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NEWS ROUND-UP: 11-28-2021

By Fictionphile staff


In this episode of The Fictionphile Podcast, we cover some of the highlights from the past week, including news about Encanto, Doctor Who, and the passing of a musical theatre legend.



Good day, fellow fiction lovers. I’m Jason Boyd, and you’re listening to The Fictionphile Podcast. Today, we’ll cover some of the highlights from the past week. So, without further preamble, let’s get to it.

Stephen Sondheim Dead at 91

The musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim has died at age 91. With a list of works that include Sweeney Todd and West Side Story, Sondheim won nine Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar, and eight Grammys during his lifetime.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Encanto Leads 2021 Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office

The Disney cartoon musical Encanto leads the Thanksgiving weekend with $40 million. The film features original songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda and tells the story of a Colombian teenager who has to save her family’s magic, despite her own lack of the magical touch.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Kojima Productions Announces New Film, TV, and Music Division

Kojima Productions, the video game studio behind legendary game series such as Metal Gear, has announced they’re expanding to film, television, and music. The new division will be based in Los Angeles, while the video game division will remain in Japan.

Source: /Film

New Doctor Who Production Company Name Hints at Shared Universe & Spinoffs

Co-founder of Bad Wolf Productions, Julie Gardner, is attached at the director level for a new company titled Whoniverse 1 Ltd. This has caused a stir that there may be a Dr. Who shared-universe upon Russell T. Davies’ return in 2023.

Source: Screen Rant

Dune Passes $100 Million at Domestic Box Office

Dune has officially surpassed $100 million at the domestic box office. This is thanks in part to a $400,000 Thanksgiving day box office take. The film will likely experience another boost once it heads back to IMAX on Dec. 3, 2021

Source: /Film


That wraps it up for this week. Be sure to check back next week for more news highlights from the wide world of narrative entertainment. In the meantime, check out Fictionphile on a social media platform near you or head to for your fiction fix. I’ve been Jason Boyd for The Fictionphile Podcast wishing you a happy ever after.


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