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The Week in Spandex – X-Men and Fantastic Four come home to Marvel, Avengers 4 updates, Venom details, Justice League box office, Dceu slate confirmed and more

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool 2, The New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Gambit, The Gifted, Avengers 4, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Venom, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Runaways, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., New Warriors, Justice League, Aquaman, Shazan, Nightwing, Flashpoint, Titans, Black Lightning, Arrow, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Hellboy more…

Given the success that 20th Century Fox has had with its X-Men properties lately, not to mention its upcoming plans, only a fool would have bet that Marvel would end the year having regained the rights to the mutant superheroes (and the Fantastic Four), but that is exactly what has happened following Disney’s huge acquisition of Fox’s film and TV assets. “Bringing Disney and Fox together will combine some of the world’s most iconic entertainment franchises,” said Disney on the deal. “[It] provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men,
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‘Padman’ Trailer: Man Turns India Upside Down With Sanitary Napkins (Video)

‘Padman’ Trailer: Man Turns India Upside Down With Sanitary Napkins (Video)
America has Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. But India has “Padman.” Based on the short story “The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land,” from “The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad” by Tina “Twinkle” Khanna, the Sony Pictures Entertainment film tells the true story of a man who had an explosive affect on his country. In the movie set in rural India, a determined inventor upsets his family and invites talk of scandal when he tries to develop and market a low-cost sanitary pad. Also Read: Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins Jumps to Become Sony Pictures TV Chairman In real life, Arunachalam Muruganantham invented a cost effective machine.
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Darth Vader Played a Crucial Role in Helping Christoper Reeve Become Superman

Darth Vader Played a Crucial Role in Helping Christoper Reeve Become Superman
It's a small universe.

When the late Christoper Reeve was auditioning for the role of Superman back in the late 1970s, he had everything the filmmakers were looking for — except his physique. At 6 feet, 5 inches and 170 pounds, he was a beanpole.

Calling Reeve a "skinny little kid" when they met for his audition, director Richard Donner made Reeve promise he would be able to bulk up for the role in time for production to meet the 1978 release date.

To make sure that happened, Donner made a call to none other than Darth Vader, actor David Prowse.

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Mr. Robot Season 3 Finale Recap: Undo

Mr. Robot Season 3 Finale Recap: Undo
Need to catch up? Check out our previous Mr. Robot recap here.

How did Mr. Robot wrap up its third season? By taking us back to where it all began — creaky Ferris wheel car and all.

The Dark Army is looking to delete Elliot for good, and they ransack his apartment while he hides out next door. He’s frantically texting Darlene, but she’s not answering, because she’s still stuck stewing in that FBI interrogation room. Dom’s boss Santiago — aka the secret Dark Army mole — has other plans for her, though: He turns the video camera off,
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Watch: Top 50 Superhero Movies of All Time—#26-21

The superhero movie genre is one of the biggest and most popular around, but finding a consensus on the very best superhero movies ever made is tough. Which is why the folks at Collider Video came together to discuss, debate, and downright fight over the Top 50 superhero movies of all time. The result is an in-depth video countdown series encapsulating everything from Richard Donner’s original Superman to Spider-Man: Homecoming, counting down from 50 to 1 (plus honorable mentions) to result in a definitive yet still debatable list of the very best superhero movies ever made. Each …
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Die Hard, Goonies, Titanic and Superman Join National Film Registry

Die Hard, Goonies, Titanic and Superman Join National Film Registry
The Library of Congress has announced the 25 movies being added to the National Film Registry for 2017. The list this year is all over the place, which includes movies dating back to the early 1900s and modern classics. Movies like Die Hard, The Goonies, Titanic and Superman have all been selected this year and are considered worthy of preserving under the National Film Preservation Act. Yes, John McClane taking out terrorists at Nakatomi Plaza is worthy of being preserved by the government now.

Under the National Film Preservation Act, the Librarian of Congress names 25 movies to the National Film Registry every year. These movies are said to be "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant. Beyond that, the only other requirement is that the movies must be at least 10 years old. Here's what Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden had to say about 2017's additions to the National Film Registry.

