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'Godzilla vs. Kong' Synopsis Released as The Film Goes Into Production

'Godzilla vs. Kong' Synopsis Released as The Film Goes Into Production
Director Adam Wingard has assembled his cast for Godzilla vs. Kong and is now shooting the film! Legendary Pictures officially announced that production began on Twitter and the first synopsis for the film has been released giving us our first idea of what the story will entail.

Legends will collide. Production has officially begun on Godzilla vs. Kong. In theaters everywhere Summer 2020.#Godzilla pic.twitter.com/IyegYH5Agb

— Legendary (@Legendary) November 12, 2018

The cast for the film includes Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Demian Bichir (The Nun), Van Marten (The Walking Dead) and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon).

As for the the synopsis, it reveals that the two iconic creatures will do
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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95

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Stan Lee, Legendary Comics Writer and Editor Who Co-Created the Marvel Universe, Dies at 95
Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died Monday, according to THR. He was 95.

Working alongside fellow comics titans like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby during the 1960s, Lee was instrumental in sparking what became known as “the Marvel revolution,” a shift in superhero comics that emphasized flawed protagonists expressing humanistic values. Concepts and plots remained as colorful and weird as ever. But Marvel characters, written with complex, realistic personalities and mundane private lives, often had to resolve family, dating and even financial challenges while protecting the public from an increasingly packed roster of supervillains.

This new approach to superhero comics debuted in “The Fantastic Four,” a team of superheroes presented as a dysfunctional but loving family unit that Lee co-created with Kirby in 1961. Lee credited his wife, Joan, for
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Netflix Sets ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Holiday Special (Video)

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Netflix Sets ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Holiday Special (Video)
Sabrina Spellman will return to Netflix sooner than you think — and she’s bringing a little holiday cheer with her. Kiernan Shipka and the rest of the cast of the streamer’s haunting new take on the half-teen, half-witch will be back for a holiday episode, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale,” set to drop Friday, Dec. 14.

Here’s the special installment’s official logline: The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice–the longest night of the year–when families gather around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols and tell ghost stories. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors–both welcome and unwelcome– you never know what might come down the chimney…

Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Ross Lynch, Michelle Gomez, Chance Perdomo, Jaz Sinclair,
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What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained

What the Forky? New ‘Toy Story 4’ Character Explained
Leave it to “Toy Story” to grapple with the big questions in life. Why are we here? Why are we alive? What is life about? And who — or what — is Forky?

That’s the question confusing many online after Disney and Pixar released the first teaser for “Toy Story 4.” The trailer features the toys prancing in a slow motion circle to the tune of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” only for a spork with googly eyes and red pipe cleaners (as voiced by “Veep’s” Tony Hale) to shriek in terror, “I don’t belong here.”

Because Forky may not be a “toy.” Director Josh Cooley explains in the announcement for the teaser that he is an actual spork-turned-craft-project. And though Bonnie, the new young girl and owner of all of Andy’s old toys, plays with Forky as though he were one, he feels he doesn’t belong.
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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires

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Netflix Cancels Tonight’s AFI Fest Red Carpet For Sandra Bullock Movie ‘Bird Box’ Amid Southern California Fires
In the wake of the devastating Southern California wildfires, Netflix has canceled its second AFI red carpet for the Sandra Bullock movie Bird Box out of respect to the victims and those battling the tragedy. The screening for the movie will go on as planned at the Tcl Chinese Theatre tonight at 7:30Pm.

Last night Netflix cancelled the red carpet for the Coen Brothers’ movie The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Paramount also cancelled their red carpet and after party for the Mark Wahlberg-Rose Byrne movie Instant Family yesterday due to the fires.

Below is a statement from Netflix about the cancellation of Bird Box‘s red carpet tonight.

