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Comic breakthrough: Female composer will score ‘Captain Marvel’ movie

Pinar Toprak has been signed to score “Captain Marvel,” the superhero movie scheduled to be released in March 2019, Variety reported. That makes the Turkish-born composer the first woman to score a major comic-book movie.

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“It’s an incredible honor to be a part of the Marvel Universe,” Toprak wrote on Instagram. “So many thoughts racing through my head. And the main one is gratitude.”

Toprak scored the first season of the SyFy series, “Krypton” and wrote music for the DC Comics film, “Justice League.”

“Captain Marvel” will feature a female superhero, who will be played by Brie Larson, Variety reported.

Toprak was born in Istanbul and came to the United States as a teenager. She earned degrees at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and at California State University, Northridge, Variety reported.

REDRUM: Ewan McGregor cast as Danny, Jack Nicolson’s son in ‘The Shining’ sequel

It seems like it is time to revisit the Overlook and the mind of Stephen King. 

Ewan McGregor has signed on to play Danny, the son of Jack Nicholson’s character Johnny from “The Shining,” in the sequel of the movie, USA Today reported

“Doctor Sleep” will be based on the 2013 novel which follows Danny, now known as Dan Torrance, as an adult who is still haunted by what happened in the original story, USA Today reported.

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In the original film, Danny and his mother Wendy, played by Shelley Duvall, escaped the snowed-in Overlook hotel after his father loses his mind, chasing his family with an ax before finally perishing in the snow.

Variety says the plot of “Doctor Sleep” revolves around Dan who has anger issues and drinks to dull the pain. It also lowers his “shining” powers. But when he becomes sober, his powers return and he uses them to help a group of people being targeted because they have psychic abilities. 

McGregor’s casting of Torrance was with King’s OK, USA Today reported.

Mike Flanagan has been tapped to write and direct the film, Variety reported. Flanagan has already had a hand in telling a King-penned story, leading Netflix’s adaptation of “Gerald’s Game.”

Filming on “Doctor Sleep” is going to start filming in the fall, with a January 2020 release.

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Chris Pine fans ask, what is Steve Trevor doing in this ‘Wonder Woman’ tweet?

Wait what? Is that Chris Pine in a tweet from “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins?

Spoiler alert follows if you still haven’t seen 2017’s breakout superhero film.

The last time we saw Pine’s character, and Wonder Woman’s love interest, Steve Trevor, he seemed to sacrifice himself to save the world, Vulture reported.

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But Jenkins is making fans of not only the superhero movie, but also Pine/Trevor, question everything they  saw at the end of the film thanks to a photo she posted to Twitter Wednesday morning

In the post, she welcomes Steve Trevor to “Wonder Woman 1984.” But she doesn’t say if it is the same Steve filmgoers saw go down in flames. Could it be the same Steve brought 40 years into the future thanks to a time traveling story plot? Or could it be Steve’s son or other relative who remarkably looks like Wonder Woman’s love interest?

Guess we will find out next year when “Wonder Woman 1984” hits theaters, with Pine apparently appearing alongside Gal Gadot as title heroine Wonder Woman and Kristen Wiig as Cheetah. Until then, let the fanboy and fangirl speculation begin. 

First look: ‘Dumbo’ by Tim Burton teaser trailer released

What do you get when Tim Burton, who is known for "The Nightmare Before Christmas," tries his hand at a new, reimagined, live-action version of the Disney classic “Dumbo?”

You get the teaser trailer that dropped Wednesday morning that gives the first look at the all-star cast and the baby elephant with huge ears that will bring a tear to your eye. 

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With the tear-jerking song “Baby Mine” playing, you get your first glimpse of Dumbo, an elephant that eventually learns to fly. You also see live actors like Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton,  Colin Farrell and Eva Green.

According to IMDB’s summary of the movie, Farrell’s character is hired by DeVito to care for Dumbo. But once Farrell’s on-screen children find out that Dumbo can soar, an entrepreneur played by Keaton and an aerial artist played by Green plot to make Dumbo a star. 

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“Dumbo” is scheduled to hit the big screen on March 29, 2019. It is one of a group of live action adaptations of classic Disney animated films including the upcoming films -- “The Lion King,” starring Beyonce and Donald Glover, “Aladdin” and “Mulan,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Disney has already released live-action versions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and “Maleficent,” a retelling of “Sleeping Beauty.”

‘Goldbergs’ actor Jackson Odell dead at 20

Actor and singer-songwriter Jackson Odell was found dead in California on Friday, E! News reported Sunday. He was 20.

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Odell, who played Ari Caldwell on the ABC comedy series “The Goldbergs” from 2013 to 2015, was found unresponsive at his Tarzana residence in San Fernando Valley, a Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman confirmed to Variety. The cause of death has not been released, pending an autopsy, E! News reported.

Odell also starred in the 2011 movie “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,” Variety reported. He also appeared on “The Fosters,” “Modern Family,” “Private Practice,” “Arrested Development,” and “iCarly.” He had acted in films since he was 12, Variety reported.

Related: Who was Jackson Odell, ‘The Goldbergs’ actor?

As a songwriter, Odell wrote songs for the soundtrack of the 2018 romantic drama film “Forever My Girl,” Variety reported. One song was “Wings of an Angel,” which “American Idol” contestant Lauren Alaina sang for the film. 

