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Why Hollywood Studios Are Slow to Embrace Virtual Reality

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Are virtual and augmented reality truly the Next Big Thing for Hollywood? While every major studio is investing in Vr experiences, so far most are short, under-10-minute extensions of big franchise fare like “Alien: Covenant” or video games expanding on familiar characters like Warner Bros.’ “Batman: Arkham” that have little to do with traditional storytelling. “I believe immersive entertainment is going to be a real thing,” Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge at ILMxLAB, told TheWrap. “We’re in the early stages, and a lot of people are skeptical and taking a wait-and-see approach.” With Vr hailed as a hot game-changing technology, »


- Matt Donnelly and Matt Pressberg

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‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Detroit’ Deliver Oscar Season a Month Early

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It’s not even August yet, but Christopher Nolan and Kathryn Bigelow have come to town bringing something we don’t usually get much of in July: Oscar season. Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and Bigelow’s “Detroit,” two big and bold movies sporting the names of the cities where they take place, are unquestionable awards contenders. And they’ve arrived more than a month before the usual rush of Oscar hopefuls comes in late August and early September at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals. They both have obstacles to overcome before they’ll be slam-dunk contenders, but these are »


- Steve Pond

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‘Detroit’ Review: Kathryn Bigelow Powerfully Connects Historic Riots to Modern Discord

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Detroit” feels like a war film — which, in many ways, it is. During the summer of 1967, in Detroit and other major cities, discontent over racial injustice was escalating. Kathryn Bigelow’s masterful, immeasurably tense drama captures the volatility and importance of this incendiary time. The five-day uprising, which resulted in hundreds of injuries and 43 deaths, began with a police raid of an after-hours nightclub. Shortly thereafter, swaths of homes and businesses were burned down. It was often hard to distinguish between victim and perpetrator. This extraordinarily searing film begins with the July 1967 raid and powerfully depicts the early »


- Claudia Puig

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15 Best Virtual Reality Experiences So Far, From ‘Hello Mars’ to ‘Gnomes & Goblins’ (Photos)

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Virtual Reality – the ability to strap on a headset and interact with a digital story in a lifelike way –is a medium that’s moving beyond the fringes of the tech world and starting to be embraced by world-renowned creators. Hollywood kingpins and inspired writers have been drawn to Vr for its unparalleled ability to connect viewers to stories in a way movies and television cannot. At its highest level, Vr experiences become an “empathy machine” – in the words of Within Vr CEO Chris Milk – allowing users to place themselves in the shoes of Batman in one »


- Sean Burch

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Watch Best Comic-Con Movie Trailers, From ‘Thor’ to ‘Justice League’ (Videos)

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Here are the best film teases that the studios unveiled at this year’s Comic-Con “Ready Player One” Images of bodies floating through a purple-hued sky and Robots shooting guns tease the Steven Spielberg-directed sci-fi hitting theaters March 30, 2018. “Thor: Ragnarok” To save Asgard, Thor must put aside his past with his villainous brother. The Chris Hemsworth-starring fantasy premieres Nov. 3. “Kingsman: The Secret Service” There’s no lack of violence in the latest spot for 20th Century Fox’s sequel. New cast additions Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges join returnees Colin Firth and Taron Egerton in the Sept. »


- Ryan Gajewski and Rosemary Rossi

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Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Crosses $10 Million at Indie Box Office

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Focus Features’ “The Beguiled” crosses a major milestone at the indie box office this week, crossing the $10 million mark in its fifth weekend in theaters. From 331 screens, Sofia Coppola’s film made $251,600 in this frame, pushing it to $10.1 million. Meanwhile, Amazon/Lionsgate’s “The Big Sick” added $5 million in its second weekend in wide release and fifth weekend overall, pushing its total to $24.5 million. “The Beguiled” is about a wounded Union soldier during the Civil War (Colin Farrell) who’s nursed back to health in a girls’ boarding school in the South, where he disrupts the orderly existence of »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Wonder Woman’ Becomes Top-Grossing Summer Film as Warner Bros. Crosses $1 Billion Domestically

