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DC splits ‘Shazam!’ into two movies, Dwayne Johnson to star as Black Adam

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Dwayne Johnson is undoubtedly one of the busiest actors in Hollywood right now and he’s only going to get busier after a high-level meeting he had with DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns last weekend. What else could Johnson possibly add to his plate since he’s basically already starring in every movie coming out for the next five years, you ask? Well, it appears the Central Intelligence star’s DC villain Black Adam is about to get his own solo movie.

Johnson, who has been attached to play Black Adam since 2008, was originally supposed to play the character in the much-anticipated Shazam! movie which has been in development for quite some time now. However, given the fact that Johnson has more than enough talent to carry his own movie, and his name alone is enough to get people into seats, New Line and DC have decided to split Shazam! into two separate films and give Johnson’s character a solo film. Not only is this an excellent business decision on the studio’s behalf, this should be more than exciting for movie and comic book fans alike who have been calling upon executives to give the longtime DC character his own movie for years now.

Not too familiar with Black Adam? No worries, we’ll give you a quick rundown of what you need to know about the DC villain. After being imprisoned for thousands of years after a brutal battle with the council of wizards, Adam set free and embarked on a mission to basically just take over the whole entire world. Unfortunately for Adam, taking over the world isn’t as easy as he thinks it is thanks to Shazam! whose real name is Billy Batson. To become the true ruler of the world, he’ll need to take on Shazam! and anyone else who decides to step in his way. He sounds pretty bad ass, right? That’s because he is, and to see how Johnson portrays the character on the big screen is going to be beyond exciting.

You can expect to see Johnson in several upcoming films including The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch, and Jumanji, all slated for a release this year. Last year, he shared the screen with Kevin Hart in Central Intelligence and gave his voice to Disney for the acclaimed animated feature Moana.

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A new ‘It Chapter Two’ trailer finds the Losers Club facing off against Pennywise one last time

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Warner Bros. has released the final trailer for It Chapter Two, the eagerly awaited follow-up to Andy Muschietti’s 2017 critically acclaimed box office smash based on Stephen King’s iconic horror novel of the same name.

Set 27 years after the events of the first movie, It Chapter Two stars Jessica Chastain as Beverly, James McAvoy as Bill, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie, and Andy Bean as Stanley as they return to Derry to confront Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) one last time.

“Something happens to you when you leave this town. The farther away, the hazier it all gets,” we hear an adult Mike say as the trailer shows a flashback from the 2017 film. “But me — I never left. I remember all of it.”

Jaeden Martell, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor will all reprise their roles as the original members of the Losers Club from the first movie.

Muschietti directed It Chapter Two from a screenplay written by Gary Dauberman, based on King’s best-selling 1986 book. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producers, with Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg serving as executive producers.

It Chapter Two will float into theaters on September 6.

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With their case diminishing, prosecutors drop sexual assault charges against Kevin Spacey

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With their case against Kevin Spacey diminishing, Nantucket prosecutors asked Wednesday for charges to be dropped against the actor, who had been facing a felony charge for the alleged sexual assault of the teenage son of a former Boston TV news anchor in 2016.

In a document filed in the Nantucket District Court, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said he was filing a “nolle prosequi,” which, in a criminal case, is an admission that the charges against the defendant cannot be proven. O’Keefe cited the “unavailability of the complaining witness” as his reason for the dismissal of the case.

O’Keefe’s decision to drop the charges against Spacey is not a particularly surprising one. During an evidentiary hearing last week, Spacey’s accuser refused to testify about what happened to a missing cellphone containing text messages — and possibly video — the night the alleged assault took place.

When asked if he knew that he could be charged with a felony should an investigation find that he had tampered with or destroyed evidence on the phone, Spacey’s accuser invoked the Fifth Amendment and was unwilling to continue his testimony, according to The New York Times.

The accuser’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, said in a statement that the accuser and his family “have shown an enormous amount of courage under difficult circumstances,” and added that he will not be commenting on the case any further at this time.

Spacey’s lawyer, Alan Jackson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In December, just moments before the news of the felony charge against Spacey broke, the actor posted to YouTube a bizarre video in which he appears as his character Frank Underwood from the Netflix series House of Cards and says he is “certainly not going to pay the price for the thing I didn’t do.”

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Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu lead a band of grifting strippers in the ‘Hustlers’ trailer

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STX Films has released the first trailer for Hustlers, the upcoming stripper comedy featuring an all-star cast that includes the likes of Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Mercedes Ruehl, and Cardi B.

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film follows a group of savvy former strip club employees who come together to turn the tables on their unsuspecting, money-grubbing Wall Street clients.

“These Wall Street guys — you see what they did to this country? They stole from everybody,” Lopez’s character says. “Hard-working people lost everything and not one of these douchebags go to jail. The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules. It’s like robbing a bank; except you get the keys.”

Scafaria based Hustlers on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled “Hustlers at Scores,” which tells the real-life story of a band of New York City strippers scamming their wealthy clients out of thousands of dollars before eventually being caught by authorities.

In addition to starring in the film, Lopez also serves as a producer on Hustlers alongside Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, Jessica Elbaum, Benny Medina, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay. The film is a co-production between STX and Annapurna.

Hustlers will open in theaters on September 13.

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