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Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios

Before this year’s Comic-Con even bowed, Marvel Studios had already staked their claim, announcing a jam-packed schedule for the next five years, a continuation of their Marvel Cinematic Universe that is somehow both very ambitious and totally expected. As the news of this new calendar dropped in the days leading up to Comic-Con, it seemed fair to assume that the Marvel panel would include a section on those upcoming films and what titles are arriving when (remember back in 2012, when the Marvel panel included a gobsmacking section that announced Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, complete with official titles, titles treatments and concept art? remember what a hit that was?). And, with news about their Doctor Strange film reaching a fever pitch before and during the convention, it also seemed like a good time to throw the fans a bone about that one (even just a release date, as a casting announcement would have likely obliterated Hall H).

Yeah, that didn’t happen.

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Comic-Con 2014 Photo Gallery

Robert Fure gives you a tour of Comic-Con 2014 in a photo essay of his time spent in San Diego. Click here to check it out.

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Synapse

Synapse

The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other FSR readers.

The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend.

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The Bands Visit Movie

Sony Pictures Classics

The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere.

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Fantasia 2014

Fantasia 2014

Fantasia International Film Festival 2014 runs July 17 to August 6. Follow all of our coverage here.

They say bartenders make great therapists, but does that still apply long after the bar has been sold and the bartender has moved on? Ethan (Mark Duplass) and Sophie (Elisabeth Moss) would probably say no after their couples therapist (Ted Danson) sends them on a very strange weekend retreat.

The married couple arrives at the prescribed destination to find that the grounds — including a main house, guest house and numerous gardens — are theirs and theirs alone for the weekend. Well, kind of. It seems that part of the good doctor’s plan to help the couple work towards becoming better versions of themselves, and in the process become a better couple, involves a very unique way of facing and experiencing those better selves.

The One I Love is about some very universal feelings and themes — ones we’ve all experienced in real life and seen portrayed onscreen — but it presents them in refreshingly original, engaging and entertaining ways. I’m being vague here for those that want to go in fresh, but fair warning, I’ll be revealing a little bit more after the jump. (Still nothing that legitimately counts as a spoiler though.)

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A24

A24

Three years ago writer/director Kevin Smith pushed himself as a filmmaker with Red State. The quasi-horror movie was polarizing for both Smith’s fans and critics. Good or bad, it’s definitely far more ambitious than Smith’s previous movie, Cop Out. He was trying something new. Red State was a 180 turn in the director’s career. With his new picture, Tusk, Smith is continuing down the road he set out on back in 2011.

A trailer for the film was released shortly after its Comic-Con debut. From the looks of it, Tusk features the old and the new Kevin Smith. That’s a good thing, because when Red State turned into a shootout, the old Smith was missed. Smith’s finest work generally involves characters talking around a table. Tusk doesn’t seem to stray too far from Smith’s dialogue-heavy past, since the film does feature two characters stuck together in a house, so we should expect a good amount of dialogue from Smith.

If you don’t want to know whether Justin Long’s character does actually get turned into a walrus, avoid this discussion with Smith. And, even though I call it a discussion, it’s not really that at all. When you interview Kevin Smith, he’s never at a loss for words. It’s best to just let him say what he has to say.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Warner Bros.

After over a decade of trying, director George Miller finally got to make another entry in the Mad Max series…almost two years ago. The film began shooting all the way back in the fall of 2012, but it wasn’t until this year’s Comic-Con that anyone saw a lick of footage from Mad Max: Fury Road. The action-packed trailer impressed those in Hall H, thanks to plenty of practical stunts, muscular action, and a promising glimpse of a return to one of the coolest worlds and character ever put to film.

Max is now played by Tom Hardy, who is of course a beast of a man that’s well-suited for the character once played by Mel Gibson. Will Hardy’s performance reflect Gibson’s iconic work as Max or is Hardy and Miller going in a different direction? That’s a question director George Miller answered in the press conference for Mad Max: Fury Road, a story that takes place “45 to 50 years after the opening of the movie.” Miller had plenty more to say, so we made sure to take notes. We also get our first look, which was released online today.

