LInkin Park cancels tour after Chester Bennington's death

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The band Linkin Park canceled its North American tour Friday after its lead singer, Chester Bennington, was found dead by hanging the day before.

“We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been canceled and refunds are available at point of purchase. Our thoughts go out to all those affected,” tour promoter Live Nation said in a statement.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed Friday that Bennington died by hanging. Coroner’s office spokesman Ed Winter says the 41-year-old rocker hanged himself from a bedroom door in his home near Los Angeles. Bennington was found dead Thursday.

Winter says a half-empty bottle of alcohol was found in the room, but no drugs were evident. Bennington struggled with drug and alcohol addictions at various times during his life.

A suicide note was not found.

An autopsy has not yet been scheduled.

Bennington was one of two lead vocalists for Linkin Park, which became one of the most commercially successful acts of the 2000s. They won countless awards, including Grammys, and their hits include “In the End,” ”What I’ve Done” and “Numb.”

'Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner says Sansa is 'woke now'

Jul 22, 2017 16

Sansa Stark is woke now, Alfie Allen has a cute dog and everyone got sick of answering all those questions about whether Jon Snow was dead or alive, but little else was revealed at the annual “Game of Thrones” panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

Speaking to a 6,500-person crowd during the show’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Sophie Turner was joined by some of her fellow cast mates include Alfie Allen (and Allen’s dog Abby), Gwendoline Christie, John Bradley, Isaac Hempsted Wright and Nathalie Emmanuel. Hodor actor Kristian Nairn moderated the gathering.

Notably missing were the show’s biggest stars, like Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey, as well as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

The popular HBO show kicked off its seven-episode seventh season on Sunday, with a new episode called Stormborn airing this Sunday.

As usual, the cast remained tight-lipped about the current season or the next, which is planned to be the series’ last.

Turner, whose Sansa Stark has emerged as a major player in the world of Westeros, said her once-naive character no longer sees the world through “rose-tinted glasses.”

“She’s woke now, guys, she’s real woke,” Turner said. “She’s cool, she trusts no one whether it be man or woman or family or not and I think that’s important when you play the game of thrones.”

She acknowledged the brewing tension between Sansa and her half-brother Jon Snow (Harington), who are now working together. ‘

“There is still that sibling rivalry back from when they were young. There’s still that sexism that’s ingrained in the culture,” she said. “He’s the military man, she’s the politician. I think they need to realize that they need to stop fighting for ultimate power and just work together.”

Speaking of Jon Snow, the cast members laughed about how annoying it was to have to answer questions about whether or not his character was alive or not for a year. The secretive show played coy about his fate between seasons five and six.

Actor John Bradley said they basically had to talk about it every five minutes “for a year.” Nairn added that in a moment of frustration, he just said “I don’t care,” which websites extrapolated to mean that he “hates Kit Harington.”

Christie, who also has a pivotal role in another property that inspires feverish fandom, Star Wars, said that she always loved Star Wars because it “gives a sense of home.”

Going into season seven of “Game of Thrones,” she said there is a similar feeling.

“I look forward to the resonance of Game of Thrones carrying on through people’s lives so that they have the same feeling of home and love for it,” Christie said.

Marvel TV shows 1st episode of 'The Defenders' at Comic-Con

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The head of Marvel Television surprised fans at Comic-Con Friday by showing the entire first episode of the new Netflix series “The Defenders.”

The show that unites superheroes Jessica Jones, Luka Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist premieres next month. Sigourney Weaver plays the villain.

Weaver and the rest of the cast, including Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Charlie Cox and Finn Jones, appeared during the presentation inside the San Diego Convention Center’s largest exhibit hall.

Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb got a surprise himself: He received the Comic-Con Inkpot Award just as he was beginning the presentation. Comic-Con’s programming director Eddie Ibrahim choked up as he presented Loeb with the award, saying his work in comics and television inspired his career path. The award recognizes achievements in sci-fi, fantasy and comics.

