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Roseanne Barr Releases Official Statement on Being Killed Off ‘The Conners,’ Slams ABC for ‘Grim and Morbid’ Decision

Roseanne Barr Releases Official Statement on Being Killed Off ‘The Conners,’ Slams ABC for ‘Grim and Morbid’ Decision
[Warning: If you can’t tell by the headline above, spoilers follow.]

ABC’s “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners” kicked off its season premiere with confirmation that the character once played by Roseanne Barr had been killed off the series after suffering an opioid overdose from pills she was taking to treat a knee injury. Barr took to her Twitter page for an instant reaction to her character’s fate following the conclusion of the episode, defiantly tweeting, “I Ain’T Dead, Bitches!!!!” The actress then published a longer, more official statement along with her rabbi, Shmuley Boteach.

“While we wish the very best for the cast and production crew of ‘The Conners,’ all of whom are deeply dedicated to their craft and were Roseanne’s cherished colleagues, we regret that ABC chose to cancel Roseanne by killing off the Roseanne Conner character,” Barr and Boteach wrote. “That it was done through an opioid overdose lent an unnecessary grim and morbid dimension to an otherwise happy family show.
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TV Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Tops Tuesday, Comes Up Short of ‘Roseanne’

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TV Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Tops Tuesday, Comes Up Short of ‘Roseanne’
The Conners” premiere was the top-rated show of Tuesday night but debuted well below what the premiere of “Roseanne” drew earlier this year.

The series debuted sans Roseanne to a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers. The one-hour “Roseanne” revival premiere back in March drew a 5.2 rating and 18.4 million viewers in Live+Same Day. The season finale drew a 2.5 and 10.6 million, while the season as a whole averaged a 3.5 and 13.5 million. As such, “The Conners” was on par with what the season finale of “Roseanne” drew.

Immediately after “The Conners,” the series premiere of “The Kids Are Alright” held onto just over half of its lead-in, nabbing a 1.4 and 6.6 million viewers. The season premiere of “Black-ish” followed with a 1.1 and 4.5 million, down in the demo from last season’s opener but about even in viewers. The second season premiere of “Splitting Up Together” drew a 1.0 and 3.7 million, down around
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Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Is Most-Watched Ever in U.K. for the Rebooted Series

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Jodie Whittaker’s ‘Doctor Who’ Debut Is Most-Watched Ever in U.K. for the Rebooted Series
The opening episode of the new season of “Doctor Who,” starring Jodie Whittaker as the first regular female time lord, scored a new audience high in the U.K. for the modern iteration of the long-running show. New 4-screen measurements by British TV ratings organization Barb, which include non-tv online viewing, showed that the total audience for the Oct. 7 season opener reached 10.9 million across all devices.

The result gives Whittaker, the 13th Doctor, the best introduction for any Doctor since the show returned after a long hiatus in 2005, when Christopher Eccleston’s debut scored a consolidated audience of 10.8 million. The figures also make “Doctor Who” the No. 1 drama launch of 2018 in the U.K. and the BBC’s biggest in more than a decade, surpassing its recent smash hit “Bodyguard,” which bowed in August.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see the audience responding to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor in such huge numbers,
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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped

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China Release of Fan Bingbing-Bruce Willis Film ‘Unbreakable Spirit’ Is Scrapped
The planned theatrical release of big-budget Chinese war movie “Unbreakable Spirit,” has been scrapped following allegations of money laundering. The film had earlier been at the center of the tax avoidance allegations involving actress Fan Bingbing.

The film, previously known as “The Bombing,” was originally set for an August release. That was rescheduled to Oct. 26 after the Fan affair became major news. But Chinese media now report the release as cancelled.

Aside from Fan, the film has a stellar cast that includes Bruce Willis, Liu Ye, and Nicholas Tse. Director, Xiao Feng said the film had taken eight years to make.

“It is time to let it go,” Xiao Feng wrote on social media. “My sincere apologies to my crew, the distribution team, and all audiences who had high expectations of the film.” The film’s distributors, Beijing United Exhibition Partners, and Qi Tai Culture did not respond to Variety’s inquiries.
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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days

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‘A Star Is Born’ Continues To Hit Box Office High Notes, Clears $100M In 12 Days
When a major studio’s awards contender shoots past the century mark this early in the fall, it’s something to celebrate, and Warner BrosBradley Cooper-Lady Gaga musical romance drama A Star Is Born has filled $100 million-plus worth of movie auditoriums in its first 12 days of domestic release.

