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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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, »


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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.

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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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Bradley continues: “The thing about wet fruitcake is, when you see it for »


- 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.”

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“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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‘The Defenders’: Cinematic Episode 1 Premieres at Comic-Con in Marvel Panel Full of Surprises

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Marvel likes to catch people off guard, which it more than did today at Comic-Con with its highly anticipated event series “The Defenders.” After a short panel moderated by executive producer Jeph Loeb, featuring the massive cast of the Marvel crossover event, the actors “goaded” him into screening the first full episode of the series, which premieres August 18 on Netflix.

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Before the screening, Loeb announced that “Iron Fist” was renewed for Season 2, and brought out “The Punisher” star Jon Bernthal to preview a clip from the upcoming “Daredevil” spinoff, one which featured Frank Castle in full-on vengeance mode, with no shortage of blood spilt.

“Frank’s very much in my heart,” Bernthal said. “I’m eternally grateful to get another crack at him.

Then, it was “Defenders” time. Developed by »


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‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch’s Short Film, The Cast Reacts to Dougie, and More Highlights From Comic-Con

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Because “Twin Peaks” creators David Lynch and Mark Frost were unable to attend the series’ Comic-Con panel in San Diego, the director created a video greeting for the fans.

And, as you can imagine, it was beyond words. But since the short film has yet to be released, we’ll try to do it justice.

Lynch’s message never got past a simple greeting — “Good afternoon ladies and gentleman” — but he made the most of a static camera in a dark room. Pointed at the director sitting in a wooden chair, Lynch kept getting distracted by action offscreen.

First, someone walked out a door and fell, presumably, to his death. Then Lynch showed off a clinched hand holding a golf ball Lynch described as “the last golf ball O.J. Simpson hit before going into prison in Nevada” before the camera cut out. When it started up again, a horse, a gun, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Celebrity Family Feud’ Photo Diary: Funny Gals vs. Funny Guys in ‘Most Competitive Game Yet’

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Comedians may make you laugh, but don’t underestimate their competitive spirits. On Sunday’s “Celebrity Family Feud,” the Funny Gals take on the Funny Guys, and it’s far more intense than you’d expect.

The Funny Gals team — June Diane Raphael, Andrea Savage, Kristen Schaal, Nicole Byer, and Carla Gallo — and the Funny Guys team — Paul Scheer, John Gemberling, Adam Pally, Eugene Cordero, Horatio Sanz — compete in what has been reportedly been the most competitive match in the history of the show. We say reportedly because that’s what Scheer himself said, and he’s clearly biased. (Editor’s Note: IndieWire is also biased towards Scheer because he conducted one of the best interviews and photo shoots with “BacheloretteRachel Lindsay ever.)

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That said, the episode looks »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Marvel’s The Defenders’: Watch the Action-Packed Comic-Con Trailer That Even Makes Iron Fist Look Cool

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Marvel’s big crimefighting quartet is ready to punch through your TV.

The Defenders,” the anticipated team-up between Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) premieres in less than a month. At the show’s Comic-Con panel, Marvel and Netflix released a first their latest look at what audiences can expect.

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This preview of the team and their fight against mysterious supervillain supergroup The Hand also showcases some of the show’s new characters, including Sigourney Weaver as season big bad Alexandra. “The Defenders” will also bring back favorites from the four individual series, like Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Matt Murdock associates Karen Page and Foggy Nelson (Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson), mandatory Marvel cameo artist Stan Lee and IndieWire’s favorite crazy whitefella Scott Glenn. »


- Steve Greene

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‘Vikings’ Trailer: A Bloody Season 5 Promises War, Violence and Chopped Heads

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When a trailer starts with a funeral, no one is safe.

Vikings” released our first glimpse at Season 5 of the turn-of-the-8th century epic at Comic-Con on Friday and it looks like there are few characters who’ll get through the newest batch of episodes unscathed.

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For those unfamiliar with the previous 49 episodes of the series (all written by Michael Hirst), the trailer does an effective job of boiling down the show’s dense mythology into its rival factions. With the Season 4 finale leaving Lagertha pulling the strings as the Queen of Kattegat, this sneak peek also gives audiences a glimpse at where Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen), Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) have ended up.

And then, there’s the battle scenes. These are not minor skirmishes, as one poor footsoldier’s decapitation can attest. »


- Steve Greene

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‘Outlander’ Season 3: Cast Teases the Print Shop Scene as a ‘Huge Moment’ for Fans

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The droughtlander is almost over as Book 3 of “Outlander” is coming back in September. As we pause in rematching the official trailer for the nth time, we have more to obsess over now that the cast and crew hit Comic-Con to tease Season 3.

