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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series

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First teaser image arrives as filming begins on HBO's Watchmen series
Who watches the Watchmen, you ask? Apparently, it's a bunch of rabid fans who're foaming at the mouth for details, that's who. On Monday afternoon, the official Watchmen Instagram account shared a first look at the upcoming series from Lost and The Leftovers creator Damon Lindelof. The brief video footage, which depicts an officer of the law with their face…
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Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’

Peter Dinklage Teases Tyrion’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Fate: ‘Death Can Be a Great Way Out’
Brace yourselves, Halfman fans, because Tyrion Lannister may be one of the remaining “Game of Thrones” characters who doesn’t make it out of the series alive.

In an interview with Vulture published Monday, the “My Dinner With Herve” star revealed just how he felt about where his character was left come of the end of the eighth and final season of David Benioff and D.B. WeissHBO fantasy series.

And when he was asked to do so “without giving anything away,” he may (or may not) have given a lot away.

“I feel very, very — I’m trying to find the right word,” Dinklage said. “I think he was given a very good conclusion. No matter what that is — death can be a great way out.”

Interviewer David Marchese noted
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‘Veronica Mars’: Enrico Colantoni Set To Return For Revival Limited Series At Hulu

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‘Veronica Mars’: Enrico Colantoni Set To Return For Revival Limited Series At Hulu
Enrico Colantoni is set to join Kristen Bell in Hulu’s eight-episode Veronica Mars revival. He will reprise his series regular role from the original of Keith Mars, Veronica’s (Bell) father and head of Mars Investigations.

The hourlong limited series, slated to premiere in 2019, hails from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, who will pen the first episode. In the revival, spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the parents of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica (Bell) is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

Thomas executive produces with Bell, Diane Ruggiero-Wright and Dan Etheridge.
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‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix

‘Pennyworth': Jack Bannon to Star as Alfred in Bruno Heller’s Batman Prequel Series on Epix
Gotham” boss Bruno Heller has found his butler. Jack Bannon has been cast in the titular leading role in “Pennyworth,” Epix’s upcoming Batman prequel series.

The 10-episode, one-hour drama series will follow Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British Sas soldier in his 20s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London.

Per the official character description, “Alfred Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty; you’d never take him for an Sas killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.”

Bannon’s previous notable credits include “The Imitation Game” and “Ripper Street.”

Pennyworth” hails from executive producer/writer Heller and executive producer/director Danny Cannon. The series is based on DC characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger

Production on the series begins Oct. 22 at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, in the UK.

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‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One

‘Dracula’ Mini-Series From ‘Sherlock’ Duo Coming to Netflix, BBC One
BBC One and Netflix have staked a new project from “Sherlock” creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. The UK-based network and streamer have ordered “Dracula,” a TV adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.

The three-part 90-minute mini-series is written, executive produced and created by Moffat and Gatiss, and will re-introduce the world to Dracula, the vampire who made evil sexy. Per Netflix, “In Transylvania in 1897, the blood drinking Count is drawing his plans against Victorian London. And be warned: the dead travel fast.”

“There have always been stories about great evil,” Moffat and Gatiss said. “What’s special about ‘Dracula,’ is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.”

The series was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama. Moffat and Gatiss executive produce alongside Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films,
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‘Transparent’ Series Finale Will Be a Musical Episode

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‘Transparent’ Series Finale Will Be a Musical Episode
Transparent” will end its fifth and final season with a musical episode, series creator Jill Soloway told the New York Times on Saturday.

“It will hopefully feel like ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ mixed with ‘La La Land’ mixed with ‘Flight of the Conchords’ with something more Jewish thrown in,” Soloway said. “A little ‘Yentl.'”

The Times reported that the episode will be a two-hour production set to air sometime next fall.

However, an individual with knowledge of the matter told TheWrap that the episode’s specific running time, and other creative details, are still being figured out.

