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Arrival Screenwriter Developing AMC Sci-Fi Series

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One of the most acclaimed films of 2016 came from the fusion of the prose fiction of Ted Chiang and the screenwriting talents of Eric Heisserer, and AMC is looking to capture that magical brew once again. Heisserer, who adapted Chiang’s 1998 piece Story of Your Life to create the Denis Villeneuve-directed Arrival, announced during a Vulture panel at San Diego Comic-Con that he’s tackling another Chiang tale as a sci-fi-tinged prestige drama. The source story is called Liking What You See: A Documentary, and it has an idiosyncratic premise. »


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Stan Lee Makes IMDb STARmeter History

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From aboard the IMDboat at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, IMDb founder and CEO Col Needham and Kevin Smith presented Stan Lee the first-ever IMDb STARmeter Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his impact on the comic book and film industries.

Said Needham: "It is my honor to bestow the first-ever IMDb STARmeter Award for Lifetime Achievement upon Stan Lee, whose creative genius is responsible for many of the characters and franchises that dominate the comic book and film industry landscapes.”

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John Heard Dead at 72; TV Roles Included The Sopranos, Prison Break

5 hours ago | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Veteran actor John Heard, familiar to many as Macaulay Culkin’s Home Alone pop, was found dead on Friday in a Palo Alto, Calif. hotel room. He was 72.

A cause of death is not yet known, reports TMZ.

On the smaller screen, Heard’s credits included CBS’ adaptation of the 1994 John Grisham film The Client, The Sopranos (for which he earned an Emmy nomination as corrupt cop Vin Makazian), Jack & Bobby, Prison Break (playing Sara Tancredi’s governor father), NCIS: Los Angeles and, most recently, spring episodes of Fox’s APB and WGN America’s Outsiders.

In addition to his turns as Peter McCallister, »


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Deborah Watling, ‘Doctor Who’ Companion, Dies at 69

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Deborah Watling, the British actress who played the first companion on “Doctor Who,” has died after a short battle with cancer. She was 69.

The actress traveled across the galaxy with Patrick Troughton’s “second Doctor” in the BBC sci-fi series, playing Victoria Waterfield in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968.

Her death was first reported by the BBC and her brother, Giles Watling, a Conservative politician, said she would be “sorely missed.” Born in Loughton in Essex, England, in 1948, Watling made her TV debut as a child in. »


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‘Iron Fist’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix, Taps New Showrunner

18 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Updated July 22, 11:21 a.m. Pt: Raven Metzner will take over as showrunner for “Iron Fist” Season 2. Metzner previously worked on Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow,” NBC’s “Heroes Reborn,” and TNT’s “Falling Skies.” He also has experience in the Marvel world in the past, having written the screenplay for the 2005 film “Elektra.” He replaces Season 1 showrunner Scott Buck, who is now working on the ABC Marvel series “Inhumans.”

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Netflix has renewed the Marvel series “Iron Fist” for Season 2.

Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb made the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. In addition, Loeb hinted that Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) would team up with NYPD detective Misty Knight (Simone Missick), who first appeared in Season 1 of “Luke Cage.” The characters previously partnered together in the Marvel comic books.

Iron Fist” stars “Game of Thrones” alum Finn Jones as Danny Rand, the heir to the multi-billion dollar Rand Corp. who »


- Joe Otterson

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Charlize Theron to Guest Star on Seth MacFarlane’s Sci-Fi Series ‘The Orville’

18 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Well, this is a surprise. Charlize Theron will reunite with her Million Ways to Die in the West co-star/director Seth MacFarlane for a guest starring role on his upcoming Fox sci-fi spoof series, The Orville. Per EW, the details of her role are being kept under wraps but her episode is expected to air in the fall. Theron has largely steered clear of the small screen throughout her career. She had a guest arc on Arrested Development in 2005 and executive produced the short-lived Netflix series Girlboss. She will also executive produce David Fincher's Netflix … »


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Todd McFarlane Announces New 'Spawn' Movie at SDCC

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During a Facebook Live with Kevin Smith aboard the #IMDboat at Comic-Con 2017, comic-book creator Todd McFarlane dropped an exclusive: He's working with producer Jason Blum on a new Spawn movie. What's better: McFarlane has a draft of the script ready to go, he'll be making his directorial debut on the project, which will certainly be a hard-R vision of his former mercenary turned reluctant soldier of the devil.

