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Sam Shepard: ‘Bloodline’ Co-Stars, Nancy Meyers, Reese Witherspoon Remember Legendary Actor-Writer

31 July 2017 5:33 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Many actors, directors and writers took to social media to honor and praise the work of Sam Shepard after the news of his death on Monday at his home in Kentucky. This included his co-stars of the Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series Bloodline, which ended its run in May after three seasons. Series star Linda Cardellini and other cast members from the show sent their condolences and shared memories of their time with the celebrated Oscar-nominated actor. #SamShephar… »

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Sam Shepard: ‘Bloodline’ Co-Stars, Nancy Meyers, Reese Witherspoon Remember Legendary Actor-Writer

31 July 2017 5:33 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Many actors, directors and writers took to social media to honor and praise the work of Sam Shepard after the news of his death on Monday at his home in Kentucky. This included his co-stars of the Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series Bloodline, which ended its run in May after three seasons. Series star Linda Cardellini and other cast members from the show sent their condolences and shared memories of their time with the celebrated Oscar-nominated actor. #SamShephar… »

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11 Questions: Craig Robinson fears his end will involve a global cockroach takeover

11 July 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

In 11 Questions, The A.V. Club asks interesting people 11 interesting questions—and then asks them to suggest one for our next interviewee.

Chicago native Craig Robinson first made a name for himself as Darryl on the American version of The Office. Since then he’s become a popular fixture in ensemble comedies like This Is The End and the Hot Tub Time Machine series. On the small screen, he’s shown up everywhere from Eastbound & Down to Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the sci-fi series Mr. Robot, as a deceptively friendly neighbor. His latest movie, out this summer, is a caper comedy called Austin Found with Linda Cardellini and Skeet Ulrich. Robinson took a few minutes between his many gigs to go through our 11 Questions, and we have to say, we don’t know anyone else who has given these questions so much thought, sometimes mulling them over »

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Zendaya's Scene-Stealing Role in Spider-Man: Homecoming Is Small but Perfect

9 July 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Warning: Major spoilers below! It's the question that's been bugging the internet ever since Zendaya was first cast in Marvel and Sony's joint Spider-Man venture: does she play Mary Jane Watson or what? Now that the web-slinging superhero has made his triumphant return to the silver screen in Spider-Man: Homecoming, we finally have our answer. *pause to look up drumroll sound effect on YouTube* No, she doesn't . . . but also, yes, she does. Let us explain. Zendaya, the superstar actress, singer, dancer, and fashion designer, is barely in Spider-Man: Homecoming. While the trailers kind of insinuated that Zendaya's Michelle would play a key role in the superhero film, her character actually only pops up sparingly. Michelle, who's a quiet genius with razor-sharp wit, appears for 30 seconds at a time, cracking sarcastic one-liners at the expense of "losers" and fellow academic decathlon team members Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his Bff »

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'Austin Found': Film Review

7 July 2017 12:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The limits of America's celebrity-focused culture are sorely tested in Austin Found, a social satire that unnervingly raises the stakes for achieving fleeting media fame. Will Raee's feature wrings a few laughs from a strained premise, but remains far better suited to short-attention span formats than theatrical play.

Former high school cheerleader and prom queen Leanne (Linda Cardellini), now in her mid-30s, lives a sedate life with her glory days far behind her. Her focus now is tending to her unassuming husband Don (Jon Daly) and attempting to recapture some of her former celebrity by coaching 11-year-old daughter Patty (Ursula »

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'Free Fire' Comes Home; Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

5 July 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical The Zookeeper's Wife (period drama; Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Bruhl; rated PG-13) Song to Song (romantic drama; Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara; rated R) Austin Found (drama-comedy; Linda Cardellini, Kristen Schaa, Skeet Ulrich, Jaime Pressly; available 7/7 on cable Mod and in theaters; not rated)   Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd). Check with your favorite Digital HD provider to see if the same...

