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How Much Star Wars: Episode IX Is Using Dominic Monaghan

When J.J. Abrams was working on Force Awakens, Dominic Monaghan approached his friend with interest, and J.J. Abrams said he would keep him in mind. For Force Awakens however, he was looking for newcomers, which Abrams found in Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. For The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson took the reins, making it clear to Monaghan that he wouldn’t be in the second one either. However, with Abrams returning for Episode IX, this was his chance. Monaghan even took a break from working for a while in hopes of getting the call and needing to be available, thanks to some playful hints from the director. It all thankfully paid off when Disney reached out to him and he got his hands on the script.

*Saturday Night Live*’s Cold Open Featured the GOP Celebrating Kavanaugh’s Confirmation With Brewskis

The devil works fast, but Saturday Night Live works faster: Somehow, between the close of the final Senate vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation around 4:15 P.M. ET on Saturday and the airing of the show less than seven hours later, the writers room managed to come up with a cold open that imagined how Senate Republicans must be celebrating Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

In the skit, GOP senators are cracking open cold brewskis in tribute to Kavanaugh, who mentioned beer no fewer than 30 times in his Senate hearing following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s powerful allegations of sexual assault. The atmosphere? Full-on “locker room” vibes.

“Republicans read the mood of the country, and we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) told CNN reporter Dana Bash (Heidi Gardner). “Everyone’s pumped, from white men over 60 to white men over 70.”

Kate McKinnon also reprised an appearance as Sen. Lindsay Graham. When Bash asked how he felt about the vote, Graham had an ecstatic response: “How amazing is this? We made a lot of women real worried today, but I’m not getting pregnant so I don’t care,” he said as “This Is How We Do It” pulsed in the background.

“We couldn’t have done it without Susan Collins,” Graham continued, referring to Republican Sen. Collins’ pledge to vote yes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “Susie, get over here!”

“The last thing I wanted was to make this about me,” Sen. Collins (Cecily Strong) tells Bash. “That’s why I told everyone to tune in at 3 P.M. so I could tell all my female supporters, ‘Psyche!'”

Bash questioned if she thought there was any credit to Dr. Blasey Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh.

“Listen, I think it’s important to believe women, until it’s time to stop,” she said as Sen. Graham made bunny fingers behind Bash’s head. “I’m a guy’s gal, OK? I can party with the big dogs and, whoop whoop, we’re gonna have fun tonight…. Now we’re gonna party like it’s 2020 when Susan Rice takes my seat.”

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, had tweeted “Me” when Jen Psaki asked who would run for Senate in Maine in 2020, indicating she’s open to running.

Watch the full cold open below:

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open Featured the GOP Celebrating Kavanaugh’s Confirmation With Brewskis

The devil works fast, but Saturday Night Live works faster: Somehow, between the close of the final Senate vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation around 4:15 P.M. ET on Saturday and the airing of the show, less than seven hours later, the writers room managed to come up with a cold open that imagined how Senate Republicans must be celebrating Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

In the skit GOP senators are cracking open cold brewskis in tribute to Kavanaugh, who mentioned beer no fewer than 30 times in his Senate hearing following Christine Blasey Ford’s powerful allegations of sexual assault. The atmosphere? Full-on “locker room” vibes.

“Republicans read the mood of the country, and we could tell that people really wanted Kavanaugh,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) told CNN reporter Dana Bash (Heidi Gardner). “Everyone’s pumped, from white men over 60 to white men over 70.”

Kate McKinnon also reprised an appearance as Senator Lindsay Graham. When Bash asked how he felt about the vote, Graham had an ecstatic response: “How amazing is this? We made a lot of women real worried today, but I’m not getting pregnant, so I don’t care,” he said as “This Is How We Do It” pulsed in the background.

“We couldn’t have done it without Susan Collins,” Graham continued, referring to Republican Senator Collins’ pledge to vote yes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “Susie, get over here!”

