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The Current Debate: What "Star Trek Beyond" Learns From TV

3 hours ago | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

This week’s debate constitutes a kind of sequel to last week’s weighing of the value of a big-budget Hollywood film like Ghostbusters—which is appropriate enough, since we’re of course talking about yet another sequel, the new Justin Lin-directed Star Trek Beyond. The latest entry in the almost 50-year-old franchise is the second since J. J. Abrams introduced a new main cast in 2009’s Star Trek, and for many critics, including Time’s Stephanie Zacharek, Beyond is the best nu-Trek yet:Sometime in the 1980s, before Internet trolls roamed the Earth, television’s original Star Trek got a bad name, or at least a lot of side eye, for spawning legions of nerdy, trivia-spouting loyalists who were boring at parties. Those were the days! Star Trek, as created by Gene Roddenberry, was an unapologetic expression of optimism, a vow of faith in interplanetary civic values. Its gentle »

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Cyber wins Get Reel short film competition

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A story about the victims of cyber bullying is the 2016 winner of Get Reel: Top Ten Filmmakers. Festival.

Cyber, produced by young filmmaker Georgia Cramp, was declared the winner at the finalist screening on July 24 at the Ritz Cinema in Sydney. Happy Thoughts by Michael Hall was the runner-up.

The Get Reel Short Filmmakers. Festival received more than 1650 entries from across Australia and New Zealand. Entrants were asked to respond to the theme of .Being Seen. through a short film ten minutes or less shot on a smart device.

The competition awarded $4500 in prizes, and films were voted by a judging panel that included the likes of Danielle Cormack, Jessica Grace Smith, Socratis Otto and Marcario De Souza.

The competition was aimed to start a conversation around mental health. Funds raised from the finalist screening go to Suicide Prevention Australia.

Cyber tells the story of how an attacker eventually »

- Staff Writer

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This Week in Marvel Unlimited

13 hours ago | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The San Diego Comic Con has wrapped up and boy did they give us some goodies to look forward to at the movie theater in the next couple years. The trailers to Wonder Woman, Justice League, And Doctor Strange were mind blowing. The trailers to the Netflix shows from Marvel, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders were great as well.

One bit Marvel ended up closing their presentation with was the announcement of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. Due in theaters in 2019, this will be the first female starring movie Marvel has put out (despite having the recipe for an amazing movie with Scarlett Johannsen as Black Widow but that’s another story.) With this news, I thought I would dive into the brilliant 2012 comic from Kelly Sue DeConnick that debuted Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel (she’d previously been Ms. Marvel.)

This is the perfect starting on point »

- Tim Jousma

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Stanley Kubrick & ‘2001’: Over Budget and Behind Schedule — but a Radical Classic

15 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

July 26 would have been the 88th birthday of Stanley Kubrick, one of Hollywood’s all-time greats. His output was slim — only 13 films in a 40-year career — but his batting average was very high.

Over the decades, Variety chronicled his various films, including “2001: A Space Odyssey.” It began filming in London in December 1965, aiming for a Christmas 1966 release. In September 1966, MGM president Robert H. O’Brien told Variety that the film had been delayed and its original $6 million budget wasn’t enough. “Stanley is an honest fellow and he simply admitted to me that he hadn’t anticipated the tremendous technical problems he’d have with all the fantastic special effects he wanted. For $6 million, we could have had a Buck Rogers sort of thing, but for the extra million we’ve got what we originally planned. Should we have told him to stop at $6 million? Why have Buck Rogers »

- Tim Gray

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Lupita Nyong’o spilled ‘Black Panther’ secrets she probably shouldn’t have at Comic-Con

15 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Lupita Nyong'o was in talks for Marvel's Black Panther back in May, but the studio made it official at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. While she was speaking to Marvel themselves, she let slip a few plot details she's probably going to get scolded for later. Nyong'o was one of Marvel's big Hall H announcements along with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 details, Brie Larson being named as Captain Marvel, and adding The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira to Black Panther's already amazing cast. It’s official. #BlackPanther #SDCC2016 — Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) July 24, 2016 What we already knew about the film was this: Creed's Ryan Coogler is directing, Chadwick Boseman is starring, and (revealed at the convention) Michael B. Jordan's character is playing villain Erik Killmonger. Besides it taking place in the fictional African nation Wakanda, Marvel has been pretty tight-lipped on story details. »

