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Thor and Loki Team Up in New ‘Ragnarok’ Trailer (Watch)

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A new trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” left the crowd in Hall H crazed during San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. But perhaps the biggest surprise came courtesy of Tom Hiddleston’s character, Loki.

“Loki’s allegiance has always been slightly unpredictable, and he’s still the God of mischief,” Hiddleston said during Marvel’s panel where the footage was unveiled. The trailer shows Loki in chains before eventually teaming up with Chris Hemsworth’s titular character.

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If not Loki’s allegiance, the most exciting aspect of the trailer might come courtesy of Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, who speaks.

“We have a speaking Hulk,” Ruffalo said during the panel, and described his character as having the “vocabulary of a two-year-old.”

Hunt for the Wilderpeople” helmer Taika Waititi directed the third standalone Thor movie, which seems to be quirkier and more offbeat than the first two, and »


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New ‘Black Panther’ Footage Gets Standing Ovation at Comic-Con

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Who was happier to see new “Black Panther” footage at San Diego Comic-Con: The fans or the cast?

It was a close call as the audience in Hall H on Saturday leapt to its feet, while the star-studded ensemble grinned and joined together for a group hug. The moderator of Marvel’s panel on Saturday, Chris Hardwick, informed the crowd that the stars had just seen the fresh film footage for the first time as well. Basically, it was loud.

Director Ryan Coogler introduced the footage, which was for the Comic-Con crowd’s eyes only, following a brief Q&A with a long lineup of cast members, including Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

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The scene opened in a high-end poker room. Boseman, Nyong’o, and Gurira’s characters whisper as Serkis arrives to negotiate a »


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‘Captain Marvel’ Will Be Set in the ‘90s With Skrulls as Villains

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Captain Marvel” is going to be the comic book movie equivalent of a period piece.

The superhero film will be set in the ’90s, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. That means everything will unfold before Tony Stark dons Iron Man’s suit, Captain America comes out of deep freeze, Thor crashes to Earth, and before the Avengers ever think of assembling.

It also means that Samuel L. Jackson, who is reprising his role as Nick Fury won’t be wearing the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent’s trademark eyepatch. Feige said the film will take place before Fury loses his eye.

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Captain Marvel” is highly anticipated because it’s the first Marvel movie to be set around a female lead. Oscar-winner Brie Larson plays the title character. In »


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Michelle Pfeiffer Joins ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ as Janet Van Dyne

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Michelle Pfeiffer will star alongside Paul Rudd in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” Marvel revealed during its San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday.

The Oscar-nominee will play Janet Van Dyne, mother of Evangeline Lilly’s Hope van Dyne and wife of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. It’s not Pfeiffer’s first brush with comic book fandom, though it is her first time in a Marvel movie. She previously starred in 1992’s “Batman Returns,” injecting some sizzle into the part of Catwoman.

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Pfeiffer next appears in Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem. She’s also part of the all-star cast of Kenneth Branagh’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” an Agatha Christie adaptation that also features Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Penelope Cruz, and Judi Dench.

Pfeiffer also recently scored her first Emmy nomination for her work as Ruth Madoff in HBO’s “Wizard of Lies.” She »


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Platino Awards: ’The Distinguished Citizen’ Takes Best Picture

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Madrid — Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn’s “The Distinguished Citizen” won big at the 4th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards taking its top best picture prize.

Further top honors went to Pedro Almodovar, best director for “Julieta,” and Sonia Braga, who took the actress plaudit for “Aquarius” at a ceremony attended by Edward James Olmos, Rob Schneider, John Leguizamo, Sonia Braga, Kate del Castillo, Geraldine Chaplin, Oscar Martinez, Rosy de Palma, and Martina Gusman.

Also present: “Narcos” actor Manolo Cardona and, among directors, Almodovar, Pablo Trapero, J.A. Bayona and Andi Baiz.

Argentina’s “The Distinguished Citizen,” a lament of small-town small-mindedness, also took screenplay (Andrés Duprat) and best actor for Oscar Martinez, who plays a Nobel Prize laureate returning to his birthplace in the Argentine sticks, only to clash with the very same Argentine provincialism whose critique has inspired his writings.

