It’s Official: AT&T to Acquire Time Warner for $85.4 Billion

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It's Official: AT&T to Acquire Time Warner for $85.4 Billion

AT&T to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion

AT&T and Time Warner today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AT&T will acquire Time Warner in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at $107.50 per share. The agreement has been approved unanimously by the boards of directors of both companies.

The deal combines Time Warner’s vast library of content and ability to create new premium content that connects with audiences around the world, with AT&T’s extensive customer relationships, world’s largest pay TV subscriber base and leading scale in TV, mobile and broadband distribution.

“This is a perfect match of two companies with complementary strengths who can bring a fresh approach to how the media and communications industry works for customers, content creators, distributors and advertisers,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “Premium content always wins. It has been true on the big screen, the TV screen and now it’s proving true on the mobile screen. We’ll have the world’s best premium content with the networks to deliver it to every screen. A big customer pain point is paying for content once but not being able to access it on any device, anywhere. Our goal is to solve that. We intend to give customers unmatched choice, quality, value and experiences that will define the future of media and communications.

“With great content, you can build truly differentiated video services, whether it’s traditional TV, OTT or mobile. Our TV, mobile and broadband distribution and direct customer relationships provide unique insights from which we can offer addressable advertising and better tailor content,” Stephenson said. “It’s an integrated approach and we believe it’s the model that wins over time.

“Time Warner’s leadership, creative talent and content are second to none. Combine that with 100 million plus customers who subscribe to our TV, mobile and broadband services – and you have something really special,” said Stephenson. “It’s a great fit, and it creates immediate and long-term value for our shareholders.”

Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said, “This is a great day for Time Warner and its shareholders. Combining with AT&T dramatically accelerates our ability to deliver our great brands and premium content to consumers on a multiplatform basis and to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities created by the growing demand for video content. That’s been one of our most important strategic priorities and we’re already making great progress — both in partnership with our distributors, and on our own by connecting directly with consumers. Joining forces with AT&T will allow us to innovate even more quickly and create more value for consumers along with all our distribution and marketing partners, and allow us to build on a track record of creative and financial excellence that is second to none in our industry. In fact, when we announce our 3Q earnings, we will report revenue and operating income growth at each of our divisions, as well as double-digit earnings growth.”

Bewkes continued, “This is a natural fit between two companies with great legacies of innovation that have shaped the modern media and communications landscape, and my senior management team and I are looking forward to working closely with Randall and our new colleagues as we begin to capture the tremendous opportunities this creates to make our content even more powerful, engaging and valuable for global audiences.”

Time Warner is a global leader in media and entertainment with a great portfolio of content creation and aggregation, and iconic brands across video programming and TV/film production. Each of Time Warner’s three divisions is an industry leader: Turner consists of U.S. and international basic cable networks, including TNT, TBS, CNN and Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, and has sports right that include the National Basketball Association, NCAA Men’s Championship Basketball Tournament, and Major League Baseball; HBO, which consists of domestic premium pay television and streaming services (HBO Now, HBO Go) featuring such original series as Game of Thrones, VEEP, and Silicon Valley, as well as international premium & basic pay television and streaming services; and Warner Bros. Entertainment, which consists of television, feature film, home video and videogame production and distribution. Film franchises include Harry Potter, DC Entertainment, and LEGO; TV series produced include The Big Bang Theory, The Voice, and Gotham. Time Warner also has invested in over-the-top and digital media properties such as Bleacher Report, Hulu and Machinima.

Time Warner shareholders will receive $107.50 per share under the terms of the merger, comprised of $53.75 per share in cash and $53.75 per share in AT&T stock. The stock portion will be subject to a collar such that Time Warner shareholders will receive 1.437 AT&T shares if AT&T’s average stock price is below $37.411 at closing and 1.3 AT&T shares if AT&T’s average stock price is above $41.349 at closing.

This purchase price implies a total equity value of $85.4 billion and a total transaction value of $108.7 billion, including Time Warner’s net debt. Post-transaction, Time Warner shareholders will own between 14.4% and 15.7% of AT&T shares on a fully-diluted basis based on the number of AT&T shares outstanding today.

The cash portion of the purchase price will be financed with new debt and cash on AT&T’s balance sheet. AT&T has an 18-month commitment for an unsecured bridge term facility for $40 billion.

Tim Miller Exits Deadpool 2 Director’s Chair

by Max Evry

Tim Miller Exits Deadpool 2 Director's Chair

Tim Miller exits Deadpool 2 director’s chair

If Deadpool 2 is hoping to recapture the lightning-in-a-bottle magic of the first film, it’s going to have to happen with a different filmmaker as Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox‘s sequel has lost director Tim Miller. The co-founder of animation/effects house Blur Studios made his feature directorial debut with Deadpool, which became one of the year’s biggest hits (over $782 million globally on a $58 million budget), revived Ryan Reynolds’ flagging career and made R-rated action movies chic again.