- Jill Pantozzi

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‘Ghostbusters’ toy sales have ‘exceeded expectations’ at top retailers

17 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Early on, director Paul Feig was intent on making sure there were plenty Ghostbusters toys to go around after the big Star Wars #WheresRey controversy. Turns out that was a very good business decision indeed. Variety says Mattel, who created action figures of Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Melissa McCarthy and other items from the new film,  are "reporting strong early sales for its line of toys based on the female-led Ghostbusters — from both boys and girls." They also write, "In keeping with the tagline 'Everybody wants to be a Ghostbuster,' Mattel’s retail strategy was to sell the female-led Ghostbusters action figures in the boys’ toy aisle. The sales figures at the top retailers in the country have exceeded expectations." That's interesting because earlier this year Donna Dickens realized all the weapon toys for the new film featured boys on the packaging. While the film and toys are for everyone, »

- Jill Pantozzi

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Company Behind Harrison Ford's 'Star Wars' Injury Pleads Guilty

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The company that created the hydraulic Millennium Falcon door that injured Harrison Ford on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens two years ago has pleaded guilty to failing to protect actors and workers on set. Foodles Productions, which The New York Times reported was a Disney subsidiary that was named ridiculously in an effort to fool and repel Star Wars fans from filming sites, said it was responsible on two counts: failing to ensure safety and failing to keep Ford and other actors away from hazardous situations.

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What Will the Movie Industry of 2040 Look Like?

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This past weekend the 2016 San Diego Comic Con took place. On the biggest attendance day of the con, one of the events was a panel celebrating the 30th anniversary of Aliens, released on July 20, 1986. Seven thousand fans sat inside Hall H cheering on star Sigourney Weaver, director James Cameron and another half-dozen of the cast and producing talent behind Aliens.

On one hand, it's incredible to think that, 30 years after the release of Aliens, it would still prove to be an incredibly popular and often quoted movie. The impact of Aliens on Hollywood's sequel factory and action/adventure landscape cannot be dismissed.

On the other hand, can you imagine going to the Comic Con of 1986 and attending a panel celebrating the 30th anniversary of another sci-fi movie that's often credited for elevating its genre, Forbidden Planet? I can't help but think that a Forbidden Planet panel held in '86 would »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Five Days 'til the Smackdown

18 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Supporting Actress Smackdown Of 1977 is coming. You already met two of our panelists. And here are the other three (including me). 

Meet The Panelists 

Panelist: Sara Black McCulloch

Bio: Sara Black McCulloch is a Toronto-based researcher, translator and writer. She has written for i-d, cleo Journal, Adult, The Hairpin, Gawker, Bitch Magazine and The National Post. You can read more of her work here. 

Question: What does 1977 mean to you? 

1977 seemed to be steeped in so much disillusionment. I think that, like the years that signal the end of a decade but don't quite bookend it, it was...fraught. The year was packed with events that pointed to change and fueled uncertainty. It was the year the U.S. signed the nuclear-proliferation pact and the same year that the U.S. government voted against covering elective abortions through Medicaid. The Apple II computer hit the market and Jimmy Carter »


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Should Sony risk a Ghostbusters sequel?

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Luke Owen looks at the franchise potential of Ghostbusters

The second week numbers are in, and it’s what most people expected (at least it’s what I predicted on last week’s podcast). After a fairly decent (but not all that great) $46 million opening weekend, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot dropped 54% to earn $21 million in its second week. Which, in fairness to it, held up pretty well against great openings for Star Trek Beyond and Lights Out, and the animated behemoth The Secret Life of Pets (which continues to make baffling big money).

Who is to blame for the mediocre performance? Was it all the pre-release negativity from misogynistic Twitter and Reddit users? Did the over-bearing Ghostbusters defenders put off potential other movie goers? Is America not ready for an all-female horror comedy? Or are we just sick of cash-grab reboots in general?

