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Pitt, DiCaprio set to star Manson film

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to star in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Sony Pictures says Wednesday that the film has been dated for a theatrical release on Aug. 9, 2019.

Set in 1969 Los Angeles, the project has become widely known as Tarantino’s Charles Manson film.

Neither DiCaprio nor Pitt will be playing Manson however. Tarantino says they will play a pair of struggling actors. DiCaprio will appear as former Western TV series star and Pitt as his stunt double. Their characters live next door to Sharon Tate.

A longtime resident of Los Angeles, Tarantino has been working on the script for five years. It will mark his ninth feature.

Broadway’s Harvey Schmidt dies at 88

NEW YORK (AP) — The composer of “The Fantasticks,” the longest running musical in history, has died. Harvey Schmidt was 88.

His death on Wednesday was confirmed by Dan Demello, a publicist for the off-Broadway show.

Schmidt teamed up with lyricist, director and storywriter Tom Jones on “The Fantasticks“ as well as the Broadway shows “110 in the Shade” and “I Do! I Do!” Both men were inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998.

Lavery, former ballet star, dies at 61

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Ballet dancer Sean Lavery, whose career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a spinal tumor, has died at age 61.

Lavery’s dancing career ended in the late ’80s. He then became a ballet master, coach and administrator at the company for more than two decades, and served as an assistant to NYCB head Peter Martins. He retired in 2011.

Lavery died on Monday in Palm Springs, California, after a short illness, said his sister, Anne Alsedek.

As a dancer, Lavery originated or starred in roles from a wide swath of the company’s repertoire, in works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Martins and others.

Martins recently retired under scrutiny for alleged sexual misconduct while at the company.

Mike Pence family promoting book

NEW YORK (AP) — The wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence will be touring this month in support of a new children’s book.

Karen Pence and daughter Charlotte Pence have collaborated on “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President.” The book, named for the family’s pet bunny, features watercolor illustrations by Karen Pence. It will be published March 19 by the children’s imprint of the conservative publisher Regnery.

Regnery told The Associated Press on Thursday that the tour begins March 18. It will include stops at the presidential libraries for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and at a handful of military bases, including Camp Pendleton and Fort Carson.

The Pences will donate a portion of the proceeds for charities fighting human trafficking and promoting art therapy for children with cancer.

By Patricia Older

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