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‘Walking Dead’ Star Danai Gurira Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’
“The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira has joined the cast of Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie, the studio announced Saturday at Comic-Con. In addition Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, the play love interest of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. Gurira will play Okoye in the movie, while Boseman will reprise his role as the Black Panther himself, a.k.a. T’Challa, which he originated in May’s Marvel blockbuster “Captain America: Civil War.” Also Read: 'Walking Dead' Star Danai Gurira »
- Thom Geier
Brie Larson Confirmed to Play Captain Marvel
Brie Larson is your Captain Marvel. Marvel Studios made it official on Saturday night, trotting out the Academy Award winner in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Rumors that Larson was in very early talks for the role — air force pilot Carol Danvers, who is blessed with half-alien DNA — first surfaced in June. Also Read: 'Doctor Strange' Trippy New Trailer Shows Buff, Cape-Twirling Benedict Cumberbatch (Video) Larson won this year’s Best Actress Oscar for her role in 2015’s indie drama “Room.” She was recently invited to join the Academy. “Captain Marvel” is expected to be released March »
- Matt Donnelly
Comic-Con: What to Watch for on Saturday
It's the halfway point at San Diego Comic-Con. Following a busy day with coverage from The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Batman: The Killing Joke, Saturday is another busy day of film and TV events. The Hollywood Reporter is on the ground in San Diego and each morning will offer a guide to the day's must-see panels and what to expect from as some of the biggest names in Hollywood take the stage as movie studios and TV networks look to win over fanboys and cut through the clutter to breakthrough in a crowded landscape. Here are
- Lesley Goldberg, Aaron Couch
Box Office: ‘Star Trek Beyond’ Dominates Opening Weekend, Blasts Toward $60 Million
Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” is dominating at the U.S. box office as the latest entry in the durable franchise heads to a solid $60 million opening weekend, estimates showed Saturday.
The 13th “Star Trek” movie is performing in line with forecasts and will wind up the weekend with more than double the nearest rival — Illumination-Universal’s third frame of hit animated comedy “The Secret Life of Pets” with about $28 million at 4,048 locations. “Pets” will finish with nearly $260 million in its first 17 days.
Fox’s launch of animated comedy “Ice Age: Collision Course” debuted in third place with a somewhat disappointing $21 million at 3,992 sites as “The Secret Life of Pets” blunted its potential attraction in the family space. New Line’s opening of horror-thriller “Lights Out” could edge past the fifth Ice Age film as it was outperforming forecasts with $20.4 million at 2,818 venues.
Sony’s second weekend of “Ghostbusters” could »
- Dave McNary
Surprise Third ‘Blair Witch’ Movie Gets Trailer, September Release
Lionsgate has set a Sept. 16 launch for Blair Witch, the third film in the found-footage horror franchise — and the first in 16 years.
The studio revealed the project Friday night at Comic-Con at what had been billed as a screening of “The Woods,” releasing a poster and trailer. The updated story, directed by Adam Wingard, is set in the remote Maryland woods where three filmmakers disappeared 20 years ago.
“Blair Witch” centers on a group of college students venturing into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of the sister of one of the students — who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence.
The first film, »
- Dave McNary
‘Star Trek’: Bryan Fuller’s New Series Will Tell Story ‘Like a Novel’
“It’s not going to be episodic,” Fuller said, noting that there have been 772 episodes of various “Star Trek” series. “We’re going to be telling stories like a novel.”
All five “Star Trek” series have been episodic in nature, featuring episodes whose stories were largely self-contained. Fuller’s comment indicates that the series will feature longer, ongoing storylines, along the lines of more contemporary telsevision drama series. That model, he said, will fit the show’s position as the first original series for CBS’s streaming service.
“Because it’s on CBS All Access, you’re not going to miss anything, because it’s right there at your fingertips,” Fuller said.
- Daniel Holloway
‘Twin Peaks’ Revival: Release Info Revealed & David Lynch Directing All 18 Episodes
Fans have been patiently waiting for more information on the highly-anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival. Few details are known about what’s to be expected, but now we have a couple more to add to the list. During the San Diego Comic-Con panel for “Batman Killing Joke,” Ray Wise, who portrayed Leland Palmer in the original series, confirmed that the revival will be released by Showtime in the summer of 2017. That means fans will still have to wait a whole year!
He also stated that there would be a total of 18 episodes, all to be directed by David Lynch, and that he would be in all of them.
Read More: ‘Twin Peaks’ Cast: Who’s Making It Back To The Show & Which Notable Cast Members Won’t Be Returning
Wise will reprise his role of Palmer, who is the original series was an attorney who is well-known and respected in the town of Twin Peaks. »
- Liz Calvario
Vampire Diaries Ending After Season 8
Put a White Oak Stake in it; after its upcoming eighth season, The Vampire Diaries shall be no more.
