“Aquaman” Debuts Stunning New Poster

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Its been awhile since we heard news about director James Wan’s DCEU film “Aquaman.” Today, Warner Bros released the film’s official teaser poster, in time for the long-awaited trailer release this week.

Starring Jason Momoa as the title character “Aquaman” follows the events of last year’s Justice League. The new poster shows the ruler of the underwater kingdom of Atlantis holding a trident while surrounded by sharks and whales. “Home is Calling,” it says on the poster.

Wan is clearly hard at work for the trailer, set to make its debut at this weekend’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

“Working overtime to put the finishing touches for this coming week!!” Wan posted, along with an epic shot from the film from inside the editing room.

Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Nicole Kidman co-star in film. Aquaman will be in theaters December 21st, 2018.

Cardi B Leads 2018 MTV Video Music Awards Nominations

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MTV’s iconic moonmen are about to be handed out once again to some of the world’s biggest stars in music as the nominees for the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards have been announced Monday, July 16.

Leading the nominations this year is Cardi B, scoring 10 nominations, followed by Beyoncé and Jay-Z with eight nods. Also getting plenty of mentions are Childish Gambino and Drake which are tied with seven nominations each, while Bruno Mars is up for six moonmen.

Cardi B is up for major awards such as Artist of the Year and Best New Artist, while her “Finesse” remix with Bruno Mars got five nods, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year.

See the partial nominees below. For a full list, go mtv.com/vma where fans can also vote. The 2018 MTV VMAs is set to air live from Radio City Music Hall on Monday, August 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Republic Records
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
The Carters – “APES**T” – Roc Nation/Parkwood Entertainment
Childish Gambino – “This Is America” – mcDJ / RCA Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande – Republic Records
Bruno Mars – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello – Syco Music/Epic Records
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Drake – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Post Malone – Republic Records

SONG OF THE YEAR
Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Atlantic Records
Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Syco Music/Epic Records
Drake – “God’s Plan” – YMCMB/Cash Money/Republic Records
Dua Lipa – “New Rules” – Warner Bros. Records
Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” – Atlantic Records
Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar” – Republic Records

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®)
Bazzi – iamcosmic/Atlantic Records
Cardi B – Atlantic Records
Chloe x Halle – Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records
Hayley Kiyoko – Atlantic Records
Lil Pump – Warner Bros. Records
Lil Uzi Vert – Atlantic Records

Lost Stanley Kubrick Script

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1968 epic sci-fi 2001: A Space Odyssey. MGM

A once lost screenplay written by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick has been found after more than 60 years, The Guardian is reporting.

According to report, the screenplay titled “Burning Secret,” was written by the legendary filmmaker with American novelist and screenwriter Calder Willingham, who had also has screenplay credits with another Kubrick classic “Paths of Glory.”

“I couldn’t believe it. It’s so exciting. It was believed to have been lost,” says Nathan Abrams, a film professor and Kubrick scholar who found the screenplay. “Kubrick aficionados know he wanted to do it, [but] no one ever thought it was completed. We now have a copy and this proves that he had done a full screenplay.”

Based on Stefan Zweig’s 1913 novel, “Burning Secret” follows a lecherous man who befriends a young boy in order to secure his married mother at a spa resort.

The influential and controversial filmmaker is responsible for a broad range of classics including “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), “A Clockwork Orange” (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), “The Shining” (1980) and Full Metal Jacket (1987).

Kubrick died in 1999 at the age of 70, shortly after completing his last film “Eyes Wide Shut,” the controversial erotic drama starring then husband and wife Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

New Trailer for “Mary Queen of Scots” Released

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Saoirse Ronan is Mary and Margot Robbie is Elizabeth and they are rivals in power in this December’s “Mary Queen of Scots.” Today, Focus Features has released a brand new trailer, giving us a first look at what the film has in store.

The 16th century historical drama is directed by Josie Rourke and written by Beau Willimon, and is based on “My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots” by British historian and biographer John Guy.

