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Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey Surprise Fans at Comic-Con

variety.com — Comic-Con fans were reeling on Thursday afternoon as Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey made their first-ever appearances at the San Diego fan convention, answering questions and offering a new trailer for Paramount's " Interstellar " to the Hall H crowd.
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Dwayne Johnson bought three theaters to show #Hercules for free in San Diego. variety.com/2014/film/news… via @Variety

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Christopher Nolan "wanted to see what all the fuss was about" at #ComicCon He never came with Batman variety.com/2014/film/news… via @Variety

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Google Seals Deal to Buy Twitch for $1 Billion: Report

variety.com — Google has finally clinched reached a deal to buy videogame-broadcasting company Twitch for $1 billion, VentureBeat reported, citing anonymous sources. Variety first reported in May that Google had reached a preliminary pact to acquire Twitch, in order to augment its YouTube video site. A Twitch rep declined to comment.

Benedict Cumberbatch Wants to Play Batman

variety.com — Ben Affleck may already have a successor on his tail: Benedict Cumberbatch. At DreamWorks Animation's San Diego Comic-Con panel on Thursday afternoon, the "Sherlock" star responded to a fan's question over what classic comicbook character he would most want to play with the thought-out declaration: "Batman, I guess, yeah."

Beware the Comic-Con false positive

variety.com — Anyone with a cursory knowledge of polling knows that researchers go to great lengths to produce statistically significant samples. By contrast, reading unscientific opt-in surveys -- say, the poll questions on Billoreilly.com -- can easily produce misleading conclusions about why President McCain won the 2008 election by 35 percentage points.
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First Look at Leprechaun from WWE Studios’ ‘Leprechaun: Origins’

variety.com — WWE Studios has provided a first look at the creature from " Leprechaun: Origins" that Lionsgate will release straight to VOD and Digital HD platforms on Aug. 26. The company made the reveal during its Comic-Con panel in San Diego.

Comic-Con: ‘Hannibal’ Promises Delectable Season 3

variety.com — NBC's " Hannibal " took over Ballroom 20 at Comic-Con Thursday, with creator Bryan Fuller, EPs Steven Lightfoot and Martha DeLaurentiis, director David Slade and cast members Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson and Aaron Abrams on hand to tease the sure-to-be delectable developments ahead in season three.

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Superman’ Inspiring Score of ‘The Avengers’ Sequel

variety.com — Composer Brian Tyler 's score for Marvel's "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" will try to pay homage to the music of films like "Star Wars," "Superman" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Those films "changed the game," the composer said during the Musical Anatomy of a Superhero panel at Comic-Con on Thursday in San Diego.

New Image of Ben Affleck as Batman Released at Comic-Con

variety.com — DC Entertainment has released a new image of Ben Affleck in the Batsuit in " Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." The image is part of a 75th anniversary montage of Batman images created for Comic-Con that shows the character's various representations on film, TV and as games, toys and clothing.
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Watch: ‘Manhattan’ Trailer, WGN America’s New Drama

variety.com — WGN America has released an extended trailer for the first season of its upcoming drama series " Manhattan." Set in the 1940s, "Manhattan" follows the events of a small New Mexico town filled with scientists recruited to work on the Manhattan Project, the development of the first nuclear bombs.
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Conservative Watchdogs Spank ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Trailer

variety.com — In response to the release of the highly-anticipated "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer, non-profit organization Morality in Media has issued a statement, citing that the preview "deceives the public" by romanticizing and normalizing sexual violence. The statement describes the relationship between the lead Ana and Christian Grey as an "abuse of power, female inequality, coercion, and sexual violence" that "glamorizes and legitimatizes violence against women."

Germany’s Senator and France’s Wild Bunch Join Forces to Launch Distribution and Production Group

variety.com — The group will be led by the existing management teams of Wild Bunch and Senator Entertainment: Wild Bunch founders Vincent Grimond and Brahim Chioua as CEO's, and Vincent Maraval as COO, as well as Senator Entertainment Management board member Max Sturm as CFO.
Jul 24, 2014

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COMIC-CON Live Blog: DreamWorks Animation

variety.com — Follow the latest happenings from Hall H at today's DreamWorks Animation presentation at San Diego Comic-Con.