“The Distinguished Citizen’s” jury prizes join Platino Audience Awards for best picture and actor for Oscar Martinez »


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‘Blade Runner 2049’: New Teaser Connects the Dots Between Original and Sequel

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Curious about what happened between the original “Blade Runner” and its sequel?

A 180-degree video display helped fill in the gaps during the Warner Bros. San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday. The journey sets up the sequel, set 30 years in the future in a dystopian Los Angeles where the police are trying to find illegal replicants. The whole “Blade Runner 2049” story is laid out on roadto2049.bladerunnermovie.com.

Moderator Chris Hardwick asked the sequel’s director Denis Villeneuve why he took the job. “I didn’t want somebody else to f— it up,” he responded.

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Ryan Gosling made minor waves for comparing his experience on the movie to being “on a football team with the Avengers.” Hardwick jumped in to let the audience know that Gosling meant to say “Justice League,” prompting laughs.

The cast was dodgy when it came to plot details. When »


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Steven Spielberg: Iron Giant Is Major Part of ‘Ready Player One’

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Steven Spielberg wasn’t sure he was the right director for “Ready Player One,” his upcoming science-fiction epic.

During a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Spielberg said that after reading Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel about a virtual reality-addicted future, his first thought was “They’re going to need a younger director.”

Spielberg was joined onstage by Cline and the film’s stars, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, and T.J. Miller. Fans in Hall H were treated to a trailer for a film that overflowed with shout-outs to several geek staples. The gaming world that “Ready Player One” depicts enables players to interact with characters from pop culture staples from the ’80s and ’90s, such as “The Iron Giant,” “Tron,” “Akira,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” to name a few.

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‘Justice League’ Live: Watch Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot Meet Fans at Comic-Con

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Watch Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and the rest of the Justice League meet fans and sign autographs at Comic-Con.

The actors playing the heroes in “Justice League” gathered on the Comic-Con floor following the massive Warner Bros panel in Hall H. Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, and Ray Fisher were all on hand to sign autographs, take photos, and meet fans of the films.

There was plenty of “Justice League” news to come out of the Warner Bros. The first footage from “Aquaman” was unveiled, a second “Justice League” trailer was released, and Ben Affleck commented on those rumors of him exiting the role of Batman.

Justice League” hits theaters on November 17.

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‘Justice League’ Trailer Shows Off DC Comics Big Bad Steppenwolf

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Warner Bros. and DC Comics dropped the largest trailer for “Justice League” yet at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

The 4-minute preview of the fifth film in the DC Comics Extended Universe focused mainly on Wonder Woman, Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash, but also introduced fans to the movie’s main villain, Steppenwolf.

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In the clip, Wonder Woman can be seen rescuing children from an explosive robbery before meeting up with Batman to assemble the Justice League. Action shots also showed Aquaman swimming underwater and the Flash and Cyborg learning to hone their powers.

Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, and Jason Momoa will be joined by fellow Dceu actors Henry Cavill, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons in “Justice League” when it flies into theaters Nov. 17.

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‘Aquaman’ Movie: First Footage Debuts at Comic-Con

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Fans at San Diego Comic-Con were transported underwater on Saturday when Warner Bros. screened the first taste of “Aquaman.”

“In a lot of ways, this is an origin story,” director James Wan said to introduce the footage.

The first-look footage, revealed at the studio’s packed panel at Hall H, begins with two fishermen on a small boat in the water. One man casts his rod into the water, and gets a bite. But the pull on his rod is strong, and drags the boat through the sea until the man lets go.

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The camera then zooms out to reveal that the men are floating above an army of underwater ships. The shot dips below the surface to reveal an entire army, including schools of warriors riding sharks.

“That’s Ocean Master’s army,” Momoa said during the panel to clarify speculation that the army belonged »


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Ben Affleck Denies Rumors He Is Exiting ‘Batman’

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Ben Affleck won’t be hanging up Batman’s cape and cowl anytime soon.

