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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ star has passionate words about Matt Damon’s new film

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ABC's Fresh Off the Boat has been a refreshing change in the family-comedy sphere on television and has been praised for it's representation of an Asian-American family. Actor Constance Wu has often talked about how important diversity in media is and has taken issue with Matt Damon's new starring role. While Damon's Jason Bourne may have just hit theaters, it's his next film, The Great Wall, that had audiences talking yesterday. Myself included. The film is the first part of Legendary's deal with China for film production and was directed by Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers) and written by written by Tony Gilroy (screenwriter on all the Bourne movies except this latest installment). "Let me tell you about the biggest movie ever made in China, directed by China’s greatest living auteur, about one of China’s most famous historical achievements," The Daily Beast's Jen Yamato writes. "It took 1,700 years to build, »


- Jill Pantozzi

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Your favorite 'Stranger Things' star wants a chance at a Marvel movie role

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Stranger Things has been a critical hit for Netflix but one of its stars is ready to move onto bigger things. For instance, the Marvel cinematic universe. Note: I'm not going to discuss Stranger Things spoilers here so please do your fellow viewers a favor and resist doing so in the comments. We've certainly got some other posts for that on the site. The Netflix series has definitely referenced superheroes but the character Shannon Purser, who plays our beloved Barb on the show, would want to play hadn't even been invented during the show's time period. It's Squirrel Girl! So who do I talk to about being Squirrel Girl? — Shannon Purser (@ShannonPurser7) July 24, 2016 Fans seemed enthusiastic about the news if her replies are any indication and a Marvel editor already invited her to stop by their headquarters in New York if she's ever in town. Thank you ???? Big Marvel fan since forever! »


- Jill Pantozzi

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New HBO chief falters when asked about use of sexual violence against women

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At their TCA presentation today, newly-appointed HBO programming chief Casey Bloys was seemingly unprepared for reporter's questions about the network's use of sexual violence against women, something many viewers have noted as a recurring theme. Bloys, a former comedy executive, joined the network in May and was set to speak on several of HBO's properties at the TCA event today. But when one reporter's question about the rape of women as a plot device was brushed off, others rallied to the cause. The Hollywood Reporter wrote of the scene: Five reporters pushed Bloys on the HBO dramas' penchant for including rape, murder and other violence (particularly against women) as plot devises, as the conversation about an opening scene in Westworld and [Game of] Thrones' track record nearly hijacked the entire panel. Bloys, who was visibly frustrated by the repetitive line of questioning, pointed to the fact that men are frequently victims »


- Jill Pantozzi

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Fan art discovery: A sweet, heart-warming take on superheroes and ‘Star Wars’

29 July 2016 6:30 PM, PDT

Spider-Man reunited with his Marvel pals, The Flash getting in trouble for using flash photography at the museum, Disney princesses in line at Disneyland, and other adorable imaginings of fan-favorite characters are the subjects of the art of Mauricio Abril — one of my favorite discoveries on the exhibit hall floor at Comic-Con this year. Abril’s art — mostly made digitally, though he sometimes uses watercolor — reveals a child-at-heart that’s gotta be alive and well inside this molecular biologist-turned-artist. Many of his heart-warming pieces feature cape-clad superheroes as kids. Among his work is a sweet Halloween-set print called “Shadow Play,” Team Cap on a road trip in Civil War’s blue Beetle, and multiple pieces that are tributes to geek dads. HitFix’s video team visited Abril’s booth at Comic-Con. Check out our video featuring his art below: You can see more of Abril’s work on his website at Mauricioabril. »


- Emily Rome

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Does Jason Bourne still have the spy skills to excite you? | Fandemonium

29 July 2016 6:00 PM, PDT

Jason Bourne, the fifth film in the celebrated cinematic spy franchise, is looking to target the number one spot at the domestic box office this weekend with predicted figures upwards of $60 million being tossed around. Is the success merited? Join Fandemonium host Miri Jedeikin and guest Sasha Perl Raver in the video below to find out! Follow Miri and Sasha on Twitter here: @mirithejedi  @sashaperlraver »

