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Comic-Con: Marvel Studios dazzles with 'Infinity War', 'Black Panther', 'Ragnarok' footage

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne among cast additions to upcoming tentpoles.

Once again Marvel Studios ruled the film panels at Comic-Con, thrilling Hall H attendees with a star-studded, banter-filled finale on Saturday evening.

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige wasted little time firing off a volley of casting news: Michelle Pfeiffer has joined Ant-Man And The Wasp as Janet Van Dyne – mother to Evangeline Lilly’s The Wasp and wife of Michael Douglas’ Hank Pym. In another big piece of casting, Laurence Fishburne is on board as scientist Bill Foster.

Randall Park will play Agent Jimmy Woo, Hannah John-Kamen is Ghost, and previously announced Walter Goggins Jr was confirmed on the roster.

Ant-Man himself Paul Rudd recorded a witty run-down of Marvel Studios’ first nine years with Ant-Man co-star Michael Pena. Early rough footage from Ant-Man And The Wasp showed Evangeline Lilly in action as The Wasp and drew the first of many wild responses from the crowd. The film »


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Comic-Con: 'Barb' crashes 'Stranger Things' panel

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Shannon Purser brought the house down during the Stranger Things panel on Saturday afternoon when she posed as a member of the audience to ask if Barb would return to the show.

Purser, who recently earned an Emmy nod for guest appearance and whose character Barb disappeared in the first season, then joined moderator Patton Oswalt, show creators Matt and Ross Duffer, director Shawn Levy and the cast on Hall H.

Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, and Millie Bobby Brown were all in attendance, to the delight of a young-skewing crowd.

In another highlight from the session, the audience got to see the first trailer from Season 2.

The cast could not reveal much ahead of Season 2, but Schnapp volunteered audiences would get to see how alternate dimension the Upside Down affected his character Will Byers »


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Comic-Con: 'Stranger Things' panel

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Netflix show returns with Season 2 at Halloween.

Patton Oswalt moderated the Stranger Things panel in Hall H on Saturday afternoon as the audience got to see the first Season 2 trailer.

Show creators Matt and Ross Duffer, who wrote the show and directed episodes, joined show executive producer and director Shawn Levy on stage.

They were joined by cast members Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, and Millie Bobby Brown.

The cast could not reveal much ahead of Season 2, but Schnapp volunteered audiences would get to see how alternate dimension the Upside Down affected his character Will Byers.

Brown, who has earned a cult following as the taciturn Eleven, said the hardest part of the job was crying. “I feel like I’m a happy person in real life, so I needed five minutes to get into ‘the zone’.”

Harbour said his character Chief Hopper came to life »


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Comic-Con: 'Blade Runner 2049' footage wows Hall H

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‘I didn’t want somebody else to fuck this up,’ director Denis Villeneuve tells Hall H.

Blade Runner 2049 Denis Villeneuve made his intentions clear on why he signed up to direct the sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi at a Warner Bros panel on Saturday.

‘I didn’t want somebody else to fuck this up,’ Villeneuve said. The French Canadian added that Ridley Scott – who serves as executive producer on the sequel, due out October 6 – gave him space, which “was the best gift he could have given me.”

Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas and the heads of Alcon Entertainment also appeared on stage at the hallowed Hall H.

The session saw the previously released trailer as well as new footage in which Gosling’s blade runner Officer K goes deep into the sinister Tyrell Corporation archives as the mystery over his own identity deepens. See official Blade Runner 2049 trailer below.

Gosling spoke of »


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Comic-Con: Steven Spielberg shows 'Ready Player One' footage

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Warner Bros to release sci-fi mash-up adaptation on March 30, 2018.

Steven Spielberg and author Ernest Cline kicked off the Warner Bros panel on Saturday morning with the first trailer from 2018 release Ready Player One.

Spielberg’s adaptation of Cline’s bestselling pop culture mash-up about a video game ace who takes on an evil corporation in the race to control the Oasis virtual reality platform is due out on March 30 2018.

Footage showed star Tye Sheridan as Wade Watts (known as Parzival in Oasis) slotting on his goggles and haptic gloves and zipping into a world filled with recognisable elements from The Iron Giant to Tron to a DeLorean – of particular significance to Spielberg who famously featured the car in the Back To The Future series.

“When I read Ernie’s book it was like the most amazing flash-forward and flashback at the same time,” Spielberg said, adding: “I read the book and said they’re going to need »


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Comic-Con: Ben Affleck evasive about Batman future

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Warner Bros session entertains… but nothing on Wonder Woman 2.

