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Comic-Com 2016 — “Doctor Strange,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Captain Marvel,” And More News From The Marvel Studios Panel

doctor-strange-comic-con-excerptMarvel Studios president Kevin Feige packed a lot of comic book movie goodness into its two-hour time slot at Comic-Con like a tasty burrito. Here are some of the big announcements and descriptions of the exclusive footage we saw in Hall H.

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Comic-Con 2016 — “Black Panther” Reveals Their All-Star Cast And It’s All Sorts Of Awesome

black-panther-logoAs a comic book fan, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is certainly aware of the heritage of the character and is genuinely determined to bring the best story that fans wants — and that includes an all-star cast.

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Comic-Con 2016 — New “Spider-Man: Homecoming” Footage Reveals Vulture As The Villain

spider-man-homecoming-excerptA presentation of the new Sony/Marvel Studios collaboration was a pleasant surprise for fanboys and fangirls in Hall H considering we thought the only thing on the menu for the day was Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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Comic-Con 2016 — New “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” Footage Includes Fleetwood Mac, Baby Groot, And Star Lord’s Daddy

guardians-of-the-galaxy-logoMarvel’s favorite ragtag group of space misfits are back and they brought a couple of new friends and some new music that will have us pining for our own copy of Star Lord’s mix tape.

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Comic-Con 2016: Eddie Redmayne Brings The Magic From “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” To Hall H

eddie-redmayne-excerptThe Academy Award-winning actor took the stage at Comic-Con in Hall H on Saturday and, sticking to the vibe of his character from the upcoming Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, shared some magic with the audience.

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Comic-Con 2016 – Warner Bros. And DC Entertainment Invade Comic-Con With “Wonder Woman,” “Justice League,” And “Suicide Squad”

dc-entertainment-excerptWarner Bros. invaded Hall H on Saturday, San Diego Comic-Con’s busiest day, with a hefty program of their titles set for release between now and 2017 including their slate of movies from DC Entertainment — which proved to be quite impressive.

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Will Beall Returns To “Aquaman” Script For James Wan And Warner Bros.

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Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall has been brought back to rewrite Aquaman for director James Wan and producer Geoff Johns. Beall worked on a previous draft of the script for Warner Bros., with several writers having been brought in since, including Jeff Nichols, Kurt Johnstad, and David Leslie Johnson.

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Comic-Con 2016 – Sia Mounts Up For “My Little Pony” Movie With Hasbro And Lionsgate

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“Chandelier” songstress Sia will lend her pop star vocals to the My Little Pony movie at Hasbro and Lionsgate, it was announced today at Comic-Con.

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Peter Chelsom To Helm “The Mirror Thief” Adaptation

peter-chelsom-wi08-14Award-winning novel The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay is getting a big-screen treatment with Peter Chelsom set to direct the adaptation, which he will write with Tinker Lindsay.

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DreamWorks & Montecito Pictures Win Female Ensemble Spec “Besties”

DreamworksAfter a heated bidding war, comedy spec Besties has landed at DreamWorks with Montecito Pictures, with a deal in the low-to-mid six figures. The spec is the first feature from Cassie Daniels and Mark Bartosic.

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Comic-Con 2016 — 5 Things We Learned From The “Snowden” Panel

snowden comic-con oliver stone joseph gordon-levittThings at San Diego Comic-Con took a political turn in Hall H when Oliver Stone appeared on the dais to promote his upcoming film Snowden. Along with stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, and Zachary Quinto, the first time Comic-Con attendee and Academy Award-winning director talked up his film about controversial whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

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Paramount Buys FBI Action Comedy Pitch From Lauryn Kahn With Adam McKay, Will Ferrell Attached To Produce

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Paramount Pictures has picked up an untitled action comedy pitch from Lauryn Kahn, which has Adam McKay and Will Ferrell attached to produce and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates helmer Jake Szymanski on board to direct.

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Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMTwo FBI agents go deep undercover as a married couple on a reality show about rich Los Angeles housewives.

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Evan Spiliotopoulos Tapped To Write “The Nutcracker” For Robert Zemeckis And Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

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The Huntsman: Winter’s War scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos has been tapped to write The Nutcracker for Universal Pictures. Robert Zemeckis will produce through is ImageMovers banner.

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Margot Robbie To Star In Universal Film “Bad Monkeys,” From Author Matt Ruff

Margot Robbie ExcerptUniversal has optioned Matt Ruff’s novel Bad Monkeys and actress Margot Robbie is now attached to star. The action-thriller film will be in production at Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark’s Bluegrass Films company, and they will also produce.

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Could Lionsgate Be Sending The “Divergent” Series To Television?

rull9j7ubkw0tdvilh80YA franchise Divergent may be making the jump to the small screen with Lionsgate planning to adapt The Divergent Series: Ascendant as a TV movie and possible spinoff television series.

