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Deadpool 2 Is The Filthy, Foulmouthed Sequel You’ve Been Waiting For

Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool and the focus of this week’s Entertainment Weekly cover story.

Deadpool 2, opening May 18, finds the titular red-suited assassin otherwise known as Wade Wilson battling time traveler Cable (Josh Brolin); protecting a fire-wielding mutant youth named Russell (Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Julian Dennison); assembling a motley crew of mutants he calls X-Force, an offshoot of the X-Men; and encountering a smorgasbord of superhero and celebrity cameos. Says Reynolds, “The first movie is a love story masquerading as a comic book movie, and this one is kind of a family film masquerading as a comic book film again.”

Read more HERE and pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story: This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Cover Story

Han Solo just can’t help being a good guy — much to his disappointment.

Try as he might to live outside the law, to care about nothing, to embody his loner name, he finds himself inexorably pushed and pulled by the tractor beam of his own decency. Just when you think he’s gone forever, he comes back to save the day.

That’s now literally true. Fans saw his journey end in The Force Awakens, but with the stand-alone Solo: A Star Wars Story (out May 25) Han is returning to the fight.

In this week’s issue, Entertainment Weekly expands about the glimpse we got in the two new teasers with revelations about the story and criminal characters that will surround the galactic smuggler.

Alden Ehrenreich is stepping into the cockpit for Harrison Ford, and the story rewinds the chronology to several years before the events of 1977’s original Star Wars. The filmmakers describe it as a Western crossed with a film noir, freighted with offbeat humor and set in the criminal underbelly of a galaxy being torn apart.

The Han movie is very Han about its arrival. It’s swooping in at the last minute with a first trailer and detailed revelations just a few months before release, and it all comes amid intense internal drama and second-guessing.

Original filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street) parted ways with Lucasfilm over creative clashes that led to obvious upheaval in the midst of production. Oscar-winner Ron Howard, who has followed Star Wars ever since George Lucas first described his plan for it on the set of 1973’s American Graffiti, jumped in to pilot the movie home.

With luck and some skill — which Han always counted on in equal measure — this bumpy flight will smooth out in the end.

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy describes Solo as “a heist, gunslinger type movie.” That roller coaster-like train in the trailer is called The Conveyex, and Han has to prove his hoodlum bona fides by stealing something (we don’t know what) from on board.

“He might be a little more immature, he may be a little less experienced, and he may hone his cynicism over time, but he’s very wary,” she says. “He needs to gain the respect of the people he interacts with, even if they’re the lowest of the low.”

Along the way he will befriend “walking carpet” Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), fall head over heels for shadowy Qui’ra (Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke), and cross paths with Lando Calrissian (Atlanta’s Donald Glover stepping into the cape of Billy Dee Williams) and his droid sidekick L3-37 (played via motion capture by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.)

The wannabe smuggler will also face career crooks Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), blaster-toting Val (Thandie Newton), and crime boss Dryden Vos (played by Paul Bettany).

If you’re trying to figure out who’s good and who’s bad, you’re not alone. “I think that’s exactly what Han’s trying to do throughout the film,” Ehrenreich says.

To read more on Solo: A Star Wars Story, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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Avengers: Infinity War Gets 4 Vanity Fair Covers

The stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently all got together for a 10th-Anniversary photo shoot and Vanity Fair was there to talk to them, Marvel’s Kevin Feige, and Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger about the past and the future of the franchise.

The magazine reiterates that Avengers 4 will see some of the characters hanging up their capes and shields, partially because the contracts with the actors who play them — Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) — are coming to an end. But Disney promises that Marvel has at least another 20 years’ worth of characters and worlds to explore.

“I feel a lot of joy for the next generation,” Johansson said. “It’s a bittersweet feeling, but a positive one.”

Bob Iger notes that the studio has rights to 7,000 characters. “We’re looking for worlds that are completely separate — geographically or in time — from the worlds that we’ve already visited.”

Marvel is “22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before – intentionally,” Feige added. Avengers 4, he said, will “bring things you’ve never seen in superhero films: a finale. There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after. I know it will not be in ways people are expecting.”

Confirmed cast members for Avengers: Infinity War so far include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scalett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olson, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Sean Gunn, Tom Holland, Josh Brolin, and Paul Rudd.

The Avengers sequel sees Earth’s Mightiest Heroes teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to take on Brolin’s Thanos and his Black Order.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who return after Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, are directing both Avengers: Infinity War and the untitled fourth film, which are written by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is slated for a release in theaters on May 4, 2018. Then, the Avengers assemble again for the still-untitled fourth film, set for May 3, 2019.

Read the cover story HERE.

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Alamo Drafthouse Unveils Star Wars: The Force Awakens Special Issue

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Alamo Drafthouse and BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH will be selling patrons who come to see The Force Awakens a special 88-page magazine issue commemorating nearly 40 years of the franchise, featuring gorgeous new cover art by Mondo artist Matt Taylor.

