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Dave Matthews Band To Release Ninth Studio Album

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The jam band favorite Dave Matthews Band is set to release their ninth studio album on June 8th. “Come Tomorrow” will be the band’s first album in six years. The band typically debuts new songs on tour prior to the release of a new album, and many of the songs for the new album were played on their 2017 tour. Known for their heavy touring schedule, the Dave Matthews Band has again announced plans to tour extensively in support of the new album.

The first single from the new album is called “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin)” and is scheduled for a May 10th release. The band recently announced the track list for the upcoming album, which is expected to include 14 new tracks. The band worked with multiple producers to create “Come Tomorrow”, many of whom have worked with the band on previous albums. The new album is expected to include the band’s signature genre-bending sound and unique instrumentation.

The band’s first album, “Under the Table and Dreaming”, was released in 1994. The follow up 1996 release of “Crash” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart and remains the band’s best-selling album to date. The next six albums from the Dave Matthews Band all debuted in the top spot on the Billboard chart. The band continues to have a dedicated fan base, and the highly-anticipated “Come Tomorrow” is likely to be a success as well.

Long-time violinist Boyd Tinsley recently announced he will be taking a break from the band. Tinsley did participate in at least some sessions for the new album. Music by former saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who was killed in a 2008 accident, is also reportedly on at least one track on the new album.

Josh Brolin is Happy to Not Have Played Batman in The DCEU

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Back when Batman V Superman was announced, Josh Brolin was one of the people considered for the role of Batman. He would’ve pulled it off. For one thing, he had the intensity for the role. However, Ben Affleck gave audiences a Batman that is very close to the comics and what fans imagined him to be. The only thing is that he gave them a good Batman in a rather lacking film. If this Batman appeared in the Nolan films, then that would’ve worked every bit as good, even though Christian Bale brought forth a much better Batman than what audiences got back in 1997.

Josh Brolin is involved in the comic book world, though. He is currently playing Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War and Cable in Deadpool 2. Josh Brolin is turning out to be one of the busiest actors this year next to Dwayne Johnson who has starred in Jumanji, Rampage, and the upcoming Skyscraper. Josh Brolin is also going to appear in Sicario 2. Therefore, he has kept himself busy in the film industry as well.

For Batman, there is a question as to whether or not Ben Affleck is going to continue on as the caped crusader. One thing that has happened is that all of the films have taken on a campy form because of the desires of the DCEU to be the next Marvel. The only thing is that this resulted in stories that have not been thought out. Also certain events that should have been saved for much later movies ended up happening early in the franchise which has dulled the impact that the scenes should’ve had. Fortunately, Josh Brolin is finding success in the Marvel area.

Creators of Stranger Things Sued

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Ross and Matt Duffer, who are the brothers behind the popular Netflix series Stranger Things are being sued by someone who believes that the two stole his idea.

Charlie Kessler says that he met the pair back in 2014, at the Tribeca Film Festival, and that he described to them concepts for a short film entitled Montauk, and that he also talked to them about his plans to develop a feature film based on it, called The Mantauk Project.

On Tuesday, Kessler filed a lawsuit at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The suit claims that the Duffer brothers — after having had discussions with him — stole his intellectual property and then used it to create Stranger Things, which began airing in 2016. The suit further insists that the two brothers had explicitly agreed not to disclose Kessler’s idea or exploit it.

The lawsuit lists many similarities between Stranger Things and Kessler’s projects. For example, Stranger Things was originally entitled “Montauk” before it was produced. The suit cites many examples of where this title was used in news articles prior to the launch of the show. It also cites similarities in the plots of both projects, including the towns where they take place.

Kessler is not only seeking restitution from the Duffers, but he also wants to destroy all materials that have been made based on his property.

Alex Kohner, who is a lawyer representing the brothers, says that the two have never seen Kessler’s short film or have ever discussed it or any other project with Kessler. He further said that this was just an attempt by Kessler to exploit the Duffer Brother’s success.

So far, Netflix has yet to comment on the suit.

New Director Up to the Challenge of Fast and Furious Spin-Off

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There is a lot of news surrounding the Fast and Furious spin-off with the current title of Hobbs and Shaw. One of the most recent news is that David Leitch has been assigned to direct the upcoming spin-off. One thing that he has stated is that even though the film is in the Fast and Furious franchise, it is going to have its own tone. Therefore, this is one way that it can match the success of the mainline franchise. Dwayne Johnson is definitely up for this upcoming film which is going to be released in the next year.

While the initial plot description of the film states that Hobbs is reluctantly teaming up with Shaw, the most recent film in the Fast and Furious franchise has shown that they have taken care of their beef because they have found out who was behind all of this. Also, this couldn’t take place before Fate of the Furious because it is implied that Shaw was imprisoned ever since. It is very likely the spin-off is going to take place after the recent film with them teaming up to take on Cypher. With the tone of the spin-off looking to be different from the other films, this might work well.

