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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

  • The Wrap
‘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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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

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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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In Era of Change, ’60 Minutes’ Focuses on Hard News

In Era of Change, ’60 Minutes’ Focuses on Hard News
You might think Lesley Stahl would be rested. Her show, “60 Minutes,” broadcasts on Sundays. And she snared the big interview for her story last Thursday.

“If I sound tired, I am,” the veteran “60 Minutes” correspondent told Variety in an interview, just hours before getting on a plane to Africa to pursue another report. Stahl unveiled last night on the show one of the biggest stories of the week – a Thursday sit-down with President Donald Trump during which she asked him about his views on climate change, pushed back on his use of undocumented sources, and elicited vows of
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Arrowverse Crossover: First Look at Tyler Hoechlin’s New Superman Suit (Photo)

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Arrowverse Crossover: First Look at Tyler Hoechlin’s New Superman Suit (Photo)
The first look at Tyler Hoechlin’s new Superman look is here. “Arrow” star Stephen Amell shared a photo of his Arrowverse crossover co-star on Monday. And Hoechlin’s Supes suit is all black this time.

In the photo, Hoechlin is standing in the middle of Amell and “The Flash” star Grant Gustin, hands on his hips and smiling. And he has traded out the blue-and-red outfit he wore previously on “Supergirl.”

Hoechlin will be reprising his Superman role in all three episodes of the crossover, which this year is titled “Elseworlds.” Elizabeth Tulloch will also be in the crossover as Lois Lane. And the event will debut Ruby Rose as out superhero Batwoman. Other new cast members include Jeremy Davies as Arkham Asylum For the Criminally Insane doctor John Deegan, Lamonica Garrett as The Monitor, and Cassandra Jean Amell as Nora Fries, wife of Mr. Freeze.

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‘Tom and Jerry,’ ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movies Land Top Talent at Warner Animation Group (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. has big ambitions for its animation division, and the studio has zeroed in on the talent to help steer the ship on two popular properties.

Sources tell Variety that Warners and Warner Animation Group (Wag) are in negotiations with “Shaft” helmer Tim Story to direct the new “Tom and Jerry” live-action/animated hybrid. The studio has also brought on Chris Columbus as creative producer on the new “Scooby-Doo” animated movie.

Warners has been strengthening its animation slate since production on the “The Lego Movie,” which coincided with the formation of Warner Animation Group in 2013. Allison Abbate was tapped to oversee the division and executives, including Jesse Ehrman and president of production Courtenay Valenti, have made a big push to get classic titles like the Hanna-Barbera properties off the ground.

The studio understands how much of its history is rooted in these iconic characters, and wants to give them
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Best of ’88: Run-dmc’s ‘Beats to the Rhyme’ Was the Throwback the World Wasn’t Ready For

Best of ’88: Run-dmc’s ‘Beats to the Rhyme’ Was the Throwback the World Wasn’t Ready For
30 years later, 1988 still stands as rap’s greatest year. The lyrical molotovs of ‘Nation of Millions’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton, the post-modern (and pre-lawsuit) free-for-all of sampling, the national spotlight of a new show called ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ and much more. To celebrate 30 years, Rolling Stone’s Best of ’88 explores the 10 greatest songs from those explosive 12 months. See our previous entries on Rob Base and D.J. E-z Rock and Epmd.

In the four years leading up to 1988, multi-platinum, arena-rocking, Rolling Stone cover stars Run-dmc were the uncontested Kings of Rock,
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‘Ugly Betty’ to Receive South African Remake (Exclusive)

“Betty La Fea,” the megahit Colombian telenovela that inspired the ABC series “Ugly Betty,” has been optioned by South Africa’s Known Associates Entertainment for a local adaptation.

The deal was announced at Mipcom on Monday with Colombian net Rcn, which owns the rights to the format.

“It is a great pleasure to be able to bring this evergreen home to South African audiences, and we are looking forward to finding the best broadcaster for the series,” said Known Associates chairman Joel Phiri. “We intend to make it along much the same lines as the other successful ‘Ugly Bettys’: with a local flavor,
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Chance the Rapper Openly Muses About Potential Run for Chicago Mayor

Chance the Rapper Openly Muses About Potential Run for Chicago Mayor
For the past few years, with increasing frequency, Chance the Rapper has used his money and fervent following to exert pressure on the political system in Chicago. That’s come in the form of hefty donations, contentious meetings with political figures and straightforward activism. And the young Chicago Mc hasn’t been shy about his political aspirations, either. Born Chancellor Johnathan Bennett, Chance’s father is Ken Williams-Bennett, a longtime political operator, working for Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel.

After Emanuel’s surprise announcement in September that he will not
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Juice Wrld and Future’s “Fine China” is Kinda Fun if You Don’t Listen Too Hard

Juice Wrld and Future’s “Fine China” is Kinda Fun if You Don’t Listen Too Hard
One of the best scenes in the 1995 Kevin Smith-directed classic Mallrats revolves around a painting of dots that reveal a three-dimensional sailboat if you stare at it long enough. The gag is that one character, Willam, who longingly looks at the painting can’t see anything, while everyone around him can, but in the end it’s just a sailboat, so, uh, it’s maybe not worth looking too hard at. In this scenario, Future and Juice Wrld’s “Fine China” is that painting from Mallrats, and their lyrics
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Israeli Network Reshet Says It Is Canceling Merger With Channel Ten

Israeli television network Reshet has announced that it is canceling its planned merger with fellow network Channel Ten, saying that foot-dragging by the country’s broadcasting authority, whose final approval is required, had put it in an untenable position.

“The broadcast authority’s avoidance of a decision on the merger request has led to its cancellation,” Reshet said in a surprise statement Monday. “Despite the deal signed between Reshet and Channel Ten, and despite the understanding that a merger between the two channels is the best solution for the Israeli television market, the Reshet shareholders were forced to announce today the cancellation of the merger.
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The 1975 Plot 2019 North American Tour

The 1975 announced a 2019 North American tour promoting their upcoming third LP, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships. The trek launches March 20th in Guadalajara, Mexico and wraps June 3rd in Toronto, Ontario.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, October 26th at 10 a.m. local time. The Mexico date goes on sale Saturday, October 27th at 11 a.m. local time. Fans who pre-order the band’s new album will gain early access to tickets.

A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, which follows 2016’s I Like it When You Sleep,
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Chatting With Millennial Candidate Katie Hill About Flipping One of California’s Red Districts

If the marketing folks at Dos Equis were casting for The Most Interesting Candidate in the World, they’d have to consider 31-year-old Katie Hill. The former homeless advocate is bisexual, a goat farmer, a gun owner, a survivor, and she won her Democratic primary while being trailed by a film crew for Vice News.

One of the youngest candidates for Congress, Hill is campaigning to flip California’s 25th district, an area north of Los Angeles that was once so rock-ribbed Republican they put the Reagan Library there. Her opponent,
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Kanye West’s New York Times Talk on Mental Health Canceled After Tumultuous Week

Earlier this month, radio personality (and future HBO talk show host) Charlagmane Tha God announced a New York Times-sponsored speaking engagement with Kanye West to discuss anxiety and success. The talk — which was to be moderated by the Times‘ pop critic Jon Caramanica on Wednesday, October 17th — was billed as a “Mental Health Talk” and tied to Charlagmane’s upcoming book, which is based on his own struggles with anxiety. Today, he announced that the talk has been canceled, writing, “Unfortunately I think to have that conversation with him
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