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'La Flor' Wins Buenos Aires Film Festival

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

A record-breaking, 840-minutes film – the longest fiction feature in Argentine history – La flor consists of six different episodes, all starring the same four actresses, who form the acting company Piel de Lava ("Lava Skin"). Shot independently throughout a nine-year period across three continents,...
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‘Ghost Wars’ Canceled After One Season At Syfy

‘Ghost Wars’ Canceled After One Season At Syfy
Syfy has canceled the horror series Ghost Wars after its debut 13-episode season, Deadline has confirmed. The series premiered in October 2017. Created by Simon Barry, Ghost Wars was an acquisition title for the cable network. Set in a remote Alaskan town that has been overrun by paranormal forces, the series focuses on local outcast Roman Mercer (Avan Jogia) who must overcome the town's prejudices and his own personal demons if he's to harness…
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Verne Troyer Dead at Age 49

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

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

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

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

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

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

In its first seven days, Warner Bros.’ “Rampage” has earned $187 million globally to a $120 million production budget, with $141 million from overseas. Directed by Brad Peyton and also starring Naomie Harris, the film follows Johnson’s scientist David Okoye, who
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'Zoe': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

'Zoe': Film Review | Tribeca 2018
When they write the histories of our currently developing boom in smart, internet-age sci-fi movies that are concerned as much with love as with guessing how our tech will change us — note to the historians: it was well ahead of the pack, but don't forget to include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindDrake Doremus' Zoe may be cited as a kind of coming-of-age moment: the point at which self-respecting arthouse films in the genre dipped their toes into the sort of emotional button-pushing employed by their old-fashioned multiplex peers. A human/robot love story that is less deeply imaginative...
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Bradley Cooper on His Secret Pact With Lady Gaga for ‘A Star is Born’

Bradley Cooper on His Secret Pact With Lady Gaga for ‘A Star is Born’
When first-time director Bradley Cooper was shooting his forthcoming remake of “A Star in Born,” his co-star, Lady Gaga (aka Stefani Germanotta), made a deal with him.

“She said right from the beginning that there would be a bargain,” Cooper recalled at a public talk at the Tribeca Film Festival with Robert De Niro. He recalled that Gaga told him, “‘I’m gonna rely on you to get a performance that’s honest out of me’ — because she’d never done a film before — ‘and I ‘m gonna make sure that you’re going to turn into a musician. Because we’re going to sing everything live.’ And I went, ‘Wait, what?'”

Cooper told the story as part of a meandering conversation that was part of the Tribeca Talks series of festival events. De Niro revealed that he’d seen a screening of “A Star is Born” — “I just
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Hans Zimmer Named Recipient of Max Steiner Film Music Achievement Award at Hollywood in Vienna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Len Goodman might leave ‘Dancing with the Stars’ after this season — should he stick around? [Poll]

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

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

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

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

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

"Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49

Verne Troyer, Mini-Me in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Power films and one of the shortest men in the world, has died. He was 49.

The news was announced in a post to his official Facebook page.

“It is with great sadness and incredible heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the statement reads. “Verne was an extremely caring individual…[he] hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”

The statement also made allusions to depression and suicide, and encouraged people to “be kind” to one another because “you never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside.”

In addition to his credits in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” Troyer also acted in the first Harry Potter film as Griphook the goblin. He had more than 25 other film credits to his name,
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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me Actor in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49

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Verne Troyer, Mini-Me Actor in ‘Austin Powers,’ Dies at 49
Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films, has died. He was 49.

According to a statement posted on his Instagram account, the actor died Saturday afternoon. Troyer’s representatives did not disclose a cause of death, but the statement alluded to depression and suicide. Troyer’s reps said there would be no comment beyond the statement.

“Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much,” read the statement. “Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help.”

It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio

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The actor was hospitalized earlier this week after emergency personnel responded to a call at his North Hollywood residence. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap that there was a call regarding a medical emergency, resulting in Troyer being transported to a local hospital.

On Tuesday, a message was posted to Troyer’s Instagram account that read, “Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and resting comfortably. Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Troyer, who was diagnosed with achondroplasia dwarfism and measured 2 feet 8 inches tall, played Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films and also starred as Griphook the goblin in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.”

