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Earlier today, the new Ghostbusters theme song was released, entitled "I Ain't Afraid," by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliot. Given how divided many fans are about this Ghostbusters remake, it remains to be seen if this will be universally loved or hated when this reboot hits theaters on July 15. While we wait to see if it's a huge hit or a colossal flop, we have four new TV spots from this reboot, which give us a new glimpse at Stay Puft, along with some interesting insight from Sony's Tom Rothman.
Ever since it was revealed that there will be an all-female cast, a vocal minority of Ghostbusters fans have expressed their displeasure with the casting all throughout the production. Director Paul Feig has even taken to Twitter several times to defend his movie and the cast, but during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman thinks the hate is actually great. Here's what he had to say below.
"It's the greatest thing that ever happened. Are you kidding me? We're in the national debate, thank you. Can we please get some more haters to say stupid things?"
He also added that you could feel the "momentum" of the movie, particularly after Bill Murray had some positive things to say earlier this month after seeing the movie for the first time. Of course, Bill Murray will be appearing in a cameo role alongside other original Ghostbusters stars Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Annie Potts. We'll have to wait and see if that will be enough to appease the fans who don't want to see an all-female cast, the same ones who made the first trailer the most hated of all time on YouTube earlier this year.
Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today. This summer, they're here to save the world! The new Ghostbusters are Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Chris Hemsworth leads the supporting cast, playing the Ghostbusters' new secretary Kevin.
This new Ghostbusters adventure will go up against Broad Green Pictures' The Infiltrator. Ghostbusters is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film Ghostbusters, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman. The supporting cast includes Andy Garcia as the mayor of New York City, Michael K. Williams as Hawkins, Matt Walsh as Rourke, Pat Kiernan as a news anchor and Neil Casey as the human villain Rowan. Take a look at these TV spots below, which confirm that the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man reurns only as a Parade Balloon. Then stay tuned for more on Ghostbusters as we get closer to the July 15 release date.
Canadian pop star Shawn Mendes has had enough with people talking about his sexuality online.The 17-year-old Stitches singer set the record straight via his Snapchat account on Thursday, after scrolling through some YouTube comments suggesting that he gives off a "gay vibe.""First of all, I'm not gay. Second of all, it shouldn't make a difference if I was or if I wasn't," he asserted."The focus should be on the music, not my sexuality."Mendes acknowledged that "99 per cent of you guys aren't making assumptions like this," but he went on to call out the "one per cent of you that are.""I just want you guys, before you judge someone on the way they speak or act, to think 'Hey, maybe I shouldn't be judging someone,'" he said.The Juno-nominated singer-songwriter declared that he was frustrated because people were suggesting that he was gay "as if it were a bad thing."He signed off with a simple, "I love you guys."Mendes kicks off the North American leg of his largely sold-out world tour on July 15 in Florida, with Canadian stops planned in Vancouver on July 27 and Toronto on Aug. 21.
Character details are scarce, but sources say Bokeem Woodbine joins Michael Keaton and Logan Marshall-Green as a bad guy.
Bring on the bad guy.
Bokeem Woodbine has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming — the Sony and Marvel Studio's reboot of the movie franchise featuring the web-swinging superhero.
The feature began shooting this week in Atlanta.
Character details are scarce, but sources say Woodbine joins Michael Keaton and Logan Marshall-Green as a villain.
Jon Watts is behind the camera for the movie that stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a story that takes the character back to his high school roots.
Big names in the cast include Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Robert Downey Jr. and Donald Glover.
Woodbine was most recently seen in season two of Fargo. Other credits include Riddick and the Total Recall remake.
You can be sure there will be the requisite glitz and glamour accorded most Las Vegas premieres.But will the National Hockey League's expansion into Las Vegas have staying power on the strip? Or will it follow the script of many Vegas shows: full of hype at the beginning before quietly going dark and fading away.Remember this Kumbaya moment the NHL and Las Vegas franchise backers are enjoying with Wednesday's news. By many sensible metrics, putting an NHL team in Las Vegas will be a giant struggle. But for $500 million US, the NHL will try again to force hockey into a market where the game has no history or culture.Other franchises strugglingDespite years of promotion and effort, NHL teams in Carolina, Columbus, Arizona and Florida continue to tread water. Last year, Carolina and Arizona had the fewest fans by a wide margin — nearly 400,000 fewer than teams at the top of the league.Sure, there are fleeting moments of success, but these franchises seem to perpetually teeter on the brink of financial disaster. Would any sensible investor put money into any of these franchises?
