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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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‘I’m a Celebrity…’ Season Opener Is U.K.’s Most-Watched Show to Date in 2018

Sunday night’s launch of the latest season of “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!” on ITV has become the U.K.’s most-watched show in 2018, eclipsing recent BBC smash hit “Bodyguard” and everything else on British TV aside from live coverage of the World Cup soccer tournament.

The series debuted in the U.K. in 2002, and while the likes of other reality-tv staples such as “Big Brother” have run out of steam, “I’m a Celebrity…” still appears to be firing on all cylinders. The launch of Season 18 averaged 11 million viewers in a tough Sunday 9 p.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Natalie Dormer Signs First-Look Deal With Fremantle

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Natalie Dormer Signs First-Look Deal With Fremantle
Game of Thrones” actress Natalie Dormer has signed a multi-year first-look deal with Fremantle. Under the terms of the agreement, Dormer and Fremantle will develop a slate of drama projects together.

Dormer, Fremantle and Mainstreet Pictures are currently developing “Vivling,” a series based on the life of British actress Vivien Leigh. The story will follow the highs and lows of the much-loved starlet who conquered Hollywood and give audiences a glimpse into the complex mind of the creative genius, per Fremantle’s Monday announcement.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Fremantle,” Dormer said. “Their impressive slate reflects a dedication to the highest quality storytelling and the strength of their reputation internationally.”

Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Season 8: Here's Everything We Know About the Series' Epic Ending - So Far

“Natalie is a true talent both as an actress and producer. Her great ambition and taste
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Discovery Launching Shows on Pluto TV in Its First Avod Streaming Deal

Discovery inked its first deal for free, ad-supported internet VOD distribution in a pact with Pluto TV, set to launch select programming from six of the cabler’s networks on the platform later this month.

Discovery is an investor in Pluto, through Discovery’s acquisition of prior investor Scripps Networks Interactive. Under the multiyear, non-exclusive content deal with Pluto TV, Discovery is licensing a selection of shows from six Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, ID, Discovery Life, Science Channel and TLC.

Discovery programming on Pluto TV is set to include select episodes from series including TLC’s “Kate Plus 8” (pictured
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LeBron’s ‘Space Jam 2’ Among 15 Film Projects to Receive $73.3 Million in California Tax Credits

The California Film Commission on Monday released a list of 15 projects selected for the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0. “Space Jam 2” starring Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is among the 15 projects set to receive a total of $73.3 million in tax credits reserved for the projects.

Five of the films are indies, and five are also being shot outside of Los Angeles’s 30-Mile Zone, including near San Francisco and Palm Springs. The commission says this represents a growth from previous years as part of an effort to spread production jobs and spending statewide.

“One of the goals for Program 2.0 is to bring production jobs and spending to regions across the state, and we’re beginning to see that happen more often and on a larger scale,” said California Film Commission executive director Amy Lemisch in a statement. “We’re thrilled to see Program 2.0 have such far-reaching benefits.
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Jordin Sparks to Host Kin and Food Network Holiday Special ‘How to Holiday With Jordin Sparks’ (Exclusive)

R&B Singer Jordin Sparks is hosting her first holiday special, in partnership with digital media and entertainment company Kin, that will air on Food Network Canada Dec.1.

In “How to Holiday With Jordin Sparks,” the Season Six “American Idol” winner will be joined by some of Canada’s biggest digital lifestyle creators from Kin’s influencer community, including Yolanda Gampp of “How to Cake It,” Sara Lynn Cauchon of “The Domestic Geek,” Cheryl Torrenueva of “Simply Cher Cher,” Matt Basile of “Fidel Gastro,” and Lauren Toyota of “Hot for Food.”

The guests have a collective global following of more than 10 million fans and will produce, film and edit their own segments, executive produced and developed by Kin.

Also Read: Is Disney+ a Netflix Killer?

The special will also include a multi-platform integration with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies. Developed by Corus Tempo for Food Network Canada and Kin, Gampp will kick
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‘I Never Thought I Was Going to Go to a Concert Again’

‘I Never Thought I Was Going to Go to a Concert Again’
Not that you needed the reminder, but the gymnasium floor had its own way of letting you know where you were. Rather than the maple hardwood or vulcanized rubber that one might find in a school or stadium, the basketball court was shellacked concrete. A long, caulked seam ran from baseline to baseline. Its unforgiving nature made me ache at the very thought of taking a charge. And yet, that would be the easiest thing about this place.

The women sit in a circle on metal foldout chairs, all wearing
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‘Killing Jesus’ Wins Big at Colombia’s 2018 Macondo Academy Awards

‘Killing Jesus’ Wins Big at Colombia’s 2018 Macondo Academy Awards
The Macondos, Colombia’s Academy Awards, were held over the weekend, and Laura Mora’s “Killing Jesus” was the big winner, scooping five awards, including best picture for a Colombian feature.

The win caps off a whirlwind 14 months since the film’s 2017 Toronto world premiere and San Sebastian European premiere, where it won the Eroski Youth Award, Fedeora Award and two special mentions.

A semi-autobiographical film, “Killing Jesus” unspools in Medellin, the base of operations for Pablo Escobar’s cartel, which still suffers reverberations of the violence from his time as the world’s most notorious drug kingpin. Mora used non-professional actors to tell the revenge story of a young girl whose father is gunned down right before her eyes, and who, after a chance encounter with the killer at a nightclub, decides to embark on a mission of revenge.

