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Vision Returns in Avengers 4, While Nick Fury Gets Benched

Paul Bettany’s Vision character will be back for Avengers 4 while Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury will be sitting this one out. In addition, it appears that Nick Fury will not show in Avengers: Infinity War as well. The news comes after it was announced that filming had started for Avengers 4 last week through a social media post by directors, the Russo Brothers. The production started just over a month after filming wrapped for Infinity War, which was the plan all along, but there has been a lot of speculation about who will make it to Avengers 4 to battle Thanos.

Paul Bettany recently sat down with Collider to promote his new series for Discovery called Manhunt: Unabomber. It is unclear at this time just who will survive Infinity War, but Bettany may have just unintentionally let a secret out. The British actor implied that he was involved in the 4th movie. Asked if this felt like the biggest movie he’s ever worked on, he had this to say.

“Yes, it really did. It felt like the biggest movie that I’ve ever made and will ever make, and we’ve still got to make the (next) one. It’s f$%&%ing crazy! I would come in, often at dawn because of the length of my make-up, and there would just be all of these twinkling lights. It looked like a town, but it wasn’t. It was where all of the trailers were. It was just massive. It’s massive! The call sheets are bananas. When you see the list of cast members, you’re like, “How is anybody else making a film in Hollywood, this year? How are they getting films financed? Everybody is in this!”

This is big news for Vision, because he is the most susceptible to death since one of the six Infinity Stones is embedded in his head. The Mind Gem is in Vision’s forehead, so that means in order to retrieve it, Thanos will have to rip it from Vision, possibly killing him the process. Bettany has said in the past that Vision may be able to survive without the Infinity Stone, it is unclear at this time if that is, indeed true.

On the other end of the spectrum, we’ll have to wait for the release of Captain Marvel in 2019 to see Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury as he will not be in Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, or Avengers 4. Jackson was recently interviewed by Yahoo Movies U.K. to promote The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Jackson admits that he has not been called for Infinity War or Avengers 4 and that he asked to be a part of Black Panther, but they wouldn’t let him. He had this to say.

“I wasn’t in the ‘superhero argument’ movie (Captain America: Civil War), I’m not in Avengers 3 and 4. They’re shooting them now, and they haven’t called me yet. They wouldn’t let me go to ‘Black Panther’-ville, so it’s kinda like how you gonna make a black Marvel movie and not let Nick Fury show up in it?!”

Jackson has vented his frustration before about not being included in Black Panther, but there is still time for him to be possibly added to Avengers 4, although that is doubtful at the moment after he shared his thoughts on the situation. At this time it is unclear on why Nick Fury will not be in the upcoming movies, but it may have something to do with Captain Marvel showing off a young Fury from the early 1990s.

At this time it does not look like Samuel L. Jackson will appear as Nick Fury in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers 4, but you never know. Nick Fury could show up in Avengers 4 as a last minute addition. Paul Bettany, on the other hand, will apparently show up in Avengers 4, presumably surviving the events of Infinity War. Avengers: Infinity War is set to hit theaters on May 4th, 2018 while the still untitled Avengers 4 will follow one year later on May 3rd, 2019.

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ABC Nabs FBI Darkly Comedic Drama From Regina Corrado, Felicity Huffman & NBCU International Studios As Put Pilot

In a competitive situation, ABC has landed Kristy Kottis, a comedic hourlong drama, from The Strain executive producer Regina Corrado, American Crime alumna Felicity Huffman, Dallas Buyers Club producer Rachel Winter) and Working Title. NBC Universal International Studios is the studio.

Written by Corrado, Kristy Kottis is inspired by the real-life Vespa riding, shit kicking, former New York City public school teacher-turned-FBI agent, Kristy Kottis. The is a darkly comedic drama seen through the eyes of a real woman – not a super hero, not first in her class, but fiftieth, who found her calling in a place she never imagined; as the first female supervisor in charge of the Guardian Squad, the division responsible for uniting the NYPD, Homeland Security, Secret Service, Amtrack and Port Authority Police in New York City.

