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‘Wonder Woman 2,’ ‘Suicide Squad 2’ & More DCFilms Confirmed At Comic Con

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It’s been an interesting 48 hours for Warner Bros. and DC Films. On Friday, it was reported that Ben Affleck was leaving the Batman role, or more precisely would be phasing himself out of the role (by Kim Masters of THR who is rarely wrong, fyi). It seemed like a PR disaster; just 24 hours before the Warner Bros. Comic Con panel, it appeared as though there would be no more Affleck as Batman in the Dceu.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Trailer For ‘Riverdale’ Season 2 Welcomes The Angel Of Death

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While I’ve never seen a single episode of “Game Of Thrones,” I’ve seen all of “Riverdale” so far. That’s right, the dark Archie Comics adaptation is my jam, and the title town is my Westeros, which means I can’t wait for the second season. I’d definitely wager that some of our readers are (secret) fans of the show too.

Spoilers ahead if you’re still catching up, but at the end of first season, Archie’s dad, played by a weathered Luke Perry, was left with a bullet in the gut.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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New ‘Justice League’ Trailer Unites Heroes To Save The World

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One of the most anticipated superhero events of the year is “Justice League” and a big new trailer is here to get fans excited.

Fresh off the critical and box office success of “Wonder Woman,” DC Films is pushing “Justice League” as the cornerstone of an interconnected franchise featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Superman and looks to be continuing the serious tone imparted by “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” and “Wonder Woman”.

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- Christian Gallichio

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Ben Affleck Shrugs Off The Rumors He’s Leaving ‘The Batman’ Role

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Yesterday, the geek world was rocked when it was reported that Ben Affleck was hanging up the cape and cowl as Batman after “Justice League.” Of course, nothing was official, but Kim Masters at The Hollywood Reporter is a veteran who knows her stuff, but nonetheless, Dceu fans held firm that the report was unsubstantiated. Well, today, they have some good news from Affleck himself. Sort of.

The actor swung through San Diego Comic Con for his obligatory stint plugging “Justice League,” and addressed the rumors he was saying farewell as Batman, by saying the following:

"I would be a fucking ape on the ground for Matt Reeves," says Affleck.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Flash’: DC Films Will Make ‘Flashpoint’ Movie

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So that “Flash” adaptation starring Ezra Miller has false-started a few times. First Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”) was supposed to direct the film and before that Phil Lord and Chris Miller were developing the property (and there’s rumors that they could come back now). Now, today at San Diego Comic Con announced by DC Films chief Geoff Johns with the cast of “Justice League”— Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher looking on— comes the news: “The Flash” movie is finally coming and it’s now called “The Flash: Flashpoint” an adaptation of a 2011 comic book storyline that features an alternate universe for the character Barry Allen.

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- Edward Davis

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‘Ready Player One’ Will Feature the Iron Giant, and People Are Freaking Out

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The trailer for “Ready Player One” just premiered at Comic-Con, and with it our first look at some of the far-flung characters in Steven Spielberg’s journey through the world of video games. Freddy Krueger and the DeLorean from “Back to the Future” both feature in the trailer, but the character drawing strongest reactions is undoubtedly the Iron Giant.

Read More‘Ready Player One’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Reminds Us He’s the King of the Sci-Fi Blockbuster

The Iron Giant plays a huge role in the movie,” Spielberg said of the beloved robot voiced by Vin Diesel in the 1999 animated classic. That came as good news to many:

The Iron Giant (!!!), Freddy Krueger and the Back to the Future DeLorean all make appearances in Ready Player One.

— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) July 22, 2017

Ready Player One looks honestly mind-blowing. One of the first shots in the Vr Oasis was the Iron Giant. »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Originals’ Season 5 Sneak Peek: There Is Hope for the Mikaelsons, Always and Forever – Watch

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Before “The Originals” heads into is farewell tour, there’s still one more season left that will no doubt be action-packed and heartbreaking all at once.

At the Comic-Con panel for the show on Saturday, the cast and crew gathered to give hints of what Season 5 will bring. Series creator Julie Plec joined stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Yusuf Gatewood, and Riley Voelkel in San Diego for the big event.

Read More‘The Vampire Diaries’ Producer Julie Plec on Ending the Series, and How It Might Be Reborn – IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

When the series left off in the finale, huge sacrifices were made for Klaus’ daughter Hope, who had been taken over by the Hollow. In order to keep his beloved girl free of such evil in the future, the Mikaelsons had to take part in a ritual and then stay apart »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Simpsons’ Will Return to DVD After A Three-Year Hiatus, After Fans Demand It

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The Simpsons” fans, your pleas have been answered: Three years after the last release, the show is returning to DVD.

