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San Diego Comic-Con: the annual gathering of comic book nerds, blockbuster action movie fans and the slightly terrifying people who still watch Supernatural religiously. It's the biggest pop culture event of the year, a time when studios bring the biggest and most shriek-inducing stars together to unveil new projects and showcase the exciting things fans will eventually be camped out all night for. And even though not all of us are lucky enough to experience Comic-Con in person, that doesn't mean we don't deserve to get all the up-to-the-minute news, reports and surprises. Since we here at Hollywood.com don't want you to miss out on all the excitement happening in Hall H or the surprises being unveiled over the weekend, we're running down the biggest news to come out of San Diego during the convention to ensure you can stay on top of everything, whether you're stuck in the office or waiting in line for another sold out panel.
Dr. Strange? More Like Dr. Nope Sure, there are other panels happening at Comic-Con this year, but all anyone really cares about are the new films and casts that Marvel is set to unveil on Saturday. And since Dr. Strange just happens to be one of those films and Benedict Cumberbatch is rumored to be the frontrunner for the role, MTV just happened to ask him to reveal whether he will indeed be playing the super-powered sorcerer. His answer? “As far as I’m aware, even if that was the case, it couldn’t work out because I’m doing a little play called ‘Hamlet’ in London, so I don’t think I could even if that was in the cards. It sounds like a fantastic project. It’s a shame if I miss out, but who knows?” So, it’s not an outright “no,” but it seems like Marvel might have to look elsewhere for their Dr. Strange.
There’s No Stan Lee Cameo This Time A living legend in the comic book world, Stan Lee has basically become the face of Comic-Con, attending all but a select few since its inception over forty years ago. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to add 2014 to the absentee list; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee has cancelled his appearance after losing his voice to a bad bout of laryngitis, and he certainly can’t command a convention center without a voice. Don’t get too upset, though: his cameo in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy has already been filmed, so no illness will keep you from seeing him then.
A 24 Movie May Be In the Works The key word there is “maybe.” According to Deadline, star Kiefer Sutherland and executive producer/director John Cassar mentioned during the 24 panel that officially kicked off this year’s con that they were “still talking” about a movie now that the series’ reboot has been so successful. Of course, that didn’t stop fans from freaking out about the mere possibility of it, but Comic-Con’s a place for overwhelming enthusiasm. They could announce another Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern film and people would be excited.
Twenty Hours to Cumberbatch Waiting in absurdly long lines are a time-honored tradition of Comic-Con, but some of them are redefining the word “dedication,” like the ones who lined up to see Cumberbatch on the Dreamworks Animation panel a whole 20 hours early (via CinemaBlend). That’s right: they waited almost an entire day to watch Cumberbatch talk about voicing a cartoon wolf in the new Penguins of Madagascar movie. Not Sherlock, not The Hobbit, not Star Trek. Penguins.
Na na na na na na na… Batsuit! If you thought the set picture of Ben Affleck in the latest incarnation of the Batsuit was too dark to actually see anything – seriously, has Zach Snyder ever met a shadow he didn’t feel the need to add in? – then DC has answered your prayers. The studio unveiled Affleck’s redesigned cape and cowl for Comic-Con visitors to compare against the ones in the comics live and in-person, and /Film has plenty of pictures for those of us who prefer to critique costume choices from our own homes.
Avengers Assemble (Literally) In anticipation of their no doubt world-shattering panel this weekend, Marvel has released several exclusive posters for the Avengers: Age of Ultron featuring concept art from the film. But like Beyonce’s visual album, all of the individually exciting parts come together to make an even more exciting whole. In this case, it’s a bigger group image that sees the team fighting side-by-side. The Dissolve has already started putting it together for you, so as long as you find that last corner piece, you should be all set.
Veteran actress Eileen Davidson is set to join her former Days Of Our Lives co-star Lisa Rinna on U.S. reality TV show The Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills. Rinna, who is married to Mad Men star Harry Hamlin, was recently confirmed as a new castmember for the upcoming fifth season of the popular programme, and now Davidson has been reported as the latest famous face to sign up for the series, according to UsMagazine.com.
The 55 year old is married to Rock 'n' Roll High School actor Vince Van Patten.
She and Rinna will appear alongside the likes of models Yolanda Foster and Brandi Glanville and actress Kyle Richards in the show, which follows a group of high-profile women living in the glitzy California neighbourhood.
Beloved actor Bill Murray surprised a group of locals in Los Angeles on Tuesday (22Jul14) by showing up unannounced at an ice cream party held in his honour. The owner of CVT Soft Serve hosted an impromptu Bill Murray Ice Cream Social at his store to share his love of the Ghostbusters star, and he extended an invite to the cast and crew of Murray's new movie after rumours emerged suggesting they were shooting in the neighbourhood.
The businessman tells Gawker.com, "Long story short, the guest of honour made it to the party and the rest is history. Like my dad always says, 'You'll never dance with the pretty girl unless you ask'."
He also shared a number of photos of himself posing with his hero as the veteran actor enjoyed one of his sweet treats on Instagram.com.
Murray, 63, has made it a habit to make unexpected appearances at special events - in May (14), he crashed a bachelor party in South Carolina and shared his advice on marriage, and last month (Jun14), he surprised a couple in Charleston, South Carolina by joining the pair for its official engagement photos.
Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey has been forced to sit out the group's upcoming world tour as he battles Parkinson's disease. The rocker tells Blabbermouth.net he has been fighting symptoms for the past two years, but his diagnosis was only confirmed recently.