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Corrado executive produces with Working Title’s Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Andrew Stearn and Liza Chasin as well as Huffman and Winter. There are no current plans for Huffman to star.

Three years ago, Winter and Huffman teamed for another FBI drama project that was set up at ABC with a put pilot commitment, which had Huffman attached to star as a special agent leading the New York City Joint Terrorism Task Force. At ABC, Huffman starred in the series Desperate Housewives and American Crime and also headlined the comedy pilot Libby & Malcolm this past season.

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Corrado, who adapted the 2016 financial thriller feature Equity as a TV series for ABC last development season with Amy Pascal producing, is coming off a three-year stint on FX’s The Strain, last two as an executive producer, working alongside executive producer/showrunner Carlton Cuse who also recruited her as a writer-producer on his A&E drama series The Returned. Corrado started her career on David Milch’s Deadwood and John Fran Cincinnati and also worked on FX’s Sons of Anarchy for four seasons. She is repped by CAA and Zero Gravity Management.

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Trump Tower Protest Led by Mark Ruffalo, Olivia Wilde, Michael Moore and More

Director Michael Moore took to the streets last night with Olivia Wilde, Mark Ruffalo, Marisa Tomei, and many other celebrities as they teamed up with thousands of protestors outside of Trump Tower to protest the remarks made by Donald Trump on white supremacy yesterday. This movement goes beyond celebrities parodying Trump, which has been a growing trend. The President of the free world held a press conference and said that there were “good people on both sides,” implying or rather, out right saying that some neo-Nazis and white supremacist’s were good people.

Mark Ruffalo was on hand in front of Trump Tower for the unwelcoming home coming for Donald Trump. The actor took to social media to share images and video from the protest along with Olivia Wilde and Marisa Tomei. Ruffalo’s Instagram account posted a video of the actor talking about Nazis. Ruffalo said this.

“There’s two sides of this: people who fight Nazis, and Nazis, and that’s it,”

Michael Moore was shown wearing a hat that read: NO SURRENDER while Ruffalo continued. He had this to say.

“We want him to hear us. We want him to know that an American killed on American soil by a Nazi is not acceptable.”

The protest also doubled as a candlelight vigil for 32-year old Heather Heyer, the woman who was murdered over the weekend while protesting at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump’s delayed and laid-back approach to responding to the situation in Charlottesville lead to Hollywood and the United States railing against Trump like never before. Former Republican Presidents George W. Bush and Bush Senior along with many of the Republican Party released statements condemning the acts of white supremacy and neo-Nazis, which Trump has yet to do in a meaningful way without calling mainstream news outlets fake news.

 Zoe Kazan showed up when the outrage kicked off the previous night, along with Anna Baryshnikov. Both returned on Tuesday, this time along with Marisa Tomei. Stealing the show, though, was definitely Olivia Wilde, who eventually met up to march with Moore and Ruffalo, carrying a giant sign emblazoned with the hashtag “#RESIST,” which makes perfect sense for an actress who starred in an adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian 1984. Wilde started a chant: “Trump is not a legitimate President” while stating that, “we reject fascism” and “we reject white supremacy.” As the night progressed, Ruffalo shared more of his thoughts with the crowd. He went on to say this.

“He’s allowed these people, he’s allowed fascism, he’s allowed the KKK, he’s allowed Nazis to show their ugly face, and we’re here to remind him there’s a cost for that.”

