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MONDAY, JUNE 24

NOSFERATU---trailer released for the remake of the 1922 vampire movie.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b59rxDB_JRg



SUPERMAN---photos from the Cleveland film set show a photo of Superman (David Corenswet) on the cover of the DAILY PLANET stopping a train and a photo of Superman on the cover of the METROPOLIS EAGLE saving 20 people after a building collapsed. Also, reportedly one scene involves an alien spaceship landing in front of the DAILY PLANET.

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STAR WARS: THE ACOLYTE---showrunner Leslye Headland commented on fan criticism that THE ACOLYTE is too gay, “I was surprised by the question. Amandla [Stenberg] and I just burst out laughing because that’s our knee-jerk reaction to being asked that, but to be honest, I don’t know what the term ‘gay’ means in that sense. I don’t believe that I’ve created queer, with a capital Q, content.
Honestly, I feel sad that people would think that if something were gay, that that would be bad. It makes me feel sad that a bunch of people on the internet would somehow dismantle what I consider to be the most important piece of art that I’ve ever made.”
She commented on fan claims that witches Mother Aniseya and Mother Koril are a lesbian couple, “They’re in a matriarchal society. As a gay woman, I knew it would read that their sexuality is queer, but there also aren’t any men in their community.
So a closeness between the two of them would be natural. It seemed plot-driven. I would say it’s really reductive to call them lesbians. I think it means you’re not really paying attention to this story.
I’m proud of being a gay woman who’s accomplished this feat, and certainly, if my content is called queer, I don’t want to disown whatever queerness is in the show. I would be proud to create something that inspired queer people.”

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CHINATOWN---Robert Towne, writer of the original classic movie's script, commented on the status of the David Fincher/Netflix prequel series about the early days of Jake Gittes and fellow LAPD officer Lou Escobar, “All I’m likely to say is yes, all the episodes have been written for Netflix. Working with a force of nature like David Fincher, though occasionally humbling, is never less than enlightening.”

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THE FANTASTIC FOUR---the reboot movie's main villains are Galactus and the Shalla-Bal version of Silver Surfer, but sources claim lesser villains will be in the movie's first act.
Also, Jessica Alba commented on playing Sue Storm in the 2005 FANTASTIC FOUR, “It’s nothing but fond memories. I loved it so much playing that character. I feel like my whole life started in a lot of ways at that moment.
I met my life partner, we’re still together, we have three kids. Tim Story, who directed, is still one of my best friends. We have New Year’s Eve together.
It was great and she was such a cool, inspiring character and ahead of her time, I would say, in the genre. And still, you still haven’t seen someone who is so nurturing and feminine, but then also a fearsome badass. I haven’t seen that combination again.
And so I think she still fills this beautiful kind of space or void in the Marvel universe.”

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SPIDER-MAN---movie insider Jeff Sneider said Sony Pictures is developing a live-action Mike Morales spinoff movie.

DCU---Pom Klementieff (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2, AVENGERS) was asked if she is switching from the MCU to James Gunn's DCU, “Do you really think I’m going to answer that question. I just want to keep working with James, so we’re going to keep trying to find ways to do that. Yes, we’ve been talking about one specific character, but I can’t talk about that right now.”

THE WIVES---Jennifer Lawrence will star in the Apple Original Studios murder mystery movie inspired by REAL HOUSEWIVES.

JAMES---Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct the Universal Pictures movie based on the novel ERASURE which is a reimagining of THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN.

UNTAMED---Eric Bana and Sam Neill will star in the Netflix miniseries whose synopsis says, “The character-driven mystery thriller follows Eric Inman (Bana), a special agent for the National Parks Service who works to enforce human law in nature’s vast wilderness. The investigation of a brutal death sends Inman on a collision course with the dark secrets within the park, and in his own past.”

28 YEARS LATER---the sequel's title is 28 YEARS LATER PART II: THE BONE TEMPLE according to a copyright registration.

TRIVIA---the first feature-length inflight movie was THE LOST WORLD shown on the Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris on April 6, 1925 and was watched by the flight's 12 passengers. Music for the movie was provided by the live Berlin Philharmonic orchestra which was transmitted to the airliner by radio from the Berlin Broadcasting Station and heard on a single loudspeaker. The airliner was a Handley Page W.8 that was converted from the British Type O/400 bomber that, ironically, dropped bombs on Germany in World War I.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 25

A QUIET PLACE: DAY ONE---new trailer released for the prequel sci fi movie.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-WIb4ATfT8



HERETIC---trailer released for the horror movie starring Hugh Grant.

LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9i2vmFhSSY



SUPERMAN---new set photos from the Cleveland film set show David Corenswet as Superman, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane and Edi Gathegi as Mr. Terrific.

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SHREK 5---Eddie Murphy said the fifth movie is underway and a standalone is also underdevelopment, “We started doing... [SHREK] 5 months ago. I did this, I recorded the first act, and we’ll be doing it this year, we’ll finish it up. SHREK is coming out, and Donkey’s gonna have his own movie. We’re gonna do Donkey as well. So we’re gonna do a SHREK, and we’re doing a Donkey [movie].”

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 6---producer Jerry Bruckheimer commented on the status of the sequel, "We have a script that's being written right now. Hopefully it'll come in in a month or so, and it'll be as good as I think it will be. So let's hope that Disney likes it and they give us an opportunity to make it."

MURDER 101---Jon Watts will direct the movie based on the true podcast about a Tennessee teacher and his students who helped capture a local serial killer.

THE BREED---the FALL stars Virginia Gardner and Grace Caroline Currey will reunite for another survival movie in the remake of Wes Craven's 2006 movie in which two women helping stray dogs on a remote island are attacked by a pack of deadly dogs.

ANDOR---Ben Mendelsohn will return as Orson Krennic in Season 2.

THE AGENCY---Michael Fassbender will star in the George Clooney/Showtime series remake of the French spy series THE BUREAU. Fassbender plays an undercover CIA agent who is recalled to London when his girlfriend left behind reappears leading to danger and intrigue.

BLADE---Mia Goth commented on the delays that have plagued the reboot movie, "They really care, they do. They want to make a great movie. That’s the sense that I get from them and that feels good.”