Let’s face it, not all adult-oriented awards contenders are slam dunks at the box office, particularly when they are wide releases. Just ask Universal and DreamWorks, who hoped their astronaut drama First Man would launch to $20M in three days; it’s at $19.1M through five days. Quite often the better PR win is in a platform release: You celebrate your theater averages up front, and then, wow, the film has crossed over to bigger numbers later on in its run.

For the third midday to date in its run, A Star Is Born beat Venom in daily grosses — the pic did so last Thursday, on Monday and last night, edging out Tom Hardy’s fanged superhero $3.95M-$3.75M. Every studio depends on a huge opening-weekend gross for their event movies to survive, but sleeper movies, especially ones which continually draw out adult audiences — a crowd notorious for crawling to the multiplex — is pure manna from heaven. While Universal/ Miramax/ Blumhouse’s Halloween will soak up around $70M worth of business this weekend, Venom and A Star Is Born will continue to fight for second with around $18M-$20M. “A Star Is Born will continue to ease 30% every weekend in its run,” praised one rival studio executive about the pic’s longevity.

Yes, Sony’s Venom hit $100M in its first six days last week, but its commercial success after overcoming negative reviews can largely be attributed to being a long-awaited Marvel spinoff finally hitting the screen and clicking. Nice IP if you can get it.

But here we have A Star Is Born, the fourth remake of a classic property in an 81-year period, a movie by a first-time director in Cooper, coupled with ambitious dramatic performances that have paid off, not just for The Hangover actor, but in pop star Lady Gaga too. It’s a recipe that’s paying off. Note this movie could have been a very different one, with various directors having circled at various points in time, i.e., Joel Schumacher, Nick Cassavetes and Clint Eastwood, and stars including Will Smith and Tom Cruise, with Beyonce being a constant attachment throughout various iterations.

A Star Is Born through 12 days counts $101.4M to Venom‘s $148.9M. Versus other October hits, Warner Bros’ Gravity (final stateside gross $274M) hit $100M in nine days, 20th Century Fox’s The Martian (final domestic $228.4M) in 10, and Fox’s Gone Girl ($167.7M) in 16.

It’s fair to say, A Star Is Born is just getting warmed up.
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‘Alice’ Series Reboot From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot

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‘Alice’ Series Reboot  From Diablo Cody & Liz Astrof Set At Fox As Put Pilot
Another classic sitcom is eying a reboot. Fox has given a put pilot commitment to Alice, a multi-camera comedy based on the 1976 CBS TV series starring Linda Lavin. It comes from Diablo Cody (One Mississippi), Liz Astrof (2 Broke Girls) and Warner Bros. TV, which produced the original series and where Cody and her Vita Vera Films are based.

Written and executive produced by Cody and Astrof, Alice is based on the TV series Alice, which in turn was based on the 1974 feature film Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, directed by Martin Scorsese. The Fox reboot centers on Long Island housewife Alice Hyatt, who has finally worked up the courage to leave her cheating husband. She drives cross-country to Arizona with her teenage son Tommy, and gets a job as a waitress at a roadside diner where the staff becomes their new surrogate family.

Warner Bros. TV co-produces with Vita Vera Films.
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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity

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Idris Elba Boarding Universal-Working Title’s ‘Cats’ As Macavity
Idris Elba is in final talks to join Tom Hooper’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats. We hear Elba is playing famed feline Macavity.

The Golden Globe and two-time SAG Award winner joins Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson, and Mette Towley. The pic is currently in pre-production.

Macavity is the only real villain in the musical who kidnaps Old Deuteronomy, the Jellicle leader, and attempts to abduct Demeter, one of two cats who sings about him. The character was originally portrayed by Richard Pettyfer in the original West End production, and by Kenneth Ard in the Broadway production. Macavity also has a hypnotic power. In act two, there are two songs about him: “Macavity: The Mystery Cat” sung by Demeter, Bombalurina, and female feline back-up and “Macavity Fight” performed by Macavity, Demeter, Munkustrap, and Alonzo.

Elba is currently filming Fast and Furious
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‘Grimm’ Spinoff With A Female Lead In Works At NBC

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‘Grimm’ Spinoff With A Female Lead In Works At NBC
Grimm is eying a comeback. NBC is developing a spinoff from the supernatural series, which bowed out last year after six seasons. Like the original, the offshoot hails from Universal TV and Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s studio-based Hazy Mills Prods.

Written by Melissa Glenn (Marvel’s Iron Fist), the untitled spinoff, I hear, will center on a female Grimm. Per NBC, building off the mythology of the original series, the new show will feature returning fan favorites while also introducing new characters, new dangers and epic new mysteries. I hear no actors are currently attached but the idea is for the offshoot to feature some original cast members, regular or recurring.