Amazingly, Donald Trump did not recognize the protest outside of Trump Tower on his favorite form of talking: Twitter, but one has to imagine that he was probably not very happy about it as he ate his steak with ketchup and had his 2 scoops of ice cream after getting his second “good news” folder for the day. Much of the action took place after Michael Moore invited the audience of his Broadway play, The Terms of my Surrender, to the protest and even had charter busses provided for the “field-trip.” It is pretty clear that the footage for the protest will be used in Moore’s upcoming documentary on Trump entitled, Michael Moore in TrumpLand.

alongside @MMFlint and @MarkRuffalo, @oliviawilde leads a spontaneous, heartfelt mic check. https://t.co/PFfJ08I54a#TrumpTowerProtestpic.twitter.com/IbOSUOeDmx

— Ashley Lee (@cashleelee) August 16, 2017

Michael Moore arranged for buses to take audience from his Broadway show, at which Mark Ruffalo showed up tonite, to the Trump Tower protest pic.twitter.com/B0fVghg9PA

— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) August 16, 2017

.@zoeinthecities shares a message at #TrumpTowerProtest, echoed by @[email protected]@oliviawildehttps://t.co/PFfJ08I54apic.twitter.com/mnvT2gr2VW

— Ashley Lee (@cashleelee) August 16, 2017

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Emmy Predictions: Actress In A Drama Series

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Just like the lead actor race, this one is ripe for a shakeup since last year’s surprise winner, Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black, hasn’t returned due to the show not being eligible this year. That leaves room for a winner from two years ago, a couple of perpetual nominees, someone on their last chance and a newbie to the race. A survey of the field, though, comes up with two distinct front-runners.

Viola Davis
How to Get Away with Murder
ABC

Two years ago, the newly minted Oscar winner became the first African American to win in this category, for the first season of her mystery series. She failed to beat Maslany for a second consecutive win, but she’s back again to try and regain her crown. It would be a rare feat in that circumstance, and her show comes from ABC, while the competition is all from more highly regarded (by Emmy voters) cable and streaming shows.

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Claire Foy
The Crown
Netflix

The SAG and Golden Globe winner is definitely a strong bet to take home an Emmy as well in her first season as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s popular The Crown. This is despite her — and the show’s — shocking shutout at the BAFTA TV Awards, thought to be a sure thing for the very British series. Emmy Actors branch members, however, love the Brits even if they won’t show love for themselves, so look for a possible win here.

Elisabeth Moss
The Handmaid’s Tale
Hulu

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Moss was virtually an annual presence in this category for her role as Peggy Olson on Mad Men, yet she never secured a win. Until Jon Hamm prevailed in the final season, the actors on the show never were more than nominated. All bets are on that this won’t be the case for the much talked-about series that leaves Moss looking like a real winner. She definitely will be giving Foy a run for her money in the battle of first-season nominees.

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Keri Russell
The Americans
FX

Another overlooked TV veteran, Russell finally broke through for this highly acclaimed FX series and might be the best chance it has to cash in at this year’s Emmys. Both she and co-star Matthew Rhys are nominated for a second straight year, with Margo Martindale having won for Guest Actress last year in her third consecutive nomination.

Evan Rachel Wood
Westworld
HBO

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Although she doesn’t dominate events in the HBO series, Wood remains a haunting presence throughout, and delivers her best role in years. The sci-fi genre doesn’t usually get much love from Emmy, but with the across-the-board support for Westworld this year, Wood’s chances here are strong.

Robin Wright
House of Cards
Netflix

Netflix

Like castmate Kevin Spacey, Wright has been a perennial nominee for her unforgettable and ever-evolving turn in House of Cards. It seems to be one of those shows that repeatedly gets nominated but never takes home the roses. If voters actually watch the episodes, though, Wright might have a fighting chance at an upset.


PETE’S PICK:
 Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

A two-time winner, a 13-year-old newcomer, some old-timers and some first-timers make up the mix in this intriguing race that seems impossible to call, on the surface. Uzo Aduba has won for Orange Is the New Black, both in this category and as a Guest Actress, so she clearly has the voters’ attention. The rest of the field is in virgin Emmy territory.

Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd are facing off against each other for The Handmaid’s Tale, lessening the chances for either one, though Dowd also grabbed a nomination for The Leftovers in the Guest Actress category, which may help her chances either there or here. Thandie Newton is a strong presence in the popular Westworld ensemble and I wouldn’t count her out. Kids rarely win, but Millie Bobby Brown’s turn in Stranger Things is irresistible.

