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‘Scandal’ Won’t Get Revival Treatment, Shonda Rhimes Confirms

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‘Scandal’ Won’t Get Revival Treatment, Shonda Rhimes Confirms
It’s been handled, Gladiators. “Scandal,” the primetime drama from Shonda Rhimes that made Kerry Washington‘s Olivia Pope and #Tgit famous, is finished for good.

The series creator and showrunner, who also penned the final episode “Over a Cliff,” confirmed that a possible revival in the future is Doa at a live table-read of the series finale script by members of the cast at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday night. “‘Scandal’ is finished,” said Rhimes. “I love everybody and would work with everybody again in a heartbeat, but ‘Scandal’ is finished.”

Tony Goldwyn, who played President Fitzgerald Grant III and Pope’s object of affection, echoed her sentiments. “I mean, who knows, but I think it ended. And it ended beautifully. It’s over,” Goldwyn told Variety.

Referencing “Hamilton,” Rhimes called the finale event to benefit the Actors Fund the “One Last Time” of “Scandal,” as
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‘Blindspotting’ Trailer: Daveed Diggs Is an Ex-Con Who Can’t Escape the Violence of Oakland — Watch

‘Blindspotting’ Trailer: Daveed Diggs Is an Ex-Con Who Can’t Escape the Violence of Oakland — Watch
Longtime friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal spent a decade crafting “Blindspotting,” a story of their dynamic and dangerous hometown, Oakland, California. An opening-night competition entry from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the screenwriters’ debut feature, which they star in and produce, now has its first trailer. Dropped Wednesday, the clip demonstrates how the city can treat men from the same class, with the same job, and the same interests as polar opposites — if they happen to have different skin colors. “You monsters got me feeling like a monster in my own town,” chokes Diggs’ character before eliciting a scream.

Well-intentioned Collin has 72 hours left on his probation, but little compassion from Miles (Casal), his reckless pal with gold grillz. For instance, Miles neglects to tell Collin that a chat with an Uber drive is a secret shopping spree for guns. Trouble still finds Collin when he’s alone,
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‘Blindspotting’ Trailer With ‘Hamilton’ Star Daveed Diggs Is Explosive And Topical

Daveed Diggs is best known for his incredible rapping skills after being featured as one of the original cast members of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s “Hamilton.” Diggs ability to mix words and rhymes is put to use in the new trailer for the collaborative film, “Blindspotting.”

“Blindspotting” debuted at Sundance Film Festival this past January and was purchased by Lionsgate for distribution following its successful run.
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‘Blindspotting’ Trailer: Daveed Diggs Stars in the Sundance Movie That Will Shake You to Your Core

‘Blindspotting’ Trailer: Daveed Diggs Stars in the Sundance Movie That Will Shake You to Your Core
One of the breakout films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival is the sharp, electric and vital Blindspotting. An impressive blend of stylish comedy and powerful drama makes this a remarkable directorial debut for filmmaker Carlos López Estrada, but it’s the presence of Hamilton star Daveed Diggs giving a breakthrough performance that really drives this […]

The post ‘Blindspotting’ Trailer: Daveed Diggs Stars in the Sundance Movie That Will Shake You to Your Core appeared first on /Film.
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Stage Door: The Complex Web of Theater Awards

by Nathaniel R

Andrew Garfield in "Angels in America"

Oscar fanatics have it easy. Each year roughly 300 movies are eligible for the Oscar race and those same titles (with very few exceptions) are also eligible for all the other movie awards on this continent. They're even (with a few more exceptions) the same slate of movies that are eligible Across the ocean at the other major English language film awards (the BAFTAs). Not so with theater!

Theater awards, a nichier beast altogether, are ultra territorial and when there is crossover it can feel accidental or play out like an echo rather than a harmonic convergence. The Olivier Awards, for example, just honored Lin Manuel Miranda's blockbuster "Hamilton"  which the Tony Awards honored two years prior but the only real crossover for this year's Tony Awards is likely to be Angels in America which just transferred here with most of its London cast intact.
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2018 Tony Awards: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to host June 10 ceremony

2018 Tony Awards: Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban to host June 10 ceremony
The Tony Awards have lined up two past nominees — composer Sara Bareilles and actor Josh Groban — to host the 72nd annual edition of these top theater honors on June 10. The three-hour kudocast will air live on CBS from New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Bareilles lost her 2016 bid for Best Score for “Waitress” to Lin-Manuel Miranda for “Hamilton.” Groban contended last year for his lead role in the tuner “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” but was bested by Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hansen”).

