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‘Archer’ Renewed For Season 11 On FXX – Comic-Con

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‘Archer’ Renewed For Season 11 On FXX – Comic-Con
The misadventures of the world’s most self-centered and perhaps stupidest ex-spy-turned-space captain will continue. FXX said during its panel at Comic-Con today that the animated spy spoof Archer has been renewed for Season 11.

“We are incredibly excited for our 11th season and look forward to Archer waking up from his coma and returning to a spy world that has continued without him for the past three years,” executive producer Casey Willis said.

The show is wrapping the third of a three-season renewal it scored in 2016. That pickup followed a two-year renewal in 2014. The series was moved from FX to FXX for Season 8 in 2017 season.

The half-hour comedy’s current season, titled Archer: 1999, airs its penultimate episode Wednesday. It follows Sterling Archer, Lana Kane and their crew of acid-tongued misfits onboard the M/V Seamus salvage ship. An important question arises as they explore deep space and try to outsmart giant aliens,
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‘Better Call Saul’ Short Loses Emmy Nominations in Light of Category Rule Violation

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‘Better Call Saul’ Short Loses Emmy Nominations in Light of Category Rule Violation
Better Call AMC: Two Emmy nominations for the network’s short-form series “Better Call Saul Employee Training: Madrigal Electromotive Security” have been pulled after it was deemed ineligible for competition.

The Television Academy recently discovered that the series didn’t meet the minimum required runtime of two minutes for at least six episodes — a new stipulation that was added to the Emmy rules this year.

As a result, the show’s nomination for outstanding short form comedy or drama series, as well as star Jonathan Banks’ nomination for outstanding actor in a short form comedy or drama series, have been revoked.

Luckily for Banks, he’s still nominated in the outstanding supporting actor in a drama series race, while “Better Call Saul” is still competing in the best drama category.

That clears the desk for the submission with the next highest number of votes in the category, SundanceTV’s “State of the Union,
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‘The Boys’ Renewed For Season 2 By Amazon; Aya Cash Closes Deal As Stormfront

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‘The Boys’ Renewed For Season 2 By Amazon; Aya Cash Closes Deal As Stormfront
Ahead of its series premiere next week, Amazon has given an early Season 2 renewal to its superhero drama series The Boys. The streaming network made the announcement Friday at San Diego Comic-Con International. Additionally, Amazon confirmed Aya Cash (You’re The Worst) will join the season 2 cast as Stormfront. Deadline previously reported Cash had been in talks for the role in a likely season 2.

The show’s executive producers Seth Rogen and Eric Kripke, along with series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Elisabeth Shue, were joined by moderator Aisha Tyler today at Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center for a behind the scenes look at the upcoming series when the announcement was made.

Based on the comic book by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson and created by Supernatural creator and Timeless co-creator Eric Kripke,
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‘The Walking Dead’ Adds Thora Birch And Kevin Carroll For Season 10 – Comic-Con

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‘The Walking Dead’ Adds Thora Birch And Kevin Carroll For Season 10 – Comic-Con
During The Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con today, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd revealed that Thora Birch and Kevin Carroll (The Leftovers) will be joining the cast of the AMC zombie series.

Birch will play a character named Gamma who is a member of the Whisperers who is wildly protective of Alpha. Carroll will be playing a character named Virgil who Hurd said encounters the group but is “desperately trying to get home to his family.” Hurd adds, “We look forward to sharing their stories and these fine actors with you.”

The announcement was made during the panel that debuted the October 6 premiere date for Season 10 as well as a trailer. Hurd was joined on Hall H stage by showrunner Angela Kang as well as fellow executive producers Robert Kirkman, Dave Alpert and Greg Nicotero. Stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Ryan Hurst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan,
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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Renewed for Season 6 at AMC

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‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Renewed for Season 6 at AMC
Fear the Walking Dead” has been renewed for a sixth season at AMC.

The announcement was made at the show’s panel during San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. In addition, it was announced that Colby Minifie, Peter Jacobson, and Colby Hollman will be joining the show.

The second half of Season 5 is slated to debut on Aug. 11.

With this renewal, there will now be at least three “Walking Dead” projects on AMC in 2020. In addition to the flagship show and “Fear,” AMC is currently prepping a new series set in the world of “The Walking Dead” that will focus on the first generation of kids to grow up after the zombie apocalypse.

As Variety exclusively reported earlier this month, Alexa Mansour, Nicolas Cantu, and Hal Cumpston will star in the new series. A fourth lead role has yet to be cast.

