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More Than 2 Dozen DC Comics Movies Are In Development

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Anyone who believes the failure of Justice League means Warner Bros. Pictures has chosen to scale back the number of superhero movie projects would be mistaken. Warner Bros. recently revealed the number of DC Comics feature film projects currently in development. The tally on the films in development logs in at 26. Yes, more than two dozen DC Comics movies could be made in the next few years.

In addition to the long-established upcoming movies such as Flashpoint, Wonder Woman 2, Suicide Squad 2, The Batman, and Aquaman, other projects include Green Lantern Corps, Justice League Dark, Batgirl, and more. Not every film will be part of the DC Extended Universe. The Joker origin movie definitely won’t be part of the DCEU. The Batman was, then wasn’t, and now is back in the DCEU. Plans and speculation about the films may change in time. Development mostly involves the story planning stage. Pre-production becomes the stage in which preparation for impending filming takes place. Sometimes, fans confuse the two.

Fans must also come to grips with the fact no project in development is guaranteed an actual production. Warner Bros. could pull the plug on everything not currently in production. Even projects in pre-production may be scrapped. In truth, as long as the movies make money, they will make their way out of development and into theaters. Justice League, while a theatrical disappointment, still generates revenue from licensing, DVD/Blu-ray sales, cable and network TV rights, and more.

The main issue with the DC Comics films has been the scripts. Hopefully, the development teams choose to craft great stories and screenplays. This alone would increase the chances of the DC Comics movies both in and out of the DCEU doing better at the box office. And they really do need better box office returns.

The Cast of ‘Stranger Things’ Will Get Paid More

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“Stranger Things” has been one of the biggest hits on Netflix since it debuted two years ago. The second season of the show was also very popular. Therefore, it only makes sense that the young cast members of the show get financially rewarded for helping to make the show such a success. All of the cast members will be getting very big pay raises before season three starts filming later this year. The rumor is that each cast member will be getting $150,000 for each episode. That is basically a $120,000 per episode raise from season two. This is reasonable considering how popular the show is.

There was some criticism regarding the plot of season two. There were many people who thought the second season did not live up to the excellence displayed by the first season. Fans of the show had very high expectations for season two. However, the general feeling among fans is that the second season played it safe instead of getting darker. It remains to be seen if the writers will go into a darker direction for the third season. Some people thought that some of the smaller and more unimportant plots should be disposed of.

No release date has been revealed yet by Netflix for the third “Stranger Things” season. Filming has not started yet. Therefore, it seems very likely that the season will not debut until the end of this year of the beginning of 2019. Netflix usually does not reveal release dates for any of their shows until just a few months before they debut. This helps to build anticipation from the media and fans. Some critics have said that “Stranger Things” should have only been one season. However, there was no way Netflix was not going to cash in on this surprise hit.

Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek Movie Might Not Be R rated

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There is actually talk that the upcoming Star Trek movie by Tarantino might not be R rated. This is interesting news for fans of Quentin Tarantino. Simon Pegg has stated that Quentin Tarantino did not write an R rated Star Trek script, he just pitched an idea to J.J. Abrams. This is not to say that the next Star Trek movie is going to be another PG rated action spectacle. It is just that Tarantino had an idea that is in the mix. As of right now, he is working on the movie that is based around the Manson murders.

Fans that know Quentin Tarantino’s style are going to find it almost implausible that there is going to be a PG-13 movie directed by Quentin Tarantino. For one thing, Tarantino loves using graphic violence and foul language in his films. For one thing, the language and the way it is executed brings about a certain vibe that makes it strangely grounded. He is also good with bringing forth tension in his films. As he has shown, the R rating is Tarantino’s element, and it is almost an essential part of his style in film.

One thing that can be expected in Tarantino’s Star Trek is a more vintage style to it. Also, given that this would be Tarantino’s last film before his intended retirement, it would be very strange for him to take the PG-13 route. Another thing that should be considered is that R rated films have made a major comeback. With comic book based films like Logan and Deadpool bringing huge profits, it might be a good idea to see if Star Trek could benefit from the R rating.

Avengers: Infinity War to Outdo Black Panther

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This is turning out to be a very big year for Marvel with Black Panther being a major hit and breaking records. However, Avengers: Infinity War is outdoing Black Panther in every way. For one thing, the most recent trailer has been trending with tons of views. The ticket sales of Avengers have already outdone Black Panther. While some fans may be having conflicting feelings, one thing to remember is that Black Panther is in Infinity War. Another thing is that Infinity War is the culmination of everything that has happened in the MCU up to that point. Therefore, it is going to be even bigger than Black Panther, especially since it is based on one of the biggest stories in the Marvel Universe.