He says, "I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability."
Torpey is still expected to join his bandmates during acoustic sets, but a replacement drummer will take his place on the band's upcoming tour.
The drummer reunited with his Mr. Big co-founders Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan in 2009. The group formed in 1988 and enjoyed a string of chart hits, including To Be With You and Just Take My Heart.
Sir Paul McCartney has hit the studio with Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith star Joe Perry to work on a top secret new project.
The Beatles legend recently headed to the U.S. to restart his postponed tour after a bout of ill health which landed him in hospital in Japan. It has now emerged McCartney has been taking part in secret studio sessions with a trio of famous stars inbetween his tour dates.
Perry reveals the group recorded together but he refuses to give any more detail about the top secret project, telling the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, "It's the great ego leveler. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we're sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we're all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids."
"Paul was really nice. He's all about business (when he's recording). At 72 he can still hit all those notes... It's a project that we're keeping under wraps for now. There will be (an announcement when the time is right)."
He adds of working with McCartney, "I met him once or twice (over the years) to say hello. To spend six or eight hours in (a) studio with him recording! He makes you feel like (you're recording with just another guy). He just happens to be a motherf**king huge talent!"
The news comes just days after Hollywood actor Depp joined Perry's band Aerosmith on stage at their gig in Massachusetts to play guitar.
Haim star Este Haim struggles to manage her diabetes on tour because she is unable to get the proper food and exercise she needs to stay healthy. The rocker famously suffered a bout of hypoglycemia on stage at Britain's Glastonbury Festival last summer (13) and she later insisted she had been too busy to eat.
Haim has now revealed she faces a constant battle to control her condition while enduring long days, hours of travelling, and a busy work schedule as part of the girl group.
She tells BBC Newsbeat, "It's due to the fact that your hours are always so different and food is never really constant. When you are trying to figure out, 'OK, if I am eating this food, how much insulin do I have to take?' There is a lot of different factors that go along to treating diabetes, it's exercise, it's diet and insulin.
"Sometimes I can't exercise because I've spent the last 12 hours on flights or I'm exhausted or I don't want to exercise... I think it's something that I have and I have to be responsible for it and own up to it and talk about it."
A man who went missing while attending a Jason Aldean concert in Cleveland, Ohio last week (ends18Jul14) has been found dead. Cory Barron had been at the Progressive Field gig with a group of friends on Friday (18Jul14), but he disappeared midway through the show.
His pals tried desperately to contact him, to no avail, and he was reported missing to police on Saturday (19Jul14).
A search came to a tragic end on Tuesday (22Jul14), when the 22 year old's body was discovered in a local landfill among trash from a dumpster at the stadium.
Barron's cause of death is still under investigation, but cops believe he may have fallen into a trash chute at the concert venue and landed in the dumpster.
The news was brought to Aldean's attention on Tuesday, and he took to his Twitter.com account to share his condolences, writing, "My sincere condolences go out to Cory Barron's family and friends. My heart is heavy for you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers."
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Andrew Garfield's next superhero outing in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel has been postponed until 2018 to make room for spin-off film The Sinister Six.
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 had been expected to hit theatres in 2016, with the fourth instalment following two years later (18), but studio executives at Sony's Columbia Pictures have since decided to push back its release to bring the villainous new movie, an ensemble piece featuring a group of Spider-Man's arch-enemies, to big screens first.
The Sinister Six, directed by Drew Goddard, will now be unveiled in November, 2016. Another planned spin-off film focusing on another of Spider-Man's villains, Venom, has yet to be given a release date.
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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
The Dark Side of '90s Nostalgia Between the "Fancy" video being played on a loop and the recent premiere of Girl Meets World, nineties nostlgia seems to be at an all-time high. But not everything you loved back then holds up as well as Clueless and My So-Called Life two decades later, VH1 is going to prove it with their rundown of 20 '90s bands you're ashamed to have loved.
You're About to Get Shell-ShockedAnd trust us, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign more than deliver on that promise with their theme song for the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Celebuzz has the song, along with some more amazing/terrible lyrics and the criticism that it sounds "exactly like a Michael Bay movie feels."
Weird Al Has a Big Dictionary The smartest man in music released his 14th studio album this week, and it rocketed to the top of the charts on the back of his hilarious parody songs and clever wordplay. In celebration of his achievement, and the joy that Mandatory Fun has brought, FlavorWire has ranked all 8 of the music videos Weird Al has released along with the album.
Treat. Yo. Self... To Retta's Twitter As Donna Meagle, Retta consistently comes up with some of the greatest comebacks, one-liners and truth bombs to come out of Pawnee, Indiana. But she's not just hilarious on television; she's hilarious all the time, and thanks to her Twitter account, you can enjoy her wisecracks as they happen. Hollywood.com has all of her greatest tweets complied in one place to brighten up your day.
British rocker Paul Weller has dismissed any fan's hopes for a The Jam reunion by insisting he has no interest in band get togethers. The singer enjoyed a string of hits like Start!, Going Underground and A Town Called Malice with the mod trio before going solo at the end of 1982 - and he has never come close to reforming the group.
And now it seems such a reunion is a near impossibility after telling NME.com he doesn't care for groups like singer Pete Doherty's The Libertines, who recently reunited.
Weller says, "Good luck to them, I liked The Libertines, I loved their first two albums, well the only two albums. But I also liked Pete's last album, the Babyshambles album was great as well.
"It's no good asking me what do I think about bands getting back together, because I don't give a f**k about it really."