AMC is also still developing a series of TV movies centered on Rick Grimes,
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Hulu Drops ‘Veronica Mars’ Revival a Week Early

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Hulu Drops ‘Veronica Mars’ Revival a Week Early
Your impatience has been rewarded, Marshmallows: Hulu has dropped the entire eight-episode “Veronica Mars” revival one week early.

The news of the moved up premiere date — which was set for July 26 — came at the end of the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday, which featured stars Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, executive producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright and creator/executive producer Rob Thomas.

So even though everyone inside the Comic-Con panel was treated to the world-premiere screening of the first episode then, you get the pleasure of viewing all of the episodes now.

Also Read: San Diego Comic-Con 2019 Schedule: Here Are All the Must-See Panels and Screenings

The revival of the beloved UPN/CW series sees the title character, played by Bell, investigating a string of serial bombings killing the spring breakers who flocked to Neptune for vacation and decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry.
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Russo Brothers’ AGBO Studios Developing ‘Grimjack Comics’ & Japanese Anime ‘Battle Of The Planets’ – Comic-Con

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Russo Brothers’ AGBO Studios Developing ‘Grimjack Comics’ & Japanese Anime ‘Battle Of The Planets’ – Comic-Con
Today at Comic-Con, Joe and Anthony Russo announced projects that their AGBO Studios are in development on: an adaptation of the 1978 Japanese anime series Battle of the Planets and an Amazon series based on the graphic novel Grimjack Comics.

Battle of the Planets was originally created by Tatsuo Yoshida and Tatsunoko Studios and was arguably the first mainstream glimpse for U.S. audiences into Japanese anime during the late 1970s. In addition, it was one of the few sci-fi cartoons during that era. The series follows five young orphans who are trained from a young age to form an elite, intergalactic team known as G-Force, swearing to protect Earth and its allies from otherworldly invading forces.

Grimjack Comics, is being developed at Amazon by Agbo, Halfire and it’s being written by Kevin Murphy the creator of Defiance, Heathers the Musical and Reefer Madness. The Grimjack Comics graphic novel
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New ‘Halloween’ Movies Set for 2020, 2021

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New ‘Halloween’ Movies Set for 2020, 2021
Universal Pictures has unveiled back-to-back “Halloween” sequel movies that will open in 2020 and 2021.

The studio made the announcement Friday, noting that last year’s “Halloween,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and directed by David Gordon Green, went on to become the highest-grossing installment in the horror franchise at more than $250 million worldwide.

The first film will be titled “Halloween Kills” and open on Oct. 16, 2020. “Halloween Ends” will open a year later on Oct. 15, 2021.

Green will direct both films and Curtis will star.

Last year’s “Halloween” was the 11th installment in the franchise, five of which included Curtis, and a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s original 1978 movie. Nick Castle returns to portray the deranged Myers, who has escaped custody and heads for Haddonfield, Ill., for a final showdown with Strode on Halloween night.

The 2018 take, produced by Trancas International Films, Blumhouse, and Miramax, garnered some of the best reviews for a series entry yet.
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Tyler Hoechlin & Brandon Routh To Suit Up As Superman For Arrowverse Crossover On the CW

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Tyler Hoechlin & Brandon Routh To Suit Up As Superman For Arrowverse Crossover On the CW
Exclusive: Last year, the CW’s Arrowverse annual crossover event introduced Batwoman, played by Ruby Rose. This time, the producers of the DC franchise on the CW are planning a big stunt involving one of DC’s most recognizable superheroes, Superman. Two actors who have played the Man of Steel, Tyler Hoechlin and Brandon Routh, will both portray him in different time frames. The news is expected to be revealed at Comic-Con.

Both Hoechlin and Routh are already members of the Arrowverse — Hoechlin recurs as Superman on Supergirl, while Routh plays Ray Palmer/The Atom on DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, a character he first introduced on Arrow.

Routh, who played Superman in the 2006 Bryan Singer-directed feature Superman Returns, will portray both Clark Kent and his Legends Of Tomorrow character. And as Superman, both he and Hoechlin will suit up, putting on the iconic cape.

It is not clear
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‘The Lion King’ Roars to $23 Million Opening on Thursday Night

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‘The Lion King’ Roars to $23 Million Opening on Thursday Night
Disney’s “The Lion King” has pounced on a mighty $23 million in North American locations in Thursday night preview showings.

It’s the biggest preview number since Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” set the record on April 27 with $60 million. “The Lion King” is expected to debut with $150 million this weekend. Some forecasts estimate the tentpole will pull in as much as $180 million as it launches in a record 4,725 domestic locations.

