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Black Panther’s Letitia Wright among the stars attending this year’s MCM London Comic Con – Coming to ExCel London this weekend (25-27 May)

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Fasten your seatbelts as Black Panther, Deadpool 2 and Orange is the New Black stars lead the blockbuster line up for MCM Comic Con’s pop culture return to London

LONDON, UK – MAY 2018 – MCM Comic Con, the UK’s largest organiser of pop culture events is gearing up for the return of its flagship London show, with bigger guests, exclusive products and more explosive and interactive content.

Celebrating the latest and greatest in geeky goodness for fans, MCM London Comic Con will bring an action-packed weekend of pop culture to ExCeL London, on 25-27 May – featuring everything from comics, movies, games and sci-fi to cosplay, anime, steampunk and online video.

“We’re really excited to open the doors of the first MCM London Comic Con of 2018 – not only will we play host to a range of exclusive activations from major entertainment brands, but we’ll be delivering incredible panels for the fans to enjoy across the weekend,” says Josh Denham, MCM London Event Manager.
Leading MCM’s special guest line up this weekend are Black Panther’s Letitia Wright, Lucifer’s Tom Ellis, The Defenders’ Rosario Dawson, Khary Payton and Cooper Andrews from The Walking Dead, and ‘Queen of Geek’ Felicia Day.

Ready for a jail break this May, Orange is the New Black stars Taryn Manning and Jackie Cruz are escaping Litchfield Penitentiary to meet fans of the prison-set comedy drama. Joining them over the weekend, stars of superhero sequel Deadpool 2 – Brianna Hildebrand and Stefan Kapičić will be going behind the scenes of the off-the-wall movie.

Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator) will also be joining MCM, alongside Kevin Conroy (famous for portraying Batman in classic ’90s cartoon Batman: The Animated Series), Taylor Gray (Star Wars Rebels), Tara Sands (Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Overwatch heroes Lucie Pohl and Gaku Space. More guest announcements are being teased out to fans over the coming weeks, so watch this space!

EXCLUSIVE to MCM: London Comic Con and following critical acclaim and record-breaking audiences on Sky One, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man is bringing cast members James Nesbitt, Sienna Guillory and Stephen Hagan to the show for a live Q&A and never before seen screening of the first episode of the drama’s third season!

 

MCM Comic Con are welcoming six of the cult favourite sitcom Arrested Development’s wonderfully dysfunctional Bluth family who will be taking over Saturday’s MCM Main Stage at 15:00. Join Will Arnett (GOB), Jessica Walter (Lucille), Michael Cera (George Michael), Alia Shawkat (Maeby), Tony Hale (Buster), and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together – Jason Bateman (Michael).

Cast members from Roman comedy Plebs, Tom Rosenthal (Marcus), Ryan Sampson (Grumio) and Jonathan Pointing (Jason) along with writer/director Sam Leifer and writer Tom Basden, who also plays waterboy/man Aurelius, will be giving us the inside scoop on ITV2’s award-winning series, currently in its fourth season.

“We’ve been speaking directly to our fans and are focused on delivering the best experience they want – with more cosplay, more comics and more content – this will be the best one yet!” adds Denham.

Planning an MCM London heist, Grand Theft Auto V’s three main stars of the best-selling videogame; Ned Luke, Shawn Fonteno and Steven Ogg will at the show meeting fans.

Voice acting superstars David Hayter, Jennifer Hale, Jim Cummings, Jess Harnell, James Arnold Taylor and April Stewart are taking to the stage as Twisted Toonz to perform Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets live on stage – a version of the boy wizard’s adventures that you’ll never forget! (Think Darth Vader portrayed by Winnie the Pooh, Harry Potter by Christopher Walken or Frodo and Sam by Pinky & the Brain!)

Making Comic Village their home at MCM London this May, special guests Liam Sharp, Cullen Bunn, Ken Lashley, Geof Darrow, Matteo Scalera and Conor McCreery will be among the hyper-talented comic creators meeting fans.

