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You Can’t Keep Letterman Down, He’s Back and Bringing Laughter to Netflix

David Letterman rose to fame as a comedian and had 33 years on late night television interviewing celebrities, athletes, politicians, and even a few animals on his popular show Late Night with David Letterman. He helped create the culture and demand for late night talk show. After stepping down from his reign as one of the most prominent comedians on TV in May of 2015, Letterman enjoyed some much-needed downtime for as long as he could stand it and now he is ready to get back to what he loves- interviewing people while sharing some laughs.

Starting on January 12, 2018, David Letterman is back in the game with his new Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. He is starting with a bang, his first guest is none other than Barack Obama. The first episode is sure to garner a lot of attention. The best part of the series is that it gives fans the access to Letterman any day, any time thanks to Netflix’s on-demand platform. Another perk is that Letterman still can enjoy his retirement years, do what he loves, and not have to be on set nightly as he had to in the past. Sounds like a winning combination for sure. Viewers can expect big-name guests, plenty of jokes, a hint of seriousness, and no shortage of amusing banter.

Michael De Luca is a “Suicide Squad 2” Producer

Warner Bros. has hired Michael De Luca as a producer on their upcoming DC Extended Universe film Suicide Squad 2. He joins Charles Roven, who remains the project’s lead producer.

All this comes as Warner Bros. has executive shake-ups, largely where the faltering DCEU is concerned. Recently Walter Hamada has become head of all DC Comics output at the studio, while Toby Emmerich is now the chairman. The CEO remains Kevin Tsujihara.

De Luca has previously worked on The Social Network, Moneyball and Fifty Shades of Grey. In terms of superhero films and comic book adaptations he can boast a role in Blade II, both Ghost Rider films and the 2011 adaptation of the Korean manhwa Priest.

While that list certainly includes successes, Warner Bros. arguably needs more than that to save its superhero franchise. The DCEU has proven divisive at best with both critics and audiences, often for its dour tone and convoluted plots. and while each film has made money, several—and especially its most recent entry, Justice League—performed far below studio hopes.

Suicide Squad was something of an exception on that front—despite starring relatively unknown characters and its very jumbled filmmaking, the film made $746.8 million against a $175 million budget. The hope with the sequel would be to replicate that success, but with the critical and audience affection of the franchise’s one unqualified success, Wonder Woman.

Bendis to Write for 1,000th “Action Comics”

Brian Michael Bendis is going to have a big start as he moves to DC Comics, writing a backup story in the 1000th issue of Action Comics.

Bendis has been a mainstay at Marvel for years, with his most famous work on The Avengers, Spider-Man and X-Men. He was a founder of the Ultimate Universe, created important characters like Jessica Jones and Miles Morales and also took the likes of Luke Cage, Carol Danvers and Jessica Drew back into the limelight. However, last year he announced plans for an apparently amiable split from his Marvel roots, instead joining the other member of the Big Two for the first time.

And if you are going to go to DC, you might as well take on its most famous character, right? Action Comics is the longest running Superman title, and will be the first major superhero comic to reach 1,000 issues in April.

Dubbed Action Comics #1,000: 80 Years of Superman, this will be a major event: the issue will be 300 pages long and cost $29.99. It will include reprints of older stories as well as new work by not only Bendis but Dan Jurgens (the current Action Comics writer) and the team of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason (who write Superman). Not a bad way to start a new job.

Action Comics #1,000: 80 Years of Superman comes out April 11, 2018.

Oprah For President In 2020?

So unless someone was living under a rock or really tuned out of the social media world we all live in, the latest thing to talk about in celebrity news is the speech that Oprah made at the Golden Globes while accepting the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award. In her impassioned speech, Oprah called out all of the abusers and stated to young women that there is “a new day on the horizon”. After her emotional speech, many speculate that Oprah may be the answer for a Presidential candidate in 2020. But my question is why?