Glenn executive produces with Hazy Mills’ Hayes and Milliner. Grimm co-creators/showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf will serve as consulting producers.

The original series followed Portland Homicide detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), who discovered he is a Grimm,
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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set

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‘Armistead Maupin’s Tales Of The City’: Paul Gross To Reprise Role In Netflix Revival; Full Cast Set
Netflix has rounded out cast for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, its 10-episode limited series revival. Paul Gross returns to reprise his role as Brian Hawkins from the original miniseries, ex-husband of Mary Ann Singleton and father of Shawna Hawkins, played by previously announced Laura Linney and Ellen Page, respectively. The series is currently in production for a 2019 premiere.

Murray Bartlett (Looking) has been cast as the lovable Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver, longtime resident at Barbary Lane and Mary Ann’s best friend; Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire) plays Mouse’s boyfriend Ben Marshall; newcomers Josiah Victoria Garcia plays Jake Rodriguez, a newer resident on Barbary Lane who is a transgender man and a caregiver for Anna Madrigal (previously announced Olympia Dukakis) and May Hong (High Maintenance) as Jake’s long-term girlfriend Margot Park. Previously announced Barbara Garrick also returns as DeDe Halycon Day.

Recurring cast
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‘Walking Dead’ Hits New Series Ratings Low

‘Walking Dead’ Hits New Series Ratings Low
The Walking Dead” posted a new series low in the Nielsen ratings with Sunday night’s episode.

The second episode of Season 9 of the AMC series drew a 2.0 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic and 4.9 million viewers in the Live+Same Day numbers. The show’s previous low in the key demo was a 2.4, which was set during Season 1. That is also very close to the show’s current low in total viewers, which is 4.7 million, also set during Season 1.

This week’s episode was also down around 20% in both measures from last week’s season premiere.

For the night as a whole,
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‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC

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‘Blood Ties’ Cop Drama From Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Appian Way Set At NBC
On the heels of Shades of Blue ending its run after three seasons, star/executive producer Jennifer Lopez has teamed with co-star Vincent Laresca for a new cop drama, which has been put in development by NBC. The project, Blood Ties, hails from former The Mentalist executive producer Tom Szentgyorgyi, Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-ThomasNuyorican Productions, Appian Way and Universal TV, where Nuyorican is based.

Written by Szentgyorgyi, Blood Ties is a procedural crime show in the vein of NYPD Blue, which isbased on an idea by Laresca. When convicted homicide detective Steve Horvath is exonerated, he’s given his job back but finds he now has unconventional insight about the criminals he faces. Teaming up with an unexpected rookie who has a secret agenda of his own, Horvath must learn to adapt to life outside of prison while trying to figure out who framed him and why.

Szentgyorgyi executive
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Peaky Blinders: Season Five; Anya Taylor-Joy Joins Netflix Series

Peaky Blinders: Season Five;  Anya Taylor-Joy Joins Netflix Series
Anya Taylor-Joy is headed to Birmingham. BBC One just announced the Miniaturist star has joined season five of Peaky Blinders.

The period drama, which airs on the in the U.S., centers on a gang living and operating in 1920s Birmingham, England. The cast includes Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Tom Hardy, Annabelle Wallis, Sam Neill, Charlotte Riley, and Adrien Brody.

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John Krasinski Reveals He Also Played the Monsters in ‘A Quiet Place’ (Video)

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John Krasinski Reveals He Also Played the Monsters in ‘A Quiet Place’ (Video)
John Krasinski didn’t just have one role in his movie, “A Quiet Place,” which he also directed. He also played the monsters in the horror film.

During his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday night, host Jimmy Kimmel held up a picture of Krasinski in his motion-capture suit that would ultimately transform him into the creatures that hunt him and his family in the movie.

“This is going to end my career,” Krasinski joked, before adding, “the commitment level was really high.”

Also Read: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Explain Why They Joined Forces for 'A Quiet Place' (Exclusive Video)

Krasinski explained: “The amazing people at [Industrial Light and Magic] asked, ‘So how does the creature move?’ and I said, ‘Well, this is how I think he’s gonna crawl.’ And they said, ‘Well, why don’t you throw on the suit?’ And I was like, ‘Totally!’ Then they took
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‘Today’ Show Slammed for Interview With ‘Hate Group’ Leader: ‘Straight Up Nazi Recruitment Video’

The “Today” is facing pushback after dedicating time Wednesday to an interview with Patrick Casey, executive director of the white “identitarian” group Identity Evropa.

