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Ben Platt, Molly Gordon Team for Comedy ‘Theater Camp’

Dear Evan Hansen actor Ben Platt, Booksmart actor Noah Galvin, actress Molly Gordon and filmmaker Nick Lieberman are set to star in the comedy Theater Camp, based on their 2020 short film of the same name. Picturestart and Topic Studios will finance the film, with the companies producing alongside Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum’s Gloria […]

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to Close on Broadway This Fall

Dear Evan Hansen has posted a Sept. 18 closing date after six years on Broadway. The production, which won the 2017 Tony Award for best musical, reopened at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway in December 2021, after the pandemic-induced closure of theaters. Before the pandemic, the show regularly sold out and grossed more than […]

Ellie Goulding and Ben Platt to Perform at LA Family Housing Awards Gala

Ellie Goulding and Ben Platt are booked to perform at LA Family Housing’s upcoming awards gala. The event, scheduled for April 21, will be held at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center. The pair share a program that also features honorees Frances, Steve, Lucie and Liliana Berman, YouTube star Jacques Slade (who is hosting) and presenting […]

The Hottest Nail Art Celebrities Are Rocking on Red Carpets

The Shapes of Fall 2021: Claws, Coffins and Stilettos Extreme lengths are what nails are now going to, as seen on Cynthia Erivo at the Met Gala (where she rocked silver talons covered in crystals) and the Emmy Awards, where New York nail artist Gina Oh created for her a new take on a ’90s […]

Box Office: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Sings Off-Key With $7.5M Debut; ‘Shang-Chi’ Stays No. 1

Universal’s Dear Evan Hansen sang off-key in its big-screen debut with a $7.5 million second-place finish as superhero sensation Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continued to top the domestic chart in its fourth weekend upon earning another $13.3 million. Additionally, Shang-Chi became the top-grossing pic of the pandemic era in North America, […]

Box Office Milestone: ‘Shang-Chi’ Becomes Highest-Grossing Domestic Pic of Pandemic Era

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings continues to dazzle at the box office. The Marvel Studios and Disney pic achieved a major milestone on Friday when hitting $186.8 million in domestic ticket sales, the highest gross of the pandemic-era despite the challenges posed by the delta variant. The record previously belonged to fellow […]

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Director on Ben Platt’s Return to the Role: “It Was Him or Nothing”

When developing the hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen for the big screen, there was only one choice for the title role, says director Stephen Chbosky: “It was always Ben.” Ben Platt, of course, originated the role onstage starting in 2015 until his final show in November 2017, picking up a Tony and becoming a […]

Toronto: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Director Stephen Chbosky Talks Bringing Broadway to the Big Screen

While Boadway shows like Mean Girls and Spider-Man began as Hollywood movie franchises that jumped to the stage after strong multiplex runs, Stephen Chbosky, who wrote the screenplay for Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast and the film adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, has turned a hit Broadway musical into an awards season hopeful […]

Toronto: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Director Says Pandemic Took “Terrible Toll On All of Us”

“Wow. Here you all are!,” Stephen Chbosky, director of the movie version of the hit Broadway play Dear Evan Hansen for Universal Pictures, proclaimed from the stage of the Roy Thomson Hall as he opened the 46th edition of the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday night. Chbosky’s emotion flowed from being able to finally present […]

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Oral History: How Broadway’s Biggest Hit Since ‘Hamilton’ Became an Awards Season Movie

In these deeply cynical times, the terrain is tough for an open-hearted movie musical. Indeed, within seconds of the trailer for Dear Evan Hansen dropping on May 18, social media was ablaze with snark about 27-year-old Ben Platt playing a high-school student and sporting a new hairstyle. Before you knew it, Twitter trolls had widely […]

‘Broken Diamonds’: Film Review

Ben Platt stars as an aspiring novelist struggling to care for his schizophrenic sister, played by Lola Kirke, in Peter Sattler’s fraught family drama.

Kristen Bell Joins Allison Janney, Ben Platt in Wedding Comedy From Amazon, FilmNation (Exclusive)

Kristen Bell is joining Allison Janney and Ben Platt to star in The People We Hate at the Wedding, a comedy that sees Amazon Studios partnering with FilmNation to produce. Adapting the novel by Grant Ginder, the comedy will be directed by Claire Scanlon and has a script by Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux, who […]