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POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:08 PM
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Jul 22 (TheWrap.com) - It looks like Lucy Lawless will be featured in the sophomore season of “Marvel's Agents of SHIELD.”

The hot heroine who spent most of the '90s racking up fan cred as “Xena: Warrior Princess” will be featured in ABC's equally geeky Marvel spin-off, according to TV Guide, but the nature and extent of her role is still unknown.

“SHIELD,” a TV spin-off based around Clark Gregg‘s Agent Coulson character from several of the recent Marvel movies including “The Avengers” and “Iron Man,” debuted to impressive ratings at the start of last season. But as TheWrap previously reported, the numbers eventually dipped throughout the course of its freshman run.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:42 AM

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have pushed the release of the untitled Cameron Crowe movie to May 29, 2015. The film had been slated to hit theaters in December. 

Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams star alongside Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski and Bill Murray.

"Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best," said Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures. 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:37 AM

Jul 22 (TheWrap.com) - Hollywood may pride itself on being an inclusive and progressive community, but major studios are markedly behind in reflecting that ethos on the big screen. 

In its second annual study of Hollywood studio content, GLAAD found that of the 102 releases from the major studios in 2013, 17 of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual — and a majority of the characters were minor roles or cameos. That is up just slightly from 14 of 101 films released in 2012, but this is the first year that “Hunger Games” distributor Lionsgate is counted as a major studio, meaning that the other six made no sum improvement. 

Sony was the only studio to receive a “good” grade from GLAAD based on its 2013 slate. 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Universal Pictures, and Walt Disney Studios were graded as adequate. Paramount and Warner Bros., on the other hand, received failing grades from GLAAD for “including only minor and offensive portrayals of LGBT people.” 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:29 AM

Jul 22 (TheWrap.com) - Writer-director James Merendino has released a teaser trailer for “Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2.” 

Matthew Lillard starred in the 1998 cult classic, which co-starred Devon Sawa, Adam Pascal, James Duval and Michael Goorjian. Those four original cast members return to reprise their respective roles of Sean, Eddie, John the Mod and Heroin Bob, the latter of whom returns from the grave in the teaser. 

The sequel introduces Ben Schnetzer (“Warcraft”) as Heroin Bob's son, Ross, while Machine Gun Kelly co-stars as a character named Crash. The new female leads are played Hannah Marks (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Sarah Clarke (“Twilight”). 

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 9:39 AM
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This post originally appeared on PopSugar.

The filming of Star Wars: Episode VII is under way, and director J.J. Abrams is as notoriously secretive as ever about plot details. Thankfully, we have received some casting news (the return of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher!), and today we got the biggest reveal yet from the set - a look at the new Rebel Alliance X-Wing fighter plane.

In support of the Force for Change UNICEF campaign, which has already seen help from the likes of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert battling with light sabers, the film released a video with Abrams offering the chance to not only win a visit to the set in London but also a screening of the film in one lucky winner's hometown to contestants who donate to the UNICEF campaign. Perhaps even bigger than the cool prize announcements is the look at the X-Wing fighter plane, complete with a Rebel Alliance pilot entering the cockpit.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 3:01 PM

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "Sex Tape," the Cameron Diaz-Jason Segel comedy about a married couple who accidentally post their best Kama Sutra imitation online, failed to generate much box office heat in its opening this weekend.

The raunchy R-rated romp reteamed the stars of "Bad Teacher" as well as director Jake Kasdan from the hit 2011 comedy. But it took in just $15 million over its first three days - less than half the opening haul of the trio's previous film.

It's not a disaster for Sony. With a $40 million price tag, it's the latest in a string of risk-mitigating low to mid-range budget comedies that Hollywood is favoring these days. And it may yet get into the black, if it can manage decent foreign returns and some staying power at the domestic box office. But the latter will be tricky, since audiences disliked the comedy almost as much as critics and gave it a limp "C+" CinemaScore.

POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014, 1:46 PM

Jul 21 (TheWrap.com) - There's a “RocknRolla” reunion on the horizon, as Idris Elba is in talks to co-star in Guy Ritchie‘s “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. 

Elba is not circling the lead role of Arthur, but rather an older Knight named Bedivere, Arthur's father's right-hand man who takes it upon himself to train the young warrior for battle as he learns his true destiny. 

Joby Harold wrote the script and will produce with his Safehouse Pictures partner Tory Tunnell, as well as Akiva Goldsman and Lionel Wigram. 

POSTED: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 12:01 PM

Jul 17 (TheWrap.com) - The cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy” is set to take over “Jimmy Kimmel Live” the same evening as the Marvel movie's worldwide premiere. 

Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel and Dave Beautista — stars who play the “Guardians” — will all appear on the ABC late-night show on July 21.

Not only will they debut exclusive content for fans eagerly anticipating the sci-fi space adventure, the cast will put their Marvel knowledge to the test when each actor faces off in a trivia contest against 5-year-old superhero expert, Mia Grace. 

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