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• The NBA London Game 2019 will feature a regular-season game between the Washington Wizards and the New York Knicks in The O2 on Thursday, Jan. 17. Marketing partners include Foot Locker, Gatorade, Nike, SAP and Tissot, with additional partners to be unveiled in the coming months.

• The Denver Broncos home field is getting a temporary name change to Broncos Stadium at Mile High. It had been Sports Authority Field at Mile High, but the national sporting goods retailer, which had been based in Englewood, Col., ceased operations in July 2016. A search for a more permanent naming rights holder is currently underway.

• Per AP Sports: Burger King in Russia ran a promotion on social media offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to any women who become pregnant by World Cup players. The offer was then deleted, In a statement Wednesday to AP, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online. (It) does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

• The PGA TOUR has signed a deal with Facebook to distribute exclusive Saturday and Sunday live competition coverage, on a free basis, from eight tournaments leading into the FedExCup Playoffs for the 2017-18 season. Airing on Facebook Watch in the U.S., coverage begins at the Travelers Championship on June 23-24. Other events in 2018 include: Quicken Loans National; A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier; John Deere Classic; RBC Canadian Open; World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational; Wyndham Championship; and The Northern Trust.

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MLB has released the leaders by position for the 2018 All-Star Game (as of June 19), with voting sponsored by Camping World. (Voting ends July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.)

American League: 1B José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), 2B José Altuve (Houston Astros), SS Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles), 3B  José Ramirez (Cleveland Indians); OF Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels). Aaron Judge (New York Yankees), Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox); Wilson Ramos (Tampa Bay Rays), Gary Sanchez (New York Yankees); DH Victor Martinez (Detroit Tigers).

National League: 1B Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), 2B Ozhaino Albies (Atlanta Braves), SS Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), 3B Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies); OF Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers), Nick Markakis (Atlanta Braves), Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals); C Wilson Contreras (Chicago Cubs),Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants).

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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (June 15-17)

1. Incredibles 2 - Disney - $180 M ($231.5M worldwide)
2. Ocean's 8 - Warner Bros. - $19.6M
3. Tag - Warner Bros. - $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - Disney - $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 - 20th Century Fox - $8.8M
6. Hereditary - A24 - $7M
7. Superfly - Sony - $6.3M
8. Avengers: Infinity War - Disney - $5.3M
9. Adrift - STX Entertainment - $2.1M
10. Book Club - Paramount - $1.9M
11. A Wrinkle In Time - Disney - $1.8M
12. Gotti - Vertical Entertainment - $1.7M

NOTE: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Universal $173.6M international (opens in U.S. June 22)

SOURCE: COMSCORE.com

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Jan062016

How Super Heroes, Heroines, Villains, Rebels, Aliens Plan To Crash Super Bowl 50

By Barry Janoff

January 5, 2016: Heading into Super Bowl XLIX last February, Hollywood was all abuzz about such upcoming movies as Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Pt. II, James Bond's Spectre and, atop the list, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Heading into Super Bowl 50, movie fans can start a new buzz as they anticipate the arrival of an array of icons from the DC Universe (including Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman), the Marvel Solar System (including Ironman, Spider-Man, Deadpool, Captain America, Black Widow and X-Men), video game classics (Warcraft, Assassin's Creed), visitors who invade Earth (Independence Day: Resurgence), others who boldly go where no man has gone before (Star Trek Beyond) and those seek to save planets in a galaxy far, far away (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

Following is a Baker's Dozen of the films most likely to get air time during the Big Game on CBS on Feb. 7, which would put them in front of a viewing audience that will top 100 million.

Marvel's Deadpool
20th Century Fox/Marvel
February 12
Dir. Tim Miller; Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Gina Carano

Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is a top Special Forces op who acquires accelerated healing powers after becoming the subject of unsanctioned experimentation and morphs into the mercenary Deadpool.

