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Just one week before this year's Comic-Con kicks off, the city of San Diego has signed a two-year extension with Comic-Con International to keep the massive convention in the city until the year 2018. The city's contract with Cci was set to expire after this week's convention, with the extension now guaranteeing that San Diego will be the home of Sdcc through 2018. Here's what San Diego Mayor Kevin Falcouner had to say about the deal in a statement.
"If you still don't understand how much Comic Con means to San Diego, more Superman means more super-streets, more light sabers means more library hours, and more Comic-Con means more neighborhood services for San Diegans."
The announcement marks the end of months of behind-the-scenes dealings, including lobbying from Los Angeles and Anaheim to move Comic-Con to those cities. Part of this deal includes an agreement with local San Diego hotels to not increase »
From the tough streets of South Central to the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles is what dreams (and traffic jams) are made of. The City of Angels has also served as the backdrop to some of Hollywood's most classic cinematic ventures, and we have ranked the top nine L.A.-centric flicks for your list-enjoying pleasure. Whether its Mark Wahlberg starring as the sex-bomb protagonist in 1997's porn-industry epic Boogie Nights, Ice Cube as a drug-slinging gang member in Boyz n the Hood or even the edgy Hollywood punk inside Nicolas Cage for '80s classic Valley Girl, L.A. has been a supporting character in many a movie-night favorite. If ensemble capers are more your »
Peggy Carter is heading to Los Angeles for the second season of ABC’s Captain America spinoff, but Hayley Atwell’s heroine won’t be alone in the City of Angels, as Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that both James D’Arcy (Edwin Jarvis) and Enver Gjokaj (Agent Daniel Sousa) have both closed deals to return as series regulars.
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At this point, there’s no official word on whether Chad Michael Murray (Agent Jack Thompson), Bridget Regan (Dottie Underwood) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Angie Martinelli) will be back, although EW’s sources suggest that all three are close to signing on.
Meanwhile, E! Online has revealed details about a couple of new characters we’ll be seeing in season two, including “Wendy Fallon, a Hollywood starlet who is way more intelligent than she lets on [and is] married to a rich CEO and is at ease »
- Gary Collinson
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wonderful Wednesday? Find out what the Harry Potter franchise would look like with an R rating,Magic Mike gets an Honest Trailer, and check out Nicolas Cage as every Game of Thrones character. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Harry Potter gets R Rated
Ever wonder what the Harry Potter franchise would look like with an R rating? Fine Brothers Entertainment has put together a side-splitting five-minute animated video that takes memorable scenes from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and gives this classic, family-friendly story an R-rated twist. In this video, Potter's aunt and uncle are far more physically abusive, the Sorting Hat is a racist prick and Quidditch gets deadly. »
In the rundown of “Wait! What?!” questions raised by the premiere episode of CBS’ new summer thriller, Zoo, “Why are lions waging an organized war against humans?” barely cracks the Top 5.
For starters, after seeing his best friend seemingly mauled to death by a lion in the back of a van, how come handsome safari guide Jackson Oz (The Crazy Ones‘ James Wolk) isn’t a blubbering, wild-eyed mess, but instead apologizing for the quality of the coffee he’s serving to a pretty/traumatized Frenchwoman?
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It looks like William Friedkin’s cult crime thriller To Live and Die in L.A. is heading to the small screen, with Wgn America snapping up the rights to a TV adaptation, which Friedkin will direct and executive produce along with Oscar-winning scriptwriter Bobby Moresco (Crash).
The MGM Television project is expected to go straight-to-series once the script is ready and approved, and is described as “a reimagining” of the film and “an intense immersion into the inner workings of the Secret Service and a cat-and-mouse chase through the dark underbelly of the City of Angels.”
Released in 1985, To Live and Die in L.A. helped to launch the careers of several actors, including the likes of William Peterson, Willem Dafoe and John Turturro, and told the story of a secret service agent out to bring down a counterfeiter who killed his partner.
