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Riverdale Star Asks Kevin Smith to Direct an Episode

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Kevin Smith Wants to Direct An Arrowverse Crossover Episode

Marisol Nichols has asked writer and director Kevin Smith if he would consider directing an episode of Riverdale. The actress, who plays Veronica Lodge’s mother Hermione Lodge on the series, suggested that noted comic book fan Smith might be an ideal candidate for the job.

First airing as a midseason replacement in early 2017, Riverdale proved a surprising smash hit. The series is loosely based upon the characters from the classic Archie Comics but is hardly as fun and innocent as the adventures of Betty and Veronica one typically sees in the digest editions at the supermarket check-out line. The plots of Riverdale are decidedly more mature, centering ...

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Passes $600 Million Domestically

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Writer-director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi  hit another box office milestone over the weekend by crossing the $600 million mark domestically. Focusing on Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) after their momentous yet brief encounter in the last minute of The Force Awakens in 2015, The Last Jedi stormed out of the gate when it opened worldwide December 15, amassing an impressive $220 million domestic take in its opening weekend. And while business wasn’t as brisk as The Force AwakensThe Last Jedi continued to attract audiences in droves, pulling in more than $1 billion in business worldwide by New Year’s Eve.

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Jumanji is Now Sony’s Highest-Grossing, Non-Spider-Man Film Domestically

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle officially passes Skyfall to become Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing, non-Spider-Man movie at the domestic box office. The standalone sequel to Joe Johnston’s 1995 fantasy comedy, Jumanji (based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg), comes from Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan and Spider-Man: Homecoming screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, as well as Gone in Sixty Seconds‘ Scott Rosenberg and Fringe‘s Jeff Pinkner.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas, Jumanji 2 earned high praise for its charming cast and swashbuckling adventure story, which is why it’s survived ...

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Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: January 21, 2018

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Newcomers tried, but none of them were unable to unseat The Rock from the top of the box office charts.

Coming in first is Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle with $20 million in its fifth weekend. The adventure film continued its dominance of the marketplace, raising its domestic total to $316.9 million. Before its run is complete, it should be able to work its way into the top 5 on the 2017 charts.

In second is the new war drama 12 Strong (read our review), which brought in $16.5 million during its first three days. The film was bolstered by a strong cast (including Chris Hemsworth and ...

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Star Wars Gets A New York Times Coffee Table Book

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The New York Times is releasing a unique coffee table book featuring the publication’s four-plus decades of Star Wars coverage. Released on May 25, 1977, the first Star Wars film from writer-director George Lucas revolutionized the movie industry in so many ways, from its sprawling, episodic storytelling and masterful visual effects, to its clever merchandising campaign, which effectively redefined the toy industry and changed the way blockbuster sci-fi and comic book franchises market their films.

Now, with eight films in the Skywalker family saga, a spinoff film in Rogue One, and two more (to start) with Solo and Episode IX on the way, Star Wars is everywhere, as you ...

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