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'Venom' Unveils Villain at Comic-Con

'Venom' Unveils Villain at Comic-Con
For Tom Hardy, the impetus for playing Venom was to make a movie for his son.

"My son is a massive Venom fan, and he was a strong influence on my why I should play Venom specifically. I wanted to do something my son could watch," he said, noting he's often aggressive and violent in his films. "So I did something where I bite people's heads off."

Venom stars Hardy as the titular anti-hero, as well as Woody Harrelson, Riz Ahmed, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate and Scott Haze.

The Hall H panel at Comic-Con showed ...
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‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger’ Renewed For Season 2 By Freeform – Comic-Con

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‘Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger’ Renewed For Season 2 By Freeform – Comic-Con
Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb announced Friday at San Diego Comic-Con that Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger is coming back for a second season.

The teen superhero saga, based on the comic characters, is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened by and awakened to newly discovered superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. The 10-episode Season 2 will premiere in spring 2019.

The June 7 premiere episode was Freeform’s best series debut in two and a-half years, since the Pretty Little Liars finale, drawing 4.4 million viewers across all platforms, according to the new L+35 ratings this week. The critically praised show is also the top new cable drama of the summer in the network’s key demos (W18-34 and F12-34) and was Freeform’s highest-ever debut with male viewers (M18-49). It also
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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Series Reboot With Black Lead In Works From Monica Owusu-Breen & Joss Whedon

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‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Series Reboot With Black Lead In Works From Monica Owusu-Breen & Joss Whedon
One of the most beloved TV series of the last two decades, Joss Whedon’s Buddy the Vampire Slayer, is making a comeback. A reboot of the supernatural drama is in development at Fox 21 TV Studios, the cable/streaming division of 20th Century Fox TV, the studios behind the original series, which ran for seven seasons, first on the WB and then on UPN.

Midnight, Texas creator Monica Owusu-Breen has been tapped as writer, executive producer and showrunner of the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with the original series’ creator and showrunner Whedon set to executive produce alongside original series’ exec producers Gail Berman, Fran Kazui and Kaz Kazui as well as Joe Earley from Berman’s Jackal Group.

The new version, which will be pitched to streaming and cable networks this summer, will be contemporary, building on the mythology of the original. Per the producers: “like our world, it will be richly diverse,
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Frances McDormand to Voice God in Amazon's 'Good Omens'

Frances McDormand to Voice God in Amazon's 'Good Omens'
Oscar winner Frances McDormand is taking on her biggest role yet.

Fresh off her Academy Award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, McDormand has been cast in the series regular role as the voice of God in Neil Gaiman's forthcoming Amazon scripted drama Good Omens. The news was announced Friday during Amazon's block of programming at San Diego Comic-Con.

Based on Gaiman (American Gods) and Terry Pratchett's (Colour of Magic) novel and penned by the comic book favorite, here's how Amazon describes Good Omens: "The end of the world is coming, which means a fussy ...
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Netflix Unveils Slate of 8 Shonda Rhimes Shows

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Netflix Unveils Slate of 8 Shonda Rhimes Shows
Netflix has unveiled the initial slate of shows from mega-TV producer Shonda Rhimes.

“I wanted the new Shondaland to be a place where we expand the types of stories we tell, where my fellow talented creatives could thrive and make their best work and where we as a team come to the office each day filled with excitement,” said Rhimes. “Ted and Cindy and everyone at Netflix have been incredible partners in making that happen. This is Shondaland 2.0.”

The projects include the following series (all titles are working titles):

Untitled Shonda Rhimes Project

Based on the New York Magazine article How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People by Jessica Pressler. Manhattan makes a new friend like no other. But is she the stuff American dreams are made of or is she New York’s biggest con woman? Is it a con if you enjoy being taken?

* Shonda
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Will Introduce Spock in Season 2

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Will Introduce Spock in Season 2
Star Trek: Discovery” will bring some of the franchise’s signature characters aboard for season two.

“I can tell you that yes, you will be seeing Spock this season,” executive producer Alex Kurtzman said Friday during a Hall H panel for the show Friday.

Season one of the CBS All Access sci-fi drama ended with Discovery, the titular starship, encountering the USS Enterprise. Anson Mount, who in season two plays Capt. Christopher Pike — the character originated by Jeffrey Hunter in the original series — also revealed that another classic “Star Trek” character will be appearing on “Discovery.”

“We’re going to get to meet the original Number One,” Mount said. The character of Number One was played by Majel Barrett in the “The Cage,” the original pilot for the classic NBCStar Trek” series. That pilot never aired, but footage from it was used in a later “Star Trek” episode “The Menagerie.
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Andrew Lincoln Confirms He’s Leaving ‘Walking Dead’ – Comic-Con

Andrew Lincoln Confirms He’s Leaving ‘Walking Dead’ – Comic-Con
"This will be my last season playing the role of Rick Grimes," Andrew Lincoln told Comic-Con today on The Walking Dead panel.

"I don't want this to become an Oscar acceptance speech or a obituary," a clearly emotional Lincoln said to the packed and eerily quiet Hall H as he addressed "the elephant in the room" of his departure – which Deadline first reported back in May and creator Robert Kirkman all but confirmed yesterday at SDCC.

