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Marvel Cinematic Universe Planning A Return To Comic-Con’s Hall H After 2018 Break: What Will They Bring?

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Planning A Return To Comic-Con’s Hall H After 2018 Break: What Will They Bring?
Exclusive: We’re hearing that Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading back to San Diego Comic-Con after sitting out Hall H last year.

While there haven’t been any concrete plans made yet in regards to the lineup, it’s an important year for the MCU in the wake of Avengers: Endgame wrapping up a number of storylines, plus the gains made in the expansion of Marvel with the Disney-Fox merger.

Among this year’s MCU cliffhangers in San Diego: What are the next Marvel releases post Avengers: Endgame for 2020? The studio has the first weekend in May and November reserved for MCU product. From what we hear, the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home isn’t expected to offer any clues as to what’s next in the Disney MCU since it’s a Sony release. Also, following the Fox merger, what will the Kevin Feige-run Marvel
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Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston Smash Netflix’s Opening Weekend Record With 30 Million Views

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston Smash Netflix’s Opening Weekend Record With 30 Million Views
Turns out, you don’t need a viral stunt to attract millions of views on Netflix. Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s latest film, “Murder Mystery,” just enjoyed the biggest opening weekend in Netflix’s history, the streaming giant revealed on Tuesday, with nearly 31 million accounts watching the new comedy in its first three days on the service.

Between last Friday and Sunday, “Murder Mystery” was viewed by (rounding up) 13.38 million accounts in the U.S. and Canada, along with another 17.5 million international views, Netflix’s comedy account tweeted.

And sorry, Sandra Bullock, but that puts Sandler and Aniston on pace to break Netflix’s record for first-week views, set by “Bird Box” last December with 45 million views. You might remember the movie inspired the “Bird Box challenge,” where people attempted difficult tasks while blindfolded, something that prompted Netflix to essentially beg its viewers to stop participating.
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"This Is Us": Jennifer Morrison Joining Season 4 Cast in Major Role

This Is… huge. "This Is Us" has tapped "Once Upon a Time" MVP Jennifer Morrison to join the Season 4 cast in a major recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively. Details about her character are being kept under wraps, but sources confirm that the in-demand actress will have a “substantial” presence on the NBC hit.

NBC announced earlier this week that This Is Us Season 4 will bow Tuesday, Sept. 24. “I know lots,” leading lady Mandy Moore playfully bragged to TVLine earlier this month when we pressed her for intel on this fall’s first batch of episodes. “It’s fun to
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Lionsgate Acquires Action Spy Thriller ‘Malko’ Starring Michael Fassbender

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Lionsgate Acquires Action Spy Thriller ‘Malko’ Starring Michael Fassbender
Lionsgate has acquired the worldwide rights to Gerard de Villiers’ action-spy series “S.A.S.” and will develop “Malko” with Michael Fassbender, the distributor announced Tuesday.

Fassbender will also produce the movie in which he will play the lead role as Malko Linge, a super spy for hire. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Warren Singer will pen the script.

With this deal, Lionsgate has also secured the rights to Villiers’ catalog of best-selling espionage thrillers, which includes over 200 books that have been translated into multiple languages. The franchise follows Linge, a CIA operative who spent his formative years in a special Nazi work camp. Now, he has become a spy for hire.

The first movie will be based upon the book “Checkpoint Charlie,” which will be produced together with Rocket Science.

“We are enormously excited to
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‘Bright’ Screenwriter Max Landis Accused of Sexual Assault by Multiple Women (Report)

‘Bright’ Screenwriter Max Landis Accused of Sexual Assault by Multiple Women (Report)
Max Landis, the screenwriter of “Chronicle” and “Bright” and the son of filmmaker John Landis, was accused of sexual assault, abuse and and on-set harassment by multiple women in a Daily Beast article published on Tuesday.

