Marvel vs DC: Superhero rivals battle at Comic-Con

<br /> Marvel vs DC: Superhero rivals battle at Comic-Con<br /> – BBC Newsbeat


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Any comic book or superhero fan knows there are two major universes: DC and Marvel.

For DC, think Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman.

Marvel’s universe is home to Ironman, Thor, Hulk and the rest of the Avengers.

Both made major announcements at Comic-Con in San Diego.

We’ve broken down the biggies. Get comfy. They had a lot to say.

Let’s start with DC. Ladies first.

Looking good for 75

Gal Gadot

Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics in 1941.

Now the warrior Princess of the Amazons/demi-god is 75 and starring in her own movie.

It’s coming out next summer, and shows her trying to stop the First World War.

The trailer shows her getting to grips with an actual human man, played by Chris Pine.

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Israeli actress Gal Gadot was visibly trembling as she spoke to fans.

She said her character has ‘the heart of a human and the strength of a goddess’.

All hail Harley Quinn

A fan and Margot Robbie

Suicide Squad is out soon, and DC took this chance to show the final trailer.

This one focuses on Margot Robbie’s bubblegum-popping baddie Harley Quinn.

She did many of her own stunts and said: “What everyone did in this film, I did in heels.”

Jared Leto plays her boyfriend, the Joker.

They bantered their way through the panel, telling how he sent her a rat as a “gift.” Nice.

Justice League brings the laughs

Justice League poster

This is a biggie for DC.

A team of superheroes uniting against a common enemy. Sound familiar?

It’s basically DC’s version of the Avengers. And it needs to do well.

Its latest blockbuster attempt Batman v Superman came out in March and had a strong start, but then broke records for falling box office numbers.

The dark, serious tone came in for major criticism.

The same director, Zack Snyder, is in charge of Justice League.

He came on stage and showed fans a surprise trailer full of jokes and humour.

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It’s worth watching just to see how much Aquaman looks like he’s in an aftershave advert.

The film comes out in November 2017.

So what about Marvel?

Last year Marvel didn’t bother with Comic-Con.

This time around, Studio President Kevin Feige explained “We only want to come when we have a lot to show you.”

“We actually have a lot today.”

He wasn’t kidding.

The Doctor will see you now

Benedict Cumberbatch

This is being described as a ‘left-turn in the Marvel Universe’.

Doctor Strange is more about magic than technology.

Benedict Cumberbatch emerged on a misty stage to talk about his new character.

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He says: “He doesn’t know anything — he’s just at the beginning of figuring out what reality is.”

Who’s the Daddy?

Chris Pratt and Michael Rooker

Guardians of the Galaxy fans found out who is going to play Star Lord’s father.

Actor Kurt Russell turned up on stage to confirm he will be James Gunn in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2.

A sneak peek at a trailer showed that Sylvester Stallone will be in the film too.

But the biggest cheers were for a CG character.

A particularly adorable Baby Groot stole the show.

Back to school for Spidey

Tom Holland

Spider-Man: Homecoming is only ten days into shooting, so fans weren’t expecting much.

But they got an early peek at what Hollywood likes to call ‘a sizzle reel’.

Director Jon Watts says this is basically a high school movie.

The teen comedy will show 15-year-old Peter Parker trying to deal with girls, puberty and schoolwork at the same time as hiding his superhero identity.

Thor gets a roomie

Thor logo

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is best known for his vampire spoof What We Do in the Shadows.

It showed a group of vampire roommates living in modern day New Zealand and being hilariously mundane.

So instead of showing off an action-packed trailer, he sent a mockumentary where Thor had moved in with a random Kiwi called Darryl.

He goes for coffee with the Hulk, emails Captain America and Iron Man and makes a tiny bed for his hammer Mjolnir. As you do.

It’s got very little to do with the actual film but got huge laughs.

Captain Marvel-lady

Brie Larson

Marvel is making its first movie focusing on a female character.

Captain Marvel is a about a pilot who gets special powers after a run-in with an alien.

It’s not coming out until 2019 so details are sparse.

But Oscar-winning Brie Larson got a standing ovation when it was announced that she will play the title character.

Welcome to Wakanda

Director Ryan Coogler, actors Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan

Audiences got to meet Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, but now he’s got his own movie.

Chadwick Boseman is in the the title role as the King of Wakanda.

It doesn’t start shooting til January, but the cast were brought out on stage.

Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan are on board.

Now it’s been announced that The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira has also joined the project.

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Jason Bourne director Paul Greengrass: I don't do social media

The new Jason Bourne film might feature a plot involving a global social network, but don’t expect to find its director Paul Greengrass tweeting about it any time soon.

“It’s not my thing,” admits the 60-year-old British film-maker. “I don’t know how to do it. I don’t have any interest in it. I’m not of the generation that does it. I was one of the last people I knew to get a phone.”

