Marvel Celebrates The 45th Anniversary Of A Groundbreaking Comic With A Special Tribute

In 1975, writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum changed the comics landscape forever with Giant-Size X-Men #1. This special issue marked a new genesis for the team, introduced iconic Marvel characters like Storm and Nightcrawler, and set the X-Men on the path to becoming the cultural powerhouses they are today.

Now, 45 years later, Marvel Comics is honoring this landmark issue in an extraordinary way with the help of 37 of the industry’s top artists. Each pulse-pounding page of this unforgettable issue will be re-envisioned by artists such as Alex Ross, Carmen Carnero, and Mark Brooks. This diverse group of talent have joined together to pay homage to this comic book masterpiece by redrawing Cockrum’s original art in their own unique styles.

“The artists were so excited to work on it because the art in this book inspired them all,” recounts Editor Jordan D. White. “Everybody involved loves this comic book and is doing amazing work. You’ve gotta check it out.”

“As a kid the X-Men was my very first comic and Len Wein and Dave Cockrum were instrumental in influencing me to become a comic book illustrator,” says artist Mark Brooks. “Being able to contribute to the recreation of a book that means so much to me is an honor and a privilege. This assignment along with the accompanying pressure to do Len and Dave justice is one I’m thrilled to take on as a thank you for showing a nerdy kid that it’s okay to be different and pave your own path.”

“The presence Wein and Cockrum have on comics is too immense to weigh,” says artist Mike Hawthorne. “I can honestly say their X-Men were my first love and it’s a privilege to pay homage to these two giants and their contribution to our culture. I drew my page with my heart in hand, sirs. I hope it’s enough. Thank you.” GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: TRIBUTE TO WEIN & COCKRUM #1 goes on sale May 27th but you can get your first look at this milestone issue in this special announcement trailer featuring Editor Jordan D. White and Assistant Editor Annalise Bissa.

Chris Evans In Talks To Play The Dentist In Little Shop Of Horrors Remake

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Chris Evans may be appearing in a musical adaptation soon. According to Hollywood Reporter, the Captain America actor is in talks to play the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello, Audrey’s abusive boyfriend in a remake of “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Steve Martin once portrayed the nitrous oxide-addicted dentist in the 1986 Frank Oz directed horror comedy musical. That film was also an adaptation of the 1982 Off Broadway musical, which itself was based on the low-budget 1960 black comedy film of the same name.

Scarlett Johansson is also in talks for the role of Audrey, per THR, while Taron Egerton is in talks to play Seymour, a nerdy florist who loves strange and interesting plants.

Last year, in an interview with the publication, Evans has stated his interest in doing a musical. “I want to do a musical so badly, man. Someone told me they’re [remaking] Little Shop of Horrors and I was like, ‘Oh, can I be down? Please? Can I be the dentist?’”

After playing Captain America in Marvel Cinematic Universe’s series of films and Human Torch in two “Fantastic Four” films, actor is definitely showing a lot interest less heroic roles lately. Last year, he played a more roguish character Hugh Ransom Drysdale in Rian Johnson’s critical and commercial hit “Knives Out.”

“Friends” Reunion Officially Happening At HBO Max

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Nearly 16 years after it went off the air, the six original cast of “Friends” is set to reunite for an untitled and unscripted special for HBO Max, WarnerMedia announced Friday.

“It’s official, Friends fans! After 15 years, nine months, and innumerable fan requests from around the globe, we now have the ‘brand-new information’ you’ve been waiting for,” the announcement read.

In perfect Friends fashion, the cast of the iconic sitcom, Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Matthew Perry (Chandler Bing”, Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffay), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), and David Schwimmer all posted on Instagram Friday afternoon a vintage-themed group picture (below) crowded in a car. That is, except, Matt le Blanc (Joey Tribbiani) who posted a different picture from another TV show.

“It’s happening,” the cast simultaneously posted on each of their Instagram accounts Friday. The cast is set to return to Warner Bros. Studio’s Stage 24, the original soundstage where the show was shot during its run.

