Friday, June 30, 2017

The 'Top Gun' Sequel Now Has a Director & Release Date

'The Mummy' New York Fan EventIf you've lost that loving feeling, you have just over two years to find it.

Paramount Pictures will release "Top Gun: Maverick," sequel to the 1986 classic, on July 12, 2019. Deadline confirmed the news, adding that "Tron: Legacy" director Joseph Kosinski will direct the movie, re-teaming with his "Oblivion" star Tom Cruise.

The site added that Cruise's Maverick is now "a flight instructor teaching the young macho pilots how to do it."

Last we heard, Cruise was telling reporters the sequel would likely begin filming in the next year. We'll have to stay tuned for more specifics, but we can work backward from the planned release date and figure, yeah, they'd want to be starting production within the next year to make a summer 2019 tentpole date.

Back in 2015, Skydance CEO David Ellison talked to Collider about Justin Marks writing a screenplay for the "Top Gun" sequel with "an amazing role for Maverick." (Deadline updated that the script will be by Peter Craig and Justin Marks, along with Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.) Cruise reportedly still wants to do his own stunts, like he still does with the "Mission: Impossible" movies, despite turning 55 on July 3.

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Disney Is Changing the Pirates of the Caribbean Ride & Fans Have Strong Feelings

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for she!

Disneyland is removing the wench auction from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The change will take place next year, and will also be done for the rides at Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Paris.

As D23 reported, the redheaded woman currently featured in the auction will be given a new role, "beginning in 2018, after an already-planned refurbishment, the redhead is trading her fashionable bonnet for a pirate's hat. Guests will now see her joining the pirates' ranks and helping the locals 'unload' their valuables at the Mercado auction."

Here's more from Kathy Mangum, senior vice president, Atlantic Region Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering:

"Our team thought long and hard about how best to update this scene. Given the redhead has long been a fan favorite, we wanted to keep her as a pivotal part of the story, so we made her a plundering pirate! We think this keeps to the original vision of the attraction as envisioned by Marc Davis, X Atencio, and the other Disney Legends who first brought this classic to life."

Here's a look at the new concept art:

As The Hollywood Reporter noted, this isn't the first change for the ride -- pirate men chasing women was previously changed to the men chasing the women to get the food they have on trays. FYI, Disneyland Paris is also getting an exclusive new scene featuring Captain Barbossa in his debut, taking inspiration from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. Check out his concept art at the Disney Parks Blog.

Because people are people, and people tend to get extreme about change, the auction change was met with a strong reaction online:

That's it: "Ghostbusters" director Paul Feig's meta-tweet wins. Everyone else can move on now.

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Jason Mantzoukas on 'The House,' Adapting 'Battling Boy,' and Playing Pimento

Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The House' - ArrivalsJason Mantzoukas knows that audience members who spot him in his seemingly ceaseless and always wildly comedic appearances on scores of TV and film projects are more than likely to say, "Oh -- that guy!" rather than recognize his name in the screen credits, And he's totally okay with that.

A self-described "comedy character actor" and veteran of the revered improv troupe Upright Citizens Brigade, Mantzoukas's profile has been continuously on the rise for the better part of the past decade-and-a-half thanks to his status as a strategic weapon deployed in all manner of comedies, from TV series like "Parks and Recreation," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The League," "Modern Family," "Broad City," "Childrens Hospital," and "Transparent" to films including "The Dictator," "Baby Mama," and "Neighbors." He also wrote the screenplay for buddy comedy "Ride Along" and frequently appears as his comically well-informed and cinematically erudite self as a host and guest on a number of popular podcasts.

Now, Mantzoukas has what's easily his highest profile turn yet, playing a central role opposite his longtime UCB cohort Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell in "The House" -- as the couple's friend who's reeling in denial over his impending divorce, he offers up his home to be transformed into an underground casino to help raise money for their daughter's non-existent college fund. Yet, as Mantzoukas reveals to Moviefone, comedy superstardom isn't at the top of his agenda -- making audiences laugh is.

Moviefone: With this role, you might as well be right up there on the posters with Amy and Will. This is one of the biggest things we've seen you in. What did it mean to you to get the opportunity?

Jason Mantzoukas: It was pretty exciting, and not lost on me. This was an enormous opportunity and certainly a much bigger opportunity than I'd ever been given before. I was so psyched to get it, but also so happy that I got to do it with people that I had worked with before, or have known for a long time, and felt really comfortable and easy. So the minute we started to shoot, it was just easy to kind of flip into the dynamics that we three already have. So it's pretty terrific.

You have been a go-to comedic actor for characters that are right on the razor's edge. Frank in "The House" has a few more dimensions to him. Tell me what's fun about delving into those characters, and especially with this one, having the opportunity to make him a little more well-rounded.

The characters that I've played, like you're describing, the guys that kind of pop in and out of TV or movies, your Dennis Feinsteins [on "Parks and Recreation"], your Rafis [on "The League"], your Adrian Pimentos [on "Brooklyn Nine Nine"], these are all characters that bear no emotional responsibility to the stories being told, really. There's never an episode of "The League" where Rafi is responsible for the plot. In a way, it's really fun to be freed from that, because you can just, in my case on that show, or in others, you're really just there to serve as jokes, or to serve as something funny, which is, is there anything funnier? Not really.

It's a blast to play those kind of characters. But then there's something really rewarding in this case with this movie, to kind of trek in a more emotional through line. What I really liked in this movie was, this wasn't just some kind of maniac character, or some sort of disposable comedy character. This is a guy who was heartbroken, and all of his bad decisions are coming from a place of real pain and loss, and it's channeled into funny stuff.

It was really cool to kind of track his emotional growth, and have that relationship with Michaela Watkins's character be so meaningful to him, and have that really weigh on my character, and try and figure out what that would be like. We've all been through the catastrophic breakups in our lives, and we all deal with our heartache and our heartbreak in different ways. It was really fun to channel that kind of heartbreak and heartache into terrible character life decisions. It was really fun and exciting, actually, to have more to do and more ... I guess more responsibility is what it ends up being.

What's the fun of mining comedy out of aggression and confrontation, and some of those edgier, in-your-face qualities? What do you enjoy about that brand of funny?

It's interesting. I don't necessarily think about it like that. I more think about a lot of my characters as just having different limits than other people. That they are more, I guess they are more aggressive. You're not wrong. There is something funny about characters who are, I find -- I find it very fun to play characters who really are filterless characters who don't have checks and balances on their emotions or what's going on with them.

