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S. J. Clarkson ("Jessica Jones") Early Fave To Helm Next ‘Star Trek’ For Paramount Pictures

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Paramount Pictures has begun propulsion power on the fourth Star Trek film initiated by Bad Robot. They haven’t set a director yet, but sources said that S.J. Clarkson has emerged as a front runner. The British director helmed early episodes of Marvel's Jessica Jones and The Defenders for Netflix, and her TV helming credits also include episodes of Vinyl, Dig and Orange Is the New Black.
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Katee Sackhoff to Play Astronaut in Netflix Straight-to-Series Drama 'Another Life'

Katee Sackhoff to Play Astronaut in Netflix Straight-to-Series Drama 'Another Life'
Katee Sackhoff is returning to space (and Netflix).

The Battlestar Galactica alum has been tapped to star in space drama Another Life, which has been ordered straight-to-series at Netflix.

The 10-episode drama revolves around astronaut Niko Breckenridge (Sackhoff), who leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As she and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.

The drama hails from Halfire Entertainment, marking the company's second series at Netflix following Alias Grace. Aaron Martin created the series...
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Bill Cosby Found Guilty in Sexual Assault Retrial

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Bill Cosby Found Guilty in Sexual Assault Retrial
A jury ruled against Bill Cosby in his sexual assault retrial on Thursday, finding him guilty for aggravated indecent assault in all three charges brought against him by Andrea Constand.

The panel of seven men and five women began deliberating on the case on Wednesday morning. The 80-year-old entertainer was accused by Constand, the former operations manager of the women’s basketball team at Temple University, of drugging and molesting her in January 2004.

Constand said she became close with Cosby, who was a major supporter of the university, and viewed him as a mentor. She alleged that he abused her trust, however, when he invited her to his home in Montgomery County and offered her three blue pills to help her relax.

She testified that she soon became incapacitated, and then felt his fingers inside of her, but “couldn’t fight him off.”

The charges were first brought to trial last June,
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Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie Join Dev Patel in ‘David Copperfield’ (Exclusive)

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Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie Join Dev Patel in ‘David Copperfield’ (Exclusive)
Armando Iannucci’s new retelling of Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield” is rounding out its cast.

Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie,”Dunkirk” breakout Aneurin Barnard, Ben Whishaw, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Welsh, and Rosalind Eleazar have all joined Dev Patel, who will play the title character. FilmNation could not be reached for comment.

The project will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. The original “David Copperfield” was first published in 1850 and describes the journey of the titular protagonist — who was modeled after Dickens himself, from impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline.

Kevin Loader and Iannucci will produce the feature, which was developed with FilmNation. Iannucci is directing from a script he wrote with Simon Blackwell.

Iannucci and Blackwell previously collaborated with Tony Roche
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Ryan Reynolds' 'Deadpool 2' Tracking for Huge $150M Summer Debut

Ryan Reynolds' 'Deadpool 2' Tracking for Huge $150M Summer Debut
Ryan Reynold's Deadpool 2 is tracking for a huge $150 million opening in North America over the May 18-20 weekend.

That's ahead of the first film, which launched to $132.4 million in February 2016 on its way to earning $783 million at the worldwide box office in a sizable victory for Reynolds and 20th Century Fox. Deadpool stands as the top-grossing R-rated film of all time, not adjusted for inflation.

This time, the irreverent superhero is braving summer.

David Leitch directs the follow-up, which sees Deadpool form a team of mutants — the X-Force — to save a young mutant...
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Can 'Avengers: Infinity War' Deliver a Record Opening Weekend?

Can 'Avengers: Infinity War' Deliver a Record Opening Weekend?
Following the record-breaking, $207.4 million opening for The Avengers in May of 2012, it took three years for another film to top the $200 million mark when Jurassic World debuted with $208.8 million in June 2015. Later that year Star Wars: The Force Awakens would go on to deliver the largest opening weekend ever, coming just shy of $250 million, en route to a domestic run topping $936 million. Since then, two more films have topped the $200 million mark over the course of their opening weekend in the recent releases of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther, and with the release of Avengers: Infinity War this weekend, it isn't so much a question of whether it will be the third film in the last five months to open over $200 million, but can it threaten Force Awakens's all-time record? Debuting in over 4,470 locations, Avengers: Infinity War will be the widest debut for a film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever,
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Disney Channel Orders ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Animated Series

Disney Channel Orders ‘Star Wars Resistance’ Animated Series
The anime-inspired series “Star Wars Resistance” will premiere on Disney Channel in the U.S. in the fall.

