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DJ Khaled And Drake Execute Their Magic Once Again On Their Two Singles, ‘Greece’ And ‘Popstar’

This past May marked one year since DJ Khaled shared his 11th album, Father Of Asahd and as he’s done multiple times throughout his career, Khaled refused to let another year go by without an album as he revealed in an announcement earlier this week. Khaled revealed that his twelfth album would be titled Khaled Khaled and the upcoming project would be led by not one, but two Drake-featured singles.

Arriving right on schedule to kick off the album’s promotional campaign, DJ Khaled and Drake premiere their latest collabs, “Greece” and “Popstar.” The former single was first teased a couple of months during an Instagram livestream with Drake and fellow labelmates, OVO Mark, and initially caught some attention after Drake rapped a few of the song’s lyrics in French. As for their second release of the night, “Popstar,” serves as Drake first fresh release since his “When To Say When/Chicago Freestyle,” as much of the songs on Dark Lane Demo Tapes were released or leaked prior to the project’s arrival.

The pair of tracks succeed a long list of collabs between DJ Khaled and Drake dates back to 2010 with “Fed Up” which also features Lil Wayne, Usher, and Jeezy. Throughout the years, the two have connected for fan-favorite records such as “I’m On One” and “For Free” and their most recent offering, “To The Max.”

As for Drake’s upcoming album, he revealed last week on his Instagram story that his sixth album is 80% done.

Press play on the videos above to hear “Greece” and “Popstar.”

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The Best Movies To Come Out During The 2020 Quarantine Era

Here is a partial list of movies that were supposed to be out by now: A Quiet Place Part II, Mulan, The New Mutants (lol), No Time to Die, Promising Young Woman, Antebellum, Black Widow, F9, Wonder Woman 1984, Candyman, Soul, Top Gun: Maverick, In the Heights, Free Guy, and Minions: The Rise of Gru. It’s not all bad, though, at least we got Money Plane. The minions wish they were baddest mother fu*kers on the planet.

Those films, as well as Tenet, The French Dispatch, and Morbius, among many, many others, all had their release dates pushed back due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, making this an empty summer of blockbusters. But just because theaters are closed doesn’t mean that movies stopped coming out. On the contrary, it’s been a strong couple of months for new films. Here are eight of the best to come out via digital in the quarantine-era (a.k.a. since Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson went public with their coronavirus results on March 11, with one exception), arranged in alphabetical order.

Bacurau

This is the exception (by a few days, so whatever).

Bacurau is a wild, wild movie. It’s a Western, but it’s also a thriller, and there’s some horror and science-fiction elements in there, too, including a mysterious UFO; it’s also grotesquely funny and sometimes straight-up grotesque. The plot summary — “Bacurau, a small town in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants notice that their community has vanished from most maps” — does not do justice to this bonkers should-be cult classic about colonialism and ugly Americans and this guy in a Wu-Tang shirt. It’s a sweaty fever-dream Seven Samurai, but with Udo Kier being his typical batshit self. Bacurau rules.

Watch on Apple

Da 5 Bloods

Do the Right Thing remains Spike Lee’s definitive movie, his mission statement as a filmmaker. But Da 5 Bloods isn’t far behind.

The Netflix film follows the titular bloods (minus one) as they travel back to Vietnam, where they once fought as soldiers, to both recover the remains of their fallen squadron leader and dig up buried treasure. If that intoxicating hook doesn’t grab you, then maybe Delroy Lindo’s Oscar-lock performance will. This is a powerful (if overstuffed) movie, full of rage and fear and humor and passion, about how Black people are continuously written out of history — but no one will forget what Lee accomplished with Da 5 Bloods.

