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Verne Troyer Dead at Age 49

Verne Troyer Dead at Age 49
Verne Troyer has died earlier today at the age of 49. The news was announced via the actor's social media on Saturday. Troyer is most famous for playing Dr. Evil's sidekick, Mini-Me in Austin Powers, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Along with a photo of the actor, who was born with the genetic disorder known as achondroplasia dwarfism, the statement on his official Instagram read, "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change...
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Exclusive: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Starts Filming Monday; Andrew Stanton Not Returning

Exclusive: ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Starts Filming Monday; Andrew Stanton Not Returning
Stranger Things Season 3 is rolling right along, and we've got a bit of an update on where production's at. The third installment of Netflix's supernatural sensation will get in front of cameras starting Monday, April 23, according to series producer and director Shawn Levy. Speaking with Collider's Steve Weintraub, Levy revealed that the team just completed the table read from Stranger Things 3, which included the first four scripts of the season, putting them about right on pace with the amount of scripts they had completed ahead of production for Season 2. And once again, …
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‘Ready Player One’ Tops $500M Global Box Office, Scores $200M+ In China

‘Ready Player One’ Tops $500M Global Box Office, Scores $200M+ In China
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has lifted its worldwide score across the $500M threshold. That’s after beginning global rollout on March 28 and reps $120.6M in domestic takings with $379.5M at the international box office. The Vr-themed pic from Warner Bros, Amblin and Village Roadshow has done remarkable business in China where it has now topped $200M (Rmb 1.3B) to become the 10th biggest U.S. release ever in that market. Earlier in the run, RP1 had already become…
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‘A Quiet Place’ Reclaims Box Office Crown, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Outdoes Expectations

‘A Quiet Place’ Reclaims Box Office Crown, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Outdoes Expectations
John Krasinski’s surprise hit “A Quiet Place” has returned to its No. 1 slot in its third weekend at the domestic box office with $20 million from 3,808 theaters, up 219 sites from last weekend.

In second is last weekend’s box office topper, Dwayne Johnson’s “Rampage,” with about $18 million from 4,115 theaters. The action film opened to $35 million last weekend, narrowly beating out “A Quiet Place’s” second frame.

A Quiet Place” stars Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt as a couple trying to keep their family safe in a world populated by aliens that hunt based on sound. The Paramount film has grossed a respectable $116 million through Friday, including $56 million from foreign markets.

In its first seven days, Warner Bros.’ “Rampage” has earned $187 million globally to a $120 million production budget, with $141 million from overseas. Directed by Brad Peyton and also starring Naomie Harris, the film follows Johnson’s scientist David Okoye, who
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed for Season 15 at ABC

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed for Season 15 at ABC
“Grey’s Anatomy” has been renewed for a fifteenth season at ABC, making it the longest-running primetime drama in the history of the network.

“‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has a special place in my heart and millions of viewers feel the same way,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment. “Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” remains one of ABC’s top-rated series, with this season
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Universal Wins Rights for Stephen King’s ‘Tommyknockers’ Movie

Universal Wins Rights for Stephen King’s ‘Tommyknockers’ Movie
Universal Pictures has won an auction for Stephen King’s “The Tommyknockers,” which is being developed as a movie by producers James Wan and Roy Lee.

The deal closed Friday afternoon. Netflix and Sony were also bidding. Wan, who’s directing “Aquaman” and produces “The Conjuring” franchise, will produce through his Atomic Monster company. Lee, whose credits include “It,” the Lego movies, and “The Departed,” will produce through Vertigo Entertainment.

The duo has teamed up with Larry Sanitsky, who executive produced the 1993 ABC miniseries adaptation of “The Tommyknockers,” starring Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger.

The producers began shopping the package to studios through Paradigm earlier this month. “It is an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria, and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck,” Sanitsky said. “All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written.
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‘Deadpool 2’ on Track to Become Fandango’s Top R-Rated Pre-Seller

‘Deadpool 2’ on Track to Become Fandango’s Top R-Rated Pre-Seller
Online ticket-seller Fandango is reporting “Deadpool 2” has become the third-largest pre-seller of 2018 at the same point in the sales cycle behind “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther.”

After only one day of sales, “Deadpool 2” tickets are on pace to become the top R-rated preseller in Fandango’s 18-year history, eclipsing 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

“Thanks in part to ‘Deadpool’ creator Rob Liefeld’s exclusive FanShop poster offer with tickets, fans flocked to Fandango to reserve their seats as soon as tickets were available,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis.