Our hearts are with the victims, families and brave first responders for both the Borderline shooting and California Wildfires. In light of these tragedies, we will be cancelling tonight’s AFI Fest red carpet coverage for Bird Box. The screening will continue as planned.
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China’s ‘Over the Moon’ to be Animated by Sony Imageworks

Sony Pictures Imageworks is to provide the animation on “Over the Moon,” the Chinese-themed animated feature stemming from China’s Pearl Studio and Netflix. The film is being directed by Glen Keane, who has numerous credits on Pocahontas, Tarzan and Beauty and the Beast, and won an Oscar as director of short film “Dear Basketball.”

The musical adventure story in “Over the Moon” involves a girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the moon in hopes of meeting a Moon Goddess. When she gets to the other side she unexpectedly discovers a whimsical world filled with fantastical creatures.

Pearl Studio, which was previously U.S.-China joint venture company Oriental Dreamworks and is now wholly-owned by a Cmc Capital Partners-led consortium, will give the film a theatrical release in China in 2020. Netflix will distribute the film in all other territories. Pearl is currently in production on “Abominable,
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‘Deadpool’ Creator Rob Liefeld: Why We Loved Stan Lee (Guest Column)

‘Deadpool’ Creator Rob Liefeld: Why We Loved Stan Lee (Guest Column)
Stan Lee. Where do you even start? Seriously.

Growing up as a kid in the 1970s, Stan Lee’s name was in every Marvel comic book I pulled off the Spinner Rack. “Stan Lee Presents…” was at the forefront of every dynamic splash page that opened any Marvel publication. He was a larger-than-life presence, his image drawn into the actual comics, and at times, as a caricature illustrated atop the masthead of his popular “Stan’s Soapbox,” where he wrote about a wide variety of topics outside of comics. Regularly featured in the back pages, Stan’s Soapbox exposed us
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‘Deadpool’ Creator Rob Liefeld: Why We Loved Stan Lee (Guest Column)

‘Deadpool’ Creator Rob Liefeld: Why We Loved Stan Lee (Guest Column)
Stan Lee. Where do you even start? Seriously.

Growing up as a kid in the 1970s, Stan Lee’s name was in every Marvel comic book I pulled off the Spinner Rack. “Stan Lee Presents…” was at the forefront of every dynamic splash page that opened any Marvel publication. He was a larger-than-life presence, his image drawn into the actual comics, and at times, as a caricature illustrated atop the masthead of his popular “Stan’s Soapbox,” where he wrote about a wide variety of topics outside of comics. Regularly featured in the back pages, Stan’s Soapbox exposed us to his unique voice and personality, inviting us into his personal views on everything from bigotry to racial division. Simply put, he was the personality behind it all. Stan Lee was Marvel Comics. Period.

The comics Stan created with Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby were my favorites and they are
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‘Haunting of Hill House': Oliver Jackson-Cohen Points to Red Room Clue That Hints Crains Never Made It Out

‘Haunting of Hill House': Oliver Jackson-Cohen Points to Red Room Clue That Hints Crains Never Made It Out
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “The Haunting of Hill House” through the finale.)

The Red Room: the bane of every Crain family member’s (and “Haunting of Hill House” fan’s) existence.

The mysterious location — described by poor deceased Nellie Crain (Victoria Pedretti) as the titular home’s “stomach” — spends the better part of the 10-episode Netflix series “digesting” the family, by lulling them into a false sense of security within its walls so it can learn their fears and desires and prey on them more easily.

But you don’t find that out until the final moments of the finale, when the four living Crain siblings — Steve (Michiel Huisman), Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser), Theo (Kate Siegel) and Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) — are trapped inside its walls, once again allowing it to play tricks on their minds, and must rely on their father, Hugh (Timothy Hutton), to negotiate with their now-ghost
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On the Charts: Metro Boomin Lands First Number One With ‘Not All Heroes Wear Capes’

Metro Boomin‘s surprise, guest-filled Not All Heroes Wear Capes debuted atop the Billboard 200 to give the hit-making Atlanta-based producer his first Number One album.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes moved 99,000 total copies in its debut week, the bulk of which came from streaming equivalent albums (SEAs); of the album’s opening week total, only 5,000 were traditional album sales, Billboard reports.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes features Boomin’s productions bolstered by an all-star guest list touting Drake, Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Migos’ Offset and more. Metro Boomin
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Stephen Colbert Remembers Stan Lee: "Thanks for All the Stories, Stan"

Stephen Colbert Remembers Stan Lee:
Stephen Colbert paid tribute to Stan Lee on Monday, hours after news outlets reported the legendary 95-year-old writer, editor and publisher at Marvel Comics had died.