Creator Matt Groening and executive producer Al Jean announced Saturday that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the 18th season of “The Simpsons” on DVD this December 5. On the cover: Mobster Fat Tony (voiced by Joe Mantegna).

The Simpsons” Season 17 was released in December 2014 – and then production halted on any future seasons. Groening and Jean revealed the reversal at the annual “The Simpsons” San Diego Comic-Con panel.

Matt Groening tried really hard to bring them back, and we’re very happy to say the fans were listened to,” Jean said. “This is the one Tweet I’ve been looking forward to announce.”

Read More‘The Simpsons’ Comic-Con Poster Celebrates The Animated Family’s Landmark 30th Anniversary — Exclusive

The Season 18 release is the only one confirmed, but the show’s »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Ready Player One’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Reminds Us He’s the King of the Sci-Fi Blockbuster

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Steven Spielberg spent much of the last decade directing family adventures (“Tintin,” “The Bfg”) and historical dramas (“Bridge of Spies,” “War Hors,e” and “Lincoln”). You’d have to go back to “War of the Worlds” in 2006 to find the last pure Spielberg science-fiction blockbuster. Fans of “E.T.,” “Jurassic Park,” “Minority Report” and “AI Aritical Intelligence” fans have been waiting for sci-fi Spielberg to return, and he’s finally ready with next summer’s “Ready Player One.”

Read More: ‘Spielberg’ Documentary Set at HBO, Will Show Career-Spanning Behind-the-Scenes Footage

Based on the dystopian science-fiction novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, “Ready Player One” is set in 2045 in a world damaged by global warming and an energy crisis. The population turns to a virtual reality known as The Oasis to escape the decaying world. The simulator’s creator has buried easter eggs inside the virtual-reality world, promising his fortune to whoever finds them all. »


- Zack Sharf

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Stephen Colbert Compares Donald Trump, Jr.’s Russia Meeting to ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ — Watch

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John Oliver calls it “Stupid Watergate.” Dan Pfeiffer refers to it as “the plot of ‘House of Cards’ with the characters from ‘Veep.'” And now Stephen Colbert is comparing Donald Trump and his family’s endless controversies to “Ocean’s Eleven,” namely the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and at least seven other people held last year that was totally about adoptions.

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Speaking about Ike Kaveladze, the most recent person confirmed to have been present at the eight-person meeting, Colbert says he adds intrigue to what’s been described as “a varied cast of characters.” Then it dawns on him: “I just realized what this meeting is — it’s a heist movie. They’ve got the whole ragtag team! There’s the money launderer, the fixer, the master of disguise, »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Ready Player One’ Trailer Boots Up Steven Spielberg’s Virtual Reality Adventure

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Steven Spielberg is booting up “Ready Player One,” and Warner Brothers has released the first trailer for the film.

The film follows gamer Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) as he plays through a Mmo (Massive Multiplayer Online) game searching for easter egg left behind by the game’s creator James Donovan Halliday (Mark Rylance, making this his third collaboration with Spielberg in four years).

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- Christian Gallichio

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‘The Tick’ Actor Griffin Newman Takes Over IndieWire’s Instagram Account at Comic-Con

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Every year, Comic-Con brings in actors from all over the world of obsessive fandoms. So we asked one of them to take a bunch of pictures for us.

When “The Tick” lands on Amazon next month, Griffin Newman co-stars as Arthur, the title hero’s sidekick. (Podcast fans: In addition to his work on “The Tick,” Newman also hosts the excellent “Blank Check” with David Sims.) Before his character makes his full-season debut, Newman is documenting his Comic-Con experience on the official IndieWire Instagram account.

Read More ‘The Tick’ Trailer: TV’s Funniest Superhero Plummets Into Action in New Amazon Series

Here’s what he posted this morning to kick off the day:

Just look how excited he is!

The Tick” takes over Room 6A late Saturday afternoon, where Newman will be joined onstage by fellow cast members Peter Serafinowicz, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez, Brendan Hines, Scott Speiser and Michael Cerveris, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’: How Fruitcake Was Used in the Season 7 Premiere’s Most Stomach-Churning Sequence

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There was a lot to unpack in last week’s “Game of Thrones” premiere, from Sansa and Jon’s infighting to Daenerys’ long-gestating plans for conquest, but one of the most memorable sequences from “Dragonstone” had little to do with war. Rather, it was our introduction to Samwell’s time at the Citadel — an apprenticeship shown in a montage that repeatedly cut between bowls of soup and overflowing bedpans.

In a new Vulture interview, actor John Bradley takes us behind the scenes of that stomach-churning sequence. Were you aware, for instance, that “if you want to re-create human feces onscreen, the best thing to do is to use soaking-wet fruitcake and mold it into the shape of turds”? Now you do.