According to the trade, the split was over creative differences between Miller and Reynolds, the latter a champion of bringing the Merc With a Mouth to life for the last decade and who originated the onscreen version (in bastardized form) for 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Reynolds is also an active producer on Deadpool 2 alongside X-Men franchise caretakers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner. Miller’s departure appears to be amicable as he has already shifted gears to Fox’s sci-fi thriller Influx, which Mark Bomback is adapting from the novel by David Suarez with an eye towards a trilogy.

Filming on Deadpool 2 was planned for early 2017, although that may change as Fox scrambles for a replacement director who can match the anarchic tone and effects wizardry of the first one. Screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who penned the first film, are returning to write the sequel.

Leonardo DiCaprio Plans Sam Phillips Biopic

by Silas Lesnick

Leonardo DiCaprio to headline and produce Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll.

Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and star in the biopic Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll

Leonardo DiCaprio has a new project in the works today as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the Academy Award winner has signed on to headline a big screen biopic of legendary music producer Sam Phillips. Although no writer is yet listed for the project, the film will be based on Peter Guralnick‘s biography, “Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll.”

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First published in 2015, Guralnick’s book is officially described as follows:

The music that he shaped in his tiny Memphis studio with artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, introduced a sound that had never been heard before. He brought forth a singular mix of black and white voices passionately proclaiming the vitality of the American vernacular tradition while at the same time declaring, once and for all, a new, integrated musical day. With extensive interviews and firsthand personal observations extending over a 25-year period with Phillips, along with wide-ranging interviews with nearly all the legendary Sun Records artists, Guralnick gives us an ardent, unrestrained portrait of an American original as compelling in his own right as Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, or Thomas Edison.

DiCaprio will also produce the Sam Phillips biopic through his Appian Way Productions, alongside Jennifer Davisson and Guralnick. Other producers on the film include Steve Bing, Mick Jagger, Ian Montone,Victoria Pearman and Rick Yorn.

Who would you like to see direct this Sam Phillips biopic? Are there any stars you’d cast as some of iconic musicians? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Chris Pine Joins A Wrinkle in Time

by Silas Lesnick

Chris Pine is the latest name to join the cast of A Wrinkle in Time.

Chris Pine is the latest addition to the cast of A Wrinkle in Time

Director Ava DuVernay‘s upcoming big-screen take on Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time has today added Star Trek franchise star Chris Pine to its ensemble cast. The Hollywood Reporter says that he’ll be playing the part of Mr. Murry, father to Storm Reid’s Meg and husband to Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Dr. Kate Murry. The lineup for the novel adaptation also includes Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon.

Published in 1962, A Wrinkle in Time is described on L’Engle’s official site follows:

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. She claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a tesseract, which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

Frozen screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee is adapting A Wrinkle in Time into a screenplay, with Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand producing. A Wrinkle in Time marks the first title in L’Engle’s four-book “Time Quartet” series, which also includes A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet and Many Waters. L’Engle’s 1989 novel, An Acceptable Time, was also marketed as part of the series but took place a generation earlier.

Who else would you like to see join the cast of A Wrinkle in Time? Let us know in the comments below!

(Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / Brian To / Ivan Nikolov /

Scream Factory and Shout! Factory Bring Horror Hunters to TV

by Chris Alexander

Scream Factory and Shout! Factory Bring Horror Hunters to TV

Shout! Factory and Scream Factory premiere Horror Hunters series on live-stream next week

Shout! Factory TV, in collusion with their beloved horror movie imprint Scream Factory, today announced the debut of their new original series Horror Hunters. The pilot episode will be presented in a live-stream on Wednesday, October 26 at 6 p.m. PST, with an encore presentation at 9 p.m. PST at

From the official press release:

Horror Hunters is Scream Factory’s first foray into producing original premium unscripted series for the Shout! Factory TV digital platform.  Made by and for fans of the horror genre, the launch of Horror Hunters serves as an important step in broadening the reach of Shout! Factory and its imprints as a tentpole new show for the streaming service. Horror Hunters will be livestreamed and then available for VOD viewing on Shout! Factory TV beginning October 28.

In Horror Hunters, horror experts Adam Rockoff and Aaron Christensen embark on a journey to discover some of the greatest collections of horror memorabilia in the world.  At each destination, the Horror Hunters offer rare and valuable pieces from their own collections while attempting to trade for the most sought after, one-of-a-kind items they encounter.