Along with some beautiful cinematography and sweeping vistas of England and Scotland, the trailer shows plenty of confrontations between the two rivals, try as they may to say otherwise.

“My dear Queen Elizabeth, I hope we might meet in person so that I may embrace you,” Mary says in the trailer. “But ruling side by side, we must do so in harmony, not through a treaty drafted by men lesser than ourselves.” To which Robbie’s Queen Elizabeth I replies: “My dear cousin, let our nations cherish each other as we would. Two kingdoms unite.”

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie were both academy award nominees earlier this year: Ronan for the coming-of-age film “Lady Bird” and Robbie as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya.”

The movie also stars Brendan Coyle, David Tennant, Joe Alwyn, Guy Pearce and Martin Compston. Mary, Queen of Scots is set to hit theaters on Dec. 7.

Here is the film’s official synopsis:

“Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

“Game of Thrones” Lead 2018 Emmy Nominations

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“Game of Thrones” came back swinging with 22 Emmy nominations. The nominees were announced Thursday, July 12 by actress Samira Wiley and actor Ryan Eggold.

Also doing well were “Westworld” and “Saturday Night Live,” with each getting 21 nods.

This is also a groundbreaking year for streaming, with Netflix leading the way with 112 nominations, beating all other networks and perennial nominations leader HBO. This haul was fueled by shows such as “The Crown,” “Godless,” “Stranger Things,” and “GLOW,” all of which received more than 10 nominations apiece.

But HBO won’t give up without a fight. Led by “Game of Thrones,” the network is not far behind with 108 nods.

The 2018 Emmy Awards show will broadcast live on Monday, September 17 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and Michael Che serving as the hosts.

Here are some of nominees. For the complete list, go to emmys.com.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Atlanta
Barry
Black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glow
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Drama Series
The Americans
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels, The Looming Tower
John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesse Plemons, Black Mirror: USS Callister

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Laura Dern, The Tale
Michelle Dockery, Godless
Edie Falco, Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King, Seven Seconds
Sarah Paulson, America Horror Story: Cult

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Ted Danson, The Good Place
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover, Atlanta
Bill Hader, Barry
William H. Macy, Shameless
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Alcon Media Group and Titan Publishing Forge Blade Runner Co-Publishing Alliance

Alcon Media Group and London-based Titan Publishing, a leading force in genre and pop culture publishing, are partnering in a new co-publishing venture initially focused on the Blade Runner universe.

In a joint statement by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, and Titan’s co-founders, Nick Landau and Vivian Cheung, the partners stated that the companies will develop and publish a variety of both fiction and non-fiction print media. The program will feature new, in canon comics and graphic novels that dive deeper into the Blade Runner world as well as a variety of publications focused on the visual and technical sides of the production process.

Editorial duties will be handled by Titan’s David Manley-Leach, and Alcon’s director of publishing, Jeff Conner.

States Kosove and Johnson, “In partnering with the exceptional Titan Comics and Titan Books, we’re confident that the world of Blade Runner will continue to organically grow in a way that refuses to sacrifice the quality, tone and high standards of this beloved property.”
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Chadwick Boseman Boards Action-Thriller “17 Bridges”

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Fresh off the massive success of this year’s “Black Panther,” all eyes are on it’s star Chadwick Boseman and what his next film will be. And now that question is finally answered.

STX films has announced today that the actor is set to star in the studio’s upcoming action-thriller “17 Bridges”. The film will feature Boseman as a disgraced NYPD detective who, after being thrust into a citywide manhunt for a cop killer, is given a shot at redemption.

Boseman will also produce the film with his writing and producing partner, Logan Coles along with “Avengers: Infinity War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo under their recently launched Agbo banner. Mike Larocca of Agbo will executive produce. Brian Kirk (The Tudors, Game of Thrones) is directing from a script by Adam Mervis.

