Gene Simmons of Kiss settles suit alleging sexual battery at California casino - The Mercury News

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Gene Simmons of Kiss settles suit alleging sexual battery at California casino - The Mercury NewsGene Simmons of Kiss settles suit alleging sexual battery at California casino - The Mercury NewsPosted: 10 Jul 2018 12:00 AM PDT CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceRocker Gene Simmons has settled a lawsuit brought by a broadcaster who alleged Simmons made unwarranted sexual advances during an on-camera interview at the San Manuel Casino near Highland.Los Angeles County Superior court documents show that an attorney informed the court Monday, July 2, that the case was settled, but it doesn't provide details of the settlement. Another hearing is set for Aug. 10 to dismiss the case.A representative for Kiss band member Simmons couldn't be reached Monday, July 9. When the suit was filed, Simmons said he "did not assault the person making these accusations in the manner alleged in the complaint or harm her in any way."Start your day wit…

NBC’s Production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live’ With Jennifer Lopez Pushed Again (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety

NBC’s Production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live’ With Jennifer Lopez Pushed Again (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety


NBC’s Production of ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live’ With Jennifer Lopez Pushed Again (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety

Posted: 02 Mar 2018 12:00 AM PST

"Bye Bye Birdie Live" won't be taking flight on NBC until 2019 at the earliest.

NBC's planned live event production of the classic musical with Jennifer Lopez in the lead role has been delayed for a second time due to the difficulty of coordinating with Lopez's busy schedule, Variety has learned exclusively. The project was originally slated to be NBC's holiday musical event for winter 2017 but was pushed to 2018 last May because of Lopez's schedule.

Lopez is shooting two movies later this year, plus she has a host of other commitments to NBC. She's the exec producer and a judge on the Peacock's summer unscripted series "World of Dance," and she stars in the police drama "Shades of Blue." On top of her film and TV work, Lopez is committed to finishing the last lap of her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in September.

NBC is gearing up for the ambitious April 1 live staging of "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" with the hope of drawing a big crowd on Easter Sunday. That production has also complicated planning for "Bye Bye Birdie" because it is being shepherded by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the executive producers behind all of NBC's live musicals to date. By the time the work on "Superstar" is finished, the producers would have less than six months to get "Birdie" on its feet if the show were to stick with its targeted December airdate.

Moreover, NBC's live musicals are a big investment for the Peacock. The elaborate staging plan for "Superstar" involves a company of 70-plus actors and musicians and an audience of 1,300 at Brooklyn's Marcy Armory. Pulling off two large-scale legit live events in the same year would probably be a budget-buster for the network.

But with "Birdie" moving again, it's understood that there is an effort under way to come up with a project to fill the void rather than have NBC go two years in a row without a live holiday event. But it's unclear whether the projects under consideration would have the same scope as NBC's past productions.

NBC's four previous live events — 2013's "The Sound of Music Live," 2014's "Peter Pan Live," 2015's "The Wiz Live," and 2016's "Hairspray Live" — all aired in early December. This past December, Fox moved into the void with a tuner production of "A Christmas Story" that drew mixed reviews and modest ratings.

NBC has also been working on plans for a live staging of the Aaron Sorkin play "A Few Good Men." That project, also exec produced by Zadan and Meron, is unlikely to surface before 2019. Sorkin's awards-season schedule with the film "Molly's Game," which marked his feature directorial debut, made it hard for the multi-hyphenate to focus on his teleplay adaptation of the courtroom drama that put him on the map as a scribe in 1989.

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