‘The Blacklist’: Diany Rodriguez Joins Season 9 Of NBC Drama Series

EXCLUSIVE: Diany Rodriguez (Law & Order: Organized Crime) has joined the upcoming ninth season of NBC's long-running drama series The Blacklist in a heavily recurring role.
The Blacklist is produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.
Rodriguez will play Weecha Xiu. With a tough physical presence and a hardened demeanor, Weecha is more than capable of defending herself against anyone who might threaten her or her associates.
Finding themselves each at a crossroads, a common purpose compels them to renew their original mission: to take down dangerous, vicious and eccentric Blacklisters. In The Blacklist, in the two years following the death of Elizabeth Keen, Raymond Reddington (Spader) and the members of the FBI Task Force have disbanded – their lives now changed in unexpected ways and with Reddington's whereabouts unknown.
She is repped by People Store and Tassell Talent Group.” /> Other credits include HBO’s The Outsider, Showtime’s Ray Donovan and NBC’s New Amsterdam, among others. Rodriguez is best known for her role as A.D.A. Maria Delgado on NBC’s Law & Order: Organized Crime.She will soon be seen opposite Eugenio Debrez in Hulu’s upcoming rom-com The Valet.
The Blacklist, starring James Spader, Diego Klattenhoff and Amir Arison, will jump forward two years in its season 9 return airing on October 21 (8/7c) on NBC.

‘In The Fade’ Director Fatih Akin Signs With Sentient Entertainment For Management

The company's credits on the production side include Feud: Bette and Joan, French heist thriller Overdrive which Paramount acquired for the U.S., Maps to the Stars, from Tab’s longtime ICM client David Cronenberg, and the recent STX/Lakeshore thriller Peppermint starring Jennifer Garner, and directed by client (and Sentient producing partner) Morel. Tab founded Sentient in 2010, after working for nine years as a motion picture and literary agent at ICM. Her roster of international filmmaker clients at the management and production company also includes Pierre Morel (Taken), Lucía Puenzo (Wakolda, XXY), Sean Conway (EP, We Are Who We Are), Antonio Negret (CW’s Riverdale), Ben Hibon (Star Trek: Prodigy), and Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen (co-creators of FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan).
Sentient's signing of Akin was announced on Monday by the company’s founder and CEO Renee Tab and producer Christopher Tuffin. "We are committed to expanding his reach to move audiences across the globe." "I am so honored to work with Fatih and his team in Hamburg to support them in telling provocative, profound and compelling stories," said Tab.
Akin continues to be represented by UTA.” />
The German-Turkish creative is perhaps best known for his thriller In the Fade, which claimed the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017 and brought star Diane Kruger the Cannes Film Festival's award for Best Actress. The film was selected to compete there for the Palme D'Or and was Germany's official entry for the Academy Awards.
In his 26-year career as a director, he’s also helmed the comedies In July (2000) and Soul Kitchen (2009), dramedy Solino (2002), and the documentary We Forgot to Go Back, among other projects. Akin made his feature debut back in 1998 with Short Sharp Shock, which notched both the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival and the Pierrot—the Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Director.
He also recently acquired the rights to Buddha, the graphic novel from acclaimed Japanese illustrator Osamu Tezuka, and will adapt it as a TV series, which Sentient is currently packaging. Akin is currently in production on his next film, Rheingold, based on the real-life story of Turkish gangster rapper Xatar.
EXCLUSIVE: Award-winning filmmaker Fatih Akin has signed with Sentient Entertainment for management across all areas.
He subsequently went on win Cannes and the European Film Awards' prizes for Best Screenplay with his 2007 drama, The Edge of Heaven. A major career breakthrough came for Akin in 2004, with his romantic drama Head-On, which won the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear, along with the Best Film and Audience Awards at the European Film Awards.

Dish TV Files FCC Complaint Against Tegna In Carriage Dispute; Local Broadcaster Calls Move A “PR Stunt” – Update

The complaint alleges that Tegna was "appearing to demand" Dish pay for all subscribers in a local market, even those who do not purchase local programming.
I may like them better and not come back." Another thing the broadcaster's social media accounts revealed was customer dissatisfaction. You are forcing me to other news and programs. A Facebook user named Andrea Moran wrote the following in the comments of an unrelated post: "Stop holding consumers hostage while your company and Dish hash out a deal!
The blackout lasted three days before a deal was reached.” /> In 2015, Tegna pulled its stations from Dish in 38 markets over a similar dispute.
While Dish is one of our smaller distributors, we regret any inconvenience for any of our customers, and hope that Dish will come back to the table to get a deal done to return our valuable programming to their system. Dish has refused to reach a fair, market-based agreement with us based on the competitive terms we’ve used to reach deals with numerous other providers that reflect the current market.
Among those bidders were said to be Byron Allen’s group, along with Apollo Global Management and Standard General with an $8 billion offer. Allen made an $8.5 billion bid for the broadcaster in 2020.
Tegna fired back at midday by calling the FCC complaint "utterly baseless and without merit." It called out Direct TV for "transparent PR stunts."
removed its local stations from nearly 3 million Dish TV customers in 53 markets across the country, the satellite provider announced. Dish maintained that "The programmer is using customers as negotiation leverage, demanding a massive fee increase to nearly a billion dollars and holding viewers hostage during football season." PREVIOUSLY on October 7: On Wednesday, Tegna Inc.
"Tegna is looking to sell its stations to the highest bidder," he said. Neylon contended that the fee increase is part of the local broadcaster's plan to appeal to suitors.
UPDATED: After a period of relative quiet in — and no resolution to — the dispute between Dish TV and local broadcaster Tegna, the satellite provider filed a "bad faith" complaint against Tegna today with the Federal Communications Commission.
The current dustup follows an apology from Tegna CEO Dave Lougee earlier this year over his racially insensitive actions toward a former Federal Communications Commission official.
In response, Tegna issued the following statement to Deadline on Thursday:
The local programer's statement continued, "The real issue at hand is the need for Dish to stop short-changing their customers by serially dropping valued stations and instead reach fair, market-based deals with programmers like Tegna.
The company did announce on September 21 that it "recently received acquisition proposals," promising that "the Board will carefully review and evaluate these proposals."
"The unfortunate reality is that Dish dropped more than 230 channels last year alone and is now repeating that pattern by refusing to reach an agreement with Tegna, depriving its customers nationwide of some of the most valued programming on TV."
"Tegna's demands were both unreasonable and inconsistent. This behavior negatively impacts Dish subscribers, and we expect Tegna's bad behavior to only get worse as the programmer looks to sell its stations to the highest bidder. "Tegna turned its back on its public interest obligation and failed to engage in good faith retransmission consent negotiations with Dish," said Andy LeCuyer, Dish SVP of Programming. As a result, we have filed a formal complaint with the FCC to address Tegna's blatant disregard of the Commission's rules."
He said the broadcaster is "demanding we pay for 100% of our subscribers in their markets, regardless of whether these subscribers receive or want Tegna’s programming." Brian Neylon, group president of Dish TV, said his company made "a fair offer" to Tegna which, according to its web site owns 64 news brands in 51 markets.

