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‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Co-Writer Nicole Perlman on the Film's Unique Twist (Video)

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With all the buzz surrounding the summer's highly anticipated film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” co-writer Nicole Perlman sat down with TheWrap‘s Lucas Shaw at this year's Comic-Con to talk all things Marvel — particularly what makes “Guardians” so unique.   “I think one of the things that Marvel does really well is take a genre that people have seen a lot, like a superhero movie, and twist it a little bit,” Perlman said. “With ‘Guardians,’ it's a science-fiction epic, but it's also funny, and it's irreverent, and it's tongue-and-cheek without being a spoof, and it has a lot of pop culture. »


- Lindsay Goldstein

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Scott Bernstein Exits Universal After 10 Years to Become a Producer

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After 10 years at Universal, executive VP of production Scott Bernstein is leaving the studio to launch a new career as an independent producer, TheWrap has learned. Bernstein recently approached Universal's co-presidents Peter Cramer and Jeffrey Kirschenbaum about taking his career in a different direction and exploring other opportunities. Bernstein will serve as an executive producer on Universal's “Straight Outta Compton” and its sequels “Mama 2” and “Ride Along 2.” Also read: How Kevin Hart's ‘Ride Along’ and ‘About Last Night’ Are Double-Crushing the Box Office Bernstein has served as executive VP of production at Universal since Dec. 2009. Prior to that, »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Outlander’ Drives Claire into Jamie's Arms in New Trailer (Video)

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The repercussions of Clarie's (Caitriona Balfe) fall through time are explored more in depth in the newest trailer for Starz's highly anticipated “Outlander” adaptation. On her honeymoon with her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) in 1945, the adventurous Claire doesn't heed the ominous “be careful after dark” warning from a kindly old woman … and lo and behold, she somehow ends up in 18th Century Scotland. Things seem to be looking up, though, when she meets the swoon-worthy Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), who looks good even in a kilt. Also read: Starz to Debut ‘Outlander’ Premiere Free a Week Early, Show Gets »


- Linda Ge

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‘Game of Thrones’ Blooper Reel Reveals the Lighter Side of Westeros (Video)

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Game of Thrones” is one of the most intense shows on television, but don't try telling that to its stars. HBO released the series’ first-ever blooper real Friday, treating fans to a hilarious compilation of mishaps from season four — including Emilia Clarke cursing, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage singing, just about every cast-member forgetting their line, and someone falling off a horse. Also read: ‘Game of Thrones': 9 New Castmembers Revealed As TheWrap previously reported, this isn't the only “Game of Thrones” development to come out of Comic-Con. HBO also announced nine new cast members are joining in season five, »


- Travis Reilly

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‘Justice League’ Recruiting ‘Batman v Superman’ Writer Chris Terrio

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Having saved the day with his script for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Oscar winner Chris Terrio is in talks to write “Justice League” for Warner Bros., multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. While “Argo” scribe Terrio is eager to get his own directing career off the ground, insiders tell TheWrap that he is planning to write the all-star superhero team-up movie, as it's an opportunity that would be too cool to turn down. Also read: Zack Snyder to Direct ‘Justice League’ for Warner Bros. Zack Snyder is returning to direct the movie, which is the centerpiece of the. »


- Jeff Sneider

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James Gunn Will Write, Direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sequel (Video)

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James Gunn will write and direct the sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” his co-writer Nicole Perlman told TheWrap. The positive buzz enveloping the movie, due out next week, has spawned frequent chatter about a sequel. Marvel has not officially announced one, though it may at its Comic-Con panel Saturday. Representatives for Marvel did not offer any comment. Gunn has told people that he would like to make a sequel, but it depends on how the movie fares at the box office. Advanced tracking projects it will gross at least $60 million over its opening weekend — and others are even more. »


- Lucas Shaw

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‘Beneath’ Director Ben Ketai on Sam Raimi's Tutelage, Claustrophobic Coal Mining Sets and VOD

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Director Ben Ketai has two reasons to celebrate on Friday. Not only is it his birthday, but IFC Midnight has theatrically released his $2 million horror movie “Beneath,” which follows a group of coal miners who find themselves fighting for their lives underground. Repped by Apa and Circle of Confusion, Ketai co-created Crackle's hit series “Chosen” with Ryan Lewis, and recently signed a first-look with the online broadcaster. Ketai spoke with TheWrap's Jeff Sneider in advance of theatrical release of the film, sharing stories of his start, how he assembled his cast, the inherent challenges of shooting on a budget and what. »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘Marvel's Agents of Shield’ Confirms Trio of Season 2 Castings