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Exclusive: Linda Cardellini Goes To A Pageant In Clip From ‘Austin Found’

29 June 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Parents trying to live vicariously through their children doesn’t always lead to the best results, and in the upcoming indie comedy “Austin Found,” chasing fame and fortune has its consequences. And today we have an exclusive clip from the film.

Read More: First Trailer For ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Rumbles With Dwayne Johnson

Starring Linda Cardellini, Kristen Schaal, Skeet Ulrich, and Craig Robinson, the story follows Leanne Miller, a former beauty queen and prom queen, who is fed up with her unglamorously average lifestyle when, and decides to take matters into her own hands by plotting a scheme to make her family instant celebrities.

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July 2017 Film Preview

29 June 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Girls Trip

As “Wonder Woman” becomes the highest-grossing live action film directed by a woman, July promises to bring even more interesting, powerful women to the big screen — whether they are in front of camera or behind it. July starts with a fascinating documentary from director Lara Stolman. “Swim Team” follows swim athletes on the autism spectrum and explores how the team gives its young men a chance to feel included and in control, sometimes for the first time ever.

The second weekend in July brings a pair of noteworthy women-centric films. Netflix’s “To the Bone” is inspired by writer-director Marti Noxon’s own struggles with anorexia, and charts her unconventional road to recovery. And Shakespeare gets an update from writer Alice Birch in “Lady Macbeth,” whose titular character discovers her own power after engaging in a dangerous affair.

Things get a bit lighter on July 21, with a pair of comedies about the complex ties between women. In Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” two sisters unexpectedly bond after discovering their father’s affair. “Girls Trip” sees four lifelong friends reconnecting at a rowdy, unforgettable weekend in New Orleans.

The month closes with a female-led action flick, and an urgent documentary sequel. Charlize Theron stars in “Atomic Blonde,” the story of an extremely talented MI6 agent who is sent to deliver a sensitive dossier to the destabilized city of Berlin. “An Inconvenient Sequel,” a follow-up to 2006’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” is a potent reminder of the imminent danger of climate change, greed, and the apathy of those in power. Co-director Bonni Cohen follows Al Gore as he makes climate change’s dangers known to the entire world — and the film is being updated to include the United States’ decision to retreat from the Paris Climate treaty.

Here are all of the women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films debuting in July. All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

July 5

“7 From Etheria” (Anthology) — Written and Directed by Karen Lam, Heidi Lee Douglas, Arantxa Echevarria, Martha Goddard, Anna Elizabeth James, Barbara Stepansky, and Rebecca Thomson

Etheria is the world’s most respected showcase of the best new horror, comedy, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thriller films made by emerging women directors. Terrifying home invasions, unexpected carjackings, and hilarious jelly wrestling are just the start; before you’re through watching this anthology, you’ll visit a Tasmanian penal colony in 1829, prove Kurt Gödel’s time-travel theorem, be victimized by strange alien substances, and dare to venture out into a devastated nuclear wasteland. “7 From Etheria” is a wild ride, so please strap on your seat belt for your own safety.

July 7

Swim Team” (Documentary) — Directed by Lara Stolman (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 21)

Swim Team

In New Jersey the parents of a boy on the autism spectrum take matters into their own hands. They form a competitive swim team, recruiting diverse teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. What happens next alters the course of the boys’ lives. “Swim Team” chronicles the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence, and a life that feels winning.

Austin Found” — Co-Written by Brenna Graziano (Also Available on VOD)

Austin Found

Leanne Miller (Linda Cardellini, “Freaks and Geeks”) is a 36-year-old wife and mother whose hunger for fame and fortune leads her down a dangerous path. A former beauty queen and prom queen, Leanne is fed up with her unglamorously average lifestyle and decides to take matters into her own hands by plotting a scheme to make her family instant celebrities. Teaming up with her ex-boyfriend, Billy (Skeet Ulrich, “Riverdale”), and his ex-con buddy, Jebidiah (Craig Robinson, “The Office”), Leanne conspires to have her 11-year-old daughter, Patty (Ursula Parker, “Louie”), kidnapped for just a month or two. All Leanne has to do is keep the local press (Kristen Schaal, “Bob’s Burgers”) and Sheriff (Patrick Warburton, “A Series of Unfortunate Events”) focused on the case at hand and off hers. What could go wrong?

