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'Alien' Turned Into Stage Production by New Jersey High School

'Alien' Turned Into Stage Production by New Jersey High School
A high school drama club in North Bergen, New Jersey put on a production of Alien last week — and social media users are amazed at how good it turned out.

Photos and video from the North Bergen High School Drama Club production of the 1979 horror/sci-fi classic spread like wildfire over the weekend.

The sets and costumes are incredibly detailed and appear to be almost exact replicas of those from the Ridley Scott film that spawned a massive franchise.

One of the videos posted to social media showed the climax of the play/film when Ellen Ripley (played ...
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Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Expected To Drop Monday

Spider-Man: Far From Home Trailer Expected To Drop Monday
A couple of days ago, Tom Holland took to Twitter to share two ominous words: “Monday morning…” And while fans were quick to jump to the conclusion that another Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer might be on the way, there was still some room for doubt, not least because the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is only one of three films that the actor is confirmed to feature in this year.

Thanks to the official Spider-Man Films Weibo account, however, it’s now looking all but confirmed that Holland was teasing some Far From Home material. Earlier today, Twitter user Gavin Feng posted a screenshot of the Sony-run Chinese account sharing Holland’s post while adding their own vague tease that something big is imminent.
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ on Pace for $67 Million Opening, Double ‘Get Out’ Debut

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ on Pace for $67 Million Opening, Double ‘Get Out’ Debut
Universal/Monkeypaw’s “Us” is blowing by all analysts’ expectations this weekend. On the back of strong pre-release buzz and an opening day total of $29 million, Jordan Peele’s second film is estimated to gross $67 million from 3,741 screens this weekend.

If that estimate holds, not only will “Us” have doubled the opening weekend of Peele’s debut film “Get Out” ($33.3 million), it will set a new opening weekend record for original horror films, beating the $50.2 million of last year’s “A Quiet Place.” It’s also a new openiing record for any original film released in March.

The one somewhat bad note for “Us” is that while critics have been raving about the film with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 95 percent, audiences aren’t quite as enthused as they were for “Get Out.
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Norman Reedus on ‘The Walking Dead’ Without Andrew Lincoln: ‘He’s With Me Every Day’

Norman Reedus on ‘The Walking Dead’ Without Andrew Lincoln: ‘He’s With Me Every Day’
After saying goodbye to most of the original cast on “The Walking Dead,” Norman Reedus still feels his former co-stars with him during each episode.

“I’ve seen so many people come and go,” he said during a “Walking Dead” panel on Friday at PaleyFest. “Right now on the show, the ghosts of all those guys are with me through every frickin’ scene. I remember how tight Andy [Lincoln] and I are, how tight Scott [Wilson] and I were and Jon [Bernthal], too.”

Lincoln, who played main character Rick Grimes from the beginning of the hit AMC zombie series, departed halfway through the
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‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience

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‘Shazam!’ Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience
If the “Wonder Woman” and “Aquaman” movies represented DC Comics’ first big-screen steps away from the austere color palette of the Zach Snyder movies, “Shazam!” takes us deeply into primary colors in a single bound. There’s still a touch of urban decay and kitchen-table warmth on display — this is by no means Warren Beatty’s “Dick Tracy” or a candy-colored Cartoon Network production — but this new DC entry has a lovely lightness, both in the visuals and in its tone.

Before the 1940s serials and the 1970s Saturday-morning TV show, “Shazam!” was born in a magazine called Whiz Comics, published by Fawcett and later acquired by the company that would be known as DC Comics. And to use a 1940s expression, there’s a gee-whiz ebullience to the movie that makes it stand out among the last several decades’ worth of caped crusaders.