Fox released the final trailer for the Ryan Reynolds sequel on Thursday with Deadpool coming together with Zazie Beetz’s Domino and T.J. Miller’s Weasel to defeat the powerful Cable, played by Josh Brolin. The superhero sequel also stars Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, Leslie Uggams, and Stefan Kapicic as Deadpool’s team of mutants protect a young boy (Julian Dennison) from Cable.
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‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women

‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women
Actress Allison Mack, known for her work on the superhero TV series “Smallville,” was arrested Friday and accused of recruiting women into a purported self-help organization, NXIVM, in which they were required to work and have sex with the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, prosecutors said.

U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement Friday that Mack recruited women for Raniere, and that the women were “exploited, both sexually and for their labor.” He said Mack, who was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, is accused of “directly or implicitly” requiring women “to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere.”

Raniere was arrested in Mexico in March. He traveled there after The New York Times published a report in October about the group branding women. Mack’s involvement with the group has long been a subject of speculation: She can be seen in a series of conversations posted to YouTube last year, smilingly interviewing Raniere about his teachings.

His charges in March involve sex trafficking and conspiring to force labor. According to Donoghue, Raniere, known within the group as “The Vanguard,” created “a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly personal information and taking their assets.”
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New ‘Nancy Drew’ Movie Coming Starring ‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis

New ‘Nancy Drew’ Movie Coming Starring ‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis
16-year-old actress Sophia Lillis broke out last year with her starring role as Beverly Marsh in the mega-hit film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and now she’ll be playing an even more high profile literary character. A new report says that Lillis has been cast as the title role in a new Nancy Drew movie […]

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John Carpenter Returns To ‘Halloween’ Franchise To Provide Score For New Film

John Carpenter Returns To ‘Halloween’ Franchise To Provide Score For New Film
It feels like it wasn’t that long ago that Blumhouse Productions announced that they were making, yet another, entry in the “Halloween” franchise. Now, we are almost exactly 6 months from the film’s release, and the buzz around the sequel/reboot/remake is starting to build. And the excitement will increase even more now that it has been confirmed that filmmaker/composer John Carpenter is back lending his talents to the new film.
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Melissa McCarthy's Action Comedy 'Super-Intelligence' Gets 2019 Release Date

Melissa McCarthy's Action Comedy 'Super-Intelligence' Gets 2019 Release Date
Super-Intelligence, the new Melissa McCarthy comedy from New Line, will open on Christmas Day, 2019, Warner Bros. announced today.

At the same time, the studio has set release dates for the Michael B. Jordan death row drama, Just Mercy, as well as staked a claim for a release of an untitled film based on The Conjuring horror universe.

Super-Intelligence will be released Dec. 25, 2019. The movie, which is being directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, sees the comedian playing a former corporate executive whose earnest yet unfulfilled life is turned upside down when she is selected for observation by...
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Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown Join Voice Cast of 'Angry Birds 2'

Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown Join Voice Cast of 'Angry Birds 2'
Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment are adding a new flock of comedic talent to Angry Birds 2.

Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters) will voice the film’s villain character, while Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sterling K. Brown (This is Us, The People vs. O.J. Simpson), Mexico’s breakout Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included, Overboard), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley, The Post), Awkwafina (Ocean's 8, Crazy Rich Asians), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Dove Cameron (The Descendants, Agents of Shield), Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live, Brigsby Bear) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) have all signed on for roles in The Angry...
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Hans Zimmer Named Recipient of Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award at Hollywood in Vienna

Hans Zimmer Named Recipient of Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award at Hollywood in Vienna
Hans Zimmer will receive the Max Steiner Film Achievement Award during the annual Hollywood in Vienna gala on Oct. 19.

The gala, which is broadcast in more than 35 countries, will include performances of some of the Academy Award winner’s more memorable film compositions with new orchestral arrangements written by Zimmer.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Max Steiner Award, bestowed by the City of Vienna in recognition for exceptional achievement in film music. Past recipients include Lalo Schifrin, John Barry, Randy Newman, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard and Danny Elfman.

Zimmer has scored more than 150 projects,...
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Seagull’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Seagull’
Why is it that in cinema, remakes are so often reviled, whereas on stage, each new production of a classic play brings a fresh wave of anticipation, as we wonder how the director and cast might choose to interpret the characters this time around, and thrill to the idea of watching the material brought to life again? That question is further complicated in the case of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” since no definitive big-screen adaptation of the 1896 play exists. Sadly, that will not change with the arrival of director Michael Mayer’s latest attempt, despite the tantalizing prospect of seeing actresses as great as Saoirse Ronan, Elizabeth Moss, and Annette Bening in the three leading female roles.

