Vision & Scarlet Witch Have Their ‘Most Exciting Plotline’ in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’  

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There’s a lot going on in “Avengers: Infinity War,” but there will still be time for romance, and a “really exciting arc” for Scarlet Witch and Vision.

The two unlikely lovers have forged a bond in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, getting very close in “Captain America: Civil War.” They’ll get still closer in “Infinity War.” Set photos posted by E! earlier this year showed the characters sharing a kiss, with Vision looking more human than android.

Actor Paul Bettany told the audience at Wizard World Comic Con in Chicago (via ComicBook) that good things are ahead for the characters:

“I think, for both Lizzie and I, it’s the most exciting plotline of each of us so far.” He called the “Avengers” film “the biggest production I’ve ever been on, ever.”

Elizabeth Olsen addressed the romance between Wanda/Scarlet Witch and Vision, and the leaked set photos:

“In any other world I would say, ‘I don’t know,’ but because there are paparazzi photos that kind of spoil things for fans – I think it’s safe to say that we now get to explore that part of the comic book. We get to introduce and really explore their relationship. It creates a really exciting arc for me and I’m so lucky I get to work with [Paul] Bettany all the time now.”

Here’s more on the characters’ comic book storyline, if you’re curious.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens May 4, 2018. “Avengers 4” is now filming.

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What’s New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: September 4-10

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At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what’s new on Netflix and TV, we’ve got you covered.

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital

“The Big Sick”
This very acclaimed romantic comedy ended up a surprise box office winner, during an otherwise disappointing year. The buzzy crowd-pleaser is based on the real love story of star/co-writer Kamail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”) and his wife, co-writer Emily V. Gordon (played on screen by Zoe Kazan). Aspiring comedian Kumail meets grad student Emily after one of his stand-up sets, and the pair see their blossoming relationship challenged by the expectations of his traditional Muslim parents, and a mystery illness that strikes Emily, leaving him to try and bond with her parents. “The Big Sick” arrives on Digital HD September 5 and on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand September 19. Extras with the release include two behind-the-scenes featurettes on the making of the film, cast and filmmaker commentary, deleted scenes, and more.

“The Good Catholic”
Here’s another romantic comedy based on a true relationship. In this case, “The Good Catholic” was inspired by the love story of writer/director Paul Shoulberg’s parents: a small town priest who fell in love with a practicing nun. Daniel (Zachary Spicer) is a young, idealistic priest who struggles to find balance between his mentors — old school no-nonsense Father Victor (Danny Glover) and chain-smoking carb-addicted Father Ollie (John C. McGinley). Daniel’s passion for his calling never waivers, until he meets Jane (Wrenn Schmidt). The movie will be in select theaters and on VOD this Friday, Sept. 8.

Watch this exclusive clip from the movie, featuring John C. McGinley as Father Ollie, talking about compassion:“One Mississippi” Season 2 (Amazon Original)
Tig Notaro’s dark comedy returns for its second season starting September 8 on Amazon Prime. In Season 2, Tig, her stepfather Bill (John Rothman), and her brother (Noah Harpster) try to respect each other’s boundaries while living together in the family home in Mississippi. Tig resumes her radio career in Biloxi, but her point-of-view is a bit controversial for the local market. Check out a teaser here.

“Fallen”
This documentary on fallen police officers, narrated by Michael Chiklis, arrives in theaters and on VOD on September 8. “Every 53 hours in the United States, a police officer is killed in the line of duty. However these losses go mostly unnoticed, overshadowed by sensational, politically charged headlines of the day. ‘Fallen’ takes a deeply personal look at the stories behind these statistics. More than five years in the making, the film follows the stories of eight fallen officers from across the country. Told through the eyes of those closest to them, as well as the communities they served, these stories offer a sobering glimpse into a routinely overlooked and misunderstood reality.” Here’s the trailer:“The Limehouse Golem”
Bill Nighy stars in this thriller, based on the novel by Peter Ackroyd, which will be in select theaters and available on VOD and Digital HD on September 8. “The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer – dubbed The Limehouse Golem – is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) – a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own (Olivia Cooke), so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.”

New on DVD and Blu-ray

“All Eyez on Me”
Demetrius Shipp, Jr. plays Tupac Shakur in this bio-drama on the prolific rapper, actor, poet, and activist from his early days in New York City until his untimely death at age 25. The movie co-stars Danai Gurira, Lauren Cohan, and Kat Graham, and you can check it out on Blu-ray or DVD September 5. The Blu-ray includes three behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and Demetrius Shipp, Jr.’s audition. The DVD has two of the featurettes, including “Becoming Tupac” and “Legends Never Die: The Making of All Eyes on Me.”

