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‘American Horror Story’ Season 7 Title Is a Frightening Explanation of the 2016 Election

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American Horror Story” took months to get to Roanoke in 2016, but series creator Ryan Murphy made this year’s journey a little clearer.

Murphy revealed on Thursday night at a Comic-Con stunt that the upcoming season of “American Horror Story” is subtitled “Cult.” The series’ seventh season will premiere on FX on Tuesday, September 5. This confirmation follows months of speculation about how the events of last November would play out in his anthology horror series. Based on the video reveal from San Diego, this season may play out as a cross between a campaign rally and a ritual sacrifice.

American Horror Story: Cult Announcement! #AHS7 pic.twitter.com/iWhXCaxJiZ

— AmericanHorrorStory (@AHSFXCult) July 21, 2017

Murphy first hinted at a possible election-themed season back in February, explaining that filming would commence in June. He later walked back his comments that the upcoming season might have a literal Trump figure as part of the story. »


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‘Krypton’: Superman’s Grandfather Will Redeem the House of El — Watch

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As Comic-Con kicked off in earnest on Thursday, Syfy traveled across the galaxy to land on Superman’s home planet.

In the “Krypton” sneak peek teaser below, the action takes place two generations before the Man of Steel was born and the titular planet was destroyed. Seyg-El (Cameron Cuffe) is his grandfather, seen here as a young man who looks to be in his 20s.

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Although Superman, born Kal-El, is a hero to us mere humans, his family didn’t enjoy that kind of appreciation. The House of El was ostracized and shamed, and it was up to Seyg-El to fight to redeem his family’s honor and save his world.

That isn’t the only house name we may recognize. Among the cast are also Georgina Campbell (“Broadchurch”) and Ann Ogbomo, who play Lyta Zod and Alura Zod, respectively. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Legion’ Season 2: Noah Hawley Reveals a New Villain, More Episodes, and Teases Professor X

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Legion” fans showed up in droves for FX’s Comic-Con panel Thursday evening, and even though production on Season 2 has yet to begin, the audience was treated to a number of new details.

First and foremost, the second season has received an expanded episode order from FX. Season 1 consisted of eight episodes, but the follow-up will feature 10. John Solberg, the network’s executive vice-president of communications, also announced production is slated to begin in early 2018.

Joining the existing cast will be a new face playing an existing villain. Said Taghmaoi (“Wonder Woman,” “Three Kings”) will play the Shadow King, also known as Amahl Farouk. Able to possess human bodies, the Shadow King is a being made of pure psychic energy which feasts on the hatred within humans. He (or it?) has already possessed Aubrey Plaza’s Lenny and Jemaine Clement’s Oliver, but now the three of them will form »


- Ben Travers

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‘Stargate Origins’: New Prequel Series with Female Director and Lead Goes Back to Where It All Began – Watch

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At Comic-Con on Thursday evening, MGM announced a new “Stargate” TV series, one heading straight online.

Stargate Origins,” a new 10-episode series continuing the story of Roland Emmerich’s 1994 film “Stargate,” is set to premiere on a brand-new dedicated platform. “Stargate Command” will serve as the exclusive streaming home for “Origins,” in addition to hosting content from previous series.

Read MoreCatch Up With All of IndieWire’s Comic-Con News

All 10 episodes of “Origins” will be directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan and will follow the adventures of young Catherine Langford, a character from both the film and TV versions of “Stargate.” MGM’s official statement explains that the new series “will explore a brand new chapter in Catherine Langford’s early history surrounding the extraordinary portal. Young Catherine embarks on an unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save Earth from unimaginable darkness. »


- Steve Greene

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‘Doctor Doom’: Noah Hawley Developing New Movie at Fox

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Noah Hawley is a busy man, and he’s about to get even busier.

The creator and showrunner of both “Fargo” and “Legion” announced he’s developing a movie version of “Doctor Doom” at Comic-Con Thursday evening.

At the very end of the “Legion” panel, Hawley asked to make one last statement before the crowd left. After mentioning that he had been developing a film at Fox and how Comic-Con was the perfect venue to unveil it, Hawley hinted at his big new project.

“I’ll just say two words: The first one is ‘doctor’ and the second one is ‘doom.'”

