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Why Anne Hathaway Is the Perfect Choice to Play Barbie – Vanity Fair

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

It’s a strange day when Anne Hathaway is in talks to take a role that originally went to Amy Schumer, but here we are. The Oscar-winning actress is in talks to star in the upcoming Barbie movie, a long-gestating project that, in its last incarnation, would have starred the stand-up comedian as a doll who gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough. But while these two actresses…

Comic-Con 2017: What Popped and What Flopped – Variety

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Comic-Con 2017 has come and gone, with well over 100,000 attendees flooding into San Diego for the annual event. Amid a sea of costumes, comics and merchandise, the TV and film industry trotted out its biggest stars and action-packed previews for upcoming projects with the hope of winning over a passionate fan base. Some blew the crowds away; others tried valiantly, but ultimately failed to impress. SEE MORE: From the…

Anne Hathaway in Talks to Replace Amy Schumer as ‘Barbie’ – Variety

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

After losing Amy Schumer due to scheduling conflicts, Sony looks to have found its replacement for the upcoming live-action “Barbie” pic, with Anne Hathaway in talks for the lead role. Australian “Fun Mom Dinner” director Alethea Jones is in talks to helm the comedy. Studio reps said the casting is premature as scheduling arrangements have not been worked out and there is no deal as yet. The big screen adaptation…

Hasbro CEO describes the serious boost eSports are giving his business – CNBC

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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Hasbro posts smallest sales beat in 1-1/2 years, shares fall – CNBC

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

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The 25 biggest Comic-Con trailers, ranked: From ‘Justice League’ to ‘Westworld’ – Washington Post

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THE POINT of a good Comic-Con-tailored trailer is less to tell a tale, and more to evocatively tease. The pop-culture convention offered dozens of fresh Hollywood trailers, and their ability to effectively tease ran the gamut. So while we still wait for that “Avengers: Infinity War” Comic-Con trailer to go public, here’s how we size up the event’s top 25 significant teasers: 1. “Stranger Things” Vincent Price was an inspired…

Our favorite moments from San Diego Comic-Con 2017 – The Verge

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

Another year of San Diego Comic-Con is now in the books, and it brought everything you’d expect from a four-day celebration of geek culture. There were costumes, announcements, and incredible new trailers; there were exciting immersive experiences, and authors blending the worlds of film and gaming. It was a lot to take in. So as we say goodbye and make our way home, we’re taking a brief look back. Here…

Hasbro shares plunge despite strong demand for Transformers – New York Post

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

Hasbro’s quarterly sales scraped past analysts’ estimates, marking its smallest beat in more than one and a half years, propped up by demand for its Transformers and Nerf toys in the United States. The toy maker’s shares were down 8.3 percent at $106.36 in mid-morning trades on Monday. The stock has surged about 50 percent this year. Jefferies analyst Stephanie Wissink said most of the company’s revenue seems to have…

Filthy Reaction To Hasbro – Seeking Alpha

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

The 25 biggest Comic-Con trailers, ranked: From ‘Justice League’ to ‘Westworld’ – Washington Post

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

THE POINT of a good Comic-Con-tailored trailer is less to tell a tale, and more to evocatively tease. The pop-culture convention offered dozens of fresh Hollywood trailers, and their ability to effectively tease ran the gamut. So while we still wait for that “Avengers: Infinity War” Comic-Con trailer to go public, here’s how we size up the event’s top 25 significant teasers: 1. “Stranger Things” Vincent Price was an inspired…

‘Captain Marvel’ will receive a $20-million tax credit to shoot in California – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

“Captain Marvel,” the upcoming superhero movie starring Brie Larson as the title character, will receive more than $20 million in tax credits to film in California, making it the first Marvel Comics movie to shoot primarily in-state since 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Eight studio and independent features were selected from 92 applications for the $68 million handed out in the latest round of tax incentives that are designed…

Comic-Con 2017: "Black Panther," "Wonder Woman II," "Stranger Things" – CBS News

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

SAN DIEGO – From “Black Panther” to Batman, “Stranger Things” to “Blade Runner 2049,” and “Ready Player One” to Rep. John Lewis, Comic-Con had something for almost every pop-culture appetite. Halle Berry chugs whiskey on stage at Comic-Con San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with “Star Trek Beyond” premiere As the annual fan convention in San Diego wraps Sunday after four days of panels, presentations, screenings and autograph signings, here’s a…

From Thor: Ragnarok to Stranger Things – 10 things we learned from Comic-Con 2017 – The Guardian

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2017

Stranger Things season two will ramp up the 80s nostalgia Poor Will Byers might have been rescued from the dark alternate dimension that is beginning to bleed into the town of Hawkins, Indiana (otherwise known as the Upside Down) in the Netflix smash. But it looks as if his ordeal is not yet over. As our gang of pre-teens take a trip to the local arcade to play Don Bluth’s…

Netflix just secretly won San Diego Comic-Con – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

On the first day of San Diego Comic-Con, director David Ayer took the stage before the massive crowd at Hall H. A year prior, he’d been there to promote Suicide Squad for Warner Bros., but this time he was discussing a different project: the $100 million fantasy-action film Bright. “What’s up, Hall H?” he shouted into the microphone. “This is the house of Netflix! This is Netflix right now, we’re…

Why Is Marvel the Only Studio Still Doing Comic-Con’s Hall H Right? – Vanity Fair

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Day after day, panel after panel, the news out of San Diego Comic-Con’s famed Hall H was the same. The cast of your favorite shows and movies arrived, charmingly shared some behind-the-scenes anecdotes, vaguely answered audience questions, dropped a trailer or two that immediately appeared online, and called it a day. This was true of Justice League, Westworld, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and more. All but…

Setting Captain Marvel in the ’90s hints at how much she matters – The Verge

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Captain Marvel isn’t due out in theaters until March 2019, but Marvel was quick to give the film its due during the studio’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con last night. One of the key details revealed during the presentation was that the movie will be a period piece set in the 1990s, a timeframe that will set it apart from most of the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe….

For Warner Bros., a ‘Cinematic Universe’ Built of Lego Bricks – New York Times

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

“There is an affinity for the property,” said Michael McNally, the senior director of brand relations for Lego. Still, some industry watchers say the ambitious movie slate, combined with an equally elaborate merchandising push, could end up hurting. Jim Silver, the chief executive and editor in chief of TTPM, a toy industry website, said the overall market was oversaturated with movie-related toys this year, and children were not making an…

Star Wars fans pay tribute to Carrie Fisher at Comic-Con – The Guardian

Posted: Sunday, July 23, 2017

Four Star Wars costuming clubs came together at Comic-Con on Sunday, to stage a tribute to their favorite fallen princess. The fan groups celebrated the life and work of Carrie Fisher while dressed up as Princess Leia. Several women dressed in Leia’s flowing white gown and twin-buns hairstyle spoke about how much the character inspired them. One said she walked down the aisle at her wedding to Leia’s theme. Guest…