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‘Shazam!’ Celebrates Young Excellence At The Incredible Kid Day Event

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!

 

Images by William Martin

 

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!

 

 

  

Images by William Martin

 

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.

 

 

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‘The Man From Toronto’ Trailer: Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson Star In Action-Packed Comedy

Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson star in Netflix’s upcoming action-packed comedy dropping on Netflix on June 24.

A case of mistaken identity arises after a screw-up sales consultant and the world’s deadliest assassin—known only as The Man from Toronto— run into each other at a holiday rental.

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‘Bid For Love’: BET Announces Premiere Date and Releases Official Trailer

BET debuted the trailer for its upcoming original drama Bid For Love, set for a June release.

The cast includes Blue Kimble (Ruthless), Dawn Halfkenny (Saints & Sinners), Adrian Lockett (The Oval), Jermel Howard (BMF), Tami Roman (The Family Business), Nikki Dixon (First Christmas), Ptosha Storey (The Oval), Jayda Cheaves and Kwaylon Rogers.

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Directed by Arthur Muhammad (Carter High), the story follows Sasha (Halfkenny) as she navigates life following a prison release. After serving time for her former drug trafficking boyfriend Memphis (Kimble), Sasha falls in love with Malik (Lockett), a generous and successful real estate entrepreneur. The man’s motives for Sasha, however, are far from good. Malik slowly attempts to alienate her from family and friends as he secretly plots against her.

Bid For Love is produced by Lawainna Patterson, London Williams, Shauna D. Balfour, and Christina Cooper. The film will air on BET Her and BET+ on June 23. Watch the official trailer below.

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Martin Reunion First Look Trailer

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BET+ debuted the first look trailer for its highly-anticipated Martin reunion. Three decades later, the cast is reuniting for a special episode dropping on June 16.

Participating stars include Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tichina Arnold, and Carl Anthony Payne II.

The trailer opens with a dedication to Thomas Mikal Ford, who played Tommy in the series. The actor sadly passed away in 2016 from an operation complication. He was 52.

Hosted by comedian Affion Crockett, the special will focus on the show’s origin and evolution. In addition, it will feature interviews with the surviving cast, original directors, special musical performances, and behind-the-scenes must-sees.

Martin, which premiered in 1992, starred Lawrence – who played various characters, Campbell as Martin’s girlfriend and later his wife, Gina; Arnold as Gina’s best friend, Pam; and Martin’s two best friends, Cole (Payne) and Tommy (played by the late Thomas Ford). The series concluded with season five due to the tensions between the two main cast members. People reported that Campbell sued Lawrence for “repeated and escalating sexual harassment, sexual battery, verbal abuse, and related threats” in 1997. The two later reconciled, with Campbell announcing in 2020 that she was “so glad that we’re in a good place right now.”

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