Marvel/Netflix(SAN DIEGO) -- As its hard-hitting "Hell's Kitchen Heroes" would, Marvel came out swinging at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, with a slew of news and new footage from its Netflix shows.
Not only did they release a full teaser to this fall's Luke Cage, but also a "first look" at the upcoming Iron Fist, and teasers for both the third season of Daredevil, and The Defenders, the series that will unite each of the series titular heroes -- as well as Kysten Ritter's Jessica Jones -- into one Avengers-like team.
Luke Cage hits the streaming service first, debuting on September 20. In the series, Mike Colter reprises his Jessica Jones role as Cage, a wrongly-accused fugitive left super-strong and unbreakable after an experiment. The series will see Luke relocating uptown from Jones' and Daredevil's home turf of Hell's Kitchen to Harlem, where Cage will take on criminal kingpin Cottonmouth Stokes, the cousin of a local politician played by Alfre Woodard.
"...I'm not wearing a costume," Colter says of Cage. "I'm a street-level hero. And what I'm trying to do is work on saving the community." He adds of the anticipated series, "It's really grounded."
Iron Fist follows Danny Rand (Finn Jones), the son of a murdered business mogul who masters martial arts -- and eventually a mystical power that makes his fists inhumanly strong -- to avenge his murdered parents. The show debuts in 2017, as does Defenders.
Release dates for a second season of Jones, Daredevil season 3, and a Punisher series haven't been released.
Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Leslie Jones is back on Twitter after nearly 72 hours of social media silence.
The Ghostbusters star made a grand entrance tweeting, "Welp...a b**** thought she could stay away. But who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!"
She then quickly followed up her tweet with a Wilmer Valderrama meme from That '70s Show that shows Valderrama's character Fez mouthing "I love you."
Jones adds the message, "Thanks for the love and support I received! made me feel real special See you later on@sethmeyers#LoveForLeslieJ."
Jones had announced on Monday she was leaving social media after receiving an onslaught of racist comments. She was immediately defended by fans and many of her celebrity friends including Dan Aykroyd, who called her haters "insignificant gnats."
Paramount Pictures(SAN DIEGO) -- Zachary Quinto is the rare person who hasn't been swept up in the Pokemon Go craze.
The Star Trek star says the popularity of the mobile game "unsettles" and "troubles" him. "I have no judgment of people who want to play it, but it is entirely not for me and I will not ever play it," he told ABC Radio Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego.
In other words, he won't be searching for Pokemon while he's at Comic-Con. He's there to promote a couple of projects, Star Trek Beyond and Snowden.
You can see Quinto reprise his role of Spock in Star Trek Beyond beginning Friday.
Paramount Pictures(HOLLYWOOD) -- When I last wrote a review of a Star Trek movie, I received the wrath of Kahn: Fans – some of whom hadn’t even seen the movie yet -- were furious I didn’t like Into Darkness. A few were also upset because I spoiled the movie’s predictable reveal. I apologized for that, but I will never apologize for disliking that movie.
I thought Pine’s Kirk was insufferable, and aped whiny Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IV. I thought some of the plot points and decisions made by The Federation were so ludicrous, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief for the majority of the movie.
I also know some die-hard fans who were furious about the movie not being “canon.” Look, I grew up with Allan Asherman’s Star Trek Compendium prominently displayed on our living room bookcase -- hey, Allan Asherman even came over to our house! But when it comes to these Star Trek movies, you know what? I don’t give a Tribble about canon. I just want to see a movie that makes sense and is entertaining.
So, I’m going to make this review completely spoiler free:
Star Trek Beyond is fantastic! The End. Love, David.
OK, I lied. I’m back.
Whether directors J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung meant to or not, this is the one Star Trek movie that absolutely, unequivocally says, “Gen X-ers: this one’s for you!” I am a Gen X-er…and there are moments in this movie that are catnip for anybody from that era.