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Marvel's “Agents of Shield” executive producer Jeph Loeb kicked off the show's Comic-Con panel with a promise that the audience will see things that no one else has ever seen. He teased this past season's big twist with Hydra, Shield's enemy that claimed Grant Ward as one of their own. Taking off his shirt, Loeb revealed he was wearing a Hydra shirt. He was then joined by the producers for upcoming series, “Agent Carter”: Tara Butters (“Resurrection”), Michele Fazekas (“Resurrection”), Christopher Markus (“Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Stephen McFeely (“Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) and Louis D'Esposito (“Marvel's The. »


- Jethro Nededog

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‘Ant-Man’ Delay Forces Patrick Wilson and Others to Exit

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The exit of original director Edgar Wright continues to leave ripple effects of repercussions on “Ant-Man,” as the Marvel property has now lost three cast members due to the delay in production, an individual familiar with the project tells TheWrap. Patrick Wilson, Matt Gerard and Kevin Weisman have exited the film. Wilson's character, believed to be one of the villains, will be recast, while Gerard and Weisman's characters were cut altogether when the script was rewritten after Wright's exit. Marvel had no comment. Also read: Marvel's Kevin Feige on ‘Ant-ManDust Up: ‘It Will Still be Based on What Edgar Created’ Adam. »


- Linda Ge

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Edgar Wright to Direct Young Adult Adaptation ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ for Sony

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Edgar Wright isn't letting his “Ant-Man” exit get him down, as he has come on to direct “Grasshopper Jungle” for Sony Pictures, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Scott Rosenberg is adapting the young adult novel by Andrew Smith, and he's also producing with Matt Tolmach (“The Amazing Spider-Man”). The duo will be joined by Wright's longtime producing partner Nira Park. Also read: Edgar Wright Exits Marvel's ‘Ant-Man’ “Grasshopper Jungle” is a coming-of-age tale about an Iowa teen who, along with his friends, causes a deadly plague that unleashes an army of human-sized praying mantises, whose hedonistic lifestyle is admired. »


- Jeff Sneider

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Espn Host Under Fire for Remarks About Domestic Violence Victims (Video)

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Espn's Stephen A. Smith got himself into some hot water Friday when he seemed to suggest that victims of domestic violence provoke their attacks. Smith's remarks were prompted during a discussion of Balitmore Ravens star Ray Rice, who was suspended by the NFL for allegedly assaulted his fiancee in February. “We keep talking about the guys. We know you have no business putting your hands on a woman. I don't know how many times I got to reiterate that,” he told his “First Take” co-host Skip Bayless. “But at the same time, we also have to make sure that we learn. »


- Travis Reilly

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Comedy Central Renews ‘Drunk History,’ ‘Nathan for You’

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Get ready for more “Drunk History” and “Nathan for You.” Comedy Central has renewed both series for a third season, the network's president, content development and original programming Kent Alterman said Friday. Also read: Former ‘Daily Show’ Showrunner to Executive Produce Larry Wilmore's Comedy Central Show “Drunk History,” which counts Will Ferrell and Adam McKay among its executive producers, pairs inebriated storytellers with A-list talent on a tour of cities across America, providing a unique reenactment of the familiar and less familiar people and events from our country's great past. The current second season of the series is up 26 percent among. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Game of Thrones': 9 New Castmembers Revealed

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Game of Thrones” churns through new characters every season, a byproduct of its bloody nature. “My reputation for killing is exaggerated,” author George R.R. Martin said during the show's panel Friday, arguing that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are far bloodier. “I may only be the second ranked murderer on the panel.” Also read: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Faces Herself in Creepy ‘Another Me’ Trailer (Video) The show will welcome nine new characters for season five: Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell, the ruling lord of Dorne and brother to Prince Oberyn Martell, who was killed at the end of season four. »


- Lucas Shaw

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Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker Cast in NBC's ‘The Slap’

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Peter Sarsgaard and Mary-Louise Parker have been cast in NBC's domestic drama miniseries “The Slap,” about the fallout from a child being slapped at a party. NBC announced in January that the miniseries will run for eight episodes. It is based on a novel by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas that was previously adapted as an Australian miniseries. Also read: Christopher Walken to Play Tap-Dancing Captain Hook in ‘Peter Pan Live’ Sarsgaard appeared recently in AMC and Netflix's “The Killing,” while Parker starred in Showtime's “Weeds.” NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt, who was previously at Showtime, helped develop and supervise the dramedy “Weeds. »