- Miri Jedeikin

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The Marvel movie formerly known as ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part I’ just got a title update

29 July 2016 5:13 PM, PDT

The movie formally known as Avengers: Infinity War Part I shall henceforth be known simply as Avengers: Infinity War. Disney notified press of the title update on Friday afternoon. This comes after Joe and Anthony Russo told Uproxx (a sister site to HitFix) back in May that Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War Part II would be getting new titles. “The movies are two very different movies,” Joe Russo explained. Seems like a good reason to get rid of the “Part I,” “Part II,” nonsense, along with the audience fatigue that developed after one too many franchises split sequels in half. Today’s update also confirmed that the Avengers: Infinity War release date remains unchanged (May 4, 2018), as does the release date of the next Avengers movie (May 3, 2019). That film, formerly Avengers: Infinity War Part II, is now getting a temporary new title of Untitled Avengers from Disney. »


- Emily Rome

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Tessa Thompson is just as excited as I am that she's Valkyrie in 'Thor: Ragnarok'

29 July 2016 3:37 PM, PDT

It is over a year until director Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok brings the end of the world as we know it to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other than a handful of concept art images, fans have been in the dark about what’s going down in Asgard. But with production now in full-swing, the teasers are striking with precision hype. First, Waititi showed off Thor’s investigation board. And now Tessa Thompson — who plays Valkyrie — is giving fans a look at her sword. I can only imagine it will be ‘enhanced’ in post-production…   Day 18 update: I have a lot of bruises. And suddenly abs from laughing so much. And I never want to not have a sword again. @thormovie A photo posted by Tessa Thompson (@tessamaethompson) on Jul 26, 2016 at 12:49pm Pdt Writing about the superhero-industrial-complex as a woman can be an uphill struggle most days. But it’s »


- Donna Dickens

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Who’s who in Marvel’s ‘Defenders’

29 July 2016 3:36 PM, PDT

Things are starting to come into focus for Marvel’s The Defenders. Post-Comic-Con, we’ve now seen footage of all four superheroes that we’ll eventually get to see in action together in the crossover event featuring the leads of four Marvel-Netflix series. The Defenders is set for a 2017 premiere, though no specific release date has been announced. Luke Cage’s own series will be hitting your laptop and TV screens much sooner though, when his show debuts on September 30 this year. It should be quite the intriguing and non-conventional superhero dynamic. As we hear Stick, Matt Murdock’s mentor, taunt in his gruff voice in the Defenders teaser, to the apt tune of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”: “You think the four of you can save New York? You can’t even save yourselves.” Brush up on your knowledge of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron First with the video below, »


- Emily Rome

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Surprise: The 'Flatliners' remake isn't a remake, it's a sequel

29 July 2016 3:32 PM, PDT

As I suspected, Sony's upcoming Flatliners remake isn't a remake at all but rather a sequel, in which returning original cast member Kiefer Sutherland will indeed reprise his role as Nelson Wright. I'm a genius! Sutherland confirmed the nature of the project in a recent interview with Metro: “I play a professor at the medical university. It is never stated but it will probably be very clearly understood that I’m the same character I was in the original Flatliners but that I have changed my name and I’ve done some things to move on from the experiments that we were doing in the original film."  Interestingly, this is the second so-called remake of a beloved '90s genre film to have been revealed as a sorta-sequel in recent months. Earlier this year, The Craft producer Douglas Wick revealed to HitFix exclusively that the new version of the 1996 cult »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Luc Besson found guilty of plagiarising John Carpenter's 'Escape from New York'

29 July 2016 2:54 PM, PDT

Luc Besson and his EuropaCorp production company are out $500,000 (or 450,000 euros) following a ruling in a French appeals court Friday that the writer/director had plagiarized John Carpenter's Escape from New York with his 2012 sci-fi actioner Lockout, Deadline reports.  The judgment, which found that Lockout "massively borrowed key elements" from Carpenter's 1981 cult classic, came down after Besson appealed an initial court ruling that ordered he and the film's co-writers and directors Stephen St. Leger and James Mather to pay Carpenter, screenwriter Nick Castle and Escape from New York rights-holder StudioCanal a measly $95,000 (or 85,000 euros). Whoops! Carpenter sought $3.3 million in his original suit, alleging Besson (who wrote Lockout's story and co-wrote the film's script in addition to producing the film) copied his 1981 hit and its 1996 sequel Escape from L.A. with its plot about a wrongly-convicted former CIA agent (Guy Pearce) who is offered his freedom if he can successfully rescue the U. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Watch President Obama attempt to list all the dead ‘Game of Thrones’ characters

