Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs.
‘Stranger Things’ new season to explore impact of Upside Down world
The cast of Netflix’s breakout supernatural mystery series “Stranger Things” received a hero’s welcome on Saturday at San Diego’s annual Comic-Con as they revealed new plot details and footage for the anticipated second season. “Stranger Things,” which earned 18 Emmy Award nominations for its first season, followed the eerie case of a missing boy named Will in a small Indiana town in the 1980s, and a mysterious young girl named Eleven with special powers who tries to help rescue him.
‘Blade Runner’ sequel a siren song for director Villeneuve
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve had fended off numerous requests to direct big-budget sequels until he was approached to make a follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 neo-noir sci-fi film “Blade Runner.” “I accepted to do ‘Blade Runner’ because it was meaningful,” Villeneuve, the director of last year’s cerebral alien sci-fi film “Arrival,” told Reuters.
Marvel brings hammerless Thor, new king Black Panther for Comic-Con
Thor has lost his invincible hammer of thor and Black Panther shoulders the responsibility of being a new king, in exclusive scenes shown from Disney’s Marvel studios’ upcoming superhero movies at San Diego’s Comic-Con. One of the most high-profile draws of the annual convention for pop and nerd culture fans, Marvel’s star-studded panel session on Saturday kicked off with “Thor: Ragnarok,” due in theaters in November.
Wonder Woman the star among Warner Bros’ expanding superhero franchise
After smashing box office records this year, Wonder Woman received the loudest cheers among the DC superheroes gathered on Saturday at San Diego’s annual Comic-Con to present new footage and trailers for Warner Bros’ expanding comic book film franchise. A teaser of Warner Bros’ upcoming superhero films shown to the 6,500 attendees at the panel gave a glimpse of “Wonder Woman II,” a presumed sequel to June’s “Wonder Woman” movie that is on track this weekend to become the second-highest grossing movie of 2017.
Sons remember Princess Diana in film 20 years after her death
Britain’s Prince William and his brother Harry recall memories from their childhood 20 years after the sudden death of their mother, Princess Diana, in a new television documentary to be broadcast this week. The 90-minute film – “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy” – celebrates the life and work of Diana, Kensington Palace said in a statement.
‘Not appropriate’ for Justin Bieber to tour China because of ‘bad behavior’
It is not appropriate for Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to visit China because of his bad behavior and he needed to improve his conduct to become a singer “truly loved” by the public, a Chinese state office has said. Bieber’s lifestyle overseas and his “words and actions” when he last performed in China had generated “public dissatisfaction”, Beijing’s Municipal Bureau of Culture said, without specifying what behavior had caused offense.
Linkin Park U.S. tour canceled after suicide of Chester Bennington
Rock band Linkin Park on Friday canceled its North American tour after the suicide of frontman Chester Bennington “We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been canceled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected,” tour promoter Live Nation said in a statement.
Television amps up, movies simmer down at Comic-Con
From the dragons of Westeros and the “Walking Dead” zombies to the deadly humanoid robots of “Westworld,” the golden age of television is dominating the limelight at San Diego’s annual Comic-Con. Kicking off on Thursday, this year’s four-day Comic-Con gathering of nerd and pop culture fans will see fewer films being marketed by movie studios, which are instead focusing more narrowly on projects that tie directly into the interests of the convention’s fandom.
Exhibit in New York celebrates life of Muppets creator Jim Henson
A new exhibit featuring the work of Muppets creator Jim Henson will go on permanent display in New York City on Saturday to celebrate the career of the American puppeteer who brought to life such characters as Miss Piggy and Big Bird. “The Jim Henson Exhibition,” housed in a new gallery space funded by the City of New York at the Museum of the Moving Image, features more than 300 artifacts related to Henson’s career, including 47 puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, iconic costumes and more.
‘Confederate’ writers defend modern U.S. slavery show as scary but real
The creators of the new television drama “Confederate,” set in an imaginary world where slavery still exists in the United States, defended their vision after the concept provoked outrage on social media this week. “This is scary, for all of us … It is a pretty terrifying prospect getting into it. We knew it would be and now it’s come true,” David Benioff, one of the executive producers of “Confederate,” told pop culture website Vulture on Thursday.