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In a statement to TheWrap, “Austin Powers” costar Mike Myers said, “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of positivity for those of us who had the honor of working with him. It is a sad day, but I hope he is in a better place. He will be greatly missed.”

He was born in Sturgis, Michigan, on Jan. 1, 1969 and began his Hollywood career in 1994 as a stunt double in “Baby’s Day Out.” Troyer’s other credits included “The Love Guru,” “Men in Black,” “Jingle All the Way,” “Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Scrubs” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” He also appeared on reality shows like “Celebrity Juice” and “Celebrity Wife Swap.”

Last April, Troyer said that he was entering a treatment center to combat alcohol addiction, after receiving treatment for the past week.

The statement posted to social media also asked that donations be made to either of his two favorite charities, The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies, in lieu of flowers.

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'Austin Powers' Actor Verne Troyer Dies at 49

Verne Troyer, an actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series, has died at age 49, according to a statement on the actor's official Facebook page.

"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," the statement reads. "Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday."

The statement makes sweeping statements about depression and...
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2: Everything We Know So Far
Big Little Lies” was supposed to be a miniseries; it wasn’t supposed to return for a second season. But it proved to be such a big hit that HBO just couldn’t let it go.

After much speculation and a triumphant awards season, HBO made it official and ordered another seven episodes full of mom drama, lies (of all shapes and sizes) and stunning beachfront property.

Since the first season covered the entirety of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, little is known about the direction the second season will take or how the show will build upon the already-told story. But with the series currently in production, we do know some of what “Big Little Lies” Season 2 will look like. Here’s everything we know so far.

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1. Most of the cast is returning

As executive producers in addition to their on-screen roles, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman were the first announced to return to Monterey, but they were followed by nearly all of the show’s original cast.

Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoë Kravitz will also star in the second season, and they’ll be joined by Adam Scott, James Tupper, Jeffrey Nordling, Iain Armitage, Kathryn Newton, Robin Weigert, Sarah Sokolovic and Merrin Dungey.

2. Even Alexander Skarsgard

Skarsgard’s character Perry, the abusive husband of Kidman’s Celeste, died at the end of the first season, but according to TV Line, he is still expected to appear “in some capacity.”

When asked about the report by People, the actor replied, “I don’t even know if I’m really dead or not.”

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3. Newcomers include Meryl Streep and Bonnie’s parents

As though a second season pick up wasn’t surprising enough, “Big Little Lies” shocked everybody when it announced its newest cast member: Meryl Streep.

For the first time on television since 2003’s “Angels in America,” the three-time Oscar-winner will play Perry’s mother Mary Louise Wright, who arrives in Monterey over worry about her mourning grandchildren.

Kidman shared the first photo of Streep in character (complete with one hell of a wig) on Instagram:

First day on the set with Meryl and “my” darling boys! #BigLittleLies

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And though Kravitz’s character Bonnie saw her role reduced from the book in Season 1, it seems like Season 2 will take a deeper dive into her backstory.

Weeds” alum Martin Donovan and “In the Heat of the Night” star Crystal Fox have signed on to recur in the upcoming episodes as her parents, Martin and Elizabeth, though further character and plot details are being kept tightly under wraps.

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4. Here’s what the other characters will be up to

Much of the plot remains unknown — as the show will go beyond its source material in Season 2 — but the episodes will be written by showrunner David E. Kelley and are partially based on story by Moriarty herself.

HBO has teased some of the season’s arcs in character descriptions, which you can read below:

Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright: Reeling from her husband Perry’s death, Celeste is adrift, but determined to fight for her family and find the woman she once was.

Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie: Finding that good intentions don’t always yield good consequences, Madeline confronts the truth of Perry’s death, while coming to terms with her own marriage and traditional notions of family.

Shailene Woodley as Jane Chapman: While processing Perry’s sudden death, Jane is trying to build a new life for herself and Ziggy.

Laura Dern as Renata Klein: The epitome of control, Renata is now faced with new challenges in her marriage.

Zoë Kravitz as Bonnie Carlson: Bonnie struggles with Perry’s death and is forced to face demons in her past.

Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright: Concerned for the well-being of her grandchildren following her son Perry’s death, Mary Louise arrives in Monterey searching for answers.