'Teen Wolf' cast makes special appearance for Make-A-Wish

Jul 22, 2017 16

The stars of “Teen Wolf” made a special appearance at Comic-Con Friday for an audience of one.

Nine members of the MTV show’s cast sat down for a meet-and-greet with 16-year-old super fan Sydney Lang, who came to Comic-Con with her family thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Sydney’s parents, Kevin and Gwen, said it was their first family vacation together so far from home. The couple owns a small business that they closed for the first time in 26 years to come to the pop-culture convention with their daughter, who has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Soft-spoken Sydney beamed and blushed as she walked into a room where Tyler Posey, Colton Haynes and other stars were chanting her name.

The teenager’s wish was to come to Comic-Con and attend the “Teen Wolf” panel, which she did on Thursday. Friday’s meeting with the cast was a special surprise.

She sat at a table with Posey, Haynes, Linden Ashby, Shelley Henning, Khylin Rhambo, Dylan Sprayberry, Charlie Carver, Cody Christian and Melissa Ponzio. They chatted with Sydney about her favorite characters and episodes and asked her about her life back home in Edmonton, Ontario, Canada. Henning playfully inquired whether Sydney had any personal connections to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and might make an introduction.

Afterward, Henning said she was grateful for the chance to meet Sydney.

“It puts everything in perspective,” the actress said.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation brought 14 young people and their families to Comic-Con this year, curating special experiences for each. The organization says the emotional lift kids and their families get from their Wish experience often aids in healing by providing a renewed sense of hope.

Besides the Lang family’s “Teen Wolf” experience, they planned to attend panels for such shows as “The Big Bang Theory” and “Doctor Who.” They spent time on the convention center floor, where Sydney added to her collection of Pop! figurines. The family also zipped over to the nearby San Diego Zoo, which Sydney’s younger brother, Ethan, was particularly excited about.

Dad Kevin Lang said they’ve been on the move morning to night and having a blast.

“They exceeded our expectations in the first half of the first day,” Lang said of the Make-A-Wish crew.

Sydney, meanwhile, was speechless. Her face-spanning smile said it all.

EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Bridges Marvels at Halle Berry's Comic-Con Chug, Reveals Channing Tatum Dances in 'Kingsman 2'

Jul 21, 2017 30

The cast of Kingsman: The Golden Circle don’t mess around when it comes to having a good time.

On Thursday, Halle Berry surprised fans at the San Diego Comic-Con panel for the Kingsman sequel when the actress downed a full glass of straight bourbon on stage, and didn’t miss a beat.

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ET caught up with Berry’s co-star, Jeff Bridges, after the event and the legendary actor couldn’t help but marvel at her impressive alcohol tolerance.

“Look, she’s pretty good. She’s still on her feet, man, and she just polished off a pint,” the 67-year-old Hell or High Water star said. “My God.”

In the hotly anticipated Kingsman sequel, the agents of the British secret spy agency are forced to team up with their American counterparts, the Statesman, to take down The Golden Circle, a mysterious group of super criminals who are a threat to humanity.

As Bridges explained to ET, while the Kingsman operate in secret using a fancy tailor shop as their front, the Statesmen operate a little differently — their front is a Bourbon distillery in Kentucky.

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And while the Kingsman use codenames based on Arthurian legend, the Statesmen use the names of different drinks — and Bridges, as their leader, goes by the moniker “Champagne.”

“[But] I don’t like champagne. It sounds a little, maybe too gentle for my taste,” Bridges joked. “I like to go with ‘Champ.'”

The decision makes sense, considering nothing about the Kingsman movies could really be described as “gentle.” From gory hand-to-hand fights to over-the-top, guns-blazing combat sequences, the first Kingsman broke new ground for action films, and Bridges says the fight scenes are just as impressive this time around.

“[They’re] excellent, excellent! And they’re under the watchful eye of our [director], Matthew Vaughn, who is just so brilliant at pulling this stuff off.”

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While Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson, Mark Strong and, inexplicably, Colin Firth are all reprising their roles as Kingsmen, Bridges and Berry are joined by franchise newcomers Pedro Pascal and Channing Tatum as Statesmen agents.

