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Disney Removes Star Wars Movie ‘Rogue Squadron’ From Schedule
On Thursday, The Walt Disney Co pulled the “Star Wars” movie “Rogue Squadron” from next year’s movie schedule and gave no indication of when the company would release a new movie in the hit space franchise. The film would have been the first “Star Wars” movie to hit theaters since “The Rise of Skywalker” was released in December 2019.
Viola Davis says ‘The Woman King’ offered ‘ownership, agency’
As the actress and producer of Sony Pictures’ “The Woman King,” Viola Davis says the historical black woman epic is unlike any project she’s worked on. The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, is based on the true story of the Agojie, a real-life group of female warriors who protected the African kingdom of Dahomey in the 1800s.
“The Piano Lesson” is back on Broadway, starring Samuel L. Jackson
American playwright August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson” returns to Broadway, with Samuel L. Jackson in the lead role and his wife directing. The Pulitzer Prize-winning work, set in 1936, tells the story of a brother and sister who fight over what to do with an heirloom piano that has images of their family carved by a slave ancestor .
‘Squid Game’ director grapples with reviving dead characters for second season
The director of Netflix’s massive hit series ‘Squid Game’ said on Friday he was in a dilemma over whether and how to revive dead characters as he prepares for a second season after scoring the story at the Emmys last week. “Squid Game” became Netflix Inc’s most-watched series after its release last September, spawning countless online memes and Halloween costumes and kickstarting sales of green tracksuits.
The Native American actress and activist reflects on the 1973 Oscars protest
Half a century ago, actor and activist Sacheen Littlefeather took the stage in a traditional buckskin dress at the Academy Awards to decline an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, launching into a speech about the mistreatment of Native Americans by the film industry. She was booed from the stage of the 1973 ceremony after 60 seconds for her remarks, which drew attention to an Indigenous protest in Wounded Knee, South Dakota. She was then professionally boycotted by the film industry for decades.
End of Broadway’s longest-running show, ‘Phantom of the Opera’
‘The Phantom of the Opera’, Broadway’s longest-running show, is set to end Feb. 18, 2023 due to a sharp drop in ticket sales even after New York theaters reopen after the pandemic lockdown . “Phantom” is a staple of the Broadway world with more than 70 major theatrical wins and 13,733 performances since its 1988 debut. Despite its legacy, the New York Post reported the show was losing $1 million a month.
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