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If You Want to Break Into Hollywood These Days, Start a Podcast

Neil Podcast Column“Podcasts are sort of perfect for TV adaptations, since they have set story structures, they’re often serialized, and they come with a built-in audience, which is exactly what IP-hungry networks are looking for,” writes Neil Turitz.

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Tom Petty Dead at 66, But Hollywood Will Help Ensure His Music Lives On Forever (Video)

Tom Petty TrioFor decades, Hollywood has turned to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to provide the perfect song for a number of films and television shows, though no one seems to have been a bigger fan than Cameron Crowe, who used Petty tunes in Jerry Maguire, Elizabethtown and We Bought a Zoo.

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Telethons Lose Their Identity as Celebrities Overshadow the Cause

Telethon“Crowdfunding has made a splash with apps like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, so now that anyone can run their own mini-telethon by sourcing funds from friends and family, what’s the point of even having a telethon,” writes Sabrina Cognata.

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Why is Horror So Popular in the “45” Era?

With Warner Bros’ “It” killing at the box office and other 2017 horror hits like Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” and Shyamalan’s “Split,” it seems like more than a coincidence.

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Essential Reading: Dynamite Entertainment’s “Magnus” Is an Inventive Take on an Old-School Comic Character

magnusTNDynamite Entertainment’s new take on Russ Manning’s Magnus Robot Fighter, first published by Gold Key in the sixties, gives a unique spin on the character, and it’s more than just changing his gender.

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E3 Wraps Up With Reviews of “Doom VFR,” “Crackdown 3” and “Super Mario Odyssey”

Doom VFRCrackdown 3 is bigger, badder and more outrageous, with more than twice as many maps as previous games. I was able to play the single-player mode, and it didn’t disappoint.

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E3 2017: New “Spider-Man” Game Features Miles Morales and Wilson Fisk, While Ubisoft Introduces Mario to the Rabbids

Spider-Man GameSony also gave us a look at French video game designer David Cage’s new game Detroit, which is very cinematic-looking in the same vein as Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.

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E3 2017: Microsoft Unveils Xbox One X, Bethesda Developing VR Experiences for “Doom,” “Fallout 4”

Xbox One XNew game titles announced by Bethesda included a very creepy Evil Within 2 trailer set to a cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, with both games released this October.

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E3’s Hottest Video Game Trailers, From “Star Wars Battlefront 2” to “Final Fantasy XII,” New “Need for Speed” (Video)

Star Wars Battlefront 2Fans of sports games can also check out updated editions of “Madden,” “FIFA” and “NBA Live.”

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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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Norm MacDonald Recalls Chilly Meeting With His Comedy Hero, “Mr. Warmth” Don Rickles, on Set of “Dirty Work”

Don RicklesIn his new memoir, MacDonald recalled being humiliated on the set of the 1998 comedy after the legendary comic made some jokes at his expense.

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Legendary Comic Don Rickles Dies at 90, Read His Letter to Donald Trump

Don RicklesRickles voiced Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story movies, though he also played a wise-cracking theater manager in Norm MacDonald’s Dirty Work, and played against type as Robert De Niro’s trusted pit boss in Martin Scorsese’s 1995 masterpiece Casino.

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Live-Action Pokémon Movie Could Happen, Colin Firth Is Back For “Kingsman,” And Wally West Suits Up (Pop Weekly)

Colin Firth KingsmanPop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway takes on the Emmy Nominations, the possibility of a live-action Pokémon movie, Fox’s brand new X-Men TV series that’s in development, and more!

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“Thor: Ragnarok” Begins Production, Negan Is Here To Stay, And “Pacific Rim 2” Gets Release Date (Pop Weekly)

Negan The Walking DeadPop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway discusses the new arrangement between Netflix and The CW and Star Trek celebrating its 50th anniversary at SDCC. Plus, Pacific Rim 2 gets a long-overdue release date, and more!

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Disney Announces “Wreck-It Ralph 2”, Lionsgate Picks Up Starz, And Netflix Heads “Back To The Future” (POP WEEKLY)

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down Disney’s announcement that a Wreck-It Ralph 2 is in the works, Lionsgate’s acquisition of premium cable outlet Starz, and the latest movies to hit Netflix. Plus, new trailers for Assassin’s Creed and Star Trek!