“We are telling this story to pull back the curtain so parents and college students are aware that these groups are out there,” said NBC correspondent Peter Alexander. “The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Identity Evropa one of the most active new hate groups in America. There members are clean cut, they are conservatively dressed and they’re recruiting on a campus near you.”

In the interview, Casey, whose organization only accepts white members and marched in the deadly Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, laid out his case matter of factly.

Also Read: KFC's Colonel Sanders Showed Up on 'General Hospital' Today - For Real (Video)

“Ethnic diversity has been proven time and time again, it’s not a good model for society,” he said.
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TV Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Tops Tuesday, Comes Up Short of ‘Roseanne’

TV Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Tops Tuesday, Comes Up Short of ‘Roseanne’
The Conners” premiere was the top-rated show of Tuesday night but debuted well below what the premiere of “Roseanne” drew earlier this year.

The series debuted sans Roseanne to a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.5 million viewers. The one-hour “Roseanne” revival premiere back in March drew a 5.2 rating and 18.4 million viewers in Live+Same Day. The season finale drew a 2.5 and 10.6 million, while the season as a whole averaged a 3.5 and 13.5 million. As such, “The Conners” was on par with what the season finale of “Roseanne” drew.

Immediately after “The Conners,” the series premiere of “The Kids Are Alright” held
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Ratings: ‘The Conners’ Premiere Draws 10.5 Million Viewers

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ABC’s “The Conners” debuted to a 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.5 million total viewers on Tuesday. While it’s not a perfect comparison — and those are solid numbers — they don’t look great next to the gaudy returns “Roseanne” premiered to in the spring.

In late March, “Roseanne” returned to a 4.9 demo rating and 17.7 million viewers. A second episode that same night rose to a 5.3 and 18.6 million viewers. That means “Roseanne” did 113 percent better in the demo than “The Conners,” and had 69 percent more overall audience members.

Still, “The Conners” is now the No. 1 new series of the TV season. Since “Roseanne” was considered a revival of an existing series and this one is a new show, “The Conners” is ABC’s most-watched comedy series debut in four years, and the best in three years among adults 18-49.

Also Read: 'The Conners' Premiere Slips 35 Percent From '
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Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires: The Rolling Stone Country Interview

Amanda Shires slides her chair back, its legs audibly groaning against the wooden floor, and leaps up from the table. She circles the rustic space, swinging one arm in an exaggerated fashion to mimic an elephant, while thrusting her hips as she hops forward.

“Oh, the trunk. And some Martha Graham-style interpretations,” says Jason Isbell, amused. “For ‘If We Were Vampires’, you’ll do the big teeth, like Rawr!'”

“I’ll wear a cloak,” insists Shires, drawing her arm across her face with an air of mystery, leaving
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See St. Vincent Rework ‘New York’ in Brooklyn on ‘Kimmel’

See St. Vincent Rework ‘New York’ in Brooklyn on ‘Kimmel’
St. Vincent performed her stripped-down rendition of “New York” during Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s Brooklyn residency Tuesday. The radical reworking of the track features on Annie Clark’s new album Masseducation, which reinterprets the songs off her 2017 LP Masseduction.

While the original take of “New York” boasted strings, multi-tracked vocals and a gentle beat, pianist Thomas Bartlett solely accompanied her for the elegant version she brought to Kimmel. Clark previously described Masseducation as “two dear friends playing songs together with the kind of secret understanding one can only get through
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9 Best Marijuana Moments in Movies, From ‘The Big Lebowski’ to ‘Dazed and Confused’ (Videos)

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From Cheech and Chong rocking out in a pot-filled club to The Dude abiding, watch the best marijuana-themed scenes on film.

This nightclub scene from “Up in Smoke” (1978) features Cheech and Chong rocking out to “Earache My Eye” and a roomful of pot smoke.

The Dude crashes his car in “The Big Lebowski” (1998) due to some reckless joint smoking. The beer likely didn’t help either.

The Dude can’t relax with a doobie in the tub. Instead he gets attacked by nihilist-owned ferrets in “The Big Lebowski.”

Review the weed-fueled theory on George Washington’s marijuana use in “Dazed and Confused.” (1993)

“I grew up on Two rivers!” Another fun stoner scene from a Richard Linklater film has college-aged pot smokers testing out telepathy.

Watch Kumar’s extensive weed dream in 2004’s “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.”

Two pot aficionados sample what smells like “God’s vagina” in
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