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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ unveils three more Spider-People, including Spider-Ham

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is not done adding Spider-People.

At Comic-Con’s Hall H Friday, Sony unveiled dazzling new footage that included our first glimpses at three new Spider-Folks: Spider-Man Noir, voiced by Nicolas Cage; Peni Parker, voiced by Kimiko Glenn; and, last but not least, Spider-Ham, voiced by John Mulaney.

In the footage, which was screened exclusively for Comic-Con, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), and Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) arrive at a mysterious building, where a smiling woman hands them “Hello my name is” stickers. Read more…

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Stephen Colbert stages a ‘presidential intervention’ for Trump

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Stephen Colbert has held a “presidential intervention” after the week’s hootenanny of events featuring Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin.

After brutally roasting Trump’s ‘double negative’ defense on Wednesday after that press conference, Colbert spent Thursday’s opening monologue on Trump’s invitation to Putin to visit the White House in the fall for another summit.

Fed up, the Late Show host staged a little intervention for the president, beginning with Trump’s questioning of the United States’ commitment to defending all NATO allies. Read more…

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MoviePass was down for hours, ruining everyone’s Friday night

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Frustrated moviegoers let out a collective scream Friday night when MoviePass stopped working. 

As customers from across the country tried to purchase tickets, they were left confused as the popular app that lets you pay a monthly subscription fee was down for several hours. The company announced on Twitter that it was aware of the issue around 7:45 p.m. ET — after social media users had complained prior —  and asked moviegoers to buy tickets at full price from the theater in exchange for a refund at a later date. The company resolved the issue around 9:30 p.m. ET and asked customers to wait to submit their refund requests until Saturday. Read more…

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‘Simpsons’ fans dream of a Mexico and Portugal World Cup final

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Fans of The Simpsons will never forget its classic parody of soccer. 

From 1997, the episode “The Cartridge Family” poked fun at the sport with its meaningless but exotic player names (“Ariaga! Ariaga II! Bariaga!”) and the impatience Americans had for the sport.

In that fictional match (which ended in a riot), Mexico and Portugal battled it out to “determine once and for all which nation is the greatest on earth.”

For followers of the sport, the inclusion of the two countries was a bit of a joke in itself at the time. When the Season 9 episode aired, Portugal’s team was on the slide, ranking 30th in the worldMexico, however, managed to reach a much more respectable 5th.  Read more…

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The first full trailer for ‘Venom’ is here

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Sony has released the first trailer for Venom, starring Tom Hardy as an antihero who gets tangled up with a mysterious and powerful symbiote. 

If the character sounds kind of familiar, you may recall that he’s frequently associated with Spider-Man – Topher Grace played a version of him in 2007’s Spider-Man 3

But this Venom exists separately from Spider-Man. The current Spidey exists in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with all the Avengers, while Venom is off doing his own thing in a different continuity.

And it’s probably just as well. Between all the corporate intrigue and action and whatever else is going on in this trailer, Venom looks like he’s got plenty on his plate already. Read more…

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Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump comes clean on ‘SNL’: ‘I do not care about America’

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Every time Saturday Night Live takes a few weeks off, the well of topical humor seems to get deeper and deeper.

Remember “Do not congratul-gate”? The note senior White House staffers allegedly gave President Trump as a reminder before his post-election call with Russian president Vladimir Putin? Seems like forever ago.

But with Alec Baldwin at their disposal, the writers at Saturday Night Live would be amiss not to cram three weeks worth of Trump jokes into a single cold open.

“First up a big congratulations to Vladimir Putin,” Baldwin said, after a perfunctory “Fox News” themed setup starring Leslie Jones as “Outnumbered” anchor Harris Faulker. Read more…

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Jennifer Lawrence, Jodie Foster will reportedly replace Casey Affleck to present Best Actress

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Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster will present the Best Actress category at the Academy Awards Sunday in lieu of Casey Affleck, Variety reports. 

The news comes after nearly a month of speculation as to who would replace Affleck. The Best Actor winner decided not to present at the end of January because he feared he’d become a distraction. 

