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‘Watchmen’: Dylan Schombing, Adelynn Spoon & Lily Rose Smith Join Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot

‘Watchmen’: Dylan Schombing, Adelynn Spoon & Lily Rose Smith Join Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot
Dylan Schombing (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Adelynn Spoon and Lily Rose Smith (The Vampire Diaries) have been cast in Damon Lindelof’s HBO Watchmen pilot, a take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic limited comic series.

Set in an alternate history where “superheroes” are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.

As per all Watchmen castings, no details about the actors’ characters are provided.

Shombing, Spoon and Smith join previously cast Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Sara Vickers.

Lindelof, who wrote the script, executive produces the pilot with Nicole Kassell, who directs, Tom Spezialy and Joseph Iberti.

Watchmen is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros Television.

Schombing, who
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'Lost' Producers Apologize After Evangeline Lilly Says She Was "Cornered" Into Nude Scene

'Lost' Producers Apologize After Evangeline Lilly Says She Was
Lost producers, including J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse, are apologizing after the show's star Evangeline Lilly said in an interview earlier this week that she felt "cornered" into filming a partially nude scene.

"Our response to Evie's comments in the media was to immediately reach out to her to profoundly apologize for the experience she detailed while working on Lost. We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period," they said Friday in a joint statement.

"In season ...
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J.J. Abrams and ‘Lost’ Producers Apologize to Evangeline Lilly

  • Variety
J.J. Abrams and ‘Lost’ Producers Apologize to Evangeline Lilly
Jj Abrams, Jack Bender, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof issued an apology to actress Evangeline Lilly after she claimed the ABC series “Lost” pressured her into filming partially-nude scenes.

“Our response to Evie’s comments this morning in the media was to immediately reach out to her to profoundly apologize for the experience she detailed while working on ‘Lost.'” reads the joint statement. “We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.”

In an interview on “The Lost Boys” podcast, Lilly alleged that she was coerced into doing semi-nude scenes for her role as Kate Austen. The experience left her in mortified and in tears.

“In Season 3, I’d had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt had no choice in the matter,” Lilly said.
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‘Lost’ Producers Are ‘Deeply and Sincerely Sorry’ That Evangeline Lilly Felt ‘Cornered’ Into Performing Nude Scenes

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‘Lost’ Producers Are ‘Deeply and Sincerely Sorry’ That Evangeline Lilly Felt ‘Cornered’ Into Performing Nude Scenes
After Evangeline Lilly revealed this week that she felt “cornered” into performing “partially naked” during her time on “Lost,” the show’s creators have apologized to the actress. J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, and Jack Bender issued a joint mea culpa, saying that they’re “deeply and sincerely sorry” for what happened.

“Our response to Evie’s comments in the media was to immediately reach out to her to profoundly apologize for the experience she detailed while working on Lost,” reads the statement. “We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.”

“In Season 3, I’d had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt had no choice in the matter,” Lilly said during an appearance on the “Lost Boys” podcast. “And I was mortified
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Lost EPs Apologize to Evangeline Lilly for Semi-Nude Scene Experience

Lost EPs Apologize to Evangeline Lilly for Semi-Nude Scene Experience
Four executive producers of Lost have issued an apology to Evangeline Lilly, who in a recent interview said that she was “mortified” and left “trembling” by a partially naked scene of the ABC series.

In a recent episode of The Lost Boys Podcast, Lilly, who played Lost heroine Kate Austen, said that she “had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt had no choice in the matter.”

Upon filming it, she was “mortified,” “trembling” and “crying my eyes out” — and just prior to having to then shoot “a very formidable,
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‘Lost’ Producers Apologize To Evangeline Lilly For Her Discomfort On The Set

  • Deadline
‘Lost’ Producers Apologize To Evangeline Lilly For Her Discomfort On The Set
The creators and executive producers of the TV show Lost have issued an apology to actress Evangeline Lilly, who said earlier in an interview that she was made to feel “cornered” on the show’s set about doing partially nude scenes.