Adam Scott as Ed Mackenzie: Ed is forced to confront major challenges in his marriage to Madeline.

James Tupper as Nathan Carlson: Nathan copes with a complicated turn of events in his marriage and with his eldest daughter Abby.

Jeffrey Nordling as Gordon Klein: Gordon faces the consequences of a big mistake and risks losing everything along the way.

Iain Armitage as Ziggy Chapman: Ziggy starts second grade and continues to be the light of Jane’s life.

5. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman got big pay bumps to return

Because the show was conceived as a miniseries, HBO did not have options for the cast beyond the first season. And, as The Hollywood Reporter reported in January, landing deals for the cast to return came at a steep price for the network.

Witherspoon alone, whose producing slate has exploded in recent months with high-profile projects at Apple and now Hulu, is earning “in the $1 million-an-episode ballpark” for the second season, along with fees for serving as an executive producer and points off the backend. Kidman, also an executive producer, is said to have a similar deal.

That led to a brief controversy for the network when an HBO exec said the company had been “sort of raped” financially by the negotiations, comments for which she later apologized.

6. David E. Kelley will write the show; Andrea Arnold will direct

As noted above, Kelley will write and executive produce the second season, as he did the first. But Season 1 director Jean-Marc Vallée (who retains an Ep credit) will be replaced by Andrea Arnold.

Arnold won an Academy Award in 2005 for directing the short film “Wasp” and has since gone on to direct a number of acclaimed films including “Red Road,” “Fish Tank” and a 2011 adaptation of “Wuthering Heights.”

Her most recent film, 2016’s “American Honey,” took home the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was hailed by critics as the film that proved Arnold to be one of the industry’s best working directors.

7. It will probably premiere in 2019

HBO programming president Casey Bloys confirmed in an interview with THR in January that with filming on “Big Little Lies” beginning in March, the show would not be back on the air in 2018.

So fans will have to wait until next year to watch Season 2, along with the final run of “Game of Thrones” and the long-awaited third season of “True Detective.”

8. There’s a dog, and he has great hair

Look at him!

Introducing Jolly. He has the best hair of all the cast !! #BigLittleLies @nicolekidman @hbo

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‘Westworld’ Star Thandie Newton Says She Will Also Receive Equal Pay for Season 3

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‘Westworld’ Star Thandie Newton Says She Will Also Receive Equal Pay for Season 3
Westworld” star Thandie Newton says she will be receiving the same pay as her male costars for the show’s upcoming third season, shattering “calcified pain, resentment, frustration.”

Contract negotiations are currently underway with the HBO series, Newton told Vanity Fair, saying, “We’re all equal across the board. It’s really exciting. It’s unprecedented. It’s–goodness; it shatters so much calcified pain, resentment, frustration. It just shatters it.”

Because of the progress being made, Newton vowed to never take on another project that would pay her less than her male counterparts.

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“I wouldn’t do anything if it didn’t. Definitely not,” she said. “F— that. It literally sets a precedent, and [HBO is] leading the way, which is amazing.”

Newton’s revelation comes almost a week after costar Evan Rachel Wood told TheWrap that her paycheck didn’t match her status for the series’ first two seasons. At least, it wasn’t equal to what the leading men were raking in.

“I think I’m just now to the point where I’m getting paid the same as my male co-stars,” Wood said in a recent interview with Sharon Waxman, TheWrap’s founder and CEO.

With the sophomore installment about to premiere, Wood found out she was getting a bump for Season 3 equal to the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris — the men of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s drama (well, the latter still is, as of that messy freshman year finale).

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“I was just told that, you know, ‘Hey you’re, you’re getting equal pay.’ And I was like [gasp]. And I almost got emotional,” Wood said. “I was like, ‘I have never been paid the same as my male counterparts … Never, never.'”

Earlier this month, HBO boss Casey Bloys addressed the topic of pay parity at the premium cabler following comments made by an exec who said the bump in salaries the cast of “Big Little Lies” received for Season 2 “short of raped” the network.

“One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese [Witherspoon], who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently,” Bloys told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that’s is a direct result of the Times Up movement.”

A spokesperson for HBO has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Westworld” Season 2 will premiere Sunday at 9/8 c on HBO.

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