The Rehearsal” — Directed by Alison Maclean; Written by Alison Maclean and Emily Perkins

The Rehearsal

New York-based filmmaker Alison Maclean returns to her native New Zealand to tell this potent, emotionally textured coming-of-age story set among a group of budding acting students. Stanley (James Rolleston), a naïve first-year student, meets Isolde (Ella Edward) and begins a sweet, first love affair. Goaded by Hannah (Kerry Fox, “An Angel at My Table”), the charismatic, domineering Head of Acting, Stanley uncovers a talent and ambition he didn’t know he had. When his group hits on a sex scandal that involves Isolde’s tennis prodigy sister as fertile material for their end-of-year show, Stanley finds himself profoundly torn.

July 12

“500 Years” (Documentary) — Directed by Pamela Yates (Opens in NY)

“500 Years”: Daniel Hernández-Salazar

From a historic genocide trial to the overthrow of a president, “500 Years” tells a sweeping story of mounting resistance played out in Guatemala’s recent history, through the actions and perspectives of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to reimagine their society.

Bronx Gothic” (Documentary) (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 28)

Bronx Gothic

An electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show, “Bronx Gothic.” Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui — who’s worked with conceptual artists like Ralph Lemon and Julie Taymor — fuses dance, song, drama, and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With intimate vérité access to Okwui and her audiences off the stage, “Bronx Gothic” allows for unparalleled insight into her creative process as well as the complex social issues embodied in it.

Julius Caesar” (Filmed Stage Production) — Directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Opens in the UK)

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Julius Caesar” depicts the catastrophic consequences of a political leader’s extension of his powers beyond the remit of the constitution. As Brutus (Harriet Walter) wrestles with his moral conscience over the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jackie Clune), Mark Antony (Jade Anouka) manipulates the crowd through his subtle and incendiary rhetoric.

July 14

To the Bone” — Written and Directed by Marti Noxon (Available on Netflix)

To the Bone

Based on the real-life experiences of writer-director Marti Noxon, “To the Bone” shares the story of 20-year-old Ellen (Lily Collins) and her battle with anorexia. Ellen enters a group home run by an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves) where she and the other residents go on a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing journey — navigating their addictions and finding the path to choosing life.

Lady Macbeth” — Written by Alice Birch

Lady Macbeth

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family is cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Birthright: A War Story” (Documentary) — Directed by Civia Tamarkin; Written by Civia Tamarkin and Luchina Fisher (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 28)

Birthright: A War Story

Birthright: A War Story” is a feature length documentary that examines how women are being jailed, physically violated, and even put at risk of dying as a radical movement tightens its grip across America. The film tells the story of women who have become collateral damage in the aggressive campaign to take control of reproductive health care and to allow states, courts, and religious doctrine to govern whether, when, and how women will bear children. This is the real-life “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Wish Upon” — Written by Barbara Marshall

Wish Upon

Twelve years after discovering her mother’s suicide, 17-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe), and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can’t help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she’s always wanted and everything seems perfect — until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that she must get rid of the box, but finds herself unable and unwilling to part with her new-and-improved life — leading her down a dark and dangerous path.

“The Midwife” (Opens in NY)

“The Midwife”

Two of French cinema’s biggest stars shine in this bittersweet drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Claire (Catherine Frot), a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together in this sharp character study from director Martin Provost (“Séraphine”).

Footnotes

Footnotes

Footnotes” is a whimsical and original musical comedy about Julie (Pauline Etienne), a young woman struggling to make ends meet in France’s radically changing economy. Living out of a backpack, Julie spends her days jumping from job to job until she’s finally offered a temporary stockroom position at a women’s luxury shoe factory. After making friends with the boss’s spunky receptionist Sophie (Julie Victor) and the ever-charming factory truck driver Samy (Olivier Chantreau), Julie thinks the hard times are behind her. But Julie’s dreams of stability collapse when management threatens to close down the factory.