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Bates Motel

A&E

Bates Motel still remains a surprising success. Not only in terms of ratings, but its quality. A prequel to Psycho showing a young Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) sounded like a joke a few years ago, the kind of idea doomed to fail. But the first season turned out to be a highly enjoyable show. Vera Farmiga does consistently great work, Highmore is good fun, and, every once in a while, there’s some genuinely good drama, thanks to Norma Bates, who’s the heart and soul of the show.

Unfortunately, there was s a slight drop in quality with season two. Bates Motel is at its best when it’s just Norma and Norman getting through problems or the never-ending trope of the nerdy kid going after “the cool girl” when the right one is there all along: Emma (Olivia Cooke). Once Norman starts watching High School movies, hopefully he’ll smarten up. Where the show began to falter was the all-too-heavy focus on the town’s drug war.

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Mad Max: Fury Road

Warner Bros.

George Miller wasn’t afraid to let it all hang out during the Comic-Con press conference for Mad Max: Fury Road. And by “it,” I’m of course referring to the legendary 67-year-old filmmaker’s wild ambition. Miller has been trying to make Fury Road for a long time. Hearing him speak at the Comic Con press conference, it’s easy to see why his heart has been in this sequel for well over a decade: it’s not your average summer movie.

Mad Max: Fury Road is an almost nonstop chase. 80% of the movie is comprised of action. To make it sound even sweeter, Miller wanted to deliver stunt-heavy action that leaned on practical effects. Dangerous stunts and chases is what this series is all about, so, thankfully, the filmmaker hasn’t forgotten a part of what made his trilogy so special.

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The Guardians of the Galaxy

Marvel Studios

Within the past few minutes, Marvel Studios wrapped up their presentation at Comic-Con in San Diego. According to media in attendance, there was quite a bit of footage for Avengers: Age of Ultron shown to go along with the Ant-Man casting news that preceded it. And while there were not any major announcements about future films like Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel or anything into what could be considered Phase 3 of their Marvel Cinematic Universe, they did confirm one project’s release date: Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

In a pre-recorded video announcement from London, director James Gunn and actor Chris Pratt confirmed that Guardians 2 would hit theaters on July 28, 2017. This confirms the rumors from earlier in the week that James Gunn would be back to write and direct the sequel. Even though the first movie hasn’t hit theaters, Marvel and Disney appear to have more than enough confidence to greenlight a sequel. Based on early reviewsGuardians will more than likely have no problem delighting fans as the Marvel train rolls on.

In the mean time, the rumor mill continues to churn for other Marvel projects…

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Marvel Ant-Man Test Sneak 3

Marvel Studios

Marvel’s Ant-Man is due in theaters July 15, 2015. It begins shooting in two weeks, according to the cast and crew who took the stage this evening at Comic-Con. Kevin Feige and newly installed director Peyton Reed took to San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H to talk Ant-Man with some of their cast, confirming a few roles along the way. The studio finally confirmed the casting of Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and Corey Stoll (The Strain) and revealed their roles alongside the Comic-Con debuts of stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas.

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Godzilla and King Kong

Warner Bros. / Universal Pictures

After Warner Bros. left the stage, having previewed their upcoming slate from Batman v Superman to the final Hobbit movie, their perennial partner in crime, Legendary Pictures took the stage at Comic-Con to show off what they’ve got planned over the next few years. Among their many previews were two big announcements that feature powerhouse monsters of cinema: King Kong and Godzilla.

One is getting a sequel while the other is getting a prequel.

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The best posters of Comic-Con 2014

Much of the press from Comic-Con comes in the form of descriptions of moving images. Everyone wants to hear about the footage being shown in the cavernous Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. But there’s so much more to the annual geek culture event, including plenty of great memorabilia releases, a slew of awesome comic art and panels (because what would Comic-Con be without actual comics) and some great film art, as well. Galleries such as Mondo, Bottleneck, Gallery Nucleus and even movie studios bring awesome poster releases to the event every year.

To celebrate this explosion of art, we’ve rounded up the best and brightest of Comic-Con 2014′s movie poster selection.

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