Also Read: From 'Transparent' to 'Pose' and Beyond: How Trans Writers Are Changing Hollywood's Script

The upcoming fifth season, which has no premiere date yet, will be the first since the show’s star Jeffrey Tambor was fired by the studio in February.

Tambor was accused last November of
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China Box Office: ‘Project Gutenberg’ Wins Quiet Weekend With $20 Million

China Box Office: ‘Project Gutenberg’ Wins Quiet Weekend With $20 Million
Hong Kong crime thriller, “Project Gutenberg” held its lead to win a second weekend at the Chinese box office. However, overall numbers remain weak and Hollywood is on the sidelines.

Starring Aaron Kwok and Chow Yun-fat, “Gutenberg” earned $20.6 million in its third weekend of release, according to data from Ent Group. That was down 45% on its previous winning weekend, and lifted its score to $135 million after 15 days of release.

Drama, “Lost, Found” improved on its opening weekend and climbed one place to second position. It earned $7.97 million and has a cumulative of $22.0 million after 10 days in theaters.

Zhang Yimou’s “Shadow” incurred a 54% decline and slipped to third place. After 15 days of distribution it has accumulated $80.1 million.

Newly-released Indian comedy drama “Hichki” (aka “Hiccup”) earned $4.20 million for fourth place. Starring Rani Mukherji as a woman with Tourette’s Syndrome, the film was released in India and diaspora territories in March this year.
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Rooftop, Totem Media and PRØHBTD Team on Cannabis Cooking Show ‘High Cuisine’

In a deal announced at Mipcom, international production and distribution company Rooftop Film has teamed with Amsterdam-based producers Totem Media and green-themed media company PRØHBTD to co-produce a new food and travel docuseries with a Thc twist titled “High Cuisine.”

Lending culinary credence to the series’ kitchens, the idea for the show was developed by two Michelin-experienced chefs in Noah Tucker and Anthony Joseph, along with Totem Media’s Floris Leeuwenberg.

The series will follow the two accomplished cooks as they travel around the world to exotic locations in Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa and more on a quest to
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MTV’s ‘The Hills’ Reboot Adds Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s Son, Brandon Thomas Lee

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MTV’s “The Hills” reboot has another new face.

Actor and model Brandon Thomas Lee, perhaps best known for being the son of Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, has joined the cast of the reality series reboot, the network announced on Monday.

He most recently appeared in the Netflix film “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser” alongside “Riverdale’s” Shannon Purser and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” breakout Noah Centineo.

Also Read: Mischa Barton Joins MTV's 'The Hills' Reboot

Earlier this month, the network announced that “The O.C.” star Mischa Barton would also join the cast of the reality series. Both will appear alongside returning stars Audrina Patridge, Brody Jenner, Frankie Delgado, Heidi Pratt, Jason Wahler, Justin “Bobby” Brescia, Spencer Pratt, Stephanie Pratt and Whitney Port for the new series, titled “The Hills: New Beginnings.”

Other newcomers confirmed for the series include Jenner, Delgado and Wahler’s wives,
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17 New Fall TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From ‘Manifest’ to ‘Charmed’ (Photos)

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NBC and CBS split Fall TV premiere week in Nielsen TV ratings and among total viewers, so it should come as no surprise that the broadcast networks combined currently boast the Top 7 most-watched new series debuts of the season.

(Ok, so it’s Top 6 if you don’t count CBS’ “Murphy Brown” revival as a *new* show.)

NBC’s “Lost”-like vehicle “Manifest” leads the way with an average of 10.4 million overall viewers. CBS’ “God Friended Me” initially topped that total, though the NFL football-boosted drama adjusted down in final numbers. It was still (just barely) enough to best Dick Wolf’s “F.B.I.” and round out the Top 3.

Also Read: 12 Lowest-Rated TV Shows of 2017-18 Season (Photos)

Find the full rankings below, in ascending order.

