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Riverdale Casts Penelope Ann Miller as Archie's Ms. Wright in Season 3

Riverdale Casts Penelope Ann Miller as Archie's Ms. Wright in Season 3
Accused killer Archie Andrews’ chances of being acquitted just got a whole lot worse. Penelope Ann Miller has joined the Riverdale cast in the recurring role of Ms. Wright, the district attorney who will be prosecuting the ginger hunk in Season 3 for the murder of Shadow Lake denizen Cassidy, it was announced at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Sunday.

According to the CW drama’s official description, Ms. Wright is “savvy and eloquent,” and “with a conviction in mind, she will weave together disparate moments of Archie’s young life to portray him as a dangerous, violent
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Sequels Dominate as Denzel's 'Equalizer 2' Edges Out 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel at Top of Box Office

Sequels Dominate as Denzel's 'Equalizer 2' Edges Out 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel at Top of Box Office
A different kind of record was set this weekend in that it was the first weekend ever where eight of the top ten films at the weekend box office were sequels. Of those eight, two of the weekend's new follow-up films are locked in a tight race at the top with Sony's The Equalizer 2 pulling off a surprise upset, edging out Universal's Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, which looked as if it might top $40 million at one point over the weekend, but settled down well below that mark. Overall, the weekend showed a slight improvement over last weekend while falling ~7% behind the same weekend last year. At the top of the box office, Sony's release of The Equalizer 2, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Antoine Fuqua, delivered an estimated $35.8 million, topping the $34.1 million opening for the first film. The film's second place performance comes as
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Elmarie Wendel Dies: ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ Actress Was 78

Elmarie Wendel Dies: ‘3rd Rock From The Sun’ Actress Was 78
Actress Elmarie Wendel, best known for her role as the eccentric Mrs. Dubcek on NBC’s long-running sitcom 3rd Rock From The Sun, has died. Her daughter, actress J.C. Wendel, confirmed her mother’s death on Instagram (see below). No cause of death was given. Wendel was 78. Wendel began her career on the stage in New York City in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She joined the national touring company of Annie, which brought her to Los Angeles, and a successful…
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China Box Office Propels ‘Skyscraper’ to $75 Million Overseas

China Box Office Propels ‘Skyscraper’ to $75 Million Overseas
Can China save “Skyscraper” from collapsing at the box office?

Dwayne Johnson’s disaster drama collected $75 million internationally this weekend, propelled by a $45 million bow in China. Along with $11 million this weekend in North America, “Skyscraper” has pocketed $176.8 million globally. The film, which is set in Hong Kong and features a number of Asian actors, was virtually engineered for its international appeal. Universal and Legendary have been banking on strong returns overseas to make up for the disappointing domestic number, where it has made $46 million in two weeks.

To compare, Johnson’s latest, “Rampage,” opened in China with $55 million. Though it got a slow start, the video game adaptation went on to earn $99 million in North America and $326 million overseas.

Skyscraper’s” top abroad openings this weekend include Colombia with $1.3 million, India with $1.3 million, and Peru with $900,000. It saw strong holdovers in Mexico ($1.7 million), Korea ($1.4 million), Russia ($1.4 million), and Malaysia ($1.2 million).

Though “Mamma Mia!
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‘Pose’ Star Ryan Jamaal Swain Wants Damon to ‘Mend That Relationship’ With His Biological Family

(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Season 1 finale of “Pose.”)

“Pose” brought a happy ending to dancer Damon in the Season 1 finale of FX’s Ryan Murphy drama on Sunday, and now the actor who plays him is telling TheWrap just what he wants to see from his character in Season 2.

Not only did Damon receive a scholarship for his second year of tutelage at performing arts college The New School, but he also saw the growth of his new, honorary family in the finale. The House of Evangelista, a group of people in the ball scene of 1980’s New York that make up his “chosen family,” welcomed back Papi (Angel Bismarck Curiel) as well as three new additions.

Happy endings aside, Damon’s story is far over as Season 2 is on the horizon. Actor Ryan Jamaal Swain told TheWrap he has some storylines he’d like to see his character Damon explore — chiefly,
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Watch Best Comic-Con Trailers, From ‘Shazam’ to ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ (Videos)

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Watch Best Comic-Con Trailers, From ‘Shazam’ to ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ (Videos)
Aquaman” — Can Aquaman actually be cool? Judging from the trailer, hell yes. The trailer gives an idea about Arthur’s (Jason Momoa) backstory… and also shows villain Black Manta blowing up a building or two with his laser eyes.

