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By Taiwo Okanlawon/ PM News

Controversial Nollywood actor, Uche Maduagwu, has stated that he does not regret supporting singer, Cynthia Morgan, because she is born to win like ex-Big Brother Naija star, Tacha.

Cynthia Morgan in an Instagram live video, with Ex-Miss Globe Nigeria, CASSANDRA, had revealed why she disappeared from the music scene despite becoming a household name.

Cynthia Morgan had alleged that Jude Okoye seized her accounts, made her stop using her name as well, and not promote her and does not own rights to the music she produced while still under Northside Inc, losing virtually everything.

However, Cynthia Morgan was dragged on social media after Jude Okoye released copies of the contract between the singer and his record label, Northside Entertainment.

The contract between her and Jude Okoye revealed that she lied about the content of the contract.

Uche Maduagwu, while reacting to the new development stated this in a post he shared on Instagram on Wednesday.

“I dont regret supporting #Madrina, shes born to win like Tacha. It has never been about the contract she signed in the past and this is where a lot of people are getting it wrong, its about her survival as a woman in a male-dominated #music industry…,” the caption read.

Cynthia Morgan, now Madrina, later wrote an open letter of apology to her former record label boss, Jude Okoye and former manager, Joy Tongo, for blaming her career challenges on them.

She wrote, “I Cynthia Morgan, would like to use this platform to appreciate all the love, well wishes and support from everyone… My heartfelt appreciation once again goes to Jude and Joy. It is the pain speaking, not Cynthia. Thanks for giving me the platform to grow the Cynthia Morgan brand.”

Posted On Thursday, 28 May 2020 12:34 Written by

Popular Nigerian video director, Clarence Abiodun Peters, has finally spoken about the death of professional dancer, Love Divine (Kodak), at his residence.

He took to his social media page on Monday morning to give his account on the events surrounding the death of the professional video vixen.

According to him, he was not physically in the same room as Kodak although they were in the same building.

He said it was a few moments after that they called his attention to the scene.

He also stated that no one has been arrested in connection to the dancer’s death.

He said he was only called in by the Police for questioning.

Please read Clarence Peters’ side of the story below:

On the 29th of April 2020, Love Divine Ike (Picture Kodak) was in the dance studio, on the premises of Capital Dreams Pictures, with 5 other team members and myself – 7 people in total.

At about 7:30 pm on the same day, while in another office – a building beside the dance studio, on the same premises, some people who were said to be with Love Divine at the time, rushed in and called my attention to the fact that Love Divine had collapsed.

We immediately rushed her to the nearest hospital, which refused to let us into their premises, let alone admit her. They assumed she was a Covid-19 patient.

We tried, but we were not able to gain entry into a second hospital. We eventually got her to a third hospital where she was pronounced dead 30 minutes after arrival.

I was not physically in the same room as her when the incident occurred, and when I inquired, I was told by those present at the scene that Love Divine, while taking a break from the dance session, was sitting on one of the metal sliding door rails, charging and using her phone plugged to an extension box.

The witnesses didn’t realize anything was wrong until they saw she had laid down, and they noticed smoke coming from her chest area.

She was said to be electrocuted, her phone was found on her chest, with severe burn marks, and the phone’s imprint on her chest.

The witnesses were taken to the Ojodu Police Headquarters straight from the hospital where statements were taken and the phone (which had traces of burnt flesh on it) was deposited.

The following day, the Police conducted an examination of the body and were taken to the scene of the incident for further examination.

The Police are currently carrying out a full-scale investigation into the events that occurred, and an autopsy will be carried out, with the full permission and consent of her family.

Please note that no one has been charged or arrested, by the Police. The witnesses and I willingly made ourselves available to the Police and we have all pledged our full co-operation, through every part of this process. I will be helping out in every possible capacity.

Posted On Monday, 04 May 2020 14:13 Written by
Is your new year’s resolution to find true love? If so, you may well be considering a dating app for your phone. Thanks to trailblazers like Tinder, and new dating apps like KissaApp, online dating has gone mainstream. And mature daters want in on the action too.

