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The Cast of ‘Shuffle Along’ On Their Favorite Parts That Got Cut

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“It’s been like learning about family members you didn’t know you had.” That’s how six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald described working on the Broadway musical “Shuffle Along,” which capped off the 2015-16 season with its April 28 opening. The production — full title: “Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and… Read more »

‘Jungle Book’ to Haul More at Weekend Box Office Than Newcomers Combined

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“The Jungle Book” remains a box office force with early Friday estimates showing a $36 million third weekend — more than the combined take of new titles “Keanu,” “Mother’s Day” and “Ratchet & Clank.” Open Road’s romantic comedy “Mother’s Day” should gross almost $4 million Friday and finish the weekend around $11 million, with New Line’s… Read more »

‘The Good Wife’ Finale: ‘There’s No Tied Up Bows,’ Julianna Margulies Says

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All good things must come to an end, including CBS’ “The Good Wife.” After seven seasons — 156 episodes — cast members from throughout the years celebrated the series with a last hoorah Thursday night at the Museum of Modem Art in New York. “I said to Christine [Baranski] when we shot the last scene, ‘Wow. The fans are either… Read more »

Veteran Disney Theatrical Exec Exits for Independent Producing

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David Schrader, the longtime executive at Disney Theatrical Productions, will depart his current position as the company’s exec vice president/managing director next month to strike out on his own as an independent stage producer. Schrader’s amicable exit from the company, after a 20-year tenure, was announced in an email to staff by Disney Theatrical president… Read more »

Hulu Orders ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Series Starring Elisabeth Moss from MGM TV

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Hulu announced a straight-to-series order for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a drama from MGM Television starring Elisabeth Moss. The series, based on the 1985 bestselling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood, will debut its first season on Hulu in 2017. Moss (“Mad Men,” “Truth,” “Top of the Lake”) will play Offred, a one of… Read more »

‘Containment’ Star Joins Natalie Portman in ‘Annihilation’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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David Gyasi has joined Natalie Portman in Alex Garland’s “Annihilation” at Paramount Pictures. “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac will also star with Garland directing and adapting the script based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel. The story follows a biologist, to be played by Portman, as she… Read more »

Endemol Shine Co-CEO Cris Abrego, Eva Longoria Advocate for Latinos in Hollywood

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Endemol Shine North America Co-CEO Cris Abrego’s book launch party brought out the who’s who of reality television Thursday night at CAA headquarters in Century City. It was even offhandedly dubbed the “prom of reality TV” by CAA’s Christy Haubegger. “What would be a reality get together without a lot of booze?!” Abrego quipped during the launch party… Read more »

Patrick Stewart Plays ‘F—, Marry, Kill’ with Thomas Middleditch Using Star Trek Characters (VIDEO)

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Thomas Middleditch and Patrick Stewart engaged in a friendly game of “Star Trek”-themed “F—, Marry, Kill” at Variety‘s fourth edition of “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” “Who would you want to have sexual intercourse with, who would you want to marry, and then who would you want to kill out of the following three: Will… Read more »

Original ‘Ghostbusters’ to Return to Theaters

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As if the quadruple threat of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, plus a side dish of Chris Hemsworth, wasn’t enough to get you excited for the new “Ghostbusters,” Sony Pictures is reviving the original film to get fans revved up for the reboot. Fathom Events, which is shared by AMC, Regal and… Read more »