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Wonder Woman 1984 Early Reactions Praise An Ambitious, Heartfelt Sequel

The early reactions to Wonder Woman 1984 have arrived. Warner Bros. and DC Films experienced great success with the release of the first Wonder Woman in 2017. Audiences loved the movie and it made over $800 million worldwide, guaranteeing that a sequel would come. Patty Jenkins returns to direct Wonder Woman 1984, which will continue Diana Prince’s (Gal Gadot) adventures nearly forty years after the events of the first film. The sequel will see Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) mysteriously return from the dead and has Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and Cheetah (Kristen Wiig) set as its villains. Despite the overwhelming excitement for another Wonder Woman movie, fans have had to wait for much longer than anticipated to see it. The movie had two release dates in 2019 before WB pushed Wonder Woman 1984 to June 2020. This decision was made so the sequel could potentially have as strong of legs at the box office as the original, but that all changed thanks to COVID-19. Wonder Woman 1984 was delayed three more times and will now release in theaters AND on HBO Max on Christmas Day.

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Peter Dinklage To Star In Legendary’s ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot

EXCLUSIVE: Peter Dinklage continues to build a strong film slate in his post Game of Thrones career and looks to have found his next big project. He is set to star in Legendary’s new Toxic Avenger movie. Macon Blair is on board to direct. A contemporary reimagining of Troma Entertainment’s successful 1984 low-budget action comedy hit, The Toxic Avenger is steeped in environmental themes and subverts the superhero genre in the vein of Deadpool. When a struggling everyman is pushed into a vat of toxic waste, he is transformed into a mutant freak who must go from shunned outcast to underdog hero as he races to save his son, his friends and his community from the forces of corruption and greed. Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will serve as producers.

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‘DuckTales’ Reboot Canceled After Three Seasons at Disney XD

The “DuckTales” reboot will not continue past its current third season on Disney XD. “The talented creative team, led by Matt Youngberg and Francisco Angones, have delivered exceptional storytelling with uniquely reimagined characters for three seasons of 75 episodes and more than 15 shorts,” a Disney XD spokesperson said in a statement. “While physical production is wrapping, ‘DuckTales’ continues to be available on Disney Channels and Disney+ around the world and fans will get an epic season finale in 2021.” The reboot of the popular animated series was first announced in 2015 and premiered in 2017. Like the original, it followed Scrooge McDuck and his nephews — Huey, Dewey, and Louie — and a variety of other characters. Season 3 began airing earlier this year, with the most recent episode airing on Nov. 30.

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Oscar Issac to Play Solid Snake in ‘Metal Gear Solid’ Feature Film

Back in July, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts discussed the progress of his Metal Gear Solid feature film, revealing that he had a few actors in mind for the lead role of Solid Snake, and now the casting call has finally been made, tapping none other than American-Guatemalan actor Oscar Isaac, most known for his role as Poe Dameron in the seventh to ninth episodes of Star Wars. As for the Sony Pictures film itself, it’ll be based on the now 33-year-old video game franchise of the same name, originally created by the legendary Hideo Kojima for Konami. The script — which has been written as early as late 2019 — is penned by Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s Derek Connolly, with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s Avi Arad producing and Peter Kang as executive producer. There’s currently no release date for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid film, so fans of the epic franchise should definitely stay tuned for more news to come.

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You Can Now Watch Showtime for Free on Pluto TV… Sort of

Showtime’s got some good shows, but streaming them requires yet another subscription. However, according to Variety, the premium channel is now adding a smattering of its original programming to a free channel on Pluto TV. If you don’t already know what Pluto TV is, it’s a free streaming service owned by ViacomCBS that gives you channels of content based on pre-existing properties. There’s the expected stuff like CNN live news, but also weird stuff. Like a channel that only does Baywatch. And wait—isn’t Showtime also owned by ViacomCBS? Yup. The move is obviously a synergistic one, but it’s also meant to serve as bait. The new channel will be dubbed Showtime Selects and will feature roughly 250 hours of uncensored original Showtime Shows. Variety reports that it’ll include sneak peeks at the upcoming Bryan Cranston drama Your Honor, as well as the final season of Shameless. It’ll also have “select episodes” of series like The Affair, Ray Donovan, Billions, The L Word, and Californication. The channel will also include the entire limited series The Loudest Voice and the true-crime docuseries Murder in the Bayou.

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