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‘Dunkirk’ Claims Box Office Victory With $50.5 Million Opening

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Riding strong word of mouth and rave reviews, Warner Bros.’ “Dunkirk” took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $50.5 million, blowing by the $30-40 million pre-weekend projections set by independent trackers. By comparison, director Christopher Nolan’s previous film, “Interstellar,” made $49.5 million over a five-day opening in November 2014, and went on to nearly post a 4x multiple with a $188 million domestic total. IMAX, which supplied the cameras for the project, played a major factor in pushing the film past projection windows. On 402 IMAX screens, “Dunkirk” made $11.7 million for a per screen average »


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Michelle Pfeiffer Will Play Janet Van Dyne In Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’

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Amidst the hype for “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel Studios announced at its Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con that Michelle Pfeiffer will play Janet Van Dyne, the long-lost wife of Hank Pym and the original Wasp in next summer’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” In the first “Ant-Man,” Van Dyne was a Shield agent who fought alongside Pym using the Ant-Man and Wasp suits they developed together. The two worked extremely well together, but in 1987, their partnership…and marriage…came to a tragic end when they were tasked with stopping a Soviet missile from killing millions of innocent. »


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Comic-Con: Qatari showrunner Ahmed Al Baker talks 'Medinah'

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Exclusive: The former engineer tells Jeremy Kay why he wanted his sci-fi TV series to be the first from the Middle East to come to the annual San Diego pop culture convention.

Eric Roberts, Natasha Henstridge, and Eyad Hourani star in Medinah, which takes place in the near future in Qatar as a catastrophic rocket mission to stop global warming plunges humans into a fight for survival against monsters, parallel realities, and their own demons.

Al Baker is polishing off the first season, which shot from January to June this year in English and Arabic, and is funded entirely by Qatar’s privately backed Katara Studios.

Al Baker previously directed short films and a feature debut, sci-fi The Package: Volume 1. He screened the first episode of Medinah at Comic-Con and heads to Los Angeles for meetings before returning to Qatar to write the second season.

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Qatari showrunner Ahmed Al Baker talks Comic-Con screening 'Medinah'

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Exclusive: The former engineer tells Jeremy Kay why he wanted his sci-fi TV series to be the first from the Middle East to come to Comic-Con.

Eric Roberts, Natasha Henstridge, and Eyad Hourani star in Medinah, which takes place in the near future in Qatar as a catastrophic rocket mission to stop global warming plunges humans into a fight for survival against monsters, parallel realities, and their own demons.

Al Baker is polishing off the first season, which shot from January to June this year in English and Arabic, and is funded entirely by Qatar’s privately backed Katara Studios.

Al Baker previously directed short films and a feature debut, sci-fi The Package: Volume 1. He screened the first episode of Medinah at Comic-Con and heads to Los Angeles for meetings before returning to Qatar to write the second season.

Medinah has no distribution anywhere yet, so why bring it to Comic-Con?

The model in »


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Avengers: Infinity War Co-Director Teases ‘Intense Surprises’ And Possible Deaths

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"Avengers: Infinity War" co-director Joe Russo and Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige tease major character deaths. »

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‘Doctor Who’: Pearl Mackie Confirms She’s Exiting Series After Christmas Episode

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The Comic-Con panel for “Doctor Who” was always going to be a bit bittersweet since this was the last one for Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Sadly, Pearl Mackie, who plays new companion Bill Potts, also confirmed that she will be leaving the series after the Christmas special.

Mackie has become an instant fan-favorite from her very first episode. Bill Potts had the honor of being the first openly gay companion in the series. While her sexuality wasn’t the main focus for her character, it wasn’t ignored either. In scenes throughout the season, various characters were seen accepting the fact that she is gay with no real issues. In the season finale, she was seen joining her love interest from the first episode to explore space aboard an alien ship.

Read More‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Teaser Trailer: Two Doctors Tackle a Twist in Time

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Jeph Loeb on Why ‘The Defenders’ Has Only 8 Episodes Instead of 13

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Yesterday, The Defenders had its panel at Comic-Con, but before the presentation, Steve Weintraub got to talk with Evp of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb. Loeb has been the overseer for all of the Marvel Television shows, and while each show has its own showrunner or showrunners, he’s the one who tries to look at the big picture stuff and make sure all of the series are on the same page. During their brief conversation, Loeb talked about how they pitched the Netflix McU three and a half years ago, and that The Defenders is the culmination of that … »

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‘Black Panther’: Ryan Coogler Would Spar with Chadwick Boseman to Get Him Pumped Up for Big Scenes

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There are lots of ways to get prepared for a scene. In the case of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, one method involves sparring with your director. That’s according to a new interview with the actor, who spoke to Vulture about “throwin’ punches and kicks” with helmer Ryan Coogler.