Creators and executive producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse issued a joint statement apology for the alleged problems on the show, which ran on ABC from 2004-2010.

“Our response to Evie’s comments in the media was to immediately reach out to her to profoundly apologize for the experience she detailed while working on Lost,” the statement read. “We have not yet connected with her, but remain deeply and sincerely sorry. No person should ever feel unsafe at work. Period.”

Lilly is currently featured in the film Ant-Man and the Wasp, and claimed in a recent podcast interview that she was “mortified and trembling” after filming a specific Lost scene.
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TCA Takeaways: How HBO, Netflix and Amazon Are Battling for Your Eyeballs

The Television Critics Association press tour (TCA for short) — a multi-week march of press conferences and working parties assembling a few hundred reviewers, reporters and the people who make the shows they cover — takes place twice a year, and some of its participants like to compare it to summer camp. You spend a short period of time catching up with friends you haven’t seen in a while, but the experience is so concentrated that you come out of it feeling like you understand the people there better than the ones in your everyday life.
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Evangeline Lilly Says She Was ‘Cornered’ Into Filming Partially Nude ‘Lost’ Scene: ‘I Was Mortified’

Evangeline Lilly Says She Was ‘Cornered’ Into Filming Partially Nude ‘Lost’ Scene: ‘I Was Mortified’
Despite playing one of the leaders of a stranded cohort on “Lost,” Evangeline Lilly said she felt a lack of autonomy in her role as Kate Austen on the cult ABC series.

On an episode of the podcast, “The Lost Boys,” the actress recalled numerous challenges and frustrations on the Hawaii set, most notably during filming for the third season where she was essentially forced into doing a scene partially nude.

“In Season 3, I’d had a bad experience on set with being basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked, and I felt had no choice in the matter,” Lilly told the podcast host, Jacob Stolworthy. “And I was mortified and I was trembling, and when it finished, I was crying my eyes out and had to go on and do a very formidable, very strong scene thereafter.”

Also Read: Evangeline Lilly Wouldn't Do a 'Lost' Reboot: 'I Don't Like Them in General,
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‘Euphoria’ Ordered to Series at HBO as Drake, Future the Prince Join as Producers

  • Variety
HBO has picked up the drama “Euphoria” to series with both Drake and Future the Prince joining the show as executive producers, Variety has learned.

“Euphoria” follows a group of high school students as they navigate drugs, sex, identity, trauma, social media, love and friendship. It is based on the Israeli series of the same name from Hot that was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, both of whom are executive producers on the HBO version.

Zendaya will play the lead role of Rue. In addition, the show will also star: Maude Apatow as Lexi, Brian “Astro” Bradley as McKay, Angus Cloud as Fezco, Eric Dane as Cal, Alexa Demie as Maddy, Jacob Elordi as Nate, Barbie Ferreira as Kat, Nika King as Leslie, Storm Reid as Gia, Hunter Schafer as Jules, and Sydney Sweeney as Cassie.

This will mark the first TV producing credits for both Drake and Future the Prince,
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The Showstopping Reason You'll Recognize Aquaman's Black Manta

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Image Source: Getty / J. Merritt

Black Manta looks so good in the forthcoming Aquaman that we might be crushing on the actor harder than we're crushing on Jason Momoa - and that's saying something. The actor behind Black Manta's mask is Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who has been in a number of high profile projects already. Can't figure out why he looks so familiar? Here's a brief refresher.

First of all, it's time to rewatch The Greatest Showman, the circus-set musical extravaganza starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. In the film, Adbul-Mateen flies through the air with the greatest of ease, playing acrobat W.D. Wheeler, brother of the character played by Zendaya. He joined the cast in the showstopping number "This is Me."

The Greatest Showman wasn't his only movie alongside Efron; they appeared together in the 2017 reboot of Baywatch, also starring Dwayne Johnson and Priyanka Chopra. Adbul-Mateen played Sgt.
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HBO has “very, very high hopes” for Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen pilot

HBO’s Television Critics Association presentation has taken place this week, and it has offered up some snippets of information on the current state of Damon Lindelof’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s seminal graphic novel, Watchmen.

