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Production is underway on New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!”  David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation”) directs the origin story, which stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack”) as Billy Batson, and Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.  Peter Safran (upcoming “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” films) serves as the film’s producer.

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We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out.  In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard.  Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them!  Can he fly?  Does he have X-ray vision?  Can he shoot lightning out of his hands?  Can he skip his social studies test?  Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child.  But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

Zachary Levi as Shazam

“Shazam!” also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”).  Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Ron Cephas Jones (“This is Us”) as the Wizard.

Christopher Godsick, Jeffrey Chernov, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia are serving as executive producers.

Sandberg’s creative team includes his “Annabelle: Creation” director of photography Maxime Alexandre, production designer Jennifer Spence, editor Michel Aller and costume designer Leah Butler.

Set primarily in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, principal photography for the film is taking place in Toronto.

Firmly set in the DC universe but with his own distinctly fun, family-centric tone, the character first appeared in Whiz Comics in 1940 and was created by Bill Parker and C.C. Beck.

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Oscar Nominations Are In! “The Joker” & “The Irishman” Lead the Biggest Night in Hollywood!

The Oscars are undoubtedly the biggest night in Hollywood. All of Hollywood’s A-List celebrities are in the building, the Red Carpet is always stunning, and some of our favorite films from the past year get the glory–or snub–they deserved!

This year’s nominations for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards are comprised of a number nods for films like “The Joker,” “The Irishman,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood!” 

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The Oscars are undoubtedly the biggest night in Hollywood. All of Hollywood’s A-List celebrities are in the building, the Red Carpet is always stunning, and some of our favorite films from the past year get the glory–or snub–they deserved!

This year’s nominations for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards are comprised of a number nods for films like “The Joker,” “The Irishman,” “Avengers: Endgame,” and “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood!”

via Entertainment Weekly

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The 2020 Oscar nominations were announced live on Monday morning, a mere week after Ricky Gervais trashed talked Hollywood on the Golden Globes stage. Joker, helmed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of DC Comics, received the highest number of nominations (11 in total), including for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Lead Actor. Avengers: Endgame was the only other comic book-based blockbuster to receive a nomination (Best Visual Effects).

Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, and Sam Mendes’ 1917 tied for the second most nominations with 10 each. Parasite, with a total of six each, received a number of the higher profile nominations: the film earned on for Best Picture and International Feature Film, while Bong Joon-ho received one for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Every year always brings a number of snubs, and Greta Gerwig was a big one. The Little Women director did not get a nod for directing, though she did enter the Best Picture and Screenplay fields. A number of Oscar voters also outed themselves as members of the #PughHive, nominating Florence Pugh for Best Supporting Actress. Jennifer Lopez, one many hoped would enter that playing field for Hustlers, was not nominated.

John Cho of Star Trek Beyond and Issa Rae of Insecure revealed contenders for the 24 categories in an event streamed live on various internet platforms.

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The landscape of the nominees this year is really amazing! Comic book inspired films are more and more becoming contenders for big awards and we feel it is well deserved. Characters like The Joker, have always been played with depth and layers, and then when it comes to the Avengers nomination, that movie had all the feels of raw emotion as all the superheroes struggled to deal with loss and sacrifice to restore the universe. Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlet Johansson, and Chris Evans all deserve some kind of recognition for their performances in the films. We are not surprised Jennifer Lopez was snubbed as we do not feel Hustlers warrants an Oscar. It is a great film, just not in the same vein as works from Quentin Tarentino, Martin Scorcese, or other big wigs in Hollywood.

You all just be sure to catch the Oscars on February 8th, 8 PM EST on ABC!

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[PHOTOS] GI Joe’s “Snake Eyes” Movie Kicks Off Production In Japan!

The GI Joe movie franchise is about to get a little larger thanks to the upcoming “Snake Eyes” movie which has kicked off production in Japan! The film will center on Snake Eyes, the GI Joe’s resident ninja/soldier sworn to his duty and oath of silence. The film is rumored to be his origin story, and set to be a part of a string of standalone films that will string together a larger GI Joe Cinematic Universe!

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The GI Joe movie franchise is about to get a little larger thanks to the upcoming “Snake Eyes” movie which has kicked off production in Japan! The film will center on Snake Eyes, the GI Joe’s resident ninja/soldier sworn to his duty and oath of silence. The film is rumored to be his origin story, and set to be a part of a string of standalone films that will string together a larger GI Joe Cinematic Universe!

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Snake Eyes

From the photos from production we see the star of the film, Malaysian actor, Henry Golding, along with the rest of the crew posing for pictures and seemingly receiving a blessing from a priest. Check out a few of the photos below:

 

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Storm Shadow

“Snake Eyes” is highly anticipated is expected to be action packed and riveting. We are most interested in seeing Storm Shadow as well; his duplicitous, lifelong rival who works closely with the global terrorist group, “Cobra!” We will keep you posted as more “Snake Eyes” news develops!

SNAKE EYES IS IN THEATRES OCTOBER 23, 2020!

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Hawkman & Hawkgirl Rumored to Appear in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s “Black Adam” Movie!

Dear Warner Bros. Studios, the DC Cinematic Universe is shaping up nicely–FINALLY! Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam are brokering the way to a whole slew of films we cannot wait for. From those anticipated films “Black Adam,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is at the top of the list, telling the tale of how Shazam’s most powerful enemy rose to power. In the film, however, two superheroes are expected to begin their stories, Hawkman and Hawkgirl!

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Dear Warner Bros. Studios, the DC Cinematic Universe is shaping up nicely–FINALLY! Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Shazam are brokering the way to a whole slew of films we cannot wait for. From those anticipated films “Black Adam,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is at the top of the list, telling the tale of how Shazam’s most powerful enemy rose to power. In the film, however, two superheroes are expected to begin their stories, Hawkman and Hawkgirl!

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Hawkman vs. Black Adam

As you may not know Hawkman and Hawkgirl are one of comics’ most iconic couples and its symbol of star-crossed love. The heroes are blessed and cursed with resurrection and reincarnation where each life they fall for each other, die, and retain their memories from all of their previous lives. In their current lives they are superheroes powered by “Nth metal,” an alien element that grants its users to enhanced strength, fly at supersonic speeds (when grafted to artificial wings) protecting them from cold and heat, and it disrupts magic. Hawkman and Hawkgirl are highly adept with a number of weapons but prefer to use archaic weapons like swords, spears, and maces.

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The Hawks cross paths with Black Adam originally in Ancient Egypt in the first lives where they are its rulers and are exposed to Nth Metal granting their souls reincarnation. Black Adam, known as Teth-Adam then, is the protector of the country, and is the champion of the original Shazam. He becomes corrupt and seeks to have the very people protect worship him as a god and is exiled deep into space where it takes him thousands of years to fly back to Earth–present day. Now, Black Adam has to deal with not only The Hawks, but (wizard) Shazam’s new champion, the current superhero, Shazam.

We really hope this is true. Warner Bros. has stated another Justice League movie will happen in the future and it would be nice to have Hawkman and Hawkgirl on the team. They add some needed skill to the team. What do you all think of them appearing in the “Black Adam” movie? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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