Chasing Coral” (Documentary)— Co-Written by Vickie Curtis (Available on Netflix)

Chasing Coral

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

False Confessions” — Co-Directed by Marie-Louise Bischofberger (Opens in NY; Opens in La July 21)

False Confessions

Isabelle Huppert commands the screen as Araminte, the wealthy widow who unwittingly hires the smitten Dorante (Louis Garrel) as her accountant. Secrets and lies accumulate as Dorante and his accomplice, Araminte’s manservant Dubois (Yves Jacques), manipulate not only the good-hearted Araminte, but also her friend and confidante, Marton (Manon Combes). Dorante, by turns pitiable and proficient, but always deferential to his social better, walks a fine line in his quest to arouse an equal desire in the object of his affections.

Blind” — Co-Written by Diane Fisher

A novelist blinded in the car crash (Alec Baldwin) that killed his wife rediscovers his passion for both life and writing when he embarks on an affair with the neglected wife (Demi Moore) of an indicted businessman (Dylan McDermott).

July 19

Desert Hearts” (Theatrical Re-Release)— Directed Donna Deitch; Written by Natalie Cooper (Opens in NY)

Desert Hearts

Based on Jane Rule’s 1964 novel, Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was… complicated. Landmark in its positive portrayal of sapphic romance and celebrated for its passionate, sensual bedroom scenes that nearly fog the camera’s lens, Deitch’s vision for Cay and Vivian’s nuanced onscreen relationship explores the tension inherent in a sheltered woman accepting her newfound sexual self.

July 21

Landline” — Directed by Gillian Robespierre; Written by Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm

Landline

When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. Set in 1990s Manhattan, “Landline” is a warm, insightful, and comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies.

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver

Girls Trip

When four lifelong friends — Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish — travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

The Untamed” (Opens in NY)

The Untamed

Alejandra (Ruth Ramos) is a young mother and housewife who raises her children with her husband, Angel (Jesús Meza), in a small town. His brother Fabian (Eden Villavicencio) is a nurse at a local hospital. Their provincial lives are altered with the arrival of the mysterious Veronica (Simone Bucio). Sex and love are fragile in certain regions where family values ​​exist and hypocrisy, homophobia, and sexism are strong. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby forest, in a secluded cabin, there is something that is not of this world but that is the answer to all their problems.

Scales: Mermaids Are Real

Siren Phillips (Emmy Perry) has lived her life thinking she’s an ordinary girl, in an ordinary town. On the eve of her birthday, however, she learns that she is far from ordinary. Destined to turn into a mermaid at the age of 12, Siren must struggle with her new reality, saying goodbye to her mother and friends, while she transitions into the water. To make matters worse, a group of hunters are after her. When Siren’s mother is taken, the town must rally behind her and help her make a peaceful transition into the water, before the hunters can find her.

“The Fencer” — Written by Anna Heinämaa

“The Fencer”

A young man, Endel Nelis (Märt Avandi), arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion — fencing. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice: risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.

July 26

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” (Documentary) — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Catherine Bainbridge

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

“Rumble” tells the story of a profound, essential, and, until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Indigenous influence. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, “Rumble” shows how these talented Native musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

July 28

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

Oscar-winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in “Atomic Blonde,” a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors. The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

The Incredible Jessica James” (Available on Netflix)

The Incredible Jessica James

Jessica Williams (“The Daily Show”) stars as a young, aspiring playwright in New York City who is struggling to get over a recent breakup. She is forced to go on a date with the recently divorced Boone, played by Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”), and the unlikely duo discover how to make it through the tough times in a social media obsessed post-relationship universe. Lakeith Stanfield (“Atlanta”, “Get Out”) and Noël Wells (“Master of None”) co-star.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Documentary)— Co-Directed by Bonni Cohen

