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Briefs: TCM’s 1st black host Jacqueline Stewart; ‘Watchmen’ trailer, ‘Stranger Things’ impact

Originally posted Monday, September 9, 2019 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Jacqueline Stewart, a film historian and preservation, has been named as Turner Classic Movies’ fifth host. She is the network’s first full-time black host.

She definitely has the resume for the gig: she is a professor of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago and the university’s director of arts and public life. She has also been part of the National Film Preservation Board

Stewart will host the weekly Silent Sunday Nights series beginning this Sunday highlighting films that preceded the takeover of “Talkies” in the 1930s.

“I think that the ‘Silent Sunday Nights’ are a really perfect space for me,” Stewart told the Los Angeles Times. “I can get into more detail about a period of film history that might be more obscure to some viewers, about some of the aspects of the production and some of the talent involved, where they came from and how they got started in film, which was still a new medium at the time.

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HBO’s sprawling big budget series “Watchmen,” shot in metro Atlanta, is coming out October 20. Here’s a featurette teaser about the series:

It’s a world where it’s so dangerous to be a cop that cops wear masks. And bad guys wear masks. So who is who? “Masks make men cruel,” says Jeremy Irons’ character in the featurette.

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Stranger Things
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“Stranger Things” shot in metro Atlanta, helped drive more people to download the Netflix app the third quarter, according to a new note to investors from Bank of America.

According to a story posted on TheWrap:

Netflix’s app downloads have increased by 18% year-over-year, according to data from SensorTower cited in the note. Most of that growth stemmed from outside the U.S., where app downloads increased 34% from this time last year; U.S. app downloads have bumped up 13% year-over-year, according to the note.

Netflix Q3 numbers will come out next month. Its Q2 numbers were disappointing as U.S. subscriber numbers actually shrank. 

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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