Doctor Doom is a Marvel Comics character who’s the archenemy of the Fantastic Four. The son of a witch, Cynthia Von Doom, Doctor Doom is both a highly intelligent inventor and sorcerer who leads the nation of Latveria. Doom has also fought with the Avengers, including Iron Man and Black Panther. »


- Ben Travers

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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2: Adam Scott Says He’s Game to Return, as No One’s Storyline (Including His) Is Tied Up

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As “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty kicks around ideas for a sequel to the hit – and now Emmy-nominated – limited series, star Adam Scott said he’s up for a return.

Scott, in San Diego to promote his new Fox series, “Ghosted,” with co-star Craig Robinson, told IndieWire that he thought the show’s entire cast (well, at least the ones still alive) would be game for an encore if the story was right.

“I think everyone would,” he said. “I think it’s a matter of finding [the right idea]. I don’t know if its something that theres even an idea for, I have no idea. I was just proud to be a part of it. It was a great experience working with [director] Jean-Marc [Vallée], Reese [Witherspoon] and all those incredible people. It was really rewarding.”

Read More‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2? The Book’s Author Reveals Her Plans for What Happens Next »


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Will Smith on Netflix: ‘They Give You Money and Let You Make the Movie You Want to Make’

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Will Smith might be one of the biggest movie stars of the last two decades, but he doesn’t seem too bothered by the fact that his next movie will premiere on the small screen.

Read More‘Bright’ Trailer: Netflix’s Will Smith Action Film Takes on Fairies and a Prophecy — Watch

“It’s really exciting to be at the forefront of whatever this new way of consuming media is,” he said during the Comic-Con presentation of Netflix’s “Bright,” the upcoming fantasy hybrid film directed by David Ayer. “I have a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old, and movies they go to see in the theater are different from the movies they watch at home.”

And both he and Ayer sang their praises for Netflix’s famously hands-off approach. In Smith’s words, “I’m sure this will end soon, but they give you money and let you make the movie you want to make. »


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‘Timeless’ Cancellation Was a ‘Mistake,’ and Fans Get Thank You Video at Comic-Con – Watch

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The Time Team is grateful to its newest recruits.

After NBC’s “Timeless” was canceled on May 10 after only one season, fans raged and took to social media with the hashtag #RenewTimeless in order to get their show back. Three days later, history was made when NBC reversed course and renewed the show for another 10-episode season.

Read More’Timeless’ Is Saved! Time-Travel Series Joins Elite Club of Shows Renewed by the Network That Canceled Them

At Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday, series executive producer Eric Kripke addressed a crowd of adoring fans and said, “I got a call from NBC and they said, ‘We made a mistake and we’re picking up the show.’”

The panel billed as “NBC’s Timeless: Fan Tribute Celebration,” was held in gratitude to those vocal viewers who helped save the show. A special thank you video was also released specifically for the event. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Bright’ Trailer: Netflix’s Will Smith Action Film Takes on Fairies and a Prophecy — Watch

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At San Diego’s Comic-Con on Thursday, Netflix made its debut with two films. Taking the first position was “Bright,” a film starting Will Smith that is part buddy cop movie, part fantasy, and part saving the world, as you do if you’re Will Smith.

Here’s Netflix’s official release about the film:

Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (“Suicide Squad,” “End of Watch,” writer of “Training Day”) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a deadly, thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

The Netflix original film stars Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Burning Sands’ Director Gerard McMurray to Helm ‘The Purge 4,’ Where Paddles Are the Least of Our Worries

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Now that we’ve seen “Anarchy” and “Election Year,” the “Purge” franchise is ready to change things up. Gerard McMurray, who co-wrote and directed this year’s Sundance offering “Burning Sands,” is set to direct the untitled fourth installment in the dystopian series created by James DeMonaco, who helmed the franchise’ first three chapters.

Read More‘Burning Sands’ Review: Hazing Drama Is Gripping, If Difficult to Stomach — Sundance 2017

“I have not seen a film as confidently directed in a long time as ‘Burning Sands’ and I’m excited to see Gerard’s own expression of ‘The Purge’ world,” DeMonaco said in a statement. That world is also making its way to television courtesy of Blumhouse and Universal Cable Productions.

Read More‘Burning Sands’ Trailer: Gerard McMurray Explores the Brutality of Hazing in Upcoming Netflix Original — Watch

The move is a big one for McMurray, whose fraternity-hazing drama was a considerably »


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‘Van Helsing’ Trailer: Season 2 Is a Fleshy Nightmare Even Vanessa Can’t Escape Unscathed

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In the not-too-distant future of Syfy’s “Van Helsing,” vampires and humans alike are battling to survive any way they can, and it doesn’t look like diplomacy is their strong suit.

