★HBO has announced all eight seasons of Game of Thrones will begin streaming on HBO Max in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos at a date to be determined. But there is a catch -- the enhanced format episodes will only be available to subscribers of the premium ad-free tier. In addition, the prequel series House of the Dragon will debut in the enhanced format on August 21.
★Paramount+ will stream a second seaosn of missing persons docuseries Never Seen Again beginning next Tuesday.
★Sarah Paulson will star in the Searchlight Pictures horror thriller Dust, which will stream in the US on Hulu, with additional release plans to be announced.
★Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings are in negotiations to continue sharing hosting duties for the 39th season of Jeopardy! Bialik will have to negotiate her schedule with FOX comedy series Call Me Kat, which is set to produce more episodes for its upcoming season than it had in the previous one.
★In yet another surprising move by the suits at Warner Bros. Discovery, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee has been cancelled after seven seasons on TBS. While the network has been cancelling scripted programs to shift toward unscripted, Full Frontal appeared safe from the chopping block. This seriously puts the fate of the now in production final season of Snowpiercer on sister network TNT into question as it is the last remaining scripted series on either network.
★Mayans M.C. announced a fifth season renewal during the show's Comic-Con panel over the weekend.
★Margot Robbie will appear in the series finale episode of Australian soap Neighbours. Robbie appeared as teen Donna Freedman on the soap from 2008 to 2011.
★Actor David Warner died July 25 at the age of 80. Warner had been at Denville Hall, a nursing home in London for those in the entertainment industry. Warner made his uncredited debut in 1962's We Joined the Navy, then scored a role in 1963's Tom Jones, with Albert Finney. He also appeared as King Henry VI in the TV mini-series The War of the Roses. Warner's first American film was 1970's The Ballad of Cable Hogue for director Sam Peckinpah, who then cast Warner in 1971's Straw Dogs (uncredited at Warner's request, which he later regretted) and 1977's Cross of Iron. Warner went on to be cast in many iconic roles including Jennings in The Omen (memorably losing his head to a sheet of plate glass), Jack the Ripper in the cult favorite Time After Time, Evil Genius in Time Bandits, Master Control Program in TRON, John Talbot in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Thomas Eckhardt in Twin Peaks, Chancellor Gorkon in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Gul Madred in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spicer Lovejoy in Titanic, and Admiral Boom in Mary Poppins Returns. Warner's other notable film credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Doll's House, From Beyond the Grave, Silver Bears, Nightwing, The Concorde... Airport '79, The Island, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Man With Two Brains, The Company of Wolves, My Best Friend is a Vampire, Waxwork, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, In the Mouth of Madness, Scream 2, The Last Leprechaun, and Planet of the Apes (2001). TV credits include Holocaust, S.O.S. Titanic, Masada, Marco Polo, Remington Steele, Hart to Hart, Frankenstein (1984), Faerie Tale Theatre, A Christmas Carol (1984), Father Dowling Mysteries, Tales from the Crypt, Wild Palms, The Legend of Prince Valiant, Body Bags, Murder, She Wrote, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Larry Sanders Show, Babylon 5, Houdini, The Outer Limits, The Hunger, The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, Wallander, Midsomer Murders, The Secret of Crickley Hall, Doctor Who, Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, and The Alienist. Warner also provided voice work for Dinosaurs, Biker Mice from Mars, Batman: The Animated Series, Gargoyles, Freakazoid!, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Toonsylvania, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Men in Black: The Series, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, The Amazing World of Gumball, and his last credited role as The Lobe on Teen Titans Go! To explain his more than 220 credits Warner once joked, 'When others say no, I say yes' and said he was often the 'cheapest' actor available. With his many iconic roles, Warner will always be remembered.
★Actor Paul Sorvino, best known for his role as mobster Paulie Cicero in Goodfellas, also died Monday at the age of 83 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. Sorvino's film career began with 1970's Where's Poppa? and continued with roles in The Panic in Needle Park, A Touch of Class, The Day of the Dolphin, I Will... I Will... For Now, Oh, God!, Slow Dancing in the Big City, Cruising, Reds, The Stuff, AFine Mess, Dick Tracy, The Rocketeer, Nixon, Romeo+Juliet, Bulworth, Mambo Italiano, Mr. 3000, and Repo! The Genetic Opera. He'd completed roles in Pursued and The Ride, and was filming My Jurassic Place. TV credits include We'll Get By, The Streets of San Francisco, Bert D'Angelo/Superstar, Chiefs, Chiller, Moonlighting, The Oldest Rookie, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation, That Championship Season, That's Life, Still Standing, Wives' Tales, Jersey Shore Shark Attack, Elementary, The Goldbergs, Grandfathered, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Bad Blood and Godfather of Harlem. Sorvino had been announced to star in the TV movie The Chameleon. Sorvino earned a Tony Award nomination and a Dram Desk Award for his performance as Phil Romano in the original Broadway production of That Championship Season, a role he reprised for a TV movie adaptation. He was also a respected tenor who realized a dream when he performed for the New York Opera at Lincoln Center in 2006. Sorvino also starred as Det. Phil Cerretta, partner to Chris Noth's Det. Mike Logan, on one season of Law & Order. Sorvino disliked the conditions under which the actors had to work and quit the show. His replacement was Jerry Orbach.
★Director Bob Rafelson died July 24 at the age of 89. Rafelson's directing career began as he set the tone for the swinging, psychedelic TV series The Monkees. He also directed The Monkees' feature film Head, and went on to such notable films as Five Easy Pieces, The King of Marvin Gardens, Stay Hungry, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Black Widow, Mountains of the Moon, Blood and Wine and No Good Deed. He also directed the music video for Lionel Richie's All Night Long.
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