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Superhero movies are here to stay–well they are tentatively planned to nearly 2030! Still, one of the biggest showdowns in superhero movie landscape involves Disney as it attempts yet again to purchase Twenty-First Century’s movie and television rights to properties like the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Disney owns the vast majority of Marvel Comics’ movie rights and has worked out a deal with Sony to share Spider-Man. However, it is thanks to two Black superheroes–in part–that Disney really wants the X-Men back!

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Sources close to the acquisition are allegedly stating that fans demanding to see Black Panther and Storm’s love affair on the Big Screen are fueling Disney’s fervor to have the X-Men on their roster!

As you may recall, in the comics not are Storm and Black Panther two of the most popular superheroes on the planet, they were for a time romantically involved, eventually married, and even have a daughter in the future. In fact, Storm lost her virginity to him in a flashback that explained the closeness between the two. Although the two heroes are no longer married–catch up on AvX: Avengers vs. X-Men, that is not stopping fans from wanting to see Black Love between the two play out in the movies.

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Young Black Panther (T’Challa) and Storm

Fans are making it very clear that they will not tolerate The Wakandan King having any love interest besides the X-Men’s resident Weather Witch. Alexandra Shipp, the young actress currently playing Storm in the newer X-Men films, has even stated she wants to see the Storm and Black Panther together.

Well, we are definitely here for this acquisition more than ever! Sure we definitely want to see Storm and Black Panther together, but more so we want the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the Fourth Phase of Marvel beginning after Avengers: Infinity War the timing for Marvel’s merry mutants and First Family to come aboard could not be better.

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“Riverdale” Star, Charles Melton (@_MELTON_), Cast Opposite of Yara Shahidi in New Film, “The Sun is Also a Star!”

There are few young stars we love more than Yara Shahidi. This amazing young lady is not only an actress, she is also highly intelligent and an activist. Thus, it was only a matter of time before we found her headlining in movie titles. That day is here and Yara is set to star in a new film, The Sun Is Also A Star. Starring opposite of her, and playing her love is interest, is none other than Riverdale star, Charles Melton!

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There are few young stars we love more than Yara Shahidi. This amazing young lady is not only an actress, she is also highly intelligent and an activist. Thus, it was only a matter of time before we found her headlining in movie titles. That day is here and Yara is set to star in a new film, The Sun Is Also A Star. Starring opposite of her, and playing her love is interest, is none other than Riverdale star, Charles Melton!

As you may already know, Charles Melton plays the role of “Reggie Mantle” in Riverdale, and is the second actor to do so. The first being Ross Butler who left the role after the first season due to scheduling conflicts with Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why. 

via The Hollywood Reporter

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Riverdale breakout Charles Melton has been tapped to star opposite Yara Shahidi in the YA adaptation The Sun Is Also a Star.

Based on the New York Times best-seller from Nicola Yoon, the film centers on Natasha (Shahidi), a girl in New York City whose pragmatism is challenged when she falls in love right before her family is set to be deported back to Jamaica.

Melton will play Daniel Bae, the teenage son of Korean immigrants who meets Natasha by fate.

MGM and Warner Bros. are behind the feature, having picked up the rights to Yoon’s book after partnering for an adaptation of the author’s debut, Everything, Everything. Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) adapted the book for the screen, with Ry Russo-Young set to direct.

Alloy Entertainment’s Les Morgenstein and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton will produce. Tracy Oliver will executive produce. Cassidy Lange is overseeing the project for MGM, and Niija Kuykendall is overseeing for Warner Bros.

The Sun Is Also a Star is the highest-profile project to date for Melton, who is best known for playing fan favorite Reggie Mantle on the popular CW series Riverdale. His other credits include Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story. Melton is repped by Untitled and Gang Tyre.

The Sun Is Also a Star is set to hit theaters May 17, 2019.

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Steven Spielberg Set To Take On Classic DC Comics’ Heroes in “Blackhawk!”

On the heels of their successful collaboration on “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are again teaming with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the action adventure “Blackhawk,” with an eye to Spielberg directing the film. 

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On the heels of their successful collaboration on “Ready Player One,” Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment are again teaming with Warner Bros. Pictures to produce the action adventure “Blackhawk,” with an eye to Spielberg directing the film.

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Based on the classic DC property, the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered around characters from DC.  The announcement was made today by Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

In making the announcement, Emmerich stated, “We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure.  We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing ‘Blackhawk’ to movie audiences worldwide.”

The screenplay for “Blackhawk” is being written by David Koepp, who has collaborated with Spielberg as a screenwriter on the blockbusters “Jurassic Park,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “War of the Worlds” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”  Spielberg will produce the film together with Kristie Macosko Krieger, under the Amblin Entertainment banner, while Sue Kroll will executive produce, under her Kroll & Co. Entertainment shingle.

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Lady Blackhawk

Spielberg noted, “It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring ‘Ready Player One’ to the screen.  They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre.  I am excited to reunite with them on ‘Blackhawk.’”

Spielberg’s next two films are the fifth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise and “West Side Story.”

“Blackhawk” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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This is amazing news! The Blackhawks are an amazing part of the DC Comics family, and in the comics were a big part of the Allied Forces winning in World War II. Presently, Lady Blackhawk is even a superhero on “Birds of Prey,” an all-female superhero team led by Batgirl, Black Canary, and Huntress! We will definitely be keeping our eyes out for this film!

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ICYMI: Jason Statham & Li Bingbing in “THE MEG” Movie Trailer!

Starring Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”) are back in the science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”).

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Starring Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”) are back in the science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”).

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Jason Statham and Li Bingbing

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.

Rounding out the international main cast of “The Meg” are Rainn Wilson (TV’s “The Office,” “Super”), Ruby Rose (“xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), Winston Chao (“Skiptrace,” “Kabali”), Page Kennedy (TV’s “Rush Hour”), Jessica McNamee (“The Vow,” TV’s “Sirens”), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (“The BFG,” TV’s “The Missing”), Robert Taylor (“Focus,” TV’s “Longmire”), New Zealander Cliff Curtis (“The Dark Horse,” “Risen,” TV’s “Fear the Walking Dead”), Sophia Shuya Cai (“Somewhere Only We Know”), and Masi Oka (TV’s “Hawaii Five-0,” “Heroes”).

Turteltaub directed the film from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Steve Alten. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (the “Transformers” films), Belle Avery (“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”) and Colin Wilson (“Suicide Squad,” “Avatar”) produced the film, with Gerald R. Molen, Randy Greenberg, Wayne Wei Jiang, and Barrie Osborne serving as executive producers.

Turteltaub’s behind-the-scenes team included Oscar-nominated director of photography Tom Stern (“Changeling,” “Sully,” “American Sniper,” “The Hunger Games”), Oscar-winning production designer Grant Major (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” “X-Men- Apocalypse”), editor Steven Kemper (“Salt,” “Mission: Impossible II,” “Face/Off”) and costume designer Amanda Neale (“Truth,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “What We Do in the Shadows”).

Filming on “The Meg” was accomplished on location in China and New Zealand.

“The Meg” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Gravity Pictures. It is production of di Bonaventura Pictures, Apelles Entertainment, Maeday Productions, Inc., and Flagship Entertainment, in association with Beijing Digital Impression (BDI) Film, Inc. “The Meg” will be distributed in China by Gravity Pictures, and throughout the rest of the world by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Entertainment Company. It is slated for release on August 10, 2018.

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