29 July 2016 2:36 PM, PDT

“Don’t boo. Vote,” Barack Obama said on Wednesday night to the DNC crowd booing mention of Donald Trump. Those three wise words are already on T-shirts. Also this week, President Obama tried another way of getting Americans to register to vote: making a highly shareable BuzzFeed video depicting our commander in chief doing five things that are more difficult than registering to vote, including listing all of the character deaths in Game of Thrones. Check out the video below, which includes the President revealing which GoT death made him particularly sad, and which one has him saying “thank God.” Spoilers ahead. Obvi. »


- Emily Rome

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Next up from ‘Little Prince,’ ‘Kung Fu Panda’ director: A comic book adaptation

29 July 2016 1:17 PM, PDT

Mark Osborne has taken on Kung fu-fighting pandas, a beloved French tale of a prince from a tiny planet, and a sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea. Next up, the New Jersey-born animation director is looking to bring a comic book series from panel to screen, though he wouldn’t yet reveal which one. “I’m in talks about doing another adaptation,” Osborne told me yesterday while we were discussing his Little Prince film. “I will say it’s an iconic comic book series but not [about] a superhero. It’s an independent comic series.” He revealed that it would be an animated film adaptation but wouldn’t say much more about the project. Osborne has retweeted a couple tweets lately about Bone, Jeff Smith’s awards-showered series that’s getting its first new storyline in 10 years in the new Bone: Coda. Could this be what Osborne’s working on? »


- Emily Rome

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Director Taika Waititi drops a big 'Thor: Ragnarok' hint on Instagram

29 July 2016 1:05 PM, PDT

Taika Waititi is officially having too much fun. Then again, he’s in an enviable position as the director of Thor: Ragnarok, since he’s following up a film that considered one of the most uneven of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far (Thor: The Dark World), and he’s doing so smack dab in the middle of Phase Three, the strangest and most playful series of films from Marvel so far. Waititi was an inspired choice, and I’m still having a hard time believing that any studio, even one as aggressive as Marvel, is hip enough to hire the guy who made What We Do In The Shadows to make a giant superhero film. If you’re still lucky enough to be somewhere you can see Hunt For The Wilderpeople in theaters, you really should. It’s terrific. He’s got a lovely sense of character, and while he’s very funny, »


- Drew McWeeny

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'American Grit': Fox renews John Cena's competition series

29 July 2016 1:05 PM, PDT

Come next TV season, John Cena can say, “The champ is here…again.” Fox announced today that the pro grappler’s reality/competition series American Grit has been renewed for a second year. The show concluded its first season in early June after a 10-episode run. American Grit puts teams of four through military-style training, having them crawl through mud, maneuver through obstacle courses and other feats of strength in order to split $1 million. The first season of the show fared ok, averaging just shy of 2 million viewers per episode (not including DVR viewership). It did see an uptick from its mid-season low of 1.73 million viewers to close out the season at 2.11 million during the June 9 finale. When you add in DVR numbers, it actually topped out at 2.58 million viewers. The air date has not yet been announced. »


- David Eckstein

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The 'Maximum Ride' trailer features terrible CGI wings

29 July 2016 12:45 PM, PDT

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. How would you feel if you were kidnapped by a nefarious group of scientists, then experimented on and given awful-looking CGI wings? I'd be really bummed. All those painful moments trapped in a cage, enduring all sorts of anguish, and for what? You don't even get to look cool at the end of it.  These are some really bad-looking wings. It's probably not easy for an actor to nail the whole "This is really happening to me!" thing when nothing is happening and it's all going to be drawn on you in post production. But imagine doing that, and the CGI is so bad that no amount of pretending to have majestic wings will sell it to the audience. I'm afraid this is what has happened here. This project »