Sony Pictures Sells Game Show Network’s Mobile Gaming Subsidiary To Scopely For $1B

Game Show Network was founded nearly three decades ago as a cable network that became known for airing "shiny floor" game shows. It was a joint venture until Sony bought out AT&T's then-subsidiary DirecTV to become sole owner. The company branched into online gaming in 2007.” />
Sony Pictures Entertainment has sold GSN Games, a division of its Game Show Network subsidiary, to mobile gaming specialist Scopely for $1 billion.
The roster of GSN Games free-to-play mobile and online titles includes Solitaire TriPeaks and Bingo Bash.
The deal, subject to the customary review by regulators, will give Sony Pictures a minority stake in Scopely. The privately held firm, which launched in 2011, has gaming franchises like Star Trek Fleet Command, Marvel Strike Force, Scrabble Go, WWE Champions and Yahtzee with Buddies. Half of the purchase price will be paid in cash and the other half in preferred equity.
Ravi Ahuja, chairman of global television studios and corporate development for SPE, said he expects the entity to reach "new heights" as a result of the transaction. "In meeting the Scopely team, we knew we found the right organization to support and accelerate the business,” he added.
"We hope to take what is already a strong business and accelerate it through our publishing and technology infrastructure, unlocking even more value. “The GSN Games organization is an exceptional team, and we are excited to see what more we can accomplish together," he said. Scopely Chief Revenue Officer Tim O’Brien called GSN Games "incredibly durable and consistently profitable" in a press release. Through this acquisition, we will continue to cultivate a loyal player base as part of our mission to inspire play."
The 400 global employees of GSN Games will continue to be led by GSN CEO Mark Feldman, per the official announcement.

Mel Brooks Variety Series ‘History Of The World, Part II’ Set At Hulu

Variety reported new of the series order first today.” />
Searchlight Television and 20th Television are the studios. Part II will also be executive produced by Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter.
The 1981 Mel Brooks film History of the World, Part I was never meant to have a sequel, but Deadline has confirmed Brooks' high jinks across history will continue as part of an eight-episode variety series at Hulu. The writers room for History of the World, Part II will begin this month, and production will commence in spring 2022.
“I can’t wait to once more tell the real truth about all the phony baloney stories the world has been conned into believing are History!" Brooks, who will write and executive produce, said in a statement.
It starred Brooks, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Gregory Hines, Cloris Leachman, Mary-Margaret Humes and Sid Ceasar. The big-screen original parodies various moments in history from the Roman Empire and Stone Age to the Old Testament and the French Revolution, among other periods.

Dawn Hudson To Exit Motion Picture Academy CEO Post At End Of Current Term

The 94th annual Academy Awards are set for March 27, 2022, back at the Dolby. That show, though certainly crushed by circumstances not entirely in the control of AMPAS, still was poorly received by critics and largely ignored by the public, down some 56% from the previous all-time low of 23 million viewers in February 2020, just before the Covid lockdowns began the next month.
The number of women in the group has doubled and number of people of color tripled since 2015, when the Academy's A2020 initiative began. The Aperture2025 program is continuing the efforts to diversify, and beginning in 2024 will require all Best Picture contenders to show proof of certain standards of hiring on their film in order to qualify for a Best Picture nomination. Membership has blown up to over 10,000, from under 6000 when Hudson joined. That it exists at all certainly is a major achievement during Hudson's tenure, as are the growth and diversity initiatives undertaken after the #OscarsSoWhite controversies of 2014 and 2015. Most notably, the long-delayed Academy Museum of Motion Pictures finally opened its doors last month after a sometimes rocky history including personnel turnover at the top, a long and winding funding campaign, and pandemic postponements among other things. Change always is, and there has probably been more significant change during her tenure than at any time in the organization's history. Her run at the Academy has been certainly momentous, if turbulent at times. That process has already begun.
Hudson's selection was noted by Deadline at the time as a bit of a "shocker" since it was expected that retiring CEO Bruce Davis, who served in the job for three decades, would be handing off to his lieutenant Ric Robertson. Hudson came from the helm of Film Independent, which she shepherded from relative obscurity to a top-rank organization responsible for the Independent Spirit Awards and the now-defunct Los Angeles Film Festival, along with many initiatives she fostered in her two-decade tenure at the top there. But then-president Sherak said in announcing the hire of Hudson that these were new times for the Academy, and a shake-up was in order to get fresh ideas and a new direction.
The Board of Governors and I are mutually committed to a seamless transition to new leadership. I’m excited for what the future holds, for both the Academy and for me.” “We’ve achieved so much together that’s been most important to me — our ongoing commitment to representation and inclusion; adapting the Academy into a digitally sophisticated global institution; and creating the world’s premier movie museum that will be the destination of film fans for decades. "After more than ten years and the incredibly successful opening of our new museum, I’ve decided, when this term concludes, it will be time for me to explore other opportunities and adventures as this can hardly be topped,” said Hudson.
With the impressive museum now open for business and drawing strong reviews from many, new Oscar producer Will Packer at work on a show that hopefully will bring viewers back, and the diversification of the Academy still on course, Hudson, who is still firmly in charge, will be leaving behind quite a legacy and full plate for whomever is chosen to succeed her. As Deadline's Michael Cieply recently reported, based on public records for non-profits, Hudson earned a base salary of $675,050 plus ancillary compensation of a reported $269,704 for a 2020 fiscal-year take of $944,754, up nearly 27% from the previous year. Hudson says she will play a vital role in that process going forward.” />
There has been great concern about the ratings drop in recent years, most notably down to 10 million viewers for the 93rd Academy Awards, which was deeply affected by the pandemic in terms of a lack of high-profile movies and a broadcast moved to L.A.'s Union Station and stripped down to bare essentials in terms of the usual splashy show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Of course, the Oscar show itself is the most visible part of the Academy, and its contract with ABC is the major part of the organization's annual income.
In her role, she oversees the Academy’s 450-person staff in Los Angeles, New York and London; operations and outreach, including awards, membership, marketing, communications, finance and technology; the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and the Academy Foundation. Under Hudson, the institution also has achieved advances in technology and the modernization of its infrastructure, which have enabled greater global outreach, member communications and events, online voting and streaming on the Academy Screening Room, as well as a significantly expanded social media presence. The foundation includes educational initiatives, fellowships and grants, the Margaret Herrick Library and the Academy Film Archive.
Hudson, who joined AMPAS in the CEO position in June 2011, will have been at the helm of the organization for more than a decade, working with past AMPAS presidents Tom Sherak, Hawk Koch, Cheryl Boone Issacs, John Bailey and now Rubin, whose three year term will end in summer 2022 meaning there will be new leadership coming for the two most important and visible positions within the Academy.
Under Hudson's tenure the Academy has also continued or created numerous programs encouraging the industry to look outside its gates for new blood including the Academy Gold program which sponsors numerous internships, as well as another program designed to bring underrepresented groups into Academy activities. The speed of growth under Hudson has definitely accelerated since the Los Angeles Times printed its infamous story near the start of her term revealing numbers showing AMPAS to be largely dominated by older white males.
A search for a new CEO will be starting shortly.
EXCLUSIVE: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson said Monday that her current term will be her last. She signed a new deal in March of 2020 for what was expected to be three years through May of 2023, but a statement to be released later today does not specify an actual date of her departure, saying simply "when this term concludes." Sources added nothing further on the exact timing of her exit.
“Dawn has been, and continues to be, a groundbreaking leader for the Academy. I know the Board of Governors joins me in looking forward to our collaboration with Dawn in the many months ahead, as we map out a plan for succession,” said Academy president David Rubin. Advancements in the diversity and gender parity of our membership, our increased international presence, and the successful opening of a world-class Academy Museum — a project she revived, guided and championed — are already part of her legacy.