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”: Paramount Pictures and Participant Media

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the empowering notion that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Strange Weather” — Written and Directed by Katherine Dieckmann (Also Available on VOD)

Strange Weather

Academy Award winner Holly Hunter gets behind the wheel in this engrossing story of a woman’s quest for rectitude in the wake of harrowing loss. Steeped in a strong sense of place and peopled by convention-defying characters, Katherine Dieckmann’s “Strange Weather” draws you into its sultry Southern milieu and takes you on a backroads trek you won’t soon forget.

“From the Land of the Moon” — Co-Written and Directed by Nicole Garcia

“From the Land of the Moon”

In 1950s France, Gabrielle (Marion Cottilard) is a passionate, free-spirited woman in a loveless marriage, and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André (Louis Garrel).

It Stains the Sands Red

It Stains the Sands Red

In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, Molly (Brittany Allen) — a troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past — finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone and ravenous zombie on her tail (Juan Riedinger). Easily able to outpace her un-dead pursuer at first, things quickly become a nightmare when it dawns on her that the zombie will never need to stop and rest. This is the epic story of one woman’s journey to outrun not only the immediate threat that follows her, but the demons who have chased her all her life.

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Did Jennifer Connelly Secretly Join Spider-Man: Homecoming?

23 June 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With exactly two weeks left until Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters, it seems that a new mystery cast member has been unveiled. The IMDb page for Spider-Man: Homecoming has added Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly to the cast, with the actress portraying "Karen/Suit Lady." This casting has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios or Sony Pictures, but this certainly wouldn't be the first time that news of a surprise casting addition happens just before a Marvel movie is released.

When Marvel announced the red carpet premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the studio made a list of cast members that have been confirmed to attend, as part of the tip sheet sent to members of the press covering the event. That tip sheet included two cast members who had not been previously announced, Julie Delpy as Madame B, who trained a young Natasha Romanoff to become the Black Widow, and Linda Cardellini as Laura Barton, the wife of Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). When production began last year on Captain America: Civil War, fans were surprised to find William Hurt as part of the cast, reprising his role from 2008's The Incredible Hulk as Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. It remains to be seen if Marvel plans on confirming this casting as we get closer and closer to the July 7 release date of this Spider-Man movie.

Aside from the IMDb listing, no further details about this character have been given, but if it is true, this won't be her first time starring in a Marvel movie. Five years before the Marvel Cinematic Universe started with Iron Man, Universal Pictures released Hulk, which starred Eric Bana as Bruce Banner and Jennifer Connelly as Betty Ross. When Marvel Studios released The Incredible Hulk in 2008, just months after Iron Man, Liv Tyler portrayed Betty Ross alongside Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, who was replaced by Mark Ruffalo in 2012's The Avengers. The actress is also married to Paul Bettany, who plays the iconic character Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It's worth noting that anyone can edit a film's IMDb page, so it's possible that this could have been added by someone who was given some inaccurate information. On the other hand, the movie has already started screening for members of the press, so it's also possible that someone could have seen the movie and then added Jennifer Connelly's character into the movie's IMDb page. Regardless, fans will find out in exactly 14 days whether or not Jennifer Connelly is part of this highly-anticipated Spider-Man movie. There has already been one Spider-Man: Homecoming early reaction, which claims its the best Spider-Man movie ever.

If Jennifer Connelly is part of Spider-Man: Homecoming, she joins a diverse cast that includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Zendaya as Michelle, who has been rumored to be the daughter of Adrian Toomes (Michael Keaton), a.k.a. The Vulture, but that report was shot down. The cast also includes Laura Harrier as Liz Allan, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Michael Cherus as The Tinkerer, Kenneth Choi as Principal Morita and Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds. Jon Watts, who made his directorial debut with the indie hit Cop Car, directs from a script by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, Jon Watts, Chris McKenna, Christopher Ford and Erik Sommers. Hopefully we'll find out more about Spider-Man: Homecoming as we get closer to the July 7 release date. »

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So Is Zendaya Playing Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Homecoming or What?

