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Stan Lee Joins the Guest List for Wizard World Comic Con in St. Louis

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, February 2nd, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 3rd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday,February 4th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stan Lee , the legendary comic book writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher, announced that he will attend Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis, February 3-4, The iconic Lee, a member of both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct interactive Q&A sessions in Saturday and Sunday.

Known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry,
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Altitude Strikes German Deal for Berlin-Bound ‘Black 47’

Ascot Elite has picked up Irish period drama “Black 47” in German-speaking markets ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Hugo Weaving (“Hacksaw Ridge”) and Jim Broadbent (“Iris”) picture was announced Monday as part of the Berlinale’s official selection.

Altitude is handling international sales and will have “Black 47” at the European Film Market in Berlin, while CAA represents the film for North America.

Weaving and Broadbent are joined in the picture by James Frecheville (“Animal Kingdom”), Stephen Rea (“The Honourable Woman”), Freddie Fox (“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”), and Barry Keoghan (“The Killing of a Sacred Deer”). Irish actor Moe Dunford (“Patrick’s Day”) and Sarah Greene (“The Guard”) also appear.

Set in 1847 during Ireland’s devastating potato famine, it follows an Irish soldier (Frecheville) who has been fighting for the British and abandons his post to return to his native land. Finding his family starving and brutalized,
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‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award

‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan with its Santa Barbara Award on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Arlington Theatre.

Ronan has been delivering strong performances ever since her Oscar-nominated breakout role in Joe Wright’s “Atonement.” Since then she has earned a best Actress nomination for “Brooklyn.” She also starred in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” and Peter Weir’s “The Way Back.”

Past recipients of the award include Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.

So far this awards season the festival has already presented Judi Dench with its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film; the festival will also give Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) its Maltin
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‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award

‘Lady Bird’ Star Saoirse Ronan to Accept Santa Barbara Award
This year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (January 31 to February 10) will present “Lady Bird” Golden Globe Comedy winner Saoirse Ronan with its Santa Barbara Award on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Arlington Theatre.

Ronan has been delivering strong performances ever since her Oscar-nominated breakout role in Joe Wright’s “Atonement.” Since then she has earned a best Actress nomination for “Brooklyn.” She also starred in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Joe Wright’s “Hanna,” Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” and Peter Weir’s “The Way Back.”

Past recipients of the award include Isabelle Huppert, Sylvester Stallone, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Daniel Day-Lewis, Geoffrey Rush, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Javier Bardem, Bill Condon, and Naomi Watts.

So far this awards season the festival has already presented Judi Dench with its Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film; the festival will also give Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) its Maltin
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The Best Visual Effects Oscar Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best

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The Best Visual Effects Oscar Winners of the 21st Century, Ranked from Worst to Best
When people talk about the magic of cinema, they’re usually not referring to monologues. More often than not, it’s the awe-inspiring visuals and imaginary worlds coming to life that give the phrase “movie magic” the ring of truth. None of that would be possible without visual effects, an ever-evolving field that pushes filmmakers like James Cameron and Peter Jackson further and further in their quest to create that special spark.

The films that have won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects represent the most innovative visual storytelling of the last two decades. Using motion capture technology, computer-generated imagery, miniatures and giant puppets, these films create fantasy worlds and creatures beyond our wildest imaginations.

Read More:The 20 Best Sequels of the 21st Century

Here are the winners of the Oscar for Best Visual Effects of the 21st century, ranked by their visual storytelling.

17. “The Golden Compass” (2007)

While “The Golden Compass
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Mira Sorvino, Allegedly Blacklisted from Hollywood by Weinstein, Is 'Getting Offers' Again

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Mira Sorvino, Allegedly Blacklisted from Hollywood by Weinstein, Is 'Getting Offers' Again
Oscar winner Mira Sorvino says she’s working again in Hollywood after allegedly being blacklisted by Harvey Weinstein, who she claims sexually harassed her more than 20 years ago.

Speaking with reporters at the winter Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California, on Thursday, Sorvino, 50, praised those who have publicly supported her and corroborated her story — including Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson — since coming forward with her allegations against Weinstein last fall.

“It’s very noble of them, and I appreciate that. I have to say, the general atmosphere since those allegations came out, those revelations, there seems
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Mira Sorvino: I am terribly sorry for working with Woody Allen

The Oscar-winning star of Mighty Aphrodite has penned an open letter to Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow to say she will never work with him again

Mira Sorvino has penned an open letter to Woody Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow to express regret over starring in his 1995 comedy Mighty Aphrodite.

