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'To Kill a Mockingbird' Broadway cast flees the stage as crowds storm theater in Times Square panic

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L-R Jeff Daniels and Gbenga Akinnabe/Julieta Cervantes(NEW YORK) — The saying goes, “The show must go on,” but that wasn’t the case Tuesday night with the Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Passersbys near New York City’s historic Schubert Theatre, which is near Times Square, panicked when they heard what sounded like gunshots.  It was actually a backfiring police motorcycle, but to a populace spooked by a pair of deadly mass shootings over last weekend, the sounds were too close for comfort.  They sent the crowd fleeing in all directions…including into the theater where the Tony-nominated production was taking place.

Mockingbird castmember Gideon Glick, who plays Dill Harris in the production, tweeted, “Screaming civilians tried to storm our theater for safety. The audience started screaming and the cast fled the stage.”

As panicked tweets about an “active shooter” soon flooded social media — as 911 calls did from panicked people — the NYPD’s Midtown North Precinct was forced to tweet an “all clear.” 

“There is no #ActiveShooter in #TimesSquare. Motorcycles backfiring while passing through sounded like gun shots,” the cops posted. “Please don’t panic! The Times Square area is very safe.”

The shootings in both Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas on Saturday left 31 people dead.

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Idris Elba says it's a "brave move" by the Bond franchise if Lashana Lynch becomes the new 007

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Frank Masi/Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) — Idris Elba is weighing on the recent report that Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch will become the new 007.

According to the report, Daniel Craig will return as Bond in next year’s Bond 25, but retired from the spy game. Lynch, who will play Nomi in the film, is reported to have taken Craig’s place as a new agent operating under the famous 007 code name. Although the studio hasn’t confirmed the report, Elba says that if it turns out to be true, he’s all for it.

“I think it’s just a great thing. I think it’s amazing,” the Hobbs & Shaw baddie tells ABC Radio. “It’s a very brave move for the franchise and I think that Lashana’s going to have an incredible time playing her.”

Elba’s name was also rumored for a while as a possible contender to play Bond after Craig retires from the franchise. However, he’s repeatedly shut down the rumors, telling the U.K.’s Daily Mail as recently as last March that he’s just not interested in taking on the role. 

Elba later admitted he also became frustrated when he realized some fans were against the idea of him being Bond simply because of his race.

“You just get disheartened,” he told Vanity Fair. “When you get people from a generational point of view going, ‘It can’t be.’ And it really turns out to be the color of my skin…That’s a difficult position to put myself into when I don’t need to.”

Still, Elba says he’d be glad to see a person of color take on the coveted role, like Lynch.

“I’m very proud of her,” he says. “If that’s really what’s happened, then great. I’m very happy for her, for sure.”

Elba currently stars in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, in theaters now.

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FX renews 'Atlanta' for a fourth season — before third has even started shooting

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Quantrell Colbert/FX(LOS ANGELES) — FX apparently has high hopes for Donald Glover’s critically acclaimed series Atlanta.

On Tuesday, the network announced that it’s renewing the series for fourth season, even though the third season hasn’t even started production. Production on both seasons will officially begin during the spring of 2020.

Seasons three and four of the Emmy-Award winning comedy will have eight episodes each. The second season, “Atlanta: Robbin’ Season,” was called “the best show on television;” comedian Katt Williams received an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his guest appearance.

The series, which stars Glover as Earn, Brian Tyree Henry as his cousin Paper Boi, and Lakeith Stanfield as Darius, centers on Earn and Paper Boi’s relationship as they navigate Atlanta’s rap scene. The series also stars Zazie Beetz.

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Shannen Doherty says 'BH90210' felt like “the right thing to do” after Luke Perry’s death

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Brian Bowen Smith/FOX(NEW YORK) — Shannen Doherty once vowed never to return to her Beverly Hills 90210 role of Brenda Walsh, but that decision changed with the sudden passing of her close friend and co-star Luke Perry this past March.

The actress and cancer survivor now says she agreed to star in the BH90210 revival in Perry’s honor.

“You know, I don’t know how many times I said that I would like never go back and I was pretty adamant about that,” Doherty tells ABC Radio. “And then Luke passed away and it just it felt like the right thing to do. It just felt like a good move; a right thing honoring somebody that I cared very, very, very much about in my life.”

The limited Fox revival series follows the show’s original actors – including Jennie Garth, Tori Spelling, Brian Austin Green and Jason Priestley — reuniting to play heightened versions of themselves, as well as slipping back into their original roles for some scenes.

The original series aired from 1990 to 2000, with Doherty appearing in the first four seasons. So why does she think the show has stood the test of time?

“I think that back then we really came into people’s living rooms and touched them in a day and age where we were considered cutting edge,” Doherty says. “Of course, now we’re not. But I think that that resonated with people and they could connect with at least one of the characters on the show. And they grew up with us.”

BH90210 premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Tiffany Haddish, Blair Underwood and more tapped to star in Octavia Spencer's 'Madam C.J. Walker' series

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Netlfix/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) — Octavia Spencer’s forthcoming Madam C.J. Walker Netflix series has found its starting lineup.

According to Deadline, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Blair Underwood, Garrett Morris and Kevin Carroll have signed on for principal roles in the series about the legendary entrepreneur and philanthropist. They join Spencer, who has already been cast as Sarah Breedlove, the woman known as Madam C.J. Walker.

Walker, who died in 1919 at age 51, was America’s first female self-made millionaire. She amassed much of her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women, via her Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company.

As previously reported, the eight-episode series is based on Walker’s granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles book, On Her Own Ground.  It’s the first scripted drama from LeBron James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment. James and Spencer will co-executive produce the drama, with Bundles to serve as a consultant on the series.

Deadline reports that Haddish will play Lelia, the “smart and feisty daughter” of Breedlove and her late first husband, while Ejogo will portray Breedlove’s former friend Addie, a hairstylist who doesn’t support Sarah’s ambitions.

Underwood will star as C.J. Walker, Sarah’s supportive and encouraging husband; Morris will play C.J.’s father Cleophus, a former slave, and Carroll will play Ransom, Sarah’s lawyer, who helps her with her hair product patents.

A release date for the Madam C.J. Walker series has yet to be announced.

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