All are valid questions, but only »

- Luke Owen

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Movie News: Multiple Han Solo Spin-off Movies Rumored; Watch Thrilling New 'Ben-Hur' Trailer

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Star Wars: Alden Ehrenreich (above) has been confirmed to star as young Han Solo in an upcoming Star Wars spin-off adventure. Now an unconfirmed rumor claims that Ehrenreich has been signed to a three-picture deal, opening up possibilities for further adventures if the first movie is successful. Of course, it's not unusual nowadays for stars to have multiple-picture deals for prospective franchise entries, but we'll wait to see what happens. The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release on May 25, 2018. [NY Daily News]   Moana: We've known for a while that Dwayne Johnson is voicing a lead role in Disney's Moana, opposite young newcomer Auli'i Cravolho as the titular character. Now members of the supporting voice cast have been revealed, including...

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- Peter Martin

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Stars Fan Out at Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Party

19 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Saturday night at Comic-Con, Entertainment Weekly welcomed tons of talent to their annual shindig at Float at the Hard Rock Hotel. Variety caught up with some of the stars as they made their way into the packed party.

Alan Tudyk of the new NBC comedy “Powerless” explained that he wasn’t able to do as much at the Con this year, “I’ve been busier this year. I didn’t get to go to Nerd HQ and do a panel for charity but I did get something signed by the cast of “Star Wars: Rogue One” and sent it there to be auctioned off. Some of those cast members live in China and it’s not easy to get those.”

The Flash” co-star Tom Cavanagh has also been to the Con before and says his favorite sighting ever “was the year Bryan Cranston walked around wearing a Bryan Cranston mask and took it off at a »

- Diane Gordon

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Income Disposal: Bb-8 and Parks And Rec: Here’s what’s on sale on Amazon today

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In an effort to both serve our readers and help support The A.V. Club, we are going to post daily links to deals and interesting items that we find over on Amazon. If you use these links to click through and buy something—not just the thing you clicked—on Amazon, we will see a portion of that income. You don’t have to do that if you don’t want to, but if you do, know that we appreciate it.

Parks And Recreation: The Complete Series ($65.95)

Parks is one of the best comedies in recent history, all full of heart and weirdness. This is a great deal.

Star Wars Bb-8 talking plush ($12.96)

It’s a stuffed Bb-8, but it talks. What more could you want?

House party portable sound system with built-in light show ($54.99)

We have one of these in the office ...


- Marah Eakin

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Batman: The Killing Joke Review

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Ever since his comic book debut in 1939, Batman has emerged as one of the most culturally relevant and beloved superhero characters of all time. His adventures have spanned films, animated series, video games and assorted other multimedia platforms that have expanded his popularity to virtually every demographic, and accordingly, Gotham City has been reimagined as everything from the “Bam! Pow!” campiness of the 1960s TV series to the brooding Dark Knight trilogy. Yet, despite the Caped Crusader’s ubiquity across popular culture, few of his stories have become as controversial as Batman: The Killing Joke.

The 1988 one-shot graphic novel — written by Watchmen genius Alan Moore and illustrated by Brian Bolland — attempts to shed some light on the Joker’s mysterious past, exploring the very concept of what could lead a person to madness. For years, the possibility of an animated adaptation seemed like nothing short of a pipe dream, especially »

- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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Comic-Con had more Star Wars cosplay than you can shake a blaster at

21 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone for another year, but the memories linger on. Celebrate the creativity of fandom by checking out some cosplay! For the first time in years, I spent a majority of my Comic-Con away from the show floor. Between live-blogging several panels, one-on-one interviews, press lines, and other assorted events, there wasn’t a lot of time for goggling at the wonder that is seeing favorite characters brought to life by dedicated fans. But what little I did see was full to overflowing with Star Wars cosplays. From the original trilogy to the prequels to The Force Awakens, every era of a galaxy far, far away was represented. Even some fan favorites from the Expanded Universe — including a prodigal son recently returned to Star Wars canon — made an appearance. After the jump, check out some of the best Star Wars cosplay I caught sight of »

