9 Industry Stories You May Have Missed This Week

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Jordan Peele just made history.
His latest film, “Get Out,” just made over $100 million at the box office, making Peele the first black director and writer to have his debut reach that amount. (CNN)

The National Endowment for the Arts is in serious jeopardy.
Under Trump's latest proposed budget cuts, the NEA—along with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting—would lose funding despite the absolutely vital role it plays in American life. (New York Times)

Is this the next “La La Land”?
Baby Driver,” the new action-musical from Edgar Wright just released its first trailer and it looks kind of insane and like a lot of fun. (YouTube)

The Casting Society of America will host a town hall meeting for transgender actors.
As part of the CSA’s ongoing commitment to address and change casting as it related to underrepresented communities, they will hold a forum on Monday, April 3, moderated by Pooya Mohseni, an Iranian/American actress and transgender advocate. (Broadway World)

The Academy is still trying to clean up that Oscars mess.
On March 28, the 54-person board will meet to figure out how it can move past the Best Picture drama that occurred at the 89th Academy Awards. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Kal Penn sheds light on racial stereotyping in Hollywood.
The actor took to Twitter this week to discuss stereotypes after he started digging through old audition scripts, finding that many relied heavily on racial stereotypes. (Backstage)

Broadway just helped build a restaurant in New York.
After his in-the-works restaurant, SpoonFed NYC, was abandoned by a construction company, Randy Stricklin-Witherspoon (who has catered Broadway shows “Wicked,” “Kinky Boots,” “Les Miserables,” and “Hamilton”) turned to his community for help. Crew members of multiple shows came out to help him finish building the space and helped raise more than $16,000 for the restaurant. (Eater)

The Matrix is coming back.
Dust off your long black leather jacket—Warner Bros. is rebooting the 1999 sci-fi hit. (The Verge)

Bette Middler is officially Dolly.
The actor shared a sneak peek of herself in costume on Twitter one day before performances began for her run in “Hello, Dolly!”