‘Transparent’ Just Accomplished Another Screen First + More Industry News

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Want to learn filmmaking from Martin Scorsese?
You’re in luck! The director is the MasterClass’ newest online instructor for aspiring filmmakers. And it will only cost you $90. (MasterClass)

Get in shape like a droog.
When they’re not performing Off-Broadway at the New World Stages, the cast of “A Clockwork Orange” has a particularly intense workout regimen to get them in shape for the grueling, physically-demanding show. (New York Times)

Amy Sherman-Palladino just signed a multi-year deal with Amazon.
The creator of “Gilmore Girls” and upcoming “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” inked a deal with the streaming giant—whatever the Palladinos come up with next, Amazon gets. (Variety)

Meet the man bringing hip-hop to life for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Matt Maxey, founder of DEAFinitely Dope, is known as “the deaf Kanye West” whose ASL interpretation of artists like Chance the Rapper is “an explosive, code-switching mishmash of textbook American Sign Language, pantomime, and makeshift signs he's cobbled together for slang words native to hip-hop.” (GQ)

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and the rest of TGS has found a new home.
If you still haven’t finished re-watching “30 Rock” for the fifth time this year, don’t fret: the comedy may be leaving Netflix, but it’s headed to Hulu come October. (Vulture)

“Transparent” featured the first-ever transgender full-frontal nude scene.
Transgender actress, Alexandra Billings, who plays Davina, says the scene was a choice she spoke to the show’s writers about: “I asked for this specifically,” Billings said. “It was Alexandra’s idea,” Jill Soloway corroborates. “She was like, ‘I’m ready to show my body.’” (Daily Beast)

Is there anything The Rock can’t do?
He conquered pro wrestling and Hollywood and may be considered a foray into politics. But before he sets his sights on Washington, Dwayne Johnson is getting into the ad agency game. (AdAge)

“Josie and the Pussycats” could have been a very different movie.
To commemorate the film’s 16th anniversary, co-writers and directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont said in an interview that Beyoncé, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and Aaliyah all read for roles. (Billboard)

SNL has three new cast members.
After the departure of Bobby Moynihan, Vanessa Bayer, and Sasheer Zamata at the end of last season, “Saturday Night Live” recently announced the addition of three new comedians to the cast: Chris Redd (“Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”), Heidi Gardner (“Supermansion”), and Luke Nell. (Vulture)