News Nuggets: Biggest winners of Comic-Con are ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Outlander’

The biggest winners at Comic-Con in San Diego from this past week are films “Suicide Squad” and “Deadpool” plus television show “Outlander.” Considered to be “the most likely to succeed,” the movie “Suicide Squad” stars Oscar champ Jared Leto, Will Smith, Viola Davis, and Margot Robbie. Actor Ryan Reynolds potentially has “a triumphant comeback” with “Deadpool,” especially after his superhero film “Green Lantern” fizzled. The Starz epic drama “Outlander” stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe “delighted audiences with their personalities” in a lighthearted panel. The Wrap

Universal’s “Minions” rules the box office this weekend, racking up an impressive $115.2 million in its debut. The sequel to “Despicable Me” just missed the studio’s record-setting pace of “Shrek the Third,” which made $121.6 million in 2007. The second spot is held by “Jurassic World” with $18.1 million. Third position is owned by Pixar’s “Inside Out” with $17.1 million. Variety

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Ryan Lattanzio views the new “Southpaw” behind-the-scenes training video and says the transformation by Jake Gyllenhaal is the “stuff awards are made of.” He reminds that Christian Bale (“The Fighter”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Fighters Club”) have recently won Oscars for doing such work. Executive producer Harvey Weinstein has promised that Gyllenhaal will land a Best Actor nomination for his upcoming role as a boxer. Thompson on Hollywood

Actor and comedian Joel McHale hosts the ESPY Awards this Wednesday live from Los Angeles. Honoring the best in sports from this past year, presenters will include Mike Epps, Ed Helms, LeBron James, Chris Long, Danica Patrick, Richard Sherman, Britney Spears, Kiefer Sutherland, Vince Vaughn, and J.J. Watt. E! Online

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FX releases the first promo for “American Horror Story: Hotel,” which wil debut this fall. While star Jessica Lange will not return, previous anthology cast members who will be back include Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Matt Bomer, Evan Peters, and Sarah Paulson. Pop star Lady Gaga will be checking in for the first time. TV Line

Legendary composer Ennio Morricone will score his first Western film in over 40 years. He is working with Quentin Tarantino for the December release of “The Hateful Eight.” He helped popularize the genre with scores for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Once Upon a Time in the West.” His career has included five Oscar nominations for “Days of Heaven” (1978), “The Mission” (1986), “The Untouchables” (1987), “Bugsy” (1991), and “Malena” (2000), but his only Academy Award was an honorary one in 2007. Newsweek

Broadway marquees will dim this Wednesday in memory of Roger Rees, who died at age 71 on Friday in New York. The actor won a Tony Award in 1982 for his lead role in “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby,” a role which also brought him an Emmy nomination a year later. His final project was co-starring with Chita Rivera in the Broadway musical “The Visit” this spring. He was also well known for his recurring roles on “Cheers” and “The West Wing.” Deadline

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