‘The Witcher’: Henry Cavill Let His Inner “Fanboy Loose” & Beat 200 Actors For The Lead Role [Comic-Con Recap]

Netflix’s new fantasy series “The Witcher” pulled out all the stops during the show’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con showcasing three clips and a full trailer. While the footage alone was enough to build excitement, the enthusiasm of Henry Cavill was infectious as he let his inner nerd, gamer, and all-around “Witcher fanboy” loose.

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During the panel, Cavill discussed his history with the books and games stating, “I was very, very passionate about the games and I did play them a lot.

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How Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck Wonderfully Reunited for ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’
How Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck Wonderfully Reunited for ‘Jay and Silent Bob Reboot’

When the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot trailer arrived this past week, longtime Kevin Smith fans were happy to see that the friendship between the filmmaker and Ben Affleck had been rekindled after years of not speaking to each other. Affleck briefly appeared in the trailer as his Chasing Amy character Holden McNeil, and now […]

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Durban FilmMart’s Themba Bhebhe on Diversity: ‘We Are At a Crossroads’

Durban–A new thematic strand at this year’s Durban FilmMart, Engage @ Dfm, offers a series of think tanks and in-depth discussions concerning diversity and de-colonial approaches to and models for filmmaking. To head up the new initiative, the Dfm tapped guest curator Themba Bhebhe, who has led the Diversity & Inclusion initiative at the last two editions of the European Film Market. Bhebhe and Dfm industry program curator Tiny Mungwe spoke to Variety about Engage@ Dfm, why it’s important to question the status quo of filmmaking financed by the global north, and what a new, pan-African model of filmmaking would mean for the future of African cinema.

You’re curating a series of panels and conversations in Durban this week under the banner “Engage.” Can you tell us what it’s all about?

Bhebhe: For Engage @ Dfm, our objective has been to create a space for conversations on the trends,

‘Star Trek: Short Treks’ Trailer Has Spock Trapped in an Elevator

Today at the Star Trek panel at Comic-Con, CBS All Access showed off the first trailer for Star Trek: Short Treks. The six episodes will bring back Star Trek: Discovery characters Ethan Peck (Spock), Rebecca Romijn (Number One), and Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) in these episodes. They also announced that one of the episodes will take place 15 years before the events of the upcoming Star Trek: Picard, so presumably it will serve as a prologue of sorts to that series. What’s peculiar here is that you can see with Short Treks they’re really holding fast to …

‘Carnival Row’ Introduces a Sprawling Fantasy World Full of Class Struggles [Comic-Con 2019]

Carnival Row has had a long history, languishing in development purgatory before finding a home as an eight-episode fantasy-noir series premiering on Amazon Prime Video next month. “I wrote this script in film school 17 years ago,” show creator and executive producer Travis Beacham explained at San Diego Comic-Con’s Carnival Row panel on Friday. “I did […]

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‘Star Trek’ Brings Back Tribbles, Spock, Pike, and Offers a ‘Picard’ Teaser on ‘Short Treks’
‘Star Trek’ Brings Back Tribbles, Spock, Pike, and Offers a ‘Picard’ Teaser on ‘Short Treks’

“Supergirl’s” David Ajala will be joining the adventures of “Star Trek: Discovery” on the other side. His casting was announced Saturday at the massive Star Trek Universe panel at Comic-Con; attending on behalf of “Discovery” were Sonequa Martin-Green and executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin.

In the Season 2 finale, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the Discovery jump 950 years into the future through a wormhole to neutralize the malevolent AI known as Control, the threat assessment system behind the Starfleet organization Section 31. It’s a bold move that now completely removes it from the canon of the original universe and takes place much farther into the future than any series in the Star Trek franchise.

This of course opens up the storytelling possibilities for the new season. Kurtzman confirmed that big changes are afoot. “There will be things you recognize and things you won’t…

First Look at ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Reveals the Animated Cast of Characters

Today at Comic-Con, CBS All Access revealed a first look at the cast and characters of their upcoming animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Created by Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty), the show focuses on the support crew of one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos. The 10-episode first season will premiere in 2020. While there wasn’t a trailer for Lower Decks, CBS All Access did have images and casting for the show. While the main cast appears to be a collection of ensigns (voiced by Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noel Wells, …

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Trailer Takes the Beloved Captain to a New Frontier

