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 X-Men: Dark Phoenix trailer

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Hellboy Reboot Pushed Back 3 Months

Hellboy fans will have to wait a little longer to see the half-demon hero in theaters again. The film’s release date has been pushed back to April 12, 2019, Summit Entertainment announced Wednesday. It previously had been set to open Jan. 11, 2019. The new date means Hellboy will open just one week after fellow superhero movie Shazam! from Warner Bros. and DC. That film opens April 5, 2019. April 12, 2019 already has a few wide releases set to debut, and Hellboy will now square off against Robert Downey Jr.’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle from Universal, as well as Fox’s Breakthrough (starring Chrissy Metz and Topher Grace) and the YA adaptation After from Aviron Pictures. Hellboy stars Stranger Things actor David Harbour in the title role and has a script from the comic book character’s creator, Mike Mignola, who penned the script along with Andrew Cosby and Christopher Golden. The Descent and Game of Thrones‘ helmer Neil Marshall is directing the project. Hellboy also stars Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane and Daniel Dae Kim.

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Birds of Prey Cast Announced

After testing multiple actresses to join Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in “Birds of Prey,” Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are closer to assembling its team of female superheroes. Sources tell Variety that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have been tapped to join Robbie in the comic-book spinoff, with Winstead playing Huntress and Smollett-Bell portraying Black Canary. Robbie is reprising her role as Quinn, which she first unveiled in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” and is also on board to produce with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless. There are several versions of Huntress, aka Helena Bertinelli, throughout DC Comics. The “Birds of Prey” iteration is a former mafia princess who was devastated at a young age when her family was killed in a mob hit, turning her into a vigilante and eventually leading her to join the Birds of Prey team.

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‘Train to Busan’ English-Language Remake

Hit Korean zombie film “Train to Busan” will be remade in English by French studio Gaumont. The deal was unveiled Wednesday jointly by Gaumont and the film’s Korean distributor-financier Next Entertainment World. The film premiered in the midnight screening section of the Cannes festival in May and attracted immediate sales and remake interest. Fox and Sony were among the Hollywood studios known to have pursued a deal. Bidders also included Studiocanal and EuropaCorp, two French companies that regularly produce English-language genre fare. “We are more than happy to start our business with Gaumont, one of the greatest film companies with rich experience in terms of global projects. We hope this opportunity could let Korean films get more attention and be familiar with the audience all over the world,” said Kim Woo-taek, CEO of NEW.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 to be released on Netflix

Last Turkey Day, Netflix gave fans of bad movies and wisecracking robots something to be thankful for, renewing Mystery Science Theater 3000 for a 12th season. It was a fitting choice, extending the show’s Kickstarted revival on a date that’s long been synonymous with MST3K marathons and premieres. And now, like the aunt who’s perfecting her stuffing recipe well in advance of the big meal, the streaming platform has done it again: The A.V. Club is the first to report that new episodes of MST3K will arrive on Netflix this Thanksgiving—Thursday, November 22—marking the show’s third decade of riffing.

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