Biden to mark Jewish American Heritage Month with Broadway stars, speak out on antisemitism
President Joe Biden plans to mark Jewish American Heritage Month by highlighting his administration’s efforts to combat antisemitism at a White House reception that will feature performances from the stars of the Broadway revival of “Parade."
Toronto Film Festival to open with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
The adaptation of the Broadway hit and Tony-winner “Dear Evan Hansen,” Edgar Wright’s ’60s London themed “Last Night in Soho,” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” are just a few of the major films coming to the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
Erivo on near-EGOT status: 'I’m just going to keep working'
FILE - Actress Cynthia Erivo poses for a portrait during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Sept. 10, 2019. Erivo portrays Aretha Franklin in the National Geographic miniseries Genius: Aretha. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – “The Color Purple” turned into Grammy, Tony and Emmy gold for Cynthia Erivo. The performer’s brilliant performance in the Broadway revival won her the 2016 Tony for best actress in a musical. “I guess I didn’t expect to be this close this soon,” Erivo told The Associated Press of her almost-EGOT status.
Theater uses its creativity to defy pandemic and stage shows
Live theater is uniquely tested by the virus, one reason it will be among the last sectors to return to normal. It's not technically live theater, but its soul is theatrical. Play and musical licensor Concord Theatricals says theater companies across the country are looking for flexibility in case of virus restrictions. Launched shortly before the pandemic with 15 podcasts, the theater shutdown initially wiped out its revenue streams, advertising and sponsorship. “It’s not anything that will ever replace live theater, but it’s an extension.
New this week: 'This Is Us,' Baby Yoda, 'The Craft' redone
(NBC via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— Many things will be different about Halloween this year, but the annual rush of horror films is much the same. It stars Sope Dirisu and Wunmi Mosaku as a Sudanese refugee couple finding new horrors in life in England. But Neon, the “Parasite” distributor, last week put a restored version into theaters and on Tuesday brings it to VOD. One is Natalie Margolin “The Party Hop,” which she wrote during quarantine in one week in early April.
Grammy Museum to launch online streaming service
FILE - Barbara Streisand performs at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, 2011. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. The Grammy Museum is launching its own online streaming service featuring performances and interviews from A-list musicians, as well as material from the museums archive. Without the GRAMMY Museum, we wouldnt have gotten to experience or learn about so many important artists before us, FINNEAS said in a statement. We are proud to be part of this series.The Grammy Museum is a nonprofit organization through The Recording Academy, which annually produces the Grammy Awards.
5 musicals that should be filmed for a streaming network since Broadway is still closed
Considering Disney+ saw a 72% increase in downloads of its app over the weekend, it’s safe to say that bringing musicals filmed on stage to a mass audience is a pretty good idea. Some will argue that theater is meant to be consumed live, but with so much uncertainty about when Broadway will return, it’s not a bad idea to start filming more Broadway musicals and plays for streaming networks. While it’s still a wildly popular musical, fans have been begging for some sort of movie version for years. Disney’s most popular and long-running show on Broadway is “The Lion King,” and it’s hard to imagine the people wouldn’t love to watch a filmed version of this production. Do you plan to watch “Hamilton?” Are there any musicals you’d like to see from the comfort of your home?
Obama criticizes virus response in online graduation speech
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo former President Barack Obama accepts the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a ceremony in New York. On Saturday, May 16, 2020, Obama plans to speak during Show Me Your Walk, HBCU Edition, a two-hour livestreaming event for historically black colleges and universities broadcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. His remarks were unexpectedly political, given the venue, and touched on current events beyond the virus and its social and economic impacts. Obama did not name President Donald Trump or any other federal or state officials in either of his appearances. The commencement remarks were the latest sign that Obama intends to play an increasingly active role in the coming election.
