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‘Doctor Who’ Showrunner to Press: ‘Shut the Hell Up’ About Jodie Whittaker Backlash

14 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Outgoing “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat blames the media for what he says is a false narrative about backlash against the casting of a woman in the show’s title role.

“There has been so many press articles about the backlash among the ‘Doctor Who’ fandom against the casting of a female Doctor,” Moffat said Sunday at Comic-Con. “There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative ‘Doctor Who’ fandom has utterly embraced that change completely — 80 percent approval on social media, not that I check these things obsessively. And yet so many people wanted to pretend there’s a problem. There isn’t.”

Jodie Whittaker will take over the role of the Doctor from Peter Capaldi beginning next season. Whitaker will be the 13th actor to portray the character, and the first woman.

Doctor Who” fans, Moffat said, “are more excited by the fact that there’s going to »


- Daniel Holloway

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‘Wonder Woman’ Becomes Top-Grossing Summer Film as Warner Bros. Crosses $1 Billion Domestically

18 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

On the same day Warner Bros. wowed fans with trailers for “Justice League” and “Ready Player One” at Comic-Con, “Wonder Woman” passed “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to become the highest domestic-grossing film of the summer. In addition, the estimated $50.5 million opening for Christopher Nolan’s WWII film “Dunkirk” has pushed WB past the $1 billion domestic mark for the 17th consecutive year, a streak longer than any other in Hollywood. “Wonder Woman” grossed an estimated $4.6 million in its eighth weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total to $389 million. “Wonder Woman” has shown incredible staying power, currently holding »


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‘Dunkirk’ Claims Box Office Victory With $50.5 Million Opening

22 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Riding strong word of mouth and rave reviews, Warner Bros.’ “Dunkirk” took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $50.5 million, blowing by the $30-40 million pre-weekend projections set by independent trackers. By comparison, director Christopher Nolan’s previous film, “Interstellar,” made $49.5 million over a five-day opening in November 2014, and went on to nearly post a 4x multiple with a $188 million domestic total. IMAX, which supplied the cameras for the project, played a major factor in pushing the film past projection windows. On 402 IMAX screens, “Dunkirk” made $11.7 million for a per screen average »


- Jeremy Fuster

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New ‘Black Panther’ Footage Gets Standing Ovation at Comic-Con

22 July 2017 7:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Who was happier to see new “Black Panther” footage at San Diego Comic-Con: The fans or the cast?

It was a close call as the audience in Hall H on Saturday leapt to its feet, while the star-studded ensemble grinned and joined together for a group hug. The moderator of Marvel’s panel on Saturday, Chris Hardwick, informed the crowd that the stars had just seen the fresh film footage for the first time as well. Basically, it was loud.

Director Ryan Coogler introduced the footage, which was for the Comic-Con crowd’s eyes only, following a brief Q&A with a long lineup of cast members, including Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

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The scene opened in a high-end poker room. Boseman, Nyong’o, and Gurira’s characters whisper as Serkis arrives to negotiate a »


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‘Doctor Who’: Pearl Mackie Confirms She’s Exiting Series After Christmas Episode

14 hours ago | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Comic-Con panel for “Doctor Who” was always going to be a bit bittersweet since this was the last one for Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Sadly, Pearl Mackie, who plays new companion Bill Potts, also confirmed that she will be leaving the series after the Christmas special.

Mackie has become an instant fan-favorite from her very first episode. Bill Potts had the honor of being the first openly gay companion in the series. While her sexuality wasn’t the main focus for her character, it wasn’t ignored either. In scenes throughout the season, various characters were seen accepting the fact that she is gay with no real issues. In the season finale, she was seen joining her love interest from the first episode to explore space aboard an alien ship.

Read More‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Teaser Trailer: Two Doctors Tackle a Twist in Time

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- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Sneak Peek Hints at Season 2 Case

15 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” was one of the final pop culture pieces to present at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but fans of the BBC America sci-fi series were not left disappointed.