“Resistance” will also air on Disney XD and around the world after the fall debut. The show follows a young pilot named Kazudo Xiono who was recruited by the Resistance to spy on the increasing threat of the First Order. The time period explored in the series will be uncharted territory as the events occur prior to the 2015 blockbuster “The Force Awakens.”

In addition to new characters and ace pilots, the adventure will include beloved characters from the “Star Wars” franchise such as BB-8, Poe Dameron,
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Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Blasts Off Overseas With Massive $39M

Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Blasts Off Overseas With Massive $39M
Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War blasted off overseas Wednesday with a mighty opening-day gross of $39 million from 21 markets.

The film, placing No. 1 everywhere, is already setting industry records in numerous territories. In South Korea, it landed the top opening day on of all time with $6.5 million, while it secured the second biggest opening day in Australia behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $6.7 million.

In France, Infinity War earned $3.9 million, the highest opening day in history for April and the largest ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title. In the Philippines ($2.7...
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Primetime Emmys: Michael Che and Colin Jost of ‘SNL’ to Host This Year’s Ceremony

Primetime Emmys: Michael Che and Colin Jost of ‘SNL’ to Host This Year’s Ceremony
Michael Che and Colin Jost will host the 2018 Emmys. The “Weekend Update” duo, who deliver the news on “Saturday Night Live,” will bring their comedy stylings to the awards telecast on September 17. They’ll succeed Stephen Colbert, who hosted last year’s event.

Jost has been a writer on “SNL” since 2005 and a “Weekend Update” co-anchor since 2014; he’s also one of the show’s head writers. He himself has been nominated for four Emmys. Che, too, has been co-anchoring “Weekend Update” since 2014 and was also named co-head writer late last year.

Last year’s awards were dominated by “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Big Little Lies.” Nominations for this year’s awards will be announced on Thursday, July 12.
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ 10 episode 6 recap: Was the right queen eliminated in ‘Drag Con Panel Extravaganza’? [Poll]

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ 10 episode 6 recap: Was the right queen eliminated in ‘Drag Con Panel Extravaganza’? [Poll]
On the April 26 episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 10, Blair St. Clair, a 22-year-old from Indianapolis, Indiana, was sent packing. Do you think this elimination was the right decision? Or did The Vixen, her 26-year-old pal who is from Chicago, deserve to go instead? Vote in our poll below and be sure to sound off in the comments section.

To recap, this sixth episode of the season, “Drag Con Panel Extravaganza,” ended with these two queens having to lip sync to “I’m Coming Out” one of the biggest hits by Diana Ross. The Vixen stepped up her game, with her enthusiastic performance. By comparison, Blair’s rendition of the song seemed ragged.

See ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ exit interview: Mayhem Miller declares, ‘I am proud and happy with what I did’ [Watch]

They had landed in the bottom two based on their combined efforts in the main challenge: icreate
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Former NBC Anchor Accuses Tom Brokaw of Sexual Harassment

Linda Vester has alleged that when she was working for NBC News in the Nineties, she was "groped and assaulted by Tom Brokaw, then the anchor of NBC Nightly News." The former anchor detailed her claims to Variety.

Vester joined NBC News in September 1989. In 1993, she became a full-time correspondent for Weekend Today. It was at this point when she alleges she had her first "humiliating" encounter with Brokaw. In August 1993, while at the Denver Bureau where she was covering Pope John Paul's visit, she claims Brokaw grabbed her inappropriately.
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Party’s Just Beginning’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Party’s Just Beginning’
She’s pert and beautiful, and stands out from her scuzzy town in the Scottish Highlands like a diamond on a plate of herring. Yet no one would look at Liusaidh, the 24-year-old heroine of “The Party’s Just Beginning,” and call her a princess. Played by Karen Gillan, the Scottish TV–actress–turned–blockbuster–costar, Liusaidh spends each day, sullen and glum, behind the cheese counter of a local supermarket: a go-nowhere job she despises. At night, she drinks like a fish (mostly hard liquor), until she’s trashed enough to go through her ritual of sinful deliverance. She’ll pick up a man, often a stranger — not someone at a bar, but someone right off the street — and have him take her roughly from behind. After that, she’ll scarf several helpings of greasy fries, stuffing them into her mouth as she walks along with greedy abandon. (It
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How Will ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Factor Into That Insane ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Cliffhanger?