TRIVIA---Andrea Dromm was a successful New York model with the Eileen Ford Agency in 1963 when she decided to become an actress and moved to California. She got her first acting job when Gene Roddenberry hired her to play Yeoman Smith in the STAR TREK pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before". Desilu Studios Executive in Charge of Production Herb Solow recalled, "Model Andrea Dromm, also fitting the mold [i.e. being cute, shapely, bubbly and not too bright, at least for Gene Roddenberry according to Solow], came aboard for the second pilot as Yeoman Smith. Actually, it was a non-part. But during the casting process, director Jimmy Goldstone overheard Gene say, 'I'm hiring her because I want to score with her.' It was not only a non-part, I'm sure it was a non-score as well." Dromm later commented, "I had no problems with Gene at all. I thought he was a very nice man."
Dromm also commented on her fellow cast members, "William Shatner was very pleasant and professional. Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman were guest stars in the pilot. Gary was especially friendly and helpful, because there were a lot of things I had to react to without dialog, like the ship rocking, and I did not know what to do..." Dromm was paid $450 for appearing in the pilot.
Dromm then was offered the role of Carl Reiner's beautiful babysitter in the comedy movie THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING which also starred Alan Arkin, Brian Keith and Eva Marie Saint, "I was offered a role in THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING. They told me that you either do the film or the series. I chose the film, but if I had known that STAR TREK would become such a phenomenon, I probably would have opted for the series. But this episode was still only a pilot. Not only did nobody know if it was going to be picked up as a series, but nobody had a clue that it was going to turn out as big as it did. In fact, William Shatner told me that if the show didn't hit, he didn't know what he was going to do. Since STAR TREK was only a pilot, they could keep you under option for six months and change your character, or even worse, drop you from the show. You had no guarantee that they would sign you for the series. I thought doing the movie would be more exciting and a great thing to do. That was a choice I had to make and you can't look back." However, Solow said budget problems led to two pilot characters being cut for the tv series: Yeoman Smith and Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott, played by James Doohan (later, Doohan's agent persuaded Roddenberry to reinstate "Scotty" back to the cast).
After Dromm decided not to return to STAR TREK, she was replaced by Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Janice Rand. Dromm's acting career never took off, so she returned to modelling.

Model Andrea Dromm got her first acting job when Gene Roddenberry hired her to play Yeoman Smith in the STAR TREK pilot "Where No Man Has Gone Before".

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Dromm chose to leave STAR TREK to play Carl Reiner's beautiful babysitter in the comedy movie THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING.

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Dromm's Yeoman Smith was replaced by Grace Lee Whitney as Yeoman Janice Rand on the tv series.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

HERE---trailer released for the Robert Zemeckis movie starring Tom Hanks and Robin Wright.

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UNSINKABLE---trailer released for the Wondery+ 11-part World War II "audio movie" about the British merchant ship San Demetro battling the German cruiser Admiral Scheer. The voice cast includes John Malkovich, Brian Cox, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Harry Hamlin.

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TULSA KING---trailer released for Season 2.

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BATMAN: CAPED CRUSADER---trailer released for the Amazon Prime animated tv series.

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IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD---Eddie Murphy said he is developing a remake of the 1963 comedy movie, “I’m trying to do a remake of that movie...It’s one of my favorite movies of all time and if I do it, if the script turns out right, it’s gonna be a cast of all the who’s who of comedians. Anybody that was funny over the last 30 years is going to be in this movie.” The writer is Jez Butterworth (EDGE OF TOMORROW). The original movie starred Spencer Tracy, Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Phil Silvers, Mickey Rooney, Edie Adams and Terry-Thomas.

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STAR WARS: THE ACOLYTE---FORBES magazine reported the female-led tv series is not female-led behind the scenes, "Documents filed by Disney have revealed that its latest Star Wars spinoff series The Acolyte isn't a force for equality despite famously featuring a female-centric cast.
According to the filings, in early April last year, when production of the streaming series was still in full swing, just 30% of the 695 employees are women. Across the entire workforce, women's average hourly pay was 19.4% lower than men’s."

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THE FANTASTIC FOUR---Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said, "We start shoting at the end of July". He also commented on when the reboot movie is set, "Yes, yes, very much so. It is a period. There were a lot of smart people, who noticed that that cityscape didn't look exactly like the New York that we know, or that existed in the '60s in our world. Those are smart observations, I'll say."

CAPTAIN AMERICA: BRAVE NEW WORLD---Giancarlo Esposito hinted about his character's identity, "In my other life, I'm a real badass, and you've seen me play a little bit of that intellectually as Gus Fring, but when you see me in the MCU, you're going to see a badass, and I'm excited for that. Acting is using every part of your body, your emotions, your senses, your feelings, to portray something. But you haven't seen me use my body in a way that I'll be using it. The MCU's exciting; I can't tell you who I'm playing, but you're going to be excited when you see."

EARTH ABIDES---MGM+ tv series based on the novel about survivors of a global plague.

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE---AMC renewed the series for Season 3.

SNATCHBACK---PRISON BREAK stars Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller reunite for the tv series whose synopsis says, “Inspired by the life of a real covert intelligence officer who is still active in the field today, the series follows a highly skilled privately contracted team of operatives as they recover hostages across the globe from some of the most exotic, and equally dangerous locations on the planet.”

TRIVIA---the 1958 low budget sci fi movie IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE is probably best remembered as an inspiration for ALIEN. The plot, set in 1973, has a spaceship landing on Mars to determine the fate of the first spaceship that landed on the planet. The sole survivor of the first crew is the spaceship's commander, who is accused of killing his crew so he could have their food and water for himself, but he claims a deadly Martian creature killed his crew. No one believes him, until the Martian creature, which entered the second spaceship, begins to prey on its crew.
Female lead star Shawn Smith was constantly in a bad mood during filming for being stuck in a low budget sci fi movie. The movie's low budget could not afford to make futuristic weapons to battle the Martian creature, so the crew used existing props of vintage weapons such as the Colt 1911 pistol (1911), the M1 Garand rifle (1937) and the Bazooka (1942).

Female lead star Shawn Smith was constantly in a bad mood during filming for being stuck in the low budget IT! THE ERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE.

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The movie's low budget could not afford to make futuristic weapons to battle the Martian creature, so the crew used existing props of vintage weapons such as the Colt 1911 pistol (1911), M1 Garand rifle (1937) and a Bazooka (1942).

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THURSDAY, JUNE 27

FLIGHT RISK---trailer released for the hit man movie starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Mel Gibson.

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THE UNION---trailer released for the Netflix comedy spy movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Halle Berry.