“Shazam” — Zachary Levi’s take on The Big Red Cheese! The film follows the adventures of teenager Billy Batson, who can transform into a full-grown adult superhero with the power of six gods after saying “Shazam!” Think “Big” meets “Batman and Robin.”

“Glass” — M. Night Shyamalan’s third movie in what has become a superhero trilogy that started with “Unbreakable” and suddenly picked up steam again with last year’s “Split,” a movie nobody knew was related until its ending.

Doctor Who” — The first female Time Lord is looking for some new best friends, and in the new trailer, she gets them… thanks to the ability of traveling through time and space.
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Hollywood’s Zero-Tolerance on Racism, Sexism Is the New Normal

Hollywood, no stranger to loose talk and provocative points of view, has taken a hard turn into zero-tolerance on racially or sexually offensive remarks, with three major entertainment companies swiftly dismissing those who have crossed the line in recent weeks.

In the last month, Paramount, Disney and Netflix each fired high profile executives or talent for the same reason: their public, private or long ago comments were “inconsistent” with the company’s “values.” Paramount TV president Amy Powell, Netflix’s chief communication officer Jonathan Friedland, Marvel director James Gunn and Roseanne Barr were all dismissed with public disavowals by their companies (in some cases by the CEO personally) that seem all but certain to impact the careers of each individual.

The era of #MeToo seems to have sparked a need for companies to react swiftly to accusations of misconduct, but now that mentality is being reflected in the wake of insensitive comments about race,
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DC’s Comic-Con Show Was a Declaration of Independence From Its Grimdark Recent Past

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After a couple of rough years for major films based on DC Comics, Warner Bros. scored a Triple Crown on Saturday morning during its annual Hall H Comic-Con panel.

And if what we saw with the first looks at “Wonder Woman 1984,” “Shazam!” and “Aquaman” is any indication, DC is indeed now in good hands.

Yes, the footage demonstrates that misfires like “Justice League” aside, Warner Bros. is still in the business of exploiting DC’s rich library of characters and concepts. But most notable was the public debut of a bright, eye-popping new aesthetic and optimistic tone that feels like a definitive, if not outright stated, setting-aside of the gloom and grit of the Zack Snyder era.

Also Read: 'Aquaman' Makes Huge Splash at Comic-Con in First Trailer (Video)

For Comic-Con 2018, Warner Bros./DC appeared to discard at least part of its aversion to copying Marvel, with
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China Box Office: Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Rakes in $48M to Place No. 1

China Box Office: Dwayne Johnson's 'Skyscraper' Rakes in $48M to Place No. 1
China's ongoing love for Dwayne Johnson has come to the actor's rescue as his latest tentpole Skyscraper opened in first place at the box office. Despite the weaker-than-expected North American numbers for Skyscraper, the film raked in $47.7m million in three days according to studio figures, in line with industry expectations.

More importantly, Skyscraper took $13.7 million on the first day of its theatrical run in China, surpassing its North American debut of $9.3 million on July 13. The film's strong performance is more evidence of Johnson's position as "an old pal of the Chinese ...
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‘Teen Titans Go! to the Movies’ Film Review: TV Adaptation Sticks It to Big-Screen Superheroes

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‘Teen Titans Go! to the Movies’ Film Review: TV Adaptation Sticks It to Big-Screen Superheroes
I should confess from the jump that I’m a big fan of superhero self-parody: from “Not Brand Ecch!” and “What the–?” to “Ambush Bug” and “World’s Funnest,” watching the big publishers make fun of themselves has led to some of my very favorite comics over the years.

That same reckless sense of mocking the (Bat)man in the mirror is alive and well in “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies,” a big-screen adaptation of the popular Cartoon Network series in which the titular adolescents do everything they can to make it — where else? — onto the big screen.

