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Zendaya to star in Lifetime movie on Aaliyah

Recording artist Zendaya will portray Aaliyah in a Lifetime film about the R&B sensation who died in a plane crash at the height of her stardom.

The biopic will be filmed this summer and is scheduled to air this fall, the network announced Monday.

It will trace a career that began with Aaliyah’s debut on “Star Search” at age 10. In August 2001, her life was cut short at 22 when her plane crashed after takeoff from a Bahamian runway.

Zendaya will record four of Aaliyah’s songs.

Tonys boost Broadway shows

A best-musical Tony Award win has powered “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” to its best week ever at the box office, but even one of the shows it beat had a record week since the trophies were handed out.

“A Gentleman’s Guide,” in which a poor man comically eliminates the eight heirs ahead of him for a title, took in $851,262 in the week ending Sunday, its highest take so far.

Its rival “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” grossed $1,170,050 over eight shows, shattering the house record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

The best-play winner Sunday, “All the Way” with Bryan Cranston, took in $288,909 more than the previous week to end with $1,229,459.

DreamWorks plans YouTube channel

DreamWorks TV is debuting as a YouTube channel in one of the first attempts by Hollywood to mesh the polished look of movies with the chaos of content on the Internet.

The channel is aimed at 6- to 11-year-olds and will have a mix of videos featuring characters familiar to DreamWorks Animation audiences alongside those who haven’t yet made it big. So you’ll see such characters as Po from “Kung Fu Panda” and Shrek, as well as the cardboard cut-out animated news anchors Mike Lordan and Mariko Hasebe from “The Report Card.”

Next Spielberg films get release dates

Steven Spielberg’s next two films have been slated for October 2015 and July 2016.

DreamWorks announced Monday that an untitled Cold War spy thriller from Spielberg will open Oct. 16 of next year, and “The BFG” is planned for July 1, 2016.

The Cold War thriller is to star Tom Hanks as James Donovan, an attorney negotiating the return of an American pilot from the Soviet Union in 1960. “The BFG” is a live-action adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s book.

The 67-year-old Spielberg is juggling numerous producing jobs in TV and film. His last directed movie was 2012’s Oscar-winning “Lincoln.”

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