But Black Adam won’t entirely be set in the days of ancient Kahndaq. Following 5,000 years, Dwayne Johnson’s version of the character will awaken in the present day and start dishing out his brutal form of justice. This will bring him into conflict with the Justice Society of America, which consists of Aldis Hodge’s Hawkman, Noah Centineo’s Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell’s Cyclone and Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate. Black Adam’s cast also includes Sarah Shahi as Adrianna Tomaz, as well as Marwan Kenzari, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer, and Uli Latukefu in undisclosed roles. The criminal organization Intergang will also factor into the plot.
However, if you ask fellow Free Guy star Jodie Comer what she’s most excited for fans to discover, it’s the message at the center of the film. As we’re following an NPC player in a video game that tries to be “the great guy” in his life, there’s an undercurrent that takes the story in another direction than most would expect. It’s that unexpected humanity that really excites her about her work on Free Guy, which Ms. Comer described in this context:
On Notarnicola’s cruise, passengers were only allowed onboard with a negative COVID test, and were tested again on the second-to-last day. The cruise was at less than half capacity, and buffets were reduced and helmed by servers. Guests went mostly maskless, though every worker wore a mask. When people gathered in large groups, Notarnicola remembers, they were politely asked to disburse.
No one minded. “I did not see one upset person on the cruise the entire time,” she laughs. “Everyone was just beyond excited to get back on the ship—we just wanted to be together and have fun.” Notarnicola is a millennial, and she runs a cruise-themed YouTube channel with her boyfriend. Her identity as a cruiser, says Susie Flores, a longtime travel advisor, isn’t far outside the norm. “There’s a stereotype, ‘It’s only for old people’—you think of retired people playing shuffleboard and bingo,” she says. “But I think cruising has evolved. This aspect of it being formal—it is not.”
Flores, who is 44 and a devoted cruise-goer herself, works with plenty of multi-generational families, parents with kids, and retirees. But there’s been a shift. “Recently we’re seeing an increase in millennial travel,” she says. Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines have implemented studio-style cabins, a departure from many years of suites and staterooms meant for families and couples.
Part of the draw of cruises, and the shift in clientele, is that for many people while cruises are definitely a luxury, they’re also much more within reach than, say, just flying to a tropical destination and camping out at a hotel for a week. “Cruises in general end up being so much more cost-efficient,” Notarnicola says, explaining how one upfront cost covers accommodation, travel to multiple destinations, activities, and three meals a day. “It’s just everything you need in one place—there’s nothing like it.” Flores agrees. “It is an appetizer sampler of a vacation.”
In this sense, cruise culture is a little bit like Disney-culture, or Broadway culture, or certain popular luxury brands. For a long time, they were mostly available to the ultra-wealthy, which made them seem glamorous and refined. Now these things are somewhat within reach of middle class people. Every person I spoke to who lives in the world of artisanal goods and upscale minimalism talked about going on a cruise in the COVID age as sloppy and stupid. But those same people plan to travel on planes, eat in restaurants, and take public transportation. To me, it seems like a class issue—judging people who enjoy a popular activity as not only having poor taste, but also worse judgment.
Flores isn’t concerned over vacation snobbery. She loves cruise culture—the kind people, the ease of travel, the connections with workers from around the world. “There’s also something very therapeutic about being out on the open sea,” she says. “You leave your worries on land, and it’s just you and the ocean. You open up your balcony door, smell the salty sea air, and there’s just nothing but blue all around.”
Slowly, cruise ships are lowering their gangways. Restaurants are filling; summer camps are teeming with children. The country is “not out of the woods yet,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky cautioned this week, pointing to a rise in infections and hospitalizations among unvaccinated people.
Some people will go on cruise ships, others will turn up their noses. But we are all, one way or another, out to sea.
Put away the pitchforks: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s daughter, Lilibet, has finally been added to the official royal line of succession.
In late July, Cosmo reported that the youngest child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex remained off the line of succession on the royal family’s website (click here for screengrabs). Considering Lilibet Diana was born well over a month ago on June 4, this struck many royal followers as very odd, if not downright disrespectful.
At the time, ITV’s Chris Ship said Buckingham Palace could be “making a point” by leaving Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter off the list. But, per Cosmo, a royal representative said that the site is simply “updated periodically.”
“You have got to ask what has taken them so long. All they have got to do is hit the paragraph button and put in a different number,” Ship said, according to The Mirror. “They must have done it before. They did it for Archie. Clearly, they did it for Louis when he was born. And they have done it for some of the other children, like August that have been born as well.”
He continued, “So where’s Lilibet? I can forgive them a week or two but a month?…. Is it them saying, ‘We will get around to it when ready?’ It does feel like to me, maybe, they are making a point.”
Well, if the royal family was making a point, someone must have decided enough was enough. On July 26, royal reporter Omid Scobie pointed out that Lilibet has officially been given a spot on the list. The little royal is now sitting at number eight, just under her brother, Archie, and two under her father, Prince Harry. (Neither Meghan Markle nor Kate Middleton are on this list as they are not royal-born.)
