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First ‘Shazam!’ trailer shows off a lighter side of DC

Meet your next new big-screen DC superhero. Warner Bros. has shared a first look at Shazam!, starring Asher Angel as a kid who gains the ability to transform into a grown-up superhero (Zachary Levi) by uttering a magic word.  In contrast to the gloom and doom of the Batman and Superman movies, or even the seriousness of Wonder Woman, Shazam! looks light and funny. Because Lord knows the DC universe could use some of that right now. Shazam! hits theaters April 5, 2019. Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/21/shazam-movie-trailer/

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James Gunn fired as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3’ director following resurfaced old tweets

Image: Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock Updated 5:12 p.m. EST with Gunn’s statement. Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director James Gunn has been fired in light of tweets from his past, THR reported Friday afternoon.  “The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James’ Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio’s values, and we have severed our business relationship with him,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.  Though the statement does not specify the contents of Gunn’s tweets, other users have screenshots that may point…

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‘Titans’ trailer is here to kick off DC Universe

Our first look at the live-action Titans TV series is here, and it looks like dark times are ahead for our heroes. Based on the DC comics, the show stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Anna Diop as Starfire, Teagan Croft as Raven, and Ryan Potter as Beast Boy. SEE ALSO: Get ready for the DC Universe streaming service Titans will be the first show to premiere exclusively on DC Universe, the new streaming service that’ll bring together all your favorite DC comics(!), films, and shows.   But it won’t…

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A virtual reality David Bowie exhibit is coming to your mobile

An exhibition about David Bowie's life is being made available in VR.Image: RALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images The “David Bowie is” exhibit may have come to an end, but it sounds as though it’s going to live on … through a VR smartphone experience. The exhibit, which toured cities across the world over the last six years, allowed access to the legendary singer’s personal archives as a means of exploring his creative journey. SEE ALSO: 13 Apps for the Best Glastonbury Festival Experience On Monday, the official David Bowie site announced that…

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Sarah Palin thought she was going to be in a ‘legit Showtime historical documentary.’ Surprise!

"My daughter thinks youre a piece of ****, Sacha."Image: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images Sarah Palin thought she was going to be in a “legit Showtime historical documentary.” Turns out, it was just a prank by trickster Sacha Baron Cohen. For his anticipated new seven-episode series Who Is America? Cohen has apparently been filming interviews with U.S. politicians for a year — but often in disguise or undercover. SEE ALSO: Sacha Baron Cohen teases possible Trump-related project with cryptic video And that includes Palin, who says she was…

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In ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’, Hope has hair worthy of a hero

Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly)Image: marvel studios In Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) does something decidedly unusual for a female superhero: She wears her hair up while fighting. And not in a fancy sci-fi updo or anything, either. Just a plain old messy ponytail, the likes of which you’ve seen on every long-haired woman at the gym.  SEE ALSO: Why superhero movies need to be more like ‘Ant-Man’ It may not sound like a big deal. But that one detail speaks volumes about who Hope…

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It’s hard to NOT get caught in the Crossfire of nostalgia

A scene from this wack-as-hell game show, "Paid Off"Image: TrUTV You know that dystopia in which income inequality is so extreme that society invents a game show that forces the less wealthy people to fight one other for survival? Nope, not The Hunger Games. We’re talking about good, old, real-life America in 2018. You know, where unchecked capitalist greed has rendered higher education simultaneously unaffordable and a prerequisite to landing a decent job — leaving 44 million citizens in debt that toals over $1.3 trillion, according to The Washington Post.…

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HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ subverts the Dead Girl trope

Amy Adams gives a performance unlike any other in "Sharp Objects"Image: hbo We are a culture obsessed with dead girls — so much so that the trope is now a wildly popular sub-genre. The misogyny of Dead Girl narratives is evident in recent additions like Twin Peaks, True Detective, 13 Reasons Why, The Night Of, and countless others. Most use the corpses of beautiful young women as a vehicle for the growth of male characters.  And that’s just the surface-level issue. SEE ALSO: Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is a…

