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"True Blood" Creator Alan Ball Gives Details Of Musical Version In The Works

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True Blood fans rejoice. You may be getting a fix of the vampire fantasy story in musical form.

Speaking at a 10th anniversary screening of the pilot episode at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Sunday, creator Alan Ball gave details of the rumored musical version coming from composer Nathan Barr, which Ball says he’s heard is "pretty good."

"It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet," Ball said.
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'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Delivers $253 Million Global Debut
While still a solid weekend, the performances fell below Mojo's pre-weekend expectations almost across the board. Warner Bros.'s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the latest entry in the Fantastic Beasts franchise still topped the weekend as expected, but even it fell a bit below the studio's expectations, though not by as much as both Paramount's Instant Family and Fox's Widows, neither of which managed to break out among opening weekend audiences, but will hope to take advantage of the holiday weekend to come. The overall weekend, however, was an improvement over last weekend and while it fell short of the same weekend last year, which saw the debut of Justice League, the month is now pacing slightly ahead of last year's grosses, which saw the November box office top $1 billion for only the third time ever. At #1, Warner Bros.'s release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
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The Original 'Frankenstein' Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years

The Original 'Frankenstein' Has Finally Been Restored After 108 Years
Frankenstein isn’t the only Frankenstein. James Whale’s 1931 take on Mary Shelley’s iconic novel was beaten to the punch by the Edison Manufacturing, which in 1910 produced what a title card describes as a “liberal adaptation” of the story.

The Library of Congress purchased a collection of prints in 2014 that included a nitrate print of Frankenstein. Alois F. Dettlaff acquired it in the 1950s and brought it with him to film festivals and monster conventions for decades; a meeting with then-AMPAS president Robert Wise in 1986 failed to persuade him to let the Academy preserve and archive it.
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'Green Book' Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release

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'Green Book' Has Successful Start at Indie Box Office Before Wide Release
Before hitting the road on a nationwide release, Universal's awards contender Green Book got warmed up with a limited opening on 25 screens that earned $313,000 this weekend and a per screen average of $12,250.

Stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are expected to be awards contenders for their performances as Italian-American bodyguard Tony Lip and jazz icon Dr. Don Shirley. Green Book follows the friendship that grew between the two men as Tony escorted Shirley on his tour through the Jim Crow South, using the titular Green Book to find hotels that African-Americans were allowed to stay in.
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Disney Gets Approval From Chinese Regulators for Fox Deal

Chinese regulators have approved the Walt Disney Company’s $71.3 billion acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets, clearing an important hurdle for the blockbuster deal between the media giants.

The news goosed the stock of both companies, sending Disney shares up .77% to $117.08 and lifting Fox shares up more than 3% to $49.63. Disney has said that it expects its purchase of key Fox brands such as NatGeo, FX, and 20th Century Fox to close some time in 2019. Disney said the deal received “unconditional approval.”

There had been some concern in investment circles that President Trump’s escalating trade war with China could could the powers that be in Beijing to throw a wrench in the antitrust approval process, slowing a pact that many expect will transform the entertainment landscape. The deal will give Disney access to key film brands such as Avatar and the X-Men, as well
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Discovery Inks Distribution Pact With Pluto TV

Discovery has inked a deal with Pluto TV that will see content from the media company be distributed on the ad-supported streaming TV and VOD service.

Discovery is taking select programming from six of its networks — including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, ID, Discovery Life, Science Channel and TLC — and housing it on its own Pluto TV Channel. Under the non-exclusive content deal, programming coming to the streaming service includes TLC’s “Kate Plus 8,” Animal Planet’s “River Monsters,” Discovery Channel’s “Misfit Garage,” and ID’s “Dates from Hell.”

This is the first time the company has inked a such a deal with an ad-supported streaming service.

Also Read: How Roku Is Helping Smaller Ott Services Stand Out in a Saturated Market

Like all traditional media companies, Discovery — which is an investor in Pluto — is looking for new ways to reach younger audiences that have either cut the cord
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Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Burstyn to Be Honored by New York Women in Film and Television

New York Women in Film & Television (Nywift) is gearing up to host an afternoon of recognition for outstanding women in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. The 39th annual Muse Awards will honor actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Burstyn at a gala luncheon held at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel on Dec. 13.

