Film Review: ‘Itzhak’

Good music and good company make “Itzhak” a pleasure, though those seeking a methodical career overview should look elsewhere than this genial personality sketch of the world-famous violinist. Alison Chernick’s documentary captures the Manhattan-dwelling subject at home and on tour around the globe, hobnobbing with classical colleagues as well as the likes of close friend […]

The Secret to Retail Tech Success Isn’t the Tech. It’s the Planning and Training

Kicking off the tech industry calendar, the Consumer Electronics Show is a prime opportunity for innovators to make their mark on often-crowded marketplaces, or to introduce their goods to valuable new audiences. So it was surprising to me that this year, retail innovation was a somewhat underwhelming affair in comparison to the buzz around other…

‘Flash’ Standalone Film Taps Directors John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (EXCLUSIVE)

“Vacation” helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in negotiations to direct “Flashpoint,” the Flash standalone movie starring Ezra Miller. Warner Bros. had no comment. The studio had initially courted Ben Affleck to return to the director’s chair, but he passed on the gig. By tapping Daley and Goldstein, the studio seems to eye […]

Broadway B.O. Leaps Even As ‘Lion King’ & ‘Wicked’ Feel Winter Chill

With the three-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend as a spur, the Broadway box office defied the January trend, pole-vaulting 27% over the same week in 2017 and even surpassing the previous week by 2%. All that despite some staggering nose-dives among the family-friendly crowd.
That includes Disney’s two shows: The Lion King was off $681K from the previous week at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre, while Aladdin, installed at the Mouse’s New Amsterdam…

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Miramax Parent Company Enters Fray for Weinstein Co.

The parent company of Miramax is making a bid for the Weinstein Co. assets — an effort believed to have garnered the support of embattled Weinstein Co. founders Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein. The entry of Qatar-based BeIn Media Group into the Weinstein Co. auction has come as a surprise to others who have been […]

‘9-1-1’ Renewed for Season 2 at Fox

Fox has renewed drama series “9-1-1” for a second season, the network announced Tuesday. The series–from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear–explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters and emergency operators who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. It stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Connie Britton, Oliver Stark, Aisha […]

‘9-1-1’ Renewed For Second Season By Fox

Just two episodes in, Fox has renewed hit drama series 9-1-1 for a second season.
Written and executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, 9-1-1 is coming off record ratings for its series premiere. The debut episode has drawn more than 15 million viewers in seven-day multi-platform viewing for Fox’s largest premiere since Empire in 2015, excluding post-Super Bowl premieres, according to the network. In Nielsen Live + 7, the show drew 10.7 million…

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