Watch the announcement video here. »


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‘Dunkirk’ Takes $8.6 Million in Early International Openings

21 July 2017 11:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” has grossed $8.6 million from its first two days in 31 international markets.

France is the leading market with $1.8 million on 668 screens in its first two days, followed by South Korea with $1.6 million on its opening day on Thursday at 1,252 locations. The Korean results were in line with Nolan’s “Interstellar” and above “Gravity” and “American Sniper.”

Dunkirk,” based on the 1940 evacuation of 300,000 stranded Allied troops from France, stars Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, and Harry Styles. Film critics have already offered extensive praise for the cinematography, direction, acting, and musical score.

Nolan shot most of “Dunkirk” in France and California. The Warner Bros. release has a price tag of $150 million.

Australia took in $938,000, including Wednesday night sneaks, on 535 screens for a 54% share of the top five films. The results are 45% ahead of “Gravity,” 33% ahead »


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Amazon US Streaming Deal for Sky’s Tim Roth, Christina Hendricks Series ‘Tin Star’

21 July 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Amazon has taken the US rights to “Tin Star,” the upcoming cop thriller starring Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks. It will play on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service later this year, after it bows on the Sky Atlantic channel in the U.K.

Rowan Joffe (“28 Weeks Later”) created ‘Tin Star,’ which is made by Endemol Shine-owned U.K. producer Kudos.

The series has Roth (“The Hateful Eight”) as Jim Worth, a British cop who moves the Rocky Mountains to start a new life as a local police chief in an idyllic rural community. He takes on an oil firm who are setting up locally, with disastrous consequences for his family, setting up a revenge plotline that plays out over the ten parts. Hendricks (“Mad Men”) plays a lobbyist working for the oil firm.

“We are thrilled to be adding ‘Tin Star’ to Prime Video in the U.S. this fall,” said »


- Stewart Clarke

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Dwayne Johnson Won't Appear in 'Shazam!,' DC's Geoff Johns Says

21 July 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Dwayne Johnson will not appear in the upcoming superhero film Shazam!, according to DC chief creative officer Geoff Johns.

"We haven't announced any casting yet," Johns told Yahoo Movies. "But Dwayne isn't going to be in this movie. He's still doing Black Adam, but he won't be in Shazam!"

News of Shazam!, which follows a young boy who transforms into Earth's mightiest mortal, being the next DC film in line to shoot was reported Thursday by The Hollywood Reporter. The film is yet to cast its leads, but Johnson has been attached to the role of Shazam's main antagonist, »


- Patrick Shanley

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Venice: New Films by George Clooney, Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen Frears Expected to World Premiere (Exclusive)

21 July 2017 6:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Stephen Frears’ “Victoria and Abdul,” and Paolo Virzi’s “Ella and John,” starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland, are among the titles strongly tipped to world premiere at the upcoming 74th Venice Film Festival.

Also expected to make their worldwide bows on the Lido are Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” Andrew Haigh’s “Lean on Pete,” and Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama.”

Less than a week before the official announcement, the buzz on the Venice lineup remains somewhat muted, though some locked-in titles have surfaced, including Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing,” which will open the fest. There’s also certainty over the absence of some titles – especially “Blade Runner 2049” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”, both high-profile movies that had been considered as possibilities.

Suburbicon,” starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Josh Brolin, and Oscar Isaac, looks set to be the second Paramount picture to launch from »


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'Dunkirk' Heading Toward $51M Debut, 'Girls Trip' Strong, 'Valerian' Sinks

20 July 2017 11:07 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Saturday a.m. Update: With an estimated $19.8 million, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is heading toward an opening weekend right around $50 million to $52 million. It's a great start for the WWII feature, especially given the holds Nolan's films have shown in recent history as well as the critical response and now the "A-" CinemaScore from opening day audiences, a notch above the "B+" audiences gave Interstellar. Additionally, Dunkirk has now been released in 46 international markets where it has so far grossed $21.2 million after releasing earlier this week in a handful of territories. We'll have more on the overall international performance with tomorrow morning's report. In second is Universal's release of Girls Trip, which is scorching the weekend, delivering an estimated $11.68 million on Friday, heading toward a $29+ million opening. The film should also show long legs looking ahead after receiving a rare "A+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences. Finally, Stx's release of EuropaCorp's »