So for me, that's what a lot of these people share. A lot of these characters share a certain kind of emotional abandon, or a chaotic nature, that makes them make decisions that are sometimes aggressive, sometimes confrontational, but also, what's great to me about whether it's Rafi, or Dennis -- maybe less Dennis, but Adrian Pimento, these are people who are really emotionally available.

So Rafi isn't just like an aggressive monster, although at times he is, he's also convinced that all the guys in "The League" are his best friends and is heartbroken when it looks like they might be breaking up or fighting. He's in equal measure an emotional kind of love friendship aggressive person, as he is an aggressive murder person. All of his emotions are kind of, he's experiencing them all. Again, he's like without any kind of ability to stop himself from engaging fully in any emotional feeling that comes his way, which I love.

As an actor, you've really been in a sweet spot. I feel like producers and showrunners see you as a comedy closer. If not a household name, you are definitely recognized by audiences all over. What do you like about that space that you're occupying right now?

I'm very lucky to get to work on like some of the best stuff that's going. I like that people use me on their shows, whether those shows are "Brooklyn," or whether it's "Transparent," or whether it's any of these kind of -- I get a real kick out of doing to do shows that I myself love. Like that's really exciting to me. It's a very cool thing.

And truth be told, I would like a career where I get to work on lots of stuff, and I get to have those people, those directors, those show creators, those producers, whoever, that they want to use me in their stuff. I care about that a lot more than, kind of like you said, being a household name, for example. I think the more and more you become a household name, the less and less you are able to be in a whole bunch of stuff.

I like kind of getting to be a comedy character actor, and I do think a lot of people get very excited to be like, "Oh, there's that guy again!" I think most of those people are like, "Oh, there's that guy again," more people say that than say, "Oh look, there's Jason Mantzoukas again."

What is, as far as your writing projects, what's sort of front and center for you right now?

Right now, front and center, is a movie I'm writing for Paramount called "Battling Boy," which is an adaptation of a Paul Pope graphic novel. That's really the primary thing I'm doing right now.

I've read the graphic novel, and always love Paul Pope's work. What's got you excited about it?

I love that book, and the kind of ancillary Aurora West book. I'm a huge Paul Pope fan. What I love about this specifically was that, I love coming-of-age stories. This is, like, really a story that exists in kind of superhero archetype universe, but the stars of it, the leads of it -- it's kind of a Batman/Superman type story, but the Batman character is a 17-year-old girl, and the Superman character's like a 12-year-old boy.

That's, to me, really cool. You've got these kids who are, for each of them, it's a kind of coming-of-age story. He's on his kind of walkabout year of becoming a man from his culture, and she has just lost her father, and is grappling with kind of becoming an adult, and being forced into adulthood, and what that means. Both of them kind of pushing those two people together is pretty cool and exciting.

And then, obviously, it's otherwise a big story with kids fighting monsters, and all that stuff, and has the kind of fairy tale element. So it's just a lot of stuff that I like all kind of in one place. It's exciting.

What character of yours are you excited to play again? You create these memorable characters on all these different shows. Is there one you're really eager to get another crack at?

That's a good question. I have, like, real genuine fondness for a lot of my characters ... I'm excited to jump back into "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" next year. I love playing Pimento. I love playing Pimento, but I also love, frankly, I love playing Pimento with that ensemble of actors. I love doing Adrian Pimento scenes with Andre Braugher, or with people who you're like, "This is a funny juxtaposition of energy. Mostly I get excited to just work with those people again.

I love Dr. Steve on "Transparent." Again, it's such a fun character, but what I love about it is getting to play with all those actors.

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Here's When 'The Walking Dead' Season 8 Trailer Is Coming 

"The Walking Dead" fans, your summer Christmas now has a specific date and time.

AMC just released details on its San Diego Comic-Con 2017 lineup, including panels for "The Walking Dead," "Fear the Walking Dead," "Preacher," and the new docuseries "Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics."

Every year, TWD debuts its big trailer during its Hall H panel at Comic-Con. It would be weird for them not to do the same for Season 8. That's also when we tend to get the official premiere date, beyond a Sunday in October, so this is when you can expect all of that:

Panel from 12:15-1:15pm on Friday, July 21.

Those are San Diego, CA times, so if you're a U.S. East Coaster, look for the trailer sometime between 3-4 p.m.

Here are more details on each panel:


• Panel from 12:15-1:15pm on Friday, July 21 in Hall H

• Autograph session from 1:45-2:45pm on Friday, July 21, Booth #4237

• Press conference available on Friday, July 21 from 5:15-6:15pm,
at the Hilton Bayfront *please note, no cameras

• "The Walking Dead" panelists include cast members Andrew Lincoln, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Seth Gilliam, Alanna Masterson, Khary Payton, and Chandler Riggs along with Executive Producer and Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Executive Producer Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer, Director and Special Effects Make-up Supervisor Greg Nicotero and Executive Producer David Alpert. The panel will be moderated by "Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick.


• Press conference available on Friday, July 21 from 9:00-10:00am,
at the Hilton Bayfront *please note, no cameras

• Panel from 11:15am-12:15pm on Friday, July 21 in Hall H

• Autograph session from 12:00-1:00pm on Saturday, July 22 at MLK Plaza

• "Fear the Walking Dead" panelists include cast members Kim Dickens, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Mercedes Mason, Sam Underwood, Daniel Sharman and Michael Greyeyes along with Executive Producer and Showrunner David Erickson, Executive Producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. The panel will be moderated by "Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick.


• Press conference available on Friday, July 21 from 2:30-3:15pm
at the Hilton Bayfront *please note, no cameras

• Panel from 4:00-5:00pm on Friday, July 21 in Hall H

• "Preacher" panelists include cast members Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti and Graham McTavish along with Executive Producer Seth Rogen and Executive Producer and the author of the Preacher graphic Novel, Garth Ennis.


• Panel at 4:45pm on Saturday, July 22 in Room 6DE

• "Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics" panel will include Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Daniel Junge and Rory Karpf.

In addition to official series panels, AMC said it will host fan activations throughout the weekend, including a "Walking Dead"-themed booth (#4237) in the Convention Center, where fans can stop by to take photos.

Comic-Con International: San Diego starts with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 19, and runs Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, July 23.

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'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Premiere Has 'At Least One Major Character Meet-Up'

"Game of Thrones" Season 7 is meant to feature "a whole bunch of reunions and first time meetings that people have been waiting for for a long time." At least one major meeting will happen right in the Sunday, July 16 premiere.