In the pilot episode, the Horror Hunters visit Frankenstein uber-collector Phil Meenan and come face-to-face with a working (and dangerous!) Jacob’s Ladder device.  Next, the Horror Hunters travel across Chicago to meet with well-known horror blogger Jon Kitley inside the infamous Kitley’s Krypt, where they propose an epic trade.

Because the show is made for the ultimate horror collector, Horror Hunters viewers will be encouraged to take a short survey to give feedback on the pilot following the livestream. This feedback from fans will guide the future of the show beyond its pilot episode, and each voter will be entered to win a Scream Factory Blu-ray prize package.

Sounds okay by us! As an added bit of interactive coolness, Horror Hunters viewers can join the conversation using the hashtag #HorrorHunters while they watch.

Are you going to give Horror Hunters a stab?

Donald Glover Cast as Young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Movie!

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Donald Glover Cast as Young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Movie!

Donald Glover cast as Young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo movie!

Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored.

This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), as well as for starring in four seasons of the show Community, and for his Grammy-nominated album “Because the Internet,” performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release in 2018.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Zelda Fitzgerald for Ron Howard

by Max Evry

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Zelda Fitzgerald for Ron Howard

Jennifer Lawrence to play Zelda Fitzgerald for Ron Howard

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award-winning superstar Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, Silver Linings Playbook) is set to portray Jazz Age legend Zelda Fitzgerald in a biopic being developed by Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Inferno) as a potential directing vehicle.

Currently going under the working title Zelda, the project will cover the marriage and creative rivalry between her and her husband, famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald of “The Great Gatsby” fame. The competition between the two of them eventually drove Mrs. Fitzgerald famously to obsession and madness.

The screenplay for Zelda will be penned by Emma Frost (The White Queen) and produced by former Lionsgate executive Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games) and Brian Oliver (Hacksaw Ridge) alongside Lawrence and her producing partner Justine Ciarrocchi.

This is not the only recent Zelda Fitzgerald project, as Christina Ricci is playing her in the TV series “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” Vanessa Kirby portrayed her in Genius and Scarlett Johansson is rumored to play her in a similar biopic titled The Beautiful and the Damned.

Lawrence will next be seen in the sci-fi romance Passengers opposite Chris Pratt on December 21.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Remake Coming to DVD

by Chris Alexander

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Remake Coming to DVD

Rocky Horror remake hitting DVD in December

FOX’s small-screen rethinking of Jim Sharman’s 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show (itself an adaptation of co-star Richard O’Brien’s celebrated stage musical) is coming home to DVD right in time for Christmas.

The Kenny Ortega-directed The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again features performances by Laverne Cox, Adam Lambert, Reeve Carney, Annaleigh Ashford, Christina Milian, Staz Nair, Ivy Levan, Ben Vereen and features a special appearance by Tim Curry, who played the malevolent and over-sexed transvestite mad doctor FrankN-Furter in the original.

Synopsis: After their car breaks down during a storm, straitlaced couple Brad and Janet (Ryan McCartan and Victoria Justice) find themselves at the eerie castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Laverne Cox, replacing Curry).  The innocent duo’s mind-bending adventure escalates when their host, a sexually ambiguous mad scientist, unveils a stunning creation – a buff bodybuilder designed for her pleasure.


DVD Special Features will include:

*Extended Cut Featuring Deleted Scenes and Brad’s version of “Once in a While” sung by Ryan McCartan

*Don’t Dream It, Make It: Celebrating “Rocky Horror”

*Let’s Do The Time Warp Again: Comic-Con 2016

*Laverne Cox Screen Test

*Mick Rock Still Gallery

Mark December 6th on your calendar for this new Rocky Horror to hit the streets.

And be sure to read our Alyse Wax’s review of the film here.

Margot Robbie to Play Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

by Max Evry

Margot Robbie to Play Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

Margot Robbie to Play Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

AI Film announced today that it will fully finance Craig Gillespie’s upcoming, I, Tonya, with Sierra/Affinity to commence international sales at this year’s AFM. Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, The Wolf of Wall Street) is in negotiations to star as American figure skater Tonya Harding as well as produce the edgy comedy, with Bryan Unkeless (The Hunger Games, Bright) for Clubhouse Pictures, Tom Ackerley for LuckyChap Entertainment and Steven Rogers already attached to produce. Len Blavatnik and Aviv Giladi of AI Film are executive producing. UTA Independent Film Group and CAA are representing US domestic rights.

I, Tonya peels back the layers of Tonya Harding’s sensationalized involvement in the 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, exposing the absurd, tragic, and hilarious story-behind-the-story of the most infamous tabloid scandal in the history of figure skating and the Olympic Games. Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, United States of Tara) directs a script penned by Steven Rogers (P.S. I Love You, Stepmom).

