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Pinewood Studios Launches U.K. Screen Hub with $583 Million Investment

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The Pinewood studio group has launched a screen industries growth hub called Screen Hub at their site in Buckinghamshire, England, with an investment of £450 million ($583 million).

The hub will be based on a 77-acre site to the south and immediately adjacent to the existing iconic studio that has been home to global franchises including “Star Wars” and James Bond. It will include a 350,000 sq. ft film-inspired international visitor attraction titled Pinewood Studio Experience; new film production facilities with “live” links to the Experience; an educational training and skills hub; a creative industries business growth hub; and a green campus.

The group estimates that the hub will result in the creation of some 3,500 new jobs, add £230 million ($298 million) annually into the economy, and £125 million ($162 million) every year into the tourism industry. The project will implement the proposals contained in the U.K. government’s creative industries deal that will invest more than £150 million ($194 million) in the sector, the tourism sector deal that identifies tourism zones across the country, and the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) local industrial strategy.

Pinewood group chair Paul Golding said: “The government and Buckinghamshire LEP have recognized Pinewood Studios as a major economic asset to be enhanced with the creation of a screen growth hub for the U.K. We are pleased to be able to respond with this scheme. We have been looking at a visitor experience for some time and feel that now is the right moment to bring it forward. The project will strengthen U.K. film and bring much needed jobs and spending. We hope our planning application will receive widespread support.”

Pinewood group is preparing the application and will start consultations with the local community and wider stakeholders next week.

Last year, Disney signed a long-term deal to occupy most of Pinewood’s stages.

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Superhero Bits: Jack Quaid Created ‘The Boys’ Spotify Playlist, Boss Logic Imagines ‘She-Hulk’ & More

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Will other Watchmen characters be appearing in the new Rorschach comic series? Did you know Superman & Lois is filming in the same town where Smallville was shot? What’s on Jack Quaid‘s Spotify playlist inspired by his character on The Boys? Want to know more about Kang the Conqueror before he comes to the MCU? Did a new Thor comic take inspiration from Adventures in Babysitting? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

One of the NYCC 2020 Funko POPs exclusives is a Joker ink-suited figure to benefit Beast Cancer Awareness.

Artist Jorge Fornés confirmed other Watchmen characters will appear in the upcoming Rorschach comics.

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IDW announced Marvel Action: Origins, a new series of comics aimed at middle grade readers, coming soon.

Early progress on sets for The CW’s upcoming Superman & Lois series has begun where Smallville was shot.

If you need a crash course on Vision‘s place in the Marvel Comics universe, watch this edition of Marvel 101.

Jack Quaid put together a Spotify playlist inspired by Hughie Campbell, his character on Amazon’s The Boys.

Boss Logic created this custom artwork imagining what actress Tatiana Mislany might look like as She-Hulk.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will reportedly return to Prague at the end of September into October.

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Stuck inside? Don’t know what to watch/read/play/listen to? ComingSoon.net has got you covered. In this week’s CS Recommends our staff gives you solid tips on the best media to consume during your downtime, including RBG and more! Check out our picks below!

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MAX EVRY’S RECOMMEND: RBG and On the Basis of Sex

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The nation mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman ever appointed to the prestigious seat. Her death at age 87 marks the end of a remarkable 27-year tenure in the United States’ highest court, despite her years-long cancer battle. Film fans have two primary sources with which to celebrate the life of the feminist icon known in some circles as The Notorious R.B.G, namely the lauded 2018 documentary RBG as well as the biopic On the Basis of Sex starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer from that same year. Betsy West and Julie Cohen, who directed RBG, released a statement this evening…

“Like so many Americans, we are crushed by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” West and Cohen said jointly. “Even had she not become a Supreme Court Justice, Ginsburg earned a place in history for what she did to win equality for American women. When we asked her several years ago how she wanted to be remembered, she said with characteristic modesty, ‘Just as someone who did whatever she could, with whatever limited talent she had, to move society along in the direction I would like it to be for my children and grandchildren.’ ”

KYLIE HEMMERT’S RECOMMEND: Prisoners

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Denis Villeneuve’s Oscar-nominated mystery thriller Prisoners features some of Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performances onscreen. The story follows Jackman’s character as he takes matters into his own hands after his daughter and her friend go missing while Gyllenhaal’s Detective Loki pursues multiple leads as the pressure mounts to solve the case and find the missing girls. Boasting a fantastic ensemble cast (including Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano), the character-driven drama explores the darkest corners of human nature, particularly how seemingly good people can sometimes cross irredeemable lines when driven by anguish, revenge, and desperation.

