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James Gunn Cools Talk Of Adam Warlock Being Introduced In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

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The “time must be right” before Adam Warlock is introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Or so says James Gunn, writer and director on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Coming out of Vol. 2 and its delightful post-credits scene, one which Gunn himself fought to keep in the finished cut, many had assumed that Warlock was a shoo-in for the third Guardians movie. But it appears that’s not the case.

Per Twitter, the Marvel mainstay conceded that Adam Warlock was almost left waiting in the wings during Vol. 2, as he wasn’t part of the studio’s plans for either Infinity War or Avengers 4. “We had no plans for him in general,” according to Gunn.

Turns out that’s still very much the case, as the filmmaker recently stressed that Warlock was “never confirmed” for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is now incubating in the formative stages of development »

- Michael Briers

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Why Does Every Star Wars Episode End Without Dialogue?

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It’s hard to determine what makes a film timeless, since films are like technology: they only improve as time moves forward. Great works of the past, whether they were westerns, comedies or science fiction, reside in a figurative Smithsonian, and deservedly so. That’s where paradigm-shifting, zeitgeist-infusing, thrill-inducing wonders belong after setting the stage for a new generation of movies. Movies that have eclipsed them in special effects, writing, acting, costumes, cinematography, set design, and direction. We don’t realize it because nostalgia clouds judgment even worse than the dark side. No one really acknowledges greatness until it’s far behind in the rear view mirror.

And yet, there are some things that remain as extraordinary as when they were invented. Sunglasses. In N Out. Game 7. Star Wars.

Of all the reasons to keep watching Star Wars movies, one is often overlooked: there are lots of secrets stashed in that galaxy far, »

- Sean Galusha

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Blast From The Past: Examining How Justice League Plays On Our Nostalgia

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While watching Justice League, you get the sense that it brings an end to the first phase of Dceu movies.

In 2011, the company kicked things off with Man of Steel and now, at last, we’ve come to what fans hoped would be the crowning glory of the Dceu – Justice League, the movie in which the comic book titan’s greatest heroes unite against the threat of Steppenwolf. Unfortunately, it’s proving to be a bit of a disappointment critically, and commercially. Failing to crack even $100 million during its opening weekend, Marvel remains the clear box office frontrunner, but that wasn’t always the case.

DC’s heroes have been standing tall on the big screen since 1978, and as a result, the company has tried to ensure that Justice League pays homage to this rich cinematic history as much as it can. They’ve done this by carefully infusing the »

- Tom Bacon

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Is WB Shooting More Footage For The Justice League Extended Cut?

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Justice League is now out and, unsurprisingly, it’s splitting people right down the middle. Many fans love it, but critics are giving the film a pounding. Everyone, however, is intrigued to know how it was changed from its original cut.

In case you’ve missed all the behind the scenes upheaval, Zack Snyder had to hand the keys of the movie over to Joss Whedon due to a family tragedy, meaning the reshoots altered Justice League in some major ways. We’re told that only 15-20% of the final cut is Whedon’s, but we suspect this might be underselling it a bit. What exactly belongs to the Avengers director and what came from Snyder isn’t too hard to spot in the film itself, and while a report surfaced over the weekend detailing most of the scenes that had been removed, there’s still been no word on »

- Matt Joseph

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Several Returning Villains Revealed For Crisis On Earth-x

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At last, the latest Arrowverse crossover is right around the corner!

Titled “Crisis on Earth-x,” the event airs next week and sees the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow collide when they have to face an invasion led by their Nazi doppelgangers from another Earth (Earth-x, to be exact). Previous promo images and posters have highlighted the league of heroes, but this new one-sheet puts the focus on the battle between good and evil.

Resembling the comic book-inspired art poster that announced the title of the crossover the other month, the image sets the Arrowverse heroes (Supergirl, Green Arrow, Flash, Atom, Wild Dog, White Canary, Mister Terrific and Vibe) against the Earth-x’ers (Overgirl, Dark Arrow, Blitzen). And, judging by the Nazi-esque banners on the skyscrapers in the background, it looks like this almighty battle is taking place on the latter’s plantet.

