Following a dismal first season, the star of CW’s #DCComics-based TV show #Batwoman has very unexepectedly quit the show. Ruby Rose made the surprise announcement with a written statement:
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season. This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles. I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created. Thank you Peter Roth and Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and The CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me. Thank you to everyone who made season one a success – I am truly grateful.”
CW had already announced that there would be a second season for the beleaguered series, which saw its meager viewership drop from a high of 1.8 million for the show’s premier episode to a paltry 739,000 viewers for the first season finale episode, which was only barely better than the episode that aired 3 weeks earlier that only had 634,000 viewers.
Following Ruby Rose’s unexpected departure from the series, the studios released the following joint statement:
“Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best. The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”
#RIP: actor Gene Dynarski has passed away at the age of 86. His death was reported on April 24, 2020, but he died on Feb. 27, 2020. He played Krodac / Ben Childress in “#StarTrek: #TOS”; Cmdr. Orfil Quinteros in #TNG; Benedict in #Batman (1966 TV series); Centaur I / Guard in #VoyageToTheBottomOfTheSea; Warden Barmak in #LandOfTheGiants; Ike in #CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind; Ernie Stefaniuk in #TheXFiles; Vasil in #TheInvisibleMan (1976 TV series); & more.
Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. 🖖 #LLAP
Gene Dynarski (1933-2020)
#RIP: actor Malcolm Dixon has died at the age of 66. Born in Sept., 1953 (his exact birthdate is unknown), he played Leektar the Ewok Warrior in “#StarWars VI: #ReturnOfTheJedi” (he was also a film extra in “Star Wars IV: #ANewHope), an Oompa Loompa in #WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory, a dwarf in #FlashGordon, Strutter in #TimeBandits, an additional performer in #TheDarkCrystal, Goblin Corps in #Labyrinth, Diddy in #SnowWhite (1987), Nelwyn Band Member in #Willow, & more.
Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace and may the Force be with him.
Malcolm Dixon (1953-2020)
#RIP: actress Honor Blackman has passed away at the age of 94. She played Catherine Gale in #TheAvengers (1961 TV series, 43 episodes), Professor Lasky in #DoctorWho, & more, including her best known role as Pussy Galore in the James Bond spy film #Goldfinger.
Our condolences to her family, friends and fans. May she rest in peace.
Honor Blackman (1925-2020)
#RIP: actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack has died at the age of 76 from #COVID19. He played Major Ematt in “#StarWars VII: #TheForceAwakens”, “Star Wars VIII: #TheLastJedi”, Moloch (voice) in “#Solo: A Star Wars Story”; & more. He was also a dialect coach (miscellaneous crew) for a large number of films, including #Dolittle, “#Avengers: #Endgame”, “Avengers: #InfinityWar”, “#Thor: #Ragnarok”, “#RogueOne: A Star Wars Story”, #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy, “#SnowWhite and #TheHuntsman”, “#CaptainAmerica: #TheFirstAvenger”, #AlienVsPredator, #TheLordOfTheRings (#TheFellowshipOfTheRing, #TheTwoTowers, #ReturnOfTheKing), & more.
Our condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace, and may the Force be with him.
Andrew Jack (1944-2020)
With the #BritishLibrary currently closed due to current #pandemic, they have made the “#HarryPotter: #AHistoryOfMagic” exhibit available online!
The online collection was highlighted as part of #HarryPotterAtHome by the Wizarding World franchise team, promoting ways to enjoy the Harry Potter series at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative also includes J.K. Rowling opening up licencing for teachers to read Harry Potter to their pupils online.
The exhibition originally opened at The British Library in London in 2017 as a result of a collaboration between #Pottermore (now known as Wizarding World Digital), The British Library, and #Bloomsbury.
The exhibition includes historical artifacts related to magical topics, including:
- The six-meter long Ripley Scroll, which is a recipe for making the fabled Philosopher’s Stone as seen in the first book “Harry Potter and the #PhilosophersStone”, a.k.a., “Harry Potter and the #SorcerersStone”.
- Old drawings
- Synopses created by J.K. Rowling herself when she was writing Harry Potter.
- Jim Kay’s work for the illustrated editions of the Harry Potter series.
The collection is divided — like the original exhibition — into various subjects, most of which are taught at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry:
- Defense Against the Dark Arts
- Care of Magical Creatures
#RIP: we are saddened to report that actor Max von Sydow has died at the age of 90. He played Lor San Tekka in “#StarWarsVII: #TheForceAwakens”, Doctor Kynes in #Dune (1984), Emperor Ming in #FlashGordon (1980), Three-Eyed Raven in #GameOfThrones, King Osric in #CononTheBarbarian (1982), Director Lamar Burgess in #MinorityReport, Judge Fargo in #JudgeDredd, Henry Farber in #UntilTheEndOfTheWorld, Vigo (voice) in “#Ghosbusters II”, Doctor Paul Novotny in the sci-fi / horror film #Dreamscape, uncredited role in #TheIcePirates, & more, including playing Father Merrin in the horror films #TheExorcist & “#Exorcist II: #TheHeretic”.
Our sincerest condolences to his family, friends and fans. May he rest in peace. The Force will be with him always.
Max von Sydow (1929-2020)