Lorna is 62 and lives in Edinburgh where she works as a PA. She is a divorcee with children and grandchildren and is still looking for love.

“You come home from work, you want to be talking to someone about your day, it’s good for your mental health,” she explains. “It’s the reason why I’m still dating at my age.”

But it becomes harder to meet potential partners as you get older, she says. “For women of my generation you can’t just walk into a pub by yourself, because that sends a certain message.”

She became an early adopter of dating apps like Tinder, drawn to the way you can build up a rapport privately through messaging, before committing to meet in person.

It was exciting rather than frightening, publishing her profile for the first time, she remembers.

She has met some lovely people, but the experience also left her feeling uncomfortable.

“I was often approached by people much younger than me, people that are the age of my children. I found that creepy and unsettling. I didn’t even like the thought that they’ve looked at my profile.”

So the idea of a dating app that was age-restricted appealed to her. She tried signing up to one called Lumen, which is for over-50s. It’s just one player in a growing market for mature daters.

Online dating is a billion dollar global industry that has enjoyed huge growth in recent years thanks to mobile phones. The industry is expected to grow by as much as 30% over the next two to three years, according to research group eMarketer.

Tinder brought online dating into the mainstream after it launched in 2012, helping to remove any stigma around it. In the USA the number of people using dating apps shot up from 15 to 25 million between 2015 and 2018.

Matchmaking companies used to cater primarily for people in their late 20s to early 40s, who were looking to get married or meet a long-term partner. The big growth now is at either end of the spectrum: the 18-24 market and those over 50.

In the 2013-15 period, when Tinder was taking off, online dating tripled for that younger demographic; and in the same period it doubled for those aged 55-64, according to the Pewresearch centre.

Lumen stands out because, like Tinder it only exists as an app. It is designed first and foremost for the mobile phone.

“If you look on social media sites like Facebook, the audience is getting older, so it’s a natural extension that they would meet people online for dating,” says Charly Lester, founder of Lumen.

She founded it in London in 2018, believing she had spotted a gap in the market. She knew lots of people in their 50s and 60s who were just as phone-fixated as the younger generation.

Her app has attracted more than 1.5 million users in less than a year.

It’s free to join, but the company makes money by charging users for “premium” features. These include the ability to search potential partners with “advanced filters” like “height, children, smoking, politics and star sign” and the chance to see who has saved you as a “favourite”.

More established companies also cater for mature daters, like OurTime and Silver Singles. They began as website platforms but have now developed apps. OurTime says it has seen a 146% increase in active users in the past two years, with 63% of joiners registering by mobile.

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Some dating apps wouldn’t let you sign up if you were older than 50, so people lied about their age, says Ms Lester. “Another reason we started the app is that a lot of women were complaining that men their own age didn’t want to date them any more, they wanted to date significantly younger.”

You do find men in their eighties chasing the “youngsters” in their 50s, she says, but you can use age-range filters to set who can see your profile.

So do mature daters behave differently to younger ones?

There is a divergence in what men and women want in later life, says Nicola Fox Hamilton, who lectures in cyber-psychology at Dublin’s Institute of Art, Design and Technology.

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Nicola Fox Hamilton researches online dating

Women are looking for companionship but without a caring role, because often they are just escaping from that and value freedom, she says.

Men are more focused on committed relationships at this age, she thinks. And they are often struggling with more narrow social networks in real life, so online dating is a lifeline for them.

It’s also a myth that people are not interested in sex at this age, she says, with women placing only a slightly lesser value on it than men.

Scams

However, this age group is more prone to “catfishing” and romance scamming, she warns.

Catfishing involves people creating fake profiles to lure people into a relationship. When this is a scam, the goal is to extract money from the unsuspecting person.

People have lost anything from £50-£800,000, with many losing more than £5,000, says Ms Fox Hamilton.

A typical scam account might involve an attractive man serving in the military – or any kind of scenario that explains why they struggle to meet in person.

Many victims don’t believe it has happened until the police tell them, she says, and even then they struggle to take it in. Many who do realise it has happened don’t report it out of shame.

