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John August Tops Voting in Writers Guild West Election, Incumbents Dominate

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

Writers Guild of America West members have given screenwriter John August the most votes for a two-year board seat and re-elected incumbents Andrea Berloff, Luvh Rakhe, Meredith Stiehm, and Zak Penn.

Nicole Yorkin, Angelina Burnett, and Michele Mulroney were also elected to board seats and incumbent secretary-treasurer Aaron Mendelsohn easily won re-election.

Results were released Monday night. David A. Goodman officially became the new WGA West president after running unopposed, succeeding Howard Rodman, who opted not to seek re-election. Goodman had been selected by the guild’s nominating committee as a candidate to succeed Rodman and was unopposed, as another unnamed candidate selected by the nominating committee declined to run.


Writers Guild of America West: ‘President Trump Disgraces Our Nation’

Marjorie David, a WGA West board member, was elected vice president after having been nominated by the committee to succeed Goodman. Another unnamed candidate declined to run against her.

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- Dave McNary

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Harry Dean Stanton: An Enigmatic Icon Whose Final Starring Role Might Be His Best

16 September 2017 4:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As Ry Cooder’s slide guitar sounds melancholy echoes, the man suddenly appears in the desert, walking purposely toward some vague destination off in the distance. His sunbaked face covered with several days of beard, his pinstripe suit dusty and ill-matched with a red baseball cap, he is plainly driven by some inner demons. Just as plainly, he isn’t going to last much longer.

That’s how Harry Dean Stanton first appears in “Paris, Texas,” the classic 1984 drama directed by Wim Wenders from a screenplay credited to Sam Shepard and L.M. Kit Carson. And while taking stock of the much-respected actor on the occasion of his passing — Stanton died Friday in Los Angeles at the age of 91 — I cannot help viewing that unforgettable image as metaphoric: After a long trudge through a wilderness of secondary roles, he finally broke through in this film to get the attention he so richly deserved.

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- Joe Leydon

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Film News: Character Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies at 91

16 September 2017 6:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Los Angeles – He was often categorized as the ultimate male character actor, but Harry Dean Stanton stood out on his own, with a persona that added immediate recognition in any supporting performance, and was unforgettable when he stepped into a lead role. Stanton died on September 15, 2017, at age 91.

With his hang dog demeanor and distinctive voice, Stanton made his mark over a 60 year career, and appeared in character roles in notable films such as “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “The Godfather Part II” (1974), “Escape From New York” (1981), “Pretty in Pink” (1986) and “Last Temptation of Christ” (1988). He had bigger and more up front roles in “Repo Man” (1984), “Paris, Texas” (1984), “Wild at Heart” (1990), “The Straight Story” (1999), “The Green Mile” (1999) and the upcoming “Lucky” (2017).

Harry Dean Stanton in a Recent Photo

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Harry Dean Stanton was born in Kentucky, and was a World War II veteran in the Navy, »

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The Avengers And Twin Peaks Legend Harry Dean Stanton Passes Away At Age 91

15 September 2017 4:37 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

It is with a heavy heart that we report today that acclaimed character actor Harry Dean Stanton has passed away at the age of 91. He was best known for his roles in Twin Peaks, Repo Man, & The Avengers. »

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The Avengers & Twin Peaks Legend Harry Dean Stanton Passes Away At Age 91

15 September 2017 4:37 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

It is with a heavy heart that we report today that acclaimed character actor Harry Dean Stanton has passed away, at the age of 91. He was best known for his roles in Twin Peaks, Repo Man, & The Avengers. »

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R.I.P. Harry Dean Stanton (1926 – 2017)

15 September 2017 4:16 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton has passed away of natural causes aged 91, it has been announced today.

Born in 1926, Stanton enjoyed a career than spanned over 60 years, appearing in a host of films including Cool Hand Luke, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, Kelly’s Heroes, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Escape from New York and Repo Man before securing his first ever lead role in 1984’s Palme d’Or winner Paris, Texas.

Later credits included Pretty in Pink, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, The Green Mile, The Pledge, Inland Empire, Rango, The Avengers, and the HBO series Big Love. He recently appeared in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks revival, and his final film Lucky is set for release in the States later this month. »

- Gary Collinson

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Harry Dean Stanton Dies at 91

15 September 2017 3:35 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Harry Dean Stanton has died at 91, reports TMZ. The actor, a screen legend who endeared himself to moviegoers for his performances in everything from “Pretty in Pink” and “The Godfather Part II” to “Alien” and “Repo Man,” passed away peacefully at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Read More:‘Lucky’ Review: 90-Year-Old Harry Dean Stanton Gives a Performance for the Ages in Wry Comedy Co-Starring David Lynch — SXSW 2017

Best known as a character actor, Stanton had his share of leading roles as well. None was more moving than Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” in which he plays a grief-stricken drifter who attempts to reconnect with his former life. Stanton frequently collaborated with David Lynch, appearing in “Wild at Heart,” “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” “The Straight Story,” “Inland Empire,” and the just-concluded “Twin Peaks” revival.