Watch this exclusive clip featuring “The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira, showcasing her portrayal of Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur:“First Kill”
Hayden Christensen and Bruce Willis star in this thriller arriving on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital September 5. A successful Wall Street broker (Christensen) attempts to reconnect with his son on a hunting trip, but things take a deadly turn when they witness an attempted murder from a bank robbery gone south. The release comes with director’s commentary, deleted scenes, extended cast/crew interviews, and the featurette “Behind the Scenes of First Kill.”

“Megan Leavey”
Kate Mara stars in this war bio-drama on the life of a young Marine Corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. The film co-stars Common, Tom Felton, Edie Falco, and Bradley Whitford, and you can watch it on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on September 5. The release comes with the bonus feature “Never Give Up: An inside look at how Megan Leavey learned to trust Rex.”

“Rough Night”
Five best friends from college (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoe Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild weekend getaway in Miami in this comedy available on disc September 5. The Blu-ray includes several behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gag reel, deleted scenes, Improv-O-Rama, a Scandalous Sing-Along, and more.

“The Wedding Plan”
This critically acclaimed romantic comedy follows an Israeli woman blindsided by her fiance’s decision to call off their wedding just a month before the nuptials; she makes the hopeful decision to continue with the wedding plans, believing that Mr. Right will just appear by the set date. Watch the poignant charmer when it arrives on DVD on September 5.

New on Netflix

“BoJack Horseman” Season 4 (Netflix Original)
Where’s BoJack? Will he ever return to Hollywood? Find out when Season 4 of this brilliant adult comedy arrives on Netflix this Friday, Sept. 8.“The Confession Tapes” Season 1 (Netflix Original)
This true crime documentary series, available for streaming September 8, investigates cases where people convicted of murder claim their confessions were coerced, involuntary, or false.

“Spirit: Riding Free” Season 2 (Netflix Original)
It’s time for more adventures with Lucky, Spirit and the close-knit gang as Season 2 arrives on Netflix this Friday. Check out this exclusive clip from the new season, featuring Robert Knepper as the villain Grayson, as the PALS try to sign up for The Tarrell Circuit, a famous horse race coming to Miradero. But girls aren’t allowed to race? Hmmm…“The Walking Dead” Season 7
It’s possible TWD Season 7 will benefit from binge-watching, as opposed to week-to-week viewing. Find out for yourself when the 16 episodes arrive on Netflix on September 8. Season 8 will launch All Out War starting October 22 on AMC.

“Portlandia” Season 7
Fred and Carrie’s penultimate season is ready for you to put a bird on it starting September 9. After the 10 episodes of Season 7, there will only be one more eighth and final season of “Portlandia” to premiere in 2018. Prepare to binge it all “Battlestar Galactica” style this time next year.

TV Worth Watching

“Outlander” Season 3 (Sunday on Starz at 8 p.m.)

Aye, the Droughtlander is finally over as of this Sunday. The 13 episodes of Season 3 premiere September 10, starting with “The Battle Joined.” Watch what happens as Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) struggle on with life without each other. If you don’t have Starz (yet) but do have Xfinity, you can at least catch up on the first two seasons using Xfinity On Demand, from September 4 until September 10.

“Fear the Walking Dead” Season 3 (Sunday on AMC at 9 p.m.)
“Fear” Season 3 had its midseason finale in July, and it’s now ready to return for its second half, starting September 10 with back-to-back episodes. Here’s AMC’s synopsis for Episode 9, “Minotaur”: “In the aftermath of the Clark family’s actions, new leadership assumes control of the Ranch. Daniel assists Lola in the distribution of water.” And here’s the synopsis for “Diviner,” which will follow directly afterward: “With the Ranch dangerously low on resources, Madison and Walker leave in search of a solution. Nick and Alicia struggle to keep the peace.”

“American Horror Story: Cult” (Tuesday on FX at 10 p.m.)
Are you ready for “Election Night”? That’s the title of the AHS: Cult premiere, airing September 5. The seventh season of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology follows the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, starring usual suspects Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Cheyenne Jackson, Adina Porter, Frances Conroy, Mare Winningham, and Emma Roberts, Chaz Bono, Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Colton Haynes, Billy Eichner, Leslie Grossman, and Lena Dunham.

“Con Man” (Saturday on Syfy at 10 p.m.)
Alan Tudyk plays a washed-up, former sci-fi celebrity who revisits his glory days on the convention circuit in this comedy series that debuted on the web and is now premiering on Syfy. You can binge episodes back-to-back on Saturday night, starting at 10 p.m. and continuing till about 1:30 a.m.

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Chris Evans Reuniting With Dog Dodger Is ‘the Purest Thing’ Fans Have Ever Seen

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Be honest, Chris Evans fans, you’d probably greet him this same way after a long absence.

The Marvel hero and his dog Dodger have a beautiful true love story, but it took a dark turn in July when Evans tweeted that he was going to miss his buddy. Some fans thought that meant Dodger had passed away, but thankfully Evans just meant they would have to be apart for a couple of months while he filmed the movie “Red Sea Diving Resort.”