The film, simply titled Jason Bourne, reunites Greengrass with lead actor Matt Damon after their two previous franchise outings, 2004’s Bourne Supremacy and 2007’s Bourne Ultimatum.

Twelve years on from the events of Ultimatum, Damon’s former CIA assassin is living “off the grid” when his old colleague Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) catches up with him, having hacked into the CIA computer.

Greengrass admits he didn’t think he’d be back to make another Bourne film. “You don’t want to come back and make one that’s not very good – that’s the terror of it. You’ve got to be sure you’re doing it for the right reason.”

When he started working on the script in 2014, the starting point was how much the world had changed since Bourne’s last outing. Back then George Bush was US president and the Iraq war was in progress.

Since then, Greengrass notes, there has been a global financial crisis and the rise of smartphones, social media, electronic surveillance and cyber-intelligence. “We had to try and craft a story with Bourne in that landscape,” he says.

A key theme in the film is the relationship between personal privacy and state security – there’s a direct reference in the screenplay to US whistleblower Edward Snowden, and the plot involves a social network, Deep Dream, that pledges never to share its users’ data. A bold claim, perhaps, in this digital age.

‘It’s a circus life’

Greengrass and Damon had last worked together on Greengrass’s Iraq war thriller Green Zone in 2010. So how does Greengrass describe his relationship with the actor after making their fourth film together?

“He’s a close friend,” Greengrass replies. “I have great trust in him as a person and as an actor. Making movies is both entirely ludicrous and incredibly hard. It’s a preposterous way to spend your time.

“You give up a lot for the privilege of doing it and one of the things you get are relationships of immense trust that you see forged in situations of immense stress.”

Warming to his theme, the director adds: “It’s a circus life, the movies. It’s a lot of travelling, a lot of antisocial hours, there’s a lot of it that’s about escaping from life.

“I have a vivid memory of Matt saying, ‘I’ve given my life for this and I love it.’ I was really struck by that simple statement of fact. It was like somebody saying I’m going to be a priest. It’s a calling.

“You reflect on these things when you’ve finished a film because you feel a bit emotional.”

Asked about Brexit, Greengrass – who voted Remain – says he has “a dim sense that it’s not going to be good” for film-makers.

The industry, he says, was in “a very good place” within the EU.

“Will the damage be bad? I don’t think anybody can say for sure. But any radical event like this can’t be good for the development of a key strategic industry. But we are going to have to hope because the issues go beyond our industry.

“I’m a born optimist. We are going to have to pick ourselves up and find a way out of this mess.”

Whatever happens, it’s clear that Greengrass won’t be taking to social media to give his opinion. Has anyone ever suggested he should sign up?

“They wouldn’t because it would be so ludicrous,” he laughs.

“It would be like telling me to wear a suit.”

Jason Bourne is in cinemas from 27 July.

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Rihanna to guest star in Bates Motel

Rihanna

Rihanna isn’t at Comic-Con in San Diego, but she’s managed to grab much of the attention.

Stars and producers from TV shows and movies use the convention to make major announcements – or dodge awkward questions.

Rihanna has been a big talking point after sending in a video message.

She’s announced that she is going to have a recurring part in the final season of Bates Motel.

Rihanna = Marion

The series, which is shown on the Universal channel in the UK, is a prequel to the events portrayed in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic horror film Pyscho.

The singer says she’s going to play Marion Crane.

She says a mild swearword, so don’t click if you are easily offended.

She says: “Hello Comic-Con it’s your girl Riri… I’m about to check into the Bates Motel very soon.”

“Guess what else? Guess who’s playing Marion?”

Scene from Psycho

In case, you don’t know who that is, maybe this picture from the infamous shower scene might jog your memory.

Marion Crane is brutally murdered in one of the best-known moments in the history of cinema.

There’s no word yet on whether the TV show will try to recreate it.

The producers said: “We heard Rihanna was a fan of the show, and we were huge fans of hers, so it was the perfect collision of creativity and fate.”

Eeney, meeney, miney… who?

The Walking Dead fans have one very simple question.

Who did Neagan kill at the end of Season Six?

It ended with the uber-villain seemingly murdering one of the 11 beloved characters with his baseball bat Lucille.

Walking Dead panel

All the actors involved – and Lucille – took part in a panel discussion, alongside the show’s executive producers.

They talked for an hour, but didn’t reveal anything other than a date for the end of the waiting.

The show will be aired in the UK on 24 October.

Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes admitted that it isn’t the greatest start to a new season.

He said: “I think we’re headed towards one of the biggest showdowns we’ve had on this show since Terminus. So hang in there with us.”

A trailer for the next season didn’t give anything away.

But it did introduce new character King Ezekiel and his pet tiger.

Wonder Woman

Rihanna isn’t the only celebrity getting extra publicity on Twitter.

