Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

Has San Diego Become the Con of Diminishing Returns?

SDCC“When you add it all up and factor in the role the internet plays in all of this, it means the exclusivity and uniqueness that used to be the main attraction of San Diego Comic-Con since 1970 is over,” writes John Steven Rocha.

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Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, Nat Faxon to Voice Leads of Matt Groening’s Animated Netflix Series “Disenchantment”

Matt Groening DisenchantmentSet in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, the adult fantasy comedy series will feature ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses, and lots of human fools.

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TIFF Speculation Swirling Around “Blade Runner 2049” on Eve of Announcement

Blade Runner 2049Besides Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, you can expect to see Margot Robbie, Jessica Chastain and Ben Stiller north of the border come September.

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“Dunkirk” Dominated the Box Office, But “Girls Trip” Still “Won” the Weekend

Dunkirk ReviewSTX stuck to its guns by releasing Valerian in mid-July, surrounded by franchise films and Christopher Nolan’s latest. Sure enough, it wound up dead in the water, posting the same opening weekend number as The Fifth Element 20 years ago. Not good, and all the foreign pre-sales in the world won’t make it a winner.

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Anne Hathaway in Negotiations to Star in “Barbie” Movie at Sony

Anne Hathaway STXA recent New York Times profile of producer Amy Pascal timed to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming pulled back the curtain on a deal that has been brewing for several months.

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Jeff’s “A Little Off” in “My Friend Dahmer” Trailer Starring Ross Lynch as Future Serial Killer (Video)

Ross Lynch My Friend DahmerThe former Disney Channel star had never heard of Dahmer when he auditioned, but he wouldn’t be the first young actor to get a career bump from the creepy role, as Jeremy Renner also played Dahmer prior to The Hurt Locker.

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Fox Acquires Suspense Novel “The Marriage Pact” for Chernin to Produce

The Marriage PactThe story follows newlyweds Alice and Jake, who after receiving an enticing wedding gift, decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact. However, the young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life.

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“James Bond 25” Gets a Release Date Before a Director, Star or Studio

Daniel Craig James Bond 25007’s next adventure is slated to open between a pair of Warner Bros. releases, including a new DC movie. Should Warners land the Bond franchise, expect the studio to shuffle those other release dates.

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Jon Bernthal, John Hawkes, Yelawolf Join Shia LaBeouf in “The Peanut Butter Falcon”

Shia LaBeouf Peanut Butter FalconDakota Johnson co-stars as a kind nurse who helps LaBeouf get a young man with Down syndrome (newcomer Zachary Gottsagen) to a professional wresting school in rural North Carolina.

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“Thor: Ragnarok” Trailer Pits Chris Hemsworth Against Hulk and the Grandmaster (Video)

Thor3Taika Waititi directed the comic book movie, which looks just like most Marvel movies, but with more of the filmmaker’s trademark quirky humor and a couple of nifty haircuts for our two leads.

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Michelle Pfeiffer to Play Janet Van Dyne in “Ant-Man and the Wasp”

Michelle Pfeiffer Ant-Man 2Marvel also revealed that Laurence Fishburne has joined the cast at Dr. Bill Foster, and it confirmed the Tracking Board’s scoop that Randall Park will play Jimmy Woo.

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“Stranger Things” Returns to the Upside Down in Season 2 Trailer (Video)

Stranger Things 2 TrailerJudging from the trailer, the Stranger Things kids will take on an even bigger threat in the second season, which appears to have had its budget increased following the show’s breakout success.

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New “Star Trek: Discovery” Trailer Sets Phasers to “Stun” at Comic-Con (Video)

Star Trek: Discovery Trailer 2The new sci-fi series features a diverse cast that includes Jason Isaacs, Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, James Frain, Mary Wiseman, Shazad Latif and Anthony Rapp, the latter of whom plays the first openly gay Star Trek character on TV.

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New “LEGO Ninjago Movie” Trailer Finds Dave Franco Confronting His Evil Lineage (Video)

Lego Ninjago TrailerIn this big-screen battle for Ninjago City, Dave Franco plays young Master Builder Lloyd, who is a secret ninja warrior along with his friends. Led by Master Wu (Jackie Chan), they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux), who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.

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Comic-Con: New “Justice League” Trailer Shows Off Villain Steppenwolf, Wonder Woman Kicking Ass (Video)

Justice League Trailer 3The question is whether Henry Cavill will return as Superman. Though Jason Momoa told a young child that the Man of Steel is indeed dead, the big “S” on the Justice League poster suggests otherwise.