Whether you know the play well or are experiencing it for the first time, you may well find yourself asking, what was Mayer hoping to achieve? Despite the gift of Chekhov’s
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'The Seagull': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

You can feel the heat, temperature and otherwise, in Michael Mayer's sultry screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic 1896 play. Rather than the reams of dialogue you would normally expect, this streamlined version scripted by Tony Award-winning playwright Stephen Karam (The Humans) delivers sensuality in spades. Sure, the characters constantly talk about their unfulfilled lives and unrequited loves. But they also skinny-dip in the lake and constantly make out with each other. A stodgy The Seagull this is not. Would you expect anything else from theater director Mayer, who picked up a Tony himself for the sex-drenched musical Spring Awakening?...
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‘In a Relationship’ Film Review: Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano Try to Liven Up Underwritten Characters

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‘In a Relationship’ Film Review: Emma Roberts and Michael Angarano Try to Liven Up Underwritten Characters
You know that couple who met in a bar and discovered they both loved [Werner Herzog/Father John Misty/trips to Cabo/the color blue] so they began dating, and even after they realized they had nothing else in common it was easier to stay together than break up?

We’ve all been around them. But do you want to watch their movie? Maybe, if you’ve also been them, or are willing to admit you’re still in a relationship that fits the above description.

Everyone else, though, may find their patience running thin with Hallie (Emma Roberts) and Owen (Michael Angarano), the two young, bland Los Angelenos at the center of Sam Boyd’s romantic indie “In a Relationship.”

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They’re both about 25, so it’s hard to understand why Hallie is pushing insistently to move in together. In fact, it’s a lot easier to see why Owen’s resisting. They fight all the time and don’t seem to share anything other than their own relationship. Since they’re not nice to each other, we’re never given the chance to invest in them together. But because they don’t have much else going on, it’s also tough to care about them individually.

More interesting are Hallie’s cousin Willa (Dree Hemingway, “Starlet”) and Owen’s best friend Matt (Patrick Gibson, “The Oa”). Willa is, we’re repeatedly told, a blonde goddess who is far too good for the slightly goofy, inexperienced Matt. But he adores her, and she’s intrigued at being treated like a human rather than a conquest for a change. Because each is aiming for more than they’ve had before, the stakes are just a little bit higher, giving their storyline a tender undercurrent.

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Boyd has put together a solid team for his feature debut, in which a range of well-chosen locations are shot with crisp precision by Martim Vian.

All the actors are pros, and every character is likely to remind you of someone you’ve vaguely known. Of the four, though, Matt feels the most real. Like the others, he has one primary trait (insecurity, in his case), but Gibson fleshes him out enough to engage us in his feelings.

While Boyd expanded the movie from a short film, he has left some important elements out of his script. It would have helped if we knew the characters’ back stories, or family histories, or even just more about their inner lives. We’re meant to understand exactly who Willa and Matt are when she orders a vodka water, and he requests “the lightest beer you have.”

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But if Boyd’s perspective is limited, his focus is sharp. Most of all, the movie represents that post-collegiate period in which you’re still Figuring Stuff Out. It’s about trying to balance out-sized bills and crappy jobs with random parties and awkward dates, wondering if it’s better to be a little lonely with someone else, or hidden inside your apartment drinking your self-pity away.

Actually, that description alone should be enough to help you decide if this one’s worth the 90-minute commitment. For some, the sense of familiarity will feel comfortable and easy. Others will know instantly that they’re looking for more.



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The Complete Timeline of Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies, From ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Infinity War’

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The beginning of time: The Big Bang explodes from six preexisting singularities. As the universe is created, remnants of these singularities are forged into objects with incredible power over specific aspects of existence: Space, Mind, Reality, Power, Soul and Time. These objects, eventually known as the Infinity Stones, become dispersed throughout the universe, often in forms that make their true nature unrecognizable.

The Distant Past: The most ancient beings in the universe, Celestials, are born. The oldest of them, Ego, comes into existence and finds itself alone. Ego spends millennia slowly learning to control matter, eventually creating a planet around itself, as well as a human-like extension of itself to explore the universe, searching for other life.

Ego finds life — and is pretty underwhelmed by it. He decides to spread himself across the universe. He travels the universe planting seeds of himself on different planets; at the same time, he fathers children with a number of species, hoping for a child that can help him activate the seeds.

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As other Celestials emerge, they become the first to understand and make use of Infinity Stones, devising technology to channel their power into weapons of unimaginable destruction. At one point, several celestials figure out how to share the Infinity Stones’ energy among themselves, but are quickly destroyed by it.

During this period, an unnamed Celestial is decapitated. Billions of years later, his severed head is turned into the interstellar mining colony called Knowhere.

Some time later, beings known in the comics as Elders of the Universe come into existence. Immortal (though not all -powerful), these beings cope with their long lives by indulging their obsessions. Among them are Taneleer Tivan, later known as The Collector, and En Dwi Gast, later known as The Grandmaster.

Hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of years ago: a massive meteor made of pure Vibranium crashes in central Africa. Over eons, the impact crater is covered by earth and foliage until it’s buried underground.

