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Venom, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Glass and Halloween are coming to Comic-Con

While the likes of Marvel Studios, Game of Thrones and Westworld are going to be absent from next month’s San Diego Comic-Con, there’s still going to be plenty of excitement for fans lucky enough to make it into Hall H this year.

Warner Bros. has already announced a big DC Films panel, with the first trailer for Aquaman confirmed, and footage from Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984 rumoured, as well as the potential unveiling of a DC Extended Universe “rebranding”.

Now we can add a few more projects to that list, with Sony reportedly set to showcase two of its own Marvel projects in the live-action Venom spinoff starring Tom Hardy, along with the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie.

Other projects which Sony is reportedly mulling over include Holmes and Watson, Searching, Alpha, Slender Man and Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween.

Meanwhile, Deadline is reporting that there will also be
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Apple Teams With Sesame Workshop to Develop Kids’ Programming

Apple is getting into children’s programming.

The streamer is teaming up with Sesame Workshop to create a new slate of kids’ programming for Worldwide Video, led by Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The content will be wholly original — and will not include “Sesame Street,” which has its own separate deal at HBO and also airs on PBS.

Under the multi-series order, Sesame Workshop — the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street” — will produce live-action and animated series, as well as develop a puppet series for Apple. Over the course of its 50-year history, Sesame Workshop won more Daytime Emmys
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Why That 'Bumblebee' Trailer Was So Good

Why That 'Bumblebee' Trailer Was So Good
No, your eyes did not deceive you, that trailer for the 'Transformers' spinoff 'Bumblebee' was good. Like, really good. So, what gives? We break it down here but also make sure to watch our video.

Michael Bay has directed five Transformers movies, and by this point, we know what to expect – explosions of orange and teal, hi-def slo-mo mid-air car-to-autobot quick-changes, and plenty of lowbrow jokes to fill in the cracks.

Travis Knight takes the helm for 'Bumblebee', and his background could not be more different than Bay’s. Bay made operatic, big-budget spectacles 'Pearl Harbor' and 'The Island' before taking on the live-action Transformers series, while Knight is fresh off directing the Oscar-nominated, stop-motion epic 'Kubo and the Two Strings.' He was lead animator at Laika Studios on their introspective and macabre fantasies 'Coraline' and 'ParaNorman.'

Screenwriter Christina Hodson may seem like an anomaly herself considering she’s the first woman to get a writing credit on a Transformers movie, but since 2015, Hodson has been a part of a writers room tasked with expanding the Autobots and Decepticons into their own universe, much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Akiva Goldsman, Oscar-winner for 'A Beautiful Mind,' led the crew that included 'Ready Player One' scribe Zak Penn, "The Walking Dead" comic creator Robert Kirkman, and more. Only Hodson remained on for this project.

You must have also noticed that the 1987 setting in a small California beach town all feels very nostalgic for the original 1980s Saturday morning cartoon. Back in April, the CinemaCon audience who saw footage of Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld’s first meeting with her shape-shifting Volkswagen compared the sneak peek to another sentimental robot and his human friend story – The Iron Giant… which is high praise.

Fans of the original series are commenting that the robots’ designs are a huge improvement on Bay’s overly-complicated versions. There are clear references to Generation-1 Bumblebee’s streamlined classic model, and villain Starscream appears in his original colors as what looks like to be an F-4 Phantom.

Rumors still swirl about whether this will reboot the Transformers series, or if Bay will make those sequels in his own timeline of films, and if any of this will connect to a larger Hasbro Toys universe with G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., and Micronauts.

But so far, we like what we see in this new, small and intimate approach to a movie with real emotional resonance… and robots punching each other in their metal faces.

Add 'Bumblebee' to your IMDb Watchlist, so you never miss an update on the expanded Transformers universe.

Optimus Prime could get his own Transformers spinoff movie

This December, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro take their first step in shifting the Transformers franchise from the ‘Bayverse’ with the release of the series’ first spinoff movie, the 80s-set Bumblebee. And, according to producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, another fan favourite Autobot may well be next in line for the solo movie treatment.

“We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from the fans that they wanted us to do a deep dive on one or two of the robots, because they wanted to get to know them better,” di Bonaventura tells EW. “Bumblebee was selected because he’s such a loved figure, and he’s also more emotional than Optimus. Those were the two likely characters.

[Optimus] is a stoic leader, and you can count on him, whereas Bumblebee is the one who is more emotionally volatile. He has a lot of ups and downs. So it seemed like the best character
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Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Immigrant Anthology Series From ‘The Big Sick’ Writers

Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Immigrant Anthology Series From ‘The Big Sick’ Writers
Apple has given a series order to an immigrant anthology series from creators Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriters behind “The Big Sick,” and TV producer and writer Lee Eisenberg, a person with knowledge of the deal tells TheWrap.