Taking to the Ballroom 20 stage in San Diego’s Convention Center were stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Sophie Skelton, and Richard Rankin, alongside Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis and author Diana Gabaldon. While having the cast together looking good in contemporary clothes is always a good time, fans were also keen to see or hear anything more about Season 3.

As a special surprise, Jenna Dewan Tatum was the moderator for the panel. “I’m the hugest, biggest ‘Outlander’ fan,” she declared. During the lively panel, Tatum challenged the actors to a “Truth or Dance” game, and the audience had the honor of seeing Balfe and »


- Hanh Nguyen

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Ratings Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere Gives Rivals Summer Chills, But ‘America’s Got Talent’ Still Wins The Week

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To paraphrase everyone’s favorite “Game of Thrones” star, Ed Sheeran: HBO is on its way to another castle on Nielsen hill.

(Apologies for that.) After three days worth of time-shifted DVR and VOD usage, last Sunday’s Season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones” jumped to a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49, obliterating everything in its path. That was up 19% from the show’s already strong live+same day number.

What’s more, the rebroadcasts that night of last year’s finale, as well as the premiere (which repeated at 10:05 p.m. Et) also made it into the week’s top 25 adults 18-49 chart.

Earlier in the week, HBO reported that the Season 7 premiere reached a gross audience of 16.1 million viewers (Linear Plays + Same Day DVR Playback + Hbogo/HBO Now) up 50 percent from last year’s premiere. Per HBO, that performance set a record as the most watched premiere »


- Michael Schneider

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‘Archer: Danger Island’: Season 9 Title and Premise Revealed, as Archer Heads to the South Pacific

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Archer is going even further back in time next season. After a year in “Dreamland” — specifically the year 1947 — “Archer: Danger Island,” Season 9, will take place in the spring of 1939 on a remote beach locale in the South Pacific.

Announced by executive producer Matt Thompson during the Comic-Con panel in San Diego, it was also unveiled that Archer will be a seaplane pilot with one eyepatch and two partners: One is Pam Poovy, his co-pilot who he’s gotten into “many scrapes” with across the globe. The other is a “talking, fucking” parrot named Crackers, who will be voiced by Lucky Yates (who usually plays Dr. Krieger).

Lana is a princess on the island, while Mallory is a bar owner and (unlike last season) Archer’s mother. Mallory’s character in “Dreamland” was not related to Archer, and voice actress Jessica Walter said she was glad the familial connection has been restored. »


- Ben Travers

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This is What Happens When You Don’t Vet Your Documentary Subjects

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[Editor’s Note: Producer Susan MacLaury and her non-profit production organization, Shine Global, believed they found a unique story about the sex trafficking of young girls by desperate parents and the activist rescuing them. Deep into the production, however, alarm bells started going off about the veracity of their story. The resulting documentary, “The Wrong Light,” captures the story of the filmmakers questioning the girls and the shelter’s founder as they search for the truth. IndieWire invited MacLaury, a former educator and social worker, to discuss the lessons she learned and what all documentary filmmakers need to consider before they start a film.]

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The inspiration for “The Wrong Light” came from Natalie Jesionka, then an adjunct professor at Rutgers University. She had just completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Thailand, in which she studied different approaches to counter the trafficking of young Thai girls. Natalie had been impressed in particular by Mickey Choothesa’s “upstream” approach that attempted to prevent parents from selling their daughters, then housed and educated those willing to surrender their custody to him.

We were excited to do this film because sex trafficking globally is a problem that annually affects millions of people, half of whom are children. From a documentary perspective, this was already an old story in late 2011, but telling it from the perspective of impoverished parents who felt they had no choice hadn’t ever been documented.

Our first shoot in Fall »


- Chris O'Falt

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‘Robot Chicken’ Trailer: Season 9 is Here to Make Fun of Everything That Comic-Con Loves

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Robot Chicken” has a lot to catch up on.

It’s been over a year since the Adult Swim show was on the air, and it looks like that android-poultry hybrid spent most of its time watching TV. At the show’s Comic-Con panel Friday afternoon, the team behind “Robot Chicken” unveiled the first look at Season 9, which is set to debut at some point this fall.

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Eagle-eyed viewers will spot parodies of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Westworld,” “Black Mirror,” Pokemon and At&T commercials: basically, everything that Comic-Con fans adore. (Bonus points for getting in a mention of the late, lamented “Selfie” — John Cho would be proud.) And, by the looks of things, it seems like the show’s favorite nerd has come a long way since getting starstruck by George Lucas in an elevator.

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- Steve Greene

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