Between 130,000 and 10,000 years ago: On Earth, five early human tribes discover the Vibranium meteor impact site, and over time found the nation of Wakanda. The Wakandans eventually use the powerful technology created with Vibranium — and the advantage of being Earth’s only source of it — to hide themselves from the rest of the world. The kings of Wakanda use the Heart-Shaped Herb that grows near the original vibranium impact site to become the Black Panther.

2988 B.C.: The Nine Realms — including Asgard (home of the Norse Gods), Midgard (Earth), Jotunheim (Frost Giants), and Svartalfheim (Dark Elves) — become aligned in an event called “Convergence,” which happens every 5,000 years.

During the Convergence, Malekith, genocidal leader of the Dark Elves, gains possession of the Aether, actually the Reality Infinity Stone, and tries to destroy the Nine Realms with it. He is defeated by Asgard, led by king Bor. Asgard then comes into possession of the Aether.

Asgard also comes into possession of another Infinity Stone, the Space Stone, around this time. The Space Stone will eventually become known as the Tesseract.

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Sometime later, Bor’s son, Odin, becomes king and leads Asgard in the conquest of the Nine Realms. He’s assisted by his firstborn, Hela the goddess of death, but soon realizes she has become consumed with lust for destruction and conquest. He’s forced to wage war to stop her, only winning after enormous sacrifices, including the death of all but one of his elite Valkyrie warriors.

After Hela is imprisoned, Odin transforms Asgard into a peaceful, enlightened society built around culture and science rather than conquest, and all record that Hela ever existed is scrubbed from the historical record.

965 Ad: Odin leads Asgard in war to stop the Frost Giants of Jotunheim from conquering Earth. In the aftermath, he takes the Frost Giants’ prince and adopts him, naming him Loki. Loki, raised alongside Odin’s natural born son, Thor is never told he’s a Frost Giant, and neither of the brothers are told about Hela.

Around this time, Odin hides the Tesseract among Asgardian worshippers in Tønsberg, Norway. This is eventually forgotten and the Tesseract is considered lost. By this point, the Aether has also become lost, and forgotten.

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1934: Hydra leader Johann Schmidt convinces the Nazi High Command to allow Hydra to conduct research and develop weapons for the Third Reich. Schmidt captures scientist Abraham Erskine and forces him to work on his super-soldier serum for the Nazis.

1936: 18 year-old Steve Rogers’ mother dies from tuberculosis in Brooklyn, New York. After the funeral Steve’s best friend, James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, offers his support and help, telling Steve he’ll be “with you til the end of the line.”

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1940: Schmidt injects himself with a prototype of the super-soldier serum, which gives him powers, but disfigures his face, leading to him taking the nickname “Red Skull.” Erskine is rescued from Hydra by British secret agent Peggy Carter. He joins American industrialist Howard Stark in continuing his super-soldier research for the Allies via the Strategic Scientific Reserve, predecessor to the agency called S.H.I.E.L.D.

1942: Bucky enlists in the U.S. army after the outbreak of World War II. Steve makes multiple attempts to join him, but is repeatedly turned down due to poor health and small stature.

That same year, Red Skull finds the Tesseract hidden in a church in Tønsberg. He uses it to power several experimental machines and weapons.

1943: Erskine recruits Steve Rogers as a candidate for his refined serum. The serum transforms Rogers from a small, weak man into a super-soldier, but Erskine is killed by a Hydra agent during the procedure. Rogers takes on the persona of Captain America and becomes a war hero after rescuing Bucky and other American soldiers from a Hydra facility overseen by scientist Arnim Zola, who conducts inhumane experiments on POWs.

Bucky and some of the rescued soldiers become known as the Howling Commandos, an elite squad led by Captain America.

1945: Captain America and the Howling Commandos successfully capture Zola, but Bucky is lost during the operation and presumed dead. Two months later, Captain America defeats Red Skull, but in order to prevent Red Skull’s bomber from attacking the United States, Cap is forced to crash the plane somewhere near Greenland. He is lost and presumed dead. Howard Stark recovers the Tesseract during his search for Cap’s body, and it eventually becomes top secret S.H.I.E.L.D. property.

1949: Arnim Zola is released from prison as part of project paperclip and joins S.H.I.E.L.D., but secretly enacts a plan to rebuild Hydra within it. He recruits sleeper agents and spreads them throughout the agency and the U.S. government. Hydra recovers Bucky Barnes, who survived his presumed death thanks to Zola’s earlier experiments. Bucky is brainwashed to become an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. The procedure removes his memories of his past life and identity, and when he’s not on mission, Bucky is frozen in cyrostasis, keeping him in peak physical condition for decades.

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1960s: The Winter Soldier is used for covert Hydra missions, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Hydra operatives work behind the scenes to sow chaos worldwide as part of a plan to eventually create a fearful population desperate for security.

