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‘Watchmen’ Episode 1 Draws 1.5 Million Viewers

by Kimberly Jones

The premiere of Watchmen on HBO Sunday night proved to be ratings gold for the network
drawing 1.5 million viewers to the series premiere.

The DC comic turned superhero drama follows Detective Angela Abar played by Emmy award-winning actress Regina King through an alternative version of America in 2019. Set in Tulsa Oklahoma, Detective Abar along with other members of law enforcement are all living and working undercover. The series is focused on the relationship and tension between citizens and law enforcement along with the threats from a white supremacist terrorist group called Seventh Calvary.

The opening scenes alone captivated audiences with images of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street
Massacre of 1921, which destroyed a black neighborhood and economy resulting in anywhere from 100 to 300 deaths. The premiere episode focused on the massacre at the beginning, which gave viewers a much-needed lesson in black American history and how those events led to the Watchmen version of America in 2019.

Watchmen creator Damon Lindelof had no intentions for the television series to mimic the comic series. Lindelof, a huge fan of the original series created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, did not want Watchmen to come off as a reboot but rather a remix of the original. In addition to Regina King, the series also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Louis Gossett Jr.

Catch Watchmen Sunday nights on HBO.

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Spike Lee to Become The First-Ever Black President of the Cannes Film Festival Jury

This is a historic moment in the French festival’s 73-year history.

The Cannes Film Festival announced Tuesday that Spike Lee would serve as president of its jury in May. He has premiered seven films at the festival, including his 2018 movie BlacKkKlansman starring John David Washington which was greatly received. The film went on to win Lee an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Lee celebrated his appointment in an Instagram post that read: “Spike Lee To Head Cannes Film Festival Jury. The Director will be the first Black person to lead the jury in the festival’s 73 year history – BROOKLYN WINS!!! BROOKLYN!!! BROOKLYN WINS!!! (AGAIN).”

Additional jury members and the schedule of films will be announced in April. The festival will run from May 12 – 23

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‘Morbius’: First Look at Tyrese Gibson as FBI Agent Simon Stroud

Sony released the first official trailer for Morbius starring Jared Leto, Adria Arjona, and Tyrese Gibson.

The Fast and Furious actor plays Simon Stroud, an FBI agent assigned to hunt down Morbius (played by Leto), a living vampire, the Spiderman anti-hero. According to the comics, Morbius acquired vampire-like powers using science. 

Here is the official synopsis for Morbius:

One of Marvel’s most compelling and conflicted characters comes to the big screen as Oscar winner Jared Leto transforms into the enigmatic antihero, Michael Morbius. Dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder, and determined to save others suffering his same fate, Dr. Morbius attempts a desperate gamble. What at first appears to be a radical success soon reveals itself to be a remedy potentially worse than the disease.

The newly released trailer also featured Michael Keaton, who appears to reprise his role as Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming. This surprise appearance hinted that the film will be set in the Marvel Universe. Gibson later confirmed the theory by posting a celebratory Instagram video that read, “MORBIUS TRAILER 1HOUR AWAY!!!! Evil is amongst us!!! #DarkClouds #MARVEL #MCU #SONY #Crossover”.

Morbius will hit theaters on July 31, 2020. Watch the full trailer above.

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Meghan Markle Has Signed a Voiceover Deal With Disney

The Duchess of Sussex is returning to Hollywood.

Meghan Markle has reportedly agreed to do voiceover work for an undisclosed Disney project in exchange for a donation to Elephants Without Borders, a charitable organization dedicated to conserving wildlife and natural resources.

So, how did the project come about at such a perfect time for Markle? (As a reminder, the couple recently announced that they will be disengaging from royal duties) We now have a pretty good idea! PEOPLE.com recovered a video from The Lion King London premiere back in July of 2019. In the clip, Prince Harry can be seen having a conversation with Disney’s CEO Bob Iger.

“You know she does voiceovers,” Harry says. “Oh, really?” Iger responds. “Did you know that? You seem surprised,” he laughs. “She’s really interested.” “Sure,” Iger replies, “We’d love to try.”

You can watch the video below.

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