Actor Vince Vaughn arrested on suspicion of DUI in California

Actor Vince Vaughn was arrested in California early Sunday morning, the Manhattan Beach Police Department confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The police department confirmed that Vaughn, 48, who starred in last year’s “Brawl in Cell Block 99,” was in their custody. According to KABC, authorities, Vaughn was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Earlier, TMZ reported that Vaughn was arrested on a DUI charge. He was stopped around 4 a.m. in Manhattan Beach, TMZ reported.

Related: Photos: Vince Vaughn through the years

The actor, best known for comedic films such as “Wedding Crashers,” “Swingers,” and “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” was arrested in 2001 after a bar brawl in Wilmington, North Carolina, E!Online reported.

Vaughn’s passenger was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and resisting arrest, KABC reported.

Both were booked into jail and later posted bail, the television station reported.

A request for comment from Vaughn was not immediately returned, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Eunice Gayson, first ‘Bond girl,’ dies at 90

Actress Eunice Gayson, the first “Bond girl” who played Sylvia Trench in in the James Bond movies, has died, according to a tweet from the James Bond franchise Twitter page. She was 90.

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Gayson appeared in the first two movies in the James Bond series: “Dr. No” and “From Russia With Love.”

According to a tweet from Gayson’s official Twitter account, the actress died Friday.

"Dr. No," released in 1962, was the first film that brought the Ian Fleming spy novels to life. Sean Connery starred as James Bond, who was known as British Agent 007.

According to the BBC, Gayson helped steady a nervous Connery so he could deliver his signature phrase -- “Bond. James Bond” -- for the first time.

Meeting 007 over cards at the Le Cercle Club casino, she suggests raising the stakes. Bond replies: "I admire your courage, Miss, er... ?"

"Trench, Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr... ?"

“Bond. James Bond."

In 2012, Gayson said that Connery “had to say Bond, James Bond, but he came out with other permutations like Sean Bond, James Connery. 'Cut! Cut! Cut!’” the BBC reported.

At the suggestion of director Terence Young, Gayson took Connery for a drink, and he returned to deliver the line perfectly, the BBC reported.

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Gayson reprised her role in the second James Bond movie, “From Russia With Love," in 1963.

Gayson appeared in "The Revenge of Frankenstein" in 1958, and also was in television series such as “The Saint” and “The Avengers,” CNN reported.

Reese Witherspoon confirms 'Legally Blonde 3' in works

Actress Reese Witherspoon confirmed Thursday morning that the “Legally Blonde” franchise is getting a third film.

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Rumors swirled last week that Witherspoon was in talks to reprise her starring role as sorority girl-turned-attorney Elle Woods for “Legally Blonde 3.”

Related: Reese Witherspoon in talks to return for 'Legally Blonde 3'

“It’s true,” she said Thursday morning in a tweet.

The announcement came with a short video of Witherspoon wearing a sparkly pink bikini and floating in a pool. “Legally Blonde” fans might recognize the bikini from the first film in the franchise.

 Variety magazine reported Monday that Witherspoon plans to produce the film through her company, Hello Sunshine.

“Legally Blonde” premiered in America in July 2001. Based on a novel of the same name by Amanda Brown, the film was a critical success. It was followed in 2003 by “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde.” A musical based on both the book and the 2001 film premiered on Broadway in 2007.

Teen takes ‘Danny DeVito’ to prom, actor takes ‘teen’ to show’s set

A Pennsylvania teen decided she needed a big name to take to prom so she took actor Danny DeVito to the dance. Well, sort of. Allison Closs took a cardboard cutout of DeVito to the night out, WHTM reported.

Her efforts got noticed, going viral, with photos getting all the way to the actor known for such roles on the television shows “Taxi” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and movies “Batman Returns” and “Throw Mama from the Train.”

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DeVito, though, turned the tables on Closs and took her cutout to the set of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” WHTM reported.

Co-star Rob McElhenney posted the photo of the “date” to his Instagram account with the caption, “Hey Allison - I heard you took cardboard Danny to prom. What a coincidence. He took a cardboard Allison to Paddy’s.”

Air Force, Navy battle over ‘Top Gun’ sequel

A “Cruise missile” of sorts has been fired in the healthy rivalry between our nation’s branches of the military.

It all is because of a photo that Tom Cruise posted on Instagram and other social media platforms Thursday

The image in question shows Cruise looking off at a military plane, believed to be an F/A-18 Hornet, as he holds his Maverick flight helmet. The iconic words from “Top Gun” --“Feel The Need” -- are superimposed over the photo. He included the hashtag, #Day1.

Well the photo brought on a war of words between members of the Air Force and Navy, as the branches responded to each other on the Twitter post.

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Whoever runs the Air Force’s official Twitter account trolled the Navy saying that if Cruise needed speed, he needs to fly in a F-15 Strike Eagle then added stats to the post. 

But the Navy fired back, reminding and quoting the original “Top Gun” telling the Air Force, “No points for second place.”

The Air Force responded, that its plane is undefeated.

The Navy is working with filmmakers on “Top Gun: Maverick.” While the plot has been keep secret, Lt. Cdr. Dan Day told CNN that Paramount Pictures was given access to Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, California. It is still evaluating other support of the production will be needed. 

The Pentagon has not received the script, but said it will work with the company to make sure it is realistic.

Currently, the Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force are experiencing a lack of fighter pilots. After the first movie’s release, there was an uptick in recruitment for pilots, CNN reported.

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