Day: October 20, 2020

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Stephen Daldry Exits ‘Wicked’ Movie as Director

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Mia Galuppo

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The movie musical was set for a Dec. 22, 2021, release but was moved off of the Universal calendar during the pandemic.

The movie musical adaptation of Wicked is looking to take flight, but director Stephen Daldry won’t be along for the ride.

A source tells THR that Daldry, who has long been attached to the movie, had to exit the project after the production timeline was adjusted and he was unable to commit to the new schedule. The exit was amicable and a search is underway for a new director.

Based on the Stephen Schwarz musical, the film is an alternative telling of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 story of the same name, told from the perspective of the witches. Screenwriter Winnie Holsman and composer Schwarz are adapting the musical

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Radio Personality Anthony Cumia of ‘Opie and Anthony’ Fame Selling $3.1M NY Home

Radio shock-jock Anthony Cumia has listed his shockingly nice home in Roslyn Heights, NY, for $3.1 million.

The controversial radio personality, a native of Queens, purchased the Long Island abode in 2006 for $2.9 million.

Cumia built an acoustic studio at his residence and began broadcasting from the home from 2012 until 2015. In the years since, he has moved his studio to New York City. Now, he’s also moving out of the house.

It was built in 2004, and its 4,589-square-foot layout includes five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, plus two half-bathrooms.

The upscale space “boasts every amenity one can imagine,” according to the listing description.

A grand entrance hallway with an elaborate chandelier leads to an eat-in chef’s kitchen with granite counters, and adjoins a family room with vaulted ceilings. The layout includes a formal dining room, office, gym, guest quarters, and pantry.

Home of radio personality Anthony Cumia
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Japan’s Nippon TV Launches Animation Division

Japanese broadcaster and content investor Nippon TV has created a dedicated animation division for the first time. Launched as part of the company’s international business division, the anime department will be headed by Kuwahara Kako, as executive VP of business development.

The division will launch with 12-part fantasy series “Tsukumichi – Moonlit Fantasy” adapted from an award-winning novel and manga with the same title, and written by Kei Azumi. The show, about a high school student summoned to another world but challenged by the forces he finds there, is produced by C2C Studios (“Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina”) with Nippon TV serving as distributor with all international rights.

The announcement was made Tuesday by Keiichi Sawa, operating officer and president of business development for Nippon TV, to whom Kuwahara will report.

“For many years, anime has been a forte of Nippon TV and we have been producing hit anime

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Here’s where national media rank the Seahawks after Week 6

Outta sight, outta mind?

You might think that’d be the case in national media power rankings following the Seahawks’ Week 6 bye — but you’d be wrong!

The Seahawks are standing strong in the rankings this week, falling just a spot or two in some rankings, proving that bona fide MVP candidate Russell Wilson and Co. — and their 5-0 record — are pretty hard to forget.

At this point in the season, the Seahawks have a sterling record, national respect (last week’s rankings here), zero positive COVID cases and one of the league’s best players. What more could they ask for through six weeks? (A healthier, stronger defense, I suppose…)

Here’s where national media rank the Seahawks:

Sports Illustrated: No. 3

The Seahawks are coming off a bye, and it is tempting to give an edge to the teams we saw look good this weekend, but let’s not forget

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Netflix unveils trailer for Chadwick Boseman’s final film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

From Digital Spy

Netflix has unveiled the trailer for Chadwick Boseman’s final film role.

The Black Panther actor tragically passed away from colon cancer in August this year at the age of 43.

He will appear posthumously in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, alongside Oscar winner Viola Davis and Fear the Walking Dead star Colman Domingo, and you can now watch the first promo above.

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Related: Chadwick Boseman’s brothers open up about Black Panther star’s death

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom recounts a fateful recording session in Chicago 1927, where tensions rise between legendary ‘Mother of the Blues’ Ma Rainey (Davis), trumpeter Levee (Boseman) and the white management determined to control her music.

Based on August Wilson’s 1982 play, the film is directed by George C Wolfe and produced by Denzel Washington.