GRANT HERMANNS’ RECOMMEND: Lethal Weapon Season 1

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As we gear up for the exciting return of Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Richard Donner for a fifth installment in the hit action-comedy film franchise, I think it’s high time we go back and give Fox’s small-screen adaptation of Lethal Weapon a second chance, namely its first season. Arriving on the heels of the lackluster TV adaptation of Rush Hour, I had no expectations for a series based on one of the best buddy cop films in the genre and found myself very surprised by how well the pilot worked and to see how it just continued to bloom and improve from episode to episode really made the show an absolute joy to watch week to week, especially for the chemistry between stars Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford. Combining explosive action, outrageous comedy and a further evolution of its fan-favorite duo than the films generally had time for, Lethal Weapon was truly an outstanding series for both fans of the franchise and newcomers.

MAGGIE DELA PAZ’S RECOMMEND: Election (1999)

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Starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick, Election centers around a high school election where an overachieving senior named Tracy Flick tries her best to become the student body president. However, her easy path to victory gets immediately undermined due to her teacher Jim McAllister’s unreasonable resentment against her. To give Tracy a run for her money, Jim encourages popular football player Paul Metzler to also run for presidency. As Jim gets distracted with the election and his childish hate towards Tracy, he doesn’t seem to realize that his personal life is also getting affected by it.

This 1999 black comedy film is easily one of Witherspoon’s best performances before becoming a full-fledged A-lister she is known today. Her effective portrayal of a determined and egotistic know-it-all student would definitely make the audience get annoyed with the character while also at the same time, making her a favorite among its cast. As for Broderick, it’s funny and ironic to see him portray a role that is the total opposite of his iconic 80s’ character Ferris Bueller.

Even though the film had a poor box office performance, it still garnered critical acclaim and had earned director Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. In addition to Witherspoon and Broderick, it also featured Chris Klein and then break-out star Jessica Campbell, who both also gave charming performances as Paul Metzler and Tammy Metzler. However, like other early high-school comedy films during the 80s up to the 2000s, this film does feature a few red-flagged moments. But despite that, it is still an entertaining movie that will appeal to people who are obsessed with old teen films such as Mean Girls. With only two months to go before the upcoming U.S. presidential election, I think now is the perfect time for you to check out or revisit Election!

JEFF AMES’ RECOMMEND: Call of Duty Modern Warfare Remastered

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On the heels of that stunning Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War trailer this week, I decided to go back and revisit an old friend: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare — the 2007 classic that, for me at least, truly established COD as one of the best gaming franchises on the market. Thanks to a remastered edition that greatly improves the graphics and overall gameplay, Modern Warfare continues to pop and surprise unlike any other for roughly 7-10 hours, depending on your finger abilities. It’s simplistic gaming at its finest, free from the depressing tones of modern-day titles like The Last of Us Part II and the shoddy, even perplexing, glitch-infested gameplay of Marvel’s Avengers. In Modern Warfare, players need only pick up their gun of choice and blast the holy Hell out countless bad guys in a myriad of missions executed amidst eye-popping locales. In terms of simple entertainment, you can’t get much better!

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The Last Duel: Release Date, Cast, Plot And Damon and Affleck’s Pearl Street Films

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Ben Affleck says he is nervous about working on his upcoming film”The Last Duel,” to be led by veteran filmmaker Ridley Scott. The much-awaited project, based on Eric Jager’s book “The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France,” will also feature Affleck’s friend, business partner, and regular collaborator Matt Damon.

The two actors, who obtained the first screenplay Academy Award in 1998 for”Good Will Hunting,” have penned the script to the new movie and Nicole Holofcener. Talking to Entertainment Tonight, Affleck, 47, said the film has a part setting, which he hasn’t explored yet.

“I’m somewhat nervous. Since I have not completed. It is 1386, so it is similar to armour and swords and things like that. But it was a true joy working with Matt and Nicole Holofcener, who wrote the script together with us,” the actor said.

“(Matt and I) kept saying, ‘Why have we not done this more often?’ We just got lucky that our programs form of intersected so that we had some free time to talk about. We got Ridley Scott directing it. And Jodie Comer’s in the film, so that’s very exciting, and Adam (Driver),” the actor added. “The Last Duel” will probably be co-produced by Scott Free Productions and Damon and Affleck’s Pearl Street Films.

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