The sitcom is one of the most successful of all-time, at one point generating 52.9 million viewers, when Chandler hooked up with film superstar Julia Roberts in the two-part episode “The One After the Super Bowl.”

HBO Max will cost $15 a month and is currently set to launch in May.

The Weeknd Announces ‘The After Hours Tour’ Starting June 11th

The Weeknd has announced his new headline world tour, The After Hours Tour, starting June 11th on the heels of his upcoming album, After Hours. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Tuesday, February 25 at 10am local time (9am local time for UK/EU) through Thursday, February 27 at 10pm local time. During all US dates, Verizon Up ticket holders will get access to an exclusive stage side experience within the Verizon Up Members section. Regular ticket on-sale begins Friday, February 28 at 10am local time for North America and 9am local time for UK and EU.

The After Hours Tour will showcase state of the art production and one of the most innovative stage designs to date, containing the most LED lights and video for an arena show. Produced by Live Nation, the 57-date tour will hit cities across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and France with support from Sabrina Claudio and Don Toliver in the US, and 88GLAM and Sabrina Claudio in Europe.

After Hours album merch bundles became available with the announce of the title track and album pre-order yesterday, available at shop.theweeknd.com. For all North American dates, each ticket purchased online comes with one CD of The Weeknd’s new album AFTER HOURS. All purchases of the album or album bundles via the UK webstore also give priority access to pre-sale tickets for the upcoming UK and EU tour dates (Note: pre-sale code applies to UK and EU dates only). Pre-sale (powered by Ticketmaster) begins at 9am GMT on Wednesday, February 26th.

On March 7th The Weeknd will perform on Saturday Night Live ahead of his new album, After Hours, dropping March 20th. Listen to the title track and get tickets at the links below.

Marvels Snapshots Continues This May With New Creative Teams And New Adventures

Starting next month and continuing through June, MARVELS SNAPSHOTS will be a bi-monthly series consisting of eight standalone issues offering unusual viewpoints on some of your favorite Marvel heroes. Curated by industry legend Kurt Busiek with iconic painted covers by Alex Ross, this milestone series will feature new creative teams for each giant-sized story handpicked by Busiek himself! In May 2020, this unforgettable tour through Marvel history will showcase tales focusing on the Avengers and Spider-Man.

First up will be an Avengers story like none other by superstar writer Barbara Randall Kesel (Hawk & Dove, Ultragirl) and acclaimed artist Staz Johnson (New X-Men, Robin). Set during the influential David Michelinie, John Byrne, and George Perez era of AVENGERS, MARVELS SNAPSHOTS: AVENGERS will depict a romance that could only happen in the Marvel Universe when a rookie cop and new-to-the-city emergency medical technician meet amidst a devastating battle between Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and a giant, rampaging robot.

“When Kurt first asked me about this project, it took me a minute to realize he wasn’t just telling me about this fun Marvels-eye concept, he was asking me if I wanted to be involved!” Kesel said. “My favorite stories are the ones that step into the personal lives of people in the vicinity of the Big Action, so a big YES to anything Marvels-scale, and getting to step back into that sweet yet insane 80s Avengers vibe was the frosting on the crazy cake! I have so totally enjoyed adding a little piece to the mighty Marvel mythos. Kurt started it off with an image that became the catalyst for two non-powered NYC heroes who would “meet cute” during a crisis. Then, when we started speculating about what the people on the street do when chunks of buildings fall from the sky…where do they go to shelter out the emergency?”

Following that will be MARVELS SNAPSHOTS: SPIDER-MAN written and drawn by industry great, Howard Chaykin! This action-packed story will be told through the eyes of a lowlife criminal just trying to make a living in the super hero infested streets of New York City. See firsthand how hard life as a henchman can be when someone like Spider-Man lurks around every corner!

“I was delighted to be summoned by the fabulous Kurt Busiek to work on the Marvel Snapshots series,” said Chaykin. “Not having worked for Marvel in any steady capacity in nearly eight years, my delight was also framed in surprise. Kurt is a stand-up cat, and I’m grateful to participate in this project.”

