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7 Industry Stories You May Have Missed This Week

7 April 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Renée Fleming is taking her final bow.The soprano stars in “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Metropolitan Opera, but, come May 13, she’ll say farewell to staged opera. The 58-year-old won't stop singing altogether, but she told The New York Times that she will change her focus. (The New York Times) “The Late Late Show” is heading to London for some “British flavour.”This June, late-night talk show host James Corden will record three episodes in London. “To bring The Late Late Show to the UK is a dream come true for me,” the U.K. native told The Belfast Telegraph. (The Belfast Telegraph) The producers of “Serial” just released a new podcast—and it’s going viral.Within four days the narrative podcast, “S-Town,” set a record—the show had over 10 million downloads. Though “Serial” set a record at the time, it still took “Serial” seven weeks to reach 10 million downloads. »

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Sebastian Koch joins Bloom Efm sales title 'Bel Canto'

9 February 2017 1:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ahead of start of production in New York on Monday [13], Sebastian Koch, Elsa Zylberstein and Christopher Lambert have joined the romantic drama as Bloom continues sales at the Efm.

Paul Weitz will direct Bel Canto and adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub from Ann Patchett’s novel of the same name.

Julianne Moore will star alongside Ken Watanabe in the story set against the backdrop of a hostage crisis in South America.

Moore will play a famous soprano invited to perform at the birthday party of a rich Japanese industrialist when guerrillas storm the building. Grammy-winning soprano Renée Fleming will provide vocals.

Bloom introduced Bel Canto in Toronto last year and Wme Global handles Us rights.

Caroline Baron and Anthony Weintraub will produce through A-Line Pictures alongside Weitz and Andrew Miano of Depth of Field, and Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder and Greg Little of Priority Pictures. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Berlin: Bloom’s ‘Bel Canto’ Adds Trio to Drama’s Cast

8 February 2017 8:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, and Elsa Zylberstein have joined Paul Weitz’s “Bel Canto.”

Alex Walton and Ken Kao’s sales and production shingle, Bloom, introduced the pic at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, and will continue sales at Berlin’s European Film Market. Wme Global is handling U.S. rights.

Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe topline the adaptation of Ann Patchett’s bestseller in which a soprano (Moore) travels to perform at the concert of a Japanese business man (Watanabe) in South America. When the home is overtaken by guerrillas, demanding the release of their jailed comrades, a standoff begins that brings hostages and captors together.

International opera star Renee Fleming has also joined and will contribute vocals to the drama.

Principal photography begins in New York on Feb. 13.

Weitz adapted the screenplay with Anthony Weintraub; Weitz is producing with Andrew Miano through their Depth of Field banner along »

- Variety Staff

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Luke Bryan to Sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

22 January 2017 12:33 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Country music singer Luke Bryan has been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

His performance, which marks his first time appearing at the Super Bowl, will come as part of the pregame show. Super Bowl LI will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5.

The announcement was made by the NFL and Fox.

A two-time Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association entertainer of the year, Bryan has sold nearly 8 million albums and had 17 number-one singles. His latest album, “Kill The Lights,” is certified platinum and has sold 3.5 million tracks.

Last year’s national anthem was performed by Lady Gaga, who gave a rousing rendition decked out in a glittery red pantsuit. The pop star will be headlining this year’s halftime show.

Other performers who have sung the anthem on the high-profile stage include: Idina Menzel, Renée Fleming, Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, and »

- Debra Birnbaum

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