‘Spider-Verse’ film Madame Web starring Dakota Johnson to be released theatrically in 2023


Columbia Pictures announced that the ‘Spider-Verse’ film Madame Web will officially debut in July 2023. The film stars Dakota Johnson as the titular hero and will be an origin story for the first female lead in the Sony/Marvel universe. Madame Web is a supporting character to Peter Parker in the comic books, in which an elderly woman suffers from a debilitating illness that forces her to constantly be attached to machines resembling a spiderweb, hence her moniker. The blind woman can also sense what the future holds and uses her clairvoyant power to prevent Spider-Man from committing horrible mistakes.

Besides Johnson, the only other cast member confirmed for Madame Web is ‘Euphoria’ star Sydney Sweeney in an undisclosed role. The film will be directed by S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, The Defenders) from a script by Morbius’ writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

Before Madame Web makes her cinematic debut, the next chapter in Sony’s universe of Marvel characters will be Kraven the Hunter, set to premiere on January 13, 2023 and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the titular poacher.  Madame Web his theaters on July 7, 2023, two weeks after The Flash premieres and three weeks before Disney releases Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It also arrives just a little over a month after the new release date for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which was recently delayed.

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Live-action “Barbie” film announces release date, shares first photo of Margot Robbie in title role


Warner Bros Pictures announced that the upcoming live-action ‘Barbie’ film, starring Margot Robbie in the title role, will debut in theaters on July 21, 2023. The studio made the announcement on Twitter alongside the first photo of Robbie as Barbie, shown driving a pink convertible and smiling for the camera in the photo.

Based on the iconic Mattel doll brand of the same name, Barbie will be directed by Greta Gerwig (Little Women, Lady Bird).  Gerwig co-wrote the script with her partner Noah Baumbach. Robbie serves as producer, along with Tom Ackerley, Robbie Brenner and David Heyman.

Along with Robbie, the cast of Barbie includes Ryan Gosling as Ken, as well as Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Will Ferrell, America Ferrera, Simu Liu and Emma Mackey.

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Miley Cyrus drops deluxe version of her latest album ‘Attention: Miley Live’


Miley Cyrus has released the deluxe version of her latest album ‘Attention: Miley Live’. 

The latest album- Miley’s first-ever live album — featured Cyrus performing a variety of songs that fans helped select. Amongst the songs included were: “Attention” and “You” as well as more famous older songs such as “We Can’t Stop” “Wrecking Ball” and “Nothing Compares.” Cyrus also included live cover performances of famous classics such as “Heart of Glass” by Blondie, “Jolene” by Dolly Parton and “Like a Prayer” by Madonna.

The deluxe edition adds six new bonus tracks, including ‘WTF Do I Know,’ a mash-up of ‘Mother’s Daughter’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ featuring Anitta, a second version of the unreleased track ‘You,’ ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart,’ Plastic Hearts highlight ‘Angels Like You’ and single ‘Fly on the Wall.’ 

To purchase/stream the deluxe edition of  Attention: Miley Live’ head – here.

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Billboard announces first-ever Billboard MusicCon in Las Vegas


Billboard announced Billboard MusicCon, a ‘first-of-its-kind event that will celebrate the past year in music while setting the tone for what artists, trends, and songs will dominate the music landscape in the year to come.’  Billboard MusicCon will take place Friday, May 13-Saturday, May 14 at Las Vegas’ newest immersive entertainment venue, AREA15.

Julian Holguin, President of Billboard, said: “We are so thrilled to be back in-person for the first Billboard Music Awards in two years. We couldn’t think of a better time to launch Billboard MusicCon, two robust days of world class programming with one-of-kind access to artists, creators, and industry leaders discussing and celebrating the ever-evolving music industry. We felt the timing was right and these discussions are the perfect note to kick off such a special weekend in music.”

Tickets are on sale now. For ticket information, additional event details, and COVID-19 protocols visit billboardmusiccon.com and follow on Instagram and Twitter at @billboard #BBMusicCon.

The 2022 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by Sean “DIDDY” Combs, will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m. on NBC and will stream live on Peacock.

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