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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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.

73rd annual Tony Awards: Full List Of Winners

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Hadestown was the big winner at Sunday night’s 2019 Tony Awards, taking home eight awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The Ferryman also had a great night, winning four awards including Best Play.

The Glee Project‘s Ali Stroker won best featured actress in a musical for her role in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”.

“This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge, who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena. You are.”

For the second time, James Corden hosted the event, live from Radio City Music Hall and aired on CBS.

The full list of winners is below.

Best Musical: “Hadestown”
Best Play: “The Ferryman”
Best Revival of a Musical: “Oklahoma!”
Best Revival of a Play: “The Boys in the Band”
Best Book of a Musical: “Tootsie,” Robert Horn
Best Original Score: “Hadestown,” music and lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell
Best Direction of a Play: Sam Mendes, “The Ferryman”
Best Direction of a Musical: Rachel Chavkin, “Hadestown”
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“Hadestown” And “Ain’t Too Proud” Top Tony Award 2019 Noms

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This year’s nominations for the 73rd annual Tony Awards has been announced, which honors the best plays, musicals, and performances of Broadway season 2018-2019.

Gayle King, together with Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon revealed this year’s nominees on Tuesday morning.

“The Ferryman” the leader in the main categories, scoring nominations for best play, best actor in a play and best actress in a play for Paddy Considine and Laura Donnelly.

Written by Jez Butterworth, the critically acclaimed play tells the story of the family of a former IRA activist, living in their farmhouse in rural Northern Ireland in 1981.

“Hadestown” is also well-represented in the nominations list. The stage musical adaptation, which tells a version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orpheus journeys to the underworld to rescue his fiancée Eurydice, led all nominations with 14 in total, with noms in major acting categories with the exception of Best Actor.

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards is set to air on June 9, 2019, Sunday from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. James Corden is set to return to host the ceremonies.

Check out the nominations list below.

Best Play
Choir Boy
The Ferryman
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Ink
What the Constitution Means to Me

Best Musical
Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations
Beetlejuice
Hadestown
The Prom
Tootsie

Best Revival of a Play
Arthur Miller’s All My Sons
The Boys in the Band
Burn This
Torch Song
The Waverly Gallery

Best Revival of a Musical
Kiss Me, Kate
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
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Documentary: ‘What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’

‘What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Lands in Movie Theaters Nationwide For One Night Only on May 13.

Fans will get a special look into Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the new documentary – “What We Left Behind: Looking Back at Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” – arrives in movie theaters across the country for one night only on May 13, 2019.

The film presents a fascinating in-depth look at the past, present and future of a series whose dark, edgy take on Gene Roddenberry’s vision was often misunderstood when it premiered but has grown into a beloved mainstay in the Star Trek franchise.

Featuring extensive new interviews with the cast and crew of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as newly remastered HD footage from the television series, “What We Left Behind” also focuses on the original writers of the series as they craft a brand-new episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, developing what would be the eighth-season premiere if the show were to return to the air today.
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TCL Chinese Theatres to Open Second MX4D Theatre Venue with Hollywood Esports at Theatre Box

Theatre Box®, the new luxury cinema, dining and entertainment complex located at 701 Fifth Ave. in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, will welcome the addition of TCL Chinese Theatres’ esports venture, Hollywood Esports®, to its repertoire in September 2019.

Theatre Box will be the second location to feature the unique cinema design of Hollywood Esports, launched by TCL Chinese Theatres in partnership with MediaMation and Wilshire Consulting. The Hollywood Esports theatre will enable Theatre Box to convert an auditorium between “Cinema Mode” and “Esports Mode” in less than one hour, allowing for the showing of MX4D films and hosting of esports tournaments and events. At 73,000 square feet, Theatre Box houses eight luxury dine-in TCL Chinese Theatres, Sugar Factory American Brasserie restaurant, Sugar Factory café retail and gelato and Chocolate Lounge. Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out Sports Bar and Pitbull’s iLov305 rooftop bar will open in the second phase of Theatre Box.

“TCL Chinese Theatres has been an innovator in the cinema industry for more than 92 years and continues to expand into esports and appeal to an audience of moviegoers and gamers,” said Robert K. Laity, CEO of Hollywood Esports. “We welcome the opportunity to expand with TCL Chinese Theatres into San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.”
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Teaser Trailer For Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” Released

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We finally get a first look at at Quentin Tarantino’s long-anticipated upcoming ninth film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Also released this week is the first poster for the ensemble film, showing Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio standing in front a car with the Hollywood sign partly featured on the background.

The teaser trailer features a collage of the 1969 Hollywood scene and introduces the main characters, including Bruce Lee who is shown on a film set seemingly choreographing a fight scene.

The film follows Rick Dalton (played by DiCaprio), the former star of a Western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt), who are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore.

Margot Robbie is set to portray actress Sharon Tate who, along with nine other people, were brutally killed at her home by Charles Manson’s cult followers.

Also in the ensemble cast are James Marsden, Al Pacino, Burt Reynolds, Damian Lewis, Julia Butters, Luke Perry, Clifton Collins Jr., Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Keith Jefferson, and Nicholas Hammond.

Tarantino is writing, directing and producing the film. Filming is expected to start this summer and will be released by Sony.

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ hits theaters July 26, 2019.

Chris Hemsworth To Play Hulk Hogan

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The “Thor” actor is set to play wrestler and 80s’ icon Hulk Hogan in the upcoming biopic.

The film is set to be directed by “The Hangover” film series creator and director Todd Phillips, with the script to be written by Scott Silver. The two recently worked together in the upcoming “The Joker” film with stars Joaquin Phoenix.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic will focus on the rise of Hogan’s popularity and is described as an origin story of Hulkamania.

Hogan, who’s real name is Terry Gene Bollea, has had a big following in the world of pro wrestling, which later led to his mainstream popularity. He also appeared in a few films including his portrayal as “Thunderlips” in “Rocky III” (1982). In recent years, Hogan has faced scandals which led to WWE, formerly WWF (World Wrestling Federation) terminating his contract.

Bollea himself will be serving as a consultant on the movie as well as executive producer.

Hemsworth will next be seen in this summer’s upcoming blockbusters “Avengers: Endgame” and “Men in Black: International” and possibly later this year in “Dhaka”.

Alfonso Cuaron Take Top Honor At DGA Awards

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Alfonso Cuarón’s march towards Oscars 2019 glory continues after winning top feature film for “Roma” at Saturday’s Directors Guild Awards, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles.

The director won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, beating out other nominees such as Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book.”

The same award was won last year by Guillermo del Toro, who later won Best Director at the 2018 Oscars for “The Shape of Water” which also won Best Picture.

Cuaron is on his way to potentially repeating a feat he achieved with 2013 sci-fi thriller “Gravity” which also won him best director at both the DGAs and the Academy Awards. He also wrote, co-edited, co-photographed, co-produced the film, which stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

The black and white semi-autobiographical drama chronicles a tumultuous year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

Other big winners on Saturday were McKay, taking the the drama series award for HBO’s “Succession,” and Ben Stiller for movies for television and limited series category for Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora.” See the full list of winners at www.dga.org.

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