Emma Roberts join the cast of ‘Spider-Man’ spinoff ‘Madame Web’

According to Deadline, Emma Roberts has joined the cast of Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man’ spin-off, Madame Web.  Roberts, 31, joins previously announced stars Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced and Tahar Rahim.

Madame Web serves as an origin story for the Marvel Comics character of the same name. In the comics, Madame Web is a clairvoyant whose psychic abilities prove to be greatly beneficial to Spider-Man; she is depicted as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis, connected to a life-support system that looked like a spider web. Details about Roberts’ character are being kept under wraps.

This will be Roberts first Marvel picture; she recently wrapped production on the upcoming rom-com Maybe I Do, also starring Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere.

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‘Minions: Rise of Gru’ breaks 4th of July record earning $125.1 Million domestically at the box office in its opening weekend

‘Minions: The Rise of Gru’ broke records over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, earning $125.2 million domestically over the extended 4-day holiday break. Overseas, the movie earned $86 million by Sunday, bringing the film over $200 million in earnings globally.

Minions: The Rise of Gru is a sequel to 2015’s Minions and the fifth installment in the ‘Despicable Me’ franchise, the top-grossing animated series in history. The film voice cast features Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Alan Arkin, Michelle Yeoh, Russell Brand, Julie Andrews, Taraji P. Henson, Lucy Lawless, Dolph Lundgren, RZA, Danny Trejo and Jean-Claude Van Damme. The origin story reveals how the supervillain Gru (Carell) and the Minions met when Gru was a young boy growing up in a 1970s suburb.

Rise of Gru will become only the 10th animated Hollywood film to debut to $100 million or more, a list led by Incredibles 2 ($182.7 million).

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Tiësto and Charli XCX release their new song “Hot in It”

Tiësto has teamed up with Charli XCX for their new dance track, “Hot in It,” the fourth single from Tiësto’s upcoming album. The new album will mark the Dutch DJ and producer’s follow-up to 2020’s The London Sessions.

Tiësto said in a statement: “I knew from the second I heard Charli’s cut on the song that it was going to be a smash, and it’s been amazing to see how everyone has been reacting to the message of the song. The heat on this one is incredible, so excited it’s finally out in the world!”  Charli XCX added:  “I’m very excited to get hot in it this summer.”

Charli XCX had first teased Hot in It on her TikTok account back in May; the song marks her latest collaboration with Tiësto, who has previously remixed Charli XCX’s “Break the Rules,” as well as “I Love It,” her collab with Icona Pop.

Take a listen to Tiësto and Charli XCX’s “Hot In It”here.

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Calvin Harris’ new album to feature Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, Halsey, and Pusha T

Producer/DJ/recording artist Calvin Harris shared that his new album “Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 2,” the follow-up to his critically acclaimed “Vol. 1” from 2017, will feature nearly 20 collaborators, including Justin Timberlake, Pusha T, Halsey and Snoop Dogg.

Harris uploaded a minute-long teaser video to his social media to announce the collaborations, which also include Pharrell, Busta Rhymes, Stefflon Don, Chloe Bailey, Charlie Puth, Shenseea, Tinashe, Normani, Lil Durk, Offset, 6lack, Coi LeRay, Latto, Swae Lee and Jorja Smith.

This announcement comes after Harris shared the album’s first single, Poison, featuring Dua Lipa and Young Thug. Around the same time, he tweeted that Vol. 2 would be “the maddest album I’ve ever put together by a lonnnggg way.” The first volume of “Funk Wav Bounces” included A-list hits like the Frank Ocean and Migos-featuring “Slide,” “Rollin” with Future and Khalid and “Feels” with Pharrell, Katy Perry and Big Sean.

Funk Wav Bounces Vol.2 is due out August 5.  To pre-order/pre-save, head here.

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‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ sequel to open in theaters in 2023

Sony Pictures has shared plans to release a sequel to Ghostbusters: Afterlife in 2023.  According to Deadline, the studio said that the new film will open in theaters Dec. 20, 2023.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman and writer Gil Kenan had previously confirmed there would be a sequel film on June 8 — dubbed ‘Ghostbusters Day.’ The new film will return to the franchise’s original New York City and Firehouse setting. Reitman recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “At the end of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the Ecto-1 is driving into Manhattan, returning to its home. And before anyone ever heard the title Afterlife, we called it Rust City. Which would not have made sense to anyone until they saw the movie. The code name for the next movie is Firehouse.” 

