Take a look at Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in the trailer for “Uncharted”

Sony Pictures has shared a trailer for the action-adventure movie Uncharted, featuring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg.  Uncharted is based on the Naughty Dog video game series of the same name. The games follow Nathan as he travels across the world in search of treasure and historical artifacts.

The preview shows fortune hunter Nathan Drake (Holland) team up with Victor “Sully” Sullivan to find “the greatest treasure that’s never been found.” The pair go up against a villain played by Antonio Banderas. The film adaptation is written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, and is directed by Ruben Fleischer. Sophia Ali and Tati Gabrielle co-star.

Uncharted opens in theaters Feb. 18, 2022.  You can check out the preview – here.

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Netflix’s ‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 to debut on March 25

Bridgerton will kick off its second season on March 25.  Netflix tweeted:   “Dear readers, I know my absence has only made your hearts grow fonder; however, you will not have to wait much longer. Bridgerton Season 2 debuts March 25, 2022, only on Netflix The news broke exactly a year after the first season premiered on the streaming service.”

Season 2 will follow wealthy Anthony Bridgerton’s (Jonathan Bailey) search for a wife. It will co-star Phoebe Dynevor, Nicola Coughlan, Golda Rosheuvel, Julie Andrews, Charithra Chandran, Shelley Conn, Calam Lynch and Rupert Young.

Based on the Julia Quinn book series of the same name, the Shonda Rhimes-produced costume drama has already been renewed for Seasons 3 and 4.

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LL Cool J pulls out of his ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ performance after testing positive for Covid-19

LL Cool J was forced to pull out of his appearance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022 on ABC after testing positive for Covid-19.    LL Cool J said in a statement:  “I know it’s disappointing to the millions of fans but my test came back positive for COVID, which means I’ll no longer be able to perform as scheduled at New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.  We were ready and I was really looking forward to ringing in 2022 in my hometown in a special way, but for now I wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year. The best is yet to come!”

LL was scheduled to perform in New York’s Times Square before midnight.  In addition, Chlöe, who was also set to appear on the broadcast, has pulled out of the show.  Despite the performance cancellations, the ABC special, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will still broadcast from New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Puerto Rico.

Billy Porter will host and perform in New Orleans; while Daddy Yankee host the Spanish-language countdown and perform in Puerto Rico. Ciara is set to host the Los Angeles segment, which includes performances by AJR and Daisy the Great, Avril Lavigne and Travis Barker, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, Don Omar, French Montana, Macklemore with Ryan Lewis and Windset, Mae Muller, Maneskin, Masked Wolf, OneRepublic, Polo G and Walker Hayes.  And in Times Square, NYC, Journey and Karol G are set to take the stage.

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Eminem makes history on Spotify as “The Slim Shady LP” surpasses 1 Billion streams

Eminem’s studio album “The Slim Shady LP” has now surpassed 1 billion streams on the music giant Spotify. The project was dropped over 2 decades back in 1999, and with this achievement Eminem now becomes the first act to have 11 studio albums with over 1 Billion Streams on Spotify.

Those 11 projects include albums “The Marshall Mathers LP”, “The Eminem Show”. “Recovery”, “Kamikaze”, the most recent “Music To Be Murdered By” and more. Recently, in the list of top-selling albums of 2021, Eminem’s 2005’s album “Curtain Call: The Hits” was among the top 50, even after 16 years of its release.

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Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous’ is the best selling album of 2021

Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous” is the best-selling album of 2021, despite the controversy surrounding the country star over his use of a racial slur. The 28-year-old’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold more than 3 million copies. Wallen ended up beating out the likes of Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” that sold 1.85 million copies, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” with 2.69 and Pop Smoke’s “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon” with more than 1.4 million copies.

Shortly after the album was released in January 2021, a video surfaced in February that showed Wallen telling his friends to “take care of this p–y-ass n—a” when he had returned home from a night of partying. Wallen admitted later that he was “clearly drunk” during the exchange. A backlash ensued against the singer, with country radio banning his music and many of Wallen’s appearances cancelled. Wallen later posted a video for fans apologizing for using the N-word and explained how he didn’t want fans to defend his “wrong” behavior.

“Dangerous” remained at the top of the charts for its first 10 weeks, with Billboard noting that it became the first album since Whitney Houston’s “Whitney” in 1987 to do so. It is also the most weeks an album has spent in the top spot since Drake’s “Views” scored 13 weeks in the number one spot in 2016.