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Bruce Derns Joins “Chappaquiddick” As Joe Kennedy, Alongside Jason Clarke

Bruce Dern ExcerptAcademy Award-nominated actor Bruce Dern has joined the star-studded film Chappaquiddick from director John Curran. He will star as Joe Kennedy, the patriarch of the beloved political family, who tried to protect his son from the fateful night this film depicts.

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“POKÉMON” Film Rights Go To Legendary – “Detective Pikachu” Feature Planned For 2017

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Legendary Entertainment has caught the rights to a live-action Pokémon movie, with the first feature in what is expected to be a franchise centered on the character of ‘Detective Pikachu’.

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Kirsten Dunst To Direct Dakota Fanning In Sylvia Plath Adaptation “The Bell Jar”

kirsten-dunstAcademy Award-nominated actress Kirsten Dunst is set to make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Dakota Fanning will take on the lead role of Esther Greenwood.

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Paramount Picks Up Rev. Jeffrey Brown Pitch, With Chadwick Boseman Writing

Chadwick Boseman ExcerptA pitch based on the life of Baptist minister Jeffrey Brown has been acquired by Paramount Pictures. The Untitled Jeffrey Brown Biopic comes from a pitch by Chadwick Boseman and Logan Coles, who are set to write the project, with the former possibly starring as well.

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Jennifer Hudson And Adam Sandler To Play Star-Crossed Lovers In Netflix Movie “Sandy Wexler”

jennifer hudsonJennifer Hudson will star opposite Adam Sandler in his latest Netflix feature, Sandy Wexler. Sandler will star as the titular character, a talent manager who falls in love with his client, played by Hudson.

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Ellen DeGeneres Developing “Dance Moms” Movie At Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)

Ellen Degeneres ExcerptThe popular Lifetime series Dance Moms is getting the movie treatment from the one and only Ellen Degeneres. The film is in development at A Very Good Production, Degeneres’ TV group-based production company under Warner Bros.

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Ted Melfi Pitch “Fruit Loops” Lands At Fox 2000 In Seven-Figure Deal

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After a fast and furious bidding war involving several studios, Fox 2000 has emerged victorious in picking up Fruit Loops, a comedy pitch from writer-director Ted Melfi.

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds Joined By Two More For Sci-Fi Film “Life”

Olga Dihovichnaya Ariyon BakareExcerptThe upcoming sci-fi thriller Life from Skydance and Sony has added two more cast members: Olga Dihovichnaya and Ariyon Bakare. They join the previously attached Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, and Hiroyuki Sanada.

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“Mad Men” Star Rich Sommer Joins Ed Harris In Black Comedy “A Crooked Somebody” (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sommer is set to star in the black comedy, based on a story he developed with Andrew Zilch. He will appear opposite Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, and Joanne Froggatt in the movie that will be directed by Trevor White, from a script written by Zilch.

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“The Birth Of A Nation” Director Nate Parker To Helm New Film At Legendary

nate-parker-excerptEver since Nate Parker received an outstanding ovation for his directorial debut of The Birth of a Nation at Sundance, he has been a buzzworthy filmmaker — and Legendary Pictures jumped at the chance to work with him. The production company recently acquired an original film idea from him which he will write, direct, and produce.

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Fox 2000 Lands The Rights To David Baddiel Children’s Novel “The Parent Agency”

Parent Agency ExcerptDavid Baddiel’s novel The Parent Agency, full of adventure and life lessons, has been acquired by Fox 2000. Originally published in 2014 by HarperCollins, it was the best selling hardback children’s book of 2014 and winner of the 2016 Laugh Out Loud Book Awards.

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Warner Bros Buys Tinder Rom-Com Pitch From “Swiped” Executive Producers David Newman & Keith Merryman

Keith Merryman Newman excerptWarner Bros. has picked up Worst Tinder Date Ever after making a preemptive bid on the pitch from Friends With Benefits scribes David Newman and Keith Merryman for what was reportedly a high six figure sum.

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“Rogue One” Scribe Gary Whitta To Adapt Fantasy Graphic Novel “Mouse Guard”

legendshcBoom! Studios and Twentieth Century Fox are set to adapt the graphic novel Mouse Guard for the big screen and has tapped Rogue One: A Star Wars Story writer Gary Whitta to pen the script.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About “Star Trek Beyond”

star trek kirk chris pineWith new director Justin Lin manning the ship and a handful of new characters, the third installment brings us back to the final frontier with a crew that we have grown to love since the J.J. Abrams reboot in 2009. That said, there are a lot of interesting facts about the highly anticipated sequel that we learned.

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