23 June 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

In Sam Raimi's early 2000s Spider-Man franchise, Kirsten Dunst appears as the bubbly, popular, redheaded Mary Jane Watson, one of Peter Parker's most iconic love interests. With a new version of the teenage web-slinger's story on the way in the form of Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming, fans have been trying to determine if Zendaya, whose casting as "Michelle" was announced to much fanfare, is the next person to step into Mj's shoes. Shortly after The Wrap confirmed that Zendaya's role was indeed Mary Jane last Summer, we went on a visit to Spider-Man: Homecoming's Atlanta set, where we assumed we'd get a straight answer about the true nature of her role. The short version? We're still not totally sure who she's playing. The long version? Well, keep reading. RelatedEverything You Need to Know About Spider-Man: Homecoming While speaking with Eric Carroll, coproducer and director of development for Marvel, he insisted that "Zendaya is playing a character named Michelle. And I promise you, when the movie comes out, that her name is Michelle." As you can see in the film's first trailer, Michelle could not look more different than Dunst's take on the character. She's in head-to-toe black, wearing little to no makeup, has a messy ponytail, is reading Of Human Bondage in their gym class, and seems to be a lone wolf. Oh, and she also isn't afraid to dish out insults to Peter and Ned (Jacob Batalon) while they ogle Peter's crush, Liz Allan (Laura Harrier). It would certainly be a new direction for the character (if she's truly Mj, of course), but a welcome one. "I always thought of her as being a version of Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club, what Linda Cardellini is like in Freaks and Geeks," director Jon Watts told us about Michelle. "It's just a cool character, and it's cool for her to be that character I thought. She has a really cool wardrobe, really funny, lots of literary nods." Tom Holland, who plays Peter Parker, also had some interesting things to say about his costar. "Michelle is a very interesting character. She's very quiet. She's always reading these crazy books, like 'How to Murder Someone Without Anyone Knowing,'" he joked. "We'll be doing a scene with all the other cast members, and she'll suddenly just pitch in and all of us stop, like, 'That was a strange thing to say.' And then we continue on with our dialogue. . . . Z has really brought a lot of herself to the character." If we take the cast and production team at their word and the K.C. Undercover star's character really is named Michelle, it still doesn't necessarily put her out of the running of being Mj. One of the biggest things that Carroll emphasized during our conversation was that Spider-Man: Homecoming is attempting to do something completely fresh and new, specifically that the goal "was not to see what's already been seen." With two Spider-Man franchises already in the can, the new film will require a bit of reinvention to be original. Maybe Mj's new name (Michelle J. Watson? Michelle-Jane Watson, only the "Jane" is silent?) and new personality are a part of that. Further adding to our suspicion that Michelle is Mj is the extremely cagey way everyone on set spoke about her character. A simple "Zendaya isn't playing Mary Jane" would have nipped the whole question in the bud. Instead, there was a lot of dancing around the subject. After being asked about the racism Zendaya has experienced after internet trolls and fan boys decided Mary Jane could only ever be played by a white woman, Holland said that she's taking it all in stride. The comment would not typically be surprising (Zendaya is Twitter's reigning queen of clapbacks, after all), except for the way he describes her character. "She has such a large following on Instagram, and the majority of those people are all for her and all love her," he said. "I feel like our generation of people are all moving on past this whole 'you can't cast someone who's not the set right race for a character.' I think we're breaking through and changing that, and Z is perfect for it. Z is so powerful and strong-willed, it's not going to shake her at all." As Bustle notes in its own dissection of the quote, why would Holland even bother discussing the Mary Jane haters going after her if she's not actually playing the character? Sony producer Amy Pascal was similarly evasive when questions came up about Michelle, noting that "Peter has lots of girls around him in this movie" and that "the story is about him and Liz." Watts would only acknowledge the existence of multiple Michelles in the comics but didn't want to further address any of the "weird rumors flying around." Before Spidey swings into theaters on July 6, all we'll know for sure is that Zendaya's Michelle is going to play a huge part in Peter's life. She might not be Mary Jane, but that doesn't rule out an eventual nickname of "Mj," right? If we don't get a definitive answer to the mystery in Homecoming, here's hoping a juicy postcredits scene makes things a little clearer, at the very least. »