Here's the very little scoop Entertainment Weekly shared:

Any scoop on Game of Thrones? — Taylor
Well, everything is being kept tightly under wraps — seriously, most of the photos that have been released are actually just from the premiere, so don't make assumptions about the whole season based on those alone. But I will say that Dany's journey to Dragonstone won't be easy given that Euron is out there looking for her, and you can expect at least one major character meet-up in the first hour.

HBO has yet to reveal the title of Season 7, Episode 1, but it's meant to be 59 minutes long, and will probably feature (among many other things) Daenerys Targeryen arriving at her Targaryen home base at Dragonstone, after sailing to Westeros at the end of Season 6. We left Jon Snow being declared King in the North, so we should pick up his story from there. Cersei Lannister was just crowned Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, with her not-too-thrilled twin bro Jaime Lannister sort of by her side. Arya Stark was last seen taking down the Freys at the Twins, but we're anticipating a Stark reunion -- with Arya heading north at some point, since she's shown in very cold weather in photos and in the trailer. But will she get to Winterfell in the premiere?

A Stark reunion doesn't qualify as a major meeting -- that would be Dany meeting Jon, or Dany meeting Cersei, or Jon meeting Cersei, or all three meeting in the same spot at the same time, which would blow our minds. EW did throw Euron Greyjoy's name into the mix, so maybe he's involved in a major meeting.

There are episode spoilers out there that may or may not be accurate, but we're content to speculate and then wait and see. After the Sunday, July 16 premiere airs, the cast and crew will be at Comic-Con to share more details on what happens in Episode 2 and beyond.

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'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel Picks Up 'a Few Minutes' After 'Avengers 4'

Tom Holland is Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures' SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.It sounds like Underoos won't even have time for a shawarma break after "Avengers 4."

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told FANDOM that "Spider-Man: Homecoming" picks up "right after Peter Parker's adventures in "Captain America: Civil War," and Tom Holland's second Spider-Man movie will pick up right after the events of the fourth "Avengers" movie. As Sony boss Amy Pascal put it to FANDOM:

"What I think we should focus on is this Spider-Man who started in 'Civil War' and then has this movie, and then will be in the 'Avengers' movie. And we are starting now the next one which will start a few minutes after 'Avengers 4' wraps as a story."

Feige had previously said "Avengers 4" did have a title, but they can't release it yet because it's too much of a spoiler. We'll have to wait for "Avengers: Infinity War" (aka "Avengers 3") to air next year before hearing too much more about "Avengers 4." (FYI, Spider-Man is meant to have about the same amount of screen time in "Infinity War" as he had in "Civil War.")

Feige and Pascal confirmed to Collider that the second Spider-Man movie will be titled "Spider-Man: Subtitle," with the subtitle to be named later. There will be no "2" in the title, although Feige said internally they are still calling it "Homecoming 2" for now. It's also known that Holland's Peter Parker will hang out with a different Marvel Cinematic Universe character in the sequel, it won't be Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark again.

Feige and Pascal also noted, to Collider, that prep for "Homecoming 2" will start in August, and they're thinking about starting filming in April or May, with "Homecoming" director Jon Watts likely to return.

"Avengers: Infinity War" opens May 4th, 2018. "Avengers 4" will be released May 3, 2019. "Homecoming 2" is scheduled for July 5, 2019, making it the first MCU movie out after "Avengers 4," and now we know Spidey's sequel will pick up just minutes after that behemoth.

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NBC Cancels 'The Carmichael Show' After '2.5' Seasons, Jerrod Carmichael Reacts

NBC and creator/star Jerrod Carmichael just confirmed "The Carmichael Show" won't be returning for a fourth season. Season 3 is currently still airing, having premiered on May 31, and just last week the dramedy showed the mass shooting episode it had held for two weeks.

The network revealed the cancellation news not long after Carmichael announced that he was exiting the series, and cast options were scheduled to expire at the end of today (June 30).

Jerrod Carmichael released a statement via Deadline:

"For three seasons (okay 2.5), I got to make a show that I love with my friends. It's something I've wanted to do since I was 13. Now, I'm excited to go make other things that I love. Thank you to every person who worked on or watched The Carmichael Show."

"The Carmichael Show" started with six episodes in Season 1, which aired in 2015, then returned with 13 episodes in Season 2, and 13 more ordered for Season 3.

20th Century Fox TV presidents Jonnie Davis and Howard Kurtzman also released a statement:

"The Carmichael Show was such a wonderful show that we choose to focus today not on its loss but on the three incredible seasons we had the pleasure to produce. We are thankful to the brilliant Jerrod Carmichael and his talented cast, and to showrunner Danielle Sanchez-Witzell, our fantastic writers and devoted production team. It's a rarity that a comedy series tackles the social and political issues of the day in such a clever and hilariously funny way. This show was special, and we will miss it."

The timely, hot-button comedy has been averaging over 3 million viewers a week, with the most recent June 28 Episode 6 earning 3.49 million viewers and a 0.7/3 rating/share in the adults 18-49 demographic.

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'Big Brother 19' Spoilers: Megan Self-Evicted & Fans Want Cameron Back

Well! You certainly can't stay "Big Brother 19" has had a boring first week. The season premiered Wednesday -- evicting poor Cameron Heard just hours after he entered the house -- and the live feeds started after Thursday's episode aired on the West Coast, catching fans up to what was happening in real-time after a week of taped footage.

What we saw was an instant shock: Dog walker Megan Lowder was gone. Her photo on the memory wall was black-and-white so it was clear that she was gone gone.

What happened? We should see in the Sunday, July 2 episode (we'd better) but Raven Walton did a bit of explaining, saying it had something to do with fights in the house:
That's just from Raven's perspective, but the fact is that Megan left. The details remain unclear, at this point, but more details should be coming. It's shocking for anyone to leave so early in the game, but especially someone who had bragged about being a military interrogator, saying "Big Brother" would be nothing after that.
Last we saw on TV, Megan was in a confusing beef with unstable Josh Martinez.

"Future serial killer" Cody Nickson is the first Head of Household, and he had nominated Megan and Jillian Parker, saying he just didn't like Megan. (What did she do?!) There was chatter about some kind of alleged racist comment, possibly from Jessica Graf about Alex Ow, but it's not clear what was said, if anything. (Something about Alex being a panda?)

With Megan gone, Cody had to name a replacement, and he went with Alex.

