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‘Property Brothers’ Scripted Comedy Series in Development at Fox

‘Property Brothers’ Scripted Comedy Series in Development at Fox
Fox is developing a single-camera comedy series inspired by the “Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott, Variety has learned.

The series is titled “It Takes Two,” based on the Scott brothers’ memoir of the same name. The show follows two entrepreneurial twin brothers who decide to join forces in the real estate business when they realize they are stronger together than apart. Fox has given the project a script commitment with a penalty attached.

The Scotts rose to fame with their hit TV series “Property Brothers,” which is broadcast on Hgtv in the U.S. The show proved so successful that it inspired multiple spinoffs,
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Roseanne Barr Releases Official Statement on Being Killed Off ‘The Conners,’ Slams ABC for ‘Grim and Morbid’ Decision

Roseanne Barr Releases Official Statement on Being Killed Off ‘The Conners,’ Slams ABC for ‘Grim and Morbid’ Decision
[Warning: If you can’t tell by the headline above, spoilers follow.]

ABC’s “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners” kicked off its season premiere with confirmation that the character once played by Roseanne Barr had been killed off the series after suffering an opioid overdose from pills she was taking to treat a knee injury. Barr took to her Twitter page for an instant reaction to her character’s fate following the conclusion of the episode, defiantly tweeting, “I Ain’T Dead, Bitches!!!!” The actress then published a longer, more official statement along with her rabbi, Shmuley Boteach.

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of ‘The Conners,’ all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character,” Barr and Boteach wrote. “That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.
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TV Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Tops Tuesday, Comes Up Short of ‘Roseanne’

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TV Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Tops Tuesday, Comes Up Short of ‘Roseanne’
The Conners” premiere was the top-rated show of Tuesday night but debuted well below what the premiere of “Roseanne” drew earlier this year.

The series debuted sans Roseanne to a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers. The one-hour “Roseanne” revival premiere back in March drew a 5.2 rating and 18.4 million viewers in Live+Same Day. The season finale drew a 2.5 and 10.6 million, while the season as a whole averaged a 3.5 and 13.5 million. As such, “The Conners” was on par with what the season finale of “Roseanne” drew.

Immediately after “The Conners,” the series premiere of “The Kids Are Alright” held onto just over half of its lead-in, nabbing a 1.4 and 6.6 million viewers. The season premiere of “Black-ish” followed with a 1.1 and 4.5 million, down in the demo from last season’s opener but about even in viewers. The second season premiere of “Splitting Up Together” drew a 1.0 and 3.7 million, down around
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Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Is Most-Watched Ever in U.K. for the Rebooted Series

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Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Is Most-Watched Ever in U.K. for the Rebooted Series
The opening episode of the new season of “Doctor Who,” starring Jodie Whittaker as the first regular female time lord, scored a new audience high in the U.K. for the modern iteration of the long-running show. New 4-screen measurements by British TV ratings organization Barb, which include non-tv online viewing, showed that the total audience for the Oct. 7 season opener reached 10.9 million across all devices.

The result gives Whittaker, the 13th Doctor, the best introduction for any Doctor since the show returned after a long hiatus in 2005, when Christopher Eccleston’s debut scored a consolidated audience of 10.8 million. The figures also make “Doctor Who” the No. 1 drama launch of 2018 in the U.K. and the BBC’s biggest in more than a decade, surpassing its recent smash hit “Bodyguard,” which bowed in August.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see the audience responding to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor in such huge numbers,
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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped

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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped
The planned theatrical release of big-budget Chinese war movie “Unbreakable Spirit,” has been scrapped following allegations of money laundering. The film had earlier been at the center of the tax avoidance allegations involving actress Fan Bingbing.

The film, previously known as “The Bombing,” was originally set for an August release. That was rescheduled to Oct. 26 after the Fan affair became major news. But Chinese media now report the release as cancelled.

Aside from Fan, the film has a stellar cast that includes Bruce Willis, Liu Ye, and Nicholas Tse. Director, Xiao Feng said the film had taken eight years to make.

