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Blockbuster Closing More Stores; Spider-Mayor

Swenson •Blockbuster will reject the leases of and abandon 186 properties at the end of March reported the Los Angeles Times. The home video retailer is scheduled to be auctioned early next month.
•Stephen Ujlaki, dean of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television, encourages young filmmakers to travel abroad. Read his short piece at The Wrap.
•New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg mocked Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" at Sunday's Inner Circle Comedy Show. Dressed as the Marvel superhero, Bloomberg was hoisted into the air via ropes before experiencing "technical malfunctions" (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). New York Post recounted the banter that ensued.
•Will Swenson, star of Broadway's "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" and Tony Award nominee, will direct an upcoming independent film adaptation of the play "Facing East," which tells the story of a young homosexual Mormon male who commits suicide. A portion of the movie's profiles will be donated to the Trevor Project, according to the New York Times. In related news, another Broadway star, Daniel Radcliffe, will receive the Trevor Project's Hero Award on June 27.
•After much Hollywood lobbying, Georgia's 30 percent production tax credit will remain. In January, the state's Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness had proposed its elimination, but today, the decision to keep the credit will be made official via a committee vote. Deadline has the story.

Pictured: Will Swenson (Photo: Getty Images)

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