CBS All Access has released a full trailer for their upcoming series Star Trek: Picard. The show will star Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as the films Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek: Nemesis. At the panel for the show, they also revealed that fellow Tng alums Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Jonathan Del Arco would be on the show as would Star Trek: Voyager cast member Jeri Ryan. While I have a …

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Will See the Return of Brent Spiner as Data, Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and More ‘Next Generation’ Veterans [Comic-Con 2019]
‘Star Trek: Picard’ Will See the Return of Brent Spiner as Data, Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and More ‘Next Generation’ Veterans [Comic-Con 2019]

A new Star Trek: Picard trailer premiered before a packed Hall H crowd at Comic-Con 2019 and it brought with it a number of massive surprises. In addition to shedding some new light on the still-mysterious plot, it revealed the return of two fan-favorite Star Trek characters: Brent Spiner‘s Commander Data and Jeri Ryan‘s Seven […]

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‘Star Trek: Picard’ Trailer: Data and Seven of Nine Are Back for a New Adventure – Watch
‘Star Trek: Picard’ Trailer: Data and Seven of Nine Are Back for a New Adventure – Watch

It’s time for Jean-Luc Picard to “engage” once again in a the brand new trailer for “Star Trek: Picard,” which dropped at the Comic-Con panel for CBS All Access’ new show on Saturday.

On the panel were Sir Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Harry Treadaway, executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Kirsten Beyer, and Heather Kadin.

Stewart walked out on the Comic-Con stage to rapturous applause and immediately won over the audience with his first words. “We regret the absence of possibly the most important individual on this production, and no, I am not talking about Jonathan Frakes,” he joked. “No, the absence we all feel is the dog. We wanted to have him here, and he was excited to come. His name by the way is Dinero. I hope he’ll have an ongoing role to play this entire series.

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Trailer: One of Sci-Fi’s Most Beloved Characters Returns [Comic-Con 2019]
‘Star Trek: Picard’ Trailer: One of Sci-Fi’s Most Beloved Characters Returns [Comic-Con 2019]

William Shatner may be the first Starfleet captain who comes to mind for the general public when Star Trek is mentioned, but for many fans, it’s Sir Patrick Stewart and his character Jean-Luc Picard who beams into their brains when Trek comes up in conversation. Now, nearly two decades after his appearance in 2002’s Star […]

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‘Star Trek: Picard’ Trailer: Picard’s Final Frontier Gets A New Chapter & ‘Next Generation’ Cast Members Return [Comic-Con]

Star Trek: Picard” – to boldly go where…we have gone before?! The trailer for the newest “Star Trek” TV series has arrived just in time for release at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. If we’re counting correctly, “Picard” will be the eighth series of the space-faring franchise. And in case you need a refresher: Gene Roddenberry‘s original show aired in 1966, and “The Next Generation” starring Sir Patrick Stewart ran from 1987 to 1994.

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New ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer Brings HBO’s Sci-Fi Series Out of the Park

HBO has released a new full-length trailer for Westworld season 3. Like we saw in the brief first teaser that dropped earlier this year, this next chapter of the sci-fi series will be a reboot of sorts, with the plot moving out of the Wild West theme park its called home for two seasons. Breaking Bad alum Aaron Paul joins the cast along with fellow newcomers Lena Waithe (Master of None) and Vincent Cassel (Jason Bourne). Evan Rachel Wood will reprise the role of Dolores, while Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Luke Hemsworth, and Ed Harris will also return. …

‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer: Bring Yourself Back Online
‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer: Bring Yourself Back Online

Westworld season 2 essentially rebooted the entire show, moving beyond the park and introducing a whole new world for characters to explore. That means you can expect a new experience with Westworld season 3, and a new main character, too – played by Aaron Paul. A new Westworld season 3 trailer arrived during the Sdcc panel, and […]

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Neve Campbell Seeking SAG-aftra Board Seat on Matthew Modine Slate (Exclusive)
Neve Campbell Seeking SAG-aftra Board Seat on Matthew Modine Slate (Exclusive)

Neve Campbell is running for a SAG-AFTRA national board seat as a member of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate.

Campbell is best known for starring as Sidney Prescott in the “Scream” movies and as LeAnn Harvey in “House of Cards.” Her credits include “Skyscraper,” “Wild Things” and “The Craft.”

Election ballots will be mailed to dues-current members on July 29 and will be tabulated on August 28. SAG-aftra represents about 160,000 performers. Turnout is usually between 20% and 30%.

