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Could Angelina Jolie Join The X-Men Franchise?

Very interesting casting news surrounds the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix feature. FOX’s motion pictures executives are trying to draw in Angelina Jolie to appear in the film. Wanting her to appear in the film is one thing. Whether she actually accepts an offer is another matter.


Right now, no confirmation exists whether or not talks, formal or informal, are taking place. Interestingly, Jolie’s name is also floating around in the Universal Dark Universe’s reboot of The Bride of Frankenstein.


Angelina Jolie recently lent her voice to Kung Fu Panda 3 and has been far more active as a producer than as an actress lately. A featured role in a sure to be successful franchise appeals to any performer. The question here is “Does a major star such as Angelina Jolie want to appear in a supporting role in a superhero movie?”


Only Angelina Jolie knows the answer. Truthfully, as long as the screenplay for the new X-Men film is not a dud, there is no reason why it would hurt her career or stature. The X-Men films, overall, have been quite excellent. Not every entry delivered critical acclaim. The most recent film, X-Men Apocalypse, was not exactly well-received although the box office was strong.


Jolie is not in a position where she needs a franchise to continue her career. Still, being attached to a successful film never hurts. Whatever role Jolie is being considered for might even be a recurring role for future X-Men entries.


Why would FOX be so enthusiastic about courting Jolie for a role?


Since Hugh Jackman is no longer a part of the series, FOX probably wants to add a little star power to the project. The popularity of Jackman definitely helped the series at the box office. The spinoff Wolverine films were big moneymakers as well.


If signed, Jolie may be a solid replacement for Jackman. Nothing is for sure just yet. Fans of the X-Men movies surely hope something happens. Jolie truly would be a welcome addition to the films.



Harry Styles Sings “Two Ghosts” on the Late Late Show

Pop and rock superstar singer Harry Styles performed the song “Two Ghosts” against the backdrop of London on Thursday, June 8. This was part of his appearance on the Late Late Show. Late-night host James Corden had taken his American-based show to London for three consecutive nights on June 6, 7 and 8.


The stunning performance took place outdoors on the roof of Central Hall Westminster just as it was getting dark. Dramatic camera angles showcased Styles, accompanying his singing with guitar, as well as his band members. When the camera panned out, a spectacular view of downtown London, including Westminster Abbey and Big Ben, was in clear view.


Styles, 23, rose to fame in recent years as part of One Direction and in May released his debut solo album “Harry Styles.” The song “Two Ghosts” provides a unique ballad sound with artful lyrics that many listeners believe are about Styles’ former flame Taylor Swift. Some of the touching lyrics include “We’re just two ghosts swimming in a glass half empty” and “Trying to remember how it feels to have a heartbeat.”


The heartthrob English singer also appeared on the Late Late Show for a full week in May while it was in its home location of Los Angeles, California. With the release of his self-titled debut solo album, Styles has been expanding his fan base from younger listeners, many of them female, to fans of rock and alternative sounds.


Styles is set to tour the world starting in September, and this week he announced a massive arena tour throughout the world for spring and summer 2018. This comes as fans of the massively popular musician and songwriter clamor to get tickets to his sold-out shows.

Ed Sheeran Breaks His Own Maltesers Record

Ed Sheeran took a year off from public appearances, spending time traveling and writing new music, but now, he’s back in the spotlight thanks to the release of his newest album and going on a worldwide concert tour. He took a break during touring to stop by The Late Late Show With James Corden, or rather, to ride around in his car.

Corden does a segment as part of his show, Carpool Karaoke, in which celebrities ride around with him, usually under the guise of helping him get to work, and participate in a one-on-one interview session that alleviates the pressure of having a studio audience, allowing them to let loose and sing along with some music in the car. Sheeran didn’t just sing along with the radio to his own tracks though, he also accompanied himself and Corden on guitar, revealing that he feels “naked” performing without the guitar.

The duo sang some of his hits, like “Shape of You,” “Thinking Out Loud,” and more, before they discussed party antics as well. Sheeran let Corden in on the secret that he hung out with Justin Bieber on a recent visit to England, and even drunkenly attempted to hit a golf ball out of Bieber’s mouth.

Corden did have one very odd request though.

Corden revealed he’d read a rumor that Sheeran could fit 47 Maltesers – a British malted milk chocolate ball – in his mouth at one time. Wanting to see the feat in action and try it himself, Corden asked the singer to have a competition during a stop in their car ride. Though Sheeran joked, “you can probably beat me, actually,” Corden wasn’t able to best the singer/songwriter. He ultimately had to stop at 26, but Sheeran kept going, beating his own record as he managed to squeeze 55 Maltesers in before having to spit them out.

