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Monday
Oct222018

'Wonder Woman' sequel release date pushed to 2020

© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(LOS ANGELES) -- We’ll have to wait a little bit longer before Wonder Woman flies her invisible jet into theaters again.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. has pushed back the Gal Gadot-led sequel Wonder Woman 1984. Instead of being released November 1, 2019, it is now set to hit theaters June 5, 2020.

“We had tremendous success releasing the first Wonder Woman film during the summer, so when we saw an opportunity to take advantage of the changing competitive landscape, we did,” Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ president of domestic distribution, told Variety. “This move lands the film exactly where it belongs.”

Gadot tweeted about the news, “Super excited to announce that, thanks to the changing landscape, we are able to put Wonder Woman back to its rightful home. June 5, 2020. Be there or be square!!!”

Wonder Woman 1984, the eighth installment in the DC Universe, follows 2017’s Wonder Woman. Director Patty Jenkins is returning to helm the sequel.

The film replaces Mark Wahlberg’s Six Billion Dollar Man, which was originally scheduled for a June 5, 2020 release but has now been taken off the schedule.

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Monday
Oct222018

Chris Hemsworth gives lucky hitchhiker a helicopter ride in Australia

ABC/Radhika Chalasani(BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA) -- Chris Hemsworth gave one lucky hitchhiker the ride of his life in Australia over the weekend.

The Thor actor and his pal Luke Zocchi pulled over in Brisbane and offered the hitchhiking tourist a ride to the coastal surfing town of Byron Bay. Not only was the hitchhiker – who turned out to be a musician named Scott Hildebrand – surprised to see Hemsworth, but he got an even bigger surprise when he learned they’d be taking a helicopter to his destination.

A video posted to Hemsworth’s Instagram page shows the whole encounter.

“Picked up a hitchhiker, wasn’t a serial killer which we were stoked about and just happened to be a kick a** musician Scott Hildebrand,” he captioned the video.

Once in Byron Bay, the men parted ways. "Alright Scotty, back to the hitchhiking," Hemsworth said.

Hildebrand posted about the experience on his own Instagram page, writing, “When hitchhiking leads to a helicopter ride with Thor...So grateful for this crazy experience and the opportunity to share my music with so many beautiful people. Thanks guys!”

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Monday
Oct222018

Not so bulletproof: 'Luke Cage' canceled after second season

David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Just a week after Netflix pulled the plug on Marvel's Iron Fist, the streamer has now canceled its popular bulletproof superhero series Luke Cage after two seasons.

"Unfortunately, Marvel's Luke Cage will not return for a third season," Netflix said a statement, obtained by Deadline. "Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem's Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series."

The series starred Mike Colter as Cage, a wrongly-accused ex-con left super-strong and unbreakable after a sabotaged experiment.

Luke Cage was an immediate hit when it premiered in September 2016. In addition to featuring a rarely seen black superhero in a stand-alone vehicle, the series was also lauded for its ability to discuss race relations. It showed homages to Black Lives Matter, "hands up, don't shoot," Trayvon Martin, Nortorious B.I.G. and other culturally significant references. 

However -- according to Deadline -- even with its success and second season return in June, the series suffered "creative differences" behind the scenes with "some execs having issues with the more developed scripts, even though the scripts strongly incorporated suggestions from both Netflix and Marvel brass."

Cage creator and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker responded to the cancellation on Twitter but did not offer insight into why the series was canned.

"A lot memories. A lot of individual thank you calls to make," he said. "Just want to say thank you to Marvel, Netflix, the best Writer's room, cast, crew, the Midnight Hour, all those who graced the stage at Harlem's Paradise and the most incredible fan base in the world. Forward always..."

Meanwhile, Marvel's parent company Disney, is working on its own streaming service.

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Monday
Oct222018

Guillermo del Toro to direct stop-motion 'Pinocchio' for Netflix 

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s no lie: Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro will be helming a stop-motion musical version of Pinocchio for Netflix.

Variety reports del Toro will write and produce the film -- about a puppet who wants to be a real boy -- in addition to directing it. His version of the children’s classic will be set in 1930s Italy.  The original source material also took place in Italy, but in the 1880s.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” del Toro says in a statement obtained by Variety.

