Watch the Pilot Episode for Kevin Smith’s Crowdfunded Web Series Hollyweed

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Although he is set to start production on the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot next month, in the meantime, Kevin Smith has another little pet project that he is asking fans to help make a reality. Hollyweed is a half-hour comedy series that stars Smith and Donnell Rawlings (Chappelle’s Show) as the employees at an L.A. marijuana dispensary with Ralph Garman, Adam Brody, Frankie Shaw and Jason Mewes also making appearances. A website called Rivit TV is using the show to launch its crowdfunding platform and they are looking to raise a little over $5 million to greenlight six more episodes. That sounds a bit steep to me, but what do I know? You can watch the full pilot episode before you make your decision. Check out the trailer and pilot after the jump and head over to RivitTV.com if you like what you see.

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Black Widow Solo Movie Gets a Director

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After years of campaigning from fans, Black Widow is finally getting her own Marvel movie. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated back in 2016 that they were committed to making a Black Widow movie but for some reason it has taken until now to make it a reality. Warner Brothers had a huge hit with Wonder Woman last year, beating Marvel to the punch with a female-led superhero film. Now with Captain Marvel set to hit theatres early next year, a creative team is falling into place for the Black Widow movie. Hit the jump for more info.

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Extinction Trailer: Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan Face an Alien Invasion

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Netflix’s track record with original movies over the past year or two has not been great, but it certainly doesn’t help when they happily pick up unwanted castoffs from other studios as well. We already saw what happened when they released The Cloverfield Paradox earlier this year and now they are set to drop Extinction, an alien invasion thriller that Universal axed from its release schedule last year. The movie does have a solid cast in Michael Pena, Lizzy Caplan and Mike Colter as well as an intriguing director (Ben Young, who previously helmed Hounds of Love) so perhaps this won’t be a complete letdown? Extinction arrives on Netflix on July 27th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Skyscraper, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, Eighth Grade

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Dwayne Johnson’s box office clout will be put to the test this weekend as his latest action movie Skyscraper faces off against Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp in its second weekend and the third installment in a reliable animated franchise, Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Skyscraper is one of the few original big budget blockbusters of the summer (although to be fair, “original” might be a stretch considering how much Die Hard seems to have been an inspiration). In select theatres, we also have Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade, which earned a lot of praise at Sundance, and Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill. Sorry to Bother You is also getting a significant expansion after a strong debut in limited release last weekend. What will you be watching this weekend?

2018 Emmy Award Nominees Announced

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The nominees for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today from Los Angeles, and although they primarily stuck with familiar names, there were a few surprises in the bunch. As usual, HBO dominated with both Game of Thrones and Westworld garnering the most nominations (22 and 21 apiece) but this was the first year that Netflix had more total nominations than HBO. This was also the first year that Modern Family wasn’t up for Best Comedy Series but eight other shows took its place including a few new entries like GLOW and Barry. Roseanne was not nominated either (although Laurie Metcalf did score a Supporting Actress nod) and Twin Peaks was nominated but only for directing and writing. What do you think of this year’s Emmy nominees? The 70th Emmys will be held on September 17th; check out a somewhat abbreviated list of the nominations after the jump.

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Barry Keoghan to Lead Y the Last Man Series

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After over a decade of failed attempts to adapt it as both a movie and a TV series, Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s acclaimed post-apocalyptic comic book series Y: The Last Man is finally about to make it to the small screen. The 60-issue series revolves around Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, Ampersand, who are the sole surviving males on planet Earth after a mysterious event wipes out half of the world’s population. The show is set up at FX and now this week the primary cast has been announced. Yorick will be played by rising star Barry Keoghan, best known for his performances in The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Dunkirk. The rest of the cast is as follows:

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Trailer

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Although the first Goosebumps movie was fairly well-received and seemed to do okay at the box office, the sequel feels like Sony has decided to cut their losses and churn out a cheaper, less ambitious follow-up. This one takes place on Halloween night with two friends discovering a manuscript in an abandoned house that unleashes a Halloween Apocalypse. Jack Black does not reprise his role as R.L. Stine but he does return to voice Slappy the ventriloquist dummy. Director Rob Letterman is also replaced by Ari Sandel (The DUFF, When We First Met). Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween stars Jeremy Ray Taylor (It), Caleel Harris (Castle Rock), Madison Iseman (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Ken Jeong and Chris Parnell and it hits theatres on Oct. 12th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Neill Blomkamp to Direct RoboCop Returns

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At the beginning of the year, we heard fairly reliable rumours that MGM was developing a new RoboCop movie but that it wouldn’t be a follow-up to the 2014 reboot starring Joel Kinnaman. Instead, they were planning a continuation of the original 1987 film, an increasingly common strategy being used on movies like David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween and the next Terminator movie. Well, this week MGM has officially announced the movie and they’ve got an intriguing (albeit somewhat divisive) sci-fi director lined up to direct. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Live-Action Gundam Movie in the Works

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After the disappointing box office performance of the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie, it seemed like it might be a while before Hollywood attempted to adapt any more well-known manga or anime properties for the big screen. That being said, we still have the Alita: Battle Angel movie coming out later this year while Akira, Robotech and Voltron movies supposedly remain in active development. Now this week we have another one to add to the list and it’s a big one: a live-action Gundam movie is in the works at Legendary Entertainment. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Joaquin Phoenix Confirmed for Standalone Joker Movie

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It’s been almost a year now since we heard that Warner Brothers was developing a new standalone movie about The Joker with Todd Phillips directing and Martin Scorsese producing. Since then, Joaquin Phoenix had reportedly become attached to star although publicly he was denying any involvement. Now this week we finally have a press release confirming that Phoenix has officially signed on to star and the project is indeed moving forward. There is one minor change, however: Martin Scorsese no longer appears to be involved. Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

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Who is America? Teaser: Sacha Baron Cohen’s New Comedy Series on Showtime

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Sacha Baron Cohen is up to his old tricks again, apparently returning to the partially unscripted comedy format that he popularized with Da Ali G Show but this time in a whole new political climate. Showtime has released a teaser trailer for Who is America?, a seven-episode series that will debut a new character conducting real interviews with people “from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation.” It is possible this guerilla style of humour has already run its course, but at the very least it seems more exciting than his recent scripted comedy work on movies like The Dictator and The Brothers Grimsby. Who is America? premieres on Showtime this Sunday, July 15th; check out the teaser after the jump and see what you think.

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Billy Dee Williams to Return as Lando in Star Wars: Episode IX

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After the recent announcement that Keri Russell may be joining Star Wars: Episode IX, we’ve got more big Star Wars casting news this week, only this time it involves bringing back a beloved character rather than introducing a new one. It would seem that all of the buzz surrounding Donald Glover’s performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story has renewed interest in the fate of that intergalactic scoundrel, Lando Calrissian. Now J.J. Abrams is reportedly bringing him back for Episode IX although the extent of the role is not yet known. Hit the jump for more info.

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