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Tony Winners Stephanie J. Block & Linda Lavin Set For Sarah Silverman’s ‘The Bedwetter’ Musical

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Tony Winners Stephanie J. Block & Linda Lavin Set For Sarah Silverman’s ‘The Bedwetter’ Musical
Tony Award winners Linda Lavin and Stephanie J. Block are among the cast announced today for the world premiere production of Sarah Silverman’s Off Broadway musical The Bedwetter. Sami Bray, who appeared on Broadway in the 2017 production of 1984, and Zoe Glick (of Broadway’s Frozen) will share the role of Sarah, the 10-year-old title character inspired by Silverman.

The casting was announced by the Atlantic Theater Company.

Based on Silverman’s bestselling memoir, The Bedwetter begins performances on Saturday April 25 for a limited engagement at the Linda Gross Theater, with opening night set for Wednesday May 20. The musical will run through Sunday June 14.

Other cast announced today: Ashley Blanchet (Frozen), Rick Crom (HBO’s Divorce), Darren Goldstein (Continuity), Taylor Paige Henderson (Off-Broadway debut), Charlotte MacLeod (Off-Broadway debut), Ellyn Marie Marsh (The Rose Tattoo), Charlie Pollock (Pretty Woman The Musical) and Emily Zimmerman (Off-Broadway debut).

Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
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Punky Brewster Sequel Scores Series Order

NBC's forthcoming streaming service will be home to a sequel to Punky Brewster.

The series has nabbed a formal commitment at Peacock, with Soleil Moon Frye coming back to lead the cast in the role she played on the original series.

Cherie Johnson is on board to reprise her role as Punky's best friend, while Quinn Copeland (Waitress the Musical) will star as the young Punky-like girl. Lauren Donzis, Oliver De Los Santos, and Noah Cottrell round out the cast.

Meanwhile, Freddie Prinze Jr. is attached to guest star in the pilot as Punky’s ex-husband.

"I am beyond thrilled and honored to be bringing Punky back!" Moon Frye said.

"I'm grateful to our NBCUniversal Content Studios and Peacock family and to our incredible team of creators, writers, producers, cast and crew that have put their hearts into this journey every step of the way."

"It is with great
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Punky Brewster Sequel Ordered to Series at NBC's Streaming Service

Punky Brewster Sequel Ordered to Series at NBC's Streaming Service
Everyone’s favorite pigtailed moppet is officially back: NBC Universal’s streaming service Peacock has greenlit a sequel to the 1980s sitcom Punky Brewster, TVLine has learned.

As previously reported, Soleil Moon Frye will return as the titular character, and Cherie Johnson will reprise her role as Punky’s best friend, Cherie. Freddie Prinze Jr. will guest-star in the premiere as Punky’s ex-husband, Travis. The cast also includes Lauren Donzis (No Good Nick) and newcomers Quinn Copeland, Oliver De Los Santos and Noah Cottrell.

More from TVLineSaved by the Bell Revival Video: Jessie, Slater and [Spoiler] Return to The MaxSaved
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Five Hilarious Times Rush and Neil Peart Impacted Pop Culture

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Five Hilarious Times Rush and Neil Peart Impacted Pop Culture
All through the weekend, tributes and memorials poured in for Rush drummer Neil Peart, who died last week of cancer at 67. The band’s progressive and distinctive yet ever-changing sound made a lasting impact on music fans during their 40-plus-year career, and it also affected pop culture, by tapping the minds of creative types who went on to reference the band in countless films, TV shows, novels, comics and more. The list of Rush name-drops runs the gamut from “Sctv” and “Gilmore Girls” to films like “High Fidelity,” “School of Rock” and Rob Zombie’s 2007 “Halloween” remake, which used “Tom Sawyer” in a climactic scene. There are plenty more — and true to their self-deprecating senses of humor — the members of Rush have never had any problem making fun of themselves — the band often played along. Below five of the best and funniest times Rush made an indelible mark on pop culture.
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‘King Richard’ Finds Its Young Venus & Serena, Adds Aunjanue Ellis To Will Smith-Starring Warner Bros. Pic

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‘King Richard’ Finds Its Young Venus & Serena, Adds Aunjanue Ellis To Will Smith-Starring Warner Bros. Pic
Exclusive: Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton (Godfather of Harlem) have been cast as young Venus and Serena Williams, respectively, in the Will Smith-led Warner Bros biopic, King Richard. In addition, Emmy-nominated When They See Us star Aunjanue Ellis has also joined the film in the role of matriarch Brandi Williams.

