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‘Watchmen’ Series Premiere Is HBO’s Most-Watched Debut on Digital Platforms Since ‘Westworld’

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‘Watchmen’ Series Premiere Is HBO’s Most-Watched Debut on Digital Platforms Since ‘Westworld’
The series premiere of Damon Lindelof’s “Watchmen” put up more than a good fight for HBO on Sunday. The debut of the sequel series based on Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore’s iconic graphic novel scored 1.5 million multiplatform viewers across HBO’s platforms, including HBO, HBO Now and HBO Go, last night.

The premiere marks the strongest digital debut for an HBO series since the premiere of “Westworld” in 2016.

The 9 p.m. airing of “Watchmen” alone put up 800,000 viewers, making it premium cable’s most-watched new series debut this year, according to the pay TV channel. And linear viewing of Sunday night’s premiere telecast was 21% above last week’s “Succession” Season 2 finale.

Also Read: Damon Lindelof's 'Watchmen' Adaptation Gets Premiere Date From HBO

Based on Moore and Gibbons’ acclaimed comic book series set in the ’80s, the show exists “in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws.
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John Clarke Dies: ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Actor & Lifetime Achievement Emmy Recipient Was 88

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John Clarke Dies: ‘Days Of Our Lives’ Actor & Lifetime Achievement Emmy Recipient Was 88
John “Jack” Shelton Clarke, who won over fans with his portrayal of “Mickey Horton” on Days of Our Lives, has died. He was 88.

Clarke passed away from complications of pneumonia on October 16, in Laguna Beach, a representative for the actor told Deadline Monday. Clarke previously suffered a stroke in 2007 and had been in declining health in the last few years.

The veteran actor worked in film, television and theater, but was most recognized by soap opera fans after 39 years on NBC’s long-running daytime series Days of Our Lives.

In addition to his stint in daytime TV, and two years co-starring with Leslie Nielsen on The New Breed for ABC, Clarke co-starred or had guest roles on such early TV series as Gun Smoke; Have Gun Will Travel; The FBI; Sugarfoot; Death Valley Days; Twilight Zone; Maverick; Wanted Dead or Alive; The Law and Mrs. Jones; and many others.

His
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How 'Venom 2' Could Set Up a Spider-Man Event Film

How 'Venom 2' Could Set Up a Spider-Man Event Film
When Tom Hardy’s Venom returns to screens in the sequel to the hit 2018 film, he won’t just be facing off against Cletus Kasady aka Carnage (Woody Harrelson). Last week we learned that Naomie Harris is in talks to join the cast of the Andy Serkis directed sequel as Carnage’s paramour and murderous partner, Shriek. Although Shriek is not one of Spider-Man’s more famous adversaries, her inclusion in Venom 2 has a greater significance when it comes to laying the groundwork for the future of the Spider-Verse, and a potential adaptation of the famous Spider-Man, Venom, and Carnage ...
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'The Irishman' to Open Cairo Film Festival

'The Irishman' to Open Cairo Film Festival
Martin Scorsese's all-star gangster epic The Irishman is continuing its international tour.

The film, starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino, is set to open the 41st edition of the Cairo International Film Festival, marking its Middle East and North African premiere with a screening at the Cairo Opera House on Nov. 20, a week before it lands on Netflix.

Having bowed at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 27, The Irishman recently closed the London Film Festival and is already set to screen at the Mill Valley, Hamptons, Lumière, San Diego, Mumbai, Rome, Philadelphia, Chicago,...
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‘Arrested Development’ Star Alia Shawkat Cast in FX’s ‘The Old Man’ Pilot

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‘Arrested Development’ Star Alia Shawkat Cast in FX’s ‘The Old Man’ Pilot
“Arrested Development” star Alia Shawkat has been cast in FX’s “The Old Man.” She joins previously announced cast Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow and Amy Brenneman.

Based on Thomas Perry’s bestselling novel of the same name, “The Old Man” is described as following Dan Chase (Bridges), who absconded from the CIA decades ago and has been living off the grid since. When an assassin arrives and tries to take Chase out, the old operative learns that to ensure his future he now must reconcile his past.

