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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix

‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix
Gotham” boss Bruno Heller has found his butler. Jack Bannon has been cast in the titular leading role in “Pennyworth,” Epix’s upcoming Batman prequel series.

The 10-episode, one-hour drama series will follow Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British Sas soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

Per the official character description, “Alfred Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty; you’d never take him for an Sas killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.”

Bannon’s previous notable credits include “The Imitation Game” and “Ripper Street.”

Pennyworth” hails from executive producer/writer Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. The series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger

Production on the series begins Oct. 22 at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, in the UK.

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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One

‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One
BBC One and Netflix have staked a new project from “Sherlock” creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The UK-based network and streamer have ordered “Dracula,” a TV adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

The three-part 90-minute mini-series is written, executive produced and created by Moffat and Gatiss, and will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. Per Netflix, “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”

“There have always been stories about great evil,” Moffat and Gatiss said. “What’s special about ‘Dracula,’ is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Moffat and Gatiss executive produce alongside Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films,
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‘Transparent’ Series Finale Will Be a Musical Episode

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‘Transparent’ Series Finale Will Be a Musical Episode
Transparent” will end its fifth and final season with a musical episode, series creator Jill Soloway told the New York Times on Saturday.

“It will hopefully feel like ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ mixed with ‘La La Land’ mixed with ‘Flight of the Conchords’ with something more Jewish thrown in,” Soloway said. “A little ‘Yentl.'”

The Times reported that the episode will be a two-hour production set to air sometime next fall.

However, an individual with knowledge of the matter told TheWrap that the episode’s specific running time, and other creative details, are still being figured out.

Also Read: From 'Transparent' to 'Pose' and Beyond: How Trans Writers Are Changing Hollywood's Script

The upcoming fifth season, which has no premiere date yet, will be the first since the show’s star Jeffrey Tambor was fired by the studio in February.

Tambor was accused last November of
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China Box Office: ‘Project Gutenberg’ Wins Quiet Weekend With $20 Million

China Box Office: ‘Project Gutenberg’ Wins Quiet Weekend With $20 Million
Hong Kong crime thriller, “Project Gutenberg” held its lead to win a second weekend at the Chinese box office. However, overall numbers remain weak and Hollywood is on the sidelines.

Starring Aaron Kwok and Chow Yun-fat, “Gutenberg” earned $20.6 million in its third weekend of release, according to data from Ent Group. That was down 45% on its previous winning weekend, and lifted its score to $135 million after 15 days of release.

Drama, “Lost, Found” improved on its opening weekend and climbed one place to second position. It earned $7.97 million and has a cumulative of $22.0 million after 10 days in theaters.

Zhang Yimou’s “Shadow” incurred a 54% decline and slipped to third place. After 15 days of distribution it has accumulated $80.1 million.

Newly-released Indian comedy drama “Hichki” (aka “Hiccup”) earned $4.20 million for fourth place. Starring Rani Mukherji as a woman with Tourette’s Syndrome, the film was released in India and diaspora territories in March this year.
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'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Reign Atop Box Office for Second Weekend in a Row

'Venom' & 'Star is Born' Reign Atop Box Office for Second Weekend in a Row
It wasn't quite as close as we thought it might be at the top of the box office, but last weekend's top two films definitely disappoint. Sony's Venom held on even better than expected, delivering a second weekend at #1 while Warner Bros.'s A Star is Born continued to shine. As for the weekend's three new wide releases, Universal's First Man led the way, narrowly edging out Sony's Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween for third place on the weekend chart while Fox's Bad Times at the El Royale fell outside the top five. With an estimated $35.7 million, Sony's Venom dropped just 55% in its second weekend as the film's domestic cume now totals $143 million after just ten days in release. Heading into the weekend a drop of 60%+ seemed most likely considering historical precedence, but the film continues to outperform expectations, holding on similarly to Logan, which dipped just 56.9% in its second weekend.
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‘Beautiful Boy’ Has Best-Ever Opening for Amazon Distribution, While Netflix Tests the Waters

‘Beautiful Boy’ Has Best-Ever Opening for Amazon Distribution, While Netflix Tests the Waters
Beautiful Boy” did well in its initial four theaters. A heavy drug-addiction drama based on a pair of father-son memoirs is a breakout for Amazon, which has been trying to gain traction as a film distributor. Three significant Netflix films also made limited theatrical debuts this weekend: “22 July,” “The Kindergarten Teacher,” and “Apostle.” Grosses are largely hidden, per the usual Netflix affront to transparency, but we have a small indication of their draw.