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Maisie Williams’ goodbye to ‘Game of Thrones’ was appropriately bloody

Image:  HELEN SLOAN/HBO Maisie Williams, a.k.a. Arya Stark, has officially said goodbye to Game of Thrones.  On Saturday morning, the actress announced she’d finished filming the show’s eighth and final season by sharing a photograph of blood-stained white sneakers. A post shared by Maisie Williams (@maisie_williams) on Jul 7, 2018 at 4:53am PDT SEE ALSO: Of all the gross stuff on ‘Game of Thrones,’ this one scene was almost too much for Jaime Lannister “Goodbye belfast. goodbye arya. goodbye game of thrones. what a joy i’ve had. here’s to the…

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Idris Elba joins Dwayne Johnson as villain in ‘Fast and Furious’ spinoff

Idris Elba is going to be the handsomest villain to grace the 'Fast and Furious' universe.Image: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images Idris Elba is going to be making another heel turn in his upcoming role in the Fast and Furious universe. Elba is in final negotiations with the folks behind the upcoming Fast and Furious spinoff Hobbs and Shaw to play a new villain, Variety reported Thursday. The movie, coming in 2019, will star Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as their popular characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. SEE ALSO: The 10…

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Disney is creating robots that can do acrobatic flips in the air

Scarlett Johansson is getting heat from trans actors for her new role.Image: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic The controversy over another bad Scarlett Johansson casting decision continues to reverberate as several prominent transgender actors have spoken out about her upcoming role as a trans man.  SEE ALSO: Scarlett Johansson apparently learned nothing from the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ controversy When it was announced that Johansson had signed on to star as real-life massage parlor owner Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man, in Rub & Tug, the casting was met with backlash, much like Johansson’s…

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Jon Stewart delivers fierce direct address to Trump: ‘We will prevail.’

Jon Stewart returned to late night for a fiery monologue on 'The Late Show' directed at President Trump.Image: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Jon Stewart has just delivered a walloping serve to Donald Trump. The former Daily Show host temporarily took over for Stephen Colbert on The Late Show on Thursday night, geared up to perform one hell of a monologue. SEE ALSO: Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien team up to respond to Trump It’s been one heck of a back-and-forth between late night hosts and Trump, with the president…

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Joe Jackson, musical family patriarch, dead at 89

(CNN)Joseph “Joe” Jackson, the patriarch who launched the musical Jackson family dynasty, died Wednesday at a Las Vegas hospital, a source close to the family tells CNN. “I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see,” read a tweet posted Sunday from Jackson’s official Twitter account. “The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.” His daughter, La Toya Jackson, tweeted about her father Wednesday. “I will always love you! You gave us strength, you made…

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Don’t mess with ‘late show lowlifes’ Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien

Donald Trump got dragged by late night hosts including "the guy on CBS" Stephen Colbert. Look, they weren't going to sit quietly.Image: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Image Donald Trump spent part of Monday night insulting late-night hosts including Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel. Of course, they’d respond, but how? During a rally for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Trump railed against all three comedians, calling Colbert a “low life” and Kimmel “terrible.”  SEE ALSO: Jimmy Fallon on Trump’s tweet: ‘Shouldn’t he have more important things to do?’ But…

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‘Roseanne’ spinoff ‘The Conners’ will bring back everyone but Roseanne

Meet 'The Conners,' the 'Roseanne' spinoff show coming this fall.Image: ABC The Conners are coming back – minus one. After Roseanne Bar’s racist tweet immediately resulted in ABC canceling the wildly popular revival, rumors about a spinoff show circulated.  Now, ABC has finally confirming that The Conners will premiere next fall, taking over the Tuesday 8 p.m. slot left open by Roseanne.  It will feature the entirety of the revival cast, aside from the very character who used to be the show’s namesake. The current order calls for an initial…

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