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‘The Founder’ Blu-ray Review

17 June 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Justin Randell Brooke, Kate Kneeland, Patrick Wilson | Written by Robert D. Siegel | Directed by John Lee Hancock

When you have a film looking at the origins of McDonald’s, you would think that the company would like it to be inspirational and positive. The tale of Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), The Founder is one of selfishness and pure ruthlessness that makes you side with his victims.

The story of Ray Kroc is the tale of a salesman who recognised something special in the fast food restaurant run by the McDonald Brothers. Recognising the potential of franchising what have created he wouldn’t let anything stand in his way, including the brothers themselves.

Michael Keaton is one of those actors who can take a role and infuse charisma into it, even if the character is an unlikable. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Newswire: Ruh-roh: James Gunn says his Scooby-Doo movie was originally rated R

16 June 2017 11:50 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

This week marks the 15th anniversary of Scooby-Doo, a landmark of modern cinema that definitely earns the title, “A film that was made in 2002.” To commemorate the moment, Scooby-Doo screenwriter (and writer-director of noted indie films Guardians Of The Galaxy Vols. 1 and 2) James Gunn has posted a lengthy remembrance on Facebook, discussing the friends he made from the experience (Linda Cardellini, Matthew Lillard), late-night games of Celebrity with actual celebrities, and the joy of having a hit film that guaranteed him work for years to come. (And bought him a house. That’s probably a nice memory, too.)

But one of the first things he cops to is the admission that the children’s movie was originally rated R. Not only that, but the women in the starring roles had their cleavage CGI-ed away, “so as not to offend.” Fans immediately responded, wanting to know both the ...

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Watch Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg Reunite in Funny First 'Daddy's Home 2' Trailer, Joined by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow

15 June 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

A buoyant comedy that pitted an insecure stepfather (Will Ferrell) against the biological father (Mark Wahlberg) of his two stepchildren, Daddy's Home was a bright spot at the box office, earning more than $240 million worldwide after it was released in 2015. No wonder that a sequel was in the works shortly thereafter. Ferrell and Wahlberg had previously teamed up as police partners in The Other Guys and they once again displayed great comic chemistry, this time competing for the affection of the children. The movie was also buttressed by a great supporting cast, led by Linda Cardellini, Hannibal Buress and Thomas Haden Church. It tapped into the contrasting, manic power of the stars and integrated wonderfully ridiculous slapstick, yet it was also warm and...

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First Full Trailer for 'Daddy's Home 2' Comedy Sequel No One Wanted

15 June 2017 2:37 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Look who's here!" Paramount has debuted the first official trailer for Daddy's Home 2, the sequel to the comedy Daddy's Home, about a stepfather who has to deal with a crazy biological father. Why did they make a sequel to this? I don't remember anyone saying anything good about it or hearing about it being a hit. Ugh. Daddy's Home 2 brings back director Sean Anders, as well as stars Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, and Linda Cardellini. Newcomers for this sequel include John Cena, John Lithgow, and surprisingly, Mel Gibson. This looks as terrible as you're expecting, with cheap, excruciating humor and an absurdly cliche scenario that honestly seems kind of offensive. But whatever. I definitely won't be seeing this load of junk. Here's the first official trailer for Sean Anders' sequel Daddy's Home 2, direct from YouTube: In the sequel to the 2015 global smash, father and stepfather, Dusty »

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'Daddy's Home 2' Trailer Welcomes Mel Gibson, John Lithgow to the Family

15 June 2017 11:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are back in Daddy's Home 2, except this time they're joined by their fathers, played by Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, respectively.