The biggest-ticket Netflix item is “22 July” from Paul Greengrass, a retelling of a recent horrific massacre by a Norwegian right-wing youth. Greengrass has had a string of well-regarded studio films including two “Bourne” episodes, “United 93,” and “Captain Phillips,” and he is one of the highest-profile directors to go the Netflix route.

It had the top playoff of the three titles; one ticket-selling site lists 29 locations, including Landmark and some other independent theaters. The reserved-ticket presale site
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‘Venom’ Grabs $69 Million From International Markets

‘Venom’ Grabs $69 Million From International Markets
Tom Hardy’s “Venom” remained a potent player internationally in its second weekend, grabbing $69.7 million with first-place finishes in 54 markets at 20,100 screens.

Sony’s superhero saga has now taken in $235.3 million in a dozen days from overseas markets and is tracking 32% ahead of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and 12% ahead of “Doctor Strange” for the same group of markets at the same point in release. It’s also won the domestic box office twice for a worldwide total of $378.1 million.

France was the top market for “Venom” as it launched in first with $6.7 million (including previews), topping the openings of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Wonder Woman.” Vietnam also generated a first-place opening with $3 million for “Venom,” as did Thailand with $2.2 million.

Russia led the way among holdover markets with $5.5 million, followed by Brazil with $4.7 million, Mexico with $4.5 million, South Korea with $4.4 million, Australia with $2.8 million, and Germany with $2.6 million. “Venom
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Trump in Five Words: ‘I’m President and You’re Not’

It’s not often that President Trump subjects himself to a television interview outside the confines of Fox & Friends. There are many reasons for this, such as the risk of implicating himself in a federal crime, as he did last year when he readily admitted to NBC’s Lester Holt that he fired FBI Director James Comey because he was annoyed with the Russia investigation. Perhaps emboldened by Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, the president decided to give it another go, this time with Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes.
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‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

‘Free Solo’ Leads 2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi’s “Free Solo,” which captured rock climber Alex Honnold’s hair-raising ascent of Yosemite National Park’s 3,000-foot El Capitan rock formation, led the nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, it was revealed Monday. The film netted six nominations including best documentary and best director.

Close behind with five mentions each were “Minding the Gap” and “Wild Wild Country,” from Hulu and Netflix respectively.

Voted on by the Broadcast Film Critics and Television Journalists Assns., the awards will be presented at a gala event hosted by science educator and television personality Bill Nye on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York.

The nominees are:

Best Documentary

“Crime + Punishment” – Director: Stephen Maing (Hulu)

Dark Money” – Director: Kimberly Reed (PBS)

“Free Solo” – Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (National Geographic Documentary Films)

“Hal” – Director: Amy Scott (Oscilloscope)

“Hitler’s Hollywood” – Director: Rüdiger Suchsland
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Amazon Prime’s Prime Video Direct Unveils New Titles from Latin America (Exclusive)

Prime Video Direct (Pvd), Amazon Prime’s self-service program for studios, distributors, and content creators, has unveiled more than two dozen titles picked up from the 2018 Guadalajara Int’l Film Festival (Ficg) where it launched its Film Festival Stars program (Ffs) in the Latino market for the first time.

Introduced at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, the Ffs program offers cash bonuses and royalties to festival films seeking to self-distribute on Amazon Prime.

