‘Slave Play’ Review: Who Says Broadway Isn’t Ready For Jeremy O. Harris?   Other

One of the first hints – an uneasy moment in a remarkable evening full of them – planted in Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play suggesting that all is not as it seems (and even what it seems isn’t entirely clear) comes shortly into the opening scenario. A black woman, dressed in Antebellum slave garb, and a white man, attired in the sort of short-hand plantation overseer
Warner Bros. Laughing All The Way To The Bank With ‘Joker’: $94M Debut Reps Records For October, Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix & Robert De Niro   Other

Updated, Late Friday PM w/chart: Joker continues to rob a record amount of cash from the October box office with Friday looking at an increased $39.8M, now putting the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow/Bron Studios pic’s 3-day at $94M. One rival distribution source believes that Joker, in play at 17 offshore territories, is heading to a worldwide opening between $188M-$194M.
‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ Broadway Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda Co-Creation Improvises Delight   Other

The Freestyle Love Supreme I saw on Broadway last week won’t be the Freestyle Love Supreme theatergoers see tonight or tomorrow or any other night in its limited, 16-week run. An energetic, insistently likable mash-up of rap, improvisational comedy, hip hop, R&B crooning and, crucially, audience participation, FLS – in its own shorthand – is both the show and
‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘HTGAWM’ & ‘Evil’ Lead Live+3 Ratings Gains On Premiere Thursday, ‘Carol’s Second Act’ Scores   Other

ABC veteran Grey’s Anatomy once again proved its mettle, with its Season 16 premiere posting the biggest absolute adults 18-49 Live+3 lift, +0.8 rating, among all Premiere Thursday series in the first three days of playback, to lead the Thursday scripted pack with a 2.3 18-49 L3 rating. ABC’s A Million Little Things logged the second biggest 18-49 increase of the
‘Preacher’ Series Finale: The Search Ends For AMC’s Subversive Saga   Other

SPOILER WARNING: This article reveals major plot points for the series finale of Preacher, which airs tonight on AMC. Preacher, on paper, seemed like a television pitch that didn’t have a prayer. The fact that Sunday night marked the end of the fourth and final season of the AMC series from executive producers Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad) and Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
‘The Irishman’ Takes Bows At New York Film Festival World Premiere – Update   Other

UPDATED at 12:15AM PT with reactions and detail. In The Irishman, mobbed-up characters in need of protection talk about needing “bodies” – shorthand slang for bodyguards – to watch their backs. Plenty of bodies patrolled Friday’s after-party for director Martin Scorsese’s Netflix release, which had a high-energy world premiere at the New York Film Festival.
Elizabeth Banks Becomes First Female Director Awarded Pioneer Of The Year, And Tells Why She Insisted On Tampon Scene In New ‘Charlie’s Angels’   Other

Elizabeth Banks became the first female director honored as Pioneer of the Year in the 78-year history of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation. The feeling in the room for an industry run largely by white men was that it seemed just the right choice in 2019 to honor a woman who does it all: produce, direct, write, act and even host a game show (she MC’d
CBS Buys Police Drama ‘Queens’ From ‘The InBetween’ Duo With Penalty   Other

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation with multiple networks bidding, CBS has landed Queens, a police drama from The InBetween creator/executive producer Moira Kirland, executive producer Matt Gross and studio Universal TV, where Gross is under an overall deal. Primetime-Panic Your Complete Guide to Pilots and Straight-to-Series orders Written by Kirland, the project
ABC’s ‘World News Tonight’ Wins Another TV Season In Total Viewers, ‘NBC Nightly News’ Tops Demo Ratings   Other

The final Nielsen numbers for the just-completed 2018-2019 network news season are in, and ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir again finished first in total viewers and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt beat its rivals in key demographics. But viewership was flat or down across the board, even as the networks seized on the numbers for bragging rights. ABC News
‘New Jack City’ Reboot In Works With ‘Snowfall’s Malcolm M. Mays Writing   Other

EXCLUSIVE: We are getting word from sources that Warner Bros is rebooting its 1991 neo-noir gangster film New Jack City, and that multi-hyphenate Snowfall actor and filmmaker Malcolm M. Mays is writing. The original movie, directed by Mario Van Peebles and written by Thomas Lee Wright, boasted a star cast that included Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Chris Rock, Flavor Flav,