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Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president’

Johnny Depp knew his comments to his British audience were going to spark controversy, even as he said them. The actor was speaking to an audience in a British theater Thursday when he made a vague reference to John Wilkes Booth assassinating a president, The Telegraph reported.

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Depp was taking questions at the Cinemageddon at the Glastonbury Festival after introducing his 2004 film “The Libertine.” Deciding to discuss American politics, Depp brought up the subject of President Donald Trump.

“Can we bring Trump here?” he asked.

The crowd booed and yelled “No,” CNN reported.

“I’m not insinuating anything -- by the way, this will be in the press and it will horrible,” Depp said. “But when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

Responding to loud cheer, Depp then said, “I want to clarify. I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.”

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by Booth, an actor, in April 1865.

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The Secret Service is aware of Depp’s comments, staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN.

“For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,” CNN reported, citing a statement from the Secret Service.

Depp played Trump last year in a spoof called “Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie,” CNN reported.

'Hamilton' cast member on Mike Pence statement: 'There's nothing to apologize for'

The cast of the Broadway hit "Hamilton: An American Musical" will not apologize for the statement it made Friday to Vice President-elect Mike Pence after a performance of the musical in New York.

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"There's nothing to apologize for," Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in "Hamilton" and delivered the cast's statement Friday, said Monday in an interview on "CBS This Morning."

"The resonant nature of the show throughout the world … demands that we make statements when there are important issues, I think, facing us as a community. And so we wanted to stand up and spread a message of love and of unity, considering all the emotional outpour since the election."

Dixon echoed a statement he made earlier on social media, telling "CBS This Morning" that he was grateful Pence "stood there and listened to what we had to say."

"It was the beginnings of a conversation (that) I hope we continue to have," he said.

The "Hamilton" cast has been criticized for addressing Pence as he left the show Friday.

"Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at 'Hamilton: An American Musical,'" Dixon said Friday. "We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us."

President-elect Donald Trump took to Twitter over the weekend to demand an apology from the cast, claiming they "harassed" the future vice president and calling the show "highly overrated."

In an appearance Sunday on Fox News, Pence said that he enjoyed watching "Hamilton" and took no offense at the statement gave by cast members.

"It was a real joy to be there," he said.

Watch Election Night results at an AMC movie theater

AMC Theatres will team up with CNN to broadcast the presidential election on the big screen on Nov. 8.

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The news channel's coverage will be offered for free to AMC Stubs members and their guests at 50 theaters in 25 cities nationwide. Participating cities include Atlanta, Boston, Orlando, Seattle and Jacksonville, Florida. 

AMC Stubs members can bring two guests each.

Guests can choose to watch coverage in designated "red" and "blue" theaters for Republicans and Democrats respectively.

"On Election Night, as Americans gather in their communities to watch the conclusion of this historic election, we recognize that Democrats want to cheer with fellow Democrats and Republicans cheer with fellow Republicans," Elizabeth Frank, AMC's executive vice president and chief content and programming officer, said in a statement.

According to Deadline, the theater company used voter registration data to establish which theater locations should be designated as blue versus red.

Guests are welcome to attend the event at either "color" theater, regardless of their political affiliation. 

The broadcast will begin at 7 p.m. E.T.

See a full list of participating theaters here.

Broadway stars team up with James Corden for Carpool Karaoke

This isn't your buddy's karaoke night. These guys can actually sing ... on key.

James Corden's latest installment of "Carpool Karaoke" flipped coasts and traveled the streets of New York City.

The late night host is adding extra hosting duties this week, this time headlining the Tony Awards Sunday night

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That gig opened the door for a Broadway version of Corden's popular franchise, with guests like Lin-Manuel Miranda, from the hit "Hamilton," Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski.

They lend their voices, not only to a song from "Hamilton," but also hits from "Rent," "Jersey Boys" and finally "Les Miserables."

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AMC Theatres will not allow texting during movies

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After reports circulated this week that AMC Theatres would consider allowing texting during movie screenings, the chain has issued a statement quashing the rumors.

The statement says in part, "With your advice in hand, there will be no texting allowed in any of the auditoriums at AMC Theatres. Not today, not tomorrow and not in the foreseeable future."

Instead, AMC will focus on ways to enhance the theatre experience for moviegoers.

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Adam Aron, the CEO of AMC Entertainment, recently said that he has considered allowing texting during screenings in an effort to appeal to a larger demographic, specifically, millennials. 

"When you tell a 22-year-old to turn off the phone, don’t ruin the movie, they hear please cut off your left arm above the elbow,” Aron said in an interview with Variety magazine. “You can’t tell a 22-year-old to turn off their cellphone. That’s not how they live their (lives).”

He later tweeted, clarifying that allowing movie-goers to text is just an idea, and if approved, may be very limited.

Aron said the company has considered making specific auditoriums "more texting friendly."

Aron, current co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and former president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line, has only been head of AMC for a few months, but in that time, he's advanced the company significantly. In February, he announced plans to buy Carmike, which would solidify AMC as the world’s top movie theater chain, according to Variety.

Aron is also pushing to expand AMC’s food and dining options, develop its loyalty program and market more aggressively. 

But Aron isn't the first to consider allowing texting during movies.

Regal Entertainment CEO Amy Miles and Greg Foster, senior executive vice president of IMAX Corporation, both seemed open to considering allowing cellphone usage during a panel at the CinemaCon convention in 2012, Deadline reported.

"If we had a movie that appealed to a younger demographic, (like "21 Jump Street,") we could test some of these concepts (at some screens,)" Miles said. "You’re trying to figure out if there’s something you can offer in the theater that I would not find appealing but my 18-year-old son might."

"We want them to pay $12 to $14 to come into an auditorium and watch a movie. But they’ve become accustomed to controlling their own existence," said Foster, who added that without cellphones, some younger people may "feel a little handcuffed."

Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse -- a small theater chain disagreed.

“Over my dead body will I introduce texting into the movie theater,” he said. “I love the idea of playing around with a new concept. But that is the scourge of our industry. It’s our job to understand that this is a sacred space and we have to teach manners.”

League said that going to the movies should be a "magical" experience, but Miles said "one person’s opinion of magical isn’t the other’s."

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'To Kill a Mockingbird,' 'Frozen' to get Broadway runs

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Two stories, that couldn't be more opposite will both be on the the Great White Way.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" will be coming to Broadway for the first time, The New York Times reported.

And it has a big name adapting the story for the stage: Aaron Sorkin. 

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Sorkin is best known for his big-screen hits like "The Social Network" and "The American President," and his small-screen shows like "The West Wing" and "The Newsroom."

"To Kill a Mockingbird" will be directed by Tony Award winner Barlett Sher.

It will hit the stage for the 2017-2018 Broadway season. 

A year later, Disney will bring mega-hit "Frozen" to Broadway, CNN reported.

The announcement was made on Frozen's new Broadway Twitter account.

It will be previewed in the summer of 2017, in an unnamed location, and will land in New York City in spring 2018.

The team that brought "Frozen" to life in movie theaters is reuniting for the stage version. Jennifer Lee will write the show, while Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez will compose the music. 

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