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These People Will Also Be in 'Ghostbusters'


Remember how there's that ghost-busting movie coming out? Well, Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Cecily Strong and Pat Kiernan will be in that. According to The Wrap, Garcia has joined the film as our new mayor of New York City. Williams, who just appeared alongside Kristen Wiig in the upcoming Spoils of Babylon sequel, will rejoin with Wiig to play a character named Hawkins. Veep's Walsh will play someone named Rourke. SNL's Strong will play an unknown role. And Kiernan? Predictably, the NY1 host is adding yet another "news anchor" role to his growing film résumé. Maybe next year, Ernie Anastos.

Have a Look at Pixar's Latest Animated Short


From USA Today, here are the first shots from Sanjay's Super Team, the latest Pixar tale to show us the brightly-hued characters inhabiting the brain of a doe-eyed kid. Based loosely on director Sanjay Patel's own childhood, the short focuses on a boy who would rather watch superhero cartoons than meditate like his Indian father insists upon. But guess what. It turns out meditation is awesome, so long as you end up seeing visions of deities Durga, Vishnu, and Hanuman engaging in a battle with a monster, because then it's basically Hindu Thor. You can see the full short before The Good Dinosaur, which opens in November, but in the meantime, here's another look:

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Neo-Springfield Is About To Explode in 'Bartkira' Trailer


Combining The Simpsons and Akira into Bartkira began as a series of drawings from artist Ryan Humphrey and, as picked up by fellow artist James Harvey, became a collaborative, large-scale project that fully realized that vision across multiple volumes of comics. Now, Harvey and producer Kaitlin Sullivan have teamed up with artists to take this surprisingly thought-out combination a step further with a fake trailer for the VHS trailer for the animated adaptation of Bartkira. It's some of the most culturally influential animation of the late '80s merged into one grossly-mutated appendage, and you can have a look at it below.

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Have a Look at the 'John Carter of Mars' Adaptation That Could Have Been


Like Jodorowsky's Dune, Tim Burton's Superman Lives, and George Miller's Justice League, Kerry Conran's John Carter of Mars is one of these strange, big-budget projects that never got made, but did get far enough into pre-production that we can gaze at what could have been with a removed fascination. Like when you look at Facebook photos of that person from high school who you never asked out, and even though it doesn't matter anymore, you still think, "Well, at least now that's not MY dopey-looking kid."

Before Disney let Andrew Stanton tackle John Carter in 2012, resulting in one of the most notorious flops of the decade, Conran pitched his own take on the Edgar Rice Burroughs tale to Paramount. Conran had previously directed and made his own flop for Paramount with Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, a charming but flawed film that actually worked fairly well as a John Carter job application on its own, showcasing an imaginative, invented world that fully embraced its pulp influences. But Conran nonetheless made an actual John Carter presentation video for the studio, too, and now you can have a look at that thanks to Harry Knowles, who was also for some reason involved in this would-be production. Head below to let some animatics and test footage wash the Kitsch from your palate.

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Ava DuVernay Passed on Marvel's 'Black Panther'


Ava DuVernay has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe of directors that walk away from Marvel movies due to creative approach differences. Over the weekend, the Selma director officially joined Patty Jenkins and Edgar Wright's team, explaining that though the rumors are true that she's been in talks to helm Black Panther, it's not going to happen after all.

"I'm not signing on to direct Black Panther," DuVernay told Essence. "I think I'll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they're fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me."

So there you have it. Directors you can rule out for Black Panther: Ava DuVernay and probably Pitof, the guy who made 2004's Catwoman.

'Hello Kitty' To Be Welcomed to Theaters, Might Cost Over $200 Million


Hello Kitty, the little white cat-girl that rose from nothing to become Japan's Minister of Cute Notebook Stickers, is getting her own movie. Deadline reports that kawaii-centric Japanese company Sanrio is going to themselves finance and produce a feature film based on their popular character, and they're aiming for a 2019 release, unless they finally grow out of this first. Sanrio executives have revealed only that the project will have a budget between $160 million and $240 million. It might sound like a lot for a cartoon cat movie, but keep in mind, that number here includes the advertising costs, which assumedly will go toward adding "The Movie" to the Hello Kitty hand vacuum, pancake maker, rice cooker, Foreman grill, and crock-pot.

Weekend Box Office: Male Strippers, Robotic Killers from the Future Deemed Un-American


It was the weekend the Unites States celebrates its declaration of independence as a nation. And this year, it was the weekend we declared our independence from muscular hunks that strip to reveal abs and/or metal skeletons.

Over the Fourth of July holiday, box office newcomers Terminator: Genisys and Magic Mike XXL both failed to break Jurassic World and Inside Out's holds on the top two spots, and each sequel came up far short of its predecessor.

Magic Mike XXL did manage one feat, though. The film managed to set a new opening percentage record for audience attendance by women, drawing crowds composed of 96% women who were not aware you could just watch pornography online.

Here's your weekend box office top five:

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First Trailer for Netflix's OTHER Summer Teen Sex Movie Filled with Sketch Comedy Ringers


Doomed to be buried in the wet, hot beaches of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Staten Island Summer is Netflix's OTHER summer teen sex comedy filled with sketch comedy ringers. It too hits the streaming service on July 31, and it also really seems like its bearded, do-ragged, veteran character is probably the best part. But this one is produced by Lorne Michaels, written by SNL head writer Colin Jost, and, logically, has a bunch of Saturday Night Live players involved--Will Forte, Fred Armisen, Kate McKinnon, and Bobby Moynihan among them. Also, Jim Gaffigan and Method Man are there, hopefully kicking off what will be a long, Wilder-Pryor-esque relationship. Here's the trailer:

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