Then there is Chrissy Metz, who has been out campaigning and telling her backstory about almost giving up on acting when the role in This Is Us landed in her lap. That could play very well, and will likely result in a victory.

WINNER: Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

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WGA West: Donald Trump “Disgraces Our Nation”; Howard Rodman Says POTUS “Should Resign” – Update

UPDATED with letter from Howard Rodman below, 1:25 PM: Saying that President Donald Trump’s latest comments on the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA, have disgraced the United States, the WGA West has issued a statement today:

“The Writers Guild of America West believes in free speech – even from Nazis and white supremacists. But we completely disavow their views, which reflect the worst stains of American history, a history that still lives through racism, prejudice and systematic inequality of opportunity. We demand that violence in support of such views be properly punished. President Trump legitimizes hate speech and violence, and disgraces our nation.”


WGA West

Trump initially blamed “many sides” for causing the violence at a Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi rally Saturday, failing to mention that it was a white supremacist who drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. On Monday, after receiving near-universal criticism, he amended his comments, calling the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists “repugnant.” But on Tuesday, he doubled down on his initial comments, blaming “both sides” for the violence – including the “alt left” and anti-fascist counter-protesters.

In a letter to members, outgoing WGA West president Howard Rodman said Trump “should resign.” It reads:

Writing in 1915, Theodore Roosevelt reminded us that Dante ‘reserved a special place of infamy in the inferno for those base angels who dared side neither with evil nor with good,’ Rodman wrote. “It’s a caution that hits with shocking immediacy when the President of the United States can look at a mob of Nazis and white supremacists and say, ‘I’ve condemned many different groups. … You also had some very fine people on both sides.’

As a labor union, and as a guild of those whose job is to craft the narratives of our time, we refuse to ‘side neither with evil nor with good.’ The issue transcends politics: it is, rather, a fight for the soul of our nation. By what he says and what he will not say, the President encourages the violent and murderous acts of the worst among us. In declining to condemn in unambiguous terms those who believe the white race deserves to be paramount above all others, our President – and his enablers – have abdicated any claim to moral leadership. He should resign.

Leadership needs to come from us: collectively as a guild, and individually as writers. Let’s take this awful moment in our republic’s history as a reminder of the power of our union, the power of words – and of the necessity for using them in wise and crucial ways. It is time more than ever to take heart from James Baldwin: ‘You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t…The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter the way people look at reality, then you can change it. If there is no moral question, there is no reason to write.

On Sunday, the WGA East issued a statement condemning the violence, calling on Trump to condemn white supremacy. “To proclaim that white people are superior to anyone else for any reason or that violence in defense of such a hateful notion is repugnant and intolerable. The American people do not want neo-Nazis and Klansmen to dictate policy to the White House. We believe the time has come time to put an end to the vile narrative that on Saturday cost a life in Virginia and wounded many more. President Trump must stand up and directly condemn white supremacy and the domestic terrorism it engenders.”

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Hulk Smashes a Satellite in Fierce New Renault Commercial

Hulk has been taking care of business in Brazil as seen in a new car commercial. The commercial does not appear to have any ties to Thor: Ragnarok or Avengers: Infinity War, it’s just a cash, I mean smash grab of Hulk doing what he does best while a car tries to follow his every move. Hulk was previously seen in a Super Bowl ad for Coca-Cola in 2016, where Ant-Man liberated a Coke from Bruce Banner’s lab and Hulk chased him through the city.

The 1-minute car commercial is for the French carmaker Renault who partnered up with Marvel Studios to produce the ad and it features a man pulling up to a stoplight and staring at a poster of the Hulk. After he stares off for a bit we see Hulk tearing through the streets, on a mission. The car follows Hulk through the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil as the Hulk attempts to save the city from a crashing satellite. Once Hulk finds the exact destination of the satellite, he climbs a building just in time to smash the satellite in mid-air and the man in the car is shown at the stoplight again. It turns out that he dreamt the entire thing.

