SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2022 CONFIRMS DATES FOR RETURN11/24/21 @ 9:38 am EST
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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IN MINOR CAR ACCIDENT01/22/22 @ 2:49 pm EST
It's been over two full years since fans last gathered at the San Diego Convention Center for the biggest comic convention in the land. While there's a compacted version of San Diego Comic-Con happening this weekend, the con won't return until its proper size until 2022. Thankfully for those fans anxious to get started with planning, organizers behind Comic-Con International have announced the 2022 SDCC dates.
Comic-Con International will host WonderCon in Anaheim from April 1st through April 3rd next year. Then come summer, the organizers will host San Diego Comic-Con from July 21st through July 24th.
This year's version of the convention is being described as an intimate affair, taking place from this Friday, November 26th through November 28th. Though officials haven't confirmed the convention will be back at full capacity next year, they've suggested they anticipate being able to host a full convention.
"While we have been able to pivot from in-person gatherings to limited online events, the loss of revenue has had an acute impact on the organization as it has with many small businesses, necessitating reduced work schedules and reduction in pay for employees, among other issues," Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer said in a release distributed by the outfit earlier this year. "Hopefully this event will shore up our financial reserves and mark a slow return to larger in-person gatherings in 2022." (via ComicBook.com
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SPIDER-MAN SWINGS BACK TO THE TOP OF THE BOX OFFICE01/22/22 @ 2:36 pm EST
Reports of former Terminator actor and ex-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
having been in a cart accident are coming in with photos of the actor shown at the scene. The accident happened about a mile from Schwarzenegger’s home at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Allenford Avenue near Paul Revere Charter Middle School according to LAFD officials. The incident involved his GMC Yukon, a Toyota Prius and a Porsche Cayenne with photos showing the GMC up on top of the Prius. The only reported injury was to an unidentified woman who was taken by paramedics to a hospital, but her injuries were described as minor. Shwarzenegger’s involvement was not confirmed by officials and the cause of the crash is under investigation. TMZ has photos from the scene.
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MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD TO JOIN STAR WARS: AHSOKA SERIES 01/22/22 @ 2:23 pm EST
While last week the reboot/continuation of the Scream
franchise bumped Spider-Man: No Way Home
out of the top spot, this extremely quiet weekend in theaters looks to see the Wall-Crawler swing his way back up in his sixth week to a decent $13.5 million which will take the film’s domestic total up to $720.4 million. Scream
on the other hand will have a -61% drop in its second week with $11.7 million taking its domestic total to $50.6 million. While that is roughly the same drop that last entry in the franchise had, Scream 4
only made $7 million it’s second weekend putting the latest take ahead of the game. Sing 2
is expected to be third with $8.27 million, Redeeming Love
opens in fourth with $4 million and The King’s Man
rounds out the top five with $1.76 million. While the post Martin Luther King holiday weekend had become a good launching ground for new films, the studios have moved any big openings to later in the year because of Omicron including both Sony’s Morbius
and Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead'STAR WARS: AHSOKA' TO REPORTEDLY START SHOOTING SOON01/21/22 @ 5:11 pm EST
has signed on to the Star Wars
universe to play an unannounced character on the upcoming Ahsoka
series for Disney+. The Kate
and Birds of Prey
actress joins a cast with Rosario Dawson
set to reprise her role of Ahsoka Tano and Natasha Liu Bordizzo
set to play Sabine Wren. Both characters were introduced to the franchise through animated series, Ahsoka debuted in Star Wars: The Clone Wars
while Sabine was part of Star Wars: Rebels
where Ahsoka later appeared. Both series were made by Dave Filoni
who is writing this new series along with producing it with Jon Favreau
. The two are the driving force behind The Mandalorian
where Dawson made her first appearance as the former Jedi padwan. The series is also expected to feature an appearance by Hayden Christensen
as Anakin Skywalker as well as follow up on the Rebels plot that was hinted at in Ahsoka’s Mandalorian appearance as the two are searching for their friend Ezra Bridger who was last seen with Grand Admiral Thrawn. The character of Thrawn, made popular by both novels and animated appearances, was name dropped by Ahsoka in her only live-action appearance so far. Star Wars: Ahsoka is expected to start filming soon. Winstead has already been loosely tied to the franchise as she is in a long-term relationship with Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Ewan McGregor
who will be returning to the franchise this year.
