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By Giancarla Sambo Edited by Elissa D. Hecker Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Technology/Media, and General News: Entertainment Music Licensing Giant BMI Sells to Private Equity Firm Broadcast Music Inc., one of the major performing rights organizations in the United States, collected $1.57 billion and distributed $1.47 billion for its 2022 fiscal year. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/21/arts/music/bmi-sells-new-mountain-capital.html Sean Combs Accused of Sexual Assault by a Second Woman The rap mogul denied a rape accusation made ...

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Jessie Schuster Edited by Elissa D. Hecker Entertainment Lyrics Can be Used as Evidence During Rapper Young Thug’s Trial on Gang and Racketeering Charges, Judge Rules A judge has ruled that rapper Young Thug’s lyrics can be used at trial and they have been admitted into evidence in his gang and racketeering case. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/young-thug-trial-lyrics-can-be-used-as-evidence-judge-rules/ Lawsuit Claims Bureau of Prisons Staff Leaked R. Kelly’s Personal Information Before Chicago Trial R. Kelly is suing the federal government on claims that the staff of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons released ...
By Bennett Liebman Downstate Casinos City Council Win Might Hurt Bally’s, Kristy Marmorato's City Council win could hurt Bronx casino bid (nydailynews.com) Steve Cohen’s Planned Casino, Friday Morning Politics; A Casino for Citi Field?; Health Effects for Veterans; Subway Etiquette Reminders | The Brian Lehrer Show | WNYC Casino in Queens Park, Queens casino in the park? | | qchron.com Stay of Ruling Against LV Sands, Appeals Court Stays Ruling To Block Nassau Hub Casino Lease | Garden City, NY Patch Lower Court Judge Blocks LV Sands Casino, J udge blocks Nassau County casino lease | Crain's New York Business (crainsnewyork.com) Court ...
By Bennett Liebman Celebrification of NY Theater, Celebrification of N.Y. Theater: Marquee Names Join as Producers (variety.com) Congressman Higgins to Run Shea’s, U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins resigns congressional seat (ny1.com) Spamalot Still Funny, Back on Broadway, ‘Spamalot’ is funnier than ever (msn.com) Critics Meet Harmony, Review Roundup: HARMONY Opens On Broadway! See What the Critics Are Saying! (broadwayworld.com) Barry Manilow Writes The Songs, ‘Harmony’ Review: Barry Manilow Writes the (Broadway) Songs - The New York Times (nytimes.com) Casting for Wine and Roses, Complete casting announced for Broadway transfer of ‘Days of ...

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By Giancarla Sambo Edited by Elissa D. Hecker Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Technology/Media, and General News: Entertainment Florida Officials Ask Supreme Court to Block Rulings Limiting Anti-Drag Show Law Florida is asking the Supreme Court to block lower court rulings that prohibit the enforcement of a new law targeting drag shows. https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/florida-officials-us-supreme-court-block-rulings-limiting-104263140 Reaction to Hamas Attack Leaves Some Jews in Hollywood Feeling Unmoored The response to the ...
By Bennett Liebman Soloviev Proposes Housing, Soloviev Will Build Low-Rent Housing If Awarded NY Casino License (playny.com) Peter Ward as Powerful New Yorker, The Most Powerful New Yorkers List (nymag.com) See Peter Ward Upping the Ante, New York Bidders Up the Ante - GGB News New CEO at Seneca, Seneca Names New COO As NY Casino Compact Talks Drag On (playny.com) Sen Borrello Calls for Seneca Negotiations, Sen. Borrello Calling On NYS To Negotiate New Gaming Compact With Seneca Nation Before December Deadline (wrfalp.com) Cyber Attacks Hit NY Casinos, Cyber attacks hit NY state casino operation, two Hudson Valley hospitals (nypost.com) ...
By Bennett Liebman Here We Are Reviews, Reviews: Read What Critics Have to Say About Sondheim's Last Musical Here We Are | Playbill Long Time Coming for Here We Are, 'Here We Are,' Stephen Sondheim's last musical, was a long time coming : NPR Still Popular, Still Popular: Chenoweth and Menzel Talk ‘Wicked’ (vulture.com) Haydn Gwynne Obit, Haydn Gwynne obituary | Haydn Gwynne | The Guardian Bill Kenwright Obit, ‘His talent and enthusiasm never waned’: Blood Brothers and Evita producer Bill Kenwright | Stage | The Guardian The Prom May Be Postponed, Chicago suburb reconsiders postponing spring musical about gay teens (chicagotribune.com) ...