With Wahlberg's and Ferrell's characters (Dusty and Brad) putting their differences aside to pull off the perfect Christmas for their kids, their parents arrive. It once again pits the strong alpha male (Gibson) against the sensitive dad (Lithgow) just in time for holiday chaos.

John Cena will also return to the Sean Anders-directed sequel in a more prominent role along with Linda Cardellini and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Daddy's Home 2 hits theaters on Nov. »

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Mel Gibson Plays the Grandpa From Hell in ‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Trailer (Watch)

15 June 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mel Gibson and John Lithgow join the daddies in Paramount Pictures’ first trailer for “Daddy's Home 2,” playing the fathers to Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell’s characters.

The trailer sets out a plotline of the fathers being met at the airport to join the Christmas holiday celebration with Wahlberg and Ferrell having teamed to provide their kids with a perfect Christmas. Ferrell and Lithgow embrace joyously and kiss after not seeing each other for two weeks — much to the chagrin of Gibson’s old-school ultra-macho character.

“You’re letting this guy raise your kids?” Gibson asks his son incredulously.

Later, to impress his elementary school-age grandchildren, Gibson tells a joke that starts, “Two dead hookers wash up on the shore …”

Sean Anders has returned to the director’s chair. He also wrote the script with John Miller, his writing partner on “We’re the Millers.” The first “Daddy’s »

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Daddy's Home 2 Trailer Brings in Grandpas Mel Gibson and John Lithgow

15 June 2017 10:48 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer and three photos for Daddy's Home 2, the studio's comedy sequel that continues the story from the 2015 smash hit Daddy's Home. Returning from the original comedy are Will Ferrell as Brad Whitaker and Mark Wahblerg as Dusty Mayron, along with Linda Cardellini as Sara and Scarlett Estevez and Owen Vaccaro as the kids Megan and Dylan. This sequel also brings two new cast members into the fold, Mel Gibson and John Lithgow, portraying Dusty and Brad's fathers.

In the Paramount Pictures sequel to the 2015 global smash, father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty's old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad's ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos. Alessandro Ambrossia »

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Mel Gibson and John Lithgow join Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in Daddy’s Home 2 trailer

15 June 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Paramount Pictures has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming comedy sequel Daddy’s Home 2. The film sees director Sean Anders reteaming with original cast members Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, Scarlett Estevez, Owen Vaccaro, and Alessandra Ambrosio alongside newcomers Mel Gibson and John Lithgow; check it out below along with four first look images…

In the sequel to the 2015 global smash, father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell), have joined forces to provide their kids with the perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.

Daddy’s Home 2 is set for release on November 10th. »

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See Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg Extend Fatherly Feud in 'Daddy's Home 2'

15 June 2017 10:41 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg grapple with their own daddy issues in the goofy new trailer for Daddy's Home 2. The sequel to the 2015 family comedy opens November 10th.

In the new movie, Ferrell and Wahlberg reprise their roles as Dusty and Brad and their step-dad detente is tested when their extended families converge for a big Christmas party. Mel Gibson co-stars as Dusty's gruff, macho and estranged father, while John Lithgow plays Brad's overly affectionate pops.

The new trailer boasts plenty of ridiculousness, including a silly take on the »

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‘Daddy’s Home 2’ Trailer: Sequel Doubles Down On Dadness With Mel Gibson & John Lithgow

15 June 2017 10:37 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Will Farrell and Mark Wahlberg have made peace from the first Daddy’s Home, the Paramount comedy that grossed $242.8 million worldwide and quickly spawned a sequel. So who better to replace any tension then Mel Gibson, who plays Wahlberg’s bad-ass dad, and John Lithgow, vamping as Ferrell’s gushy pops, in a sequel? The four collide in Daddy’s Home 2, which returns director Sean Anders and sees the now-together families attempt to spend Christmas as one. Linda Cardellini… »

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