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How Will ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Factor Into That Insane ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Cliffhanger?
(Major Spoilers Ahead for the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War.” So if you don’t know how it ends and don’t want to know, leave now. Like just bail. Go go go.)

Two primary Avengers characters are missing from “Avengers: Infinity War”: Clinton Barton, also known as Hawkeye, and Scott Lang, also known as Ant-Man.

That second character is an interesting omission, specifically because Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) will star in one of the two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies taking place in between “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4” — the other being next year’s “Captain Marvel.” We also know that both movies take place before the events of “Infinity War” — the official “Ant-Man and the Wasp” plot summary very conspicuously notes that it takes place “In the aftermath of ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ ” That suggests the events of both are going to play a role in “Avengers 4” and the resolution of the whole Thanos situation.

In the case of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which is out at the beginning of July, we feel like it’s safe to assume, given how “Infinity War” ended with like most of the Avengers dying, that Marvel is not going to just send us off on some kind of irrelevant goofy side story. It’s extremely likely that “Ant-Man and the Wasp” will be very relevant to “Infinity War,” probably even showing us what Lang, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Hank Pym were up to while Thanos was wreaking havoc.

Also Read: How Will 'Captain Marvel' Play Into That Wild 'Avengers: Infinity War' Ending?

First, we know from casting information that the plot of the film will concern the search for the original Wasp, Janet van Dyne, who will be played by Michelle Pfeiffer. Fans will recall that in “Ant-Man,” Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) told the story about how Janet was lost in the “Quantum Realm” — the space between molecules. In order to stop a missile from hitting the U.S., Janet removed the regulator from her suit, which put a limit on how small she would shrink, and became so small she was able to fit between the molecules of the missile.

Janet disarmed the missile, but without her regulator she was unable to return to her normal size. As Pym explained it, she was lost in the Quantum Realm, shrinking forever and unable to escape that strange, tiny universe. But Scott managed to shrink down to the Quantum Realm during the climax of “Ant-Man,” and proved it was possible to return from it. And with Pfeiffer cast as a present day Janet, it seems she’ll be returning from there too.

The question becomes, why hold “Ant-Man and the Wasp” until after “Avengers: Infinity War?” The answer must have some relevance to the larger McU story with Thanos. And since the Quantum Realm will obviously be a big part of the story, it likely factors into the Thanos situation as well.

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We can speculate that there’s more to the Quantum Realm than what we’ve seen before or what Hank Pym knows about it, having never been there. Likely, we’ll learn something new about the place, and what Janet found out while she was there — and that’s probably going to be extremely relevant to finding a new way to deal with Thanos.

There’s no way to know exactly what the Quantum Realm might entail in terms of Thanos and the Infinity Stones — what we saw of it in “Ant-Man” and how Hank Pym described it did not resemble the “Microverse” of the comics, which is basically just another world, but tiny. In the movie, the Quantum Realm looked like one of the trippy alternate dimensions from “Doctor Strange,” and Pym described it as a place where time has no meaning. Now, that Purgatory-esque description combined with the situation with all those dead Avengers at the end of “Infinity War” makes us think that maybe, just maybe, the Quantum Realm could have some kind of connection to the Soul Stone.

In the Marvel comics, the Soul Stone traps souls inside it, which can be accessed by whoever has it, along with those souls’ abilities. We saw Thanos venture into that world briefly in “Infinity War,” where he talked to young Gamora. Maybe the Quantum Realm could provide another means by which to access the world of the Soul Stone.

Also Read: 'Avengers: Infinity War' -- We Need to Talk About What Happened With Vision

This would be a big deal because it is entirely possible that everyone Thanos killed with his finger snap at the end of “Infinity War” now lives inside the Soul Stone. The deeper ramifications of that are a discussion for another day, but suffice to say if this line of thinking is correct then it could make these heroes in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” as crucial to this battle as anyone who actually appeared in “Infinity War.”

