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Dwayne Johnson Won’t Be In The Shazam Movie

The DC Extended Universe received a huge shot in the proverbial arm thanks to the arrival of Wonder Woman in theaters. Anyone who hoped the presence of Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming Shazam movie will be disappointed. Johnson won’t be debuting the anti-hero Black Adam in the upcoming film. The reason for removing Johnson and the Black Adam character from the film vary. The somewhat chaotic behind-the-scenes drama at Warner Bros. and D.C. Entertainment — due, in part, to the poor reception of Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad — led to many changes.

The total revamping of Ben Affleck’s The Batman was the most well-publicized project changes. The removing of Johnson from Shazam could have far greater repercussions than would be the case with a page-one rewrite and production delay of The Batman.

Honestly, how many people know who Shazam is? The character debuted as the original Captain Marvel many decades ago during the Golden Age of Comics as a Superman clone. Eventually, the rights were purchased by D.C. Comics and the hero’s name was changed to Shazam over the years. Obviously, D.C. Comics didn’t want a character with the word “Marvel” in the name.

Shazam, still called Captain Marvel, would get a Saturday morning television show in the 1970’s. After the show’s cancellation, the hero become a somewhat obscure B-level hero.

Making a Shazam movie has potential but star power really is necessary to help draw in audience attention since the D.C. Extended Universe has had more critical misses than hits. With no Batman, Joker, or Superman to help the film, singing on Dwayne Johnson definitely would assist the box office. Now “The Rock” is out. Shazam’s success potential becomes questionable.

Dwayne Johnson will appear as Black Adam in a solo film and also as The Wolfman in the Universal Dark Universe.

James Gunn Squashes MCU Rumors

The Marvel Cinematic Universe changes after Avengers 4. This news is hardly new. The creative and executive teams behind the success of the films always noted plans entailed replacing the classic heroes with newer ones. Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, and others move up the ladder while Thor, Iron Man, Captain American, and The Hulk are deemphasized.

James Gunn, the man responsible for the wild success of The Guardians of the Galaxy films, recently spoke out on rumors about a total reboot of the MCU. Gunn pretty much squashed the rumors. Per Gunn’s Twitter account, the director stated the rumors are “Not true” and “Guardians…will continue on.”

Gunn’s beloved Guardians of the Galaxy team will get a cameo in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie. So, he does have an inside track on these things. Gunn’s sequel to the original Guardians looks like it will greatly perform better than the hyped Spider-Man: Homecoming. Gunn might not maintain decision making power over the various different franchises, but he is a major name on the creative end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Consider Gunn a very credible source on the matter.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to look a lot different in the near future. Whether the “B level” characters can replace the most legendary ones remains to be seen. As long as Guardians of the Galaxy continues to sell tremendous amounts of tickets, the space opera team will play a large part in the MCU’s plans. Gunn then remains a vitally important creative person in the Disney/Marvel Studios mix.

Gunn’s talents could transfer from The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise as well. If one of the B-level heroes needs a better direction, Gunn positively could lend a credible assist.

Will this have to occur? Anything remains possible.

All-Stars Join The Eagles Onstage in Tribute to Glenn Frey

The convergence of musical legends doesn’t occur too often, yet those attending The Eagles concert on July 15 at Dodgers Stadium were treated to an unexpected duet. That was when Bob Seger joined the band onstage to sing their signature tune, Heartache Tonight.

The Eagles were appearing as part of their Classic West concert series with Fleetwood Mac, with the concert marking the first time the band had performed a full concert since the death of Glenn Frey 18 months ago. Frey was an integral component for the band and wrote a number of its biggest hits.

Seger’s connection to the band was related to the fact that nearly a half-century ago, he and Frey had recorded the song, Rambling Gambling Man. That took place in 1968 and remains one of Seger’s own signature songs.

Video that was posted online of The Eagles and Seger singing together was quickly taken off, yet Seger wasn’t the only one to help the band sing along. Country singer Vince Gill, who in the past has cited The Eagles as a heavy influence in his own songwriting, joined the group for three songs: Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid in Town and Take It to the Limit.

Yet most likely the most poignant part of the evening was when Frey’s son, Deacon, joined the band onstage. Three songs that his father had written and made famous: Already Gone, Peaceful Easy Feeling and Take It Easy, were the selections and were met with rousing applause from the audience.

The concert series itself, which involves two concerts in Los Angeles with Fleetwood Mac, followed by two more in New York, was something most Eagles fans never expected to see again. That was because two months after Frey died, Don Henley indicated that the group would never perform again.

