Marvel Announces Exclusive Agreement with Kelly Thompson

The acclaimed writer of Hawkeye and Rogue & Gambit joins the House of Ideas for new and exciting projects

Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce that writer Kelly Thompson will bring her creativity and captivating storytelling to Marvel in an exclusive agreement.

Thompson’s run of Hawkeye, which wraps up this March, has received critical acclaim thanks to the sharp characterization of its female-led protagonist Kate Bishop. Along with the series being spotlighted in several “Best Of” lists, including CBR’s “Best Comics of 2017,” Wired’s “6 Best Comics of 2017,” and IGN’s “Best of 2017 Nominees,” Thompson has been heralded by Vox as “one of the best new talents in comic books” and has a resume at Marvel that includes acclaimed books such as Captain Marvel & The Carol Corps and Journey To Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma.

Currently, Thompson is writing the mini-series Rogue & Gambit, which has drawn rave reviews and excitement from X-Men fans and new readers alike. With more fun surprises in store for the future, she will continue to bring her talents to both fan-favorite characters and well-known Marvel heroes going forward.
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Def Leppard’s Entire Discography Now Available On Streaming

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Phonogram (Europe)
Mercury (US and Japan)

They may be a couple of steps behind the streaming landscape but on Friday, Def Leppard is finally ready to get rocked as the classic catalog of the band is now available for streaming, the English rock band announced on it’s website and social media.

It’s officially #DefLeppardDay! For the first time EVER stream & download our entire catalog globally.” the band posted on Twitter. The band’s catalog is now available for streaming and download on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora and many other digital platforms.

Def Leppard is one of the world’s best-selling artists, having sold more than 100 million records. In 1987, they released their fourth album which would become their best-selling album to date “Hysteria.” The album spawned seven hit singles including their lone chart topper, the power ballad “Love Bites.” They remain one of the only five rock bands with two original studio albums that sold over 10 million in the U.S.

The band’s sentiments about streaming platform wasn’t always a positive one. They were one of the major artists opposed to streaming and were on holdout for a long time. Back in 20015, lead singer Joe Elliott remained ambivalent about the streaming format. “When you get on Spotify, it’s very insular. Which the whole industry has become. Everybody is on headphones now. It’s just Zombieland, and we’re all guilty of it,” says Elliott in an interview with Maxim.

Since then, a lot has changed with the band. As noted by Billboard, the band was at odds with former label Mercury Records over licensing and compensation, but later resolved their digital song rights with Universal Records.

The streaming space have also seen the likes of the Beatles and Prince finally embracing the platform in recent years.

The announcement couldn’t be more perfect as the band is set to co-headline a North American tour with another 1980s staple Journey this coming summer.

Lara Croft Fights To Survive In “Tomb Raider” Trailer

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Warner Bros. Pictures

Warner Bros. has released the second trailer for its upcoming action-adventure film “Tomb Raider,” giving audiences a closer look at Alicia Vikander’s athletic video game heroine Lara Croft getting down to business in her run for survival.

Unlike the previous trailer, the new footage shows more focus on the character’s legacy, her family and her past while looking for answers about the death of her father.

Vikander has taken on action films in the past with “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” and “Jason Bourne,” as well as the science fiction thriller “Ex Machina” which won her nominations at the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actress. The Swedish actress received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the painter Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl.

Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug, the film also features Daniel Wu, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen as Sophie, Antonio Aakeel and Dominic West.

A reboot of the film franchise that originally starred Angeline Jolie as Lara, Tomb Raider is set to be released in March 16, 2018.

Here is Tomb Raider’s full synopsis:

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous. Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.

New Trailer For Jason Momoa’s Latest “Braven”

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Saban Films

Momoa is back to being a tough guy in the latest action-packed trailer for “Braven.”

The trailer shows Joe Braven (Momoa) and his father (Stephen Lang) go to their remote hunting cabin during a presumably relaxing getaway with his family. But things went bad fast when they found out that drugs were hidden by traffickers in the cabin.

When the heavily armed bad guys descent upon the cabin, it is now up to Braven to stand his ground and defend his family in any way possible.

The film seem like a good old fashioned action-thriller filled with shootouts, fistfights and Momoa’s axe throwing prowess, elements that has come to define Momoa career lately.

Directed by Lin Oeding, from the script by Mike Nilon and Thomas Pa’a Sibbett, “Braven” is scheduled for release February 2, 2018. Momoa produced the film with Nilon, Brian Mendoza and Molly Hassell. Also in the film are Garret Dillahunt, Jill Wagner and Brendan Fletcher.

The actor is going to have a hectic 2018. The former Game of Thrones actor is set to appear later this year in what may be the biggest project of his career, director James Wan’s Aquaman, based on the DC Comics character of the same name.

DCEU’s “Flashpoint” Has Found Its Director

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The guys responsible for writing the screenplay of last summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” will now be directing DCEU’s “Flashpoint.” John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are set to direct the Flash stand alone film, Variety is reporting.

