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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.
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Action man Dwayne Johnson has teased fans by suggesting he is set to bring comic book superhero Shazam to life on the big screen.
The Fast Five actor has been in talks with studio executives at Warner Bros. for several months to find him the perfect role in a new DC Comics adaptation, and now he has dropped the biggest hint yet about the kind of character he is preparing to play.
In an interview with TotalFilm.com, the actor reveals he initially wanted to star as John Stewart, one of the many characters who take on the identity of Green Lantern, but it was too soon after the 2011 film flop that starred Ryan Reynolds as the title character.
Instead, Johnson hints that he will play Billy Batson and his alter ego Shazam, a man with incredible strength and the power of light.
The new Hercules star says, "He has the power of Superman. And it's not the Green Lantern by the way. Believe me - John Stewart - he is a character who I wanted to play, but there was already a version of Green Lantern, and so now we've gone in a slightly different direction. But this character has the power of Superman. He can throw down."
He adds, "Just say the word. That's all I'm going to say." In the comics, Batson famously just has to utter the name of his alter ego to transform into the red and gold costumed superhero.
Director Peter Segal had previously been linked to a Shazam movie in 2010, but the plans stalled and the proposed project was shelved indefinitely.
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson declined to accept any payment for his role as a soccer club boss when he signed an ill-fated contract to take over his beloved hometown team. The pop star was announced as the new co-owner of English side Doncaster Rovers last month (Jun14) after his joint offer with former club chairman John Ryan was officially accepted by shareholders.
However, the takeover bid was rejected by Football League officials due to funding issues stemming from the pair's decision to use an online money-raising scheme to assure the future of the club.
Tomlinson has now spoken out to insist he had the team's best interests at heart, and had signed a contract forfeiting any pay for his work as club boss.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "For the record, I insisted contractually I would never earn a penny from DRFC (Doncaster Rovers Football Club). I simply wanted to help club & community. Still hoping I can."
He goes on to thank his loyal fans for their messages of support following his bad news, adding, "Thank you for all the tweets!! Loads of loveeeeeee!! (sic)."
Pop star Louis Tomlinson's takeover of his beloved English soccer club has fallen flat due to funding issues. The One Direction singer was announced as the new boss of Doncaster Rovers last month (Jun14), after his joint offer with former club chairman John Ryan was officially accepted by shareholders.
They established The Tomlinson/Ryan Trust to support and develop the team after the Rovers were relegated to the third tier of English soccer in May (14). They launched a money-raising campaign on Crowdfunder.co.uk to help them hit their $3.4 million (£2 million) target. Tomlinson and Ryan also agreed to donate a six-figure sum themselves.
The pair was dealt a blow on Thursday (17Jul14) after Football League officials, who still had to approve the bid, rejected the duo's takeover attempt amid concerns the two business partners do not have the proper finances to run the club properly.
The news emerged on the same day their crowdfunding campaign closed, $2.1 million (£1.24 million) short of their goal.
Breaking the news to fans on Twitter.com, Tomlinson writes, "I'm absolutely gutted the Doncaster Rovers deal is not going ahead. I am desperate for the club to be given the recognition it deserves.
"I was explicitly told that the deal to buy the club was not dependent on the money raised by Crowdfunding. Unfortunately I was misled.
"My passion for Doncaster Rovers remains as strong as ever, and I hope that I can still be involved with the club moving forward! And to all the Doncaster Rovers fans, I will do all in my power to help the club succeed. I really do love the club!"
The son of Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal and tennis great John Mcenroe is facing drug charges following an arrest in New York City on Tuesday night (15Jul14). Police officers reportedly caught Kevin McEnroe appearing to make a drug transaction with another person and they were both taken into custody.
The 27 year old was allegedly found in possession of six envelopes of cocaine, 20 painkillers, 20 morphine pills and one anxiety pill, according to the New York Daily News.
Both suspects have since been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.
McEnroe, the eldest of the former couple's three children, is due to be arraigned in court on Wednesday afternoon (16Jul14).
Former child star O'Neal has a long history with drug addiction issues, but is said to have kicked her habit after a 2008 arrest for cocaine possession.
The daughter of actor Ryan O'Neal even served as her embattled half-brother Redmond's sober buddy in 2010 as she helped him get clean after multiple drug arrests.
He became a free man in October, 2012 after successfully completing a year-long court-ordered stint in rehab, resulting in the suspension of his jail sentence for a 2011 arrest for heroin and firearms possession.
New Zealand music producer Peter Dawkins has died following a fall at his home in Australia. The 68 year old, who had been suffering from Parkinson's disease, passed away on Friday (04Jul14) due to injuries he sustained in an accident at his home in the Blue Mountains.
Dawkins started his career as a drummer in bands such as Me And The Others, and The New Nadir, touring in Europe in the 1960s and performing with guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in London.
He later moved behind-the-scenes in the music industry and is best known for his stellar career Down Under, producing 20 number one hits and more than 50 albums which achieved chart success.
He produced music for acts including Spectrum, Dragon, John Farnham, Australian Crawl, Ross Ryan, Air Supply, Slim Dusty and Billy Thorpe, and also started two record labels and opened a studio.