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A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER---trailer released for the Netflix murder mystery series.

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VAN HELSING---new CBS horror tv series whose synopsis says, “The series is a contemporary take on the monster hunter Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, who uses his uniquely inquisitive mind working alongside his ex, relentless FBI special agent Mina Harker, to solve New York City’s most harrowing cases."

TERMINATOR ZERO---the Netflix animated tv series added new cast members.
Rosario Dawson as Kokoro--“An advanced AI and Japan's answer to Skynet, if brought online, Kokoro will be endowed with the same power as Skynet. Kokoro must calculate for itself: is humanity the plague Skynet believes? Or are human beings worth saving?”
André Holland as Malcolm Lee--“A genius computer programmer and father of three, Malcolm Lee is haunted by prophetic nightmares of an apocalyptic future. He's spent the last decade creating a secret artificial intelligence that he believes will be humanity's last hope.”
Sonoya Mizuno as Eiko--“Coming from a post-Judgement Day 2022, Eiko is a resistance fighter sent back in time to stop Malcolm from launching Kokoro.”
Ann Dowd as The Prophet--“In the future, the Prophet is the philosophical guide for the human resistance, a light shepherding survivors in the darkness of the unknown future ahead.”

STREAM---poster and synopsis released for the horror movie starring Jeffrey Combs, Danielle Harris, Tony Todd and Dee Wallace, “As the Keenan’s try to bring their family closer together, they unwittingly enter themselves into a game of life or death. With four deranged killers patrolling the halls of their hotel and competing for the most creative kills, the odds are definitely stacked against them.”

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THE THICKET---photo released from the Tubi Western movie based on the novel and starring Peter Dinklage.

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DEXTER: ORIGINAL SIN---Sarah Michelle Gellar has joined the prequel series cast as Tanya Martin, CSI Chief, Miami Metro Police Department.

THE BOYS---Jared Padalecki has joined the cast of Season 5, the last season.

TRIVIA---character actor William Hudson co-starred in two 1950s sci fi movies about a mutated giant on rampage written by Mark Hanna.
In the cult classic ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN, Hudson played Harry Archer, who is cheating on his wealthy wife Nancy, who is turned into a 50 foot giant by an alien. The giant Nancy then goes on a rampage seeking revenge on the unfaithful Harry.
In THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, Hudson played Dr. Paul Linstrom, who tries to find a cure for Lt. Col. Glenn Manning, who was exposed to massive amounts of radiation during an atomic bomb test after he tried to rescue the pilot of a crashed airplane at the test site. Manning grows to 60 feet and goes on a rampage in Las Vegas.

In the cult classic ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN, Hudson played Harry Archer, who is cheating on his wealthy wife Nancy, who is turned into a 50 foot giant by an alien. The giant Nancy then goes on a rampage seeking revenge on the unfaithful Harry.

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In THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, Hudson played Dr. Paul Linstrom, who tries to find a cure for Lt. Col. Glenn Manning, who was exposed to massive amounts of radiation during an atomic bomb test after he tried to rescue the pilot of a crashed airplane at the test site. Manning grows to 60 feet and goes on a rampage in Las Vegas.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 28

PROJECT SILENCE---trailer released for the South Korean horror movie starring Lee Sun-kyun (PARASITE) and Kim Su-an (TRAIN TO BUSAN).

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DEADPOOL & WOLVERINE---new trailer released for the sequel.

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THE LAST BREATH---trailer released for the shark horror movie starring Julian Sands in his last role.

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SUPERMAN---photos from the Cleveland film set shows Superman being arrested by soldiers and villains Rick Flag, Sr. (Frank Grillo), The Engineer (Maria Gabriela de Faria) and a black-clad figure who might be Ultraman, and Lex Luthor (Nicholas Hoult) with scars on his head.

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KAOS---photo released from the Netflix comedy tv series starring Jeff Goldblum as Greek god Zeus.

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SLOW HORSES---Apple TV+ released a photo of Gary Oldman returning for Season 4 which begins with “a bombing that detonates personal secrets, rocking the already unstable foundations of Slough House.”

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AGATHA ALL ALONG---photo released of Kathryn Hahn starring in the WANDAVISION Marvel/Disney+ spinoff series. Creator Jac Shaeffer said the show's witches are a “disparate mixed bag...What they have in common is that they’re covenless witches. Witches are defined by deception, treachery, villainy and selfishness. What do you do when you have a group of witches who [demonstrate] those notions and you need them to work together?”

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STARVE ACRE---photo released of Matt Smith starring in the horror movie about British parents who accidentally let an ancient evil into their home after their son begins to act strangely.

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FREAKY FRIDAY 2---Lindsay Lohan commented on the sequel, “It’s much freakier than you would expect. There’s been a lot of love, a lot of fun, and a lot of laughs on set. It’s been a great experience. I can’t say much [about the plot] but I am taking guitar lessons and I do have a daughter in the movie.”

TRIVIA---Peter Lorre co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in the classic movies THE MALTESE FALCON and CASABLANCA. In 1977, Lorre's daughter, Catharine, was walking home at night when she was stopped by "Hillside Strangler" Kenneth Bianchi and his accomplice/cousin Angelo Buono, who were posing as undercover police officers. They asked Catharine to get into their car in order to kidnap, rape and kill her, but she refused and told them she was Peter Lorre's daughter and proved it by showing them a photo of herself sitting on her father's lap. The serial killers were fans of Peter Lorre, so they let her go. Only after Bianchi and Buono were arrested and their photos published did Catharine realize who the two men really were.
Catharine died of complications from diabetes in 1985 when she was 32 years old. The two serial killers were convicted of kidnapping, torturing, raping and murdering ten women. Bianchi is serving a life sentence in the Washington State Penitentiary, and Buono died of a heart attack in prison in 2002.

Peter Lorre and Humphrey Bogart in the classic CASABLANCA.

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A photo of Catharine Lorre sitting on her father's lap saved her life.

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Only after Bianchi and Buono were arrested and their photos published did Catharine realize who the two men really were.

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MONDAY, JULY 1

TRAP---trailer released for the M. Night Shayamalan serial killer movie.

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LONGLEGS---new trailer released for the serial killer movie starring Nicolas Cage.

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HELLBOY: THE CROOKED MAN---trailer released for the movie starring Jack Kesy.

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COBRA KAI---Netflix trailer released for Season 6: Part 1.

