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Comic-Con: 'Captain Marvel,' 'Black Panther' boost Marvel diversity

usatoday.com — SAN DIEGO - The Marvel Cinematic Universe just became a bigger and more diverse place. At Comic-Con Saturday, recent Oscar winner Brie Larson was announced as the title character of the upcoming Captain Marvel film (in theaters March 8, 2019), Marvel Studios' first female superhero project.

Comic-Con: Ben Affleck makes debut as superhero filmmaker

usatoday.com — Ben Affleck took the stage at Comic-Con for the first time Saturday as both superhero actor and director. SAN DIEGO - The man under the Dark Knight's cowl in the upcoming Justice League movie stepped out along with his fellow filmmakers in the DC Films universe at a Warner Bros.

Kristin Chenoweth joins new Starz show 'American Gods'

khou.com — SAN DIEGO - A couple of bunnies lined the Comic-Con stage for the American Gods panel to make way for the upcoming show's newest goddess: Kristin Chenoweth. The Broadway star was a surprise addition to the cast of the Starz series based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel, and it marks a reunion between Chenoweth and her Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.

Comic-Con: 'The Woods' becomes the next 'Blair Witch' film

usatoday.com — A funny thing happened on the way to to the horror film The Woods hitting theaters: It turned into a sequel to The Blair Witch Project. The marketing switcheroo happened at a screening Friday night at Comic-Con for the newly retitled Blair Witch (in theaters Sept.

Comic-Con: Kristin Chenoweth springs up at 'American Gods' panel

usatoday.com — SAN DIEGO - A couple of bunnies lined the Comic-Con stage for the American Gods panel to make way for the upcoming show's newest goddess: Kristin Chenoweth. The Broadway star was a surprise addition to the cast of the Starz series based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel, and it marks a reunion between Chenoweth and her Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.

Edward Snowden appears at secret Comic-Con screening

khou.com — SAN DIEGO - From a world away, Edward Snowden critiqued the guy playing him in the upcoming Snowden as well as his own Hollywood performance. Appearing online via a live Google Hangout, the former government contractor who leaked classified National Security Agency documents in 2013 - and is currently in exile in Moscow - joined director Oliver Stone and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley for a Q&A following Thursday's secret screening at Comic-Con.

Edward Snowden appears at secret Comic-Con screening

usatoday.com — SAN DIEGO - From a world away, Edward Snowden critiqued the guy playing him in the upcoming Snowden as well as his own Hollywood performance. Appearing online via a live Google Hangout, the former government contractor who leaked classified National Security Agency documents in 2013 - and is currently in exile in Moscow - joined director Oliver Stone and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley for a Q&A following Thursday's secret screening at Comic-Con.

Oliver Stone says Trump was a bad (but supremely confident) actor

usatoday.com — SAN DIEGO -- Director Oliver Stone appeared at Comic-Con Thursday to discuss Snowden, his biopic of Edward Snowden, the infamous National Security Agency document leaker now in exile in Russia. The real Snowden also appears in the film, though his shoot was "hard," requiring nine takes from many angles, Stone recalls.

Rihanna glimpse in 'Valerian' wows Comic-Con crowd

usatoday.com — Dane DeHaan as the title space hotshot of 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.' (Photo: Lou Faulon) SAN DIEGO - No one had really seen anything from director Luc Besson's upcoming sci-fi film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Comic-Con: Happiness abounds with Justin Timberlake, 'Trolls'

usatoday.com — The overly cautious Branch (right, voiced by Justin Timberlake) shows off his Fear Bunker to the optimistic Poppy (Anna Kendrick) in 'Trolls.' (Photo: DreamWorks Animation) Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling is burning it up as the song of summer, though happiness is the feeling that's pretty darn unstoppable in his upcoming animated movie Trolls (in theaters Nov.
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Jul 24, 2016

Comic-Con: 'Captain Marvel,' 'Black Panther' & 'Spider-Man' boost Marvel diversity  http://usat.ly/2aanpwq  #sdcc https://t.co/Ud0FukjzY8

Jul 24, 2016

Comic-Con: Ben Affleck takes #SDCC stage with fellow DC superhero filmmakers  http://usat.ly/29WYcSJ 

Jul 24, 2016

RT @joshgad: Was wondering why Hollowood was so empty tonight, then I realized every other actor in Hwd is in the Marvel panel at #ComicCon2016. #Lonely

Jul 23, 2016

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