Trailer To Star-Studded “Cats” Trailer Released

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The first trailer for the upcoming adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical fantasy has finally arrived.

Directed by Tom Hooper, who won a best director academy award for The King’s Speech, “Cats” has a stunning star-studded cast that includes Taylor Swift, James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, and Rebel Wilson.

“Cats” is based on of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats”, which received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981. It played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical.

In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, “Cats” has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is one of the most successful musicals of all time.

Hopper was also responsible for successfully adapting Les Misérables into a 2012 musical drama film, which also received critical and commercial success in 2012.

Cats is scheduled for release by Universal Pictures on December 20, 2019.

SDCC 2019: Composer Benjamin Wallfisch

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Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Grammy nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch will be signing a limited amount of Mondo’s exclusive Blade Runner 2049 vinyl at Comic-Con 2019.

The signing will take place at booth #435 on the exhibit floor from 3:00PM on Thursday July 18th. Wallfisch co-scored the film with Hans Zimmer where the two received nominations for Best Original Score with the BAFTAs, Grammys and multiple Critic Associations.

Composer of David F. Sandberg’s box office #1 film SHAZAM!, Andy Muschietti’s IT, the most successful horror film of all time, and co-composer of Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed BLADE RUNNER 2049 (with Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer), Benjamin Wallfisch has worked on over 75 feature films and has received Golden Globe®- , BAFTA®-, 2x GRAMMY®- and  Emmy®- nominations.

He is currently scoring IT: CHAPTER TWO for New Line/Warner Bros.

Taylor Swift Fights Scooter Braun and Former Record Label Over Music Ownership

By Eric Gasa

Taylor Swift

It’s a familiar story; the young artist entangled in a battle for their work against the record label executives. But even for a veteran pop star like Swift, the news is no less difficult and complicated.

It takes a bit of work to get to the center of Taylor Swift’s debacle with former record label Big Machine, but at its heart is a poignant conversation about the record industry, executives, and the artists; and everyone is listening.

As the story goes, famed mega star agent, Scooter Braun, and his company Ithaca Recordings bought Swift’s old label, Big Machine, along with all six of the master recordings of her previous albums, for the hefty price tag of $300 million. On Sunday June 30, the day of the deal, Swift took things into her own hands via an open letter she posted to Tumblr.

“I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world,” she writes, “All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years. This is my worst scenario.

”Braun, who has previously worked with Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Arianna Grande, is a huge name in the industry and not a stranger to drama either.

But what exactly are master recordings and why are they so important? In short, master recordings refer to the original recording and master rights of an artist’s music. The owner of these rights owns the copyright, controls where the music is licensed, and can collect royalties. Whoever owns the label, legally owns the music.

Knowing how Swift removed her own music from Spotify in 2014, she certainly likes to keep control of her releases.

Swift’s criticisms did not end with Braun either. Swift later called out Big Machine founder, Scott Borchetta for signing the rights to her art away when she first joined the label when she was only 15, according to a source from Pitchfork.

Apparently, Swift’s only offer from Borchetta was to earn back recording rights for older records with each new one she put out. A bit of a sore deal honestly, six albums in the making.

Borchetta has since denied allegations and claiming that Swift “had every chance” to own her master recordings. Justin Bieber also responded to Swift, coming to Braun’s defense in a lengthy post on Instagram and called Swift a bully.

In the end, Taylor may have lost a chunk of her past with her departure from Big Machine, but she is hopeful for her new start with Universal Music Group and Republic Records which she signed with last year.

“Thankfully, I am now signed to a label that believes I should own anything I create,” Swift writes.Swift’s next record Lover is due out on August 23 via Republic Records.

Always Sunny’s Rob McElhenney Unveils “Mythic Quest”

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and creator Rob McElhenney was at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, where he talked aobut his upcoming new show for Apple TV Plus called “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet.”

The new series was first revealed last summer although not a lot of information was available. At the time, McElhenney was attached to direct another video-game film adaptation, Minecraft, a project he vacated shortly after.

The live-action comedy series was developed by McElhenney, along with his Sunny comrade Charlie Day and executive producer Megan Ganz.

