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Jeremy Renner Signs First-Look Deal With PalmStar Media

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Jeremy Renner and his producing partner Don Handfield’s production company, the Combine, have signed a first-look deal with PalmStar Media, the financing company behind the upcoming Will Smith drama “Collateral Beauty.” As part of the multiyear deal, PalmStar will provide producing services and overhead, development and production financing for the Combine’s growing film slate. The… Read more »

New Broadway Production Contract Reached in Tentative Labor Agreement

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Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents stage actors and stage managers, has reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the Broadway League, the trade association of theater producers and presenters. That’s news that comes ahead of schedule: The current contract isn’t due to expire for another month. The quickie resolution suggests a… Read more »

‘An American in Paris’ Is First Broadway Show to Perform on Colbert’s ‘Late Show’

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“An American in Paris” will be the first Broadway show to perform an excerpt on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” appearing during the second week of Colbert’s much-anticipated run behind the desk of CBS’ latenight talkshow. The musical, which won four Tony Awards last season, will appear on the Sept. 18 episode of “Late Show.” Along with… Read more »

‘Under the Dome’ to End After Season 3 on CBS

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“Under the Dome” will wrap up with its current season, as the season-three ender will serve as the series finale, Variety has learned. The drama, based on Stephen King’s novel, has been cancelled and will not return for a fourth season. “Two years ago, ‘Under the Dome’ broke new ground in the summer and became an instant hit… Read more »

Stephen Colbert’s Week 2 Guests Include Bernie Sanders, Lupita Nyong’o

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Touching back to his political roots, Stephen Colbert will talk with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during his second week as host of CBS’ “Late Show.” Sanders will appear on the show on Sept. 18, which happens to be just two days after the CNN Republican Primary Debate on Sept. 16. The Democratic candidate is… Read more »

Writers Guild Election Campaign Signals Tough Contract Negotiations

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The entertainment industry will face a tough set of negotiations from writers next year and in 2017, if candidate statements for the Writers Guild of America West are any indication. Patric Verrone, best known for leading the acrimonious 100-day writers strike in 2007-08, said in his statement that the WGA needs to begin mobilizing the… Read more »

Defy Media Signs with WME to Develop TV and Film Projects, Inks RatPac Deal

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WME has signed digital-media studio and programmer Defy Media — whose biggest brands include the Smosh comedy duo on YouTube — and Defy has also entered into a partnership with Brett Ratner and James Packer’s WME-repped RatPac Entertainment to develop several projects. The agency said it will work with Defy to package its development slate… Read more »

Broadway Box Office: Misty Copeland Drives ‘On the Town’ Up the Chart

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“On the Town,” the well-reviewed Broadway musical that has struggled to attract ticket buyers for much of its time on boards, seems to have found its magic ingredient: Misty Copeland, the history-making ballerina who began a stint in the revival Aug. 25. Unfortunately for the show, Copeland, who recently rose to prominence as the first African-American female principal… Read more »

‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel: James Foley Officially Offered Directing Job

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James Foley has been officially offered the job to direct the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel after news broke two weeks ago that he was Universal’s top choice for the project. Deadline Hollywood first reported that Foley was a front-runner for “Fifty Shades Darker” and sources now tell Variety that negotiations are expected to start… Read more »

History-Making ‘Les Miserables’ Performer Honored by Castmates and Classmates

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Castmates and classmates gathered in Manhattan’s Central Park on a sweltering August afternoon to honor Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the history-making “Les Miserables” actor who died over the weekend. The unexpected death of the 21-year-old actor, who fell off the fire escape of a Brooklyn apartment Aug. 28, shocked and saddened the Broadway community as well as his… Read more »

AMC’s ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Declines in Week 2, Still Strong Vs. VMA Awards

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Ratings for AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” held up pretty well in its second week Sunday, despite tough competition from MTV’s Video Music Awards. According to Nielsen estimates, Sunday’s episode averaged a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.2 million viewers overall — down 16% in the demo and 19% in total viewers vs. last… Read more »