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By Jessie Schuster Edited by Elissa D. Hecker Entertainment Grand Jury to Weigh Recharging Alec Baldwin with Manslaughter A new investigation was initiated to find if the gun used on the set of Rust that killed the movie’s cinematographer could have been modified to discharge without the need to pull the trigger. The investigation has found that actor Alec Baldwin’s statement that he did not pull the trigger could not be accurate, leading to a decision for a grand jury to recharge Baldwin with involuntary manslaughter. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/general-news/alec-baldwin-rust-shooting-involuntary-manslaughter-recharge-1235569600/ ...
By Bennett Liebman Soloviev Promises Housing, Developer Promises Affordable Housing if Granted N.Y.C. Casino License - The New York Times (nytimes.com) Soloviev Sweetens Proposal , Soloviev Sweetens Casino Proposal with Affordable Housing (therealdeal.com) Roc Nations Rolls the dice, Roc Nation Rolls the Dice in Hell’s Kitchen: Battle for a West Side Casino Heats Up (w42st.com) Tracey Edwards Moves to Sands, Tracey Edwards resigns from state PSC for slot at Sands - Newsday ...
By Bennett Liebman Top 20 Most Produced Playwrights, AMERICAN THEATRE | The Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2023-24 Season Top 10 Most Produced Plays, AMERICAN THEATRE | The Top 10* Most-Produced Plays of the 2023-24 Season Constitution Is Most Produced Play, ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ Is This Season’s Most-Staged Play - The New York Times (nytimes.com) Lynn Nottage on Creating Theater, Lynn Nottage: ‘There’s no such thing as the perfect sandwich or song – just the joy that goes into creating’ | Theatre | The Guardian Suffs Head to Broadway, ‘Suffs’ Heads to Broadway With Hillary Clinton as a Producer - The New York Times ...

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By Giancarla Sambo Edited by Elissa D. Hecker Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Technology/Media, and General News: Entertainment Slaughter at a Music Festival of Peace and Love Leaves Israel Transformed If some sinister choreographer had sought a consummate staging of the failure of Israelis and Palestinians to reach beyond hatred and war, this savage meeting of two adjacent but distant worlds in idyllic undulating countryside came close, leaving at least 260 partygoers dead. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/10/15/world/middleeast/israel-music-festival-massacre.html ...
By Bennett Liebman Sands Tries Its Luck in Nassau, Nassau Casino: Sands Is Trying Its Luck (longislandpress.com) Times Square Is Bustling, Times Square Goes From Deserted to Bustling - WSJ Zoning on NYC Casinos, Joint Statement from Speaker Adrienne Adams and Department of City Planning Director Dan Garodnick on Conditional Citywide Text Amendment on Casinos - Press (nyc.gov) Expediting NYC Casinos, City proposal could expedite casino process — Queens Daily Eagle (queenseagle.com) Steve Cohen Seeks Casinos, Mets owner Steve Cohen seeking to construct casino outside Citi Field entry gates | Fox News A Casino for Citi, Citi Field Needs ...
By Bennett Liebman National Tour for Shucked, SHUCKED to Launch North American Tour in Fall 2024 (broadwayworld.com) Shucked Ending Broadway Run, ‘Shucked’ will end its Broadway run (broadwaynews.com) Crisis in Chicago Theaters, Why aren’t audiences returning to theaters? - Chicago Sun-Times (suntimes.com) Report on Chicago Theaters, From Dwindling Audiences to Increased Costs, Report Spotlights a Crisis for Chicago’s Theater Community | Chicago News | WTTW Struggles of Here Lies Love, ‘Here Lies Love’ on Broadway, like many shows, struggles to stay alive - The Washington Post Live theater in Miami, Miami's Arsht Center premieres new ...