Because she is eloquent? She should be, Oprah has had many hours of practice, after all, she made her living talking, questioning, and giving impassioned speeches. Or is it because she a champion for women? That is true, but in an Instagram posting the singer, Seal posted pictures that were examples of Oprah’s long standing casual friendship with Harvey Weinstein stating that Oprah knew what kind person Weinstein was. Unfortunately, I and many other people would find this plausible, as Oprah is the type of person who would enter into a movement and endorse that movement for the good publicity.

I am not an Oprah hater, but a person who realizes that people are human. We all have backed the wrong person at one time, but I believe that we do not need another celebrity running for a political office, we need a leader who’s biggest interest is the people they represent. Us.

How Rian Johnson Prevented “Star Wars” Spoilers

Rian Johnson used a fairly simply trick to make sure that spoilers for his new movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, didn’t get released to the public: he just avoided connecting to the internet.

“I typed Episode VIII out on a MacBook Air. For security it was ‘air-gapped’ — never connected to the internet. I carried it around and used it for nothing except writing the script,” he explained in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Though of course, the device itself constituted a possible security breach for the precious information, which is why he kept it in a safe at the Pinewood Studios. “I think my producer was constantly horrified I would leave it in a coffee shop,” he quipped.

The strategy proved quite effective; while there was much speculation about the film and its many mysteries, none of its secrets were leaked before release, which these days is quite impressive.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has naturally been a financial success, earning $1.230 billion after about a month. It has also proven to be quite different than other Star Wars flicks, which has proven somewhat controversial among the fanbase. Critics generally liked the newer take on the franchise and its themes, while debate rages among the average viewer about whether or not Johnson took the series in a good direction.

Meanwhile, Solo: A Star Wars Story is expected for release soon, scheduled for release May 25, 2018.

Seal Wrants Against Oprah Winfrey, Calling Her ‘Part of the Problem’

Billionare celebrity TV host and actor Oprah Winfrey made headlines on Sunday when she gave an amazing speach about how and why she wanted her daughter to grow up to be president. Since then she has been praised by millions of people around the world and and called on by some to run for president, especially by many white liberal women who look at her as a icon of style, power, and grace. Despite causing the hastag #Oprahforpresident to trend on social media, not everyone, including some of her biggest fans and supporters think it is a good idea.

In fact a backlash of black celebrities have asked people, particularly white women to stop calling for her to run for president. While these supporters think she is well deserving of the acclaim that she is given, and many of them aplaud the idea of a strong black woman as president, most of them agree that she is not qualified and she should not be forced to run. On Wednesday, Seal went a step farther explaining why he thinks that Oprah is part of the problem.

In his rant, which he posted on his Instagram account, Seal posted several photos of Oprah Winfrey cozying up to Harvey Wienstien with the caption, “When you have been part of the problem for decades, but suddenly they all think you are the solution.” He went on to call her a hypocrite and accuse her of knowing about Wienstein’s victims, but choosing to do nothing in order to further her career.

Jennifer Lawrence Gets Bailed On

As the common adage goes celebrities are just like us. This weekend Jennifer Lawrence proved that to be true, because no matter how high profile of a celebrity you are, your friends will still change their minds last minute and destroy the best-laid plans.

Though not attending the Golden Globe Awards herself, Lawrence had planned to attend the after parties with her close friend Emma Stone, who was nominated for her role as Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes. Lawrence had obtained the tickets, arranged a car, and brought her hair and makeup team over to her house to get her camera ready. While halfway through her glam session, Stone called Lawrence to say that she didn’t feel like going out, but rather would like to spend the evening staying in at Lawrence’s house.

Lawrence let her glam team go home, even though her makeup wasn’t complete. Once Stone arrived at her house, Lawrence made her take a video of her half-done make-up. Lawrence then posted the video, in which she looks like a living before-and-after photo, to her Facebook page. In the video Lawrence exclaims, “I was halfway through glam when you told me that you didn’t want to go. You just wanted to come over to my house, so I sent my hair and makeup team home and now this is what I look like” as she slowly turns to reveal her two-faced look to the camera. It happens to the best of us!