Reinaldo Marcus Green is at the helm, directing from a script by Zach Baylin. It’s a true story of the hardscrabble but iron-willed father of Venus and Serena Williams who had a plan to make his daughters the greatest tennis players in the world. This is how he pulled it off.

The Williams sisters have remained dominating figures on the tennis court over the years and have collectively won a total of 30 Grand Slam singles titles and four Olympic gold medals.

The film, a Westbrook Studios and Star Thrower co-production, is being produced by Tim White,
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10 Interesting Facts & Trivia You Didn't Know About Jack Black

Jack Black has been one of the greatest actors of the past several decades. Apart from being part of incredibly popular movies such as School Of Rock, Jumanji, and Shallow Hal, he has developed a great reputation for being a tremendous person to back his career up. Whether he is rocking on the stage as the lead singer of Tenacious D or working in front of the camera for a movie project, Black always has the attention of the public.

Related: Jack Black's 10 Best Movies (According To Rotten Tomatoes)

However, even though people tend to know a lot about him from his countless press junkets, that doesn't mean fans know everything. There are many things even the biggest Jack Black fans don't know, and in this list, we will rank 10 facts & trivia about him that many may not know.
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Amazon Prime's Troop Zero is More Warped Than Your Typical Family Film

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A tale of underdogs and their quest to leave a lasting mark on society while representing planet earth to potential extra terrestrial life forms takes the shape of a family film that is just peculiar enough to please adults while catering to kids.

Troop Zero is Amazon Prime's first straight-to-streaming feature length film, though it made its official premiere at Sundance 2019.

And it's not as cheesy as your usual family film fare.

One of the greatest assets Troop Zero has going for it is its subtle edginess, even while narrating a message about self-motivation and celebrating one's uniqueness.

Miss Rayleen -- played charismatically by Viola Davis -- is an anti-hero type who cares not for the company of young children.

Because of her distaste for palling around with kids, the bitter comedy lands with grace and assists in earning empathy as we watch the character's journey change throughout the approximate 90 minute runtime.
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Movies out of Hollywood – other American Cities on Film

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There is no doubt that Hollywood is the movie capital of the Western world. The streets and avenues may not be paved with dreams but there are stars, studios and stories essential to our movie history around every corner.

Capturing the American City on camera, even going so far as to include the city as a character in the films however pretentious that may sound, has long been a feature of urban cinema. The diverse nature of the American city has given rise to many different types of stories, set against many different backdrops, but they are all part of the wide expanse of America’s cinematic heritage.

While L. A. movies have been covered often before, we are here to look at other American cities, the films that were based there, and how their character is captured on the screen.

Las Vegas

The glittering diamond in the rough of
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Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon's Little Fires Everywhere Gets Hulu Premiere Date and Trailer

Are you ready to feel the burn? Hulu on Friday not only dropped an incendiary trailer for its hotly-anticipated adaptation of Celeste Ng’s bestselling Little Fires Everywhere, it also announced the Kerry Washington/Reese Witherspoon series’ premiere date: Wednesday, March 18.

Per Hulu, the drama, which Washington and Witherspoon are also executive-producing, “follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family” — headed up by Witherspoon and The Affair alum Joshua Jackson — “and an enigmatic mother and daughter” — played by Washington and Lexi Underwood — “who upend their lives.

More from TVLineCastle Rock's Lizzy Caplan Explains Annie's 'Gut Punch' Finale Decision:
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Alex Brightman Is John Belushi in Upcoming Biopic

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Alex Brightman Is John Belushi in Upcoming Biopic
Broadway star Alex Brightman will play John Belushi in an upcoming biopic about the late actor and comedian. After spending several years in development hell, the John Belushi movie (dubbed Belushi) now seems to be on track with its main star now officially attached to lead the project. David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) is also on board to direct, with Alexandra Milchan (The Wolf of Wall Street), Scott Lambert (The Terror), and casting director Bonnie Timmermann producing.