The Power of Veto competition -- hosted by instant legend Kevin Schlehuber -- was scheduled for late Friday afternoon, so we'll have to see if Alex can save herself. Cody had said returning player Paul Abrahamian was a potential backdoor target, but that may have shifted to Alex.

Speaking of Paul, he's crediting himself with stirring up drama in the house, saying the women this season are more confrontational than BB18, and he's going to try to use that against them:

Wow. It has only been one week and two episodes, but there are already at least two showmances in the house:

  • Cody & Jessica
  • Matthew Clines & Raven

Mark Jansen seems to want a showmance and he appeared to be close to Elena Davies, but they might not be a thing. Some fans would like Elena and Christmas Abbott to be a showmance. But even more fans just want Cameron to come back, since he got stiffed.

The next episode of BB19 will air Sunday night (July 2) at 8 p.m. on CBS, showing what happened with Megan ... and also revealing which houseguest viewers voted into the Den of Temptation. (Spoiler: It's Paul. Shocker.) The POV results that will be known later tonight or Saturday will be shown on Wednesday's episode. The first live eviction will be Thursday.

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'Wonder Woman' Passes 'Batman v Superman' as Highest-Earning DC Comics Movie

Move over boys — "Wonder Woman" is taking the box office crown.

In just four weeks, "Wonder Woman has become the highest-grossing DC Comics Extended Universe movie at the domestic box office, topping the 12-week run of "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

The feat is especially impressive since "Wonder Woman" had a smaller opening weekend than both "Batman v Superman" and "Suicide Squad." That means the positive reviews and good word-of-mouth are propelling the movie's success.

The DCEU standings are now:

  1. "Wonder Woman" – $330.533 million
  2. "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" – $330.366 million
  3. "Suicide Squad" – $325.100 million
  4. "Man of Steel" – $291.045 million

It's just a matter of time before "Wonder Woman" also surges to the top in worldwide grosses and very possibly become Warner Bros./DC's first billion dollar movie.

"Wonder Woman 2" is inevitable, though talks are still underway with director Patty Jenkins. But with such smashing success, there's very little doubt everyone will want to repeat it.

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Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park Leaving 'Hawaii Five-0'

A major cast shake-up has hit "Hawaii Five-0," as stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park exit the CBS drama before Season 8.

Kim and Park played cousins and police officers Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua since the series premiered in 2010. Variety reports the actors were seeking equal pay with Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, but did not make satisfactory deals with CBS Television Studios.

The characters' absence will be addressed in the Season 8 premiere on Sept. 29. Kono was last seen on a plane headed to Carson City to investigating a child sex trafficking ring, while Chin was mulling a job offer in San Francisco.

Showrunner Peter Lenkov said in a statement, "I will never forget meeting Daniel while still writing the pilot and being certain there was no other actor who I'd want to play Chin Ho Kelly. Needless to say, Daniel has been an instrumental part of the success of 'Hawaii Five-0' over the past seven seasons and it has personally been a privilege to know him.

"Grace's presence gave 'Hawaii Five-0' a beauty and serenity to each episode. She was the consummate collaborator, helping build her character from day one. They will always be ohana [Hawaiian for "family"] to us, we will miss them and we wish them both all the best."

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Fox Announces Release Dates for 6 Mystery Marvel Movies

The mutants are multiplying! 20th Century Fox has scheduled six Marvel movies through 2021.

Fox owns the movie rights to the "X-Men" and "Fantastic Four" characters. The six mystery movies will hit theaters June 7, 2019 November 22, 2019; March 13, 2020; June 26, 2020; October 2, 2020; and March 5, 2021.

These are in addition to the already-announced releases of "The New Mutants" (April 13, 2018), "Deadpool 2" (June 1, 2018), and "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" (November 2, 2018).

So, what could these six movies be? Likely one will be a follow-up to "X-Men: Dark Phoenix," or perhaps "X-Force," which is in development. Another is probably "Deadpool 3," assuming that the sequel is a smash success like the original. With the Wolverine franchise seemingly at an end, Fox may look to spin off another character — maybe for Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique.

Fox could try to make another go at "Fantastic Four," though the recent reboot was a commercial and critical bomb.

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Meet The Actor Behind 'Twin Peaks' Creepy Woodsman

Woodsman"Twin Peaks: The Return" fans can never heard the words "got a light?" again without shuddering after last week's ultra-bizarre episode that introduced the extremely creepy Woodsman.

The man behind the head-crunching villain is actor Robert Broski, who's only been acting for about 10 years and has mostly specialized in playing Abraham Lincoln until now. As he tells THR, "I just happen to have been blessed with being old and ugly and looking just like [Lincoln]."

When complimented about giving people nightmares, Broski laughed, saying, "Isn't that a great feeling? Come on! I think any gentleman would like to have that feeling, that he can strike terror into that many people."

As for the reactions he's getting since his eerie, raspy-voiced role on "Twin Peaks," he tells THR, "I kind of get the impression that people don't want to meet up with me after dark anymore." He says no one has asked him for a light yet in real life, but he has been seeing -- and enjoying -- the memes, including an image of him as Lincoln with the caption: " Lincoln: Got a light?"

Broski explains to THR how he joined the David Lynch universe: He saw the call sheet that asked for a Woodsman and was intrigued. "It definitely caught my eye, and I'm a character-y looking guy, so I thought I would give this thing a go. For some reason, they liked my looks, and how I got the actual featured Woodsman, I guess, is probably because I looked like I had traveled a long distance on my feet and I was just a skinny and weary-looking guy. So they must have said, 'Hey, let's have this guy scare the crap out of everybody!'"

He admits it was "shocking" the first time he saw himself in the Woodsman grimy get-up.

As for his family's reaction to the episode," Broski laughs, "I could picture their eyeballs getting wider and wider as they were watching it." His kids, fortunately, are grown-up and able to handle seeing their dad playing such a deeply disturbing character.

We're not sure if we'll see the Woodsman again (IMDb lists him only as appearing in Episode 8), but Broski knows he's made an impact.

"Oh, it's a crack-up," he tells THR. "I mean, this is memorable. It's obviously going to be with me for the rest of my life. For the rest of my life, I think people are going to come up to me and ask: 'Got a light?'"

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Leighton Meester and Adam Brody Joke About Celebrating 'Seth and Blair' Day

Leighton Meester and Adam BrodyLeighton Meester and Adam Brody just gave their first interview since tying the knot back in 2014, and they admit it's funny that their characters from "Gossip Girl" and "The O.C." are now married too, in a way.