Unfortunately for Robin (voiced by Scott Menville), he and his teammates — alien warrior Starfire (Hynden Walch), shape-shifter Beast Boy (Greg Cipes), goth-girl mage Raven (Tara Strong), and human-android hybrid Cyborg (Khary Payton) — are the laughing-stocks of the superhero world, since this team is more interested in waffles and musical numbers than in actual heroics.
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‘Skyscraper’ Tops China Box Office With $48 Million Opening

“Skyscraper” comfortably topped the Chinese box office on its opening weekend. It enjoyed a 50% market share and earned $48 million, according to local data tracker Ent Group.

The prospect of a burning tower block should terrify audiences in China, where so many citizens live in vertical cities. But with the hugely popular Dwayne Johnson leading the rescue, the film was able to overcome fear of heights and only modest ratings on popular ticketing and ratings sites.

Despite being produced by Wanda-owned Legendary Entertainment, the film is considered as a revenue-sharing quota import, and is distributed by state-owned China Film Group and Huaxia Distribution. The connections to Wanda, China’s largest cinema circuit, as well as a powerful marketing machine, can only have helped. The film rated 7.1 of out 10 on the Wanda-owned Mtime ticketing and merchandise site, and 6.6 on Douban. The weekend total, however, makes “Skyscraper” only the sixth best opening for
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Dave Bautista Rips James Gunn’s Firing as a ‘Cyber Nazi Attack That Succeeded’

Dave Bautista Rips James Gunn’s Firing as a ‘Cyber Nazi Attack That Succeeded’
A day after voicing his support for recently fired “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn, Marvel star Dave Bautista ripped into the “cyber nazi attack” that uncovered the 2012 tweets that cost Gunn his job directing the next installment of the “Guardians” series.

“What will you do when the #cybernazis attack you?” asked Bautista in a tweet on Sunday. “Who will stand by you? Who will cowardly distance themselves from you? Who will punish you for horrible Jokes in the past instead of defending you for Inspiring millions? Millions!!!”

Also Read: James Gunn Praised By #MeToo Accuser Selma Blair After Marvel Firing

Gunn, who has reportedly finished the script for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” was removed from the project after alt-right provocateur Mike Cernovich dug up tweets from him prior to joining Disney. They were soon picked up by conservative media and led to Disney studio chairman Alan Horn announcing his dismissal.
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‘Legion’: Jeph Loeb, Nathaniel Halpern Talk ‘X-Men’ Universe Connections

FX’s “Legion” may be television’s most unorthodox superhero show. A critical favorite, it also has relatively few connections to its source material, Marvel’s “X-Men” franchise, in terms of characters taken directly from the comics.

Speaking at a Hall H panel for the show Sunday at Comic-Con in San Diego, Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb said that producers are not looking to shoehorn more references to known characters and stories into a show that is largely original.

“We never want to do Easter Eggs as if we’re running an Easter Egg farm,” Loeb said.

The exec also
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From Paula Abdul to Donald Trump: All 62 Famous People Sacha Baron Cohen Has ‘Duped’ (Photos)

From Paula Abdul to Donald Trump: All 62 Famous People Sacha Baron Cohen Has ‘Duped’ (Photos)
Since the announcement of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series, “Who Is America?” several politicians including Sarah Palin and Joe Walsh publicly announced that they had been tricked into interviewing with the actor’s many aliases. They seem to be in good company, as many other public figures have been deceived by Baron Cohen into appearing in (sometimes unflattering but always uncomfortable) onscreen moments.

1.Donald Trump Back in 2003, when President Trump was an entrepreneur and not yet in the White House, Baron Cohen, posing as British rapper Ali G, approached him with an interesting business proposal – gloves that keep your hands warm while eating ice cream. Trump later claimed that he was the only person to have “immediately” walked out of an Ali G interview.

2. Newt Gingrich Amidst talks of welfare and the possibility of a female president, the most entertaining moment in the interview with former Speaker of
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Everything We Saw in the ‘Mayans Mc’ Footage at Comic-Con

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FX showed off the first 13 minutes of the pilot episode of “Mayans Mc” during its panel at Comic-Con 2018, and if its anything to go by, the huge “Sons of Anarchy”-sized hole left in fans’ hearts is about to be filled.

The “Sons of Anarchy” spinoff starts with a lone rider on his chopper on a remote Southern California highway, through various scenes of empty desolation and exurban decay. He’s wearing a leather vest with no club identification, but the word “Prospect” is written along the bottom in back.