We have a killer and endearing opening scene, followed by Pine as a much more mature and pensive Kirk. His first Captain’s Log does a superlative job of inviting us along on this particular journey: it’s human and relatable. A Starship captain’s struggle is real, yo! James Tiberius Kirk needs a change, and once the Enterprise arrives at the Federation’s newest, jaw-dropping space station, we find out his intentions when he meets with Commodore Paris (Shohreh Aghdashloo).
Minimal spoilers ahead!
Kirk and company are called back into action when an unidentifiable ship in distress comes hurtling towards the space station. The lone being on the ship claims to be a female officer from a distant planet whose crew was abducted, and she needs to get her ship back. Obviously, the Enterprise is the only ship that could handle this particular mission – but nobody could predict what comes next!
What ensues is, in my opinion, the best battle sequence in the whole of the Star Trek franchise. It is legitimately terrifying, as well as thrilling, and it’s when we meet our villain, Krall (Idris Elba). Director Justin Lin does a fantastic job of endowing that moment, and the ones immediately following, with a sense of hopelessness and doom and gloom I haven’t really experienced since Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Kahn.
Then, there are Dr. “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban) and Chief Engineer Scotty (Pegg). Maybe it’s because Pegg co-wrote the movie, but Scotty’s at his funniest here, while Urban’s DeForrest Kelly-inspired portrayal of Bones is just beautiful, and the best piece of casting in this series, period. Sure, Zachary Quinto looks like Spock, but there’s no character that links this movie more to the original TV franchise than Urban’s Bones. (Ok, maybe I care about canon just little bit.)
Another fine addition is Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), a bad-ass warrior with pale white skin and a zebra-striped face who is destined to be the darling of cosplayers everywhere.
That’s not to say that Star Trek Beyond is perfect. It contains an unlikely and unbelievable call to action which nearly ruins the movie, and it sells out the same way every other big-budget action movie sells out. But let’s not forget who’s directing here: the man behind a bunch of Fast and Furious movies, which sell out better than any other action franchise. The difference here is that this particular Star Trek movie goes to great lengths – okay, Beyond -- to embody the ideals of the franchise’s late creator, Gene Roddenberry.
Specifically, the story is sprinkled with some powerful imagery regarding race, sex and gender equality. A great example is the sequence where we’re introduced to the space station: through camerawork and CGI, Lin shows us a testament to what can be accomplished when the universe collaborates. It is, more so than any of the other Star Trek films, an optimistic story about what is possible when we put our differences aside -- while still celebrating those differences -- and come together as a community.
Warner Bros./New Line(NEW YORK) -- In James Wan I trust, so the fact that he’s the guy behind the new horror flick Lights Out was comforting. Wan is a modern-day horror genius (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring), and even though he’s the producer here and not the director, you know there’s going to be -- at the very least -- a heart-palpitating, white-knuckle moment or two.
At the outset, Lights Out doesn’t disappoint. Directed by David F. Sandberg and based on his own short, the “horror” in this horror film is a forlorn and deranged demon-apparition named Diana. Diana can only appear and do damage in the dark. She could be standing over you, about to rip your lungs out, but if you turn on a light or flash a light in her face, she will disappear. It’s a clever and effective device which works so well in the opening sequence that it seems impossible that the rest of the movie could live up to it. It doesn’t, but it tries…it desperately tries.
The opening is so strong, I actually didn’t really care where this creature – who can fling you around like a bag of potato chips and literally turn you inside out and twist you up like a pretzel – came from. But when her origin is eventually revealed, it made me wish she had remained my haunting, impossibly violent horror mistress.
Teresa Palmer stars in Lights Out as Rebecca, a rebellious, fiercely independent young woman. Besides the opening sequence, her character is the only other outstanding element of this film. A strong female lead, she's the "alpha" in her relationship with her maybe-boyfriend Bret (Alaxander DiPersia). Bret desperately wants a commitment from Rebecca, but she won’t give him the satisfaction; it seems as though she’s just using him for sex. It’s a delicious role reversal and a confident Palmer plays it to perfection.