There’s also a potential wild card in the movie in the form of Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), who has the ability to go “intangible.” What that could mean, if anything, in the context of “Infinity War” is anyone’s guess — It sounds similar to the Vision’s ability to pass through solid matter. Could it provide protection from the powers of the Infinity Gauntlet, maybe? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Speaking of which, we have more ideas about what’s to come — at least in regards to how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel” will impact the story being told between “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” as well as how some other plot threads from “Infinity War” will play out. You just read our “Ant-Man and the Wasp” discussion so you’re good on that front. Click here for our deeper look into how “Captain Marvel” might impact this distressing plot twist. Click here for a closer examination of Doctor Strange’s actions in “Infinity War,” and how losing this fight might end up being the key to winning it later. Click here for our discussion of the whole Vision situation and whether he’s really dead.

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Watch the Hannibal Buress Stand-Up Act That Helped Trigger Bill Cosby’s Downfall (Video)

Watch the Hannibal Buress Stand-Up Act That Helped Trigger Bill Cosby’s Downfall (Video)
Bill Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand on Thursday, cementing the public downfall of a once-beloved TV icon — a downfall, which arguably began with a stand-up set by comedian Hannibal Buress in 2014.

Cosby had faced accusations of sexual assault and misconduct long before 2014, but they went largely unnoticed by the public until video of Buress calling him out at one of his shows went viral online.

“Bill Cosby has the f-ing smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said. ” ‘Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches. I don’t curse on stage. But yeah, you’re a rapist.”

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Once video of the joke (which you can watch above) began circulating online, woman after woman came forward to accuse the comedian of sexual assaults spanning nearly 50 years. More than 60 women have since spoken out against Cosby, including 35 accusers who appeared in a damning New York magazine cover story.

Buress later said he never intended for the joke to go viral, calling his role in Cosby’s downfall “very weird” in an interview with Howard Stern. He also revealed that he had been telling the joke on-and-off for as long as six months, but that one show was the one that happened to have been recorded.

“It was unexpected. I didn’t want to do that, ’cause if I was going to do it, I would have done it on my own,” he said. “That wasn’t my intention, to make it part of a big discussion. It was just something that I was doing at that venue right then. So then for someone to put it to the media — it’s crazy.”

Also Read: Bill Cosby Found Guilty in Andrea Constand Sexual Assault Retrial

It’s apparent even in Buress’s original joke that he didn’t foresee himself outing Cosby to have any effect — at least not beyond making the audience members reconsider Cosby’s status as a comedy legend in their own minds.

“I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch ‘Cosby Show’ reruns,” he said. “If you don’t know about it, trust me. When you leave here, Google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ That shit has more results than Hannibal Buress.”

Read original story Watch the Hannibal Buress Stand-Up Act That Helped Trigger Bill Cosby’s Downfall (Video) At TheWrap
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — We Need to Talk About What Happened With Vision

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — We Need to Talk About What Happened With Vision
(Note: This post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War,” obviously! We really recommend seeing it before you read any further.)

(Like for real.)

Avengers: Infinity War” is all about the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest, baddest big bad, Thanos, coming to Earth to gather up the all-powerful Infinity Stones. That’s bad news for Vision, the partially robotic, partially organic Avenger, because one of the Infinity Stones is stuck in his forehead.

That stone is the Mind Stone, and it’s part of what gave Vision (Paul Bettany) life in the first place, way back in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The heroes in “Infinity War” want to keep Thanos (Josh Brolin) from getting hold of any of the stones, but in the case of Vision, there’s a personal stake to protect it — and his life.

Also Read: 'Avengers: Infinity War' -- That Crazy Ending Was Part of Doctor Strange's Plan

If you haven’t seen “Infinity War,” you should have already bowed out, because this post is full of spoilers and we’re going to talk about some major ones. This is your final warning!

The heroes fighting on Earth in “Infinity War” are primarily trying to save Vision, and a big part of that plan involves Wakanda. While the heroes make their stand against Thanos’ army and his lieutenants, the Black Order, in the most technologically advanced nation on Earth — Shuri (Letitia Wright), Wakanda’s wunderkind princess, is trying to remove the Mind Stone from Vision’s head.

That’s because, as Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) points out, there’s more to Vision than just the stone. He’s a mixture of a number of components. He’s Jarvis, Tony Stark’s old artificial intelligence program; he’s Ultron, the peacekeeping robot Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce created in “Age of Ultron” that went a little crazy; and he’s the Mind Stone. Shuri notes that it’s possible to complete Vision’s neural network to bypass the stone and remove that part of him, and she sets about trying to do that in Wakanda.