After Dawkins' diagnosis with Parkinson's disease, his friends in the music industry released a tribute album to raise money for his medical care.
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has vowed to grow up and put his wild ways behind him now he is the co-owner of a British soccer club. The singer was announced as the new boss of England's Doncaster Rovers club on Thursday (19Jun14) after his takeover bid with former chairman John Ryan was finally accepted.
The deal was completed just weeks after Tomlinson was caught up in a drug scandal last month (May14) when a leaked video appeared to show him smoking marijuana with bandmate Zayn Malik.
Tomlinson has now acknowledged he needs to grow up and change his behaviour so he can be taken seriously as a businessman.
He tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I have to mature a little bit... This is life-changing for me. I'm going to have to start acting dead serious... I can't be a big kid anymore or play pranks. I am absolutely going to be very involved in the club.
"I will be committing a lot of time to it. I've said that I want to be across absolutely everything... I guess am a businessman now.
"I know there will be a few eyebrows raised about me doing this. But hopefully the results go a certain way and we'll create a successful club."
Tomlinson follows in the footsteps of Sir Elton John, who became the boss of the Watford soccer team in 1976, and he hopes to get tips from the pop veteran, saying, "I had thought about seeking his advice - but how on earth do you get in touch with Elton John? I don't know. Hopefully this will send the message out!"
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has finalised a deal to buy his beloved Doncaster Rovers soccer team and launched a crowdfunding campaign to help support the club. The British singer, who played with Doncaster's reserve squad in February (14), is now the co-owner of his hometown team after his takeover bid with former club chairman John Ryan was officially accepted.
They have also set up The Tomlinson Ryan Trust to support and develop the team in the hope of turning their fortunes around after the Rovers were relegated to the third tier of English soccer in May (14).
Tomlinson and Ryan launched a money-raising campaign on Thursday (19Jun14) on Crowdfunder.co.uk and asked fans and football supporters to make pledges to help them reach a funding target of $3.2 million (£2 million).
The co-owners have agreed to donate a six-figure sum themselves.
The Trust aims to improve the financial future of the club, grow the brand, secure a top squad and ultimately reach the Premier League, the top level of English soccer.
Tomlinson says, "For me, this is all about the football, the community and restoring the excitement and desire to making Doncaster Rovers the most exciting club to play for in Yorkshire (in England).
"I grew up in Doncaster and have felt the love for football run through the town, it's for that reason that I have a real personal passion to make Doncaster Rovers a success story. I want to see the Doncaster Rovers' supporters get the club the success it deserves... This is a big step which I believe will open up opportunities to provide a very, very exciting future for the club and its supporters."
The pledge goal of $3.2 million must be met by 17 July (14).
Every hero needs a good villain. John McClane had Hans Gruber, Sarah Conner had the Terminator, and Chris Pine's Jack Ryan has Viktor Cherevin, the terrifying Russian tycoon played by Kenneth Branagh. But great villains aren't just born; they're carefully crafted, a combination of several fine-tuned elements that come together to create the perfect evil-doer.
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In this exclusive featurette clip from the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Blu-ray takes a look at everything that went into transforming Branagh from director into the perfect blockbuster villain. For Cherevin, it takes a delicate balance of the dignity that comes from an experienced Shakespearian actor, the authority that comes from directing prestige pictures and blockbuster fare alike, a rich history of British spy films from which to draw inspiration, and a very shiny suit. How else will people be able to tell that you're the bad guy if your clothes don't telegraph your nefarious intentions?
You can check out the decisions that went into creating Cherevin in the clip above, and pick up Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit on Blu-ray on June 10. And if you think you've got what it takes to take on a villain like Cherevin, you can click here to try the Shadow Recruit training for yourself, and see what kind of action hero you'd make.
One Direction star Louis Tomlinson will soon add soccer team owner to his resume after reaching an agreement to take over his beloved Doncaster Rovers Football Club. The British singer, who played with Doncaster's reserve squad in February (14), recently teamed up with former club chairman John Ryan to discuss a buyout with the team's current owners, Terry Bramall and Dick Watson, and a deal has reportedly been struck.
An official announcement about the acquisition was due to take place during a press conference at London's Wembley Stadium on Friday (06Jun14), before the first of One Direction's three sold-out gigs at the venue, but the media gathering was postponed amid concerns about Tomlinson's image rights.
The meeting has been rescheduled for next Wednesday (11Jun14), according to the BBC.
Under the terms of the deal, Tomlinson, 22, will reportedly serve as club co-chairman, but he and his business partners will face a challenge turning the team's fortunes around after Doncaster Rovers were relegated to the third tier of English soccer in May (14).
The successful Rovers takeover bid will come as a great distraction for the singer, who faced a backlash last week (ends30May14) when video footage, featuring Tomlinson and bandmate Zayn Malik smoking a marijuana blunt while in Peru, surfaced online.
The pair still has yet to comment directly on the drug scandal, but bandmate Liam Payne recently spoke out on his pals' behalf, insisting the stars are only young and will make mistakes as they grow up.