The prolific comics creator either created or co-created a list of legendary characters including Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among others.

"Lee had a hand in creating all your favorite comic-book characters," Colbert, a self-proclaimed Marvel fan who has a Captain America shield on his set, said. He highlighted that, in addition to his work, Lee led a fascinating ...
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Phish’s Mike Gordon Announces Spring 2019 Solo Tour Dates

Phish’s Mike Gordon Announces Spring 2019 Solo Tour Dates
Mike Gordon has had a big year. He released his excellent psychedelic solo album Ogogo and has spent the time since alternating between solo tours and Phish, who just played an entire Halloween show as a pretend Scandinavian prog band. Phish have two other huge events coming up: their annual New Year’s Eve spectacle at Madison Square Garden and a destination festival in Mexico: Phish: Riviera Maya, where they’ll play three nights.

Gordon’s solo gigs have become a place for him to stretch out more in front
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Here’s Every Single Stan Lee Marvel Cameo

Here’s Every Single Stan Lee Marvel Cameo
Stan Lee was a God to fans of comic books and superhero movies around the world, and many viewed Lee’s short-but-sweet cameos as the best parts of Marvel films. As a tribute to the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, who died at age 95 on Monday, we’ve compiled a list of all his cameos in the Marvel universe.

The Trial of the Incredible Hulk” (1989)

Lee made his first cameo nearly 30 years ago in the TV movie, as a jury member in “David” Banner’s (Hulk’s alter-ego) imagined trial.

X-Men” (2000)

Stan Lee’s feature film cameo (unfortunately his “Blade” appearance was left on the cutting room floor) was in the premiere “X-Men” flick. Fans spotted him selling hot dogs on the beach while the recently transformed Senator Kelly emerges from the waves.

“Spider-Man” (2002)

When the Green Goblin causes an explosion, Lee was the bystander who shields a young girl from debris.
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From ‘The Walking Dead’ to ‘House of Cards': 8 TV Shows That Went on After Star Exit

Picture going through your Netflix and finding out “Seinfeld” went on without Jerry, “Cheers” without Sam Malone or even that the ongoing “Riverdale” marched on without Archie Andrews. Could you believe it? Would you still watch?

So far in 2018, three award-winning TV shows have continued on without a main character. One was planned (Andrew Lincoln on “The Walking Dead”). The other two, not so much The trend continues in 2019. “Transparent” Season 5 will be sans Jeffrey Tambor, who exited after he was accused of sexual harassment (Tambor has denied the accusations).

A show’s lifeline after a major character exits is never certain. But by looking at how that quandary has been met by shows in the past, maybe a little insight can be gained about how it can be handled in the future.

Also Read: Let's Discuss 'The Conners' and the Roseanne Universe Sans Roseanne (Podcast)

Recently with “The Walking Dead,
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Stan Lee Will Have a Cameo in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

Stan Lee Will Have a Cameo in ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’
Even after his comic book writing days were largely over, Stan Lee made himself known to generations of comics fans through his Marvel movie cameos. And as those fans mourn his passing, they will be able to see him once more in Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which hits theaters next week.

Keep an eye out when Vanellope Von Schweetz can be seen being chased through the hallways of the Oh My Disney fansite by Stormtroopers from “Star Wars.” As she weaves by various Disney characters and signs featuring all the studios Disney has acquired this decade, one of the stars she nearly knocks over is Stan the Man himself.

But this won’t be the last time that fans can see Stan Lee onscreen. In 2019, he will be seen in the Marvel Studios’ films “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers 4,” both of which have completed filming. And given his track
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Film News Roundup: ‘Toy Story 4’ Writer Boards Michelle Willliams Drama ‘This Is Jane’

Film News Roundup: ‘Toy Story 4’ Writer Boards Michelle Willliams Drama ‘This Is Jane’
In today’s film news roundup, the “Toy Story 4” writer signs for abortion movie “This Is Jane,” Viggo Mortensen-Masershala Ali’s “Green Book” is honored in Denver and the WGA West names its feature access honorees.

