June 11, 2019
Part of a New York City street has been named after murdered rapper Notorious BIG. The hip hop star's mother, Voletta Wallace, and rapper Lil' Kim gathered with fans to mark the naming of Christopher "Notorious BIG" Wallace Way in Brooklyn
June 06, 2019
Rihanna has been named the world's richest female musician, thanks to her Fenty Beauty brand. The 31-year-old superstar - whose real name is Robyn Fenty - is known for her Grammy-award winning music career, pioneering her hugely successful inclusive make-up brand and recently becoming the first black woman in charge of a major luxury fashion house. And now the 'Work' hitmaker has been crowned the world's richest female musician in Forbes's 2019 list of America's Richest Self-Made Women, with a fortune totalling $600 million that beat Madonna ($570 million), Celine Dion ($450 million) and Beyonce ($400 million).
June 04, 2019
James McAvoy has confirmed the ending of X-Men: Dark Phoenix was reshot due to "parallels" with another superhero film. The Scottish actor reprises his role as Charles Xavier / Professor X in the latest installment of the Marvel Comics franchise, with the new movie focusing on how Jean Grey, as played by Sophie Turner, loses control of her telepathic and telekinetic powers and becomes the Phoenix. However, McAvoy has now shared in an interview with Yahoo Movies UK that the third act of the feature was totally re-written as it bore a resemblance to another movie in production at the time. "The end (of Dark Phoenix) changed a hell of a lot. The finale had to change. For the better. There was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out... a while ago. And we had no idea that we were," he stated, while his co-star Michael Fassbender, who plays Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto, interjected: "They had spies on set and (they) basically stole our ideas. Infiltrated." "We were basically trawling through the source material, it seems,” McAvoy added. X-Men: Dark Phoenix began filming in June 2017, though director Simon Kinberg spent over a year in the post-production phase, with studio executives forced to delay the film's release twice. While McAvoy refused to comment on which other film he was referring to, there have been numerous Marvel and DC superhero movies made within the same period, including Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, Aquaman and Avengers: Endgame. Elsewhere, Turner spoke about the changes to the ending of the flick, and added: "I think it's so much better for the reshoots. It was just one of those things... you watched the first two acts and the third act just didn't feel cohesive. We went back and we redid all of the third act pretty much and it was such a good decision. I mean, the third act is the best part of the movie, for me." X-Men: Dark Phoenix, also featuring Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult.
The next chapter in Keanu Reeves' John Wick franchise is to be released in 2021. Following the release of the third installment of the series, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, earlier this month, executives at Lionsgate confirmed on Monday that they have greenlit another film, currently titled John Wick: Chapter 4. The flick is slated for release on 21 May 2021, with the news first announced via a text message to fans who had signed up for news about the movies, with the note reading, "You have served. You will be of service. John Wick: Chapter 4 is coming - May 21, 2021." No other details regarding the cast or plot were shared. The third feature in the neo-noir action franchise saw Reeves return as the titular character, with Chad Stahelski back directing. Also starring Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Anjelica Huston, and Ian McShane, the narrative focuses on ex-hitman Wick as he discovers himself on the run after killing a member of an international assassin's guild. The film, which was shot in New York City, Montreal, and Morocco, has received positive reviews from critics, especially in regards to fight choreography, aesthetics and Reeves' performance. On its opening weekend, John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum grossed $57 million (£44 million) in the United States and Canada, and $35 million (£27 million) in other territories, for a worldwide total of $92 million (£72 million). In addition to working on the new film, Reeves has a busy slate of projects at present. He is in the pre-production stages of movies The Starling and Rally Car, and is set to reprise one of his most famous roles - time-traveling layabout Ted Logan - in a new Bill & Ted movie. The 54-year-old has also been attached to play John Rain in upcoming TV series Rain, and recently shared in a chat with Variety that he would like to play demon hunter John Constantine in a follow-up to his 2005 film Constantine. "I've always wanted to play John Constantine again. I just love that world, too, and I love that character," he commented.