The fire didn’t put a stop to Jada Pinkett Smith’s 50th birthday celebration either, as Smith, along with her mother and daughter Willow Smith, still held their talk show Red Table Talk, which is filmed in the home, and dedicated the special episode to the birthday lady. For the birthday celebration, a number of celebrities sent Smith their well wishes via video, and they each asked a thoughtful question to commemorate her hitting a half-century on Earth.
On the other hand, I imagine that Amandla Stenberg would be especially proud to assume the role of an X-Men movies character who is more coveted, more widely beloved, and more undeniably badass, such as Storm. Born Ororo Munroe to an American journalist and a Kenyan princess, she is one of the most powerful mutants in the Marvel Comics Universe for her ability to, literally, control the weather (hence her nickname) and would also become the queen of Wakanda after she married T’Challa – a plot detail we, unfortunately, might not see in a future Black Panther sequel.
However, Storm’s big screen return in the MCU is still much anticipated and, having played a powerful mutant in The Darkest Minds, Stenberg is an ideal choice to succeed the role played by Academy Award winner Halle Berry and Alexandra Shipp previously.
The trump card to the operation, quite possibly, could be the romance between Madeleine and James, which may or may not have inspired her to shift loyalties to the side of good. By the time Spectre shows us the couple driving into their future together, the damage has already been done. Whether she’s still serving SPECTRE or not, Blofeld now has an advantage that could send James Bond into the ultimate tale spin. But in this darkest scenario, we’ll assume that Dr. Swann is indeed a baddie.
There wasn’t an industry in the world that wasn’t severely impacted by the global pandemic and the massive, nearly global, shutdown that occurred in early 2020. While the severity of the impact was different from one industry to the next, any place where large crowds of people tended to gather, from concert venues to movies theaters, were certainly hit the hardest. This also includes the theme park industry. Nearly every park in the world was closed for at least some amount of time, and some were closed for most of the year, now we have some hard numbers to show just how badly theme parks had it, and it’s pretty terrible, as the industry saw a 67% drop in attendance compared to 2019.
Freshly announced from the Nintendo Direct event, we now know that Chris Pratt will be voicing Mario in the new Super Mario Bros movie, while Anya-Taylor Joy has been brought aboard as Princess Peach. The rest of the main voice cast includes Charlie Day as Luigi, Jack Black as Bowser, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. And for those of you who’ve enjoyed Charles Martinet vocal performance as Mario since the 1990s, not to worry, as he’ll be cameoing in the movie in a yet-to-be-revealed capacity.
Billy Eichner’s love interest in Bros will be played by Luke Macfarlane of Brothers & Sisters. Also among the cast will be TS Madison, a transgender author, host and new actress who recently found a role in Zola. Miss Lawrence, a gender non-conforming entertainer who was in The United States vs. Billie Holiday and the Season 13 winner of Rupaul’s Drag Race Symone, is also part of Bros.
In the world of cinema, you’ll next be able to see Blake Lively in The Husband’s Secret, with Dark Days at the Magna Carta presumably still in development at Netflix. Coincidentally, or maybe conspiratorially, Ryan Reynolds’ next film will be seen on Netflix, when Red Notice premieres on November 12. Devoid of any conspiracy whatsoever, and still rocking the box office, Free Guy is still in theaters, and will be on Digital HD September 28th; followed by its physical home video release on October 12.
The Harry Potter franchise’s Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton collapsed on a Wisconsin golf course earlier today while participating in a golfing competition with other celebrities for an audience. The 34-year-old actor was conscious, but looking unwell as he was pictured being carried up staff at the event and driven away on a stretcher on a cart. It’s unclear what happened or his current condition, but Felton is receiving medical attention following the incident.
The world of cinema lost one of its titans recently, as famed actor/writer/director Melvin Van Peebles died at the age of 89. Truly a pioneer in black entertainment, it felt like there was no frontier the man couldn’t cross over into, leaving a legacy of diverse works for the world to remember him by. It’s this immense career that’s inspired fellow luminaries, such as Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, and more, to pay tribute to him upon his passing.
As far as Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ other recent credits go, along with Veep concluding its run on HBO back in 2019, 2020 was a big year for the actress, as following a seven-year hiatus from cinematic territory, she starred in two movies. The first was Downhill, which, in addition, to acting alongside Will Ferrell, she produced. Then a month later, Louis-Dreyfus could be heard in the Pixar movie Onward, which ended up going to Disney+ just a month after it hit theaters due to the pandemic.