"The selection of a
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'Die Hard,' 'Titanic,' 'Goonies' Added to National Film Registry

'Die Hard,' 'Titanic,' 'Goonies' Added to National Film Registry
Die Hard, Titanic, The Goonies and Field of Dreams are among the 25 films that have been added to the National Film Registry, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.

Classic films like 1960's Spartacus, 1967's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 1947's Gentleman's Agreement and 1951's Ace in the Hole were also named to the registry, which "recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage."

"Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals
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'Die Hard,' 'Titanic,' 'Goonies' Added to National Film Registry

'Die Hard,' 'Titanic,' 'Goonies' Added to National Film Registry
Die Hard, Titanic, The Goonies and Field of Dreams are among the 25 films that have been added to the National Film Registry, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.

Classic films like 1960's Spartacus, 1967's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, 1947's Gentleman's Agreement and 1951's Ace in the Hole were also named to the registry, which "recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage."

"Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals
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Superman: The Movie Added To National Film Registry

Even though we receive at least a half dozen superhero films on a yearly basis these days, the fact of the matter is that we owe a great debt to director Richard Donner and all involved in the production of Superman: The Movie back in the late 1970s. Before then, a blockbuster of that scale centered on a comic book character was simply unheard of, so to think that a genre was handily legitimized with such an effort is indeed commendable.

Taking that and other factors into consideration, the Library of Congress has chosen the movie that made us believe a man could fly to be among the 25 selected this year to be a part of the National Film Registry. And when you consider how many movies the American entertainment industry has produced over the years, that really puts it in perspective as to how much of an honor this is.
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ Added to National Film Registry

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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Superman’ Added to National Film Registry
Titanic,” “Superman” and “The Goonies” are among 25 titles selected into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, it was announced Wednesday. These films were selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance and range from “La Bamba” to “Die Hard,” spanning the period 1905 to 2000. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725. Other selections this year include Stanley Kramer’s 1967 “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” Yvonne Rainer’s 1972 film “Lives of Performers,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” “Spartacus” and “Ace in the Hole.”
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National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress

National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Titles to Library of Congress
As is annual tradition, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has announced this year’s 25 film set to join the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selected for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance,” the films picked range from such beloved actioners as “Die Hard,” childhood classic “The Goonies,” the seminal “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” and the mind-bending “Memento,” with plenty of other genres and styles represented among the list.

The additions span 1905 to 2000, and includes Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation, shorts, independent, and even home movies. The 2017 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 725.

“The selection of a film to the National Film Registry recognizes its importance to American cinema and the nation’s cultural and historical heritage,” Hayden said in an official statement. “Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and
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‘Titanic,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Ace in the Hole,’ ‘Memento,’ and More Added to National Film Registry

Since 1989, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress has been accomplishing the important task of preserving films that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.” From films way back in 1897 all the way up to 2004, they’ve now reached 725 films that celebrate our heritage and encapsulate our film history.

Today they’ve unveiled their 2017 list, which includes such Hollywood classics as Die Hard, Titanic, and Superman along with groundbreaking independent features like Yvonne Rainer’s Lives of Performers, Charles Burnett’s To Sleep with Anger, and Barbara Loden’s Wanda. Also making this list are a pair of Kirk Douglas-led features, Ace in the Hole and Spartacus, as well as Christopher Nolan’s Memento and more. Check out the full list below and you can watch some films on the registry for free here.

Ace in the Hole (aka Big Carnival) (1951)

Based on the infamous
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Lethal Weapon 4: a retrospective

Guy Buckland Dec 14, 2017

Guy takes a belated look at the fourth (but possibly not final) film in the Lethal Weapon franchise…

Spoilers lie ahead for Lethal Weapons 2 to 4.

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At the beginning of 2016, Den of Geek gave me the opportunity to rank the Lethal Weapon films in order of merit and then write about each one individually. This made me very happy, as it is a franchise for which I have a great deal of passion – both positive and negative. But like a reluctant hit man stuck in a clichéd redemption arc, I just couldn’t finish the job.

