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Josh Whedon sci-fi 'The Nevers' lands at HBO

‘The Nevers is maybe the most ambitious narrative I’ve created.’

HBO has picked up The Nevers, a sci-fi drama series to be written and directed by Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon.

The series is described by HBO as “an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.” Whedon will also serve as executive producer and showrunner.

Whedon has most recently been an executive producer, writer and director on broadcast network series Marvel’s Agents Of Shield, which he co-created.
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HBO gives series order to Joss Whedon sci-fi drama The Nevers

Having dabbled with superheroes on The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Justice League, Joss Whedon is returning to the small screen for his first series since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with HBO granting a series pickup to The Nevers, a new sci-fi drama from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly creator.

Deadline reports that HBO won a competitive bidding war for the project, which is described as “an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.”

“We have long been fans of the incredibly talented and prolific Joss Whedon and we can’t think of a better project than The Nevers with which to welcome him to the HBO family,” said HBO president of programming Casey Bloys. “We look forward to meeting the strange, multifaceted characters of The Nevers, to learn their stories,
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Joss Whedon Returns to TV With ‘The Nevers’, a Sci-Fi Series For HBO That May Be His “Most Ambitious Narrative”

Joss Whedon Returns to TV With ‘The Nevers’, a Sci-Fi Series For HBO That May Be His “Most Ambitious Narrative”
Joss Whedon is heading back to the small screen. The director of films like The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron has signed a deal to write, direct, and executive produce a new sci-fi series called The Nevers for HBO. And in case that simple fact wasn’t enough to raise your interest, Whedon says the show […]

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HBO Picks Up Joss Whedon’s Sci-Fi Drama ‘The Nevers’

HBO is bringing Joss Whedon to the world of pay cable television, ordering the “Avengers” director’s science-fiction series, “The Nevers.”

“The Nevers” is an epic science fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and on a mission that might change the world.

Whedon serves as writer, showrunner and executive producer, the first TV series he will helm since Fox’s short-lived “Dollhouse” in 2009-2010.

“We have long been fans of the incredibly talented and prolific Joss Whedon and we can’t think of a better project than ‘The Nevers’ with which to welcome him to the HBO family,” HBO programming president Casey Bloys said in a statement. “We look forward to meeting the strange, multifaceted characters of ‘The Nevers,’ to learn their stories, see them in action and share them with our viewers. We’re honored that Joss chose HBO
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Cate Shortland lands director role on standalone Black Widow movie

Marvel has finally decided on its choice of director to take the helm of the standalone Black Widow movie. Lore director, Cate Shortland takes the helm beating off over 70 filmmakers.

The project, which will have Scarlett Johansson return in the titular role, and Marvel went through months of meetings with a plethora of directors. Shortland finally won the coveted slot which had been shortlisted to Amma Asante (A United Kingdom) and Maggie Betts (Novitiate), Melanie Laurent (Galveston) and Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry).

Black Widow aka Natalia “Natasha” Alianovna Romanova, was introduced as a Russian spy, an antagonist of the superhero Iron Man. She later defected to the United States, becoming an agent of the fictional spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D., and a member of the superhero team the Avengers. Scarlett Johansson portrayed the character in the films Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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‘Black Widow’ Will Be Directed by Cate Shortland, the Latest Indie Filmmaker to Join the Realm of Superheroes

Marvel has found its “Black Widow” director in Cate Shortland, who was chosen from a field of more than 70 candidates. The Australian filmmaker, whose “Berlin Syndrome” premiered at Sundance last year, will become the studio’s first solo director when she helms the standalone film starring Scarlett Johansson — next year’s “Captain Marvel” is being co-directed by Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck.

Shortland, 49, is likely best known for directing 2012’s “Lore.” About a family of unrepentant Nazis attempting to flee in the aftermath of World War II, it won the Audience Award at the Locarno Film Festival before its theatrical release. Her 2004 debut, “Somersault,” starred a then-unknown Abbie Cornish and premiered in the Un Regard Section of the Cannes Film Festival; though she’s far from prolific, Shortland’s body of work clearly impressed Marvel’s upper brass.

Johansson has portrayed the Russian spy (real name Natasha Romanova) in several films
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The Morning Watch: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ VFX Reel, ‘Skyscraper’ 1990 Trailer & More

The Morning Watch: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ VFX Reel, ‘Skyscraper’ 1990 Trailer & More
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, check out an Avengers: Age of Ultron VFX […]

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Brie Larson Celebrates End of Captain Marvel Shoot with Special Photo

Brie Larson Celebrates End of Captain Marvel Shoot with Special Photo
Brie Larson's time as Carol Danvers is done, at least for now, as Captain Marvel wrapped shooting over the weekend. The actress celebrated the end of production with a special photo from the set. It shows the movie's slate signed by the cast and crew, along with a calendar that marks off the days of shooting. Other than the photo, the Oscar winner remained silent about the next Marvel adventure.