You may notice that Archie and Lilibet are listed as “Master” and “Miss,” as opposed to “Prince” and “Princess” like their Cambridge cousins. This is rumored to be a major contention between the Sussexes and the rest of the royal family. In that explosive Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan Markle explained that the family had decided to change “protocol” for her two-year-old.
“They didn’t want him to be a prince . . . which would be different from protocol, and that he wasn’t going to receive security,” Markle told Winfrey, per People. “We have in tandem the conversation of, ‘He won’t be given security. He’s not going to be given a title.’ And also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he’s born.”
However, there is still a chance they will be “upgraded,” according to royal historian Robert Lacey. “I don’t think [Prince Charles] will make the unpopular and hostile move of removing the royal status of his grandchildren,” Lacey told People in June. Time will tell.
The above image comes to us from Peyton Reed’s personal Twitter account, and marks the start of photography on Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. In the image we see Cassie Lang’s ugly rabbit stuffed animal, which is placed suspiciously next to some biohazard containers. Considering the title of the upcoming movie and the characters’ dangerous work in the Quantum Realm, this cryptic post is sure to inspire a few fan theories.
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Gasoline Alley – 2022 (Post-Production)
Moving on, we take a look at Gasoline Alley. According to Variety, Bruce Willis, alongside co-stars Luke Wilson and Devon Sawa, know for his part in the Final Destination series, have signed on for Gasoline Alley.
In this film, a “bruise-fisted” boss-type, Jimmy Jayne, ends up becoming implicated in a triple murder of three Hollywood stars, who drowned in a hotel pool. Willis and Wilson, who plays Freeland and Vargas, two homicide detectives, have him as their prime suspect. It’s up to Jayne to somehow clear his name – through any illegal means possible.
Edward Drake is yet again set to direct this film, and Variety also reported that production began in March of 2021. However, Highland Film also revealed a Pre-Cannes Film Festival tease of the film, according to Variety, so it seems that post-production is right around the corner.
The music video, co-directed with frequent collaborator Matt Copson, is set in a dimly lit labyrinth of boxes, with Caroline beginning the song with her whistling. We see her bust into groovy moves and lead the camera towards different sections of the maze. If you look closely, each box contains taped labels of different words like “rocket science,” “geese,” and “dark crystals.”
“‘Bunny Is a Rider’ takes place in the storage facility of my mind,” Polachek said in a statement. “In this labyrinth, the camera is the Minotaur, but I’m the Matador so it’s game on. But like I said before, I can teleport.”
The song, which dropped on July 14, tells about an aloof person who is impossible to get ahold of. “Bunny Is a Rider” follows Polacheck’s 2020 covers of Virginia Astley’s “Some Small Hope,” featuring Lauren Auder, and The Corrs’s “Breathless,” along with the debut of her 2019 solo album, Pang.
In addition to the music video, Polachek released a bunch of new tour dates, which will kick off August 5 in Los Angeles. The Heart Is Unbreaking Tour will be her first solo U.S. tour since the disbandment of her previous band Chairlift. Her shows throughout the rest of 2021 feature a variety of guests: Alex G, Molly Lewis, Oklou, and Arooj Aftab. Polacheck is also expected to perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival, Governors Ball, Hopscotch Festival, and Outside Lands.
Tickets are now available to purchase on her website.
From the company that brought us Midsommar, Uncut Gems, Hereditary, and so much more comes The Green Knight, a medieval fantasy film directed by David Lowery. A24’s latest blockbuster is a bold spin of the Arthurian legend Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which follows the story of Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s nephew, who journeys to confront the Green Knight, a gigantic tree-like creature and tester of men. The epic features Dev Patel as Sir Gawain, along with Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Sarita Choudhury, and Sean Harris.
We saw reactions of the film from critics on social media last week, and they were overwhelmingly positive. Now critics have started to share their official reviews of the fantasy epic before it arrives in theaters this Friday, July 30, so let’s check out what they’re saying.
In case you need a refresher, Victoria was a vampire who, along with her comrades James and Laurent, were killing humans. This was a major no-no for the vegetarian Cullen family, who only drank animal blood. When the nomadic trio started murdering humans in the Cullens’ hometown of Forks, Washington, the Cullens were forced to reckon with the evil bloodsuckers. The trio tried to kill Bella Swan, but the Cullens quickly rose to her defense. In the ensuing battle, James was killed – leaving Victoria to enact her revenge in New Moon and Eclipse.
The timeline totally checks out, too. Ryan Reynolds is in his mid-forties now, and it would appear that he would begin to secure pretty much everything he holds dear to himself around ten years ago, when he was in his mid 30s. Needless to say, the past decade has been very good to the fan-favorite actor though, just as he does with his acting career, he doesn’t mind being candid about the personal issues he’s faced in his life.