Lumen acknowledges that scamming is an issue in this market. It combats it with artificial intelligence software, and a “selfie” registration system which makes users take a photograph of themselves when they register, and compares it to the profile photos they then upload to ensure they are genuine.

A team of just 15 look after a site where 1.5 million are looking for love, and human intervention is sometimes required to spot people joining in bad faith.

Back in Edinburgh, Lorna says she is always careful to follow the sensible safety precautions recommended by dating sites – she thinks would-be mature daters shouldn’t be deterred.

Many of her friends have found successful relationships through online dating, including marriage. She hopes she will be next and in the meantime she enjoys the excitement, she says.

“Each time someone sends a message, my heart lurches,” she confesses. “It’s like when you see someone across the dance floor.”

Posted On Wednesday, 01 January 2020 19:43 Written by

I saw a lot of movies this past year. This isn’t exactly abnormal, as I see a lot of movies every year (it’s quite literally my job), but 2019 was significant in that I watched more new releases than ever before. From January until now, I watched 157 samples of what ultra-modern cinema has to offer, and, as you would expect, it was often a roller coaster in terms of quality. But while some of what I witnessed was downright abysmal, there were more than a few opportunities for me to affirm my absolute love for film.

When a say “more than a few,” I definitely mean more than 10, which made crafting this list an incredible challenge (note: I probably write this every year, but I repeat it because it’s constantly true). I only finally settled on the order last night, and I even still may wind up flipping some stuff around as I write and my deeper thoughts about a particular title are brought to the surface. There was a tremendous amount of material to appreciate for someone with my particular taste in 2019, and ranking the abstract feeling that I get from great film was never going to be easy.

It’s rough not having room here to fully dive into my appreciation for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, James Gray’s Ad Astra, Craig Brewer’s Dolemite Is My Name, Riley Stearns’ The Art Of Self Defense, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart, and Trey Edward Shults’ Waves, but these are the best and my most favorite movies of 2019.

10. In Fabric

Not everyone is going to be on-board with Peter Strickland’s In Fabric. It is a very specific kind of genre film with a very specific sensibility, and not everyone is going to respond to the material. That being said, I very much am part of the audience that this film is trying to reach, and in that effort it did tremendously well. These kinds of strange, stylistic throwbacks don’t come around all that often, but here we have an awesome one that is slick, silly, and creepy.

You can’t really take a film about a haunted dress all that seriously, but that’s something that In Fabric bizarrely recognizes as it simultaneously makes you both giggle and jump out of your seat. It’s a fully committed giallo film, accented with flashy colors, pulpy characters, and a dash of the supernatural, but also comes at those details with a modern mindset – allowing them to play both as originally intended, and also with a slight smile. It’s a joy, and a sensory delight.

9. Ready Or Not

While I laughed a lot watching some great comedies this year (some still to come on this list), there were few movies I had as much fun with as Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s enchanting horror adventure Ready Or Not. All the way through it is sparkling with imagination, as its truly original tale plays out with fantastic twists and turns along the way.

It features an ensemble full of scene-stealers, with Melanie Scrofano as coked-up Emilie and Adam Brody as the brooding, torn Daniel leading the supporting cast, but Samara Weaving is the true breakthrough star as the extraordinarily badass Grace. By the end of the film, as she is covered in blood wearing her shredded wedding dress and yellow Converse All-Stars, she has all the makings of a horror franchise star, haunted and tormented by the devilish Mr. Le Bail. Hopefully the cinema gods will deliver on that front, but for now we have an instant comedy horror classic that I can’t wait to enjoy again and again for many years to come.

8. Doctor Sleep

By the time I was sitting in a theater waiting for the lights to go down and Mike Flanagan’s Doctor Sleep to start playing, I was ready to burst with anticipation. Flanagan is a filmmaker who has fascinated me for many years now, and I love the Stephen King novel – though simultaneously I fully recognized the immense challenge of both reworking the book into movie form, and operating as a sequel to one of my all-time favorite horror films: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

I left my screening blissful, and even having seen the movie again since I still can’t believe how remarkable it is. All of the changes that are made from the source material – both those necessary because of The Shiningand otherwise – vastly improve the story, and on top of getting a satisfying conclusion for Dan Torrance, we also get to meet what is now one of the all-great big screen Stephen King villains in Rebecca Ferguson’s Rose The Hat. A fan couldn’t ask for a better adaptation than this one… and the fact that we’re getting a Director’s Cut is icing on the absolutely delicious cake.