Donald Trump’s Website Disrupted By Hacking Incident

Twitter experienced a large-scale hacking incident in 2020 in which the accounts of Biden, Barack Obama and Bill Gates, among others, were taken over with a message urging users to send bitcoin to a certain address, a scheme that netted more than $100,000. A 17-year-old hacker pleaded guilty earlier this year for his role in the incident and was sentenced to three years in juvenile prison.” /> This is only the latest hacking incident aimed at political figures.
The same hacker took responsibility for defacing Joe Biden's website in November, after the presidential election.
Former President Donald Trump's website was the victim of a hacking incident, as a portion of the site was replaced by a message in Turkish.
A spokesperson for the former president did not immediately return a request for comment. Parts of the website were back to normal on Monday afternoon, along with that of Trump's Save America PAC.
They really went astray." It also included a link to a speech from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to The New York Daily News, the hacker told readers to "not forget Allah" and wrote a message that read, “Do not be like those who forgot Allah, as Allah made them forget themselves.

‘The Harder They Fall’ Cast To Receive Ensemble Tribute At Gotham Awards

He then rounds up his gang to exact revenge against the man who long ago killed his parents. In the film directed by Jeymes Samuel (They Die by Dawn), Majors' outlaw Nat Love learns that his enemy Rufus Buck (Elba) is being released from prison.
Samuel penned the script for The Harder They Fall with Boaz Yakin, and produced alongside Shawn Carter (aka Jay-Z), Lawrence Bender and James Lassiter, with G. Mac Brown serving as executive producer. The feature premiered at the London Film Festival and is scheduled for release in select theaters October 22, before hitting Netflix globally November 3.
At the Gotham Awards, which serve as the first major awards ceremony of the fall, Spencer's Kristen Stewart will receive the Performer Tribute, with Magnolia Pictures’ Eamonn Bowles accepting the Industry Tribute, as previously announced. Nominations for this year’s ceremony will be unveiled Thursday.” />
The stars of Netflix Western The Harder They Fall will receive the Ensemble Tribute at the 2021 Gotham Awards, the Gotham Film & Media Institute said Monday.
“Director Jeymes Samuel’s debut film is fully realized with this extraordinary company of actors who perfectly marry the key hallmarks of the ensemble film – collaboration, community, and interconnectivity – resulting in one of the most entertaining movies of the year," Gotham Film & Media Institute's executive director Jeffrey Sharp said. "We are so proud to recognize The Harder They Fall with this year's Gotham Ensemble Tribute.”
Those being honored at the in-person ceremony November 29 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City include Jonathan Majors, Zazie Beetz, Delroy Lindo, LaKeith Stanfield, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, R.J. Cyler, Damon Wayans Jr., Deon Cole, Regina King and Idris Elba.

‘Succession’ Scores Over 1.4 Million Viewers In Season 3 Debut, HBO Says Dramedy Marks Biggest Premiere Since HBO Max Launch

Additional cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Sanaa Lathan, Linda Emond, Jihae, Adrien Brody, Hope Davis and Dasha Nekrasova. The Season 3 cast also includes Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Friedman, Dagmara Dominczyk, Justine Lupe, David Rasche, Fisher Stevens, Hiam Abbass, Arian Moayed, Harriet Walter, James Cromwell, Natalie Gold, Juliana Canfield, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Zoë Winters and Jeannie Berlin returning.
HBO Max also shared that Succession had the biggest digital premiere for an HBO series since the sophomore season of Big Little Lies. Digital viewing was up 2145 from the Season 2 premiere. The dramedy, which stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook and Kieran Culkin, returned with a 13% increase in viewership from the Season 2 premiere.
Tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war, with the Roy family navigating the looming question of who will take over in a post-Logan world. The scavenge for familial, political and financial alliances as Waystar Royco finds itself embroiled in controversy as sexual assault allegations rise against its leadership. Smith-Cameron) scramble for their next steps after Kendall's (Strong) bombshell confession from Season 2. The Season 3 opener saw Logan, Shiv (Snook), Roman (Culkin), Gerri (J.
Additional executive producers include Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown and Will Ferrell.” /> Succession comes from creator/showrunner/executive producer Jesse Armstrong.
Logan, Kendall and the rest of the dysfunctional Roy family returned to HBO for Season 3 setting a milestone for HBO. Drawing more than 1.4 million viewers across all platforms, Succession marked the best premiere night performance of any HBO original series since HBO Max launched in May 2020, per HBO.

‘Three Women’: Blair Underwood & Lola Kirke Join Showtime Drama Series

Emmy winner Blair Underwood (In Treatment) is set as a lead opposite Shailene Woodley, DaWanda Wise and Betty Gilpin in the upcoming Showtime drama series Three Women. Additionally, Mozart In The Jungle alumna Lola Kirke has been tapped for a recurring role in the hourlong series based on the nonfiction bestseller by Lisa Taddeo, who has adapted her book.
Maggie, a student in North Dakota, weathers an intense storm after accusing her married English teacher of an inappropriate relationship. Lastly, Gia (Woodley), a writer grieving the loss of her family, persuades each of these three spectacular “ordinary” women to tell her their stories, and her relationships with them change the course of her life forever. Gilpin stars as Lina, a homemaker in Indiana who, after a decade in a passionless marriage, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane (Wise), a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, has a committed open marriage with Richard, until two sexy new strangers threaten their aspirational love story. In Three Women, a group of women are on a crash course to radically overturn their lives.
Underwood will play Richard, a popular island chef who is blindsided when his wife Sloane (Wise) begins a hidden sexual relationship with another man.
Law, where he’s set to executive produce and reprise his original starring role. Underwood will next be seen in the psychological thriller film Viral, where he also serves as director and producer, the upcoming TV series Love Life and the recently announced pilot for L.A. Underwood is repped by ICM, Thruline and Felker Toczek Suddelson Abramson.
Kirke will portray Jenny, a sparkling, free spirit – and possibly the only woman Sloane (Wise) has ever gotten close to.
Louise Friedberg has signed on to direct the first two episodes, which she will also executive produce. Three Women is executive produced by Taddeo, showrunner Laura Eason, Kathy Ciric and Emmy Rossum.
She is repped by One Entertainment, ICM Partners, Sloane, Offer and Weber & Dern.” /> In addition to her lead role on Mozart in the Jungle, her additional notable credits include roles in The Premise, Lost Girls and American Woman. Kirke will be seen next in the upcoming untitled limited series about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers.

Sylvester Stallone Announces Exit From ‘Expendables’ Franchise As He Wraps Production On Fourth Installment

Stallone closed out his message by saying that he's "getting ready to accept the next challenge," and while he's currently attached to Rowan Athale's sci-fi pic Little America, and Julius Avery's action drama Samaritan, it wasn't clear which specific challenge he was referring to.
Stallone called the decision to exit the series he helped launch "bittersweet," though he said that he is "ready to pass the baton on" to co-star Jason Statham, "and his capable hands."
Stallone directed the first Expendables film and has a writing credit on the first three in the franchise, which has grossed more than $800,000,000 worldwide to date.
Sylvester Stallone has confirmed that he Is "moving on" from The Expendables, after 12 years with the Lionsgate action film franchise.
Statham portrays Ross's second-in-command Lee Christmas, and will presumably lead future installments. In The Expendables 4, Stallone reprises his role as Barney Ross, the leader of the group of elite mercenaries that gives the franchise its name—traveling the world to carry out missions of all kinds, ranging from assassination to rescue. Scott Waugh is directing the fourth installment, which will see the return of Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture, along with the addition of new characters played by Megan Fox, Andy Garcia, 50 Cent and others.
He made the announcement on Friday in a video published to Instagram, which saw him walking around the set of The Expendables 4, on his final day of shooting.
"The greatest thing is being able to provide films [and] entertainment [where] maybe there’s a little message in there, because what I try to convey in my successful films is the human touch," he said. But it's just relating to the audience in a way that they can identify with whatever the mission is, with the characters at hand." The three-time Oscar nominee later reflected on the "heart, energy and humor" he's looked to bring all of his projects, including those in the Expendables franchise. "Not so much the action; the action is self-evident.
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Check out the actor's Instagram post below.