"My relationship with Mr. Rick Grimes
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Jennifer Connelly On Tarmac For ‘Top Gun 2: Maverick’

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Jennifer Connelly On Tarmac For ‘Top Gun 2: Maverick’
Exclusive: Jennifer Connelly is being set to join Tom Cruise in Top Gun 2: Maverick, the Joseph Kosinski-directed sequel for Paramount Pictures and Skydance. She will join Cruise, who reprises his Maverick character from the 1986 hit, alongside Val Kilmer who returns to play Maverick’s nemesis Iceman. Miles Teller also will star as the son of Maverick’s wingman, played in the original Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film by Anthony Edwards. The sequel takes place as Maverick becomes a Top Gun flight instructor and Teller joins as a pilot. Connelly is repped by CAA and Rms. She most recently starred in Only The Brave and is skedded for the pilot of the series transfer of Snowpiercer and wrapped Alita: Battle Angel.
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James Gunn Fired From ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’ After Controversial Tweets Were Discovered

James Gunn Fired From ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’ After Controversial Tweets Were Discovered
In a shocking turn of events, even without a massive presence at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios has somehow managed to steal headlines with the news that filmmaker James Gunn, known for his first two massive “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, has been fired from the third installment by Disney.

You read that right. James Gunn is no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Box Office: ‘Mamma Mia’ Shoots Past ‘Equalizer 2’ in Thursday Night Shows

Box Office: ‘Mamma Mia’ Shoots Past ‘Equalizer 2’ in Thursday Night Shows
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” has opened with a solid $3.4 million at 2,850 North American locations in Thursday night preview showings that began at 7 p.m.

That was enough for the musical to top Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2,” which launched with $3.1 million at 2,934 sites in Thursday previews that began at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Universal’s follow-up to its 2008 musical “Mamma Mia!” is tracking for a three-day tally between $30 million and $36 million when it opens in over 3,317 venues. Its predecessor opened with $27 million on the same weekend a decade ago and finished with $145 million domestically and $615 million worldwide on a $52 million budget.

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is both a sequel and a prequel, highlighted again by Abba songs. Most of the original cast — including Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgard, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, and Dominic Cooper — are reprising their roles with Cher
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‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Richard Madden to Play Elton John’s Manager in ‘Rocketman’ (Exclusive)

‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Richard Madden to Play Elton John’s Manager in ‘Rocketman’ (Exclusive)
Richard Madden, best known for playing Robb Stark on “Game of Thrones,” is in negotiations to join Taron Egerton in Paramount’s Elton John biopic “Rocketman” as the music icon’s longtime manager, John Reid.

Jamie Bell is also on board to play Bernie Taupin with Dexter Fletcher attached to helm the project. Lee Hall penned the script. Paramount Pictures will finance and distribute the pic.

Reid, a legendary music manager in the ’70s and ’80s who also helped with Queen’s rise to fame in the mid-’70s, managed John from 1970 to 1998. Along the way, the two also became lovers, but their romance ended after five years following the leak of a letter from John’s accountants detailing Reid’s spending that was uncovered by the Daily Mail. The two would continue to work together professionally until 1998.

Matthew Vaughn and his Marv Films will produce, along with John and
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‘Wu Assassins’: Katheryn Winnick, Lewis Tan, Tommy Flanagan & Tzi Ma Join Netflix Martial Arts Drama

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‘Wu Assassins’: Katheryn Winnick, Lewis Tan, Tommy Flanagan & Tzi Ma Join Netflix Martial Arts Drama
Vikings star Katheryn Winnick, Lewis Tan (Into the Badlands), Sons of Anarchy alum Tommy Flanagan, and Tzi Ma (Meditation Park) are set as series regulars opposite Iko Uwais and Byron Mann in Netflix’s Wu Assassins, from Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures (24), John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Falling Skies) and Nomadic Pictures.

Written by Wirth, who also serves as showrunner, Wu Assassins, set in San Francisco’s Chinatown, is a martial arts crime series with supernatural elements. It stars Uwais as Kai Jin, who becomes the latest and last Wu Assassin, chosen to round up the powers of an ancient triad and restore balance once again. Mann plays Uncle Six.

Winnick will play Christine “C.G.” Gavin, an undercover cop caught in the middle of a gang war that’s breaking out in Chinatown. Tan will portray Lu Xin Lee, a suave, fierce intelligent
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Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen Join ‘Cats’ Musical Movie

Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen Join ‘Cats’ Musical Movie
Jennifer Hudson will be making a new movie “Memory” playing the “glamour cat” Grizabella in Universal and Working Title’s big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved stage musical “Cats.”

Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen have also joined the cast of Tom Hooper’s film, an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap. It will be the British director’s first musical since his award-winning 2012 hit adaptation of “Les Misérables.”

Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”) wrote the screenplay based on Lloyd Webber’s 1981 musical adaptation T.S. Eliot book of “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.”

Also Read: Grumpy Cat Claws Her Way Into Broadway Musical 'Cats'

Production is expected to begin later this year on the film, the latest attempt to adapt a hit stage musical to the screen.