Of course, there’s a backstory to Rebecca: she ran away from home at a young age because her mother (Maria Bello) had severe psychological problems, which seemingly drove Rebecca’s father away. Rebecca’s mom eventually remarried and had a son, Martin, played by the very promising Gabriel Bateman. Now here's where things get complicated.
We learn Martin suffers from insomnia for two reasons. A) His father was recently murdered, but we're not sure Martin knows the details, and B) It turns out his mom is friends with Diana. Remember her? The evil spirt who can kill you when the lights are out?
We eventually learn how Diana became Diana and what Maria Bello’s character has to do with her very existence – but sadly, it’s lame, completely forced and terribly predictable. Kudos to Sandberg and screenwriter Eric Heisserer for creating a strong and complex female lead, but jeers to Sandberg and Heisserer for the trite horror narrative.
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for WGAw(NEW YORK) -- Late Night host Seth Meyers stopped by Live with Kelly Thursday to promote Thursday night's live segment of his chat show, timed to riff on Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Meyers also took a moment to remember Garry Marshall, who passed away Tuesday from complications of a stroke.
The late director and TV icon not only shared an alma mater with Meyers in Northwestern, but directed the SNL vet in the star-packed movie New Year's Eve -- a project Marshall was apparently not shy about promoting.
"I remember I was the Grand Marshal at the Northwestern Homecoming Parade a few years ago, and he introduced me," Meyers recalled to Kelly Ripa and her co-host for the day, Scandal star Tony Goldwyn.
"And it was the year New Year's Eve was coming out. And he walked out on stage and he was like, 'This next guy, he's a good guy, he's a nice guy, he's in my new movie that opens November 12,'" Seth said, perfectly imitating Marshall's distinctive New York delivery.
"As we passed each other...he leaned in -- he's such a sweet guy, and I assumed he was going to say 'Congratulations,' or 'This is such a big honor,' and he goes, 'Make sure you say November 12th. You can't say it enough!'"
Late Night with Seth Meyers airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. Eastern time on NBC.
Lionsgate(LOS ANGELES) -- The final chapter in the Divergent movie series may premiere on TV, not at a theater near you.
Lionsgate plans to conclude the film series with a television movie that would set things up for a Divergent TV show, Variety reports.
The aim is to have the franchise’s movie cast, including Shailene Woodley, return for TheDivergent Series: Ascendant TV movie, then introduce new stars for the TV series. However, it’s currently unclear if the original cast members will be back for the TV movie.
Variety notes that Lionsgate has yet to pitch its plans to networks.
The Divergent Series: Ascendant, the fourth film in the post-apocalyptic movie series, had been slated to hit theaters next June.
The third Divergent movie, Allegiant, opened this past March and grossed 66 million dollars at the domestic box office.
The franchise is based on the popular book series by Veronica Roth.
It was billed as the first-ever outdoor IMAX premiere event, and included a performance by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
The stars of the film were excited to take part in it. Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the movie and plays Scotty, told ABC News on the red carpet, "It's going to be an emotional night and I'm very proud."
The third film in the rebooted series was directed by Justin Lin, who took over for J.J. Abrams. He was excited to step in because, as he explained, Star Trek is celebrating its 50th anniversary and the franchise was "something that I grew up with."
It helped that Abrams was supportive. "He just said, 'Hey, make it your own, be bold," Lin recalled.
Abrams told ABC News it was "bittersweet" to leave the director's chair, but it was also "comforting" because Lin is a longtime Star Trek fan.
The major cast members, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Idris Elba, walked the red carpet. Sadly, it was missing Anton Yelchin, who died last month in a car accident.
Pine called Yelchin a "great guy," while Jason Matthew Smith, who's played a crew member in all three films, said, "It doesn't feel like a real premiere without him being here. He was such a huge part of the whole franchise."
Taped weeks ago, the episode was an opportunity for Mrs. Obama to promote her Let Girls Learn initiative she started with the President to help more than 60 million girls around the world stay in school.
FLOTUS jumped in the car with Corden as he played tourist at the White House. Wearing a sleeveless pink and white dress, she highlighted a couple of places on the executive compound and made small talk before the two got down to business.
