Marvel Set To Return To SDCC’s Hall H Next Month

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L-R: Kevin Feige, Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston at SDCC (photo: aiphotoimaging.com)

It looks like Marvel is set to return to San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H this year, Deadline is reporting.

Fans may remember that Marvel Studios skipped the stage last year, the first time this has happened since 2015, just a few months after the release of Infinity War, president of Marvel Studios stating that they didn’t have much to show.

The previous year, in 2017, the studio gave fans a taste of its upcoming blockbusters “Black Panther,” “Thor: Ragnorok,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel.”

Just after the release of this year’s Avengers: Engdame, and the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, marking the end of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3, fans are already wondering: What’s Next?

Though not a lot of details were revealed, Marvel is clearly confident enough to come back and showcase projects that are set to follow Endgame. We may possibly hear announcements and details regarding the studio’s upcoming official slate of films and release dates to hopefully give us a clue of what’s in store for fans in the future.

There is also Black Widow that we know is already in production, so we are most likely to learn more about the film’s production details, release date and (hopefully) even a clip or two. The film is set to bring back Scarlett Johansson as the title character/Natasha Romanoff, 

There is also Disney Plus, Disney’s upcoming streaming service, and how it may potentially platform Marvel characters into upcoming movies and shows.

San Diego Comic-Con is set to take place from July 18 – 21, begining with a Preview Night on Wednesday, July 17.

Wonderfilm is Heading to Amityville with Casey La Scala at the Helm

The Wonderfilm Media Corporation announced today that it has green lit the horror film “Amityville 1974” to begin principal photography in November of this year.

The film is based on the real life tragedy that spawned THE AMITYVILLE HORROR novel and subsequent films when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family on a fateful November night. This tragedy was seared into the minds of the public consciousness by writer Jay Anson, whose book “The Amityville Horror” recounted the terror experienced by a family moving into the house in 1975 but fleeing after 28 days driven out by hostile supernatural forces. Wonderfilm’s Amityville 1974 will tell the story of the DeFeo’s horrifying murderous rampage.

Casey La Scala (Donnie Darko, The Remaining) will direct from a script he wrote. Jeff Bowler and Shaun Redick (Get Out/ Blackkklansman) will produce for Wonderfilm. Todd Garner(Tag/Mortal Kombat) will also produce. Bret Saxon and Yvette Yates will Executive Produce.

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Shania Twain Announces Headlining Las Vegas Residency

One of music’s most renowned trailblazers and the top-selling female country artist of all-time, Shania Twain, is returning to the Las Vegas Strip with Shania Twain “Let’s Go!” The Las Vegas Residency, opening at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019.

Shania will serve as creative director for her new Las Vegas show, combining her three decade-long career with inspiration from her iconic videos and elements from her 2018 sold out global NOW tour. This country rebel at heart will push the boundaries in Vegas, just as she always has done, taking fans on a journey of nostalgia and blowing them away with outside-the-box concepts and visual spectacles.

Tickets go on sale to the public starting Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. PT. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, June 18 at 10 a.m. PT through Thursday, June 20 10 p.m. PT. Caesars Rewards members, Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty program, and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers will have access to a presale on Thursday, June 20 from 10 a.m. PT through 10 p.m. PT. The 23 performances going on sale are:

Dec. 2019: 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18
March 2020: 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28
May 2020: 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
June 2020: 3, 5, 6

General ticket prices begin at $60 plus applicable tax and fees, and may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com/shaniavegas or in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. All shows begin at 8 p.m.
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Marvel Reveals the Future of the X-Men in Final ‘X-Men: The Seminal Moments’ Documentary Short Episode

Just a month before the highly-anticipated debut of HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X, Marvel released an all-new episode of X-MEN: THE SEMINAL MOMENTS featuring series writer Jonathan Hickman and other legendary Marvel creators as they shed light on what the future holds for mutants across the universe.

“When Jonathan set out to tell this story, he set out to change the way people think about the Marvel mutants forever…it really shakes things up,” said X-Men Editor Jordan D. White. “The first time he told it to me, I was upset. I was like, ‘We can’t do that. We CAN’T do that.’ The more I thought about it, the more I went, ‘Wait hang on, what if we did…’”

As HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X is set to shake the Marvel Universe to its core, Hickman revealed what fans might expect from the series:

“There’s no alternate universe version of the X-Men that we’re doing – time travel, or any of that kind of stuff. This is a very cause and effect, very linear narratively straightforward story,” said Hickman. “I think the most important thing about X-Men is obviously the way that individual readers identify with the characters…my obligation is to be true to the character even though you’re putting them in new circumstances and be true to the spirit of what it means to write an X-Men book.”

HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X – written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Marvel’s Young Gun Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, and colorist Marte Gracia – will build from every major X-Men milestone since 1963 up through the current X-Men series and storylines fans know and love, including some of Marvel’s most iconic characters from over the decades. The next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men begins this July.

“Doctor Sleep” Revisits Danny From “The Shining”

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Its been nearly 40 years ago since moviegoers saw Danny Torrance and his psychic powers called “the shining” in the 1980 film adaptation of the Steven King novel of the same name.

