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Fox plans to stage live ‘Grease’ musical in 2015

Fox is joining NBC in the live musical event business with its own production of “Grease,” expected to air sometime in 2015.

The network is calling it “Grease Live” as a working title, but the three-hour production will take the 1971 Broadway musical (and the 1978 movie) and recast it with a brand-new ensemble cast.

NBC took a gamble last year with its live production of “The Sound of Music” that turned into a ratings smash, with 18.6 million people tuning into the live event. NBC announced this year it was following up “The Sound of Music” with a live production of “Peter Pan,” which will air in December.

Cannes jury includes Sofia Coppola

American director Sofia Coppola and China’s Jia Zhangke have been selected among the nine members of the Cannes film festival jury.

The Riviera festival’s organizers announced Monday four men and four women who will select the honorees at the May 14 to 25 event alongside this year’s president, New Zealand director Jane Campion.

Rounding out the jury are actress Carole Bouquet of France, American actor Willem Dafoe, actresses Leila Hatami of Iran and Jeon Do-yeon of South Korea, actor-director Gael Garcia Bernal of Mexico and Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn.

Jay Z among Webby winners

Google, Jay Z and crowdfunding site Kickstarter are among the winners of this year’s Webby Awards, a celebration of Internet achievement that got its start nearly two decades ago.

The awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a group of about 1,000 Web experts and Internet professionals.

Each Webby category is split in two: There’s an award from the academy and a “people’s voice” award for which anyone can cast an online vote.

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig won a lifetime achievement award. Lessig co-founded Creative Commons, which provides a way for people to license their work for public use.

Short exits ‘Scandal’ amid legal woes

Columbus Short won’t be returning to “Scandal” following legal troubles.

The 31-year-old actor says in a statement released Friday he’s exiting the ABC political thriller.

The announcement comes after Short was arrested last month on a felony charge that he injured a man during an altercation at a restaurant in March.

Short was also charged Feb. 14 with misdemeanor spousal battery and has pleaded not guilty in that case.

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