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- Christian Bone

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The Avengers And The Incredible Hulk Easter Eggs Spotted In The Punisher

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The Marvel/Netflix series have always been grittier and more mature than the McU movies, but The Punisher  pushes the boundaries more than the previous five shows released on the streaming service. The other Defenders were even forbidden from taking part in it in order to keep its ultra-violent tone distinct and unique. All that said, it is still connected to the wider Marvel universe and even featured a few welcome easter eggs for fans to pick up on.

For instance, in episode 9 – “Front Towards Enemy” – Karen Page receives a threatening letter from terrorist Lewis Wilson while in her office at the New York Bulletin. If you draw your attention slightly to the left, you’ll see a couple of interesting framed front pages of the paper.

Check them out in the image below:

The first one’s headline reads “Harlem Terror” and features a blurry image of the Hulk. »

- Christian Bone

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Norman Reedus Teases More Rick/Daryl Conflict To Come In The Walking Dead Season 8

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After being separated for most of season 7, The Walking Dead season 8 has seen Rick Grimes and his best bud Daryl Dixon come to loggerheads over their differing approaches in the fight against the Saviors. Due to being captured and tortured by Negan last season, Daryl is taking a ‘no prisoners’ standpoint, putting down any enemies they come across. Meanwhile, Rick is more open to a fairer fight.

In episode 5 “The Big Scary U,” this conflict came to a head when Daryl wanted to blow a hole in the Sanctuary and unleash a horde of walkers on the unsuspecting Saviors inside. Rick, however, didn’t agree with murdering the workers and families like this and the pair broke out into a fight, with Daryl eventually riding away on his bike, leaving Rick alone.

Chatting to EW in a recent interview, Norman Reedus spoke about how he believes that neither Rick nor Daryl is wrong, »

- Christian Bone

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First Look At Benedict Cumberbatch In New TV Series Patrick Melrose

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Following on from some set photos which saw the actor filming on the streets of Scotland while donning an eye patch, Sky Atlantic and Showtime have unveiled the first official image of Benedict Cumberbatch in Patrick Melrose, his latest TV project. The Sherlock star is looking dapper as the titular protagonist, decked out in sunglasses, a fashionable scarf and coat and a cigarette in hand.

For those unfamiliar with the project, Patrick Melrose is a five-part series based on the semi-autobiographical novels of Edward St. Aubyn, which follow his dysfunctional upbringing as part of an upper-class English family and his later alcohol and heroin addictions, as well as his loves and losses. The character of Melrose has been described as “an aristocratic and outrageously funny playboy who struggles to overcome the damage inflicted by a horribly abusive father and the mother who tacitly condoned the behavior.”

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- Christian Bone

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Screenwriters Rashida Jones And Will McCormack No Longer Involved In Toy Story 4 Amid John Lasseter Scandal

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It seems Toy Story 4 is in need of new screenwriters.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Rashida Jones walked out on the animated sequel after John Lasseter, the renown head of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, made an “unwanted advance.” This news comes just as Lasseter takes a six-month leave of absence because of unspecified “missteps.”

Disney’s official statement on the matter failed to mention specifics, but the allegations against John Lasseter are beginning to mount. At the time of writing, Jones has not responded to her alleged incident with the Pixar co-founder, though it should be noted that she’s still listed as Toy Story 4‘s screenwriter. Her writing partner, Will McCormack, also left the project early on in a show of solidarity.

As the director of both Toy Story and its beloved sequel, these accusations are shocking and deeply troubling, and subsequent reports have alleged »

- Michael Briers

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New Video Points Out All Of The Many Similarities Between Justice League And The Avengers

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Justice League and The Avengers, two giants of Hollywood’s superhero scene, have more in common than we initially thought.

Sure, there’s the core premise that brings together a raft of costumed crusaders to confront a common enemy – not to mention Joss Whedon’s end-game contribution on Justice League, for which he received a writing credit alongside Chris Terrio (Star Wars: Episode IX) – but a new video essay pieced together by Screen Crush has identified all of the many parallels that exist between Justice League and Joss Whedon’s 2012 epic. And, well, there’s quite a few. Spoilers ahead!