“The last thing I wanted was to make this about me,” Sen. Collins (Cecily Strong) tells Bash. “That’s why I told everyone to tune in at 3:00 P.M. so I could tell all my female supporters, ‘Psych!'”

Bash questioned if she thought there was any credit to Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh.

“Listen, I think it’s important to believe women, until it’s time to stop,” she said as Sen. Graham made bunny fingers behind Bash’s head. “I’m a guy’s gal, OK? I can party with the big dogs and, whoop whoop, we’re gonna have fun tonight…. Now we’re gonna party like it’s 2020, when Susan Rice takes my seat.”

Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, had tweeted “Me” when Jen Psaki asked who would run for Senate in Maine in 2020, indicating she’s open to running.

Watch the full cold open below:

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Walking Dead Actor Scott Wilson Dead At 76

Scott Wilson, the actor who played one of The Walking Dead‘s most-beloved characters, has died. Wilson, who played Hershel Greene in Seasons 2 through 4 of AMC’s zombie series, has died at age 76 following a battle with cancer. News of his death was confirmed by the official Twitter account for The Walking Dead, which said the following:

The news was met with much sadness throughout The Walking Dead community as actors including Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, and Garrett Dillahunt shared their condolences. At New York Comic Con, news of Scott Wilson’s death spread not long after new showrunner Angela Kang announced he would return to play Hershel at some point in Season 9. This means fans will have one more chance to see the actor onscreen in character despite the announcement of his passing, although it’s not known exactly when that will take place.

Scott Wilson became a quick fan-favorite on The Walking Dead, as Hershel Greene was the veterinarian healer of the group and sometimes the voice of reason for the Survivors when times got rough. Wilson’s time on The Walking Dead was initially supposed to conclude in Season 2, but the show’s writers decided to keep Hershel alive to explore the dramatic impact of him losing the farm. Wilson stayed with the series all the way to Season 4, where he was decapitated by The Governor. Hershel would appear via flashbacks in the Season 4 finale, but has not appeared in The Walking Dead since that season, although we now know that will change.

Scott Wilson’s career began long before his time on The Walking Dead, with his first credited role coming in the 1967 classic film In The Heat Of The Night. Wilson would remain active in the film world following that appearance, and wouldn’t get his first television role until 1986, when he appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone. Wilson would slowly embrace television a bit more over the next couple of decades, and eventually landed a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a casino owner named Sam Braun.

A few television appearances and some years later Sam Wilson would appear on The Walking Dead, although the end of Hershel Greene was not the end of his run in Hollywood. Wilson would appear in character roles in Bosch and Damien, and would get another major role as Prairie Johnson’s father in the Netflix original series The OA. The series was renewed for Season 2 some time ago, although it is not known if Wilson was set to appear in any of those episodes or not.

CinemaBlend would like to offer its condolences to the family and friends of Scott Wilson and wish them well during this troubling time.

The Most Powerful Images From the Kavanaugh Protests in Washington, D.C.

Three months after President Donald Trump announced his pick for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, 53, was confirmed on Saturday after a vote that fell mainly along party lines. Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS nomination was immediately followed by protests, especially by advocates for women’s rights, who campaigned that, if elected, he would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Though Kavanugh refused to give a direct answer during his confirmation hearing on how he would vote on the landmark ruling, his confirmation process took a major turn after Christine Blasey Ford delivered a powerful and moving testimony to the Senate Judicial Committee, detailing her allegations of sexual assault against him. Despite her accusation and those of two other women, and a weeklong FBI investigation to look into those accusations, Kavanaugh’s nomination proceeded to a final vote, which thousands of women showed up to protest in Washington, D.C.

With signs like, “Our lives are on the line” and “We believe survivors,” protestors took to the steps of the U.S. Capitol in an act of civil disobedience. Police arrested at least 164 people in Washington, D.C., reported CBS, with 150 arrested on the Capitol’s steps and 14 arrested in the Senate galleries. Those on the floor of the Senate and live-streaming the vote from home could hear their shouts and screams as Vice President Mike Pence, presiding over the vote, called repeatedly for the sergeant-at-arms to restore order.