Related: Peter Jackson: I blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino under pressure from Weinstein

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Mira Sorvino Addresses Letter Apologizing For Working With Woody Allen: ‘Sexual Politics Have No Place In Power Dynamics’

Mira Sorvino recently discovered her suspicions that Harvey Weinstein squashed her career may have been justified after director Peter Jackson alleged he was warned by the producer not to hire her and Ashley Judd (accusations that Weinstein has denied). Now, Sorvino is looking back with regret on a project from early in her career, which
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Mira Sorvino Apologizes to Dylan Farrow for Working With Woody Allen: ‘I Was a Naive Young Actress’

Mira Sorvino Apologizes to Dylan Farrow for Working With Woody Allen: ‘I Was a Naive Young Actress’
Mira Sorvino is the latest actor to come forward expressing regrets over working with Woody Allen. Sorvino won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1995 for her acclaimed turn in Allen’s comedy “Mighty Aphrodite.” The actress expressed her regrets in an emotional open letter written specifically to Dylan Farrow, Allen’s daughter who has alleged for years that the director molested her as a child.

Read More:Paul Sorvino Threatens Harvey Weinstein for Harassing and Blacklisting Daughter Mira: ‘I Will Kill the Motherf*cker’

“I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress,” Sorvino writes in the letter, published exclusively on The Huffington Post. “I swallowed the media’s portrayal of your abuse allegations against your father as an outgrowth of a twisted custody battle between Mia Farrow and him, and did not look further into the situation, for which I am terribly sorry.
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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis February 2nd – 4th – Great Line-Up of Guests!

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, February 2nd, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 3rd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday,February 4th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor
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Natalie Portman Acknowledges 'Pain' of #MeToo Victims Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino on Globes Red Carpet

Natalie Portman Acknowledges 'Pain' of #MeToo Victims Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino on Globes Red Carpet
Natalie Portman and America Ferrera are thanking the many brave females who battled sexual harassment in Hollywood at great cost ahead of the Golden Globe Awards.

Portman, 36, and Ferrera, 33, — who attended as each other’s dates to the event — are among the A-list stars in support of the Time’s Up movement, which launched Monday to help fight sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood and beyond.

Portman named Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino as two women who are part of the movement after being blacklisted from the industry after their own experiences with sexual harassment.

“I think we’ve realized
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Ridley Scott in talks to direct The Merlin Saga for Disney

It seems Ridley Scott may be following up All the Money in the World with a foray into the fantasy genre. Variety has reported Scott is in talks with Disney to direct The Merlin Saga, a film based on the book series by T.A. Barron about the powerful wizard who would later mentor King Arthur.

Scott would also produce through his production company, Scott Free Productions, with Gil Netter. Phillipa Boyens, who wrote The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies with Peter Jackson, will write the script for The Merlin Saga.

The synopsis for the first book in the series, The Lost Years of Merlin, reads:

A raging sea tosses a boy upon the shores of ancient Wales. Left for dead, he has no memory, no name, and no home. But it is his determination to find out who he is—to learn the truth about his mysterious
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Disney's Merlin Saga Targets Director Ridley Scott

According to reports, Disney is in negotiation with Ridley Scott to helm The Merlin Saga along with his production company, Scott Free. It is believed that the Merlin Saga will be Scott's next project, but nothing has been officially confirmed by Disney or Ridley Scott. All the Money in the World as well as Alien: Covenant were both directed by Scott in 2017 and All the Money in the World is seeing quite a bit of acclaim, even after removing Kevin Spacey from the project and replacing him with Christopher Plummer at the absolute last minute.

Variety reports that Ridley Scott and Disney are in negotiations for the director to helm the Merlin Saga, which Academy Award winning screenwriter Philippa Boyens wrote the script for, based off of T.A. Barron's books. Boyens is best known for working with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh on all six Middle-earth films as well
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Ridley Scott in Talks to Direct a 'Merlin' Movie for Disney

Ridley Scott in Talks to Direct a 'Merlin' Movie for Disney
Ridley Scott is in talks to direct The Merlin Saga for Disney.

The feature, based on the T.A. Barron book series, will follow the legendary wizard long before he met King Arthur and his Round Table.

Veteran fantasy scripter Philippa Boyens-- the Oscar-winning co-writer on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings movies-- is set to pen the feature.

Scott would also produce via his Scott Free banner, along with Gil Netter (Life of Pi, Marley & Me). Tendo Nagenda and Foster Driver are overseeing the project for the studio.

Scott just released his latest film, All the Money in the World, after...
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Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury

Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury
Australian stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett will serve as President of the Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes (Tuesday May 8 through Saturday, May 19). She’s the tenth woman to be jury president, following Olivia de Havilland (1965), Sophia Loren (1966), Michele Morgan (1971), Ingrid Bergman (1973), Jeanne Moreau (1975 and 1995), Francoise Sagan (1979), Isabelle Adjani (1997), Liv Ullmann (2001), Isabelle Huppert (1999), and Jane Campion (2014), the only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or.

Blanchett follows President Pedro Almodóvar, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Östlund’s eventual shortlisted Swedish Oscar entry “The Square.”

