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May

Thor: Ragnarok will be based on Planet Hulk comics

It’s been known for a while that Thor 3 will be starring both Chris Hemsworth as the titular Asgardian god of thunder and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, but a new report has revealed that it will at least follow the storyline of the Planet Hulk comics.

Much like Captain America: Civil War was based loosely on a major Marvel comics event of the same name with important differences, it seems as though the upcoming Thor movie will follow the same model.

According to the JoBlo website, the cosmic gladiator games featured in the Planet Hulk comics will make up part of the film’s story, and Thor will somehow be pressganged into getting involved. It was reported recently that Jeff Goldblum has been cast as a powerful character from the comics called the Grandmaster, and it seems as though he will preside over the battles, in which the Hulk fights some of the galaxy’s mightiest combatants.

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Hulk apparently “will be rocking the one-shoulder armour as seen in the comics, so expect him to be decked out in the familiar Planet Hulk look”. In slightly more surprising news, it seems as though Thor might end up shorn of his signature blond locks – he’ll be “sporting a shaved head (but not completely bald) for at least a portion of the film”.

The story is said to involve Thor on the hunt for “the ultimate weapon to stop Ragnarok [the end of the world] and reset the universe”. Keen observers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe believe that this might involve another of the so-called infinity gems – the set of six super-powerful MacGuffins which are driving the metaplot of Marvels films.

Thor: Ragnarok is due to be released in October 2017.

Thor: Ragnarok will be based on Planet Hulk comics

31
May

Mary Poppins Returns is coming in 2018

The long-awaited Mary Poppins sequel finally has a release date: Christmas Day 2018.

Starring Brit actress Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns comes more than 50 years after its predecessor, which was released in 1964 and starred Julie Andrews as the magical nanny.

Rob Marshall, who specialises in film adaptions of Broadway musicals, will direct. The multiple Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe-winning composer Marc Shaiman is writing the score and collaborating with Scott Wittman on new songs for the film.

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“I am truly humbled and honored to be asked by Disney to bring PL Travers’ further adventures to the screen. The iconic original film means so much to me personally, and I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation,” Marshall said in a statement.

Mary Poppins first appeared in 1934, in a book by PL Travers, who wrote seven more stories about her adventures, which were published between 1935 and 1988.

This particular film is said to be based in 1930s London, and will feature Jane and Michael Banks, the children from the first film, who are now grown up. Alongside Michael’s three children, they are visited by Poppins following a family tragedy.

Miranda, the creative force behind the hit stage show Hamilton, will play the role of Jack the lamplighter, a character new to the series.

Mary Poppins Returns is coming in 2018

31
May

Disney execs order weeks of reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Trouble is afoot behind the scenes on the first Star Wars spinoff movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, as Disney executives have ordered weeks of costly reshoots.

Rumour has it that the powers that be at Disney were not impressed by British director Gareth Edwards’ first cut of the film, which will be the first Star Wars flick that’s not part of one of the three trilogies.

“The execs at Disney are not happy with the movie, and ‘Rogue One’ will have to go back into four weeks of expensive reshoots in July,” according to a source quoted by Hollywood gossip site Page Six.

The movie is due for release on 16 December this year, and stars English actress Felicity Jones as the mercenary Jyn Erso, as well as the likes of Mads Mikkelsen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna. Set between Episodes III and IV, the plot will cover rebel soldiers trying to steal plans for the first Death Star. Darth Vader is heavily rumoured to be appearing, though Disney’s remaining predictably tight-lipped on that.

A young Han Solo, who could be played by Alden Ehrenreich – who is due to step into Harrison Ford’s jodhpurs in an as-yet untitled film about his life as a mercenary – could also make a cameo.

It’s not all bad news for Rogue One, however. Page Six quoted another source, who said: “The filmmaking team and the studio always anticipated additional shooting and second unit work to make the film the absolute best it can be, and the actors were aware there would be additional shooting.”

Disney execs order weeks of reshoots for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

31
May

Lil Wayne disses his ex-boss Birdman

Lil Wayne has continued his war of words with Birdman, his former boss at the Cash Money label.