'The Politician': Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and Ben Platt Reveal Everything You Need
In this dark, eight-episode dramedy, Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) is maniacally convinced of his destiny to become the President of the United States. A-list ladies like Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judith Light and Bette Midler are woven in and out of the tale while a plethora of "it-girl" actresses like Bohemian Rhapsody's Lucy Boynton and Set It Up's Zoey Deutch also share the screen. It's a Family Affair For Gwyneth PaltrowNetflix"The Politician is a really brilliant, great show. As the ultra manipulative Dusty Jackson, Lange shares the majority of her Politician scenes with her on-screen granddaughter, Infinity Jackson, played by Deutch. 'The Politician' Trailer Sees a Ruthless Ben Platt Running for Student Body President'The Politician': First Look at Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Ben Platt and More Stars in Character
Bette Midler and Judith Light 'Break It Down' in New Trailer for 'The
A new trailer for Ryan Murphy's upcoming Netflix series, The Politician, premiered during the Emmy Awards on Sunday, giving fans a first look at Bette Midler and Judith Light's characters. Midler and Light play Hadassah Gold and Dede Standish, respectively, in the upcoming series. On The Politician, Platt plays Payton Hobart, "a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, who has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States." "It was a very fascinating character to get to play after playing someone so sort of mild-mannered as Evan," the actor added. RELATED CONTENT:'The Politician' Trailer Sees a Ruthless Ben Platt Running for Student Body PresidentGwyneth Paltrow Opens up About Working With Husband Brad Falchuk on 'The Politician': 'He's So Hot'Ben Platt Talks 'The Politician' on Netflix and Acting With Gwyneth Paltrow (Exclusive)
'The Politician' Trailer Sees a Ruthless Ben Platt Running for Student Body President
Ryan Murphys new Netflix original series stars Tony Award winner Ben Platt as a wealthy Santa Barbara, California, high school teen who has ambitions to one day become the President of the United States. Before Payton lands in the White House, however, he first must navigate high school politics as he runs for student body president. Your ambition frightens me, says Paytons mother, who is played by Gwyneth Paltrow. In addition to Platt and Paltrow, the series features Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Dylan McDermott, January Jones, Bob Balaban, Bette Midler and Judith Light. RELATED CONTENT:'The Politician': First Look at Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Ben Platt and More Stars in CharacterGwyneth Paltrow Opens up About Working With Husband Brad Falchuk on 'The Politician': 'He's So Hot'Ben Platt Talks 'The Politician' on Netflix and Acting With Gwyneth Paltrow (Exclusive)
'The Politician': First Look at Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Ben Platt and More Stars
Your first look at Netflix's The Politician is finally here! On Thursday, the streaming service released eight new photos from the upcoming comedy series, featuring stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch and Lucy Boynton in character for the first time. Another photo shows Lange rocking a voluminous blonde wig with a fresh set of acrylic nails, heavy makeup and a flashy sweater. Get your first look at #ThePolitician a new series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, & Ian Brennan and starring @BenSPLATT Jessica Lange @zoeydeutch and Gwyneth Paltrow! RELATED CONTENT:Gwyneth Paltrow Opens up About Working With Husband Brad Falchuk on 'The Politician': 'He's So Hot'Ben Platt Talks 'The Politician' on Netflix and Acting With Gwyneth Paltrow (Exclusive)Beyonc Sent the Sweetest Gift to Ben Platt for His Last Performance in 'Dear Evan Hansen'
Gwyneth Paltrow Opens up About Working With Husband Brad Falchuk on 'The Politician':
Gwyneth Paltrow had a great experience working with her husband, Brad Falchuk, on the highly anticipated Netflix series The Politician. He also says 46-year-old Paltrow wasn't shy about suggesting changes to her character's lines. Paltrow recently revealed to InStyle that about a year after she married Falchuk, the pair are moving in together. "Married life has been really good," Paltrow tells InStyle. Watch the video below for more:RELATED CONTENT:Gwyneth Paltrow Curses Out Someone Who Questions Whether She Actually CooksTom Holland Says It 'Breaks My Heart' That Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn't Remember Working With HimWhy Gwyneth Paltrow and Husband Brad Falchuk Don't Live Together Full Time