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- Michael Nordine

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Sean Spicer’s Feelings Were Hurt by Melissa McCarthy’s ‘SNL’ Impression: ‘Sometimes It Goes from Funny to Mean’

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As his unofficial exit interview, very-recently-resigned White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared on “Hannity” last night to discuss his brief tenure as Donald Trump’s mouthpiece. Among the topics of discussion — like his successor, the formerly Hillary-loving Anthony Scaramucci — was Melissa McCarthy’s impression of him on “Saturday Night Live.”

Read MoreMelissa McCarthy Explains How ‘SNL’ Offered Her That Game-Changing Sean Spicer Role

“I’m a prankster, I like a good joke. I think when it’s funny, it’s funny,” Spicer said of the bits before adding that “sometimes it goes from funny to mean.”

“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,” added Spicer, whose former boss once mocked a disabled reporter during a campaign rally. McCarthy debuted her impersonation »


- Michael Nordine

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Alfonso Cuarón Is the Best Director of the 21st Century, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25

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Using the proprietary powers of the Metascore, everyone’s favorite review aggregator (sorry, Rotten Tomatoes) has ranked the 25 best directors of the 21st century. The results were found by averaging the reviews of filmmakers who’ve released at least four movies since January 1, 2000 and thus represent more of a number crunch than a subjective list.

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As the two lowest-ranked auteurs are tied with an average Metascore of 78.4, essentially anyone who’s released at least one movie that received middling reviews didn’t make the cut — meaning that everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick to Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson shan’t be found here.

Topping the list is Alfonso Cuarón, whose average score of 87.5 comes from four highly acclaimed movies: “Gravity” (96), “Y Tu Mamá También” (88), “Children of Men” (84), and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban »


- Michael Nordine

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John Heard, Scene-Stealing Character Actor from ‘Home Alone’ and ‘The Sopranos,’ Dies at 71

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John Heard, best known for playing the father in “Home Alone” and its sequels, has died. The news was first reported by TMZ before being confirmed elsewhere; according to the initial report, the actor had “minor back surgery” at Stanford Medical Center earlier this week and was found dead in a Palo Alto hotel room. Heard was 71.

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An omnipresent character actor who had a habit of stealing scenes throughout his prolific career, Heard also appeared in such films as “Big,” “Awakenings,” “The Chumscrubber,” “C.H.U.D.,” and “The Pelican Brief”; among his television work as a five-episode stint as Detective Vin Makazian on “The Sopranos.”

A crooked cop who shared information with mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), Makazian was a forlorn figure who whiled away his days at a brothel — and eventually had his shady dealings catch up with him. »


- Michael Nordine

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Review. Pressed for Time—Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk"

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Nowadays you can just get a ferry or the Eurostar and be there in a few relatively painless minutes, but had you hoped to cross the Strait of Dover from France to England in May 1940, you’d be in for some real hell. You might very well drown, or be crushed by the hull of a listing ship, or scorched alive by burning oil, or bombed, or shot. Or maybe all of these things at once, or in sequence. Worse still, you’d most likely have to do a lot of standing around and waiting for it beforehand. Back then, whatever side of history you were on, be it Axis or Allied, you’d still want to be on the English side of the Strait of Dover. Truly nobody wanted to cross the other way, from England to France. Yet many brave souls did so anyway, to rescue nearly 340,000 soldiers »

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Christopher Nolan Explains Why He Doesn’t Allow Phones On Set

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As Christopher Nolan continues his press rounds for his excellent “Dunkirk,” he has been revealing a lot about his filmmaking process including who got to look at his scripts, why he cast Harry Styles, and why he doesn’t like Netflix. During an interesting Q&A with Esquire, he also revealed that he doesn’t allow cell phones on set and his reasons why.

Like his friend and fellow filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, Nolan doesn’t allow phones on set because he believes they are a “huge distraction,” and prevent people from being truly focused on the task at hand.

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- Christian Gallichio

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Rumor: WB/DC Films Working On ‘Harley Quinn Vs The Joker’ Spin-Off Film

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It seems as if audiences area going to get a lot of Harley Quinn in the DC Extended Universe. While critical reception to “Suicide Squad” was mixed, to say the least, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was a clear standout, and Warner Bros. was quick to announce a pair of films that feature the character. The first was the obvious “Suicide Squad” sequel, rumored to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra.

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- Charles Dean

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Christopher Nolan Talks “Visceral Experience Of Cinema” in FilmLinc Podcast Talk

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Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” has been making considerable waves in the industry in recent months, not only because the story is based on a lesser known historical event during WWII but also because of Nolan’s dedication to the traditional, theatrical movie going experience. With its strong imagery as well as a mind-bending soundtrack courtesy of the legendary Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk presents itself and a true theatrical experience: fully immersive and captivating.

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- Martine Olivier

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