Lennon Stella Reveals North American Headlining Tour Dates

Nashville-based singer, songwriter, actress, and multi-instrumentalist, Lennon Stella releases her new single “Golf on TV” featuring JP Saxe today. The song was written by Lennon, Ruslan Odnoralov, JP Saxe and Simon Wilcox and produced by Ruslan. Click here to listen.

In conjunction with her new single, Lennon also announces her North American headlining tour, as well as the title of her debut album, Three. Two. One. The tour will hit 28 cities across North America and see the singer play venues such as RBC Echo Beach in Toronto, Canada on May 26th, Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY on June 1st, Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA on June 23rd, and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on July 12th. In addition, she will also play at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival this summer. Please see full routing below and click HERE for more info.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 21st at 10AM local time. Official pre-sales will start on Tuesday, February 18th at 10AM local time with Lennon’s Artist pre-sale. The artist pre-sale code is available to any fan now who signs up for the code for their show on Lennon’s tour dates website: https://www.lennonstella.com/tour/

Additional pre-sales will be offered from Spotify, Ticketmaster, Citi, Live Nation, and Local Promoters.

Included with every purchase of a show ticket in the US will be a CD copy of Lennon’s upcoming debut album. VIP meet & greet packages will be available in all markets for purchase during this entire period.

Lennon’s new single “Golf on TV” featuring JP Saxe is the follow up to her most recent track “Kissing Other People.” Click HERE to view the music video!

Lennon Stella first rose to popularity when she was just 12 years old as part of the duo Lennon & Maisy, alongside her younger sister. The pair gained national attention with a cover of Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend”. Lennon went on to star in the ABC/CMT smash Nashville as Maddie Conrad for six years. Kickstarting her solo recording career, Lennon debuted with her 2018 Love, me EP which bowed in the Top 5 of the Billboard “Heatseekers Albums” chart, that included the single “La Di Da,” amassing more than 96 million Spotify streams and counting. Lennon is named among Refinery29’s “Young Celebrities to Watch in 2019”, Teen Vogue’s “16 Musicians You Need to Be Listening to in 2019” and most recently Amazon Music’s Artist to Watch for 2020.

Wil Wheaton To Host “Gamemaster” ESports Reality Show

A new esports reality show, GAMEMASTER, will debut on a streaming service in Spring 2020. The nine-episode show will feature Wil Wheaton as the Commissioner/Host and showcase 12 amateur esports contestants from across the U.S. Ripped from their gaming chairs and plunged into our world, these gamers will live together in a house under the inescapable spotlight of a competition being broadcast on platforms around the globe. The contestants will be announced soon.

Over the course of nine episodes (featuring more than two dozen video games), the reality show will find fan favorites, mortal enemies, awesome games, cool gear, and tremendous audiences — all in a quest to discover the one, true “GameMaster.” Twelve amateur gamers start out, someone goes home each week, and two will battle it out at the finale to grab the $100K cash prize and claim the title.

GAMEMASTER is being produced by Georgia-based Peach Maria Productions (pronounced muh-RY-uh), and will be powered by AMD.

“GAMEMASTER takes the love of gaming and elevates it to a whole new level through the first immersive, multi-platform, head-to-head competition for both casual and diehard gaming fans,” said show creator and executive producer John Colp. “Our players won’t play the same game from noon to night. They will play different games throughout and, at the end, the person who has the best cumulative score will be crowned the champion.”

“Gaming is part of almost all of our lives, whether on consoles or computers or phones, we’re all gamers in some way,” says executive producer Laurie Lockliear. “GAMEMASTER celebrates the joy, tech and humor that gamers love – whether you’re a professional player or you’re playing solitaire on your phone!”

