Week in Review & This Week in Entertainment: Nov. 2

First Photos From Harry Potter Prequel ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ Released
“Harry Potter” fans who are missing the wizarding world introduced in J.K. Rowling’s books may be comforted by the newly released images from “prequel” film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which takes place in New York 70 years before we meet Harry and his friends.

Melissa Mathison, ‘E.T.’ Screenwriter and Ex-Wife of Harrison Ford, Dies at 65
Melissa Mathison, who was Oscar-nominated for original screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” and also wrote “The Black Stallion,” died Wednesday at UCLA Medical Center of neuroendrocrine cancer, her brother Dirk Mathison said. She was 65.

Amazon Releases First Trailer for Spike Lee’s ‘Chiraq’
Spike Lee’s new movie “Chiraq” has received a new trailer, a month ahead of its release.

BBC Greenlights TV Series Based on Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’
The BBC’s flagship channel, BBC One, has commissioned an initial eight-part series based on Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy novel in three parts, “His Dark Materials,” from Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema, which will be produced in Wales.

‘Days of Our Lives’ Rings in 50th Anniversary
Since September, longtime fans of NBC’s lone remaining daytime drama, “Days of Our Lives,” may have noticed some changes. Favorite characters are returning to Salem, the storytelling pace has picked up — the show even looks different. That’s pretty exciting stuff for a show that celebrated its 50th anniversary Nov. 8.

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This Week in Entertainment 1969

PBS’ iconic children’s educational program “Sesame Street” premiered on Nov. 10, 1969, and it’s still growing strong after more than 40 years. The show has brought such memorable Muppet characters as Big Bird, Bert & Ernie, Elmo, Grover and Oscar the Grouch, among many others, into the lives of countless children and their children, as well. The show has helped children learn the alphabet and numbers, among other things, and it hasn’t shied away from trickier subjects like relationships, ethics and emotions and including the marriage, deaths and other life experiences of the show’s human characters.

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