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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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Universal has two new projects from M. Night Shyamalan coming our way in 2021 and 2023

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M. Night Shyamalan and Universal Pictures seem to be getting along pretty nicely with each other as the studio announced yesterday that it will be continuing its relationship with the director and has dated his next two films from February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023.

“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” said Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”

Shyamalan added, “There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films. They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience.”

While any and all details about these two films — with the exception of the release dates, of course — are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, we can’t help but think Shyamalan will be pulling another Split-type secret sequel stunt and has something pretty exciting in store for us, though that’s just pure speculation on our part.

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Matt Damon and Christian Bale attempt to pull off the impossible in this new ‘Ford v Ferrari’ trailer

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Fresh off its stops at festivals like Telluride and Toronto, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari and it looks like this thing is shaping up to be one of hell a contender this awards season.

Ford v Ferrari tells “the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale),” who, believe it or not, does not seem to have undergone any drastic transformations for his role here.

Together, the duo “battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.”

At press time, Ford v Ferrari boasts an impressive 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 43 reviews, and something tells me that percentage isn’t going to change too much over the next couple of months. I mean, even the “negative” reviews aren’t even that negative!

Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon also star in Ford v Ferrari, which hits theaters on November 15.

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Phoenix: Put on a happy face and come see Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ early and for free

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Warner Bros. will release Joker, Todd Phillips’ take on the iconic DC villain’s origin starring Joaquin Phoenix, on September 6 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in the Phoenix area can click on this link to enter to win passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Joker happening Tuesday, October 1 at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX at 7:00 p.m.

Winners of this contest will be selected and notified on Saturday, September 29 after 12:00 p.m. PT via email, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Joker as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Todd Phillips

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz

Opens: Friday, October 4

Rating: R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material

Synopsis: Director Todd Phillips Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.

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