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It doesn’t quite go to plan, though, and Shuri is interrupted by Thanos’ lieutenant Corvus Glaive (Michael Jame Shaw). And when Thanos shows up, he tears the Mind Stone out of Vision’s head, seemingly killing him.

But just because Vision looks dead doesn’t mean that he is. After all, Vision, or parts of him, have survived certain death before.

Back in “Age of Ultron,” the titular bad guy Ultron attempted to destroy Jarvis toward the beginning of the movie, back when both were just programs in the Stark tower database. Jarvis escaped being destroyed, however, by transferring core portions of his program and personality to the Internet. He routed around Ultron, in effect — which sounds a lot like what Shuri was trying to do for Vision.

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Keep in mind also that while Shuri didn’t finish the job, she did do a lot of work on Vision, “connecting neurons.” She was attempting to make connections past the Mind Stone so that Scarlet Witch could destroy it, and undoubtedly she was able to make at least some of those connections. It might be enough for Vision to have survived Thanos’ assault, in some form or another. While Vision’s body might be damaged, he’s primarily a computer program. So maybe, like Jarvis, he can survive in another form, outside of his body.

As someone so intimately connected to the Infinity Stones, Vision likely still has a role to play in the story of Thanos. We wouldn’t count him out yet, and anything is possible with the Infinity Gauntlet involved.

Speaking of which, we have some ideas about that — at least in regards to how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel” will impact the story being told between “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” as well as how some other plot threads from “Infinity War” will play out. Click here for our deeper look into how “Captain Marvel” might impact this distressing plot twist. Click here for our look at what “Ant-Man and the Wasp” might have to do with all this. Click here for a closer examination of Doctor Strange’s actions in “Infinity War,” and how losing this fight might end up being the key to winning it later.

Read original story ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — We Need to Talk About What Happened With Vision At TheWrap
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — That Crazy Ending Was Part of Doctor Strange’s Plan

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ — That Crazy Ending Was Part of Doctor Strange’s Plan
(Major Spoilers Ahead for the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War.” So if you don’t know how it ends and don’t want to know, leave now.)

(Really though.)

By the end of “Avengers: Infinity War,” things are going really bad for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the arrival of Thanos (Josh Brolin), just about every McU superhero had to band together to stop him from gathering together all six of the Infinity Stones — and they lost.

While most of the Avengers end up in Wakanda battling the Black Order and their horde of alien troops as they try to defend Vision (Paul Bettany) and the Mind Stone, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and three of the Guardians of the Galaxy go toe to toe with Thanos on the moon of Titan in a fight for the Time Stone.

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And it all goes very wrong. Doctor Strange hands over the Time Stone to Thanos, who then teleports to Earth, murders Vision for the Mind Stone — and then snaps his fingers, killing half of all life in the universe, including most of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Except maybe things didn’t go wrong. Maybe all those deaths were just the first step toward victory.

Okay, so let’s take a step back for a moment to about halfway through the movie. Before the fight with Thanos on Titan, Doctor Strange uses the Time Stone to look forward in time, checking “alternate futures” for a path on which he and the Avengers might achieve victory. It’s the same thing The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) was doing in 2016’s “Doctor Strange” before she died, seeing many possible disastrous futures and spending centuries working to avert them. Strange tells Tony and the others that he looked through some 14 million futures, but only saw one in which the good guys win.

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We don’t know what the long game is, but we can guess pretty solidly based on his last words that everything Doctor Strange did after looking at those many possible futures was to try to bring that one victorious future about. Yes, than includes most of the heroes turning to dust. The last thing Doctor Strange said before he too turned to dust was: “There was no other way.” At that moment, at least, Doctor Strange believed everything was going according to plan.

It’s like Hawkeye said during the big airport fight in “Captain America: Civil War”: “If we’re going to win this fight, some of us might have to lose it.”

So we can safely assume that, for the moment at least, events are on the path to an ultimate victory even though it sure as hell doesn’t feel like it right now. And should that victory actually come about next year in “Avengers 4,” it will be because Doctor Strange willingly gave Thanos the Time Stone and thus let those people die. At least temporarily — this is, after all, a story about a glove that gives its wearer near-complete control over space and time, and life and death.