Actor and CBS commentator Nancy Giles will serve as the afternoon’s emcee, presenting honors to Parker, a New York City icon, and Burstyn, one of the few actresses to hold the “triple crown” of acting with multiple Academy Awards, two Emmys,
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Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Burstyn to Be Honored by New York Women in Film and Television

New York Women in Film & Television (Nywift) is gearing up to host an afternoon of recognition for outstanding women in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. The 39th annual Muse Awards will honor actresses Sarah Jessica Parker and Ellen Burstyn at a gala luncheon held at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel on Dec. 13.

Actor and CBS commentator Nancy Giles will serve as the afternoon’s emcee, presenting honors to Parker, a New York City icon, and Burstyn, one of the few actresses to hold the “triple crown” of acting with multiple Academy Awards, two Emmys, and a Tony.

Emmy winner Lisa Nishimura, vice president of original documentary and comedy programming at Netflix, will also be honored.

The 13th annual Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award will go to Maysoon Zayid, a comedian, writer, producer, and disability advocate. Film and television director Tricia Brock, known for her work on “The Walking Dead,
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‘House of Cards’ Season 6 Ratings on Netflix: U.S. Viewers Drop From Prior Season

‘House of Cards’ Season 6 Ratings on Netflix: U.S. Viewers Drop From Prior Season
House of Cards,” in the sixth and final season of Netflix’s political thriller, is off to a slower start than its penultimate run last year.

Netflix released all eight episodes of season 6 on Nov. 2, starring Robin Wright as President Claire Underwood, who navigates new political machinations and scandals — as well as demons from her past. Notably, the last season of “House of Cards” is missing previous star Kevin Spacey after the disgraced actor was dismissed from the show.

In the first seven days of its availability, the season 6 premiere episode received an average minute audience of 2.9 million U.S.
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Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival

Spinal Tap to Reunite and Perform for 35th Anniversary Screening at Tribeca Film Festival
Spinal Tap, the loudest band in England, is reuniting for a 35th anniversary screening of their film “This Is Spinal Tap” at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and will also perform following the screening.

Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will turn it up to 11 again in a one-night-only concert as the fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap. They’ll further be joined by “This is Spinal Tap” director Rob Reiner for a conversation to follow.

“Spinal Tap proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever,” director, co-writer and star Reiner said in a statement Monday.

Also Read: Spinal Tap's Derek Smalls Tells Us About the Band's Future and That Zucchini Incident

Tribeca is also hosting a special 25th anniversary for Ben Stiller’s Generation X classic “Reality Bites.” Stiller will be in attendance along with the cast that included Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn and Stiller.
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‘This Is Spinal Tap,’ ‘Reality Bites’ Set for 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

‘This Is Spinal Tap,’ ‘Reality Bites’ Set for 2019 Tribeca Film Festival
The Tribeca Film Festival has unveiled its first programming for the 2019 festival with a 35th anniversary screening of “This Is Spinal Tap” and a 25th anniversary showing for “Reality Bites.”

The titles were announced Monday for the festival’s 18th edition, which will run April 24-May 5.

This Is Spinal Tap” stars and creators Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Rob Reiner, who also directed, will pay tribute to the band after the screening with a musical performance and a conversation to follow.

“’Spinal Tap’ proves there is definitely a fine line between stupid and clever,” said Reiner, quoting from the movie.

Reality Bites” starred Winona Ryder, Ethan Hawke, Janeane Garofalo, Steve Zahn, and Ben Stiller, who also directed. A conversation will follow the screening to take a look back at the making of the film and the characters who are sometimes cited as having embodied the spirit of Generation X.
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‘Walking Dead': Are We Going to See Maggie Again This Season – or Ever?

‘Walking Dead': Are We Going to See Maggie Again This Season – or Ever?
(Spoilers ahead for the Nov. 18 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

Maggie (Lauren Cohan) is gone, but she’s not dead. This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” revealed that she left the Hilltop with the mysterious Georgie during the big time jump that came at the end of Rick Grimes’ final episode.

And it turns out that may have also been Maggie’s final episode. Clearly, the creatives on the show and the folks at AMC are hedging their bets by not killing her off. But it’s entirely possible she’ll never appear on “The Walking Dead” ever again.

We had heard rumblings of Cohan’s exit from the series all year, following stories of a contentious contract dispute in which Cohan wanted equal pay with other longtime series regulars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus. After signing on to ABC’s “Whiskey Cavalier,” which will debut mid-season,
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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Kidnaps Fred Savage for Festive PG-13 Bedtime Story (Video)

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‘Once Upon a Deadpool’ Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Kidnaps Fred Savage for Festive PG-13 Bedtime Story (Video)
Where the hell, er, heck, is Fred Savage?

