cancels ‘BrainDead’ and ‘American Gothic’ After First Seasons

CBS Cancels ‘BrainDead’ and ‘American Gothic’ After First Seasons
CBS summer series “BrainDead” and “American Gothic” will not be returning to the network’s schedule for second seasons, Variety has learned.

News of the cancellation for both shows comes after the freshman series wrapped low-rated seasons, which ended this September.

BrainDead” debuted in June to over 4.5 million viewers for its first episode, but sank throughout the season with the final episode bringing in just over 2 million viewers. “American Gothic” also struggled to find an audience with its highest-rated episode bringing in just under 3.6 million viewers.

Both series come from A-list producing teams and kicked off with high hopes from CBS, with the two shows each originally landing straight-to-series 13-episode orders.

American Gothic” hails from Spielberg’s Amblin Television, and creator Corinne Brinkerhoff. The drama is about a prominent Boston family reeling in the wake of the chilling discovery that someone in their midst is linked to an infamous string of murders. Juliet Rylance
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for October 2016

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for October 2016
October is upon us. The leaves are changing. Sweaters are becoming more abundant. Awards contenders are popping up in theaters nationwide. But those are far from the only films opening throughout the coming weeks. Below, you’ll find every planned theatrical release for the month of October, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Stay warm and happy watching!

Week of October 7 Wide

The Birth of a Nation

Director: Nate Parker

Cast: Aja Naomi King, Armie Hammer, Gabrielle Union, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Boone Junior, Nate Parker

Synopsis: Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, “The Birth
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The Weekend Warrior 10/7/16: The Girl on a Train, Birth of a Nation, Middle School, Newtown

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

Another bad weekend where nothing really popped, which is bad news for a month at the box office where only Clint Eastwood’s Sully exceeded any expectations. Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out just below my predictions with $29 million, but the Mark Wahlberg-Peter Berg disaster flick Deepwater Horizon was right around where I predicted with $20.2 million. The comedy Masterminds tanked with just $6.5 million for the weekend to end up in sixth place while Disney’s The Queen of Katwe did slightly better than predicted with $2.5 million.

The first full weekend in October has a good deal of competition from the release of the video game Mafia III to the
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‘BrainDead’ creators explain that shocking reveal about a fan-favorite character

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After delivering some of the weirdest, the most tense, and the most topical moments on TV this summer, BrainDead’s first season has come to a close. The series that came from the minds behind The Good Wife and put space bugs into the minds of politicians aired its season finale on CBS tonight. Creators Michelle and Robert King chatted with HitFix to look back at their wacky political satire and break down what we saw in those concluding two hours tonight. Warning: Spoilers Ahead For Braindead’S Season 1 Finale So our ragtag team has defeated the bugs, and things have gone back to normal in D.C.: There’s a lot of stupidity on Capitol Hill but no longer any extraterrestrial-born insanity. “All the heads explosions notwithstanding, mostly everything turned out alright,” the show’s musical recapper, Jonathan Coulton, sings as he wraps up some loose ends. The
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‘BrainDead’ finale preview: What will the space bugs and our favorite wacky characters do next?

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‘BrainDead’ finale preview: What will the space bugs and our favorite wacky characters do next?
Space bugs. CIA investigations. A secret war room. A Romeo and Juliet-esque D.C. romance. It all comes to a head — literally, in the case of the space bugs — in BrainDead’s season 1 finale. Ahead of the back-to-back final two hours airing tomorrow on CBS, creators Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife) talked to HitFix about what viewers can expect to happen next in their wacky tale of Capitol Hill being overtaken by brain-eating extraterrestrial bugs. Last week’s episode left off with Luke meeting the CIA “director’s director,” who informed him about the bugs. So Luke is finally in on (and believing) the truth about the bugs, but it looks like the brass at the CIA are infected with bugs too. Now Luke, Laurel, Gustav, and Rochelle (and also recently, finally in-the-know Gareth!) have to decide how they’re going to contend with the CIA. “The biggest
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‘Created Equal’: Aaron Tveit, Edy Ganem Co-Starring, Bill Duke to Direct

‘Created Equal’: Aaron Tveit, Edy Ganem Co-Starring, Bill Duke to Direct
Aaron Tveit and Edy Ganem are starring in the legal drama “Created Equal” with Bill Duke directing.

