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Taylor Swift Wants You To Sign A Petition For Equality Act

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Taylor Swift through her new music video for the single "You Need To Calm Down" featured numerous gay icons to urge audinece to sign petition for Equality Act.
Taylor Swift released a politcal new single "You Need To Calm Down." Photo: Jana Beamer | Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Taylor Swift is back, and she wants equality for all.

The controversial country-pop singer is back after long months of hiatus to urge everyone to sign a petition to pressure lawmakers into passing the Equality Bill. As an artist as Swift is, she made her case by releasing the music video of her newest single, “You Need To Calm Down,” today.

The song was debuted on Good Morning America, Monday, as part of her celebration of the LGBTQI Pride Month and did not disappoint to make a strong political statement and a convincing call to action.

“Let’s show our pride by demanding that, on a national level, our laws truly treat all our citizens equally,” reads an on-screen message at the end of the music video. Swift also started a petition campaign to support the Senate move for Equality Act and urged her audience to sign the petition as solidarity to the LGBTQI community.

“Please sign my petition for Senate support of the Equality Act on Change.org” further reads the on-screen message.

The Equality Act could be the answer to the long-lasting discrimination against the gay community in America, and if passed, the new legislation would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The video was released by the renowned pop-country singer amid the Pride Month, held every June in commemoration of the gay liberation movement and the Stonewall Riots, where members of the LGBT community stood in front of the Stonewall Inn to protest and resist police brutality against the gay community.

A star-studded music video, it is

Swift’s video, in itself, is very political. It features numerous gay icons and celebrities and the different aspects of the life of every gay person in America, including gay marriage, arts, and performance. The star-studded music video included gay icons like RuPaul, the host of the widely-watched RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Porter, Todrick Hall, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Lambert, Ryan Reynolds, Hayley Kiyoko, Chester Lockhart, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, among others. Adam Rippon, the first openly-gay American Olympic medallist, also made an appearance in the video.

Interestingly, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni, Trinity the Tuck, Adore Delano, Delta Work, Jade Jolie, Trinity K Bonet, Tatiana, and A’keria C. Davenport, were also featured in the music video as they impersonate popular female singers and artists like Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Adele, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and Taylor Swift herself (by Jade Jolie). Queer Eye’s Fab Five, Antoni Porowski, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness also appeared in the Gayville themed music video.

In an apparent effort to spread the message love and acceptance as part of the music video, Taylor Swift also featured Katy Perry, another famous artist who she had a widely publicized feud with. The beef became public when Taylor released the song Bad Blood, written about Katy Perry. Many suggest that reconciliation is also a recurring theme in Pride, and Taylor Swift just wants to show it in her music video.

Taylor Swift becomes more politically vocal

Swift has become more vocal regarding her political and social views in recent months and over the past year. The video “You Need To Calm Down” comes after days she performed a surprising number at the Stonewall Inn in New York, the landmark where the first Pride was ever held. Furthermore, for the first time, Swift endorsed not one but two political candidates, Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen, and Jim Cooper, while they were running for the Us Senate and House of Representatives in 2018.

Taylor Swift admitted that she had been very “reluctant” to express her political views in the past and credited a shift, “due to several events in y life and the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” she said in an interview.

Now with the new music video release, Swift is urging everyone to take part in fighting for equality and promoting the value of the community that has been oppressed for a long time. Pride takes place annually every year, and it could be expected that Taylor Swift, as the newest ally of the LBTQI community, will continue to support efforts to legislate the Equality Act. You can do your part as well by signing her petition here.

“Our country’s lack of protection for its own citizens ensures that LGBTQ people must live in fear that their lives could be turned upside down by an employer or landlord who is homophobic or transphobic. The fact that, legally, some people are completely at the mercy of the hatred and bigotry of others is disgusting and unacceptable,” wrote Taylor Swift in the petition.

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The Walking Dead Movie Will See An End To Rick Grimes

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AMC announced during the San Diego Comic-Con Friday that Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) will be making his return to the zombie apocalypse universe; but in a movie, instead of the network’s long-standing series.

The announcement followed a short and bleak teaser for the upcoming movie featuring a helicopter flying at the brink of looming dusk over a city skyline. The video ended with the words “The Walking Dead” and “Rick Grimes Returns: Only in Theaters.”

The films were first announced in late 2018 following Andrew Lincoln’s departure from the flagship AMC series, on which Lincoln played the role of Grimes since the pilot.

The last we’ve seen of Grimes was halfway through the most recent Season 9 when he was bleeding and heavily decapitated aboard a helicopter that was headed to an unknown location. Although it was evident throughout his last episode that he was determined to get back to his family in Alexandria, referring not just to lifelong love Michonne and last surviving child Judith, but also his friends and comrades.

The series jumped six years after Grimes’ last appearance, and it seems apparent that the zombie slayer still has not made his way back home.

With AMC’s The Walking Dead universe chief content officer Scott Gimple already announcing a trilogy of movies, and Lincoln recently signing on the first movie, fans are expecting that it will bring a more conclusive end to this sheriff’s story in the universe.