Aviv Giladi, Chairman of AI Film, said of the announcement: “AI Film is thrilled to be collaborating with such a terrific creative team on this hugely entertaining project that is sure to captivate audiences worldwide.”

Nick Meyer, CEO of Sierra/Affinity, added, “We are proud to partner with the talented teams at AI Film, Clubhouse Pictures, and LuckyChap Entertainment to present Craig and Steven’s unique and darkly comedic take on the iconic events that catapulted figure skating into the hot seat of global controversy. Margot is an incredible acting talent that will combine her powerful on-screen presence with a comedic touch that will give this project wide appeal.”

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Dwayne Johnson WWE Years Inspire New FOX Pilot

by Max Evry

Dwayne Johnson WWE Years Inspire New FOX Pilot

Dwayne Johnson WWE Years Inspire New FOX Pilot

FOX Television announced today that it has made a put pilot commitment for The Untitled Dwayne Johnson/Brian Gewirtz/Andrew Gurland Wrestling Project. The Dwayne Johnson WWE comedy series is inspired by the real life experiences of Dwayne Johnson and former WWE head writer, Brian Gewirtz.

The half-hour single camera comedy offers a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional professional wrestling outfit and chronicles the one-of-a-kind odd couple relationship that develops between a charismatic young Rock-like character and a painfully awkward comedy writer new to the world of wrestling. A fish out of water among all of these alpha males, this very beta former sitcom writer needs as much help as he can get navigating the extremely passionate, sometimes crazy and always unpredictable world of professional wrestling.

“This November will mark the 20th anniversary of my professional wrestling debut. I was 24 years old, putting in the hard work, making $40 bucks per match and had no clue of the long journey that lay ahead of me with characters and backstage stories so colorful you’d think there’s no way that can be true,” said Johnson. “The entertaining show that goes on in front of the crowd pales in comparison to the insanely entertaining show that goes on backstage. Brian and myself can’t wait to tell our stories.”

“Coming from Hollywood to the wrestling industry, with its intense backstage atmosphere and larger than life personalities, was a major culture shock,” said Gewirtz. “After working in the business for over 15 years, Dwayne and I had encounters and experiences that were unbelievable as well as unforgettable. We can’t wait to bring this project to the fans.”

“This has been a long time passion project and we’re thrilled to be jumping into the network comedic space on a topic we love and know so well,” said Garcia. “Fox, Gary Sanchez Productions and Andrew Gurland are the perfect partners to help us bring this story to life.”

“Ferrell and I met in the wrestling ring so doing this show with Dwayne Johnson brings us full circle,” said McKay. “And there’s no one more talented (or limber) than Andrew Gurland to steer this project.”

“I’ve always gravitated towards comedy that comes from a real place, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to work with Dwayne and Brian,” said Gurland. “Their stories about the real drama behind pro-wrestling’s larger than life spectacle are hilarious and surprisingly poignant. I hope I do them justice.”

The project is a co-production of Seven Bucks Productions and Gary Sanchez Productions in association with 20thCentury Fox Television. Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Brian Gewirtz along with Gary Sanchez Productions’ Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick will serve as executive producers. Andrew Gurland will write the pilot script and serve as an executive producer.

Next Joss Whedon Movie is a World War II Horror Film

by Max Evry

Next Joss Whedon Movie is a World War II Horror Film

Next Joss Whedon movie is a World War II horror film

Currently working hard to promote the Save the Day voting initiative, filmmaker/nerd god Joss Whedon (Serenity, The Avengers) wants to remind fans that he is still doing the thing audiences love him most for: Writing. He teased a new project that was “a departure” back in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, but had remained mum about that project… until now, as he revealed to Complex that he’s working on a World War II horror movie.

“I’m in the middle of a screenplay that I am extremely passionate about, and I am going to be extremely passionate about it again on November 9,” said Whedon. “It’s definitely a departure from the things that I’m known for. It’s as dark as anything I’ve ever written. I just said, ‘OK, id, your turn.’ I would write scenes and be like, ‘Oh this is great! I shouldn’t be allowed near people.’ It’s a historical fiction/horror movie about a time when the world was going insane, World War II. I got to tell you, I was in Germany and Poland doing research for this movie and I was seeing so many parallels [to the U.S.]. And I know it’s a shopworn thing to compare the orange guy to the little guy with the mustache, but you see things, indelible things in terms of propaganda, the state of the country, and the parallels are eerie as f*ck.”