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The interior artwork is done by Chris Bilheimer and the special double sized issue will feature a promo code to redeem Topps Star Wars Card Trader cards and it will feature essays from some of today’s best film scholars. These include, but are not limited to:

-“I Hate You, Darth Vader” by psychologist Andrea Letamendi, Ph.D.
-“Han Solo: Cooler Than Carbonite” by GQ writer Marc Bernardin
-“A STAR WARS Guide to the Galaxy” by Alamo Drafthouse Dallas/Fort Worth creative manager James Wallace, infographic design by Chris Bilheimer
-“A Brief and Slightly Personal History Of The STAR WARS Toys” by Mondo Creative Director of Toys and Collectibles Brock Otterbacher
-“True Tales From The 1999 EPISODE I Line” by writer Sarah Sprague, illustrated by comics artist Mike Russell

You can purchase the issue at BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH’s online store HERE. Tickets and the magazine are on sale now!

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Inside MAD Features An Intricate Pullout Poster By Sergio Aragones That Provides A Tour Through MAD’s History

Within Inside MAD — an “ill-conceived collection of the magazine’s high-quality stupidity,” you’ll find a series of the irreverent humor rag’s best spoofs ever, as chosen by the magazine’s own staffers.

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The book also contains essays by famous MAD fans including Roseanne Barr, Paul Feig, Whoopi Goldberg, John Stamos, and Matthew Weiner, as well as an introduction by Judd Apatow, who thanks MAD for making him who he is today, i.e. “a man who desperately seeks attention by shocking people with graphic representations of other people’s private parts.”

But wait, there’s more! After 430 patented MAD fold-ins, the magazine’s editors decided to try something different — a fold-out, in the form of an incredibly detailed poster that gives readers a guided tour through MAD‘s history. Fittingly, this intricate illustration is the work of MAD vet Sergio Aragones, who’s been contributing speech-free comics to the mag since emigrating to the U.S. in the early ’60s.

Get a glimpse at new book’s intricate pullout poster HERE and use your mouse to see Sergio Aragones’ handiwork in all its magnified glory.

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The Big Chills: TIME Ranks The 10 Greatest Stephen King Movies

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The release of the newest version of Carrie offers a timely Halloween reminder that Stephen King has now brooded over our pop-culture landscape for 40 years. Both King’s debut novel (in 1974) and the first of a never-ending stream of King movie adaptations (in 1976), Carrie was most people’s introduction to the horror author’s world.

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King’s novels and short stories are effective as movies and some of the world’s finest directors have filmed King stories. In fact, the best King movies often come from top-notch directors such as Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg and Frank Darabount.

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TIME ranks 10 of the best Stephen King film adaptations and you can check them out HERE.

The list is as follows:

1. Carrie
2. The Shining
3. The Dead Zone
4. Stand By Me
5. Misery
6. The Shawshank Redemption
7. Dolores Claiborne
8. Apt Pupil
9. Secret Window
10. The Mist

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Stephen King: 10 More Books He Should Write Sequels To

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In 1977, Stephen King already an established horror writer with works like Carrie and Salem’s Lot, saw the publication of The Shining, a wonderfully chilling tale about the terrors that are visited upon a family in a remote mountainside resort. The book got great reviews, was turned into a movie and mini-series, and cemented King’s reputation as a master of the genre.

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A (very long) 36 years later, King has returned to the terrifying world of The Shining in a highly-anticipated sequel, Doctor Sleep. The novel revisits Danny Torrance — the psychically-gifted five-year-old who went up against the ghostly residents of the Overlook Hotel  is now a middle-aged orderly in a nursing home.  Trouble comes calling in the form of a traveling clan of psychic, vampiric creatures — it’s the sort of scary tale that’ll leave us sleeping with the lights on at night and waxing nostalgic for its predecessor come dawn.

As Jud Crandall advised in Pet Sematary, “Sometimes dead is better,” but sometimes a story’s just too good to leave buried. With that in mind, TIME suggests 10 King classics just waiting for a sequel. Check out the list HERE.

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MONDO To Release Spy Vs. Spy Poster By DKNG On Tuesday, September 10th

Tomorrow, MONDO will release their very first MAD Magazine poster, for Spy Vs. Spy.

DKNG’s tribute to the never-ending battle of wits between Black & White is hilariously intricate and beautifully illustrated.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This poster will be available online at a random time on Tuesday, September 10th.

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Spy vs Spy by DKNG
36″x24″ screen print
Hand numbered – Edition of 225
$40

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Read An Excerpt From Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep In This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Magazine

Ever wonder what happened to Danny Torrance from The Shining? Stephen King did with Doctor Sleep (out on September 24th) he brings us a new chapter in Danny’s story 36 years later.

The September 13th issue of Entertainment Weekly includes an exclusive excerpt of Doctor Sleep on pages 43-47 of the print edition.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lands on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly has just debuted the cover to their next issue and it features Joss Whedon and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg. In the issue, EW says Whedon talks about all things “Buffy,” “Firefly,” and The Avengers, but he made time to drop an interesting quote about the upcoming TV series too.

“This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’ [episode of Buffy], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least,” Whedon says. “The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

For more with Whedon — including his love-hate relationship with Twitter and why he’s worried about our sequel culture — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, August 23.

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