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Jessie Schuster Edited by Elissa D. Hecker Entertainment SAG-AFTRA & Studio CEOs Start Talks With Revenue Sharing Still Divisive Issue; “Be Cautious” While the historic Writers’ Strike has come to an end, SAG-AFTRA is back to negotiating with Hollywood studios and streaming services. Members of the union are warning that just because one deal has been made, there is still more to do before both sides of their negotiation table can come up with an agreement. https://deadline.com/2023/10/actors-strike-talks-hollywood-studios-issues-remain-1235561315/ Longtime Union Leader Steps Fully into Hollywood’s Spotlight ...
By Bennett Liebman Will Swenson Bowing Out as Neil Diamond, ‘A Beautiful Noise’ on Broadway: Who is replacing Will Swenson as Neil Diamond? - Deseret News Karen Allen in the Berkshires, Actress Karen Allen has made a life in the Berkshires that blends all the creative things she loves to do (bostonglobe.com) Some Like it Hot Closing, ‘Some Like It Hot’ Closing on Broadway in December 2023 – The Hollywood Reporter Chicago Arts Report, Navigating Recovery: Arts And Culture Financial And Operating Trends In Chicago Reviews of Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Jaja's African Hair Braiding on Broadway? | Playbill ...
By Bennett Liebman MTA Head and Downstate Casinos, MTA head Lieber holds stake in casino bid land, raising questions about conflict (nydailynews.com) Janno Lieber’s Potential Casino Stake, MTA CEO Lieber Reportedly Has Ties To NYC Casino Proposal LV Scandal and Downstate Casinos, NY Casino Bidders Under Microscope After Las Vegas Scandal (playny.com) $100 Million for Trump Sale to Bally’s, Trump’s sale of Bronx golf course to Bally’s worth as much as $100M: sources (nypost.com) Lobbying and Downstate Casinos, Downstate Casinos, NY Online Casino Talks Spur $15M In Lobbying (playny.com) ...

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By Giancarla Sambo Edited by Elissa D. Hecker Below, for your browsing convenience, the categories are divided into: Entertainment, Arts, Sports, Technology/Media, and General News: Entertainment Hollywood Writers Strike Agreement Gives Writers Guild Most of What It Wanted Studios and the Writers Guild of America reached a deal on Sunday night, but with actors still on picket lines, much of Hollywood will remain shut. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2023/09/24/business/hollywood-writers-strike-news Actors’ Equity Seeks to Unionize Broadway Production Assistants The position is one of the few nonunion segments of the ...
By Bennett Liebman Obit for Michael Gambon, Michael Gambon has died aged 82 (whatsonstage.com) Filling Seats in Sacramento, Sacramento nonprofit arts organizations gather to discuss the challenges of filling venue seats • Sacramento News & Review (newsreview.com) David Mamet’s New Play, Commentary: On David Mamet's new play, starring Shia LaBeouf - Los Angeles Times (latimes.com) Asking for Federal Help for Theaters, Miranda, Rashad join ailing theaters in asking Congress for more aid - The Washington Post Primer on Theater Etiquette, A timely primer on theater etiquette after, well, you know | Arts & Entertainment | ...
By Bennett Liebman Sands in Nassau and the Nassau Colleges, Las Vegas Sands: Hofstra, NCC split on proposed $4B casino resort - Newsday Lobbying in NY Spurred by Gambling, Downstate Casinos, NY Online Casino Talks Spur $15M In Lobbying (playny.com) Light Display from Soloviev, Extravagant Light Display 'A Gift To New York' From NY Casino Bidder (playny.com) Free Buses from Bally’s Free Bus Service Set For The Bronx As Bally's Lays Casino Roots (playny.com) The Value of the Sale of Trump’s Bronx Golf Course, Trump’s sale of Bronx golf course to Bally’s worth as much as $100M: sources (nypost.com) Genting a Frontrunner in NY, ...

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By Jessie Schuster Edited by Elissa D. Hecker Entertainment With Striking Actors Off-Limits, Directors Get Their Close-Ups As the writers’ and SAG-AFTRA strikes continue, directors are now moving from their typical place behind the camera to promote their work at film festivals around the world, including several directors who are also actors. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/18/movies/hollywood-strike-directors.html?searchResultPosition=1 Proposed U.S. Bill Would Allow Indie Artists to Negotiate Collectively With Streaming Services and AI Companies The Project Working Musicians Act of 2023 will create ...