As for the mainline films, there are only two more left, and it is uncertain whether Dwayne Johnson is going to return to the films. For one thing, there is bad blood with him and some of the other stars in the franchise. Tyrese himself has taken a stance against him. Dwayne has been frustrated with the work ethics of some of the other stars in the franchise as well.

Directors of Avengers: Infinity War Declare War on Spoliers

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The fast-approaching arrival of Avengers: Infinity War in theaters this April has Internet spoilers on full alert. The directors of the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe recently took to Twitter with a plea that fans resist the urge to spoil the film before others have a chance to see it.

On April 3, Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo posted a tweet which featured the image of a typed letter in the glove of Thanos. The letter discussed the efforts that have been made to keep the plot of the film a secret, and the Russo brothers also stated that they would only be making a minimal amount of footage available for the Infinity War press tour.

The letter concluded with a straightforward request. “Don’t spoil the film for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you.” The message was retweeted by Robert Downey, Jr. who plays Iron Man/Tony Stark in the MCU. Other stars of the film such as Tom Holland have also added their support.

The anticipation for the latest Avenger’s film has reached a fever pitch since it was announced that the release of Infinity War would be moved up to April 2018. The film assembles the largest cast yet and includes Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, and Chris Pratt. It will premiere in the United States on April 27, 2018. The Russo brothers are hoping to score another hit for the MCU, a production enterprise which shows no signs of slowing down after the massive success of Black Panther and other superhero films. Deadpool 2 is also looming on the horizon.

Larkin & Lacey

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Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey started an organization based on their passion for America to be an equal society. The organization, the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund, is well-known for the efforts that it makes to help Latinos and immigrants attain the highest pinnacle of dignity in American society. These groups are having trouble due to a longstanding social paradigm of white-supremacy, bigotry and exclusion. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoenix_New_Times

Some of the honorable organizations that Lacey and Larkin support include the Colibri Center for Human Rights, Phoenix Immigrant Justice Project, Kino Border Initiative, Si Se Puede Foundation, Can The Border Divide Us?, Arizona DREAM Act Coalition and Arizona Justice Project.

They operate behind the idea that undocumented immigrants aren’t actually being picked on because of their legal status—they are being picked on because they are seen as “undesirable” for racial reasons.

Their undocumented status is just an excuse for authorities and citizens to pick on racial minorities. If authorities and citizens really do pick on undocumented people for citizenship reasons, that is still not an acceptable excuse. Picking on people for being undocumented shows bigotry and xenophobia toward foreigners and immigrants. Read more:  Michael Lacey | LinkedIn and Michael Lacey | Twitter

Sheriff Arpaio is guilty of picking on people for being undocumented, as well as for being Latino. He is notorious for years of taking advantage of his political position to do this.

Throughout the years, many Latinos who were citizens felt thoroughly insulted as he accused them of being “illegal aliens.” He insulted and bothered so many people that lawsuits and court cases were brought up against him and the county that he worked for. Read more:

Arpaio did so much damage that in the eyes of liberal-minded people he is the devil. To make matters worse, he refuses to apologize for everything that he has done. In fact, he justifies it by claiming that what he did is in his job description.

This is the problem with law enforcement officials—they think that they can do whatever they want just because they are authority figures and possess firearms. There are too many incidents to count where police officers have used brute force to wrongfully murder people and animals.

Sheriff Arpaio is also a politician. Politicians can be pretty brazen because they wield so much political power. They are able to pull a lot of strings to make horrible things happen. Such a situation occurred when Sheriff Arpaio pulled strings to have Maricopa County issue subpoenas to Lacey and Larkin.

The deeds of politicians and law enforcement officials should be checked every so often, because they are in a position of power. Politicians, law enforcement officials and even anyone who works for the government is in a position of power.

People in these roles sometimes complain that they aren’t paid enough and want more, but they are still in positions of authority and power where they can really do a lot of damage to people’s lives.

Lacey and Larkin are sensible to put out news about the misdeeds of local politicians and law enforcement officials, because the general population needs to stay informed about these things.

Deadpool and The X-Force Takes on The Avengers

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Even though it is almost a given that Avengers: Infinity War is going to be a success, there is another franchise that is looking to take on the big group. This contender is Deadpool. He has his own group of people that he is forming. They are called the X-Force. Like one character in one of the Deadpool 2 trailers have pointed out, the name is a little derivative, but there are comics that are based on this particular group. Dealpool 2 has recently released a final trailer which has issued a challenge to the dead DCEU and the MCU.

