TrulyLuminary’s Top Ten Summer Jams

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With summer approaching quickly, we thought we’d make a list of our Top Ten songs of the summer!

10. “Summer” by Calvin Harris

The aptly-titled track from the Scottish DJ brings a great beat to dance to and gives off a “summer party” vibe. Check out the video:

9. “Hideaway” by Kiesza

This song is another electronic song, but the Canadian-born singer-songwriter has a unique voice, not to mention the kick ass video.

8. “Boom Clap” by Charli XCX

This song is from the soundtrack of what is likely going to be the YA movie of the summer, The Fault in Our Stars! The song is super catchy, and will get stuck in your head!

7. “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore

This song by the Franklin, Tennessee based alternative band is a new sound from them. They incorporated a gospel choir in this song. To truly understand the song, you’ve got to watch the video!

6. “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors

This song has a more alternative/indie sound to it, but definitely gives off a distinctly summer feeling! You’ve likely heard it on the radio recently!

5. “UH-OH” by Jeremy Fisher featuring Serena Ryder

Jeremy Fisher recently released an album, titled “The Lemon Squeeze”, and this is the first single the Canadian had released. Serena Ryder brings an element to the song that put it on the list!

4. “Sing” by Ed Sheeran

Honestly, it’s Ed Sheeran. Anything he does is good.

3. “She Looks So Perfect” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Australian-based 5 Seconds of Summer definitely have a summer hit on their hands with one! This song is a perfect mix of punk and pop! If you haven’t given them a chance, you definitely should!

2. “Jealous” by Chromeo

If this song doesn’t hit #1 on the charts, we’ll be surprised! This song is amazingly catchy; with it’s great, dance-inspiring instrumentals and easy to remember lyrics, this song is sure to be a summer hit!

1.”Really Don’t Care” by Demi Lovato featuring Cher Lloyd

This song made the top of our list because, frankly, it’s energetic as hell, and every girl can relate to the lyrics!

Did we miss anything? Do you agree with our choices?

“Ant-Man” Directorial Contenders Meet With Marvel Studios

Marvel is definitely not slacking on their promise to find a new director for the film so that the July 17, 2015 release date is not pushed back.

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The studio met with a group of potential directors, which includes Adam McKay (Anchorman), Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re the Millers), and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad), to look into filling the gap left by Edgar Wright earlier this week. Wright, a favourite in the Marvel community, left the project due to creative differences with the studio.

Ant-Man fans, who do you hope gets the job? Is there someone that you think Marvel should consider?

Casting News: Three New Villains Cast in Disney’s “Descendants”

Disney recently cast Broadway superstar Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent in their upcoming TV movie Descendants, and has just added three more actors to the roster.

Jafar will be played by comedian Maz Jobrani, whose son Jay is played by X-Men alum Booboo Stewart; Kathy Najimy has been cast as The Evil Queen with Sofia Carson playing daughter Evie; and, lastly, Cruella De Vil will be portrayed by Wendy Raquel Robinson. Cruella has a son named Carlos, who will be played by Cameron Boyce.

The film, directed by High School Musical‘s Kenny Ortega, is expected to air on Disney Channel in 2015. Here’s the original press release that gives a detailed explanation of what we can expect from the film:

“In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s record-setting High School Musical TV movies and feature film, returns to Disney Channel to direct Descendants.

The script was written by Josann McGibbon and Sara Parriott (creators and Emmy Award and WGA Award nominees for their writing on The Starter Wife, also writers of Runaway Bride and on Desperate Housewives). The production design will be by Mark Hofeling (Teen Beach Movie, High School Musical). The wardrobe design will be by Kara Saun (Project Runway, America’s Best Dance Crew).

Casting is underway for Disney’s Descendants, a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters—notably its most evil villains–to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts. Disney’s Descendants is scheduled to begin production next spring for a 2015 premiere on Disney Channel. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A. (High School Musical TV movies and film, Camp Rock).

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “We mined Disney’s treasure trove of stories and developed a new, comedic approach to the fabled characters everyone knows and loves. The result is a modern and unexpected re-interpretation of classic heritage characters utilizing contemporary, relatable settings and themes.”

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Are you excited to see what these actors will bring to the iconic roles?

Lupita Nyong’o Options Film Rights for “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The author of the novel Americanah announced that the book’s film rights have been optioned by Nyong’o on Thursday.

Left: author of the novel, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Center: Cover of Americanah; Right: Actress Lupita Nyong'o
Left: author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Center: cover of Americanah; Right: actress Lupita Nyong’o

The announcement was made via twitter: “@StylistMagazine: Lupita Nyong’o has optioned rights for the film version of Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie confirms #stylistbookclub”

The Root gives a great synopsis of the best-seller: “Americanah is a love story that centers on a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. The book was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the editors of the New York Times Book Review and it won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award (Fiction).”

This is the second book by Adichie to hit the big screen; the film adaptation of her book Half of a Yellow Sun is currently playing, and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton.

This is the first major film announcement concerning Nyong’o since her Oscar win for 12 Years a Slave.

 

Hulu in Talks to Pick Up “Community” for a Sixth Season

Internet-based broadcaster Hulu is in talks to pick up the NBC-cancelled television show Community for a sixth season.

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Vulture notes “that there is a huge difference between “conversations” and “negotiations.” The latter implies a deal could be imminent, while the former means that both sides are open to the idea and are trying to see if it makes financial sense.”

If the show is revived, it’ll be for a 13 episode season.

Cross your fingers, Community fans!

“Doctor Who” Season Eight Teaser Trailer and Expected Return Date

BBC recently released a teaser trailer for the eighth season of the long-running British series Doctor Who.

The trailer, only sixteen seconds in length, keeps the Doctor in the dark – literally. The trailer depicts the Doctor silhouetted in his famous TARDIS, with some kind of explosion going on in the background.

The series, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary on November 23, 2013, is set to return in August, although there is currently no official date. The series will see a newly regenerated twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, and his companion Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman), along with a new human companion named Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson). 

Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor in BBC's Doctor Who
Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor in BBC’s Doctor Who

Are you excited to see how Peter Capaldi portrays the infamous Doctor?

“Agent Carter” Confirmed for Eight Episodes

Marvel’s Agent Carter was confirmed to have eight episodes by Hayley Atwell, the actress who plays the title character.

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The order for fewer episodes could be a fantastic development, as it allows for tighter story telling and the series won’t suffer from over extension like other shows stretched to 22 episodes. Carter will run during the mid-season hiatus of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which provides fans with constant new material.

Watch Hayley Atwell’s interview discussing her hopes for the series below:

Are you looking forward to the new Marvel production?