Bareilles has headlined her Broadway show twice in its run, playing both times to capacity crowds. She recently starred as Mary Magdalene in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.”

Predict the Tony Awards nominees and winners now; change them until May 1

In a statement that accompanied the announcement, Bareilles said, “The theatre has completely transformed my life in every way possible. I have
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Josh Radnor on the Appeal of NBC’s Drama ‘Rise’ and Its Talented Young Cast

From showrunner Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller, the NBC drama series Rise follows Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor), a dedicated teacher who sets out on a mission to take over the school’s lackluster theater department and turn it into what he believes it can be, even if no one else sees it. And as he works with the students in the high school production of Spring Awakening that he’s directing, not only does it revitalize his passion for teaching, but it gives the teenagers a new outlook on their own lives, families and …
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Clive and Doug Davis Have Made the Pre-Grammy Gala the Hottest Ticket in Music

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Clive and Doug Davis Have Made the Pre-Grammy Gala the Hottest Ticket in Music
In many ways, Clive and Doug Davis are just like any other loving father-son pair: they travel together, celebrate holidays and, since they are both in the music business, collaborate on various industry-related projects such as Clive’s 2013 autobiography “The Soundtrack of My Life” and its companion documentary, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” for which Doug produced the premiere opening night party at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, a fete that included a screening of the film for 6,000 people and a live concert featuring Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Carly Simon, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

“When I see Sony come up on my cell phone, I don’t know if it’s real business and I should answer or if it’s a sneak attack from my dad,” jokes Doug of their close relationship.

One of the most gratifying professional partnerships Davis and his father get to experience is the
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Strictly Business Podcast: Marvel’s Marketing Guru on Partnership Power

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Strictly Business Podcast: Marvel’s Marketing Guru on Partnership Power
Avengers: Infinity War” and American Airlines.

Black Panther” and Lexus.

Guardians of the Galaxy” and Doritos.

At first blush, some of Marvel Entertainment’s most successful blockbusters and Madison Avenue’s well-known brands might not seem to have much in common. But in the latest episode of the new Variety podcast “Strictly Business,” Mindy Hamilton, senior VP of global partnerships and marketing at Marvel, reveals the delicate art of how she pairs consumer products and her studio’s productions to achieve maximum promotional power.

The partnerships Hamilton engineers with blue-chip brands are an increasingly important part of marketing mix that allows content companies like Marvel to reach additional audiences that exceed the grasp of traditional staples like billboards and 30-second spots.

But it’s not as simple as just jamming as many product plugs as you can into a two-hour movie, Hamilton told Variety co-editor-in-chief Andrew Wallenstein.

“Brands are getting savvy about this space,
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‘Carousel,’ ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Debut As Broadway Box Office Dips 9%

Broadway box office dipped 9% during the week ending April 15, totaling $37,729,078, compared with $41,151,034 in the same week in 2017, according to figures from the Broadway League.

This past week featured 36 shows, compared with 40 in the year-earlier period. In another tough comparison, the 2017 period included Easter and Passover and vacation for New York City area schools, while this year’s week did not.

Carousel and Children of a Lesser God were the week’s major premieres as Tony season continues to pick up speed. The revival of Carousel delivered receipts of $1.054 million for the week, down from $1.190 million in its prior-week previews. Children tallied $230,396, down from $375,274 the week before.

Many of the juggernauts from past weeks, if not years, continued to set the overall pace. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took in $1.7 million after shattering records for a play debut the week before, at more than $2.1 million. A front-page account of the
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Casting Update for New Terminator Movie

There's going to be hell to pay in the new Terminator movie, as a Ghost Rider actor is one of two new cast additions to the reboot.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gabriel Luna (who plays Ghost Rider on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Natalia Reyes (Pickpockets) have been added to the cast of the sixth Terminator film. Luna will play a Terminator robot (whether he's one with murderous intentions has yet to be revealed), while Reyes (see her IMDb page here) will play the lead role of Dani, "a young woman from a working class neighborhood in Mexico City who finds herself in the battle between humans and machines."