During the interview, Whedon left the door open for more franchise work, including (hypothetically speaking) a James Bond movie, a Catwoman movie with Anne Hathaway and a Star Wars spin-off movie. However, he seems the most jazzed about creating something wholly his own again, and fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly will definitely appreciate that.

This will not be his first foray into horror, of course, having penned both the Buffy movie and TV series, AngelAlien: Resurrection and The Cabin in the Woods. However, it sounds like this may be his chance to really explore truly horrific territory that WWII is chock full of. Whether the tone will be as zany as something like Dead Snow or as “serious” as Michael Mann’s cult film The Keep remains to be seen. Keep your eyes peeled to for more info on Joss Whedon’s next movie!

Wonder Woman Becomes a UN Ambassador

by Max Evry

Wonder Woman Becomes a UN Ambassador

Wonder Woman becomes a UN Ambassador

Wonder Woman has long been recognized as the global icon representing justice, peace and equality, and now, the United Nations has made the DC Super Hero an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

The appointment was announced by the United Nations at a ceremony also attended by Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the beloved 1970s television series, and Gal Gadot, who will star in next year’s feature film, Wonder Woman. Joining them were Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, part of Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Wonder Woman film director Patty Jenkins.

“While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality, in many parts of the world, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world,” said UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach, “…and Wonder Woman will be another valuable partner for us to achieve such a world by inspiring her millions of fans worldwide to stand up for gender equality.”

In this new role, the Super Hero, who celebrates her 75th anniversary today, will move beyond battling Super-Villains and help promote the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal #5, which focuses on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as a critical component of a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

“The Sustainable Development Goals are among the most ambitious adopted by the UN and require the widest awareness and support not only among governments,” continued Ms. Gallach, “but also among peoples of the world. Wonder Woman will help us reach a broad audience to stand up for action on improving gender equality.”

Whether they know her from comic books, television, video games, animation or film, people around the world have come to recognize Wonder Woman as much more than just a powerful daughter of the gods.

“The greatest honor and responsibility of playing Wonder Woman was serving as a role model for fans around the world, particularly girls,” said Carter. “I’ve seen first-hand how a powerful yet compassionate superhero can inspire women to believe in themselves and men to support equality.”

Despite many gains made in the fight for equality, one in three women still experience gender-based violence and 60% of the world’s illiterate are female. In collaboration with the U.N., DC and Warner Bros. will use multiple media platforms to spread awareness about the challenge and the steps both men and women can take to support a more just world that lives up to the ideals of Wonder Woman.

“Supporting the United Nations’ campaign for female empowerment is a weighty responsibility and one that all of us at DC and Warner Bros. are proud to take on,” said Nelson. “Wonder Woman has always been a trailblazer for women’s rights and we believe she can continue that legacy by expanding and deepening the dialogue around these critical issues.”

In support of this campaign, DC will publish a special comic book in 2017 with Wonder Woman carrying forth the positive message of empowering women and girls. In a first for the company, the comic book will simultaneously be published in the six official languages of the U.N.: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

DC and Warner Bros. will develop special messaging supporting the U.N.’s initiative across a variety of studio platforms, channels and activities, including their “DC Super Hero Girls” graphic novels, television movie and toys.

The studio will also produce a special PSA featuring Gal Gadot in support of Sustainable Development Goal #5.

To celebrate the event, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot participated in a Facebook Live event, which you can watch below.

Starz App November 2016 Movie and TV Titles Announced

by Max Evry

Starz App November 2016 Movie and TV Titles Announced

Starz App November 2016 Movie and TV Titles Announced

The Starz App November releases have been announced and include more Season 2 episodes of both Ash vs Evil Dead and Blunt Talk! Check out a list of films and shows that you can stream and download right now from the app!

The Starz App offers streaming access to current and past Starz Originals, in addition to a huge library of big hit movies and popular to classic ’70s-era TV series (“Diff’rent Strokes,” “Sanford and Son,” “Magnum, P.I.” to name a few) – some only available here and nowhere else. Those who already have Starz in their cable package can access the app through their cable provider. Those who do not, can purchase the Starz App for a streaming subscription of $8.99 a month. A unique feature of the Starz App is its capability to download full movies and shows to watch offline, anytime and anywhere.

Here’s a rundown of new movies and series coming to the service next month. The titles will be available at midnight Eastern Time on the specific dates.


