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'Veronica Mars' season four is streaming now, launches one week early on Hulu

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Hulu(SAN DIEGO) — Here’s a plot twist worthy of the show itself: Veronica Mars season four is now available on Hulu, one week ahead of schedule.

The show’s star, Kristen Bell, announced the surprise news at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. During the Veronica Mars panel, Bell declared that she wanted Hulu to release all eight episodes of the revival immediately, in honor of her birthday, which was Thursday.

The panel’s moderator, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, confirmed to the cheering crowd that Hulu had indeed granted Bell’s birthday wish.

Time to start binging, Marshmallows.

The beloved series originally aired on UPN and The CW from 2004 to 2007. A Veronica Mars movie debuted in 2014 after a successful kickstarter campaign. The fourth season was initially set to return on Hulu Friday, July 26.

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2018 'Halloween' reboot spawning two new sequels

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Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Like its unstoppable killer Michael Myers, the Halloween films will live on. On Friday, Universal Pictures announced release dates for two new films in the iconic horror series, following the blockbuster success of 2018’s reboot starring original sole survivor Jamie Lee Curtis. 

The film, which was directed by David Gordon Green, was made for a modest budget of $10 million bucks, but went on to gross more than $250 million worldwide. That success will be spun into two follow-ups, Halloween Kills, slated for a Friday, October 16, 2020 release, and Halloween Ends, which will hit theaters on Friday, October 15, 2021. 

Green will direct both sequels, which will be co-written by him, as well as actor and Halloween reboot co-writer Danny McBride.

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Holy S**t! Watch the potty-mouthed Comic-Con feature for R-rated sequel 'Terminator: Dark Fate'

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Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — Paramount Pictures and director Tim Miller want to make one thing clear to Terminator fans: Like its direct predecessors The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the upcoming film Terminator: Dark Fate is R-rated.

Want proof? Just watch the film’s behind-the-scenes featurette that was recently revealed at San Diego Comic-Con.

The sneak peek has interviews with Miller, returning star Linda Hamilton as well as producer and francise creator James Cameron, and no one is censoring themselves.

Miller is a notorious potty mouth — he directed Deadpool, in all the comic character’s F-bombing glory, after all — but in the featurette, Hamilton describes the new movie’s action by saying some bad words repeatedly.

What is printable is that the film is “grim, gritty, it’s fast, it’s…a white knuckle ride,” Cameron teases. 

Hamilton adds, “The action is just 10 times bigger” than any other film in the series.

“It’s f****** insane,” Miller says plainly.

The movie ignores the events that took place in the Terminator movies Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and the infamous Genisys, and instead picks up decades after the events of 1991’s T2, one of those rare movie sequels that many fans feel surpassed its original.

Dark Fate also stars Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Gabriel Luna as a next-generation killing machine, plus Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger, as an aging T-800 Terminator unit.

The movie opens November 1.

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Stephen King's son and 'N0S4A2' creator Joe Hill is psyched about 'It: Chapter 2'

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WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. (NEW YORK) — To say horror is in bestselling author/producer Joe Hill’s DNA is literally true — he’s the son of Stephen King, after all — but he’s also a massive fan of the genre in his own right.

The author, whose adaptation of his book N0S4A2 is now a series on AMC, tells ABC Radio he can’t wait for September 6, when It: Chapter 2 debuts.

The trailer for the anticipated film, based on Stephen King’s classic horror novel, went viral nearly as soon as it was launched at San Diego’s Comic Con Thursday afternoon.  No surprise, considering its 2017 predecessor was a huge blockbuster.

Joe Hill credits the level of interest in the sequel to the director of both movies.

“Andy Muschietti…makes films with terrific heart,” he explains. “He does do scary films, horror films, but…even when his characters are in tremendous trouble, you sense how much he cares about them…how much he loves those characters.”

The sequel picks up 27 years after the events of the first, which saw the Losers Club of Derry, Maine successfully defeat Pennywise, the evil clown — or, at least, that what they thought. The trailer shows the adult versions of the our heroes, this time around played James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader, among others — tangling with Bill Skarsgård’s demonic character once again.

Muschietti’s care in representing the onscreen pals was key to the movie’s success, King says.

“We don’t associate feelings of warmth with horror, but he makes tremendously warm films where we…just love those people and and we wish the best for them — and instead, usually, they have to face the worst.”

He enthuses, “No one’s no one’s more excited for the next It film than I am.”

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Me-OUCH: Jordan Peele endorses Twitter user's troll of 'CATS' creepy trailer music from 'Us'

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Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — The first trailer for the big-screen version of CATS debuted Thursday, and reaction has been decidedly mixed. For everyone who loved seeing Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson turned into furry felines via CGI, there were others who saw the effect as downright creepy.

One of those in the “creepy” camp was Twitter user Ian Abramson, who mashed up the CATS trailer with the ominous and scary-sounding remix of Luniz’ I Got 5 On It” that director Jordan Peele used in the trailer for his horror film Us.

Abramson’s mashup was then retweeted by none other than Peele himself.

“I think it fits better,” Abramson wrote.  “Yes,” was Peele’s simple endorsement.

CATS arrives in theaters on December 20.

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