Still with us? Let’s begin at the start: Justice League gets going in earnest when an otherworldly villain (Loki/Steppenwolf) wages war against Earth in order to retrieve a cube-shaped artifact (The Tesseract/Mother Box). It’s a threat that sends two characters – one male, one female – scrambling across »

- Michael Briers

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson Remains Coy About Potential Skywalker Reunion

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Entertainment Weekly continues to peel back the many layers of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

From Poe and Leia’s ironclad bond to the erratic Kylo Ren, the outlet has left no stone unturned in its coverage of the upcoming Star Wars sequel, and the spotlight has now turned toward the Skywalker twins: Luke and Leia.

Together with Han Solo, they were the anchor points of Lucasfilm’s original trilogy. And yet, the star-crossed duo spent the entirety of The Force Awakens on opposite ends of the galaxy, as Luke Skywalker’s exile drove him all the way to the remote Oceanic planet known as Ahch-To. He is, in the words of Mark Hamill, a “broken warrior” once The Last Jedi begins, but the question remains: will Rian Johnson’s follow-up signal a reunion for the Leia and her long-lost brother? Turns out it’s not as simple as it sounds. »

- Michael Briers

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Pixar Co-Founder Leaving Company After Sexual Harassment Allegations

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With Coco gearing up to hit theaters this weekend, Pixar has announced some shocking and troubling news, as we’re learning today that co-founder John Lasseter will be taking a six-month leave of absence from the company after “difficult conversations” regarding some “missteps” he’s made over the years. Though the official statement from the filmmaker chose to omit the exact details surrounding his exit, THR now has the full story.

Lasseter, who’s directed numerous films for the studio, including Toy StoryToy Story 2 and Cars, is apparently known for “grabbing, kissing, [and] making comments about physical attributes” to his employees. He’s also said to be a heavy drinker and reportedly even made an unwanted advance on Rashida Jones back when she was working on Toy Story 4.

In a memo to the company that was released this morning to get ahead of the story before it broke, »

- Matt Joseph

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The Punisher Features A Sneaky Black Widow Easter Egg

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Spoilers to follow…

All of the Marvel/Netflix shows are only tangentially-related to the movies of the McU, but The Punisher is even more removed than most. For obvious reasons, it would take the viewer out of the story if we were reminded that aliens and gods and whatnot existed in the same world as a gritty, gun-toting vigilante. However, it is a Marvel product and so, The Punisher does feature a very sneaky easter egg that name-checks one of the Avengers.

In episode 6, “The Judas Goat,” Lewis Wilson (Daniel Webber) murders O’Connor – who lied about being a veteran – in a fit of rage. As he’s attacking the guy, we can briefly see a stack of old VHS tapes and DVDs atop O’Connor’s TV, and one of them is titled Black Widow.

See for yourself in the screenshot below:

No, this isn’t suggesting that there »

- Christian Bone

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The Walking Dead Ratings Slump To Six-Year Low

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Not even The Walking Dead can stay on top forever.

Despite AMC’s bold projection for another decade of flesh-munching action, season 8 of The Walking Dead is struggling to maintain any consistency on the ratings front, after “The Big Scary U” slumped to a six-year low – not since November of 2011 has Twd scored a 3.4 rating among adults aged 18-49, the key demographic.

Yes, this is the lowest score for The Walking Dead since season 2’s “Secrets,” which only mustered 3.1 from the 18-49 audience. To be fair, “The Big Scary U” faced strong competition from both Sunday Night Football and the American Music Awards, which occupied NBC and ABC, respectively. Even still, this is a 13 percent dip from last week’s well-received (and Ezekiel-centric) “Some Guy.”

Viewership-wise, The Walking Dead season 8 hasn’t managed to pull in the same numbers as previous instalments, but with a winter finale imminent (December 10th »

- Michael Briers

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Crisis On Earth-x Begins In New Supergirl Promo

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If anything, November 2017 is going to be a month for DC fans to remember. Not only has Justice League arrived in theaters, but, in less than one week, The CW will be rolling out their next massive Arrowverse crossover, “Crisis on Earth-x.”

For those of you who have been keeping up, you know that the first promo for the big mashup began running the other week during broadcasts of Supergirl and its other sister shows. Sure, it may have been all of ten seconds, but it was enough to get us more than hyped.