The Ghostbusters franchise originated with the 1984 film Ghostbusters, directed by the late Ivan Reitman, Jason’s father. The movie was followed by the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters II, the 2016 reboot Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which opened in November.

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FX renews ‘The Old Man’ with Jeff Bridges for Season 2

FX has announced the renewal of  The Old Man for a second season, starring Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow and Amy Brenneman.  The first season of The Old Man, featuring seven episodes, debuted on June 16.  The series follows Dan Chase (Bridges), a former CIA agent living off the grid and trying to avoid assassins sent to kill him.

Eric Schrier, FX Entertainment President, said in a statement: “Jonathan E. Steinberg, Dan Shotz and Warren Littlefield have done a fantastic job with The Old Man, which delivers on the powerful intrigue and breathtaking action of Thomas Perry’s book. The stellar cast led by Jeff Bridges, John Lithgow, Amy Brenneman and Alia Shawkat is really connecting with audiences and we are excited to get to work on Season 2 with our colleagues at 20th Television and this fantastic team.”

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Man arrested for allegedly stalking Taylor Swift at her NYC townhouse

A man was arrested for allegedly stalking Taylor Swift at her townhouse in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. Police told the New York Daily News that the suspect, 35-year-old Joshua Christian of Brooklyn, allegedly showed up at Swift’s townhouse on June 12 and threatened to hurt her “if they weren’t together” through the home’s intercom.

Swift, who was not home at the time, has previously been targeted by fans stalking her at her Manhattan townhouse. In August 2021, a Nebraska man was arrested and pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct after he was found in the entrance of her home. Police alleged that Christian previously broke into Swift’s $18 million home through an unlocked front door on March 26.  He allegedly stayed in the foyer of the home until he fled when confronted by security.

Christian appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday afternoon and was charged with stalking and criminal trespass. After a court-appointed attorney requested that Christian receive a psychological evaluation, Christian told the court that he wanted to represent himself. He was removed from the courtroom after an outburst in which he allegedly demanded people in the courtroom to prove they were real.

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Harry Styles cancels Copenhagen concert after mall shooting nearby

Harry Styles cancelled his concert scheduled to take place on July 3 at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark, hours after a gunman opened fire at a shopping mall on the outskirts of the Danish capital, not far from the concert venue. The shooting left three dead and multiple people injured, according to the Associated Press. A 22-year-old Danish man was arrested as a suspect following the shooting.

The singer announced the news on social media, writing on Twitter“I’m heartbroken along with the people of Copenhagen. I adore this city. The people are so warm and full of love. I’m devastated for the victims, their families, and everyone hurting. I’m sorry we couldn’t be together. Please look after each other.”

Styles’ show at Royal Arena show was originally scheduled as one of his 2022 Love on Tour dates. The singer is currently on tour in support of his latest album, Harry’s House, which dropped in May.

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UPTOWN MARION MARKET

It’s Outdoor Market Season — so make sure to head to the Uptown Marion Market of the season Saturday, July 9th from 8 AM – Noon.

Enjoy fresh produce, wine, honey, baked goods, and artisan items from over 35 local vendors.

While you shop make sure to check out live music from the Pandelirium Steel Drum Band and the kids can also enjoy balloon art and face painting!

Give the kids a chance to learn more about the local food system through games and demonstrations with The Power of Produce.

Also, make sure you stop by the Z102.9 tent for a Z102.9 Tattoo — and of course get registered to win prizes!

This year the Uptown Marion Market will return to City Square Park and 7th Avenue in Uptown Marion.

For more information head to marioncc.org!

LET’S GET HAPPY, LET’S GET QUIZZICAL W/ DESTINY

What’s better than trivia and pizza? The answer is NOTHING!

Tune in to the Night Show with Destiny weeknights during the month of July and text in your guess during Quizzical for your chance to win a $30 Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Gift Card!

Happy Joe’s Cedar Rapids West, Hiawatha, and a new location in North Liberty located at 780 Community Drive are all open for carryout and delivery — place your order online or give them a call… Oh! Before you order, be sure to click on the “HOT DEALS” tab on their website to see the specials for that week!

Head to happyjoescr.com to find a location near you and to look at the menu.