Ben Affleck was evasive on unconfirmed reports last week that he may not figure in Warner Bros’ plans to play Batman for much longer.

The actor focused on the November 17 release of Justice League and told Hall H attendees how thrilled he was to be playing the Caped Crusader during a lively DC Entertainment portion of the star-packed Warner Bros session on Saturday morning.

As previously reported, Affleck will not direct The Batman, which has fallen into the lap of War For The Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves. According to report, Reeves has said he intends to keep Affleck in the role, however reports have speculated the actor may not figure in future iterations.

Jason Momoa Aka Aquaman kicked off the DC session, running through the crowd on to stage, brandishing a trident and playing air guitar with it. Momoa flew in »


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Comic-Con: 'Blade Runner 2049', 'Ready Player One' footage wows crowd

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Will Blade Runner 2049 and Ready Player One deliver the goods?

An important session for the studio about to kick off on Saturday morning in Hall H.

Can it capitalise on the global success of Wonder Woman? Justice League and Aquaman action are due from DC Entertainment, but the killers could be Blade Runner 2049 and Ready Player One.

Let’s see…

Jason Momoa Aka Aquaman walks through crowd on to stage. He flew in from Australia last night – the film is 18 months away – and air-guitars with his trident on stage.

James Wan introduces first footage from Australia via video message. The scene showed a huge underwater fleet gliding beneath two men fishing in their small boat. In another sequence, Aquaman gets ready to fight.

Then

The Blade Runner 2049 team takes to the stage. Director Denis Villeneuve, stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas are among the line-up.

‘I didn’t »


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Comic-Con: Warner Bros panel

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Will Blade Runner 2049 and Ready Player One deliver the goods?

An important session for the studio about to kick off on Saturday morning in Hall H.

Can it capitalise on the global success of Wonder Woman? Justice League and Aquaman action are due from DC Entertainment, but the killers could be Blade Runner 2049 and Ready Player One.

Let’s see…

The Blade Runner 2049 crew takes to the stage. Director Denis Villeneuve, stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright among the line-up.

‘I didn’t want somebody else to fuck this up,’ says Villeneuve when asked why he directed Blade Runner 2049. The French Canadian added that Ridley Scott gave him space, which “was the best gift he could have given me.”

Gosling spoke of the moral ambiguity of Scott’s original 1982 sci-fi that fascinated him. “It was like being on a football team with The Avengers or something.”

“Maybe on a football »


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'The Distinguished Citizen' wins best film at Platino Awards

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Pedro Almodóvar named best director for Julieta; Sonia Braga wins best actress for Aquarius.

The Distinguished Citizen converted three of its four nominations at the Platino Awards in Madrid on Saturday honouring the best of Ibero-American cinema.

The feature won best film, best screenplay and best actor for Óscar Martínez, crowning almost a year of prizes and box office success for this acute comedy directed by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat.

The film premiered last year at the Venice Film Festival, where Óscar Martínez won the prize for best actor, playing a Nobel prize-winning writer who returns to his hometown in Argentina after years away and discovers the dangers of revisiting the past.

Winners of the fourth edition of the Platinos also included prizes for Julieta and A Monster Calls.

Pedro Almodóvar was named best director of for Julieta. In tune with political statements on the night referring to the Venezuelan crisis and the need to build »


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Comic-Con: 'Westworld' panel brings Season 2 tease

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HBO sci-fi has blood on its mind as robots rebel in second season.

A brutal assembly of sequences rounded out HBO’s Westworld panel in Hall H on Saturday afternoon.

Moderator and musician-comedian Reggie Watts prompted the footage, which depicted Jeffrey Wright standing by what appeared to be a dead tiger, then riding in the back of a buggy across a broad expanse of terrain.

The Hall H audience was also treated to the sight of Thandie Newton as Maeve, gun in hand, surveying dead corpses inside the facility where she spent much of Season 1. Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores on horseback taking potshots at people, and a bloodied Man In Black played by Ed Harris donning his infamous Black hat rounded out the imagery.

Earlier, a long line of the show’s stars discussed their work on the show, which recently received 22 Emmys nominations.

Discussing her role as Maeve, Newton said she »


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Comic-Con: Netflix screens first episode of Marvel's 'The Defenders'

21 July 2017 7:43 PM, PDT

Iron First renewed for second season; The Punisher trailer revealed.

Netflix and Marvel thrilled the massed ranks of Hall H on Friday afternoon by screening the first episode of The Defenders.

Executive producer and Marvel head of television Jeph Loeb, whose division has an impressive 14 series either broadcasting or in the works, also announced Iron Fist would return for a second season on Netflix.