That’s because a new sneak peek for Season 2 has officially dropped, featuring stars Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, and Jade Eshete.

In the clip, Barnett’s titular Dirk finds himself held captive in some sort of futuristic prison. Wood and Eshete then break into the building in an attempt to rescue their eccentric friend — complete with their same masks from Season 1. Unfortunately, it turns out just to be a bad dream with Dirk remaining in the clutches of his captors.

Dirk Gently” is based on novels by Douglas Adams, the beloved British author who wrote “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Max Landis created, primarily wrote, and exec produced the series.

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Venice Critics' Week Unveils Lineup

40 minutes ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Venice International Film Critics' Week on Monday unveiled its lineup, which includes seven debut films and two out-of-competition selections.

All films in the sidebar will have their world premieres in Venice.

The films will compete for the Critics’ Week audience award, as well as prizes for most innovative film and best technical contribution. They are also eligible, as is the case with all competitive sections of the Venice Film Festival, to compete for the Lion of the Future award for best debut film, complete with a $100,000 prize.

The Critics’ Week lineup will open with Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion, »


- Ariston Anderson

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'Twin Peaks' Recap: The Pie's the Limit

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Call it a hunch, but William Hastings probably isn't the only guy who had his mind blown by this week's Twin Peaks – he's just the messiest.

We're 11 episodes deep now, and David Lynch and Mark Frost's reborn show is so damned good that it often feels unfair to everything else on television. When these two are operating at their Peak powers, even the best and brightest of the competition can't hold a candle to the duo's ability to leap back and forth between comedy, tragedy, suspense and outright horror »


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Golden Screen Rejects MM2 Asia’s Bid to Acquire Stake in Singapore’s Largest Cinema Chain

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Singapore-based MM2 Asia’s plan to acquire a 50% stake in the country’s largest cinema chain has collapsed after the owner of the rest of the shares did not approve the plan.

It was announced Monday that the Singaporean media mini-conglomerate failed to get approval from Golden Screen, which owns half the stakes in Dartina Development. Dartina Development runs the Golden Village cinema business in Singapore.

MM2 Asia is the first film company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. On June 13, the company made the acquisition plan public, announcing that it was in talks with Village Cinemas Australia to buy Village’s 50% share of Dartina for $133 million (S$184 million).

The deal was made on condition that approval from Golden Screen, which owns the rest of the stakes in the Golden Village theater chain, be granted by July 21. But such approval was not obtained by the deadline.

MM2 Asia said it was exploring other options.

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- Vivienne Chow

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Oliver Stone Gets Putin Praise, Will Receive Sarajevo Film Festival Honor

1 hour ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised Oscar-winning Hollywood director Oliver Stone, commenting in favorable terms on his recently released The Putin Interviews.

The news came as organizers unveiled Monday that Stone is set to collect the Sarajevo Film Festival's Heart of Sarajevo Award next month.

"I mostly liked Oliver Stone himself," Putin was quoted as saying by Russian news agency Interfax. "He is an unusual and very profound person and a very balanced and comfortable interlocutor."

According to Putin, he hasn't yet had an opportunity to watch the entire interview series. "I'm sure that Oliver Stone is a »


- Vladimir Kozlov ,Nick Holdsworth

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Nicolas Cage's Kazakh Film Festival Photo Sparks Online Hilarity

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Nicolas Cage has told hosts at the  Eurasia Film Festival in Kazakhstan that he would be happy to appear in a film shot in the Central Asian country.

The actor was photographed wearing a tradition Kazakh coat and hat — usually worn by the nomadic horsemen of the Central Asian steppes — at the opening of the festival in the country's futurist capital of Astana, an image that soon went viral.

The photo, showing Cage standing next to the wife of a senior official — according to some reports the country's First Lady Sara Nazarbayeva — »


- Nick Holdsworth

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Sarajevo Film Festival To Pay Tribute To Oliver Stone

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oliver Stone will be honored at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival. Stone will be in town for the 23rd edition of the Festival, where he will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo.