- Donna Dickens

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Newswire: Harrison Ford could have been killed on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens set

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When news broke in 2014 that Harrison Ford had been injured on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, his leg pinned beneath the door of the Millennium Falcon, it seemed a minor—if symbolic—setback. Sure, filming was delayed while Ford recuperated, but J.J. Abrams later said the time off actually ended up helping him refocus the script and rallied the crew. And as for Ford—while there was a certain, your-Dad-thought-he-could-still-skateboard embarrassment to being hurt by the thing he once piloted with such cocky bravado—he didn’t seem to let it affect his mood, remaining as cheerily, unflappably hostile as ever. So we all laughed it off, made our quippy Star Wars references, and moved on with our lives. But hey, as it turns out, Harrison Ford could have been killed! That’d end your trip real quick, wouldn’t it?

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- Sean O'Neal

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Tiff 2016: Our top 10 most anticipated films from today's first announcement

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Tiff 2016: Our top 10 most anticipated films from today's first announcementTIFF 2016: Our top 10 most anticipated films from today's first announcementAdriana Floridia7/26/2016 11:04:00 Am

It's our favourite time of year!

If you live in Toronto, you know that the Toronto International Film Festival makes for the most exciting time to be in the city. Celebrities wander the streets alongside us normal folk, red carpet premieres are happening everywhere, and some of the best new films see their first light of day to eager audiences who've waited for hours in line for a good seat. Yes, festival season is nearly upon us, and we could not be more excited.

This morning Cameron Bailey, the artistic director, and Piers Handling, the CEO, of Tiff, made the first announcement as to what films will be playing this year's edition of the festival, which we'll further refer to as #TIFF16. It was a giant announcement, »

- Adriana Floridia

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Box Office Meltdown: Hollywood Races to Win Back Summer Crowds

22 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From “Jaws” to “Jurassic Park,” few directors can rival Steven Spielberg in the blockbuster arena. But even Spielberg’s magic touch couldn’t save “The BFG” at the box office.

On paper, the film, a $140 million adaptation of a beloved children’s book with a script by “ET” writer Melissa Mathison, had all the makings of a hit. Instead, the movie collapsed at the multiplexes, eking out less than $20 million in its opening weekend.

It’s a stunning fall for one of cinema’s highest-flying talents — a director whose finger was affixed to the pulse of mainstream tastes for decades. Yet “The Bfg” is only the latest high-profile casualty in a summer that’s seen a slew of big-budget domestic bombs. Indeed, red ink has spilled out from such misses as “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Warcraft,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, »

- Brent Lang and James Rainey

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Prosecutor: Harrison Ford could have been killed in 'Star Wars' accident

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When Harrison Ford broke his leg on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2014, it could have been worse. A lot worse. During a hearing in a British courtroom on Tuesday, prosecutor Andrew Marshall said that the hydraulic door of the Millennium Falcon that broke Ford’s leg "could have killed somebody. The fact that it didn’t was because an emergency stop was activated,” according to The Guardian. It was in June 2014 that Ford, while filming the movie at Pinewood Studios, was hit by the door and pinned to the floor.  He was subsequently airlifted to a local hospital. The injury resulted in a two-week production delay for the Star Wars flick. Foodles Production, a British company that’s owned by Disney, has pleaded guilty to two health and safety violations. They will be sentenced in August. After the injury, Ford was willing to make some light of the topic. »

- David Eckstein

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‘Star Wars’ Producers Admit Guilt in Harrison Ford On-Set ‘Force Awakens’ Injury

23 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The producers of “Star Wars” pleaded guilty to two criminal charges on Tuesday in a case surrounding Harrison Ford‘s on-set injury while filming “The Force Awakens.” Foodles Productions Ltd., a subsidiary of Disney, faced four criminal charges stemming from a now infamous incident in which Ford suffered a broken leg while filming the blockbuster sequel. The 74-year-old actor, who reprised his role as Han Solo, was hit by a hydraulic metal door on set aboard the Millennium Falcon. After pleading guilty, two of the other charges were dropped against the company. Also Read: Did Carrie Fisher Accidentally Blurt Out »

- Joe Otterson

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