Rank: 17

Show: “All American”

Net: The CW

Total Viewers: 710,000

Rank: 16

Show: “Charmed”

Net: The CW

Total Viewers: 1.5 million

Rank: 15

Show: “Rel”

Net: Fox
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TV Ratings: ‘Charmed’ Solid in CW Debut

The CW’s reboot of “Charmed” made a solid debut Sunday night. The supernatural drama drew a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen overnight numbers, even with its lead-in, the season premiere of “Supergirl.” In total viewers, “Charmed” built slightly on the DC Entertainment drama, averaging 1.54 million compared to 1.53 million. In the network’s key 18-34 demo, “Charmed” drew a 0.4 rating, while “Supergirl” drew 0.3.

NBC’S “Sunday Night Football” was the evening’s top program, averaging an overnight household rating of 14.6 in metered markets.

On CBS, “60 Minutes,” featuring an interview with President Donald Trump, drew a 1.9 in
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‘NCIS’ Alum Pauley Perrette Calls for ‘Monster’ Blake Fischer’s Ouster Over Baboon-Hunting Story

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‘NCIS’ Alum Pauley Perrette Calls for ‘Monster’ Blake Fischer’s Ouster Over Baboon-Hunting Story
NCIS” alum Pauley Perrette has taken aim at Blake Fischer, the Idaho fish and game commissioner who sparked outrage after reportedly sharing photos of exotic animals he’d killed during a hunting trip in Africa.

During a series of tweets, Perrette branded Fischer a “monster” and called for his ouster.

In a series of tweets published Sunday, Perrette savaged Fischer, writing, “What kind of monster kills giraffes and a family of baboons including a mother clutching her baby to impress his wife? And proudly posts it?”

According to the Idaho Statesman, Fischer shared photos — including a photo of a “family of baboons” that he’d killed — with friends and colleagues after his return from the trip last month, prompting former fish and game commissioner Fred Trevey to call for his resignation “to shield the commission as an institution and hunting as a legitimate tool of wildlife management from the harm that is sure to come.
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Bts Announce Premiere Date for ‘Burn the Stage: The Movie’

Bts is moving from the concert stage to the big screen in its first feature film, set to premiere Nov. 15.

“Burn the Stage: The Movie” follows the Korean boy band during their 2017 “Live Trilogy Episode III The Wings” tour, which drew more than 550,000 fans across 40 concerts and 19 cities. Built from a YouTube series of the same name, the film will also feature live performance footage and behind-the-scenes glimpses alongside new interviews with band members Rm, Jin, Suga, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook.

After rising to international fame in 2016, Bts – Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene” – has undertaken two world tours and dropped two successful albums, including “Love Yourself: Tear,” which became the first K-Pop album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The single, “Fake Love,” peaked at No. 10 in June.

The band also launched its “Love Yourself” world tour this year, during which they became the
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Flashback: Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens Take ‘Streets of Bakersfield’ to Number One

Flashback: Dwight Yoakam, Buck Owens Take ‘Streets of Bakersfield’ to Number One
In 1986, Dwight Yoakam delivered a rhinestone-studded debut LP, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. To anyone with a sense of country-music history, it was obvious Yoakam, a Kentucky native who broke into the genre on the West Coast, owed a huge debt to another sparkling entertainer: Buck Owens. He even dedicated that debut album to the legendary performer. Two albums later, Yoakam upped the ante on classic country with the magical Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room, and in the process he paid homage to one of his biggest inspirations by returning
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‘Aquaman,’ ‘Venom’ and – Surprisingly – ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Head to China

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‘Aquaman,’ ‘Venom’ and – Surprisingly – ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Head to China
With China’s box office in an unexpected slump, the country’s film board has approved release dates for several major American movies, including the current No. 1 movie in the world, “Venom.” In a surprising turn of events, the all-Asian film “Crazy Rich Asians” will also open in the Middle Kingdom.