Campbell has not previously sought a SAG-aftra post. She stressed concerns about new media coverage in her candidacy statement, released Saturday. SAG-aftra’s current master contract expires on June 30.

“It’s time for me to get involved,” she said.”I am very concerned about our future. We can’t let what happened in cable and Home-Video/DVD happen in New Media. It’s imperative that we have the strongest team

‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer: The Mind-Altering Show Plays Outside The Park [Comic-Con]

Confused by the second season of “Westworld“? You’re not alone. Ratings dropped off precipitously in the sophomore season, but the showrunners heard you loud and clear. “This is season is a little less of a guessing game and more of an experience with the hosts finally getting to meet their makers,” co-showrunner Jonathan Nolan told EW this week.

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So, with that and mind, welcome back to Westworld.

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‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer Debuts at Comic-Con, Confirms Return of Select Cast Members
‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer Debuts at Comic-Con, Confirms Return of Select Cast Members

The “Westworld 3” panel at Comic-Con — or “Westworld III” or “Westworld” Season 3, pick your poison — started with a hush. Moderator Amy Webb kicked things off with blunt questions about who’s coming back, after a few series regulars appeared to be killed off in the finale.

For example, would Ed Harris be returning as The Man in Black?

Jonathan Nolan kept the official answer under wraps, but did hint he would be returning. “I’m not going to call him and tell him he’s not on the show anymore,” Nolan told the Comic-Con crowd. As Webb continued with more direct questions and Nolan, along with co-creator Lisa Joy, kept dodging them, new cast member Aaron Paul called a time out.

“I think we should play the trailer,” he said. “I think we should play it now and then talk about it — the trailer is very good!”

Nolan said that Comic-Con

‘The Expanse’ Season 4 Trailer and Release Date Are Here [Comic-Con 2019]
‘The Expanse’ Season 4 Trailer and Release Date Are Here [Comic-Con 2019]

Fans of the science fiction series The Expanse pulled out all the stops when the Syfy channel cancelled the show last year, and their passion paid off in a big way: after flying a #SaveTheExpanse banner over Amazon headquarters, Amazon Prime Video snatched the show from the jaws of oblivion and renewed it for a fourth […]

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‘Army of the Dead’ Cast Revealed in First Look at Zack Snyder’s Netflix Zombie Movie
‘Army of the Dead’ Cast Revealed in First Look at Zack Snyder’s Netflix Zombie Movie

Our first look at the next film from director Zack Snyder has arrived. Dave Bautista shared an image of the entire Army of the Dead cast, previewing the group of mercenaries who will be venturing into the quarantined area of Las Vegas—which is infested with zombies—to pull off a heist. Snyder is making the film for Netflix, where it will debut. The ensemble includes Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Garret Dillahunt, Raül Castillo, Chris D’Elia, and Ana de la Reguera, all of whom can be seen here. This is Snyder’s first time back behind …

‘The Lion King’ Ruling Box Office With Dazzling Debut at $180 Million
‘The Lion King’ Ruling Box Office With Dazzling Debut at $180 Million

Disney’s “The Lion King” has jolted the North American box office back to life with an opening weekend in the $180 million range, estimates showed Saturday.

“The Lion King” will record the second-best opening of 2019 — and could replace “Incredibles 2,” which launched last year with $182.7 million, as the ninth biggest North American launch of all time.

The film is outperforming pre-release forecasts, which had been in the $150 million to $180 million range at a record 4,725 domestic locations. Disney reported that “The Lion King” delivered a massive $78.5 million opening day domestically, becoming the 10th highest opening day in industry history.

Though critics were mixed with a 56% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, moviegoers gave “The Lion King” an A CinemaScore. Disney issued a $175 million forecast for the weekend while other estimates placed the tentpole at $188 million.

It’s the first weekend in more than a month in which the overall domestic box office has outperformed the year-ago frame.

‘Fear The Walking Dead’: The Dead Keep Coming In New Midseason 5 Finale Flashback

Somewhere on the ever-growing list of TV shows that need to be watched is AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead.” Now in its fifth season, national treasure Kim Dickens is long gone and so is original cast member Frank Dillane. The new leads of the show now are essentially Lennie James as Morgan Jones (originally from “The Walking Dead” flagship show) and Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark; though originals like Colman Domingo and Rubén Blades are still around.