NHL approves Las Vegas expansion team
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The NHL's other desert foray has been especially dubious. Now called the Arizona Coyotes, the team's decade-plus in the desert has been a story of bankruptcy, civic disputes, shrinking attendance and waning interest. The franchise even turned NHL great Wayne Gretzky into a loser when he was coach from 2005 to 2009. After years, the team has finally found ownership stability, but the road to financial viability is a long one.Will Vegas be different? Consider some numbers. About 600,000 people live in Las Vegas, which jumps to about 2.2 million when including the surrounding counties. Very few of them actually play the game. The most recent numbers from USA Hockey report only 1,305 players registered in Nevada in 2015-16.But longtime Vegas residents and sports watchers insist this can work. The first advantage is the $375-million US, state-of-the-art T-Mobile arena. The 17,500-seat, 44-luxury suite facility sits just beyond the bright lights of the casino-laden strip.Ed Graney has been the lead sports columnist at the Las Vegas Review Journal for more than decade. Graney points to Bill Foley, the billionaire owner of the new franchise, as a "guy who doesn't get into things to lose," someone with a business resumé replete with successes.1st major sports league in VegasThis is the first time one of the four major sports will have a team in Las Vegas. The city has had a few minor hockey teams, all which have struggled. The East Coast Hockey League team announced last year it would cease operations. The city also had an International Hockey League team from 1994-99 before it folded because it had no arena.Graney insists this time is different.
NHL players, coaches ponder 'Las Vegas effect'
"The season-ticket drive showed me a lot," he says. "I think he was hoping to get 7,000 or 8,000 commitments and he got 14,000, so I do think there are fans who are committed," Graney says. "When you have an owner like Bill Foley with his track record of success, put it this way: if it fails, then they couldn't have done anything else."Graney says it's important to note that none of the tickets have been sold to corporations or casinos. The 14,000 includes all partial and mini-pack offers."It's people who have lived here their whole lives and they have always wanted major league professional sports," Graney says.Which doesn't mean hockey is necessarily the first choice."I would be lying to you that if we were sitting at an NBA meeting, there would be a little more excitement, because this is a basketball town," Graney said. "But it's not. It's hockey."Yes, steamy Las Vegas will have to settle for hockey. Success will be difficult and hard earned.A small market"The state-of-the-art facility aside, it's by every measure a small market, a very small television market and a lot of competing entertainment options," says Maury Brown, who writes about sports and business for Forbes. "It could turn out very bad for them."Brown also says that attracting tourists to the hockey rink will be a challenge. "Will people on vacation want to hang out in a casino, go to see a show or decide to pick hockey? That will be difficult."There are other issues lurking, most notably the other major sports kicking Vegas's tires. Brown says NFL expansion to the desert would hurt an NHL team."If the Raiders move there, I think it could be potentially disastrous," he said. "You are already working from disadvantages. It will get back to the competitive nature of the team. If they aren't doing well, which is hard as an expansion team, I think in five years you could see a team that is struggling."Given what we know, that could be the one safe bet in all of this.
The Neon Demon is certainly the most visceral cinema experience I've had this year. The film is highly stylized; a sort of satirical, horror, art-house noire. The imagery is graphic. The story flows like a dream with a pulsating electronica score. Director/writer Nicolas Winding Refn has a flair for the bizarre and he knocks it out of the park with this latest effort. Audiences may be disgusted, enthralled, oddly titillated, either way; they're going to have a reaction.
Elle Fanning stars as Jesse, a sixteen year old girl trying to make it as a model in Los Angeles. On her own, she lives in a fleabag motel run by a depraved pervert (Keanu Reeves). Jesse makes a big splash in the world of fashion. She radiates innocence and naiveté her natural beauty attracting attention like sharks circling blood. She befriends an entranced make-up artist (Jena Malone), but makes quick enemies of her modelling competition (Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee). Everyone wants something from Jesse, and she knows it.
Refn's take on the modelling world is dark and macabre. With Los Angeles as the backdrop, he paints an ugly picture of the fashion industry. The women are plastic surgery addicts. Mutilating themselves to fit an impossible ideal of beauty. Even worse are the agents, photographers, and designers that prey on girls like vultures. The dialogue from the characters is narcissism incarnate. It's heavily satirical, but their delivery is so raw and unflinching. One particularly brutal scene has a designer shredding a girl's tailored beauty to the natural look of his muse.
The Neon Demon is not for the faint-hearted. There are scenes in this film that had my jaw on the floor. No spoilers here, but trust me when I say that they are extreme. Audible gasps were heard from the audience in my screening. Some critics have lambasted the film for this take, but I'm in a different corner. Refn is portraying a sinister world of artificial beauty. Few women can achieve this state naturally. His point is that those that commit to this goal are giving up their souls. The path taken is bleak and unforgiving, leading to heinous acts of barbarism.