The Accused (1988)
Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (2004)
Always (1989)
Arrowhead (1953)
Barquero (1970)
Battle of Rogue River (1954)
Biggie & Tupac (2002)
Brooklyn’s Finest (2010)
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
Cheaper By the Dozen (1950)
Cheaper By the Dozen 2 (2005
Cheech & Chong Still Smokin (1983)
Comes a Horseman (1978)
Company Business (1990)
The Day (2012)
Dead Man’s Burden (2012)
Decline of the Western Civilization (1981)
Decline of the Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years (1988)
Decline of the Western Civilization 3 (1998)
Duel At Diablo (1965)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
For Love of the Game (1999)
Freakonomics (2010)
Fresh (1994)
Grandma’s Boy (2006)
Gridlock’d (1996)
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
Hanging Up (2000)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
The Haunting (1999)
Jarhead (2005)
Kurt & Courtney (1998)
Larger Than Life (1996)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Major Dundee (1964)
Marathon Man (1976)
Memories of Me (1988)
Only the Strong Survive (2002)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
The Rainmaker (1997)
A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Ride ’em Cowboy (1941)
Robots (2005)
Searching for Sugar Man (2012)
Slaughter (1972)
A Smile Like Yours (1997)
The Sound and the Fury (2014)
Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971)
Swashbuckler (1976)
The Way of the Gun (2000)
We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)
Young@Heart (2007)


According to Greta (2008)
Adventures of Abney & Teal (2011) – Episodes 11-20
All Roads Lead to Rome (2015)
American Son (2008)
Andron: The Last Labyrinth (2015)
The Big Bang (2011)
Black Widow (1987)
Bling (2016)
The Boxer (1997)
Call Me Kuchu (2013)
The Christmas Dragon (2014)
Connie the Cow (2002) – Episodes 35-43
Cymbeline (2014)
Dirtgirlworld (2009) – Episodes 21-30
The Doodlebops (2004) – Episodes 40-65
Equilibrium (2002)
Fill the Void (2012)
The Final Member (2014)
Happythankyoumoreplease (2011)
Hava Nagila: The Movie (2013)
Heathcliff (1984) – Episodes 51-70
The Hot Flashes (2012)
How to Be Indie (2009) – Episodes 31-40
Huckleberry Finn (1974)
Inspector Gadget (1982) – Episodes 31-40
The Journey of August King (1995)
The Last Supper (1995)
Liberty’s Kids (2002) – Episodes 21-30
Nurse (2014)
Prime (2005)
Rancho Deluxe (1974)
Sabrina, The Animated Series (1999) – Episodes 31-40
Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam – Live From Las Vegas (2014)
She’s Funny That Way (2014)
Sleepwalking (2008)
Spill (1996)
Sunshine Cleaning (2009)
The Trumpet of the Swan (2001)
The Visitor (2008)
Wadjda (2013)
Which Way Is Up? (1977)
The Young Victoria (2008)
The Zula Patrol (2005) – Episodes 21-30


Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)


“Ash vs Evil Dead” (2016) – Episode 206
“Blunt Talk” (2016) – Episode 206


You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (2008)


The Hot Chick (2002)


Jack Goes Boating (2010)


One More Time (2015)


“Ash vs Evil Dead” (2016) – Episode 207
“Blunt Talk” (2016) – Episode 207


The Bronze (2016)


Croc (2006)
Let’s Go To Prison (2006)
Ten Thousand Saints (2015)


The Blackout Experiments (2016)
Jobs (2013)


“Ash vs Evil Dead” (2016) – Episode 208
“Blunt Talk” (2016) – Episode 208


24 Hour Party People (2001)
The Dream Chasers (1984)


I Saw the Light (2015)

Fright-Rags Releases Monster Cereal Clothing Line

by Chris Alexander

Fright-Rags Releases Monster Cereal Clothing Line

Fright-Rags releases monster cereal clothing line

For many, General Mills’ Monster Cereals are as synonymous with Halloween as horror movies and jack-o-lanterns (and, of course dental problems). With the holiday quickly approaching, venerable creepy clothing outfit Fright-Rags has released the General Mills Monsters collection. Now you can dress up as sugar-soaked monster cereal icons like Count Chocula, Franken Berry, and Boo Berry with limited edition box sets. Each one contains a ventilated mask, an exclusive shirt designed by Christopher Franchi, and a color-changing spoon, all packaged in a retro-style window box. They are limited to 650 sets per character, and you’ll save $15 if you order all three now through Monday by using coupon code MONSTERMASKS15.

Several other shirts are available separately: tri-blend tees of each mascot, a shirt designed by Abrar Ajmal with all three characters, and baseball tees with vintage cereal box artwork. Each monster is also represented with a pair of socks featuring their respective cereal and marshmallow shapes.

The General Mills Monsters collection is on sale now at All items are in stock except the masks, which will ship in mid-November. Any order placed in October will receive a Fright-Rags Video card good for 10-50% off your next order.