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Director Sara Gouveia on ‘Looking At Resilience Through Art’

Durban–The Mapiko dance of Mozambique’s indigenous Makonde people was long used as a tool for social commentary. But during the colonial era it became an act of political resistance, prompting the Portuguese to stamp it out during Mozambique’s 10-year war for independence.

Decades later, the art has been revived as a celebration of freedom. For Atanasio Nyusi, a storyteller and legendary Mapiko dancer, it also represents a bridge to the past. In “The Sound of Masks,” the arresting feature documentary debut of Cape Town-based Portuguese filmmaker Sara Gouveia, Nyusi tries to use Mapiko to preserve the collective memory of the Makonde people, even as he questions who will carry on the tradition when he’s gone. The film, which had its world premiere at the Intl. Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) last year, is screening this week at the Durban Intl. Film Festival.

Gouveia spoke to Variety

Bolsonaro Threatens Brazil’s Central Film Fund with Censorship or Closure
Bolsonaro Threatens Brazil’s Central Film Fund with Censorship or Closure

In typical shoot-from-the-hip remarks, Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has declared that Ancine, Brazil’s powerful state-backed federal film agency, should accept “filters”or face closure.

“If it can’t have a filter, we’ll close Ancine, or privatize it,” Bolsonaro added, attacking Ancine, which plows some $300 million a year into Brazil’s film and TV industries, for supporting “pornography” – in a reference to its co-financing of “Bruna Surfista,” a drama about a young middle-class Rio call girl.

Talking on Thursday, Bolsonaro was not clear about what he meant by a filter but did present his own vision of what Brazilian movie production should focus on: “Brazilian heroes.”

“We have so many heroes in Brazil and people don’t talk about them,” the president argued. “We must preserve their memory, show the worth of those people who in the past gave their lives, battled for Brazil to be independent

‘Tomb Raider’ Star Simon Yam in Hospital After Stabbing
‘Tomb Raider’ Star Simon Yam in Hospital After Stabbing

Hugely popular Hong Kong actor, Simon Yam was stabbed while on stage Saturday at a presentation in Zhongshan, Guangdong province in southern China. He is in hospital recovering.

The incident happened at the opening of a branch of the Beijing Easyhome building materials company, where Yam was a guest. A man was seen rushing on to the stage and lunging at the 64 year-old actor.

Yam was stabbed in the stomach and slashed on one arm, his manager Lester Mo Gee-man of Emperor Entertainment said. “The knife wound to his abdominal area caused minor damage to his internal organs which has been repaired,” Mo said in a statement. “The injuries to his right hand have also been treated. He is resting and in a stable condition.” It is unclear when Yam might be released fro hospital or make the return journey to Hong Kong.

Video clips of the incident, which happened at 10.14 a.

‘DuckTales’ to Welcome Darkwing Duck, Rescue Rangers & More Disney Characters

During the Disney Channel's annual panel at San Diego Comic-Con for DuckTales, surprise guest Lin-Manuel Miranda brought some additional surprises to fans in attendance. Miranda voices Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera/Gizmoduck in the acclaimed animated series, and he and his fellow co-stars revealed that they'll be joined by new arrivals in the rest of Season 2 and the upcoming third season. And they should be rather recognizable characters, especially to 90s kids. As EW reports, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and the 90s Disney Afternoon's line-up of characters like Gadget, Chip, Dale, and Monterey Jack from …

‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Sneak Peek Brings A Dark Fantasy World Into The 21st Century [Comic-Con]

Coming squarely amid an era where reboots of beloved animated properties are myriad is the reimagining of another story integral to millions of childhoods, and one slightly darker than your standard Aladdins, Jungle Books and Lion Kings.

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Anticipation is high for “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” the Netflixication of Jim Henson’s beloved 1982 fantasy film that still feels singular in tone and aesthetic—a gateway for children of the ‘80s to the dark side of their imaginations.

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‘Carnival Row’ Sneak Peek Clips: Cara Delevingne & Orlando Bloom Lead A Victorian-Era Fantasy & Mystery Series [Comic-Con]

As busy as filmmaker and creature creator Guillermo del Toro is, in 2015 he was conjuring yet another fantastical project, this time for Amazon. The Oscar winner was slated to c0-write, executive produce and direct this latest series to Amazon’s Rolodex of content, but had to drop due to scheduling. But the creatives behind “Carnival Row” picked up where the visionary left off, leaving his indelible influence in the frame.