Captain Marvel will be the next Phase 3 movie to hit theaters next year, arriving before Avengers 4 destroys theaters everywhere. The movie wrapped on Friday, the same day Marvel's latest, Ant-Man and the Wasp, opened in theaters. Captain Marvel will now go into post-production as it gears up for its exciting March release.

Marvel boss Kevin Feige has called Brie Larson the next Robert Downey Jr. of the McU, as she's poised to take over the next phase of Marvel movies,
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'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Buzzes to #1 While 'Incredibles 2' Tops $500 Million

'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Buzzes to #1 While 'Incredibles 2' Tops $500 Million
It's another Disney-led weekend as Ant-Man and the Wasp claims the weekend's #1 spot. This marks the tenth time this year a film based on a Marvel comic character has topped the weekend box office. Also releasing this week, Universal and Blumhouse's The First Purge is the latest success in the now, four-film franchise, Roadside's documentary Whitney fell just shy of a spot in the weekend top ten and Annapurna's Sorry to Bother You was a smashing success in limited release. Disney's success this weekend also doesn't end with just the #1 film at the box office as Incredibles 2 became the first animated title to ever top $500 million at the domestic box office. As we enter the second half of the year, and the 27th weekend of 2018, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now claimed the #1 spot at the weekend box office nine times. The latest is this weekend's
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Comics on Film: 'Ant-Man and The Wasp' Shrinks to the Occasion as a Superior Sequel

In 2015, Marvel Studios' Ant-Man — directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd — was a little hard to qualify in the growing series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Coming off of the event that was Avengers: Age of Ultron and serving as the last stop before Captain America: Civil War, it was kind of sandwiched in-between two much higher-profile films from the same world it calls home. It also tried to be something far less weighty than what we'd seen in Age of Ultron, and even what we would eventually see the next summer in Civil War. Still, Ant-Man was fun, salvaged from undoubtedly difficult shuffling that moved it out of the hands of Edgar Wright and into those of Peyton Reed, and it was well-received. Now, three...
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Ant-Man and the Wasp Paves the Way for X-Men in the McU?

Ant-Man and the Wasp Paves the Way for X-Men in the McU?
Is it possible that Ant-Man and the Wasp has paved the way for the X-Men to make their way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? For the most part, Marvel Studios' latest served as an excellent, lighthearted palate cleanser after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. But that doesn't mean some big reveals and possible seeds for what's to come later in the McU couldn't be planted. While it may seem like a bit of a stretch, it's possible that Marvel has created a way for mutants to exist in this universe.

Warning: spoilers ahead for Ant-Man and the Wasp. Proceed at your own risk. One of the main plot elements in the movie has to do with trying to rescue Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet Van Dyne from the Quantum Realm. After a whole lot of heist business, this is eventually accomplished. However, she's been in there for thirty years and,
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‘First Purge’ Scares Up $2.5 Million in Tuesday Night Preview Showings

‘First Purge’ Scares Up $2.5 Million in Tuesday Night Preview Showings
Universal’s “The First Purge” has opened with a solid $2.5 million at 2,350 North American locations on Tuesday night.

“The First Purge,” Blumhouse’s fourth installment in the horror franchise, expands to 3,031 theaters on Independence Day with forecasts for a $25 million launch in its first five days. It has a two-day head start on Disney-Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” pegged for an impressive debut of $70 million to $80 million for Friday-Sunday with previews launching Thursday night.

Two years ago, “The Purge: Election Year” took in $3.6 million in Thursday-night previews prior to its Friday opening.

The First Purge” is an origin story set in a dystopian America, in which the New Founding Fathers of America decide to make all crime legal for 12 hours — resulting in violence exploding across the nation. The film stars Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, and Marisa Tomei.

The prequel is
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North American Box Office Hits Record $3.33 Billion in Second Quarter

North American Box Office Hits Record $3.33 Billion in Second Quarter
Blockbuster performances by “Avengers: Infinity War,” Incredibles 2,” and “Deadpool 2” have lifted the North American box office to a record $3.33 billion in the second quarter — the highest mark for any quarter.

The previous mark was set in the second quarter of 2015, when “Jurassic World,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Inside Out” led the way to a $3.2 billion quarter.

The month of June finished 20.1% ahead of last year with an estimated record $1.27 billion. May finished 24% ahead of last year, and a record April was 26% ahead of last year.

AMC Theatres, the largest movie chain in the United States, saluted the studios for producing an attractive slate.

“There can be no doubt now that when Hollywood makes appealing movies, Americans flock to movie theatres in huge numbers,” said CEO Adam Aron. “The record setting quarter we just completed was the biggest in cinema history. We salute the magnificent job being done
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Incredibles 2 powers North American box office to biggest ever quarter

Blockbuster sequels including Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom have contributed to record-breaking box office figures

The North American box office achieved record figures over the last three months, achieving its biggest ever quarterly results with an estimated $3.33bn for April, May and June, thanks to hits such as Avengers: Infinity War, Incredibles 2 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the total has exceeded the previous record holding period of April to June 2015, when box office receipts totalled $3bn on the backs of films such as Furious 7, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World and Inside Out.
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Johannes Haukur Johannesson joins Vin Diesel in Bloodshot

THR is reporting that Icelandic actor Johannes Haukur Johannesson has become the latest addition to the cast of Sony’s Valiant comic book adaptation Bloodshot.