During a San Diego Comic-Con panel for “Justice League,” the actor hit back at a report in The Hollywood Reporter that Warner Bros. was looking for ways to usher Affleck out of the DC Comics Extended Universe.

“I am the luckiest guy in the world,” Affleck said to thunderous applause. “Batman is the coolest f—ing part.”

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Affleck had originally been slated to direct “The Batman,” a standalone film featuring the Dark Knight. However, last winter he opted out of sliding behind the camera on the film, ceding directing duties to Matt Reeves, the filmmaker behind “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

“There’s a misconception that because I wasn’t directing it, I wasn’t enthusiastic about it,” said Affleck. »


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‘Ready Player One’ Trailer Features ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Back to the Future’ Characters

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Steven Spielberg debuted footage from “Ready Player One” at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The trailer was presented as part of the Warner Bros. panel in Hall H.

The new video features characters from “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” “Iron Giant,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” while introducing fans to protagonist Parzival, played by Tye Sheridan.

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Parzival is up against the world in order to win a pop culture treasure hunt. As an orphan living in a destitute trailer with his aunt and 15 other strangers, he escapes into The Oasis, a virtual reality created by famed developer James Halliday, played by Oscar-winner Mark Rylance. When Halliday dies, he reveals a game to the world that will leave the winner in total control of The Oasis.

Parzival then becomes obsessed with the competition — and finding the Easter eggs hidden around The Oasis that are the key to »


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Warner Bros. Assembles New ‘Justice League’ Poster

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Warner Bros. has assembled a new poster for “Justice League,” complete with five of DC Comics’ most iconic heroes. The poster was revealed at day three of Comic-Con in San Diego.

Saturday’s poster joins Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman together behind the words “You Can’t Save The World Alone.” The new tagline also shows the modern symbols for each of the five featured superheroes, as well as Superman.

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Joss Whedon will oversee the completion of “Justice League” after former director Zack Snyder was forced to step away from the film following »


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France’s Le Pacte Co-Produces Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s ‘El Reino’

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Jean Labadie’s Le Pacte, the upscale Paris-based arthouse film company, has taken a co-production stake in Spaniard Rodrigo Sorogoyen‘s political corruption thriller “El Reino,” probably one of the most talked-about Spanish productions of the upcoming months.

Doing so, Le Pacte, which acquired French distribution rights to Sorogoyen’s previous film, serial killer thriller “May God Save Us,” a best screenplay winner at 2016’s San Sebastian Festival, goes one step further in its commitment to Sorogoyen, already consolidated as a Spanish directors to track.

In “El Reino,” the French outfit joins forces with “May God Save Us” producers Tornasol Films, the Spanish company behind Juan José Campanella’s Oscar-winning “The Secret in Their Eyes,” and Atresmedia Cine, the film production arm of broadcaster Atresmedia whose credits include Woody Allen’s “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”

Warner Bros. Pictures España and Latido Films are also re-teaming with Sorogoyen on “El Reino,” after having handled respectively local distribution and international »


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Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ on Course for $51 Million Debut, ‘Girls Trip’ in Second Place

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Dunkirk” is making quite the splash in the domestic box office this weekend, already tracking for a debut of over $50 million. “Girls Trip” is over-performing expectations as well, managing to snag second place from last weekend’s super-charged winners.

The World War II drama from Christopher Nolan is on course for a $51 million opening after taking in just shy of $20 million on Friday. After $5.5 million from Thursday night previews, Warner Bros.’s “Dunkirk” has now amassed $19.8 million from 3,720 locations so far. The success can be attributed in part to “Dunkirk’s” positive reviews and A- CinemaScore (It has an even more impressive A grade amongst people under age 25).

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Equally as impressive is Universal’s “Girls Trip.” The R-rated comedy starring Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith took in over $11 million on Friday, setting »


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John Heard, ‘Home Alone’ Dad, Dies at 71

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John Heard, best known as Peter McAllister in the “Home Alone” movies who appeared in a wide range of TV and film roles, has died at 71 in Palo Alto, Calif.

He was found dead in a hotel where he was reportedly recovering after undergoing back surgery. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed his death.

