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Inside Marvel Studios, from “Ragnarok” Casting News to Comic-Con and Everything Fit to Print In Between

Inside Marvel StudiosWant updates on Black Panther? Thor: Ragnarok? Captain Marvel? Ant-Man and the Wasp? Spider-Man: Homecoming? Avengers: Infinity War? We’ve got you covered…

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New “Bloodline” Teaser Arrives, But You’ll Only Have Four Days to Binge the Final Season Before “House of Cards” Hits (Video)

Bloodline NetflixKyle Chandler’s crime noir comes back on May 26, while Kevin Spacey’s political drama returns May 30, so you’d better make sure your Netflix subscription is in order next month.

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James Gunn Returns to Write and Direct “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” for Marvel

James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Vol. 3 will conclude the Guardians trilogy and “help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond,” Gunn wrote on Facebook.

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“Girls” Stars Then and Now, from Lena Dunham to Adam Driver

Girls HBOThe HBO show ends its six-season run on Sunday and while it may not have been for everyone, we’ll miss it dearly. To pay tribute to this special show and its characters, let’s take a walk down memory lane to back when it all started in April 2012, and look at what the future has in store for this impressive ensemble.

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Gina Rodriguez to Voice “Carmen Sandiego” for Netflix as Two Movie Studios Battle for Her Next Slot (Exclusive)

Gina Rodriguez Carmen SandiegoThe deal comes as the Golden Globe-winning star of Jane the Virgin negotiates for the lead role in Sony’s remake of Miss Bala and 20th Century Fox’s comedy Fire Me.

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Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson Fire Off Guns, F-Bombs in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Trailer (NSFW Video)

The Hitman's BodyguardPatrick Hughes directed the action-comedy, which co-stars Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek, Elodie Yung, Joaquim De Almeida, Kirsty Mitchell and Richard E. Grant, and “hits” theaters this August.

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“Beauty and the Beast’s” Bill Condon in Early Talks to Direct “The Bride of Frankenstein” for Universal

Bill Condon The Bride of FrankensteinThough it would’ve been nice to see Universal add a female filmmaker to its Monsters Universe, especially given reports of this project’s feminist bent, it’s hard to argue with the selection of Condon, whose horror roots run deep.

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Mark Wahlberg Isn’t Giving Up on Optimus Prime in “Transformers: The Last Knight” Trailer (Video)

Transformers: The Last KnightParamount claims that The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and we hope that’s true, because this franchise could certainly stand to see its core myths shattered.

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NIGHT SCHOOL (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMKevin Hart’s action-comedy follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes in the long-shot chance they’ll pass the GED exam.

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Kevin Hart to Star in Action Comedy “Night School,” Which Tim Story Will Direct for Universal

Kevin Hart Tim Story Night School UniversalThe story follows a group of misfits who are forced to attend adult classes as they study for the GED exam. It certainly sounds closer to Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School than Billy Bob Thornton’s School for Scoundrels .

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THE SECRET INGREDIENTS OF ROCKET COLA (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMThe story follows twin brothers with opposite personalities who are separated at a young age and go on to live drastically different lives. They eventually reunite and join forces to save the “Rocket Cola” company despite being in love with the same woman.

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Paramount Hires Original “Coming to America” Writers to Pen Sequel for Eddie Murphy (Exclusive)

Coming to America 2Kevin Misher is producing the sequel to John Landis’ classic comedy, which grossed an astounding $288 million worldwide back in 1988.

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“Beatriz at Dinner” Trailer Sees Everyone Get Served by Salma Hayek, Especially John Lithgow (Video)

Salma Hayek Beatriz at DinnerThere’s a lot of “Trump era” talk surrounding Miguel Arteta’s new film given how it tackles issues of race and class head-on, but let’s be clear — it was made long before Trump was voted President, so however timely its politics, they’re purely coincidental.

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Robert De Niro Reminds Us of His Greatness in New Trailer for HBO’s Bernie Madoff Movie “The Wizard of Lies” (Video)

Robert De Niro The Wizard of LiesBased on his recent output, it’d be easy to forget just how great an actor Robert De Niro can be, but then an incredible part like Bernie Madoff comes along to remind you of his supreme talent and all is right with the world again.

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Dolph Lundgren to Play King Nereus in “Aquaman” Opposite Jason Momoa

Dolph Lundgren AquamanThe Rocky IV star will play King Nereus, the ruler of the aquatic kingdom of Xebel, who claims Mera as his own and has it in for Momoa’s Aquaman.

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Sarah Polley Is the Best Kind of Filmmaker to Adapt “The Best Kind of People”

Sarah Polley The Best Kind of PeopleZoe Whittall’s acclaimed novel follows a respected prep school teacher who is arrested for a sex crime — news that devastates his family, who become social pariahs as their community turns on them even though there are still questions surrounding his guilt.