After a brief session with cast members that included Comic-Con legend Sigourney Weaver (who plays Alexandra) and the core four from The DefendersKrysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Mike Colter as Luke Jones, and Finn Jones as Iron Fist – Loeb introduced the season premiere of The Defenders.

The episode showed Jessica Jones and Iron Fist teaming up to fight off the Hand after he hurts The Punisher.

Panel attendees included Elodie Yung, Deborah Ann Woll, and Jessica Henwick.

Jon Bernthal added to fan excitement when he appered on stage »


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Comic-Con: 'Game Of Thrones' panel teases Daenerys, Melisandre alliance

21 July 2017 2:44 PM, PDT

Cast of HBO fantasy series reflect on characters, say how they would rule.

HBO dropped a ‘Weeks Ahead Preview’ trailer at the end of Friday afternoon’s Game Of Thrones panel in Hall H that suggested an uneasy alliance could be on the cards between Daenerys Targaryen and Melisandre.

The appearance together of the Red Witch and the ‘Mother of Dragons’ brought a cheer from attendees who finally sniffed a hint of what could lie ahead in the remainder of Season 7 – which is only one episode in – after a spoiler-free yet highly entertaining panel.

Neither Emilia Clarke nor Carice van Houten attended the panel, although plenty of fan favourites were on show in a jovial session.

Asked what she would change if her character Brienne of Tarth ruled Westeros and its surrounding continents, fan favourite Gwendoline Christie struck a characteristically feminist note when she proclaimed: “That women could be knights!” Christie explained »


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Comic-Con: Will Daenerys and Melisandre team up in 'Game Of Thrones'?

21 July 2017 2:44 PM, PDT

Cast of HBO fantasy series reflect on characters, say how they would rule.

HBO ran a teaser at the end of Friday afternoon’s Game Of Thrones panel in Hall H that suggested an uneasy alliance could be on the cards between Daenerys Targaryen and Melisandre.

The appearance of the red priestess in the company of the dragon commander brought a cheer from attendees who finally sniffed a hint of what could lie ahead in the remainder of Season 7 – which is only one episode in – after a spoiler-free yet highly entertaining panel.

Asked what she would change if her character Brienne of Tarth ruled Westeros and its surrounding continents, fan favourite Gwendoline Christie struck a characteristically feminist note when she proclaimed: “That women could be knights!”

John Bradley brought the house down when he said, “Maesters have to clean up their own stinking mess!” That was in reference to last weekend’s montage in Episode 1 of Season »


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Comic-Con: 'Game Of Thrones' cast on how they would rule

21 July 2017 2:44 PM, PDT

No spoilers but plenty of laughs in warm-hearted Friday session.

A jovial Friday afternoon session in Hall H saw the Game Of Thrones cast reflect on their roles and amuse attendees with a wish-list of how they would rule Westeros and its surrounding continents.

When asked what she would change, favourite Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne Of Tarth, struck a characteristically feminist note when she proclaimed: “That women could be knights!”

John Bradley brought the house down when he said, “Maesters have to clean up their own stinking mess!” That was in reference to last weekend’s montage in Episode 1 of Season 7 that shows Samwell Tarly, now an apprentice at the Citadel, retching as he cleans the elder men’s toilets.

Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor, moderated the panel and appropriately one of the questions for the cast was which dead character they would like to see return.

Hodor earned many mentions – most poignantly from Isaac Hempstead Wright who as »


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Comic-Con: 'Game Of Thrones' panel

21 July 2017 2:44 PM, PDT

No spoilers but plenty of laughs as cast ponders what they would do if they ruled the land in HBO fantasy series.

In what may be the biggest event at Hall H these days, stars from the HBO cult hit took part in a Q&A days on Friday afternoon moderated by Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor.

Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) attended the panel with Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Conleth Hill (Varys), and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark).

When asked what law she would pass if she ruled the land in Game Of Thrones, Christie said: “That women could be knights!” Emmanuel said, “Education for everyone.”

“Maesters have to clean up their own stinking mess,” said Bradley, in reference to the hilarious montage in Episode 1 of Season 7 where his character Samwell Tarley is seen retching as he cleans »


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'Mr. Robot' creator Sam Esmail to direct Bermuda Triangle film

21 July 2017 2:20 PM, PDT

Project details nowhere to be found.

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will direct a film about the infamous Bermuda Triangle for Universal Pictures.

Esmail will write the script from earlier drafts by Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, and Juliet Snowden & Stiles White.

The Bermuda Triangle is a region over the Caribbean that earned notoriety several decades ago for press coverage about a number of planes and ships that reportedly went missing after travelling through the area.

