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November 04, 2018

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GadgetsAny 'Game of Thrones' fans out there? Well, winter is coming...

Here's what you can expect from Season 8...Game of Thrones fans can expect the show to have a "haunting" and "bittersweet" final season.

Co-executive producer Bryan Cogman and stars Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington teased Season 8 of the HBO series in the Nov. 9 issue of Entertainment Weekly.

"It's all about all of these disparate characters coming together to face a common enemy, dealing with their own past, and defining the person they want to be in the face of certain death," Cogman told the magazine.

"It's an incredible emotional haunting bittersweet final season and I think it honors very much what [author George R.R. Martin] set out to do -- which is flipping this kind of story on its head," he added.

Game of Thrones is based on Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Clarke and Harington, who play Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow, said the cast endured a demanding 10-month shoot to film the final six episodes.

"It's relentless; scenes that would have been a one-day shoot five years ago are now a five-day shoot," Harington said. "They want to get it right, they want to shoot everything every single way so they have options."

Harington said in a previous interview with Deadline that he was feeling the weight of fan expectations. He told the publication he fears the eighth and final season will "let people down."

"I think there's a certain pressure I've not felt before," the actor shared.

"Obviously, we don't want to [let people down] so we're very much stepping up everyone'e game which is very apparent, at least to me," he said. "We're all growing a bit and I think everyone's attention is very focused on what we're doing."

Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere in 2019. HBO is developing a prequel series starring Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse that is set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.

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Chris Cornell's family sues doctor for malpractice leading to his death

Chris Cornell's family sued the late Soundgarden singer's doctor for malpractice for harming his mental health prior to his death last year.

The suit filed by his widow Vicky Cornell and their two minor children, alleges Dr. Robert Koblin "negligently and repeatedly" prescribed Cornell "dangerous mind-altering controlled substances," including Oxycodone and the the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam, also known as Ativan, People reported.

The suit states Koblin failed to warn Cornell about the possible side effects of Lorazepam and the drugs "clouded [Cornell's] judgment and caused him to engage in dangerous, impulsive behaviors that he was unable to control, which cost him his life."

According to the suit, Koblin prescribed Cornell 940 doses between September 2015 and his death in May 2017.

It adds Koblin was aware Cornell was an "addiction-prone individual," who would be more prone to symptoms of Lorazepam including risk of suicide, because he was referred to Cornell through the late singer's therapist for substance abuse.

Additionally, Koblin allegedly allowed his non-physician staff to write many of Cornell's prescriptions while unsupervised.

Cornell was found dead at the age of 52 in at MGM Grand Detroit on May 18, 2017, hours after his band Audioslave had performed in the city.

His wife suggested his death resulted from overprescribed medication and autopsy and toxicology reports released showed there were traces of seven different drugs in Cornell's system at the time of his death, including a significant dose of Lorazepam.

The medical examiner, however, said the manner of death was suicide and that "drugs did not contribute to the cause of death."

Showtime orders 'Penny Dreadful: City of Angels' series

Production is to begin next year on the horror drama, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

Set in 1930s California, the series is a follow-up to Penny Dreadful, which took place in late 19th century London.

The original show starred Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Patti LuPone, Harry Treadaway and Timothy Dalton. It ran on the cable network 2014-16 and is now streaming on Netflix.

Penny Dreadful creator, writer and executive producer John Logan is also onboard for City of Angels, which a press release said would be steeped in the Mexican-American folklore and social tension of the era.

No casting for the new show has been announced yet.

"Penny Dreadful: City of Angels will have a social consciousness and historical awareness that we chose not to explore in the Penny Dreadful London storylines," Logan said in a statement Thursday.

"We will now be grappling with specific historical and real world political, religious, social and racial issues. In 1938, Los Angeles was facing some hard questions about its future and its soul. Our characters must do the same," he added. "There are no heroes or villains in this world, only protagonists and antagonists; complicated and conflicted characters living on the fulcrum of moral choice."

Logan said two years ago that he had always imagined the first Penny Dreadful series, which wove together dark stories from Victorian literature, as a three-season saga focused on Green's character, Vanessa..

"I created Penny Dreadful to tell the story of a woman grappling with her faith, and with the demons inside her. For me, the character of Vanessa Ives is the heart of this series," Logan said as he announced the show would not return for a fourth season. "From the beginning, I imagined her story would unfold over a three-season arc, ending with Vanessa finally -- and triumphantly -- finding peace as she returns to her faith."

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Sideways and Designated Survivor actress Virginia Madsen is to star in the new live-action series, Swamp Thing.

"Virginia Madsen (@madlyv) joins #DCUSWAMPTHING as Maria Sunderland. Welcome to the #DCUNIVERSE," the DC Universe Twitter feed said Thursday.

Gotham alum Crystal Reed was cast in September as Abby Arcane in the Louisiana-set, supernatural drama.

Deadline.com said the show is slated to debut in 2019. No other casting has been announced yet.

James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman and Michael Clear -- the team behind the horror hits The Conjuring, It and Annabelle -- are adapting the comic-book property for the new DC Universe digital subscription service, which is the home of Titans. Len Wiseman -- whose credits include Sleepy Hollow and the Underworld franchise -- is directing Swamp Thing.

Tyler Perry to end Madea with 'Family Funeral'; trailer released

Tyler Perry has announced that he will be closing the book on his character Madea with the release of upcoming film A Madea Family Funeral.

"I'm happy to kill that old bitch," the filmmaker and actor said Tuesday about retiring Madea while speaking with Bevy Smith on her SiriusXM show, Bevelations.

Perry has portrayed Madea -- a foul-mouthed older woman -- since 1999 across numerous stage plays and films.

Perry released a trailer for A Madea Family Funeral on Twitter Wednesday that features the title character incorrectly referencing the Bible and attempting to coordinate a funeral following the death of a family member.

"Respect the dead. Pray for the living," reads the caption.

A Madea Family Funeral is set to arrive in theaters on March 1. Perry also announced that he will be portraying Madea during a farewell stage tour that will take place in 2019.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tiffany Haddish and more are set to appear during The Telethon for America on Nov. 5, an event that will raise awareness about voting in the midterm elections on Nov. 6.

The Telethon for America will be streamed live across YouTube, Facebook Live and Comedy Central Online from 6 to 8 p.m. PT.

Jessica Alba, Judd Apatow, Allison Janney, Lil Rel, Chelsea Handler, Ashley Benson, Adam Devine, Ben Gleib, Whitney Cummings, Russell Peters, Alyssa Milano, Jeff Ross, YouTube Stars Lilly Singh & Olga Kay, Sophia Bush, Tom Arnold, Aisha Taylor, Minnie Driver, Erik Griffin, Debra Messing, Jackie Tohn, Connie Britton and more, are also set to appear.

The telethon will feature live musical and comedy performances as celebrities challenge viewers to get out and vote on election day.

The event is backed by former first lady Michelle Obama's non-partisan, non-profit campaign When We All Vote. Gleib created the telethon and serves as an executive producer alongside Neil Mandt, Hannah Linkenhoker, Rick Sorkin and Barry Katz.


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