Watch on Netflix

First Cow

After watching A24’s latest masterpiece, I tweeted (what an obnoxious way to start a sentence, I’m sorry), “First Cow is the best depiction of male friendship since Magic Mike XXL.” It was meant as a joke (shout out to the three people who gave my nonsense a Like; zero retweets), but in the days since, I’ve convinced myself that it’s true. The two films couldn’t be more different — one, set in the 2010s, has Joe Manganiello grinding against a Pepsi machine to “I Want It That Way,” the other, which takes places in the 19th century, features indie-rock legend Stephen Malkmus as a fiddler; guess which one is which! — but both share a refreshing depiction of male friendships. First Cow‘s King-Lu (Orion Lee) and Cookie (John Magaro) live and work together, just as the platonic Magic Mike guys share a bed without anyone making a gay panic joke. Straight men can have affection for each other, too. Save for the lust for the fine-looking oily cakes.

Watch on A24

House of Hummingbird

Written and directed by Kim Bora, House of Hummingbird is a keenly observed coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl growing up in Seoul in the mid-1990s. Eunhee (Park Ji-hoo) is emotionally ignored by her parents and physically abused by her brother at home, she has a rocky relationship with her best friend, and she discovers a threatening lump on her neck, all told through the backdrop of a real-life bridge collapse — if that sounds like A Lot, it is, but so is being a teen. However, House of Hummingbird never drowns in its misery. It’s a tender film about small moments of happiness when surrounded by sadness, like when Eunhee asks her teacher if she ever hates herself; the adult responds yes, often, but whenever the self-loathing creeps in, “I just try to look within.” She also tells Eunhee that it “takes some time to learn like yourself,” but it won’t take any time for you to like House of Hummingbird. The connection is instant.

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always

The title, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, refers to a series of questions asked to 17-year-old Autumn (played by the impressively composed Sidney Flanigan) at an abortion clinic. “In the past year, your partner has refused to wear a condom — never, rarely, sometimes, always.” “Your partner has threatened or frightened find you — never, rarely, sometimes, always.” Nearly the entire scene, from director Eliza Hittman, is a tightly-framed close-up of Autumn. One-shot takes are usually associated with fast-paced physically-demanding scenes, like the car sequence in Children of Men, but they can also be used to show a character’s emotional journey. As she’s being asked the most personal of personal questions, Autumn barely moves, yet it’s as gripping as anything in war epic 1917. Never Rarely Sometimes Always belongs in the teen movie canon.

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Palm Springs

I like what Vince Mancini wrote about “damn near perfect” Palm Springs: “Palm Springs‘ twists will inevitably become over-emphasized, because talking about Palm Springs’ twists is a way of talking about the film without revealing too much, and Palm Springs truly is best experienced cold. Yet presenting Palm Springs as a movie about twists does it a disservice. It’s a film full of surprises whose appeal doesn’t rest on surprise.”

The Lonely Island-produced Palm Springs cannily understands that the gimmick isn’t what makes Groundhog Day (the film it’s frequently been compared to) great; it’s the characters, and how they react to being placed in “one of those infinite time loop situations you might have heard about.” Without Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti’s chaotic evil chemistry, the comedy would fall flat, even with a stirring premise. In that sense, it reminds me of the toxic-yet-lovable You’re the Worst, the best romantic-comedy of the 2010s. Palm Spring may end up in the discussion for the best of the 2020s.

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Shirley

Elisabeth Moss gives one of her best career-best performances in Josephine Decker’s beguiling and dream-like Shirley, where the Mad Men star plays author and “half witch” Shirley Jackson. It would have been nice to see Moss and the equally-wonderful Michael Stuhlbarg, as a college professor and Shirley’s contemptible husband, torment a young couple staying in their home, and each other, on the big screen, but the nervy gothic drama works on TV, too. Just make sure you’re not eating anything with mushrooms in it.

Watch on Hulu

The Vast of Night / Miss Juneteenth

I’m grouping these two movies together, as they’re both promising debuts from filmmakers to watch: Andrew Patterson for The Vast of Night and Channing Godfrey Peoples for Miss Juneteenth. The former, which takes place over one night in a small New Mexico town in the 1950s, is a showcase for blockbuster effects on an indie budget, while the latter, about a former-Miss Juneteenth winner grooming her daughter for the same pageant, “rings with the kind of authenticity you only get from a filmmaker who knows their subject. It has a sense of detail, a cultural richness that can’t be faked.” Both films have their faults, but they suggest a promising future for Patterson and Peoples (which would also be a good name for a law firm, if the directing thing doesn’t work out).