‘La Brea’: Disaster Drama Debut Doubles Total Viewers & Triples Demo; Becomes Top NBC Premiere On Peacock

“The only thing worse than a network not liking you show is that they love it so much that there’s that pressure. We have no control with the ratings. NBC and Universal have been so supportive because La Brea has the potential to draw in audiences, and if they turn-up, the pressure is on us to keep bringing them back,” he said.” />
The show, which was originally pitched as Lost-meets-Land of the Lost, comes from Keshet Studios in association with Universal Television.
The company said that it had the best growth from live viewing to L+7 in the demo of any new show this season and its 1.07 rating in the 18-49 demo for L+7 over its first two episodes is beating CBS’ FBI: International, which is in second place with a 0.87. The premiere has more than tripled in the 18-49 demo from 0.77 to 2.72, growth of more than 250%, and it is the number one new show of the season in this demo across overnights, L+3 and L+7.
The series is centered around a mother and son separated from father and daughter after a massive sinkhole mysteriously opens up in LA, and in addition to Zea stars Jack Martin, Eoin Macken and Chiké Okonkwo.
The premiere episode of the series, which and stars Natalie Zea, has more than doubled in total viewers since its September 28 launch from 6.4M, per Nielsen overnights, to 15.6M. This figure includes live and delayed linear viewing as well as digital viewers on Peacock.
It has also had coverage on sister network Syfy. NBCUniversal has given it a huge marketing push that began with promos during the Summer Olympics and continued across the premieres of The Voice and Chicago franchises as well as during Sunday Night Football, including during Tom Brady’s return to New England, which was watched by 26M viewers.
NBC disaster drama series La Brea has avoided a linear ratings sinkhole and instead taken off on streamer Peacock and in the younger demo.
While NBCUniversal is evidently happy with its total performance, both on linear and digital – it is the number three new show of the season in total L+3 viewers after NCIS: Hawai'i and FBI International – it is particularly pleased with its performance among younger viewers.
The show, from David Appelbaum, has become the best launch of any new NBC show on the network's sister streamer, although the company didn’t break out the standalone digital figures.
Keshet Studios’ President Peter Traugott told Deadline that he was pleased with the amount of marketing support for the show, which took a long time to make it to air as a result of the pandemic – it was in the middle of producing its pilot when Covid hit and was picked up straight-to-series in January 2021.

‘SNL’: Daniel Craig Crashes Rami Malek & Kenan Thompson’s Audition For Prince Biopic

It's about racism right? "Is it too late to audition for the prince?" an exasperated Craig asks the panel. Can I at least have a try?" I'm here, I'm ready. "It's a horror movie.
"I'm sorry I don't think I could cast a white guy to place Prince," Redd tells Malek, just before he says it's more fitting to cast Thompson who's racially more fitting for the role.
The sketch ends with Thompson, Malek and Craig all perform the musical snippet together. You can watch it above.
Thompson hands the action star his own guitar and Craig takes on the odd prompts – such as Prince kicking a dog, then missing the dog and getting bit by the canine.
Chris Redd took on the Get Out director alongside casting directors played by Punkie Johnson and Ego Nwodim. After rounds of auditions, the two actors standing were Keenan Thompson and Rami Malek who, donning their best Prince garb, participated in a "Prince-off." In the competition, they each performed the iconic guitar lick from Prince's "Kiss" with different prompts.
Just before they make a decision, No Time To Die star Daniel Craig crashes the scene, dressed as a medieval prince – not the Prince.
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Despite their pretty equal performances, Redd's Jordan Peele and casting directors couldn't make a call.
Later in the evening, Craig also appeared for another segment alongside Cecily Strong, Aristotle Athari and Malek.(You can watch it below.)
Craig hosted the last pre-pandemic SNL on March 7, 2020. He was there to promote No Time To Die whose release had been postponed just a few days earlier in the face of the growing Covid crisis.
An audition for a fictional Jordan Peele biopic about music icon Prince saw a surprise guest on Saturday Night Live.
Young Thug served as musical guest. Malek made his SNL debut on Saturday.

‘SNL’s Weekend Update Tackles Jon Gruden Resignation, Bisexual Superman, Wildfire At Reagan’s Ranch, Timothée Chalamet Starrer ‘Wonka’ & IATSE

Che also spoke to the fact that the California ranch once owned by Ronald Reagan is being threatened by a large wildfire. "Crews are hoping to put out the blaze by pouring water onto a nearby hill," he deadpanned, "and hoping it trickles down."
The Update anchors joked that this off-the-cuff comment hasn't aged all that well. "I’m not a scientist; I went to community college." "Ok in my defense, I was just saying something crazy," admitted Redd.
We'll update this story with more video when it comes in.
Che weighed in on the streaming wars, noting claims by experts that Disney+ "will surpass" Netflix by 2026 to become the top streaming platform in the world. "'Not so fast,' said Pornhub," he joked.
The night's final panelists were hypnotist Linus Minus (Mikey Day), whose show has been "the talk of Broadway's reopening," and his easily hypnotized volunteer, Roy (Kenan Thompson).
"I just came here to make a statement on our impending factory strike," Yang said, "but now I guess I’ve got to call my parents." (The cast member was clearly referencing the IATSE strike averted earlier tonight in his first line, closing out his appearance at the desk by exclaiming, "I'm in IATSE!")
Jost noted that Raiders head coach Gruden resigned "after the discovery of homophobic, misogynistic and racist emails he sent," acknowledging that "clearly, the emails are indefensible.
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Jost and Che were subsequently joined by Chris Redd, who had planned a segment on “very important unimportant news." It turned out, in the end, that he was there to address the comment he made the last time he was on Update, in February of 2020—that being that "Black people can't get the coronavirus."
"The subject line says 'LISTEN UP HONKY' and then the body of the email just says 'I wish they got you instead of Harambe.'" "But does anyone want to be judged by their old emails? I mean, if you could see half of the emails [Michael] Che sends me…Actually, I’ll show you one," he continued.
Jost later addressed DC Comics' recent announcement that the new Superman will be bisexual. "They also announced," he joked, "that The Riddler has always been down for whatever."
Jost pointed out that "many on social media [are] calling him a 'Twink Willy Wonka,'" then introducing "A Proud Gay Oompa Loompa" (played by Bowen Yang) to comment on the matter, only to be told he'd just outed the Oompa Loompa on live television.



On this week's edition of Saturday Night Live, Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che covered a wide array of topics, ranging from the Jon Gruden scandal to the announcement of a bisexual Superman and beyond.
Later on Weekend Update, conversation turned to a viral first-look photo of Timothée Chalamet as Willy Wonka in the upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel, Wonka.

Rami Malek & Pete Davidson Impersonate Each Other On ‘Saturday Night Live’

"It's like the soul of a Victorian child is trapped in his eyes," Malek's Davidson says about Davidson's Malek at one point.
Watch above the sketch, which also includes a spot-on Melissa Villaseñor impersonation of Kristen Wiig, Chloe Fineman as Jennifer Coolidge, Mikey Day as John Oliver, Bowen Yang as George Takei (referencing Takei's latest verbal squabble with William Shatner), Chris Redd as Lil’ Wayne and James Austin Johnson as Adam Driver.
Rami Malek and Pete Davidson, who has portrayed him on the NBC program, took that a step further by swapping personalities during Malek's SNL hosting stint. Previous pairings have included Mick Jagger and Jimmy Fallon, Hillary Clinton and both Amy Poehler and Kate McKinnon, Sarah Palin and Tina Fey as well as Donald Trump and Darrell Hammond. It's a longstanding Saturday Night Live tradition for celebrity guests to appear alongside the cast member that impersonates them on the show.
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In addition to Celeb School Game Show, Malek and Davidson also partnered together in SNL's Squid Game spoof.
In a skit titled Celeb School Game Show, Malek plays Davidson and Davidson takes on Malek.

