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Captain Marvel And Other Strong Female Superhero Role Models

Marvel’s long awaited first female-led superhero film is finally here and ready to make a splash at the box office. While reviews have been mixed, and not as strong as other additions to the superhero genre, it still marks a first for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and by all means it means a lot in the long run. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel isn’t the only female superhero to hit the big screen though. Here are our favourites.

Wonder Woman: The Wonder Woman series that aired on TV by in the 1970s is more than a little dated, but for a lot of people it was still the image that came to their head when the character was mentioned. That all changed in 2016 though when Gal Gadot took over the role and made a slightly bigger than a cameo appearance in the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film. Her 2017 solo film was a huge hit, and showed the world that a female superhero can indeed make a lot of money at the cinema. A sequel is now on its way, and it looks to be an even bigger hit.

Black Widow: Let’s be honest here, you are wondering too why Scarlett Johansson hasn’t gotten a solo Black Widow film yet too aren’t you? Ever since she appeared in Iron Man 2 and started kicking ass, demand for a solo Black Widow film has skyrocketed. Yet, it still hasn’t happened. There are plenty of rumours that a movie is on the plate, and will be coming soon, but when that will be is still to be determined.

Gamora: Guardians of the Galaxy did what no one really expected it to do. It took a group of heroes that really only comic books geeks knew of, and turned them into mainstream icons. While a lot of people talked about the talking, walking tree, the raccoon, and Chris Pratt’s shocking muscular build, Zoe Saldana managed to hold her own as the green skinned assassin. She stole several of the scenes she was in by fighting with the best of them, and by becoming the love interest of the leading character. Sure she made have been sacrificed in the latest Avengers film, but this is a comic book film, and characters don’t really stay dead do they?

The Wasp: When Ant-Man was released in 2015, the Wasp was hinted at, but never really saw any screen time. That changed for the 2018 sequel though, with Evangeline Lilly’s character sharing top billing. And on top of that, Michelle Pfeiffer played an older version of the character as well. That’s two Wasps for the price of one. And of course, Lilly’s Wasp managed to outdo Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man whenever she had the chance.

Shuri: Black Panther broke all sorts of boundaries when it came to the superhero genre, but the title character wasn’t the only one people were talking about when the movie ended. The brains behind the tech wasn’t some old dude (ala Q in the James Bond series), but Black Panther’s little sister Shuri. She stole scenes with her quick wit, and in the latest Avengers movie she even managed to get a few kick-ass moments in. We’re looking forward to seeing more of her in future films.

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Jason Momoa Shaves Off Beard For A Good Cause

From Game of Thrones, to Aquaman and Frontier, Jason Momoa is front and centre, along with his iconic beard. The actor posted a video on Wednesday though, stating it was time for a change, and shaved for the camera. It wasn’t without a purpose though as one might initially think. The massive actor is trying to raise awareness for aluminum recycling.

“I just want to bring awareness that plastics are killing our planet, and I think I have a solution,” Momoa said in the video as he shaved. “I don’t wanna bitch about it, but there’s only one thing that can really help our planet and save our planet, as long as we recycle, and that’s aluminum.”

Momoa goes on to say he’s specifically talking about aluminum cans making a return to replace all the plastic bottles that are used these days. He states that aluminum can continue to be recycled, and that “75 percent of aluminum that’s ever been used is still in circulation today.” He backs himself up with stats too, so it’s not just him talking for the sake of talking. He also says that it only takes 60 days for aluminum cans to go from the recycling bin, to back on the shelves with a new beverage. 

One of Momoa’s biggest pet peeves too, was not being able to find water available in aluminum cans. A new product seems to be on the way though to change that, but other than the fact that it will be coming from the Ball Corporation, not much else is known about it. 

“There’s a change coming, and it’s aluminum,” Momoa said. “You gotta get rid of your plastic water bottles. Aquaman’s trying to do the best he can for my kids, for your kids, for the world. Love you guys.”

In case you were wondering, it’s been seven years since Momoa had shaved his beard off. He also said he won’t be shaving his head though, as his wife wouldn’t like that.

You can watch the entire video below.

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Billie Eilish’s Debut Album Set To Become The Second-Biggest Album Release of 2019

If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish before, it’s pretty much a given you will be hearing a lot of her in the future. In the first full week of release, the teenage sensation’s debut album is expected to reach between 250,000 to 275,000 equivalent album units sold, which would make it the second-biggest release of the year. 

Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, appears to be only trailing Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” for the title of the biggest 2019 album debuts to date. The album itself has benefitted from strong streaming figures, but also traditional album purchases as well. That in itself is unusual considering Eilish’s fan base has grown up mainly just streaming music, and not buying physical albums. Even more unusual is the fact that 5 of the albums 14 tracks were also released before the album, which usually cuts back on album purchases, yet in this case it doesn’t seen to have affected the sales at all.

Eilish released her debut single, “Ocean Eyes” in 2016, and it quickly went viral and became a huge success. She released an EP in 2017, which was also a huge success. It September 2017 Apple named her as its newest Up Next artist.  In her short career, Eilish already has seven gold and two platinum singles.

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Apple Set To Launch Their Own TV Streaming Service

Netflix and Amazon might need to be looking over their shoulder, and not at the upcoming Disney streaming service. Apple announced on Monday that their long-anticipated streaming TV service, Apple TV+ is ready to launch, and they’ve brought a lot of heavy hitters along with them for the ride.

When Apple made the announcement on Monday, they bought along Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, and Kumail Nanjiani with them. The presentation stated that Apple TV was set to launch this fall in more than 100 countries.

While Apple didn’t state how much the service would cost when it was finally launched, it did give a glimpse into the kinds of shows we can expect. Speilberg for instance indicated that his 80s science fiction anthology series Amazing Stories, was set to be revived. While Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell would be starring in a new drama called The Morning Show, that they said would take the viewers behind the scenes of morning TV. Other shows on the way include Sara Bareilles and J.J. Abrams’ new series Little Voice, Momoa and Woodard’s drama Seeing, and Nanjiani’s Little America. Apple also announced a new Sesame Street spin-off, Helpsters. Oprah Winfrey was also on hand, but no word was given as to what her role will be, although last year it was announced that she signed a television deal with Apple. 

Other series expected on Apple TV+ include a show starring Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, the Jennifer Garner series My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, the drama Are You Sleeping starring Octavia Spencer, an adaptation of the book Defending Jacob which will star Chris Evans and a new CIA drama starring Brie Larson.

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