The scene cuts to a warehouse, which we immediately discover is a front for the Mayans M.C. The camera follows Taza, played by Raoul Trujillo, as he moves through a sweatshop staffed with workers making Quinceañera dresses that is run by the motorcycle club. It follows him into a back room, where we learn the real hustle: Mayans are
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'Teen Titans' Premiere: Amid Troubling Times, Cast Says "World Is Ready for a Laugh"

'Teen Titans' Premiere: Amid Troubling Times, Cast Says
Below a scorching sun on Sunday, the cast and crew of Teen Titans Go! To the Movies — which includes actress Kristen Bell, Will Arnett (who also produced the film), Lil Yachty and Patton Oswalt — turned out to the red carpet at Hollywood's Tcl Chinese Theatre for the movie’s premiere.

The festivities featured a carnival-like pre-party with balloons sprawling across the Chinese Theatre courtyard, where kids were seen indulging in arcade games and decorating stations. With the dark nature of new superhero movies and the type of news making headlines, the cast and crew of the new ...
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On the Charts: Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Leads Quiet Week With Third Straight Number One

On the Charts: Drake’s ‘Scorpion’ Leads Quiet Week With Third Straight Number One
Drake‘s new album Scorpion captured Number One for the third straight week to rule a quiet week on the Billboard 200.

The rapper’s latest sold 260,000 total copies in its third week of release, including 213,000 streaming equivalent albums (SEAs), to make it the first album since Adele’s 25 back in December 2016 to chalk up three straight weeks of over 250,000 in sales, Billboard reports.

On the flip side of Drake’s record-breaking streaming numbers, Scorpion only sold 29,000 traditional copies, the second-lowest total for a Number One album in the history of
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‘Mayans Mc’ Creator Kurt Sutter Reveals How He Cast Series Lead Jd Pardo

‘Mayans Mc’ Creator Kurt Sutter Reveals How He Cast Series Lead Jd Pardo
“Mayans Mc” creator Kurt Sutter described the process by which he selected Jd Pardo to lead the upcoming FX series, which tells the story of the Latino outlaw motorcycle club first featured in “Sons of Anarchy.”

“I saw his read with a couple other actors and sort of knew what I was looking for,” Sutter said at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Sunday. “It was one of those things where I knew what I wasn’t looking for and then I saw Jd read and there was something interesting and commanding in what he was doing.“

Sutter
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Jamie Lee Curtis Embraces Fan Who Says Her ‘Halloween’ Character Saved His Life (Video)

Jamie Lee Curtis Embraces Fan Who Says Her ‘Halloween’ Character Saved His Life (Video)
Jamie Lee Curtis comforted a man at San Diego Comic-Con who said her performance as Laurie Strode in “Halloween” ended up being a source of strength in a life-or-death situation.

Curtis was in attendance for a Hall H panel discussing her return to the “Halloween” series in this fall’s upcoming sequel from Universal and Blumhouse. During the Q&A, which you can view in the clip above, a fan named Jeffrey Scott said that several years ago, a person wielding a knife broke into his house. Terrified, Scott said he turned to Laurie Strode’s struggle against the Michael Myers as a source of strength.

“I was scared out of my mind, and out of nowhere this thought inside of me went, ‘Well, what would Jamie Lee Curtis do?'” Scott said. “To make a long story short, I’m here today because of the way that you portrayed Laurie Strode.
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‘Pose’ Producer Janet Mock Talks Groundbreaking FX Drama, Looks Ahead to Season 2

“Pose,” FX’s groundbreaking drama, wraps its first season on Sunday night, capping off an all too-brief run as not only a landmark achievement in trans representation on television, but also as one of the most widely praised dramas on the air.

A period drama set against backdrop of the legendary ballroom scene of 1980s New York City, “Pose” follows a cast predominantly of trans women of color — a first for mainstream TV — as they navigate life on the fringes of society, carving out a space for themselves where they can celebrate each other and build a community.

The first season of the Ryan Murphy-produced series largely focused on the rise of the House of Evangelista, founded by upstart house mother Blanca Evangelista (Mj Rodriguez), an HIV-positive trans woman trying to leave her mark on the world by uplifting others. Heading into the finale, Blanca and House of Evangelista
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