“You’re in a PG-13 version of ‘Deadpool,’ — filtered through the prism of childlike innocence,” Ryan Reynolds, in full Deadpool costume, tells Savage in the new trailer for “Once Upon a Deadpool,” with the now-adult actor back in the same bed he sat in for the 1987 flick “The Princess Bride.” You know, the movie he starred in as a child.

“And nobody does childlike innocence like you Fred — nobody,” the Merc with the Mouth tells Savage, as he prepares to read him a reimagined version of “Deadpool 2,” appropriate for (almost) all ages. Ok, great, but why has he been kidnapped for this?!?

Also Read: Ryan Reynolds Mounts a Reindeer - and Fred Savage - for 'Once Upon a Deadpool' (Photo)

Don’t worry, Savage gets him back by telling Reynolds he “kinda prefers” Marvel movies. But, Reynolds reminds him “Deadpool” is a Marvel movie.
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Queen Film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Becomes Second-Highest Grossing Music Biopic of All Time

Queen Film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Becomes Second-Highest Grossing Music Biopic of All Time
After earning another $15 million at the box office in its third week of release, the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody moved into second place on the list of all-time highest-grossing music biopics.

Only Straight Outta Compton, which made $161 million over its domestic theatrical run in summer 2015, stands ahead of Bohemian Rhapsody after that biopic pushed its domestic total to $127 million in its first three weeks of release. Bohemian Rhapsody finished third in this week’s box office, behind Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and The Grinch, Variety reports.

Thanks to its $15 million weekend,
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Thomas Rhett Lines Up 2019 Very Hot Summer Tour

Thomas Rhett Lines Up 2019 Very Hot Summer Tour
Thomas Rhett has announced an extensive series of dates for his 2019 Very Hot Summer Tour, set to begin in May 2019. Rhett has been headlining shows for a significant portion of 2018 on the Life Changes Tour, which visits Canada next year after Rhett makes a quick detour to Australia.

Launching May 17th in Spokane, Washington, the Very Hot Summer tour has dates running past the official end of summer, including an October 12th show back home in Nashville. Venue information for the new tour hasn’t been announced as of yet,
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Watch John Oliver on the Rise and Dangerous Appeal of New Authoritarian Leaders

Watch John Oliver on the Rise and Dangerous Appeal of New Authoritarian Leaders
John Oliver ended Last Week Tonight’s fifth season laying out grim indications that global authoritarianism is on the rise. Authoritarian leaders gain power by perpetuating their own strength, creating popular enemies by demonizing marginalized groups and dismantling institutions. And, Oliver argues, these trends are growing in countries such as Russia, China, Turkey and the Philippines, and latching on in other countries like Brazil, which just elected the ultra-conservative Jair Bolsonaro as its president.

The most troubling aspect of this trend, Oliver said, is how susceptible people are to authoritarianism when they’re scared.
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Taylor Swift Signs With Republic Records and Umg, Her First New Home in 13 Years

Taylor Swift Signs With Republic Records and Umg, Her First New Home in 13 Years
Taylor Swift has announced that she has signed a new record deal with Republic Records and Universal Music Group, her first label change since signing with Big Machine Records at the age of 15. Swift’s deal with the Nashville-based, Universal Music Group-distributed independent label expired this month.

Swift made the announcement in an Instagram post that featured a photo of her with Umg Chairman/CEO Sir Lucian Grainge and Republic Records co-founder and CEO Monte Lipman at the lead of a set. “Over the years, Sir Lucian Grainge and Monte
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‘Moulin Rouge!’ Stage Production Headed to Broadway July 2019

‘Moulin Rouge!’ Stage Production Headed to Broadway July 2019
The stage production of Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge!” that opened in Boston this summer is heading to Broadway.

Producer Carmen Pavlovic announced Monday that the musical will open on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, with previews beginning June 28, 2019 prior to a July 25 opening night.

The cast from the show at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre will transfer to Broadway, including Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah, Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas and Robyn Hurder.

Also Read: 'Moulin Rouge!': Watch Aaron Tveit Channel Ewan McGregor in Broadway-Bound Musical (Video)

“We are thrilled to be bringing ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ to Broadway,” said producer Carmen Pavlovic in a statement. “We are especially delighted that the show is going to the Hirschfeld – the perfect theater for this production with its lavish architecture and rich history of landmark Broadway shows.”

Based on the Oscar-nominated 2001 film of the same name
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