Ninth-Annual Watershed Music And Camping Festival Delivers Superstar Lineup With Headliners Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett And Keith Urban

The ninth-annual Watershed Music and Camping Festival announced today that country superstars Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban will headline the bucket list worthy three-day, two stage camping festival at George, WA’s breathtaking Gorge Amphitheatre, overlooking the Columbia River Gorge on July 31-Aug. 2. Other acts also revealed today as part of the festival’s consistently stacked main stage lineup include Kelsea Ballerini, Billy Currington, Travis Denning, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Gone West Ft. Colbie Caillat, HARDY, Randy Houser, and Jon Pardi. Passes go on sale Friday, Feb. 21 at 10am PT at WatershedFest.com.

“Watershed, to me, is all about the annual anticipation of a great weekend with 26,000 friends, in one of the most beautiful settings on Earth,” said Brian O’Connell, President of Live Nation Country Touring. “I feel like it is a privilege to not only get to go, but to share it with so many ‘Shedders that have been there since day one. These artists, that setting, and the ‘Shedders make Watershed more than just a festival, it’s a true rite of passage for country music fans, and I am so proud to host this event every year. Here is to year nine being the best Watershed Festival yet!”

“Routinely one of the most-anticipated events of country festival season” (Rolling Stone) and a “country music megaparty that yee-haws the Gorge Amphitheatre to sold-out crowds every summer,”(The Seattle Times) Watershed is built with the fans, self-proclaimed as “’Shedders,” in mind. With tickets often selling out in minutes, the festival offers the biggest acts in country music along with a serene ambience.
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Dark Sky Films Brings “The Dark Red” to Theaters + Digital March 6th

Written and directed by Dan Bush, The Dark Red is ranked the #1 movie at FrightFest Film Festival by Entertainment Focus.

The film is a sophisticated, supernatural revenge thriller that will appeal to fans of Unsane and The Uninvited.

The film stars April Billingsley (The Walking Dead, Last Vegas), Kelsey Scott (How to Get Away with Murder), and Rhoda Griffis (Parental Guidance, The Blind Side)

Here is the film’s official synopsis:
A young woman is committed to a psychiatric hospital claiming that her newborn has been abducted by a secret society called the Dark Red — an ancient, underground cult that harvests and controls an incredibly rare blood type that gives one the power to hear and guide another person’s thoughts. She says that she is special: that she carries a pure and powerful strain of the blood like nothing seen before, and that the society sees her and her child as its next evolution or perhaps its greatest threat, should she turn against them.

Is the Dark Red entirely a figment of her imagination a complex coping mechanism to overcome a terrible personal tragedy or is there some truth behind her story?

The Marvels by Kurt Busiek Coming This May

“Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.” That’s how acclaimed writer Kurt Busiek describes his new ongoing series, THE MARVELS. Alongside artists Yildiray Cinar and Alex Ross, MARVELS will be the most sprawling series ever to hit the Marvel Universe where any characters can show up for adventures that can and will take them anywhere.

With the entire Marvel Universe at its disposal, this expansive series will feature everyone from the Marvel Universe’s first heroes to its latest superstars.

“The whole idea of THE MARVELS is to be able to use the whole Marvel Universe — not just all the characters in it, but all the history of it. The sweeping scope of the whole thing,” Busiek said in an interview with marvel.com.

“Big stuff can happen in the Marvel Universe, but we usually see it confined largely to the Avengers in AVENGERS, to the FF in FANTASTIC FOUR, and so on. THE MARVELS is intended as a freewheeling book that can go anywhere, do anything, use anyone. It’s a smorgasbord of Marvel heroes and history. It’s not a team. It’s a concept, or a universe, depending on how you look at it. THE MARVELS features the marvels — all the many and varied characters of the Marvel Universe. The heroes, the villains, the oddities — all of it. There’ll be popular characters of today, there’ll be obscure characters from long ago — heck, there’ll be story threads that take place in the past, or possibly the future. We’re not limited to just the present. And there’ll be new characters, too, from the street-level to the cosmic. There are three new marvels in the first issue, although a couple of them are only seen for a panel or so. But we’ll get back to them. I’d say “the sky’s the limit,” except in the Marvel Universe, there’s a lot going on beyond that sky. And it’s all open to us.”

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