If the new trailer released on Thursday is any indication, Tatum certainly knows his way around a weapon — however, Bridges says fans are going to get to see the handsome star bust out a few dance moves between fight scenes.

” He does some dancing in this. [He’s] really good,” the Oscar winner teased. “It’s very appropriate to the character. I don’t want to give [anything away], I probably talked too much telling you that he shakes a leg. I probably shouldn’t have even said that, but I love his dancing.”

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits theaters Sept. 22.

Search locates fishing boat missing in 'Deadliest Catch' ocean waters

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A 98-foot crab fishing boat that sank in the icy waters where the “Deadliest Catch” hit TV show is filmed has been found after a lengthy search.

A NOAA research vessel found the Destination at the bottom of the Bering Sea– five months after it disappeared Feb. 11 with a crew of six, according to reports Thursday. The crew was fishing for snow crab near the remote island of St. George, Alaska, at the time.

“The vessel location is an instrumental piece of our investigation,” said Cmdr. Scott Muller, head of the Coast Guard’s investigation of the loss.

The mother of Destination crewman Kai Hamick told KOMO-TV she wants to know what happened.

“This is a good boat,” Judy Hamick told the station. “Why did this have to happen? Knowing that they found the boat is relief, but we know we still don’t have any bodies to recover.”

The NOAA ship, the Fairweather, found the Destination two weeks ago in 250-feet of water using multi-beam sonar, Q13 Fox reported.

In the spring, another NOAA ship, the Oscar Dyson, narrowed the search field using its multi-beam echo sounder, the station reported.

A Coast Guard dive team will investigate the sunken vessel in the next week or so.

“The crew and officers of Oscar Dyson and Fairweather were honored to assist the Coast Guard in this investigation,” said Captain Keith Roberts, NOAA Corps, commanding officer of NOAA’s Marine Operations Center – Pacific. “Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those lost aboard the Destination.”

The loss deeply affected members of Seattle’s close-knit community of deep sea crabbers, including those who have become stars on Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch,” like Capt. Keith Colburn.

“February 11 is going to be a day I remember the rest of my life,” Colburn told Fox News.

The discovery of the ship, Colburn said, “kind of opens old wounds but hopefully it will let us find some closure, too.”

“This is something that’s not going away in my life. It’s not going to go away,” he said.

Colburn was particularly close with Destination’s captain, Jeff Hathaway, and engineer, Larry O’Grady.

“Losing a ship only reinforces that we have to remain diligent and can’t let our guard down,” he said. “It only reinforces that our number one priority is safety. It has to be safety. My hope is that the Coast Guard can get in there and figure out what the hell went wrong.”

Fox News’ Matt Richardson contributed to this report.

Is Ben Affleck out as Batman?

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Rumors are swirling that Ben Affleck may be out as Batman. 

The Hollywood Reporter, citing sources, claims Warner Bros. is working to move the 44-year-old actor out of the role, possibly in favor a younger actor.

A rep for Affleck declined to comment. Reps for Warner Bros. did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment. 

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When Affleck was announced as the next Bruce Wayne, critics immediately slammed Warner Bros. choice and many cited the actor’s age as a factor.

With the studio planning to make an ongoing franchise with the release of “Justice League” and a slew of standalone films, Affleck’s caped crusader would be on the older side, especially compared to some of his heroic counterparts.

Additionally, there’s been trouble behind-the-scenes with the upcoming Batman flick for some time. Intially, Affleck was set to direct the film but he stepped down from the role in January.

It was revealed last week that the new director, Matt Reeves, had thrown away the script Affleck had penned.

When he was asked by MTV if he was using Affleck’s work he replied, “No, it’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”

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Otherwise, the world of DC super heroes is at its peak thanks to the immense popularity of “Wonder Woman” and the anticipation of the upcoming “Justice League” film.