Read More:‘Lucky’ Trailer: Harry Dean Stanton and David Lynch Reunite For This Wise Meditation on »

- Michael Nordine

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Liam Hemsworth Almost Stole Thor from Brother Chris Hemsworth

14 September 2017 5:17 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

For every movie role, small or large, there are hundreds, if not thousands of actors vying for each part, but when it comes to Marvel's Thor franchise, it seems the studio almost cast one Hemsworth brother over the one who landed the role. Which means this November's Thor: Ragnarok almost looked a lot different. Chris Hemsworth, whose brothers Liam Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth are also actors, revealed in an interview that, before he landed the role of the mighty Asgardian, his younger brother Liam Hemsworth was very, very close to winning the role, before Chris even got a callback.

Before Thor had come out, Chris Hemsworth was best known to American audiences as George Kirk, the father of James Tiberius Kirk in the 2009 blockbuster Star Trek, but Australian fans knew him from his role as Kim Hyde on the long-running Aussie soap opera Home & Away. Chris Hemsworth recently spoke with W Magazine, »

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Thor: Ragnarok Lead Chris Hemsworth Says Sibling Rivalry Helped Him Land Marvel Role

14 September 2017 9:14 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

An end-credits stinger in Doctor Strange notwithstanding, Marvel’s Norse god has been totally absent from the McU since 2013, when The Dark World teed up a grueling, multi-dimensional fight against the Dark Elves.

Four years later, and after bidding farewell to Jane Foster, Chris Hemsworth’s towering Asgardian will soon be back, back, back thanks to the release of Thor: Ragnarok, and all signs point to Taika Waititi delivering one of the best-looking entries into the McU to date.

When accounting for those two appearances across The Avengers and its somewhat divisive sequel, Age of Ultron, Ragnarok will take Hemsworth’s McU tally to five. But as the Aussie actor revealed to American fashion magazine W (via Screen Rant), things could have panned out very differently, as Liam Hemsworth was also in the mix for Marvel’s God of Thunder early on in the creative process.

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- Michael Briers

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The God Of Thunder Confronts Loki In Thor: Ragnarok Featurette

14 September 2017 8:16 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

“I am Loki of Asgard. And I am burdened with glorious purpose.”

With that gold-coated staff in one hand and the fate of the planet in the other, Loki quickly became one of Marvel’s greatest on-screen villains in the aftermath of The Avengers. Five years later and that reputation remains in place, so it’s small wonder why comic book fans are beside themselves with excitement in the lead-up to Thor: Ragnarok.

Due to light up theaters on November 3rd, Taika Waititi’s spacefaring romp was recently named as the most-anticipated movie of the fall season – ahead of Justice League, no less – which really puts that pent-up demand into perspective. To strike while the iron (hammer?) is still piping hot, Entertainment Tonight has posted a behind-the-scenes featurette that was recorded on set in Australia. It is, in fact, the same featurette in which Chris Hemsworth previewed Hulk and Thor’s titanic tussle, »

- Michael Briers

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Stan Lee Is Confident Marvel Studios Is Working On Regaining The X-men And Fantastic Four Rights

14 September 2017 1:16 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Could the Fantastic Four and X-Men meet The Avengers in a movie set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? In a new interview, creator Stan Lee reveals that he believes the rights could be heading home »

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The Real Reason Thor Didn't Show Up for Civil War

12 September 2017 11:11 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Captain America: Civil War was a massive hit last year and featured most of The Avengers, save for a few notable absences. One of the biggest absences was Thor, whose whereabouts during the events of Civil War have been something of a question mark. Now, we finally have a definitive answer. It turns out that the God of Thunder was busy chasing Thanos all around the cosmos, with little or no success.

Screen Rant recently released an interview they had with Marvel producer Brad Winderbaum while doing a set visit for Thor: Ragnarok. During the set visit, he finally, definitively revealed what Chris Hemsworth's Thor was up to during Captain America: Civil War. Just as was alluded to at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, he decided to try and find the "puppet master" who has been causing the Infinity Stones to appear, aka Thanos. Here's what Winderbaum had to say about it. »

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Hugh Jackman Pays Tribute to Wolverine Co-Creator Len Wein

11 September 2017 3:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Comic book writer Len Wein, the man who co-created characters like Wolverine, Swamp Thing and near countless others over the years, has passed away at the age of 69. For decades, Wein helped shape the way comic book stories are told and had a very major influence on Marvel and DC Comics as we know them today. As such, many people in the comic book industry and Hollywood have been sharing tributes to the late legend.

One such man who shared some thoughts on Len Wein's passing is Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine for the better part of two decades on the big screen. Wolverine in easily one of Marvel's most well-known characters and Wein is the man responsible for giving that character life. Jackman wasn't shy about declaring his strong feelings about Wein and his creations.

"Blessed to have known Len Wein. I first met him in 2008. I told him, »

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Sky Launches Low-Cost Streaming Service in Spain

11 September 2017 5:08 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

European pay-tv giant Sky has moved into the Spanish market, rolling out a low-cost streaming service that will have U.S. network and cable shows including “The Walking Dead.”