RelatedThe Vampire Diaries @ Comic-Con: ‘Evil Herself’ Is Coming to Mystic Falls, Plus More Final Season Scoop
The decision was announced Saturday during The CW drama’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con; as you can imagine, the thousands of fans in attendance were not pleased.
Tvd‘s seventh season wrapped May 13 with a bittersweet hour: Though Bonnie’s life was spared and Stefan got his long-awaited reunion with Caroline, Damon and Enzo fell prey to the nameless evil within the Armory’s vault, »
Scream Queens Cast Talks Season 2's 'Fast Right Turn,' as John Stamos Teases His 'Arrogant' Doc's Secret
Shhhh! Jamie Lee Curtis is trying to answer some questions!
Comic-con 2016 Exclusive Videos, Casting News, Scoop and More
Fret not, though, the Golden Globe-winning actress was in otherwise jolly spirits as she joined the cast of Fox’s horror-comedy — including Lea Michele, Emma Roberts and incoming players John Stamos and Taylor Lautner — to tease Season 2’s hospital-based storyline.
While the move away from Season 1’s sorority-based action might sound strange on paper, »
Platino Awards: Telefe, Telefonica Studios Board Ricardo Darin Starrer ‘Black Snow’ (Exclusive)
Axel Kuschevatzky announced the deal to Variety at Punta del Este, the Uruguayan resort where Darin will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at Sunday night’s 3rd Platino Ibero-American Awards ceremony.
Marking the second feature from Argentina’s Martin Hodara, who teamed with Darin to co-direct 2007’s “La señal,” “Black Snow” is produced by Spanish outfits A Contracorriente Films, Bowfinger International Pictures and Gloriamundi Producciones. Argentina’s Pampa Films and Tieless Media co-produce. Guido Rud’s FilmSharks Intl. handles world sales.
The announcement of the involvement of Telefe, Argentina’s top free-to-air broadcast network, and Telefonica Studios, the production arm of telco giant Telefonica, come as FilmSharks revealed further sales at Punta del Este on another Darin title, Sebastián Borensztein’s “Koblic.”
Opening in Spain (via DeAPlaneta), Argentina and Uruguay »
- Emilio Mayorga
Where (And How Boldly) Should the ‘Star Trek’ Series Go From Here?
Pop-culture recycling doesn’t get much knottier than this. In 2009, J.J. Abrams directed “Star Trek,” a reboot of a popular movie franchise spun off from a legendary TV series. The film succeeded beyond all expectations — it was rousing and sharp, nostalgic yet forward-thinking, an adventure for Trekkies and newbies and everyone in between. It was also a powerful reminder that the reason this particular movie franchise got off the ground in the first place had more than a little to do with the galaxy-altering success of “Star Wars.”
In 1979, the maw of Hollywood was hungry for space operas, and here was a mythical TV series, with its army of fans, that had had a major influence on George Lucas’s Movie That Changed The World. The first three “Star Wars” films are often thought of (with justification) as a joystick update of a “Buck Rogers” serial. But really, it was »
- Owen Gleiberman
Watch Mystifying New 'Dr. Strange' Trailer From Comic-Con
A huge day for blockbuster teasers and trailers concluded at Comic-Con Saturday with Marvel's Hall H presentation and the arrival of a new preview for the upcoming Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the neurosurgeon-turned-Sorcerer Supreme.
Like the mind-altering first teaser that dropped in April, the latest look at Doctor Strange continues to focus on the mystic arts and stunning skyline-bending visual effects as opposed to hand-to-hand combat and big explosions. Strange's origin story takes center stage as its revealed how the surgeon transforms into a superhero: "Study and practice, »
Laurie Anderson, Joshua Oppenheimer, Zhao Wei Set For Venice Jury
Rome — The Venice Film Festival has announced the full roster of its main jury that will comprise Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, and Joshua Oppenheimer alongside Italian writer Giancarlo De Cataldo, German actress Nina Hoss, French Actress Chiara Mastroianni, Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas and Chinese actress, director and singer Zhao Wei.
Vigas won the Venice Golden Lion last year with his first feature “From Afar,” about a middle-aged gay man who cruises the streets of Caracas searching for young companions.