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On the same day Warner Bros. wowed fans with trailers for “Justice League” and “Ready Player One” at Comic-Con, “Wonder Woman” passed “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to become the highest domestic-grossing film of the summer. In addition, the estimated $50.5 million opening for Christopher Nolan’s WWII film “Dunkirk” has pushed WB past the $1 billion domestic mark for the 17th consecutive year, a streak longer than any other in Hollywood. “Wonder Woman” grossed an estimated $4.6 million in its eighth weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total to $389 million. “Wonder Woman” has shown incredible staying power, currently holding »


- Jeremy Fuster

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‘Dunkirk’ Fact Check: How Many People Were Actually Rescued?

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If you know Christopher Nolan’s movies, you know that fanboys, the media and more pick apart the nuances and carefully constructed details of his movies with a fine-tooth comb. His last movie “Interstellar” was subjected to especially high scrutiny when audiences searched for not just plot holes but also scientific inaccuracies and environmental soundness. So just how accurate is “Dunkirk,” Nolan’s first movie based on actual events in World War II? The characters Nolan follows are all fictional, but the bleak reality it paints isn’t. How many people were actually evacuated from Dunkirk? The first thing to know is that Dunkirk is. »


- Brian Welk

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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 »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Hollywood Doppelgangers: Is It Tom Hardy or Logan Marshall-Green? (Photos)

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Tom Hardy, star of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and Logan Marshall-Green actor “Spider-Man: Homecoming” can be really, really hard to tell apart. They were both born in the mid-’70s — Tom Hardy in London and Logan Marshall-Green in South Carolina (with a twin brother!). But they often seem interchangeable in the roles they’ve played on both big screen and small. Can you tell them apart? Round 1: Scraggly bearded villain Logan Marshall-Green in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) / Tom Hardy in “The Revenant (2015). Round 2: Blockbuster sci-fi hero. Tom Hardy in “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) / Logan Marshall-Green in “Prometheus” (2012). Round 3: Slightly. »


- Thom Geier

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Kobe Bryant and Vin Scully Sendoffs Win La Area Emmy Awards

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Television programs about the retirement of local sports legends Kobe Bryant and Vin Scully won multiple awards at the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, which were presented on Saturday night at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. Kcet led all stations with 10 awards, with the Spanish-language stations Kvea and Kmex finishing second and third with eight and seven wins, respectively. Other stations that won multiple Emmy Awards were Spectrum SportsNet La, with six; NBC4 and Spectrum SportsNet, with five; KTLA5 with three; and PBS SoCal with two. Also Read: Emmy Nominations 2017: The Complete List Three Kmex reporters won. »


- Steve Pond

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Jake Paul Exits Disney Channel’s ‘Bizaardvark’ Following Neighbors’ ‘Public Nuisance’ Claims (Video)

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Former Vine star turned Disney Channel actor Jake Paul is making an abrupt exit from the network’s series “Bizaardvark” following news reports that the 20-year-old actor’s West Hollywood neighbors were filing complaints about his partying ways. “We’ve mutually agreed that Jake Paul will leave his role on the Disney Channel series ‘Bizaardvark,'” a network spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday. “On behalf of the production company, the cast and crew, we thank Jake for his good work on the TV series for the past 18 months and extend our best wishes to him.” Paul posted a statement of his own on. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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‘Arrow’ Adds Former ‘Lost’ Star Michael Emerson in Season 6

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Michael Emerson, best known from his work on “Lost” and “Person of Interest,” is joining the cast of “Arrow” in its sixth season, it was announced during the show’s panel at Comic-Con Saturday. CW/Warner Bros. is keeping info about his character a secret for the time being – not even revealing his name, only that he will be recurring. The new season will also see the return of guest star David Nykl (who plays Oliver Queen’s friend/mentor/nemesis, Anatoly Knyazev). Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, »