However, Avengers: Infinity War is expected to outdo Black Panther in another way. It is going to be even more human in story element than the former. Black Panther was definitely a human story which was universal in nature even though it had a predominantly black cast. For instance, the antagonist of the film, Killmonger was more of a tragic character than a villain. He is someone who was only wrong in his methods as opposed to his motives.

One thing that fans is going to find about Avengers is that Killmonger is not going to be alone in compelling villains. There is another villain who is perhaps every bit as compelling as Killmonger. He is Thanos, he has similar motives for what he is doing in Avengers: Infinity War. So fans can expect something of a magnified Black Panther with Avenges: Infinity War when it is released in a little more than a month.

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are Engaged

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have known each other for years, and sources close to them say that they have been in love for nine years now. They have had some rocky patches over time, and sources say that some of these rocky patches have been related to family issues.

All of that seems to be old news now, and the two are both wearing new rings on their fingers and are now engaged. They were engaged once before, but they called the engagement off in 2013 and split up. Even though they got back together in 2016, they have only recently admitted that their engagement is back on.

Many fans are hoping for details, but unfortunately, both Miley and Liam are being a little bit secretive about their plans. Although they admit that they are engaged and are planning on getting married sometime in the near future, no one is actually sure of when this is supposed to happen.

This doesn’t seem to mean that there is any type of trouble in Paradise, however. The two have been spotted and photographed spending a lot of time with one another lately, including at the Vanity Fairs Oscars party. They joke that people won’t believe that they are actually married at all when they finally do tie the knot, due partly to their tumultuous, rocky past, but the two are committed to one another and taking the next step in their relationship.

Since neither is really looking to spill the beans right now, though, it looks like fans are just going to have to wait before they find out more about the upcoming wedding between these two celebrities.

Fifth Harmony: An Unavoidable Hiatus

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The popular four-woman pop group has announced on Twitter that they will be taking an indefinite break from the music industry to focus on themselves and their growing solo careers. This tweet went out Monday morning, March 19, 2018, and states, in essence, that the group is thankful to everyone they have worked with and their fans for all of their support. The women of Fifth Harmony believe it is in the best interest of their fans and their art to take a break and “take some time for now…to pursue solo endeavors.”

Fifth Harmony came together in 2012 on an episode of “The X Factor” and though they did not win the competition, they were still offered a record deal and quickly began to gain fame. The group is made up of artists Ally Brooke, Normani, Dinah Jane, and Lauren Jauregui. The “fifth” part comes from former member Camila Cabello, who left the group at the end of 2016 to pursue her own solo career. The remaining four members are, in a sense, following in Camila’s footsteps for what appears to be a natural evolution for the band.

Each member of the group has seen recent success with solo endeavors, and this decision to separate indefinitely seems the logical next step. The quartet still has shows planned in the upcoming months, and has promised that they will go on as planned despite the hiatus announcement. For fans of the group, take heart that the women are each pursuing what appear to be successful solo careers, which means that their sound will never really die out.

When a good group decides to separate, it is never easy for any element of the industry to embrace. But for fans, the best thing to do is accept the choice with grace and wish them the best.

Man Steals Frances McDormand’s Best Actress Oscar

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Many people have been talking about Frances McDormand’s performance in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. With that in mind, many felt that McDormand deserved both her nomination and subsequent win for Best Actress at the 2018 Oscars. Unfortunately, this win was short lived as someone would steal McDormand’s Oscar at an official after-party.

The New York Times reports that the man was named Terry Bryant. Bryant has had a long-standing history in regards to crashing celebrity award ceremonies throughout his life. Pictures currently making their way around the internet show him appearing at the MTV Music Awards with another stolen award.

Frances had set her award down at a table for a moment and that was when the theft occurred. Bryant was quick to gloat about the award he had stolen by posting pictures and videos of him with the stolen Oscar on his social media channels. One video features him proudly holding the Oscar calling it his “baby”.

Someone working for chef Wolfgang Puck spotted Bryant holding the Oscar while quickly dashing the scene. Leaping into action, he took a picture of Bryant before reporting the incident to security at the event. It is currently unknown if Bryant will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime as the result of this incident.

To summarize, a man named Terry Bryant attempted to steal an Oscar from Frances McDormand Sunday night. A photographer for Wolfgang Puck witnessed the incident and began taking pictures of the man. Next, he reported the strange man to security which would result in Bryant’s arrest. If Bryant is convicted of a felony, he could possibly be facing up to three years in jail.

A Darker, Grittier Version of Hellboy is Coming

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A new Hellboy film moves forward. The new Hellboy might not be the one cinematic followers are familiar with. The new Hellboy film won’t be the planned third film in the trilogy. Instead, the next entry reboots the series anew. Interestingly, the new film returns to the dark and gritty roots of Mike Mignola’s original comic book concept.