Ed Sheeran Appears on Game of Thrones—and the World Goes Wild

Although he was only onscreen for a few moments—and his character didn’t really have much to do besides sing—Ed Sheeran’s brief cameo on the Game of Thrones premiere managed to rule social media mentions. Behind Arya Stark, Sheeran’s character was the most talked about on the entire episode. During an unusually peaceful scene for Arya, Sheeran’s lovely singing voice can be heard as Arya rides through the forest.

Although Sheeran and his cohorts are dressed in Lannister army attire, Arya quickly responds to their request for her company. As she approaches, she mentions that she has never heard the song that Sheeran is singing. He replies that is a new song, so it makes sense that Arya never would have heard it before. After all, she has been away from King’s Landing ever since her father was publicly assassinated by Joffrey. Offering a rare moment of respite for Arya, as well as some companionship, this scene has her sharing rabbit meat and wine with the soldiers for her most hated enemy—Cersei Lannister.

When the army men ask why Arya is going back to the filth of King’s Landing, she replies that she is going to kill the queen. After an awkward second or two, the group of men bursts into laughter, assuming that she is joking. Obviously, they don’t know Arya’s true nature! Although they don’t know it, the reason they are in the area is to clean up the mess that she has created—all of the dead Freys that Arya has annihilated due to their participation in her mother’s murder. The public reaction to Sheeran’s cameo may have been mixed, but there is no doubt that Game of Thrones fans were beyond thrilled to get started on the seventh season of the award-winning program.

Oscar Isaac Returns to Shakespeare in the Park in ‘Hamlet’

Oscar Isaac is currently appearing in a production of Hamlet at The Public Theater off Broadway. The star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes his appearance as Shakespeare’s melancholy Danish prince in a production that runs June 20, 2017 and runs through September 3rd.

Isaac previously played the male lead in Romeo and Juliet opposite Lauren Ambrose in Michael Greif’s production at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. He has also played Proteus in the John Guare/Mel Shapiro/Galt MacDermot rock musical version of Two Gentlemen of Verona, which played at the Public Theater in 2005.

The production is directed by Tony-winning director (Best Direction of a Musical for Fun Home, 2015) Sam Gold. Gold previously produced Shakespeare’s Othello at the New York Theatre Workshop in the autumn of 2016.

It also features Keegan Michael Key, one half of the comedy duo Key and Peele whose Comedy Central show ran 2012-2015. Key plays Horatio, friend and counselor to the prince.

Hamlet’s artistic director is Oskar Eustis. Eustis made news recently for his work on The Public’s recent production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. The contemporary take on Caesar drew criticism, particularly in conservative circles, for drawing comparisons between Caesar and President Donald Trump. Eustis calls Hamlet “the greatest dramatic work in the history of the universe.”

Unfortunately, Star Wars fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the more Shakespearean side of Poe Dameron will have to have their tickets already, as the show is now sold out for its entire run.

“Game of Thrones” Creators Reveal New “Coinfederate” TV Show

The latest season of “Game of Thrones” has only now reached our screens with season seven thought to be penultimate in the run of what is often described as the biggest TV show in the world. With only a few episodes in the final season eight needing to be filmed the thoughts of fans and industry insiders have now turned to what the stars, writers, and creators of “Game of Thrones” will do next; in the case of showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss the answer has already been revealed as the writers have been given the green light from HBO to develop their long rumored “Confederate” series, according to the BBC.

Season seven of “Game of Thrones” began with a fanfare of critical and fan acclaim and continued to occupy much of the media coverage for HBO, but the details of the new show from the award-winning creators of the show will not feature a fantastical world in the same sense as the mythical world of “Westeros”. The premise for “Confederate” revolves around an alternate history of the U.S. where the southern Confederate states of the U.S. Civil War break free of the north and retained a culture of slavery.

Deadline reports the idea for “Confederate” has been on the books of Benioff and Weiss for a number of years as they have discussed the options open to them in terms of feature films and television shows. Eventually, the creative freedom allowed by the U.S. cable network HBO proved enough to tempt the “Game of Thrones” creators to remain with the channel to create another imagined universe; alternative history shows have moved front and center in recent years with Amazon’s “The Man in High Castle” and the BBC drama “SS-GB” have all followed the alt-history route to popularity.

Elton John Is Back With His Iconic Hits On YouTube

Bernie Taupin and Elton John are one of the most acclaimed songwriting teams of all time. They have been working with YouTube in regards to a new global competition. The competition is looking for the three most iconic of their hits from the early 1970’s. These hits are Tiny Dancer, Bennie and the Jets and Rocket Man. The winning submissions were revealed by the pair at the Cannes Film Festival. This marked the duo’s 50th anniversary of their partnership in music.

