We were honored to attend the celebration of young excellence that took place in Hollywood on Sunday, March 23. A beautiful group of people of various ethnic backgrounds was recognized for making a positive impact in their communities. All awardees were nominated by amazing organizations like Jack and Jill of America, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and Camp Fire, which all focus on nurturing young leaders across the country.
But just before the awards ceremony, the attendees were treated with a special, VIP screening of Warner Bros.' upcoming movie, Shazam!
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Directed by David Sandberg, Shazam! is the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe about a streetwise 14-year-old boy Billy Batson (played by Asher Angel) who can magically transform into the adult superhero Shazam (Zach Levi) simply by shouting out his name. But with power comes responsibility – he has to learn to control his superhuman abilities. That's when his foster brother Freddy (played by Jack Dylan Grazer), a big superhero fan, steps in. Eventually, Shazam's newfound powers get put to the test when he encounters the evil Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
There is a beautiful message, carried throughout the film, that perfectly represents the idea behind the event: no matter your age, race, gender – we all can be heroes, and these kids are proof of that!
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Few of the cast members, including Grace Fulton (Mary), Jovan Armand (Pedro), Ian Chen (Eugene), Faithe Herman (Darla) as well as their on-screen foster mom Marta Milans (Rosa), presented the awards after the screening. We were able to sit down with them after and spoke about the film and what it represents. You can watch the interviews below.
Shazam' will premiere in theaters this week, on April 5.
The Matrix 4: Laurence Fishburne Won’t Be Back as Morpheus
Laurence Fishburne has confirmed that he won’t be reprising his iconic role as Morpheus. The 59-year-old actor revealed that he “has not been invited” to return.
According to The Wrap, Fishburne told New York Magazine that he was never approached about joining the upcoming Lana Wachowski’s sequel. “I have not been invited. Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them well. I hope it’s great,” Fishburne commented. “It is probably the role that I’ll be best remembered for, which is great; it’s not the only thing I’ll be remembered for, which is better,” He concluded.
As a reminder, Fishburne first portrayed Morpheus, the captain of the Nebuchadnezzar, in the original 1999 film alongside Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. The two are set to return for The Matrix 4 (working title) with Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Joining the movie, which details are currently under wraps, are also Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Jessica Henwick.
Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson is the World’s Highest-Paid Male Actor
Forbes magazine named Dwayne Johnson, AKA the Rock, the highest-paid male actor for the second year in a row.
The former wrestler turned Hollywood superstar reportedly earned $87.5m between June 2019 and June 2020, including the $23.5m he made for Netflix’s upcoming thriller Red Notice.
Johnson’s Red Notice co-star Ryan Reynolds came second on the list highest-paid male actor’s list with earnings of $71.5m. Among his movie deals were $20m, also for Red Notice, and $20m for Six Underground, another Netflix film.
Coming in third place is actor and producer Mark Wahlberg, who earned $58m, while Ben Affleck and Vin Diesel came in fourth and fifth place respectively.
‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Reboot In the Works
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is making a return with Bel-Air! The one-hour project is based on Morgan Cooper’s record-breaking fan film (more than 7.5 million views to date) that reimagines the classic 1990s sitcom based on Will Smith’s journey from the streets of Philadelphia to his uncle’s mansion in Bel-Air as a drama. Per Deadline, Bel-Air “will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions, and biases of what it means to be a Black man in America today, while still delivering the swagger and fun nods to the original show.”
Cooper will direct and co-executive produce Bel-Air. Showrunner Chris Collins (The Man in the High Castle, The Wire) will co-write, executive produce.
The project is being developed by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television and is currently being pitched to multiple streamers, including NBC’s Peacock, Netflix, HBO Max and Amazon.