“It is time to let it go,” Xiao Feng wrote on social media. “My sincere apologies to my crew, the distribution team, and all audiences who had high expectations of the film.” The film’s distributors, Beijing United Exhibition Partners, and Qi Tai Culture did not respond to Variety’s inquiries.
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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days

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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days
When a major studio’s awards contender shoots past the century mark this early in the fall, it’s something to celebrate, and Warner BrosBradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romance drama A Star Is Born has filled $100 million-plus worth of movie auditoriums in its first 12 days of domestic release.

Let’s face it, not all adult-oriented awards contenders are slam dunks at the box office, particularly when they are wide releases. Just ask Universal and DreamWorks, who hoped their astronaut drama First Man would launch to $20M in three days; it’s at $19.1M through five days. Quite often the better PR win is in a platform release: You celebrate your theater averages up front, and then, wow, the film has crossed over to bigger numbers later on in its run.

For the third midday to date in its run, A Star Is Born beat Venom in daily grosses — the pic did so last Thursday, on Monday and last night, edging out Tom Hardy’s fanged superhero $3.95M-$3.75M. Every studio depends on a huge opening-weekend gross for their event movies to survive, but sleeper movies, especially ones which continually draw out adult audiences — a crowd notorious for crawling to the multiplex — is pure manna from heaven. While Universal/ Miramax/ Blumhouse’s Halloween will soak up around $70M worth of business this weekend, Venom and A Star Is Born will continue to fight for second with around $18M-$20M. “A Star Is Born will continue to ease 30% every weekend in its run,” praised one rival studio executive about the pic’s longevity.

Yes, Sony’s Venom hit $100M in its first six days last week, but its commercial success after overcoming negative reviews can largely be attributed to being a long-awaited Marvel spinoff finally hitting the screen and clicking. Nice IP if you can get it.

But here we have A Star Is Born, the fourth remake of a classic property in an 81-year period, a movie by a first-time director in Cooper, coupled with ambitious dramatic performances that have paid off, not just for The Hangover actor, but in pop star Lady Gaga too. It’s a recipe that’s paying off. Note this movie could have been a very different one, with various directors having circled at various points in time, i.e., Joel Schumacher, Nick Cassavetes and Clint Eastwood, and stars including Will Smith and Tom Cruise, with Beyonce being a constant attachment throughout various iterations.

A Star Is Born through 12 days counts $101.4M to Venom‘s $148.9M. Versus other October hits, Warner Bros’ Gravity (final stateside gross $274M) hit $100M in nine days, 20th Century Fox’s The Martian (final domestic $228.4M) in 10, and Fox’s Gone Girl ($167.7M) in 16.

It’s fair to say, A Star Is Born is just getting warmed up.
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‘Alice’ Series Reboot From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot

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‘Alice’ Series Reboot  From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot
Another classic sitcom is eying a reboot. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Alice, a multi-camera comedy based on the 1976 CBS TV series starring Linda Lavin. It comes from Diablo Cody (One Mississippi), Liz Astrof (2 Broke Girls) and Warner Bros. TV, which produced the original series and where Cody and her Vita Vera Films are based.

Written and executive produced by Cody and Astrof, Alice is based on the TV series Alice, which in turn was based on the 1974 feature film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, directed by Martin Scorsese. The Fox reboot centers on Long Island housewife Alice Hyatt, who has finally worked up the courage to leave her cheating husband. She drives cross-country to Arizona with her teenage son Tommy, and gets a job as a waitress at a roadside diner where the staff becomes their new surrogate family.

Warner Bros. TV co-produces with Vita Vera Films.
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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity

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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity
Idris Elba is in final talks to join Tom Hooper’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. We hear Elba is playing famed feline Macavity.

The Golden Globe and two-time SAG Award winner joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley. The pic is currently in pre-production.

Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power. In act two, there are two songs about him: “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” sung by Demeter, Bombalurina, and female feline back-up and “Macavity Fight” performed by Macavity, Demeter, Munkustrap, and Alonzo.