Luna and Reyes join a cast that includes Mackenzie Davis as a "soldier-assassin from the future," Diego Boneto as Dani's brother, with Linda Hamilton reprising her role as Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger coming back as
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Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta, Natalia Reyes Tapped for Sixth ‘Terminator’

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Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta, Natalia Reyes Tapped for Sixth ‘Terminator’
Gabriel Luna, Diego Boneta and Natalia Reyes will join Skydance Media’s upcoming Terminator movie opposite Arnold Schwarzengger and Linda Hamilton.

Deadpool” director Tim Miller is attached with James Cameron and David Ellison producing. Specific details on the characters are being kept under wraps but the movie will be a direct sequel to Cameron’s 1991 film “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” with Schwarzenegger and Hamilton anchoring the story.

The untitled film will open Nov. 22, 2019, and be distributed domestically by Paramount Pictures and internationally by Fox.

Luna starred as Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider on the ABC action superhero series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” as well as the El Rey Network drama series “Matador” and the ABC crime drama series “Wicked City.” He also starred in the films “Freeheld” and “Transpecos.”

Boneta made his feature debut in the musical “Rock of Ages.” He currently stars in “The Titan,
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TVLine Items: Xtina's Carpool Karaoke, On My Block Renewed and More

TVLine Items: Xtina's Carpool Karaoke, On My Block Renewed and More
Christina Aguilera is a genie in a bottle and the next star to duet with James Corden in Carpool Karaoke.

Aguilera’s Carpool Karaoke segment will air during CBS’ The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2018, airing Monday, April 23 at 10/9c. The special will also feature appearances from Mom‘s Anna Faris and Allison Janney, The Big Bang Theory‘s Kunal Nayyar and Young Sheldon himself, Iain Armitage. #CorporateSynergy

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* On My Block, Netflix’s high school comedy, has been renewed for a second season, our sister site Deadline reports.

* Season
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Looking Back at How ‘Hair’ Shocked, Changed Broadway 50 Years Ago

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Shortly before “Hair” opened at Broadway’s Biltmore Theater on April 29, 1968 — 50 years ago this month — Variety reported, “The musical is vehemently anti-establishment and pro-dissenting youth.” Before then, most plays, films and TV shows had avoided antiwar protests and the sexual revolution, or mentioned those topics as a way of reasserting middle-class values. Variety reported another radical aspect: The show “includes a scene of total nudity, with several men and femmes facing downstage.” Police raids and arrests were common with nude shows, though “New York City authorities have adopted a hands-off policy re sexually extreme legit fare,” Variety said. While “Hair” was safe in Gotham, it was vulnerable in other cities: In Mexico, the show was shut down after one performance and the cast album was banned in some countries.

The “American tribal love-rock musical,” as it was billed, was originally produced off-Broadway by the New York Shakespeare Festival, then moved to the Cheetah,
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Dwayne Johnson movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Moana,’ ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’

Dwayne Johnson movies: 10 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Moana,’ ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’
The road to movie stardom for Dwayne Johnson is one of the unlikeliest in recent memory. A third-generation professional wrestler known the world over as “The Rock,” Johnson nabbed a supporting role in 2001’s “The Mummy Returns” and made such an impression that he starred in a successful stand-alone film, “The Scorpion King,” the very next year.

As his film career progressed, it became evident that, despite his success in action films, Johnson had a distinct flair for comedy, which he began to show off in such films as “Be Cool” (2005), “Central Intelligence” (2016), “Moana” (2016) and in his biggest-grossing film, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017).