Diego Ramirez’s Bogota and Cali-based 64A Films, the Colombian
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‘Free Solo’ Tops Kendal Mountain Festival

‘Free Solo’ Tops Kendal Mountain Festival
“Free Solo” won the Grand Prize at the Kendal Mountain Festival on Saturday night. A contender in Kendal’s main International Film Competition, the documentary from E. Chai Vasarhelyi, who helmed Sundance hit “Meru,” and Jimmy Chin, a climber in that film, was the overall winner in a lineup of 90 mountain and adventure films.

The audience – despite being predominantly mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts themselves – still shuddered, flinched and sweated as the story of this unroped climb of the El Capitan rockface by the climber Alex Honnold unfolded. Not only does this film record the extraordinary achievement of a near impossible climb, but it also is not afraid to confront the climber and colleagues with the real possibility of failure and death.

“Wonderful Loser,” from Lithuania’s Arunas Matelis, took the Special Judges Prize. along with Krystle Wright and Toby Pike’s short “Chasing Monsters,” from Australia. Already with a clutch of awards to its credit,
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MipCancun: Parox Launches ‘Silver Bridge,’ a Narco Origins Story

Cancun, Mexico — Parox, one of Chile’s most internationally-minded TV production houses, is set to produce 10-part “Silver Bridge” (Puente de Plata), a 1950s-set, true-events-inspired drama series tracing the cocaine trade’s origins back to the Huasaffs, a Chilean mob clan.

Billed as a feminist action-melodrama come narco series, “Silver Bridge” is produced by Parox’s Leonora Gonzalez, Alvaro Cabello and Sergio Gándara. The series is currently being written by Enrique Videla, co-scribe of Pablo Larrain’s HBO series “Fugitives” (“Prófugos”) and “Ventana,” the feature -debut of emerging Chilean auteur Rodrigo Susarte.

“Silver Bridge” has tapped development finance from Chile’s Corfu,
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Judi Dench to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

Judi Dench to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards
Judi Dench will receive the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film at the upcoming British International Film Awards.

Dench joins an illustrious list of former winners of the award, which is in its 17th year, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julie Walters, John Hurt and Emma Thompson. Last year’s recipient was Vanessa Redgrave, who collected the award at the Bifa ceremony from Harris’ son, Jared.

“Dame Judi has stolen every scene she has ever been in, and stolen our hearts along the way,” he said. “Although she hates being called a national treasure and prefers to be thought of as a jobbing actor, she is undeniably both the standard-bearer and the gold standard for British actors.”

Dench’s long and varied film credits include “A Room With a View,” “Notes On a Scandal,” and the recent James Bond franchise, in which she starred as spy boss M.
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LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2' to Film in California

California has lured another big-budget feature.

Warner Bros.' Space Jam 2 — the long-awaited sequel starring LeBron James and produced by Ryan Coogler — will film in the state. It's the latest movie in a growing list of big-budget films that are choosing to film in California over locales that often offer more aggressive financial incentives.

Space Jam 2 is one of 15 film projects — 10 non-independent, five indie — that have been selected to take part in the state's incentives program in its latest allocation round. Others include Andy Samberg's Palm Springs, Universal'...
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The Dick Cheney Dossier: Inside Adam McKay’s Searing Exposé of D.C.’s "Ultimate Gamesman" in 'Vice'

The Dick Cheney Dossier: Inside Adam McKay’s Searing Exposé of D.C.’s
It's the eve of the midterm elections, and Adam McKay is feeling optimistic about the Democrats' prospects of taking back the house.

Still, the SNL writer turned Oscar-winning filmmaker insists he is not throwing a results-viewing party with his Hollywood friends, even as I spot an assistant carrying supplies from Whole Foods into his West Hollywood offices. Instead, McKay, looking like a college professor with a corduroy jacket and scarf, says he is planning to hang out at his house with his wife, director Shira Piven (Jeremy's sister), their two daughters and his mother-in-law, and together they will "...
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Rep Sheet Roundup: Paradigm Signs 'The Meg' Star Page Kennedy

Who got signed, promoted, hired or fired? The Hollywood Reporter’s Rep Sheet rounds up the week in representation news. To submit announcements for consideration, contact rebecca.sun@thr.com.

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Paradigm has signed actor and rapper Page Kennedy, who was seen opposite Jason Statham this summer in The Meg, which at $527.8 million worldwide is the most successful U.S.-China co-production of all time. Kennedy made his movie debut in 2003's S.W.A.T. and also appeared in 2005's In the Mix, starring Usher. Kennedy was a series regular on CBS' Rush Hour, Fox's Backstrom, Spike's Blue Mountain ...
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Golden Globes: HFPA OKs Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?' as Comedy Series (Exclusive)

Golden Globes: HFPA OKs Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Who Is America?' as Comedy Series (Exclusive)
Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen's rookie Showtime program, will be eligible in the comedy series categories of the Golden Globes, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

There had been some question about whether or not the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presides over the Globes, would be willing to classify the show as a comedy series, as it blends scripted and documentary-style footage. On the show, which rolled out during July and August, Cohen appeared in heavy makeup as six different characters, who had unscripted and often outlandish interactions with real Americans.

A key consideration in the HFPA's decision was ...
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