Production is underway in New Orleans. Lou Diamond Phillips (“Longmire”) and Greg Alan Williams (“Greenleaf”) are also starring.

Duke is directing from a script by Richard Kletter, Michael Ricigliano, Theta Catalon and Joyce Lewis, based on the novel by Roger A. Brown.

Created Equal” centers on a woman who’s desperate to become a priest in the Catholic Church. She turns to an up-and-coming lawyer who files suit against the Archdiocese of New Orleans for sex discrimination without justifiable cause. As the trial unfolds, an extremist threatens to kill the woman if she doesn’t back off.

Producers are Theta Catalon of T-Cat Films and Karlas Powell. Brown is executive producing.

Duke’s directing credits include “Dark Girls”, “Hoodlums”, “Sister Act 2”, “Deep Cover” and “A Rage in Harlem.” He’s represented by Pantheon and Priluck Company.
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BrainDead: Cancel or Renew for Season Two?

Created by Robert and Michelle King, The Good Wife ran for seven seasons on CBS. The series was never a hit in the ratings but it was a source of pride for the network and kept being renewed. How has the Kings' new summer series, BrainDead, been performing? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?On BrainDead, Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has returned home to Washington, DC to work for her brother, Senator Luke Healy (Danny Pino) on Capitol Hill. She is caught in the midst of two huge problems: the government has stopped working due to budgetary disagreements, and mysterious bugs are eating the brains of a growing number of members of Congress and Hill staffers. The rest of the cast includes Aaron Tveit, Tony Shalhoub, Nikki M. James, Johnny Ray Gill, Charlie Semine, and Jan Maxwell.Read More…
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Watch the trailer for dating comedy Better Off Single

A trailer has arrived online for writer-director Benjamin Cox’s upcoming dating comedy Better Off Single which stars Aaron Tveit, Abby Elliott, Lauren Miller Rogen and Kal Penn; check it out below after the official synopsis…

When Charlie Carroll quits his job and his girlfriend on the same day, it seems as though he’s finally found freedom. But after a quick dip in the dark waters of the NYC dating pool, Charlie begins to wonder if he’s made a mistake. He’s not equipped for single life. In fact, Charlie might not be equipped for life in general. With no job and no love, Charlie is forced to go on a journey of self-discovery so intense that he begins to suffer from surreal hallucinations, flashbacks, and fantasies. Will he find “the one?” Or did that ship already sail, taking with it his only hopes for relationship sanity?

Better Off Single
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‘Grease Live’: Lin-Manuel Miranda Helps Creative Team Revisit ‘Magic’ of Fox’s Musical

‘Grease Live’: Lin-Manuel Miranda Helps Creative Team Revisit ‘Magic’ of Fox’s Musical
Show the magic — that was a guiding principle for the “Grease Live” team as they tackled the challenge of mounting Fox’s live staging of the beloved musical.

The end result of the Jan. 31 telecast was more than 14 million viewers, rave reviews for the ambitious effort exec produced by Marc Platt for Paramount Television. Last month, “Grease Live” landed 10 Emmy nominations.

On Monday night, “Grease Live” directors Thomas Kail and Alex Rudzinski and other key members of the creative team reunited at New York’s Edison Ballroom for an Fyc panel session. The gabfest was moderated by none other than “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who worked with Kail on that Tony Award-winning musical playing “a block away,” as Miranda noted.

Kail emphasized that the goal was to demonstrate the enormity of the production at key moments in the three-hour telecast, which included a live audience in many scenes. The approach was rooted “in a very simple premise
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