The first two film versions of Hellboy starred Ron Perlman and were directed by Guillermo del Toro. The films mixed horror, humor, and fantasy in a fun way. Sadly, the two films weren’t massive box office hits so the planned third film never saw production. While the two films maintain good critical reviews, they do not capture the darker and more ominous world of the comic books. All this changes with the upcoming Hellboy reboot. Creator Mike Mignola has nothing bad to say about the first two films, but he does seem pleased the next entry intends to be closer to his vision.

The first Hellboy movie arrived at a time when the superhero fad was starting to take off. Superhero and comic book movies receive a great deal more publicity today than they did 15 or so years ago. So, the original Hellboy didn’t get the chance to ride the heavy hype any and all comic book-related movies receive today. Plus, some audience members confused the film for a pure horror picture. Such things worked against the first two movies’ box office potential. Today, comic book movies are hotter than ever. The audiences for the films have grown exponentially. Unless the film gets awful reviews, expect solid box office for any comic book movie project.

The 2019 version of Hellboy may prove to be a much bigger hit than the previous entries. For those who enjoy the comics, that means a new franchise may be born.

Larkin & Lacey

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The U.S. District Judge Susan B. Bolton formally validated President Donald Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio in October 2017. Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, had become a controversial figure in both American politics and the justice system in his six terms.

He was previous convicted of criminal contempt for ignoring a judge’s order in a 2007 racial profiling case. He was sentenced prior to being criminally sentenced.

Arpaio is most known for his controversial opinions on illegal immigration and his tent city prison. He is also well-known for a case for a more controversial case involving two newspaper publishers named Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.

The way they explain it, they were harassed by Arpaio during his years as county sheriff just because they sought the truth. Lacey and Larkin, former co-owners of Phoenix New Times, sought the truth on what regarding some issues with the treatment of Hispanics, torture, brutal jail conditions and jail suicides.

Lacey, in an interview about Arpaio’s pardon, reflected about the people who were jailed in the former sheriff’s jail. He called it a failure in the justice system. He (Arpaio) ignores a contempt of court and is pardoned as opposed to being help responsible for people who were abused and tortured in his prison. According to Lacey, their lives and careers were atacked and derailed because of the former sheriff’s rules and regulations.

Lacey did not comment on his run with Arpaio’s alleged rogue criminal system. It happened back in 2007 when Lacey and Larkin were arrested and taken from their homes under the cover of darkness by plainclothes detectives in unmarked cars.

These vehicles had Mexican license plates. They were arrested for a rarely used and known criminal statute that made it a felony to make public a law enforcement official’s address.

The real reason for their bogus arrest, according to the men, was a 2004 investigative article written by their reporter. The article showed Arpaio owed commercial real estate valued at about $700,000.

However, he only made approximately $78,000 a year. Arpaio was allegedly enraged about the story and wanted revenge. He was able to allegedly obtain short-lived revenge by arresting the two co-publishers for a felony.

The next day, the county’s attorney held a press conference announcing criminal charges against Larkin and Lacey were dropped. Read more: Jim Larkin | Angel.co and Jim Larkin | Crunchbase

They threatened to sue because they were illegally detained by Arpaio and their First Amendment rights were violated.

The Ninth Circuit Court in 2012 ruled Lacey and Larkin had been arrested without needed probable case. They settled with the county for $3.75 million for the arrest.

 

Fans Get Creative With Avengers Posters

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Given that the new Avengers movie is not that far off, there have been official posters released for the film. At the same time, fans are coming up with their own promotional artwork for the upcoming major event film. This particular one involves a rather haunting design with all of the key characters in the upcoming film placed together to form the glove that has the Infinity Stones. Also, the Avengers: Infinity War Logo makes up a key part of Thanos’s glove as well. This is all done in front of a space backdrop.

Fans are still enjoying the event film of Black Panther which has brought in record highs in revenue. It has received a lot of critical acclaim as well as other good reviews. However, it is very likely that Avengers is going to wind up being bigger than Black Panther. Also, Black Panther is going to be a good part of the Avengers film. Fans are anticipating the upcoming film. This anticipation is bringing forth a lot of speculation as well as some promotion from fans.

The only thing that is going to remain when the release date comes is whether or not Avengers: Infinity War is going to live up to the hype. One thing that is for certain is that some of the first shows are going to be sold out especially when tickets go on sale for the premium screens and other experiences. 2018 is definitely looking to be one of the biggest years for the MCU. The next two years for the MCU might be quite unmatched when it comes to the upcoming movies. This is a big year for movies in general.