Citing Stevie Wonder as her favorite artist, Mrs. Obama joined Corden for a spirited version of Wonder’s 1970 classic, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.”
Corden asked Mrs. Obama what she would miss most about the White House when she and the President leave in January, and she said she would miss the people she spent time with and worked closely with over their years there.
The two discussed secret service code names -- hers is Renaissance, the President’s is Renegade and Corden wants to be Papa Smurf or Tiramisu -- and then the First Lady got her Beyoncé on doing “Single Ladies,” and killed it with her seated choreography.
She and Corden also colaborated on the Kelly Clarkson song “This Is for My Girls,” which Dianne Warrenpenned for the Let Girls Learn initiative. The duo was joined by Missy Elliot, who is featured on the track and surprised everyone by appearing in the backseat.
With Elliot in the car, Corden easily coaxed her into leading them through “Get Ur Freak On,” which Mrs. Obama also nailed before saying goodbye.
Incidentally, all proceeds from U.S. iTunes purchases of “This Is For My Girls” supports the Peace Corps Let Girls Learn Fund.
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner(LOS ANGELES) -- They certainly had brass, in more ways than one.
Young musicians Michael Miller, who played the flugelhorn, a 13-year-old trumpet player Bryce Hayashi treated Star Wars composer John Williams to a performance of the film's famous theme -- right outside his Los Angeles home.
Less than a minute into the rendition, Williams himself opens his door, and eventually walks over to the musicians. "I started to listen. I thought they will never make it, and they did," Williams says, referring to the high notes in the theme, while shaking the hands of the delighted young musicians.
The moment was caught on video and posted on YouTube, where it's received more than a million views so far.
Aside from Star Wars, Williams, 84, is known for his work on other classic movies like Jaws, the Indiana Jones series and Jurassic Park.
Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Former Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight is re-teaming with that show's creator, Shonda Rhimes, for season two of her ABC caper show The Catch.
Knight, who confirmed the news via his Instagram account, will reportedly play a recurring role on the series.
"This has been a thrilling secret to keep!" Rhimes said in a statement. "One of my favorite family members is home!"
In 2007, Knight was at the center of an on-set verbal fight with then-Grey's co-star Isiah Washington, who reportedly called him a gay slur. The incident got Washington fired from the show, and allegedly forced Knight to publicly acknowledge that he's gay -- something he hadn't made public up until that point.
Knight has since had regular roles on The Good Wife and the Hulu series 11.22.63.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Ricky Gervais will be honored with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy at this year’s British Academy Britannia Awards.
He will receive the award at a gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 28. The prize recognizes "talent whose popularity and cultural impact exemplifies the uniquely transcendent quality of excellent comedy."
Other honorees at the 2016 British Academy Britannia Awards will include Ang Lee and Samuel L. Jackson.
Anthony Harvey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Pop superstar Lady Gaga took to her Instagram account late Tuesday to let fans know that she and her fiancé, Chicago Fire actor Taylor Kinney, aren't necessarily through just yet.
"Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates. Just like all couples we have ups and downs, and we have been taking a break," the "Born This Way" singer captioned a black-and-white photo of the two walking together. "We are both ambitious artists, hoping to work through long-distance and complicated schedules to continue the simple love we have always shared.
"Please root us on. We're just like everybody else and we really love each other," adds Gaga.
Earlier, TMZ quoted sources as saying the two decided to go their separate ways earlier this month.
Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Netflix is backing a second season of its six-Emmy-nominated documentary series Making a Murderer. According to a press release from the streaming service, the forthcoming installments will delve back inside the story of convicted murderer Steven Avery and his co-defendant Brendan Dassey, as their defense teams again challenge their clients' convictions and life sentences -- and prosecutors fight to have them upheld.
The pair was convicted in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach -- wrongly so, insist their lawyers and many fans of the gripping series.
"The episodes will offer exclusive access to Avery’s new lawyer Kathleen Zellner and Dassey’s legal team, led by Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin, as well as intimate access to the families and characters close to the case," Netflix promises.
