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Jason Alexander Will Take Over Larry David’s Role in Broadway’s ‘Fish in the Dark’

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Larry David’s megaselling Broadway comedy “Fish in the Dark” is keeping it all in the “Seinfeld” family, with Jason Alexander set to step into the role currently played by Larry David for the play’s six-week extension into mid-July. Alexander, who’s also appeared in David’s HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” will play Norman Drexel, the protagonist of David’s… Read more »

Choreographer Ray Arnett, Best Known for Work With Liberace, Dies at 97

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Ray Arnett, a choreographer and stage director best known for his decades spent working with Liberace, died on March 12 in Beverly Hills. He was 97. In HBO’s critically acclaimed Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” Arnett was portrayed by Tom Papa. Arnett became Liberace’s stage director in the late 1950s, when the future Mr. Showmanship… Read more »

Lakeshore Launches Digital Studio With Justin Chon-Kevin Wu Comedy

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Aiming to target the YouTube generation, Lakeshore Entertainment is launching Off the Dock as a full-service digital studio and has acquired comedy “Man Up,” starring Justin Chon and Kevin Wu. “We are excited to blend Lakeshore’s knowledge and skills gained from its 20-year track record of traditional filmmaking and distribution with the new world of… Read more »

Jane Fonda Joins Famous Alumni in Feting 40 Years of L.A. Theatre Works

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“When I first started, we were going to do full-blown productions of plays, but everybody was working,” noted actress and event co-host JoBeth Williams at the L.A. Theatre Works 40th anniversary gala, held at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday night. “Then Richard Dreyfuss said, ‘Why don’t we all do radio plays?’ So we’ve been doing radio plays… Read more »

Guggenheim Partners Says President Todd Boehly Is Exploring Forming His Own Company

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Investment firm Guggenheim Partners, in response to a press report, said president Todd Boehly was looking into the possibility of forming his own company but added that any venture he pursued would be “harmonious” with Guggenheim’s interests. Boehly is “looking to strike out on his own,” the New York Post reported Wednesday, citing anonymous sources. Asked for… Read more »

Lifetime Acquires Sundance Fest Title ‘Stockholm, Pennsylvania’ Starring Saoirse Ronan

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Lifetime has picked up the 2015 Sundance fest title “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” a dark drama that stars Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon. The movie from first-time director Nikole Beckwith had mixed reviews out of Sundance. It’s set to premiere May 2 on Lifetime. The film revolves around a woman (Ronan) who is kidnapped as a child. After 17… Read more »

Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson Movie ‘Alone in Berlin’ Starts to Shoot

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LONDON — “Alone in Berlin,” which stars Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl, will start to shoot on Friday on location in Berlin, Cologne and Gorlitz, Germany. Pic is the English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, based on the true story of a working-class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the… Read more »

HBO-Vice Deal Should Scare the S*** Out of TV News

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Leave it to an audacious company like Vice Media to strike a ballsy deal with HBO. The expanded pact announced Thursday between the two companies would have been impressive in its own right were it just contained to their existing weekly series and a whole new channel to be launched as part of the pay… Read more »

Tribeca Film Festival Adds ‘Clue,’ ‘Lady and the Tramp,’ ‘Back to the Future’

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The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival has added outdoor screenings of “Clue” and “Lady and the Tramp” to this year’s lineup, as part of a slate of community activities that also includes the fest’s annual street fair and sports day. The 30th anniversary screening of cult comedy “Clue” (April 16) and the 60th anniversary screening of Disney… Read more »

Danielle Panabaker’s ‘Time Lapse’ Bought by XLrator

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XLrator Media has acquired North American distribution rights to the time-travel thriller “Time Lapse,” starring Danielle Panabaker (CW’s “The Flash”), Matt O’Leary and George Finn. It will release the film in theaters and on VOD on May 15. “Time Lapse” is the feature directorial debut of Bradley King, who co-wrote the script with BP Cooper…. Read more »