London Has Fallen
Millennium Films
March 4
Dir. Babak Najafi; Gerard Butler,  Charlotte Riley, Morgan Freeman

The sequel to Olympus Has Fallen (2013) finds Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) in London (mostly) single-handedly trying to prevent the assassination of the President of the U.S. and a bevy of other key worldwide leaders who have gathered for the funeral of the Prime Minister.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Warner Bros./DC Entertainment
March 25
Dir. Zack Snyder; Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

Superman (Cavill) and Batman (Affleck) face-off in an epic battle of good vs. evil (who is which depends on your point of view), leaving Lex Luthor (Jessie Eisenberg) free to take over Metropolis with his Doomsday creation, leading to the arrival of such super heroes as Wonder Woman, Flash and Aquaman.


Captain America: Civil War
Marvel Entertainment/Walt Disney Studios
May 6
Dirs. Anthony Russo, Chris Russo; Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen

A convergence of Marvel heroes and villains face off, with lines of division often blurred, including Black Widow (Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Olsen), Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland), with Captain America (Evans) pitted against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).
 

X-Men: Apocalypse
Marvel Entertainment/20th Century Fox
May 27
Dir. Bryan Singer; Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender

The rise of Apocalypse (Issac), believed to be the world's first mutant, tests the minds, mettle and makeup of Mystique (Lawrence), Magnetto (Fassbender), Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Quiksilver (Evan Peters).


Warcraft
Blizzard Entertainment/Universal
June 10
Dir. Duncan Jones; Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Robert Kazinsky

"For years we have been at peace. But something is coming. Dark forces are upon us." Based on the mega-hit video game series, the first of a planned series finds the humans of Azeroth fending off the invasion of Orcs who seek to conquer a new planet to replace their dying world of Draenor.

Finding Dory
Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures
June 17
Dirs. Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane; Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Hayden Rolence

Six months after she helped Marlin find his son, Nemo, memory-challenged Dory remembers flashes of her childhood off the coast of Monterey, Calif., and sets out to find her family, which includes Dad (Eugene Levy) and Mom (Diane Keaton).

Independence Day: Resurgence
20th Century Fox
June 24
Dir. Roland Emmerich; Joey King, Liam Hemsworth, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum

"This is definitely bigger than the last one!" Two decades ago, the President of the United States (Pullman) took to the skies to lead a rag-tag group of pilots in a successful mission to save the Earth. As a new threat of global destruction arises, President Whitmore and so is half of the team that implanted a deadly virus in the alien's Mother Ship (Goldblum, sans Will Smith) as well as his supportive dad (Judd Hirsch). But will it be enough to save the (independence) day?

The Legend of Tarzan
Warner Bros.
July 1
Dir. David Yates; Margot Robbie, Alexander Skarsgård, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz

Tarzan (Skarsgård) is leading a comparatively cushy life in London, but must return to his roots to solve a series of mysterious events at a mining camp deep in the jungle.


Star Trek Beyond
Paramount
July 22
Dir. Justin Lin; Chris Pine Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba

To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of  Star Trek (which first aired on NBC in September 1966), Capt. Kirk (Pine) leads his crew of familiar names with some new faces — Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Pegg), Uhura (Saldana) and Chekov (Anton Yelchin) — who find themselves stranded on a ruthless planet when the Enterprise is destroyed.

Suicide Squad
Warner Bros.
August 5
Dir. David Ayer; Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Scott Eastwood, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne

A play on the Dirty Dozen theme, Affleck plays Batman for the second time this year, here involved with a group of super-villains, including Deadshot (Smith), who are promised clemency from life sentences in prison if they band together and become anti-heroes to face foes including The Joker (Leto) and Harley Quinn (Robbie).

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
LucasFilm/Walt DIsney Pictures
December 16
Dir. Gareth Edwards; Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk

The initial stand-alone tale in the Star Wars Anthology Series, the plot of which takes place before the events of Star Wars (1977, aka Star Wars IV) follows a group of rebels who undertake a mission to steal plans for the Death Star.

Assassin's Creed
Ubisoft/20th Century Fox
December 23
Dir. Justin Kurzel; Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Brendan Gleeson

Based on the popular and cult favorite video game series, the story follows Fassbender as both 15th Century assassin Aguilar and his present-day descendant Callum Lynch, uncovering the mysteries behind and the knowledge of the Assassins Society, which enables Lynch to face the Order of the Knights Templar, an evil group from ages past that has evolved into an equally (f not more) evil modern cop orate giant.

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