A woman identified as Julie said Landis repeatedly raped her during their two-year personal relationship. Three of Landis’s ex-girlfriends — Ani Baker, Dani Manning, and a woman identified by the pseudonym Kerry — said Landis had physically and emotionally abused them, including choking them. And a woman identified as Veronica said Landis touched her in an unwanted sexual manner repeatedly during an overnight trip to Disneyland. Another woman said she witnessed Landis raping her disoriented friend.

Representatives for Landis did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. He also did not respond to the Daily Beast.

The woman identified
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‘Chronicle’ Director Josh Trank Says He Banned Max Landis From Set

‘Chronicle’ Director Josh Trank Says He Banned Max Landis From Set
Chronicle” director Josh Trank said he is “heartbroken” and “sick to my stomach” after a Daily Beast article that says several women accuse “Chronicle” screenwriter Max Landis of sexual assault, abuse and on-set harassment.

“I 100% believe every word of this article about Max. I banned him from visiting principal photography of ‘Chronicle,’ and I haven’t spoken to him since 2012,” Trank tweeted on Tuesday. “To read about the terror he’s inflicted on so many women since then makes me sick to my stomach. Heartbroken beyond measure.”

Representatives for Landis have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment on the accusations. He has also not responded to the Daily Beast.
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Jermaine Fowler to Co-Star With Eddie Murphy in ‘Coming 2 America’ (Exclusive)

Jermaine Fowler to Co-Star With Eddie Murphy in ‘Coming 2 America’ (Exclusive)
Jermaine Fowler is set to play one of the leads opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount’s sequel “Coming 2 America,” sources tell Variety.

Hustle & Flow” helmer Craig Brewer is on board to direct the pic with the studio planning an August 7, 2020 release.

Plot details of “Coming 2 America” are unknown, as are the details of Fowler’s character.

Kenya Barris, who is executive producing, has been attached since 2017 to rewrite a script by original “Coming to America” writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Murphy is producing alongside Kevin Misher.

The original movie starred Murphy as a charming African prince who traveled to New York City to escape an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos co-starred in the the pic, which was a major hit, grossing nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.

Fowler stars as Franco Wicks on “Superior Donuts” for CBS alongside Judd Hirsch and Katey Sagal.
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Pixar Announces New Animated Feature ‘Soul’ for Release in June 2020

Disney and Pixar on Wednesday announced the title for what will be the second original animated feature film slated for release by the studio in 2020, “Soul.”

The film is directed by Pete Docter and produced by Dana Murray (“Lou” short film), and will open in theaters one year from today on June 19, 2020.

Here’s the logline:

Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you… You? In 2020, Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions.

More to come…

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‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club’ Canceled After One Season at MTV

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‘Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club’ Canceled After One Season at MTV
Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” has been canceled after one season at MTV, TheWrap has learned.

A source close to the show says the cable channel was looking to “rework some things,” as there were “creative differences” behind the scenes, but then Lohan’s representatives put out statements saying the actress would not return for another season.

MTV declined to comment and representatives for Lohan did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request.

“Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club” follows Lohan as she attempts to build an empire with her new club, Lohan Beach House, in Mykonos, Greece. The hour-long docuseries debuted with a 0.39 rating in the 18-34 demographic back in January.

More to come…

Also Read: 'Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club' Opens for Business as Top 5 New Cable Show of the Season Among Young Adults (Exclusive)

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Box Office: ‘Toy Story 4’ Building to $140 Million-Plus Debut

After a lackluster few weeks at movie theaters, it’s Woody and Buzz Lightyear to the rescue. The dynamic duo is returning to multiplexes for Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4.”

The fourth installment in the CGI series is expected to earn north of $140 million when it opens in 4,500 theaters across North America. If it hits those numbers, it will rank among the best debuts for an animated movie. As it stands, the top three launches are “Incredibles 2” ($182 million), “Finding Dory” ($135 million) and “Shrek the Third” ($121 million). The upcoming entry comes nearly 10 years after “Toy Story 3,” which bowed with $110 million in 2009.