Lincoln stated in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that The Walking Dead movies would “complete” Rick Grimes’ story in the zombie apocalypse, suggesting they could mark the character’s final appearance once and for all.

Furthermore, Gimple noted that the movies would embark on the story following after The Walking Dead 9×05—Grimes’ last episode in the series—as he is also tasked of penning the storyline.

What remains unclear, however, is in what timeline does the movie coincide, especially with the 6-year leap that the series took. Some fans predict that the trilogy will tell the story of that gap, while some speculate that it will be way after the current timeline because of Grimes’ absence in the series.

“We’re going to tell the story of what happens after that helicopter flight, and these are going to be big epic entertainments,” Gimple said.

Furthermore, the question of whether the movie will take place is also heavily speculated, with some outlets saying Philadelphia because of the stark similarity of the city’s skyline with the one featured in the trailer.

“[Rick is] flying off in a helicopter, away from Virginia, and it’s going to be a new world — a very new situation with its history, and very, very different from what we’ve seen before,” was all Gimple had to say to EW regarding the topic.

What is for sure as of the moment is that AMC and Universal Pictures are developing the films but an official title for Rick’s return and an official release date has yet to be revealed.

AMC initially planned to begin production as early as 2019, but it is unclear if that is still the case. Recent comments from Lincoln from The New York Times suggest that they will be releasing the first movie as early as next year, in 2020.

Meanwhile, The Walking Dead season 10 is due to begin airing this October, and the sister series “Fear the Walking Dead,” was picked up for a sixth season on Friday.

Additionally, the comics, which the series was based and has recently concluded, shows signs that AMC is not planning on stopping. The network announced a third and untitled series that will tell the story of the first generation of kids to grow up during the zombie apocalypse.

Lincoln’s exit was a major blow for The Walking Dead, with Danai Gurira confirming her exit from the series in Season 10, as well. Currently, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride are now the longest-serving cast members on the popular series.

Regarding the fate of the upcoming movie, there could be two scenarios: the movie will help boost back viewership for the TV series or that it will flop due to the declining number of fans of the show, which seemed evident since season 6.

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LOOK: ‘Cats’ Musical Trailer Released And Fans Are Confused

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Universal Studios dropped a full-length trailer of the live-action film adaptation of the 1981 musical Cats.

The movie, directed by Tom Hooper, is set to be released in December 2019. Hooper is known for his work with The King’s Speech and The Danish Girl.

The musical adaptation stars Idris Elba as Macavity, Rebel Wilson as Jennyanydots, James Cordon as Bustopher Jones, Jennifer Hudson as Grizabella, Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, and Ian McKellen as Gus the Theatre Cat.

Aside from the actors, the movie will feature artists like Jason Derulo and Taylor Swift, playing Rum Tum Tugger and Bombalurina, respectively. Francesca Hayward, a ballerina in the Royal Ballet, will be featured as Victoria. In the movie, Hayward’s shy cat character will have a ballet solo.

Cast members like McKellen and Swift promoted the release of the trailer in their social media platforms. McKellen encouraged fans to check out the trailer released on Friday. Swift posted a photo of the glittery bottle with a catnip label with a caption “Friday,” adding a tag of the movie’s official Twitter account.

The musical is all about a tribe of cats called Jellicles. The group comes together and works on an annual life-changing ball. Once a year, the leader of the clowder chooses one cat who will be reborn based on their belief that cats have nine lives.

Cats is one of the longest-running Broadway musicals. It brought to life songs like Memory, The Rum Tum Tugger, and Mr. Mistoffelees. The music was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

The musical was a worldwide success for its great composition and ensemble performances. In 1994, it earned over $2 billion worldwide.

CGI Scare

In Broadway or West End production, actors don heavy amounts of make-up and lavish costumes to portray real-life cats. The costumes make use of fur to have the feel and look of our feline friends.

However, in the trailer released, the director and the studio forewent extensive costumes and opted for computer-generated imagery or CGI. According to Time, Hooper referred to it as an all-important “digital fur technology.”

Fans have long-awaited the film adaptation. However, not all were pleased with Hooper’s “digital fur” vision. Fans took to Twitter about their thoughts on the newly-released trailers. Twitter users have already created memes using screenshots from the trailer.

Comments about the actors’ faces being disfigured from too much digital modification. Some say that you need to take a second look to identify who the actors were in the movie.

Others criticized the film adding digital breasts on the characters, which is a ploy to make the characters look “sexy.” Others also pointed out that the cats were too small when scenes showed them inside a house and a theater.

Broadway Musicals with Film Adaptations

Cats is not the only musical film adaptation that received criticisms from fans.

In 2007, the film version of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was criticized for casting Johnny Depp before the movie’s released. Fans feared that Depp’s amateur singing would greatly affect the outcome of the film. However, because of the theme’s dark tone, Depp’s portrayal of the twisted demon barber overshadowed any expectations of his singing.