We’ve rounded up 25 of the most powerful images from the protests—scroll through to see, below.

TV and Movie Premieres the Week of October 7, 2018

Now that we’re fully into October, it’s time to queue up some scary TV shows and movies. Thankfully, this week’s TV and movie slate covers all levels of spookiness—from the harmless (Halloween Cake-Off) to the unnerving (Light as a Feather). Of course, there are other things premiering that are just fall-inspired and have next to no scares, like Hallmark’s Under the Autumn Moon. And if you want something in between, there’s always Riverdale.

Below, here are all the TV shows and movies airing this week to look out for:

The Walking Dead: Nine seasons in, and we still haven’t fully solved that whole zombie apocalypse issue. 9 P.M. ET on AMC

Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker’s turn as the first female Doctor in this long-running series kicks off tonight. 1:45 P.M. on BBC America

Halloween Cake-Off: It’s a pretty self-explanatory title. If last year’s spooky dessert competition is any indication, we’re in for some delicious entertainment. 10 P.M. ET on Food

2018 American Music Awards: Taylor Swift will open up tonight’s show with a performance of “I Did Something Bad,” which should’ve absolutely been a single off Reputation. There’s still time to make that happen, Tay. 8 P.M. ET on ABC

The Flash: Don’t worry, millennials: Your weekly dose of Grant Gustin is returning. 8 P.M. ET on The CW

Riverdale: Archie’s on trial. Betty’s mom might be joining a cult. Toni and Cheryl are finally couple! There’s so much intrigue going into the season three premiere of Riverdale. We’re excited to see what happens. 8 P.M. ET on The CW

Supernatural: Because we know you’re still watching this show. (Don’t worry, millions of people are, too.) Season 14 (yup, 14) begins tonight. 8 P.M. ET on The CW

Light as a Feather: An innocent round of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board goes horribly wrong for five high school girls, who start dying off in the way the game predicted. Streaming on Hulu

The Romanoffs: Is it possible that eight people with different backgrounds from all around the world are a part of the same royal family? We’ll find out when this fun new series from Amazon drops. Streaming on Amazon

The Wedding of Princess Eugenie of York Jack Brooksbank: Royal wedding fans, you’re in luck. TLC is airing the full wedding, plus other coverage surrounding the nuptials of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank! Coverage starts 4:25 A.M. ET on TLC

Under the Autumn Moon: An executive finds herself falling in love with a small town ranch owner in this picturesque Hallmark movie. Sometimes you just want to watch something sweet, am I right? 9 P.M. ET on Hallmark

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Twitter Has Very Strong Feelings About Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed on Saturday as the 114th U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The final vote was the conclusion of a weeks-long process of primary confirmation votes, hearings, and powerful testimony—particularly the testimony delivered by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault and took her allegations to the Senate floor, where she unflinchingly and bravely detailed her account to the judiciary committee.

During the confirmation vote Saturday afternoon, protestors could be heard screaming and shouting from the public gallery, with cries of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” and “I do not consent!” Thousands of other protestors surrounded the Supreme Court Building and U.S. Capitol.

Twitter users, of course, took to the platform to express their feelings after Kavanaugh’s final confirmation vote on Saturday.

There was anger…

…reminders and encouragement…

…a bit of humor…

But there was also quite a lot of hope—take, for example, this thread from filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

And finally, there was one strong message that shone through: “November is coming.” Kavanaugh’s confirmation—and nomination—seems to have raised awareness that voting in the upcoming midterm elections is more important than ever.

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Twitter Users Have Very Strong Feelings About Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed on Saturday as the 114th U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The final vote was the conclusion of a weeks-long process of primary confirmation votes, hearings, and powerful testimony—particularly the testimony delivered by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault and took her allegations to the Senate floor, where she unflinchingly and bravely detailed her account to the judiciary committee.

