Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Intense Heroism of Chadwick Boseman

Almost as shocking as the news of Chadwick Boseman passing away, was the revelation that the actor had spent the past 4 years battling colon cancer. This timeline means that he was diagnosed in 2016, the year that he debuted as King T’Challa in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. And it means that after his diagnosis, Boseman filmed and appeared in Marshall, Black Panther, 2 more Avengers movies, 21 Bridges, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods & the upcoming film Black Bottom. This output is immense coming from an actor who had been making major Hollywood films for only 2 years before his big Marvel break. A superstar run that seems all the more miraculous in light of the knowledge that he pulled it off while quietly undergoing surgeries & rounds of chemotherapy.

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Mick Jagger Says Lost Rolling Stones Songs Are All Terrible

Mick Jagger responded negatively when he was told that three lost Rolling Stones songs had been found and were to be added to the new box-set version of the band's 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

When he heard that “Scarlet” – featuring Jimmy Page – “Criss Cross” and “All the Rage” were available, his first response was, “They’re all terrible!”

But he soon changed his mind, as he told the Sunday Times in a new interview. “That’s always my initial reaction, ‘They’re all useless!’” he said. “I mean, actually, I always liked the songs, but they weren’t finished.”

Then the concept of cleaning up the original recordings was discussed. “Sonically, they still sound like they were recorded then, even if they weren’t perfect,” he noted. “You can make them sound a little better than they did.” In the end, he decided "these three songs are all up there with the rest of the songs on this record.”

In a separate interview, Led Zeppelin guitarist Page recalled the experience of working with Keith Richards on “Scarlet” in Ronnie Wood’s home studio. “Ronnie didn’t actually play on it. Keith came in and set up his equipment, and I took my guitar,” he told the Times. “Obviously I paid a lot of attention to what he was doing and then came up with a riff that would go with a contraflow. It was great to work with Keith right from the bare bones of something.”

Page said he thought the updated recording sounded “really powerful” when he first heard it: "All the guitar parts I remember doing, everything was on there. I thought it sounded really solid, and everybody’s really on form.”

The Goats Head Soup box set, featuring the three songs recorded during the album sessions but never released, arrives on Friday.

Dwayne Johnson Says He & His Family Have Coronavirus But Are Recovering

Dwayne Johnson took to social media today to reveal that he, his wife and two young daughters have tested positive for coronavirus, but “we are on the other side, we are no longer contagious,” he said.

“I wanted to give you guys a little health update on some of the things that I have been going through on my end for the past 2 1/2 to 3 weeks now,” the Fast & Furious and Jumanji franchise star said in an Instagram video. “So the update is this: My wife Lauren, as well as my two baby girls, and myself, we have all tested positive for COVID-19. I can tell you that this has been one of the most challenging and difficult things we have ever had to endure as a family and for me personally, as well.”

As of 6:40 p.m PT, the 11-minute-plus video post had more than 1.5 million views in about three hours.

“My No. 1 priority is to always protect my family, protect my children, my loved ones,” the former WWE star said. “And I wish it was only me who tested positive, but it wasn’t, it was my entire family, so this one was a real kick in the gut. But I am happy to tell you guys that we as a family are good — we are on the other end of it, we are on the other side, we are no longer contagious, and we are, thank God, we are healthy. And we got through COVID-19 stronger and healthier.”

New "Nutty Professor" Movie in the Works

After breathing new life into the Scream franchise, Project X Entertainment’s James Vanderbilt, William Sherak and Paul Neinstein are looking to do the same with a classic comedy IP. Sources tell Deadline, Project X has landed the rights to The Nutty Professor, the classic Jerry Lewis comedy that Eddie Murphy rebooted in the ’90s.

No studio is attached as Project X will package themselves before taking it out on the market. Even with Vanderbilt’s long track-record of penning scripts to such films as The Rundown, Zodiac and The Amazing Spider-Man, as of right now he is just producing and there is no decision on a writer or other talent.

The original Nutty Professor is considered one of the classic comedies from the late Lewis and follows a nerdy professor who in order to improve is love life, drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love. The film was rebooted in 1996 by Universal and had Murphy not only play the professor and his alter ego Love, but also famously playing the professor’s five other family members. That film was a massive hit and spawned the sequel, The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, that came out in 2000.