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BTS Newest Trailer For Upcoming Album Inspires Millions To Do The ‘Persona Challenge’

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The phenomenal Kpop boy band ‘BTS’ is inspiring millions of fans with the new challenge known as Persona Challenge.

After a surprise-releasing ‘comeback trailer’ for the boy band’s upcoming album, Map of the Soul: Persona on Wednesday, fans of Kpop group BTS are inspired by the themes presented in the rap track performed by leader RM, which became a significant knockout after its release.

Fans took the chance and created a viral trend called the ‘Persona Challenge’ which allows them to share throwback photos and stories of their personal growth. The images will then be uploaded through different social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Looking through the new song and video, the leader RM also known as Kim Namjoon features past eras of the group where they have to deal with inconsistencies, as well as, his challenges in the spotlight and the music industry. The group formed in 2013 and the boys can tell how much sacrifices they have to make before finding self-worth and finally reaching their ultimate goals in life.

The video also serves as an opportunity for the Kpop band to remind everyone that self-love is detrimental to the person’s development. With that in mind, the fans, who call themselves ARMY, have decided to put their own stories to the ‘Persona Challenge’ test.

The truth behind the challenge

The challenge is a way of showing the growth of an individual in a positive light.

What differentiates this challenge from the previous ones, is its contribution to the self-love awareness campaign. The boy band has long made it a priority to discuss social issues and anxieties in their mostly Korean language lyrics and complex videos, which fans eagerly comprehend. Their recent song allows individuals to look on things that are mostly invisible but deem essential to our lives including love, self-respect, self-worth,  and kindness.

The challenge gives fans the chance to discuss the insecurities that they have worked to overcome and the struggles of being isolated due to their outside appearances. Some fans talk about how gaining self-worth is based solely on the validation of those people who know nothing about them, while others make sure to thank the boys of BTS and their music for helping them awaken the real beauty residing inside and for helping every lost soul to move forward.

The challenge is based on the song ‘Intro: Persona,’ which was revealed when BTS’s comeback trailer came out. Now, the Internet-based hashtag encourages others to share how they’ve grown as individuals and overcome the struggle to understand ‘who they truly are.’

BTS ‘ARMY’ dominates not just South Korean soil but almost everyone on the planet

The fact that the challenge is getting viral even today proves how influential the boy band is, not only to South Koreans but also to every person around the globe. Many people are taking part, and it just shows how genuinely relatable BTS are primarily with the youth nowadays. The data presents almost 4.4 million people took the challenge on Twitter alone, which mirrors how fitting the said task for a lot of BTS fans because it’s a thing that resonates to almost everyone.

Among the highlights are the fans in Europe who rejoice their periods of growth and also point out how they have learned to ‘overcome European beauty standards’ and celebrate their natural hair.

The Persona Challenge is very timely as the Kpop group also releases its first batch of concept photos for their upcoming album which inspired the creation of the said test. The collection features over 100 new pictures of the seven members.

In the BTS website visited by Z6mag, there are two batches of photos; one is the new visuals reference photo booths, and another is the photo contact sheets which show off each member’s different personas.

BTS next album is set to conquer the world

Since the announcement of their comeback trailer last week, fans of the boy band have been waiting for more news and hints about the upcoming album, and the ‘persona’ in the album’s title comes out more strongly than the previous titles.

With apparent responses to the group’s impact coming in from fans all over the world, it is safe to say that 2019 will likely be another phenomenal record-breaking hit and momentous year for BTS and members of the ARMY.

Their next album is set to dominate the world on April 12.

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‘Now & Then’ Coming To Netflix; Here’s Netflix August Movie And TV Show Lineup

The nostalgic movie about female bond and friendships is coming to Netflix this August.

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The 1995 coming-of-age film Now & Then will be giving the nostalgic feel to Netflix as the streaming service announced that it will be available for streaming this August.

