Angelina Jolie in talks to direct “Captain Marvel”

That’s right, the Oscar-winning actress and director might be directing the first female lead Marvel movie! When Captain Marvel hits theatres in 2018, it’ll be the 19th movie in a series of interconnected movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

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From cnet.com: “Captain Marvel is a name adopted by various characters in Marvel comics, beginning as alien soldier Captain Mar-Vell in 1967. The movie will focus on the current incumbent, Carol Danvers, who made her debut as an Air Force officer in 1968. From 1977 she was known as Ms Marvel, adopting the title of Captain Marvel in 2010 with a new costume designed by British artist Jamie McKelvie. The title role in the film is yet to be cast.”

Jolie’s past directorial endeavours were the 2011 film In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken. Her next stint in the director’s chair will be a film that she’s also starring in – opposite husband Brad Pitt – By The Sea, which she also wrote. 

If Jolie is chosen to direct, it’ll be refreshing to see a woman directing the first female-led Marvel movie.

What do you think of Jolie as a prospective director? Who do you think should be cast as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel? Our favourite suggestion so far: Natalie Dormer!

 

Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to deal with Sony

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Photo courtesy screenrant.com

Buckle your seat belts, Marvel fans, ’cause you’re in for a treat! Marvel and Sony have struck a deal that’ll make it possible to have Spider-Man in upcoming Marvel Studios productions, as well as potentially have other Marvel-owned characters appear in Sony flicks.

The only downside: this Spider-Man will not be based on either of the already-in-existence Peter Parkers. The new Spidey would be introduced in an already announced upcoming Marvel movie, very likely Captain America: Civil War, and would then have his own stand-alone film following that appearance.

Some reports say that Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, will be joining Amy Pascal as producer on the film.

“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”

What do you guys think?

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2015 Grammy Awards – Complete Winners List

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The past year has been a great one for music. New artists, songs, albums, the whole nine yards. The Grammy’s are a great way to celebrate the achievements of those artists in the past 365 days. Here’s a complete list of winners:

Song of the Year: Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

Record of the Year: Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

Album of the Year: Beck, Morning Phase

Best New Artist: Sam Smith

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera – “Say Something”

Best Pop Solo Performance: Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Pop Vocal Album: Sam Smith, In The Lonely Hour

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga – “Cheek to Cheek”

Best Rock Performance: Jack White – “Lazaretto”

Best Metal Performance: Tenacious D – “The Last in Line”

Best Rock Song: Paramore – “Ain’t It Fun” (Hayley Williams and Taylor York, songwriters)

Best Alternative Rock Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent

Best Rap Performance: Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration: Eminem featuring Rihanna – “The Monster”

Best Rap Song: Kendrick Lamar – “I” (K. Duckworth and C. Smith, songwriters)

Best Rap Album: Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP2

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Jesus Children”, Robert Glasper Experiment Featuring Lalah Hathaway & Malcolm-Jamal Warner.

Best R&B Song: Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z – “Drunk in Love” (Shawn Carter, Rasool Diaz, Noel Fisher, Jerome Harmon, Beyoncé Knowles, Timothy Mosely, Andre Eric Proctor & Brian Soko, songwriters)

Best Urban Contemporary Album: Pharrell Williams, GIRL

Best R&B Album: Toni Braxton & Babyface, Love, Marriage, & Divorce

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer, Bass & Mandolin

Best Dance/Electronic Album: Aphex Twin, Syro

Best Dance Recording: Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne – “Rather Be”

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: Frozen – Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Tom MacDougall & Chris Montan, compilation producers

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media: “Let It Go” from Frozen – Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, songwriters – performed by Idina Menzel

Best Country Solo Performance: Carrie Underwood – “Something In The Water”

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Band Perry – “Gentle On My Mind”

Best Country Song: “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” – Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond (songwriters), performed by Glen Campbell

Best Country Album: Miranda Lambert, Platinum

Best Bulegrass Album: The Earls of Leicaster, The Earls of Leicaster

Best America Roots Performance: Roseanne Cash – “A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Best Americana Album: Roseanne Cash, The River & The Thread

Best Folk Album: Old Crow Medicine Show, Remedy

Best Music Video: Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Music Film: 20 Feet From Stardom
Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers, video producers
We Are From LA, video director; Kathleen Heffernan, Solal Micenmacher, Jett Steiger, video producers

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Max Martin

Best Instrumental Composition: John Williams – “The Book Thief”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: Pentatonix – “Daft Punk”

Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals: Billy Childs – “New York Tendaberry”

Best Recording Package: Jeff Ament, Don Pendleton, Joe Spix & Jerome Turner, art directors; Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Susan Archie, Dean Blackwood & Jack White, art directors; The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27)

Best Album Notes: Ashley Kahn, John Coltrane – Offering: Live At Temple University