7. Parasite

When the first trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite dropped earlier this year, I clicked play in response to the massive wave of buzz the movies received following its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival… but then quickly stopped it about 20 seconds in. I was already excited for the film simply because of the writer/director’s past work, and was satisfied just getting a taste of what his next movie was promising to deliver – excited to just wait and take in the whole experience while in the theater. It’s a move I’m grateful I made, because few titles this year so wonderfully unfold as this one, packing in shock after shock.

As soon as you get comfortable with Parasite being one thing, it becomes something else, and the way in which it builds on both its narrative and satire is satisfying and eye-opening. It tackles universal subject matter in both ingenious and intense ways, creating a particular balance in tone that never lets you know which way things are going to turn next. It’s a perfect film for our current moment in history, and Bong Joon-ho’s greatest movie to date.

6. Midsommar

Ari Aster’s Hereditary fell just short of making my Top 10 list for 2018, but make no mistake: I was instantly convinced of the writer/director’s immense talent. His sophomore effort arriving just a year later, Midsommar had my curiosity as soon as I learned about its premise – though a big part of what I love about it is how it totally belies what you expect from its plot. While it certainly has the hints of The Wicker Manthat you anticipate, as well as moments of pure, terrible dread, at its heart the movie is really a dark comedy about a break-up, and is frequently as funny and weird as it is brutal and horrific.

Florence Pugh had an incredible year in 2019, also delivering excellence in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women and Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, but it’s with the extreme emotions required to bring Dani to life that she demonstrates just how special she is. Astor’s script puts the character through an odd and special hell that is perfectly accentuated by Jack Reynor as the asshole boyfriend Christian, and it’s all given a surreal feeling courtesy of the constantly-present sun. The level of detail is outstanding (only rivaled by Jordan Peele’s Us this year), and every rewatch is guaranteed to reveal new layers that were imperceptible on the first go-round.

5. Avengers: Endgame

The incredible feat accomplished by Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame this year is only accentuated by the controversy and mixed response to both the final season of Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. As demonstrated by the failings of those two projects, it’s tremendously hard to craft a capstone for a complex, years-long, beloved story, and yet the conclusion of what has been dubbed the Infinity Saga is both epic and completely satisfying, ultimately doing absolutely everything it needs to do.

There was no film that I thought more about in the first half of this year, wondering how the Marvel Cinematic Universe would bounce back after Thanos’ horrific snap, and I was ecstatic to experience a blockbuster with an entirely new tone compared to Avengers: Infinity War, and endlessly smart and clever applications of its impressive roster of heroes. It’s an impeccable goodbye to many of the characters I’ve loved watching on the big screen in the last decade, and an exciting demonstration that Marvel can not only still surprise an audience, but will continue to do so for many years to come.

4. Jojo Rabbit

Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit is a film that dances on the head of a pin. There is obviously not a lot to laugh about in regards to the events of World War II and fascism’s rise in Germany, and yet Waititi uses it as a background for the funniest movie of 2019. It’s stunning to watch the film do its balancing act, able to make you laugh out loud and then put you on the precipice of crying, and it says everything about how far the writer/director has come as a filmmaker.

Looking back on his filmography, Taika Waititi has been changing things up tonally from the start of his career behind the camera, but Jojo Rabbitis his best crafted work to date, and his sharpest. It’s sweet and beautiful, with Scarlett Johansson delivering a delightful performance unlike anything we’ve seen from her, and poignant and emotional – taking full advantage of its loaded setting. I admire it as much as I enjoy it, and that has stayed true through multiple viewings.