Young Billy Batson has spent most
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Kaley Cuoco Just Has 1 Tiny Request for "The Big Bang Theory"'s Series Finale

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Kaley Cuoco Just Has 1 Tiny Request for
While it pains me to say this, there are only a few more episodes left until we have to say goodbye to The Big Bang Theory forever. After 12 successful seasons, the CBS sitcom - which is one of the longest-running staples of network TV, by the way - is coming to an end on May 16. I recently got to chat with Kaley Cuoco about what fans can expect from the series finale, and to say I was ecstatic is an understatement. Not only have I been following the gang since Leonard (Johnny Galecki) first laid eyes on Penny (Cuoco) in the hall of their apartment building, but I also feel like I know the cast better than I know my own friends. I've even grown to love Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and caught myself singing "Soft Kitty" to my boyfriend on multiple occasions (don't ask).

"They want these
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Film Review: ‘The Dirt’

Film Review: ‘The Dirt’
A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm of vintage American catch-phrase banality, like “How’s that workin’ out for you?” And “The Dirt,” the new Netflix rock biopic about the sordid, squalid saga of Mötley Crüe, the royal hair-metal sleaze gods of the ’80s and ’90s, is a movie that reflects the new harmless status of that phrase.

The Dirt” boils over with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, whether it’s Vince Neil (Daniel Webber), the snaky leader singer of Mötley Crüe, acting like a horny jackrabbit as he enjoys a backstage boink with every woman who comes near him,
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Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in ‘Mouse Guard’

Idris Elba in Talks to Join Andy Serkis in ‘Mouse Guard’
Idris Elba is in negotiations to join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in Fox’s fantasy-action movie “Mouse Guard” with “Maze Runner’s” Wes Ball directing.

Fox is planning a live-action movie through performance capture technology employed in the “Planet of the Apes” films, in which Serkis starred as the ape leader Caesar. David Peterson created, wrote, and illustrated the “Mouse Guard” series, which launched in 2006 and is set in a medieval times world without humans. The stories center on a brotherhood of mice sworn to serve their fellow mice.

Fox started development on the movie, based on the “Mouse Guard” graphic novel series, in 2016. Matt Reeves, director of “War for the Planet of the Apes,” is producing “Mouse Guard” through his 6th and Idaho production company along with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy, both of Boom! Studios — the publisher of “Mouse Guard.” Joe Hartwick Jr. is also producing.

If the deal goes through,
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Zachary Levi’s ‘Shazam!’ Is ‘Pure Superhero Entertainment’ and 6 Other Electrifying Reviews

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Zachary Levi’s ‘Shazam!’ Is ‘Pure Superhero Entertainment’ and 6 Other Electrifying Reviews
Reviews are in for Zachary Levi’s “Shazam!” and most critics agree — it’s a “slick” and “entertaining” superhero film, and “DC’s most joyful and sweet movie since the days of Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman.'”

The DC film starring Zachary Levi in the title role of an adult superhero with the spirit of a 14-year-old won’t be hitting theaters until April 5, but it’s already showing signs of blockbuster potential, thanks to word of mouth from impressed critics.

While one critic called “Shazam!” the “slickest DC movie in years,” TheWrap’s own film critic Alonso Duralde says, “This new DC entry has a lovely lightness, both in the visuals and in its tone.” Overall, the film currently holds a score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Also Read: 'Shazam!' Film Review: DC Comics Gets a Bouncy Burst of Big-Screen Ebullience

“‘Shazam!’ is such an unexpected joy from
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‘Shazam!’ Reaction: Zachary Levi’s Superhero Stint Is a Jolly Good Time (Video)

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[Spoiler alert: Do not read on or watch the video above if you are worried about “Shazam!” spoilers or teasers.]

Guys, DC has done it. We have an entertaining, lighthearted superhero movie that awakens the child in all of us, but also, at times, can give us a big fright.

David F. Sandberg directs Zachary Levi and Asher Angel in this superhero iteration that follows a kid who can transform into a muscular, good-looking superhero by simply saying “Shazam!”

Watch the video above.

Also Read: Why Warner Bros.' Big Change Won't Disrupt the DC Universe

Warner Bros./New Line’s “Shazam!” got its first round of opening weekend estimates, with independent trackers setting it at a $40 million launch.

Although that would be a drop from the $72.5 million launch “Aquaman” had in December en route to a $334 million domestic/$1.14 billion global gross, there’s still plenty of reason for optimism for this lighter, sillier DC film.