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GLADIATOR II---sequel photos show Paul Mescal (Lucius Verus), Pedro Pascal (Marcus Acacius), Denzel Washington (Macrinus) and Connie Nielsen (Lucilla).

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SUPERMAN---after James Gunn posted a photo of Chris Pratt on the SUPERMAN film set with the caption, “Always nice to have friends visiting set", Pratt commented on fan speculation that he is switching from the MCU to reunite with Gunn in the DCU, "If it could fit into my schedule and it made sense, I would love it. Of course, I love playing Star-Lord, and hopefully there's a chance that I can come back. I just feel so blessed to be able to do any of it, to be considered for any of it. If it's right and the fans would love it, I'd be more than happy to do it."
He also commented on what DC character he would like to play, "I just have to leave that to the fans and people like James to decide. 'm not exactly sure. I'm truly not sure."

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM---Andy Serkis commented on the new movie, “THE HUNT FOR GOLLUM is a work-in-progress title. It may not end up being called that. It’s going to very much be the world of Middle Earth according to Gollum’s experience of it. It is so early; it would be unfair to commit to anything at this point. But I will say that it will be a deep dive where we investigate Gollum’s character. There may be characters that we recognize that might be coming back. I’m not going to say who.”

AVENGERS 5---movie insider Jeff Sneider claims Marvel Studios rejected an offer from co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo to return for the new sequel.

STAR WARS---Joel Edgerton said Lucasfilm should listen to STAR WARS fans, ”There are STAR WARS fans who could write a better STAR WARS TV show than you could imagine because they’ve studied it like the Bible and they’ve imagined all the threads and they know the histories of all the characters. I think it’s worth listening to fans because someone out there is going to go, ‘What if this?’ And you go, ‘Oh, I want to watch that.”

ORION---Drew Van Acker, Andrew McCarthy and Karin Ann star in the sci fi movie whose synopsis says, “The story centers around a heated interrogation between a U.S. Intelligence expert tasked to help an amnesiac astronaut recover his memory in order to determine ‘who’ or ‘what’ killed the rest of the crew before they crash landed back on Earth.”

A VICIOUS CIRCLE---Universal Pictures movie underway based on the graphic novel about an assassin from the future. Ryan Coogler is the director.

TRIVIA---IN LIKE FLINT was the sequel to the James Bond spoof movie OUR MAN FLINT. In the IN LIKE FLINT scene where superspy Derek Flint (James Coburn) boards his Learjet, the man who greets Flint is Bill Lear, founder of Learjet. Lear's Learjet 23 was the first mass-produced business jet. Lear was a self-taught, highly-successful inventor with over 140 patents including the 8-track cartridge and the car radio (which became known as Motorola).

In the IN LIKE FLINT scene where superspy Derek Flint (James Coburn) boards his Learjet, the man who greets Flint is Bill Lear, founder of Learjet.

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Lear's Learjet 23 was the first mass-produced business jet.

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Lear was a self-taught, highly-successful inventor with over 140 patents including the 8-track cartridge and the car radio (which became known as Motorola).

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TUESDAY, JULY 2

BONEYARD---trailer released for the serial killer movie starring Mel Gibson and Westin Cage, son of Nicolas Cage.

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JACKPOT!---trailer released for the Amazon Prime comedy movie starring John Cena and Awkwafina.

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KITE MAN: HELL YEAH!---trailer released for the Max animated tv series.

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER---Season 2 photo of Elrond (Robert Aramayo) in a scene from one of Season 2's battles which co-showrunner Patrick McKay said are "on a much grander scale" and one of the battles will "take place not just overnight, but over multiple days, weeks, months and episodes".

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ZACK SNYDER'S JUSTICE LEAGUE---Zack Snyder posted a possible hint that the movie might be released in theaters.

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ARTHUR C. CLARKE'S VENUS PRIME---Jonathan Frakes will direct the six-art miniseries based on the Arthur C. Clarke books in which a woman must rescue scientists trapped on Venus and discovers a mysterious artifact that has clues to her identity.

BLADE RUNNER 2049---Ridley Scott said he regrets not directing BLADE RUNNER 2049 in order to direct ALIEN: COVENANT, “I was regretful. Although [Denis Villeneuve] did a good job.”

KILL---US remake of the Indian movie about a commando who boards a train to rescue his girlfriend to save her from a prearranged marriage, but he must first must save the train passengers from a violent gang. Chad Stahelski is the producer.

TRIVIA---MATINEE was Joe Dante's tribute to 1950s B sci fi movies. Two actors who co-starred in MATINEE also co-starred in two THE THING movies.
Robert Cornthwaite played Dr. Flankon in MATINEE, and he played Dr. Carrington in THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD). David Clennon played Jack in MATINEE and he played Palmer in THE THING.

Robert Cornthwaite played Dr. Flankon in MATINEE, and he played Dr. Carrington in THE THING (FROM ANOTHER WORLD).

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David Clennon played Jack in MATINEE and he played Palmer in THE THING.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3

TWISTERS---featurette released for the movie starring Glen Powell.

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AFRAID---trailer released for the horror movie starring Katherine Waterston and John Cho.

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SUPERMAN---photos from the Cleveland film set show Nathan Fillion as The Green Lantern, Dave Corenswet as Superman, Edi Gathegi as Mr. Terrific and Isabel Merced as Hawkgirl.
Also, ABC News journalist Will Reeve, son of the original SUPERMAN star Christopher Reeve, has a cameo in the movie, but his role was not disclosed.

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HORIZON: AN AMERICAN SAGA-CHAPTER 1---Michael Rooker defended Kevin Costner on his movie's disappointing $11 million weekend premiere, "It’s real cinema, folks. So be prepared. We ain’t used to that sh*t. We’re used to 90 minute movies. Everything is 90 minutes. Give me a break. Get over that sh*t. Let’s watch a movie that actually tells a story where you learn about the people and grow to like them or hate them. It’s not all fast and cut, cut, cut."

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TERMINATOR ZERO---poster and synopsis released for the Netflix animated series starring Timothy Olyphant, “2022: A future war has raged for decades between the few human survivors and an endless army of machines. 1997: The AI known as Skynet gained self-awareness and began its war against humanity. Caught between the future and this past is a soldier sent back in time to change the fate of humanity. She arrives in 1997 to protect a scientist named Malcolm Lee who works to launch a new AI system designed to compete with Skynet’s impending attack on humanity. As Malcolm navigates the moral complexities of his creation, he is hunted by an unrelenting assassin from the future which forever alters the fate of his three children.”