1980: Ego, still seeding the universe, reaches Earth, where he falls in love with Meredith Quill. They have a son, Peter Quill. Ego leaves Meredith, although he returns on two occasions to visit her.

1984: S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist Hank Pym invents a suit that allows him to shrink to an insect’s size, and a device that allows him to communicate with and command ants. He takes on the mantle of Ant-Man, while his wife, Janet, makes a suit of her own and becomes The Wasp. The two perform covert operations on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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1987: To disarm a Soviet missile headed toward the U.S. The Wasp is forced to shrink to fit between the molecules of the casing to get inside. She’s presumably lost in the subatomic Quantum Realm, unable to return to normal size. In his grief, Hank gives up being Ant-Man. Two years later, he resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to keep them from replicating his technology.

1988: Realizing he’s fallen in love with Meredith, Ego gives her cancer in order to preserve his goal. Following her death, aliens called the Ravagers abduct Peter Quill from Earth. Ego hired The Ravagers, led by Yondu, to abduct his children from across the galaxy. Yondu discovers Ego has been killing his children, and so keeps Peter to raise him as a Ravager.

~Late 1980s-1991: Young Natasha Romanoff is recruited into a ruthless Kgb assassin program. This continues after the dissolution of the Ussr and she becomes one of Russia’s top assassins, code-named Black Widow.

1991: Hydra deploys the Winter Soldier to assassinate Howard Stark and his wife to steal S.H.I.E.L.D.’s remaining super-serum, while making the deaths look like an accident. Howard’s son, Tony Stark, inherits Stark Industries.

1992: Prince N’Jobu, acting as a spy for Wakanda, heads to Oakland, California. The racial disparity he encounters causes him to believe Wakanda should abandon its isolationist stance and arm oppressed people across the globe. N’Jobu secretly works with arms dealer Ulysses Klaue to steal Vibranium from Wakanda, and in the process, several people are killed, including the parents of W’Kabi, a friend of Prince T’Challa.

King T’Chaka comes to Oakland and confronts N’Jobu, killing him in the dispute. T’Chaka leaves behind N’Jobu’s young son, N’Jadaka, known in the U.S. as Erik Stevens, rather than return the boy to Wakanda.

News Year’s Eve 1999-2000: Tony Stark meets scientist Aldrich Killian, who promotes his company, Advanced Idea Mechanics. Stark promises to meet Killian later, but blows him off to spend the night with Maya Hansen. Hansen, another scientist, shows him her research into a means of rewriting genetic codes to regrow human tissue that has the side effect of causing biological material to explode. They sleep together, but the next morning, Tony leaves without saying goodbye.

~Late 1990s-early 2000s: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Clint “Hawkeye” Barton is sent to kill Natasha Romanoff , but convinces her to defect to S.H.I.E.L.D. instead.

2005: As part of a government project, Dr. Bruce Banner uses gamma radiation in an attempt to recreate Abraham Erskine’s super-soldier formula. Banner experiments on himself but the process turns him into The Hulk. Gen. Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross pursues Banner, and Banner goes on the run. He remains at large for the next six years.

2010: Tony Stark, who turned Stark Industries into a major weapons manufacturer, is captured by terrorists during a missile demonstration in Afghanistan. Stark takes shrapnel to the chest during the attack, but a fellow captive scientist named Yensin creates a device that keeps the shrapnel from destroying his heart. Tony adapts this into the power source for a prototype Iron Man suit, which he uses to escape. He now must live with the device permanently lodged in his chest, or he’ll die.

Upon his return, Stark discovers that his father’s business partner, Obadiah Stane, orchestrated Stark’s capture and has been using the company to sell weapons to terrorists. Stark perfects the Iron Man suit, defeats Stane, and reveals he is Iron Man during a press conference, becoming only the second publicly-known superhero. Soon after, he is recruited into the Avengers Initiative by S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury.

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May 29-June 4, 2011: The events of “Iron Man 2,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “Thor” occur during a single week.

First, Tony Stark is now a celebrity for his exploits as Iron Man, but the Arc Reactor in his chest, which keeps him alive, is also poisoning him. He’s attacked by Ivan Venko, who believes that Howard Stark ruined his father. Venko is helped by rival industrialist Justin Hammer. Tony’s friend James Rhodes is forced to use one of Stark’s prototype suits to stop Stark’s increasingly reckless behavior, and Rhodes confiscates the suit for U.S. Air Force, becoming known as War Machine. Together, Stark and Rhodes defeats Venko and Hammer.