But that time is now up, and Evans had someone film his reunion with Dodger, who was BEYOND happy to see his daddy home:

After 10 long weeks… pic.twitter.com/pZUvyLjHN5

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) September 3, 2017

Fans melted into a sea of sighs, and one or two died and went to heaven:

BRB collapsing and drowning in a sea of tears.

— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) September 3, 2017

YESSSSS!!!!! Thank you for posting this! We all needed it! ❤️❤️❤️😍

— Megan M (@Mugsy211) September 3, 2017

this is the purest thing i’ve ever seen

— nadine ✨ (@fatsophieturner) September 3, 2017

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— Céci (@sgtbckybarnes) September 3, 2017

THANK YOU FOR COMING THROUGH WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS I LOVE YOU AND DODGER SO MUCH

— dani (@CEVANSBVCKY) September 3, 2017

This is the most precious thing I’ve ever seen

— liv (@SPlDEYSMENDES) September 3, 2017

THAT’S LIKE 700,000 DOG MINUTES CHRIS

— WeRateDogs™ (author) (@dog_rates) September 3, 2017

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— agus (@wiccanda) September 3, 2017

OK, so fans can go a wee bit over-the-top. At least it’s over something good, for a change.

In addition to “Red Sea Diving Resort,” Evans will also be seen in a little indie film called “Avengers: Infinity War,” which opens May 4, 2018.

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Box Office: ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Leads Slowest Labor Day Weekend in About Two Decades

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – A disastrous domestic summer box office is ending on a low note.

Without any fresh competition in wide release, “Hitman’s Bodyguard” appears the be the holiday weekend’s movie of choice. The Lionsgate release with Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson at the center is tracking to earn $12.9 million from 3,370 locations over the four-day weekend. Its seemingly imminent win would make “Hitman’s Bodyguard” the only flick this summer to retain the top spot on the domestic box office charts for three consecutive weekends. “Dunkirk,” “Wonder Woman,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” each stayed first for two frames.

But while the action comedy is certainly profitable at this point, its threepeat is less due to the movie’s overwhelming popularity, and more attributable to the lack of alternatives. This — the first Labor Day weekend in recent history without a new wide release — is tracking to have the lowest four-day total for the holiday in nearly two decades. The 28 movies currently in release are tracking to bring in about $94 million. Not since 1998 when “There’s Something About Mary” led the box office with $10.9 million* and all 29 movies in release earned $78.8 million has the holiday weekend dropped so low.

Of the weekend’s two medium-sized launched, Sony’s re-release of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” is faring better. The 40th anniversary theatrical event is set to take in $2.3 million for the four-day holiday weekend from 901 locations. Meanwhile, TWC’s long-delayed release “Tulip Fever” is not finding its audience. The historical drama starring Alicia Vikander is expected to earn $1.5 million from 765 locations.

September Movies Calendar: In Theaters, on Blu-ray, New VOD and More

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We want to make it easier for you to digest an entire month’s worth of movies in one sitting, so we’ve created these groovy little calendars you can use to get caught up on the month’s most notable movie releases, both in theaters and at home (note: the VOD dates may vary by platform). We’ve also littered our nerdy calendar with a few memorable events that took place during some of your favorite movies.

Check out our September calendar below!

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Today in Movie Culture: Summing Up Disney and Marvel Movies, Why ‘Night of the Living Dead’ is Free and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

Studio Tribute of the Day:

This video from Alexandre Gasulla is a perfect encapsulation of all of Walt Disney Animation movies in over 12 minutes:

Franchise Supercut of the Day:

Similarly, this video from Voordeel is a perfect encapsulation of all of the MCU in just 90 seconds:

Mashup of the Day:

Speaking of Marvel movies, BossLogic created a number of The Hitman’s Bodyguard alternate posters with Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, all of them paying homage to classic blockbusters. Here’s the best one:

Bosslogic X Hybridstudio @HitmanBodyguard Mash-up, here is number 4 (Last) #LastActionHero x #deadpool…
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Tom Holland Just Broke His Nose Again, on a Non-Marvel Film Set

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Sheesh. Tony Stark needs to create a special suit to protect Tom Holland’s nose. Somehow his nose survived the stunts of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Avengers: Infinity War” without breaking, and only got in trouble when filming “The Lost City of Z” and now “Chaos Walking.”

We don’t know the details of what happened to Holland’s nose, and only know where it happened thanks to the suddenly fitting title of his film and this hashtag:

So I broke my nose again 😂#ChaosWalking

— Tom Holland (@TomHolland1996) August 31, 2017

It doesn’t seem to have put him out of commission. He’s tweeting and posting as normal (even sharing a sweet birthday note for his Spidey co-star Zendaya).