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Sylvester Stallone Signs On for “Escape Plan 3” as Titus Welliver, UFC Champ Tyron Woodley Join “Part 2”

Escape Plan Sylvester StalloneDirector Steven C. Miller works lean and mean, regularly completing more than 150 camera set-ups a day. It’s that kind of efficiency behind the camera that explains why EFO is bringing him back to direct the third film. By sticking to a tight schedule, Miller helps the company keep production costs down.

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Josh Brolin to Play Cable in “Deadpool 2” and Beyond, Sources Confirm Before Ryan Reynolds

BrolinCable_ExcerptSources say Brad Pitt was reluctant to sign a multi-picture deal that called for as many as five films. Brolin’s deal is reportedly for four movies — an issue that was surely a point of contention during negotiations.

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“The Mist” Trailer Is Here to Screw With Your Mind (Video)

The Mist Spike TVBased on a chilling story by Stephen King, The Mist follows the residents of Bridgeville, Maine as they find themselves engulfed by a foreboding mist containing a myriad of inexplicable and bizarre threats that put their humanity to the test.

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“Rogue One” Honest Trailer Points Out All the Shots From the Ads That Weren’t In the Film (Video)

Rogue One ExcerptThe Screen Junkies gang is back to riff on the first Star Wars spinoff, which according to them, should be retitled Suicide Squad: An Unnecessary Star Wars Story.

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PRINCE OF DARKNESS (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMPrince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire sheds light on the obscure story of Hamilton, who was mentioned in an obituary for Cornelius Vanderbilt as the tycoon’s true rival.

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Brad Pitt to Star in James Gray’s Secretive Sci-Fi Movie “Ad Astra,” And We’ve Got New Plot Details

Brad Pitt Ad Astra Gray has been vague regarding plot details but it is known that Pitt will play Roy McBride, an Army Corps engineer who embarks on a mission across the galaxy to discover the truth about his father, who disappeared in space 20 years earlier while searching for signs of alien life. But there’s more to it than that…

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HOSTAGE TO THE DEVIL (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMFather Martin was a former Jesuit priest who became a frequent critic of the Catholic Church as well as an expert in the field of exorcism. He is sometimes cited as an inspiration for William Peter Blatty’s famed novel The Exorcist, a comparison that incensed the man, who wrote 17 books in his lifetime.

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HILLBILLY ELEGY (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMChronicles J.D. Vance’s upbringing in the Rust Belt city of Middletown, Ohio, and the Appalachian town of Jackson, Kentucky, where he grew up among the working class “hillbillies.” He and his family endured social and economic hardships, and also struggled with drug addiction.

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“Bone Collector” Author Jeffery Deaver on New Book “The Burial Hour,” His Stalker, and Which Oscar Winner Should Play Lincoln Rhyme Next

Jeffery Deaver The Burial Hour“I carry a gun from time to time… I’m less concerned about a terrorist attack by ISIS or Al Qaeda than the guy next to you in line who flips out when you bump into him and he spills his soda,” says the crime writer.

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Spike Lee Pays Tribute to “Rodney King” in Netflix Trailer for Roger Guenveur Smith’s Powerful One-Man Show (Video)

Rodney King Spike Lee Roger Guenveur SmithThe film offers a fresh perspective on the infamous incident courtesy of Guenveur Smith, who has been performing this monologue for several years, earning no shortage of critical acclaim.

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“Spectacular” Reunion in the Works, as Miles Teller Will Join Shailene Woodley in STX’s Survival Thriller “Adrift”

Miles Teller Shailene Woodley AdriftBaltasar Kormakur (Everest) is directing Adrift, which is based on a true story about a couple who set sail for Tahiti when a massive storm ruined their boat, leaving them stranded at sea roughly 1,500 miles from Hawaii.

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Meet the Real-Life “Rocky” in First Trailer for Liev Schreiber’s Boxing Movie “Chuck” (Video)

Liev Schreiber ChuckChuck Wepner was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career when his life changed overnight in 1975 after being chosen to take on Muhammad Ali in a highly-publicized heavyweight title match that, as legend has it, was witnessed by Sylvester Stallone.

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Melissa Leo Owns the Mother-Effin’ Strip in New Trailer for Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” (Video)

I'm Dying Up HereJim Carrey executive produces this one-hour drama series set in the not-so-glamorous world of stand-up comedy in the ’70s, when comics and audiences alike were less concerned about political correctness.

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THE PUNCH ESCROW (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA sci-fi thriller with a love story at its core, the action unfolds in the year 2147, when teleportation is the travel method of choice and most diseases are curable. The story’s protagonist, Joel Byram, lives a normal life, spending his days training AI engines to act more human — until the day he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting.

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