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Hulu(SAN DIEGO) -- Here’s a plot twist worthy of the show itself: Veronica Mars season four is now available on Hulu, one week ahead of schedule.

The show’s star, Kristen Bell, announced the surprise news at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday. During the Veronica Mars panel, Bell declared that she wanted Hulu to release all eight episodes of the revival immediately, in honor of her birthday, which was Thursday.

The panel’s moderator, TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, confirmed to the cheering crowd that Hulu had indeed granted Bell’s birthday wish.

Time to start binging, Marshmallows.

The beloved series originally aired on UPN and The CW from 2004 to 2007. A Veronica Mars movie debuted in 2014 after a successful kickstarter campaign. The fourth season was initially set to return on Hulu Friday, July 26.

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Andrew Eccles/Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Like its unstoppable killer Michael Myers, the Halloween films will live on. On Friday, Universal Pictures announced release dates for two new films in the iconic horror series, following the blockbuster success of 2018's reboot starring original sole survivor Jamie Lee Curtis. 

The film, which was directed by David Gordon Green, was made for a modest budget of $10 million bucks, but went on to gross more than $250 million worldwide. That success will be spun into two follow-ups, Halloween Kills, slated for a Friday, October 16, 2020 release, and Halloween Ends, which will hit theaters on Friday, October 15, 2021. 

Green will direct both sequels, which will be co-written by him, as well as actor and Halloween reboot co-writer Danny McBride.

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Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Paramount Pictures and director Tim Miller want to make one thing clear to Terminator fans: Like its direct predecessors The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the upcoming film Terminator: Dark Fate is R-rated.

Want proof? Just watch the film's behind-the-scenes featurette that was recently revealed at San Diego Comic-Con.

The sneak peek has interviews with Miller, returning star Linda Hamilton as well as producer and francise creator James Cameron, and no one is censoring themselves.

Miller is a notorious potty mouth -- he directed Deadpool, in all the comic character's F-bombing glory, after all -- but in the featurette, Hamilton describes the new movie's action by saying some bad words repeatedly.

What is printable is that the film is "grim, gritty, it's fast, it's...a white knuckle ride," Cameron teases. 

Hamilton adds, "The action is just 10 times bigger" than any other film in the series.

"It's f****** insane," Miller says plainly.

The movie ignores the events that took place in the Terminator movies Rise of the Machines, Salvation, and the infamous Genisys, and instead picks up decades after the events of 1991's T2, one of those rare movie sequels that many fans feel surpassed its original.

Dark Fate also stars Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Gabriel Luna as a next-generation killing machine, plus Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger, as an aging T-800 Terminator unit.

The movie opens November 1.

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WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. (NEW YORK) -- To say horror is in bestselling author/producer Joe Hill's DNA is literally true -- he's the son of Stephen King, after all -- but he's also a massive fan of the genre in his own right.

The author, whose adaptation of his book N0S4A2 is now a series on AMC, tells ABC Radio he can't wait for September 6, when It: Chapter 2 debuts.

The trailer for the anticipated film, based on Stephen King's classic horror novel, went viral nearly as soon as it was launched at San Diego's Comic Con Thursday afternoon.  No surprise, considering its 2017 predecessor was a huge blockbuster.

Joe Hill credits the level of interest in the sequel to the director of both movies.

"Andy Muschietti...makes films with terrific heart," he explains. "He does do scary films, horror films, but...even when his characters are in tremendous trouble, you sense how much he cares about them...how much he loves those characters."

The sequel picks up 27 years after the events of the first, which saw the Losers Club of Derry, Maine successfully defeat Pennywise, the evil clown -- or, at least, that what they thought. The trailer shows the adult versions of the our heroes, this time around played James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader, among others -- tangling with Bill Skarsgård's demonic character once again.

Muschietti's care in representing the onscreen pals was key to the movie's success, King says.

"We don't associate feelings of warmth with horror, but he makes tremendously warm films where we...just love those people and and we wish the best for them -- and instead, usually, they have to face the worst."

He enthuses, "No one's no one's more excited for the next It film than I am."

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Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The first trailer for the big-screen version of CATS debuted Thursday, and reaction has been decidedly mixed. For everyone who loved seeing Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson turned into furry felines via CGI, there were others who saw the effect as downright creepy.

One of those in the "creepy" camp was Twitter user Ian Abramson, who mashed up the CATS trailer with the ominous and scary-sounding remix of Luniz' I Got 5 On It" that director Jordan Peele used in the trailer for his horror film Us.

Abramson's mashup was then retweeted by none other than Peele himself.

"I think it fits better," Abramson wrote.  "Yes," was Peele's simple endorsement.

CATS arrives in theaters on December 20.

