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Things Are Starting To Pick Up For Diner On Broadway

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In case you're not a musical theater junkie and not in the know, Barry Levinson along with Sheryl Crow and director Kathleen Marshall are trying to get a musical off the ground based on his 1982 autobiographical movie Diner.

Sources reveal that things are starting to gain momentum for the show, as the three creative minds had a "workshop" right before the holidays with some potential players. In on the meeting was “Book of Mormon” star Andrew Rannells reading the role of Fenwick, Annaleigh Ashford of off-Broadway’s “Rent” the part of Beth and “Anything Goes” star Colin Donnell reading Boogie.

The big news out of the meeting came from these actors themselves, who were apparently "blown away" by the music Sheryl Crow has composed for the show. A source from the inside further reveals:

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Merry Christmas, John Travolta! Gotti Is Still On!

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Oy.

There's been so much dramz swirling around the Gotti film, we were about to be SO over it ourselves!

But writer/director Barry Levinson says it's definitely still on:

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Sheryl Crow Writing The Music For Broadway Adaptation Of Classic 80s Movie Diner!

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What an exciting opportunity for Sheryl!

Today, a press release was sent out announcing the upcoming broadway musical adaptation of the 1982 classic movie Diner, and Sheryl Crow has been attached to write the music and lyrics!

The show will be directed/choreographed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall, and the book will be written by Barry Levinson, who wrote and directed the original movie.

As a reminder, here's the plot of the movie version of Diner:

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Cougarrific! 57-Year-Old Ellen Barkin Living With Director Barry Levinson's 26-Year-Old Son!

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Okay, so maybe Ellen Barkin starred in her boyfriend's dad's movie Diner in 1982, when Sam wasn't even born yet. So what? LOLz.

57-year-old Tony nominated actress Ellen Barkin is currently living with her 26-year-old writer/director boyfriend Sam Levinson in NYC.

Here's what a source close to the couple had to say about them:

"They go out, they're photographed together, they don't keep it secret."

And here's what another source had to say about the couple's relationship:

"It works, but it's weird."

Sure, it's a little weird, but it sounds like she's in it for the long haul. Sources say that Barkin has told people she'll "part ways with him when 'they roll me out in a wheelchair.'"

We can't help but say "aww" to that one.

So, there's an age difference! As long as Sam's the kind of guy who prefers a leisurely night of Scrabble or perhaps a night at the theatre instead of loud, crowded dance clubs and jam-packed sports bars, then maybe this can work out!

What do U think about this couple? Is the age difference too much…or is age just a number?

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Gotti Movie Gets Another Director

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With Nick Cassavetes off of the project due to scheduling conflicts, director Barry Levinson is negotiating his way in!

Barry's credits include classics like The Natural, Rain Man, and Wag the Dog, but most recently directed the Emmy award-winning miniseries You Don't Know Jack, starring Al Pacino.

Do U think Barry Levinson is a good choice for the director of Gotti: Three Generations?

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Too Soon? Oklahoma City Bombing Film In The Works

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Director Barry Levinson took on politics from a humorous standpoint in 1997's Wag the Dog, but now it looks like he's ready to get serious about the subject.

Levinson has been "tapped to direct" a "political thriller" which is based on the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, and is tentatively titled O.K.C.

The screenplay's being written by Clay Wold, and it's based on "the story of his brother, who was a young legal clerk on the defense team for Timothy McVeigh."

If they move forward with this project, we just hope they handle it with lots of care.

Would U watch a film about the Oklahoma City bombing?

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