Tom Cruise And Top Gun 2 In Flight

Tom Cruise will star in a much anticipated sequel for Top Gun next year. Top Gun 2 is in the works and will apparently be a reality. The news of the sequel comes directly from the biggest star of the original.


Original producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a subtle hint with Cruise concerning the sequel back in January. Cruise took it one step further by confirming the existence of the movie on the Australian morning show Sunrise.

Cruise said the movie is definitely “happening.”


That means fans of the original flick will get to see a sequel three decades after. Top Gun was released in 1986. It starred Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer. The original movie propelled Cruise into bigger stardom. His military haircut and trademark sunglasses were staples of the movie.


Cruise plays renegade pilot Pete Mitchell. Mitchell learns about flying and love during his training with the United States Navy. His nickname “Maverick” stood for his rebellious nature and courage to go against the system. His co-pilot and friend “Goose” was killed during the original film.


The original involved several iconic scenes worth watching. Cruise sings karaoke to McGillis to win his flight instructor over. The song is “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”


Cruise will next star in “The Mummy” on the big screen in June.

First Lady Melania Trump Earning Style Icon Status During Overseas Tour

While in her role as First Lady, Michelle Obama would wear an eye-catching piece, and the item would sell out in minutes. Kate the Duchess of Cambridge will put on a gorgeous frock, and that, too, will instantly disappear from stores.


Now First Lady Melania Trump is having the same fashion icon effects as women rush to copy her presidential style. She stepped out of a chauffeured SUV today in Sicily, dazzling in a colorful floral coat by designers Dolce & Gabanna. The price tag is $51,500. Talk about La Dolce Vita!


Melania wowed the crowd as she made her way for a visit to the Chierici Palace City Hall of Catania. Sicily is the final stop on President Trump and Melania’s first foreign overseas tour. On Friday and Saturday, the President will meet with other G7 leaders at a summit in Taormina.


The floral silk coat is quite a showpiece, described as a vivid bouquet of embellishments with ribbons, sequins, embroideries and appliques. The designers are proud of their work and for supporting the First Lady. While other designers have backed away in dressing Melania Trump because of disagreeing with her husband’s political philosophy, D&G have stood by Melania, happy to offer her stylish pieces to wear at grand events.


The famous designer pair are showing off photos of Melania draped in the gorgeous floral coat at their Instagram page.


The blooming 3D coat has instantly sold out in stores. That’s what star power does.

Johnny Depp and the Future of Pirates of the Caribbean

The new Pirates of the Caribbean movie arrives on Memorial Day weekend of 2017. The new entry in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, has not exactly thrilled critics. The film has only about a 31% positive score on the Rotten Tomatoes meter. For the core group of POTC fans, critical and even fellow audience member ratings mean very little. They just want to see Johnny Depp playing the Captain Jack Sparrow role one more time.


Per producer Jerry Bruckheimer, once Depp chooses to leave the Pirates franchise, the seafaring ghostly franchise will finally be sunk. No Depp means no more Pirates films.


Would Johnny Depp choose to leave the role?


This is a hard question to answer as no movie fan can figure out what the actor’s current plans for his future are. The Pirates movies are financially rewarding. People buy hundreds of millions of dollars in movie tickets, merchandise, Blu-ray discs, and more. Depp knows this franchise is a cash cow for all involved. Continuing with Pirates continues to keep him gainfully employed in a high-profile, high-paying role.


Sadly, few of Depp’s other films have been box office magic. If it were not for the Pirates films being box office gold, the disastrous Lone Ranger film probably would have sunk his career for good.


Depp likely would be interested in staying with the Pirates films. There is no upside to leaving the series.


Sir Roger Moore, 89, Dies in Switzerland

On May 23, Sir Roger Moore’s family announced that the actor had died from cancer in Switzerland. His children also announced that there would be a private funeral in Monaco as per his wishes.


Moore had been the second actor to play the super-spy James Bond, and he approached the role in a more humorous fashion than his predecessor Sean Connery had. Moore’s Bond was a suave and calm operator who made extricating himself from dangerous situations, often with a beautiful woman in tow, look easy. Moore played James Bond in seven movies: “Live and Let Die” (1973), “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974), “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977), “Moonraker” (1979), “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Octopussy” (1983) and “A View to a Kill” (1985).