More recently, we were treated to one sizable trailer proving that despite these shows not having the deep budget of their silver screen counterparts, that doesn’t mean they can’t make the dreams of comic book fans a reality. In short, we expect there to be much in the way of mind-blowing action sequences and sci-fi craziness. »

- Eric Joseph

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Doctor Who: Mark Gatiss Believes Female Doctor Was Long Overdue; Calls Out Industry Sexism

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It was the announcement that almost brought the Internet to a standstill: Jodie Whittaker, star of Black Mirror and ITV drama Broadchurch, will succeed Peter Capaldi and become the first female Doctor in time for season 11. And we couldn’t be more excited.

Primed for her big debut in the Doctor Who Christmas Special, “Twice Upon a Time,” the BBC has already rolled out our first sneak peek of Whittaker as the all-powerful Time Lord, and series stalwart Mark Gatiss believes a female Doctor was long overdue.

Gatiss, who is known for roles in Game of Thrones, Sherlock and, more recently, the Guy Fawkes miniseries Gunpowder, is a writer on Doctor Who and a long-time cohort of Steven Moffat, who is prepped and ready to depart the sci-fi show alongside Capaldi. He recently sat down with the Financial Times (via Digital Spy) to discuss Doctor Who‘s impending changeover, and »

- Michael Briers

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L.A. Noire Review (PS4)

21 hours ago

Let’s make one thing clear: this year’s release of L.A. Noire is not a remaster. A remaster implies a game that has had its guts ripped out, assembled on the gurney and lovingly put back together again. Look no further than the handling of the gorgeous Uncharted Collection, which came to life anew. By contrast, L.A. Noire, resuscitated here for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, is more a straight port. Sure, load times and framerates get a very minor bump. Textures are cleaner. Edges are finer. Lighting is improved. But you’ll have to squint to notice these differences at all. Fans of the original expecting a generational leap forward will walk away disappointed.

And truth be told, visuals matter in La Noire. This is the game after all that sold itself on the merits of its motion capture technology, a process that transplanted »

- Edward Love

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The Walking Dead: Will Negan’s Past Filter Into The Planned Crossover?

21 hours ago

Beyond AMC’s core flagship, which is fast approaching its extended mid-season finale, The Walking Dead community has trained its crosshairs on two sizeable developments: the planned Walking Dead/Fear The Walking Dead crossover, and the promise that Scott Gimple and Co. will delve deep into Negan’s past.

But if Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick is to be believed, one may be folded into another. As the dust settles from Sunday’s “The Big Scary U,” which largely placed the focus on Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s big bad, Hardwick indulged in a little speculation to draw a parallel between Negan and Madison Clark, the former high school guidance counselor and lead protagonist of Fear.

Essentially, this theory supposes that Negan and Clark worked at the same high school, long before the world went to hell in a handcart. In fact, during Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, Negan »

- Michael Briers

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Superman Added To Alex Ross-Inspired Justice League Promo Photos

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For those of us who enjoyed Justice League, one of the major talking points we’ve been discussing since leaving theaters has been that of the return of Superman. After all, the “truth and justice” schtick that we’ve come to love finally reared its head in the DC Extended Universe, offering a sense of hope that some felt it lacked. And even though the Man of Steel was absent from a fair amount of the film’s marketing, the more diehard fans among us knew that his resurrection was to be expected.

One such unfortunate omission was in what happened to be the favorite poster of many, that being the one that channeled the photo-realistic artwork of comic book legend Alex Ross. Having been been plastered all over social media and proudly on display at movie theaters the world over, the group shot we’ve come to enjoy included the likes of Batman, »

- Eric Joseph

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John Landis Reveals His Secret Pitch For A Sequel To An American Werewolf In London

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Had things panned out differently, An American Werewolf in London would’ve spawned a sequel.

And we’re not talking about An American Werewolf in Paris-type situation, but a true follow-up from writer-director John Landis, who was initially approached by PolyGram back in ’91 about the possibility of revisiting his horror gem.

As revealed in the newly-published Beware The Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf In London by Paul Davis (with a tip of the hat to Digital Spy), Landis’ super-secret pitch focused on a relatively minor character from the first film: Debbie Klein.

The movie was about the girl that the boys talk about at the beginning of the movie, Debbie Klein. She gets a job in London as a literary agent and while she’s there, starts privately investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Jack and David. The conceit was that during the time in the »

- Michael Briers

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