For starters, it was made on a smaller budget. While “Aquaman” was reported to
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Film Review: ‘Shazam!’

Film Review: ‘Shazam!’
In “Shazam!,” Zachary Levi brings off something so winning it’s irresistible. He plays a square-jawed, rippling-muscled man of might, with a cheesy Day-Glo lighting bolt affixed to his chest, who projects an insanely wholesome and old-fashioned idea of what a superhero can be. But he’s also playing a breathless teenage kid on the inside, and the result of this body-morph balancing act is that the character, Shazam, is at once boyish and manly, wide-eyed and wizardly, ridiculously corny and heroically hip.

Levi, the 38-year-old actor best known for his roles on “Chuck” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” has always seemed a bit on the generically handsome side, but in “Shazam!,” wearing a 1950s-looking red-spandex body suit set off by a white cape with gold piping that looks like a restaurant tablecloth, he’s a walking piece of pop art, with eyes that (literally) pop, hair so absurdly dark
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Alfonso Cuarón, Kenya Barris, Tina Fey and 750 More Sign Letter Backing WGA in Battle Against Agencies

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Alfonso Cuarón, Kenya Barris, Tina Fey and 750 More Sign Letter Backing WGA in Battle Against Agencies
More than 750 screenwriters and showrunners, including Alfonso Cuarón, Kenya Barris, Tina Fey and Adam McKay, have signed a letter supporting the Writers Guild of America in its battle against and the Association of Talent Agents over packaging fees and conflicts of interest.

“We are voting Yes to support Guild implementation of an Agency Code of Conduct after the current Amba expires on April 6th, if there is no negotiated settlement,” read the letter. “We agree a new agency agreement should 1) Confront practices that constitute a conflict of interest: agency packaging fees and agencies functioning as producers and 2) Require the agencies to work with the Guild to protect writers’ interests by providing writer contracts, invoices and other information.”

Fede Alvarez, Ike Barinholtz, Amy Berg, Greg Berlanti, Kay Cannon, Peter Farrelly, Simon Kinberg, Mindy Kaling, Barry Jenkins, Patton Oswalt, Amy Poehler, Issa Rae and Colin Trevorrow, among many more, signed the letter as well.
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Kids' Choice Awards: Winners List (Updating Live)

Kids' Choice Awards: Winners List (Updating Live)
The 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards are being handed out Saturday.

DJ Khaled is set to host the show, which airs live from USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles starting at 8 p.m. Et (tape-delayed on the West Coast).

The awards, which are voted on by fans, will be handed out in a range of categories, from favorite movie to favorite butt-kicker to favorite social media star.

Among the stars set to appear are Adam Sandler, Chris Pratt, Jason Sudeikis, Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Joey King, Liza Koshy, Paris Berelc, Caleb McLaughlin, Kiernan Shipka, Ally Brooke, Josh Peck,...
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Does ‘Captain Marvel’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘Captain Marvel’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Here we are at “Captain Marvel,” the last step in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before “Avengers: Endgame” brings the story of the first 11 years of this shared universe to a close. It was a painful wait as we suffered through the nin-month gap after “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” last summer.

It was quite a weird wait to get to this point, too, because of how dramatically “Avengers: Infinity War” upended the entire McU when Thanos snapped his fingers and wiped out half of all life in the universe. We’ve been chomping at the bit for any kind of info about what’s coming next in “Avengers: Endgame” in April — and while “Captain Marvel” doesn’t directly tie into the fight against Thanos in “Infinity War” and “Endgame,” it does set up Carol Danvers as a character. And that’s a very good thing because she
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'Shazam!': What the Critics Are Saying

Following in the recent tradition of Aquaman and Wonder Woman, Warner Bros./DC's Shazam! promises to put a lighthearted spin on Billy Batson's superhero story. Asher Angel and Zachary Levi play Batson, a 14-year-old foster kid who acquires the power to transform into an adult do-gooder by shouting "Shazam!" If the trailers are any indication of how the adolescent reacts to his newfound abilities, underage beer will be bought and villains (including Mark Strong's Dr. Thaddeus Sivana) will be vanquished.

