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Sony is planning a female-centric 'Spider-Man' spin-off

Ever since The Amazing Spider-Man 2 grossed a mere $700 million worldwide, Sony has been shifting its plans for a Spidey-centric mega-franchise. Amazing Spider-Man 3 moved to 2018, a delay that would seem to scotch the previously announced Amazing Spider-Man 4. In its place, Sony fast-tracked The Sinister Six, a spin-off focused on Spidey’s nemesis superteam, to be helmed by Cabin in the Woods‘ Drew Goddard. And now there’s an even more intriguing project in development: EW has confirmed the Deadline report that Sony is developing a Spider-Man spin-off starring a female superhero. This would be the first female-superhero comic book film ever—besides Supergirl and Catwoman and Elektra—so for the sake of argument let’s pretend this would be the first female-superhero comic book film ever.

It’s unclear who would be the lead character of this potential Spidey spin-off. Pure brand recognition might point to the character Spider-Woman, a.k.a. Jessica Drew, a character with a byzantine comic book history. (She has variously been a clone of Peter Parker and a double-agent alien imposter.) The most likely candidate is almost certainly the Black Cat, an amoral superthief who was also Spider-Man’s most intriguing love interest by far. (Mary Jane, shmary jane.) Black Cat was kinda-sorta introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2; her real name is Felicia Hardy, and Felicity Jones played a character named Felicia, although she was such a non-entity in the film that a recasting/retconning would be inevitable. READ FULL STORY

So does it matter that 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is just 'The Avengers'?

Listen, fun is fun. Even fun that feels an awful lot like other fun—even fun that was specifically designed by a fleet of fun engineers to remind you at the microscopic level of fun you had two years and three months ago.

Thus: Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie that is undeniably fun, is also undeniably The Avengers. And Thor, and Iron Man, and Captain America: For all the chatter over the last couple years that Guardians would mark a wild departure from the Marvel Studios superhero safe zone, James Gunn’s space (rock) opera looks an awful lot like the nine other Marvel films, if you scrape away the mixtape-soundtrack and all the pastel-skinned aliens.

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Would all-girls 'Ghostbusters' be a stealth 'Bridesmaids' sequel?

For a long time, many intelligent, funny people have been frustrated in their efforts to resurrect the Ghostbusters. Back in 2010, Ivan Reitman, who directed the franchise’s first two blockbusters, finally told outlets that he planned to film the long-awaited third movie that year. It obviously didn’t happen. The major stumbling block has always been Bill Murray, who’s expressed his stubborn resistance to the very notion of another sequel in numerous amusing public appearances and interviews.

The franchise was dealt another blow when Harold Ramis died in February. Even though the potential sequel would focus on a new generation of Ghostbusters, the original crew—with or without Peter Venkman—was always meant to appear in a third movie, if only to symbolically pass the torch. Ramis’ passing put a damper on that spirit, so much so that Reitman quickly announced that he no longer would direct the film.

A Ghostbusters sequel is still in the works, but all the flux has allowed Sony to take a step back and rethink the future possibilities. According to VarietyBridesmaids director Paul Feig has had conversations with the studio about directing a Ghostbusters reboot—not a sequel—that would likely feature an all-female cast. Given Feig’s history of collaborating with Melissa McCarthy, it seems inevitable that she’d have a leading role in such a film—which raises a new possibility altogether. READ FULL STORY

Idina Menzel isn't the only mom who sings 'Let it Go'

We don’t mean to burst your Frozen bubble, but Idina Menzel doesn’t sing “Let it Go” to her 4-year-old son Walker all the time. “He tells me to shut up,” Menzel tells EW Radio’s Julia Cunningham and Mario Correa with a laugh. “He’s, like, over it. He doesn’t want to hear me sing.” Instead, he and his mother, currently on Broadway in If/Then, make up their own songs at bath time.

Even more adorable: Her son gets confused when he tells other kids that his mom sings “Let it Go,” and they insist, “So do our moms.” READ FULL STORY

Lee Pace names the sex scene he's rewound... a lot

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It’s a good weekend to be Lee Pace: He plays the blue-hued Ronan the Accuser in Guardians of the Galaxy, now in theaters, and his AMC show Halt and Catch Fire airs its season finale Aug. 3 at 10 p.m. ET.