As the duo dished up lunches to kids at a school in Los Angeles as part of Feeding America earlier this week, they talked to Entertainment Tonight.

Brody joked that thinking about Blair Waldorf marrying Seth Cohen is "good for a laugh... Once a year, randomly, on our Seth and Blair day."

Does that involve watching reruns of their now-wrapped shows? No, alas!

But Meester says she's grateful for the fans' continued interest. "I feel so lucky that I can have such amazing fans, and they either grew up with [the show] or they're growing up with it now," she told Rogue back in April. "I've also heard people say, 'Oh, we watch that as a throwback.'

The pair did not bring daughter, Arlo, who will turn two later this year. "She's too little to come here today. She'd be like, 'I don't get it,' Meester said. "But ... I think that it's really important to show your children that there are different sides to everything."

What else have they been up to? Meester starred on the just-canceled Fox comedy "Making History," while Brody was in "CHiPs" and "Yoga Hosers."

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Evan Peters Will Be Back as Quicksilver in 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'

Evan PetersYes! Evan Peters, whose Quicksilver rescue sequence was the highlight of "X-Men: Apocalypse," will be back as the lightning-fast mutant in "X-Men: Dark Phoenix," according to THR.

We don't know how large his role will be in the upcoming film, which picks up where "X-Men: Apocalypse left off. It will focus on Jean Grey (now played by "Game of Thrones" star Sophie Turner) discovering the dark side of her powers and transforming into the dangerous Phoenix.

Series regulars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Nicholas Hoult, will also return, as well as "Apocalypse" additions Turner, Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler).

Also joining the film in an unknown role, THR reports, is Lamar Johnson of Canadian series "The Next Step."

Production begins in Montreal this week and the movie will be out November 2, 2018.

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Alicia Braga Replacing Rosario Dawson in 'X-Men: New Mutants'

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH -- Season:1 -- Pictured: Alice Braga as Queen -- (Photo by: Justin Stephens/USA Network)Rosario Dawson has dropped out of the "X-Men" spinoff "New Mutants," and her role was just recast with "Queen of the South" star Alicia Braga, The Wrap reports.

Braga will play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, who'll act as a mentor to the young mutants played by Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy and Henry Zaga. Filming is set to start in July for an April 13, 2018 release date.

We're not sure why Dawson is off the project, but she is pretty darn busy. She's currently filming Netflix's "The Defenders," in which she reprises the role of "Night Nurse" Claire Temple she's played in "Daredevil" and "Iron Fist."

On the USA series "Queen of the South," Braga plays Teresa Mendoza, who rises from the barrio of Jalisco, Mexico to become the head of a powerful dug empire. The Brazilian-born Braga, the daughter of actress Sonia Braga, previously starred in "City of God," "I am Legend" and "Elysium."

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Corinne Olympios Won't Return to 'Bachelor in Paradise'

"Bachelor in Paradise" will continue, but Corinne Olympios won't be part of it.

She issued a statement yesterday saying -- to no one's surprise -- that she "respectfully" won't be returning to the ABC reality show. Filming was halted after a June 4 taping in which it appeared that an inebriated Olympios had been sexually assaulted by "Bachelorette" alum DeMario Jackson.

In their review of the videotapes of that evening, Warner Bros. found "no evidence" of sexual misconduct. Now Olympios says that her own legal team's investigation has been "completed to my satisfaction."

She also explains that no, she isn't suing anyone: "In light of the overwhelming amount of misinformation that has been spread in the media, I want to clarify a few things," she said in her statement. "My intent over the past few weeks has been to learn and understand what happened on June 4. While I never filed complaints or accusations against anyone associated with 'Bachelor in Paradise,' my team and I felt it was very important to be thorough in getting to the bottom of what had occurred. I felt victimized by the fact that others were judging me through conflicting and unsubstantiated reports, while I myself had no recollection of the events that transpired."

Noting the show's new rule of limiting alcohol (reportedly a two drink per hour maximum), she said, "I am also happy about the changes that have been made to the production of 'Bachelor In Paradise.'"

Is there more to be said about the situation? After thanking people for interest in her well-being, Olympios said, "it's best if I keep any further thoughts private for now."

Jackson, for his part, has also stated he will not be returning to the show.

[Via AP, E!]

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'Beguiled' Director Sofia Coppola on Remakes, Aspect Ratios, and Why She Loves 'The Incredibles'

The idea that Sofia Coppola, the art house darling who has crafted nuanced, character-focused dramas like "Lost in Translation" and "The Bling Ring," would choose to remake "The Beguiled" doesn't make a lot of sense. After all, the 1971 original (itself based on a novel called "A Painted Devil" by Thomas P. Cullinan) is a trashy Southern Gothic yarn that emphasized exploitation over characterization. But then you realize it makes perfect sense. Not only does Coppola get to shed light on a historically marginalized group (Southern women during the Civil War), she gets to populate it with terrific actors (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell, Angourie Rice) and wrap it up in typically lush production design.

What's more, "The Beguiled" (out now in limited release and everywhere Friday) is easily the most audience-friendly Coppola film -- at my critics' screening there were whoops and hollers, nervous laughter, and audible cringing. She won the Best Director award at this year's Cannes Film Festival and she'll probably make multiplex audiences fidget in their seats. That's cool.

It was a blast to talk to Coppola about why she made the film, the movie's boxy aspect ratio, her choices for the best movies of the 21st century, winning the Best Director award, and what's next.

Moviefone: What made you want to remake "The Beguiled"?

Sofia Coppola: A few years ago, my friend Anne Ross, who is the production designer, said, "Did you ever see 'The Beguiled,' the Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood film? Because I think you should redo it." And I thought, Oh, I'd never remake someone else's film. So I watched the movie and then I thought it would be interesting to see it told from a different point of view. It takes place in a girls' school with all these women, so I thought, I'd love to do it from the women's point of view.

You're screening this movie with the original at Quentin Tarantino's theater, the New Beverly. So, obviously, you like the dialogue between the two movies.

I just feel like they're companion pieces because they're the same story told from the guy's point of view and now the women's point of view. That one was so '70s. It's such a different style. But I'm excited to see it again because I tried to forget about it while I was making this one and imagine it anew.

I wanted to ask you about the aspect ratio.

Aw, thank you for noticing!

Of course! It's 1.66:1, which you don't see too often these days.