“Grab your bikes and find your best friends because ‘Now and Then’ will be available to stream on Netflix US starting August 1,” Netflix tweeted, along with a photo of the full cast from the ’90s hit.

In the film, four childhood friends reunite and reflect on their adventures, including the memories of the unforgettable summer of 1970.

The younger versions of the group are played by Gaby Hoffmann (Samantha), Christina Ricci (Roberta), Ashleigh Ashton Moore (Chrissy), and Thora Birch (Teeny) — with the women they grew up to be — played by Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell, Rita Wilson, and Melanie Griffith, respectively.

Lesli Linka Glatter directed and I. Marlene King wrote the screenplay for the film. Later on, King went on to develop the fan-crazed suspense series Pretty Little Liars.

Although the film received mostly negative reviews upon its release, it proved to be a moderate financial success and gained a cult following over time because of its representation on women friendships. The film grossed over $37.5 million with just a $12 million budget.

Now and Then also came with a memorable soundtrack, which included hits like “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” by Diana Ross and The Supremes with The Temptations, and “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5.

In 2012, a television series was in development that was supposed to be adapted from Now and Then but was later on scrapped. King was supposedly the writer for the series, too.

Back in 2015, King spoke at the 20th anniversary of the film saying: “It was on ABC Family but they wanted to change it so the ‘now’ was present day and the ‘then’ would be the ‘90s,” King said. “I didn’t want to do that — I felt that kind of ruins how special the movie is.… To me, there will never be a 1970s again, so to try to set it in the ‘90s when we had cell phones and things like that, I don’t think it would work.”

She also said she loves when fans approach her about the film, to this day.

“Mothers are now sending me notes saying they’re showing it to their daughters,” she said. “I feel like it’s become this timeless movie, and unfortunately more movies like this aren’t out there, so people I think have latched on to Now and Then as an example of what we were just talking about: positive girl friendships. And I think it’s become this iconic movie, and that’s awesome!”

The film drops August 1st on Netflix. But here are other TV shows and movies that will be available on the streaming platform next month:

AUGUST 1

A Cinderella Story
Bad Santa
Cloud Atlas
Crematorium: Season 1
Everyone’s Hero
Funny Games (US)
Innerspace
Jackie Brown
Lord of War
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant 
Nola Circus
Opening Night
Practical Magic
Sleepy Hollow
Small Soldiers
Surviving Escobar, Alias JJ: Season 1
The Addams Family
The Astronaut’s Wife
The Bomb
The Hollywood Masters: Season 1
The Last Mimzy
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Number 23
The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1
The Truth About Alcohol
The Wedding Party
Tie The Knot
Who Gets the Dog?
Wild Wild West 

AUGUST 2

Jab We Met
The Founder

AUGUST 3

Sing
The Invisible Guardian

AUGUST 4

Icarus 
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 3
Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later: Season 1

AUGUST 5

Holes

AUGUST 8

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 7 

AUGUST 10

Diary of an Exorcist – Zero

AUGUST 11

Atypical: Season 1
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 3
Naked 
True and The Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1
White Gold

AUGUST 13

Arthur and the Invisibles
Hot Property
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo 

AUGUST 14

The Outcasts
Urban Hymn

AUGUST 15

Barbeque
Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo 
21
A New Economy
All These Sleepless Nights
Donald Cried
Murderous Affair: Season 1
My Ex-Ex
The Sweet Life

AUGUST 16

Gold

AUGUST 18

Dinotrux: Season 5
Glitter Force Doki Doki: Season 1
I Am Sam
Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1
What Happened to Monday

AUGUST 19

Hide and Seek

AUGUST 20

Camera Store

AUGUST 21

AWOL
Bad Rap
Beautiful Creatures
Gomorrah: Season 2
Unacknowledged

AUGUST 22

Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast 
Sadie’s Last Days on Earth

AUGUST 23

Feel Rich

AUGUST 25

Disjointed: Part 1
Death Note 
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5
Once Upon a Time: Season 6

AUGUST 29

Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face 
The Good Place: Season 1

AUGUST 31

Be Afraid

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MCU Commits To Diversity; Valkyrie Gets A Bisexual Storyline

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Marvel has confirmed that Valkyrie is the first LGBTQ+ character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige confirms that the Asgardian warrior will have an LGBTQ+ storyline in the new movie, Thor: Love and Thunder. The Marvel films producer also hinted that this LGBTQ+ representation would not be limited to the new Thor film alone.