Prime Video Direct’s Film Festival Stars program addresses the fact that few festival films ever manage to secure full service distribution deals. The program gives them an opportunity to reach a broader premium audience.

Starting Monday Oct. 15, these 27 titles will be available on Prime Video in Mexico, including Ficg Jury Prize winner for Ibero-American Narrative Feature, Spanish dramedy “Vivir y Otras Ficciones” (“Living and other Fictions”) and Ficg Jury Prize Ibero-American doc winner, “El Espanto” (“The Dread”) from Argentina.
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Viggo Mortensen to Star, Make Directorial Debut in Family Drama ‘Falling’

Viggo Mortensen to Star, Make Directorial Debut in Family Drama ‘Falling’
Viggo Mortensen will write, produce, star, and make his directorial debut in “Falling,” a story of a son’s relationship with his aging father.

Mortensen wrote the screenplay and will play one of the two leading roles. The cast also includes Lance Henriksen and Sverrir Gudnason (“The Girl in the Spider’s Web”). HanWay Films will handle international distribution, and will commence sales at the American Film Market, which opens on Oct. 31. UTA Independent Film Group will oversee the U.S. sale.

“Falling” is produced by Daniel Bekerman of Scythia Films together with Mortensen, who previously produced “Everyone Has a Plan,” “Far From Men,” and “Jauja” through Perceval Pictures.

Mortensen will portray a man who lives with his male partner and their adopted daughter in Southern California. Henriksen will play a farmer whose attitudes and behavior belong to a far more traditional era and family model. When the father travels
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Trump Denies $1 Million Pledge Over Elizabeth Warren’s Ancestry That He Really Did Make (Video)

President Trump denied that he owed a million dollars to charity on Monday after the Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test showing she actually does have Native American ancestry.

“I didn’t say that. You’d better read it again,” Trump told reporters at the White House Monday. “Who cares? Who cares?”

The remarks from Trump are 100 percent contradicted by comments he made in July in which he dared Warren to take exactly such a test and said he would donate a seven figure windfall to a charity of her choosing if she did.

“I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” he said during one of his trademark rallies. “I have a feeling she will say ‘no.'”

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Fox Picks up Reality Competition Series ‘Big Bounce Battle’ From Endemol Shine

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Fox has its own version of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” picking up “Big Bounce Battle,” an obstacle course competition series based on a European format.

The reality competition series will be produced by Endemol Shine North America. Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman will executive produce.

Originally created by Endemol Shine Netherlands and co-developed with Endemol Shine Germany for Rtl, “Big Bounce Battle” features trampoline obstacle courses that contestants have to complete as fast as they can. The trampoline tracks become more difficult as the series progresses toward the final where the fastest contestant wins a cash prize.

Also Read: Fox Orders 9 More Episodes of 'The Resident' Season 2

The format made its debut earlier this year, under the name “Big Bounce — Die Trampolin Show,” on Germany’s Rtl. TF1 has also commissioned a version of “Big Bounce Battle” in France.

“Big Bounce Battle” joins “Mental Samurai,
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Mipcom: BBC Studios Partners With China’s Tencent on ‘Dynasties’

BBC Studios has signed a co-production partnership with China’s Tencent on upcoming natural history series “Dynasties,” it announced Monday at Mipcom in Cannes. The deal marks the third landmark natural history co-production BBC Studios has teamed on with Tencent following “Planet Earth II” and “Blue Planet II.”

The agreement is part of larger multi-year partnership between BBC Studios and the Chinese internet giant which also sees the two companies collaborating on online initiative BBC Earth Tribe – a Chinese fan community site for people who are passionate about natural history and science – which launched Monday night on Tencent Video. BBC
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Shay Mitchell Gets Haunted in the Morgue in First Trailer for ‘Possession of Hannah Grace’ (Video)

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Shay Mitchell Gets Haunted in the Morgue in First Trailer for ‘Possession of Hannah Grace’ (Video)
Shay Mitchell has her work cut out for her at her new job.