The Manchester by the Sea star was accused of sexual harassment in two 2010 lawsuits, which mostly went under the radar, until the #MeToo movement shined a spotlight on men with histories of sexual misconduct allegations. Affleck’s publicists have characterized the lawsuits as extortion attempts. The producer and cinematographer of I’m Not Here, Affleck’s 2010 film, are the accusers. Their cases were settled out of court, with no monetary figure disclosed. Read more…

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‘The Last Jedi’ gave us the perfect answer to the question of Rey’s parents

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Spoiler alert: This post contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

As promised, Star Wars: The Last Jedi gives us a definitive answer to the question of who Rey’s parents are.

And with apologies to every fan who’s spun an elaborate theory about why she’s definitely a Kenobi, or a Skywalker, or a Solo, or a Palpatine, or what have you, she’s none of the above.

After a movie and a half’s worth of wondering about and pining after her missing family, Rey finally comes to terms with the truth in The Last Jedi: her parents were just a couple of random deadbeats who, as Kylo sneers, probably sold her off for drinking money, and are now in a pauper’s grave. Read more…

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‘Jumanji’ is a great video game movie that’s not actually based on a video game

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It’s a truism that Hollywood has a terrible track record when it comes to video game movies. But it’s not entirely accurate. There are lots of great video game movies out there – they’re just not based on actual video games.

This month, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, joins films like Edge of Tomorrow and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on the list of excellent films inspired by video games but not directly adapted from one. This one is a loose sequel to 1995’s Jumanji, which reimagines the dangerous board game as a ’90s-era video game. Read more…

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Donald Trump and Paul Manafort take a very naked shower on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Donald Trump took a naked shower with Paul Manafort on Saturday Night Live tonight, and yes, things got weirder from there.

Kicking the episode off in classic SNL fashion, Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Trump – the real-life version of whom is on his first trip to Asia as president, the late night version of whom snuck off to check on his old buddy Manafort (Alex Moffat) after his no good very bad week.  

But don’t worry. Melania is happy with the (very) fake lookalike Baldwin’s Trump sent along in his stead. In fact, she’s falling in love!

To make absolutely sure Manafort isn’t wearing a wire, Trump insisted the pair pop in the shower together, as one does. He even got in a shot at the Hollywood scandal du jour. Read more…

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So … what is Jennifer Lawrence's 'mother!' really about?

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Warning: Major spoilers for mother! are ahead.

Well, that was something.

Jennifer Lawrence’s mother! has finally arrived in theaters, and the general reaction can be summed up in three letters: WTF?

It’s clear that writer-director Darren Aronofsky is trying to say something with his new work, and that he wants to get people talking about that something. The problem is that no one quite seems able to agree on what that something is. 

Ask 10 people who’ve just seen this movie what they think it’s “really” about, and you might get half a dozen different explanations. I know, because I did just that after seeing mother! for the first time at TIFF. Read more…

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Um, this 'Doctor Who' star thinks a female Doctor is a 'loss of a role model for boys'

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Former Doctor Who star Peter Davison is stuck in a weird, weird world where role models are gendered and the idea of a woman playing the Doctor is sad.

Unfortunately, you read that right. 

After news broke that Jodie Whittaker would take on the role as the 13th Doctor—making her the first woman to do so—Davison took the time before a Comic-Con panel to share his thoughts, which sparked outrage from many on Twitter. 

“If I feel any doubts, it’s the loss of a role model for boys who I think Doctor Who is vitally important for,” Davison reportedly told the Press Association, The Guardian reports, despite previously praising Whittaker’s acting chops and urging folks to watch this season “with an open mind.” Read more…

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The first 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' reviews are in

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Are your Spidey senses tingling yet?

One of the first media screenings of Spider-Man: Homecoming took place Friday night, and while official reviews are still under embargo, audience members were allowed to share their general thoughts on social media following the film.

And boy, did people have a lot to sayMashable‘s movie reporter Angie Han noted on Twitter:

#SpiderManHomecoming is fantastic. Perfectly cast. Does an impressive job of balancing superheroics & high school drama.

— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) June 24, 2017 Read more…

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