Stone is a three-time Oscar winner and one of the preeminent filmmakers of his generation, making movies including “Platoon,” “Wall Street,” and “Natural Born Killers.”

He has also made documentary series, with his four-part interview series with Russian president Vladimir Putin, “The Putin Interviews,” launching on Showtime earlier this year.

The Sarajevo Film Festival runs from August 11 to 18. The organizers have already said that comedy actor John Cleese will also receive the Honorary Heart accolade this year.

Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco (“After Lucia”) heads the jury for the Festival’s competition program.

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BBC Boss Responds to Female Stars Over Pay: ‘We Need to Do More’

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The director general of the BBC, Tony Hall, has responded to a letter from the public broadcaster’s female stars over its gender pay gap, acknowledging that the organization must do more to fix the problem and adding that the salary figures for next year will “look very different.”

Last week, the BBC was forced to publish the earnings and names of the stars whom it pays more than £150,000 ($195,600), revealing a startling pay gap between men and women.

Two thirds of the top earners were men, prompting a group of the BBC’s female stars to sign an open letter to Hall in which they wrote: “You have said that you will ‘sort’ the gender pay gap by 2020, but the BBC has known about the pay disparity for years. We all want to go on the record to call upon you to act now.”

Hall responded with his own letter, saying »


- Stewart Clarke

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‘Game of Thrones': Why ‘The Prince That Was Promised’ Prophecy Mistranslation is a Big Deal

3 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

(Note: This post contains spoilers for the July 23 episode of “Game of Thrones”, “Stormborn.”) For season after season of “Game of Thrones,” several people in Westeros have been worried about a certain prophecy about the Prince That Was Promised, the mythical figure who will lead the world in the fight to defeat the White Walkers. Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the Red Woman, spent most of “Game of Thrones” telling Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) he was the Prince That Was Promised. Obviously, that wasn’t true, since Stannis died. After that Melisandre thought it might be Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), since she. »


- Phil Hornshaw

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Game of Thrones Recap: The Fullness of Time

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If Arya returns to Winterfell, will she also return to her hopeful self? »

- Nina Shen Rastogi

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Game of Thrones 101: Theon Greyjoy’s Biggest Moments (Photos)

6 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) begins “Game of Thrones” as the cocky ward to Ned Stark. When Ned dies and Robb Stark leaves Winterfell, Theon gets a bit too cocky, and it’s downhill from there. But we saw him get redeemed in a few ways at the end of season 5 and in season 6… but did things go south in season 7? Here’s the story of Theon Greyjoy so far. At the beginning of the series, Theon lives at Winterfell with the Starks. That’s because his father, Balon Greyjoy, was defeated by Ned and Robert Baratheon in the rebellion. It’s. »


- Ashley Boucher

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‘Game of Thrones’ recap: Top 6 moments from ‘Stormborn’ including a gruesome sea battle

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HBO’s “Game of Thrones” quickened the pace and turned up the action in its second episode of Season Seven on Sunday night. Those antsy from the premiere surely found much to enjoy in this hour thanks to the return of familiar faces and a gruesome sea battle. Here are the top six moments from “Stormborn.” […] »


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Game of Thrones’ John Bradley Assures Everyone that Jon Snow Is Even More Handsome in Person

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“You’re like, ‘good lord.’” »

- Tolly Wright

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Twin Peaks Recap: He’s Dead

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Maybe cherry pie will save us all. »

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‘Game of Thrones': Theon Made the Right Call (Commentary)

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(Spoilers ahead for the July 23 episode of “Game of Thrones,” “Stormborn.” In the closing moments of “Stormborn,” the second episode of “Game of Thrones'” seventh season, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) was dealt a major setback when her fleet, commanded by renegade Ironborn Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan), was ambushed — and seemingly wrecked — by the fleet commanded by her uncle, King Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek). The shocker came after an entire episode spent lulling viewers into a false sense of safety with fan service moment after fan service moment, but made all the more shocking by the final scene. Yara’s brother, »


- Phil Owen and Ross A. Lincoln

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