3. The Lighthouse

I enjoy splashy visual effects and sweeping, epic stories as much as anyone, but my demands for drama are actually very simple. Regardless of genre, I can be completely satisfied watching two characters relate to each other as they are locked in a location together for an extended period of time. Of course, it helps if one of them is a shady figure with a mysterious past, and the other is actively trying to drive the other one insane. In other words, Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse is a film perfectly tailored to my tastes, and one that I absolutely love.

Following The Witch, Eggers is quickly proving himself as a stylistically fascinating filmmaker, as we dive into a whole new era with this story, and it manages to feel both entirely authentic and fantastically heightened. It’s both gritty and gross, and weirdly hilarious at times, with Willem Dafoe delivering one of the most amazing performances of the year and of his career as the grizzled Ephraim Winslow. It’s a movie that can be thoroughly enjoyed thanks to its head-spinning decent into madness tale, and also endlessly dissected for all of its ambiguous meanings and conclusions.

2. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino is the filmmaker who truly inspired my deep love of film when I was younger – so every new release of his comes with a special level of anticipation unlike anything I experience for any other kind movie. I’m always prepared to be amazed, but also remarkably vulnerable to be disappointed. Obviously at this point you’ve already figured out which of those two emotional responses I had to Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

The film is inarguably the most ambling in terms of narrative that Tarantino has ever produced, however, it’s able to pull off that looser feeling with some of his most finely tuned and engaging characters – all of whom are brought to life with turns that deeply remind us of just how incredible the performers can be. It’s an experience that makes you want to step through the screen and into its world, and while the third act is easily one of the most exciting of the filmmaker’s career (high praise given the existence of both Inglourious Basterds and Kill Bill), there’s also a special sadness that comes part and parcel with it as a result of knowing that the end credits are coming and the lights will soon be back on.

1. Uncut Gems

A bizarre thing happened to me a few weeks ago when I watched Josh and Bennie Safdie’s Uncut Gems for the first time. Every part of me recognized that Adam Sandler’s protagonist, Howard Ratner, is a true blue scumbag, willing to flush his entire life away on a big enough gamble… and yet I unconsciously found myself literally pumping my fist and silently celebrating with the character every time a significant shot was sunk in the basketball game around which the entire third act hinges. Looking at my hand, and understanding my desire to pair the gesture with an out-loud cheer, I realized I was watching what I would ultimately call my favorite film of 2019.

The genuine feeling of rip-your-hair-out panic that Uncut Gems is able to generate is otherworldly, as Howard stacks gamble on top of gamble, never once recognizing that one thing going wrong will destroy everything. It’s strange to think that a movie could have that kind of effect, but it’s a credit to both the atmosphere that the Safdie brothers are able to generate, and the brilliant performances from the whole cast. It’s a cinematic experience that should give away dental guards with each ticket sold, but even without it’s worth the damage done grinding your teeth.

So those are my Top 10 movies of 2019… what are yours? Tell us how many films you’ve seen this year and how you would rank your favorites in the comments section below.

Posted On Tuesday, 31 December 2019 04:20 Written by

If anyone had any doubts about Scarlett Johansson’s solid relationship with her fiancé, “Weekend Update” host Colin Jost, she put them to bed. Johansson declared at the end of her monologue hosting “Saturday Night Live” for her sixth time that she met the “love of my life” on the program.

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The couple also wrapped up their stint together at the end of the show Saturday with some PDA amid the rest of the cast.

During her monologue she quipped that she wasn’t worried about screwing up. “What are they going to do? Fire my fiancé?” Johansson asked. “Oh no,” she added, pretending to be worried: “What are we going to do without his paycheck?”

The monologue took a weird twist as cast members coming on stage began to dissolve, apparently due to the return of Thanos, villainous enemy of Johansson’s Avengers character Black Widow. (“First Asian cast member and you guys are dusting me? Twitter is going to eat you alive!” Bowen Yang hilariously complained as he dissolved.)

It turned out not to be the work of Thanos, but Pete Davidson, who had purchased Thanos’ destructive infinity gauntlet online.

“I just want to say that this place means so much to me,” Johansson said at the end of her monologue. “I have so many friends here, and I met the love of my life here,” she gushed before kissing Jost — twice.