This will not be the first time an actor has portrayed the comedian in a Belushi biopic. In 1989, The Shield star Michael Chiklis played Belushi in his film debut for a movie called Wired. Directed by Larry Peerce, the "biopic" depicts Belushi waking up in the morgue soon after his death, then recalling some of the most significant moments from his life and career through the use of flashbacks. The movie was
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Jack Black Forgets He Starred in The Holiday: 'Do I Have a Christmas Movie?'

Jack Black Forgets He Starred in The Holiday: 'Do I Have a Christmas Movie?'
With more than 150 acting credits under his belt, Jack Black has a hard time keeping track of his roles.

In a video interview shared by Variety on Monday, the actor, 50, hilariously forgot about his role in the 2006 romantic comedy, The Holiday. When asked about his favorite movie to watch over the holidays, Black completely glanced over his own film in favor of another Christmas classic.

“My favorite holiday film — it’s got to be Elf,” he says in the clip. “Jon Favreau and Will Ferrell just knock it out of the park.”

“You could have said your own movie,” the interviewer says,
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Bww Interview: Analisa Leaming Talks Hello, Dolly! On Tour

Analisa Leaming has been traveling the country the past year with 'ribbons down her back' as Irene Malloy in the national tour of Hello, Dolly Before taking Hello, Dolly on the road, Leaming understudied the role in the recent Broadway revival and celebrated 600 shows with the classic musical a few weeks ago. In addition to Dolly, you may have seen her on Broadway as Anna in Lincoln Center's revival of The King and I, Rosalie Mullins in School of Rock, or Anita in On the Twentieth Century.
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Jack Black Wants to Retire Soon, Will Jumanji 3 Be His Final Movie?

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Jack Black Wants to Retire Soon, Will Jumanji 3 Be His Final Movie?
Are we coming to the end of Jack Black's time as a movie star? That very well may be the case, as the actor says he's planning to retire soon. Jack Black has been a major star for virtually the entirety of the 2000s, starting with his turn in High Fidelity. In that time, he's worked a lot and, in all likelihood, he could continue to work, should he so choose. But after two decades of the movie star life, Black seems more focused on spending time with his family.

The actor and Tenacious D frontman is currently promoting the release of his latest movie, Jumanji: The Next Level, which hits theaters this weekend. During a recent interview, Jack Black was talking about his future plans and revealed that early retirement is starting to sound very appealing. Here's what he had to say about it.

"Well, I've got another
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Broadway’s ‘Beetlejuice’ Musical To End Run In June

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Broadway’s ‘Beetlejuice’ Musical To End Run In June
Producers of Broadway’s Tony-nominated Beetlejuice said Monday that the comedic musical based on Tim Burton’s 1988 cult movie will play its final performance at the Winter Garden Theatre on June 6. A national tour is being mounted to kick off in fall 2021.

Beetlejuice the musical opened April 25, 2019 and was nominated for eight Tonys including Best Musical. It just broke the eight-performance house record at the Winter Garden during Thanksgiving week with $1,589,839, taking the crown from School of Rock ($1.506M in 2015).

Alex Timbers directed the musical which featured an original score by Eddie Perfect, and book by Scott Brown and Anthony King. It centered on Lydia Deetz (played by Winona Rider in the movie and Sophia Anne Caruso on Broadway), the unusual teenager whose life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and Beetlejuice (Tony nominee Alex Brightman), a demon with a thing for stripes and his own ideas
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"Stargirl" On "DC Universe"

Brec Bassinger ("School of Rock") is "Stargirl" in a new live-action TV series based on the DC Comics superhero, streaming on "DC Universe", Spring 2020:

A first season of 13 episodes "...follows the story of high school student 'Courtney Whitmore' as she comes into her own as a superhero.

"After the discovery of her stepfather's old superhero gear, 'Courtney Whitmore' decided to use the powers of his 'Cosmic Converter Belt'...

"...and fashion a costume of her own to become the teen crime-fighter known as 'Stargirl'...

"She has no inherent powers, but a 'Cosmic Staff' enables her to fly, shoot energy blasts and manipulate energy..."

"'Stargirl' (1999) was the first character I created for DC," said writer Geoff Johns. "Most important, 'Courtney Whitmore' was inspired by my sister who passed away. To have an opportunity to tell a story celebrating this superhero was literally the first thing I wanted to do
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Bww Readers Name The Shows Their High Schools Are Performing This Fall, Including Beauty and the Beast, School of Rock, and More!

