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DOJ Probing Live Nation and Ticketmaster Regarding Antitrust Violations

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The Department of Justice is probing Live Nation Entertainment, the concert production giant and parent company of Ticketmaster, over it’s dominant presence within the music industry which some believe could lead to a breakup of the company, according to Politico (via the New York Post).

The company has been brutally scrutinized over the last week following the botched sale process for an upcoming Taylor Swift concert, but the Swift fiasco is not part of the DOJ’s investigation into the company.

The report indicates that the investigation began in earnest over the summer, and it is focused on whether and how the company uses its heft to muscle out competing ticketing services, concert promoters and other parts of the multibillion-dollar live music industry.

Musicians and venues have complained for years that the company enforces anti-competitive contract terms that they believe make it difficult for an artist being promoted by Live Nation to use a Ticketmaster competitor for ticket sales.

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‘Blade’ Director Yann Demange Officially Exits Film

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Marvel’s reboot of ‘Blade’ will have to find a new director as Yann Demange has reportedly exited the film, marking yet another shakeup for the project that has had it’s fair share of changes and delays, according to The Wrap.

Per the report, director Yann Demange (“Lovecraft Country”) has officially departed Marvel’s new Blade movie, an “entirely amicable” split they say happened “a while ago.” This marks the second time that the film has seen it’s director depart, with Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli) exiting the project back in September 2022.

The film is currently slated to hit theaters on November 7th 2025, with Eric Perason working on the script and Michael Starrbury, Nic Pizzolatto and Michael Green writing previous draft, but given all of the issues that the film has had to this point, and will likely continue, a delay may be likely.

 

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‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Uncle Vanya’ Posting Strong Broadway Box Office Numbers

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Broadway continues to build the momentum and stack on the wins as they continue to thrive in a very busy time that has led to some box office success as a total of 36 productions combined for $34,650,614, according to Deadline.

The numbers represent a 10% increase over last year at this time, as attendance numbers also improved.

Per the report, a total attendance of 299,107 led to 92% occupied seats and led to 15% greater year-over-year results.

Here are some of the breakdowns, according to Deadline:

  • The Wiz opened at the Marquis on April 17th, grossing $1,481,592 and filling 99% of seats
  • Suffs opened April 18th at the Music Box, filling 93% of seats and grossing $555,012
  • Stereophonic opened April 19th, selling out at the Golden and grossing $335,737
  • Hell’s Kitchen opened April 20th, 98% capacity at the Shubert and grossing $776,634
  • Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club filled all seats for six shows at the August Wilson grossing $823,217
  • Patriots took in $375,842, attendance at 92% of capacity
  • The Heart of Rock and Roll, in its final full week of previews (opening night at the James Earl Jones was April 22nd), filled 81% of seats, grossing $262,179;
  • Mary Jane was at 96% at the Friedman, grossing $373,284
  • Uncle Vanya, at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont, was at 98% of capacity, grossing $928,893. Opening night is April 24th
  • Mother Play, at the Hayes, grossed $520,636, 99% capacity. Opening night is April 25th
  • The Great Gatsby, previewing at the Broadway, was at 95% of capacity, grossing an impressive $1,033,970.

Broadway has grossed $1,394,808,704, with total attendance at 11,110,524 this season to date.

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Sony Lands Film, TV Rights to ‘Clue’

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Sony has landed the film and television rights to ‘Clue’ and Hasbro Entertainment closing a deal with TriStar Pictures and Sony Pictures Television to develop new adaptations of the iconic murder mystery game, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This means that characters from the game such as Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White and Miss Scarlet will be heading to screens in the future, in some form or fashion, and it won’t be the first time.

Back in 1985 a comedy film adaptation of the game was released starring Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Lloyd and while the film was considered a flop at the box office, it did garner some favorable reviews from critics and it is now in cult classic film territory.

“Sony is the perfect partner to adapt a property as culturally impactful and mystery-defining as Clue” Hasbro film boss Zev Foreman and TV head Gabriel Marano said in an official statement. “Nicole Brown, Katherine Pope, and their teams are tremendous creative collaborators and ideal partners to help us figure out after 75 years if it was Colonel Mustard in the conservatory with the candlestick.”

 

 

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