- Tim Molloy

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La Times Reporter Joe Flint Jumps Back to Wall Street Journal

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The Los Angeles Times’ Joe Flint is leaving the paper and returning to the Wall Street Journal. Flint, who joined the Los Angeles Times in April 2009, broke the news on his Twitter account on Friday, writing, “Very excited to be re-joining the WSJ on the media beat and very grateful to the La Times for five great years.” Also read: La Times Journalist John Horn Joins Kpcc for Entertainment Show Prior to joining the Times, Flint had previously spent seven years at the Journal covering media. His career also includes stints as a senior editor at Entertainment Weekly and television editor. »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Walking Dead’ Season 5 Trailer May Have Spoiler to End All Spoilers (Video)

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(Spoiler warning: Not sure how many more ways we can warn you.) Say it ain't so, Glen. The just-released Season 5 preview for “The Walking Dead” seems to confirm that the show will bring to life one of the darkest moments of the comic books that inspired it. But it could also be a big fake-out. Also read: ‘Walking Dead’ Unveils Season 5 Trailer, Sets Premiere Date (Video) In the comics (last warning, seriously), Glen is beaten to death with a barbed-wired baseball bat while his tied-up friends can only helplessly watch. It's one of the most violent and horrible things to happen. »


- Tim Molloy

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Jodie Foster's ‘Money Monster’ Starring George Clooney Lands at TriStar

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Tom Rothman's TriStar Pictures is nearing a deal to acquire Jodie Foster‘s financial drama “Money Monster,” which will star George Clooney as a Jim Cramer-esque TV personality who is taken hostage live on the air, TheWrap has learned. TriStar beat out Focus Features for the film with its generous offer to finance “Money Monster” for $30 million. Open Road was also in the mix for the hot title. Also read: George Clooney Eyed to Star in Jodie Foster's Financial Drama ‘Money Monster’ (Exclusive) As TheWrap first reported, much to his publicist's chagrin (don't worry, we still love you Stan! »


- Jeff Sneider

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‘iZombie’ Co-Creator Rob Thomas Explains Why He Pulled Pilot Screening From Comic-Con

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CW's “iZombie” pilot isn't finished. That's why producer Rob Thomas said he pulled the pilot screening originally scheduled as part of San Diego Comic-Con's preview night on Wednesday. “We're recasting some of the roles and have three more days to reshoot,” Thomas said during the show's panel on Friday. “We wanted to have a finished product that is ready to air.” The panel audience did get a very extended 15 minute cut from the pilot, which showed star Rose McIver transform from human to the living dead. Also read: Wbtv Comic-Con Lineup Includes ‘Flash,’ ‘Constantine,’ ‘IZombie,’ DC Fan Event It's safe to say that. »


- Jethro Nededog

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Joe Morton Tells ‘The View’ That Rowan Pope on ‘Scandal’ Is Based on His Father (Video)

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If you want to know who Joe Morton used as the inspiration to play Olivia Pope's (Kerry Washington) tough, villainous father Rowan on ABC's hit “Scandal,” then look no further than the actor's own dad. No, the senior Morton wasn't evil, but as the veteran actor told the hosts on “The View” on Friday, his father, an army officer charged with racially integrating the units to which he was assigned, was a tough disciplinarian on the same level as Rowan. “The very hard, both-feet-on-the-ground personality Rowan has comes from my father.” Also read: ABC's ‘Scandal’ Casts Portia de Rossi in ‘Top. »


- Joel Keller

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‘Walking Dead’ Unveils Season 5 Trailer, Sets Premiere Date (Video)

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The Walking Dead” debuted a brand-new Season 5 preview Friday and announced an Oct. 12 premiere date. It contains one huge spoiler: It looks like Rick Grimes and company get out of the tractor trailer where they were trapped at the end of Season 4, presumably to be eaten by the people of Terminus. The trailer finds Terminus’ leader, Gareth, apparently agreeing to let the survivors trek to Washington, D.C. in hopes of curing the walker epidemic. Also read: ‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman's Cinemax Pilot, ‘Outcast,’ in Pre-Production That creates a tense alliance between the survivors and the (probable) cannibals. »


- Tim Molloy

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