A virtual screening was due to be held at the end of August but was cancelled in

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Every Halloween-Themed Disney Channel Original Movie, Ranked

There is a huge difference between scary and spooky. Scary is horror: jump scares and nightmares and Blumhouse. Spooky, on the other hand, is every bit as Halloween-y and supernatural without the associated terror. It’s just as festive but entirely defanged. It’s the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, and jack o’-lanterns, and any number of Scoobys-Doo.



Tia Mowry, Tia Mowry posing for the camera: Twitches . Disney Channel


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Twitches . Disney Channel

Just because you don’t have a stomach for horror films does not mean you have to sit out on the wonderful October tradition of ignoring trick-or-treaters and watching seasonal, thematically resonant movies. That’s what spooky-but-not-scary movies are for. And no studio since the Golden Age of Universal monsters has peddled more ably and creepily in the world of spooky movies than Disney Channel’s Original Movies outfit. They hit all the right candy buttons: They’re nostalgic, they’re easy to stream on Disney+, and they’ll get you in the Halloween

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The USC student newspaper staff is going on hiatus amid burnout concerns

Student journalists at the University of South Carolina are putting themselves first.



a sign in front of a brick building: The University of South Carolina's student paper will go dark for almost two weeks.


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The University of South Carolina’s student paper will go dark for almost two weeks.

Citing burnout and mental health concerns, staffers at the Daily Gamecock — USC’s independent student newspaper — said they will not be producing any content for almost two weeks.

“We haven’t been sleeping. We’ve forgotten to eat. We’ve been staring at screens for hours on end,” members of the paper explained in an editorial. “Our negligence of our mental health has started to impact our physical health, and it’s also affected our ability to produce the highest-quality content possible. There was a tension in the newsroom, a feeling that everyone was close to their breaking point.”

The semester has been “taxing,” the journalists said, noting that the shift to online meetings and the never ending stream of breaking news have taken

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‘Erratic’ man with gun blew kisses at cops during 3-hour standoff at N.J. hotel, authorities say

A guest at a Middlesex County hotel was arrested after a standoff with police that lasted nearly three hours, authorities said Monday.

Louis Smith, 46, was staying at the Hotel Vicenza on Route 1 in South Brunswick when he had an argument with a staff member about 2 p.m. and pulled out a gun, according to police.

Police surrounded the building and attempted to speak with the suspect as he repeatedly paced between the front breezeway and rear balcony of his second-floor room, according to South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka.

“Officers were confronted by a gunman who threatened to harm others and was acting out,” Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said in a statement.

During the standoff, Smith “kept yelling profanities at unoccupied cars in the parking lot” and at one point used his cellphone to record himself blowing kisses at police officers, the chief said.

“Smith’s erratic behavior continued

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Clairo Is Thrilled To Have A Song On The Hot 100 For The First Time

Earlier this year, Drake became the artist to have the most songs to ever rank on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; He has well over 200 at this point. The rapper has been such a constant presence on the chart that having a song place on it probably doesn’t elevate his heart rate these days. He was probably beyond excited years ago when he had a song place on the chart for the first time, though. That’s the position Clairo is in now: On the Hot 100 chart dated October 24, “Sofia,” which she released as a single back in July of 2019, just made the cut and debuted in the No. 98 spot.

Having a song rank on the Hot 100 is a thrill most musicians don’t ever get to experience, especially ones as young as 22-year-old Clairo. Naturally, then, she was excited to learn about her accomplishment.

Yesterday,

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‘Happy Days’ cast reunites to raise money for Wisconsin Democrats

Henry Winkler as Fonzie in “Happy Days,” the 1970s sitcom set in the 1950s in Milwaukee. The character is the apparent inspiration for the renamed FONZ FM. (Photo: Handout photo)

Cast members from the set-in-Milwaukee classic TV show “Happy Days” are gathering for a virtual reunion to raise money for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Scheduled for Sunday, the reunion will feature Henry Winkler (“Fonzie”), Ron Howard (“Richie Cunningham”), Don Most (“Ralph Malph”), Anson Williams (“Potsie Weber”), Marion Ross (“Marion Cunningham”) and writer Lowell Ganz.

To watch the reunion, a donation of at least $1 is required with funds going to the state Democratic Party.

The event will feature fan questions and behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and crew.

“We’re thrilled a show made famous in Milwaukee is coming back home to help make Donald Trump a one-term President,” said Ben Wikler, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “We

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