We asked, and you answered To celebrate the importance of arts in education, we asked BroadwayWorld readers to let us know which shows their high schools and colleges are performing this fall. We've now gathered some of the most popular answers for you to enjoy, with roles ranging from classics like My Fair Lady and Damn Yankees to newer additions like School of Rock and Urinetown Check them all out
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Miranda Cosgrove Talks Filming That Gory Scene in ‘3022’: ‘It Was Actually Kind of Fun’

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Miranda Cosgrove Talks Filming That Gory Scene in ‘3022’: ‘It Was Actually Kind of Fun’
Warning: This blog post contains spoilers for “3022.”

Miranda Cosgrove had to step out of her comfort zone for John Suits’ sci-fi drama “3022,” about group of astronauts on a mission into deep space who awake to find that earth has suffered an extinction level event.

Out in theaters Nov. 22, “3022” finds Cosgrove in a rare dramatic role as Lisa Brown, a tech expert and the youngest astronaut ever to participate in a 10-year mission aboard the space station Pangaea.

Omar Epps (“House”) plays Captain John Laine, who navigates a tumultuous romantic relationship with fellow crew member Jackie Miller while struggling to maintain his grip on reality. Angus Macfadyen (“Braveheart”) plays the space station’s resident doctor, who recommends the crew abandon their mission and return to earth — just before it ceases to exist.

For Cosgrove, a former child actress known for “iCarly,” “Drake & Josh,” “School of Rock” and the “Despicable Me” franchise,
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Endearing Trailer for Netflix Original Movie Let It Snow, Based on the Ya Novel

We’ve got a trailer for you to check out for an upcoming Netflix original holiday movie called Let it Snow. The movie is based on the book of the same name by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. Green is the author of other great Ya novels that made it to film, like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns.

The typical Christmas-themed movies out there that are made for TV and now streaming services tend to lean toward the cheesy and predictable. I think this movie looks well-written and refreshing.

The film is being directed by Luke Snellin and has a super talented cast that includes Isabela Moner (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Joan Cusack (School of Rock), Odeya Rush (Goosebumps), Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Mitchell Hope (Descendants), Miles Robbins (Halloween), Mason Gooding
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‘Almost Famous’ Hits the Stage, But How True Is the New Musical to the Movie?

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‘Almost Famous’ Hits the Stage, But How True Is the New Musical to the Movie?
Around the time that a teenage Cameron Crowe was starting to write about rock ‘n’ roll, the odd hybrid known as the rock musical was being invented with shows like “Hair” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” So it makes sense, perhaps, that the movie about Crowe’s first foray into rock journalism, 2000’s “Almost Famous,” has itself now made the transition to the stage.

Almost Famous,” the musical, opened last week at the Old Globe in San Diego, the city where Crowe lived when he first began his writing career. Its run has been extended through Oct. 27, though it appears to be on a fast track to a Broadway premiere in 2020.

Reviews for “Almost Famous” have for the most part been raves, and I’m not going to offer my own critical assessment of the production — that’s a task better left to somebody who hasn’t been friendly with Crowe for about 40 years.
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‘Freaks and Geeks’ at 20: How Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s Cult Hit Launched the Careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and More

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‘Freaks and Geeks’ at 20: How Paul Feig and Judd Apatow’s Cult Hit Launched the Careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and More
In the TV world, 1999 was a pretty important time. The multi-Emmy Award-winning drama series “The Sopranos” and “The West Wing” premiered that year, as did Nickelodeon’s beloved “SpongeBob SquarePants,” which has spawned two movies and even a Broadway musical, and Seth MacFarlane’s raucous Fox animated “The Family Guy.”

But one of the most fondly remembered series — which kicked off the careers of actors including James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, Busy Philipps and John Francis Daley — didn’t even air its complete season. NBC’s high school dramedy “Freaks and Geeks” premiered Sept. 25, 1999, created by a pre-“BridesmaidsPaul Feig and executive produced by Judd Apatow. The producing talent also included “School of Rock” writer Mike White and “Bad Teacher” director Jake Kasdan, and the show also featured guest stars including Ben Foster, Rashida Jones and a baby-faced Shia Labeouf. But after only averaging 6.8 million total live viewers for the season,
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