You won’t get spoilers in our Pop Culture Personality Test, but you will learn about the actor’s love for Punky Brewster, Sanford and Son, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, and Team America: World Police. And isn’t that better?

Watch the video and read a full transcript below. READ FULL STORY

Listen to Anson Mount read a scene from 'The Breakfast Club'

Fans of Anson Mount know him as Bohannon on the AMC Western Hell on Wheels. But they may have also heard that he’s a huge fan of The Breakfast Club. EW had, which is why we asked him to perform a classic Bender-Claire scene with us when he popped by Entertainment Weekly Radio. It’s the best NSFW thing you’ll hear all day.  READ FULL STORY

'Guardians of the Galaxy' ending: Who was that? And other spoiler-y questions

The superhero movies released by Marvel Studios tend to downplay the more outré elements of their source material. Even the Thor films have mostly held back on the elaborate space-god architecture of the comic book’s mythology, defaulting to a few familiar fantasy-genre elements (evil elves, shining cities, magic-as-plot-shortcut). Not so with Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie which dives deep into a few different deep-space cultures. Perhaps fearful of scaring people off, the movie’s first act drops a lot of exposition grenades about the key points of Galaxy‘s Galaxy. Even if you can’t tell the Kree from the Xandarians, it’s made very clear who’s the bad guy (an unrecognizable Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser) and who the good guys are (the Nova Corps, aka Space-SHIELD.) READ FULL STORY

Ask Dalton: Must 'Star Wars' fans educate newbies?

Are DVR battles hurting your marriage? What are the ethics of sneaking food into theaters—or watching lowbrow reality TV? Our resident pop culture omnivore Dalton Ross offers his sage advice.

I work at a library. Someone asked to take out The Empire Strikes Back after admitting he had not seen Star Wars. What to do?
—JENNIFER (@apatch4that)

You’ve come to the right place with this, Jennifer. Not unlike C-3PO himself, I am fluent in more than 6 million forms of communication, including (but not limited to) geek, nerd, dork, dweeb, and wannabe Jedi. This offense is not as grievous—or General Grievous, if you will—as it would seem. For one thing, The Empire Strikes Back is unquestionably the best installment in the Star Wars franchise, so you can hardly blame someone for wanting to go straight to it. Boba Fett! Yoda! Luke sucking face with his own sister! It’s all there. Also, it’s not like this guy was skipping the entire original trilogy to go Gungan-style and rock a little Jar Jar Binks. All that said…NO! DO NOT GIVE HIM THE MOVIE! Clearly you need to protect this patron from himself. How can he be expected to fully understand why Alec Guinness is some sort of vaguely bossy ghost unless he watches the complete story unfold? So wave your hand in front of your face and tell him this is not the movie he’s looking for…yet. Then force him—no pun intended—to watch Star Wars first, and hope he doesn’t whine about it like Luke and his stupid Tosche Station power converters. READ FULL STORY

Can you name every costume in our Comic-Con supercut?

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As anyone who’s ever dreamed of wielding superpowers or living in a magical fantasy realm or fighting demons knows, San Diego Comic-Con is the ultimate safe space for geeks—as one Con-goer told EW earlier this month, “Nobody is judging you here.” That’s why attendees go all out, bedecking themselves in elaborate outfits that put some low-budget big-screen costumes to shame.

Some of the best cosplayers we saw at Comic-Con this year make appearances in the following video, including one extremely convincing Han Solo in carbonite, more than one Daenerys Targaryen, a pair of Breaking Bad enthusiasts in yellow hazmat suits, a ninja turtle, someone channeling Barf from Spaceballs, a Bob’s Burgers-themed family (including one dressed like a burger), a Bane, a Hellboy, the Queen of Hearts, and a whole bunch more.

Ultimate geek cred question: How many of their costumes can you identify?

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Watch Vin Diesel say 'I am Groot' in French, Spanish, Mandarin, and more

In this weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel essays the role of Groot, a giant space tree. In addition to Groot’s other lovable traits, he only ever says three words: “I am Groot!”

But recording the part was no walk in the park for the Fast & Furious star. Marvel has released several videos showing how Diesel re-recorded the line in multiple languages: French, Spanish, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese. And Jimmy Fallon even tested Diesel by asking him to say the line in Mandarin. READ FULL STORY

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