Read More‘Black Panther’ Teaser Trailer: Ryan Coogler Goes From Indie Darling to Spectacular Blockbuster Filmmaker

“He’ll come to your trailer and grab you,” said Boseman of Coogler’s unique approach to directing the upcoming Marvel drama. “He’s very hands-on. He likes to be physical and be part of it. In some fight scenes, if he feels like he needs your energy to get up, he’ll get in there to spar with you before you start. We throwin’ punches and kicks at each other.” Coogler, who also directed the “Rocky” spinoff “Creed,” must have picked up some »


- Michael Nordine

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‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Teaser Trailer: Two Doctors Tackle a Twist in Time

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[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the Season 10 finale of “Doctor Who” below.]

While everyone is in a tizzy over the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the new star of “Doctor Who,” let’s not forget that we’re not done with Peter Capaldi quiet yet.

The Comic-Con panel for “Doctor Who” on Sunday served as a farewell to Capaldi, who came on as the 12th Doctor in the long-running sci-fi series. Also bidding adieu to Twelve were his co-stars Pearl Mackie who plays companion Bill, Matt Lucas who plays assistant Nardole, Michelle Gomez who plays Missy, writer Mark Gatiss and showrunner Steven Moffat.

Read More‘Doctor Who’: Jodie Whittaker Casting Complaints Prompt BBC Response: ‘The Doctor Is an Alien’

Capaldi isn’t the only one who’s leaving. Moffat will be passing the mantle to “Broadchurch” showrunner Chris Chibnall, and judging by what happened in the finale, Gomez is hanging up her Time Lord duds as well. Update: Sadly, Mackie also »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’

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At their best, liberal film dramas that tackle the monumental issue of race in America have offered humanity and insight. It’s safe to say, though, that when Hollywood gives us a portrait of racial tragedy and injustice, it’s probably a tale of hope and uplift as well, a parable of moral darkness leading nobly into the light. But when you watch “Detroit,” Kathryn Bigelow’s sweeping, scalding drama about the Detroit riots that took place 50 years ago, in July 1967, you’re entering a zone where the usual feel-good pieties don’t apply. For this is no comforting drama of social protest. It’s closer to a hair-trigger historical nightmare, one you can’t tear yourself away from. Bigelow, working from a script by her regular collaborator Mark Boal (it’s their first film since “Zero Dark Thirty”), has created a turbulent, live-wire panorama of race in America that feels like it’s all unfolding in »


- Owen Gleiberman

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‘Detroit’ Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s Harrowing Docudrama Is a Bumpy but Bracingly Physical Portrait of Race in America

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Exploding across the stressed out summer of 2017 like a powder keg thrown into a room that’s already on fire, Kathryn Bigelow’s hectic but harrowing docudrama account of the 1967 Detroit riots is inevitably as concerned with the persistence of systemic racism as it is with its past. The years between now and then have made it impossible to isolate the two — names like Tamir Rice and Philando Castile have disallowed us from deluding ourselves into thinking what’s done is done. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Nevertheless, there’s something broadly instructive about a major director choosing this moment to make a movie about this episode in the fraught history of American race relations. With Ferguson still so close in the rearview mirror, with Eric Garner still so fresh in so many minds, not even the whitest of viewers (or filmmakers) can look at »


- David Ehrlich

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Why ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Should Lead to More Female-Centered Films

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How has the box office loved “Wonder Woman?” Let us count the ways.

First, its opening weekend, which earned over $100 million in North America thanks in part to nearly universal support from the critical community. But that was just the beginning. Patty Jenkins’ movie went on to become the top earning live-action film directed by a woman, and passed earnings of its fellow DC Comics movies “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It has experienced cultural victories too — look to the swarms of Comic-Con fans in full Diana Prince getups.

This weekend, with $389 million from the domestic market, “Wonder Woman” can add a new accomplishment to its arsenal — the highest-grossing movie of the summer.

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It’s also the second largest earner of 2017 behind another film centered on a female protagonist, “Beauty and the Beast” ($504 million domestic). As conversation surrounding gender equality and equity »


- Seth Kelley

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‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Season 2 Sneak Peek Is What Dreams Are Made Of

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Everything is connected, even at Comic-Con.

On Sunday, BBC America held a panel for “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” to reflect on its first season and look ahead at Season 2. On the panel were series creator Max Landis, showrunner Robert Cooper, and the cast consisting of Elijah Wood, Samuel Barnett, Hannah Marks, Jade Eschete, Fiona Dourif, Mpho Koaho, and new Season 2 actors Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine.