Sequels have been floundering at the box office as of late, with “Men in Black: International,” “Dark Phoenix,” and “Shaft” all failing to meet expectations. “Toy Story 4” looks to reverse that trend. Critics are high on the latest iteration, bestowing a near-perfect 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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Five NY1 Anchors Allege Gender Discrimination in Lawsuit

Five veteran female anchors and correspondents at NY1, the local-news outlet that appears on cable systems owned by Charter Communications in New York City, filed a suit Wednesday alleging they have been “repeatedly marginalized and relegated to second-class status” since Charter took over the outlet’s operations after acquiring the assets of the former Time Warner Cable.

The five plaintiffs – Roma Torre, 61, who has worked at NY1 for 27 years; Kristen Shaughnessy, 50, a 24-year veteran; Jeanine Ramirez, 49, a 23-year employee; Vivian Lee, 44, who has worked at NY1 for 11 years; and Amanda Farinacci, 40, who has been with NY1 for 19 years – alleged complaints
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‘Toy Story 4’ Film Review: Woody and Company Return for a Sequel That’s No Buzz-Kill

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‘Toy Story 4’ Film Review: Woody and Company Return for a Sequel That’s No Buzz-Kill
After the unalloyed triumph that was “Toy Story 3,” did we need another sequel to the popular Pixar series? Not really. Now that “Toy Story 4” exists, does it tarnish the reputation of a franchise that is the gold standard in contemporary American animation? Not in the slightest.

To watch “Toy Story 4,” or any of its direct predecessors, is to be reminded of the pleasure, the emotion, the wit and the craft that is so often missing from mass-market animation. While knock-offs abound, spouting the same tired messaging about believing in yourself and not being fooled by appearances — looking at you, “UglyDolls” — the “Toy Story” movies have turned a heap of playthings into characters with souls and motivations.

We open with a flashback to a rainy night in what we should now call the “Andy era” of these movies, where we see Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) and Bo
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Universal Music Chief Says Label Owes Artists ‘Transparency’ Over Vault Fire Losses

Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge told employees to be transparent with any artist asking about whether their recordings were destroyed in a 2008 fire at Universal Studios, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In an internal memo circulated to employees (and obtained by the La Times), Grainge said, “Let me be clear: we owe our artists transparency. We owe them answers. I will ensure that the senior management of this company, starting with me, owns this.”

Grainge also outlined proper protocol should an artist get in touch about the status of their recordings.
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Shanghai Party: Red Carpet Rolled out at Bona Film Group 20th Anniversary Event

No deal announcements. No talk of the Chinese film industry’s ongoing winter of discontent. Instead the parade of talent on stage Wednesday night at Shanghai’s Wanda Reign hotel put their troubles aside for a moment and celebrated the 20th anniversary of producer-distributor-exhibition company Bona Film Group.

At regular intervals, Bona’s founder and chairman Yu Dong called on stage close friends and strategic partners – including film-maker Huang Jianxin and EastWest Bank chairman Dominic Ng – for multiple rounds of reminiscence, and toasts to the future. Bona executives past and present Nansun Shi, Jeffrey Chan, and Nick Qi also shared the spotlight.

Talent and film makers on hand at one of the most lavish events of the Shanghai International Film Festival week, included Roland Emmerich (“Midway”), producer-director Fruit Chan (“Bride Wars”), Dante Lam (“Operation Mekong”), Andrew Lau (“The Chinese Pilot”), Raymond Wong Bak-ming, Wong Jing (“Chasing The Dragon”), Gordon Chan,
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Yvonne Strahovski on Serena’s ‘Trauma’ in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3

Yvonne Strahovski on Serena’s ‘Trauma’ in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Unknown Caller,” the fifth episode of the third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” ended with Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) truly becoming a mother as well as seemingly picking a side in the fight against the misogynistic regime — by putting her child first and letting her leave Gilead. But as the third season of the dystopian drama has quickly proven, impulsive actions are often out of character, and they are not easy to recover from.