- Gary Collinson
William Friedkin's hard boiled '80s action thriller To Live And Die In La is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. And to celebrate, it's coming back in a new form. Friedkin himself has been developing it as a TV series for MGM (the home of Fargo), and will serve as executive producer and director of some episodes. Bobby Moresco (Crash) is also an exec producer and will write.The original film starred William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow and Dean Stockwell, with further early career appearances from Robert Downey Jr. and John Turturro. It revolves around Petersen's dogged secret service investigations in a counterfeiting operation, alongside his obsessive personal mission of revenge.It's based on a novel by ex-cia agent Gerald Petievich, and the series version will be returning to that source. We're promised "an intense immersion into the inner workings of the secret service and a cat-and-mouse »
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Preview Night on Wednesday, July 8. While there aren't any panels on Preview Night, Warner Bros. Television is presenting world-premiere screenings of complete pilot episodes from highly anticipated newseries Supergirl, Blindspot, Containment and Lucifer, plus an advanced look at a new episode of Teen Titans Go!. Check out all of the official details for Comic Con's Preview Night below.
Wednesday, July 8 - Preview Night
6:00pm - 10:00pm - Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of four of the most highly anticipated series of the 2015-16 television season.
Supergirl - In the vast DC Comics Universe of superheroes, the rich mythology of Superman, the planet Krypton and the House of El is perhaps the most famous and instantly recognizable. Enter Supergirl! »
What it also offers is a gigantic back catalogue of films, from obscure works of artistic genius to classics you haven't thought of in decades.
We dug deep into the Sky Store library to bring you a selection of our favourite hidden gems:
A new addition and Digital Spy favourite is Alex Garland's directorial debut, Ex Machina.
Another recent Digital Spy favourite is Whiplash, a small-budget drama about the intense relationship between an ambitious jazz student and his fearsome instructor.
There are many ways to be a winner at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. In addition to the standard fiction and documentary sections, the 21st edition includes three other competitive categories: L.A. Muse (now in its second year, with 10 films), Nightfall (eight tales of the bizarre and horrifying) and Zeitgeist (six stories about young people).
“There were so many strong world premieres by emerging directors, we couldn’t put 50-plus films in one or two competitions,” says associate director of programming and curated content Roya Rastegar.
The new sections were set up not only to accommodate the influx of films, but also as a way to “create a context, so these films can connect with their audiences, and have a bright light on them for press and industry,” Rastegar says.
- Anthony Kaufman
Earlier in the week it was revealed that Warner Bros. is planning a big Hall H panel at Comic-Con for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, along with Wonder Woman and Justice League Part One, and now the studio has revealed its television line-up for San Diego, and there’s plenty more for DC fans to get excited about – and even if you’re not a superhero fan, there’s still plenty on offer! Here’s the full line-up, via Comic Book…
Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Wednesday, July 8
6:00–10:00 p.m. The first time is always the best time. Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue our annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of four of the most highly anticipated series of the 2015–16 television season — Supergirl, Blindspot, Containment and Lucifer — as well as a brand-new episode of Teen Titans Go! »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. Television will have a strong presence at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. In addition to screening the Lucifer pilot, Wbtv will have panels for iZombie, Supernatural, the aforementioned fallen angel series, and many more shows.
Press Release: "Burbank, Calif. (June 10, 2015) — Good luck keeping your popsicles and ice cream from melting with the amount of heat that Warner Bros. Television Group (Wbtvg) is bringing to Comic-Con International: San Diego. The Studio returns to the world’s leading pop-culture convention in 2015 with 18 series, including 13 returning fan-favorite shows and five programs making their much-anticipated Comic-Con debut. Following an at-capacity event last year, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment are once again joining forces for another epic Saturday night event in Hall on July 11, featuring super heroes, Super-Villains, screenings and special appearances from returning favorites Arrow, The Flash and Gotham, plus highly anticipated series Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
- Derek Anderson
Hayley Atwell Discusses L.A. Setting in Agent Carter Season 2. Production on the second season of Agent Carter begins soon, but Hayley Atwell is already feeling excited to start filming as her character Peggy Carter moves on from the Big Apple to the Hollywood glamour of Los Angeles.
During her time at the CTV Upfronts in Toronto, Hayley Atwell touched upon what’s coming for the second season of Marvel’s favorite spy. As the show moves into the City of Angels, Peggy is about to get a taste of the glamorous life. Atwell offered a tease of what the second season will be like when Carter tackles L.A.