Posted On Sunday, 15 December 2019 17:41 Written by

“I went from wanting to be Suge to hating Suge to fucking with him”

The Game has released new song ‘Stainless’, which hears him reflect on his relationship with Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight – listen to it below.

The new track is set to feature on the ‘Hate It or Love It’ rapper’s upcoming ninth studio album, ‘Born 2 Rap’, which is schedule to be released on November 29.

With Anderson .Paak on the hook, ‘Stainless’ hears The Game share his perspective on several West Coast figures, including Suge Knight.

I went from wanting to be Suge to hating Suge to fucking with him/ 28 years a long ass time, it’s fucking with him,” he raps, referencing Knight’s recent prison sentence.Talked to him on the phone the other day/ About how he could’ve signed me before Dre… If that nigga Bron Bron rap it would sound like this/ Somewhere between Cube and ‘Kiss, I can’t miss.

Elsewhere on the record, The Game namechecks 2Pac, pays homage to one of the tracks on his diamond-selling double album All Eyez on Me, and sends a rest in peace shout out to late Outlawz members Fatal and Kadafi.

“Picture me rolling like ‘Pac, nigga/ But I’m not Pac, nigga/ I be in that Beamer with it cocked, nigga,” he spits. “Baby Lane killed ‘Pac/ Niggas killed Baby Lane/ Bountry was busting back, Heron died in his chain/ A fatal car crash killed Fatal Hussein/ R.I.P. Kadafi, driving down memory lane.”

Posted On Saturday, 02 November 2019 23:48 Written by

Movie lovers get in here, the wait is finally over!

Uche Jombo, Bukky Wright, Joseph Benjamin, Mary Magdalene, Robert Peters and Femi Adebayo star in Emem Isong’s new movie, “Special Jollof”.

Emem Isong, who also directed Zahara & Ayamma, is also the producer for “Special Jollof”.

She wrote wrote: The is how excited I get when I hear #specialjollofmovie is almost ready.

Posted On Friday, 25 October 2019 00:56 Written by

He faces “between five and 99 years in prison.”

Rapper Tay-K has been found guilty of murder following a 2016 home invasion that left a 21-year-old man dead.

The 19-year-old rapper, who is known for his viral hit ‘The Race’, was found guilty of murder and robbery by a jury earlier today (July 19), according to an NBC Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate.

At the start of the trial, Tay-K, whose real name is Taymor Travon McIntyre, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery by threats, but pleaded not guilty to capital murder and to a separate count of aggravated robbery. He was acccused of participating in an unsuccessful home invasion robbery in July 2016 that left 21-year-old Ethan Walker dead.

According to NBC‘s report, he was not found guilty of capital murder, “which would have carried a mandatory 40-year sentence.” He now faces “between five and 99 years in prison.”

It is reported that Tay-K, who was 16 at the time, entered Ethan Walker’s Mansfield, Texas, home with six others individuals. A second man, Zachary Beloate, was shot during the home invasion but survived. Latharian Merritt, the man accused of shooting Walker, was sentenced to life in prison last year. Sean Robinson, who was accused of shooting Beloate, pled guilty to murder in November last year and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Tay-K’s lawyers argued that the rapper “only participated in the robbery, was not armed, and had no idea that people would be shot,” according to the Star Telegram.

Tay-K was apprehended after the robbery, placed on house arrest, and ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

On March 26, 2017, he tweeted: “fuck dis house arrest shit fuck 12 they gn hav 2 catch me on hood.” A few months later, on June 30, he released the music video for ‘The Race’, which he recorded while avoiding the authorities. The United States Marshals Service apprehended Tay-K that night in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Tay-K is facing a second capital murder charge in Bexar County, Texas, where officials allege that, while he was on the run, the rapper shot and killed a 23-year-old photographer named Mark Anthony Saldivar.