Appropriately enough, Esmail, his fellow producers, and Universal are keeping plot details under wraps.

Dylan Clark (Planet Of The Apes series, Oblivion) will produce through his Universal-based Dylan Clark Productions, alongside Esmail and Chad Hamilton for Esmail Corp.  Millar and Gough will serve as executive producers

As previously announced, Esmail is lining up the Amazon Studios project Homecoming to star Julia Roberts.

Universal Cable Productions and Anonymous Content will produce that show, based on a fiction podcast by Gimlet Media about a »


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Latido, 'Rara' director Pepa San Martín line up 'La Felicidad'

21 July 2017 9:46 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Chilean drama to follow well-received Berlin and San Sebastian title Rara.

Following the festival success of her first film Rara, Chilean director Pepa San Martín is lining up drama La Felicidad.

As they did on Rara, Madrid-based Latido Films will handle sales on the project, which San Martín is currently writing with Chilean actress and playwright Elisa Zulueta.

Guillermo Calderon - screenwriting collaborator of Pablo Larraín on The Club and Neruda - is on board as an advisor.

Chile-Argentina coming-of-age drama Rara won Berlin’s Grand Prix in the Generation KPlus strand in 2016. The film followed that accolade with the Horizontes Award in San Sebastian last September and two nominations at the Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, which are held tomorrow in Madrid.

Speaking to Screen in the Spanish capital where she is attending the Platinos, the director said: “Having made my first feature at 40, I want to take my time and work on stories that are »


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Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund backs four projects

21 July 2017 6:21 AM, PDT

Films from Colombia, South-Africa, Palestine and Brazil selected.

The Hubert Bals Fund (Hbf), which is administered by International Film Festival Rotterdam, has announced the four projects selected for its 2017 Hbf+Europe: Minority Co-production Support scheme.

The projects, from Colombia, South-Africa, Palestine and Brazil, have been awarded a contribution of €55,000 ($64,000). The selection includes projects from both debut and second-time filmmakers.

They are:

Clara Sola

The debut of Nathalie Álvarez Mésens. the A coming-of-age story of a woman, Clara, and her journey to break free from social and religious oppression. Ciudad Lunar (Colombia), the award-winning production company behind Oscar-nominated El Abrazo de la Serpiente, produces the film in co-production with Swedish producer Hob Ab, who receives the Hbf+Europe grant, and Danish production company Snowglobe Film.

Flatland

Directed by South-African Jenna Cato Bass. A Western about three women who embark on a journey of self-discovery in the Karoo semi-desert. Bass’ previous films include short The Tunnel (which screened at  Sundance »


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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucrecia Martel, Edward Norton

21 July 2017 5:15 AM, PDT

Argentinian filmmaker and Us actor honoured in Poland.

Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and Us actor Edward Norton were the guests of honour at the seventh edition of the Transatlantyk Festival which comes to a close in the Polish city of Lodz on Friday evening (July 21).

Martel became the second woman director - after Germany’s Margarethe von Trotta - and the 11th filmmaker overall, to be awarded the Fipresci 90+ statuette in celebration of the International Federation of Film Critics’ ten decades of activities.

Fipresci general secretary Klaus Eder travelled to Lodz to present the award along with Transatlantyk’s director Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to Martel at a gala ceremony last night (Thursday) before a screening of her 2008 film The Headless Woman.

Previous recipients include Jean-Jacques Annaud, Edgar Reitz, Bela Tarr and the late Andrzej Wajda, while the choice of Martel this year was particularly fitting since the Polish festival had the Power of Woman as an overlying »


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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucretia Martel, Edward Norton

21 July 2017 5:15 AM, PDT

Argentinean filmmaker and Us actor honoured in Poland.

Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and Us actor Edward Norton were the guests of honour at the seventh edition of the Transatlantyk Festival which comes to a close in the Polish city of Lodz on Friday evening (July 21).

Martel became the second woman director - after Germany’s Margarethe von Trotta - and the 11th filmmaker overall, to be awarded the Fipresci 90+ statuette in celebration of the International Federation of Film Critics’ ten decades of activities.

Fipresci general secretary Klaus Eder travelled to Lodz to present the award along with Transatlantyk’s director Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to Martel at a gala ceremony last night (Thursday) before a screening of her 2008 film The Headless Woman.

Previous recipients include Jean-Jacques Annaud, Edgar Reitz, Bela Tarr and the late Andrzej Wajda, while the choice of Martel this year was particularly fitting since the Polish festival had the Power of Woman as an overlying »


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