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Entertainment News Archives for 2016-09

Disney to Make Live-Action 'Lion King,' Favreau Directing

 

NEW YORK (AP) - The animated classic "The Lion King" will be the latest Disney film to get a live-action remake.

 

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Disney announced Wednesday that Jon Favreau, who helmed the box-office hit "Jungle Book" remake, will direct the new "Lion King." He's also at work on a "Jungle Book" sequel.

The circle of life now inevitably leads to live-action remakes for Disney classics. The new "Lion King" follows in the wake of similar remakes for "The Jungle Book," "Cinderella," "Pete's Dragon" and the upcoming "Beauty and the Beast." 

The original 1994 "Lion King" grossed $968.8 million and won two Oscars, including one for the Elton John song "Can You Feel the Love Tonight." The Grammy-winning soundtrack sold more than 14 million copies. And the hit Broadway musical has been running for 19 years.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host 'Saturday Night Live'

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alexander Hamilton is coming to "Saturday Night Live."

 

NBC said Wednesday that Lin-Manuel Miranda will host "SNL" on Oct. 8. Miranda created and starred in the Broadway sensation about the first U.S. treasury secretary.

 

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Twenty One Pilots duo Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun will be the show's musical guests.

 

"SNL" opens its 42nd season this weekend with host Margot Robbie and music from The Weeknd.

 

Miranda has a bit more time on his hands: He wrapped his run in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical "Hamilton" in July.  He will star opposite Emily Blunt in Disney's sequel to "Mary Poppins" and he wrote music for the upcoming "Moana," an animated film with a Polynesian princess at its heart.

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Tom Hanks Returning to Cleveland to Headline Film Benefit


CLEVELAND (AP) - Tom Hanks is returning to Cleveland in December to headline the Greater Cleveland Film Commission's annual fundraiser, "Behind the Camera."

 

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Hanks started his professional acting career in Cleveland as an intern at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. He has made a habit of giving back to the city.

The Plain Dealer reports he's donated money and talent to the theater and returned to the city in June for a reunion of Great Lakes interns.

The Dec. 2 benefit brings Hanks in for one night to talk about his years in the film industry.

Tickets for the event start at $500 for individual tickets.

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Backstreet Boys Taking Up Residency; Performing in Las Vegas

 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Backstreet will be back — and back and back and back — in Las Vegas.

 

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The pop group Backstreet Boys confirmed reports Friday they will begin a Planet Hollywood residency next year.

"Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life" will feature members Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson.

 

Littrell says in a statement the show will be like a typical Backstreet Boys concert "on steroids."

 

The group's first performance will be March 1. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1.

 

The show will be held in the same theater where Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez perform their Vegas residencies.

 

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The Backstreet Boys formed in 1993 and are best known for such hits as "I Want It That Way," ''As Long as You Love Me" and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)."

 

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Billy Eichner and Ephraim Sykes of 'Hamilton' Joins NBC's 'Hairspray Live!'

CAST ADDITION TO 'HAIRSPRAY LIVE'

 

(AP) — Billy on the Street is moving to the Baltimore -- of "Hairspray Live!" Entertainment Weekly reports comedian and actor Billy Eichner is joing NBC's live production of the musical, as local Baltimore newscaster Rob Barker. 

 

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It was announced earlier this month that Broadway performers Ephraim Sykes and Shahadi Wright Joseph are also joining the cast of NBC's "Hairspray Live!"

 

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Sykes, an original company member with the hit musical "Hamilton," will play Seaweed J. Stubbs in "Hairspray Live!"

Wright Joseph will play Seaweed's sister, Little Inez, NBC said Wednesday. The actress' credits include the musicals "The Lion King" and "School of Rock."

 

Previously announced cast members for "Hairspray Live!" include Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Martin Short.

 

The musical is scheduled to air Dec. 7 on NBC.

 

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Hamilton Original Cast Performances to Appear on PBS This October

 
NEW YORK (AP) — Time has ran out to see the original “Hamilton” cast on Broadway, but a PBS special this October on the Tony Award-winning musical will feature at least 15 minutes of performance footage with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team.
 
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PBS announced its “Great Performances” series episode featuring “Hamilton” many months ago, but time has only increased its resonance. Since then, the show has won 11 Tonys, a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy.
 
Tony winner Miranda, who wrote the show’s book, music and lyrics and also has the starring role, left the show on July 9th. Cast members Leslie Odom Jr., the Tony-winning actor who plays Aaron Burr, and Tony nominee Phillipa Soo, who portrays Eliza Schuyler have also left the show.
 
All three, however, will be part of the Oct. 21 show, said Beth Hoppe, PBS’s chief programming executive.
 
The documentary “Hamilton’s America” will feature an abbreviated performance. The network is contractually limited to showing only 15 minutes of performance clips that were filmed early in the Broadway run by Radical Media. It remains unclear whether producers will try to push that limit. There are no plans as yet to televise the entire show, on PBS or anywhere else.
 
The show also contains backstage footage taken during the two years leading up to the show’s Broadway premiere.
 
PBS aired the program “In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams,” about Miranda’s previous Tony-winning show, in 2009.
 
“The reason we have this opportunity is because we were there then,” Hoppe said. “Everybody knows Lin’s name now, but they didn’t back when he did ‘In the Heights.’ That’s why I think he’s loyal to PBS and why he brought it to us.”
 
PBS hopes the booking can be an attention-getting show along the lines of “Downton Abbey” or its Ken Burns documentaries. The show will kick off a series of arts programs for the network this fall, including performances from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and pianist Lang Lang. Claire Danes will host an eight-part series on how technology combined with artistry to create modern recorded music.
 
“It’s an opportunity for us to talk about our commitment to the arts and the fact that PBS is about the only outlet doing arts on television,” Hoppe said.
 
 

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Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Brangelina is no more. Angelina Jolie Pitt has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, bringing an end to one of the world's most star-studded, tabloid-generating romances.

 

An attorney for Jolie Pitt, Robert Offer, said Tuesday that she has filed for the dissolution of the marriage. Offer said the decision was made "for the health of the family."

 

The couple has six children together: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne.

 

Though together for 12 years, Pitt and Jolie only wed in August 2014. They married privately in the French hamlet of Correns in Provence with their children serving as ring bearers and throwing flower petals. They announced the ceremony days later.

 

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'Step Up All In's' Trish Sie to Direct 'Pitch Perfect 3'

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Step Up All In" director Trish Sie is stepping up to direct "Pitch Perfect 3." Producer and "Pitch Perfect 2" director Elizabeth Banks tweeted the news Thursday.

 

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Banks, who has produced the "Pitch Perfect" films since the beginning, in addition to playing a small part in the a cappella series, was originally slated to direct the third installment after the latest performed so well at the box office. Earlier this year Banks backed away from the role.

 

Sie has a background in music and dance and is also known for her innovative music videos, including the Grammy-winning video for OK Go's "Here It Goes Again."

 

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will reprise their roles in "Pitch Perfect 3," which Universal Pictures has slated for release in December 2017.

 

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