He continues, “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”

This marks del Toro’s first time directing a fully animated feature. Earlier this year, he won two Oscars for directing and producing The Shape of Water.

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Monday
Oct222018

Marvel's 'Daredevil' is back -- but "he's a pretty broken man," says star Charlie Cox 

David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Maybe you've already binged it, but if not, the new season of Marvel's Daredevil just hit Netflix on Friday. 

The show picks up where Marvel's The Defenders left off: Blind lawyer-turned-superhero Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, is being nursed back to health in a convent after being buried underneath the rubble of an exploded building. 

Murdock's in a tough spot: Not only does everyone think he's dead, but the woman he loves, Elektra, has disappeared. Charlie Cox, who plays Murdock/Daredevil, tells ABC Radio of his character, "He’s a pretty broken man. He’s lost Elektra. He’s kind of re-found her, then lost her again. And a building has fallen on him. He’s broken physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally."

"And the most troubling thing is that he’s questioning everything in terms of who he is, what he does, his faith, his relationship to God and the church," Cox continues. "And what that does...is make him very reckless."

Meanwhile, Murdock's two best friends -- his former law partner Foggy Nelson and his former secretary-turned-reporter Karen Page -- believe he's dead. They're also busy trying to take down notorious criminal Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin, who's been released from jail and is now under FBI protection.

Deborah Ann Woll, who plays Karen, says her character's job this season is to do what every good journalist does and "chase down that truth." Foggy, meanwhile, decides to run for District Attorney.

And this season introduces a new character, Agent Benjamin Poindexter, who'll eventually become one of Daredevil's greatest enemies: Bullseye. But the key word here is "eventually."

According to Wilson Bethel, who plays Poindexter, this season, his character is just, as he puts it, "a very disturbed man struggling with some major, major internal issues."

Disney is the parent company of Marvel and ABC News.

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Monday
Oct222018

Actress Selma Blair reveals MS diagnosis: "I hope to give some hope to others" 

ABC/Richard Cartwright(HOLLYWOOD) -- Legally Blonde actress Selma Blair revealed that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on her Instagram this weekend.

"I have #multiplesclerosis," she wrote in a caption. "I am in an exacerbation.

Blair, who stars in the upcoming Netflix series Another Life, set to debut in 2019, continues, "By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it."

"And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best," she added.

Blaire, diagnosed in August, thanked her friends and family for support, adding, "I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others."

It wasn't until Blair, 46, went to see a doctor that she said things changed.

"I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least," she wrote. "And I am relieved to at least know. And share."

MS is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Some of the most common include fatigue, numbness or tingling, weakness, dizziness, vertigo, walking difficulties and more, according to according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), a nonprofit advocacy group that aims to raise awareness about the disease.

Though there is no cure for MS, there are ways to treat and manage most of the symptoms, the NMSS says.

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Monday
Oct222018

'The Walking Dead' recap - "Warning Signs"

AMC/Gene Page(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD) -- Sundays episode of The Walking Dead starts with a newly-minted walker -- the newly killed Savior Justin, snatched in the closing moments of last week's episode; now undead.

At Alexandria, Rick is up and at 'em early. He walks outside to find a perfectly ripe tomato. He leaves it near Carl's grave. He convinces Michonne to take a break from making a charter, and approaches her about having a baby together.

Meanwhile, Maggie and one of her Hilltoppers go to Alexandria, and run into group of Saviors, including Jed, a troublemaker, who explains -- while stealing one of their tomatoes -- that Saviors have gone missing. Regina, one of Negan's former Lieutenants, diffuses the situation.

At Alexandria, Michonne, Rick, and Judith have a family fun day, set to music.

One of the Saviors briefs Michonne on the missing Saviors situation and the fact that Justin's dead.

Just then, we cut to a Savior camp, there are fisticuffs underway over the fate of their missing men. Fr. Gabriel tries to break it up, as does Rosita, but it only stops when Carol draws down on Jed, who punched former Savior Alden for playing peacemaker with the other groups, as he always does.