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The particulars of how it will all play out remain a mystery to us, just as it does to everyone who survived since Doctor Strange didn’t tell anyone the plan. Which is probably a good thing, because the easiest way to derail the future is to know what it holds. So we’re all just going to have to wait and see how it plays out.

Speaking of which, we have some ideas about that — at least in regards to how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel” will impact the story being told between “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” as well as how some other plot threads from “Infinity War” will play out. Click here for our deeper look into how “Captain Marvel” might impact this distressing plot twist. Click here for our look at what “Ant-Man and the Wasp” might have to do with all this. Click here for our discussion of the whole Vision situation and whether he’s really dead.

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Post-Credits Scene Explained: What Logo Was That on the Pager?

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Post-Credits Scene Explained: What Logo Was That on the Pager?
(Major Spoilers Ahead for the ending of “Avengers: Infinity War.” So if you don’t know how it ends and don’t want to know, leave now.)

The battle against Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War” is the biggest one yet for the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but not all of them participate. Heroes like Ant-Man and Clint “Hawkeye” Barton don’t show up in the fight to stop the mad Titan.

There’s one other character we know will be in the McU before “Avengers 4” rolls around in 2019, but who didn’t join the fight against Thanos in “Infinity War” — but that character does get a shoutout in “Avengers: Infinity War” to let us know she’s on her way. It happens just after the credits in the film’s lone post-credits scene.

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The scene finds former Shield Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his closest agent, Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), driving through a major city while they discuss the alien attack on New York by Thanos’ lieutenants, the Black Order, and the attack on Wakanda that makes up most of the second half of the movie. As Maria notes, the energy signatures marking the attack on Wakanda is much bigger than the one from New York.

It quickly becomes clear that this scene is taking place at the same time Thanos wins the battle in Wakanda. We see cars crashing and in the background a helicopter plummets out of control, as random people, like so many of the Avengers, start spontaneously turning to dust thanks to Thanos using the fully armed Infinity Gauntlet to wipe out half of all life in the universe.

As Fury watches, Maria disappears as well — and he takes this as his cue to dig an old suped-up pager out of his bag. Right in the nick (sorry) of time, too, because Fury himself turns to dust just as he successfully sends out a signal.

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After Fury dies, the pager falls to the ground and the camera zooms in, showing a pixelated version of Captain Marvel’s logo on its ancient display. Yes, what Nick Fury did in his last moment was to call in the big guns.

We know the “Captain Marvel” film, which comes out in March of 2019, will take place in the 1990s, which explains the pager. We don’t know all that much else about the film — Marvel has understandably kept things under wraps because it will no doubt tie in very closely to the shocking events of “Infinity War.”

Below you’ll find the basics, but if you want a deeper dive into how we think the “Captain Marvel” movie will serve as a direct lead-in to the battle with Thanos, check out our closer examination right here.

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In the comics, Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is an Air Force pilot who meets Mar-Vell (Jude Law), a Kree scout and spy sent to Earth to evaluate humanity’s space travel capabilities and assess its capacity as a threat to the Kree empire. Mar-Vell becomes a legendary hero dubbed Captain Marvel, and in working with him, Carol winds up exposed to a Kree weapon that gives her a variety of superpowers.

The thing about Mar-Vell is, in the comics, he tangles with — and stops — Thanos. Repeatedly. But Mar-Vell eventually dies. It seems that Carol’s experiences with Mar-Vell, and his knowledge of Thanos, could conceivably prep her for the coming battle. What we don’t know is where Carol, as Captain Marvel, has been for the last 20 or so years, or why Nick Fury would have waited so long to contact her. Probably, though, Fury has that beeper specifically because Carol wanted him to contact her when Thanos eventually rolled into town. Presumably, all our questions will be answered when the “Captain Marvel” movie lands — unfortunately, we’ll have to wait 10 more months before that happens.

Speaking of which, we have more ideas about what’s to come — at least in regards to how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel” will impact the story being told between “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” as well as how some other plot threads from “Infinity War” will play out. Click here for our look at what “Ant-Man and the Wasp” might have to do with all this. Click here for our deeper look into how “Captain Marvel” might impact this distressing plot twist. Click here for a closer examination of Doctor Strange’s actions in “Infinity War,” and how losing this fight might end up being the key to winning it later. Click here for our discussion of the whole Vision situation and whether he’s really dead.