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JAMES BOND---sources claim the top candidate to direct the next James Bond movie is Edward Berger (ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT). Other candidates are David Michod (ANIMAL KINGDOM) and Kelly Marcel (VENOM: THE LAST DANCE).

THE MORNING SHOW---Jeremy Irons will play Martin Levy, the father of Jennifer Aniston's character in Season 4. Marion Cotillard also joins the cast as an operative from a prominent European family.

SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK---co-writer Kevin Hageman commented on the status of the sequel to the 2019 horror movie, “It’s stalled right now. We actually don’t know. We wrote a draft, Guillermo [del Toro] had a story direction of where to take it…”

TRIVIA---British character actor Maurice Kauffman may be best known for being the husband of Honor Blackman (GOLDFINGER, THE AVENGERS). Kauffman appeared in two of
Eugene Lourie's three giant dinosaur movies. In THE GIANT BEHEMOTH, Kauffman played the minisub commander that kills the Giant Behemoth as it attacks London. In GORGO, Kauffman played the radio reporter who broadcasts Gorgo's mother's rampage as she attacks London in search of her captured baby.

British character actor Maurice Kauffman may be best known for being the husband of Honor Blackman (GOLDFINGER, THE AVENGERS).

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In THE GIANT BEHEMOTH, Kauffman played the minisub commander that kills the Giant Behemoth as it attacks London.

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In GORGO, Kauffman played the radio reporter who broadcasts Gorgo's mother's rampage as she attacks London in search of her captured baby.

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THURSDAY, JULY 4

THE INSTIGATORS---photo and synopsis released for the heist movie starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, "Rory (Matt Damon) and Cobby (Casey Affleck) are reluctant partners: a desperate father and an ex-con thrown together to rob a corrupt politician's ill-gained earnings. But when the heist goes wrong, the two find themselves engulfed in a whirlwind of chaos, pursued not only by police but also by backward bureaucrats and vengeful crime bosses. Completely out of their depth, they convince Rory’s therapist (Hong Chau) to join their riotous getaway through the city, where they must put aside their differences and work together to evade capture — or worse."

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THE AGENCY---Richard Gere will co-star with Michael Fassbender in the George Clooney/Showtime CIA miniseries.

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NETFLIX---Netflix cancelled two series, HORIZON: ZERO DAWN and ORBITAL, that were being developed by Steve Blackman (THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY) due to accusations of toxicity, bullying, retaliation and punitive actions.

HORROR MOVIES---MaXXXine writer/director Ti West commented on why the Academy Awards and other major awards ignore horror movies, "You know, I think that kind of depends on how much awards mean to you. I think it’s a subjective thing that one award might mean something to somebody but it might not mean anything to someone else. Like the Oscars might be very important for one group of filmmakers and then the Palme d’Or might be very important to others. So, it’s hard to really encapsulate what any of that really means, because it’s different for everybody.”

THE EXORCIST---Mike Flanagan is developing a reboot of the classic horror movie and is also developing a movie based on THE LIFE OF CHUCK, Stephen King's novella.

OUTER RANGE---Amazon Prime cancelled the series.

THE COMPLETE MADE-UP ADVENTURES OF DICK TURPIN---Apple TV+ renewed the series for Season 2.

THE GLASS MIND---Sara Tomko (RESIDENT ALIEN) and Terry Farrell (STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE) star in this movie about a psychologist, claiming to be the first Demon, who makes an offer to young mother she can't refuse.

TRIVIA---Independence Day movie trivia.
In INDEPENDENCE DAY, Randy Quaid played cropduster pilot and former Vietnam War fighter pilot Russell Casse, who was abducted by aliens. Brent Spiner played Dr. Brackish Okun, Director of Research at Area 51, who led the study of aliens whose spaceship crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Quaid and Spiner were friends and classmates at Bellaire High School in the Houston suburb of Bellaire, Texas, and they also graduated from the University of Houston.
Ironically, in the scene where President Whitmore orders a B-2 stealth bomber to launch its nuclear missile at the alien mother ship, the mother ship is near the University of Houston.

In INDEPENDENCE DAY, Randy Quaid played cropduster pilot and former Vietnam War fighter pilot Russell Casse, who was abducted by aliens.

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Brent Spiner played Dr. Brackish Okun, Director of Research at Area 51, who led the study of aliens whose spaceship crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.

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Quaid and Spiner were friends and classmates at Bellaire High School in the Houston suburb of Bellaire, Texas, and they also graduated from the University of Houston.
Ironically, in the scene where President Whitmore orders a B-2 stealth bomber to launch its nuclear missile at the alien mother ship, the mother ship is near the University of Houston.

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MONDAY, JULY 8

F1---trailer released for the racing movie starring Brad Pitt.

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UNSOLVED MYSTERIES: VOLUME 4---trailer released for the Netflix documentary series.

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AGATHA ALL ALONG---trailer released for the Marvel/Disney+ tv series.

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SPIDER-MAN: NOIR---Brendan Gleeson will reportedly play the villain in the Amazon Prime live-action tv series starring Nicolas Cage as a struggling private investigator during the Great Depression. No details are known about which villain Gleeson will play.

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A QUIET PLACE: DAY ONE---director Michael Sarnoski commented on a possible sequel to the prequel, “Absolutely. I Bet you will. But I don’t know — at this point, I’m just recovering from making this one. So I’m sure Paramount will come up with something very fun next."
Sarnoski also commented on what he would like in a sequel, “What attracted me to this story was the uniqueness of Sam, following this dying person who isn’t even really fighting for survival. So, I would want to see something similarly off-beat, like an unexpected character in this world. The QUIET PLACE universe does open itself up to any characters that you want to follow and want to explore. I’m not sure. I put so much into Sam and Eric. That was all the love and care that I had right now to find these characters. I would have to think of a character that I could really fall in love with and really want to be surprised by seeing the world through their eyes.”