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Comic-Con: “Wonder Woman 2,” “Flashpoint” Coming Soon to WB’s DCEU

The FlashFlashpoint sees Barry Allen travel back in time to save his mother from being murdered. However, when he returns to the present, the world is in chaos and the Justice League isn’t around to help, forcing the Flash to save the day on his own.

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Comic-Con: Are You Ready for the “Ready Player One” Trailer? Watch It Now (Video)

Ready Player One LogoDon’t be surprised if the cast is overshadowed by the appearance of pop culture icons such as the Iron Giant, Freddy Krueger and the DeLorean from Back to the Future, not to mention references to Akira.

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“Landline” Review: Jenny Slate Comedy Is a Beautifully Detailed Period Piece But It Doesn’t Break Any New Ground

Landline Review“It’s easy to lose the parents in a film like this, but both John Turturro and Edie Falco have their moments, and Landline allows both of them prove just how nimble they are at character-building,” writes Drew McWeeny.

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Todd McFarlane to Write and Direct “Spawn” Movie for Blumhouse

Todd McFarlane Spawn BlumhouseReleased in 1997, the original Spawn movie grossed $87 million worldwide, though the soundtrack was better than the actual movie. By taking the reins himself this time, McFarlane seems to be acknowledging that the first film left room for improvement.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: “Doctor Doom,” “Shazam” and That “Wrinkle in Time” Trailer (Video)

A Wrinkle in Time TrailerCollider’s Christina Radish joins the show to discuss Matt Damon’s RFK biopic landing the Dark Tower director, and the secret movie that Steven Soderbergh shot on an iPhone.

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“9/11” Movie Trailer: Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg Fight to Survive (Video)

Charlie Sheen 9/11Sheen plays a man trapped in a North Tower elevator along with Gina Gershon, Luis Guzman, Wood Harris, Olga Fonda, Bruce Davison and Jacqueline Bisset.

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Sam Esmail to Write and Direct Bermuda Triangle Movie for Universal

Sam Esmail Bermuda TriangleGiven the other Bermuda Triangle projects in the works around town, including one at Skydance from director Sam Raimi, Universal is understandably keeping plot details surrounding Esmail’s take under wraps.

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“Only the Brave” Trailer: Could It Knock “Backdraft” Off Its Perch as the Best Movie About Fire? (Video)

Only the Brave TrailerJoseph Kosinski directed the firefighter drama, which stars Miles Teller, Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, James Badge Dale and Taylor Kitsch as the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

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Comic-Con: Noah Hawley Developing “Doctor Doom” Movie at Fox

Doctor Doom Noah HawleyThe primary villain in the Fantastic Four comics, Doctor Doom was previously played on the big screen by Julian McMahon and Toby Kebbell. Hawley would like recast the role, according to insiders.

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Will Smith’s “Bright” Puts a Fresh Spin on “Diversity” in New Trailer for David Ayer’s Netflix Movie (Video)

Bright Will SmithJoel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez co-star alongside Lucy Fry, Ike Barinholtz, Jay Hernandez, Margaret Cho, Dawn Olivieri and Kenneth Choi.

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“Burning Sands” Filmmaker Gerard McMurray Elected to Direct “The Purge 4”

Gerard McMurray Purge 4Universal will release the untitled horror movie two days before Marvel drops Ant-Man and the Wasp and Lionsgate unveils The Spy Who Dumped Me.

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“Jigsaw” Trailer Lays a Trap This Halloween as the “Game” Continues (Video)

Jigsaw TrailerThe Spierig brothers are directing this latest chapter, so maybe it will be a return to form for the franchise, not that its fans seem to care. After all, these movies have grossed more than $870 million worldwide.

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Mads Mikkelsen to Play Villain in “Chaos Walking” Starring Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley

Mads Mikkelsen Chaos WalkingDoug Liman is directing Lionsgate’s post-apocalyptic thriller, which is based on the bestselling YA novel by Patrick Ness.

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Margot Robbie to Produce Mark Townend’s Sci-Fi Thriller “Augmented” for Warner Bros. (Updated)

AugmentedSet in a future where people are enhancing their lives with smart technology implants, Augmented follows a successful criminal defense attorney who has her body hijacked by an anonymous hacker and struggles to prevent him from using her to commit a series of proxy murders.

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“Conjuring 2” Scribe to Update “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” for Warner Bros.

Invasion of the Body SnatchersThere’s no word on what direction the new movie will take, but the material lends itself toward political allegory, and the right director could have a field day with this time-tested property.

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