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Shannen Doherty Joins ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 in Luke Perry Tribute

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Shannen Doherty Joins ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 in Luke Perry Tribute
Riverdale” is planning to make a special tribute to Luke Perry.

The show’s executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced at Comic-Con that Shannen Doherty, Perry’s longtime friend and “Beverly Hills 90210” co-star, will guest star in the season 4 premiere. The tribute episode will “reflect Perry’s enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character” Fred Andrews had on the series. Precise details on Doherty’s character are being kept under wraps, but Aguirre-Sacasa described it as “very emotional.”

Perry died in March, 2019 at the age of 52 after suffering a major stroke. At the time, Doherty expressed that she was “struggling with this loss” and that “processing (it) is impossible.”

Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that he and Perry had been planning to have Doherty on the show for some time and that her presence in the series is “something that Luke wanted to happen since season 1.” Perry played the father to Kj Apa’s Archie.
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‘Supernatural’ Cast And Creators Tease Details For Final Season, Prepare For Emotional Goodbye and Give Away Show’s Iconic Impala – Comic-Con

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‘Supernatural’ Cast And Creators Tease Details For Final Season, Prepare For Emotional Goodbye and Give Away Show’s Iconic Impala – Comic-Con
On Sunday morning, the cast and creators of Supernatural took the dais in Hall H during Comic-Con — for the last time. Series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, and Alexander Calvert and executive producers Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Eugenie Ross-Leming, Brad Buckner, and Robert Berens stepped on to the stage in what will be a long goodbye as they will end the CW series after the upcoming 15th season.

An extensive reel of Supernatural‘s greatest hits (it was over 10 minutes long!) that included footage from all 14 seasons set to the tunes of Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “Bad Moon Rising” as well as Kansas’ iconic “Carry on Wayward Son”. There were lots of familiar faces and plenty of cheers in the video scrapbook celebrating the 14 seasons. That’s a lot of footage — but it is the longest-running sci-fi/genre series in the history of American broadcast television,
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'The Lion King' Debuts with Record $185M & 'Endgame' Becomes Global #1

'The Lion King' Debuts with Record $185M & 'Endgame' Becomes Global #1
Yet again, it took another Disney film to energize the weekend box office as this was the first weekend in the last six to top the same weekend last year and it's all thanks to Disney's The Lion King, which topped the weekend box office with a record $185 million, surpassing the total gross for the same weekend last year all on its own. Disney's success this weekend didn't end there, either, as Avengers: Endgame surpassed Avatar to become the highest grossing worldwide release of all-time. With an estimated $185 million, Disney's The Lion King topped the weekend box office with a record opening weekend for the month of July, topping the previous record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($169.1m). The debut is the second largest opening of the year so far and seventh largest of all-time. The film's debut in 4,725 locations was also a record and
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Marvel Phase 4 Plan Revealed, But Comic-Con’s Big Winner is Disney Plus

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Marvel Phase 4 Plan Revealed, But Comic-Con’s Big Winner is Disney Plus
In a triumphant return to the San Diego Comic-Con main stage, leadership at Marvel Studios managed some splashy surprises and showed off risky creative bets for the next two years of content coming from the superhero operation.

But the biggest takeaway from the Saturday presentation inside Hall H was how important Marvel will make Disney Plus, the new digital streaming product and Netflix rival that the Walt Disney Company is launching in November.

While Variety previously reported that Marvel’s TV series would share the same worlds of the cinematic universe, it was made abundantly clear by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige that a Disney Plus subscription will be essential for keeping current on the narratives fans will see in theaters.

When the sequel “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” hits in May 2021, Benedict Cumberbatch will be joined by his fellow Avenger Elizabeth Olsen, aka Scarlet Witch. But to
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Paul Krassner Dies: Author And Radical Activist Was 87

Paul Krassner Dies: Author And Radical Activist Was 87
Paul Krassner, an author and radical political activist credited with naming the Yippies, has died. He passed Sunday at his home in Desert Hot Springs, according to his daughter, Holly Krassner Dawson. He was 87.

Krassner was an old-line counterculture figure whose political activism made a large impact on the 1960s.

The Youth International Party, which became more widely known as the Yippies, ran a pig for president and threw dollar bills on the New York Stock Exchange floor, to name two political pranks.

Krassner was a free speech advocate and later a widely known author who appeared at many political and entertainment events, lending the voice of experience to the Diy movement.

Sorry to hear this. One of a kind, truly.

Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 21, 2019

Rip the satirical genius Paul Krassner. His insanely ballsy approach to political comedy stands ever taller today. We did a couple of live shows together
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‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ Renewed For Season 4 By DC Universe – Comic-Con

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‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ Renewed For Season 4 By DC Universe – Comic-Con
There will be a fourth season for DC Universe’s popular teenage superhero animated series Young Justice: Outsiders.

Creators and producers Greg Weisman and Brandon Vietti announced the renewal and screened a new episode of the popular series today at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Weisman and Vietti said production is already underway on the fourth installment.