During the confirmation vote Saturday afternoon, protestors could be heard screaming and shouting from the public gallery, with cries of “Shame! Shame! Shame!” and “I do not consent!” Thousands of other protestors surrounded the Supreme Court Building and U.S. Capitol.

Twitter users, of course, took to the platform to express their feelings after Kavanaugh’s final confirmation vote on Saturday.

There was anger…

…reminders and encouragement…

…a bit of humor…

But there was also quite a lot of hope—take, for example, this thread from filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

And finally, there was one strong message that shone through: “November is coming.” Kavanaugh’s confirmation—and nomination—seems to have raised awareness that voting in the upcoming midterm elections is more important than ever.

Another reminder? Whether you agree or disagree with Kavanaugh’s nomination, the midterms are November 6. Here’s your guide to the voter rights.

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What Outlander’s New Opening Credits Tell Us About Season 4

Outlander is known for many things after three full seasons on the air, and one of those things is the always-stunning opening credits sequence. Scored with a haunting version of “The Skye Boat Song,” the credits combine clips that have been used for the opening from the very beginning with clips from the upcoming season. While the credits don’t deliver full scenes or give away everything we can expect, there are generally very big clues for the eagle-eyed viewers. Luckily for those of us dying for new Outlander content ahead of the November premiere of Season 4, the fourth season title credits have released, and they tell a fair amount about what’s to come. Take a look!

Well, if there was any doubt that Outlander would embrace the colonial American spirit, the Season 4 title credits should be proof to the contrary! The latest version of “The Skye Boat Song” is even different, sounding more folksy, including more strings, and even featuring more voices chiming in by the final lines, Notably, the drums from the credits when the show was still primarily set in Scotland are absent. They’re not in Scotland anymore!

Jamie and Claire are clearly embracing America in more ways than just its colonial spirit, The shot of their cabin in the woods looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere, meaning that they — or mostly Jamie — probably built it. Life in America will give them the chance to set down roots in a way they were never able to before, even in Lallybroch. Jamie inherited Lallybroch and his position as laird, however briefly he held it. He can build his life and legacy in America, and Claire’s knowledge of her future adopted country will surely come in handy.

Native Americans will be in the mix as well, and they may not take kindly to Jamie, Claire, and any other settlers setting up in their lands. A previous trailer indicated that there will be an area ideal for time travel known by the Native Americans, much as some of the local women knew of the standing stones at Craigh na Dun in Scotland and rumors abounded of Abandawe in the Caribbean. Given that we know Brianna will be traveling to the past, perhaps this portal of sorts will come in handy. Whether that comes to pass or not, the Native Americans will clearly have a significant presence in the new season.

Brianna looks to be at the standing stones at Craigh na Dun for her attempt to go to the past, so she probably won’t require the help of the Native Americans in reuniting with her mom and meeting her dad. Later in the credits, there’s a shot of a man with a sketchbook and a drawing of Brianna, although it’s difficult to say if that’s in 18th century Scotland or 18th century America. Depending on the source of the drawing, Brianna could be in danger.

What would an opening titles sequence for Outlander be without hints of nudity and 18th century fashion as well? Claire will have at least one occasion to tighten the corset strings in colonial America. My money is on her ditching the corset once she moves to the middle of nowhere with Jamie, but their time at Jocasta’s plantation will likely demand more of her.

It’s also evident that Outlander will spend some time in the 1960s beyond Brianna’s decision to journey to the past. The quick glimpse of men dancing in kilts with numbers attached to the fabric can only point toward Brianna on an outing with Roger. We should count on seeing him back at some point. As much as Season 4 will have to pack a lot into not a whole lot of time if Outlander wants to fit the whole fourth book in there, we can probably expect more than just a couple minutes in the 60s.

Now, if you’ve read the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander saga or are just in the mood for some spoilers, head on over to the next page to discover a major arc that is teased in the credits. If not, prepare yourself for the premiere of Outlander Season 4, which hits the airwaves on Sunday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on Starz.