- Jon Davis

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'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' star Adrianne Palicki blasts off to Fox space series

29 July 2016 12:14 PM, PDT

It appears that Bobbi Morse’s (a.k.a. Mockingbird) days are through on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Deadline is reporting that the actress who plays Morse, one time Wonder Woman Adrianne Palicki, has joined the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s untitled space dramedy. In the show, Palicki plays Kelly, ex-wife of MacFarlane’s character, Ed, the pilot of a spaceship. Fox went straight to series with the program, ordering 13 episodes. Palicki had been a series regular on S.H.I.E.L.D., appearing on 31 total episodes. She and co-star Nick Blood had been targeted for a spin-off series, Marvel's Most Wanted, but that show never made it past the pilot stage before getting the kibosh from ABC. As for the MacFarlane series, that show is looking to kick off in the 2017-18 season. »


- David Eckstein

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3 years later, Anna Gunn reflects on 'Breaking Bad' backlash: 'It was painful'

29 July 2016 11:25 AM, PDT

When I tried to think of an equivalent to Meera Menon's excellent new Wall Street drama Equity off the top of my head, the task proved incredibly difficult. What other film focusing on the hardball world of investment banking centers on a woman protagonist, after all? It was only after a Google search that I managed to find a single example: Mike Nichols' Working Girl, the breezy 1988 Melanie Griffith starring vehicle that is widely considered one of the best -- yes -- romantic comedies of the 1980s. For all of Working Girl's relative sophistication, it's nowhere near an ideal comparison. Indeed, I feel pretty confident in stating that Equity is the only film of its kind: a hardball financial drama that revolves its plot around an unabashedly ambitious woman who has risen to the top of the investment banking world. The protagonist here is Naomi Bishop (supremely »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Ben Affleck is the sexiest accountant ever

29 July 2016 11:06 AM, PDT

Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes and clips and puts it all in perspective. The best part of this trailer is when Anna Kendrick's character approaches Ben's Affleck's The Accountant (!) as if he's this really awkward person and not one of the sexiest men alive. Ben Affleck, whose body language is closed off but not particularly off putting, shows off his pocket protector, therefore, establishing his status as a freakazoid. Never mind that everything else Ben's character is wearing is fine, that he's well groomed, and his pocket protector is hidden so as not to alarm the general public; this man is a total geek, apparently. Anna Kendrick gently regards him as if he's Milton from Office Space. Except he's clearly Ben Affleck!  From my understanding of the trailer, Ben Affleck plays an autistic man who once had terrible parents, and »


- Jon Davis

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Stephen Colbert: Viacom tells host to stop using 'Colbert Report' character

29 July 2016 11:01 AM, PDT

There’s another political battle brewing these days, but it has nothing to do with Trump or Clinton. Well, maybe not exactly political, but more “political.” During the Republican National Convention, Late Show host Stephen Colbert reprised his conservative Colbert Report alter ago. This apparently did not go over well with Comedy Central and their parent company Viacom as it seems they own the character. “Immediately after that show, CBS’s top lawyer was contacted by the top lawyer from another company to say that the character ‘Stephen Colbert’ is their intellectual property, which is surprising, because I never considered that guy much of an intellectual,” Colbert said. He added, “So it is with a heavy heart that I announce that, thanks to corporate lawyers, the character of ‘Stephen Colbert,’ host of The Colbert Report, will never be seen again.” But then a funny thing happened. Colbert (are you keeping this all straight? »


- David Eckstein

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Watch six new creepy teasers for 'American Horror Story'

29 July 2016 7:44 AM, PDT

As usual, FX is remaining tight-lipped about the sixth installment of American Horror Story — even subtitling it "?6" to keep it mysterious — but at least they've released six teasers for us to obsessively dissect ... if we can get past how creepy they are.  None of the teasers really give us any solid insight to the new season but there are plenty of clues strewn throughout: a farmhouse, the sound of a chainsaw, a baby's crib, and more.  »


- Pilot Viruet

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