The animated series follows the teenage superheroes of the DC Universe as they come of age in an animated world of superpowers, supervillains and super secrets. In the new season, the team faces its greatest challenge as it takes on meta-human trafficking and the terrifying threat it creates for a society caught in the crossfire of a genetic arms race spanning the globe and the galaxy.

Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) executive prodcues Young Justice: Outsiders from Warner Bros. Animation.
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‘Riverdale’ Season 4: They’re Finally Doing a Halloween Episode, Jughead’s Going to Prep School

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‘Riverdale’ Season 4: They’re Finally Doing a Halloween Episode, Jughead’s Going to Prep School
The “Riverdale” team dropped a heap of Season 4 news on fans during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday, revealing they’re finally doing a Halloween episode and Cole Sprouse’s Jughead is heading to prep school for senior year.

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also said Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) are going to become partners with a “Risky Business”-like storyline involving “maple syrup rum,” and Archie (Kj Apa) is starting a freakin’ band with his friends, y’all: The Archies, the group featured in the original Archie comics.

Plus, Bughead fans are going to be tested, as Betty (Lili Reinhart) is going to be dealing with Jughead’s move to a new school — and the fact that they just found out they share a half brother — and Josie will return for the first episode of Season 4.

Also Read: 'Riverdale': Shannen Doherty to
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Nicole Kidman Weighs in on Possible Big Little Lies Season 3 Renewal

Nicole Kidman Weighs in on Possible Big Little Lies Season 3 Renewal
Big Little Lies fans are itching for a third season of the Emmy-winning HBO show, but there is a tall order involved for a renewal to happen. Cast member Nicole Kidman weighed in on the matter in a recent interview with News Corp Australia, posted on Saturday, a day before the season two finale. "I think we would love to do a season three because there is certainly ideas," she said. "But we would not do it without all of the same people involved...even the kids." Fans were thrilled and somewhat surprised to even get a second season for HBO's female-driven, A-list cast ensemble limited drama series, which also stars returning actresses Reese Witherspoon, Shailene...
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‘Impractical Jokers’ Picked Up For Ninth Season By truTV

‘Impractical Jokers’ Picked Up For Ninth Season By truTV
WarnerMedia’s truTV isn’t kidding – Impractical Jokers has been picked up for its ninth season. The renewal of the original series featuring James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano will be on the network through 2020.

The announcement was made tonight at the fourth annual Impractical Jokers fan event at the Park at Petco Park in San Diego during a special live streamed Q&a.

The 26-episode order finds the show ranking as the #1 comedy series in cable among P18-49, delivering an average of 768,000 people in Live +7 viewing and reaching more than 1.2 million total viewers each week.

Created and executive produced by its stars, collectively known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, the series recently filmed its landmark 200th episode, which is slated to premiere early next year.

In addition to a reprise of its annual fan event in San Diego, truTV brought Impractical Jokers
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Truth Be Told

‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 Finale Recap: Truth Be Told
A review of “I Want To Know,” the Big Little Lies Season Two finale, coming up just as soon as I have connections for my sugar cereals…

Midway through “I Want To Know,” Ed calms Madeline‘s fears about their marriage by offering to renew their vows. But, he tells her, “This is not some, like, ‘Put a tidy ribbon on it, bygones be bygones’ ending, Ok? This is a shot at a new beginning.”

Which of those options was this finale meant to be? A tidy ribbon to the story of Big Little Lies,
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Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4: Why Diversity Is the New Superpower

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Marvel Studios’ Comic-Con presentation on Saturday wasn’t just a celebration of the success of “Avengers: Endgame” and a map of the company’s upcoming film slate — it was also a clear demonstration of a more diverse future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and perhaps Hollywood overall.

It’s not entirely accurate to say that the previous waves of Marvel films were led by three white guys named Chris. But it’s true that despite the growing diversity of casting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has so far had mostly white and male stars in the title roles.

But as fans saw on Saturday in Hall H, Phase 4 is a very different animal. Kicking off next May with the standalone “Black Widow” film starring Scarlett Johansson. Then in November 2020 comes “The Eternals” with Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani and Tony-nominated deaf actress Lauren Ridloff, followed by “Shang-Chi and The
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Pete Buttigieg Interview with Country Radio Host Stopped from Airing

Country radio host Blair Garner describes himself as “not a political guy,” but when Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg reached out and asked for an interview on his show, “The Blair Garner Show,” the host agreed and invited him to his studio in Nashville where they spoke for twenty minutes. But when Garner wanted to air the interview, Cumulus Media, which nationally syndicates Garner’s show, blocked it from being broadcast at all.

Garner, unhappy with Cumulus’s decision, posted a Soundcloud link to the interview on Twitter and composed
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‘Batwoman,’ a Black Female 007, and Good vs. Bad Pandering

‘Batwoman,’ a Black Female 007, and Good vs. Bad Pandering
When do Hollywood’s efforts at increased diversity feel like progress, and when do they feel like pandering? That’s the question pondered on the latest “Low Key” podcast, thanks to a report that a black actress, Lashana Lynch, may play 007 in the next James Bond film. You can listen below or right here:

On every episode of the “Low Key” podcast, co-hosts Aaron Lanton, Keith Dennie and me talk about pop culture subtleties, often through a racial lens. This week we’re joined by super-guest host Sarah Lanton, who happens to be married to Aaron.

