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‘Dunkirk’ Seizes $50.5M; ‘Girls Trip’ Is Malcolm D. Lee’s Highest Opening; The Reasons Why ‘Valerian’ Crashed – Update


WRITETHRU, Sunday AM following Saturday posts: Refresh for chart and updates… Dunkirk beat expectations this weekend with a $50.5M opening weekend at 3,720 venues, an impressive start for a British war subject largely unknown to many Americans in a marketplace of franchise holdovers and a $200M-plus budgeted sci-fi epic known as Valerian.   At this start, Dunkirk has the potential to leg out to a 3x multiple. Director Christopher Nolan’s previous movie Interstellar posted… Read


Venice Film Festival: Edgar Wright, Rebecca Hall, John Landis & More Get Jury Duty

The Venice Film Festival has set its juries for the 74th event which runs August 30-September 9 on the Lido. Annette Bening was previously announced as President of the main Venezia 74 competition jury — and as the first female to hold the post since 2006. The panel awards the major prizes including the Golden and Silver Lions and the acting Volpi Cups, among others. Supporting Bening are Baby Driver helmer Edgar Wright; British actress Rebecca Hall; Hungarian filmmaker… Read


Comic-Con: ‘The Expanse’ Taps ‘Lost’ Alum Elizabeth Mitchell For Recurring Role, Unveils New Trailer

The cast and executive producers of The Expanse landed in Comic-Con to present a new trailer for the Syfy series as well as the addition of Elizabeth Mitchell as a guest star in season 3. After a shocking events of season 2, EPs Naren Shankar and Mark Fergus were joined by Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham and Frankie Adams at the confab to discuss the big twist from the finale season and what to expect from the third season… Read


Los Angeles Area Emmys: KCET Leads Field; Spanish-Language Outlets Close Behind

Former PBS outlet and now-noncommercial indie KCET led the field with 10 wins tonight as the Los Angeles Area Emmys were handed out at the TV Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. The 69th annual trophy show saw Spanish-language outlets KVEA and KMEX follow with eight and seven wins, respectively, followed by NBC4 and Spectrum SportsNet, which airs Dodgers games, with five apiece. KMEX came into the night with a leading 23 nominations, with KCET and NBC4 each… Read


‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is Marvel’s Grand Finale At Hall H Presentation – Comic-Con

Chris Hemsworth Chadwick Boseman Mark Ruffalo

Compared to previous years, Marvel’s Hall H presentation at Comic-Con was brief, this year anchored by two panels — Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther. At the end of the presentation, Marvel boss Kevin Feige gave a wave to the crowd and said that was it. This caused a joyful ire, and Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman and Mark Ruffalo said there was still three Avengers present, then goaded Feige to show more. They bantered back and forth, then were joined onstage by Avengers… Read


‘The Flash’ Season 4 Trailer: Get Ready For A New-Look Team Flash On The CW

“Bring me the Flash — or else your city falls.” Yeah, that’s ominous. Here is the trailer for Season 4 of The Flash that was shown to the Comic-Con crowd today in San Diego. It shows a very different Team Flash, led by Iris West (Candice Patton) in the Cortex and Cisco and Wally (Carlos Valdes, Keiynan Lonsdale) in the streets. But there seems to be hope for a happy return for the Fastest Man Alive (Grant Gustin). The Flash returns with its season premiere at 8 PM… Read


Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Leaves A Big Footprint In Hall H – Comic-Con

Following Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel brought in the cast of Black Panther along with director Ryan Coogler and showed more footage beyond the trailer that was dropped in June. Chadwick Boseman, who plays Black Panther, set up the film for the crowd: “He returns from the events of Captain America: Civil War and he’s dealing with the death of his father and becoming a ruler (in Wakanda), He’s still mourning his father’s death. It’s a transition period that gets interrupted, and… Read


Jake Paul Exits Disney Channel Series ‘Bizaardvark’

UPDATED: Jake Paul, one of the stars of Bizaardvark, is leaving the Disney Channel series, which is currently airing its second season. He won’t be back when production on Season 2 resumes tomorrow. Filming is slated to continue through the summer and wrap in the fall. “We’ve mutually agreed that Jake Paul will leave his role on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark,” a spokesperson for the network said in a statement. “On behalf of the production company, the cast and… Read


‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer Stomps Into Hall H With Battling Superheroes – Comic-Con

Thor: Ragnarok

A portion of Marvel’s big Hall H Comic-Con panel this evening went to Thor: Ragnarok. The cast of the threequel showed off the official trailer. The footage began showing Thor strapped into a chair arriving via tunnel a la a Disney ride to Sakaar, the fighting world of Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster. This is the part in the first trailer where Grandmaster asks “What have you brought me today?” Thor is dumped in a hallway where he meets a rock being with an Australian accent… Read


‘Arrow’: ‘Lost’ Star Michael Emerson To Recur In Season 6; David Nykl Returns, Watch Trailer — Comic-Con

Michael Emerson is heading to Starling City. During the Comic-Con presentation of the CW/DC series Arrow, it was announced that the Lost and Person of Interest alum is set to recur in the upcoming sixth season, which also will see the return of David Nykl, who plays Anatoly Knyazev, the friend/nemesis of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). No word yet on who Emerson is playing, which means it’s not known if he’ll be on Team Arrow. The show previously had announced two new Arrow… Read


‘Captain Marvel’: Samuel L. Jackson Confirmed As Nick Fury & He’ll Look Different in 1990s-Set Pic – Comic-Con

UPDATED, 6:06 PM: Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed at Comic-Con what we already knew: Samuel L. Jackson is coming back as Nick Fury — but he’ll have two eyes. What does that mean? Captain Marvel takes place before the other MCU films, even before Iron Man, in the 1990s. Also revealed today: The villains in the film will be the Skrulls, a green-skinned extraterrestrial humanoid race that has created a vast interstellar empire, the oldest one known still in existence… Read


Michelle Pfeiffer Is Janet Van Dyne In ‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’ – Comic-Con

Michelle Pfeiffer

At this evening’s Marvel Comic-Con panel in Hall H, it was revealed by Paul Rudd and Michael Pena during an opening sizzle reel of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that Michelle Pfeiffer will be playing Janet Van Dyne in Ant-Man And The Wasp. Marvel execs also confirmed Walton Goggins (as Ghost) and Hannah John-Kamen were in the cast as well as Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Bill Foster and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo. Pena and Rudd aren’t here as they’re shooting the production in… Read