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Taika Waititi

Thor: Ragnarok: Director Taika Waititi (above) says that Sakaar, also known as Planet Hulk, will be one of the settings for Thor: Ragnarok, confirming a long-discussed rumor. In the Marvel comics, mighty Hulk has been deemed too dangerous for Earth and is exiled, ending up on Sakaar as an enslaved gladiator. In the movie, Mark Ruffalo will once again portray Bruce Banner, also known as Hulk. It’s due on November 3, 2017. [Total Film via Collider]

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Mary Poppins Returns: Dick Van Dyke (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, above) says that he and Angela Lansbury have joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns. The sequel, starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep, is set during the 1930s and follows the children from the original as they face new challenges in adulthood. The movie is scheduled for release on December 25, 2018. [THR]

Grant Heslov and George Clooney

The White Helmets: George Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov (above) are endeavoring to adapt a short documentary into a narrative feature. Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, The White Helmets follows volunteers in Syria who risk their lives to rescue bombing victims. It’s on the short list of possible nominees for an Academy Award as Best Documentary Short Subject. [Deadline]

Patriots Day

Patriots Day Trailer: A new trailer for Patriots Day features new footage as local citizens talk about how the community responded to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons and Michelle Monaghan star; Peter Berg directed. The movie opens in Boston, New York and Los Angeles tomorrow and in wide release on January 13. [Movieclips]

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