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The 90th annual Academy Awards continued going down the rough road, as its ratings plummeted into an all-time low. The Oscars were hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Only 25.6 million people tuned in to watch this year’s show, down 18 percent from last year’s 32.9 million and almost 50 percent from 44 million people in 2014, indicating the television program’s loss of significance.


Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash musical Hamilton conquered Britain by breaking the record at the Olivier Awards for most nominations for any production ever. The Olivier Awards, comparative to the Tony Awards and named after great actor Laurence Olivier, have previously honored Hairspray and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with 11 nominations each. History was shattered when Hamilton received an astounding 13 nominations. Usually resistant to U.S. theater works, this year’s Olivier Awards were dominated by productions such as Angels in America, 42nd Street, On the Town, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Follies came in second this year with 10 nominations.


Oscar winners Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o signed up to star in the upcoming film The Woman King. Inspired by the success of Black Panther, which stars Nyong’o, Davis decided to co-produce a film with her husband Julius Tennon that will tell a story of Dahomey, an African kingdom that existed from around 1600 to 1894. Davis and Nyong’o will portray mother and daughter, who lead an all-women military of Amazons and fight against the French, before being defeated and sent into historical oblivion.


Tony-, Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning writing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have announced that they will be writing new songs for the upcoming Aladdin live-action film. Based on the 1992 Disney classic animated film, Pasek and Paul, the writers of La La Land, Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman, will be collaborating with Aladdin’s original composer Alan Menken, who is known for writing music for other Walt Disney Co. films such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.


Streaming giant Netflix continues to dive into the world of talk shows by signing Comedy Central’s Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj to headline his own show. Minhaj has been working for Comedy Central since 2014, rising to national prominence in 2017 after hosting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and debuting his first comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King last May on Netflix. The streaming service has ordered 32 weekly episodes, making Minhaj the first Indian-American to have his own talk show. This foray into talk shows follows two seasons of Chelsea, hosted by comedienne Chelsea Handler, which was canceled in late 2017.

March 12, 2018

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