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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Reuters reports: Losses more than doubled at the US Postal Service in the first three months of the year to $1.3 billion. But that’s not Amazon’s fault. President Donald Trump has frequently complained that Amazon (AMZN) takes advantage of the post office, which has a contract to help deliver many of the online shopping giant’s packages. Last month he created …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Billboard Magazine reports: Kylie Minogue captures her 14th No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart, as “Dancing” rises 2-1 (on the list dated May 12). The Australian icon ties Dave Aude, Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull for 10th place on the list of acts with the most leaders in the chart’s nearly 42-year history; Madonna reigns with 46 …

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JMG Newsletter Launch: Daily Recaps To Your Inbox

As some of you may have already noticed, there’s now a small box on the top right of JMG to sign up for our new daily recap of JMG items. Here’s the direct link. The list of subscribers can’t be sold or shared and there’s a one-click unsubscribe function. For those of you here every day to hover over my …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Live Science reports: A backhoe approaches a pine tree at the height of allergy season. It takes only a single nudge — boop! — and a massive cloud of yellow dust oozes from the branches like a toxic fog. But that’s no fog. As anyone who has to park their car under a tree in springtime will tell you, this …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

The Washington Post reports: Polls closed Tuesday night in four states as Republicans, eager to claim Democratic Senate seats in states won by President Trump, closely watched races in Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia, as well as North Carolina. Battling anti-establishment fervor that threatened their position ahead of November’s midterm elections, GOP leaders were on edge about the race in …

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Billboard Magazine reports: Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears has found a successful career as an out musician — his band achieved a cult fanbase within the LGBTQ community, and Shears himself has been working on his debut solo album, along with his headline-making stint as Charlie Price in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots earlier this year. On Sunday, Shears sat …

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Courthouse News reports: Fighting to suppress evidence obtained with a search warrant, former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort argued in a court filing Saturday that the FBI entered his Virginia storage unit a day before the search with improper authorization. Manafort’s arguments comes in response to an April 23 brief by the government where it said an employee of a …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

200K+ views in one day. Playbill reports: As the musical adaptation of Moulin Rouge! approaches its world premiere, get a first listen to the love story’s signature tune, “Come What May,” as performed by Aaron Tveit in the music video below. The video, directed by Ezra Hurwitz, features Tveit in a theatre—filled with raining score pages and flower petals—as he …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Via Playbill: The Boys in the Band, Mart Crowley’s groundbreaking 1968 play, on Broadway for the first time, began previews at the Booth Theatre this week. Tony winner Joe Mantello directs a cast that includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, and Matt Bomer. The limited engagement, produced by Ryan Murphy and David Stone, will open May 31 and is …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

From the Hollywood Reporter: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has expelled Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski from its membership, the organization said Thursday. The Academy’s board of governors, following its new procedure for enforcing a Standards of Conduct that it adopted in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, voted to expel the comedian and the director …

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Theater Mania reports: Jake Gyllenhaal is set to produce and star as Leonard Bernstein in the upcoming biopic The American. Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) will direct the film, with screenwriter Michael Mitnick adapting Humphrey Burton’s biography Leonard Bernstein. The film will reportedly be structured in five moments and follow Bernstein’s life from age 25, when he first conducted the …

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Playbill reports: The 25th anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s two-part epic Angels In America is now the most Tony-nominated play in history. The revival earned 11 Tony nominations, placing it behind only Mean Girls and SpongeBob and tying it with The Band’s Visit and Carousel. With the 11 nods, Angels in America beats out former record-holders The Coast of Utopia …

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Britain’s The Sun reports: Green Day fans are campaigning to get “American Idiot” to Number 1 in time for Donald Trump’s visit to the UK. The scheme was announced in January last year but has gained momentum after the President confirmed he was making a “working visit” to Britain on July 13. A statement said: “We have a date, he’s …

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Billboard reports: Back in December, Irish rock mainstays U2 returned with their 14th studio album, Songs of Experience. The release, which is a companion piece to 2014’s Songs of Innocence, features their latest single “Love Is Bigger Than Anything in Its Way” — and a visual for the moving track premiered Friday (April 27). The video was filmed in U2’s …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

The Hill reports: Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy will headline the Democratic National Committee’s LGBTQ gala this summer. Kenworthy told ABC News that he would attend the event in New York City as a special guest, in defiance of what he called President Trump’s attacks on LGBTQ people. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the DNC at their LGBTQ …

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Just in from Broadway Cares: At the 32nd Annual Easter Bonnet Competition, the talented young cast of School of Rock – The Musical joined forces with Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Peña to perform the students’ inspiring original song, “Shine.” Garrity and Peña wrote the song in response to the shooting at their Parkland, FL, …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

A warning shot to Trump today from the Senate: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday to give protections to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, which senators said sent a message to President Donald Trump even if it has major hurdles to ever becoming law. Although the 14-7 vote on the measure split Republicans, the message from the …

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JMG Turns Fourteen (And News Of Upcoming Changes)

This week marks the fourteenth blogiversary of this here website thingy. Counting this one, we’re at 75,285 posts over 14 years, the last ten of which have been without a day off. Whether I am insanely committed or am insane and should be committed – that is your call. The actual launch date anniversary comes this weekend, but since more …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

In tonight’s Broadway news, after a month of previews the Donna Summer musical officially opened this week to some of the most scathing reviews you’ll read. From the New York Times: The biographical jukebox musical — of which “Jersey Boys” provides a shining example, thanks to all the Brylcreem — is the cockroach of Broadway. It has a small head, …

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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Our pal Matt Baume looks at The Simpsons and homophobia: The 1997 episode of The Simpsons entitled “Homer’s Phobia” doesn’t just mark a turning point for queer characters on television — it’s a turning point for homophobia on television as well. With an unlikely appearance by cult filmmaker John Waters, the episode features a groundbreaking depiction of intolerance, a crash …

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