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Oops, they did it again…and again: Fans spot water bottles in 'Game of Thrones' finale

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HBO/Helen Sloan(LOS ANGELES) — Two weeks after a stray coffee cup was spotted on a table in Game of Thrones — spawning a million memes, and billions in free advertising for Starbucks, even though it wasn’t a cup from the coffee giant — fan saw water bottles on the set of the final show.

Millions tuned in to watch Sunday night’s series finale of the HBO sword-and-sorcery show, and one of those was Twitter user BethIsLoco — who recorded “a water bottle in King’s Landing!”

The offending conveyance was poorly hidden behind the boot of actor John Bradley, who played Samwell Tarley on the show.

Another eagle-eyed fan saw another bottle in the same scene, set in the amphitheater. User Bala Yogesh noted, “It’s not just there, I actually found the second water bottle next to Ser Davos. So water bottles are a common thing in Westeros.”

“At this point they trolling us,” commented Mihrimah Irena.

More than one commenter sniped that the continuity errors were emblematic of a final season some saw as lackluster. “…Even the editors didnt want to watch it,” KC jabbed.

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Final answer: 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' ending

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ABC/Todd Wawrychuck(LAS VEGAS) — Who Wants to Be a Millionaire has been canceled after 17 years in syndication, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The long-running game show has been hosted by The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison since 2015, and had been shooting in Las Vegas.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is an adaptation of a British game show that premiered on ABC in August 1999 with Regis Philbin as the host. It quickly became a phenomenon, airing four nights a week on the network.

Other past hosts include Meredith Vieira, Cedric the Entertainer and Terry Crews.

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'Game of Thrones' finale: Fans are satisfied — mostly — at Chicago viewing party

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HBO(CHICAGO) — (SPOILERS AHEAD) There are potentially as many weekly Game of Thrones viewing parties, big and small, around the world as there are fans.  But one of the biggest — and best-known, thanks to the tremendously entertaining reaction videos posted on YouTube — happens at The Burlington bar, located in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

So what did the die-hard regulars there — dozens of people packed into two rooms — think of Sunday night’s Game of Thrones series finale?  The majority of them, super fans that they are, thought it did the trick.

“It was definitely a good episode, it was actually great,” said Tommy Doss, who’s been a regular at The Burlington’s Game of Thrones viewing parties since season four.  “I think they ended it all in a good way.”

Fan Justine Krueger was surprised by how many people survived.  “I did think more people were going to die this episode,” she said.  “Was a little surprised that they didn’t, but Sansa got a crown, which is truly all I wanted because she’s the best character.”

Not everyone was happy, though.  “It was more of an epilogue than an episode, you know what I mean?” said Eric Lee. 

“The emotional high point was a dog? The last part of the episode was a sitcom?  That was kind of a bummer,” said Nathan Thompson, referring to Jon Snow’s reunion with his direwolf, Ghost, and the banter around the council table, led by Tyrion Lannister as Hand of the King to new King Bran the Broken. 

Love it or hate it, you can be certain record numbers of people will have watched the Game of Thrones finale.  The penultimate episode, “The Bells,” earned a season high 18.4 million total viewers across all platforms, and the finale’s sure to be higher.

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Party with Hardy! Laine beats Alejandro Aranda to win 'American Idol'

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ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — The votes are in, and our new American Idol is — Laine Hardy.

This season came to a close with an epic three-hour finale Sunday night, complete with a real-time vote that whittled the finalists from three down to two, until finally the winner was crowned.

After the first round of solo performances, Madison VanDenberg was the first to go, leaving Laine and Alejandro Aranda facing off for the title. Despite Alejandro impressively performing all-original music the entire night — and the judges hinting that he was their favorite — America clearly wanted to party with Hardy, voting Laine as their American Idol. It was a second chance for the 18-year-old Louisiana native, after first having appeared on the show last season.

Laine delivered flawless and confident performances throughout the night, including songs that reflected his roots, like “Home” by Marc Broussard and “Jambalaya (on the Bayou)” by Hank Williams. Alejandro’s original tunes included tunes titled “Millennial Love,” “Tonight,” and his heartfelt audition song, “Out Loud.”

While Laine duetted with country singer Jon Pardi on two songs, Alejandro opted to perform an original composition called “10 Years,” backed by an orchestra wearing signature Alejandro beanies.

After Laine was announced the winner, he performed the winner’s song, “Flame,” to close the show.

The finalists weren’t the only ones who got stage time last night. Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan also performed, along with a couple of American Idol alumni and various country, rock and pop acts.

Here are some of the highlights:

Lionel opened the show with his classic song “Dancing on the Ceiling” with the top 10. Katy performed her latest single, “Con Calma,” with Latin star Daddy Yankee, and sang her hit “Unconditionally” with top-10 finalist Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon. Luke sang “Every Breath You Take” with Laci Kaye Booth, as well as his current single, “Knockin’ Boots.”

Madison returned to the stage after her elimination to sing “Speechless” with country duo Dan + Shay.

American Idol season eight runner-up Adam Lambert, one of this season’s mentors, sang his new single, “New Eyes,” and also rocked out to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” with top-10 finalist Dimitrius Graham.  American Idol season four winner Carrie Underwood performed her latest hit, “Southbound.”

In an unexpected emotional moment, this season’s blind contestant, Shayy, returned to sing a powerful rendition of “Rise Up” with Andra Day.

Other performances included a Kool & the Gang medley with the band and the top eight finalists, rock band Weezer and, in the most bizarre performance of the night, Montell Jordan performed “This Is How We Do It” backed by Katy Perry lookalikes doing the worm. During audition rounds, Katy infamously did the worm to that song.

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Scarlett Johansson and 'SNL' star Colin Jost are engaged

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Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(NEW YORK) — Avengers: Endgame star Scarlett Johansson and her boyfriend of two years, Saturday Night Live cast member Colin Jost are engaged, a rep for the actress tells Entertainment Tonight.

Adds the rep, “No date has been set for the nuptials.”

This will the first trip down the aisle for the 36-year-old Jost, who co-anchors SNL‘s “Weekend Update” with Michael Che.

Johansson, 34, has has been married twice before, first to actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008-2011, then to French journalist Romain Dauriac between 2014-2017. Johansson and Dauriac share a five-year-old daughter, Rose.

Johansson will next be seen in Taika Waititi’s war dramedy Jojo Rabbit, opening nationwide October 18.

Saturday Night Live just wrapped its 44th season over the weekend.

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