Apple has ordered eight episodes of “Little America,” inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, which will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America, when they’re more relevant now than ever.

Eisenberg will write, executive produce and serve as showrunner. Nanjiani and Gordon will also executive produce, along with Alan Yang under Universal Television, and Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis for Epic Magazine, alongside co-executive producer Arthur Spector.

Also Read: Oprah Winfrey Signs Multi-Year Content Partnership Deal With Apple

“Little America” will be produced for Apple by Universal Television.

The order is
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Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Anthology Series From ‘Big Sick’ Duo, Lee Eisenberg

Apple has officially ordered the immigrant anthology “Little America” to series.

The half-hour series is based on true stories from Epic Magazine. It will explore the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and surprising stories of immigrants in America. “The Office” alum Lee Eisenberg will write and executive produce along with “The Big Sick” writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Eisenberg will also serve as showrunner. Alan Yang, co-creator of the Netflix series “Master of None,” will also executive produce. Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will executive produce for Epic Magazine, alongside co-executive producer Arthur Spector. Universal Television will produce.

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Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's Little America Greenlit at Apple

The huddled masses yearning to breathe free just nabbed a series order.

Apple has given the green light to Little America, a half-hour anthology series based on real-life stories of immigrants who have migrated to the United States, TVLine has learned.

Inspired by the true stories featured by Epic magazine, Little America will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America, when they’re more relevant now than ever,” the series’ official logline reads.

The project is written and executive-produced by Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick) and
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Steven Spielberg suggested a female protagonist for the Bumblebee Transformers spinoff

Despite generally negative reviews, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro’s Transformers franchise has always managed to knock it out of the park when it comes to box office takings. That is until last year, with the fifth – and reportedly final – offering from director Michael Bay, Transformers: The Last Knight, grossing just $600 million, a series low which prompted the studio to plot a full reboot of the franchise.

Nevertheless, Paramount and director Travis Knight are set to unleash the series’ first spinoff this December with Bumblebee, which – judging by the first trailer – is set to present a vastly different incarnation of the beloved property, and one much more in tune with the classic 1980s cartoon.

The new film, set in the 80s, sees the fan favourite Autobot scout teaming with Hailee Steinfeld’s teenage mechanic Charlie – a pairing which producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says was down to a suggestion from Transformers executive producer Steven Spielberg.
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‘Bumblebee’ Movie Featurette Aims to Distance Spin-Off From Bayformers

Paramount is engaged in a deliberate marketing campaign for director Travis Knight's Bumblebee movie aimed at distancing the spin-off from Michael Bay's bombastic Transformers films.

A new Bumblebee movie featurette further reinforces this approach following the first Bumblebee teaser trailer that dropped a couple weeks ago. Like the stop-motion animation films from Knight's Laika Studios, Bumblebee will heart to match its visual design.

Some might argue that Knight's approach to the Transformers franchise is too similar to the Iron Giant where an alien robot is befriended by a teenage human. Building story through characters as opposed to action set-pieces might be just what the franchise needs to reinvent itself and pave a new path.

Bumblebee stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena, and will be in theaters on December 21st, 2018.

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Apple Nabs Oprah in Latest A-List Grab

Apple just got Own’d.

Oprah Winfrey has entered a multi-year content partnership with the tech company, Apple announced Friday.

The producer/actress/talk-show host/force of nature will join Apple in creating “original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world,” per the official release.

Winfrey’s projects will be part of Apple’s robust slate of original content, which includes a Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Aniston-starring series set at a morning talk show, a comedy featuring Hailee Steinfeld as poet Emily Dickinson, and dramas from directors Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and M. Night Shyamalan
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Oprah Winfrey, Apple Sign Multi-Year Content Partnership

Apple and Oprah Winfrey have a signed a multi-year content partnership. Under the deal, Winfrey and Apple will create programs that will be released as part of Apple’s original content lineup.

The deal marks one of the first such agreements struck between Apple and a content creator. Previously, Apple set an overall deal with veteran showrunner Kerry Ehrin. Ehrin will also serve as the showrunner on Apple’s upcoming morning show drama series starring and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

This is also the latest addition to Winfrey’s media empire. The former hit talk show
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Avengers: Infinity War Nominated For 7 Teen Choice Awards

A few days ago, we were finally able to add Avengers: Infinity War to the prestigious list of movies to gross $2 billion worldwide – not that that came as much of a surprise, mind you.

In doing so, it became only the fourth feature film ever to surpass the $2 billion milestone, an honor it now shares with The Force Awakens, Titanic and the one true box office king, James Cameron’s Avatar, which is still somehow – almost inexplicably – in a league of its own at $2.78 billion. But the good news doesn’t end there.

