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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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Macy’s, NBC Work to Keep Thanksgiving Parade in Step With Modern Viewers

Macy’s, NBC Work to Keep Thanksgiving Parade in Step With Modern Viewers
Al Roker usually takes to the streets of Manhattan to help viewers see what’s going on during NBC’s annual broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This year, he will take to a motorcycle.

“It will have more energy and also give viewers at home a little bit more insight into that parade,” says Doug Vaughan, executive vice president of special programs for NBC Entertainment, who supervises the network’s telecast. The “Today” fixture typically interviews celebrities on the parade’s sidelines, but in 2018, NBC wants him to “be motorized for the entire route” with a rig
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See Common Join #Cut50’s Dignity for Incarcerated Women Campaign

See Common Join #Cut50’s Dignity for Incarcerated Women Campaign
Fresh off performing at a California women’s prison, Common has partnered with #cut50‘s Dignity for Incarcerated Women campaign.

“Working with currently and formerly incarcerated women across the country, #cut50 has led an effort to change laws and policies that result in the dehumanizing and shameful treatment of incarcerated women and girls,” the organization said. “We are also building a national network of powerful, formerly incarcerated women who won’t stop with small changes – they’re going to keep fighting until we completely transform the way our criminal justice system handles women and girls.
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Tekashi 6ix9ine Arrested on Racketeering Charges in New York

Tekashi 6ix9ine, the Brooklyn rapper who’s spent much of his short career in court for a litany of criminal charges, has been arrested again, according to The Daily Beast. According to the report, 6ix9ine (Real name Daniel Hernandez) is currently in federal custody on charges of racketeering and firearms.

The arrest was a joint effort between the Atf, NYPD and Homeland Security, according to TMZ. Hernandez’ ex-manager Shottie (Real name Kifano Jordan) was also arrested, along with two more associates. An arraignment is scheduled for later today in Manhattan.
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Hear John Legend, Joan Jett, Tony Bennett’s New Christmas Songs

For the second year, Spotify brings early presents for every kind of music fan under its proverbial Christmas tree with 15 new tracks added to its hit playlist, Spotify Singles: Christmas Collection. The new batch is a mixed bag of artists, with boy band Why Don’t We’s rollicking “Feliz Navidad” to alt-guitar virtuoso Jim James laying down a threadbare rendition of “Oh My Last Christmas Tree” to Meghan Trainor picking up the sweet and timeless “White Christmas” (which she recorded in Spotify’s Nashville studio last spring.)

John Legend
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Governors Awards: Cicely Tyson, Kathleen Kennedy Receive Honorary Oscars

Things were a bit different at this year’s Governors Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annual gala in which honorary Oscars are presented to icons of the film industry.

Instead of being held two Saturdays before Thanksgiving, the ceremony took place the Sunday just before Turkey Day due to scheduling conflicts at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood. For the first time, a deejay provided the tunes during the cocktail reception. And, like so many events in the past week, the red carpet was scaled back to photos-only out of respect for the victims of the California wildfires.

“This devastating fire so close to our own homes and those of our friends has bonded us in a special way,” academy president John Bailey said during his opening remarks, adding, “Many thousands of our fellow Americans are homeless living in tents. Nearly 1,400 people are still unaccounted for.
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Australian Wedding Magazine Folds After Refusing to Feature Same-Sex Couples

An Australian wedding magazine is shutting down after refusing to feature same-sex couples in their copy. In a farewell blog post, White Magazine said the decision led to a mass exodus of advertisers and made their continued operation unsustainable.

“A campaign was launched targeting the magazine, our team and our advertisers. Couples who have featured in our magazine have also been the subject of online abuse despite their individual beliefs. We’re really saddened by this,” the publication said.

“The result has been that a number of advertisers withdrew their sponsorship out of fear of being judged, or in protest. We have had to recognize the reality that White Magazine is no longer economically viable.”

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Garth Brooks on iHeartRadio Presents ‘Inside the Studio’ Podcast: 6 Things We Learned

Garth Brooks on iHeartRadio Presents ‘Inside the Studio’ Podcast: 6 Things We Learned
It’s been a year since Garth Brooks wrapped up the highest-grossing country tour of all time. It was a mammoth undertaking, with 390 shows spread across the country and more than six million people in attendance. Nowhere near ready for a second retirement, Brooks aims to keep the momentum going with this week’s The Anthology Part III Live, a coffee-table book that doubles as a five-disc, 53-song box set of concert recordings.

Also due out this week: an appearance on iHeartRadio Presents’ Inside the Studio podcast. Talking with host
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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

‘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.”

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“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 James’ ‘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.

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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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