Yeah, we wanted it to feel more confined and claustrophobic, so all of these choices went into that.

Even the title card feels very squished.

Yes, everything is bursting!

And it's shot with a very shallow depth of field. The actors are in focus but not much else.

Yeah, we wanted it to have this gauzy, soft, romantic look.

Can you talk about working with some of these actresses?

When I saw the older film I thought, I want to redo this and Kirstin can be the schoolteacher. And now Elle is old enough, because the last time I worked with her she was 11. And now she's 18. And I've always loved Nicole Kidman. So the idea of getting this group of women together and then the kids, who are 12, 13, was great. I loved the idea of doing a story with so many women at so many different ages and stages of their life.

How did you choose the younger girls?

One of them is Matilda on Broadway and Addison Riecke is on a show called "The Thundermans" on Nickelodeon that my daughter watches. I have a great casting team that I work with, and we met so many great young actresses, and it was fun putting together a group that would support the rest of the story.

I just read your list of the top films of the 21st century. What went into choosing your favorites?

Well, it's so hard to pick. There were so many movies from the 1990s that stand out to me. It was harder to think of more recent movies. But I just chose things that I like. I didn't mean it to be the end all, be all.What made you choose "The Incredibles"?

I just love "The Incredibles." I love the fashion designer character. And I love the fact that they're a family of superheroes.

You came very close to doing a version of "The Little Mermaid." We've seen all of these remakes of classic fairy tales. Is that still something that you would want to do?

No. I mean, I love fairy tales. I thought it'd be fun to do something like that. But it didn't work. But who knows.

You talk about watching these movies with your kids. Are there any that you think, I could do a cool take on that?

No, I'd love to make a movie for them. Those Pixar movies are so great because it's so hard to find a movie that you want to watch with your kids. And I love the Studio Ghibli movies. But I don't have any plans.

Do you have any ideas about what's next?

No. We've just been working full stop to finish this and I'm so excited to get it out. And then summer vacation and regroup.

I want to congratulate you on your Best Director win at Cannes. Can you talk about what that was like?

It was so exciting. It was such a surprise. I had left Cannes and I was going to Coney Island with my kids and I got a call and it was so exciting. And then, this past week, I live in New York, and just walking the kids to school people would come up to me and say, "Hey, congratulations." And I felt a lot of encouragement. But yeah, I wasn't there. I had to get home to my children.

From the Cannes screenings, could you tell that people were really into it?

I could tell that people were positive. But you never know. So I don't know why I was so surprised.

Watching it last night, it was interesting to hear a critical audience so vocal.

Did they laugh?

They laughed, they groaned.

Oh, good.

Are you excited to make a movie that people would really respond to vocally?

Yeah, it was fun. I really tried to make something entertaining and the plot, I hope, felt the tension and enjoyed it. And laughed. I wanted people to laugh. I hope they see it in the theater because I think it's really fun. For me to see a movie with an audience that can react together is a really fun communal experience.

"The Beguiled" is out in limited release now and everywhere on Friday.

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Gillian Anderson Calls Out 'X-Files' on Twitter for Lack of Female Writers, Directors

2017 FOX UpfrontGillian Anderson may have successfully negotiated away the wage gap between her and "X-Files" co-star David Duchovny, but her fight for gender equality isn't over.

After TVLine reported that the upcoming season of the revival will be penned by an all-male writing staff, Anderson responded to a Washington Post piece on the subject. The actress was clearly disappointed by the news; she highlighted the fact that women have only ever directed a tiny percentage of "X-Files" episodes, and expressed her hope that such gender disparities won't always be the reality.

"And 2 out of 207 eps directed by women," she tweeted. "I too look forward to the day when the numbers are different. ."

Some Twitter users are ready to do whatever they can to promote the inclusion of more women behind the camera, and one got an enthusiastic "Yes!" from Anderson after floating the idea of a petition to bring back director Michelle MacLaren.

There is still time for a push for change to be successful; "The X-Files" Season 11 isn't expected until 2018.

[via: Twitter; Washington Post; TVLine]

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'Insecure' Season 2 Trailer: Life Gets Fantastically Awkward Again

It's almost time for more awkwardness.

HBO released a new trailer for "Insecure" Season 2 on Thursday, and there are further misadventures and learning experiences coming for Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji). Getting older and growing up isn't going to automatically make everything easier. As we can see in the preview, they'll tackle everything from dating woes to the wage gap in the episodes ahead.

Specifically, it looks like Issa will still be coping with her breakup with Lawrence (Jay Ellis), but she'll also run into an old flame and get back into the dating scene. She even throws around the idea of a "ho phase." Meanwhile, Molly will have to figure out what to do when she learns that a white male co-worker is getting paid more than she is.

Based on the trailer, the upcoming season will tackle both light and serious issues, all with plenty of humor. Watch below.

"Insecure" Season 2 premieres July 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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'Game of Thrones' Showrunners on Tormund and Brienne: 'We Need to Kill One of Them Now'

It's all but official: "Game of Thrones" fans can't have nice things.

The HBO drama's showrunners, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, were discussing Season 7 with Entertainment Weekly, and they got on the subject of a new but popular ship -- that of Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju) and Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie). After hearing what they have to say, we'd warn fans against getting too attached to the idea of the couple getting a happy ending.

Many viewers got excited when they saw Tormund's clear interest in Brienne at the end of Season 6, but that wasn't either Benioff or Weiss's idea. It turns out we have Hivju to thank for inserting that storyline into the show, which he did with a meaningful stare.

"It's great because there was no dialogue written for that, or major stage direction, there was just a line like, 'He stares at Brienne because he's never seen a woman like that before.' And then we let the actors do what they do," Benioff told EW.

The dynamic between the two characters only got better when they filmed a scene outside Castle Black, and another improvised moment added some humor. In it, Tormund smiles at Brienne, and she gets uncomfortable and averts her gaze. According to Weiss, it "wasn't scripted at all" and "it's not something you could ever write."

"I saw it 150 times and every time it made me laugh; it's purely the two of them," he said.

While it's great that both of the showrunners liked what the actors did and decided to use it, there might ultimately be a tragic downside.

"It inspires us because we need to kill one of them now because there can't be a happy ending or any romantic connection on the show," Benioff said. "But we're not going to tell you which one."

That's hopefully a joke, but really, it's not a stretch to imagine that they would do just that. Every time we get attached to a "Game of Thrones" couple, we end up seeing one of the two cruelly killed off. If you like Tormund and Brienne, you're probably better off hoping they don't get together.