Bloodshot sees Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel in the title role as Ray Garrison, a mortally wounded soldier who finds himself resurrected using nanotechnology and given the task of hunting down superpowered outcasts known as harbingers.

The film is being directed by visual effects supervisor Dave Wilson (Avengers: Age of Ultron), and also stars Toby Kebbell (Fantastic Four), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Michael Sheen (Passengers), Sam Heughan (Outlander), Talulah Riley (Westworld) and Alex Hernandez (UnReal).

See Also: Sony developing movie adaptation of Valiant’s plus-size superhero Faith

Principal photography on Bloodshot is slated to begin this month, ahead of an expected 2019 release date.

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Paul Bettany And Elizabeth Olsen Explain Why Marvel Scripts Are So Confusing

Colorful characters, cohesive continuity and constant calamity: the three key ingredients to any successful superhero story or universe. But too much of those ingredients can be poison to the audience’s understanding of the plot and can confuse even the most attentive of fans. Just ask Marvel stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.

The duo recently tag teamed a Q&A at Ace Comic-Con in Seattle and admitted to having a rough time of reading through scripts from the studio because they couldn’t keep track of all the characters. Bettany, known for his scene-stealing performances as the wise, sage-like Vision in the McU, apparently had trouble keeping track of the story because he didn’t realize that Tony Stark was Iron Man and Steve Rogers was Captain America.

“’When’s Iron Man going to come in? Where’s Captain America?’ They’ve got like ‘Tony’ and this guy called ‘Steve’—who are these people?
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Paul Bettany Thought His Career Was Over When He Got The Call For Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Many of the cast members of the McU have had a crazy time of it over the past decade, but Paul Bettany’s career has taken more unexpected turns than most. He was initially part of the franchise in a mere voiceover role, portraying Tony Stark’s trusty A.I. Jarvis from 2008’s Iron Man until 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. Beginning with that movie, though, Bettany got to stand side by side with the rest of the heroes as the android hero Vision.

But the story of how the actor ended up graduating to the role is not one that many know and is actually pretty amazing. It turns out that Bettany was at a low point in his career at the time, having had a potentially damaging falling out with an unknown big-name movie producer, when director Joss Whedon came to the rescue by offering him a major role in Age of Ultron.
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17 Crazy Rules Disney Makes The McU Follow

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, we see Ultron singing to the creepily altered tune of “I’ve Got No Strings” from the 1940 Disney movie, Pinocchio. This scene not only depicts Ultron’s resemblance to a freed puppet, but it also marks the beginning of the merger between Disney and Marvel Studios.

Age of Ultron was released in 2012 as the first McU movie to be filmed under the Disney name. Since then, the Avengers, the Guardians, and most of the other on-screen Marvel characters have been under the rule of Walt Disney’s super company.

However, working for Disney isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

Disney didn’t become one of the biggest production companies in the world simply due to Disney magic and the wishes your heart makes. The company is successful because it adheres to some strict rules and regulations.

Behind the scenes, every McU director,
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Kevin Feige Strongly Suggests That The Wasp Will Be Suiting Up For Avengers 4

Avengers: Infinity War was nothing if not ambitious.

Leading up to release, many feared the super-sized Marvel epic would buckle under its own colossal weight, though it’s a credit to Joe and Anthony Russo that the McU crossover silenced the naysayers with its eye-popping spectacle and relatively focused story – that being Thanos’ pursuit of the six long-lost Infinity Stones.

And similar to how Ant-Man arrived on the heels of Avengers: Age of Ultron, its sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp is about to emerge from the shadow of Infinity War in the hope of delivering a fun-filled palate cleanser. Based on early reviews, Peyton Reed has achieved just that, leaving fans to wonder when we’ll next see Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp in action.

The former is all but locked for Avengers 4, and though it’s yet to be openly confirmed, Kevin Feige’s recent interview with ComicBook.
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First Ant-Man 2 Reviews Are Better Than Infinity War

The early reviews for the latest movie from Marvel Studios, Ant-Man and the Wasp are finally out, and all in all, it looks like the second Ant-Man is going to be a great sequel. While not every review is as positive as the other, the common consensus so far is relatively positive, putting the movie at 91% currently on Rotten Tomatoes, which is shockingly even higher than Avengers: Infinity War, which ended with an 83%.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe generally has a great track record, but there's no denying that it has a sequel problem. Sequels like Iron Man 2, Thor: The Dark World, and Avengers: Age of Ultron were not nearly as good as their predecessors. Fortunately, there were a few exceptions, such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which were just about as good, if not better, than the first movies in their respective series.
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