But does Shazam! successfully introduce moviegoers to Batson and his Big-like adventures? Critics are overwhelmingly suggesting yes, with ...
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How Did the Tesseract End Up With [Redacted] in ‘Captain Marvel’?

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How Did the Tesseract End Up With [Redacted] in ‘Captain Marvel’?
(There are some major spoilers ahead for “Captain Marvel”)

Captain Marvel” may not have done much to provide clues as to what’s in store in “Avengers: Endgame” — which is mildly disappointing considering Marvel Studios placed the movie so close on the calendar to the climax of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far.

But it does, of course, get us acquainted with Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), who will be an important figure in that film. It also adds an interesting new chapter to the story of the most well known of the Infinity Stones — the Tesseract — and if you’re acquainted with the Mar-Vell character from the comics then some of the liberties taken with that character here will no doubt come as a major surprise.

And no, I’m not talking about the choice to have Mar-Vell be played by a woman (Annette Bening) instead of a man, though
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‘Captain Marvel': So Where Did Carol Go for 25 Years Before ‘Avengers: Endgame’?

‘Captain Marvel': So Where Did Carol Go for 25 Years Before ‘Avengers: Endgame’?
(Spoilers ahead for the ending of “Captain Marvel”)

By placing it on the calendar less than two months ahead of “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel Studios was seemingly setting up the “Captain Marvel” movie to have some kind of significance in the greater story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Which, then inspired a lot of questions coming into the movie about how exactly it would contribute beyond just introducing Carol Danvers as a character.

But there are two questions that are most immediately pressing. Where the hell has she been? And if Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) knew her back in the day and is able to call her for help, then why hasn’t he brought her in already for one of the other world-shattering calamities our heroes have had to stop?

And yet after watching “Captain Marvel” we still don’t know the answers to those questions — they’ll have
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Recordings Show Oil Executives Love Having So Much Access to Trump and Officials

Oil executives have been reveling in all of the access and influence they now have because President Donald Trump is in office. A recording of a meeting of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (Ipaa) obtained by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting shows executives bragging about how they can affect change in both Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency regulations after their former lawyer, David Bernhardt, was nominated to be the number two official at Interior.

“We know [Berndardt] very well, and we have direct access to him, have
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Does Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
It’s hard to believe it’s only been two years since writer/director/producer Jordan Peele blessed us all with his feature debut “Get Out.” And now Peele is back to blow the doors off our minds with another masterfully twisty horror flick with “Us.”

But “Us” is a little bit less straightforward than “Get Out” was, offering up what appears on the surface to be a fairly simple but ingenious twist on the home invasion formula — our protagonist family of four, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, is forced to face off against their own evil doppelgangers. But the further you get into the film, the clearer it becomes that there is so much more going on here than you could have imagined.

So as the credits begin to roll and you’re trying to figure out what it was you just saw, you’re gonna
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It’s Super Weird That ‘Captain Marvel’ Doesn’t Have Anything to Do With ‘Avengers: Endgame’

It’s Super Weird That ‘Captain Marvel’ Doesn’t Have Anything to Do With ‘Avengers: Endgame’
(Heavy spoilers ahead for “Captain Marvel.”)

We just came off a long, painful nine-month wait for “Captain Marvel” after the pair of devastating cliffhangers that concluded “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” last summer. We’re absolutely dying to see how this story continues, and we figured “Captain Marvel,” being placed so closely to “Avengers: Endgame” on the calendar, would be a part of it.

So last summer, we here at TheWrap wrote a bunch of speculative pieces in response to that insane “Avengers: Infinity War” cliffhanger. The most popular of those — and by far the longest at 2200 words — was about how “Captain Marvel,” hitting theaters less than two months before the then-unnamed “Avengers: Endgame,” would likely have some deep ties to the Avengers’ battle against Thanos.

And yet, somehow, it just doesn’t. “Captain Marvel” has absolutely no apparent relevance to the current greater plot of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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