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Luca Guadagnino to Direct Film Inspired by Classic Bob Dylan Album

Luca Guadagnino to Direct Film Inspired by Classic Bob Dylan Album
Luca Guadagnino’s next project is inspired by one of Bob Dylan’s most iconic albums.

The “Suspiria” director is attached to direct a film based on Dylan’s 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.” “The Fisher King” scribe Richard Lagravenese will write the screenplay, individuals with knowledge of the project confirmed to TheWrap.

The film is based on an idea by Rt Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira, who is producing with Guadagnino, reteaming with him after previously producing “Call Me By Your Name.” Rt’s Sophie Mas and Lourenço Sant’ Anna are executive producing alongside Marco Morabito.

Also Read: Tilda Swinton Says She Is That Old Man in 'Suspiria,' After All

The film will revolve around some of the central themes of Dylan’s album, which included “Tangled Up in Blue,” “Simple Twist of Fate” and “Shelter from the Storm.”

“Bringing this project to life is a dream to me,
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‘NYPD Blue’ Follow-Up Series Lands Pilot Production Commitment at ABC

‘NYPD Blue’ Follow-Up Series Lands Pilot Production Commitment at ABC
A new installment of “NYPD Blue” has scored a pilot production commitment at ABC, Variety has learned.

The new series follows Andy Sipowicz’s son, Theo, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Original series writers and executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton will write and executive produce the new show, with Jesse Bochco–son of “NYPD Blue” co-creator Steven Bocho–executive producing and directing. Dayna Bochco, Steven’s wife, will produce. ABC Studios will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

Olmstead is repped by Wme and Bloom Hergott.
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Joshua Bassett to Lead High School Musical Series

Joshua Bassett to Lead High School Musical Series
Joshua Bassett has been cast in the lead role of the highly anticipated 'High School Musical The Musical,' a series for Disney's upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is set to launch in late 2019. It is based on the iconic Emmy Award-winning 'High School Musical' franchise. The series will be filmed in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a single camera documentary style.
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‘Orange Is the New Black’ to End With Season 7

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ to End With Season 7
Orange Is the New Black” is set to end after its upcoming seventh season on Netflix. The cast of the series broke the news in a video post on Wednesday, which can be viewed below.

Netflix had renewed the Lionsgate-produced series for three seasons ahead of the Season 4 premiere in 2016. As part of the deal, series showrunner Jenji Kohan will remain in that role through Season 7. The critically-acclaimed dramedy initially followed the inmates of Litchfield Minimum Security Prison, with Season 6 seeing many of the main cast move to the Maximum Security Prison often mentioned in the series.

The series stars Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, Laverne Cox, Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Yael Stone, Jackie Cruz, Lea DeLaria, Adrienne C. Moore, Elizabeth Rodriguez Michael Harney and Nick Sandow. Lionsgate produces the series for Netflix.

More to come…

Warning: This may make you cry.
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‘Godzilla vs Kong': Demián Bichir in Talks to Star in Monster Movie

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‘Godzilla vs Kong': Demián Bichir in Talks to Star in Monster Movie
Legendary is in negotiations for Academy Award nominee Demián Bichir to join the upcoming “Godzilla vs Kong” film alongside previously announced cast Julian Dennison and Brian Tyree Henry.

Godzilla vs. Kong” is the fourth installment of the Legendary and Warner Bros. cinematic universe and is set to be released on May 22, 2020. “Godzilla” brought in $529 million globally after it was released in 2014. “Kong: Skull Island” was released March 10, 2017, and grossed more than $565 million worldwide. A sequel to Godzilla, titled “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” with Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown, will also be released next year.

Also Read: 'Godzilla vs Kong': Brian Tyree Henry Joins Cast of Monster Movie

Screenwriter Terry Rossio, best known for writing “Pirates of the Caribbean” films, is writing the “Godzilla vs. Kong” screenplay. In March, Legendary set a writers room to work on the script for “Godzilla vs. Kong,” with Rossio as its head.
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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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Maisie Williams Filmed Her Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Scene Solo: ‘Arya’s Always Bloody Alone’

Maisie Williams Filmed Her Final ‘Game of Thrones’ Scene Solo: ‘Arya’s Always Bloody Alone’
Maisie Williams is done playing the girl with no name, having wrapped her role as the “Game of Thrones” vicious teen assassin, Arya Stark, back in July. Though she teased her final bow with a picture when she was done, Williams has now given some solid hints about how her face-shifting character might go out when the show’s eighth and final season airs next year — and it’s pretty sweet, if not lonely.

Williams told The Guardian in an interview published Wednesday that her last “Game of Thrones” shoot was “beautiful,” and she “ended on the perfect scene.” However, spoiler alert, the actress said it was nothing out of the ordinary in terms of who she was acting with — which was nobody.