“I always thought that Nichole was
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Song You Need to Know: Sheer Mag, ‘Blood From a Stone’

Before today, Sheer Mag had released less than 25 songs, but their sound is still instantly recognizable. Less than 10 seconds into the Philadelphia rockers’ new single — the first track released from their upcoming second LP A Distant Call — as vocalist Tina Halladay enters, singing “All damn day I been waiting on line” in her trademark gritty belt over a lean, badass riff, you know exactly who you’re hearing.

From the time of their first Ep in 2014, Sheer Mag’s aesthetic has been laser-focused: retro-minded, R&b-inflected pop filtered through a street-tough punk-meets-metal lens.
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‘Pose’ and ‘Russian Doll’ Lead 2019 TCA Award Nominations

Freshman seasons of “Pose” and “Russian Doll” lead the list of nominees for the 2019 TCA Awards, the Television Critics Assn. announced Wednesday.

Both series scored four nominations each. FX’s ballroom culture drama “Pose” appears on the ballot in the categories of individual achievement in drama (for lead actor Billy Porter), outstanding achievement in drama, outstanding new program and program of the year. In the latter two categories “Pose” and Netflix’s dark comedy “Russian Doll” are competing against each other. “Russian Doll” also scored nominations for individual achievement in comedy (for lead actress Natasha Lyonne) and outstanding comedy series.
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How Anthony Carrigan Embraced His Body Issues and Became the Breakout Star of ‘Barry’

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This story about “Pose” first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy Magazine.

Who knew mobsters were so funny? And who knew playing a mobster could be so inspirational?

Anthony Carrigan’s affable, Candy Crush-loving Chechen gangster “NoHo Hank” was one of the more pleasant surprises from HBO’s dark comedy “Barry” in its debut season last year, and he was given even more room to shine in Season 2. The role has been a revelation for Carrigan, who was previously known only for the ABC drama “The Forgotten” — which ran for one season in 2009-2010 — and for his recurring role on Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham” as Victor Zsasz.

But the breakthrough in Carrigan’s career is also a major personal step for a man who has become a spokesperson for a different kind of body positivity. At the age of 3, Carrigan was diagnosed with alopecia,
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Film and TV Critics Announce Coalition to Increase Diversity in Entertainment Journalism (Exclusive)

A coalition of film and television critics associations are teaming up help foster greater diversity in entertainment journalism.

The new Critics Groups for Equality in Media (Cgem) is comprised of the African American Film Critics Association (Aafca), the Features Forum of the Asian American Journalists Association (Aaja), Galeca: The Society of Lgbtq Entertainment Critics, the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (Leja), the Online Association of Female Film Critics (Oaffc) and Time’s Up Entertainment.

“Each of our groups represents a unique perspective — often informed by oppression — that enriches and shapes society,” said Galeca executive director John Griffiths in a statement. “Yet,
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Film and TV Critics Announce Coalition to Increase Diversity in Entertainment Journalism (Exclusive)

A coalition of film and television critics associations are teaming up help foster greater diversity in entertainment journalism.

The new Critics Groups for Equality in Media (Cgem) is comprised of the African American Film Critics Association (Aafca), the Features Forum of the Asian American Journalists Association (Aaja), Galeca: The Society of Lgbtq Entertainment Critics, the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association (Leja), the Online Association of Female Film Critics (Oaffc) and Time’s Up Entertainment.

“Each of our groups represents a unique perspective — often informed by oppression — that enriches and shapes society,” said Galeca executive director John Griffiths in a statement. “Yet, even amid today’s stepped-up push for diversity and inclusivity progress has been slow and many fail to realize that our group’s voices — if amplified to match their true value — can provide a roadmap for boosting creativity, box office, ratings and excitement for a project. Our goal is to
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