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‘Veronica Mars’: Enrico Colantoni Set To Return For Revival Limited Series At Hulu

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‘Veronica Mars’: Enrico Colantoni Set To Return For Revival Limited Series At Hulu
Enrico Colantoni is set to join Kristen Bell in Hulu’s eight-episode Veronica Mars revival. He will reprise his series regular role from the original of Keith Mars, Veronica’s (Bell) father and head of Mars Investigations.

The hourlong limited series, slated to premiere in 2019, hails from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, who will pen the first episode. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Bell) is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Thomas executive produces with Bell, Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge.
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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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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’

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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’
Brace yourselves, Halfman fans, because Tyrion Lannister may be one of the remaining “Game of Thrones” characters who doesn’t make it out of the series alive.

In an interview with Vulture published Monday, the “My Dinner With Herve” star revealed just how he felt about where his character was left come of the end of the eighth and final season of David Benioff and D.B. WeissHBO fantasy series.

And when he was asked to do so “without giving anything away,” he may (or may not) have given a lot away.

“I feel very, very — I’m trying to find the right word,” Dinklage said. “I think he was given a very good conclusion. No matter what that is — death can be a great way out.”

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Star Reveals What He Was Thinking During That Season 7 Finale Sex Scene

Interviewer David Marchese noted
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‘South Park’ Will Make Fun of Vaping in Next Episode (Video)

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Butters has a new business on this week’s episode of “South Park” and Kyle is none too happy about it.

This week’s “South Park” episode will tackle the vaping epidemic, which sees Butters selling vape pens to school children, including Kyle’s brother, Ike.

“Butters, you understand this stuff is an epidemic at our school?” Kyle asks Butters, after he, Cartman, Kenny and Stan confront him in the clip. “Yea, and at five bucks a pop we’re going to be rich!” Butters responds.

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According to Comedy Central’s description of the episode, “Butters is selling vape pens and all kinds of fruity-flavored vape accessories at school. Meanwhile, Randy decides he should move the family to the country and take up farming.”

South Park” has also taken the topical
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‘Pennyworth': Ben Aldridge Cast as Thomas Wayne in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series at Epix

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‘Pennyworth': Ben Aldridge Cast as Thomas Wayne in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series at Epix
Ben Aldridge has been cast as Thomas Wayne, the co-lead opposite lead Jack Bannon in “Pennyworth,” Bruno Heller’s upcoming Batman prequel series at Epix.

The series will focus on Batman’s legendary butler Alfred Pennyworth (Bannon), 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. Aldridge’s character is described as a “fresh-faced billionaire hailing from the east coast of the United States. Confident and extremely disciplined, this young aristocrat meets an unlikely business partner in Alfred Pennyworth.”

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

The 10-episode, one-hour drama will begin production on Oct. 22 at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, in the U.K., and is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger.
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Ratings: ABC’s ‘Alec Baldwin Show’ Bombs in Premiere, Ties Univision in Key Demo

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Ratings: ABC’s ‘Alec Baldwin Show’ Bombs in Premiere, Ties Univision in Key Demo
The Alec Baldwin Show” was not a match with TV audiences on Sunday. The ABCMatch Game” host’s brand new 10 p.m. talk show actually settled for a tie with Univision’s “Cronicas” among adults 18-49, which is the demographic most coveted by those advertising on broadcast TV during primetime.

With just a 0.4 demo rating, Baldwin’s series premiere edged out Telemundo’s “Don Francisco Te Invita” by just one-tenth of a Nielsen point.

Closing out ABC’s Sunday primetime, “The Alec Baldwin Show” settled for 2.2 million viewers. That essentially doubled the Spanish-language audiences, though it was way behind CBS and NBC.

Also Read: Ratings: The CW's 'All American' Gets Benched in Debut

Elsewhere, The CW is officially back to programming six nights per week. With its first scripted Sunday primetime since 2009, CW saw the new “Charmed” debut as its most-watched fall series premiere since “Jane the Virgin
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Ann Curry to Anchor and Executive Produce TNT’s ‘M.D. Live’

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Former “Today” show anchor Ann Curry will anchor and executive produce the upcoming TNT and Lionsgate series “M.D. Live.”

Last week, the Turner network ordered 10 episodes of “M.D. Live,” a two-hour weekly series will see patients battling various ailments consulting a recurring panel of doctors, who will discuss potential diagnoses before asking the live audience for additional feedback, solutions and support.

“Real good could come of this. We aim to help break down the walls that still stop people from accessing the medical information they need. Harnessing the full power of both television and technology to connect people interactively with doctors all over the world is a step toward a future when we are not limited by where we live or whether we can find the right doctor,” said Curry. “This is a new way of doing things, a new genre of broadcasting and a chance to help people.
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‘Free Solo’ Leads Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

‘Free Solo’ Leads Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s “Free Solo,” a National Geographic documentary about Alex Honnold’s attempt to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan rock formation without any ropes or protective equipment, leads all films in nominations for the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Associations announced on Monday.

Free Solo” received five nominations, including Best Documentary and Best Director, and an additional honor for subject Honnold, who was one of eight subjects singled out in the Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary category.

Bing Liu’s “Minding the Gap” and Chapman Way and Maclain Way’s “Wild Wild Country” each received five nominations, while Kimberly Reed’s “Dark Money,” Rüdiger Suchsland’s “Hitler’s Hollywood” and Morgan Neville’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” received four each.

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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,
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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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Discovery Channel Orders Bowman Gray Stadium Racing Series for Motor Mondays Lineup (Exclusive)

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Discovery Channel is rolling up to what locals call “the most infamous race-track in America,” Winston-Salem, North Carolina’s Bowman Gray Stadium, for its newest Motor Mondays series. “Race Night at Bowman Gray” will anchor the cable network’s Monday primetime lineup starting Oct. 29, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

We’ve also got your exclusive first look at the series, which profiles the crazies who race and rub every Friday night in the short-track showdown.

Like Dominic Toretto from “The Fast and the Furious,” these guys live their lives a quarter-mile at a time. They just do it in a circle.

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For the uninitiated, Bowman Gray, nicknamed the Madhouse, is Nascar’s first and longest-running weekly track — and the stakes in Tar Heel Country for the 70th race season are particularly high.

“This is a ring of fire,
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Europe’s Evolution of Adopting the American Writers’ Room Model

Europe’s Evolution of Adopting the American Writers’ Room Model
Europe hasn’t gone Hollywood quite yet, but it’s getting there, slowly. The standing of the writer within the hierarchy of drama production in Europe has never been higher, but the Hollywood showrunner model, in its purest sense — in which the writer often has the final say in all creative decisions — is still a relative rarity in Europe.

Eight years ago, British exec producer Stephen Garrett, whose credits include “The Night Manager” and is now working on “The Rook” for Starz, persuaded American showrunner Frank Spotnitz to move to Europe and transplant the Hollywood showrunner model in the shape of BBC thriller series “Hunted.
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TV Review: AMC’s ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

If you’d asked any film critic a year or two ago to rank the arthouse auteurs most likely to direct a tony high-gloss miniseries for the BBC and AMC, South Korean iconoclast Park Chan-wook may not have been at the very bottom of the list — leave some room for Lars von Trier and Béla Tarr — but his brand of heightened genre kink would have pushed him pretty far down. But here we have the director of the original “Oldboy” putting his slinky moves on what those networks have fashioned as the follow-up to their 2016 critics’ pet “The Night Manager
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