He’s shouted “fuck Cash Money” from stage several times already this month, and complained vocally about the man who discovered him and nurtured his early career, Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams.

In the video below, Weezy can be seen leading the crowd in shouting “fuck the birdman”, and later “fuck Cash Money”, while on stage at the Comerica Theater in Phoenix, Arizona on Saturday night.

At one point, he comments: “I’m going through a lot of bullshit right now these niggas got me in bars right now, they don’t want to see me make good music. I don’t know what the fuck’s going on, but fuck them niggas.”

The legal dispute between Wayne and his former label was reported last week to have deteriorated, with settlement talks apparently on the brink of collapse. Wayne’s got a $51m lawsuit rumbling through the system, with the major point of dispute being ownership of his album ‘Tha Carter V’.

The famously prolific rapper also admitted that he had more new work on the way. He said: “Before I go any further I want y’all to know I got two new albums coming y’all way.”

Lil Wayne disses his ex-boss Birdman

31
May

New Metallica album will be finished this summer

The new Metallica album will be finished “this summer”, according to frontman Lars Ulrich, though it might not be released in 2016.

The veteran metallers were keen to hedge their bets on when the album would eventually be available to the public in a recent interview.

“If the record doesn’t come out this year, then it won’t be because it’s not done,” Ulrich told Metal Forces. “It will be because there’s some sort of cosmic reason that it would be smarter to hold onto it until next year. But the record will be done this summer.”

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June seems to be the crunch time for fans of the band, because that’s when they’ll meet to decide on the logistics for an album which they’ve been recording since at least November, Ulrich revealed.

He said: “We’re now coming towards the end of the musical creative process and we’re starting to look ahead and the process of how we’re gonna share this record with the universe. The month of June is basically when we’re gonna sit down and figure what we’re gonna do with it all; what we’re gonna call it and what’s gonna be on it.

“Greg Fidelman is 24/7 on this record and has been since last summer. He’s doing an insanely great job and has been putting his heart and soul in it pretty much every waking moment of his life in helping us engineer and produce this record.”

New Metallica album will be finished this summer

31
May

Zack de la Rocha “making a record right now”

Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha is “making a record right now”, according to other members of his band.

Brad Wilk, one of his colleagues in the seminal rap-rock group, let the news slip during interviews surrounding the band’s new project, Prophets of Rage, which features all the other RATM members, as well as MCs from Cypress Hill and Public Enemy.

De la Rocha, who was involved in the band’s last tour, in 2011, is conspicuously absent from the new group, which instead will involve Chuck D and B-Real.

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Asked about his absence, Wilk (RATM’s drummer) and guitarist Tom Morello admitted that they haven’t spoken to their friend about Prophets of Rage. Tim Commerford, their bassist, however claimed that de la Rocha was happy not to be involved, and that there was no bad blood between band members.

“We’re a family and there’s support across the board,” Commerford said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I support him and everything he does, and vice versa. I’ve definitely been keeping him in the know. You’re never going to replace Zack, and we aren’t trying to do that.”

No more information is known on de la Rocha’s project – neither he nor his label has yet commented.

Zack de la Rocha “making a record right now”

31
May

Kit Harington claims male actors also face sexism

Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington has courted criticism this week by suggesting in a newspaper interview that men are just as much victims of sexism in Hollywood as women.

“I think there is a double standard,” Harington, who plays Jon Snow – who may or may not save the world – in the show told The Sunday Times. “If you said to a girl, ‘Do you like being called a babe?’ and she said, ‘No, not really,’ she’d be absolutely right. I like to think of myself as more than a head of hair or a set of looks. It’s demeaning.”

He added that “in some ways”, people could argue that he was cast as Snow due to “a look I have”.

He continued: “But there’s a sexism that happens towards men. There’s definitely a sexism in our industry that happens towards women, and there is towards men as well. At some points during photoshoots when I’m asked to strip down, I felt that. If I felt I was being employed just for my looks, I’d stop acting.”

