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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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Bryan Singer Strikes Out at Esquire Article on Sexual Abuse Allegations

Bryan Singer Strikes Out at Esquire Article on Sexual Abuse Allegations
Bryan Singer is hitting out preemptively at an article in Esquire magazine that he implies will revisit sexual abuse and misconduct allegations that have been leveled at the director at various points in his career. The piece has yet to appear online, but in an Instagram post, Singer suggested that it will be released in conjunction with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” his upcoming Freddie Mercury biopic.

“I have known for some time that Esquire magazine may publish a negative article about me,” Singer wrote. “They have contacted my friends, colleagues and people I don’t even know. In today’s’ climate where people’s careers are being harmed by mere accusations, what Esquire is attempting to do is a reckless disregard for the truth, making assumptions that are fictional and irresponsible.”

Last year, Singer was accused of rape by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who claims the director assaulted him in 2003 at a yacht party.
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‘Sacrifice': Derren Brown on Why He Chose Poor Phil for His Latest Mind-Twist Experiment

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‘Sacrifice': Derren Brown on Why He Chose Poor Phil for His Latest Mind-Twist Experiment
Psychological illusionist Derren Brown wants to create a hero out of an average Joe — or in the case of his new Netflix special “Sacrifice,” an average Phil. Ok, so maybe a somewhat xenophobic Phil.

In Brown’s follow-up to “Miracle,” which was his follow-up to “The Push,” the mentalist believes that he can make a man with unfavorable feelings toward immigrants take a bullet for an alien in the country illegally — one who is a total stranger, for good measure. Or at least, Brown is sure going to try for that result.

Readers can find the extended “Sacrifice” trailer at the top of this post. Like the initial teaser-trailer, it is exclusive to TheWrap.

Also Read: Derren Brown Aims to 'Create a Hero' in Trailer for New Netflix Special 'Sacrifice' (Exclusive Video)

So why was this Phil fella selected as the lone participant in a highly elaborate experiment involving 14 actors?
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Washington Examiner Apologizes for ‘Inadvertently’ Plagiarizing the New York Times

The Washington Examiner offered a lengthy apology over the weekend after a story about missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi included several unattributed full paragraphs of a different New York Times piece.

“The Washington Examiner apologizes for inadvertently including paragraphs from a New York Times story in an Examiner story about Jared Kushner and Saudi Arabia,” said the paper’s managing editor Toby Harnden in a statement now appearing at the top of the piece “Khashoggi crisis is a reckoning for Jared Kushner.”

Harnden went on to explain that he had included the Times bits in a note on the unpublished version of the piece, but that things went awry from there.

Also Read: Daily Beast Suspends Joy Reid Column Over 'Serious' Accusations About Past Homophobic Blog Posts

“The note was not clear,” Harnden continued. “The reporter thought I had rewritten part of his story. The material from the New York
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Mipcom: Fox Networks Asia to Score With ‘Dunk of China

Fox Networks Group has acquired worldwide format rights to Chinese reality show “The Dunk of China.” Rights were sourced from streaming giant Youku, and the deal announced at Mipcom in Cannes.

The show features up-and-coming basketball players who battle it out in team games and individual challenges to see who would come out on top. Judges and mentors include sports stars, including Jeremy Lin of the Brooklyn Nets, and Chinese acting-singing superstar Jay Chou (“The Green Hornet”). It premiered in August and earned over 50 million views.

Fox Asia aims to recreate and localize the basketball competition series for regional and global markets.
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‘Dracula’ Series from ‘Sherlock’ Team to Launch on BBC and Netflix

The BBC and Netflix are sinking their fangs into “Dracula,” a major new series adaptation of the classic vampire tale from the team behind “Sherlock.”

Variety was the first to report that Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat were working on a new take on the Bram Stoker story last year, and that Sue Vertue’s Hartswood Films was set to produce. U.K. pubcaster the BBC has now commissioned three 90-minute installments. Netflix will carry the show in most markets outside the U.K.

Dracula” marks another collaboration between Moffat and Gatiss after they combined efforts on episodes on Hartswood-produced “Sherlock.
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Megan Colligan to Replace Greg Foster as IMAX Entertainment President

IMAX announced Monday that it has appointed former Paramount distribution head Megan Colligan as the new president of IMAX Entertainment and Executive Vice President of IMAX Corporation.

She will begin her duties in February 2019, succeeding Greg Foster, who has been at the large-format movie company since 2001.

Colligan served in executive roles at Paramount from 2006 to 2017, during which she oversaw the launch of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and headed up worldwide distribution during the last three years of her tenure.

Also Read: Megan Colligan Exits Paramount Saying 'Gender Bias and Discrimination' Forced Her Out

Prior to that, Colligan was head of the studio’s domestic marketing, overseeing campaigns for the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with films like “Iron Man” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” as well as that of the “Transfomers” franchise.

However, she resigned from her post last fall citing “gender bias” at Paramount, later reaching
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IMAX Taps Megan Colligan as Entertainment President, Greg Foster Departing

IMAX Taps Megan Colligan as Entertainment President, Greg Foster Departing
Megan Colligan, the former marketing and distribution chief at Paramount Pictures, has been tapped as president of IMAX Entertainment and vice president of IMAX Corporation.

It’s a changing of the guard at the highest levels of an exhibition giant that has become a major force in popcorn movies. Colligan replaces Greg Foster, who has served as IMAX’s ambassador to Hollywood for the past 18 years. Foster will depart the wide screen company, where he served as CEO of IMAX Entertainment, at the end of 2018. At IMAX, Foster forged strong ties with the creative community, forming alliances with the likes of Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and Joe and Anthony Russo that paid off with the directors using the company’s cameras to shoot their movies.