Zhao made her directorial debut in 2013 with college romancer “So Young,” which is the highest grossing film ever made by a female Chinese filmmaker. One of China’s most popular actresses, also known as Vicky Zhao, she recently came under fire from the Communist Youth League for casting Taiwan thesp Leon Dai as the lead in her sophomore film directorial effort, “No Other Love,” and was forced to drop him. Dai »
- Nick Vivarelli
'BoJack Horseman' creator breaks down the year's best episode of television
BoJack Horseman, one of the very best shows on television, returned for a wonderful — and, somehow, darker than ever — third season on Friday, and Netflix ordered a fourth season later that day. I'll have an episode-by-episode breakdown later this week, but I'm first pleased to bring you this long conversation with BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg. (Note: We did this a week and a half ago, prior to the renewal announcement, so his last answer refers to the show's fate being up in the air, even as he talks about plans for what he wants to do next with it.) Originally, I had intended to only ask questions about the season's remarkable fourth installment — one of the best episodes of TV I've seen all year — a largely dialogue-free installment set underwater, where BoJack's attempt to promote Secretariat at a film festival on the ocean floor goes awry. But then I realized »
- Alan Sepinwall
This was the best moment from the 'Aliens' 30th anniversary panel at Comic-Con
San Diego - It was a lot of fun seeing James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd and the majority of the main cast from Aliens reunite in Hall H at Comic-Con on Saturday night, and there were a few fun anecdotes to come out of it, including the fact that Lance Henriksen performed that knife trick himself, at the exact speed it plays out on screen. Also: Bill Paxton thinks he kinda sucked as Hudson ("In retrospect, 30 years later, I'm [like], you know, it's okay. But I didn't embrace it like I should've," he lamented to the packed crowd). That said, my absolute favorite part came when Cameron recounted the moment when then-nine-year-old Carrie Henn read him the riot act while filming the scene where Newt is cocooned in the xenomorphs' lair. "So I'm doing the slime and I'm putting it on her face -- she's been in this thing for, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Fox Screens New ‘Exorcism’ Pilot at Comic-Con
“The Exorcist” is ba’ack. On Friday, Comic-Con fans got the first look at Fox’s TV adaptation of the 1973 horror film, which premieres in the fall.
The audience was treated to the entire first episode following the panel, which included showrunner Jeremy Slater and cast members Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, Briannae Howey and Hannah Kasulka.
Inspired by William Blatty’s original book, the one-hour drama is set in Chicago and takes place 40 years after the Georgetown exorcism.
“There is no bigger fan of the original than myself, so if anyone’s gonna screw it up that’ll be me,” Slater laughed.
Before the pilot screened, the “Exorcist” cast, along with Slater, told funny stories about the frightening impact it had on them personally and professionally.
“(It) scarred me for life,” Davis »
- Stephanie Panisello
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Revival Set at Netflix
They’re back: “Mystery Science Theater 3000” has scored a revival at Netflix, Variety has confirmed.
The streaming giant announced the news on Twitter Saturday night, saying: “In the not so distant future.”
In the not-too-distant future. @MST3K pic.twitter.com/L9IpZW2Cmb
— Netflix Us (@netflix) July 24, 2016
The revival is set to star Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt, along with original cast members Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy and Mary Jo Pehl who will reprise their roles. “Community” creator Dan Harmon and series star Joel Harmon are set to join the writing staff, which is being led by head writer Elliott Kalan, former head writer of “The Daily Show.”
“Mystery Science Theater 3000″ first aired on Ktma-tv in Minneapolis for its freshman season, then »
- Debra Birnbaum
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Reboot to Premiere on Netflix
The “Mystery Science Theater 3000” reboot is heading to Netflix, TheWrap has learned. The news came just ahead of the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday. Netflix confirmed the news by tweeting an image of the show’s iconic silhouette featuring a man and two robots watching a movie. It does not yet have an official premiere date. In addition, original series cast members Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo/Professor Bobo) and Bill Corbett (Crow/Observer) will reprise their roles on the reboot. Also Read: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Reboot Smashes Crowdfunding Record Joel Hodgson, »
- Joe Otterson
NBC4 Dominates Los Angeles Area Emmys 2016: Complete Winners List
NBC4 was the big winner at the 68th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards on Saturday, picking up eight awards total, including for best evening newscast. The awards were presented by the Television Academy at its new Saban Media Center. Los Angeles icon and Emmy-winning television host Stephanie Edwards was the recipient of this year’s Los Angeles Area Governors Award, presented to her by Ktla’s Sam Rubin. Also Read: Peter Scolari's Late Emmy Nomination Scores 'Girls' Its Only Nod This Year Here’s a complete list of winners: Light News Story – Single Report Homeless Headshots, Ktla »
- Thom Geier
Comic-Con: The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ Promises to Solve Murder Mystery in First Season
With this take, developed by Greg Berlanti and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa from the iconic “Archie” comic books, the titular town is one shrouded with mystery, murder and more than a little romance since the “Archie” characters are updated and definitely fit the CW brand of sexy.
In fact, in updating the characters, executive producer Sarah Schechter said that finding the right actor to play Archie proved to be the most difficult. “In this case we started about six months in advance because we knew how hard it was going to be to fill all these iconic shoes,” she said. “We were very worried, it’s very hard to do ‘Riverdale’ without Archie but luckily K.J. (Apa) walked in and we were, like, done »
- Jim Halterman
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