LGBTQ: Welcomes The Celebrities That Opened Up About Their Sexuality This Year
Courtesy Of Billboard.com
Speculation regarding Mraz’s sexuality rose when he ended the poem he wrote for Billboard‘s pride month series saying “I am bi your side.” Since then, he confirmed with Billboard that he indeed has “had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became [his] wife” (Christina Carano).
Janelle Monáe has never actively hid her queerness from the world, sporting genderless red carpet looks and releasing suggestive tracks like “Q.U.E.E.N.” while she explored her own identity, as she told Rolling Stonewhen she came out in their cover story in April.
Pilot Season: News Shows Fall 2018
A MILLION LITTLE THINGS (ABC DRAMA)
Cast: David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco, Allison Miller, Christina Moses, Christina Ochoa, James Roday, Stephanie Szostak and Lizzy Greene
Premise: They say friendship isn’t one big thing, it’s a million little things, and that’s true for a group of friends from Boston who bonded under unexpected circumstances. Some have achieved success, others are struggling in their careers and relationships, but all of them feel stuck in life. After one of them dies unexpectedly, it’s just the wake-up call the others need to finally start living. Along the way, they discover that friends may be the one thing to save them from themselves.
Premise: Attorney and author Marcia Clark co-write and executive produces a new legal drama about Maya Travis, an L.A. district attorney who suffers a devastating defeat when prosecuting an A-list actor for double murder. With her high-profile career derailed, she flees for a quieter life in Washington. Eight years later when this same celebrity is under suspicion for another murder, Maya Travis is lured back to the DA’s office for another chance at justice.
Premise: This ensemble comedy follows a group of single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. The series begins when the group meets Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man. When the other single parents see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses Will has gone, they band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about your own identity.
Comedic Actress Tiffany Haddish Honored As A Trailblazer
She received a standing ovation at the Saban Theater and received the Trailblazer Award for her achievements in comedy from The Hollywood Confidential.
The funny Haddish has made a rapid ascent from struggling stand-up to A-list Hollywood superstar over the past year, and she shared with the audience how she picks projects when she is constantly being offered new roles.
“Honestly, when I read scripts I always think about 16-year-old Tiffany,” she told the crowd. “Would 16-year-old Tiffany want to see this? Would 16-year-old Tiffany want to tell her friends, ‘Oh, oh, oh, guess what I’m about to go see at the movies? Let’s see if we can get a fake ID and sneak in.’ … If it made me feel like the young me would be excited to see it, then that’s what I’m going to do.”
Upcoming 2018 MOVIE RELEASES
Uncle Drew – Friday, June 29
Uncle Drew is an upcoming American sports comedy film directed by Charles Stone III and written by Jay Longino. It stars Kyrie Irvingas the titular character from his Pepsi Max advertisements that started in 2012, as well as several former NBA players including Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller and Nate Robinson; Lil Rel Howery, Lisa Leslie, Erica Ash, J. B. Smoove, Mike Epps, Tiffany Haddish, and Nick Kroll also star. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 29, 2018.
The First Purge- Wednesday, July 4
The First Purge is an upcoming American dystopian action horror film directed by Gerard McMurray and written by James DeMonaco. It is a prequel to 2013’s The Purge and is the fourth installment in The Purge franchise. The film stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, and Marisa Tomei. It is scheduled to be released on July 4, 2018 by Universal Pictures.
Ant-Man and the Wasp – Friday, July 6
Ant-Man and the Wasp is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics characters Scott Lang / Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne / Wasp. Produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is intended to be the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, and the twentieth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Peyton Reed and written by the writing teams of Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. It stars Rudd as Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Van Dyne, alongside Michael Peña, Walton Goggins, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Tip “T.I.” Harris, David Dastmalchian, Hannah John-Kamen, Abby Ryder Fortson, Randall Park, Michelle Pfeiffer, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Douglas. In Ant-Man and the Wasp, the titular pair team up to embark on a new mission from Hank Pym.
The Equalizer 2 – Friday, July 20
The Equalizer 2 is an upcoming American thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk. It is a sequel to 2014 film The Equalizer, based on the TV series of the same name. The film stars Denzel Washington, Ashton Sanders, Pedro Pascal, Melissa Leo, and Bill Pullman. The film is scheduled to be released by Sony Pictures Releasing on July 20, 2018.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! – Friday, July 20
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is an upcoming musical romantic comedy film directed and written by Ol Parker, from a story by Parker, Catherine Johnson, and Richard Curtis. It is the sequel to the 2008 film Mamma Mia!, which is based on the musical of the same name. The film stars Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Dominic Cooper, and Cher.
It is scheduled to be released in North America and United Kingdom on July 20, 2018 by Universal Pictures, ten years to the month of the original film’s release.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Friday, July 27
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is an upcoming 2018 American action spy film written, co-produced and directed by Christopher McQuarrie, who becomes the first person to direct more than one film in the franchise. It is the sixth installment in the Mission: Impossible film series. It stars Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Michelle Monaghan, and Alec Baldwin who all reprise their roles from previous films, with Henry Cavill and Angela Bassett joining the franchise. The film is scheduled to be released on July 27, 2018, and will be the first in the series to be released in RealD 3D and IMAX 3D; it will also have a 2D IMAX release.