Disney noted that the $23 million preview number is well ahead of the $16.3 million of “Beauty and the Beast” and $18.5 million for “Incredibles 2.”

“The Lion King,” directed by Jon Favreau, is a photo-realistic remake of Disney’s classic 1994 animated hit. The story is centered on a young lion named Simba assuming his role as the king of the Pride Lands animal kingdom after his father, Mufasa, is murdered. Reviewers have been split over “The Lion King” with a 56% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
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Warner Bros. Haunted By Lawsuit from Producers of 1990 'It' Miniseries

Warner Bros. Haunted By Lawsuit from Producers of 1990 'It' Miniseries
Frank Konigsberg and Larry Sanitsky, executive producers of the first adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel, It, say they were wrongfully denied an opportunity to participate on Warner Bros' recent It movies.

In a lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the two allege they had a contractual right to engage in a negotiation for any "sequel, series, remake, or spinoff," plus are entitled to a minimum share of 10 percent of net profits on any such subsequent production.

"This action arises out of the Warner's utter failure to honor its obligations," the complaint ...
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Roman Polanski Contacted Tarantino With Questions About ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Roman Polanski Contacted Tarantino With Questions About ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
Quentin Tarantino revealed at the Cannes Film Festival that he never reached out to Roman Polanski during the writing and production of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” in which the controversial “Rosemary’s Baby” director appears briefly as a character opposite Margot Robbie’s Sharon Tate. Polanski and Tate were married at the time of her murder in August 1969. Tate was also pregnant with their first child.

In a new interview with Deadline, Tarantino expanded on why reaching out to Polanski ahead of time was not a priority.

“Look, when it comes to Roman Polanski we’re talking about a tragedy that would be unfathomable for most human beings,” Tarantino said. “I mean there’s Sharon, there’s his unborn son that literally lived without ever being born. That’s just a crazy sentence even to say. I felt that the story of her death, and the Manson tragedy had moved into legit history.
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Andrew Lincoln’s ‘Walking Dead’ Movies to Be Released Only in Theaters

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Andrew Lincoln’s ‘Walking Dead’ Movies to Be Released Only in Theaters
The first planned movie centered on “The Walking Dead” character Rick Grimes will now run in theaters rather than on AMC.

The announcement was made with a brief teaser video played at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, with the video ending with the words “Only in Theaters.” The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures. No release date has been set.

The films were first announced in late 2018 following Andrew Lincoln’s departure from the flagship AMC series, on which Lincoln had played Grimes since the pilot.

“Walking Dead” chief content officer Scott Gimple will serve as writer. The film is planned to continue the story of Rick Grimes. AMC had originally planned to begin production as early as 2019 but it is unclear if that is still the case.

In addition to the film, there is also the main series, the sister series “Fear the Walking Dead,” and the recently announced third and untitled series.
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Universal Wins Film Comedy Pitch By ‘Booksmart’s Olivia Wilde & Katie Silberman In Hot Auction

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Universal Wins Film Comedy Pitch By ‘Booksmart’s Olivia Wilde & Katie Silberman In Hot Auction
Exclusive: After a heated bidding battle that drew bids from six studios, Universal Pictures has prevailed to acquire an untitled holiday comedy pitch based on an original idea by Olivia Wilde and Katie Silberman, the team behind the critically lauded Booksmart.

Wilde is attached to direct, and Silberman, who co-wrote Booksmart, will write the script. The two of them will produce.

It is refreshing to see this level of studio enthusiasm generated after an inspiring directorial debut by the multi-hyphenate Wilde came out of SXSW to become one of the most critically acclaimed films of the young year. Booksmart has been included on most of the “best of the year so far” film lists. Backed by Annapurna and Gloria Sanchez and released by United Artists, it has grossed over $22 million so far.

Universal’s Svp of Production Sara Scott and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee development.

Wilde is
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Animated Comedy ‘Dead Henry’ From James Corden in the Works at Fox

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Animated Comedy ‘Dead Henry’ From James Corden in the Works at Fox
Fox has put into development an animated buddy comedy from James Corden, TheWrap has learned.

The project, titled “Dead Henry,” is described by Fox as taking place “in the limitless but strangely familiar world of heaven, where Henry searches for the meaning of life in the afterlife.”

Corden has a story credit on the series, with Sam Leifer and Ben Turner serving as writers and executive producers.