I recommend The Neon Demon purely on the basis that it is radically different, especially if you choose to watch it on Amazon streaming. I had major issues with the narrative and the message, but was fascinated nonetheless. Most films spoon feed you a decidedly safe viewpoint. Refn does not. He is pushing boundaries over a cliff. It may come off to some as artsy and nonsensical, but you have to give him credit for a distinct vision.
Just last week, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media debuted the trailer for their new sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The first look footage arrived as an exclusive for Entertainment Tonight, and had several key scenes missing. Now, the studio has finally premiered the full-length uncut trailer, which brings Tom Cruise back in all of his action-packed glory!
Jack Reacher 2 follows an Army major named Susan Turner (Cobie Smulders), who took over as a Military Police commander after Jack Reacher walked away from the armed forces. After Susan is accused of espionage, Jack springs back into action to help her, while dealing with his own personal issues. All hell breaks loose as Jack and Susan team-up. Soon, they are on the run, and stay that way for the duration of this action drama. The story is based on author Lee Child's 18th book in the bestselling Jack Reacher series, also titled Never Go Back.
Best known for The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is directed by Edward Zwick. The sequel is written by Richard Wenk based on characters and story ideas created by Lee Child, along with contributing writers Marshall Herskovitz (Love & Other Drugs, The Last Samurai) & Zwick. The cast is rounded out by Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn, Shameless), Austin Hebert (Bonnie and Clyde), Patrick Heusinger (Quantum Break, Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, A Good Day to Die Hard), Robert Knepper (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Prison Break) and Holt McCallany (Blue Bloods, Gangster Squad).
Tom Cruise is producing Jack Reacher 2 alongside Don Granger (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher), Skydance Media's David Ellison and Dana Goldberg (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Geostorm), and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Valkyrie). The executive producers are Paula Wagner (War of the Worlds, The Others) and Herb Gains (The Judge, Non-Stop). The movie is in theaters this fall, arriving just in time for Halloween on October 21, 2016.
The action sequel will be part of a jam-packed weekend, with a total of six new releases hitting theaters. Also going up against Jack Reacher: Never Go Back is Lionsgate's Boo! A Madea Halloween, Pure Flix's drama I'm Not Ashamed, 20th Century Fox's comedy Keeping Up With the Jonses, Focus Features' A Monster Calls and Universal's horror sequel Ouija: Origin of Evil. Take a look at this full-length trailer courtesy of Paramount Pictures' Youtube channel, and stay tuned for more on Jack Reacher: Never Go Back as we get closer to the release. Tom Cruise is back and he's badder than ever, in a good way!
By now, most of us have watched Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade. But for those living under a rock (or without TIDAL), here’s one of the clips extracted from the hour long feature. The video also features Serena Williams poppin’ her money maker in a leotard. No apologies here.
Yesterday, it was confirmed that production has begun on Spider-Man: Homecoming, with the first photos surfacing from the set, featuring stars Tom Holland, Zendaya Coleman and Tony Revlori. Today marks the second day of production, and we have already seen new photos surface featuring Tom Holland, which reveal a particularly interesting detail about the young Peter Parker. We know that this movie will feature Parker in high school, but now we know exactly what high school he's going to.
The latest photos surfaced from Just Jared, which show Tom Holland walking outside wearing a sweatshirt that reads "Midtown School of Science & Technology." In the Marvel comics, Peter Parker/Spider-Man attends Midtown High School, but in the 2012 reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, the school was changed to Midtown Science High School. We don't know for sure why Marvel and Sony didn't change it back to Midtown High School quite yet, or if there is a stronger connection between the two reboots.
We got our first glimpse at Spidey in action in last month's Captain America: Civil War, where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) recruited Peter to fight for Team Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. has also signed on to return as Tony Stark, so perhaps it's possible that Stark has some connection to Midtown School of Science & Technology, but that remains to be seen. We can see in Captain America: Civil War that Peter is truly gifted, so it would make sense to have him in a more advanced school.
While we haven't received any official plot details yet, it has been rumored that Spider-Man: Homecoming will kick off a new trilogy that is set completely within Peter Parker's high school years. The story will reportedly follow Peter as he tries to balance his school work with fighting crime all over New York City. We don't know how large or small a role Tony Stark/Iron Man will have in this movie, but there has been speculation that other Marvel heroes could show up as well.