Rick's Survivors draw down on the Saviors and a stand-off takes place. They blame "garbage lady," or Anne -- formerly Jadis -- for taking out the Saviors. Daryl is also suspected.

Rick rides in and breaks up the scrum.

He questions Gabriel about Anne; Maggie denies the Saviors any guns, which is what they want for protection from the snatchers.

Father Gabriel gently questions Anne -- but notes he hadn't spend the whole night with her, like he told Rick he did. She ignores his questions.

Separately, Rick questions Daryl about Justin, saying his wound is consistent with a crossbow bolt. He denies he did anything. "If I'da killed him, I'da killed him in plain sight," Daryl says plainly.

Maggie is paired off with former Oceansider Cyndie and they find a boarded house around which walkers are congregated.

Cyndie gets tripped up, and things look dire. Just then, a bolt from the blue; it's Daryl. Rick is seconds behind.

They realize they're missing one of their groups. They find one of that group, Bea from Oceanside; she's been knocked out. She comes to, and explains she was ambushed with former Savior Arat, who has apparently been captured.

Rick tries convincing Carol to keep the course with the peacemaking. "It's us or the dead. And every life counts now."

Elsewhere, Daryl questions Maggie, asking her if she's happy with the kumbaya. She has her doubts, but explains, "What Rick's doing is right for the future."

We're back at the Scavengers' abandoned compound. Their former leader Anne digs, finding a box and a firearm and a walkie.

She uses it to hail whoever had the helocopter in episodes past. The voice on the other line is looking for an "A."

Father Gabriel catches her; she explains she's been trading people for supplies and other things. She asks him to leave with her. "You can't tell anyone. But if you agree...we can have a life like you can't imagine.

"Whatever it is, I can't do it," he confides in her. "I have to tell Rick."

"And all this time, I thought you were a 'B' she tells him, and pistol whips him, knocking Gabriel out.

Elsewhere, Jed shambles as if he's a walker. Carol approaches, and she's taken from behind by another Savior. Jed isn't a walker; it was a trap. He snatches her gun and takes her knife. Rick appears, and there's a standoff. Jed tells him to lay down his gun or he'll slash Carol's throat.

He also says they're going to leave the bridge project. They only want some guns for protection on the way home.

With Jed still hiding behind Carol, she opens a hidden knife. Rick pretends he's going to hand over his gun, and Carol spins, stabbing Jed in the chest. Rick re-draws on the Saviors.

Elsewhere, Daryl and Maggie come across a would-be execution in progress. It's Arat, the latest missing Savior. Cyndie from Oceanside and Bea, the one who claimed to have been knocked out earlier, have Arat on her knees; harpoon at the back of her head.

"Beg like you made them beg," Bea says.

"She killed my husband," Bea says flatly. Remember, the Saviors killed all the Oceanside men.

Daryl puts his crossbow down. "She has a reason," he says.

Cyndie says, "She's the last one. After this, it's over."

"Something like this never ends," Maggie says.

"You hung Gregory," Cyndie says. "You showed us the way."

"You did this because of me?!" Maggie says.

"She shot my brother right here," Cyndie pleads. "You were smiling."

Arat begs Maggie and Daryl for her life.

"He was only 11-years-old. What did you say when I begged you?"

"What did you say?" Maggie asks.

"No exceptions," Arat says.

The same thing Negan said before he brained Maggie's husband Glenn.

Maggie and Daryl turn their backs and walk away.

Cyndie runs Arat's skull through.

The next morning, the Saviors walk out of Rick's work camp.

Daryl and Maggie walk home. Cyndie says I showed her the way," Maggie says. "She did the same thing for me. We gave Rick's way a chance," Maggie tells Daryl. "It's time to see Negan."

"Alright," Daryl says.

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, October 28 at 9 p.m. on AMC

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Monday
Oct222018

'Halloween' delivers scary good opening weekend with box office-topping $77.5 million

Credit: Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Halloween topped the box office, delivering an estimated $77.5 million in its opening weekend, slashing a franchise record. The direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic, beat the franchise record opening of $26 million, previously held by the 2007 Rob Zombie reboot.

