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Why This Year’s TV Upfront May Be Unlike Any Other in Recent Memory

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With billions of dollars at stake, TV’s annual upfront selling season amounts to a referendum on the health of the U.S. economy in general, and the television business in particular. In 2016, both sides of the buyer-seller divide are preparing for a welcome jolt. For the past few years, the narrative surrounding traditional TV has… Read more »

How the ‘Hamilton’ Effect Is Reverberating Across Broadway

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Call it the “Hamilton” effect. As Broadway’s newest megahit dominates the Tony Awards conversation, the theater industry is buzzing about all the ways in which the ultrahot musical’s success will reverberate across Broadway as a whole. The idea is that a rising tide lifts all boats — that is, a headline-grabbing smash brings so much… Read more »

Jon M. Chu in Talks to Direct ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Adaptation

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“Now You See Me 2” director Jon M. Chu is in negotiations to direct “Crazy Rich Asians” for Nina Jacobson’s Color Force and Ivanhoe Pictures. The project is an adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 book, which centers on the heir of a massive fortune who brings his American-born Chinese girlfriend to Singapore for a wedding…. Read more »

Roland Emmerich Planning Battle of the Midway Movie

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Roland Emmerich has unveiled plans for a movie about 1942’s Battle of the Midway. The producer-director made the announcement Tuesday night prior to a 20th anniversary screening on the Fox lot of his 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day.” Emmerich’s sequel, “Independence Day: Resurgence,” will open June 24. The four-day battle took place six months after Japan’s… Read more »

WTFilms Climbs on Helena Taberna’s Spanish Thriller ‘The Cliff’

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Paris-based sales outfit WTFilms has boarded Helena Taberna’s “The Cliff” (“Acantilado”), a Spanish thriller with Daniel Grao (“Julieta”), Jon Kortajena (“A Single Man”). An adaptation of Lucia Etxebarria’s mystery book “The Contents of Silence,” “The Cliff” turns on a promising attorney whose life is turned upside down when his sister Cordelia is seduced into a… Read more »

Sean Penn Reaches Settlement With Lee Daniels in Defamation Case

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Sean Penn and Lee Daniels announced a settlement of Penn’s defamation lawsuit against the director over comments that Daniels made in a magazine interview. In a joint statement, Daniels issued a letter of apology, along with a donation to one of Penn’s signature causes, the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. “I am so sorry that I… Read more »

Apple to Unveil Redesigned Apple Music Next Month (Report)

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Apple is getting ready to unveil a completely redesigned version of Apple Music at its developer conference in June, according to a Bloomberg report. The new version is supposed to feature a much more intuitive interface that will more closely integrate with the iTunes download store. The new version will also offer an expanded online radio… Read more »

John Kasich to Drop Out of Presidential Race

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John Kasich plans to suspend his presidential campaign, leaving Donald Trump with no major remaining rivals in his path to the Republican nomination, several news outlets reported on Wednesday. NBC News, CNN and Politico reported that the Ohio governor would abandon his bid. He won only one contest, his home state of Ohio. Republican National… Read more »