The acclaimed series' creators, Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, said in the statement, "We are extremely grateful for the tremendous response to, and support of, the series. The viewers' interest and attention has ensured that the story is not over, and we are fully committed to continuing to document events as they unfold."
A release date for the sophomore season -- and how many episodes it will contain -- have yet to be announced.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Here's a sample of the celebrity reaction to the death of producer and director Garry Marshall, who passed away Tuesday at age 81:
* Henry Winkler, Happy Days star: "GARRY MARSHALL Rest In Peace .. Thank you for my professional life. Thank you for your loyalty, friendship and generosity."
* Scott Baio, Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi star: "Today I lost a man who was a 2nd father to me. He discovered me and gave me a wonderful life. Garry Marshall was the most generous and talented man I've ever met. The entertainment industry has lost a comedic genius and a good man. My heart goes out to my lifelong friends the Marshall family."
*Richard Gere, Pretty Woman star, in a statement to Variety: “Garry of course was one of those truly important people one is blessed to meet in one’s lifetime. Besides being the pulse and life force of ‘Pretty Woman’… a steady helmsman on a ship that could have easily capsized… he was a super fine and decent man, husband and father who brought real joy and love and infectious good spirits to every thing and everyone he crossed paths with. Everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief. He was Garry.”
* Jason Alexander, Pretty Woman star: "Garry Marshall gave me one of the best experiences I ever had in my career. Thanks pal. RIP."
* Topher Grace, Valentine's Day star: "Oh man, this is a tough one. Honored I spent time with this kind man. My love to his wife and family."
* Zelda Williams, daughter of late Mork & Mindy star Robin Williams: "RIP Garry Marshall. You forever changed my father's life, and thus, mine. Thank you for capturing so much joy on film, over and over."
* Sarah Paulson, starred in The Other Sister and New Year's Eve: "Garry Marshall, I am forever indebted to you. Thank you for taking a chance on me. I love you. On the wings on Angels, rest now."
* Jessica Alba, starred in Valentine's Day: "I had the honor to work w the legendary #GarryMarshall -thank u 4 ur comedic genius! #rip a true pioneer."
* Alyssa Milano, appeared in New Year's Eve: "I was blessed to have worked with Garry Marshall. Not only was he a wonderful director, but also, he was a gentle, loving, kind man."
* Lea Michele, appeared in New Year's Eve: "So sad to hear about the passing of the incredible Garry Marshall.. You will be missed."
* Rob Lowe: "Garry Marshall hired me at 15 years old. He gave my wife her start at 18, as a makeup artist. He changed our lives. And MANY others. #love."
* Tony Danza: "We lost one of the all time greatest tonight. My dear friend, Garry Marshall, has passed away. My deepest thoughts to Barbara & the family."
* Fred Savage: "So sad to hear the news about Garry Marshall. He was a kind and generous man who gave everything to his family and his work. A real loss..."
* Bob Saget: "The world has lost a great man, a comedy icon and a wonderful friend. Rest in peace Garry Marshall."
* Wendell Pierce: "My heart is broken. Comic genius, Garry Marshall has died. A cultural icon who was brilliant till the end. Always kind. Always funny! RIP."
* Albert Brooks: "R.I.P. Garry Marshall. A great, great guy and the best casino boss in the history of film. #lostinamerica"
* Anna Kendrick: "I only met Garry Marshall once, when I was very young, but he was incredibly warm, encouraging, and generous with his time and energy."
* Ron Perlman: "With the passing of #GarryMarshall the world got a little less funny today. Thanks for the shining moments dear sir..."
* Paul Feig: "RIP Garry Marshall. He was an amazing person and gave me my first true exposure to the industry. You will be missed. #TheDesertInnHasHeart."
* Seth Meyers: "Garry Marshall was as sweet as he was generous and he told a great story. He will be missed."
* Emmy Rossum: "An artist and such a kind person who brought such joy. Sat in his office w him not even a year ago. Such sad news."