Venom,” which has earned $378 million worldwide through 12 days in theaters, will be released in China on Nov. 9. The $100 million Spider-Man spinoff has bucked bad reviews to earn a strong start for Sony Pictures’ planned series of films based on the Marvel IP, and a strong opening in China could help further solidify global interest in future installments.

Also Read: 'Venom' Conquers Box Office Again as 'First Man,' 'Goosebumps 2' Open to $16 Million

Crazy Rich Asians,” meanwhile, will be released on Nov. 30, more than three months after the Jon M. Chu rom-com opened in the rest
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HBO Names Jessica Holscott Chief Financial Officer

HBO named Jessica Holscott as is new executive vice president and chief financial officer: She will replace Joe Tarulli, a 27-year veteran of HBO who has decided to retire at the end of the year.

Holscott had been the head of investor relations at Time Warner, which was acquired earlier this year by At&T in a deal valued at $85.4 billion.

“I have worked very closely with Jessica over the last two years, first in her role as Time Warner Head of Investor Relations, and most recently in her role as the At&T/Time Warner merger integration lead. She is
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Watch Chance the Rapper Go Undercover as Lyft Driver

Watch Chance the Rapper Go Undercover as Lyft Driver
Chance the Rapper goes undercover as a Lyft driver in a new video to announce the ride-sharing app’s partnership with his New Chance Fund charity. The not-well-disguised Chance discusses his native Chicago, his personal life, his charity and Kendrick Lamar – and feigns being a poor freestyler – over the course of his rides, which feature the passengers breaking protocol by suspiciously sitting shotgun.

“I never use Gps. They say ‘Never leave things up to chance,’ I say ‘I always leave things up to chance,'” he quips to one rider,
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Mipcom: Adam Pålsson, Paul Leander-Engström Talk ‘Moscow Noir’

Cannes — There’s a scene in “Moscow Noir” (“Dirigenten”), the brand new Studiocanal series screening Tuesday at Mipcom, where Tom, a rudderless and emotionally damaged stock market trader, visits an defunct inland oil field, the motionless rigs like stranded big metal birds in a field in pastoral Russia. The cameras cut from a shot of his hire car speeding down a dirt track to a medium shot as he gets out of the car. Then there’s a close up of a dog, an establishing shot from some height of Tom and a guard, the oil field behind; a closer up two-shot,
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John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)

John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)
John Cena is in final negotiations to star in the Paramount Players movie “Playing With Fire,” sources tell Variety.

The family comedy revolves around a group of rugged wildfire fighters who meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.

Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions are on board to produce “Playing With Fire.” Paramount Players bought the spec script from Dan Ewen this past February and hired Matt Lieberman to pen a rewrite. Paramount executive VP Matt Dines is overseeing for the studio.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June, with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins at the helm. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bet to generate projects, while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.

Cena’s latest big-screen role was alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in the Universal comedy “Blockers,” which ended its theatrical run with $94 million worldwide.
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James Woods Wants the ‘Licensed Hunting of Poachers’ After Blake Fischer Hunting Outrage

Count James Woods among those outraged over Blake Fischer, the Idaho fish and game commissioner who reportedly shared a photo of “a family of baboons” that he killed during a hunting trip in Africa.

Actor and noted conservative Woods vented against the practice of trophy hunting on Monday, saying, among other things, “What I’d really like to see is the licensed hunting of poachers.”

Woods’ reflection on the subject began in reaction to a Fox News story about Fischer that noted Fischer had received requests to resign.

Also Read: James Woods Rips Fox News for 'Supermarket-Level Tabloid Nonsense'

“Honestly some things are just obvious, so please stop selling this nonsense that killing innocent wildlife helps conserve the species,” Woods wrote. “It’s just bulls—. Killing these glorious creatures is barbaric. Just stop it.”

Woods wasn’t done there. He went on to call the killing of families of exotic animals for sport “vile,
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