“Chaos Walking” co-stars Daisy Ridley, Mads Mikkelsen, and Nick Jonas, among others, as an adaptation of Patrick Ness’s novel set in a dystopian world where the women are supposedly all dead (!) and the remaining living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. Holland plays lead character Todd Hewitt, and The Noise must’ve gotten to his nose somehow.

According to Den of Geek, Holland previously broke his nose while filming the jungle film “Lost City of Z.” Apparently on his last day of filming Holland was dared to do a back flip and ended up landing on his face and breaking his nose. Even with blood pouring out, they did the final scene before he went to get medical treatment in Bogota, Colombia. “No one spoke English, they kept trying to pull my trousers down at one point. And I’m like, ‘No, it’s my nose, it’s my nose that’s broken!’ And they injected something in my leg, and I guess that made it better. Then I went home and got it fixed.”

Let’s hope this latest nose snafu is less dramatic. But seriously, Underoos, a superhero should not be so easy to break.

“Chaos Walking” is scheduled for release on March 1, 2019.

[via: CinemaBlend]

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ Star Defends Changing Her Last Name: ‘Hollywood Is Racist’

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It all started with Chloe Bennet praising Ed Skrein for dropping out of “Hellboy.” Then the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actress was called out for changing her own last name, in what was seen as a hypocritical move. So Bennet — born Chloe Wang — responded by arguing that she did what she felt she had to do to move forward in a racist white-centric industry, and she hopes she’s the last to feel the need to go that route.

First, here’s her post thanking Ed Skrein for standing up against “Hollywood’s continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community”:

DAMN, that’s a man. Thank you @edskrein for standing up against hollywoods continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community. There is no way this decision came lightly on your part, so thank you for your bravery and genuinely impactful step forward. I hope this inspires other actors/film makers to do the same.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼–Also, dayum cute af AND a pioneer for social injustice?! Fellas, take note. That’s how it’s done.

A post shared by Chloe Bennet (@chloebennet) on Aug 28, 2017 at 11:57pm PDT

And here’s her reply when challenged about changing her own last name:

Love you, @ChloeBennet4. pic.twitter.com/3x6EnYU9Sw

— Audrey Cleo (@audreycleo) August 29, 2017

Bennet, 25, was born in Chicago to a Caucasian mother and a Chinese father. (Her father’s name is Bennet Wang, which is how she ended up taking Bennet as her last name.)

Bennet told the Toronto Star back in 2014 that within days of adopting her new last name, she landed her first big acting gig on “Nashville.”

“I was having trouble booking things with my last name. I think it was hard for people to cast me as an ethnic, as an Asian-American woman. But I still wanted to keep my dad’s name, and I wanted to respect him, so I used his first name.”

She praised “S.H.I.E.L.D.” for having a diverse cast, and allowing her to share screen time with another Asian-American actress, Ming-Na Wen:

“It’s been great to be a part of a show which is groundbreaking in terms of being an American woman and being Asian on television because there’s people who don’t see a lot of that and I’m really proud of it.”

People change their names for all kinds of reasons in Hollywood (and sometimes in other industries, like authors with pen names) and she certainly doesn’t seem ashamed of her Asian heritage. If casting directors really did hesitate just based on the last name Wang, then the problem is with them, not her.

Bennet will return as Daisy Johnson/Quake in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 5, which will premiere in late 2017.

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Remembering Glen Campbell, Jerry Lewis, Tobe Hooper and More Reel-Important People We Lost in August

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you’ll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way.

Richard Anderson (1926-2017) – Actor. In addition to starring on TV’s The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, he co-starred in Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Forbidden Planet, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Seconds, Seven Days in May and The Long, Hot Summer. He died on August 31. (THR)

Joseph Bologna (1934-2017) – Actor, Writer. He received an Oscar nomination for co-writing the adaptation of Lovers and Other Strangers and also…
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Richard Anderson, ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ Actor, Dead at 91

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Richard Anderson, a veteran actor best known for playing Oscar Goldman on “The Six Million Dollar Man” and spinoff “Bionic Woman,” died yesterday at the age of 91.

Anderson (seen above on the left, with Lee Majors on the right) made a career out of playing stern authority figures, from the head of a secret government ops agency on the aforementioned shows to a lieutenant on “Perry Mason.”

He got his start in Stanley Kubrick’s 1957 World War I drama “Paths of Glory” as a prosecutor and went on to play a colonel in “Seven Days in May” (1964), Joanne Woodward’s love interest in “The Long, Hot Summer” (1958), and the titular character’s best pal in the TV show “Zorro.”

Anderson’s many credits include “The Untouchables,” “I Spy,” “The Fugitive,” “Columbo,” “The Love Boat,” and “Dynasty.” His final film role was in 2015’s “The Blood Trail.”

Anderson is survived by three daughters.