McElhenney is the lead in the series, supposedly playing an egomaniac video game studio director Ian Grimm.

“Like most of the creative directors I’ve met, he has the ego the size of a city bus,” McElhenney said on stage. “I’m going to get my ass kicked backed stage because there are lot of creative directors here.”

You can see the trailer below.

Robert Pattinson Confirmed As The Next Batman

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Robert Pattinson in A24’s High Life

Robert Pattinson is the new caped crusader. Today, Variety has confirmed that the actor will take over the role of Batman from Ben Affleck.

Matt Reeves ( “War for the Planet of the Apes”) signed on to direct the film in early 2017. He is known for critical and commercial hits Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) as well as the romantic horror film Let Me In (2010).

No other casting announcement has been made for the movie, though pre-production is expected to begin this summer.

The film would be Pattinson’s return to high profile movies since appearing in five global blockbuster film adaptations of the Twilight novels which concluded in 2012.

Since then, he has appeared in smaller indie films and worked with renowned directors as Werner Herzog and David Cronenberg as well as gained positive reviews in the crime film “Good Time” and this year’s science-fiction horror film “High Life”.

He is also set to appear in Christopher Nolan’s film “Tenet,” set to open July 17, 2020, as well as the dark fantasy horror film “Lighthouse” which has received acclaim at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Legendary Actress And Singer Doris Day Dies At 97

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Doris Day, the legendary girl-next door singer and actress who appeared in “Pillow Talk” and many other 1950s and 1960s romantic comedies has died, according to the Associated Press. She died at her home in Carmel Valley, California. She was 97.

Day is one of the most popular and successful Hollywood actresses of all time, once topping both the billboard music and box-office charts.

In 1959, she co-starred with Rock Hudson in the romantic comedy film Pillow Talk. Directed by Michael Gordon, the film earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination. She also starred in boxoffice hits Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960) and That Touch of Mink (1962) among others.

Day also had a very successful music career. In 1945, she had two highly successful records “Sentimental Journey” and “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time” with Les Brown & His Band of Renown, and between 1947 and 1967, she has recorded over 650 songs.

Her singing talent came in handy in the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock boxoffice hit suspense film The Man Who Knew Too Much, where she costarred with James Stewart.

In the film, she sang her rendition of the legendary song “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”. Written by the team of Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, the song reached number two on Billboard Hot 100 chart, then later won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

The song was also used as a theme song in the sitcom “The Doris Day Show”, which aired on CBS from 1968 to 1973, later becoming her signature song.

Day also topped the US singles chart with “Love Somebody” (w/ Buddy Clark) in 1948, “A Guy Is a Guy” in 1952, and “Secret Love” in 1954.

She later became an advocate of animal rights, founding the Doris Day Pet Foundation in 1978, now known as Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF).

Billboard Music Awards 2019

By Armando

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) were handed out on Wednesday night, and Drake dominated the ceremonies, taking home the Top Artist, Top male Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist trophies.

The haul effectively gives Drake the record for most wins, 27 total in the history of Billboard Music Awards.

Other big winners included Ariana Grande, Ella Mai, BTS, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Combs who took home Top Country Artist. Coming into the night, it was Cardi B led the nominations with 21 nods, was followed by Drake and Post Malone with 17 nominations each.

Mariah Carey received the Icon Award as well as performed a career-spanning set including her 2018 single “A No No”, and classics such as “Always Be My Baby”, “Emotions”, “We Belong Together” and “Hero”.

Presenters included Chrissy Metz & Justin Hartley, Cobie Smulders, Asher Angel, Becky G, Dave Bautista & Kumail Nanjiani, David Guetta, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Hudson, Erin & Sara Foster, Eva Longoria, Jesse Spencer, Julia Michaels, Julianne Hough, Kane Brown, Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein & Kaitlyn Dever, Ralph Macchio, Rob Gronkowski, Ross Lynch & Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina Carpenter, Sophie Turner & Tye Sheridan, Terry Crews and William Zabka.

Kelly Clarkson was back to host the ceremonies, which aired live Wednesday night from Las Vegas on NBC.