Meanwhile, in Asgard, Thor makes war on the Frost Giants in Jotenheim against Odin’s wishes. During the battle, Loki learns he is Frost Giant. Odin banishes Thor to Earth as punishment for his defiance and strips him of his right to use the hammer Mjølnir. In Asgard Loki is angry at having been lied to about his origin and plots to overthrow Odin. On Earth, Thor meets Jane Foster and Eric Selvig, uncovers Loki’s plan, and returns to Asgard to save the day. During the fight, Asgard’s Bifrost Bridge, a wormhole Asgardians use to travel throughout the Nine Realms, is destroyed and Loki presumed dead.

Finally, Bruce Banner is discovered hiding in Brazil. After escaping capture by covert military forces, he makes his way north to the United States seeking a cure for his Hulk problem. Instead, the military replicates his condition in military contractor Emil Blonsky, who turns into The Abomination and rampages through New York City. Banner is forced to transform into the Hulk to defeat him, but in the process large sections of Harlem are destroyed. Banner goes back into hiding.

S.H.I.E.L.D. keeps tabs on Banner but leaves him be for the time being. Meanwhile, aware that earth is vulnerable to extraterrestrial threats, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits Selvig to study the Tesseract in order to develop weapons that could defend against invaders. Unknown to everyone, Loki survived, somehow made his way to Earth, and now secretly controls Selvig’s mind.

April 2012: Captain America is discovered frozen, but still alive thanks to the super-soldier serum. S.H.I.E.L.D. revives Rogers, who discovers that he has been asleep for 66 years.

May 2012: Using a scepter that allows him to control minds, Loki steals the Tesseract and attempts to conquer the Earth with the help of an alien army. In response, Nick Fury assembles Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner as The Avengers, soon joined by Thor. After an uneasy start, The Avengers pull together and defeat Loki, though much of New York City is destroyed during the battle. Thor returns to Asgard with Loki, and takes the Tesseract with him. Bruce goes to work for Tony Stark, and Captain America becomes an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside Black Widow and Hawkeye. S.H.I.E.L.D. also takes possession of Loki’s mind control scepter.

Unknown to The Avengers, the scepter is powered by an Infinity Stone, the Mind Stone. Further, Loki was actually working for the Mad Titan, Thanos, who seeks to control all six Infinity Stones. Thanos is warned by his henchmen that Earth is a much greater threat than previously assumed.

Shortly after the Battle of New York, Adrian Toomes and his crew are contracted by the city to salvage alien wreckage and clean up the battle site. They lose the contract when Damage Control, a joint venture between the government and Stark Industries, takes over. Toomes switches to a life of crime, using salvaged alien technology his crew didn’t turn over to Damage Control to build illegal weapons and sell them on the black market.

December 2012: Tony Stark, suffering Ptsd after nearly dying during the Battle of New York, once again encounters Killian, who has since teamed up with Hansen to create super soldiers based on her earlier work. Killian has nursed a grudge against Tony for twelve years and using a made-up terrorist called “The Mandarin” (actually a drug-addled actor) as a smokescreen, plans to kill the U.S. president, sell super soldiers to the government, and destroy Tony Stark. On Christmas Day Stark, with help from Rhodes and Pepper Potts, Stark Industries CEO and Tony’s girlfriend, defeats Killian. Shortly after, he invents a way to remove the shrapnel from his heart, and decides to retire as Iron Man.

November 2013: Jane Foster, investigating a scientific anomaly caused by the latest Convergence of the Nine Realms, comes into contact with the Aether, which uses her as a host. This will kill her, so Thor brings her to Asgard for more advanced medical care. The Dark Elves attack Asgard and Earth in an attempt to reclaim the Aether, and Thor enlists Loki’s help to stop the Elves. During the battle, Loki fakes his death (again). Thor brings the Aether back to Asgard. Meanwhile, Loki has disguised himself as Odin and now rules Asgard.

Shortly after, it’s decided that having two Infinity Stones in the same place is too dangerous, so Asgard gives the Aether to The Collector, who lives on Knowhere, for safekeeping.

2014: Arnim Zola and his hidden Hydra sleeper agents finally enact their plan to take over S.H.I.E.L.D. and use its technology to eliminate anyone who might be a threat. With the help of Nick Fury, Black Widow, and his new friend Sam “Falcon” Wilson, Captain America uncovers the plan, and is forced to fight The Winter Soldier, whom he discovers is his old friend, Bucky. With Cap’s help, Bucky regains some of his memories and goes on the run as a fugitive.

That same year, Peter Quill — now known as Star-Lord — teams with Drax, Gamora, Groot and Rocket Raccoon create the Guardians of the Galaxy in order to stop Kree warrior Ronan the Accuser (also working on behalf of Thanos) from possessing an object called the Orb, actually the Power Infinity Stone. The Guardians defeat Ronan, but Gamora’s sister Nebula (both were raised by, and hate Thanos) escapes. After initially wanting to sell it to The Collector, they instead leave the Orb in the care of Nova Corps.