Shawkat will play Angela, described as a rising star at the FBI and a protégé to Deputy Director Harold Harper (Lithgow). Assigned to the pursuit of fugitive Dan Chase (Bridges), Angela is swept into a world of buried secrets and hidden agendas that will put her relationship with Harper to the test.

Also Read: Robert Pattinson on Playing Batman: 'It's a Dope Character'
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HBO Max Orders Teen Mary Shelley Horror-Romance Pilot From ‘Riverdale’ Creator

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HBO Max Orders Teen Mary Shelley Horror-Romance Pilot From ‘Riverdale’ Creator
Riverdale” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has another dark project in the works, this one is centered on a young Mary Shelley and is headed to the upcoming streaming service HBO Max.

“The Shelley Society,” a pilot co-created by Aguirre-Sacasa and “Riverdale” writers Tessa Leigh Williams and James DeWille, has been ordered at HBO Max, a representative for the platform tells TheWrap.

Here’s the logline for the show, which is described as “a Victorian ‘X-Files'” and produced by Warner Bros. Television: Young author Mary Shelley leads a band of Romantic outlaws–among them, her lovers Percy and the Lord Byron–against all manner of supernatural threats and monsters…including Shelley’s own iconic Creature.

Also Read: 'Station Eleven': Mackenzie Davis, Himesh Patel to Star in HBO Max Adaptation

Aguirre-Sacasa, who is currently showrunner on The CW’s “Riverdale” and its upcoming spinoff “Katy Keene,
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‘I’m With The Band’: Charli Xcx To Star In Rock Documentary Series For Netflix

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‘I’m With The Band’: Charli Xcx To Star In Rock Documentary Series For Netflix
British pop star Charli Xcx will front a rock doc series for Netflix about how she put together a “badass” band: The Vroom Vroom singer is starring in I’m With The Band: Nasty Cherry about the formation of the group.

The series launches November 15 and will run for six parts.

Charli Xcx, whose real name is Charlotte Aitchison, is not actually in the band but has put them together, acts as their impresario and signed them to her own record label.

The band, which features members from London and Southern California, includes Chloe Chaidez, drummer Debbie Knox-Hewson, bassist Georgia Somary and singer Gabbriette Bechtel.

They are a mix of the Runaways-meets-Josie and the Pussycats.

“My vision is that they become the biggest band in the world, a band I would have wanted to listen to and have been inspired by when I was 15,” Charli Xcx told Rolling Stone.

“This
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Amazon Teams With Comedian Markus Stoll In German Original ‘The Bedfellow’

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Amazon is getting into bed with comedian Markus Stoll for its latest German original.

The Svod service has commissioned Der Beischläfer (The Bedfellow) to launch on Amazon Prime Video in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2020. It is the latest example of the digital platform commissioning local European content.

Stoll, known locally as Harry G, will play lead Charlie Menzinger in the six-part series, which has just started filming. Menzinger, an easy-going mechanic, is appointed as a juror by the Munich District Court. With no way to avoid the assignment and no possibility of negotiation with recently transferred judge, Dr. Julia Kellermann (Lisa Bitter), Charlie reluctantly resigns himself to his fate. Instead of continuing in his life as a mechanic, lying under old Italian sports cars of his friend Xaver (Daniel Christensen), Charlie quickly realises that his new position offers certain advantages. His time as a lay judge, however, may change
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Does ‘Joker’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Despite all the controversy surrounding it — or maybe because of that controversy — “Joker” has been a big winner at the box office, quickly becoming the biggest movie of the year so far for Warner Bros. It’s a surprise, to be sure, but a welcome one for a studio that has had a lot of recent ups and downs with its DC Comics adaptations the past few years.

Though the film’s critical reception has cooled considerably since it garnered a lengthy standing ovation in Venice, that obviously hasn’t affected its box office take. It turns out that dominating the pop culture discourse the way “Joker” has can be a very, very good thing.