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Courtesy of Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- In today's Season 11 premiere of Netflix's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Eddie Murphy takes a ride with Jerry Seinfeld, and tells him that he's finally returning to the stand-up stage.

Murphy, whose stand-up specials Delirious and Raw basically gave birth to the idea of a comic who could be as famous as a rock star, hasn't grabbed a mic in years.

He revealed to fellow stand-up vet Seinfeld that the late Don Rickles urged him to return and added, "I'm going to do it again. Everything just has to be right...You have to get up there and start working out."

"You have to hit the clubs," Jerry agreed, meaning the small comedy venues where they work out their material.

"You should buy the Comic Strip, and I'll come and work out there," Murphy joked, referring to the famous New York City club where the pair first appeared way back in the Reagan Era.

"If you want to do that, I'll do it. I'll call it 'Jerry Seinfeld's Comic Strip,'" Seinfeld laughed.

But Murphy's return won't come cheap.  TMZ reports that Netflix is negotiating with him for a standup special now, with a payday in the neighborhood of 70 million bucks.

Season 11 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee also features Seth Rogen, Jamie Foxx, Martin Short, two-time Seinfeld guest player Mario Joyner, returning passenger Ricky Gervais, Matthew Broderick, and others.

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Disney(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide Friday:

* The Lion King -- Jon Favreau, who directed Disney's hit live-action 2016 adaptation of The Jungle Book, also directed this highly anticipated live-action remake of the 1994 animated Disney classic. Donald Glover plays Simba, a young lion who must step up and take his place as the rightful king of his native land following the murder of his father, Mufasa -- voiced by James Earl Jones, reprising his role from the original -- at the hands of his uncle, Scar, voiced by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter also star. Rated PG.  Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* David Crosby: Remember My Name -- Cameron Crowe's documentary on the folk-rock legend who co-founded The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Rated R.

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Universal Pictures(LONDON) -- "I am a cat now and somehow that was everything."

That's what Taylor Swift wrote as a caption as she posted the first official trailer for the new movie CATS on Instagram.  It's also posted on Twitter and YouTube.  Swift stars in the movie as Bombalurina, but she's just one of many big names in the A-list cast.

In the lengthy trailer, we also see Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, James Corden and Rebel Wilson all digitally covered in fur, yet still recognizable, dancing and doing cat-like things in London, which seems enormous because everything is seen from a cat's point of view. 

Jennifer Hudson, as Grizabella, belts out the movie's best-known number, "Memory.

Based on the wildly popular musical of the same name, CATS follows a group of "Jellicle cats," who vie to be selected by their leader, Old Deuteronomy, to travel to the "Heaviside layer" to start a new life. 

CATS, directed by Tom Hooper, hits movie theaters December 20.

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Pennywise is back in all of his bloody, pointy-teethed glory in the new trailer for It: Chapter Two.

The sequel to the 2017 adaptation of the iconic Stephen King novel picks up 27 years after the events of the first film, which saw the Losers Club of Derry, Maine successfully defeat the evil clown. Or, at least, that what they thought.

In the trailer, we see the adult versions of the our heroes, played James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader, among others, reunite after Pennywise, portrayed by Bill Skarsgård, returns to take revenge.

"For 27 years, I dreamt of you," Pennywise seethes. "I craved you, I've missed you."

It: Chapter Two opens September 6.

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Paramount Pictures(SAN DIEGO) -- Top Gun: Maverick is ready for takeoff.

Tom Cruise, who’s back in the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell for the Top Gun sequel, made a surprise appearance at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday and debuted the first trailer for the film.

“34 years ago, I made a movie in San Diego and shot across the street in a restaurant,” he told the crowd according to Deadline.

The first Top Gun and the sequel were both filmed in San Diego.

“I was always asked ‘When are you going to do another one?’ Well, you’ve been very patient with me,” Cruise continued. “I felt like it was my responsibility to really deliver for you.”

In the trailer, we see high-flying aviation stunts as well as Maverick being questioned by Ed Harris’ character. Maverick, still a captain after 30-plus years, is facing the end of dogfighting and the rise of drone technology.

“Maverick you should be headed to extinction,” Harris’ character says. To which Maverick responds, “Maybe so, sir, but not today.”

Miles Teller, Jon Hamm and Jennifer Connelly also star, along with Val Kilmer, reprising his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky.

Top Gun: Maverick is set to hit theaters next summer.

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Steve Iervolino/ABC Radio(LOS ANGELES) -- In an extensive interview with Deadline, Quentin Tarantino explores his upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in detail, but the conversation led to revelations about new projects, including a long-rumored R-rated take on Star Trek.

