Just when I thought X-Men Days of Future Past casting was complete, Bryan Singer throws a curve ball. The 47-year-old director announced via Twitter that Quicksilver, the speedy son of Magneto, will make an appearance in the highly-anticipated sequel.
“Before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.” – Bryan Singer’s Twitter
The interesting part of this news is not who’s playing Quicksilver, but rather the addition of the character in the film. Just recently, Joss Whedon announced Quicksilver and his twin sister Scarlet Witch were part of his plans for The Avengers< /em> sequel.
To give a bit of a background, Magneto’s offspring are mutants. Since FOX owns the X-Men franchise, fans were worried that their inclusion to Disney-owned Avengers franchise might not happen due to legal issues. But since Whedon announced their inclusion, everything seemed fine.
I can’t help but think Singer adding Quicksilver this late in the game is a way to thwart The Avengers because they had no legal leg to stand on to prevent the characters’ appearance in Whedon’s film. Perhaps I’m reading too much into this, but my Spidey-sense tells me otherwise.
After breaking into Billboard Hot 100′s Top 40 with “Body Party” for the first time since 2009′s “Love Sex Magic,” Ciara is hoping her new single will follow in its footsteps. Just like the lead cut which featured her boyfriend Future, “I’m Out” is another collaboration from her upcoming self-titled fifth studio album. This time it’s with Nicki Minaj. The two previously joined forces on Minaj’s “I’m Legit.” With these two ladies involved, obviously the track is all about girl power.
“Ladies, it’s your song / So as soon as this come on / You should get out on the floor / Gon’ and get your sexy on / If you know that you better / Then the new girl that he on / Go ‘head and tell him now / “You gon’ miss me when I’m gone”
Personally, I like it. The juxtaposition of Ciara’s sultry delivery and Minaj’s aggressive swagger really works well together. It’s definitely one of Cici’s better tracks in years and could be the game-changer she’s been looking for. Definitely has the potential to become a summer jam. Take a listen below and let me know what you think afterward.
Following a yearlong campaign by GLAAD, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) approved a resolution on May 23, 2013 that will allow gay youth to participate in scouting. The Boy Scouts will maintain its ban on gay and lesbian parents and leaders, however though. Baby steps right?
The group’s anti-gay stance has been widely criticized by celebrities, former members, advocacy groups and President Obama himself. Protests have included former members turning in their badges, corporations like Chipotle pulling their sponsorship and musicians Train and Carly Rae Jepsen canceling their concert at the group’s upcoming annual National Jamboree. With that said, I’m sure there will be homophobic donors and companies who’ll pull funds due to the BSA’s now inclusionary mandate.
According to GLAAD, approximately 1,400 members of the Boy Scouts National Council convened in Grapevine, Texas and passed the resolution by 61.4%. The new policy which states that ‘no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone’ won’t take effect until January 1, 2014. Check out the full statement below.
Believe it or not Manon is about to be invoked again. If you know what I’m talking about then clearly you’re a fan of the 1996 supernatural teen flick The Craft starring Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk. If you’re a musical nut as well, then this bit of news is going to BLOW YOUR MIND. Hell, if Legally Blonde can do it, why can’t the witchy foursome aka the corners?
With Mean Girls, Magic Mike and Ever After potentially heading to Broadway, it only makes sense another Hollywood film gets the musical adaptation treatment. Out of the ones mentioned, The Craft musical seems to be the furthest along.
The show began development in 2012. A demo was recorded and released in May of that year. A partial reading is currently planned to take place in Illinois in May with a more substantial workshop/reading lined up in NYC later this year. Videos of the cast performing during a workshop have been uploaded to YouTube. Watch the cast sing three numbers- “A Perfect Circle“, “Manon” and “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board“- from the production below.
Last year, our own very Tommy D brought us to Gotham. This year he has an exciting new adventure for Vancouver Pride. He’s sweeping us to the magical land of Oz complete with performances by Manila Luzon, Morgan McMichaels and newly-crowned Drag Superstar Jinkx Monsoon.
TFD Presents just dropped its first promo vid for the party and it’s a scorcher. Playing the role of Theodore (Dorothy’s brother) is SYTYCD Canada alum Mackenzie Green. If I included Canadian dancers on my Hottest SYTYCD Dancers List, he definitely would’ve made it, along with Nico Archambault (SIGH).
Mackenzie makes his way to OZ by dancing to Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)” while wearing glittery red high-tops and gingham swim trunks. It’s Dorotny’s attire but gay’d up. What else do you need for slutty season aka Pride. Check out the promo clip for Rapture: OZ below.
Will.i.am may have “#thatPower” but Loreen has THE power and she doesn’t need that silly hashtag to prove it. The 29-year-old Swedish singer just debuted her music video for her wicked new track “We Got The Power.” What’s in the water in Sweden? The Scandinavian country churns out pop stars Icona Pop, Lykke Li, Agnes and Roybn like an assembly line.
If you’re not familiar with Loreen, she’s famous for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012 with the dance hit “Euphoria.” Her new track was co-penned by Ester Dean (Rihanna) and produced by Patrik Berger (Robyn). The club ready track has a female rock edge that harkens old school Pat Benatar. The accompanying video, which she directed, is fairly simple with swapping vignettes of the Swedish singer wearing a Roman solder helmet, dancing silhouettes and close-up shots. Here’s what she said about the visual.
“I always have a clear picture of what I want to convey in my artistry and feel a great responsibility for the things I release,” Loreen said. “Moving images, for me, creates an extra dimension to the music. In addition, we need more female directors in the industry. More women who dare to take place, just like the video for ‘We Got The Power’ is doing.”
Are book deals the new record deals? Apparently so with regards to the Glee cast. When the FOX show became a breakout hit, I fully expected to be inundated with individual albums from most of the cast. Not so much. With only a couple of exceptions like Matthew Morrison and Mark Saling, the cast haven’t delved into the record industry independently from the show.
On the literary front, Chris Colfer published a best-selling fantasy novel with another one on the way. Jenna Ushkowitz just released her first novel Choosing Glee earlier this month. Jane Lynch has also penned her own book, Happy Accidents. Find out the latest Glee cast member to become a published author below.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Then titled Don Jon’s Addiction, the film has been renamed to simply Don Jon. The film was acquired by Relativity Media at a cost of $4 million and is set to hit theaters on October 18, 2013 in limited release. Not only does Gordon-Levitt direct and star in it, he also wrote it. Talk about a triple threat. The breakout festival hit has finally released its first trailer and it’s a good one.
Gordon-Levitt plays a New Jersey man named Joe Martello aka Don Jon. He’s very passionate about several things as revealed in a voiceover: “There’s only a few things I really care about in life: My body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls and my porn.” His porn addiction becomes an issue when his new girlfriend played by Scarlett Johansson discovers his problem. As his defense, Don Jon likens his adoration for erotic flicks to his girlfriend’s obsession with romantic comedies. Speaking of which, there’s this movie within a movie starring Channing Tatum and Anne Hathaway that’s sure to provide some laughs. Check out the trailer below.