‘SNL’ Painfully Examines A ‘Brutal Marriage Movie’ In A Cut For Time Sketch

Those are just some of the clichés hashed and rehashed in the latest Saturday Night Live sketch that made it as far as dress rehearsal before being eliminated from the broadcast.
In this cringey Cut for Time sketch, a trailer advertises a movie about a married couple (played note-perfect by Rami Malek and Heidi Gardner) and their scene-chewing unfortunate struggles that show how bad it is to share your life with someone else.
The wife won't accept a husband's excuse of a heart attack for missing a kid's tumbling recital. And there's a close-up of intimacy that only shows the faces. The director is going through a divorce.
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Art Directors Guild On Deal That Averted Strike: “The Strongest Contract We Have Achieved In Our History”

“In New Media, the agreement will lead to a dramatic rate increase for almost all SVOD productions as it shifts away from MOW (Movie of the Week) rates in the coming year. Our benefits have been protected with nearly $400 million dollars in new funding. And our lowest paid coworkers will finally receive a living wage. When it is time to eat, it will be much more difficult for meals to be skipped as the penalties for late meals were increased dramatically.
The world heard you and most importantly, the employers heard you. “Throughout this process,” they said, “you stood together, both within the Guild and all over the IATSE. The #IAsolidarity campaign drew public attention to our issues. We saw support from near and far, from actors and politicians to farm workers in the fields.
Together we rise.”” /> “It has been our incredible honor to be there with you for this fight, representing you at the table and making sure your voice was heard. There is still much work to do and other battles to be fought and we will need you there with us to achieve victory. We hope this is just the beginning and you will all stay engaged. We are excited by the resulting agreement and the promise that it holds for the future, but more than that we are so overjoyed by what we have all done together and how our Union has grown.
“Hands down this is the strongest contract we have achieved in our history,” they said, and gave credit to the solidarity of IATSE’s members for making it possible. Leaders of the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800, are praising the deal reached Saturday with the AMPTP that averted the union’s first-ever nationwide strike.
Of that you should all be proud. Your actions have emboldened workers in other industries who have found the courage to stand up and fight back. “Our campaign became the focal point of a month of Labor actions across the country. In a time that will go down in Labor history as Striketober, you and your IATSE kin shined.
In your collective preparations for a strike over the past few days, you amplified that message, putting employers into a state of uncertainty as they rapidly were forced to face the reality that a strike indeed would happen if an agreement was not reached.” "By arming our chief negotiator, International President (Matthew) Loeb, with the ultimate weapon workers have, the ability to withhold their services, you sent a message that shifted the dynamic of these negotiations.
“Full details of the agreement will be coming in the days ahead. Documents are already being prepared and arrangements made for this. The next step in the process will be a ratification vote. Keep an eye out for an announcement in the weeks ahead and let’s see if we can turn out as many people to vote in that process as voted on the authorization ballot.
Several senior members of the bargaining committee have been fighting for improved turnaround and weekend rest for nearly three decades. It was not achievable until now and the improvements in those areas will provide some welcome relief to crew members across the country. “In reaching the agreement that will be presented for ratification, with unanimous support of the 13 Hollywood Locals, the employers moved on issues some thought would never be addressed.
"When talks broke down in September, you did something IATSE members have never done before, and your actions shocked the world. “This has been a long-fought effort in which the parties first met in May when we put forth significant proposals meant to address working conditions and quality of life issues,” Local 800 president Nelson Coates, national executive Chuck Parker, and assistant national executive director dooner said in an email to their members. There is no way to over-emphasize the importance of the power generated when nearly every single one of you cast a ballot and the IATSE membership delivered 98.6% of the votes in favor of a strike authorization.
Martin Luther King, Jr. “In short, our priorities have been addressed. Hands down this is the strongest contract we have achieved in our history. New provisions related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will go a long way to honor his work, creating a workforce that is reflective of the world around it. We even made gains in areas that received little attention in the strike conversations. For our on-call members an increase from 60 to 70 benefit hours per week by the third year will make it easier to qualify for health and pension benefits. Our agreement will finally acknowledge the legacy of Dr Rev. with the inclusion of the federal holiday among our contractual ones.

Bill Clinton Leaves Hospital, Escorted By Hillary Clinton, And Gives ‘Thumbs-Up” On How He’s Feeling

"We hope to have him home soon," they said.
"President Clinton was discharged from UC Irvine Medical Center today. His fever and white blood cell count are normalized, and he will return home to New York to finish his course of antibiotics," Amin wrote. "On behalf of everyone at UC Irvine Medical Center, we were honored to have treated him and will continue to monitor his progress."
On Friday, his spokesman told media outlets that the former president was "up and about."
On CNN, Dr. His wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also is in Southern California. She has been promoting her new novel, State of Terror, with Louise Penny. Sanjay Gupta said that he talked with Clinton's doctors and that he was still in the ICU, but primarily for privacy reasons.
Clinton left the facility arm-in-arm with his wife and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, greeting hospital staff as he exited and giving a thumbs-up when asked how he was feeling.
UPDATED throughout with latest: Former President Bill Clinton has been admitted to UCI Medical Center in Orange to receive treatment for a non-Covid related infection, his spokesman said on Thursday.
President Biden wishes President Clinton a speedy recovery." "President Biden and President Clinton look forward to seeing each other again soon. "President Biden spoke by phone with President Clinton this afternoon," White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. The 42nd president also received well-wishes from the 46th president today.
UPDATE, SUNDAY MORNING: Former President Bill Clinton has been released from the hospital.
Amin, Clinton's main treatment doctor, released a statement following Clinton's release. University of California Irvine Health Department of Medicine Executive Director Dr. Alpesh N.
He had been in California for an event related to the Clinton Foundation, the network reported. "He is on the mend, in good spirits, and is incredibly thankful to the doctors, nurses and staff providing him with excellent care," he said. CNN reported that Clinton had a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, a condition known as sepsis. Spokesman Angel Urena shad aid that Clinton was admitted on Tuesday evening.
Clinton, 75, underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004. He had two coronary stents implanted in 2010 after complaining of chest pains. He's also been public about going on a strict, largely plant based diet.
"He remains at the hospital for continuous monitoring," they said, adding that after two days his white blood cell count was trending down "and he is responding to antibiotics well."
Lisa Bardack, released a statement in which they said that Clinton was diagnosed with the infection when taken to UCI Medical Center, and was admitted for close monitoring. He also was given antibiotics and fluids. Alpesh Amin and Dr. His physicians, Dr.
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They said that the California medical team was in "constant communication" with his New York-based medical team, including his cardiologist.
David Agus, a professor of medicine at USC Keck School of Medicine and a CBS News medical contributor, told CBS News Friday morning he had spoken to Clinton's doctors, who said the former president had been experiencing nausea and vomiting. Dr.
Agus said doctors told him Clinton was doing "dramatically better," and could potentially be released from the hospital over the weekend.

‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ Gobbles $62M+ In Wider Offshore Debut, Lashes $284M Global; ‘No Time To Die’ Nears $450M WW – International Box Office

Markets including Australia and China are still to come. Daniel Craig’s final turn as the super agent is currently running 13% behind Spectre and 6% behind Skyfall.
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Notably, Korea, which has been in the doldrums of late, let Carnage reign as the second best bow for a Hollywood title in the pandemic era with $9.5M. Venom 2’s debut is astounding, and set pandemic-era opening records in Spain ($3.9M) and Italy ($3.7M).
The international running cume is currently $129.3M. Warner Bros/Legendary's Dune, which extends its rollout next week added $8.5M this weekend on 5,240 screens in 36 markets.
While dates were switched up, the current pillow between Bond and Dune has done Venom well. Refresh for latest…: Sony’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage chomped on a big chunk of the international box office this weekend as it swallowed a $62.3M mouthful from 44 overseas markets. This follows from the symbiote’s record-breaking Russia and Latin America starts over the past few weeks. The Tom Hardy-starrer has now cumed $115.6M overseas and $283.7M global.
1 spot in 39 markets and is outpacing No Time To Die by 34%, Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings by 102%, Black Widow by 76%, and F9 by 17% at the same point in release in like-for-like markets. With 41% of its offshore footprint released, the film captured the No.
Meanwhile, and not to be outdone in its third weekend at the international box office, MGM/Eon/Universal’s No Time To Die has bonded with $348.3M overseas and $447.5M global. 2 Hollywood movie of 2021, behind Universal’s own F9. The latter figure puts the Cary Joji Fukunaga-directed 007 installment within reach of Godzilla Vs Kong to soon become the No.

BFI London Film Festival 2021 Names ‘Hit The Road’ As Best Film

The films in the competition explore a fascinating breadth of themes, from cave mapping in the Calabrian mountains to the military dictatorship in 1980s Buenos Aires, playground politics through the eyes of a young Belgian girl, and the seemingly simple but ultimately radical life of Luna, a dairy cow.
Becoming Cousteau – Liz Garbus, Documentary Competition (Grierson Award)
Hit the Road – Panah Panahi, Official Competition (Best Film Award)
This year’s jury presidents are: Malgorzata Szumowska (Official Competition), Isabel Sandoval (First Feature Competition), Kim Longinotto (Documentary Competition), Felix Barrett (Immersive and XR Competition) and Rose Glass (Short Film Competition).
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The BFI London Film Festival 2021 has named Panah Panahi’s Hit The Road as its best film of the competition.
Only Expansion – Duncan Speakman, Immersive Art and XR Competition
Love, Dad – Diana Cam Van Nguyen, Short Film Competition (Short Film Award)
The IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in association with the BFI returned for its sixth year, with lead judges Phoebe Waller-Bridge and BFI Chief Exec Ben Roberts awarding Harry Wootliff the £50,000 bursary. The bursary is the most significant of its kind in the UK film industry and is establishing itself as an indicator of future filmmaking talent with previous winners including Rose Glass and Daniel Kokotajlo.
In the front, mother (Pantea Panahiha) fusses over her other son in the driver’s seat (Amin Simiar), whose sullen face stays fixed on the deserted horizon. Add in a soundtrack of 1970s Iranian pop as the cherry on the cake. Panahi's debut film covers the drama in the chaotic claustrophobia of a car, as an energetic child (Rayan Sarlak) clambers over his surly father (Hassan Madjooni), whose broken leg – and mood – take up considerable space. Nobody mentions where they are going, but knowledge of their unspoken destination causes concern, turning despair into affection and some very eccentric behavior.
The competition winners:
Playground – Laura Wandel, First Feature Competition (Sutherland Award)

‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Slip To Lows With Host Rami Malek

That was down last week’s show, hosted by Kim Kardashian West with musical guest Halsey (3.8, 1.6). It set a new low in metered market households. Last night's telecast, which featured surprise appearances by Malek's No Time To Die co-star Daniel Craig, matched the all-time demo low in the LPM markets posted by the last two episodes of SNL's Season 46 as well as the Season 47 premiere two weeks ago.
A return of a popular cast member as host always draws a crowd and in this case, Emmy winner Sudeikis also is the star of a hit TV series, Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso. Ratings are expected to perk up next week with host Jason Sudeikis.
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On YouTube, besides the NFL-themed Cold Open, the Squid Game parody, the Prince biopic audition, the Rami Malek-Pete Davidson impersonation swap, Weekend Update and Malek's opening monologue, getting most views as of Sunday morning is the Mattress Store skit and cut-for-time Airbnb Superhosts skit and Brutal Marriage Movie.
Last night’s telecast of Saturday Night Live with host Rami Malek and musical guest Young Thug drew a 3.4 household Live + Same Say rating in the 44 metered local markets and 1.3 in 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters.

Betty Lynn Dies: Thelma Lou, Barney Fife’s Girlfriend On ‘The Andy Griffith Show, Was 95

In 1986, she reprised the role of Thelma Lou in the reunion television movie Return to Mayberry, in which Barney and Thelma Lou finally married. Twenty years later, in 2006, she retired and moved to Mount Airy, North Carolina, which many believe was the model for the Mayberry of Andy Griffith.
Zanuck in one of several plays. Before that Lynn enjoyed a Broadway career, and was discovered by Daryl F. During the 1940s and 1950s, she appeared in many films, including Sitting Pretty (1948), June Bride (1948) the original Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) and Meet Me In Las Vegas (1956).
of an undisclosed but brief illness, according to the Andy Griffith Museum. Betty Lynn, a veteran actress who was best known as the girlfriend of bumbling sheriff's deputy Barney Fife on television classic The Andy Griffith Show, has died at age 95. She passed on Saturday in Culver City, Calif.
Lynn appeared in 26 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show over a span of five years from 1961 to 1966.
She then segued to television, appearing on the Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, The Gale Storm Show, Sugarfoot and Markham.
The scholarship helps students pursuing careers in dance or acting.” />  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Betty Lynn Scholarship Endowment are requested to be made in her honor.

You Can’t Silence This ‘Lamb’; Holdovers, Including ‘The Rescue,’ Drive Arthouse – Specialty Box Office

Holdovers outperformed newcomers this weekend, including IFC's Cannes selection Bergman Island. The Rescue expanded to 552 theaters, the widest documentary screen count since Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain, said distributor Greenwich Entertainment, anticipating it will ultimately top $1M. 8) at the North American box office, surging past $2 million. A24’s Lamb hit the top ten for the second week running (No.
Roadside Attractions opened Hard Luck Love Song to a weekend gross of $36,695 in 172 theaters for a per theater average of of $213.
Worth noting, Kino Lorber opened Maltese fishing drama Luzzu on one screen (NYC’s Quad Cinema) to an estimated weekend gross of $3,082.
Also in week 2, Mass from Bleecker Street racked up an estimated a PSA of $732 on 37 screens for a weekend tally of $27,077 (Friday-$6,127; Saturday-$14,705; Sunday-$6,245).
For the three days, Lamb grossed an estimated $534,000 in 865 theater with a per screen average of $628. The R-rated horror-folktale where a childless couple in rural Iceland make an alarming discovery in their sheep barn, has a estimated cume of $2,037,730. Weekend tally: Friday-$172,135; Sat.-$211,925; Sun.-$158,944.
(That’s a per screen average of about $480.) IFC said up next will be its Venice selection The Beta Test, the Hollywood satire from Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe on Nov. The highest profile new release, IFC Films’ Mia Hansen-Løve’s Bergman Island, grossed an estimated $55,000 in 115 theaters on the heels of its NYFF main selection screening and after its Cannes world premiere and screenings at Telluride, TIFF. 5, and Paul Verhoeven's steamy Cannes hit Benedetta, Dec. 3.
(It also has a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes, an 86 score on MetaCritic and a People’s Choice Documentary Award at TIFF. Greenwich says. It’s ranked consistently just behind the major studio releases in most complexes with top billing at pure arthouse theaters. Greenwich said the film, about the dramatic rescue of a Thai boys soccer team from a flooded cave, has a total cume of $460,087 and is projected to join Roadrunner and Searchlight Pictures' Summer of Soul as $1M+ documentaries year to date. National Geographic Film’s The Rescue by Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin (Free Solo) has a projected gross of $386,400, or a $700 PSA.
Searchlight's The French Dispatch next weekend has been one of the indie's mot anticipated to really jumpstart arthouse.” /> The specialty box office is showing inklings of a revival amid a broader recovery in the studio wide-release world where a new film catches fire just about every weekend, as per Halloween Kills.