One thing that Deadpool is known for is breaking the fourth wall, and this is not going to change in the upcoming movie. In the previous movie, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool has made some sly references to another character that Ryan Reynolds has played. When referring to the suit, he has stated that he does not want the suit to be “animated” referring to The Green Lantern, which was released in 2011 as WB’s attempt to put together a DCEU. They have finally successfully started the universe with the slightly above mediocre, Man of Steel.

Deadpool is set to release a few weeks after Avengers: Infinity War. The only issue is that Infinity War is expected to run at least as strong as Black Panther. Therefore, it is going to be faced with stiff competition. Of course Deadpool is going to hold its own, but given that Avengers is rated so that people of all ages would be admitted to theaters to see it, Deadpool will likely fall just a little bit below Avengers, but it is still likely to be a success.

“Fixer Upper” Airs Its Last Episode

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On Tuesday evening, the final episode of “Fixer Upper” aired on HGTV, ending a 5-year run for the popular reality show.

Chip and Joanna Gaines, who are the show’s two co-hosts, announced last September that the 5th season would be the final one for the Texas-based show. At the time, the couple issued a statement in which they said that, while ending the show was not an easy decision, they strongly believed that it was the right one. They also said that it would be bittersweet to say goodbye. They went on to deny rumors that their marriage was in trouble, saying that it was never in better shape. They further denied that they were ending the show because of any other scandalous reason.

Joanna Gaines, in a recent blog post, stated that the couple will still be building and renovating homes in the Waco area, and that she will soon be publishing a cookbook called Magnolia Table. The couple will also soon be opening a restaurant under the same name, and will also be involved in various home projects.

The couple tweeted during the airing of the final episode, expressing disbelief that the show was really over. Many fans also took to Twitter, to say goodbye to their favorite show.

One viewer said that she couldn’t believe that she was crying over the ending of a HGTV show, and added that if someone had told her 10 years ago she would be doing this, she would have punched this person in the face. Other viewers simply expressed dismay that the show was really over.

Celebrities also took to Twitter to wish the show goodbye. Among those doing so was NFL star J. J. Watt, who thanked the couple for taking him and everyone else on a incredible journey.

The Dying Star Wars Franchise

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Star Wars has been a household name and a pop culture icon for more than 40 years now. However, some of the most recent films in the franchise have not been met with the best reception. The Last Jedi is the one film that has angered many fans. This is one of the times it has become clear that the Star Wars franchise has went past its peak. As of right now, it is fading. The current phenomenon is the MCU, which has started as little more than a mere franchise that had no chance competing with Chris Nolan when he was doing The Dark Knight.

While the MCU has started off rather weak in some cases besides Iron Man and Captain America, it has eventually found its leg with Avengers. Then it has gone through its phase of being slapstick and overly comedic with films like Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3, both advertised as intense and dramatic installments but turned out to be films of extremely annoying humor, especially in the way they have handled some of the largest villains in the Marvel Universe. Fortunately, the Russo brothers have taken over and have shown that they care about the drama and are aware of the weight of the circumstances.

This is perhaps where The Last Jedi went wrong. They have pulled the Age of Ultron maneuver and teased a darker film. However, what they brought people was a disjointed and desperate attempt for laughs. This is perhaps one of the reasons that people are not that excited about Solo. The worst part is that the next trilogy is going to be directed by Rian Johnson, the director of The Last Jedi.

Guillermo del Toro and Fox Searchlight Will Launch New Horror Film Label

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The tremendous success of “The Shape of Water” further cemented Guillermo del Toro as a top director in Hollywood. Unsurprisingly, del Toro has inked a major deal with a top production house. Fox Searchlight will be bankrolling several new del Toro projects. What is surprising, however, would be the upcoming joint venture between Fox Searchlight and del Toro to create a horror label. Del Toro won’t be directing the horror films made by the label. Instead, he will assume a development and production role.

The horror genre has suffered ups and downs recently. A few films turned out to be big hits at the box office. “Get Out” and “Stephen King’s It” would be the two that quickly come to mind when discussing hits. Overall, however, the genre isn’t as hot with audiences as it was 15 or so years ago.

Del Toro clearly is a fan of the horror genre. The director wishes to see a horror resurgence. Del Toro’s new label would provide a forum for innovative horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The word to look closely at here is “innovative.”

One reason horror movies start to lose appeal at the box office would be a total lack of quality. “Jigsaw” serves as a perfect example how a poorly-written screenplay combined with boring characters turned off fans hoping for entertaining scares. When the producers of a horror movie don’t seem to care about quality, fans cease patronizing the genre. A “wait for DVD/cable” attitude takes hold. Theatrical releases stumble.

With the right approach to developing quality horror films, the genre could thrive again. Del Toro certainly has the right creative mind to run a horror label. Hopefully, the products he and Fox Searchlight eventually produce live up to their promise.