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Darth Vader Will Strike Back In “Rogue One” And “The Force Awakens” Wins Big At The Saturn Awards (Pop Weekly)

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down the news that Darth Vader is set to return in Rogue One, while Spider-Man: Homecoming continues to expand the cast as production gets underway. Plus, the Saturn Awards, the TCA nominees, and more!

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” Adds To Its Cast And “Supergirl” Finds Its Superman (Pop Weekly)

TB_DonaldGlover excerptPop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down the latest casting announcement for Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the news that Supergirl has found its Superman. Plus, Helen Mirren rides with Fast 8, Guardians heads to Comic-Con, and more!

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John Boyega Suits Up For “Pacific Rim 2” And “Battlestar Galactica” Finds A Fraking Screenwriter (Pop Weekly)

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down the news that Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega will star in and produce Pacific Rim 2, while the Battlestar Galactica movie has found its screenwriter. Plus, updates on Spider-Man: Homecoming, Legends of Tomorrow, and more!

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“Captain Marvel” May Have Found Its Lead But In What Film Will She First Appear?

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Galloway breaks down the new Mary Poppins with Emily Blunt, gets excited for Brie Larson to don Captain Marvel’s uniform, and gets excited for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiere in theaters this weekend.

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Disney Enchants With First “Beauty And The Beast” Teaser – Could “Little Mermaid” Be Next?

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down the first glimpse at Disney’s upcoming live-action Beauty and The Beast, and the news that the studio is considering giving The Little Mermaid the same treatment. Plus, we may be in store for more Power Rangers movies… a lot more.

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Marvel Confirms Cast Of “Thor: Ragnarok” While CW Embraces Four Nights Of DC

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down the latest Thor 3 casting news out of Marvel and the looks ahead to The CW’s fall schedule. Plus, Gilmore Girls, Ghostbusters, and more!

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{Pop Weekly} “Supergirl” Soars To CW, But ABC Kills “Agent Carter” And “Marvel’s Most Wanted”

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down some of the biggest announcements coming out from the networks, including Supergirl’s leap to The CW and ABC’s decision to kill Carter and Most Wanted. Plus, Black Panther casting news and more!

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{Pop Weekly} Disney Finds Its Han Solo, But “The Flash” Loses Its Director

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down Disney’s confirmation that Alden Ehrenreich will play the young Han Solo in the Lord & Miller directed Star Wars spinoff, and the news that Seth Grahame-Smith has fallen off of Warner’s The Flash.

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{Pop Weekly} “Doctor Who” Finds A New Traveling Companion And “Tomb Raider” Finds Its Lara Croft

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway digs into The Doctor’s traveling companion, Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft, and the Twin Peaks cast. Plus, the latest news from the Star Wars and Marvel universes.

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{Pop Weekly} “The Magnificent Seven” Mount Up, “Bourne” Is Back, And Iron Man Joins “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down the first trailers for The Magnificent Seven and Jason Bourne, and the news that Iron Man will officially make a fly-by appearance in Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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{Pop Weekly} Things Get Weird In The First “Doctor Strange” Trailer While “Spider-Man” Gets A New Title

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down the first mind-blowing trailer for Marvel’s Doctor Strange dropped, and the official title of the latest Spider-man movie. Plus, Warner Bros. confirms that Ben Affleck will star in and direct a solo Batman movie, and more!

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A First Look At “Rogue One” And An After Show For “Game Of Thrones”

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Pop Weekly’s Lauren Gallaway breaks down the first teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and discusses HBO’s new after show for Game of Thrones. Plus, some major casting news for Dr. Who, Blade Runner and Fast 8!

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Black Widow And Hawkeye Are ‘Still Friends’ In “Captain America: Civil War”

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Lauren Gallaway Breaks down the new Captain America: Civil War spot, which proves Black Widow and Hawkeye can still be friends. Plus, alliances are forged in the latest Warcraft trailer and Robin Wright joins Harrison Ford in the Blade Runner sequel.

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{Pop Weekly} “Wonder Woman” Dominates As “Batman V. Superman” Soars Into Theaters

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Batman V. Superman is taking the box office by storm, but Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is dominating the cultural conversation. In the same week that she made her theatrical debut, Warner Bros. released a first-look at her stand alone film. Plus, Lego Batman arrives in the animated comedy’s first trailer!

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Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice Review: An Emotional Roller Coaster That Does Everything Right

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As a person who regularly reviews comic book-based content for both Marvel and DC properties, and as a fan of both studios, I was excited to see this film. I was also nervous. But the intense, compelling Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice exceeded all of my expectations.

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