Feige said, “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4.”

Valkyrie, who is played by Tessa Thompson, is confirmed to be bisexual based on reports. What’s great is that Thompson is a real-life LGBTQ+ icon herself. Thompson’s non-hetero-normative portrayal of Valkyrie earned praises when she first appeared in Thor: Ragnarok.

During the San Diego Comic Convention, Thompson teased about Valkyrie’s LGBTQ+ storyline. When asked what Valkryie will do as the king of the new Asgard, Thompson responded that she would search for her queen.

“As the new king, she needs to find her queen,” Thompson happily announces to a cheering crowd. “That will be her first order of business. She has some ideas. Keep you posted.”

Valkyrie has always been Bisexual

The decision to make Valkyrie an LGBTQ+ character may seem like a sudden change of pace for Marvel. However, anyone familiar with the Fearless Defenders comic book series affirms that she has always been a bisexual character.

In the series, Valkyrie has an exciting relationship with Dr. Annabelle Riggs, an archaeologist who acquired an Asgardian statuette. Valkyrie met Dr. Riggs after she accidentally triggered a melody using the statuette on a Viking mass grave. In the very first issue of the comic, Valkyrie and Dr. Riggs share a passionate kiss.

Though only confirmed for Thor: Love and Thunder, Valkyrie’s bisexuality were addressed earlier in Thor: Ragnarok. A scene was supposed to show her bisexuality through a glimpse of a woman leaving the Valkyrie’s room. However, the filmed clip was ultimately cut because it distracts the audience to an essential point of the story.

Despite the scene being deleted, Thompson did her best to portray Valkyrie’s sexuality. In the scenes of flashback, Valkyrie is shown training and fighting alongside her Valkyrie sisters. When the Hela, the Goddess of Death and Thor’s exiled sister, murdered the rest of the warrior clan, Valkyrie’s agony goes beyond her despair for her fallen sisters.

Thompson shares that she channeled the loss of a loved one in the scene to subtlety hint Valkyrie’s bisexuality. “There’s a great shot of me falling back from one of my sisters who’s just been slain,” Thompson shares in an interview. “In my mind, that was my lover.”

In Twitter, Thompson also talked about Valkyrie’s bisexuality right after the release of Thor: Ragnarok. Thompson answered fans’ questions about the film and her character.

Marvel and LGBTQ+ representation issue

Although Valkyrie is the first LGBTQ+ character in Marvel Studios’ MCU, Marvel Comics have long included LGBTQ+ characters in their storyline.

Appearing in 1979’s X-Men Comics, Northstar a member of a fictional Canadian superhero team called Alpha Flight. Northstar is a mutant with the ability to fly and create photonic energy blasts. He is the first openly gay character in the Marvel Universe. He’s also the first married gay man, marrying his longtime boyfriend, Kyle Jinadu in 2012.

Drax’s daughter, Moondragon, is also an openly-bisexual character in the Guardians of the Galaxy comic series. Also known as Heather Douglas, Moondragon is a telepath, telekinetic, and martial arts practitioner.

Speculation of Marvel introducing these characters soon has gained praise from fans and the LGBTQ+ community.

In the past, Marvel has not addressed the issue of representation well. Similar to the decision on Thor: Ragnarok‘s deleted scene, some of the known LGBTQ+ characters in Black Panther were not explicitly stated.

Two of Dora Milaje are lovers, but they did not get any speaking lines. Fans criticized Marvel for not taking the opportunity for LGBTQ+ representation.