Elba is currently filming Fast and Furious
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‘Sesame Street’ Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Retires From Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch Roles

‘Sesame Street’ Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Retires From Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch Roles
Caroll Spinney has been a television mainstay since 1969, but his face has rarely made an appearance.

Disguised beneath a frock of bright yellow feathers and an orange bill, the “Sesame Street” puppeteer was the heart and soul behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since the show’s premiere almost 50 years ago.

Now, at the age of 84, Spinney told the New York Times that he is retiring from “Sesame Street” after nearly half a century playing some of the show’s most iconic characters. Come Thursday, Spinney will enter the “Sesame Street” studios in Astoria, Queens for the last time
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‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC

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‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC
On the heels of Shades of Blue ending its run after three seasons, star/executive producer Jennifer Lopez has teamed with co-star Vincent Laresca for a new cop drama, which has been put in development by NBC. The project, Blood Ties, hails from former The Mentalist executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi, Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-ThomasNuyorican Productions, Appian Way and Universal TV, where Nuyorican is based.

Written by Szentgyorgyi, Blood Ties is a procedural crime show in the vein of NYPD Blue, which isbased on an idea by Laresca. When convicted homicide detective Steve Horvath is exonerated, he’s given his job back but finds he now has unconventional insight about the criminals he faces. Teaming up with an unexpected rookie who has a secret agenda of his own, Horvath must learn to adapt to life outside of prison while trying to figure out who framed him and why.

Szentgyorgyi executive
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Peaky Blinders: Season Five; Anya Taylor-Joy Joins Netflix Series

Peaky Blinders: Season Five;  Anya Taylor-Joy Joins Netflix Series
Anya Taylor-Joy is headed to Birmingham. BBC One just announced the Miniaturist star has joined season five of Peaky Blinders.

The period drama, which airs on the in the U.S., centers on a gang living and operating in 1920s Birmingham, England. The cast includes Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy, Annabelle Wallis, Sam Neill, Charlotte Riley, and Adrien Brody.

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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios ‘Aggressively’ Pursues Mergers, Acquisitions With New Exec Hire

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Entertainment Studios, the film and TV distribution company run by Byron Allen, announced on Wednesday that it’s hired Ronnie Ng as its new chief financial officer.

In addition to his typical CFO duties, Ng will serve as the company’s head of corporate development as it looks to grow.

“Ronnie Ng is an outstanding addition to our Entertainment Studios/Allen Media family,” Allen, founder and CEO of Entertainment Studios, said in a statement. “Ronnie’s extensive corporate and financial investment experience makes him a very strong executive joining our team as we continue to grow our global media and technology company and aggressively pursue mergers and acquisitions.”

Also Read: Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Launches International Sales, Distribution Division

Last month, Entertainment Studios launched an international sales and distribution division, titled Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures International (Esmpi), weeks after raising $500 million in credit facilities. The company said the money raised
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2018’s Biggest Rock Radio Hit Is One You Might Not Have Heard Of

2018’s Biggest Rock Radio Hit Is One You Might Not Have Heard Of
On Tuesday, the single “Broken,” by the previously hit-less group Lovelytheband, broke a notable threshold: It has now reached more than one billion listeners. No song has gotten more play on what’s known as “Alternative” radio — the catch-all home of guitar-bass-and-drums acts, including Weezer, the Struts and Elle King — this year, with 105,118 spins and still climbing, according to Mediabase.

This feat catapults Lovelytheband into the tiny group of rock acts that manage to put out genuine hit singles these days. Imagine Dragons are the leaders of the pack, with
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Hear Ty Segall’s Excellent Remake of the Dils’ 1978 Punk Classic ‘Class War’

Hear Ty Segall’s Excellent Remake of the Dils’ 1978 Punk Classic ‘Class War’
The Dils were one of the best bands on the West Coast in the late Seventies, known for the their endearing sibling vocal blend and strong social messages. 1978’s “Class War” blended both of those elements: “I wanna war, between the rich and the poor / I wanna fight and know what I’m fighting for in a class war,” brothers Chip and Tony Kinman in the one-minute-forty-one-second classic.