STAR TREK: GENERATIONS---Walter Koenig criticized how Captain Kirk was killed in STAR TREK: GENERATIONS and compared it to Commodore Matt Decker's (William Windom) death in the STAR TREK episode "The Doomsday Machine", "It makes me think [of] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION's first movie… the way they wrote off Captain Kirk was, I think, just unforgivable. He should have died trying to save the ship… He dies on a bridge or something, and he falls down, and he’s dead. If they’re going to kill off somebody as important as Captain Kirk, then it should be heroic.
Now, WIlliam Windom, his mind is going and he’s in bad shape, but at least you understand why he’s doing this and you can feel for him. He has an extraordinary sense of guilt because his crew was all killed. Now, I really think it wouldn’t have taken that much… that Kirk should have had a heroic ending. Could’ve, should’ve. If he was going to die, he should have died trying to save the ship or something of that nature."

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BLINK TWICE---photo released from the movie with director Zoe Kravitz and Channing Tatum as the billionaire villain terrorizing vacationers on his private island.

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ARKHAM ASYLUM---Max has shelved the tv series about the Gotham City facility for the criminally insane.

TRIVIA---Rod Taylor, best known for starring in THE BIRDS and THE TIME MACHINE, said he turned down the chance to star in the first James Bond movie, DR. NO, "Cubby Broccoli wanted me to screen test for James Bond when he was preparing DR. NO in 1961. I refused because I thought that it was beneath me. I didn’t think that Bond would be successful in the movies. That was one of the greatest mistakes of my career! Every time a new Bond picture became a smash hit, I tore out my hair. Cubby and I have laughed about it ever since.” Sean Connery was picked to play James Bond in DR. NO.

Rod Taylor is best known for starring in THE BIRDS and THE TIME MACHINE, but he turned down to star in the first James Bond movie, DR. NO.

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Sean Connery was picked to play James Bond in DR. NO.

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TUESDAY, JULY 9

GLADIATOR II---trailer released for the sequel.

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TIME BANDITS---trailer released for the Apple TV+ tv series starring Lisa Kudrow and based on the 1981 fantasy movie.

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JURASSIC WORLD---Jeff Goldblum gave some sequel advice to Scarlett Johansson.

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SPACE SHARKS---trailer released for the comedy sci fi movie starring Eric Roberts.

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A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS---Euro Gang Entertainment remake underway of the classic 1964 Clint Eastwood spaghetti Western. Gianni Nunnari (THE DEPARTED, 300) is the co-producer.

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THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA 2---Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt are reportedly returning for the Disney sequel which focuses on Miranda Priestly at the end of her career as she tries to cope with the decline of traditional magazines while she needs advertising money from a luxury group headed by Emily, her former assistant.

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EDGE OF TOMORROW---director Doug Liman commented on the status of the 2014 sci fi movie that starred Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, “We keep talking about it… We love that world. Tom and I just actually rewatched it about two months ago, because I hadn’t seen it in ten years. I was like, ‘Wow, that is a really good movie.'”

ALL'S FAIR---Ryan Murphy/Hulu lawyer tv series starring Kim Kardashian, Glenn Close and Halle Berry which focuses on an an all-female Los Angeles law firm.

CRUMBLE---movie underway about a married couple who embark on a global journey to find a cure for an ancient curse. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are the producers.

TRIVIA---THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode "The Howling Man" is set in 1919, a year after the end of World War I where traveler David Ellington discovers monks have imprisoned the Devil, who started World War I. One of the monks, Brother Christorphorus, was played by Austrian actor Friedrich von Ledebur, who fought in World War I as an officer in a light cavalry regiment of the Austro-Hungarian army.

IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE episode "The Howling Man", Friedrich von Ledebur (left) played monk Brother Christophorus, one of the monks who imprisoned the Devil after he started World War I.

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Von Ledebur fought in World War I as an officer in an Austro-Hungarian light cavalry regiment similar to the cavalry unit in the photo.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10

WE LIVE IN TIME---trailer for the comedy movie starring Andrew Garfield and Florence Pugh.

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STAR WARS---Shawn Levy' will team up his long-time collaborator, writer Jonathan Tropper, for a future STAR WARS movie. Tropper said he met with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy to discuss the movie, ”Her central mandate to me was, ’I want a Shawn Levy movie. I want a story and a tone that reflects you and your taste and what you bring to your movies — with a STAR WARS story.”’ Tropper added that he was “very empowered to trust my instincts in the development of this story and movie.”

SPIDER-MAN NOIR---Nicolas Cage commented on the Amazon Prime tv series, “The fantasy would be that I could try to aspire to be something more Golden Age. You know, something more like James Cagney or Humphrey Bogart. Or Hedy Lamarr or Bette Davis. I wanted to have that kind of aura, you know, like the more enigmatic, you don’t know too much. That’s why I’m not on social media. That’s the thinking, anyway. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens if I do this Amazon show, and they put me in black-and-white. We’ll see if we can get some of that flavor.“
He added, “Forty-five minutes. I mean, it’s eight episodes. So it’s the equivalent of four movies in five months. And I’ve got another movie I’ve gotta prepare for, and then a movie right after it…One of the things that I like about this potential show is that it’s fantasy. It’s not really people beating people up. Monsters are involved.“

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STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY---Kerrice Brooks (MY OLD A**), Bella Shepard (WOLF PACK) and George Hawkins (TELL ME EVERYTHING) will play Starfleet Academy cadets with Holly Hunter and Paul Giamatti also starring.

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THE LAST OF US---Season 2 photo released from Vancouver's Chinatown film set of Bella Ramsey as Ellie and Isabela Merced as Dina.

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BEVERLY HILLS COP: AXEL F---the sequel had 41 million views in the first week of July and made Netflix's Top 10 in 93 countries which makes it Netflix's biggest premiere in 2024.

WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME?---Jennifer Lawrence will star in the movie based on the graphic novel whose synopsis says, “WHY DON'T YOU LOVE ME?? is a pitch-black comedy about marriage, alcoholism, depression, and mourning lost opportunities. Paul B. Rainey has created a hilariously terrifying alternate reality where confusion and pain might lead people to make bad choices but also eventually freedom… maybe.”

AFTER BAYWATCH: MOMENT IN THE SUN---Hulu four-part docuseries whose synopsis says the, “docuseries unpacks how the show captured the mythology of California’s beach culture, set physical beauty standards for an entire generation, and capitalized on the adage “sex sells.'" It will feature a new interview with Pamela Anderson.

TRIVIA---Robert Wise's THE HAUNTING was based on the Shirley Jackson novel THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE in which a paranormal investigator and his associates investigate a haunted mansion. Martin Scorsese said it is Number 1 on his list of the 11 scariest horror movies of all time. Wise said Steven Spielberg told him THE HAUNTING was "the scariest film ever made!"
However, Jackson told her parents "It is actually a very poor movie, the plot of the book changed radically, and far too much talk." She told a friend that she and her son Barry "nearly went to sleep", and the scariest thing about the movie was the parking ticket she got while they watched THE HAUNTING in a theater.