This was not the case for Russell Crowe when he got the role of Javert in Les Miserables. Fans criticized Crowe’s singing and wrong interpretation of the character. A film critic said that when Javert is supposed to shout with a booming voice, Crowe decides to speak in whispers.

Hooper also directed Les Miserables. Fans are quite intrigued if Cats will be the director’s redeeming chance with musical adaptations.

Despite not hitting all highs with Broadway fans when it comes to film adaptations, fans keep on clamoring for more.

Recently, Hollywood has taken on this trend of creating live-action film adaptations. Disney has released musicals such as Beauty and Beast and Aladdin. The studio’s live-action take of Lion King has just been released.

However, Broadway musicals have been adapted to film way before the Disney trend. Notable Broadway performances such as Rent, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story have been adapted for the silver screen.

Other than Cats, Broadway hit Wicked is also rumored to have a film adaptation.

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Tom Cruise Unveil Top Gun: Maverick Trailer At SDCC

Tom Cruise is returning to the Top Gun franchise after almost 3 decades since the first installment and introduce modern innovations to aviation in the movie.

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Brace yourselves; Tom Cruise is making his latest return to the big screen in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick movie, which he introduced as a surprise during a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con.

People attending Paramount/Skydance’s panel at the flooded Hall H in SDCC was shocked when Cruise suddenly walked on stage to talk about Top Gun: Maverick that’s set to be released next year — but the show was far from over when the panel unveiled the film’s first trailer. Shortly after it aired in Hall H, the Maverick trailer was released online 

Initially, Hall H was reserved to be a panel discussion solely about Tim Miller’s Terminator: Dark Fate. The director and stars of the movie talked about their Terminator return and introduced some new footage to the crowd.

“Thirty-four years ago, I made a movie in San Diego and shot across the street in a restaurant,” Cruise told the crowd. “I was always asked, ‘When are you going to do another one?’ Well, you’ve been very patient with me. I felt like it was my responsibility to really deliver for you.”

Mr. Cruise was last seen in the Top Gun franchise back in 1986, where he reprised the role as the United States Navy’s elite fighter pilot Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

Based on the latest trailer, he will be playing the same character, but a lot older. There’s still a lot of high-flying in fancy new jets, more drama, and risk-taking. There’s also glimpses of Cruise’s iconic bomber jacket and Ray-Ban sunglasses.

Other than that, the 2020 addition to the Top Gun franchise will see the latest innovations in aviation. Top Gun: Maverick is said to be set in a world of drone technology and fifth-generation fighters, along with exploring the end of the era of dogfighting. Maverick is now a flight instructor, who takes Bradley Bradshaw (played by Miles Teller), the son of Maverick’s late partner Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (initially played by Anthony Edwards), under his wing.

Furthermore, Maverick is seemingly still a high-flying captain, whose superiors want him to climb the career ladder as quoted from the trailer: “30 plus years of service, combat battles, citations, only man to shoot down 3 enemy planes in the last four years yet you can’t get a promotion, won’t retire, and despite your best efforts you refuse to die. You should at least be a two-star admiral by now yet here you are… Captain. Why is that?”

Based on that, Maverick will also be going over the answer to that question. Would it be because of the death of his long-time partner and co-pilot, Goose? That’s something that has yet to be discovered.

Jennifer Connelly, Cruise’s love interest in the movie, also has a significant role to play. Similarly, Miles Teller who will play Goose’s son and Maverick’s new protege will do too while Val Kilmer will reprise his role as Tom “Iceman”  in the sequel. 

In addition to the return of Cruise and Jennifer Connelly to the Top Gun franchise, the Maverick trailer also introduces several new actors to the fold such as Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, and Ed Harris. Jay Ellis of Insecure will also appear in the film as a pilot trainee

The film is directed by Joseph Kosinski, who also directed the 2010 Tron sequel, Tron: Legacy, as well as Oblivion, in which Cruise was also starring. 

Furthermore, Top Gun: Maverick is a screenplay by Peter Craig, Justin Marks, Ashley Edward Miller, and Zack Stentz. While Mission: Impossible – Fallout director, Christopher McQuarrie, oversaw the film’s reshoots.

Meanwhile, Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the first movie with the late Don Simpson, will produce the 2020 installment with Cruise and Skydance CEO David Ellison.

Deadline reported that Cruise would appear on Conan O’Brien’s Late Night on Thursday night to discuss the movie.

Top Gun was first released on May 16, 1986, and saw massive success in the box office after grossing more than $350 million worldwide on a $15 million budget.

Four weeks after release, the number of theaters showing it increased by 45 percent. The film maintained its popularity over the years and earned an IMAX 3D re-release in 2013.

Additionally, the film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Take My Breath Away” that was performed by Berlin.

Upon its release, however, the film received mixed reviews from critics but generally received praise for its action sequences, effects, and aerial stunts. Cruise and McGillis’ performance also received praise.

In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

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