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9 Things to Talk About at This Weekend's Cocktail Party

9 Things to Talk About at This Weekend's Cocktail Party
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Idris Elba hosted a casting call and things got a little out of hand.
In an attempt to recruit extras for a film he’s directing, your internet boyfriend caused quite a commotion in London. (The Cut)

“Jesus Christ Superstar” is coming to the small screen.
Continuing the recent cable trend to produce live musicals for a TV audience, NBC will stage the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical for Easter 2018. (CNN)

MTV viewers (rightfully) awarded the “Best Kiss” honors to “Moonlight.”
The film’s stars, Ashton Sanders and Jharrel Jerome, accepted the award, saying, “This award is bigger than [us]. This represents more than a kiss.” (Vulture)

Women are kicking serious ass in film.
Charlize Theron’s turn in the upcoming “Atomic Blonde” highlights a less-than-appreciated genre: female action heroes. (New York Times)

Tupac is getting the documentary treatment.
Steve McQueen, director of “12 Years a Slave,” will direct the feature documentary about the life, music, and death of the hip-hop star. (Deadline)

There’s a call for Shakespeare fan fiction.
Over the next 20 years, the American Shakespeare Center, a regional theater company in Staunton, Virginia, will award $25,000 to two playwrights in the hopes of staging new plays as companion pieces to Shakespeare’s classics. (CNN)

Lin-Manuel Miranda and family are using their Hamiltons to change lives.
In an effort to support scholarships that further the inclusion of artists of color in the theater, the Miranda Family Fund has been established at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute. (NTI)

For the first time since 2003, the Grammy Awards will call New York City home once again.
The annual music awards ceremony will be held at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018. (NPR)

Hollywood is lying to itself about what makes a hit.
No more blaming minority, female, or older lead actors for not making more diverse films—the numbers don’t lie. (New York Times)

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