Anyway, the question you came here for an answer to is whether “Joker” has any bonus content during or after the credits, following the trend of post- and mid-credits scenes that have become just about
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TV News Roundup: Michael Mann to Direct and Executive Produce HBO Max’s ‘Tokyo Vice’

In today’s TV news roundup, HBO Max names MIchael Mann as a director and executive producer of “Tokyo Vice” and Chip and Joanna Gaines announce the first original series coming to the couple’s Magnolia Network.

Dates

Netflix announced a six-episode docuseries centered on Nasty Cherry, the latest all-female group signed to Charli Xcx’s label will premiere Nov. 15. Entitled “I’m With The Band: Nasty Cherry,“ the show follows the hand-picked group from its origins and the members moving in together, to their first performance and release of their debut single. Watch the trailer below:

Developments

Discovery Inc.
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Does ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

As with the other live-action adaptations of classic Disney films, “Maleficent” felt like a one-off movie. But it wasn’t, apparently, and now we’ve got “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” a continuation of the Sleeping Beauty story that takes a little bit of inspiration from folklore but mostly carves its own path.

Regardless of whether you or I think a “Maleficent 2” makes sense, however, the fact remains that it does exist, and is in theaters right now. And with Disney turning this into a franchise and taking the whole thing in a crazy new direction, lots of folks are going to understandably wonder if there are more “Maleficent” movies in store.

And since this is a franchise now, you’re probably wondering if this movie does the franchise thing of teasing a potential future movie with a bonus mid-credits or post-credits scene.

While I cannot tell you whether “Maleficent 3” will
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‘Big Bang Theory’ Duo to Develop eSports Comedy at NBC

A former “Big Bang Theory” star and one of the show’s writers are developing a multi-camera comedy about eSports at NBC, Variety has learned.

Titled “The Squad,” the project hails from executive producer Johnny Galecki and writer and executive producer Anthony Del Broccolo, who was previously a writer and co-executive producer on “Big Bang Theory.” The new show follows a new group of friends (and sometimes enemies) who find companionship and common ground in their mutual love of competitive eSports.

Galecki is executive producing under his Alcide Bava banner, along with the company’s Holly Brown. Cory Wood of
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Esports Sitcom ‘The Squad’ From Johnny Galecki in Development at NBC

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NBC has put into development a new multi-camera comedy from executive producer Johnny Galecki and “The Big Bang Theory” alum Anthony Del Broccolo.

Titled “The Squad,” the sitcom centers on a new group of friends (and sometimes enemies) who find companionship and common ground in their mutual love of competitive eSports.

Del Broccolo, whose previous credits include Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101,” “Drake & Josh” and “All That,” will write and executive produce the project, which has received a script development deal at the network.

Also Read: 'The Mother-in-Law' Thriller From Amy Poehler, Jessica Goldberg in the Works at NBC

Galecki will executive produce alongside Holly Brown of his Alcide Bava Productions banner. Alcide Bava’s Cory Wood will serve as a producer. Warner Bros. Television, where Alcide Bava has a pod deal, is the studio.

On-screen, Galecki wrapped his 10-season run as physicist Leonard Hofstadter on CBS’s hit “The Big Bang Theory” this spring.
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Tool Fan Doesn’t Realize Guy Taking His Photo is Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen made a rare public appearance at a Los Angeles Tool concert Monday, and his son Wolfgang captured a priceless moment from the evening on Instagram. The picture shows Eddie obliging a Tool fan who wanted a photo of himself with the stage in the background — though the fan didn’t seem to realize the guy holding his phone was significantly more famous than anyone he’d seen that night.

“A guy asked my dad if he could take a picture of him with the stage behind him,
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Universal Screens ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ Releases Franz Waxman Score for First Time

Universal Screens ‘Bride of Frankenstein,’ Releases Franz Waxman Score for First Time
Halloween is only days away, and what better way to celebrate than with a classic monster movie that’s been fully restored and whose original score has, 84 years later, finally been issued as a soundtrack album?

Universal screened its 1935 “Bride of Frankenstein” Monday night to an appreciative audience on the studio lot, following a reception to celebrate the first release of the movie’s Franz Waxman score, part of the Universal Pictures Heritage Collection series.