Director James Mangold Talks Logan Trailer

by Max Evry

Director James Mangold Talks Logan Trailer

Director James Mangold talks Logan trailer

Yesterday, the Logan trailer rocked the internet and director James Mangold has talked to Empire about the trailer, specifically some interesting info about Wolverine’s diminished healing factor.

RELATED: The Logan Trailer is Here!

“We questioned whether Logan’s healing factor causes him to heal without even a scar,” Mangold said. “We imagined that it may have when he was younger, but with age, he’s getting older and ailing. Perhaps his healing factor no longer produces baby-soft skin. So we imagined he heals quickly, still, but it leaves a scar. The simple idea was that his body would start to get a little more ravaged with a kind of tattooing of past battles, lacerations that remain of previous conflicts.”

Mangold also refused to confirm whether the mysterious little girl played by Dafne Keen is Laura/X-23, the female clone of Logan, though he hinted that the rumors could be true.

“I think I will just let speculation run rampant about that,” stated Mangold. “I think what this film is about in many ways is family. From there out I’d let everyone figure out what we’re up to on their own, at least at this early stage. I’m not here today to confirm or deny anything. I think it’s great that everyone’s speculating and I think it reveals how smart the audience is, many of the fans, about these characters. I don’t think they’re on the wrong track.”

Finally, he commented on the shocking R-rated moment in the international trailer where Wolverine shoves his claws right through a guy’s brain.

“[This represents] to me the kind of aggressive, classical Wolverine action that we want in the movie – more of something that fans have been asking for, for a really long time,” Mangold added. “We’ve been limited in one way or another from giving it to them, but I think we’ve got the go-ahead to really go for it on this picture. So we’re really trying to deliver what folks have always imagined those kind of battles would look like. There is a lot of high-octane action in the movie. We’re just trying to do it very differently and very viscerally.”

RELATED: Logan International Trailer Features R-Rated Scene

The Wolverine director James Mangold is back behind the camera for Hugh Jackman’s final turn as the character.

Starring Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart, Logan is coming to theaters on March 3, 2017. The new film will mark the ninth time that Hugh Jackman has played the character on the big screen. Mangold is directing from a script by David James Kelly.

Mister Sinister and his “Essex Corp” were previously said to be the villain(s) of the film, with rumors pointing toward Richard E. Grant playing the villain, though it remains unconfirmed. We know that the primary villains for the film will include both The Reavers, lead by Boyd Holbrook’s Donald Pierce, as well as Wolverine’s favorite group, Weapon X. It stands to reason that Sinister’s role in the film will be tied to the creation of X-23, the young female clone of Wolverine also along for the film’s road trip.

The cast for Logan also includes Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elise Neal and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Black Panther Cast Adds Letitia Wright

by Max Evry

Black Panther Cast Adds Letitia Wright

Black Panther cast adds Letitia Wright

Variety has revealed that actress Letitia Wright has joined the Black Panther cast. Wright will be seen next year in a major role in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. Her role in the Marvel Studios adaptation is unknown.

Chadwick Boseman will star as the title hero in Black Panther and he’s joined by Michael B. Jordan (CreedFruitvale Station), who will play Erik Killmonger (a villain in the source material), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years A SlaveStar Wars: The Force Awakens) as Nakia (a former member of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje, now an agent of Killmonger), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of ScotlandRogue One: A Star Wars Story) as elder statesman Zuri, Daniel Kaluuya (SicarioGet Out) as T’Challa’s confidant W’Kabi, Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War) reprising her role as Ayo, Winston Duke as M’Baku, aka the villain Man-Ape, and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Okoye (a member of the Dora Milaje, the wives-in-training for the King of Wakanda).

With a script by Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler, the latter will direct the Kevin Feige-produced film which begins shooting in January in Atlanta, Georgia. The film will be released in theaters on February 16, 2018.

If you’d like to know more about Black Panther, be sure to check out our previously-published Origins & Evolutions feature on T’Challa by clicking here!

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Doctor Strange Red Carpet Photos and Jimmy Kimmel Video

by CS

Doctor Strange Red Carpet Photos and Jimmy Kimmel Video

Doctor Strange red carpet photos and Jimmy Kimmel video

Marvel held the World Premiere of Doctor Strange at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on October 20, 2016. You can view Doctor Strange red carpet photos in the gallery below, and you’ll also find a funny video from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in which Jimmy hires Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and things do not go as planned.

RELATED: Doctor Strange Red Carpet Premiere Live Stream

Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton. The film is directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily RoseDeliver Us From Evil) from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Passengers) and Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill (Sinister).

From Marvel Studios comes Doctor Strange, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

Doctor Strange continues “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, picking up in the wake of this year’s Captain America: Civil War. Catch it in U.S. theaters on November 4 in 3D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D.