[via: EW]

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Watch Samantha Bee Give Elizabeth Warren a Dwayne Johnson Cutout

Even politicians need an escape from politics, and for Senator Elizabeth Warren, HBO's "Ballers" is apparently ideal.

While sitting down with Samantha Bee on the late-night show "Full Frontal," the Massachusetts senator shared that she is a big fan of the Dwayne Johnson comedy series. Lucky for her, that meant getting a hilarious gift from Bee: a giant cutout of the "Ballers" lead, plus a visit from Rob Corddry, "the second most jacked" star of the show.

In the video, Warren explains to Bee just why she likes the show, and the reasons she gives are deeper than you might expect.

"It's actually a story about hard work," Warren says. "It's a story about perseverance. It's a story about having to reach within yourself and find something that you're not 100 percent sure is there."

Being such a fan, she is understandably thrilled to receive her unusual gift and it makes for an entertaining exchange. Watch below; Bee presents the cutout around 4:35.

"Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on TBS.

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Hannibal Buress Sent an Imposter to the 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Premiere, and People Loved It

Ron Howard Posts Set Photo on First Day Directing Han Solo Movie

Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences Presents The 22nd Annual Hall Of Fame Induction Gala - Red CarpetStar Wars fans are a thirsty bunch, and they'll guzzle down any and all set reports from the Han Solo movie. Ron Howard now has the director's chair for the still untitled standalone, and he celebrated his first day with this cheeky photo showing just about nothing:

He knew it wasn't much, but he also probably knew it would get fans talking anyway:

It was only last week that Lucasfilm announced that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller would be leaving the Han Solo movie, several months into filming. After that, a bunch of rumors came out about what went wrong, including that the star himself -- Alden Ehrenreich -- voiced concerns, and the studio fired an editor and hired an acting coach late in the process. Then Ron Howard was tapped as the replacement, reportedly checking over what's been done and looking to see what he needs to do on his end, since only a few weeks of filming were left on the original schedule. The movie still has the same release date, but it remains to be seen exactly how much Howard will reshoot or retain from Lord & Miller's work.

Speaking of Miller, he dropped a Han Solo quote on his own return to Twitter:

The untitled Han Solo film remains scheduled for a May 2018 release. We're still on standby for some official photos and, eventually, a trailer.

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'Game of Thrones': Were Two More Arya Theories Just Confirmed?

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) has been at the center of a lot of "Game of Thrones" spoilers, rumors, theories, and speculation as we approach Season 7, and her name just came up two more times.

For one, Aidan Gillen (Petyr Baelish/Littlefinger) weighed in on something that the show never overtly confirmed or denied -- that Littlefinger recognized Arya when she was acting as Tywin Lannister's servant at Harrenhal in Season 2.

Here's what Gillen told Entertainment Weekly:

"It was unclear if he recognized her or not, but I have my own thoughts on that. Yes, I did recognize her — I just didn't say anything or do anything about it."

Hmm. That's his story and he's sticking to it, but it's not exactly canon -- the showrunners haven't said anything on it yet -- and it's not like Littlefinger to ignore that kind of valuable information. Since when does he sit back and let something play out without using it to his own advantage?

But that's being billed by EW as confirmation, so that's Arya theory 1.

This next one is potentially spoilery for Season 7, so...


TIME magazine has a new cover story on "Game of Thrones" -- including Kit Harington shading Jon Snow a bit -- and one part caught the attention of Vanity Fair as potential confirmation of an Arya/Nymeria reunion.

In his TIME story, reporter Daniel D'Addario writes about a wolf pack. Here's Vanity Fair's take on that:

"During my visit," he writes, "wolves described in the script as 'skinny and mangy' showed up to the shoot looking fluffy and lustrous." Wolves haven't appeared on Thrones in pack formation, well, ever. And with the Stark direwolves dropping like flies (R.I.P. Summer, Grey Wind, Shaggydog, and Lady), there really only seems to be one option for these particular "mangy" mammalian guest stars. In the books, this pack belongs to Nymeria, the direwolf Arya sent away in Season 1.

[...] Arya's reconnection with Nymeria would signal a significant return to her familial roots, which was teased in her dramatic exit from the House of Black and White in Season 6. Some dialogue from the Season 7 trailer—'the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives'—also hints that this potential reunion will carry weightier thematic significance for the upcoming Stark plot."

The showrunners did tell Entertainment Weekly that Season 7 will feature a "whole bunch of reunions" and "first time meetings that people have been waiting for for a long time." One of the reunions could be Arya and Nymeria, which wouldn't be shocking, just exciting and heartwarming and a LONG time coming. It's also possible one of the Season 7 reunions will be Arya and Littlefinger, if Arya does head home to Winterfell now that she's in the Seven Kingdoms. Otherwise, how did she get that dagger?

"Game of Thrones" premieres Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

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Netflix to Revive 'Sense8' With 2-Hour Special: 'Your Love Has Brought Sense8 Back to Life'

You did it, Sensates! See what can happen when you keep fighting for what you want?

On June 1, Netflix canceled "Sense8" after two seasons, and the fan outcry was fierce. Viewers wanted -- no, demanded -- closure. Netflix felt compelled to address the backlash, saying they still had to cancel the series, there was nothing they could do, etc. Well, that pleased no one. The outcry continued on social media.

Until now. Netflix is bringing "Sense8" back for a two-hour special in 2018, as announced by Netflix via a letter from co-creator Lana Wachowski.

"It is my great pleasure as well as Netflix's (believe me, they love the show as much as we do but the numbers have always been challenging) to announce that there will be another two hour special released next year. After that... if this experience has taught me anything, you NEVER know."

Read the full letter:

Fans are understandably thrilled, with many all-caps replies expressing gratitude for "THE CLOSURE WE ALL DESERVE."

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Tom Holland Gets Revenge on Chris Hemsworth After 'Infinity War' Video

Premiere Of Columbia Pictures' 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' - Arrivals"Who's the kid now, Thor?!"

First Chris Hemsworth mocked his fellow "Avengers" with action figures, and now Tom Holland has done the same thing. This MUST continue until every Marvel character has taken a shot, from Captain America and The Hulk to Black Widow and Bucky. (This might actually be very therapeutic for Bucky -- a safe space to vent his rage.)

You must remember Hemsworth's hilarious video on the "Avengers: Infinity War" set, where he pouted over being left out of "Captain America: Civil War," poking fun of the other characters, and pushing the Spider-Man figure down, saying, "He's just a kid, he can fall over."