Best Historical Album: Colin Escott & Cheryl Pawelski, compilation producers; Michael Graves, mastering engineer
Hank Williams – The Garden Spot Programs, 1950

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: Beck – Morning Phase
Tom Elmhirst, David Greenbaum, Florian Lagatta, Cole Marsden Greif-Neill, Robbie Nelson, Darrell Thorp, Cassidy Turbin & Joe Visciano, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical: Tijs Michiel Verwest, remixer
John Legend – “All Of Me (Tiesto’s Birthday Treatment Remix)”

Best Surround Sound Album: Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Elliot Scheiner, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Beyoncé Knowles, surround producer

Best Regional Roots Music Album: Jo-El Sonnier – The Legacy

Best Reggae Album: Ziggy Marley – Fly Rasta

Best World Music Album: Angelique Kidjo – Eve

Best Children’s Album: Neela Vaswani – I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)

Best Musical Theatre Album: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Jason Howland, Steve Sidwell & Billy Jay Stein, producers (Carole King, composer & lyricist) (Original Broadway Cast)

Best Blues Album: Johnny Winter – Step Back

Best Spoken Word Album: Joan Rivers – Diary Of A Mad Diva

Best Comedy Album: “Weird Al” Yankovic – Mandatory Fun

Best New Age Album: Ricky Kej & Wouter Kellerman – Winds Of Samsara

Best Improved Jazz Solo: Chick Corea – “Fingerprints”

Best Jazz Vocal Album: Dianne Reeves – Beautiful Life

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: Chick Corea Trio – Trilogy

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Life In The Bubble

Best Latin Jazz Album: Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – The Offense Of The Drum

Best Gospel Performance/Song: Smokie Norful – “No Greater Love”

Best Gospel Album: Erica Campbell, Help

Best Roots Gospel Album: Mike Ferris, Shine For All The People

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: Lecrae featuring For King & Country – “Messengers”

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: For King & Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong.

Do you agree with these, or did you think someone else was more deserving? Let us know in the comments!

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U2 Releases Entire Album on iTunes For Free

U2 gave their fans a great surprise today – they released their thirteenth album, Songs of Innocence, on iTunes for free.

Interscope Records made a press release stating that the new album, which was gifted to fans ahead of the October 14 release date, is the band’s “most personal work to date” and that it was inspired by the band’s earliest influences in music, which includes anything from 70s rock to 80s electronica.

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In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bono said that the band wanted to make a very personal album.

“Let’s try to figure out why we wanted to be in a band, the relationships around the band, our friendships, our lovers, our family. The whole album is first journeys—first journeys geographically, spiritually, sexually. And that’s hard. But we went there,” says the frontman.

Some of the songs included on the album are “Song for Someone”, “Volcano”, and “The Miracle”. This is the fordt album U2 has released in five years.

Listen to one of the new songs, entitled “California (There Is No End to Love)” here:

Roberto Orci Says Third Instalment in the “Star Trek” Franchise Will Stay True to Original Series

Looks like Captain Kirk is headed into deep space in the next Star Trek movie! Director Roberto Orci has confirmed that the reboot will be “staying true to it’s roots as it heads into deep space” (via Variety).

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Orci said during a podcast for Geoff Boucher’s Humans From Earth, “In this movie, they are closer than they are to the original series characters that you have ever seen. They have set off on their five-year mission. So their adventure is going to be in deep space.”

This is great news for fans of the old series who are also fans of the of the reboot. It means that we’ll be seeing the USS Enterprise outside of the SanFran cityscape.

“In [‘Into Darkness’] they set out finally where the original series started. The first two films – especially the 2009 [‘Star Trek’] – was an origin story. It was about them coming together. So they weren’t the characters they were in the original series. They were growing into them and that continues on in the second movie.”

Star Trek 3 will be Orci’s directorial debut, although he will be writing on this movie in addition to his writing credits on the previous Star Trek films, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the first two Transformers movies.

The film is expected to be released in 2016.

BBC Announces “Doctor Who” Season 8 Premiere Date; Releases New Teaser Trailer

Looks like the Doctor and Clara will be back on your TV starting August 23Doctor Who returns this summer with Peter Capaldi taking over for Matt Smith as the Doctor, and Jenna Coleman returning to play Clara. Samuel Anderson has also been added to the cast as Danny Pink, a school teacher alongside Clara at Coal Hill School.

The new teaser trailer hints that the first, feature-length episode, entitled “Deep Breath”, is not all sunshine and roses (“Rose”s?) for the Doctor and Clara. The teaser opens with the Doctor silhouetted against the inside of the TARDIS with fire all around, and then… well, it’s easier to just show you.

Here’s an awesome graphic courtesy of the Doctor Who Facebook page!

Doctor Who s8Are you excited to see Coleman and Capaldi work their magic when the show returns on August 23?