Deadline is reporting that the network’s programming president, Casey Bloys, discussed the pilot, which has been directed by Nicole Kassell, stating that he had “very, very high hopes”.

The pilot – which tells an original story set in the Watchmen universe – is yet to be given the green-light to go to series, but Bloys went on to say: “They did a great job. Damon wrote a phenomenal script, and Nikki Kassell did an amazing job shooting the show. I think we see it in a few weeks. So, we’ll see.”

With a star studded cast featuring Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Regina King (Seven Seconds), Don Johnson (Django Unchained
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HBO: ‘Watchmen’ Pilot Looking Good, No Change In ‘Confederate’ Status

  • Deadline
During HBO’s TCA executive session today, the network’s programming president Casey Bloys gave updates on its high-profile Watchmen pilot from Damon Lindelof, and the controversial Confederate series, from Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman.

Lindelof’s Watchmen, directed by Nicole Kassell, is a take on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic limited comic series that has assembled a star-studded cast led by Jeremy Irons,, Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson and Louis Gossett Jr..

“I have very, very high hopes,” Bloys said of the pilot. “They did a great job. Damon wrote a phenomenal script, and Nikki Kassell did an amazing job shooting the show. I think we see it in a few weeks. So, we’ll see.”

While HBO would not make a series pickup decision on Watchmen until the network brass watch the pilot, Bloys’ praise is encouraging for its prospects,
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HBO Says They Have Very High Hopes For Watchmen TV Show

With the dragons, swords and sex of Game of Thrones finally set to wrap up in the first half of 2019, there’s a gap in HBO’s schedule that must be filled. Fortunately, the network already has a strong candidate for what they hope could be their next flagship series – Watchmen.

At a Television Critics Association event, HBO President Casey Bloys was discussing Damon Lindelof’s plans for his adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ iconic graphic novel, which is generally considered to be the Citizen Kane of superhero stories. According to Variety editor Debra Birnbaum, Bloys said he had “high hopes” for the project, with everyone very positive about the script and casting for the upcoming series.

They’ll get to see whether this has all come together relatively soon, too, as the pilot for the show will be screened to them sometime this week. Even better, we
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HBO Programming Chief Says At&T Has ‘No Plans to Dilute’ Brand

  • Variety
New corporate parent At&T’s plans for HBO will not spread the pay cabler’s programming offering too thin, according to programming president Casey Bloys.

“There are no plans to dilute the HBO brand in favor of volume of programming,” Bloys said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “No one has come to us and asked us to not do what we do, which is curate excellence.”

Bloys’ remarks came nearly three weeks after the New York Times published a story detailing an internal HBO town-hall meeting with John Stankey, a longtime At&T exec who, following the company’s acquisition of the former Time Warner, now oversees the newly acquired media portfolio, including HBO. In that meeting, in which he appeared with HBO chief executive Richard Plepler, Stankey indicated that the network needs to quickly grow its volume of original programming to better compete with Netflix.
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The Showstopping Reason You'll Recognize Aquaman's Black Manta

Image Source: Getty / J. Merritt

Black Manta looks so good in the forthcoming Aquaman that we might be crushing on the actor harder than we're crushing on Jason Momoa - and that's saying something. The actor behind Black Manta's mask is Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who has been in a number of high profile projects already. Can't figure out why he looks so familiar? Here's a brief refresher.

First of all, it's time to rewatch The Greatest Showman, the circus-set musical extravaganza starring Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron. In the film, Adbul-Mateen flies through the air with the greatest of ease, playing acrobat W.D. Wheeler, brother of the character played by Zendaya. He joined the cast in the showstopping number "This is Me."

The Greatest Showman wasn't his only movie alongside Efron; they appeared together in the 2017 reboot of Baywatch, also starring Dwayne Johnson and Priyanka Chopra. Adbul-Mateen played Sgt.
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TCA 2018: What a ‘Broader’ HBO May Look Like and 12 More Burning Questions for Summer Press Tour

  • The Wrap
It’s the dog days of summer, which in the TV world can only mean one thing: Time for another Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour.