When last we left vampire hunter Vanessa (Kelly Overton) in the Season 1 finale, we learned that the source of her strange powers is that she’s a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, the doctor-turned-monster hunter from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” It was actually more of a confirmation, since that’s been obvious from the start, but her father’s identity still appears to have some mystery surrounding it.

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We also left off on a couple of cliffhangers: Vanessa finally found her missing daughter Dylan (Hannah Cheramy), who has been turned into a vampire. We’re not quite sure what that means, though. (Since she’s descended from Vanessa, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Stan Against Evil’ Teaser: Season 2 Promises a Weirder, Wackier Parade of Killer Demons — Watch

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After a debut season that wrapped up with surprise deaths, time loops and plenty of ugly-looking demons, “Stan Against Evil” is ready for a follow-up.

Show creator Dana Gould joined cast members Janet Varney and John C. McGinley for a preview of what’s to come in the show’s second season. The IFC show is set in the town of Willard’s Mill, a quiet New England community suddenly overrun by vengeful spirits. Last season’s cliffhanger showed that the story was bigger than Stan or Sheriff Evie imagined, but the show would keep its focus on Willard’s Mill.

Read More ‘Stan Against Evil’ Creator Dana Gould Mixes Laughs and Frights, With a Little Help From His Friends

That final episode also left Evie’s fate somewhat unresolved. Anyone worried that she wouldn’t be returning was reassured by a set of pins that included her, Stan and »


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‘Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling’: First Look at Revival Movie Debuts at Comic-Con — Watch

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Rocko’s Modern Life” is about to take a fresh look at modern life, and the animated wallaby — who hasn’t been seen since 1996 — isn’t exactly a huge fan of what he sees.

The opposite could be said of his fans, who gave a rapturous ovation to the first footage screened publicly of the new movie, “Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling.” The revival special doesn’t debut until 2018, but Comic-Con attendees got to see Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt return to earth — after being stuck in space for the last 20 years — and witness how they experience a modernized O-Town for the first time.

“The last time we saw our heroes, they were in outer space. This picks up exactly where we left off,” director Cosmo Segurson said during the hour-long panel discussion. “They’re reacting to now. The characters have not changed — decidedly so.”

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- Ben Travers

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‘Rebel in the Rye’ Trailer: J.D. Salinger Biopic Is a Portrait of the Recluse as a Young Man — Watch

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Presumably hoping for better results than the documentary “Salinger,” Danny Strong’s upcoming biopic “Rebel in the Rye” will examine the early years of everyone’s favorite recluse. Nicholas Hoult stars as “The Catcher in the Rye” author J.D. Salinger, who died at age 91 in 2010 — 30 years after his final interview and 45 years after last publishing a new work. Watch the “Rebel” trailer below.

Read More‘Rebel in the Rye’ Review: Nicholas Hoult Is a Worthy J.D. Salinger, But the Drama Is a Phony — Sundance 2017

Here’s the brief synopsis from the film’s Sundance premiere: “This biopic of legendary author J.D. Salinger (Nicholas Hoult) details his relationship with socialite Oona O’Neill (Zoey Deutch), his experiences fighting in World War II, and his writing process for ‘The Catcher in the Rye.’” The trailer is heavy on Salinger’s inner turmoil, which gives life to his most famous creation: Holden Caulfield. »


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‘Deadpool’ Too Cool for Comic-Con, But ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Owned the Spotlight

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Many were surprised by the news that Fox’s presentation at this year’s Comic-Con would not feature the highly anticipated sequel to fan favorite/box office smash “Deadpool,” given its looming release date and clear appeal to the core fanbase here (not to mention the fact that the first film was originally launched in Hall H).

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Instead, Fox devoted its hour on stage to preview “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” admittedly another highly anticipated sequel to an R-rated comic book film — and arguably, “Kingsman” has the better cast. The panel included three Oscar winners — Colin Firth, Halle Berry and Jeff Bridges — as well as star Taron Egerton and likely future Oscar winners Channing Tatum and Pedro Pascal.