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A few months later, Peter Quill and the Guardians encounter Ego, who found out about Peter after hearing he briefly held the Infinity Stone without dying. Ego explains that Quill is his son and that he’s also part Celestial, which is why the Infinity Stone didn’t kill him immediately. Ego attempts to use Quill to power up his seeds and take over the galaxy, but the Guardians, joined by Nebula and Yondu, stop him — although Yondu sacrifices himself to save Quill.

Throughout the year, Hydra boss Baron von Strucker conducts experiments on Sokovian siblings Wanda and Pietro Maximoff using Loki’s Scepter — Aka the Mind Stone — giving them superpowers.

May 2015: Tony Stark comes out of retirement to help The Avengers mop up remaining Hydra forces. They retrieve Loki’s Scepter — and the Mind Stone, and Stark and Bruce Banner use it to create what they hope will be a peacekeeping artificial intelligence that could replace the Avengers. Instead they accidentally create the powerful robotic entity Ultron, which attempts to destroy humanity and remake the planet in his own image. The Avengers defeat Ultron, but not before it destroys a city in Sokovia, costing many lives.

Ultron’s scheming results in the birth of The Vision, a merging of Stark’s Jarvis AI with the Mind Stone. He joins the Avengers along with Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch. Meanwhile, Banner, traumatized by the events and his own uncontrollable nature as Hulk, leaves Earth in the Avengers’ Quinjet for an unknown destination.

July 2015: Recently-paroled thief Scott Lang breaks into Hank Pym’s home in hopes of stealing something valuable to pay for child support. Instead, he finds Pym’s Ant-Man suit and its capabilities. Pym convinces Lang to become the new Ant-Man to help stop Pym’s former protege, Darren Cross, who hoped to create a copy of the Ant-Man suit called Yellowjacket and sell it to Hydra. Amid all this, he fights Falcon, who will later recruit him during the Marvel Civil War.

Late 2015: Queens high school student Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and develops super powers. He makes a makeshift costume and operates in Queens as Spider-Man.

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June 2016: Already distrusted after disasters like Sokovia and New York, the Avengers cause an international incident when operation in Yemen accidentally causes the death of several Wakandan aid workers. This prompts the Sokovia Accords, an international treaty to make the Avengers subject to Un oversight. Captain America opposes the accords while Iron Man supports them, forcing the other Avengers take sides.

A bomb is detonated at the signing of the Sokovia Accords in Vienna, killing T’Chaka, the king of Wakanda, and Bucky Barnes is subsequently framed for it. The king’s son, T’Challa, assumes the identity of Black Panther and vows to kill Bucky, while Captain America moves to protect him. Barnes and Cap learn that Helmut Zemo was really responsible for the attack, and believe he is trying to get control of several remaining Hydra super-soldiers. But the Accords make unsanctioned attempts to stop Zemo illegal, and he is now a wanted man.

Tony Stark the authorities to let him be the one who brings Steve in. He assembles the Avengers who support the accords, while Steve gathers those who oppose them. The two factions clash, but in the War Machine is severely injured. Steve and Bucky escape, and the Avengers who joined them are arrested and sent to secret prison for superpowered people. Stark realizes that the Avengers have been manipulated by Zemo, but his friendship with Steve is nearly destroyed when he learns Bucky killed his father. Black Panther apprehends Zemo and takes Barnes to Wakanda to heal his mind. Cap goes on the run with the heroes who supported him, and all the Avengers’ relationships are badly damaged.

Days later, T’Challa returns to Wakanda for his coronation, officially becoming king and Black Panther. When Ulysses Klaue resurfaces, T’Challa and his allies team with the CIA to capture Klaue, but Klaue is rescued by his ally, Erik Stevens, who is also known by his U.S. Special Forces nickname, Killmonger.

T’Challa returns to Wakanda and admits he couldn’t stop Klaue, but soon after, Killmonger arrives in Wakanda with Klaue’s body. Killmonger uses killing Klaue, an enemy of Wakanda, and his status as N’Jobu’s son to challenge T’Challa and become king. T’Challa’s allies manage to escape before Killmonger can harm them, and later find T’Challa’s injured body, reviving him using the Heart-Shaped Herb.

Killmonger prepares to use Vibranium weapons to arm people across the world and create a Wakandan-led revolution. T’Challa returns and eventually defeats and kills Killmonger, but decides to end Wakanda’s isolationist practices in favor of using the nation’s wealth and technology to help the rest of the world.

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During the Marvel civil war Peter Parker was recruited by Stark to help in the brief battle between Avengers. Afterward, Stark gives Parker a new technologically advanced Spider-Man suit. Spider-Man returns to New York and does low-level crime-fighting.

