BET TACKLING COPWATCH: BET Networks is taking on the copwatch movement with a 10-episode series that will show never-before-seen images from the movement. Dubbed Copwatch America, it is billed as a depiction from the front lines of the activist movement against police brutality and injustice. “BET Networks is committed to bringing important stories of systemic issues of race and justice across our nation to light. We are taking this on in a way no other brand and network can, through platforms like our powerful Finding Justice franchise and our upcoming original docuseries Copwatch America,” said Marisa Levy, vp head of unscripted, in a statement Tuesday. “We look forward to partnering with acclaimed storytellers Renowned Films and Critical Content and continue to empower our community and focus on activists who use video cameras to protect the rights and in some cases, the lives of African Americans in police encounters.”
MILLA JOVOVICH STANDS BY HELLBOY: While Hellboy hasn’t set the box office on fire (it garnered just $12 million in its opening weekend), its star Milla Jovovich is still loving it. She shared her thoughts on social media, writing in part: “All I’m gonna say before going to bed is this: All my raddest films have been slammed by critics. … Dazed and Confused? Seriously? Classic movie. The Fifth Element!… Zoolander? Slammed. Joan of Arc? Disaster. Resident Evil? Let’s not even go there. Anyway, every one of those films is now a cult classic. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.”
GOT PREMIERE SURGES TO SERIES HIGH: HBO’s series premiere for its final Game of Thrones season broke previous records for viewership. The cabler estimates that 17.4 million viewers tuned in, beating the previous record by a half-million viewers. Did you watch?
DANNY BOYLE JOINS CREATION STORIES: Danny Boyle has joined Creation Stories, about music pioneer Alan McGee, as exec producer. Rupert Everett, Suki Waterhouse and Jason Flemyng are starring. “It’s a story of relentless ambition, mental torment, drugs, bankruptcy, unfathomable wealth, courting politicians and of how one written-off young Glaswegian upstart rose to irrevocably change the face of British culture,” according to the film’s production company, Burning Wheel Productions.