Dwayne Johnson Surprised Everyone With Awesome News

Dwayne Johnson, also known as the Rock, happily announced that he and his wife are expecting a 2nd child. This news came just before Johnson and his wife went to see the premiere of his newest film, Jumani.

Dwayne Johnson also did the unexpectable and let everyone know it’s a girl. People were cheering, and Johnson and his wife were congratulated by everyone at the theatre. Dwayne Johnson stated that he is thrilled to be expecting a girl. Being he already has a daughter, he is so happy she will have a little sister. In fact, his daughter, Jasmine, was present at the premiere. She is almost two, and all she kept talking about was the new baby. Jasmine also made everyone giggle and cheer as she performed baby dance moves just before the premiere.

Lauren, Johnson’s wife, stated that she and Dwayne are still trying to figure out a proper name for the baby. She would like feedback from friends and even fans as to what name would be perfect for the child. Lauren desires a unique name, and Dwayne is for whatever Lauren wants.

Dwayne and Lauren wore the same color to the premiere. They wanted to support oneness, and the idea of family being uninformed and sticking together. Over the next few weeks, Lauren and Dwayne are expected to take family photos, and these photos are expected to go public.

The Cathartic Lyrics of Chester Bennington

The music world is again reeling today after the loss of Linkin Park frontman, Chester Bennington, who was found deceased in his California apartment yesterday due to an apparent suicide. The rockers death comes just one month after the suicide of grunge icon Chris Cornell. Music itself is a well-known cathartic process and Chester made it well known in his lyrics and interviews about his struggle not only with depression and addiction but his traumatic experience with molestation as a child. His vocals would scream pain and agony over each melody but ironically his songs gave those who could commiserate with his afflictions – hope. Linkin Park magnificently walked the bridge of rock and rap effortlessly in their career, even collaborating with rapper Jay-Z to birth Collision Course – a 2004 EP mixing hit songs from both artists into singles. This 6 song experiment thrilled fans and skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and even went on to win one of the highest honors in music – a Grammy, one of two awarded to the group during their reign. In a 2009 interview with Noise Creep, Chester discussed how his addiction lended itself to the band’s song “Crawling”, a near literal depiction of the emotional turmoil he experienced as a drug and alcohol addict. As battled recovery, fans were able to lyrically view his journey through each song and album released. His most recent song “Heavy” continued this trend. While Chester may be gone, his music and lyrics provided a voice to those who felt they had no way to express the darkness or sadness that often visits them. With his music, his fans will always have an opportunity to verbalize their pain through his lyrics and through that gift, his legacy will always live on.

Kanye and Jay-Z Experience Beef

The Verge offers readers an interesting story about the developing problems between Jay-Z and Kanye West. If you are a fan of either of these artists, your time would be well spent reading through this content in order to keep up with the latest in this saga. Kanye and Jay have always had a relationship that is volatile to say the least, there have been some good times and some not so great times according to both sides. In fact, this is a theme that Kanye discussed on his track titled ‘Big Brother” on his album Graduation. More recently, the two released an album titled The Throne which quickly lead to a tour that sold out areas all across the United States. However, the two are apparently on the outs at the moment. Kanye has now ended his exclusive partnership with the music streaming platform Tidal. Kanye claims that Tidal owes him $3 million and is guilty of breaching their contractual agreement. West released his popular Life of Pablo album exclusively on the service and he has yet to be compensated as promised for the exclusive release of this project.

Jay-z mentioned a $20 loan that he provided to West on his 4:44 album which is now streaming on the Tidal platform. However, Kanye says that he was supposed to receive compensation for a video and this never happened. Along with these allegations, there has apparently been a rift in the relationship since Kanye claims that he could not get Jay-z to call him. This is surprising since the two were supposed to be as close as brothers at some point. Many people have speculated that their relationship has become strained over the last few years due to the fact that their wives simply do not like one another. Beyonce and Kim Kardashian are very different people, this makes it very difficult for them to spend time together as a group. Keep up the date with the latest Kanye drama as it unfolds here.