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Jefferson Mays Dominates a Dark Adaptation of Dickens Classic

There have been some very dark productions of “Macbeth” in New York City in the last few decades, but none of them were as dark as the new “A Christmas Carol” that opened Monday at Broadway’s Nederland Theatre after a production in Los Angeles.

By dark, I don’t mean grim, although the show is that when it needs to be. I mean no lighting or very little lighting. That overall darkness gets this production off to a terrific start when the theater is pitched into total blackness with an exciting bang. Slowly, very slowly, the lights come on when actor Jefferson Mays lights one candle after another to provide very faint illumination. It’s like that shark in “Jaws.” It’s best to give us only glimpses of this Scrooge and his dank environs before the ghost of Jacob Marley frightens the bejesus out of him, and us.

Mays plays more than

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Why ‘She Said’ Bombed at the Box Office

Universal’s #MeToo pic joins films like ”Till“ and ”Tár“ that get Oscar buzz for tackling tough topics but can’t win over audiences looking for an escape

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Universal’s journalism drama “She Said” has become one of the worst-performing wide releases in box office history, grossing a miserable $2.25 million from 2,022 theaters. But the film’s failure is just one example of several acclaimed prestige films that are getting Oscar buzz for tackling tough real-world topics but are being largely avoided by audiences looking for escapism at the multiplex.

Here’s a box office stat that will chill any studio exec with a mature awards contender: “Terrifier 2,” a gory indie slasher film that grossed $10.5 million in October, currently has a higher total than “She Said,” Focus Features’ “Tár,” United Artists’ “Till” or Searchlight Pictures’ “The Banshees of Inisherin,” all films predicted by awards gurus to have a significant presence on the

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Why Silicon Valley Didn’t Anticipate the COVID Comedown

Big Tech is now laying off workers after mistakenly predicting coronavirus surges would persist

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CNN Chief Doesn’t View Fox News, MSNBC as His Rivals

During an appearance on “On With Kara Swisher,” CNN’s chairman and CEO Chris Licht opened about who he sees as competition for the cable news channel, and it isn’t Fox News. 

“I’m not looking at it through trying to appeal to ‘lean into the left’ or ‘try to appeal to more people on the right.’ I think that that’s not a good business model because you’re fighting for a bigger slice of a shrinking pie,” said Licht on the newest episode of Swisher’s Vox Media-based podcast, which interviews influential names in politics, the entertainment Industry and more.

Licht, who upon taking the reins set a goal to shift to less-partisan news production at the network, said fellow channel news competitors aren’t on his radar. 

Laura Jarrett Exits CNN, Joins NBC News as Senior Legal Correspondent

“The competition for me in cable is not MSNBC or Fox. Hopefully, what we’re doing is so different and unique that we are attracting people who

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‘The Voice’s’ First Live Show Results Scales A Tuesday Primetime Ratings Win for NBC

Audiences tuned in to see which singers made it through to next week

“The Voice’s” first live show results scaled a Tuesday primetime ratings win for NBC, according to Nielsen’s live plus same-day figures.

As audiences tuned in to see which of Monday night’s top 16 singers made it through to next week, “The Voice” earned a 0.67 ratings score in the key demographic, driving NBC to win the night’s ratings by scoring an average 0.46 and drawing in 5.9 million viewers on average.

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