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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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Matt Damon is reteaming with his ‘Ford v Ferrari’ director James Mangold for ‘The Force’

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Nearly 14 years after starring in Martin Scorsese‘s brilliant Infernal Affairs remake The Departed, Matt Damon is set to head back into crooked cop movie territory with his Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold.

According to Deadline, Damon is attached to play the lead role of Denny Malone in Mangold’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2017 best-selling novel The Force, which is a pretty damn good read if you haven’t gotten around to it yet.

In the book, Malone — a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant — is the dirtiest of dirty cops, having stolen millions of dollars worth of cash and narcotics in the wake of one of the biggest heroin busts in the history of New York City.

Little does Malone know, though, that the feds are hot on his tail “and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the job, his family and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all,” as the book’s official synopsis puts it.

David Mamet wrote and turned in the first draft of the script for The Force in 2017, but Mangold is currently in the middle of a rewrite with his Logan collaborator Scott Frank, so I suppose we’ll see how that turns out.

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Production begins on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett

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Production is officially underway on Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded new project Nightmare Alley, which features one hell of an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in the leading roles.

An adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows Stanton “Stan” Carlisle (Cooper), a young and ambitious con man who teams up with a female psychiatrist (Blanchett) for a mentalist act, only to realize that she’s even more corrupt than he is.

Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, Jim Beaver, and Mark Povinelli round out the film’s cast, with del Toro alumni such as Ron Perlman and Richard Jenkins also said to be in talks to join.

Leonardo DiCaprio was initially supposed to play Cooper’s role but was forced to bow out earlier this year as production on Nightmare Alley would’ve conflicted with that of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars DiCaprio alongside Robert De Niro and is expected to begin shooting in the spring.

No word yet on when Searchlight Pictures plans on releasing Nightmare Alley, but stay tuned for more info on that.

Excited to start shooting today on our new adventure NIGHTMARE ALLEY with @RealGDT and many of our regular gang. pic.twitter.com/lzPHhXpppI

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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to an advance screening of Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey’

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Warner Bros. will release Birds of Prey on February 7 and it’s 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 Phoenix can click on this link right now to enter to free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Birds of Prey happening at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Winners for this contest will be selected and notified on Monday, February 3 via email. Good luck! Below is the official trailer for Birds of Prey as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Cathy Yan

Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor

Opens: Friday, February 7

Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material

Synopsis: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

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