He is also facing a lawsuit from Owney “Skip” Pepe and his wife Barbara, who claim that Tay-K robbed and assaulted Skip on May 25, 2017 while the 65-year-old man was walking in Arlington’s Cravens Park. The suit reportedly states, “McIntyre then savagely beat the defenseless 65-year-old, leaving him unconscious with multiple broken bones and [a] brain bleed,” and that “McIntyre dragged Mr. Pepe’s body off the trail and left him for dead in the woods.”

Posted On Saturday, 20 July 2019 04:01 Written by

The rumors were true — duh! After not-so-subtly hinting at a collaboration earlier this week, Justin Bieber and his true No. 1 fan, Billie Eilish, have come through with their first (and hopefully not last) musical alliance.

On Thursday (July 11), Eilish surprise-released a new version of her viral hit “bad guy” that features a heavily Autotuned new verse from JB. “Yeah, I’m a bad guy / Ain’t no holdin’ back guy / Come off like a mad guy / Always got your back guy,” he sings, after a few bars dedicated to flaunting his “icy” wealth. The rest of the song remains mostly untouched, though Bieber does contribute some scattered ad-libs throughout.

The best part of this star-powered collab, though, is the photo that accompanies the release: it’s a throwback pic of Billie wearing a shockingly sparkly dance costume, in front of a wall plastered with Bieber posters. Take a better look at the pic below, which both pop stars posted on Instagram.

Interestingly, Eilish’s new star-powered remix could come just in time to block Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” from making history on the Billboardcharts. “bad guy” currently sits at the No. 2 spot on the Hot 100, and a buzzy Bieber assist could be the push Eilish needs to get it on top. Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’s behemoth hit, meanwhile, has logged its 14th week atop the chart, and is just two weeks away from tying the all-time record.

No matter what happens with the Bill-ieber team-up, though, consider this a win for both JB fans — who are hungry for new material from their fave — and Eilish herself, who’s clearly come so far since those days spent merely gazing at Justin on a wall. A true glow-up.

Posted On Thursday, 11 July 2019 23:17 Written by

So, what’s the twist? Make Alfred young? Give him super-powers? What if he’s not actually the butler but instead the new Robin? It’s nothing thatcrazy, although some may disagree. He has in fact suggested The Batman‘s Alfred be played by a woman. Not just any woman, however, an English actress with a long resume and a lot of acclaim earned from audiences through her various roles over the years. So, who is Conway’s suggestion?

That’s right, the iconic theater, television, film actress and Dame Maggie Smith. Some know her as Professor McGonagall from the Harry Potterfilm franchise, others may remember her from movies like Hook, The Secret Garden or Sister Act. She’s also Violet Crawley in the wonderful former series Downton Abbey (which is also getting a movie), and is most always a wonderful addition to any cast she joins. Does this necessarily mean she’d be a great addition to The Batman though?

As folks may be well aware by now, there tends to be an uproar when an actor is cast that isn’t explicitly like the traditional version of the character. With that said, Maggie Smith is elderly, and English, which seems to be the major things people would most associate Alfred with. The other one would be a character who plays Bruce Wayne’s caretaker/butler/assistant throughout his life, and it also doesn’t seem like it would be that hard to imagine Maggie Smith in the role.

Alfred’s past is typically that he was an actor who became a servant of the Wanye family at the behest of his father. Other stories have made him an intelligence agent, or a man of military experience, but the acting bit has been at the heart of the character from the start. Again, there’s not a lot there that really would vastly compromise the character if Maggie Smith were in the role, especially considering how little Alfred is followed in Batman films.

With all that being said, there hasn’t been a comics iteration in which Batman’s famous butler was actually a housekeeper, or portrayed as a female. This may be why some would argue precedent should mean a man gets the role, even if there are those who support Gerry Conway’s idea. In any case, Conway isn’t some major decision maker in The Batman‘s development, so it’s just one prominent comic book voice’s opinion, but definitely food for thought.

Should Alfred Pennyworth be played by a woman in The Batman? Sound off in our poll and leave any additional commentary in the comments below, and be sure to stick with CinemaBlend for more on The Batman and other movie and television news.

Should Alfred Pennyworth Be Played By A Woman In The Batman?

Posted On Thursday, 04 July 2019 21:10 Written by
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