By the time I had produced a well-reasoned account of why the third in the series was objectively the worst – an assertion I still stand by, despite what you’re about to read – sitting through part four as preparatory research felt like a chore.
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‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry

‘Titanic,’ ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Memento’ Added to National Film Registry
James Cameron’s disaster epic “Titanic,” the beloved fantasy “The Goonies,” Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” and 1989’s “Field of Dreams” are among the 25 films selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

The 2017 selections range from obscure documentaries to a Mexican-American family’s home movies from 1920s Texas to Disney’s 1941 animated classic “Dumbo” to the 1979 Luis Valdez-directed drama “Boulevard Nights” to 1960’s “Spartacus,” the Kirk Douglas-Stanley Kubrick sword-and-sandal drama that helped end the era of the blacklist.

The titles will be added to the Library’s collection of films designated as having cultural, social or aesthetic significance.

“Our love affair with motion pictures is a testament to their enduring power to enlighten, inspire and inform us as individuals and a nation as a whole,” said Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. “Being tasked with selecting only 25 each year is daunting because there are so many great films deserving of this honor
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'Die Hard,' 'Titanic,' 'Superman' Enter the National Film Registry

'Die Hard,' 'Titanic,' 'Superman' Enter the National Film Registry
Yippee ki-yay and Merry Christmas! Die Hard is among the 25 motion pictures selected this year by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress to be preserved for future generations, it was announced Wednesday.

The latest round of films deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant also includes the James Cameron blockbuster Titanic (1997); Superman (1978) and The Goonies (1985), both directed by Richard Donner; the Phil Alden Robinson baseball fable Field of Dreams (1989), starring Kevin Costner; and Spencer Tracy's final film, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967).

Two films starring Kirk Douglas, who just had his 101st...
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Darth Vader: biopic of David Prowse on the way

Nick Harley Dec 12, 2017

Strongman will focus on the man inside of Vader's suit, bodybuilder David Prowse.

David Prowse’s connection to the Star Wars universe is impressive. Most impressive. As the man that physically embodied Darth Vader inside of that iconic black getup, Prowse was a part of a team including James Earl Jones, Sebastian Shaw, and Bob Anderson that brought one of cinema’s most famous villains to life in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Yet, Prowse’s “eccentric” behavior led to him being banned by George Lucas himself from attending official Star Wars conventions. Despite the controversy, Prowse will find himself as the subject of the upcoming biopic, Strongman.

Strongman was written by Nicholas Jacobson-Larson and Dalton Leeb (The Well) and earned a spot on this year’s Black List, a Hollywood-curated list that chronicles the best unproduced screenplays of the year.

Chronicling his journey from champion weightlifter
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Marvel’s Kevin Feige compares Chris Evans’ Captain America to Christopher Reeve’s Superman

It’s fair to say that a few eyebrows were raised when Marvel first announced that the former Human Torch Chris Evans would be taking on the role of Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Evans has since won over any critics with his superb performances in the Captain America and Avengers films, and Marvel StudiosKevin Feige has been singing the actor’s praises in an interview with Vanity Fair, where he compared him to Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel.

“Casting Captain America was super hard,” said Feige. “I started to think, ‘Are we not going to be able to find Captain America, and if we can’t, what are we going to do with Avengers? Is the whole thing going to fall apart?’ And, then, finally opening ourselves up to Chris Evans, who we had initially sort of just looked
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DC TV: why the Crisis On Earth-x crossover was the best yet

Rob Leane Dec 7, 2017

Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow just came together for an ace crossover event. Spoilers ahead...

This article contains spoilers for all four parts of Crisis On Earth-x.

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Now that is how you do a crossover. While DC’s cinematic branch licks its wounds over Justice League’s resounding ‘meh’ of a critical reaction, The CW’s TV team has offered up something truly special: a four-part crossover event that delivers on numerous levels, bringing together a huge collection of superheroes to take down a massive threat from another Earth.

Bringing together the casts of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends Of Tomorrow, this event – Crisis On Earth-x - is The CW’s best crossover yet.
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Watch: Top 50 Superhero Movies of All Time—#32-27

The superhero movie genre is one of the biggest and most popular around, but finding a consensus on the very best superhero movies ever made is tough. Which is why the folks at Collider Video came together to discuss, debate, and downright fight over the Top 50 superhero movies of all time. The result is an in-depth video countdown series encapsulating everything from Richard Donner’s original Superman to Spider-Man: Homecoming, counting down from 50 to 1 (plus honorable mentions) to result in a definitive yet still debatable list of the very best superhero movies ever made. Each …
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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