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Linkin Park Launches Suicide-Prevention Site After Chester Bennington’s Death

Days after singer Chester Bennington took his own life, his longtime Linkin Park bandmates have set up a suicide-prevention web page in his honor. Chester.linkinpark.com leads with, “In case you or someone you know needs support, here are some resources” and lists contact numbers and sites and prominently features #ripchester. The new site doubles as a place where fans can pay their condolences to the singer, with posts from various social media updating in real time. Read

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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Makes An Impressively Demented Comic-Con Debut

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The Audience Network’s forthcoming series Mr. Mercedes made its first appearance at San Diego Comic-Con to a packed room with executive producer Jack Bender and the cast in tow. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, follows Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway), a demented and warped killer who taunts retired police detective Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) with a series of provoking letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially… Read

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‘Doctor Who’ Treats Hall H To Teaser For Christmas Special, Peter Capaldi & Pearl Mackie Farewell –Comic-Con

Saying goodbye is often bittersweet but today for Peter Capaldi’s final Comic-Con panel as Doctor Who, a rousing Hall H send-off could not have been a bad way to exit – especially with the roars that erupted when a teaser for the Christmas Special of the BBC America series was dropped for the fans. Months ahead of its holiday broadcast, the peek at the Capaldi's last turn as the Time Lord and Jodie Whittaker's introduction as the 13th Doctor started with a snow bound… Read

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‘Dirk Gently’ Serves Up Clip-Heavy Panel In Hall H – Comic-Con

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Max Landis, creator of BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, dropped a new clip to Hall H attendees today. The series is currently halfway through production on season 2. Check out one of the clips here: WAKE UP!! Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective agency returns to @bbcamerica THIS FALL for an all-new case! #DirkGentlyBBCA #SDCC pic.twitter.com/zxGB27zlB0 — Dirk Gently (@DirkGentlyBBCA) July 23, 2017 Explaining the above, Landis says, “Several times… Read

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‘The Last Ship’ Season 4 Trailer Unveiled At Comic-Con

TNT gave Comic-Con attendees a glimpse at the upcoming season of The Last Ship, releasing a new trailer for Season 4 at the San Diego confab Sunday. Eric Dane, Bridget Regan, Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling, Christina Elmore, Jocko Sims, Bren Foster and Kevin Michael Martin star in the series chronicling the aftermath of a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Over the course of the first three seasons, The… Read

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How Warner Bros Beat The Period-Film Curse At The B.O. & Positioned ‘Dunkirk’ As A Summer Tentpole

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Period has become increasingly challenging at the box office, not to mention in recent times marquees have been inundated with World War II fare, particularly films starring Brad Pitt. But when director Christopher Nolan embraces the historical subject, it’s a different story, and Warner Bros is celebrating a win for its older-male-skewing Dunkirk this weekend with $50.5 million — a figure that not only beat tracking, but the total $40M stateside ticket sales of Pitt’s… Read

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Comic-Con: Departing ‘Doctor Who’ Showrunner On Peter Capaldi, Jodie Whittaker, More ‘Sherlock’ & ‘Dracula’

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"The thing about Doctor Who is, it's a tremendously flexible show," departing showrunner Steven Moffat said of the long-running Time Lord series soon launching its 13th Doctor and first woman in the role of the dual-hearted Gallifreyan. "It's tremendously light on its feet, and being tremendously light on its feet means it also changes episode to episode as opposed to just era to era," the Emmy-winning Sherlock EP added on ahead of Doctor Who's Comic-Con panel. Today's… Read

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Where Are Next ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Ready Player One’? Future Franchise Candidates

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EXCLUSIVE: The hype machine of San Diego Comic-Con winds down today after a dizzying array of panels from studios and networks, wowing crowds with stars, teaser footage and even VR-based events for the likes of Blade Runner 2049 and Westworld. The efforts showed that imagination is in full swing, trying to keep pace with the unlimited visual possibilities reachable though visual effects. But all of these franchises will wear thin at some point. What’s next? Deadline… Read

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‘Supernatural’: Legendary Band Kansas Makes Surprise Appearance At Hall H, Cast Talks Lucky Season 13 — Comic-Con

The CW sci-fi series Supernatural kicked off the final day of Comic-Con with a spectacular presentation. Starting with a clip of show stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles — as themselves — headed down to Comic-Con’s Hall H. They cracked jokes and drove off, but as the screen went black, legendary rock band Kansas of the ’70 and ’80s started blaring the de facto theme song of the series “Carry On My Wayward Son”  on the Hall H stage. The crowd erupted with applause as… Read

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‘Wayward Sisters’: The CW Spinoff Adds ‘Supernatural’ Trio & Newcomer To Cast

EXECUTIVE: This is the Wayward Sisters core cast Supernatural fans had been wishing for — Briana Buckmaster, Kathryn Newton and Katherine Ramdeen from the original series have closed deals to join the proposed Supernatural spinoff toplined by fellow Supernatural standout Kim Rhodes. Also cast in the project, which is being developed as a planted spinoff and will have a backdoor pilot airing as an episode of Supernatural's upcoming 13th season, is young actress Clark Backo… Read

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Female BBC Staffers Tell Boss To Close Gender Pay Gap Now In Open Letter

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More than 40 high-profile female BBC employees have written an open letter to BBC director-general Tony Hall published today in UK newspapers urging a quick end to gender pay disparities at the pubcaster. It comes after an annual BBC salary report published last week revealed two-thirds of its highest salaries were dished out to men. The letter, signed by the likes of BBC World News America anchor Katty Kay, BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis and The One Show host Alex… Read

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‘Landline’ Dials In With Top Number; ‘The Beguiled’ Crosses $10M – Specialty Box Office

Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures opened mid-’90s-set comedy Landline with Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass and John Turturro in four theaters Friday, easily capturing the best per-theater average among the specialties opening this frame and the second-best overall at just over $13,000. The 2017 Sundance title was a stand-out in an otherwise fairly slow weekend for limited-release films trying to carve a niche as counter-programming to summer blockbusters… Read