In the first trailer for “The Possession of Hannah Grace,” Mitchell plays Megan, who is working the graveyard shift at a morgue when she takes in a delivery of a disfigured cadaver. Learning that this happened because of an exorcism gone wrong, Megan starts seeing horrifying visions while locked inside the basement corridors.

“If an exorcism isn’t completed, evil will find a new vessel,” Megan gets told in the trailer — and soon, she starts believing it.

Also Read: 'Pretty Little Liars' Alum Shay Mitchell Drops Apa for UTA (Exclusive)

Diederik Van Rooijen directed based on a screenplay by Brian Sieve. Todd Garner and Sean Robins produced, while Glenn S. Gainor executive produced.

Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson and Stana Katic also star.

Also Read: Shay Mitchell of 'Pretty Little Liars' Cast in Screen
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Amazon Launches ‘Shark Tank’ Store Featuring Over 70 Products From ABC Competition Show

Amazon is now in the “as-seen-on-tv” business: The ecommerce giant launched an official retail outlet for “Shark Tank,” ABC’s reality-competition show in which entrepreneurs pitch product concepts to vie for funding.

More than 70 products funded from “Shark Tank” judges during seasons 1-9 are now available for purchase on Amazon.com (at this link). Products from season 10 and beyond will be featured in the Amazon Launchpad Shark Tank Collection in the future. ABC premiered season 10 of the show on Oct. 7.

Products currently available to purchase from the digital storefront include the $130 Hatch Baby, a combo baby-changing table and smart scale; Third Wave Water,
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See Luke Combs’ Acoustic Take on ‘I Got Away With You’

Breakout star Luke Combs has already proven his knack for clever country wordplay, scoring Number One hits with singles like “Hurricane” — which compared seeing an ex to being struck by a coastal storm. But with his deep album cut “I Got Away With You,” the North Carolina native takes his lyricism to the next level.

Delivering the song in acoustic solo style for this new performance video, Combs puts the focus squarely on a set of lyrics that work like a romantic head fake. He’s gotten caught red-handed a time or two,
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Three Colliding Problems Leading to a New Economic Disaster

The soaring stock market has been the crux of Donald Trump’s argument for the competence of his reign. It might be his favorite tweet subject, outside the “Failing New York Times.”

Trump on August 18th: “Longest bull run in the history of the stock market, congratulations America!” August 24th: “Our economy is setting records on every front.” September 11th: “Where are the Democrats coming from? The best economy in the history of the country would totally collapse if they ever took control!”

But since the market hit an all-time high on October 3rd,
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Smashing Pumpkins Tap Mark McGrath for Macabre ‘Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)’ Video

Smashing Pumpkins Tap Mark McGrath for Macabre ‘Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)’ Video
The Smashing Pumpkins recruited Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath – a bizarre fixture on the band’s recent tour with his pre-filmed introductions – for their playfully macabre “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)” video. The singer plays radio DJ Jackie Cherry, who hosts the band for a Halloween haunted house promotion.

“It’s all for charity – and some good-old spooky fun,” McGrath says, introducing the Smashing Pumpkins – Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin and Jeff Schroeder – to a small group of rabid fans wearing “Zero” T-shirts. The band’s aim, he says, is to
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Fox Business and Saudi-Owned Al Arabiya Are Last Media Partners of Saudi Business Conference

Fox Business stands increasingly alone in their decision to continue sponsoring Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative. As of Monday morning, they remained one of only two media organizations partnering with the event. The other sponsor, Al Arabiya, is a Saudi-owned operation based out of Dubai.

Over the last week, The New York Times, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, Nikkei and the Financial Times all pulled out of the event amid growing questions about the kingdom’s involvement in the disappearance of Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi.

A rep for Fox Business said the matter was still “under review” offering essentially the same response they have given media for the past week.

Also Read: NBC News Contributor Gabriel Sherman Says Trump Emboldens 'Rich White People' to Show 'Lack of Empathy'

On Friday, the conference completely removed the “media sponsor” portion of the website, which had boasted of the big name partnerships
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