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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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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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Fox Orders Reality Competition ‘Big Bounce Battle’ From Endemol Shine

Fox has given a series order to reality competition “Big Bounce Battle” from Endemol Shine North America.

Created by Endemol Shine Netherlands and co-developed with Endemol Shine Germany for Rtl, “Big Bounce Battle” is a competition series in which contestants race the clock, and gravity, as they attempt to conquer spectacular trampoline obstacle courses as fast as they can. The U.S. adaptation will be produced by Endemol Shine North America. The trampoline tracks become more difficult as the series progresses, testing speed, strength, balance and timing, meaning contestants will literally face the ups and downs on the fun-packed tracks,
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Katie Crutchfield on the Art of Songwriting

Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee has been making noise since her teens, when she started out in the Alabama punk rock scene. She began writing songs at a tender age, learning to play guitar alongside her twin sister Alison Crutchfield, who fronts the band Swearin’. Since then, Katie Crutchfield has become one of indie rock’s most acclaimed singer-songwriters—not to mention one of the most wildly prolific. The sisters have been in and out of bands together, including P.S. Eliot, the Ackleys and Bad Banana. But Katie is best
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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works

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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works
Amy Winehouse’s family has signed a deal to executive produce a biopic about the late singer, who died in 2011, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Monumental PicturesAlison Owen and Debra Hayward will produce the film, while “Kinky Boots” writer Geoff Deane will write the screenplay and executive produce. Production is set to start in 2019.

Proceeds from the film will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to prevent the effects of alcohol and drug misuse. Representatives for Winehouse’s family have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Also Read: Amy Winehouse Foundation Opens Recovery Facility for Female Addicts

Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said in a statement that the family had been repeatedly approached about the rights but never felt the “time was right.”

“We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent,” he said. “And we know through
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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix

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‘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.”

Also Read: New Batman Prequel
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Trish Regan Leads Fox Business’ Push Into Live Primetime

When Trish Regan was last spotted with a major presence in primetime TV, she was doing a CNBC documentary about the business of marijuana. As she makes a return to the timeslot, her current network is betting she’s going to smoke her competitors.

Regan was last Thursday rehearsing her new primetime show at Fox Business Network headquarters in midtown Manhattan, holding forth from the same studio where veteran Neil Cavuto had just given viewers a few phrases about the effects of President Trump’s policies on a plunging stock market. Regan had some cautionary words of her own. America had “an hourglass economy,
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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One

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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.”

Also Read: 'Sacrifice': Derren Brown on Why He Chose Poor Phil for His Latest Mind-Twist Experiment

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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Kip Moore Readies Acoustic Ep ‘Room to Spare’

Kip Moore Readies Acoustic Ep ‘Room to Spare’
Kip Moore will follow up his 2017 full-length album Slowheart with a seven-song Ep that highlights his less bombastic side. Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions showcases Moore at his most stripped-down and writing with frequent collaborators Luke Dick and Dan Couch.

Moore co-wrote five songs on the Ep, including two with Charlie Worsham, with whom he’ll launch a mini Midwest tour in November. The Acoustic Sessions kicks off with a new version of the Slowheart standout “Plead the Fifth,” a track that has become a live staple of the
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Music Loses $2.65 Billion a Year From the Likes of Coffee Shops

Piracy is the perhaps the most visible of the music industry’s money woes, but it’s not the only one. The global music industry also loses out on $2.65 billion every year because of small businesses misusing personal music-streaming services, according to a study published Monday by Nielsen Music and licensing service Soundtrack Your Brand.

When music is played in a store, restaurant or other public venue (a.k.a. constituting a “public performance”), it needs to be licensed under copyright laws separate from the laws governing personal use of
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Melissa McCarthy Discusses Playing Author Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Melissa McCarthy Discusses Playing Author Lee Israel in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’
Vintage typewriters and forged letters might seem like unusual decor for New York’s Sva Theatre, but there could be no better tribute to Lee Israel, the subject of the new Melissa McCarthy-led biopic “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” which premiered there on Sunday. Israel was a biographer of celebrated women who turned to forging and selling letters from her literary heroes when her own career hit a standstill.

“The city is full of people that we often don’t bother to look at who have had incredibly interesting lives,” producer Anne Carey told Variety on the red carpet. “Lee’s invisibility is part of what made her able to accomplish what she did, and I think that’s the thing — you never know who you’re walking by in the street.”

The FBI eventually caught on to Israel’s scheme, but not before she had already sold about 400 fake letters.
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Zero Gravity Secures $100 Million, Sets Ghost Story ‘Wraith’

Zero Gravity Secures $100 Million, Sets Ghost Story ‘Wraith’
Mubina Rattonsey’s recently launched Zero Gravity has secured $100 million in financing to develop and produce film and television content, Variety has learned exclusively.

The first movie on the slate will be the ghost story “Wraith” from director Armaan Zorace (“God Is Dead”). The producers are Rattonsey, alongside Rohini Singh and Manmeet Singh of Maurya Entertainment.

Wraith” focuses on a married couple that heads to a new town, only to find an evil presence that surrounds them — requiring them to fight forces from other dimensions to survive. The film will be shot in a yet-to-be announced Islamic nation in documented haunted houses to capture Muslim exorcisms. The producers are developing camera technology specifically for the project, and plan to focus on sound.

“I consider sound to be 50% of the movie-going experience and ‘Wraith’ will feature a special binaural 3D sound which will transport the audience directly into the world of
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John Oliver on Missing Journalist, Trump’s ‘Bromance’ With Saudi Leader ‘Mbs’

John Oliver on Missing Journalist, Trump’s ‘Bromance’ With Saudi Leader ‘Mbs’
John Oliver focused the main segment of Sunday’s Last Week Tonight on the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Saudi Arabian citizen, and the controversial relationship between those two countries.

Khashoggi, whom Oliver described as a “thoughtful and by no means radical critic of the Saudi royal family,” has been missing since October 2nd, after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to pick up some paperwork. Turkish authorities have alleged that a 15-person “team” assassinated and dismembered the journalist, citing audio and video proof,
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Esports Challenges Coming to ‘Minecraft’

Amateur esports company Super League Gaming announced three distinct challenges for its Minecraft community all centered around the upcoming “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” movie on Monday.

Super League is gearing up for the Dec. 14 release of the animated film in style, with three competitions held between Oct. 27 and Dec. 9.

First up, Super League’s Minecraft City Champs tournament will have players battling it out in the new “Spider-Verse: Domination,” a mini-game inspired by the film that has teams of five battling to snatch up and then maintain points in a map of New York City based on the setting of the feature film.

The Minecraft City Champs competition will be held in select movie theaters across 16 competing, major markets in the Us during four Saturdays in a row, starting Oct. 27. The competition is open to registered players 17 or under, and registration currently costs $49.99 for those who sign up by 12 p.
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