Red Carpet photos: aiphotoimaging.com

See the full list of winners below:

Top artist
Drake

Top new artist
Juice WRLD

Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Ariana Grande

Top male artist
Drake

Top female artist
Ariana Grande

Top duo/group
BTS
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“Tolkien” At WonderCon 2019

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L-R: director Dome Karukoski, Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynn-Carney, Patrick Gibson, aiphotoimaging.com

The man responsible for the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit stories is getting his own film treatment in “Tolkien”, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ upcoming biographical fantasy film from director Dome Karukoski and writers David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. The film follows the life story of Tolkien which become inspiration to his great novels.

Starring Nicholas Hoult as John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the film is directed by Dome Karukoski and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. Hoult was in attendance along with Finnish film director Karukoski, as well as co-stars Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson and Tom Glynn-Carney.

The panel showed a clip which sees the four boys in their youth and their plan to form a club, which eventually become “Tea Club in Barovian Society,” or TCBS.

Hoult said of Tolkien’s friends: “He was orphaned at such a young age, and finding these guys and that relationship, somewhere that he could flourish and feel safe artistically, and that gave him a place in the world even though he wasn’t necessarily from the same privileged background,”

During the Q&A, the panel showed a video clip wherein Hoult explained his history with the role and along with co-star Lily Collins, their experience in making the film.

“I first read The hobbit when we were filming About A Boy because the director of that gave it to me to read,” Hoult said. “So I still got the copy of The Hobbit on my bookshelf at home, then its kind of come around full circle.”

About a Boy is of course Hoult’s 2002 breakthrough film which was both a critical and commercial success.

“What struck me the most is that he lived an amazing life,” Karukoski said. “This beautiful, emotional story about love and friendship. So many things about what I had read about the books, occurred or were instrumental in his own life. It’s a film that had to be made.”

Tolkien is set for release in the UK on May 3, 2019, followed by a US release on 10 May 2019.

Tyrese Gibson In Talks For “Morbius”

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Tyrese Gibson is said to be joining the cast of Sony’s upcoming comic book film “Morbius,” Variety reveals.

He will be joining Jared Leto (Suicide Squad, Blade Runner 2049), who is set to play the title role. Also expected to be in the film are Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, and Jared Harris. Recently Jared Leto shared on instagram that filming has already begun.

Just like last year’s “Venom,” “Morbius” is a Spider-Man spinoff. Daniel Espinosa of Safe House is attached to direct with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless set to write the script. The character first appeared in 1971 in The Amazing Spider-Man #101.”

In the comic Michael Morbius is a biochemist who is searching for a cure to his rare blood disorder, who in the process gets vampiric super human abilities after a failed experiment.

“Venom”, which starred Tom Hardy playing the title character, was a surprise global hit for Sony Pictures, grossing $855 million globally, so it only makes sense that Sony is moving full steam ahead with the production of Morbius.

Gibson is best known for his role as Roman Pearce in the Fast and the Furious film franchise as well as Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. He is next to be seen in later this year in the drama film “Black and Blue.”

The film is currently slated for a July 31, 2020 release.

“90210” Actor Luke Perry Dies At 52

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Luke Perry, best known as Dylan McKay from TV drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” from the 90s, has died, according to his publicist, Arnold Robinson. He was 52. The actor died on Monday after suffering a massive stroke.

“He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends,” a statement from Robinson read. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”

Last week, Perry was rushed to hospital after suffering a massive stroke. This happened on the the same day that a reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210 was announced.

Born Coy Luther Perry III, Perry shot to stardom after being cast as bad boy Dylan McKay on hit 90s TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. Though he initially audition a role that eventually went to co-star Ian Ziering, Perry and Dylan was a good fit, becoming one of the show’s most popular characters.

Perry also appeared on films such as “Good Intentions,” “8 Seconds,” “Red Wing” and the comedy horror “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which writer Joss Whedon turned into a hit TV series.

He recently returned to TV with “Riverdale,” an ensemble cast based on the characters of Archie Comics where Perry plays Archie’s father Fred Andrews.

He is also set to appear in this summer’s hotly anticipated Quentin Tarantino ensemble “Upon A Time In Hollywood” where he plays late real-life actor Wayne Maunder.

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