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HBO Max shares a first look teaser of Season 4 of ‘Westworld’

HBO Max released ‘first looks’ at several of their returning series in a 2022 promotional video, notably including the long-awaited return of Westworld.  The Westworld Season 4 footage includes glimpses of Ed Harris’ Man in Black, Thandiwe Newton’s Maeve and Aaron Paul’s Caleb Nichols. The previous season of the acclaimed sci-fi series got underway at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

The promotional video (which can be viewed here) also includes new footage from the new seasons of His Dark Materials, The Nevers, The Flight Attendant and Raised by Wolves, as well as from the debut seasons of Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, the Julia Child biopic Julia,  The Time Traveler’s Wife and the animated series Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai.  Absent from the lineup was the eagerly anticipated zombie drama The Last of Us, which has been expected to debut sometime in 2022.

As of press time, no premiere dates were announced for any of the shows.

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Take a look at Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz in new trailer for ‘The Batman’

The new trailer for ‘The Batman’ debuted Monday, and film stars Robert Pattinson, 35, and Zoë Kravitz, 33, appear to face off – and join forces — in their roles as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman, respectively.

Kravitz’s Catwoman tells Pattinson’s Batman in the trailer: “If we don’t stand up, no one will. ‘ The Bat and the Cat.’ That’s got a nice ring.”  The film also stars Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeffrey Wright and Colin Farrell.

The Batman is in theaters March 4.  Check out the trailer – here.

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Katy Perry and Alesso team up for new song, “When I’m Gone”

Swedish DJ and producer Alesso has teamed up with Katy Perry for the new song “When I’m Gone.” The music video for the single will premiere during ESPN’s broadcast of the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 10.

Alesso produced “When I’m Gone” and also co-wrote the song with Katy, Alida Garpestad Peck, Rami Yacoub, Space Primates’ Nathan Cunningham and Marc Sibley, and Alma Goodman.

Perry released ‘Smile’ last year, and she just kicked-off her residency at Resorts World Las Vegas last night. Take a listen to “When I’m Gone” – here.

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Jean-Marc Vallée, acclaimed director of ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘Big Little Lies,’ dies at age 58

Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, who directed Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, as well as the HBO series Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects, has died at the age of 58.  Vallée died suddenly over the weekend in his cabin near Quebec City, from what appears to have been a heart attack.  In a statement announcing his passing, Vallée’s longtime producer partner Nathan Ross wrote: “Jean-Marc stood for creativity, authenticity and trying things differently. He was a true artist and a generous, loving guy. Everyone who worked with him couldn’t help but see the talent and vision he possessed. He was a friend, creative partner and an older brother to me. The maestro will sorely be missed but it comforts knowing his beautiful style and impactful work he shared with the world will live on.”

Vallée directed Dallas Buyers Club, which earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing (which Vallée received under his alias John Mac McMurphy).  Matthew McConaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor, and Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor for their roles in the film.

Vallée next directed Wild, an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern, who were both later recognized with Oscar nominations.  Vallée reunited with Witherspoon in 2017 for the HBO series Big Little Lies, a murder mystery based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name. Vallée served as director and executive producer of the series.

Vallée is survived by his sons, Alex and Émile, and siblings Marie-Josée Vallée, Stéphane Tousignant and Gérald Vallée.

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Hugh Jackman announces he tested positive for COVID-19

Hugh Jackman shared that he has tested positive for Covid-19. The two-time Tony Award winner, who will star in the upcoming revival of “The Music Man” on Broadway (set to open in February) announced his diagnosis Tuesday via a video on his verified social media accounts.

The caption to the video read: “Just wanted you to hear it from me. I tested positive for covid. Mild symptoms and as soon as I’m cleared … looking forward to getting back to The Winter Garden!   Jackman said during the video: “My symptoms are like a cold. I have a scratchy throat and a bit of a runny nose, but I’m fine.”

Jackman recently paid tribute to understudies on Broadway after Kathy Voytko, Sutton Foster’s understudy as Marian Paroo in “The Music Man,” filled in for Foster on short notice after Foster tested positive. In a video captured by a member of the show’s audience and posted on social media, Jackman asked the understudies to join him on stage and called them “the bedrock of Broadway.”

Jackman remained upbeat while sharing his Covid-19 diagnosis, and urged others to “stay safe, be healthy, be kind” while promising to return to the stage as soon as he is feeling well.

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