Director Matthew Vaughn wasn’t in attendance, but Sterling Archer was, thanks to an »


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Mark and Jay Duplass Prove Why Planned Parenthood Can’t Be Defunded in Short Documentary — Watch

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The Duplass Brothers have vowed in recent years to use their platform as indie film influencers to shine a light on important social issues. It’s a mantra that led them to executive produce Sean Baker’s “Tangerine,” starring transgender actresses Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor, and it’s also what has brought them to Dartmouth College senior Lauren Budd.

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Budd spent her winter term interning at Duplass Brothers Productions where she decided that using her storytelling skills to elevate the voices of Planned Parenthood patients, providers and supporters would be a worthwhile endeavor. Mark and Jay agreed, and they helped her make the four-and-a-half-minute short documentary “Protect Our Access,” which is embedded below. The video tells the personal stories of Alaskans who rely on Planned Parenthood, but their thoughts speak to America as a whole. »


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‘Beach Rats’ Trailer: The Boys of Summer Aren’t What They Appear in Eliza Hittman’s Sundance Prizewinner — Watch

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Neon has released the first trailer for “Beach Rats,” Eliza Hittman’s excellent follow-up to her immersive debut “It Felt Like Love.” The writer/director’s sophomore feature premiered earlier this year at Sundance, where she won a directing award. Watch the trailer, which first debuted courtesy of Vulture, below.

Read More‘Beach Rats’ Review: A Very Gritty Sex in the City From Director Eliza Hittman — Sundance 2017 Harris Dickinson stars as a young man struggling to come to terms with his sexuality over the course of one summer, and like Hittman the newcomer has rightfully earned high praise for his work. Though he does everything in his power to come across as a typical bro, Frankie (Dickinson) leads a double life online that none of his hyper-masculine friends know anything about. Read More‘Beach Rats’ Teaser: Sundance Winner Explore an Aimless Brooklynite’s Modern Sexual Crisis The film is one »


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Netflix Is Not the Problem: Why Bad Theatrical Presentations Are Destroying the Experience

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Watching a 70mm print of “Dunkirk” at Lincoln Center’s glorious Walter Reade theater was enough to make me want to pick up the baton and join Christopher Nolan’s fight to preserve the theatrical experience. Earlier this week, Nolan railed against Netflix in an interview with IndieWire, citing the company’s “mindless policy” with respect to theatrical distribution, and after seeing how the director masterfully envelopes the audience into his WWII drama, it’s hard to disagree with idea that this great director’s work belongs on the big screen.

Read More: Christopher Nolan: I Won’t Work With Netflix Because Their Film Strategy is ‘Pointless’

While it’s admirable that Warner Brothers backed Nolan’s efforts to make sure his dedicated fans have a first rate way of seeing the film – “Dunkirk” will be projected in 70mm and 70mm IMAX in over 100 screens this weekend – the problem »


- Chris O'Falt

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Darren Aronofsky Defends Hollywood to a Skeptical Alejandro Jodorowsky

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Alejandro Jodorowsky is a big fan of Darren Aronofsky, but that doesn’t mean he agrees with the “Black Swan” director’s faith in Hollywood. Though the two filmmakers essentially fawned over each other for much of their nearly one-hour conversation on a recent episode of the Talkhouse’s podcast, Jodorowsky never wavered on his contempt for Hollywood.

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The 88-year-old filmmaker sat for the interview in part to discuss his 2016 film “Endless Poetry,” which played at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and hit U.S. theaters last week. The film is an autobiographical story of the Chilean artist’s youth, specifically his introduction to the bohemian artistic circle of ’40s Chile. “Endless Poetry” played in two theaters over the weekend, taking in $27,000, and has nationwide release in the upcoming weeks.

Jodorowsky began the conversation by calling Aronofsky »


- Graham Winfrey

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How ‘Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’ Became a Joint Effort to Make the World a Better Place

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Chalk it up to chemistry, the perfect recipe, or secret sauce. Whatever the magic is that happens between Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart, viewers lap it up on “Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.”

Premiering one day before the 2016 presidential election, VH1’s hybrid cooking show-celebrity hangout became a safe haven for those afraid that Trump’s America would create even more marginalized groups and divisions. Instead, “Potluck Dinner Party” envisions a world where homemaking meets hip-hop and “A Good Thing” lives in harmony with “Nuthin’ But a G Thang.” Martha and Snoop’s friendship and natural camaraderie became a model for the world we wanted to live in.

Read More‘Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party’: TV’s Oddest Couple Talk Fried Chicken, Fat Doobies and Funyuns

“It feels good when people appreciate the fact that we’re just two people who love to do what we do, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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