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MARTIN FREEMAN JOINS MARVEL’S ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR’

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” has added another name to its growing cast with Martin Freeman, who will make his debut in the film.

“From his roles as Bilbo Baggins and Doctor Watson to Tim in ‘The Office,’ Martin’s range from the dramatic to the comedic has consistently impressed us,” said “Captain America: Civil War” Producer Kevin Feige. “We couldn’t be more honored or excited to have such a talented actor join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

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Lucasfilm President Finally Confirms Indiana Jones Sequel Is on the Horizon

For the June issue’s cover story on Star Wars, Vanity Fair’s Bruce Handy spoke at length with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about things that take place in a galaxy far, far away. But in between filling our hearts with a new hope, Kennedy paused to throw a bone to the fans of another Harrison Ford vehicle: Indiana Jones.

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Bryan Singer Reveals X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut Release Date

Today, Periscope featured a live-feed of director Bryan Singer direct from the set of X-Men: Apocalypse in Montreal, where he revealed a steel mill set that will feature early on in the story with Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender). He also announced that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD this July 14 with 17 minutes of previously-cut footage, including a subplot involving Anna Paquin’s Rogue!

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RoboCops, Dial H for Hero Series Join Machinima Slate

Machinima’s debut at the Digital Content Newfronts was nothing short of “heroic” as they unveiled a programming slate designed to elevate and celebrate a global community of gamer, comic and hero fans. Partnerships with Blue Ribbon Content and DC Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Clive Barker, Roberto Orci and Bunim/Murray Productions, along with some of Machinima’s leading creator talent, showcase Machinima’s commitment to developing content across all genres, formats and platforms.

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Who Are the Suicide Squad? A Short Primer

Director David Ayer introduced Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad to the world via Twitter on Sunday, but with nine new anti-heroes packed into the image, it might have been hard to tell Rick Flagg from Slipknot, or Killer Croc from El Diablo. Here’s a quick guide to what you’ll need to know.

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Hulu picks up high-concept TV series based on 1990’s video game Myst

A TV series based on the hit 1990s mystery videogame Myst has been in development since last year, and now the project has finally found a home.

Deadline reports Hulu has picked up Myst with a script-to-series commitment, from a creative team comprised of Matt Tolmach (Amazing Spider-Man) and Evan Daugherty (Divergent). The series will reportedly blend fantasy and science fiction while exploring the original of the mysterious namesake island. Daugherty penned the pilot.

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Will Poulter to Play the Evil Clown in ‘It’ Remake

New Line and “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga have found their “It.” Sources tell Variety that Will Poulter (“We’re the Millers”) is in negotiations to play Pennywise, the evil monster who lured in children disguised as a clown, in the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s horror classic. Fukunaga will direct “It,” which will be split into two feature films.

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Jason Voorhees slices and dices in new Mortal Kombat X expansion pack trailer

This week, rabid gamers will be able to snag the first downloadable character for the new Mortal Kombat X, adding the hockey-masked hacker himself, Jason Voorhees, to the martial arts melee.

If you’ve ever wanted to take this classic slasher into battle against Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Raiden, Shinnok and the whole Mortal Kombat fight roster, now’s your moment.  Kombat Pack owners can score the chilling Jason Voorhees Bundle tomorrow, which also contains horror-themed skins for Vampiress Mileena, Pharoah Ermac and Kraken Reptile.  Non-Kombat Pack gamers can purchase the four-character expansion bundle after May 12 for $8 or just recruit Jason by himself for $5.

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James Gunn Calls for a Kinder, Gentler Fandom Following Joss Whedon’s Twitter Disappearance

“The angry contingent of fandom is getting more aggressive all the time.” A day after Joss Whedon shut down his Twitter account, prompting discussion about whether or not he was escaping criticism and threats resulting from Avengers: Age of Ultron’s portrayal of women, James Gunn has taken to Facebook to make a plea for more polite social media.

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Lili Taylor Joins ‘Texas Chainsaw’ Prequel ‘Leatherface’

Taylor is replacing Angela Bettis, who dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Lili Taylor will play the mother to one of screen’s horror icons inLeatherface, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel being made by Millennium.

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Tom Hardy: I Would “Love” to Play Marvel’s The Punisher

But is Bane tall enough to become Frank Castle? Thomas Jane might not want to know about this. Tom Hardy, who can be seen later this month in Mad Max: Fury Road, told Collider that he would have no qualms about appearing in another superhero film.

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Spider-Man Movie: Sony & Marvel Spin Web Of Directors For New Franchise

EXCLUSIVE: In the wake of the massive opening of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, it’s no surprise that the audition process everybody’s talking about is the selection of a director for the next iteration of Sony Pictures’ live-action Spider-Man franchise, the first one that teams rights holder Sony Pictures with Marvel Studios genius Kevin Feige (after Ultron became Marvel’s ninth straight hit, is that designation overstatement?)

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Syfy & Amblin Will Turn Brave New World Into A TV Series

Aldous Huxley’s landmark scifi novel Brave New World is headed to the small screen but with an interesting set of partners, Syfy and Amblin Television. Alright… we’re listening.

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