- Rosemary Rossi

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer: Loki and Thor Team Up (Video)

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With the film hitting theaters in three months, it was inevitable that Marvel would have a new trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” to drop during its big Hall H panel at Comic-Con 2017. And so they did, with clips that featured Thor teaming up with Hulk, Valkyrie and, yes, his trickster brother Loki, to save Asgard. In past films, Thor and Loki have both been bitter enemies (see “The Avengers”) and reluctant allies (see “Thor: The Dark World”). This time around, they’re back to working together. But with Loki missing his staff and Thor missing his hammer, the two brothers take. »


- Ross A. Lincoln and Jeremy Fuster

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‘Captain Marvel’ Will Be a Prequel to ‘Iron Man’ and Feature the Skrulls

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Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson as the studio’s first female superhero to get her own standalone movie will be a prequel set before “Iron Man.” Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed the news at a packed Hall H gathering on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con. Samuel L. Jackson will also return as Nick Fury for the film — this time without the eyepatch because the film will be set in the 1990s (presumably before he lost use of his left eye). Also Read: Michelle Pfeiffer Will Play Janet Van Dyne In Marvel's 'Ant-Man and The Wasp' And the film, to be directed by. »


- Thom Geier

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Everything We Saw at Marvel’s Comic-Con Panel, From Michelle Pfeiffer to ‘Black Panther’

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Marvel Studios bombarded fans at San Diego International Comic-Con 2017 with 90 minutes of info at its giant panel in Hall H. One of the biggest events of a huge weekend of announcements, trailers and cast Q&A sessions, the panel was led by moderator Chris Hardwick, kicking off with information on movies like “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel,” and “Thor.” Before long, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige joined in to lay out the future of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe for a huge room full of fans. TheWrap was on-site and caught a ton of tidbits about the future of. »


- Ross A. Lincoln and Phil Hornshaw

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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. »


- Jeremy Fuster and Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Trailer: The Robot Rebellion Has Begun (Video)

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Disorder and violence seem to have taken over in the season 2 trailer for “Westworld,” which was released Saturday during HBO’s Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is seen riding through a field alongside Teddy (James Marsden), wielding a shotgun and shooting people down as they try to escape. The trailer hints at more bloodshed stemming from the hands of Westworld’s robots, with the futuristic playground’s headquarters filled with lifeless bodies, as well as violence in one of the makeshift city’s saloons.  Westworld execs — including Head Programmer Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) — are seen racing. »


- Rosemary Rossi

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Patton Oswalt Tapped to Replace Bobby Moynihan as Lead Voice on SyFy’s ‘Happy!’

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Patton Oswalt is set to replace “Saturday Night Live” veteran Bobby Moynihan as the lead voice in SyFy’s new series “Happy!,” coming out later this year. Oswalt will lend his pipes to the title character, a blue flying horse that is a positive influence on Nick Sax, played by Christopher Meloni. Sax is a grizzled ex-cop (sound familiar?) that’s now a boozing hitman in need of direction. They’ll work together in a classic odd-couple match-up to save an abducted young girl named Hailey. Moynihan had originally been cast as Happy and had voiced the character in the show’s pilot. »


- Sean Burch

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Pokemon Go Fest Derailed by Abysmal Cell Service and Server Issues in Chicago

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“Pokemon Go” was the gaming sensation of Summer 2016 but it’s still popular enough to host an entire festival around it, aptly titled Pokemon Go Fest. Unfortunately, it’s not going quite as planned. The gathering was the first live event sponsored by the game’s developer, Niantic, but instead of finding special rewards and new levels, the thousands of Pokemon Go Fest attendees have been throttled by poor cell service and server issues in Chicago’s Grant Park. And they were not happy about it, mercilessly booing Niantic CEO John Hanke when he came to the stage on Saturday. »

- Sean Burch

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