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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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The Miz Has Some Potentially Great News for Fellow WWE ‘Raw’ Superstar Baron Corbin

Baron Corbin is far from a fan-favorite wrestler, but fellow WWERaw” Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin reminded TheWrap that could all turn around — just look at his own career.

“It took 13 years for people to realize my talent, I think. If you really think about it– a lot of people say Baron Corbin is that heel that you just can’t stand, you don’t want to watch, blah, blah, blah,” Miz said in an interview leading up to a (particularly) busy week for him and his wife Maryse. “I was that guy for a long time. It took a long, long time.”

To be clear, it was Mike, the former “Real World” cast member, who brought up Corbin. We asked Miz about his current positioning as a good guy — a.k.a. a “babyface,” in wrestling parlance — on WWE TV. He had played a heel — a bad guy — for a long time,
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TV Review: ‘Another Life’

Netflix’s new series “Another Life” brings Katee Sackhoff back into space, a decade after the conclusion of “Battlestar Galactica,” the beloved series on which she starred. But her new series looks more like the rest of the fare on the SyFy network — it’s inelegantly made and operates less in the realm of ideas than in pure scares. It’s not ineffective, but little in “Another Life” connects to do much more than the purely visceral.

Which is too bad, not least because the show starts from a point that suggests it has big things on its mind. The
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Vince McMahon Out of Excuses for WWE Woes

When World Wrestling Entertainment reported its sluggish first-quarter performance in April, CEO Vince McMahon blamed it on “superstar absences,” the temporary sidelining of many of his star grapplers due to injuries accumulated in 2018 and early 2019.

But now that WWE is on the verge of releasing its second-quarter numbers on July 25, McMahon is going to have to come up with a new excuse if his company’s Q2 results remain soft.

A Variety analysis indicates that although nearly all of the injured wrestlers McMahon referenced returned to the ring in the first half of 2019, ratings for WWE’s flagship TV properties,
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Tom Hanks Channels Mister Rogers in ‘Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Trailer

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood because Sony debuted the first trailer for its Mister Rogers movie starring Tom Hanks.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is inspired by a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers (Hanks) and Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys), a cynical journalist assigned to write a profile of the long-running television host.

“This piece will be for an issue about heroes,” Rhys’ character tells Rogers in the new clip. “Do you consider yourself a hero?”

He responds, “We are trying to give the world positive ways of dealing with their feelings.”

“There are many things you can do,” Rogers offers up. “You can play all the lowest keys on the piano at the same time.”

The feel-good film highlights the important of kindness in a skeptical world.

“Sometimes we have to ask for help and that’s okay,” Rogers concludes in the trailer. “I think the
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Helen Mirren Holds ‘Absolute Power’ in HBO’s ‘Catherine the Great’ Trailer (Video)

Helen Mirren Holds ‘Absolute Power’ in HBO’s ‘Catherine the Great’ Trailer (Video)
You know what Helen Mirren holds in her hand in the trailer for HBO miniseries “Catherine the Great”? “Absolute power.”

That’s not the only great line of from the Oscar winner in the one-minute, 10-second preview.

“When I was young I dreamed of freedom, I dreamed of breaking chains,” Catherine (Mirren) says. “But, as you get older your choices narrow. So, instead I gave us an empire, but I knew exactly what I was doing.”

And this warning: “I will not share my throne with anyone.” That includes you, Grigory.

Watch the trailer above.

Also Read: 'Watchmen': HBO Series Teases Dr Manhattan's Return to Earth in Comic-Con Trailer (Video)

In the four-part historical drama, co-produced by HBO and Sky, Mirren plays the 18th-century Russian empress who is described as “strong-minded, independent, brilliantly intelligent and sexually liberated — the definition of the modern woman.”

Catherine the Great” will follow
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Hear Alessia Cara’s Lively New Song ‘Ready’

Hear Alessia Cara’s Lively New Song ‘Ready’
Alessia Cara dissects a frustrating relationship in her lively new song “Ready.” Over a reggae-pop groove built on booming drum fills and buzzing synths, the singer-songwriter ponders, “Why do I care so much about you, boy? You know I do/ I think a million thoughts, but only half get through to you.”

“Ready” is the first single from Cara’s newly announced This Summer Ep, out September 6th via Def Jam Recordings. “Caught the writing bug out of the blue and made an Ep,” she wrote on Instagram of the release,
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Watch Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Trailer (Video)

Well, that was wonderful. Sony on Monday dropped the first trailer for the drama “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” that stars Tom Hanks as kids TV icon Mister Rogers.

We’ve seen images of Hanks stepping into the big loafers of Fred Rogers, but in this first full trailer, Hanks steps directly onto the set of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and even nails his inflection perfectly.

Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) directs the film that’s loosely based on the 1998 Esquire article by journalist Tom Junod, and it’s a story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. The film follows a jaded magazine writer who is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers but is doubtful of Rogers’ optimism. Over time, the two form a friendship and he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor.

Also Read: Tom Hanks Had to Chill
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It’s Wayne’s World Now at the NRA

Washington — Wayne Lapierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, increasingly looks like the last man standing at the powerful gun lobbying group.

Lapierre orchestrated the departures of Oliver North, the former NRA president who raised the alarm about questionable accounting under Lapierre’s watch, and Chris Cox, the former head of the gun group’s powerful political and lobbying groups. Mid-level employees who were not aligned with Lapierre have left the group or been shown the door. Late last week, Jennifer Baker, the longtime top communications aide for the NRA’s lobbying arm,
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Amid Box Office Woes, Momentum Grows for Variable Pricing at Movie Theaters

Stuber took in a surprisingly strong $1.4 million, up a huge 72 percent from the day before and not all that far behind the $2.2 million it earned Sunday. The secret behind the number wasn't a post-opening marketing blitz waged in hopes of salvaging the R-rated Fox film, but a "discount Tuesday."

In thousands of theaters across the country, the cost of a ticket on that day can be a third of the normal price — as low as $6 in New York and Los Angeles,...

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Box Office: 'Lion King' Nudges Disney Toward Record Year of $1B Hits

Box Office: 'Lion King' Nudges Disney Toward Record Year of $1B Hits
What a weekend for Disney.

As if it didn't already have enough to crow about, Jon Favreau's The Lion King opened to a record-breaking $185 million domestically for an early global total of $531 million; Avengers: Endgame passed up Avatar to become the top film of all time not adjusted for inflation; and Aladdin is on the verge of magically jumping the $1 billion mark globally.

Disney's film empire accounts for $7 billion in ticket sales at the 2019 worldwide box office — or as much as 46 percent of the $15.9 billion collected by movies released on more ...
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‘The Burnt Orange Heresy,’ With Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland, to Close Venice

The Burnt Orange Heresy,” starring Mick Jagger as a reclusive art dealer alongside Elizabeth Debicki (“Widows”), Claes Bang (“The Square”) and Donald Sutherland, has been selected as the Venice Film Festival closer.

The English-language art heist movie marks Italian director Giuseppe Capotondi’s first time back at Venice since 2009, when his debut feature film, the taut thriller “The Double Hour,” made a splash on the Lido. That film won its star, Kseniya Rappoport, the best actress prize.

Described as a contemporary “erotic neo-noir thriller” in the festival’s synopsis, “The Burnt Orange Heresy” sees charismatic art critic James Figueras (Bang) hook up with provocative and alluring fellow American Berenice Hollis (Debicki). “He’s a classic anti-hero in the making with a charm that masks his ambition, whilst she’s an innocent touring Europe, enjoying the freedom of being whoever she wishes,” the festival said.

The lovers travel to the lavish
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