Well, Entertainment Weekly gave Tom Holland the chance to get revenge, setting young Spidey up with the same action figures, and letting him play out his own schoolyard scenes. As Holland introduced his video:

"Hey, everyone, I'm going to do a similar thing to Chris Hemsworth, just without the crazy good looks, Australian accent, and big biceps."

So Holland went ahead and picked his "A-team" -- "best of frieeeends, best of frieeeends" -- and pushed away figures he didn't know or admitted he was scared of. (Sorry, Bucky.) Anthony Mackie needs to do the next video to get revenge for that "beat your ass" comment about Sam/Falcon. Not cool, bro. (Then again, Mackie does like to take shots at Holland, so maybe that was its own revenge.)

"In The Heart Of The Sea" New York Premiere - After PartyHolland and Hemsworth both starred in "In the Heart of the Sea," and this is not the first time they've faked a bit of a rivalry. You may recall Holland's actually impressive stunt moves while filming "Homecoming," very much one-upping Hemsworth's less impressive stunts.

Holland's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" has been enjoying rave reviews, and it comes out July 7. Hemsworth's "Thor: Ragnarok" is out November 3, then both guys will be in "Infinity War" on May 4th, 2018.

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Jay Leno: Fallon Is Getting More Viewers Than Colbert Because He Avoids Politics

It's not quite a late-night feud on the level of Leno/Letterman/Conan, but "The Tonight Show" vs. "The Late Show" is happening right now in real-time, and Jay Leno thinks Jimmy Fallon will win by sticking to the laughs.

Leno opened up on The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast, discussing his controversial reign on "The Tonight Show," and the new political era of late night, when most hosts spend the night skewering President Donald Trump.

Here's part of THR's report:

Leno insists that he doesn't miss hosting The Tonight Show or the drama that came with doing so. "I was lucky," he says. "I did it at a time when Bush was dumb and Clinton was horny." Now, he says, things have gotten much darker. "I don't like Trump, I can't stand the guy, I don't like him personally. But the constant negative Trump stuff on a nightly basis? I think it has a debilitating effect on people. People are just, 'Oh, gosh, I don't wanna watch TV anymore. This is just the same thing every night.'"

Huffington Post listened to the podcast and reported this quote from Leno, referencing the tight race now between Fallon's "Tonight Show" and "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert":

"I miss the silly factor. I think the reason Fallon is number one ― and I think he's number one again, its been close this year, it's back and forth ― is because, at some point, you want to use TV as an escape. Look, I just want to have a few laughs before I go to bed, that's all."

Variety just reported yesterday that, for the first time since Trump's inauguration, "The Tonight Show" edged out The Late Show" in total viewership ratings. Fallon has steadily retained a lead in the advertiser-loving 18-49 demo.

Colbert's numbered surged after Trump's election, with the late night host using his political comedy to an advantage. And on a night like tonight -- after Trump's comments about the "Morning Joe" hosts -- more viewers may flock to "The Late Show" for Colbert's reaction. But there are times when Leno is probably correct, and people want a break from the constant political talk -- which they already get all day on the news -- and just want to have some fun with silly games, songs, and celebrity jokes. That kind of innocent puppy dog fun is Fallon's strength.

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HBO Reveals 'Game of Thrones' & 'Westworld' Comic-Con 2017 Panel Lineup

HBO is bringing its A-game to San Diego Comic-Con 2017, with dozens of stars from "Game of Thrones" and "Westworld" ready to tell all (or at least some) in Hall H panels.

By the time the "Game of Thrones" panel takes place on July 21, fans will have already seen the Season 7 premiere, which airs July 16. "Westworld" Season 2 isn't expected to air until 2018, so anything the cast and producers can share will be more than welcome to whet fans's appetites.

HBO just shared a press release with Comic-Con details, saying GoT and "Westworld" are confirmed for panels and autograph signing sessions.


Friday, July 21: The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 1:30 p.m. will be moderated by a special guest from Westeros. Panelists include cast members (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). Autograph signing is at 3:30 p.m.

It's interesting to note who won't be there -- no Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey?

The "Westworld" panel, by contrast, has pretty much everyone except Anthony Hopkins.

Saturday, July 22: The WESTWORLD panel in Hall H at 4:15 p.m. will be moderated by internationally renowned vocal artist, beatboxer, musician and comedian Reggie Watts. Panelists include: creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy; and cast members (in alphabetical order) Ben Barnes (Logan), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice), Ed Harris (Man in Black), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), James Marsden (Teddy), Thandie Newton (Maeve), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Rodrigo Santoro (Hector), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine), Jimmi Simpson (William), Tessa Thompson (Charlotte), Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), Shannon Woodward (Elsie) and Jeffrey Wright (Bernard/Arnold). Autograph signing is at 5:45 p.m.


The autograph signings will take place in the Warner Bros. booth #4545. Warner Bros. follows Comic-Con's ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure for all signings. All ticket drawings and wristband distributions will take place in the morning of the day of the specific signing at the Sails Pavilion floor, between Ballroom 20 and Rooms 6A, 6BCF and 6DE.

2017 Comic-Con International: San Diego begins on Thursday, July 20 and ends on Sunday, July 23.

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Watch Jennifer Lawrence Tell Off 'Loser' Pap Who Tried to Touch Her Dog

Christian Dior : Photocall - Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2017Hell hath no fury like a woman protecting her pup.

Jennifer Lawrence scooped up her beloved dog Pippi from a "f*cking loser" TMZ paparazzo when he tried to get close to the canine. TMZ documented the experience, and not only was the pap not offended, he loved it and said he couldn't wipe the smile off his face. You can't shake these guys!

You also can't blame Lawrence for being irritated -- look at the crap she has to deal with just getting off a plane at LAX. TMZ tried to ask her about her scary private plane incident, and JLaw didn't answer. She just wanted to leave the airport, fighting through the crowd of paparazzi. But when the TMZ guy noticed her adorable dog, and put his hand dog to talk to the dog, Lawrence stopped, turned around, picked up Pippi, and said, "Don't touch my dog you f*cking loser."

The TMZ crew laughed, they loved the story. But seriously. Back off.

Here's Lawrence on "Late Night with Seth Meyers," explaining that her beloved dog's name is Pippi Lawrence-Stocking, not Pippi Longstocking. "Pippi was so upset," Jen joked. "I got a call from her publicist."

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