Writing Deal

Amazon Studios is moving ahead with its Michelle Williams underground abortion movie “This Is Jane,” and has signed “Toy Story 4” screenwriter Stephany Folsom to write the script, Variety has learned exclusively.

Williams came on board to star in May. “Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce is helming “This Is Jane,” which is backed by John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions. Lesher and Peter Heller are producing.

The project is based on Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service,” which follows women who provided abortion services in the years before 1973’s Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Kaplan, who
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Todd McFarlane Compares Stan Lee to Walt Disney

Todd McFarlane Compares Stan Lee to Walt Disney
Todd McFarlane first met Stan Lee at a comicbook convention. All of 16 years old, the teenage McFarlane was several decades removed from creating Spawn and Venom. In contrast, Lee was already a legend, having ushered in Marvel’s golden age by cooking up Spider-Man, Iron Man, and other iconic superheroes. But despite the vast gap in resumes, Lee allowed McFarlane to spend the entire day sitting by his side.

Years later the two would become friends and fellow titans of fandom. Lee would always insist he didn’t remember that early interaction. But McFarlane never forgot their first meeting.

“I get that he created all these characters, but Stan’s true superpower was the way he interacted with his fans,” McFarlane told Variety, shortly after news broke that Lee had died Monday at the age of 95. “He got that in 30 seconds a celebrity can make a big impact on someone.
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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina': Ross Lynch Is Just as Into Harvey-Nick Bromance As You Are (Video)

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina': Ross Lynch Is Just as Into Harvey-Nick Bromance As You Are (Video)
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” through the Season 1 finale)

Pop culture fanatics can add one more pairing to the list of greatest TV couples of all time, thanks to “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” And, no, we’re not talking about Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) and Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch).

Yeah, those two are cute and all, but if you’ve watched through the Season 1 finale, then you know the real dynamic duo is Harvey and Nicholas Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood) — the male witch vying for our heroine’s affections.

Also Read: Netflix Sets 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' Holiday Special (Video)

And Lynch told TheWrap he and Leatherwood were actually waiting for the moment when you’d all realize just how adorable they are together.

“You know what’s so funny? Just today I just texted Gavin, who plays Nick, and was like, ‘Dude they’re shipping us already,
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‘Amazing Grace’ Film Review: Aretha Franklin Lives in This Resplendent Gospel Concert Film

‘Amazing Grace’ Film Review: Aretha Franklin Lives in This Resplendent Gospel Concert Film
Aretha Franklin was at the peak of her career and her creative powers when her gospel album “Amazing Grace” was released in 1972. (It sold more than two million copies and became her best-selling record.) Director Sydney Pollack was hired by Warner Brothers to make a film of Franklin’s recording session for this album at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, but Pollack didn’t use a clapperboard to synchronize picture and sound at the beginning of each take, and so he was unable to complete the movie, which sat in storage for 38 years.

The footage was handed over to producer Alan Elliott in 2008, and Elliott managed to salvage the project, but then Franklin sued him and prevented him from showing the movie at various film festivals. After Franklin’s death this year, Elliott was given the go-ahead by her estate to finally show “Amazing Grace” in theaters,
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Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ Amplifies the Power of a Gospel Classic

Aretha Franklin Doc ‘Amazing Grace’ Amplifies the Power of a Gospel Classic
The new Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace — filmed in 1972 during the live recording sessions for her hit album of the same name, but not available for public viewing until today — is a marvelous 87-minute testament to Franklin’s unrivaled singing ability.

But amid the embarrassment of vocal riches, there’s a scene that stands out, a showstopper to top all showstoppers. Franklin is tackling the album’s title track with her trademark bravura, wringing every ounce of expressive potential from each note, sighing and whispering and wailing with only piano and organ for accompaniment.
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