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THURSDAY, JULY 11

THE SUBSTANCE---trailer released for the movie starring Demi Moore and Margaret Qualley.

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THE WASP---trailer released for the crime thriller movie starring Natalie Dormer and Naomie Harris.

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MOTHER'S INSTINCTS---trailer released for the movie starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.

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28 YEARS LATER---photos from the sequel film set show Jodie Comer fleeing from zombies and a NATO soldier.

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STAR WARS: THE ACOLYTE---showrunner Lesyle Headland commented on a possible Season 2, "I have no idea. Well, not that I have no idea. I would say there are conversations . And I don’t know when that will happen. I don’t know when that decision will be made."

CAUGHT STEALING---Austin Butler and Zoe Kravitz will star in the Darren Aronofsky movie based on the book about “a burned-out former baseball player, as he’s unwittingly plunged into a wild fight for survival in the downtown criminal underworld of ‘90s NYC.”

INTERIOR CHINATOWN---photo released from the Hulu 10-part miniseries starring Jimmy O. Yang and Chloe Bennet based on the book about Willis Wu, who is trapped in the tv cop series BLACK & WHITE as a secondary character and wants to become a leading character. Taika Waititi is the pilot director/executive producer.

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JANE SMITH---Renee Zellweger will star in the Max tv series based on the defense attorney book 12 LIVES TO LIVE co-written by James Patterson. The synopsis says, "Up to this point, Jane has only cared about winning; however, her world is completely turned upside down when, on the eve of the biggest case of her career, she is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. While the investigation becomes more dangerous and deeply personal, Jane refuses to let her death sentence stop her from solving this case."

TRIVIA---the end credits for INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE include two pairs of two successive women named Deborah and Barbara. Deborah Leakey was the accounts assistant, Deborah Fletcher was the assistant to Steven Spielberg, Barbara Harley was the assistant to executive producer Frank Marshall and Barbara Margerrison was the assistant to producer Robert Watts.


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FRIDAY, JULY 12

CAPTAIN AMERICA: BRAVE NEW WORLD---trailer released for the Marvel superhero movie.

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ALIEN: ROMULUS---featurette released for the movie starring Cailee Spaeny.

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THE PERFECT COUPLE---trailer released for the Netflix miniseries starring Nicole Kidman and based on the novel.

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THREE WOMEN---trailer released for the Starz miniseries starring Shailene Woodley and based on the novel.

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HOUSE OF THE DRAGON---photos released from Episode 5.

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BARBARIC---Patrick Stewart and Sam Claflin will star in the Netflix tv series based on the comic book. Michael Bay is in talks to direct.

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FAVORITE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER---a Fandango survey of 2.000 people for the Favorite Summer Blockbuster of All Time picked JURASSIC PARK as #1.

1. JURASSIC PARK
2. AVENGERS: ENDGAME
3. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
4. STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE
5. STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
6. THE DARK KNIGHT
7. STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI
8. AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
9. THE AVENGERS
10. INDEPENDENCE DAY

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YOUNG GUNS 3---Lou Diamond Phillips commented on the status of the sequel, “Without giving too much away, those of us whose deaths were off-camera get to come back... [Morgan Creek] “put the kibosh on it for the time being...For some reason, Morgan Creek would like to control the property, but as far as I know, they’re not doing anything with it, so it just seems really counterproductive to me."
Writer John Fusco would be returning and Emilio Estevez would be the director.

YOUNG MARTIN---synopsis released for the prequel to Lawrence Martin's MARTIN tv series, “YOUNG MARTIN follows Martin Payne, a spirited teenager whose journey is characterized by ambition, humor, and a genuine compassion for those around him. The show will explore themes of family, friendship and life while the young Payne balances on the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood. Martin’s quick wit and magnetic personality draw him into high-stakes situations, where he must confront obstacles, emotions, and ultimately, find his path to success.''

TRIVIA---Peter Hyams' 2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT was the sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. Helen Mirren played Soviet cosmonaut Captain Tanya Kirbuk, commander of the spaceship Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov. "Kirbuk" spelled backwards is "Kubrick" without the "c".

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MONDAY, JULY 15

LEE---trailer released for the biomovie starring Kate Winslet as war photojournalist Lee Miller.

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TERMINATOR ZERO---trailer released for the Netflix animated tv series starring Timothy Olyphant.

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BATMAN: CAPED CRUSADER---film clip released from the Amazon Prime animated Batman tv series.

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STRANGER THINGS---featurette released for the last season.

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER---Season 2 photo released of Ben Daniels playing elf Cirdan the Shipwright.

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THURSDAY MURDER CLUB---photo released from the Netflix/Chris Columbus movie starring Pierce Brosnan, Helen Mirren, Ben Kinsley and Celia Imrie as friends in a retirement home teaming up to solve murders.

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ALIEN: ROMULUS---photo of co-star Isabela Merced whose character has given up hope. Merced said, "I really do believe that there are specific sequences in this film that will scar some kids that sneak into the movie for life."

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MCU---Giancarlo Esposito commented on fan rumors that he will play GW Bridge, who is connected to S.H.I.E.L.D., in MCU projects, "The character I’m playing is a badass. That always excites me. For me to develop that character in line with the character’s inception is a fascinating art for me.
I had an incredible time shooting it. I’m not telling you who I’m playing…people are trying to guess and no one has guessed correctly yet.”

REGINALD THE VAMPIRE---Syfy cancelled the series.

TRIVIA---the 1970 hit movie AIRPORT started the disaster movie craze. Two actors who played airline passengers in AIRPORT also played Vulcans in the STAR TREK episode "Amok Time".
Celia Lovsky, wife of Peter Lorre, played an airline passenger in AIRPORT, and she played Vulcan Minister T'Pau in "Amok Time".
Mark Russell played airline passenger Pfc. Bud Miller in AIRPORT, and he played a Vulcan litter bearer in "Amok Time". Ironically, Russell was a sergeant in the Korean War where he was wounded at Heartbreak Ridge, “This mortar came in and it took one of my men. It opened up my whole right arm and my fatigues were soaked with blood, and someone got ahold of a walkie-talkie and said, 'Get MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals) unit up here, get the medics to come." Russell is best known for appearing in KOJAK as Detective Saperstein.