SEELin-Manuel Miranda (‘Moana’) Interview: Disney influences, ‘Hamilton’ and going for the Egot

However, Johnson is fully back in action hero-mode in his 2018 movie, “Rampage,” where he plays a primatologist whose beloved albino gorilla is being used in an experiment that turns him into a raging beast
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Lin-Manuel Miranda ‘DuckTales’ Debut Sets Date, Highlights New “Duck Week”

Lin-Manuel Miranda is finally going to be in the room where it happens, “it” being the Emmy-nominated DuckTales. The Hamilton creator will make his debut as Gizmoduck (aka Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera) in a new DuckTales episode set for Friday, May 11.

“I’m really excited that a new generation of kids will be growing up with DuckTales,” Miranda said. “As a huge fan of the original series, I love that I can share this new version with my sons.”

The Miranda-voiced Fenton, says the channel, is “Duckburg’s preeminent hero who has Latin roots,” a “brilliant young scientist” that marks a “reimagining” of the character by executive producer Matt Youngberg and co-producer and story editor Francisco Angones.

In Miranda’s debut episode, titled “Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System!,” Fenton is recruited by Launchpad (voiced by Beck Bennett), who is feeling menaced by tech genius Mark Beaks’ newest invention. See the trailer above.
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Leslie Odom Jr., Katharine McPhee to Announce Tony Nominations

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Leslie Odom Jr., Katharine McPhee to Announce Tony Nominations
Leslie Odom Jr. and Katharine McPhee will announce nominations for the 2018 Tony Awards next month.

Odom Jr. won a Tony in 2016 for his performance as Aaron Burr in “Hamilton.” McPhee, a former “American Idol” contestant who turned theatergoers’ heads as one of the leads of NBC’s Broadway-centric series “Smash,” is currently appearing in the lead role of the musical “Waitress.”

“The Band’s Visit,” “Mean Girls” and “Frozen” are among the season’s new musicals eligible for Tony nominations this year, with “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Junk” and “Farinelli and the King” in the mix for the new play award. The play revival category could well prove unusually competitive, with well-received productions of “Angels in America,” “Three Tall Women” and “Lobby Hero” all eligible, along with the soon-to-open “The Iceman Cometh.”

A number of big names could land a spot on the nominees list, including Denzel Washington
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My Fair Lady,�Hamilton, and More�Featured in New Season of The History Of The�World In�100 Performances

A new season of The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik begins on Monday, April 30, with a look at the 1956 original Broadway premiere of My Fair Lady. The season continues with explorations of the scandalous 1913 premiere of The Rite of Spring and the evolution of Hamilton. With discussion led by New Yorker essayist and best-selling author Adam Gopnik, these free events include live performance alongside audio and video clips as each panel explores these landmark moments in the performing arts.
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Olivier Awards Organizers Take Action After Peter Hall In Memoriam Snafu

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Following the accidental omission of UK theater titan Peter Hall from the In Memoriam section of Sunday’s Olivier Awards, event organizer the Society of London Theatre (Solt) has taken action. Not only have they issued a statement apologizing “unreservedly for this serious error,” they have also taken the decision to rename the Olivier Award for Best Director the Sir Peter Hall Award for Best Director from next year’s ceremony.

Solt, which came in for some strong criticizm following Hall’s omission, said it had taken the decision “in recognition of Sir Peter’s phenomenal contribution to British theatre over many decades, and in close consultation with the Hall family,” who include actress Rebecca Hall.

Solt also said that it was “reviewing the process by which people are included in the In Memoriam segment for future ceremonies” and the body has updated the In Memoriam video, which you can view here.
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Record-Setting Start For ‘Harry Potter’ Paces Broadway Box Office

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set a Broadway record in previews with $2,138,859 gross for the week ending April 8, pacing overall box office for the week as Tony season kicks into gear.

Even with 300 seats at every performance selling for $40 or less, the two-parter at the Lyric Theatre became the top-grossing play in Broadway history. With four previews apiece of its first and second parts, it broke the previous mark of a bit more than $1.6M established by All the Way in June 2014.

Cursed Child will officially begin its commercial run on Broadway on April 22. The show took London’s West End by storm, scooping up nine Olivier Awards last year. The play was written by Jack Thorne, based on an original new story by Thorne, original Potter architect J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany. Rowling’s support of the stage rebirth of characters once thought to be in the
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