The film, featuring Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode -- also recorded the second best October opening ever -- behind Venom, with $80 million -- and could surpass it when the final numbers are in. Halloween also posted the second largest opening for an R-rated horror film trailing last year's It, which opened with $123.4 million. Internationally, Halloween nabbed $14.4 million.

A Star Is Born held on to second place for the third straight week since its release, pulling in an estimated $22.8 million. It earned and additional $22.8 million overseas, pushing it past the $200 million mark worldwide.

Venom, in its third week of release, fell to third place after topping the box office for the past two weeks. The sci-fi action thriller earned an estimated $18.1 million. The film continued its domination overseas though, grabbing an estimated $32.3 million.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween took fourth place with an estimated $9.7 million, followed by First Man, rounding out the top five with an estimated $8.565 million.

Mid90s, written by Jonah Hill and marking his directorial debut, delivered an estimated $249,500 from just four locations, for a hefty $62,375 per-theater average. It expands nationwide next weekend.

Can You Ever Forgive Me, starring Melissa McCarthy in her first dramatic role, posted an impressive debut, earning $150,000 from five theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Halloween, $77.5 million
2. A Star Is Born, $19.3 million
3. Venom, $18.1 million
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, $9.7 million
5. First Man, $8.565 million
6. The Hate U Give, $7.5 million
7. Smallfoot, $6.6 million
8. Night School, $5 million
9. Bad Times at the El Royale, $3.3 million
10. The Old Man and the Gun, $2.05 million

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Friday
Oct192018

Watch John Stamos as a pot-smoking therapist on Sunday’s 'You'

Courtesy of Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- This Sunday, John Stamos joins the Lifetime thriller You for a four-episode arc in which he plays a therapist with some unconventional methods.

He plays Dr. Nicky, the therapist of Elizabeth Lail’s character Beck. Things get twisted when Beck’s stalker Joe, played by Penn Badgley, also begins seeing him.

“I saw the script and I said, ‘Oh, I like this character,’” Stamos says. “It’s just a layered character. There’s just a lot more going on than what you see. But I saw in the book that he smokes pot and he sort of uses that as part of his therapy. I said, ‘That’s interesting. Let’s put that in.’”

While he can’t reveal too much more about Dr. Nicky’s motives – or whether he might actually help Joe overcome some of his issues – he does say the role helped him explore his fascination with therapy.

“I go to a therapist…but I usually end up for 15 minutes asking him about him,” he says. “I just love it. If I had to do something else, I think I would be a therapist.” 

You airs Sunday on Lifetime at 10 p.m. ET.

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Friday
Oct192018

'Halloween's' Jamie Lee Curtis insists its not just another slasher movie

Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Probably one of the biggest horror movies to open this year -- Halloween -- opens nationwide on Friday. A direct sequel to the 1978 original, Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, still dealing with the violent attack she suffered 40 years earlier.

Curtis tells ABC Radio that the new film is more psychological thriller than slasher movie.

"What we've made is a movie about the generational aspects of trauma -- how one generation's trauma carries on into the next and into the next," she explains. "And we explore it, and unpack it, and then we flip it and reverse it and face it."

Adds the 59-year-old actress, an attack like the one she suffered in the first movie stays with its victim forever.

It's a thief of your life. Violence against women, that kind of tremendous trauma that she suffered, it robs you of a life. You're frozen in time. And this movie allows us to explore that in a very terrifying and interesting way."

Written before the #MeToo movement began, Curtis says the film parallels what many women are going through today.

"Our movie is about PTSD and shame and no one coming to the aid with understanding. #MeToo is about shame, no one coming to the aid, no one standing up for 'em," she says.

For Curtis, who's known as the original Scream Queen, you might say scaring people is in her blood. She's the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh -- whose character in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 thriller Psycho met her demise in the film's classic shower murder scene. Truth is, Jamie Lee doesn't like watching horror movies.

"I do not. There's nothing-- Aladdin was scary to me. I don't watch-- nothing," she admits.

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