Celia Lovsky, wife of Peter Lorre, played an airline passenger in AIRPORT, and she played Vulcan Minister T'Pau in "Amok Time".

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Mark Russell played airline passenger Pfc. Bud Miller (left) in AIRPORT, and he played a Vulcan litter bearer (left) in "Amok Time".

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Ironically, Russell was a sergeant in the Korean War where he was wounded at Heartbreak Ridge.

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Russell is best known for appearing in KOJAK as Detective Saperstein.

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TUESDAY, JULY 16

THE KILLER---trailer released for the John Woo/Peacock assassin movie.

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THE DELIVERANCE---trailer released for the Netflix horror movie.

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A DIFFERENT MAN---trailer released for the movie starring Sebastian Stan.

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MARTY SUPREME---Timothee Chalamet is in talks to star in the biomovie about professional ping pong star Marty Reisman.

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YOUNG SHERLOCK---Guy Ritchie/Amazon Prime tv series about 19 year-old Sherlock Holmes investigating a murder at Oxford University. Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Colin Firth, Joseph Fiennes and Natascha McElhone star.

STAR TREK: PRODIGY---co-creator Dan Hageman said adding Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher to the voice cast in Season 2 will atone for how Wheaton/Wesley Crusher was treated in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, "I would say they did Wesley Crusher wrong–how they finished Wesley Crusher on TNG–and we are making up for it. TNG just had him stop the frame and walk off and never gave him any closure. We’re taking that baton and doing something with it."

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NUTCRACKERS---photo released from the Ben Stiller comedy movie about a workaholic who must take care of his nephews die in an accident.

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OUTLANDER: BLOOD OF MY BLOOD---photo released from the Starz prequel series whose synopsis says, “The spin-off will tell two parallel love stories set in two different time periods: during the early 18th century Scottish Highlands and during World War II in England.”

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SOMETHING VERY BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN---Duffer Brothers/Netflix horror tv series whose synopsis says, “SOMETHING VERY BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN is an atmospheric horror series set at a wedding, following a bride and groom in the week leading up to their ill-fated nuptials. That’s not a spoiler — just read the title…”

TRIVIA---former football stars Burt Renolds and Bernie Casey appeared in two movies in which Reynolds falls in love with a hooker targeted by a hit man and Casey played his friend and fellow cop.
In SHARKY'S MACHINE, Reynolds played Atlanta Police Sergeant Tom Sharky, who is demoted after a botched drug sting and falls in love with hooker Dominoe Brittain (Rachel Ward), who has been targeted by a hitman. Bernie Casey played Sharky's friend and fellow cop, Detective Arch Driscoll.
In RENT-A-COP, Reynolds played Chicago cop Tony Church, who is fired after a botched drug sting and falls in love with hooker Della Roberts (Liza Minnelli), who has been targeted by a hitman. Casey played Church's friend and fellow cop, Lemar.

In SHARKY'S MACHINE, Reynolds played Atlanta Police Sergeant Tom Sharky, who is demoted after a botched drug sting and falls in love with hooker Dominoe Brittain (Rachel Ward), who has been targeted by a hitman. Bernie Casey played Sharky's friend and fellow cop, Detective Arch Driscoll.

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In RENT-A-COP, Reynolds played Chicago cop Tony Church, who is fired after a botched drug sting and falls in love with hooker Della Roberts (Liza Minnelli), who has been targeted by a hitman. Casey played Church's friend and fellow cop, Lemar.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17

ACROSS THE RIVER AND INTO THE TREES----trailer released for the Liev Schreiber World War II movie based on the Ernest Hemingway novel.

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MEANWHILE ON EARTH---trailer released for the French sci fi movie.

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BACKDRAFT---producer Brian Grazer said he and Ron Howard are developing a remake of Howard's 1991 firefighter movie and Glen Powell is a candidate to star in it. The original movie starred Kurt Russell, Robert De Niro, Scott Glenn and Donald Sutherland.

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APARTMENT 7A---photo and synopsis released for the Paramount+ prequel to Roman Polanski's ROSEMARY'S BABY, “When a struggling, young dancer (Julia Garner) suffers a devastating injury, she finds herself drawn in by dark forces when a peculiar, well-connected, older couple promises her a shot at fame.” Garner plays Terry Gionoffrio, who committed suicide in the original movie by apparently jumping from her apartment on the seventh floor. Dianne Wiest also stars.

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: BRAVE NEW WORLD---Marvel Studios changed superhero Sabra, who was Mossad agent Ruth Bat-Seraph, to a former agent in the Soviet Black Widow program, the same as Scarlett Johansson's character. The sequel's new summary says Bat-Seraph is “a former Black Widow, Ruth is now a high-ranking US government official who has the trust of President [Thaddeus] Ross” and no longer mentions "Sabra" which is a slang term for a native-born Israeli. Bat-Seraph is played by Israeli actress Shira Haas. Apparently Marvel caved in to anti-Israeli critics who protested Sabra's Israeli background. Culture critic Brianna Wu said Marvel's changing Sabra's background was due to "political expediency" and added, “Marvel had no issue with ignoring the morons for Black Panther. And even though Marvels was awful, they stuck to their guns. Guess Jews don’t count.”

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TERRIFIER 3---sequel photo released of David Howard Thornton returning as Art the Clown.

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BEETLEJUICE BEETLEJUICE---the sequel has a PG-13 rating due to “violent content, macabre and bloody images, strong language, some suggestive material and brief drug use.” The original movie had a PG rating.

BLUE BLOODS---synopsis released for the tv series based on the teenage vampire novels, “In the universe of BLUE BLOODS, New York City is secretly ruled by an elite class of immortal vampires. But when one of their own disappears, they are faced with an existential threat: an ancient and evil breed of vampire has returned. Amidst this chaos, 17-year-old Sky, the first half-human-half-vampire, faces her own challenges as a newcomer to the prestigious Duchesne Institute. Previously exiled from the Blue Bloods, Sky must now find her place in this society — and as she does, she begins to uncover a rising evil that threatens the very existence of The Coven. The question is: will she be the savior of vampire society or its doom?”

TRIVIA---in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, when the military airplane flown by Dr. Clayton Forrester crash-lands to avoid a collision with Martian War Machines, the special effects crew's control wire attached to the airplane's rudder is clearly visible.

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