“This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story,” said Blanchett, “that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Blanchett has long switched between independents and studio features. She starred in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson, David Fincher’s “Benjamin Button,” “Babel” by Alejandro González Iñárritu,
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Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury

Cate Blanchett Will Preside Over 2018 Cannes Jury
Australian stage and screen actress Cate Blanchett will serve as President of the Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes (Tuesday May 8 through Saturday, May 19). She’s the tenth woman to be jury president, following Olivia de Havilland (1965), Sophia Loren (1966), Michele Morgan (1971), Ingrid Bergman (1973), Jeanne Moreau (1975 and 1995), Francoise Sagan (1979), Isabelle Adjani (1997), Liv Ullmann (2001), Isabelle Huppert (1999), and Jane Campion (2014), the only woman to ever win the Palme d’Or.

Blanchett follows President Pedro Almodóvar, whose jury awarded the Palme d’Or to Ruben Östlund’s eventual shortlisted Swedish Oscar entry “The Square.”

“This festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story,” said Blanchett, “that strange and vital endeavor that all peoples share, understand and crave.”

Blanchett has long switched between independents and studio features. She starred in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson, David Fincher’s “Benjamin Button,” “Babel” by Alejandro González Iñárritu,
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Universal soars at global, international box office in 2017 (exclusive)

China ends year as studio’s biggest market on $671.9m.

The Fate Of The Furious

Universal Pictures posted its second highest global and international year at the box office in 2017 as 64 releases generated $5.129bn and $3.439bn, respectively, over the 12-month period ending December 31.

The international running total ranks second only to the $4.4bn registered in 2015 and is likely to rise as late receipts come in from territories. The global haul trails the $6.88bn achieved in 2015. North America generated $1.689bn.

The Fate Of The Furious was the studio’s top earner in 2017 on $1.236bn worldwide and $1.009bn internationally; followed by Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me 3 on $1.034bn worldwide, of which $768.9m came from international markets.

Tom Cruise vehicle The Mummy grossed $409.1m worldwide and $329m internationally, while Fifty Shades Darker delivered $380.9m worldwide ($266.5m internationally); Split achieved $278.3m worldwide ($140.2m); and Get Out delivered $254.3m worldwide ($78.8m).

“We’ve had a profile of titles from the world of
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Paul Sorvino Wants to Kill Weinstein for Blacklisting Daughter Mira

Paul Sorvino Wants to Kill Weinstein for Blacklisting Daughter Mira
Paul Sorvino has threatened Harvey Weinstein, going so far as to say he's going to "kill the motherf***er." Mira Sorvino suffered alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Weinstein and was one of the first to come forward in the evolving scandal surrounding the once powerful producer in Hollywood. Now, her father has made a bold and crystal clear statement in regards to Weinstein. Here's what he had to say in a recent interview.

"If I meet [Weinstein] on the street, he oughta hope that he goes to jail, because if we come across, I think he'll be lying on the floor, somehow, magically. He's going to go to jail. Oh yeah. That son of a bitch. Good for him if he goes, because if not, he has to meet me. And I will kill the motherf***er. Real simple."

Mira Sorvino is just one of more than 50 women to
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Paul Sorvino Threatens Harvey Weinstein: "I Will Kill That Motherf--ker!"

Paul Sorvino Threatens Harvey Weinstein:
Paul Sorvino didn't hold back on expressing how he really feels about Harvey Weinstein. TMZ caught up with the Goodfellas actor while he was leaving Bristol Farms in West Hollywood Tuesday and asked him about Sir Peter Jackson's allegations that Weinstein blacklisted Sorvino's daughter Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd—two of the many women who have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment. "He ought to hope that he goes to jail," the actor told the celebrity news outlet, "because if we come across, I think he'll be lying on the floor somehow—magically." Mr. Sorvino continued to threaten Weinstein after TMZ cited reports that two of...
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Paul Sorvino Threatens Harvey Weinstein for Harassing and Blacklisting Daughter Mira: ‘I Will Kill the Motherf*cker’

Paul Sorvino Threatens Harvey Weinstein for Harassing and Blacklisting Daughter Mira: ‘I Will Kill the Motherf*cker’
Paul Sorvino has a message for Harvey Weinstein: “I will kill you motherfucker.” The “Goodfellas” actor threatened the disgraced former head of The Weinstein Company to TMZ, telling the outlet that he hopes Weinstein goes to jail or worse for his alleged behavior. Over 90 women have come forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and/or abuse, including Sorvino’s daughter, actress and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino.

Read More:Peter Jackson Reveals Harvey Weinstein Blacklisted Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino From ‘The Lord of the Rings

“If I meet [Weinstein] on the street — he oughta hope that he goes to jail, because if we come across, I think he’ll be lying on the floor, somehow, magically,” Paul Sorvino said. “He’s going to go to jail. Oh yeah. That son of a bitch. Good for him if he goes, because if not, he has to meet me. And I will kill the motherfucker.
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