“Doctor Sleep” follows Danny (played by Ewan McGregor) now an adult, an alcoholic and battling the childhood trauma that he experienced with his family in the Overlook Hotel. This week, Warner Bros. unveiled the film’s creepy trailer, giving audiences a first look at Danny since the events in the hotel.

Written and directed by Mike Flanagan, who directed the highly underrated Oculus from 2013 and the hit Netflix series “The Haunting of the Hill House.”

Fans should also recognize the “The Shining” theme featured in the trailer, which suggests that the sequel may indeed exist within the world of original King novel and Stanley Kubrick’s classic film.

The film co-stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) and child actress Kyliegh Curran. “Doctor Sleep” is set to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on November 8, 2019.

Film Director Franco Zeffirelli Dies at 96

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Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who famously directed the film version of “Romeo and Juliet” as well as some of world’s greatest opera singers, has died. He was 96.

Zeffirelli directed more than two dozen films, including “The Taming of the Shrew” with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and the religious miniseries with an all-star ensemble “Jesus of Nazareth.”

His work on “Romeo and Juliet” remains one of the most successful big screen adaptations of Shakespeare. The film’s popularity has been credited for helped bring Shakespeare to young film goers around the world. It also earned Zeffirelli an Oscar nomination for best director.

In 1990, Zeffirelli once again revisited Shakespeare by casting Mel Gibson in the lead role for “Hamlet”, with Glenn Close as Queen Gertrude.

His lavish work on theater and opera is equally esteemed, having directed La bohème (1982), Tosca (1985), Turandot and Don Giovanni at the New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and Don Carlo with Luciano Pavarotti and Daniela Dessi at Italy’s famed La Scala.

Born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy in 1923, Zeffirelli was the son of a wool and silk dealer and a fashion designer.

Always Sunny’s Rob McElhenney Unveils “Mythic Quest”

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and creator Rob McElhenney was at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, where he talked aobut his upcoming new show for Apple TV Plus called “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet.”

The new series was first revealed last summer although not a lot of information was available. At the time, McElhenney was attached to direct another video-game film adaptation, Minecraft, a project he vacated shortly after.

The live-action comedy series was developed by McElhenney, along with his Sunny comrade Charlie Day and executive producer Megan Ganz.

McElhenney is the lead in the series, supposedly playing an egomaniac video game studio director Ian Grimm.

“Like most of the creative directors I’ve met, he has the ego the size of a city bus,” McElhenney said on stage. “I’m going to get my ass kicked backed stage because there are lot of creative directors here.”

You can see the trailer below.

Momentum Pictures Announce NEKROTRONIC With Monica Bellucci

Momentum Pictures has announce the release date for NEKROTRONIC, the latest comedy, horror, sci-fi starring Monica Bellucci (The Matrix: Reloaded, Mozart in the Jungle) and David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings).

The film is set for release on select theaters, VOD and digital HD on August 9, 2019.

Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead) from a script written by Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead), the film co-stars Ben O’Toole (Hacksaw Ridge, The Water Diviner), Caroline Ford (Amazon’s Carnival Row, TV’s Once Upon a Time), Tess Haubrich (The Wolverine, Alien: Covenant), and Epine Bob Savea.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis
Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) – an evil demon who absorbs people’s souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan’s past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world.

Silver Surfer Rides into Deadly Waters in the SILVER SURFER: BLACK Launch Trailer

The Silver Surfer soars into his own limited series spiraling out of the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy. Get the inside scoop on this title from writer Donny Cates, artist Tradd Moore, and Editor Darren Shan in this all-new video.

“By putting Norrin in a place where he’s never been, he’s gonna come up against something in this book that is not only going to challenge him, but perhaps break him,” said Cates.

After being sucked into a black hole created by Thanos’ followers, the Sentinel of the Spaceways finds himself in an unfamiliar region of space. With his whereabouts unknown and his powers fading away, the Silver Surfer will need to risk everything to survive – even his very soul. And just when things look most dire, what unexpected ally will come to his aid?

“This is unlike any Silver Surfer comic you’ve ever read before,” teases Shan.

First Full Trailer For “Frozen 2” Released

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The full-length trailer for the highly-anticipated sequel from Walt Disney Animation has been released, and it looks like another blockbuster winner.

The sequel, a follow-up to the highly successful, billion dollar grossing animated film from 2013, brings back the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. The original of course was a global blockbuster, grossing $1.27 billion worldwide.

“Elsa, the past is not what it seems,” a troll says in the trailer. “You must find the truth. Go north, across the enchanted land and into the unknown.” The trailer also shows Elsa’s sister, who is similarly in an uncertain situation, and she is in a boat with no less than Olaf.

The original directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are also back and based on this new footage, they have not lost their magical touch one bit. Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez also return. In the original film, the two took the song “Let It Go” from the film’s soundtrack all the way to academy awards, winning Best Original Song.

“Frozen 2” is set for release later this year on Nov. 22, which by the way is the exact day the original film was released six years ago.

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