While the commercial seems kind of odd, it certainly looks stunning. Marvel Studios pulled no punches and made a movie-quality commercial for Renault. The car is seen driving through the path of destruction that Hulk leaves in his quest, showing off that the new car can withstand just about anything. It seems like a weird place to see Hulk before Thor: Ragnarok, but it’s always cool to see Hulk on a solo mission to save the “puny humans.”

In addition to the new car commercial and the 2016 Super Bowl commercial, Hulk was used to sling some Nike soccer gear in 2014. Hulk showed off his goalie skills while playing along with some professional soccer players including Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo. Though all products have been drastically different from each other, Hulk is always shown in epic quality, leading one to think about how much it costs to make one of these commercials.

There’s still plenty of time to see Hulk in some more commercials before Thor 3 hits theaters. What’s next in the world of selling products for Hulk? McDonald’s seems like a sure bet or maybe even some kind of energy drink. 24 Hour Energy and Hulk could be quite the winning combo. Whatever the case may be, we’ll get to see Hulk in Ragnarok in November and then again on May 4th, 2018 when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters in a battle against Thanos. In the meantime, you can check out some of Hulk’s best commercials below. Hulk selling Renault cars, Coca-Cola, and some Nike soccer gear. Hulk the cereal! Hulk the flamethrower! Just kidding, but a Hulk flamethrower could be a pretty hot seller. I’m sure plenty of people would by that before drinking a Coke.

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Paramount Lands Blake Lively Spy Thriller ‘The Rhythm Section’ By 007 Producers & IM Global

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures just landed itself a potential new global franchise. The studio will team with IM Global and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli for The Rhythm Section, a female global espionage thriller to star Blake Lively, with The Handmaid’s Tale director/exec producer Reed Morano to helm the first of what they hope will become a film franchise. Paramount acquired the film and will release it in most world territories.

Both Paramount and IM Global confirmed the deal. Said new IM Global chief Rob Friedman, “I’m thrilled to be working with Barbara and Michael on this very exciting project.”

Harper Collins

Lively, Morano, Eon Production and recently exited IM Global head Stuart Ford aligned earlier this summer to the thriller that is fueled by the work of British novelist Mark Burnell, who wrote the script. Ford, who forged a relationship with Broccoli on the Toronto-bound Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, will be exec producer along with Greg Shapiro and Burnell. It is worth noting that for the producers of the iconic male 007 franchise, this is the first espionage thriller they’ve done outside that, and they’ve chosen one built around a female protagonist. Production will begin in the fall.

Lively plays a woman who is on a path of self-destruction after her family dies in a plane crash — a flight that she was supposed to be on. After being told by a journalist that the crash was an act of terror covered up by intelligence agencies, and then watching that journalist get killed, the woman’s anger awakens a new sense of purpose and she rises to uncover the truth by adapting the identity of an assassin to track down those responsible. The new and lethal Stephanie Patrick is on a mission to fill the void between what she knows and what she is told.

Other novels in Burnell’s popular series include Gemini, The Third Woman and Chameleon.

Lively is coming off the sleeper summer 2016 hit The Shallows, the Woody Allen-directed Café Society and The Age of Adaline. She also co-starred in the Ben Affleck-directed The Town. The cinematographer-turned-director Morano most recently helmed (and was DP on) I Think We’re Alone Now, with Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning. That film is in post for a 2018 premiere.

Morano and Lively are repped by WME, latter also by Management 360. WME Global brokered the deal.

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Bonnie Tyler To Sing Total Eclipse Of The Heart During The Eclipse, Because She’s Amazing

Turn around, bright eyes. Bonnie Tyler is ready to belt out her most famous rock ballad during the upcoming total eclipse of the sun.

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