Also Read: Brad Pitt-Produced 'Lego Masters' Reality Competition Gets Series Order From Fox

“Dead Henry” hails from CBS Television Studios, Corden’s Fulwell 73, Rise Films and Fox Entertainment. Corden and Jeff Grosvenor of Fulwell 73 banner will also executive produce the project alongside Teddy Leifer of Rise Films.

The project falls under Corden’s overall deal with CBS TV Studios.

Variety first reported the news.

Read original story Animated Comedy ‘Dead Henry’ From James Corden in the Works at Fox At TheWrap
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Matt Damon Teams with ‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy on New Film (Exclusive)

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Matt Damon Teams with ‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy on New Film (Exclusive)
Even as buzz grows for his upcoming race car drama “Ford v. Ferrari,” Matt Damon looks to keep the pedal to the metal: the A-lister is set to star in the Participant Media feature film “Stillwater” with Tom McCarthy directing.

Damon attached himself in May, and the package was quickly acquired by Participant, who previously worked with McCarthy on his Oscar-winning drama “Spotlight.”

Stillwater” follows an American oil-rig rough neck from Oklahoma, played by Damon, who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter. In the process, he develops a friendship with a local woman and her young daughter and embarks on a personal journey of discovery and a larger sense of belonging in the world.
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George Takei Says Trump’s Comments About Muslims and Immigrants Are ‘an Echo From My Childhood’

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George Takei Says Trump’s Comments About Muslims and Immigrants Are ‘an Echo From My Childhood’
George Takei didn’t mince words when talking about the current political climate on Friday, telling a packed crowd at Comic-Con 2019 that statements made by Donald Trump — and Trump’s border policies — are “an echo from my childhood.”

Takei spoke during the panel discussion for AMC’s “The Terror: Infamy” at Comic-Con 2019. The second season of the anthology series “The Terror,” which Takei stars in and also serves as a consultant, is set in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, much like the camps Takei and his family were imprisoned in from 1942 to 1945.

When asked during the audience Q&a how he feels about statements made by Trump about immigrants, or the detention centers on the border , Takei was blunt. “When Donald Trump was campaigning for the Republican nomination, and among his other statements he called for a complete and total ban on Muslims coming into this country,
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Lgbtq Film Festival Outfest Opens With Documentary About Gay Porn Shops Circus of Books

Lgbtq Film Festival Outfest Opens With Documentary About Gay Porn Shops Circus of Books
Granted, the red carpet at the opening night of Outfest in Dtla may not have been the most star-studded but it was without a doubt the most diverse, inclusive and, yes, fabulous.

“I’ve never been here before,” admitted “RuPaul’s Drag Race” vet Trixie Mattel, who stars in the documentary “Moving Parts.” “It’s supposed to be the greatest film festival for Lgbtq+ content, but in my opinion, all the best films feature Lgbtq+ artists, directors, cameramen. I work on ‘Drag Race,’ where everybody behind the camera is a person of color or a queer person and it feels more like that tonight. It feels more like home.”

The opening night film was a documentary about the elderly suburban couple and their three kids who owned and operated the now shuttered Circus of Books, two gay porn shops in West Hollywood and Silverlake. “We’re both Jewish, so when we grew up,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Calls Final Season Backlash ‘Media-Led Hate Campaign’

‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Calls Final Season Backlash ‘Media-Led Hate Campaign’
What is life like now after “Game of Thrones?”

That’s the question that fans have been asking themselves and that cast members had to answer at the show’s final Comic-Con panel. But first, Conleth Hill, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and several others cleared the air and addressed the perceived negative response to the final season.

“I don’t regret starting the petition,” Hill joked, referencing the petition signed by hundreds of thousands of fans demanding that HBO remake the final season. “We’re very grateful for your fandom over the years and I think this is the reality rather than a media-led hate campaign.
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‘The Witcher’ Showrunner Says Netflix Series Will Never Adapt the Video Games

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Netflix’s “The Witcher” is best known in the U.S. for the series of role playing video games by CD Projekt Red rather than the fantasy novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski that inspired the games. But if the show ever moves past the story laid out in the books like “Game of Thrones” did, Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich says fans should definitely not expect it to mine the games for material.

“Extreme long vision is no, we will not start adapting the games,” Hissrich told TheWrap during a press round table at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. “I can only attack one season at a time, I’m so excited for this one, the rest kind of makes my mind explode right now. If someone says ‘what happens in Season 7,’ sure I have thoughts. Fingers crossed, we get there.”

The games, in case you’re not familiar, are a trilogy
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