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Variety reports: Madonna has revealed that she is working on a screenplay with Oscar-winning writer Diablo Cody. The pop star announced the news in a short video posted to her Instagram on Friday with the caption, “When you’re stuck in a house with multiple injuries what do you do? Write a screenplay with Diablo Cody about…?” Madonna followed this statement …

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Billboard Magazine reports: Fans are eagerly waiting to hear Troye Sivan’s new EP — and today, they got another surprise taste of the singer’s new music. Sivan dropped his latest single “Rager Teenager,” a moody song that sees Troye wistfully remembering his younger days of angst, hormones and bad behavior. In the one-shot video for his song, audiences see Sivan …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: The long-gestating American Song Contest series is getting close to fruition and is now targeting a debut during the holiday season 2021. American Song Contest will feature musical artists and bands from each of the 50 states and across every musical genre, to perform all original songs on the live televised event. The first Eurovision Song Contest …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Roku smashed Wall Street analysts’ consensus estimate for revenue in the second quarter, reporting a jump of 42% from a year ago to $356.1 million. The company now has 43 million active accounts, a rise of 41% over the same period in 2019. The streaming company said it was the No. 1 connected device based on hours …

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Variety reports: Sony has bought the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, titled “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” The studio plans to release the movie in theaters around Thanksgiving in 2022. Stella Meghie (“The Photograph”) directed the film from a script by Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Darkest Hour”). Music producer Clive Davis is producing “I Wanna Dance With …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: After last year’s Twinkle All the Way featured an on-screen, same-sex kiss between couple Lex and Danny (Brian Sills and Mark Ghanimé), Lifetime will continue to bolster their LGBTQ representation with The Christmas Set Up. This marks the network’s first movie with an LGBTQ romance as the lead story. In addition, Lifetime has greenlit A Sugar & …

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Playbill reports: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS took its annual striptease fundraiser online: Broadway Bares: Zoom In. Although the in-person 30th anniversary celebration, originally set for June 21, was postponed until 2021, the annual evening lived on digitally through streamed stripteases featuring New York City dancers. Viewers got new performances that make social distancing sexy, plus …

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Variety reports: Alan Dershowitz, legal scholar and Harvard Law School professor emeritus, is a fan of “The Good Fight.” But the famed attorney is preparing to sue ViacomCBS and the producers of the CBS All Access legal drama for referring to him in the final episode of the show’s fourth season as a “shyster” in connection with his representation of …

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Variety reports: Facebook is unleashing hundreds of thousands of music videos in the U.S. starting this weekend — a direct challenge to YouTube, which has had a virtual lock on the internet music-video space for years. According to Facebook, its debut of official music videos in the States is about more than just watching the videos themselves: Execs say the …

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Deadline reports: Amazon delivered another quarter of stellar financial results as its digital business continues to thrive during COVID-19 despite logistical challenges posed by the pandemic. Total revenue for the quarter ending June 30 was $88.9 billion, more than $7 billion more than Wall Street analysts’s consensus expectation. CEO Jeff Bezos joined other tech leaders Wednesday in delivering testimony before …

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New from our pal Matt Baume: For over a hundred years, the ballrooms of New York have been host to extravagant, exciting, and sometimes secret queer dance parties. And by looking back at old documentaries like Paris is Burning & The Queen, and at new ones like Kiki, we can start to reconstruct the history of queer dance parties, and …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Cox Communications and Plex have announced that they will now offer the LGBTQ+ TV channel and streaming network Revry to their customers worldwide. With the new launch, Revry has expanded its reach to eight live TV channels, two subscription on-demand products, and seven owned and operated “tribrid” apps in all major app stores. The Revry Premium SVOD …

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Variety reports: HBO has optioned a book proposal about the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine with Adam McKay onboard as an executive producer, Variety has confirmed. The potential limited series is based on the book proposal “The First Shot” by Brendan Borrell. It tells the story of the global coronavirus vaccine race, following the companies and individuals involved, the science …

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Variety reports: In a new interview, singer-songwriter Doja Cat revealed that she had recently tested positive for coronavirus after previously making light of the pandemic on social media. Though she feels better now, Doja told Capital XTRA that she had symptoms that lasted for a few days — and blamed the food delivery app Postmates for contracting the virus. “I …

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Variety reports: Peter Green, founder of Fleetwood Mac and the band’s widely admired guitarist and vocalist in its early years before drug abuse and mental illness foreshortened his career, has died. He was 73. Solicitors acting on behalf of his family said in a statement, as reported by the BBC: “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Michelle Obama’s debut episode of her podcast will feature a familiar voice – Barack Obama. The former president will join his wife on the first episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast, recently announced as an exclusive on Spotify. The show will be available starting July 29. In the debut, they will have what is described as “an …

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Variety reports: Hulu has optioned the rights to Curtis Sittenfeld’s alternative history book “Rodham,” which takes place in a world in which Hillary Rodham never married Bill Clinton. The series is described as telling the story of an ambitious young woman, developing her extraordinary mind in the latter part of the 20th century, moving from idealism to cynicism and all …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Actor-comedian Billy Eichner and producer Tom McNulty are developing Man in the Box, a biopic based on the life of groundbreaking TV icon Paul Lynde. Eichner plans to star. They’ve optioned a script by Edwin Cannistraci, and Eichner and McNulty are currently meeting with creatives to round out the rest of the production team. After his breakout …

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Axios reports: TikTok tells Axios it plans to add thousands of jobs in the U.S. over the next few years — ripping a familiar page from the “companies under fire” playbook. Chinese-owned TikTok is working to distance itself from Beijing in the face of a threatened ban from the Trump administration and broader scrutiny out of Washington, where policymakers are …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni took to Instagram over the weekend to tease their reunion in the upcoming Law & Order: SVU spinoff. Hargitay posted a close-up photo of the two, simply captioned “It’s on.” As previously reported, the spinoff titled Law & Order: Organized Crime will be headlined by Meloni reprising his role as Elliot Stabler. …

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