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'STAR TREK: PICARD': WHOOPI GOLDBERG'S CASTING REVEALED IN SEASON 2 TRAILER01/21/22 @ 5:03 pm EST
With new episodes of Star Wars: The Book of Boba Fett
debuting each week on Disney+, many fans are entirely caught up in that adventure, but there's a lot more to look forward to if you're a fan of the galaxy far, far away, with Production Weekly
recently noting that Star Wars: Ahsoka
is heading into production by the end of the month.
Lucasfilm often keeps a tight lid on their various productions as to avoid drawing more attention than necessary to such productions, so while Production Weekly
is typically accurate, it's unclear if the series is still on track to start shooting imminently or if there could have potentially been any delays due to surges in COVID numbers.
In addition to Ahsoka
seemingly starting production shortly, the report also notes that The Mandalorian
will seemingly wrap up filming on its third season by March. Based on the post-production process on other series, this could mean Season 3 of The Mandalorian
manages to debut on the streaming service by the end of the year.
Despite all of these promising updates about the slate of upcoming Star Wars series, it's hard to take any of these updates as guarantees. In recent weeks, a number of highly anticipated projects have gone on hiatus as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has seen a massive surge in cases. At one point, rumors even emerged that Season 3 of The Mandalorian
would be going on a break, only for those rumors to have been refuted. (via ComicBook.com
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'KNIVES OUT 2' EXPECTED TO DROP IN LATE 202201/21/22 @ 4:53 pm EST
The fans asked for it and Whoopi Goldberg has obliged.
Goldberg is returning to the Star Trek
universe in season 2 of Paramount+’s Picard
, reprising the role of Guinan in multiple episodes.
She played the El-Aurian bar hostess on Star Trek: The Next Generation
from 1988 to 1993.
“I’m going to need some tea: Earl Grey, piping hot,” she says to an emotional Picard (Patrick Stewart) in the first trailer for the season premiering on March 3 below.
Stewart invited Goldberg to join him in the new series while visiting her ABC talk show The View
in January 2020 while promoting the Season 1 premiere. (via Deadline
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'MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7' AND '8' DELAYED, GET NEW RELEASE DATES01/21/22 @ 4:48 pm EST
You can expect to see the next installment of Daniel Craig as Private Detective Benoit Blanc in “Knives Out 2” streaming on Netflix this fall.Variety
is reporting that writer and director Rian Johnson’s hotly-anticipated sequel is expected to release in theaters and the streaming platform in the last quarter of 2022.
In addition, the film is expected to also make a festival run before its release, although it’s unknown which ones it’s expected to debut at.
With this added layer, we can expect the sequel to be a possible awards hopeful for Netflix next year. The streamer is expected to dominate the Oscar season once again this year, with Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog,” Adam McKay’s “Don’t Look Up” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Tick, Tick … Boom!” being heavy favorites to receive best picture attention.
Details surrounding the film are still under wraps, with production wrapping in September 2021. Along with Craig reprising his role, Johnson has assembled an exciting who’s who of Hollywood A-list talent which includes Kathryn Hahn, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr, Jessica Henwick and Madelyn Cline.
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Mission: Impossible 7FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: 'SPIDER-MAN/VENOM' KICKS OFF WELLS & ROMITA JR.'S 'AMAZING SPIDER-MAN' RUN01/21/22 @ 4:42 pm EST
is on the move once again.
The Tom Cruise tentpole will now open July 14, 2023 with Paramount and Skydance pushing it off its Sept. 30, 2022 date. Paramount and Skydance also have a new date for Mission: Impossible 8
, which will open June 28, 2024. It previously was set for July 7, 2023.
This is the latest of several moves for Mission: Impossible 7
over the past 20 months as concerns of COVID-19 continue to shape the theatrical landscape. In April 2020, in the early months of the pandemic, Paramount pushed the project from July 2020 to December 2020. That date did not hold, as M:I 7
moved from Nov. 19, 2021 and then to May 27, 2022.
“After thoughtful consideration, Paramount Pictures and Skydance have decided to postpone the release dates for Mission: Impossible 7
in response to delays due to the ongoing pandemic. The new release dates will be July 14, 2023, and June 28, 2024, respectively. We look forward to providing moviegoers with an unparalleled theatrical experience,” Paramount and Skydance said in a statement.