Giving Kevin Feige and co. even more to smile about, the Teen Choice Awards released their nominations the other day and Infinity War managed to score a whopping 7, including Choice Action Movie, Choice Action Movie Actor and more. Not only that, but Marvel also saw Black Panther and Thor: Ragnarok earn a few nods, too, with the
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New Bumblebee Featurette Focuses on Director Travis Knight and His Vision For The film

That first Bumblebee trailer that was released was pretty incredible. A lot of fans were shocked by how great the movie looks. It's amazing what a difference a director can make. All we've gotten over the years is a bunch of silly eye-candy filled films from Michael Bay, and then director Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) jumps in and actually gives us a Transformers film that looks true to the source material and actually finally brings some heart and soul to the franchise. After all these years, Knight may actually get it right!

We have a new featurette for you to watch today that focuses on the director and his vision for the film. It's actually very encouraging. 

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world,
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John Cena to partner up with Jackie Chan in new action thriller

Jackie Chan has found a new crime-fighting partner in John Cena for an upcoming action-thriller which is to be directed by the Need for Speed director Scott Waugh.

Cena, who seems to be following in the footsteps of Dwayne Johnson, continues his successful transition from Wrestling Ring to Hollywood will take over the role previously left empty by Sylvester Stallone.

The film focuses on a Chinese private security contractor (Chan) who is called in to extract the oil workers when a China-run oil refinery in the Middle East is attacked. When he learns that the attackers’ real plan is to steal a fortune in oil, he teams up with an American — a former Marine played by John Cena — to stop them.

Chan also has the role of producer on Project X (working title), along with Joe Tam, Esmond Ren and Hans Canosa. Arash Amel wrote the screenplay.

Also in the
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Transformers spinoff Bumblebee gets a new featurette

Paramount Picture has released a new behind the scenes featurette for the upcoming live-action Transformers spinoff Bumblebee which focuses on the work of Travis Knight and includes interviews with the director, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, and stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena; watch it here…

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On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

Bumblebee is directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), and stars Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen), Pamela Adlon (Better Things), John Cena (Daddy’s Home 2), Stephen Schneider (Broad City), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Jason Drucker (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
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‘Transformers’ Spin-Off ‘Bumblebee’ Gets A New Featurette

The Transformers spin-off movie Bumblebee, which is set to hit cinemas later this year, has just got itself a brand new featurette taking us behind the scenes. Travis Knight directs the movie and this new featurette invites you to meet him via some on-set interviews where he describes the approach and tone he is going for with the highly-anticipated movie.

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

Bumblebee arrives in cinemas this Christmas. Watch the new featurette below.

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Director Travis Knight, Actors Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena Talk Bumblebee In New Featurette

Earlier this month, Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for one of the most anticipated films of 2018, Bumblebee. In case you missed it, watch the terrific first trailer.

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Travis Knight brings his expertise in the world of stop-motion animation to Transformers with Bumblebee. By combining meticulous craft skills with cutting edge technology, Travis showcases his ability to develop characters and inspire emotions through a unique storytelling vision that brings fan favorite Bumblebee to life.

Listen as the filmmaker and actors Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena discuss the origin story of the loveable Autobot.

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

The
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Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse (2018) Movie Trailer: Miles Morales Gets a Spider-Man Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Trailer Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman‘s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) movie trailer stars Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Hailee Steinfeld, and Liev Schreiber. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s plot synopsis: “Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique [...]

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Is It Weird That the Bumblebee Trailer Made Me Tear Up a Little Bit?

Is It Weird That the Bumblebee Trailer Made Me Tear Up a Little Bit?
Oh, you thought you'd seen the last of the Transformers franchise? Think again. After 2017's fifth addition (called Transformers: The Last Knight), the next installment appears to be a prequel titled Bumblebee. With the tagline, "Every adventure has a beginning," it seems the film will focus on the origin story of the beloved Transformer. The official teaser trailer for the film dropped this week, giving us a look at a very timid and cute version of the Volkswagen bot. We even get a glimpse at the new stars that have come into the fold: Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena! Check out the trailer above to see the latest twist on the series. Do we sense a small tugging at our heartstrings? We'll find out when the film drops this Christmas.
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Apple Signs Writers Guild of America Contract on Programming

Apple has agreed to the terms and conditions of the Writers Guild of America’s current master contract — a development that the WGA says will have major implications at the next round of contract talks.

The WGA West revealed the development to members in a message sent Thursday by WGA West president David A. Goodman and executive director David Young.

The duo also said Apple has agreed to terms that are above the minimum basic agreement if its programming is offered free to consumers online — which will ensure that writers employed by Apple will be covered on issues such as script fees,
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