Ezra Miller will be reprising his role in Warner Bros.’ “Justice League” released last November and will play it Barry Allen incarnation.

The report also mentioned Ben Affleck to have been offered to direct the film but passed on the opportunity. Affleck played Batman in the DC Extended Universe, including 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad.” Affleck was originally set to return in Flashpoint. Though Justice League portrayed Batman as somewhat a mentor to Flash, it is unclear if Affleck’s character will still be used in Flashpoint at all.

Other directors once attached to helm the film were Rick Famuyiwa, Robert Zemeckis, Matthew Vaughn, and Sam Raimi.

In addition to “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, Daley and Goldstein have penned Horrible Bosses and 2015’s Vacation which they also directed for Warner Bros., home studio of DCEU and “Flashpoint.” They recently completed action black comedy “Game Night,” set for release later next month.

“Flashpoint” production start date has not yet been announced, and the film currently does not have a release date.

Marvel Welcomes Artist David Baldeon To DOMINO

Marvel’s femme fatale returns to comic books this spring – and so does superstar comic writer Gail Simone. DOMINO will unleash her risqué, hard-core action on the Marvel Universe in an all-new story, and Marvel can now announce the full creative team that will help to bring the soldier of fortune to life.

Joining Simone in crafting Domino’s journey is rising star David Baldeon (Spirits of Vengeance, Nova), who will bring his unique style to the pages of Simone’s story.

“I am so very thrilled to be a part of Team Domino! I am a fan of Gail’s work, and I’ve been wanting to work with her for a long time now. The fact that it is with a character like Domino is the icing on the cake!” said Baldeon. “She’s strong, she’s tough, she´s fun and she´s thrilling, and hopefully the art will bring through all of that. We’ve given her a new, sleek look that plays on all of her strengths, her history, and who she is as a character. Plus, this book is a completely different animal from my previous work style-wise, and therefore a chance to go into new grounds. This is going to be an exciting ride!”

“Since Marvel first asked me to write Domino, I knew there was one element that attracted me SO MUCH to her, but for some reason, I couldn’t quite name the exact word,” added Simone. “Was it stubbornness? Snarkiness? Other characters have those traits, too, but with Domino, there was this THING that represents her, but the word escaped me, and it was vexing. Wonderful editor Chris Robinson had someone in mind for the book, bless him! We immediately started getting the sketches and designs from David Baldeon Gonzalez, and I knew instantly the concept I had been trying to name, because he drew it right into her eyes. It’s MISCHIEF. Domino has a sense of mischief, of high-stakes play, even in the roughest times. She’s lethal and she KNOWS it.”

With Simone’s excitement and Baldeon’s explosive design, DOMINO’s creative team is officially ready to blast off this April.

“That really sealed the deal for me,” continued Simone. “David was our guy and I could not be happier. He draws gorgeous people doing dirty deeds, and it’s just exactly the roller-coaster ride I had hoped for. He’s adding so much heart and fire. I just love him.”

With gunplay and glitz galore, DOMINO brings you action, adventure, and antics like you’ve never seen before. Join Gail Simone and David Baldeon this spring when DOMINO hits your local comic shop.

Kendrick Lamar and SZA Release Their First Single for Black Panther

Eric Gasa

Top Dawg – Aftermath –

Kendrick Lamar and SZA have both had a great 2017; Lamar, fresh off the success of his record DAMN, and six wins at the VMAs now has a sneaker line in tow, while labelmate SZA celebrates five Grammy nominations for her first mainstream success, the sultry R&B release, CTRL. The pair jet-sets into 2018 with an even greater start as the musical genius behind one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Black Panther.

Lamar’s label, Top Dawg Entertainment announced that it would be overseeing the soundtrack with the help of director Ryan Coogler.

“I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marvel’s vision,” said Lamar in a press release.
Coogler is best known for his award-winning 2015 movie, Creed which pitted Michael B. Jordan in a dramatic take on the Rocky series. Black Panther, much like Creed, flips the script for black audiences with an exclusively African-American cast and fresh take on the Marvel Universe.

The film wears its cultural heritage on its sleeve, starring Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, battling for the future of Wakanda against Creed’s Michael B. Jordan. Capes and hammers have been traded out for African aesthetics and costumes designed by Ruth Carter. Forest Whitaker, Angela Basset, and Lupita Nyong’o also share their names among the credits.

Of course, topping the project are the towering hip-hop singles from Lamar and SZA. The first salvo from the soundtrack, “All The Stars” is a bumping anthem for the silver screen. Dark, synth-y, and nocturnal, the song sounds like a single from SZA’s own CTRL; her voice pierces the veil with the thump of a drum machine while Lamar unloads a verse fit for a superhero: “Tell me what you gonna do to me/ Confrontation ain’t nothing new to me/ You can bring a bullet, bring a sword, bring a morgue/ But you can’t bring the truth to me.”

