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John Heard, Star of ‘Home Alone’ Series, Dies at 72

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John Heard, an actor best known for playing Macaulay Culkin’s dad in the original “Home Alone” movies, died Friday in Palo Alto, California. He was 72. The Santa Clarita medical examiner’s office confirmed the death to People. According to TMZ, the actor was found dead in a hotel after recovering from a “minor back surgery” on Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center. In a four-decade career, Heard accumulated scores of credits but was particularly known for supporting roles in high-profile ’80s and ’90s movies such as “Big,” “After Hours,” “Beaches,” “Gladiator” and “The Pelican Brief.” Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) He. »


- Thom Geier

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‘Dunkirk’ to Give Christopher Nolan Another Box Office Win With $51 Million Start

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Christopher Nolan is on his way to earning another box office hit with his critically acclaimed WWII film, “Dunkirk.” The film was expected to make $30-40 million in its opening this weekend, but thanks to incredibly strong word-of-mouth, it is now looking at an opening of at least $51 million from 3,720 screens after making $19.8 million on opening day. Since breaking into the public consciousness in 2005 with “Batman Begins,” Nolan has put out a series of hit films both original and adapted. With this opening, “Dunkirk” has a higher start than the $49.5 million five-day opening earned by »


- Jeremy Fuster

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Trump Blasts NY Times, ‘Amazon Washington Post’ for Leaks: ‘Their Sick Agenda Over National Security’

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President Trump kicked off his Saturday with another online assault on major media, this time the “failing” New York Times and “Amazon Washington Post.” Citing no evidence, he alleged that the Times “foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist,Al-Baghdadi.” Trump added, “Their sick agenda over National Security.” The president seems to have been referring to statements by U.S. Gen. Tony Thomas in a Friday interview with Fox NewsCatherine Herridge at the Aspen Security Forum. Thomas said his special-operations team was “particularly close” to Isis caliph Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi after a 2015 raid that killed Isis oil minister. »


- Thom Geier

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‘Vikings’ Season 5 Trailer Promises Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Bloody Heads (Video)

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Heads will roll! Bloody battles, a decapitated head and more gritty action kick off the season 5 trailer of History’s “Vikings,” released Friday during Comic-Con. The show will return on November 29 with a two-hour premiere featuring new series regular Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bishop Heahmund. Season 5 begins with Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen) asserting his leadership over the Great Heathen Army, while Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) reigns as Queen of Kattegat. Ivar’s murder of his brother Sigurd sets the stage for vicious battles to come as Ragnar’s sons plot their next moves after avenging their father’s death. »


- Thom Geier

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We Saw 4 Minutes of Netflix’s ‘The Punisher,’ and He Killed 3 People

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Comic-Con attendees saw the first-ever footage from Marvel’s upcoming “The Punisher” in Hall H Friday night, and if you were hoping the show would be “What if ‘Death Wish’ had fewer mustaches, and also super heroes,” you’re in luck. Bleak, menacing bordering on exploitation cinema, the footage showed off a damaged Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), who’s half Charles Bronson in “Death Wish” and half Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry.” It opened with a flashback to Frank Castle before the attack that killed his family, gave him traumatic injuries and turned him into The Punisher. As he plays guitar with his young daughter, »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Watch ‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ Trailer (Video)

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Marvel unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming “Marvel’s The Defenders” during the show’s Comic-Con 2017 panel Friday night. Watch it above. The highlight of Friday night’s Netflix and Marvel Television hosted panel in Hall H featured the star-studded cast and a surprise screening of the premiere episode of “Marvel’s The Defenders,” which the 6000 fans were treated to almost a month before its global premiere on Netflix on Aug. 18. Also Read: Netflix's 'The Defenders' Trailer: Marvel Superheroes Battle Sigourney Weaver in New York (Video) The new show follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Marvel Surprises Hall H with ‘The Defenders’ Debut Episode