Mary Franklin, Global Event Director for ReedPOP adds: “We’re looking forward to sharing exciting new programme areas with the fans at MCM Comic Con London. We’ll reveal new, themed stages and programming areas, as well as the upgrades we’ve made to the MCM Live Stage and our Main Stage.”

Additional details about MCM Comic Con events, guests and sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.mcmcomiccon.com and MCM Comic Con’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Book your tickets to this year’s MCM Comic Con London here: https://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LondonComicCon/

Twitter: @MCMComicCon #MCMComicCon

Instagram: @MCMComicCon

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Guillermo del Toro to Direct Stop Motion Pinocchio for Netflix

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Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it.

According to Variety, The film will be set in Italy during the 1930’s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country. Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall. Del Toro previously set “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” against a totalitarian backdrop, although he placed those stories in Franco’s Spain.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” said del Toro in a statement. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”

Del Toro previously collaborated with Netflix on its Emmy award-winning television series “Trollhunters,” the first installment of the DreamWorks’ Tales of Arcadia trilogy. The next chapter, “3Below,” is set to debut on in December and it will be followed by “Wizards” in 2019. He created the upcoming Netflix horror anthology series, “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.” Del Toro’s other credits include “Crimson Peak” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

The project comes as Netflix is investing heavily in children’s entertainment — a move that will be increasingly important as Disney prepares to launch its own streaming service. To that end, the company has backed the likes of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” along with upcoming series such as “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” and “Gabby’s Dollhouse.”

Del Toro will collaborate on “Pinocchio” with the Jim Henson Company, the company behind “The Dark Crystal” and ShadowMachine, the creator of “Bojack Horseman.” Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment will produce the film. Blanca Lista will co-produce it.

Patrick McHale (“Over The Garden Wall”) will co-write the script, and Mark Gustafson (“Fantastic Mr. Fox”) will co-direct the movie. Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer and the film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders, the team behind “Corpse Bride.”

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Aquaman Director Teases Two Of The Film’s Creatures, And Gosh They Look Silly

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So, Aquaman is a film that’s coming out. It feels like, as a culture, the general cinema-going public still hasn’t quite acclimated to the idea that an Aquaman film is just two months away. Like, y’know, a film about Aquaman. Aquaman.

One person looking to change that general perception is director James Wan, who shared new glimpses at some of the film’s mounted ocean creatures and… oh good lord, just look at them.


Click through to get an even-higher resolution look at what’s to come, but as you can see there’s a saddle-mounted hammerhead shark, and a tylosaurus (a sort-of prehistoric crocodile). Yeah.

Aquaman is due out on the 14th of December, rated 12A, and stars Jason Momoa as the titular rightful ruler of Atlantis. As the film’s PR campaign ramps up, WB released a five-minute extended trailer just a few weeks ago, which you can check out here.

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Halloween Scores Series-Best Opening, As Venom Crosses $450m Worldwide

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Jamie Lee Curtis’ rebootquel Halloween scored a domestic opening of $77.5 million this weekend, after an impressive $27.2M Saturday. Not only does that easily make it the best US opening for John Carpenter’s four-decade old franchise, but it also solidifies it as the second-best opening ever for the month of October behind Sony’s Venom, which netted $80.2M just a few weeks ago.

Speaking of Venom, the critically-derided, audience-adored antihero flick starring Tom Hardy took another $18 million in the US this week, and a further $32 million internationally, taking the film’s global total to a staggering $460.2 million – for perspective, that’s bottom-end MCU money, beating out titles like Thor ($449.3m), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6m) and The Incredible Hulk ($263.4m), and gaining on films like Ant-Man ($519.3m) and the original Iron Man ($585.2m). Venom is still yet to open in China and Japan.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ smash-hit musical drama A Star Is Born is still raking in the dough. Star/director Bradley Cooper’s feature, which has garnered a big push in ticket sales from the successful stunt-casting of Lady Gaga as the secondary lead, brought its tally up to $201 million internationally this week, and looks set to continue hanging on at the box office despite fierce October competition.

All three films are in UK cinemas now, with Venom and A Star Is Born both rated 15, and Halloween rather expectedly rated 18.

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