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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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NBCUniversal Shakes up Ad Sales Team, Promotes Laura Molen and Mark Marshall

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NBCUniversal is shaking up its ad sales team under Linda Yaccarino.

Laura Molen and Mark Marshall have both been promoted to president, NBCU advertising sales and partnerships, where each will be in charge of all day-to-day national sales across the company’s entire portfolio.

Previously NBCUniversal advertising sales teams were structured with a sales leader in place for each vertical. Molen will continue to lead lifestyle and Hispanic advertising sales and will add cable entertainment, news advertising and digital partnerships. In this new role, Marshall will continue to head up entertainment and digital video, and will add sports, advanced advertising sales, as well as client partnerships.

Also Read: NBC News Contributor Gabriel Sherman Says Trump Emboldens 'Rich White People' to Show 'Lack of Empathy'

“Our industry changes every minute. As we focus attention on reimagining our audience first culture, plus developing partnerships across NBCUniversal and beyond, it became increasingly important
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CBS Developing Drama Series Based on James Patterson’s ‘Texas Ranger’

CBS is developing a drama based on James Patterson’s novel, “Texas Ranger,” Variety has learned.

“Ranger” is set as a one-hour drama from writers and executive producers Jason Hall, Tj Brady and Rasheed Newson. It follows a Texas ranger and his “cantankerous” father, who move to South Florida. There, the titular ranger becomes a homicide detective and searches for his brother’s killer.

Peter Lenkov and Sean Canino (101st Street Ent.) are executive producers on the project alongside Patterson, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout (James Patterson Ent.). The project hails from CBS Television Studios.

Hall is repped by UTA and attorney Darren Trattner.
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NBCUniversal Sets Ad-Sales Shakeup

NBCUniversal said it would rejigger the executive team overseeing its advertising sales, elevating two executives and parting ways with two others as traditional media sellers grapple with new demands from a Madison Avenue increasingly focused on buying broader packages of commercial time across many different outlets.

Laura Molen and Mark Marshall were each named a president of NBCU’s ad sales division. Each will supervise day-to-day national sales efforts for different parts of NBCU’s portfolio. Marshall will continue to oversee ad sales for the NBC broadcast network, but add sports and advanced advertising sales and client partnerships to his purview.
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Martin Scorsese to Be Honored in Museum of Modern Art’s Film Benefit

Martin Scorsese to Be Honored in Museum of Modern Art’s Film Benefit
Martin Scorsese is the latest person to be honored by the Museum of Modern Art’s Film Benefit, a film series and gala dinner that will celebrate the director’s films.

MoMA will honor the Oscar-winning director on Nov. 19 in a dinner presented by Chanel, and the museum will present a series focusing on Scorsese’s New York films, running Oct. 30 through Nov. 7 at the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters in New York.

“From his unextinguishable [sic] drive to innovate as a filmmaker to his passion for film history and his personal advocacy for film literacy, Martin Scorsese is cinema’s greatest hero,” Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos chief curator of film at MoMA said in a statement. “He is a universe unto himself, and all of us who are privileged to work in his orbit are nurtured by his considerable force. He is a loyal and dear part of The Museum of Modern Art family,
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Song You Need to Know: Maggie Rogers, ‘Light On’

“Would you believe me now,” Maggie Rogers sings over a gently-strummed guitar line in the opening to her new single “Light On,” “If I told you I got caught up in a wave?” Rogers’ latest is her most promising since appearing, seemingly out of nowhere, with her electro folk-pop viral hit “Alaska” in 2016. On that song, Rogers announced herself as a songwriter with a unique knack for dramatizing self-growth, for turning young twenties misadventure into anthems of self-discovery.

“Light On,” co-produced by Rogers alongside by pop mastermind Greg Kurstin and
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Tim Tebow Faith-Based Film ‘Run The Race’ Acquired by Roadside Attractions

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Indie film distributor Roadside Attractions announced on Monday that it is getting into business with former NFL quarterback an current New York Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow, acquiring U.S. rights to release his film “Run The Race.”

Tebow and brother Robby Tebow served as executive producers on the faith-based drama starring Tanner Stine (“Here and Now”), Evan Hoffer, Mykelti Williamson (“Fences”) and Frances Fisher (“Titanic”).

Roadside Attractions, partly owned by Lionsgate and Amblin Group, plans to release the film in theaters on Feb. 22, 2019.

Also Read: YouTube, Roadside Attractions Partner on Theatrical Release of Susan Sarandon's 'Viper Club'

Run The Race” follows two young brothers with an unbreakable bond facing unbelievable odds. Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach (Stine), an All-State athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship in the hopes of earning he and his brother, David
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Thomas Rhett to Appear on ‘The Voice’ As Guest Coach

Thomas Rhett to Appear on ‘The Voice’ As Guest Coach
Platinum-selling country star Thomas Rhett will be featured in a series of upcoming episodes on Season 15 of NBC’s The Voice. He’s set to serve as a guest adviser alongside team coach Kelly Clarkson.