“Bride” was the first original score composed in Hollywood by Waxman, a later Oscar winner for the music of “Sunset Boulevard” and “A Place in the Sun.” Its release as an album on La-La Land Records is part of the studio’s drive to restore many of its classic musical assets, making them available commercially as well as for licensing.

Alexia Baum, director of music publishing for the studio, explained that the Heritage Collection began
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Bill Taylor’s Jaw-Dropping Ukraine Testimony Expected to ‘Accelerate’ Impeachment

Audible gasps are said to have rippled across the room as Bill Taylor, the United States’ top diplomat in Ukraine, delivered a 15-page opening statement to House impeachment investigators on Tuesday. Taylor described in detail, with the help of contemporaneous notes, extensive efforts to leverage hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign assistance and a White House meeting in exchange for investigations into a 2020 rival and a debunked theory about 2016 election interference.

He also illustrated the stakes of Trump’s capricious decision to withhold security assistance, recounting a visit to northern Donbas,
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White House Cancels NY Times and Washington Post Subscriptions (Report)

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There won’t be any more New York Times or Washington Post deliveries to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Politico reports.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told Politico on Tuesday that the White House “won’t be renewing” its subscriptions, a dat after President Trump criticized the papers on Fox News. He told Sean Hannity that the Post is a “fake deal” and the Times is a “fake newspaper.”

“We don’t even want it in the White House anymore,” he added. “We’re going to probably terminate that and The Washington Post. They’re fake.”

Also Read: Jeff Bezos Calls Out President Trump's 'Dangerous' Media Criticism

The president’s negative view of both papers is well-documented. In September, he kicked off Labor Day morning by attacking the “LameStream media” in a series of tweets, singling out the Washington Post and saying the paper “brought racist attacks against our Nation.
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ESPN, Turner Hope for NBA Ratings Resurgence Amid Wide-Open Chase for Title

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The NBA’s TV partners are planning for a bounce-back season in TV ratings, pointing to a key scheduling change and a wide-open race for the championship as a reason for optimism. An offseason filled with multiple star players changing teams – some of which give the league its first chance at a true Los Angeles rivalry between the Lakers and Clippers — reset the balance of power in the NBA, which has been dominated by the juggernaut Golden State Warriors. That gives the league’s TV partners, which tip off the 2019-2020 season this week, a chance at something that’s become a rarity for the NBA the past few years: A wide-open race for the NBA championship. That prospect has sparked hopes of a ratings rebound. Last year, ESPN and TNT struggled to fill the early-game timeslots for their doubleheaders with the move of star LeBron James from the Eastern Conference to the West,
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Adam Driver in Talks to Join Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s ‘Last Duel’ (Exclusive)

Adam Driver in Talks to Join Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s ‘Last Duel’ (Exclusive)
Adam Driver is in early talks to co-star opposite Matt Damon in Disney-Fox’s “The Last Duel,” a period drama from director Ridley Scott.

Sources tell Variety that Ben Affleck, who originally eyed what would be Driver’s leading role, will now appear in a supporting part along with “Killing Eve” actress Jodie Comer.

Set in 14th century France, the movie is an epic tale of betrayal and justice, told from three distinct points of view: two knights (Damon and Driver) whose bond is tested by treachery and a young woman (Comer) forced to navigate the brutal and oppressive culture of the era in order to survive.

When news first broke that Damon and Affleck would be appearing in a film together for the first time since “Good Will Hunting,” many assumed Affleck would take on the role of Damon’s friend, though neither the studio nor reps for either actor would confirm.
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‘Days of Our Lives’ Star John Clarke Dies at 88

‘Days of Our Lives’ Star John Clarke Dies at 88
John Clarke, best known for portraying Mickey Horton on the soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” died due to complications of pneumonia in Laguna Beach, Calif. on Oct. 16. He was 88.

Clarke suffered a stroke in 2007 and had been in a state of deteriorating health over the past few years.

His daughter, Melinda, who has also appeared on “Days of Our Lives,” confirmed the news in an Instagram post.

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With much sadness I’m sharing that John Clarke my father my mentor passed as I sang to him. He is at peace. Death is as much a part life as birth.
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