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Streaming: inside the BBC’s box of treasures

The iPlayer is better for films and documentaries than you might think – just be prepared to rummage around

Amid the distractions of Netflix, and the ongoing search for new and unusual streaming services, I admit I’ve rather neglected a faithful standby. In addition to its obvious uses as a TV catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer rarely gets much credit or promotion for the breadth and intelligence of its film selection: too often I forget to check what’s on its menu for a couple of weeks, and am surprised by the accumulated treasures when I return.

At the moment, for example, you can catch gems as assorted as Ben Wheatley’s excellent family-feud tragicomedy Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, Nicholas Ray’s stony-hard 1952 noir On Dangerous Ground or Miloš Forman’s whirling Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon – all streaming, of course, for free. Like an eccentric but generous auntie,

“There’s This Idea that Filmmakers are Social Workers, Which They’re Not!”: Errol Morris on His Portrait of a Holocaust Revisionist, Mr. Death

The following interview of Errol Morris originally appeared in Filmmaker‘s Fall, 1998 issue. In 1988, Fred A. Leuchter, an engineer from Massachusetts who made a living designing more “humane” electric chairs, was hired by Ernst Zundel, the publisher of several pro-Hitler, Holocaust-denying tracts, to conduct a forensic investigation into the use of poison gas in Nazi concentration camps. On his honeymoon, Leuchter travelled to Auschwitz and, with his wife sitting in the car reading Agatha Christie novels, illegally chipped away at the brick, collecting mortar samples which he transported back to the States. Testing these samples for traces of cyanide […]

Film Review: ‘A Faithful Man’
Film Review: ‘A Faithful Man’

French actor Louis Garrel has been married twice, first to Iranian talent Golshifteh Farahani, and now to model-cum-actress Laetitia Casta. He has also directed two features, the first a free-wheeling love-triangle comedy called “Two Friends” in which Garrel plays the cad who comes between his best friend and the object of his obsession (played by Farahani), and the other the relatively low-key drama “A Faithful Man,” centered on a different sort of triangle, in which two women (one played by Casta) compete for Garrel’s affections.

That description grossly oversimplifies both movies, and yet, their personalities could not be more different, hardly even the work of the same filmmaker, which must say something about Garrel’s state of mind in these two marriages. If “Two Lovers” was a lively New Wave lark, exploding with color and energy, then “A Faithful Man” is its sober, cerebral opposite, gray and stylistically restrained,

‘The Boys’ Review: Amazon’s Razor-Sharp Superhero Satire Is ‘Watchmen’ for a New Age

Hard to deny that we live in an age dominated by the superhero. That classic Superman chestnut, "Look up in the sky!", feels as apropos as ever when you can't drive down a major road without Tony Stark's mustachioed mug or Clark Kent's Kryptonian biceps flexing down at you like judgemental gods. They rule the box office, they rule the pop culture conversation, they rule the graphic t-shirt real estate at every coffee shop. We're about one particularly effective after-credits scene away from fandom spilling over into actual worship—pull up any video from …

‘The Boys’ Review: The Nihilistic, Cruel, Heartless Superhero Show We Probably Deserve

The Boys, Amazon’s new anti-superhero series, is so nihilistic and cruel that it’s either unbearable, or the perfect show for the current era we’re in. There’s a longstanding argument about whether or not entertainment loaded with unlikable characters can be enjoyed. It can – as long as the characters are well drawn, and there’s at least some specter […]

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‘Veronica Mars’ Season 4 Doesn’t Understand What It Means to be Strong – Spoilers

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Veronica Mars” Season 4.]

The fourth season of Hulu’s “Veronica Mars” dropped in its entirety one week early on July 19 to the surprise of fans – and journalists – everywhere. If you’ve already found the time to binge the season in its entirety, feel free to dig into this review of the full season, which wades deep into spoiler territory to dissect what did and didn’t work about the latest entry into the show’s annals. If you’re not caught up, check out our spoiler-free review.

You’ve been warned.

Season 4 of “Veronica Mars” is consistently entertaining, a welcome return to a fully realized universe that never got the exploration it deserved in its original, three-season run. There’s a full cast of characters that returns and for the most part nothing has changed. And that’s great! Except when it’s not.

So let’s talk about our good buddy Veronica