In the 1990 “Home Alone,” Heard stars as the father who forgets his son, played by Macauley Culkin, when making a business trip to France. After “Home Alone” became a big hit, Heard returned to star in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

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He also appeared in “Cat People,” “After Hours,” “Big,” “Beaches,” 1992 boxing film “Gladiator,” and on TV in “Miami Vice” and “The Sopranos,” for which he won an Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actor.

Born in Washington, D.C., Heard started out acting off-Broadway. His first major role came in the romantic comedy “Chilly Scenes of Winter »


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Film Review: ‘First Kill’

21 July 2017 5:27 PM, PDT

Just how many people has “First Kill” star Bruce Willis killed over the course of his career? According to a site called MovieBodyCounts.com (whose statistics look to be about as accurate as a sawed-off shotgun blast), Willis has offed 116 adversaries to date. A more accurate tally is best left to someone with an appetite for action and plenty of free time on their hands — which just so happens to be the kind of person most likely to appreciate another generic collaboration between Willis and director Steven C. Miller (their third, following “Extraction” and “Marauders”).

With little to distinguish this VOD-bound Lionsgate Premiere release from so many straight-to-video thrillers, “First Kill” offers the ever-so-slight novelty of casting Willis as the bad guy. He plays a corrupt rural police chief named Howell, who’s courteous to the locals in small-town Graville, Ohio, but not above murdering them if they get between him and the loot from a recent »


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Platino Awards: Edward James Olmos on Latino Power and Donald Trump

21 July 2017 5:13 PM, PDT

Madrid — Soon to be seen in “Blade Runner 2049,” where he reprises his role as Gaff, Edward James Olmos sounded a note of large hope for Latino moviemaking as he talked to journalists in Madrid a day before he receives the 2017 Honorary Platino Award for career achievement.

Latinos account for more than 20% of the population but only 4% of images in the U.S., said Olmos, a seasoned voice of Hollywood’s Latino film and TV community who shot to fame in “Miami Vice” to snag an Oscar nomination for “Stand and Deliver.”

That contrasts with Afro-Americans – 12% of Americans and 17% of images. In 1940, there were 750 cinema theaters in the U.S. screening movies in Spanish. Now there are only 35, Olmos said, adding he was shocked no mention was made in “Argo” of the fact that the real-life Tony Mendez played by Ben Affleck in the film was Mexican-American.

The situation, Olmos argued, can only get better. »


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‘Spawn’ Movie in Development From Todd McFarlane and Blumhouse

21 July 2017 2:47 PM, PDT

Todd McFarlane is bringing “Spawn” back to the big screen.

The comic book creator announced that a new movie based on his creation is in the works, courtesy of Blumhouse Productions.

“We just signed [Jason Blum] yesterday,” McFarlane said in a video announcement on Friday during San Diego Comic-Con. “No more theoretical … It’s coming. Get ready for it. We’re going into production.”

The character of Spawn first appeared in print in 1992, and gained popularity in the comics community almost instantly. In 1997 New Line adapted the character into a feature film starring Michael Jai White. The movie was a modest financial success, but did not earn critical approval. McFarlane said in Friday’s announcement that the new movie will be rated R, as opposed to the first go-around, which was PG-13. HBO also took a crack at the antihero in an animated series that lasted for three seasons, each with six episodes, and »


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Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Sets Its Sights on $50 Million Opening Weekend

21 July 2017 1:44 PM, PDT

Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” is dominating the box office and heading for a surprisingly strong opening weekend of at least $50 million from 3,720 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.

Opening day for the highly praised Warner Bros. World War II drama is heading for more than $20 million, including $5.5 million in Thursday night previews. As of early Friday afternoon, the studio is maintaining its guidance of a Friday-Sunday total in the $35 million to $40 million range, but rivals are forecasting that the final figure will be far higher — ranging from $53 million to $62 million.

Universal’s launch of R-rated comedy “Girls Trip” is also performing solidly with an opening day of around $12 million, portending a launch weekend of at least $25 million at 2,591 sites. Elsewhere, the launch of Luc Besson’s fast-priced sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” appears to be coming in below modest expectations at around only $18 million from 3,553 venues.

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