Cruise, Paramount and Skydance still have Top Gun: Maverick
on the calendar for May 27, 2022. The date is not expected to move. (via THR
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SONY PICTURES CLASSICS PICKS UP ALEX HELFRECHT ANIMATED MOVIE 'A WINTER'S JOURNEY'01/21/22 @ 12:22 pm EST
Marvel Comics will celebrate Free Comic Book Day this year with THREE separate Free Comic one-shots, each offering readers new and old an exciting entry point into some of Marvel’s biggest upcoming stories and characters!
Announced last week, Spider-Man is gearing up for a brand-new era just in time for the character’s 60th anniversary! Fans who pick up FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: SPIDER-MAN/VENOM #1 will see the very beginning of the major storylines writer Zeb Wells and legendary artist John Romita Jr. have planned for their run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, including Tombstone’s first steps towards becoming Spidey’s most terrifying villain.
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: SPIDER-MAN/VENOM #1 will also give fans a chance to check out the thought-provoking work Al Ewing, Ram V, and Bryan Hitch are doing on VENOM! The groundbreaking changes this mastermind trio has in store for the symbiote mythos starts here!
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: SPIDER/VENOM #1 will be available exclusively through Diamond Comics. Check with your local comic shop regarding availability.
Stay tuned for more FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2022 announcements and pick up these extraordinary one-shots when they arrive on May 7!
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DAMON GENTRY & SIMON ROY TEAM UP FOR SCI-FI ADVENTURE IN OGN 'GRIP OF THE KOMBINAT'01/21/22 @ 12:08 pm EST
Sony Pictures Classics has taken North America, Latin America, Middle East, Scandinavia, Australia/New Zealand, Turkey, India, South Africa, Southeast Asia, Japan, Thailand rights and global airlines to Alex Helfrecht’s animated movie A Winter’s Journey.
Set in Bavaria in 1812, A Winter’s Journey
follows an itinerant lovelorn poet who undertakes a hazardous walk across mountains, ice, and snow – a journey which will bring either death or a new life.
Painted by the animation artists behind the Oscar-nominated Loving Vincent, A Winter’s Journey
is a romantic and epic tale which blends live action with CG and painted animation. The world of the film is the first to be built using PlayStation’s “Dreams”, developed by PlayStation Studios’ multiple-BAFTA-winning games studio Media Molecule. The pic is an adaptation of Franz Schubert’s timeless masterpiece “Winterreise”, the most performed classical song cycle in the world.
The cast includes John Malkovich, Jason Isaacs, Marcin Czarnik (Son of Saul, Sunset
), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
), Martina Gedeck (The Lives of Others
) and introduces Gabriella Moran. (via Deadline
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Fan-favorite creators Simon Roy (Prophet, Habitat, First Knife
) and Damon Gentry (Sabertooth Swordsman, Vinegar Teeth
) team up for a new science-fiction adventure in the upcoming Grip of the Kombinat
. This original graphic novel will hit shelves in June from Image Comics.
"This book was a real labor of love for Damon and me—we wrote the first story WAY back in 2015 over a rowdy weekend. Then, after much hemming and hawing, we decided to draw it together, between the two of us, in 2017," said Roy. "Once the first piece of the puzzle was complete, we would meet up each year for weekend-long benders and write/thumbnail a few stories at a time. A process that was bad for the liver and lungs, but magic on the page."
In Grip of the Kombinat
, two megacorporations wage an eternal tug-of-war for the ruins of our future solar system. Pulpy action, escalating unintended consequences, wry satire, and pure tomfoolery combine into seven potent chapters of comics entertainment.
Gentry added: "Grip of the Kombinat
is a love letter to the big beautiful wide world of science fiction. We dug deep on all our favorite genre fiction, ripped out their guts and wet-slapped them together to create a terrifying Frankenstein (the doctor, not the monster)."Grip of the Kombinat
is best described as an unholy lovechild of Verhoeven and Asimov and a must-read for science fiction fans. Grip of the Kombinat
(ISBN: 978-1-5343-2301-8, Diamond Code FEB220087) will be available on Wednesday, June 8 and in bookstores on Tuesday, June 14. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop
or independent bookstore
or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo. Grip of the Kombinat
will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.