Before becoming James Bond, Moore appeared on television in a variety of roles including Simon Templar in the TV series “The Saint” (1962-1969) and Brett Sinclair in “The Persuaders!” (1971).


His first starring role was that of the title character in “Ivanhoe” (1958), a TV series loosely based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel set during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart. Moore’s character was a heroic knight.


Sir Roger was also known for his humanitarian work. Audrey Hepburn had introduced him to UNICEF in 1958, and he became a Goodwill Ambassador for the organization in 1991. He also helped PETA make a video that protested the making and sale of fois gras.


Moore was married three times, and he had three children by his third wife, Luisa Mattioli. Two of the children, Deborah and Geoffrey, followed in their parents’ footsteps and became actors, while the youngest, Christian, became a film producer.



Celebrities Raise Money to Assist Victims of the Manchester Tragedy

Several prominent celebrities have sprung into action to help raise money to assist victims injured during a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Actor Tom Hardy, well known to international audiences through his recent film appearances, conducted an online fundraiser with the goal of obtaining at least 15,000 British Pounds in donations to help the British Red Cross. He set up a page at the JustGiving website to appeal for money for the charitable organization. His efforts had already exceeded the target within 48 hours of the tragedy.


Other celebrities also worked to generate public support for victim assistance efforts. Two British soccer stars who played for Manchester United made charitable contributions. Wayne Rooney made a very generous financial donation through his charitable foundation, giving the equivalent of over $130,000. Another prominent celebrity who played for the soccer club, Phil Neville, provided food for hospitalized victims and their medical caregivers at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.


Additionally, many local soccer clubs pooled smaller donations to offer charitable contributions. The Premier League clubs gave $1.3 million to a fund established to assist victims. Spokesmen for both the Manchester City and Manchester United teams expressed their hope the gift would assist survivors.


Russell Brand, a comedian and movie actor, dedicated the proceeds from his recent stage appearance at Southport to Mend, an organization opposing Islamophobia in the UK. Mend has indicated the group plans to aid family members of people hurt in the attack. The organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Shazad Amin, noted the comedian had worked with Mend previously, too.


NBC Reverses an Unpopular Cancellation Decision

Early in May, NBC issued a list of cancelled television series. The company subsequently took the unusual step of reversing a network cancellation decision to spare the science fiction series Timeless(2016), a time-travel drama which had garnered a vocal fan base during its first season.


Timeless stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Claudia Doumit and Goran Visnjic. The series centers around a group of time travelers contending with a mysterious government conspiracy and cover-up called “Rittenhouse”. It features period costumes and varying settings. The cliffhanger final episode during the first season left the fate of several characters unresolved.


As rumors of the pending cancellation circulated, some fans went online via YouTube to launch a write-in campaign imploring the network to renew the drama. A poll conducted by USA Today called “Save Our Shows” allowed viewers to vote about television series facing cancellation. Fully 49% of the responders voted to save the new Timeless series. The production ranked slightly higher with women than men, but overall emerged as a favorite series among the under-50 age demographic. Teens in particular favored retaining the series by an impressive 74% vote.


NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt acknowledged the significance of fan input in causing the broadcasting company to take the unusual step of reversing its cancellation decision. He noted NBC has appreciated the creativity of the time travel series from the outset and flatly denied the cancellation reversal has occurred as a publicity ploy.

Celebrities: Matt Lanter Makes a Humorous Video

Reacting to NBC’s surprise decision not to cancel the sci-fi television series Timeless after previously listing the show as cancelled, celebrity Matt Lanter recently posted a humorous video clip on the popular social media site, Facebook. His video, completed in May, 2017, spoofed the theme of the drama, which revolves around the adventures of a group of fictional time travelers.


In the dramatic series, Matt Lanter portrays Wyatt, a member of a trio of time travelers who seek to prevent terrorists from changing the course of history. He plays a special forces soldier assigned to accompany Lucy (a history professor) and Rufus (a time travel scientist) in brief excursions into the recent past. Goran Visnijc appears as their nemesis, Garcia Flynn, a former NSA employee determined to change history in order to prevent the murder of his wife and daughter by a nefarious organization known as “Rittenhouse”. The recent humorous Facebook video displays Matt Lanter in character as Wyatt, describing the successful completion of a recent mission to return in time and change the NBC decision about the fate of the series.


Born in Massillon, Ohio in 1983, Matt Lanter graduated from the University of Georgia before moving to Los Angeles. He appeared in guest roles in Grey’s Anatomy, Monk, and Big Love, in addition to film roles including Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius(2004) and recurring roles in Heroes and Shark.