The prolific indie-rocker Ty Segall decided to cover the song on his new covers album, Fudge Sandwich, out October 26th. Segall slows
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Women In Film’s Kirsten Schaffer Looks to ReFrame Inclusion at Mia

Women In Film’s Kirsten Schaffer Looks to ReFrame Inclusion at Mia
Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Women In Film, Los Angeles, heads to Rome’s Mia Market this week to join key representatives of the Italian media as they push for systemic changes in the local entertainment industry.

On Oct. 21, Schaffer will be joined at Mia by Paul Feig and prominent Italian bizzers on a panel, hosted by Women In Film, TV & Media Italia, that will present the tools of ReFrame, the organization promoting a formal action plan to achieve gender parity in film and TV.

Schaffer said the group’s goal in Rome is to see how the strategies adopted by industry leaders in the U.S. can be applied locally. “We’re not bringing ReFrame to Italy,” she said. “We’re sharing our tools and our knowledge with that industry for them to adapt as they see fit.”

Established in 2017, ReFrame is a joint partnership between Women In Film and the Sundance Institute.
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Louis Farrakhan Defends Kanye West: Rapper ‘Was Right’ About 13th Amendment (Video)

Louis Farrakhan Defends Kanye West: Rapper ‘Was Right’ About 13th Amendment (Video)
Louis Farrakhan voiced his support for Kanye West after the rapper’s extended rant in the Oval Office. The Nation of Islam chief said West was right in his critique of the 13th amendment — which ended slavery in the United States.

“Kanye was right,” Farrakhan declared to an audience of fans in Detroit on Sunday. “Kanye talked about the 13th amendment and he was telling Mr. Trump that you don’t build something that’s supposed to be firm and have a trapped door in it unless you building a trapped door for somebody you want to trap.”

Though the amendment is broadly lauded by historians for abolishing slavery, West and Farrakhan have taken issue with a clause allowing for “involuntary servitude… as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.”

Also Read: Louis Farrakhan Asks If 'Outside Forces' Kept His Film Off Netflix

“Felony!” said Farrakhan.
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‘Game of Thrones’: Will Joe Jonas Appear on Final Season With Fiancee Sophie Turner?

‘Game of Thrones’: Will Joe Jonas Appear on Final Season With Fiancee Sophie Turner?
Joe Jonas may be engaged to “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner, but that doesn’t mean the JoBro will be popping up in the final season of the HBO fantasy drama.

“I would have done it in a heartbeat, but unfortunately, it’s not going to happen,” Jonas told Variety on Tuesday night at the Fendi Mania party at the Fendi boutique in Beverly Hills, Calif. “That would have been amazing. I would have loved it.”

“GoT” wrapped Season 8 wrapped in July. No premiere date has been announced, but it’s expected to air sometime in the first half
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Janelle Monae Details ‘Dirty Computer’ Writing Process, Thoughts on Political Art

Janelle Monae Details ‘Dirty Computer’ Writing Process, Thoughts on Political Art
Janelle Monáe sat down for an intimate conversation about her album Dirty Computer at New York’s 92nd Street Y on Tuesday night. The artist also elaborated on her tour in support of the LP, film projects and work with her organization Fem the Future.

Monáe revealed how far back the concept of Dirty Computer and many of the songs went for her. The album title was conceived before she even released her debut full-length album, 2010’s The ArchAndroid. The songs she had written for the LP date back to
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Jeff Sessions Is Cracking Down on One of Mexico’s Biggest Drug Cartels

Jeff Sessions Is Cracking Down on One of Mexico’s Biggest Drug Cartels
Though Jeff Sessions days as the nation’s top justice official may be numbered, the embattled attorney general was able to start off his week with some encouraging news. On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced 15 indictments against a total of 45 members of Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (Cjng), a prominent Mexican drug cartel.

Sessions made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday. “Every day, these cartels are taking advantage of our porous Southern border to move and push their illegal drugs for large profits — expanding suffering and death along the way,
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