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The Backstreet Boys Release New Single And Video

The Backstreet Boys are, ummm, back, and their new single Don’t Go Breaking My Heart may just be their first real hit in years.

The Boys, or really men as they should be known now, released their new single and video late last night, and ever since then social media has been talking about it. The catchy tune (not to be confused with the Elton John song by the same name) has proven that the group still has it, even after all this time.

Band members AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell are now all in their 40s, with the baby of the band being Nick Carter who is 38. Both the video and song provide the kind of nostalgia you would expect from the group, and to see that they can still hold their own when it comes to choreography is just what you’d hope for. The group is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, as well as being in the middle of a Las Vegas residency. They haven’t released a new album since 2013, and although they haven’t announced any plans to change that,  it seems like one is on the way. 

Richardson said in a statement to Billboard that “The minute we heard this song, we knew it was special. I geeked out over the piano and synths. When that groove drops on the second verse, COME ON. Great verse, hook and melodies. Just makes you wanna listen over and over again.”

It will be interesting to see what else the Boys have in store for us this year. 

 

 

 

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A Scarlett Johansson-Led Black Widow Solo Film May Finally Be Happening

Long before last year’s Wonder Woman solo-film, and definitely before next year’s Captain Marvel film, there was another female superhero that people were wanting to see hit the big screen in a solo film. Ever since Iron Man 2 debuted Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow back in 2010 fans have been wanting to see the character get her own solo film. So far though nothing has happened, with the character only appearing as part of another hero’s film (Iron Man, Captain America), or as one of the Avengers in the hit trilogy of films. All that seems to be about to change though.

While nothing has officially been announced, it’s now being reported that Marvel Studios has begun the process of finally giving Black Widow a solo film. According to Deadline they’ve even made a shortlist of directors to helm the film. At the top of that list is Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland who directed the films Lore and Belin Syndrome, as well as episodes of Australian TV series Bad Cop, Bad Cop and The Secret Life of Us. 

Not a lot is known about what Marvel films are coming out after Avengers 4, but it’s rumoured that the Marvel Universe will look a fair bit different afterwards. Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios has said though that they planned on hiring a lot more female directors, and with the success of the female-led Wonder Woman it’s no surprise why. Although Captain Marvel is co-directed by a woman, Black Widow would be the first solo female director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If indeed a Black Widow movie is finally happening, there is no doubt that Scarlett Johansson would be the star. It’s a shame though that Black Widow isn’t the first solo female superhero film in the Marvel Universe, considering she was the first female hero character to appear in the films. That of course would be Captain Marvel as well, which comes out early next year and stars Brie Larson. 

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Millie Bobby Brown Talks About Bullying During MTV Movie & TV Awards

Ever since Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown decided to delete her Twitter account due to online bullying, people have been wondering when the young star would make a comment on it. Last night during her acceptance speech for Best Performance for her role in Stranger Things she finally broke her silence, but not in the expected way, and not directly on the incident.

Brown didn’t make an appearance at the ceremony in person, but when she won her award a taped acceptance speech came on the air where she thanked her cast mates, as well as the creators of Stranger Thing. She then went on to talk about bullying. 

“Since I know there are many young people watching this — and even for the adults — they could probably use the reminder that I was taught. If you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it,” Brown said. “There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it, and neither should any of you. If you need a reminder of how worthy you are and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram.”

For the past several months Brown had been bullied online by people using the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown. The reason behind is all is due to several images of her being altered to make it appear as if she were homophobic. The Hashtag started appearing in November, and recently started appearing once again. Enough was enough for Brown, and she decided that instead of putting up with it any longer she would delete her Twitter account altogether. It’s unknown if she will return to the social media giant, but for the time being she’s gone quiet.

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Tom Hanks Entertains Audience During A Medical Emergency

What’s more impressive, going for a night out to watch Tom Hanks perform Shakespeare, or watching Tom Hanks improvise Shakespeare to distract the audience from a medical emergency during the show? The latter is was happened last week during a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, and it kept the audience distracted long enough for professionals to attend to the sick audience member.

Tom Hanks stars in the play along with his wife Rita Wilson, which in itself isn’t all that unusual since the pair have been involved with the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles for over 26 years.  But in all that time it’s pretty fair to say that it is pretty unusual for an audience member to become so ill that the play needed to be halted temporarily. The person passed out, and paramedics had to come to treat them. During this time Hanks stepped up to keep the crowd who started to get restless and were looking to leave.

“No intermission brew for you!” Hanks said in character. The 61 year old was playing the comedic character Falstaff. He also started call people who tried to leave “scurvy rogues”. “An insult to all actors and to Shakespeare himself,” he added. He even brought an audience member up onto the stage to join in on the ad-libbing. You can see some of the performance in the video below.

In the end everything turned out fine, as the audience member regained consciousness before being taken to the hospital. The venue later stated that they were cleared and released from the hospital. 

Photo: Tom Hanks Instagram

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