The Eliot-inspired tale of a herd of cats attending the cherished Jellicle Ball, where
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Norman Reedus & STXfilms Ink Genre Feature Deal For ‘Walking Dead’ Star – Comic-Con

Norman Reedus & STXfilms Ink Genre Feature Deal For ‘Walking Dead’ Star – Comic-Con
Exclusive: Norman Reedus will be taking the stage at Comic-Con today with his compatriots from The Walking Dead but the actor will also be taking it the big screen with STXfilms in the not so distant future. Reedus and the Adam Fogelson run division of STX Entertainment have inked a deal to develop a genre feature for the Ride host to both star in and produce, I've learned. Much like the agreements that STXfilms has put together with Jason Statham and Guardians of the Gala…
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‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ Casts Noomi Rapace as Series Regular

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‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ Casts Noomi Rapace as Series Regular
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace has been cast as a series regular in “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” Amazon announced at the upcoming drama’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con (Sdcc) Friday.

According to Amazon, Rapace will play Harriet “Harry” Baumann, a highly capable, sharply intelligent and intoxicatingly charming Bnd (Germany’s Secret Intelligence) agent, who crosses paths with Jack Ryan in South America.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star joins a cast that already includes John Krasinski (“A Quiet Place”) as Jack Ryan, Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”) as James Greer and Abbie Cornish (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) as Cathy Mueller.

Also Read: Comic-Con 2018 Schedule Day 2: 'Walking Dead,' 'Halloween,' 'Star Trek: Discovery' Top Hot List

The first of the eight episodes was screened during the Sdcc panel.

Co-creators and co-showrunners Carlton Cuse (“Lost,” “Bates Motel”) and Graham Roland (“Fringe,” “Prison Break”), executive produce
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Gets Miniseries ‘Short Treks’

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Gets Miniseries ‘Short Treks’
The “Star Trek” universe is expanding.

During the Comic-Con panel for “Star Trek: Discovery,” show co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman announced the upcoming launch of a four-part miniseries titled “Star Trek: Short Treks” this fall.

Rolling out on CBS All Access on a monthly basis, each of the four “Short Treks” episodes will be approximately 10-15 minutes long, and dig deeper into specific characters and themes explored on “Discovery.”

Rainn Wilson will return to play Harry Mudd in a short he will also direct, while Aldis Hodge will star in another as Craft, a man who finds himself as the only human on board a deserted ship. Additional episodes include a deep dive into Saru’s (Doug Jones) backstory as the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, and Tilly’s (Mary Wiseman) journey aboard the U.S.S. Discovery and her friendship with an unlikely partner.

In addition to the announcement,
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Jon Schnepp, 'Metalocalypse' Director, Dies at 51

Jon Schnepp, 'Metalocalypse' Director, Dies at 51
Jon Schnepp's fiance, Holly Payne, confirmed that the filmmaker died at age 51 on Thursday, one week after suffering a stoke.

"It is with a broken heart the Schnepp family and I must announce the passing of our beloved Jon Schnepp, who died peacefully on July 19, 2018," Payne wrote on Twitter. "Jon ultimately succumbed to the effects of a massive stroke."

She elaborated, "He had a blood clot removed from his left carotid artery, but the bleeding could not be stopped. Irreparable and catastrophic damage was caused to both hemispheres and all brain ...
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'American Horror Story' Season 8 Title Revealed

'American Horror Story' Season 8 Title Revealed
The new season of American Horror Story is taking shape.

The upcoming eighth season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's FX anthology is titled Apocalypse, the networked revealed after a late-night stunt at this this year's Comic-Con. Once again, the series took advantage of the annual confab to drop the title reveal, revealing the news on social media early Friday morning.

The upcoming cycle, which premieres Sept. 12, is set to feature the highly anticipated crossover of earlier seasons Murder House and Coven.

The Apocalypse title and imagery (below) appear to be a callback to the Antichrist baby of season one's Murder ...
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Migos’ Offset Arrested on Felony Gun Charges

Migos’ Offset Arrested on Felony Gun Charges
MigosOffset was arrested on a pair of felony weapons charges Friday after the rapper’s vehicle was pulled over outside Atlanta.

TMZ first reported that Offset, born Kiari Cyphus, was stopped by the Atlanta Police Airport Division for illegally tinted windows; a search of the SUV recovered at least one gun – a felony since Cyphus is a convicted felon on probation – and marijuana.

Cyphus was booked into Clayton County Jail at 6:42 pm Est and charged with two felonies, possession of a weapon during a crime and possession of a firearm by a felon,
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Roseanne Barr Claims Her Show Was Canceled Because She Voted for Trump

Roseanne Barr Claims Her Show Was Canceled Because She Voted for Trump
Roseanne Barr has issued a new statement after her Friday morning video in which she claimed she thought Valerie Jarrett, who she tweeted about initially, was white.

She began, looking at the camera: "Hi, this is Roseanne Barr and I’d like to welcome you to my own studio, where I’m able to speak for myself to my fellow and sister Americans without the filter of the biased media."

"This was my statement from the very beginning," she continued, "and it will continue to be forever because it is the truth. When ABC ...
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