Read More‘Dirk Gently’ Season 1 Review: Come for Douglas Adams But Stay for the Weird Assassin Lady

Only loosely based on the Douglas Adams of the same name, the first season of “Dirk Gently” took the title character on an original murder mystery adventure in which time travel, a kitten, and shark bites were involved. The story also included a cute corgi, creepy bald guys, a group called the Rowdy 3 that comprises four guys, and a maniacal assassin who believes she’s destined to kill certain people. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘My Friend Dahmer’ Trailer: The Milwaukee Monster Before He Started Killing and Eating People — Watch

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One of the most infamous serial killers of the 20th century, Jeffrey Dahmer didn’t just murder people — he also dabbled in cannibalism, necrophilia, and amateur skeletal preservation. The “Milwaukee Monster,” who was previously played by a pre–”Hurt Locker” Jeremy Renner, will have the story of his early years told in Marc Meyers’ upcoming “My Friend Dahmer.” Watch the trailer below.

Read MoreLAFF 2017: 10 Festival Picks, from ‘My Friend Dahmer’ to ‘Everything Beautiful Is Far Away’

Here’s the synopsis: “Jeff Dahmer (Disney Channel’s Ross Lynch) is an awkward teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. He collects roadkill, fixates on a neighborhood jogger (Vincent Kartheiser, “Mad Men”), and copes with his unstable mother (Anne Heche) and well-intentioned father (Dallas Roberts). He begins to act out at school, and his goofball antics win over a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer Fan Club, »


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Ross Lynch Is Utterly Chilling In The First My Friend Dahmer Trailer

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To call Ross Lynch's performance as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer 'intense' would be a gross understatement, if the 'My Friend Dahmer' trailer is any indication. »

- Hilary Hughes

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Dunkirk Veteran on Christopher Nolan’s World War II Drama: ‘It Was Just Like I Was There Again’

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With a 94 on Metacritic and a $50 million debut at the box office, Dunkirk is already one of Christopher Nolan’s most well-received films. It isn’t just critics and fanboys who appreciate his tense new World War II drama, however, as at least one veteran of the battle itself is now signing its praises as well: “I never thought I would see that again,” said 97-year-old Ken Sturdy. “It was just like I was there again.”

Read More‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Girls Trip’ Prove the Box-Office Value of Original Ideas; ‘Valerian’ Does Not

“It didn’t have a lot of dialogue. It didn’t need any of the dialogue because it told the story visually and it was so real,” he continued. “Dunkirk” is light on conventional plotting and dialogue, as Nolan opted for an experiential, you-are-there approach that favors action over words. Study, who was 20 at the time, served as »


- Michael Nordine

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How Warner Bros Beat The Period-Film Curse At The B.O. & Positioned ‘Dunkirk’ As A Summer Tentpole

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Period has become increasingly challenging at the box office, not to mention in recent times marquees have been inundated with World War II fare, particularly films starring Brad Pitt. But when director Christopher Nolan embraces the historical subject, it’s a different story, and Warner Bros is celebrating a win for its older-male-skewing Dunkirk this weekend with $50.5 million — a figure that not only beat tracking, but the total $40M stateside ticket sales of Pitt’s… »


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Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Says ‘About 80 Percent’ Of The Film Was Improvised

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"Thor: Ragnarok" director Taika Waititi says "about 80 percent" of the film was improvised and that there was a "very loose and collaborate mood" on set. »

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Horror Haul: Joe Hill Calls ‘It’ One of the Scariest Movies Ever Made; Next ‘Cloverfield’ Movie Delayed

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Howdy, folks! It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for the horror haul, our weekly round-up and one-stop-shop for all things horror. This week in horror news, Joe Hill is throwing around some seriously intense praise for Andy Muschietti's It, calling the film one of the best horror movies ever made on par with The Thing and Jaws. I know, it's a lot. Elsewhere, Wish Upon director John R. Leonetti settles the debate over whether Steven Spielberg or Tobe Hooper directed Poltergeist, Paramount and Bad Robot push the third Cloverfield movie to 2018, The … »

- Haleigh Foutch

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‘Captain Marvel’ Concept Art Shows Brie Larson Fighting the Skrulls — in the 1990s

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When it hits theaters in 2019, “Captain Marvel” will become the first Marvel movie centered around a female superhero. Brie Larson has the distinction of leading the upcoming film, which was teased at Comic-Con with new concept art yesterday — as well as the revelation that it will take place in the ‘90s, well before any other chapter in the ongoing Marvel mythos.

Read More‘Captain Marvel’: ‘Half Nelson’ Filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck Tapped to Helm Female Superhero Film — Report

It will also pit Captain Marvel (aka Carol Danvers) against the Skrulls, a race of extraterrestrial shapeshifters most familiar to comic-book fans for their appearances opposite the Fantastic Four. Helping the superheroine in that task will be Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who at this point will still have the use of both eyes — and thus no need for his signature eyepatch.

Marvel StudiosKevin Feige told Variety last »


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