SZA’s elastic voice floats, sashays, and sails throughout the chorus, “All the stars are closer, all the stars are closer,” she sings. At its core, “All The Stars” is a song about love and determination.

Even if Black Panther doesn’t live up to they hype, despite already beating Captain America: Civil War as the most preordered Marvel film ever, it’s sure to have the greatest sound of any superhero movie out there.

As Black Panther pounces on the bad guys he’ll have hip-hop greatness at his back.

The Cranberries Lead Singer Dolores O’Riordan Dies At 46

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The Cranberries performing at the Roxy Bar show (Bologna, 1995).

Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of beloved Irish rock band The Cranberries, died Monday. She was 46.

According to a statement released by the band, O’Riordan died suddenly in London where she has been on a short recording session. No further details were released, and the cause of death has not been made public. “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores,” The Cranberries band members Fergal Lawler, Noel and Mike Hogan posted in a joint statement. “She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today”.

The Cranberries rose to prominence in the 1990s with “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?,” their debut studio album written entirely by O’Riordan and guitarist Noel Hogan. The album includes two of their biggest hits “Dreams” and “Linger,” the latter peaking at no.8 in the United States Billboard Hot 100.

Since then, the band achieved chart success throughout their career with four top 20 albums and eight top 20 singles including rock classics “Zombie,” “Ode to My Family,” and “Salvation.” Overall, The Cranberries has sold over 40 million records worldwide.

But it was O’Riordan’s uniquely recognizable voice that defined the sound of the band, a tone that is both strong and raw, delicate and breathy layered with yodels and Celtic inflections.

The band is usually associated with alternative rock given the era of their arrival in the music scene while their music bridged elements of post-punk, folk, indie pop, and pop rock.

The Cranberries broke up in 2002 after O’Riordan left the band but reunited several years later. They were set to embark on a European and North American tour but was cut short as O’Riordan had health issues.

O’Riordan was born Sept 6, 1971, and grew up in the Ballybricken, a town in County Limerick, Ireland. O’Riordan released her first solo album, “Are You Listening?” in 2007 which was followed by “No Baggage” in 2009. She is survived by her three children, son Taylor and daughters Molly and Dakota.

Beyoncé, Eminem, and The Weeknd: Coachella 2018 shows a shift towards hip-hop and R&B

By Eric Gasa

It’s that wonderous time of the year again for festivalgoers, the always highly contested and anticipated Coachella lineup has been announced and with it comes the collective cheers, gasps, and sighs of the hundreds of thousands of people who will be attending in the sweltering California desert heat this April 12-15 and 20-22.

With it comes the hierarchy of headliners, characterized by the big named fonts (the headliners and Beyoncés of this world), the heavy hitters (Post-Malone, Fleet Foxes) until you go all the way down to the bottom of the list and hit the sleeper agents (Mild High Club, Japanese Breakfast, Princess Nokia).

This year’s lineup shows an expectant shift towards hip-hop and R&B. The three headliners, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem could’ve been a big hint, along with other top acts like Cardi B, Migos, SZA, and Vince Staples. As the streaming culture shifts in favor of hip-hop we’ll see more and more of this, but this doesn’t mean rock & roll has left the desert festival forever. Alt-rockers like St. Vincent, The War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes, and Angel Olsen still bill high in the lineup, each act featuring dazzling guitar chops and fills.

This year also marks Beyoncé’s first performance since her pregnancy in June of last year as well as the first time a black woman has headlined the event. Eminem also tops the third day as he hits the festival circuit in support of his newest album Revival. His last appearance at Coachella was back in 2012 with Dr. Dre. The Weeknd on the other hand has been touring nonstop since 2016. This year also marks his third and highest-ranking appearance at the festival as the day one headliner.

As the festival grows bigger each year, its often looked to as mainstream music’s tastemaker. Compare to Coachella’s lineup 10 years ago which featured Jack Johnson, Prince, and Roger Waters, 2018 is a year dominated by hip-hop and R&B hitmakers.

First look at “Tully”, New Trailer

By Creative Media Times

Focus Features

The first trailer for Tully has been released, showing Charlize Theron dealing with difficulties motherhood and what it’s like being a parent in 2018.

The comedy drama reunites “Juno” and “Young Adult” team of director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air) and writer Diablo Cody. The film also stars Mark Duplass, Drew Moreau and Mackenzie Davis as Tully.

Released Thursday, the trailer shows Theron’s character, overworked and exhausted. Later in the footage, we see her serve her family a pizza for dinner, prompting her brother to hire a night nanny. The trailer closes as we finally meet the title character.

“I’m Tully. I’m here to take care of you,” Davis’ Tully says as she arrives at the door.

The film is an interesting change of pace for academy award winner Theron, following standout performances in action films such as “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) and last year’s “Atomic Blonde.”

Focus Features is set to release the film on April 20, 2018.

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