Elton John admitted to being both amazed and moved by the videos presented and the overall process. He feels creativities future has become collaborative and fuses technology with art. He thinks the ability to open up his work and be able to share it with the creative talents of the next generation is fantastic. The process giving him the ability to have his work viewed all over the world on YouTube was responsible for a large portion of his amazement. For additional information on Elton John please visit

The animated clip of Rocket Man by Majid Adin was brilliant. It highlighted the lyrics based on a lonely astronaut with stunning and visually captivating precision. The visual tale draws on Adin’s past when he was a refugee from Iran on his way to England. He was a graduate of fine arts and animation production and had made a journey through Europe. This was during the time of the refugee crisis in 2015 and some of his time was spent in a camp in the Calais Jungle before the United Kingdom granted him asylum. The words of Bernie Taupin become melancholy in this particular setting and the line about how it has been a long, long time repeating draws attention to the uncertainty of his future. The animated clip was a definite success.

Sisqo Returns With Smash Hit

Art is the ability to take a thought, concept or feeling and express it in a manner that is possible for people of all backgrounds to relate to. Reading this MTV article about the new thong song remix would show you that art is something which constantly evolves and manages to stay relevant to society. It is often extremely easy for artists to get left behind with the times, but this is not the case with the Thong Song by Sisqo. Instead, it is known as a cult favorite that people rely on to show their love to the female body. If you love butts, this song has you covered by offering a tasteful way to express that love. The Thong Song became a smash hit and Billboard chart topper in the year 1999, but it refuses to be left in the dust. Instead, Sisqo has just released a newly remixed version for 2017 that is well worth listening to. If you are asking yourself why now?

Sisqo waited 18 years to release a song that reminded fans of his smash hit song and the time is now to offer a new take on the ode to revealing underwear. The difference in this new version would be a tropical feel and faster beat that lends to a track which feels like it is just being released for the first time. If you love thongs, you will even enjoy the video. A great video should not just help you to understand the song, but it should serve as a companion to the music that gets you more interested in playing the song on repeat. The good news is that the new Thong Song video does all of these things as so much more. It might be 2017, but it’s starting to feel like 1999 all over again.

Batman” Director Explains His Aversion To Netflix

As the war epic “Dunkirk” makes its way to theaters around the world the director of the critically acclaimed movie, Christopher Nolan, has continued his war of words with the Netflix streaming service, against whom he has made his antipathy clear over recent months, according to Den of Geek. Nolan compared the decision of Netflix to simultaneously release movies to theaters and its streaming service at the same time as the major problem he has with the rise of the U.S. based company.

One of the world’s best loved filmmakers, Christopher Nolan has been part of the “Batman” franchise and directed critical and box office successes, including “Inception” and has already seen critics acclaim “Dunkirk” as his best movie to date. Towards the start of 2017 the U.K. based director made clear the problems he has with the Netflix service, including his belief the company is looking to bring an end to theatrical distribution options for the filmmakers who accept funding from the company; Nolan is not the only film professional who has issues with Netflix, a feeling that became clear when the opening of the Netflix movie “Okja” was booed during the Cannes Film Festival.

Netflix has not followed the model created by Amazon who provides a 90-day window for the theatrical release of movies backed by their studio for movies to be released in theaters to enable them to be enjoyed in the ratio suggested by each individual director. Christopher Nolan believes Netflix should follow the lead of Amazon Studios and those of other streaming services to show their commitment to remaining at the forefront of the movie production industry and want to become a major player in movie production.

Art by Men: Finding Inspiration in Misfortunes

Art takes numerous forms in a manner that is only matched by the inspirations behind them. It ranges from a simple and mundane arrangement of lines to complex 3 dimensional art pieces and paintings. Many artists draw inspirations for their mesmerizing art pieces from imagination, positive events and thoughts. Others, however, find inspiration in misfortunes such as death and accidents. It is such dark experiences that are inspirations behind some of the best art pieces in the world. One such artist who has drawn inspiration from a misfortune to develop a unique piece of art is Dmitriy Balandin. The Ukrainian piece of art is in the form of an exoskeleton made of wood. The exoskeleton art is carved in the form of walking aid. The versatility in the art is reflected in its functionality as it also doubles up as a low-cost walking aid for those suffering walking disabilities.

The beauty of art is in the story behind it. Understanding the story or inspiration behind any piece of art is crucial in establishing a deeper connection with the artist. It is also important in establishing a deeper understanding of the art. This is because art is an important outlet for releasing emotional built up for many artists. For example, many artists have used the art to mourn their losses while other such as the Chinese artist, Lei Chak Man, have merged the two contrasting concepts of life and death to create very inspiring art pieces. The progression and revolutionary changes that have taken place within the field art have been as a result of such artists who are not afraid to think outside the box. They allow audiences to look at the big picture in any piece of art. Fundamentally, art has the potential of inspiring inventions in other fields including biopic and technology if the imaginations of the artists are put into practice.