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Mild spoilers below. Marvel television head Jeph Loeb and the cast of “The Defenders” premiered the first episode of the Netflix miniseries during the show’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con Friday night. Fittingly, as it followed the announcement that his solo show had been renewed for a second season, the first character seen is Danny Rand/Iron Fist (Finn Jones) during the martial arts heavy cold open. The new show follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Danny Rand (Finn Jones), as they band together to save New York. “The Defenders” lands on Netflix Aug. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Joseph Rago, Wall Street Journal Editorial Writer, Dies at 34

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Joseph Rago, the Wall Street Journal editorial writer who won a Pulitzer Prize for challenging President Obama’s health-care reform efforts, was found dead at his Manhattan apartment on Thursday, the Journal reports. He was 34. According to the WSJ, Rago was found by police at 7:40 p.m. While emergency responders found no obvious sign of trauma, the medical examiner was still working to determine the cause of Rago’s death Friday. “It is with a heavy heart that we confirm the death of Joseph Rago, a splendid journalist and beloved friend,” Paul Gigot, the editor of the Journal’s editorial page, »


- Tim Kenneally

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‘Iron Fist’ Season 2 Is a Go on Netflix

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Netflix has greenlit “Iron Fist” for a second season. The news was announced during “The Defenders” panel at Comic-Con 2017. Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb was running down the production status of the various Marvel Netflix shows, mentioning the on-the-way second seasons of “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” before dropping the bomb. “And I am pleased to announce something none of them know,” Loeb said, referring to the assembled “Defenders” cast, which is that we will start production on season 2 of ‘Iron Fist’…” with the remainder of the sentence drowned about the the cheering thousands-strong crowd inside Hall H. Also Read:. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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Watch Best Comic-Con TV Trailers, From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘American Horror Story’ (Videos)

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Here are the best TV teases that the networks unveiled at the event this year from Comic-Con. “American Horror Story: Cult” FX wasn’t clowning around by releasing the first footage ahead of the creepy anthology series’ Sept. 5 return. “The Walking Dead” Fans got a look at five minutes of footage, plus a flash-forward, during the AMC series’ trailer to promote its Oct. 22 return. “Game of Thrones” A highly anticipated meet-up is finally happening, as teased in this sneak peek at the HBO hit’s Season 7. “Inhumans” ABC’s upcoming Marvel series released new footage ahead of the Sept. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘American Idol’ Winner Scotty McCreery Cited for Bringing Loaded Gun Through Airport Security

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American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery was cited for a misdemeanor violation last week when he tried to pass through airport security with a loaded gun. The News & Observer reports that McCreery was stopped by Transportation Security Administration agents at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina when the X-ray detected a loaded 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun in his backpack. Investigators also found two boxes of ammo in the bag. The 23-year-old country singer, who has a permit to carry a concealed firearm, told police that he had been to a gun range prior to visiting the airport and had forgotten. »


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‘Preacher’ Trailer Hails a Classic Character and a Classic Penis Joke (Video)

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A new trailer for the rest of the second season of AMC’s “Preacher was unveiled during the show’s Hall H panel at Comic-Con 2017 on Friday, and fans of one of the original comic’s most despicable characters can rejoice. Front and center in the new trailer is Herr Star (Pip Torrens), the military leader for The Grail, which comic readers know is a secret society that essentially runs the world behind the scenes. Starr has one of the comic’s more particularly gruesome storylines, filled with perversion, cruelty, prodigious violence, and of course, deeply held religious fanaticism. The trailer doesn’t hint at. »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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David Lynch Greets Comic-Con With Weird, Amazing O.J. Joke in Video Message at ‘Twin Peaks’ Panel

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Twin Peaks” took over Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, but something was missing: David Lynch himself. But he knew wouldn’t sit well with the fans if he didn’t offer up anything to the thousands of folks sitting in Hall H. So he sent along a video message. “Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,” Lynch said as he sat in a dark room, light shining on the left side of his face and most of the rest of him not visible. Also Read: Navy Seals Dressed as Superheroes? Meet Comic-Con's Secret Defenders (Exclusive) Then Lynch looked past the camera, »


- Phil Owen

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Deborah Watling, ‘Doctor Who’ Companion, Dies at 69

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Deborah Watling, the British actress who played the first companion on “Doctor Who,” has died after a short battle with cancer. She was 69.

