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Broadway’s ‘Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ Turns a Profit

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The Broadway transfer of hit London play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” has recouped its $4.75 million capitalization cost, according to producers, allowing future revenue from the show to be paid back to investors as profit (minus the weekly costs of keeping the show running). The National Theater production, produced on Broadway by a… Read more »

Emma Watson Cast as Belle in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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Emma Watson will star Disney’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” as the lead character Belle. Disney made the announcement Monday, saying that production will begin later this year. No release date has been set. The film will be directed by Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”), who was announced as director in June…. Read more »

Writers Slam ITV Over Neil Patrick Harris Show

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More than 175 comedy/variety writers have signed a petition urging ITV to enter a collective bargaining agreement covering its nonfiction writer-producers — including its upcoming variety show hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. The Writers Guild of America East, which has been in a protracted battle with ITV over unionizing the company, has warned that it… Read more »

TV Review: ‘The Americans,’ Season 3

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“The Americans” picks up pretty deftly from where last season’s cliffhanger left off, while advancing that storyline at a relatively slow pace. Mixing the micro and the macro, the FX series grapples with questions surrounding the central couple’s daughter, while finding the Soviets in near-panic mode over the Vietnam-like quagmire that Afghanistan threatens to become… Read more »

Iranian Auteur Jafar Panahi Issues Statement On Irrepressible Need To Direct Despite Moviemaking Ban

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Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi has issued a statement explaining his defiance of Iran’s official ban against him making movies which he has repeatedly broken, most recently with his latest feature, “Taxi,” slated for competition at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. “Nothing can prevent me from making films since when being pushed to the ultimate corners… Read more »

NFL Officially on YouTube: Why the League Took Years to Come to No. 1 Video Site

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The National Football League, after years of old-media thinking, has finally bowed to reality in 2015 and launched an official channel on YouTube one week before Super Bowl XLIX. The NFL, which generates north of $6 billion revenue per year, believes it has some of the most valuable intellectual property in the world. And it’s right…. Read more »

Hollywood Pantages Announces 2015-16 Theater Season

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Theater fans can get ready for hit music, grand illusions and toe-tapping dance numbers. The Hollywood Pantages has announced its lineup for the 2015-16 theater season, featuring four premieres straight from Broadway as well as the return of four classic productions for its 85th anniversary. The new season will include the L.A. debuts of “If/Then,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” “The Illusionists… Read more »

Ruben Ostlund Talks About His New Film, ‘The Square’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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GOTEBORG  Merely 40 years old, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund has already been honored with a touring retrospective in the U.S., taking place January to April and taking in 15 American cities, from New York’s Lincoln Center to the Cinefamily in Los Angeles. “In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Ostlund” includes short films… Read more »