BlacKkKlansman – Friday, August 10
BlacKkKlansman is a 2018 American crime comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Spike Lee, based on the autobiographical book Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. The film stars John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier and Topher Grace, and along with Lee is produced by Raymond Mansfield and Shaun Redick, as well as Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum and Jordan Peele. Set in 1970s Colorado, the plot follows an African-American detective who sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
The Nun – Friday, September 7
The Nun is an upcoming American gothic supernatural horror film directed by Corin Hardy. The screenplay by Gary Dauberman is from a story by James Wan and Dauberman. It is a spin-off of 2016’s The Conjuring 2 and is set to be the fifth installment in The Conjuring series. It stars Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu and Bonnie Aarons. The film is scheduled for release on September 7, 2018, by Warner Bros. Pictures
A Simple Favor – Friday, September 14
A Simple Favor is an upcoming American mystery thriller film directed by Paul Feig and written by Jessica Sharzer. Based on the novel of the same name by Darcey Bell, the film stars Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively and follows a small-town blogger who tries to solve the disappearance of her mysterious and rich best friend. It will be released in the United States on September 14, 2018.
The Predator – Friday, September 14
The Predator (also known as Predator 4) is an upcoming American science fiction action horror film directed by Shane Black and written by Black and Fred Dekker. It is the fourth installment in the Predator film series, set to take place between Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010). Black had a supporting role in the original 1987 Predator film, while John Davis return as producer from the first two installments, and Lawrence Gordon serving as executive producer.
The film stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, and Thomas Jane. It completed filming in June 2017, and is set to be released on September 14, 2018, by 20th Century Fox in IMAXas well as standard formats.
White Boy Rick – Friday, September 14
White Boy Rick is an upcoming American crime drama film directed by Yann Demange, written by Andy Weiss and Logan Miller & Noah Miller. It stars Richie Merritt as Richard Wershe Jr., who in the 1980s became the youngest FBI informant ever at the age of 14. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Bel Powley, Piper Laurie, and Matthew McConaughey also star. The film is scheduled to be released on September 14, 2018 by Sony Pictures Releasing.
First Man – Friday, October 12
First Man is an upcoming American biographical drama adventure film directed by Damien Chazelle and the screenplay written by Josh Singer, based on the book First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen. The film stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, alongside Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler, Jason Clarke, Shea Whigham, and Christopher Abbott, and depicts the years leading up to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Steven Spielberg serves as an executive producer. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 12, 2018.
Goosebumps: Haunted Halloween is an upcoming American horror comedy film directed by Ari Sandel and written by Rob Lieber. It is based on the children’s book series of the same name by R. L. Stine and a sequel to the 2015 film Goosebumps. It stars Jack Black, Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Ken Jeong. The film is scheduled to be release in October 12, 2018 by Sony Pictures Releasing.
Halloween (2018) – Friday, October 19
Halloween is an upcoming American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Jeff Fradley, and Danny McBride. It is the eleventh installment in the Halloween franchise, picking up forty years after the events of the original film while disregarding the continuity of the previous sequels. Series co-creator John Carpenter serves as a composer, executive producer and creative consultant for the film while Jason Blum produces through Blumhouse. Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, respectively, with stuntman James Jude Courtney also portraying Michael. The film also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, and Virginia Gardner.
Creed 2 – Wednesday, November 21
Creed II is an upcoming American sports drama film directed by Steven Caple Jr., and written by Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker. A sequel to the 2015 film Creed and the eighth installment in the Rocky film series, it stars Michael B. Jordan, Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Phylicia Rashad, Andre Ward, and Wood Harris, all of whom will reprise their roles from previous entries, while Florian Munteanu joins the cast. Creed writer-director Ryan Coogler serves as an executive producer on the film. The plot follows Adonis Creed training in order to defeat the son of Ivan Drago, the boxer who killed his father in the ring more than 30 years prior. It will be released in the United States on November 21, 2018.
Second Act – Wednesday, November 21
Second Act is an upcoming American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal and written by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. It stars Jennifer Lopez, Leah Remini, Annaleigh Ashford, Vanessa Hudgens, Dan Bucatinsky, Freddie Stroma, Milo Ventimiglia, Treat Williams and Larry Miller. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 21, 2018.
Mary Poppins Returns – Tuesday, December 25
Mary Poppins Returns is an upcoming American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall, with a screenplay by David Mageeand from a story by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca. Based on the book series by P. L. Travers and a sequel film to 1964’s Mary Poppins, the film stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Angela Lansbury in supporting roles. Set in 1930s London, 25 years after the events of the 1964 film, it sees Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, re-visiting them after a family tragedy. Dick Van Dyke is the only actor from the original to return.
Principal photography began at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, United Kingdom on February 10, 2017, and ended in July of that year. The film is scheduled for release on December 25, 2018, giving it the longest gap between live-action film sequels in history at 54 years.
Netflix Coming For The Top Spot
So apparently Netflix & chilling is paying off in a very big way. Reportedly now the streaming service is now worth more than Comcast, and soon will be surpassing Disney. Netflix’s market value was at a cap of $149 billion. Comcast has fallen 2% recently, as their value is now at $147 billion.
The company’s stock has rose up to 70% since January. Netflix have exceeded above their expectations for earnings Disney’s market cap was $153 billion. At this rate if Netflix continues to have a year like this, it’s expecting to grow right past the mark that Disney has reached.
Famous Roles That Almost Went To Another Actor
Selma Blair almost had the role that made Katie Holmes famous.
Katie Holmes became a household name as Joey Potter, the moody tomboy everyone rooted for, on Dawson’s Creek. creator Kevin Williamson revealed in Entertainment Weekly.