Appearing in episodes airing tonight (October 15th,) as well as October 16th, 22nd and 23rd, Rhett will be on hand to help guide Clarkson’s team through the show’s battle round of eliminations, instructing contestants in areas like song arrangement, stage presence and more. He’ll be tasked with teaching a number of country
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Richard Linklater Is Back With Another Anti-Ted Cruz Ad

Richard Linklater Is Back With Another Anti-Ted Cruz Ad
One of the best political ads of 2018 was also one of the simplest. Directed by filmmaker Richard Linklater and commissioned by the Fire Ted Cruz Pac, the ad features a distinctly Texan man questioning the senator’s mettle. “Somebody left something on my door the other day. It said ‘Ted Cruz: Tough as Texas,'” the man says, coffee cup in hand. “If somebody called my wife a dog and said my daddy was in on the Kennedy assassination, I wouldn’t be kissing their ass. You stick a
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TV Shows to Watch the Week of Oct. 15, 2018: ‘The Conners,’ ‘Daredevil’

Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “The Conners” debuts sans Roseanne and “Daredevil” returns for Season 3

The Conners,” ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

In the series premiere of the now Roseanne-less comedy, a sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before.

The Kids Are Alright,” ABC,
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Antonio Esfandiari to Be Featured in Poker Central’s New Series ‘Beyond the Rail’ (Exclusive)

Antonio Esfandiari, the winner of two World Poker Tour (Wpt) championships and three World Series of Poker (Wsop) bracelets, is one of many poker legends who will be featured in Poker Central’s new docu-series, “Beyond the Rail.”

The new short-form series, which includes players Chris Moorman and Mori Eskandani, a 2018 Poker Hall of Fame inductee, highlights the people involved in producing, broadcasting, and participating in the 2018 World Series of Poker. Produced in cooperation with Primal NY, the series gives fans the full scope of the tournament that brings thousands of hopefuls to Las Vegas every year who aim to compete for a Wsop title. Each episode highlights a specific behind-the-scenes personality, with the final episode showcasing the Wsop Main Event final table.

“The 2018 World Series of Poker is behind us, but the entertainment continues as fans get more access to the tournament than ever before,” said Sam Simmons, VP of content for Poker Central.
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Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump’s $1 Million Bluff

Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump’s $1 Million Bluff
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-ma) rolled out a highly-produced retort to Donald Trump’s “Pocahontas” attack on Monday morning. The five-and-a-half-minute video, which features interviews with Warren’s Republican family members in Oklahoma, her former employers and a MacArthur Genius Award-winning expert in DNA testing, seeks to put to rest questions the president has raised about her Native American ancestry.

My family (including Fox News-watchers) sat together and talked about what they think of @realDonaldTrump’s attacks on our heritage. And yes, a famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded
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Claire Foy Is the Queen of Pain

Claire Foy Is the Queen of Pain
There’s this thing about Claire Foy’s face: It is constantly changing, highs and lows passing over it like a fast-moving storm. With the briefest of glances she conveys, instantly, the emotional temperature of the character she is playing. It’s a quality that makes Foy, 34, one of the most compelling actresses of her generation. Not that she’d ever admit such a thing. “I don’t know if it’s the British in her or what, but her capacity for self-deprecation is extraordinary,” says Damien Chazelle, who directed
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‘Veronica Mars’ Revival: Enrico Colantoni to Return as Kristen Bell’s TV Dad for Hulu Run

Another familiar face will return to Neptune when the “Veronica Mars” revival debuts on Hulu: Keith Mars.

That’s right, Marshmallows, Enrico Colantoni is set to reprise his role as Veronica’s detective dad for the streamer’s eight-episode run, an individual with knowledge of the casting tells TheWrap.

The returns of series alums Jason Dohring (Logan), Francis Capra (Weevil), Percy Daggs III (Wallace) and David Starzyk (Richard Casablancas) were confirmed by creator Rob Thomas last month. Bell is also returning for the limited series’ 2019 debut on Hulu, obviously.

Also Read: Kristen Bell Wants to 'Brace Fans' for How Much 'Darker' Hulu's 'Veronica Mars' Revival Will Be (Video)

Here is the official logline for the project: 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,
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Aline Brosh McKenna Talks Changes Still Needed on #MeToo Anniversary: ‘It Is Still 50-Year-Old White Men’ In Charge

Aline Brosh McKenna Talks Changes Still Needed on #MeToo Anniversary: ‘It Is Still 50-Year-Old White Men’ In Charge
Although writers’ rooms have become more diverse in the last few years, the heads of networks or studios are “still in a bubble” when it comes to conversations around #MeToo and Time’s Up, believes “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” co-creator and showrunner Aline Brosh McKenna. And ultimately, they wield the most power when it comes to diversity in a series.

“You walk into those rooms, and you are aware that it is still 50-year-old white men who are in charge,” McKenna said during a panel on inclusivity and representation held Sunday. “I want to see these companies, these corporations that we work for say,
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