We’re going to La for season 2. I kind of keep thinking L.A. Confidential in my head when I think about season 2 – there’s a very dark glamour to it. And there’ll be lots of beautiful shots of »
- Mufsin Mahbub
Our cold-pressed juicers, cycling studios and general reputation for carb reluctance might imply otherwise, but Los Angeles has a sugary soft spot for the donut. Fueled in large part by hundreds of mom-and-pop shops, many (fun fact!) started by Cambodian immigrants, the City of Angels' density of donut purveyors has prompted the occasional, if questionable, label of "Donut Capital of the World." But donut culture in L.A. is changing quickly. An influx of artisan-backed donut boutiques and the ominous appearance of a national chain are filing into the already competitive marketplace. "People have a
- Michael O'Connell
Kurt Wimmer will keep busy leading up to the Christmas debut of the Point Break redo he scripted. The screenwriter is set for his first television gig with When The Levee Breaks, a Spike TV original drama about an illegal strike by the Lapd that threatens to cause chaos in the City of Angels. The story follows an African-American cop who is the only officer with the courage to cross the strike line to investigate the true motive behind the murders of the two racist cops… »
While Channing Tatum may be one of the most in-demand actors around at the moment, he’s continuing to further his efforts behind the camera. Last fall, he signed on to make his directorial debut on the drama Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and now Variety reports he’s aiming to produce and possibly star in an adaptation of the Matthew Logelin memoir Two Kisses for Maddy. The film is a father-daughter drama that revolves around Logelin’s marriage, the death of his wife 27 hours after she gives birth, and his experience of raising his daughter as a single parent. The book adaptation was previously set up as a Lifetime movie in 2012, but it did not move forward. Now, Tatum—a new father himself—has snapped up the property to produce through his Free Association banner for Sony’s TriStar and Temple Hill Entertainment. Safe Haven and City of Angels screenwriter »
- Adam Chitwood
Channing Tatum will produce an adaptation of Matthew Logelin's tear-jerking memoir Two Kisses for Maddy.
Two Kisses for Maddy follows a father who must raise his newborn daughter alone after his wife tragically dies 27 hours after childbirth.
As Maddy grows older, her father gives her two kisses each night, one from himself and one from her mother.
The 21 Jump Street star recently confirmed a Magic Mike musical is still in the works.
Watch the new trailer for Magic Mike Xxl below: »
Channing Tatum has set up the tear-jerker memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy” at Sony’s TriStar label to produce and possibly star through his Free Association production company and Temple Hill Entertainment.
The father-daughter drama is based on Matthew Logelin’s memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love,” which centers on his marriage, the death of his wife 27 hours after she gave birth to their daughter and his experiences of raising his daughter as a single parent.
“Two Kisses,” which took its title from the kisses Logelin gave his daughter each night, landed on the New York Times bestseller list when it was published in 2011.
The project was set up in 2012 as a Lifetime movie with Marta Kaufman and Denise Dinovi as exec producers but did not go forward.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: As fans of the show and Breaking Bad know, there always been a self-promoting connection between Saul Goodman and billboards. And now AMC's Better Call Saul is inaugurating its 2015 Emmy efforts with an interactive campaign on and above the streets of the City of Angels. The first billboard went up this week outside the Andaz Hotel on Sunset in West Hollywood with more to follow next week. There also will be posters at Metro bus stops throughout Los Angeles… »
With shooting close to wrapping up in Los Angeles and plenty of interest shown in the film at Cannes, the first images from Nicolas Winding Refn’s new thriller The Neon Demon have arrived online via Screen International. Take a look at Elle Fanning and more below. Refn’s latest trip into the dark heart of culture and humanity finds the likes of Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Christina Hendricks, Desmond Harrington and Keanu Reeves in the story of aspiring model Jesse (Fanning) moving to the City Of Angels only to find that it hides some very dark terrors. In short, “Her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women that will do anything to take what she has.” So pretty much business as usual in La, then. Refn is about to kick off post-production on the film, which should be with »
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