Two months later, Spider-Man struggles to balance high school and a social life with his responsibilities as Spider-Man. He encounters criminals robbing an Atm, using powerful weapons created from salvage from the Battle of New York. Spider-Man tracks the sales back to Toomes, who uses specially designed flying “vulture” armor to steal technology from Damage Control to build weapons.

Spider-Man stops Toomes, who is sent to prison, where he encounters one of his buyers, Mac Gargan (aka the Scorpion), who vows revenge against Spider-Man. Tony Stark offers to make Spider-Man an Avenger, but Spider-Man turns down the offer, opting to help the regular people of New York instead.

Early Fall, 2016: In Kathmandu, Nepal, the sorcerer Kaecilius and his zealots enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj and steal a few pages from an ancient, mystical text belonging to the Ancient One, a long-lived sorcerer who has taught every student at Kamar-Taj, including Kaecilius. The Ancient One pursues the traitors, but Kaecilius and his followers escape.

Around the same time, famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange suffers major nerve damage to his hands in a car accident and spends several months recovering. No longer able to perform surgery, Strange begins a desperate search for ways to heal himself.

Late Winter-Fall 2017: Stephen Strange finds out about Kamar-Taj and travels to Nepal, where he spends the year learning sorcery from The Ancient One. In early Fall, Strange learns that The Ancient One has lived for centuries by tapping into the power of an godlike being from the Dark Dimension called Dormammu. Soon after, The Ancient One is killed by Kaecilius, who seeks to allow Dormammu to take over Earth and end death. Strange defeats Kaecilius by locking Dormammu in a time loop using the Eye of Agamotto, which is actually the Time Infinity Stone. He then takes up residence in the New York City as the city’s master of the mystic arts.

Strange’s friend and magical mentor, Karl Mordo, is disillusioned by The Ancient One’s violation of “natural law” and leaves, later vowing to wipe out all unsanctioned sorcery.

Late 2017-Early 2018: After spending a couple of years looking for a way to stop Ragarok (he had a vision during the fight against Ultron), Thor realizes that Loki has deposed Odin. He returns to Asgard to find out Wtf and the pair go to Earth to locate Odin, where they’re aided by Dr. Strange. Odin reveals he is dying, tells Loki and Thor about Hela, and warns his death end her imprisonment. Hela arrives on Earth, destroys Mjølnir, and exiles Thor and Loki, who wind up on planet Sakaar.

Hela takes over Asgard while Thor is forced to fight in the Sakaar gladiator arena, run by the Grandmaster. There, Thor finds that Hulk is Sakaar’s favorite fighter. Eventually, Thor convinces Hulk and the last surviving Asgardian Valkyrie to help him fight Hela.

Back on Asgard, Hela gouges out Thor’s eye. But with the help of Valkyrie, Hulk and Loki, Thor manages to defeat Hela by actually letting Ragnarok begin. Asgard is destroyed, but the Asgardians survive as refugees on a massive spaceship. In the escape, Loki takes the Tesseract with him.

But as the Asgardians, with Thor as their new king, head to Earth, they’re intercepted by a massive spaceship. That ship is the Sanctuary II, commanded by Thanos.

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'La Flor' Wins Buenos Aires Film Festival

Cult filmmaker and scriptwriter Mariano Llinas' epic 14 hour-long film La Flor (The Flower) topped the 20th edition of the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, which began on April 11 and ends Sunday. The film also won the best actress award for its four leads Pilar Gamboa, Valeria Correa, Elisa Carricajo and Laura Paredes.

A record-breaking, 840-minutes film – the longest fiction feature in Argentine history – La flor consists of six different episodes, all starring the same four actresses, who form the acting company Piel de Lava ("Lava Skin"). Shot independently throughout a nine-year period across three continents,...
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Len Goodman might leave ‘Dancing with the Stars’ after this season — should he stick around? [Poll]

Len Goodman might leave ‘Dancing with the Stars’ after this season — should he stick around? [Poll]
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” might be Len Goodman’s last dance. The longtime head judge’s contract is up after this season and has hinted that it may not be renewed.

“This may be my last season. It’s the end of my contract and they may not [want] to have me anymore,” Goodman told the U.K.’s “Daily Mail” via “The Sun.” “They might have had enough of me. I don’t want to retire totally but I’m quite happy doing nothing — reading a book and pottering in the garden.”

Goodman, who turns 74 on April 25, had been scaling back his judging duties on both sides of the pond in recent years. An original judge on the original British series “Strictly Come Dancing,” he juggled both shows for 11 years before departing “Strictly” in 2016. He sat out all of Season 21 of “Dancing,” and missed much of Season 19 and Season
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in 'Austin Powers' Series, Dead at 49

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in 'Austin Powers' Series, Dead at 49
Verne Troyer, the diminutive actor who appeared as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, died Saturday at the age of 49.

The actor's family confirmed Troyer's death on Instagram. "It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," the family wrote.

"Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.
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