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Solo: A Star Wars Story Gets a New, Less Star Wars-y, Title in China

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Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover on Solo: A Star Wars Story promo art

Solo: A Star Wars Story has a new title in China, and it doesn’t include the Star Wars branding. The upcoming anthology movie, directed by Ron Howard after he replaced Chris Miller and Phil Lord, has certainly had its share of controversy and potential turmoil behind-the-scenes. And although Star Wars: The Last Jedi became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time overall, the sequel greatly disappointed in China.

After The Force Awakens raked in $124 million of its $2 billion-plus worldwide total in China, ...

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Hugh Jackman Is Also In The Fake Crocodile Dundee Sequel

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You can’t make a movie set in Australia without Hugh Jackman (not even a fake one) so of course the former Wolverine actor will co-star in the upcoming Crocodile Dundee sequel. Starring comedian Danny McBride, the supposedly-real-but-definitely-not project came out of nowhere last week and dropped a teaser trailer on unsuspecting audiences. In it, McBride put his spin on the famous line from the original 1986 action comedy starring Paul Hogan — “That’s not a knife…that’s a knife” — leaving fans everywhere scratching their heads.

Two days after that first teaser was revealed, another clip was released that featured well-known native Aussie Chris Hemsworth, best known for playing ...

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Comic Sales Figures Prove To Marvel: Diversity Isn’t The Problem

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The topic of diversity in comic books is a contentious one – whether it’s female-fronted comic titles, gender-bending established characters, ethnicity changes in big-screen adaptations, or some other approach to creating a more inclusive comic world. Controversies continue to dog the comic book giants – from the white savior-ness of Iron Fist, the shocking lack of a female-fronted Marvel movie after ten years of films, the upskirting of Wonder Woman in Justice League, the gender-bending of legacy heroes like Thor and Wolverine… there have been so many controversies in the past decade that it becomes impossible to list them all.

One thing is clear, however: there ...

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About The Disappointing Superman Returns

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In the annals of comic book movies, 2006’s Superman Returns holds a middling position. Although the film got mostly good reviews, few critics outright raved about it. Audiences turned out to the tune of a $200 million box office gross — a number that was respectable, yet far below what it was expected to earn. Fan reaction was decidedly mixed. Most people agreed it was generally okay. They also agreed that it nevertheless didn’t achieve what it could have. In other words, it was disappointing.

A big part of the problem was that director Bryan Singer intentionally made it look and feel like the original 1978 Superman movie. He even cast a lead actor, Brandon Routh, ...

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Darin Morgan Has Created an X-Files Universe All His Own

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At this point, should the series continue beyond season 11, The X-Files would do well to hand over the truth-seeking reins to longtime series writer Darin Morgan. The brains behind some of the most memorable hours during the series’ initial run — ‘Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose’ and ‘Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’’ among them — Morgan was also responsible for ‘Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster,’ the sole episode from season 10 to approach any sort of positive consensus among critics. The hour was a standout among the five others offered by the revival, a funny and clever episode that not only made great ...

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