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Comic-Con 2017 Round-up
Clowns, cowboys and . . . chow mein?
Stephen King’s It
Terrifying new clip shows evil villain Pennywise waving a dismembered child’s arm as he advances on his next victim.
Comic-Con dining with Xfinity
This pop-up diner became a festival favorite with meals inspired by Game of Thrones, Luke Cage, and Orange is the New Black being served up from recreated sets.
Twin Peaks’ David Lynch & Mark Frost confuse audience again
What do a severed arm, a horse, and gunshots have in common? Twin Peaks, of course. New intro video and cast panel left TP fans wanting more.
Evil Corp takes over
Fans of Mr. Robot lined up for a truly immersive experience from E Corp bank, following the success of last year’s VR fan participation event.
“It doesn’t look like anything to me.”
Westworld gave a select group of Comic-Con attendees the golden ticket this year by hosting an immersive Westworld park experience. Let’s hope these violent delights didn’t have violent ends for those gathered.
Weekend box office: a battle of epic proportions
Christopher Nolan (Inception) won the weekend box office with Dunkirk, debuting at $50 million. The World War II film, starring Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Harry Styles (One Direction: This Is Us) ruled at 3,720 US theaters including IMAX.
Wonder Woman overtook Guardians of the Galaxy II as top summer blockbuster, and Girls Trip, an R-rated comedy about four POC women on a wild weekend in New Orleans, earned over $28 million.
Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets, sci-fi epic fronted by Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns), did not reach great heights in theaters. Having cost $180 million to produce, it bombed harder than the beaches of Dunkirk with a domestic opening of under 17 million.
Netflix browsing hack
Cement your status as a Netflix aficionado with handy codes now available to the public – adding them to URLs opens up a whole new world of easy browsing.
The comic book universe Spawns again
Todd McFarlane (Ultimate Spider-Man) has teamed up with Blumhouse Productions, the scare-lovers behind Get Out and Paranormal Activity, to turn creepy comic book Spawn into a low-budget horror film.
Queer elderly Latinas foregrounded in new short
Amigas with Benefits premiered at the PBS Online Film Festival to much acclaim. Watch this film pay “homage to the queer elders in our lives” here.
Transatlantyk Festival welcomes Ed Norton & Lucrecia Martel
Polish film festival Transatlantyk received special guest Edward Norton (Fight Club) at the closing ceremony for its power of woman-themed seventh edition. Fittingly, Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman) became the second female filmmaker to be presented with the prestigious FIPRESCI 90+ statuette.