Marisa Tomei returns as Aunt May after making her MCU debut alongside Tom Holland in Captain America: Civil War last month. The cast also includes Michael Keaton as the villain, rumored to be Vulture, Logan Marshall-Green is rumored to play another villain, The Tinkerer, and Laura Harrier and Michael Barbieri are in unknown roles. The cast is rounded out by Donald Glover and Kenneth Choi, but nothing is known about their characters thus far. Check out the latest photos from the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Rolling Stones bringing Exhibitionism to NYC
'It's not going to be like walking into a museum...it's an experience,' says Mick JaggerThe Associated Press Posted: Jun 21, 2016 12:17 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 21, 2016 12:17 PM ETMembers of the band The Rolling Stones, from left, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards pose for photographers upon arrival at the Rolling Stones Exhibitionism preview in London, Monday, April 4, 2016. (Joel Ryan/Associated Press)Related StoriesRolling Stones walk the red carpet into Exhibitionism retrospective show
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The Rolling Stones are bringing an exhibit of more than 500 recording and artifacts from the band's archive to New York City in November.Exhibitionism was launched in London in April. November will mark the exhibit's North American debut at the Industria Superstudio in the West Village, it was announced Tuesday.PHOTOS | Rolling Stones unveil Exhibitionism retrospective at Saatchi Gallery
Tickets go on sale in September.Mick Jagger said in a statement the exhibit is "not going to be like walking into a museum. It's going to be an event, an experience."Exhibitionism, an interactive multimedia exhibition of the Rolling Stones' career so far, opened first at the Saatchi Gallery in London in April. (Joel Ryan/Invision/Associated Press)Exhibitionism will take in music, art, design, film, video, fashion and performance. Artifacts will include guitars, costumes, personal diaries and audio clips.The show closes Sept. 4 at London's Saatchi Gallery. An end-date for the New York run has not been announced.
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Making its premiere on National Aboriginal Day, Historica Canada's newest Heritage Minute explores the dark history of Indian residential schools and their lasting effects on Indigenous people.Novelist Joseph Boyden says he welcomed the opportunity to write the script for the video."This is something we need to talk about, and we need to recognize as Canadians, that our history is not always good," he said.Watch the evolution of Canada's Heritage Minutes
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The Heritage Minute follows the story of Chanie (Charlie) Wenjack, who attended Cecilia Jeffrey Residential School in Kenora, Ont., in the 1960s. At age 12, he ran away. He had been gone a week when his frozen body was discovered beside the railroad tracks near Redditt, on Oct. 23, 1966.Wenjack's death prompted the first inquest into the treatment of children at the schools."He's a powerful symbol of those innocents who ran, just trying to be home, and didn't make it, who didn't survive residential school," said Boyden.Still a current issueThe newest Heritage Minute breaks convention by having a family member narrate, rather than an actor."We've included a real life person … to make clear how current this is," said Historica CEO Anthony Wilson-Smith.Wenjack was 12 when he ran away from the residential school. His frozen body was found nearby next to a railway track.Chanie Wenjack's sister Pearl Achneepineskum, herself a residential school survivor, provides the narration."My brother, when he died — he didn't take life for granted. He knew where he was wanting to be. His whole happiness was home," said Achneepineskum, in a video interview provided by Historica."When other people see this film, I hope they take away that they're very fortunate that they can do whatever they like and not being stopped of being who they are; that they're proud of who they are."Not easy to watchDoris Young, a Cree educator and residential school survivor, said this is not an easy Heritage Minute to watch."It brings back my own memories of experiencing, of having to watch a child being beaten to death. So when I see that, it brings back those horrors. I hope I don't have a nightmare tonight," she said.Dying for an Education: A CBC Thunder Bay special report
While Young says the Heritage Minute might help Canadians understand what residential school survivors went through, she doesn't think National Aboriginal Day — a day of celebration of identity and culture — is the day to focus on it."This little child on this railway track is not our culture. This is about what happened to him because of a political and legal decision that was made for him, for his family, for his community."Inspire people to learn moreThe non-profit organization Historica Canada is devoted to enhancing awareness of Canadian history and the values of Canadian citizenship."I always say that if all people know of Canadian history or a particular issue is what they've learned from one of our minutes, that's not nearly enough," said Wilson-Smith."What we hope to do is get people to watch a minute and say, 'I never knew that … and I really want to know more about that.'"Boyden said it's important that these new Heritage Minutes are told from the perspective of Indigenous people."We've all seen the Heritage Minutes, and they're great, but it's always from the side of the settler," said Boyden, who also wrote a Heritage Minute episode about treaties."But talk about trying to squeeze a lot into one minute. It was not an easy process."