“I was alone – shocker!” Williams said. “Arya’s always bloody alone. But I was alone and I had watched a lot of other people wrap. I knew the drill,
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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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Why the New England Patriots, Archie Andrews and (Yes) Roseanne Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement AI company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Oct. 10-16 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

NBC’s broadcast of the NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots got people talking to the tune of 91,161 Emotional Reactions (ERs), more than any other airing during the period measured. It was a close game that had fans for both sides emoting on social media, especially when the Chiefs tied it up at 40-all in the last three minutes. But the Pats pulled off a final field goal to take the win — and earn the most ERs.

Win or lose, the game B/T Patriots vs. Chiefs should be a good game to watch.
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Fox to Develop Comedy Starring, Co-Created by ‘Another Period’s’ Riki Lindhome

Fox is developing a single-camera comedy that hails from Riki Lindhome and Monica Padrick.

“Tails” will follow Erika (Lindhome), a woman in her late 30s, who despite the pressure she feels from the world around her, refuses to settle in any area of her life. Lindhome will serve as writer and executive producer on the project alongside Padrick in addition to starring. Fox has given the project a script commitment with a penalty attached.

Amy Poehler will also executive produce via her Paper Kite Productions banner, with Paper Kite’s Kim Lessing producing. Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment will also executive produce.
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Sarah Chalke Re-Teams With ‘Scrubs’ Creator for Drama in Development at ABC

Sarah Chalke Re-Teams With ‘Scrubs’ Creator for Drama in Development at ABC
Sarah Chalke is reuniting with “Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence for a drama series currently in development at ABC, Variety has learned.

The untitled one-hour series is inspired by Chalke’s life. It is described as a family dramedy about two very different sisters who take over the adoption agency that their parents, a lawyer and a social worker, have run out of their home for the last 30 years.

Chalke will star in the series in addition to co-executive producing. The series hails from writer Emily Fox, who will executive produce. Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold will executive produce via Doozer Productions.
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‘Wildlife’ Film Review: Carey Mulligan Excels in Paul Dano’s Family Drama

‘Wildlife’ Film Review: Carey Mulligan Excels in Paul Dano’s Family Drama
That Paul Dano the director suffuses nearly every frame of his first feature “Wildlife” with an almost stricken concern for its imploding protagonists — with scenes of frozen but engaged compassion — somehow befits a movie made by Paul Dano the actor, who over a handful of performances has made a notable career out of embodying lonely, vulnerable souls at pains with how to move forward.

“Wildlife,” an adaptation of Richard Ford’s 1990 novel, is a study in domestic discontent set in Montana in the early 1960s, and it makes for a sterling filmmaking debut from Dano. Working from a screenplay he wrote with partner Zoe Kazan, he shows not just a keen way with actors — a commonly informed plus when a performer steps behind the camera, in this case facilitating Carey Mulligan’s finest film portrayal to date — but also an alert eye for deceptively charged visuals that combine surface beauty and nagging emptiness.
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CW Developing Revenge Dark Comedy Series From Jordan Reddout, Gus Hickey

The CW is developing a drama series that hails from writers Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey.

Titled “No Hard Feelings,” the project is described as a dark comedy about a group of friends who conspire to exact revenge on an old rival who assaulted one of their own and got away with it back in college.

Reddout and Hickey will also executive produce in addition to writing. Brad Silberling will also executive produce. CBS Television Studios will produce.

Reddout and Hickey previously worked together on shows like ABC’s revival of “The Muppets,” the “Black-ish” spinoff “Grown-ish,” and the CBS
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Announces Multi-Generational Comedy Series ‘Family Reunion,’ Starring Tia Mowry

In Wednesday’s roundup, Netflix announces family comedy series “Family Reunion,” and the company is also bringing back its Spanish original series “Elite” for a second season.

Development

Netflix has announced “Family Reunion,” a multi-generational live action comedy series. The series, which recently began production, stars Loretta Devine (“The Carmichael Show”) and Tia Mowry. Mowry will play Cocoa McKellan, a free-spirited mother who travels from the big city with her family to a small town for her family reunion and gets to know their extended clan. Devine will portray the loving but strict matriarch of the family, M’Dear, and
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ABC Sets Up ‘NYPD Blue’ Sequel Series Following Andy Sipowicz’s Son

ABC has given a pilot production commitment to an “NYPD Blue” sequel series centered on Andy Sipowicz’s son.

Written and executive produced by original series writers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton, the new drama will center on Andy Sipowicz’s (Dennis Franz’s) son Theo as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder.

Jesse Bocho, son of “NYPD Blue” co-creator Steven Bocho, who died in April after a long battle with leukemia, will direct and executive produce. Dayna Bochco, Steven’s widow, will produce the drama, which hails from ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV.

Also Read: Steven Bochco's Legacy: 4 Ways 'NYPD Blue' Co-Creator Changed TV

Created by Steven Bochco and David Milch, “NYPD Blue” ran for 12 seasons on ABC between 1993 and 2005. The police procedural was praised for pushing the boundaries of serialization, and is
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