‘The Flash’ Movie Sneak Peek Shows Batman Cameo – DC FanDome

4, 2022. Miller's motion picture Flash was introduced in Zach Snyder's Justice League. The Flash hits theaters on Nov. The pic is shooting over in London.
There was a snippet of The Flash star Ezra Miller talking from the set saying they're in production and don't have enough to show off a teaser, but he came armed with more than he promised.
For some reason Warner Bros isn't dropping any of their film footage from their upcoming movies at DC FanDome on social today, except for Black Adam.
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The clip ends with Miller pulling a sheet off of what we can assume is The Batmobile. There's than a moment when Miller approaches Batman (who we see from behind — not clear if it's Michael Keaton's version, which has been promised), and Miller's Flash says "Are you in?". In the sneak peek which opens in the fog, a taxi arrives. We're inside an empty mansion and we're given the impression that Flash can go to any timeline; it appears his past with his Mom.

‘Titans’ Renewed For Season 4 At HBO Max

Joshua Orpin with Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly, Damaris Lewis and Savannah Welch also feature.
It follows the young heroes as they come of age and find where they belong. In season three, circumstances draw them to Gotham City, where they reunite with old friends and face new threats.
The drama series, which follows a group of young superheroes, has been renewed by HBO Max. It comes ahead of its third season finale, which airs on October 21 (see clip below).
Titans is returning for a fourth season.
The news, revealed at the DC Fandome event, comes after DC sibling series Doom Patrol was also picked up for a fourth season.
Titans launched on DC Universe and moved to HBO Max for its third season, which stars Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter, Conor Leslie, Curran Walters and Joshua Orpin.
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Television. Titans is produced by Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Based on the characters from DC, the series was developed by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns & Greg Berlanti, with Goldsman, Johns, Berlanti, showrunner Greg Walker, Sarah Schechter and Richard Hatem serving as executive producers.

Gina Rodriguez To Voice Barbara Gordon In Spotify’s DC Podcast Series ‘Batman Unburied’

She said she was excited to be going on this “sonic adventure” with the “iconic” role.
Writers include Eric Carrasco (Supergirl), Saladin Ahmed (Foundation), Rebecca Klingel (The Haunting of Hill House) and Stranger Things writers’ assistant Graham Westerson.
She joins a cast that already includes Winston Duke as Bruce Wayne and Jason Isaacs as Wayne’s loyal butler and right-hand man, Alfred.
Goyer’s take on the Caped Crusader is Sam Witwer (Supergirl) as Gotham’s cannibalistic serial killer, The Harvester, Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy) as Kell, a sultry medical student helping Bruce while hiding a few secrets of her own, Jessica Marie Garcia (On My Block) as Barbara Gordon’s partner Renee Montoya – she’s smart enough to pick up Barbara’s bullshit, but begrudgingly puts up with her shady behavior and Jim Pirri (Penguins of Madasacar) as Arnold Flass, a corrupt cop who uses his badge for his own person gain. Rounding out the cast of David S.
Not only will the Super-Hero be forced to face his own mental demons, but he will also have to overcome them in order to save the citizens of Gotham as his alter-ego Batman. When audiences meet Bruce Wayne he is a forensic pathologist, working in the bowels of Gotham Hospital and tasked with examining the victims of The Harvester, a gruesome serial killer preying on Gotham’s citizens.
Alex Kemp directs with Wolf at the Door doing physical production. Batman Unburied is exec produced by Goyer, Keith Levine and Gracie Wheelan for Phantom Four, Liz Gateley and Elena Blekhter for Spotify, and Peter Girardi and Shaleen Desai for Blue Ribbon Content.
Jane the Virgin and Diary of a Future President star Gina Rodriguez will join the cast to voice Barbara Gordon.
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The series, which marks one of the highest profile scripted podcasts to date, is a psychological thriller that takes listeners deep into the mind of Bruce Wayne introducing a slew of dark twists and turns with a number of classic Batman Super-Villains.
Spotify has completed casting on its upcoming Batman Unburied scripted podcast series.
Hasan Minhaj stars as The Riddler, Lance Reddick is Thomas Wayne, Toks Olagundoye is Martha Wayne, John Rhys-Davies is Dr. Hunter, and Ashly Burch is Vicki Vale.
Throughout the series, Barbara will grapple with her own ethics, as she tries to keep within the lines of police work yet is finding herself drawn to Batman’s self-styled method of justice. The actor, who has featured on Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth, will play the daughter of former police commissioner Jim Gordon and star detective for Gotham PD.

Critics Choice Awards Vow To Keep January 9 Date And CW Telecast Despite Embattled Golden Globes “Hostile” Move To Exact Same Evening

If it is appropriate, I encourage you to share the gist of this message with your viewers, listeners, readers and followers, the louder the better. Our friends in the industry understand all of the above, but it would be wonderful if the greater public did, too. The purpose of this memo is to reassure every CCA member that our 27th annual Critics Choice Awards show is going to be our biggest and best yet and can only be helped by this hostile announcement from the new leadership of this other group.
Speculation has led to some sort of press conference at the Beverly Hilton ballroom, where the event is always held. It had been rumored in recent weeks that the HFPA, whose 2022 telecast was canceled by NBC and dropped by its producer, Dick Clark Productions, was going to attempt to go ahead with presenting the Golden Globes anyway in some form, even if not televised. But yesterday's announcement did not specify anything other than the fact their "presentation" would be held on January 9th, the same date CCA announced for their show back on a May 12 press release.

Under heavy pressure and a publicists boycott, and stars like Tom Cruise publicly vowing to return their Golden Globes, the HFPA has been immersed ever since in an attempt to reform the group's bylaws and diversify the membership (As the LAT investigation pointed out, there were no Black members), while also "vetting" current members as legitimate journalists covering the entertainment industry.
How all of this brewing battle will play out on January 9 is a big question. But it certainly ratchets up the drama, and will put potential nominees and winners in an awkward spot if they have dueling awards shows to deal with, along with the publicists who have vowed not to cooperate with the HFPA until their are satisfied their house is in order. As they say in the business: to be continued.
Our awards are the considered judgment of almost 500 active critics and entertainment reporters who cover film and television and collectively reach virtually every entertainment consumer in the US and Canada every day. Only now is it attempting to come clean after having been very publicly disgraced for its prejudice, its crassness, and it's highly questionable business practices. While the CCA proudly lists and displays pictures of all its members on our website, the HFPA has long hidden its tiny membership. I believe this desperate move by the HFPA to try and undercut the Critics Choice Awards and the tremendous support we are receiving from all the major studios, networks and streamers is…really good for us! For years we’ve been trying to draw the comparison between the tainted HFPA and the legitimate Critics Choice Association – which has five times as many members and no stink. So, yes, let's make those comparisons!
Here is the complete memo to members of the Critics Choice Association:
To the Membership,
 