Colligan, like Foster, has strong relationships with filmmakers and is well known in the movie business for her work overseeing Paramount’s marketing campaigns for
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Martin Freeman to Star in ITV Drama ‘A Confession’

Martin Freeman to Star in ITV Drama ‘A Confession’
Martin Freeman is set to take on a new detective role, starring in true-story drama “A Confession” for ITV Studios. The Emmy- and BAFTA-winning “Sherlock” star will be joined by Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning actress Imelda Staunton in the six-part drama, it was announced Monday by ITV’s head of drama Polly Hill.

Freeman will star as real-life Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, whose decision to deliberately breach police protocol in order to catch a killer, cost him his career and reputation. “A Confession” is expected to air on ITV in 2019. The news comes hot on the heels of the actor’s
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Disney Offers Concessions to Secure E.U. Approval of Fox Deal

The Walt Disney Company has offered antitrust concessions to help secure E.U. approval of its $71.3 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets. The move was announced Monday by the European Commission, which is reviewing competition concerns over the merger, with Disney having submitted its proposals Friday. Details of the concessions offered were not disclosed.

The European regulator has also extended its deadline for reviewing the merger from Oct. 19 to Nov. 11. The commission is expected to consult with customers and media competitors before deciding whether to accept Disney’s proposed concessions.

Disney received approval of the acquisition from the U.S. Justice Department in June after agreeing to sell off Fox’s 22 regional sports networks. Disney and Fox shareholders voted to approve the buyout on July 27.

Peter Rice, president of 21st Century Fox, told employees at a town hall meeting last week that the mega-deal with Disney was on
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CBS News Launches Streaming-Video Morning Program

TV’s morning-news wars have a new competitor.

CBS News, which already produces “CBS This Morning,” unveiled “Cbsn Am,” a one-hour morning program built for its Cbsn streaming-video hub. The program. anchored by Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers, launched today.

The show will stream between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. eastern. Green will anchor the full hour and Duthiers, who often appears on “CBS This Morning,” will join her at 7:30 a.m.

“Cbsn viewers have made it clear to us that they want more live coverage in the morning,” said Christy Tanner, executive vice president and general manager of CBS News Digital,
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ITV Chief Carolyn McCall Talks Direct-to-Consumer Plans, Endemol and Netflix Effect

Cannes — ITV is joining the growing list of traditional media heavyweights looking to move aggressively into the direct-to-consumer subscription TV arena.

Carolyn McCall, ITV’s newly appointed CEO, made it clear that she sees the need for the U.K.’s largest commercial broadcaster to be a player in the streaming marketplace and to take advantage of the fan base generated by shows on the network and those produced by ITV Studios. McCall spoke Monday during the keynote conversation that kicked off the four-day Mipcom international TV sales conference.

“We wouldn’t be making the right shifts, looking at the world around us,
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Projects By Portocabo, Ficción, Zenit Vie for St. James Way Award

Portocabo TV, Ficción Producciones and Zenit TV figure among the five companies receiving Galician government moneys to develop audiovisual projects aimed at promoting the cultural values of St. James Way.

Ideas pitched by Agallas Films and Diez Caminos have also made the cut.

The five proposals, four TV series and a feature film, will share a total €75,000 to help finance their respective pre-production.

Set in the north-west of Spain, the region of Galicia channelling the support through the Galician Agency of Cultural Industries (Agadic), looking for a high-quality production with strong international distribution potential to celebrate Xacobeo 2021, a St. James’ Holy Year.
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Richard Gere Hits Cannes With ‘MotherFatherSon,’ Says World of TV and Movies ‘Has Turned Upside Down’

Richard Gere Hits Cannes With ‘MotherFatherSon,’ Says World of TV and Movies ‘Has Turned Upside Down’
Richard Gere hit Cannes on Monday with his upcoming BBC series “MotherFatherSon,” and the star told reporters that TV is now where the best work is being done.

MotherFatherSon” marks the first time Gere has taken a role in a major series after a career in film. “The world has so turned upside down in terms of movies right now. The most interesting stuff being done for an actor is [on] television,” he said. “I don’t have to work; I do what I want to. This is something I thought is going to be five or six months of my life,
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Appeals Court Reverses Stage Money Counterfeiting Conviction in Hong Kong

Appeals Court Reverses Stage Money Counterfeiting Conviction in Hong Kong
The film props master who was earlier found guilty of possessing counterfeit money by owning dummy banknotes used in Hong Kong film “Trivisa” had his name cleared on Monday. A High Court ruled that he was improperly convicted.

In an appeal, the court ruled in favor of Cheung Wai-chuen, owner of a well-known film properties company who was sentenced to a four-month suspended sentence in May. Law Yun-lam, a logistics firm employee, received the same sentence.

In 2016, when crime thriller “Trivisa” was released, Cheung was said to have loaned 9,996 bogus Hk$1,000 banknotes to Law for a prank. The police found the banknotes in Law’s car and 223,000 more banknotes at Cheung’s warehouse. Although the banknotes were labelled as movie props, the pair were found guilty.

The appeals judge said that the original district court judge did not inspect each and every single fake banknote before deciding that the props
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Mipcom: Viacom’s Pierluigi Gazzolo on Latin America’s TV build, Ramping Up Originals, Producing for Third-Parties

Cannes — Few executives are better positioned to pinpoint the vast changes sweeping over Latin American TV than Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of Viacom Intl. Media Networks – Americas.

Vimn – America’s purchase of Telefe, Argentina’s highest-rating broadcast network, and then investment in Porta dos Fundos, Brazil’s second-biggest YouTube channel, have been milestones in the region’s recent entertainment business history. But in some ways, rather than a change of direction, the moves merely hastened Vimn down a road it had long been treading. In an extended interview, Gazzolo survey many of the drivers for changes, challenges and strategies Vimn is pursuing in the region.
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