The Spanish service will be simply branded Sky and cost €10 ($12) a month. Programming will be culled from 12 local pay-tv channels including Viacom’s Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, Disney’s Xd and Disney Junior, NBCUniversal’s Syfy, Turner’s TNT and TCM, and Fox and National Geographic. Initial offerings include U.S. series “Big Bang Theory,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and animated kids series “Marvel Avengers Assemble.”

Subscribers can watch the content on up to three connected devices, including a Roku-powered Sky streaming box, and there is a one-month free trial on offer. The move into Spain pitches Sky against Amazon, Netflix and HBO, which already have local streaming services, as well as Movistar+ and the traditional pay TV players.

Sky has 22.5 million subscribers across its European operations in the »

- Stewart Clarke

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Hugh Jackman, Joss Whedon, Others Pay Tribute to Wolverine Co-Creator Len Wein

10 September 2017 5:57 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tributes poured in on Sunday for Len Wein, who died Sunday at age 69 after creating a plethora of comics universe characters including Wolverine and Swamp Thing. “Blessed to have known Len Wein. I first met him in 2008. I told him – from his heart, mind & hands came the greatest character in comics,” tweeted Hugh Jackman, who first played Wolverine in 200o’s “X-Men” and in numerous films that followed including last winter’s “Logan.” “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon also credited Wein for helping to kickstart “the modern comic book era with its most powerful metaphor.” Blessed to have known Len. »

- Rosemary Rossi

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Tom Hiddleston on Loki’s Transformation in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

7 September 2017 5:58 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The consistent complaint with Marvel films always comes back to ‘the villains’. They’re boring, ill defined, one-dimensional, yada-yada… But there is one exception everyone agrees on, the one villain who may even be better than the hero himself – Loki. Everyone loves Loki. Tom Hiddleston, from Thor through The Avengers, has crafted not only the signature Marvel villain, but just a great villain period (regardless of genre/company). There is though a law of diminishing returns with villains. The Hannibal Lecter of Silence of the Lambs can over time easily become the Hannibal Lecter of Red Dragon. Hiddleston … »

- Tommy Cook

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John Ostrander: Riding With The King

3 September 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Last Monday was the 100th birthday of the King o’ Comics, Jack Kirby. The young’uns among you might not know the name (or maybe they do; I try not to be a fuddy-duddy most days) but Kirby was a force unparalleled in the comics medium. If you need a primer, Mike Gold wrote an excellent column about him.

Even if you know Marvel only from the movies, you owe him. Captain America? Jack. The X-Men? Jack. The Black Panther? Jack. The Avengers? Jack. And so on and so forth. And not just at Marvel; King Kirby seemed to be everywhere. And not just superheroes; he did Westerns, monsters, romance. And so on and so forth.

I met him in person exactly once.

The first thing I need to explain is that, before I became a professional writer in comics, I was a bonafide geek. Yeah, I still am.

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- John Ostrander

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Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Story: Paul Bettany Joins Replacing Michael K. Williams

1 September 2017 8:36 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s sure to rankle some feathers from the outside without knowing the full story— the narrative of straight, white male “replacing” the African American actor— but that’s not necessarily the case. Paul Bettany of  the Marvel Cinematic Universe and “The Avengers” fame is joining the cast of the as-of-yet untitled “Han Solo” just a over week after  Michael K. Williams (“The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire“) had to exit the role.

Continue reading Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ Story: Paul Bettany Joins Replacing Michael K. Williams at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Adds Paul Bettany

1 September 2017 3:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Bettany has joined the cast of the “Star Wars” Han Solo spinoff, director Ron Howard announced via twitter on Friday.

In his tweet, Howard said, “The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder,” sharing an image of the director and Bettany on set. He later followed up with a second tweet: “It’s my third opportunity to work with Paul. He’s a blast & so talented.”

The Outer Rim just got a little bit wilder #PaulBettany #ForceFriday

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 1, 2017

It's my third opportunity to work with Paul. He's a blast & so talented

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) September 1, 2017

Howard took over as director after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired over creative differences. Reshoots are underway for the film, which is expected to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.

The casting of Bettany, known for his roles in “A Beautiful Mind” and Marvel’s “The Avengers,” comes »

- Ricardo Lopez

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Joss Whedon Has “Significantly Altered” Justice League

30 August 2017 5:25 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s one of the big questions that has loomed over Justice League ever since Joss Whedon climbed aboard: will the two-time Avengers director be accredited for his contribution to the Warner Bros. event movie?

Turns out the answer to the question is a resounding ‘yes’ – but there is one caveat. As was revealed in Warner’s press release this week, Whedon has officially received a credit for his work on the Justice League screenplay, as opposed to a director’s credit, which has led many to believe that his tinkering was much more significant than simply “fine-tuning” the work already in place. It turns out there may be some truth to that, too, as the latest report to tumble off the rumor mill claims that the changes Whedon’s made are “significant.”

Though obviously unconfirmed by the studio, who’ve been keeping rather quiet on the whole situation since the director first climbed aboard, »

- Matt Joseph

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