Wonder Woman cast and crew will hold a session later, but star Gal Gadot has already tweeted the first look at the movie’s poster.

The trailer is expected to be shown at Comic-Con.

It’s the first big-budget superhero movie to have a female star and director, Patty Jenkins.

Nerd-com Big Bang Theory is bringing in new characters by introducing Penny’s family.

He’s playing a cheerful former drug addict and ex-criminal.

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Koffi Olomide case: Kenya deports singer over airport 'kick'

The Kenyan authorities have deported one of Africa’s biggest musicians, Koffi Olomide, after he was filmed apparently kicking a woman.

Footage of the incident at Nairobi’s international airport was posted online and sparked outrage on social media.

Olomide, from Democratic Republic of Congo, denied assaulting anyone but was arrested hours after arriving in Kenya for a concert.

He was deported to the DRC capital, Kinshasa, with three of his dancers.

Olomide, 60, was accused of kicking one of the women dancers but, speaking to the BBC, he denied kicking anyone and said he had tried to “stop” a “girl who wanted to fight the dancers I came with”.

The video shown on Kenya’s KTN News shows police intervening to stop the apparent attack on the woman, identified by Kenyan media as one of his dancers.

A Kenyan minister, Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, said the singer should be deported and his visa permanently revoked.

“His conduct was an insult to Kenyans and our constitution,” she said. “Violence against women and girls cannot be accepted in any shape, form or manner. It is a blatant violation of their human rights.”

The star has been in similar trouble in the past:

  • In 2012 he was convicted in DRC of assaulting his producer and received a three-month suspended prison sentence
  • In 2008 he was accused of kicking a cameraman from DRC’s private RTGA television station and breaking his camera at a concert in Kinshasa but a reconciliation was later brokered

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Koffi Olomide case: Kenya deports singer over airport 'kick'

The Kenyan authorities have deported one of Africa’s biggest musicians, Koffi Olomide, after he was filmed apparently kicking a woman.

Footage of the incident at Nairobi’s international airport was posted online and sparked outrage on social media.

Olomide, from Democratic Republic of Congo, denied assaulting anyone but was arrested hours after arriving in Kenya for a concert.

He was deported to the DRC capital, Kinshasa, with three of his dancers.

Olomide, 60, was accused of kicking one of the women dancers but, speaking to the BBC, he denied kicking anyone and said he had tried to “stop” a “girl who wanted to fight the dancers I came with”.

The video shown on Kenya’s KTN News shows police intervening to stop the apparent attack on the woman, identified by Kenyan media as one of his dancers.

A Kenyan minister, Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, said the singer should be deported and his visa permanently revoked.

“His conduct was an insult to Kenyans and our constitution,” she said. “Violence against women and girls cannot be accepted in any shape, form or manner. It is a blatant violation of their human rights.”

The star has been in similar trouble in the past:

  • In 2012 he was convicted in DRC of assaulting his producer and received a three-month suspended prison sentence
  • In 2008 he was accused of kicking a cameraman from DRC’s private RTGA television station and breaking his camera at a concert in Kinshasa but a reconciliation was later brokered

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Drake's One Dance edges closer to UK chart record

Drake has retained the UK number one spot for the 15th consecutive week.

His single One Dance is now only two weeks away from breaking the record for the longest uninterrupted reign at the top of the chart.

Bryan Adams’s single Everything I Do (I Do It For You), which held the number one spot for 16 weeks in 1991, is the current record holder.

The last single to notch up 15 weeks at number one was Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around, released in 1994.

One Dance owes much of its continued success to its popularity on streaming sites.

The song received 4.33 million streams this week – equivalent to 43,300 sales.

It has also been boosted by its absence from YouTube, which has prompted music fans to download or stream the song in order to hear it.

Cover versions of the song are available to listen to on the video sharing website, but Drake’s original version has yet to be uploaded by his official account.

Top five singles
1) Drake ft Wizkid and Kyla One Dance
2) Jonas Blue ft Cooper Perfect Strangers
3) Chainsmokers ft Daya Don’t Let Me Down
4) Calum Scott Dancing On My Own
5) Kungs vs Cookin’ on Three Burners This Girl
Source: Official Charts Company

Drake’s closest competitor this week was Jonas Blue ft Cooper’s single Perfect Strangers – which climbed one place to number two.

Don’t Let Me Down by Chainsmokers ft Daya dropped to number three – while Calum Scott’s Dancing On My Own and Kungs vs Cookin’ on Three Burners’ This Girl held their positions at numbers four and five respectively.

This week’s highest new entry was Katy Perry’s Rise – which landed at 25.

US band 5 Seconds of Summer also scored a new entry, with Girls Talk Boys, taken from the new Ghostbusters movie, debuting at 28.