FEARnyc Features Classic Horror, Celebrities and a Tribute to Wes Craven

by Chris Alexander

FEARnyc Features Classic Horror, Celebrities and a Tribute to Wes Craven

New horror film festival FEARnyc brings genre stars and classic films to New York City

Classic and contemporary horror films and culture converge in New York City starting today as FEARnyc, New York City’s biggest horror film festival, begins its run at Cinema Village. The new event, to be held October 21-27, 2016, will feature screenings of over 65 films, cast appearances, special events and a tribute to horror icon Wes Craven.

RELATED: Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes on Blu-ray

Among the highlights:

*Screenings of Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Hocus Pocus, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Lost Boys, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and The Monster Squad

*The premiere of Dead Awake, the new film from Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick

*A screening of The Exorcist which will begin with a séance with the audience led by a renowned psychic

*A screening of the original 1978 Halloween with a Halloween Party featuring candy bags and games for the audience

*Screenings of classic films including Nosferatu, Carnival of Souls, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, House on Haunted Hill, Plan 9 from Outer Space, Dementia 13, Silent Night Bloody Night, And Then There Were None, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

*Screenings of brand new horror films including Gedeon Burkhard’s The Key, The Butcher Brothers’ A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff, Hannah Macpherson’s Sickhouse, Shawn Burkett’s Don’t Fuck in the Woods, the anticipated remake of the splatter classic Blood Feast and new documentaries about Stephen King flicks Pet Sematary and Carrie

*Faust: The Live Event, a screening of the silent classic Faust accompanied by a live performance of a soundtrack by Ben Singer of Modern Robot

*An award ceremony honoring the year’s best horror films with a special tribute to horror icon Wes Craven featuring appearances by members of Mr. Craven’s family and former cast member

Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 seniors and a limited number of festival passes, which include admission to every screening in the festival as well as the award ceremony and Wes Craven tribute, are available for $125.

Cinema Village is located at 22 East 12th Street in NYC’s Greenwich Village.

For more information, full festival lineup and complete list of celebrity appearances go to the official FEARnyc site.

Exclusive All We Had Poster Featuring Katie Holmes

by Max Evry

Exclusive All We Had Poster Featuring Katie Holmes

Exclusive All We Had poster featuring Katie Holmes

Gravitas Ventures has provided with an exclusive first look at the poster for All We Had, Katie Holmes’ feature directing debut. Check it out the All We Had poster in the gallery below.

The film stars Katie Holmes (“Ray Donovan,” Batman Begins), Stefania Owen (“The Carrie Diaries”), Luke Wilson (“Roadies”), Richard Kind (Inside Out), Mark Consuelos (“Queen of the South”), Judy Greer (Ant-Man) and Eve Lindley (“Mr. Robot”).

For fifteen-year-old Ruthie Carmichael (Stefania Owen) and her young mother, Rita (Katie Holmes), life has never been stable. Fleeing Rita’s latest boyfriend, they find themselves living out of their beat-up car, and heading east in search of a better life. When money runs out and their car breaks down, they become stranded in a small town where Rita ultimately lands a steady job waitressing at Tiny’s, a local diner where they begin to develop a family: tender-hearted Marty (Richard Kind), the owner of the diner, and Pam (Eve Lindley), a transgender waitress with big dreams who becomes Ruthie’s closest friend.

All We Had is directed by Holmes from a screenplay by Josh Boone and Jill Killington, based on Annie Weatherwax’s novel. Check it out when it opens in theaters and On Demand December 9.

Exclusive Photos from Urban Shocker Parasites

by Chris Alexander

Exclusive Photos from Urban Shocker Parasites

Fact-based urban horror film Parasites to play the New York City Horror Film Festival

From Chad Ferrin, the man who gave you the trippy shocker Someone’s Knocking at the Door, comes Parasites, an innovative urban horror thriller that tells the true tale of folk hero John Colter.

Synopsis: The industrial barbarism of downtown Los Angeles is equal parts player and punisher in this survive-at-all-costs tale of a group of friends who get lost in the seedy streets, where they encounter a crazed gang of homeless derelicts who seize them and, one by one, horrifically kill all but one man. The surviving man escapes on foot, naked and unarmed, with a pack of depraved transients in pursuit, and only seconds away from capture. Clinging to sanity and reduced to helpless human quarry, with only instinct to guide him, can he survive this coliseum of horror?

The movie stars Day of the Dead legends Joe Pilato, Sean and Robert “Corpsy” Rhine, the publisher of Girls and Corpses magazine. The film will screen on Friday, November 11th at midnight as part of the New York City Horror Film Festival.

Have a look at these gritty, exclusive pics from the film below.