On this episode, we talk about how we’re happy to hear that Lashana Lynch might play 007 (James Bond will reportedly still be played by Daniel Craig) — but wonder if her casting is meant as a way to placate fans who want a black James Bond — specifically Idris Elba.

Our discussion of the Bond
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Movie Trailers This Week: 'Cats,' 'Hustlers,' 'Knives Out' and More

Movie Trailers This Week: 'Cats,' 'Hustlers,' 'Knives Out' and More
Chris Evans stars in Rian Johnson's latest film, Knives Out, while films with all-star casts such as Tom Hooper's Cats (Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson) and Lorene Scafaria's Hustlers (Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, Cardi B) also released their debut trailers this week.

Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and Matthew Goode star in The King's Man. David Oyelowo and Storm Reid star in Don't Let Go. John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key and John Leguizamo star in Playing With Fire.

Comic-Con also hosted trailer releases this week, including It: ...
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Trump Is ‘Guilty of High Crimes and Misdemeanors,’ House Judiciary Chair Says

On Sunday, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-ny) spoke with Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace about the importance of the much-anticipated testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller slated for Wednesday before both the Judiciary Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The Fox News host started the interview with a question that seemed to infer that Mueller’s coming testimony is either theatrics by the Democrats or simply a waste of time.

“Why are you putting Mueller and the country through this?” Wallace asked.

But Nadler went right
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‘The Lion King’: Cursed by the Uncanny Valley? No, Blessed by the Uncanny Chiwetel Ejiofor (Column)

I’m astonished that people are having an uncanny-valley problem with Disney’s live-action version of “The Lion King.” Characters like Simba and Mufasa have been described as having “dead eyes,” but I saw the movie well before I heard any of those complaints, and their eyes seemed utterly expressive and alive to me. Besides, the characters are meant to look like real animals, who don’t over-emote.

That, you could argue, is the essential difference between the new “Lion King” and the original. The 1994 version was an anthropomorphic cartoon in the classic Disney tradition of cuddly facial elasticity; the characters wore every thought and feeling on their beastly but really entirely humanoid features. In the live-action version, which is, of course, nearly as much of an animated film (it’s just a different kind of animated film), the characters have a photo-realist splendor that’s (intentionally) more deadpan, and that allows us to imagine,
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Comic-Con Winners and Losers From Film, TV and Comics Panels

Comic-Con Winners and Losers From Film, TV and Comics Panels
Heading into the 50th annual San Diego Comic-Con, much of the conversation focused on its limited film offerings and a lack of movie stars and the abundance (60-plus) of TV panels. What emerged over the five-day pop culture confab was a more intimate affair, peppered with a surprise appearance or three.

Limited number of movie panels? No fear, TV has it covered. Box office star Henry Cavill took over Hall H for Netflix's fantasy drama series The Witcher, while AMC's The Walking Dead announced leading man Andrew Lincoln would return not on the basic cable network but exclusively ...
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'The Lion King': All the Box Office Records Broken

'The Lion King': All the Box Office Records Broken
Hakuna matata, indeed.

If anyone wondered whether lukewarm reviews would pose trouble for the opening weekend of The Lion King, the answer is no. Ditto for concern that audiences are fed up with Disney remakes, as the movie scored the best start ever among its fellow stable of films after earning an A CinemaScore and glowing exit scores from ticket buyers.

The Lion King stampeded to an estimated $185 million in its North American debut for a 10-day worldwide total of $531 million through Sunday (it opened a week early in China, where it has earned $97.5 million to date). The ...
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The Promise Behind Marvel's Phase 4 Slate

The Promise Behind Marvel's Phase 4 Slate
For months we’ve heard Kevin Feige tease the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe post-Avengers: Endgame, with the promise of a very different Phase 4. At Saturday night’s Comic-Con panel for Marvel Studios, Feige not only delivered but blew the roof off of Hall H with a Phase 4 lineup that marks a new chapter for the McU with plenty of new characters, new filmmakers, and a few familiar faces returning in new ways. That lineup includes: Black Widow, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, WandaVision, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Loki, What If…?, ...
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How Cooking-Travel Shows Are Changing TV

Toyo hunches over his street food stove, cooking tuna with a blow torch, stopping to light his cigarette with it and produce a cheeky grin.

The Japanese chef, who owns a roadside stand in the city of Osaka, is one of many highlighted in the Netflix series “Street Food.” Over the course of 30 minutes, Toyo talks about his difficult upbringing and his tooth and nail fight to open the restaurant and keep it that way.

Being able to see stories like Toyo’s on screen is one of the beauties of food TV in the era in which we currently find ourselves.
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