The actress traveled across the galaxy with Patrick Troughton’s “second Doctor” in the BBC sci-fi series, playing Victoria Waterfield in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968.

Her death was first reported by the BBC and her brother, Giles Watling, a Conservative politician, said she would be “sorely missed.” Born in Loughton in Essex, England, in 1948, Watling made her TV debut as a child in. »


- Debbie Emery

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Navy Seals Dressed as Superheroes? Meet Comic-Con’s Secret Defenders (Exclusive)

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The biggest heroes of Comic-Con International aren’t the Defenders, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Justice League: They’re the secret security teams who silently patrol the halls of the San Diego Convention Center, protecting more than 150,000 fans from the forces of evil. One insider with knowledge of Comic-Con’s massive security detail shared some of its secrets with TheWrap — without revealing anything that might tip off supervillains. The insider said that last year, some real heroes — Navy SEALs from the nearby Coronado naval base — dressed up as comic-book heroes — like Superman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — »


- Umberto Gonzalez

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‘Scrubs’ Creator Bill Lawrence’s Plane Crashes in East River, No Injuries Reported

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Scrubs” creator Bill Lawrence was aboard a seaplane that crashed in New York City’s East River on Friday afternoon.

The plane, which was headed to the Hamptons, experienced a broken pontoon and was disabled around 5:30 p.m. ET, according to WABC. Ten people, including passengers and crew, were evacuated by FDNY and taken to 23rd Street Marina on the East Side. No injuries were reported.

Lawrence later posted several photos of the incident on social media. “Wild day. Daughter and all ok. First plane crash. Thanks NYC emergency folks,” he wrote on Twitter. »


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Oj Simpson Already Has a Job Offer — at a Brothel

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See, the job market really is improving under President Trump — even O.J. Simpson has employment waiting for him once he’s released from prison. Following news that Simpson has been granted parole after being locked up in Nevada’s Lovelock Correction Center since 2008, Bunny Ranch owner Dennis Hof told TheWrap that he’s ready to offer Simpson “immediate employment” at his legal brothel as a greeter when he’s let out of the clink on Oct. 1. “One of the conditions of a prisoner being granted parole is always having an established place to live and a job to go to, »


- Tim Kenneally

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O.J. Simpson Moved to Protective Custody After Parole Decision

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O.J. Simpson has been moved to his own prison cell to be away from other inmates as he awaits his release for his own protection. The 70-year-old former football star was granted parole during a Thursday hearing following his 2007 Las Vegas robbery arrest. Given the attention surrounding him, prison officials have now placed him in protective custody at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada until he goes free on Oct. 1. “His parole could make him a target here,” Nevada Department of Corrections spokesperson Brooke Keast told CNN. “He just has two-and-a-half months to go, and we don’t want someone trying. »


- Ryan Gajewski

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‘Ballers’ Star Omar Miller Says His Character Has ‘Most Realistic’ Storyline on HBO Show (Exclusive Video)

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HBO’s “Ballers” is coming back this Sunday, and star Omar Miller (who plays Charles Greane) teases a big transition for his character, who he says has “one of the most realistic storylines” on the show. “My guy is the only one with the dynamics that come from being an adult,” Miller told TheWrap in a recent interview. “It’s that crappy thing called adulthood that we all have to go through where we actually have to choose sometimes between family and work and you have to make the tough decisions, you get to see it all play out with this guy. »


- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Twin Peaks’ Switches Schedule to Avoid Ratings Battle With ‘Game of Thrones’

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The game of ratings chicken between “Game of Thrones” and “Twin Peaks” has ended with a decisive victory for the people (and dragons) of Westeros. Starting Sunday, Aug. 8, “Twin Peaks” will be shifting an hour earlier in the Showtime schedule to 8 p.m. in order to avoid competing with HBO’s monster hit. The news was announced by moderator at the end of the “Twin Peaks” Comic-Con panel, “A Damn Fine Panel” Friday afternoon in Hall H. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Teaser Promises Daenerys, Jon Snow Meeting (Video) Last Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” Season 7 premiere episode scored 10.1 million linear viewers, »


- Ross A. Lincoln

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