The twice-annual TCA event officially begins Wednesday morning, with HBO kicking off the weeks-long festivities at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. But before it wraps on Aug. 8, broadcast, cable and a small (but growing) sampling of streaming networks will present their fall series to TV critics, serving up their casts, showrunners and a few executives for a little Q&A.

TheWrap‘s got some burning questions before we even start, however — see what we’re pondering below.

Also Read: 'Killing Eve' and 'The Americans' Lead TCA Awards Nominations

How will Amazon gain back lost ground to Hulu?

Summer 2018 will mark the first TCA executive session for Jen Salke since coming aboard to steer Amazon’s content ambitions.
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Five Reasons Why 2018 Has Been the Year of the TV Sophomore Slump

Five Reasons Why 2018 Has Been the Year of the TV Sophomore Slump
2018 has been the year of the sophomore slump. The Handmaid’s Tale, Luke Cage, Westworld, Legion, 13 Reasons Why, Jessica Jones and Sneaky Pete were among the second-year shows to disappoint, frustrate and/or inspire reevaluations of their acclaimed debut seasons.

But ironically, it’s also been the year of the sophomore surge. Atlanta, The Good Fight, One Day at a Time, The Good Place, Brockmire and Timeless (Rip) were among the shows that managed to, at the very least, equal what made them so beloved to begin with. In some cases,
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Megan Amram got 2 Emmy nominations for ‘An Emmy for Megan,’ but the job is not done yet

Megan Amram got 2 Emmy nominations for ‘An Emmy for Megan,’ but the job is not done yet
Megan Amram is one step closer to an Emmy. The TV writer and Twitter must-follow received two Emmy nominations Thursday for her web series “An Emmy for Megan” — Best Short Form Comedy or Drama Series and Best Short Form Comedy or Drama Actress — proving that shameless, hilarious and totally by-the-rules self-promotion does make your dreams come true.

As Amram, who’s responsible for all your favorite puns on “The Good Place,” explained in the first of her six-episode series, she was watching last year’s Emmys when she realized that, hey, those short form categories don’t sound too hard. “I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I could win that,’” she said. So she looked up all the requirements — six episodes that are under 15 minutes and are released by April 27 — and got to work, releasing them all on the deadline.

See 2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

The meta series,
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Hooded Justice May Make An Appearance During HBO’s Watchmen Pilot

Filming continues apace on the Macon set of HBO’s Watchmen pilot, and another batch of photos have arrived to prove it. Only this time, there’s a twist.

As reported by Heroic Hollywood, the following pics appear to confirm the addition of Hooded Justice, a character molded after the Kkk all throughout the original comics. It’s by no means official, of course; HBO is keeping mum on any and all details relating to Watchmen. Hell, all we know for sure is that Damon Lindelof is behind the wheel, and it’ll be a pretty huge departure from the hyper-stylized cult classic from Zack Snyder.

Exactly where these photos fit into the overall Watchmen timeline is anyone’s guess, really, but they certainly present food for thought:

Foto set de Watchmen tirada a alguns dias. As filmagens principais do piloto já foram encerradas. #Watchmen #HBO #Lindelof pic.twitter.com
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Jason Blum Has a Secret for Making Great Horror Films: Hire from TV

Jason Blum Has a Secret for Making Great Horror Films: Hire from TV
Jason Blum made his name in the movies, but he loves television. The Blumhouse founder loves television so much, he wishes he could be a showrunner.

“My wife is a writer, and I always say the one thing that I would aspire to more than anything else is the job of a showrunner,” Blum said in an interview with IndieWire. “The single most interesting job to me in Hollywood is a showrunner. The idea of creating a world, getting to see the world live and breath over multiple years — if you’re good at it — is fascinating.”

This admiration, in part, is why Blum respects television enough to know what separates it from film.

“It is different,” Blum said, ticking off divergent examples like TV’s “rhythm”, or how its time restrictions are really creative gifts in disguise (“parameters create better storytelling”), or even just the shooting style: “[TV] is shot
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