In a letter to publicists from new President Helen Hoehne and interim CEO Todd Boehly obtained by Deadline (Boehly's company, Eldridge, includes Dick Clark Productions among its assets) that also announced their previously unstated intention to go ahead and present their awards, they simply said they are "still evaluating and determining details of the evening." In other words, stay tuned (but apparently not to NBC, if the network sticks to its guns and won't consider airing the Globes until 2023 at the earliest).
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Joey
For those who may have speculated that the Critics Choice Association will move their long-planned Critics Choice Awards 2022 date of Sunday January 9 after the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Friday their intention to present their 79th Golden Globe Awards on the same night, well, think again.
That's why we are presenting the Critics Choice Documentary Awards on November 14, and why we are hosting the Celebration of Black Cinema & Television on December 6 and the Celebration of Latino Cinema on December 9, as well as our other Critics Choice events. And please note that while that other group is entirely about their one big television show (and dispensing the riches it has generated), the CCA has long been a diverse and inclusive organization that is true to our mission all year long – to help audiences find the good stuff, and to help the people who make the good stuff find their audiences.
Onward and upward!
CEO CCA
In an email to the 500+ membership of the Critics Choice Association today, CEO Joey Berlin has reinforced the organization's intention to stick to that date, noting that except for the COVID-19 affected 2021 awards, the group has steadily been doing its nationally televised (now on The CW) show on the second Sunday of January.
The CCA CEO did not hold back, but actually emphasized he felt the "scandal-ridden Hollywood Foreign Press Association move is a plus for the Critics Choice Awards. "I believe this desperate move by the HFPA to try and undercut the Critics Choice Awards and the tremendous support we are receiving from all the major studios, networks, and streamers is…really good for us! For years, we’ve been trying to draw the comparison between the tainted HFPA and the legitimate Critics Choice Association – which has five times as many members and no stink. Our awards are the considered judgment of almost 500 active critics and entertainment reporters who cover film and television and collectively reach virtually every entertainment consumer in the US and Canada every day," he wrote.
The HFPA has, of course, been embroiled in scandal over their previous restrictive membership policies among other things, including controversial compensation for members, as detailed first in a February 21st  LA Times expose of the group's practices.
If it is appropriate, I encourage you to share the gist of this message with your viewers, listeners, readers, and followers, the louder, the better. Our friends in the industry understand all of the above, but it would be wonderful if the greater public did, too." Berlin, in his memo to members (full disclosure: I am a longtime member and have also steadily covered the Globes and the HFPA as an entertainment journalist over the decades) said: "The purpose of this memo is to reassure every CCA member that our 27th annual Critics Choice Awards show is going to be our biggest and best yet, and can only be helped by this hostile announcement from the new leadership of this other group.
We are even more sympathetic with the many members of the foreign press who have been unwelcome in the HFPA for decades, despite the fact that their collective reach is probably greater than the 80-some odd members of the HFPA who blackballed them when they sought membership. From our perspective, we do feel bad for those HFPA members who are legitimate members of the foreign press and are suffering from the fact that so many companies have chosen to stop working with them. This is why the CCA created its new International Branch, to accredit important and influential members of the foreign entertainment press who had been unable to join HFPA.
After all, CCA members are already vetted and proved to be respected working critics and journalists. In fact, in their desperate search for new legitimate members, some of you have been approached about joining them. From their perspective, that makes sense.
This comes despite the fact that we announced the date of our show back in May – and the fact that we had been presenting our awards on the second Sunday in January for several years running (not counting last year, when COVID pushed everyone back a couple of months). Perhaps you saw the Friday afternoon news dump from the scandal-ridden Hollywood Foreign Press Association announcing that it plans to present Golden Globe awards on the very day that we will be presenting the 27th annual Critics Choice Awards at the historic Fairmont Century Plaza.

‘Naomi’: Kaci Walfall Is On The Case In First Look At CW Adaptation – DC FanDome

Naomi comes from Ava DuVernay and Arrow writer and co-exec producer Jill Blankenship. Based on the eponymous comic book series that debuted in 2019, co-written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker and illustrated by breakout artist Jamal Campbell, the show follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, and what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes
 Amanda Marsalis directs the pilot. Additional cast members include Barry Watson, Mouzam Makkar, Mary-Charles Jones, Aidan Gemme, Daniel Puig and Will Meyers. The series also features series regulars Alexander Wraith, Cranston Johnson and Camila Moreno.
During Saturday's DC FanDome presentation, the network shared a teaser that sees Walfall's Naomi on the case of what seems to be a mysterious stunt involving superman.
The CW has unveiled its first look at Kaci Walfall as the titular hero of its upcoming series Naomi.
The first look also revealed that the series is set to land in 2022.
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Blankenship and DuVernay will write and exec produce. The project will be produced by DuVernay’s Array Filmworks in association with Warner Bros Television, with Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes also set as EPs.
"I need this for my site," Naomi interrupts her class before rushing out into the hallways.
But right before it's lights out for her, she sees a familiar silouhette shoot through the sky. After grabbing her bags to get to the center of action ASAP, Naomi skateboards through the hallways of her school and reaches her destination. However, potentially overwhelmed by what she sees, Naomi loses consciousness.

‘DMZ’: Ava DuVernay & Roberto Patino Tease Upcoming HBO Max Rosario Dawson Series – DC FanDome

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Delgado is known as a wildly magnetic, affable and equally influential man. He wants to rule the DMZ and will stop at nothing to secure that outcome. Bratt plays Parco Delgado, the popular — and deadly — leader of one of the most powerful gangs in the DMZ.
There's "an outsider who comes in and turns everything upside down," teases DuVernay.
"I took the creative guard rails off and reinvented her," says Patino with photos from the set and Dawson's Zee unveiled.
DMZ is written and executive produced by showrunner Patino and is directed and executive produced by DuVernay. The series is produced by Array Filmworks in association with WBTV.
EPs Ava DuVernay and Robert Patino provided a first look at their DC Rosario Dawson and Benjamin Bratt apocalyptic series DMZ today at DC FanDome.
Expounding on that character, played by Dawson, Patino said "Alma was inspired by the most fascinating character in the comics and underseved, a medic named Zee."
The four-part limited series which will debut on HBO Max takes place in the future where America is caught up in a Civil War.
"It's a story about a fractured people that are coming together. We have a civil war between the Free states of America and the United States of America. It takes place eights years into that DMZ where the rule of law is basically dictated by the most powerful person at any possible time and that can change from block to block," explains Patino.
DuVernay describing how prescient the series will be, "it's set a few moments in the future on what would be if the worst of our divisions get to us."

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe’s Widow, May Be Forced To Take Psychiatric Exam By L.A. County In Lawsuit

Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, died in a January 2020 crash with seven others. Vanessa Bryant is now suing for invasion of privacy and negligence after county employees improperly shared photos of human remains at the crash site. L.A. County is contending the crash itself is the cause.
Los Angeles County is asking Vanessa Bryant Kobe Bryant's widow and other family members to submit psychiatric exams in their legal dispute over photos of the helicopter crash scene that took her husband and daughter's lives.
In the legal documents, L.A. County said Bryant and her family are suing the county for “tens of millions of dollars based solely on their claimed 'severe emotional distress.’ ” The county contends that its employees did not publicly disseminate any accident site photos.
It stems from a legal point: Did Vanessa Bryant and the others suffer emotional distress because photos of their dead relatives were shared by county fire and sheriff's department employees after the crash? The request was made in a court filing on Friday. Or was the emotional distress only from the crash itself?
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“The County brings this motion to compel IMEs of the Plaintiffs, which are necessary to evaluate the existence, extent and nature of Plaintiffs’ alleged emotional injuries. “Despite putting their mental condition front and center in this case, Plaintiffs refuse to submit to independent medical examinations (IMEs),” the county stated. Plaintiffs cannot claim that they are suffering from ongoing depression, anxiety and severe emotional distress and then balk at having to support their claims.”