On the album chart – which celebrates its 60th birthday this week – Michael Kiwanuka debuted at number one with his second record Love & Hate.

His previous peak on the album chart was in 2012, when his first album Home reached number four.

Adele’s album 25 held its number two placing this week, while Christine & The Queens leapt five spots to hit a new peak at number three with Chaleur Humaine.

Drake’s album Views and Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams both dropped a place to numbers four and five.

Top five albums
1) Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate
2) Adele 25
3) Christine & The Queens Chaleur Humaine
4) Drake Views
5) Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Source: Official Charts Company

This week’s other new entries included Good Charlotte, who reached number 13 with Youth Authority, and Jeff Beck’s first album in six years Loud Hailer – which entered at 27.


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Drake's One Dance edges closer to UK chart record

Drake has retained the UK number one spot for the 15th consecutive week.

His single One Dance is now only two weeks away from breaking the record for the longest uninterrupted reign at the top of the chart.

Bryan Adams’s single Everything I Do (I Do It For You), which held the number one spot for 16 weeks in 1991, is the current record holder.

The last single to notch up 15 weeks at number one was Wet Wet Wet’s Love Is All Around, released in 1994.

One Dance owes much of its continued success to its popularity on streaming sites.

The song received 4.33 million streams this week – equivalent to 43,300 sales.

It has also been boosted by its absence from YouTube, which has prompted music fans to download or stream the song in order to hear it.

Cover versions of the song are available to listen to on the video sharing website, but Drake’s original version has yet to be uploaded by his official account.

Top five singles
1) Drake ft Wizkid and Kyla One Dance
2) Jonas Blue ft Cooper Perfect Strangers
3) Chainsmokers ft Daya Don’t Let Me Down
4) Calum Scott Dancing On My Own
5) Kungs vs Cookin’ on Three Burners This Girl
Source: Official Charts Company

Drake’s closest competitor this week was Jonas Blue ft Cooper’s single Perfect Strangers – which climbed one place to number two.

Don’t Let Me Down by Chainsmokers ft Daya dropped to number three – while Calum Scott’s Dancing On My Own and Kungs vs Cookin’ on Three Burners’ This Girl held their positions at numbers four and five respectively.

This week’s highest new entry was Katy Perry’s Rise – which landed at 25.

US band 5 Seconds of Summer also scored a new entry, with Girls Talk Boys, taken from the new Ghostbusters movie, debuting at 28.

On the album chart – which celebrates its 60th birthday this week – Michael Kiwanuka debuted at number one with his second record Love & Hate.

His previous peak on the album chart was in 2012, when his first album Home reached number four.

Adele’s album 25 held its number two placing this week, while Christine & The Queens leapt five spots to hit a new peak at number three with Chaleur Humaine.

Drake’s album Views and Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams both dropped a place to numbers four and five.

Top five albums
1) Michael Kiwanuka Love & Hate
2) Adele 25
3) Christine & The Queens Chaleur Humaine
4) Drake Views
5) Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams
Source: Official Charts Company

This week’s other new entries included Good Charlotte, who reached number 13 with Youth Authority, and Jeff Beck’s first album in six years Loud Hailer – which entered at 27.


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Fatima Manji complains over Kelvin MacKenzie hijab remarks

Channel 4 News reporter Fatima Manji has complained to the press watchdog over comments made by a Sun columnist about her wearing a hijab while reporting the Nice attack.

Writing on Monday, Kelvin MacKenzie questioned whether the Muslim presenter should have appeared on the bulletin.

In his latest column, the former editor said his views were “reasonable”.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) said it received some 1,700 complaints over the remarks.

Manji co-presented the Channel 4 News bulletin – produced by ITN – from London while Jon Snow reported from France during the coverage of the attacks in Nice on 15 July.

The programme’s editor, Ben de Pear, said the correspondent had been a victim of “religious discrimination”.

“Yesterday, Channel 4 News correspondent Fatima Manji made an official complaint to Ipso.

“ITN believes the article was in breach of a number of provisions of the Editor’s Code, in particular discrimination, harassment by intimidation and inaccuracy.”

De Pear said a “further complaint” had been made by ITN chief executive John Hardie “which fully supports and endorses the grounds and reasoning of Fatima’s complaint”.

“ITN accepts and understands that our reporters and presenters are in the public eye and can expect criticism and comment from many quarters, including newspaper columnists,” he added.

“What it cannot accept is an employee being singled out on the basis of her religion.”

In the latest edition of The Sun, MacKenzie said his question was a “simple” one and “a reasonable inquiry”.

He added, in a question to the television regulator Ofcom, if presenters should “be allowed to wear artefacts which advertise their religion?” before equating a Christian wearing “a huge cross outside of their shirt or blouse” with the wearing of a hijab.

On Tuesday, a spokesman for The Sun said it was making “no comment” on the issue.


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