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Harington has come in for quite a lot of ridicule on social media for his comments. He’s seemingly not learned his lesson from last year, when he complained about being typecast as a hunk, saying: “it can sometimes feel like your art is being put to one side for your sex appeal”.

Following the backlash he copped after that, he told ABC News: “I’ve kind of decided I’m going to be a good little hunk and shut up.”

Kit Harington claims male actors also face sexism

31
May

Ronnie Wood fathers twins at 68

Ronnie Wood has fathered his fifth and sixth children, just two days before he turns 69. His wife Sally Humphreys, 38, gave birth to two daughters on Monday.

In a statement, the Rolling Stones guitarist said that they were “delighted to announce the birth of their twins Gracie Jane (6lb) & Alice Rose (5.7lb). The girls arrived on 30 May at 10.30pm and all are doing brilliantly. The babies are perfect.”

These are Wood’s first children with Humphreys, who is a theatre producer. They met at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane in London, where Wood was exhibiting his art.

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He has one son, Jesse, with his first wife, the ex-model Krissy Wood. He also has a daughter, Leah, and a son, Tyrone, from his second marriage to ex-wife Jo. He also adopted Jamie, who is Jo’s son from a previous marriage.

In an interview with Hello! magazine, Humpreys claimed that the couple doesn’t notice their age gap – which is just over 30 years – but Wood has admitted that people sometimes mistake her for his daughter.

She said: “Maybe it’s the old-souls-young-soul thing, but we don’t notice it.”

Ronnie Wood fathers twins at 68

31
May

Slow Club announce fourth album

Slow Club have today released details of their fourth studio album.

They’re calling it ‘One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore’, and it is due to be released on 19 August on Moshi Moshi Records.

They’ve also released the video for the record’s lead single, which is called ‘Ancient Rolling Sea’. Directed by Piers Dennis, you can watch it below:

This time around, the band’s Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor have been working with American producer Matthew E White, at his Spacebomb Studios. This time around, their sound has been beefed up with the help of White’s cast of in-house musicians.

“We needed someone to come in and take control. Going in there with those guys leant itself to that. It was perfect,” said Rebecca, who says she came into the record with a completely different perspective to Charles.

The duo’s last album was a covers record, ’I Swam Out to Meet You’, which was released last year, and saw them tackle Future Islands, Arthur Russell and Bob Dylan.

“This song felt as though it just did not want to arrive for a long long time,” said Charles of the new single. “I worked on the music for the whole time we were writing, and the words just landed at the last minute. With the approach I took on lyrics I wanted it to be more conversational. I wanted it to be direct, as if it were being whispered in your ear.”

Slow Club announce fourth album

31
May

Jack White records theme song for new comedy 'Maya and Marty'

Jack White is back, but it’s still not with a new album. Fresh off collaborations with Beyoncé on ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ and the Muppets – covering Stevie Wonder’s ‘You Are the Sunshine of My Life’ – the White Stripes frontman has been working on another partnership.

This time, he’s recorded the theme tune to the upcoming American comedy variety show ‘Maya and Marty’. And while it won’t be shown in the UK, you’ll probably still be familiar with its hosts: Maya Rudolph and Martin Short. Rudolph is a comedian who’s starred in the likes of Grown Ups, Bridesmaids and Sisters, while Short has been in everything, from Three Amigos to Mars Attacks!.

The show debuts on the American network NBC tonight, but you can hear a clip from White’s funky theme below – his first attempt at writing for TV.

White wrote and produced the track, which features him playing the drums, Dean Fertita on organ, Dominic Davis on bass, Lillie Mae Rische on wah wah guitar,, and Fats Kaplin on pedal steel guitar.

‘Maya and Marty’ features a number of ‘Saturday Night Live’ alumni beyond the hosts themselves, including Kenan Thompson, and Lorne Michaels – who produced the show for years – as executive producer. It’ll be a variety show, with song and dance numbers, as well as comedy sketches.

Jack White records theme song for new comedy 'Maya and Marty'

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