'Walking Dead' Comic Con panel pays tribute to departed stuntman ahead of Season 8 trailer debut

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As expected, AMC used its gigantic Hall H panel at the San Diego Comic Con to unveil the first footage of Season 8. However, this year they handled the big reveal in a different way in an effort to acknowledge the recent tragedy that befell the show’s production.

According to Variety, moderator Chris Hardwick began the “Fear the Walking Dead” panel, which preceded the flagship series’ time on stage, by asking the crowd to observe a moment of silence for stuntman John Bernecker, who died last week after an on-set accident. Hardwick admitted that the network and minds behind the show weren’t sure if they should even hold their annual panel. These sentiments were later echoed by series showrunner Scott Gimple.

“We wanted to be here for you, we wanted to tell you about John and we wanted to show you what we’ve all been working on,” he said, before launching the excited crowd into the trailer for Season 8 of “The Walking Dead.”

The lengthy 5-minute trailer begins with a tense monologue from Negan in which he threatens Father Gabriel. From there, the trailer flashes to action shots of almost every character in the show, teasing the all-out-war storyline between Rick and his followers against Negan and his.

“When I first met him, Jesus said my world was going to get a whole lot bigger. And we found that world. We found each other. That bigger world is ours by right,” Rick says in a voiceover. “Those who use, and take, and kill, we end them! With everything we’ve beaten, everything we’ve endured, everything we’ve risen above, everything we’ve become – No matter what comes next, we’ve won. We’ve already won!”

It seems Rick is pretty confident about his faction’s chances of winning the war. Now, after the trailer, fans can be too. In a perplexing final button, Rick is seen waking up in bed with a cane next to him. His hair is gray and his beard is long, indicating that there will be some kind of time jump, or possibly dream sequence, in Season 8. Sadly, fans will have to wait until October to find out for sure.

'Big Bang Theory' stars discuss that big Season 10 cliffhanger

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Anyone who is a fan of CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was likely floored by the Season 10 finale cliffhanger. The stars of the hit comedy took the stage at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con where they could finally talk to fans about their reaction to the big moment.

[Spoiler Alert: The remainder of this article will discuss the Season 10 finale of “The Big Bang Theory.”]

After Sheldon inadvertently entertained an inappropriate relationship with another woman, he spent the last moments of the finale traveling to Princeton where he immediately got down on one knee and popped the big question to Amy. The moment comes at the peak of a long arc between the two characters that began when Mayim Bialik joined the cast in 2010. Now, with fans eagerly awaiting her answer, the cast took to the SDCC to share their feelings on the scene. According to Variety, they opened the discussion with Kaley Cuoco and Kunal Nayyar admitting that everyone was crying, except Johnny Galecki who claimed he came as close to crying as he’s capable of

“To see that be the pinnacle of this season was really cool,” Cuoco told the crowd. “We’ve all come such a long way.  

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That wasn’t the only behind-the-scenes moment that the cast shared with the Comic Con crowd. According to Entertainment Weekly, Cuoco and Galecki revealed the circumstances surrounding an on set injury from a prank gone awry.

In an effort to shock the cast and crew during a scene in which the two characters were fighting, Galecki jokingly pretended to punch his co-star in the face. However, the actress’ head accidentally caught a chair while she was falling and the end result was stitches in her eye brow.

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“We’re not allowed to do those jokes anymore,” Cuoco said with a laugh.

“The Big Bang Theory” will return for Seasons 11 and 12, which are expected to be the show’s last.

Charlie Sheen's '9/11' film's first trailer released

Jul 21, 2017 20

The first trailer has hit the web for Charlie Sheen’s upcoming drama about September 11th.

The trailer for the film, titled “9/11,” was released on Friday by Atlas Distribution.  

According to IMDb the plotline is based around five people who “find themselves trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center’s North Tower on 9/11. They work together, never giving up hope, to try to escape before the unthinkable happens.”

Sheen stars alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Gina Gershon, Luiz Guzman, Wood Harris and Jacqueline Bisset. The movie is based on the play by Patrick Carson, “Elevator.”

The film is set for a September 8th release.