“STX has assembled a dream team of collaborators on 17 BRIDGES, bringing together the global talents behind two of the biggest action films ever made to give audiences a thrilling new take on the race against the clock crime-drama,” said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms. “Chadwick Boseman’s razor-sharp instincts and undeniable charisma captivated millions of people around the world in Black Panther, and Joe and Anthony Russo have breathed a new energy into the action genre with films like Avengers: Infinity War. Their unique and intelligent approach to filmmaking is anything but formulaic, and with Brian Kirk at the helm directing, this film promises to go beyond the typical popcorn fare.”

Black Panther was released earlier this year and has so far grossed more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, almost $700 million of which it made domestically, where it is now the third highest grossing film of all time.

Tom Petty Unreleased Music Coming In September

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Dubbed “American Treasure,” the 60-track box set will feature previously unreleased music and live recording from Tom Petty and is set to be released on Sept. 28, SiriusXM’s Tom Petty Radio channel announced today.

The materials were selected by Petty’s daughter Adria, is wife Dana, former Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench, along with “studio collaborator” Ryan Ulyate.

Meanwhile, Tom Petty‘s official website appears to have a new countdown clock, together with an image of singer-songwriter, with the clock set to expire on 7 AM PT on Wednesday, July 11. This leads meany to speculate that more announcements and details will be coming tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Tom Petty died of an accidental overdose last October just a few weeks after the Heartbreakers’ last performance on their 40th Anniversary Tour. He was 66 years of age.

Petty was indicted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in December 2001 in New York along with his band the Heartbreakers. In 2005, he received the Billboard Century Award, the organization’s highest honor for creative achievement. In total, the artist has released three solo albums and thirteen with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

New Trailer For Bobbito Garcia’s “Rock Rubber 45s”

ROCK RUBBER 45s

ROCK RUBBER 45s is a cinematic odyssey exploring the connectivity of global basketball, sneaker, and music lifestyle through the firsthand lens of authentic New York City culture orchestrator Bobbito Garcia. The film explores García’s youth dealing with mistreatment, educational quandaries, identity, and loss as well as his ascension to self-determination as an adult freelance creative.

The ballplayer/author/DJ/filmmaker has carved an independent career that has inspired millions throughout the world, and has affected the growth and direction of the footwear, hip hop, and sports industries in the process.

DJ Bobbito Garcia is the critically acclaimed author of Where’d You Get Those? NYC’s Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987. As an award-winning filmmaker, Garcia has directed DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK: PICK-UP BASKETBALL, NYC, STRETCH AND BOBBITO: RADIO THAT CHANGED LIVES, and his autobiographical documentary ROCK RUBBER 45s. Currently, “Kool Bob Love” produces his b-ball tournament Full Court 21™ in four continents, and co-hosts NPR’s “What’s Good With Stretch And Bobbito” podcast.

The documentary features Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rosie Perez, Stevie Wonder, Questlove, Patti LaBelle, Mike Rapaport, Chuck D, Chris Paul, Scottie Pippen, Maxwell and more.

ROCK RUBBER 45s will be released in the US, CANADA and WORLDWIDE on July 24 on all major VOD platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo, Vudu and Google Play.

Rock Rubber 45s from Saboteur Media on Vimeo.

Its Official: Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ Is Happening

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Joaquin Phoenix will be playing the iconic character for Warner Bros. origin film, Variety is reporting.

The “Walk the Line” actor finalized the deal recently with shooting set in September of this year. Todd Phillips of “The Hangover” films is said to be directing and co-writing the script.

Phoenix has been nominated for an Academy Award three times, twice as lead actor for The Master (2012) and Walk The Line (2005), and once as supporting actor for his role as Commodus in 2000’s best picture winning film Gladiator.

Some might wonder about Jared Leto, who recently played the role in 2016’s DC Comics antihero ensemble film Suicide Squad. Well, that is apparently also moving forward. A month ago, Variety also reported that his own stand-alone film based on his version of the character from Suicide Squad is in development.

How the two films will co-exist in some form remains to be seen, though Phoenix’s Joker film, said to be a more “gritty crime drama,” could potentially kick-start a new cinematic universe that is different from its current DC Extended Universe.

Warner Bros. has a slate of upcoming films based on the DC Comics including James Wan-directed Aquaman later this year.

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