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Dick Van Dyke Would Like to Formally Apologize for His ‘Atrocious’ Mary Poppins Cockney Accent

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Sean Spicer Took a Mini-Fridge From Junior Staffer and Twitter Loves It

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When Sean Spicer wants something, he apparently gets it — even if he has to take it from junior staffers. The former White House Press Secretary resigned on Friday, and that means we won’t be getting our steady stream of hilarious bloopers from Spicey anymore. But the Wall Street Journal shared one of the best Spicer anecdotes yet that happened on his way out the door — at sundown, he snuck out the door with a mini-fridge used by White House junior researchers. WSJ outlines the heist: Also Read: Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on 'SNL': Watch Every Sketch (Videos) Less than a month. »


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Warner Bros. Assembles New ‘Justice League’ Poster

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Warner Bros. has assembled a new poster for “Justice League,” complete with five of DC Comics’ most iconic heroes. The poster was revealed at day three of Comic-Con in San Diego.

Saturday’s poster joins Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman together behind the words “You Can’t Save The World Alone.” The new tagline also shows the modern symbols for each of the five featured superheroes, as well as Superman.

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New ‘Justice League’ Trailer Brings the Superhero Team Together (Watch)

Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa will be joined by fellow DC Comics Extended Universe actors Henry Cavill, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons in “Justice League” when it flies into theaters Nov. 17.

Joss Whedon will oversee the completion of “Justice League” after former director Zack Snyder was forced to step away from the film following »


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Warner Bros Unleashes New ‘Justice League’ Comic-Con Poster

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Warner Brothers has revealed a new “Justice League” poster ahead of its Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday morning. The new poster is in the vein of comicbook artist Alex Ross’ classic DC comicbook covers. The poster unveiling comes on what is arguably the biggest day for the DC Extended Universe since its launch. Along with its highly anticipated San Diego Comic-Con panel, Warner Bros. and DC Films’ latest film, “Wonder Woman,” will today pass “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to become this summer’s highest grossing film at the domestic box office. After its eighth Friday in. »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Dancing with the Stars’: Should Sean Spicer and other Donald Trump cast-offs follow past politicos on ‘DWTS’?

1 hour ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Donald Trump went from reality TV star to president of the United States. So it would be fitting if members of his White House cabinet and staff made the reverse transition by appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” — and they’re dropping like flies, so there’s plenty to choose from. It may seem preposterous for […] »


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France’s Le Pacte Co-Produces Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘El Reino’

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Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, the upscale Paris-based arthouse film company, has taken a co-production stake in Spaniard Rodrigo Sorogoyen‘s political corruption thriller “El Reino,” probably one of the most talked-about Spanish productions of the upcoming months.

Doing so, Le Pacte, which acquired French distribution rights to Sorogoyen’s previous film, serial killer thriller “May God Save Us,” a best screenplay winner at 2016’s San Sebastian Festival, goes one step further in its commitment to Sorogoyen, already consolidated as a Spanish directors to track.

In “El Reino,” the French outfit joins forces with “May God Save Us” producers Tornasol Films, the Spanish company behind Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” and Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of broadcaster Atresmedia whose credits include Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”

Warner Bros. Pictures España and Latido Films are also re-teaming with Sorogoyen on “El Reino,” after having handled respectively local distribution and international »


- Emiliano De Pablos

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Watch All of the Trailers Released at San Diego Comic-Con So Far

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Christmas in July. »


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Sean Spicer Criticizes Melissa McCarthy's 'Malicious' 'SNL' Sketches

2 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Sean Spicer criticized Melissa McCarthy's Saturday Night Live "malicious" portrayal of him in an interview that occurred just hours after the White House press secretary resigned from the role.

"I'm a prankster, I like a good joke. I think when it's funny, it's funny. Sometimes it goes from funny to mean," Spicer told Sean Hannity Friday night.

"I think that there were parts of it that were funny, but there's a lot of it that was over the line. It wasn't funny. It was stupid, or silly, or malicious. »


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