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HBO: 'Game of Thrones' won't return until 2019
HBO on Thursday confirmed speculation that its hit show Game of Thrones won't return for its final season until 2019.

"It's official: @GameOfThrones will return for its six-episode, eighth and final season in 2019," HBO wrote on its public relations Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

Crews were still filming the show's final season as of late December, Deadline reported.

HBO said in a news release Thursday that David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik will direct the new episodes, alongside writers that include Benioff, Weiss, Bryan Cogman and Dave Hill. Benioff, Weiss, Carolyn Strauss and Frank Doelger will be the show's executive producers. Bryan Cogman, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and series author George R.R. Martin will serve as co-executive producers.

Also on Thursday, Syfy confirmed it ordered another series based on a Martin-penned book, Nightflyers. Martin will not work on that project because of the exclusive nature of his HBO contract.

In an interview published by Deadline in December, Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the show, said he felt an added pressure in working on the last season.

"I think there's a certain pressure I've not felt before," Harington said. "Whereas before, every year there's always been a bit of pressure, this season is one where we could easily let people down."

But Harington qualified that statement by saying production was "going really well."

"These days are long and a grind but we've got the first section out of the way, and all is well," Harington said. "All is good."

DeWanda Wise joins cast of 'Captain Marvel'
DeWanda Wise of She's Gott Have It fame has been cast in Marvel's upcoming first female-led superhero film, Captain Marvel.

Wise joins the comic book epic in a supporting role, noted The Hollywood Reporter. Details surrounding her character remain unknown.

The actress joins a cast that includes Brie Larson in the title role, Samuel L. Jackson reprising his Marvel cinematic universe role as Nick Fury, Jude Law and Ben Mendelsohn as the film's villain.

The film, from directing duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck with a script by Nicole Perlman, takes place in the '90s before the events of Iron Man which kicked off the Marvel cinematic universe in 2008. Captain Marvel obtains her superpowers after fusing with an alien.

Marvel previously announced that Captain Marvel would be taking on powerful alien race The Skrulls who are prominent figures in the pages of Marvel comics.

Captain Marvel will be Wise's first major movie role after starring in Netflix's She's Gotta Have It which was recently renewed for a second season and Fox event series Shots Fired.

"What else can I say? We love each other."
--Sarah Paulson, on girlfriend Holland Taylor, to Town & Country

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'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek recovering from blood clot surgery
Jeopardy host Alex Trebek is on medical leave from the show as he recovers from surgery to remove blood clots on his brain.

Trebek shared a video updating fans on his health from the official Jeopardy YouTube channel Thursday, saying his "prognosis is excellent" and he is expected to make a full recovery.

"I expect to be back in the studio taping more Jeopardy programs very, very soon," he said.

Trebek, 77, was admitted to LA's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on December 15 for surgery to remove a subdural hematoma stemming from an incident in which he fell and hit his head in October.

He will resume taping Jeopardy in mid-January and the show's broadcast schedule won't be disrupted, as episodes are taped months in advance.

Taping of the show's College Championship, which was scheduled to be filmed now, was delayed and will tape in March before airing in April.

Previously Trebek sustained a mild heart attack in 2012 and underwent a full knee replacement surgery in 2015, which caused him to host the show while seated.

He recently extended his host deal through the 2019-2020 season.

New Line's Walter Hamada to head WB's DC Comics film division
Warner Bros. Pictures says it has named Walter Hamada as president of its DC Comics-based, film- production division.

Toby Emmerich, the studio's president and chief content officer, made the announcement Thursday.

Hamada, who reports to Emmerich, "will focus on Warner Bros. Pictures' slate of upcoming films based on superheroes and super-villains licensed from DC Comics, as well as titles based on other characters and stories also licensed from DC," a news release said.

Hamada most recently served as executive vice president of production at New Line Cinema, which is part of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. His credits include Friday the 13th, The Final Destination, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination 5, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, The Gallows, Lights Out and IT.

"Walter is creative, resourceful, and committed to excellence, and will bring those qualities to his oversight of our superhero films," Emmerich said in a statement. "He's a terrific production executive and served as an executive producer on two of the summer's most popular films, New Line's IT and Annabelle: Creation. I'm confident Walter and Geoff, working with our filmmaking partners, will deliver films that will resonate with both broad global audiences as well as DC fanboys and fangirls. Walter's a great addition to the Warner Bros. Pictures team, and I look forward to working with him in his new post."

Warner Bros. released the DC blockbusters Wonder Woman and Justice League in 2017.

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Mama June says her new boyfriend is a "one-of-a-kind" person.

The 38-year-old television personality, born June Shannon, opened up about her beau in an interview with Us Weekly published Wednesday.

"[He] came into our life when we actually needed someone to say, 'OK, all men aren't bad,'" Mama June said of dating after her split from longtime love Matt "Sugar Bear" Thompson.

"It's been a long time. I mean, it's been a good, probably, 15 years since I've been happy," she confessed. "It's a lot different. He's one-of-a-kind."

Mama June said mutual friends introduced her to her boyfriend, whom she said didn't know her from TV. Her beau will appear on her WE tv series, From Not to Hot, which will return for a second season Jan. 12.

"He just doesn't watch reality TV. I mean, you know, he does now watch the show, but he doesn't care two cents less about the cameras," she said. "Outside of this [show], we are a very normal, everyday crazy bunch."

Mama June shares 12-year-old daughter Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson with Thompson, and three other daughters with previous partners. Honey Boo Boo said she approves of her mom's new beau.

"I'm very proud that Mama got with him because she smiles if you say anything about him," the former Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star said. "I'm like, 'Mama has been so happy!'"

Mama June said she's considered marrying her boyfriend, although she told The Blast she is done having kids. She responded, "This baby factory is closed!" when asked if she would have another child.