In Avengers: Endgame, a Grieving Man in a support group, talked about losing his gay partner. Critics did not like this scene because it was a haphazardly thrown in to please those who’ve been clamoring for representation.

Marvel’s Phase 4 has given hopes to a more diverse representation starting with Valkyrie’s LGBTQ+ storyline. Marvel plans to introduce more superheroes with a slate of films and TV series until 2021. Fans hope that Northstar and Moondragon will be added to the MCU soon.

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LOOK: A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood Trailer

Based on Tom Junod’s work in 1998, the movie will tell how the kindest man in television told children to always be kind

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Sony Pictures Entertainment dropped the first official trailer of A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. Tom Hanks is playing Steve Rogers, the friendly TV personality that reminded everyone to be good.

Mirrored with the original “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,” the trailer starts with Mr. Rogers singing the classic theme song. This time, it’s Hanks who is doing the singing and asking the audience, “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

Just like the host himself, Hanks — with gray hair and a nicely-pressed suit — changes into a red cardigan and some sneakers. He even does the iconic shoe toss.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is not a biopic about Rogers’ life but is instead, inspired by the real-life friendship between Fred Rogers (Hanks) and Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys), a cynical journalist assigned to write a profile of the long-running television host in 1998.

Based on the trailer, we see that Junod is given a new name, Lloyd Vogel who arrives on the iconic set of PBS’s Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, where he plans to interview Fred Rogers for Esquire’s “heroes” issue.

“This piece will be for an issue about heroes,” Rhys’ character tells Rogers in the new clip. “Do you consider yourself a hero?”

He responds, “We are trying to give the world positive ways of dealing with their feelings.”

“There are many things you can do,” Rogers offers up. “You can play all the lowest keys on the piano at the same time.”

Vogel is a fictional character based on Tom Junod’s original work. Like in real life, he documents about the effect Rogers’ optimistic kindness had on millions of people. He initially accepts the job with a cynical approach as his wife (Susan Kelechi Watson) asks him not to “ruin her childhood,” in the trailer.

The skeptical journalist overtime shifts his perspective on life and eventually turns a new leaf as he begins to see the world with more positivity as he got to know Mister Rogers more.

Towards the end of the short 2-minute trailer, a group of subway riders sings “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” to Rogers, who beams and says they did a wonderful job. A tasteful and heart-warming scene that represents how much Mister Rogers has touched people’s lives not only for children but in all ages.

The feel-good film will attempt to give the same effect that Mister Rogers once did. Known as the kindest man in television history, the original “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” aired for 31 seasons since 1968 and came to an end in 2001.

Unfortunately, Rogers died in 2003.

Marielle Heller (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) directs the film.  The screenplay, based on Junod’s Esquire article and written by Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue.

Also starring in the movie are Susan Kelechi Watson and Chris Cooper.

Last year, Won’t You Be My Neighbor—a documentary about Fred Rogers was the surprise hit of the summer, which received positive reviews from critics and viewers. Furthermore, it did good with box office, grossing more than $22 million in ticket sales.

Filmmaker Morgan Neville, who directed the 2018 documentary said: “I think what he was trying to do is teach us how to be human. This new medium was coming television. He recognized something from the moment he saw it, that many generations of children were going to be raised by this thing, and that somebody had to use that as a tool to help children.”

As part of the marketing for the film, a Facebook group for “Mister Rogers’ Helpers” is advertised at the end of the trailer, exhorting the audience to spread his “legacy of kindness.” The name of the group is a reference to a story Rogers cited a number of times: that his mother always told him, during times of trouble, to “look for the helpers.”

In other news, the film was supposedly slated for a much earlier release in October 2018, but the movie’s set was a site of a tragedy when the Emmy-winning sound mixer James Emswiller fell from a two-story building during filming and died.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is now slated to release around Thanksgiving on November 2019.

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