Speaking about his love for the beloved sci-fi property, Tarantino explains, "I love William Shatner on Star Trek...It's why I like Star Trek more than Star Wars, because William Shatner's not in Star Wars."

Tarantino's adaptation -- if he takes the director's chair -- would be based on a "really cool script" from The Revenant writer Mark L. Smith. "[I]f I'm going to do it, then I'm going to do it my way," the filmmaker says.

"If you've seen my nine movies, you kind of know my way is an R-rated way and a way that is without certain restrictions," he adds. "I think it would be more controversial if I said I'm going to do a PG movie."

Tarantino praised the J.J. Abrams-produced reboot's Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who played, respectively, a "fantastic" and "perfect" Kirk and Mr. Spock, but sniped at the Simon Pegg, who played Scotty and co-wrote Star Trek Beyond.

"He doesn't know anything about what's going on...[H]e's like 'Well, look, it's not going to be Pulp Fiction in space.' Yes, it is!" Tarantino laughs. "It'll be Pulp Fiction in space. If I do it, that's exactly what it'll be."

Quentin added, "Deadpool showed that you can rethink these things, do them in a different way. So really, even before J.J. knew what the idea was, his feeling was, if it wants to be an R rating, fine."

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino and many others, opens July 26.

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Courtesy of Sesame Workshop(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- Oscar winner Sally Field and the acclaimed TV show Sesame Street will be among the recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors.

The recipients are being honored for their "lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts," with the primary criterion being "excellence."

In a statement, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein said, "Sally Field has brought us unforgettable characters, both joyous and poignant, for more than five decades."

Of the only TV show to ever receive the honor, Rubenstein said, "Sesame Street continues to revolutionize how children and adults learn about our world."

The statement adds that "The co-founders of Sesame Street, Joan Ganz Cooney and Dr. Lloyd Morrisett, will accept the Kennedy Center Honors on behalf of the show, Muppets creator Jim Henson, seminal Muppets artists Caroll Spinney and Frank Oz, and the thousands of creatives who have built the program's 50-year legacy.''

Singer Linda Ronstadt and the group Earth, Wind & Fire will also be feted at the star-studded Washington, D.C., ceremony on December 8, which will subsequently air December 15 on CBS.

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L-R: Rogen, Oliver, Eichner/Disney(NEW YORK) -- When Billy Eichner was a struggling actor in 2002, bartending at the Broadway production of The Lion King, he never thought he'd be starring in the new CGI version of the Disney favorite -- let alone singing on the same track as Beyoncé.

"Circle of Life!" he marveled, quoting one of the film's classic songs.

In the reboot of the 1994 classic, Eichner, best known for Billy on the Street, plays quick-witted meerkat Timon.  His BFF, Pumbaa the warthog, is played by Seth Rogen.

"I think Seth and I are now on the iTunes chart with Beyoncé on "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," which is very exciting and bizarre," Eichner said on ABC's Good Morning America.

"I'm sure she's thrilled," he joked. "Our styles compliment each other."

"And the movie -- I've seen it twice now -- it is unlike anything anyone has ever seen," Eichner added. "It's so beautiful what [director] Jon Favreau [and] the designers have done. It's insane."

In addition to Rogen, Eichner and Beyonce, the film also stars the voice talents of Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, Keegan-Michael Key, and James Earl Jones, among others.

The Lion King hits theaters Friday.

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Vivian Zink/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- A.P. Bio, dropped by NBC back in May after two seasons, has been resurrected for NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The comedy, from executive producers Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers and showrunner Mike O'Brien, stars Glenn Howerton as a disgraced Harvard philosophy professor turned high school biology teacher.

Patton Oswalt also stars -- and on Twitter, he was credited in part with saving the show by O'Brien, "for being the first and biggest promoter of #SaveAPBio." The hashtag attracted an outpouring of support from fans.

To them, O'Brien enthused, "This happened because of all you guys! We're extremely thankful!"

NBCUniversal's still-unnamed streaming service is set to launch in 2020; as previously reported, it will become the exclusive new streaming home of The Office, which is currently available on Netflix.

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LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Javier Bardem, who won an Oscar for playing the relentless psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh in 2007's No Country for Old Men, is lightening up quite a bit for his next role.

The actor's reportedly in talks to play King Triton in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, according to Variety.

Bardem would join a cast that, so far, includes grown-ish actress and Chloe x Halle singer Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as her evil aunt, Ursula, and Awkwafina as Scuttle.

Harry Styles is also reportedly in early talks to play Prince Eric.

Bardem, who also played the villainous Raoul Silva in the 2012 Bond film Skyfall, will next be seen as Stilgar in writer/director Denis Villeneuve's forthcoming film adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, Dune, opposite Timothee Chalamet and Josh Brolin.

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