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Ann Curry Warned NBC of Sex Harassment Claim Against Matt Lauer (Report)

Former “Today Show” co-host Ann Curry warned NBC executives about Matt Lauer’s sexual misconduct in 2012, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

In her first interview since Lauer’s ouster from the network last fall, Curry told the Post that she was prompted to act after a female staffer came to her in tears. The staffer told Curry that she was “sexually harassed physically” by Lauer.

“She was afraid of losing her job… I believed her,” Curry told the paper. “I told management they had a problem and they needed to keep an eye on him and how he deals with women.
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CinemaCon Winners & Losers: Drunk Mark Wahlberg, Terrific Tiffany Haddish, Missing MoviePass

The curtain has come down on another CinemaCon.

Every year, studios make the trek to Las Vegas, hoping to prove to exhibitors that they have the goods to turbocharge the box office. Their Caesars Palace presentations are increasingly elaborate (Cher even performed), and hauling talent and executives to the desert can cost north of $3 million, so the stakes are high.

Some get their money’s worth. Others should just have spent the money at the crap’s table. Here’s a look at the winners and losers of CinemaCon 2018.

Tiffany Haddish (Winner)

The comedienne proved “Girls Trip” was no fluke. Haddish had the crowd at Caesars in stitches while presenting a trailer from the very funny-looking “Night School,” talking up upcoming turns in “The Secret Life of Pets 2” and Tyler Perry’s “The List,” and joking about her past career in porn.

Moviepass (Loser)

The subscription service lost this round.
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Lionsgate Trots Out Blake Lively and ‘Blindspotting,’ But Identity Crisis Looms

“Variety” is a word a lot Hollywood studios throw around when they make their annual sales pitch to American theater owners at CinemaCon — they boast a versatile slate of films that appeal to all audiences across the 12-month calendar.

Lionsgate closed this year’s exhibitor convention in Las Vegas on Thursday, and while they have a grab bag of mid-range films to offer the marketplace, there wasn’t a credible amount of cohesive identity on display.

They did have fun, we’ll admit. Watching Blake Lively mix a martini beside Anna Kendrick as they ribbed their “A Simple Favor” director Paul Feig was as stylish and effective as it could be for the dead last presentation in a four-day assault of footage and celebrity speeches.

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The “friller” — a fun thriller, Feig swears! — sees Lively as an edgy suburban transplant who ropes her mommy blogger pal Kendrick into a web of lies and danger.

Then there was the steely action of “Robin Hood,” where “Kingsman” star Taron Edgerton trades Saville Row suites for “Game of Thrones”-style chainmail and a bow and arrow to rob from the rich and so on. Jamie Foxx and liberated “50 Shades” star Jamie Dornan upped intrigue in the trailer played.

Cheeky titles like basketball comedy “Uncle Drew” with Tiffany Haddish and the slapstick “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon, also prove the studio and its imprint Summit Entertainment still know how to lure and weaponize talent.

We also can’t omit the golden goose they won at Sundance, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal’s stunning racial dramedy “Blindspotting.” The men who spent nine years writing the opus and valentine to Oakland, California, shook the crowd from their Vegas hangovers with a spoken work tribute to victims of police violence and the rampant gentrification their hometown is enduring.

But who is Lionsgate these days?

The Hunger Games” has been sated and put to bed. The easy cash of the torture porn franchise “Saw” has ebbed, and a possible ninth film seems unlikely at this point. Their Oscar-winning musical “La La Land” has widely been called a fluke push of the greenlight button on Hollywood’s byways.

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Making his CinemaCon debut, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chair Joe Drake assured the theater owners that they have another franchise cooking, and it has two undeniable names and a blockbuster book as source material.

That would be “The Kingkiller Chronicles,” a series hopeful that has Sam Raimi as a director and Lin-Manuel Miranda as producer and “musical mastermind.”

He also signaled he’ll be exerting more control over the slate, perhaps defining the emotional software update the studio seems to need.

“We’re building for 2019 with a slate that is diverse, spanning all genres, loaded with stars and deep in areas of proven strength,” Drake said.

Studio domestic distrbution head David Spitz opened the presentation with the same battle cry everyone else did — that despite mass media consolidation (for which Lionsgate is target, by the way) the only thing they do every day in the film group is make movies to put in theaters.

It’s likely you’ll see a few in the coming year, but it’ll take a lot more than a “Hamilton” name-drop and stiff martini to convince us they know where they’re going.

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