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Logic Announces His Retirement With His Upcoming Album, ‘No Pressure’

Despite all the critiques and social media talk about him, Logic has had one of the modern era’s more consistent and successful rap careers. A member of the 2013 XXL Freshman class, he’s best known for his work ethic, having dropped a project every year since 2010. But that looks like it’s coming to an end: On Thursday night, Logic took to social media to announce his retirement with what will be his last album.

“Officially announcing my retirement with the release of ‘No Pressure’ executive produced by No I.D. July 24th,” Logic wrote. “It’s been a great decade. Now it’s time to be a great father.” The album’s title serves to complete a circle started with his debut, called Under Pressure, which arrived in 2014.

Logic’s retirement comes over a year after he shared his fifth album, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which also served as his third Billboard albums chart-topper, following his 2017 album Everybody and his 2018 project Bobby Tarantino II. While retirement and rappers rarely last very long, it seems like Logic is content with spending time with family, an opportunity he more than deserves.

Check out his announcement in the tweet above.

No Pressure is out 07/24 via Def Jam and Visionary.

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Nia Long Claims Her Age And Race Were Factors In Her Not Getting A Role In ‘Charlie’s Angels’

Nia Long has a new movie out: Fatal Affair, a Fatal Attraction-y Netflix movie in which she’s stalked by a deranged old flame played by Omar Epps. But doing press for it has stirred up some old, less-than-pleasant memories. While talking to Insider (as caught by Entertainment Weekly), the Boyz N the Hood alum spoke about missing out on a big role in a big movie: the 2000 movie version of Charlie’s Angels. She says she was up for Alex Munday, one of the investigating trio, and she claims she didn’t get it due to her age and her race.

“The feedback that I received from my agent was, ‘She just looked too old and sophisticated to be next to Drew Barrymore,’” Long told Insider. “I was like, ‘What?’” Long told Insider. “I love Drew Barrymore, I think she’s amazing, but I think that was just a nice way to say you’re a little too Black. Personally, that’s what I think. Because if you notice there were no brown skin [actors]. I mean, honestly, I would have been the blackest thing in the film.”

The role ultimately went to Lucy Liu (while Cameron Diaz nabbed the other spot), so at least it wasn’t an all-white cast. But the experience left a bad taste in her mouth. ” I’m thinking to myself, it’s an actor’s choice to walk in the room how they want to look, but it’s a director’s vision to help create and curate a character,” Long said. “So if you couldn’t see beyond the fact that I had on a blazer and a pair of jeans then that was clearly not the job and opportunity for me. So, no problem, I’ll keep it moving.”

As EW notes, this is the second time in the last two weeks that an actress of color has spoken about almost playing Alex Munday in the 2000 Charlie’s Angels. Thandie Newton did an extensive chat with Vulture, in which she had a less-than-encouraging meet-up with then-Sony Pictures head Amy Pascal.

“I had a meeting with her, and she said, ‘Look, I don’t mean to be politically incorrect, but the character as written and you playing the role, I just feel like we’ve got to make sure that it’s believable,’” Newton said. “I was like, ‘What do you mean? What changes would you have to make?’ She’s like, ‘Well, you know, the character, as written, she’s been to university and is educated.’ I’m like, ‘I’ve been to university. I went to Cambridge.’ She went, “Yeah, but you’re different.”

Newton continued: “She’s like, “Maybe there could be a scene where you’re in a bar and she gets up on a table and starts shaking her booty. She’s basically reeling off these stereotypes of how to be more convincing as a Black character. Everything she said, I was like, ‘Nah, I wouldn’t do that.’”

Pascal denied making those comments.

(Via Insider and Entertainment Weekly)

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Bucks Guard Eric Bledsoe Tested Positive For COVID-19 And Is Not In Orlando

The Milwaukee Bucks enter the NBA’s Orlando bubble with the league’s best record at 53-12 and, prior to the extended hiatus, Giannis Antetokounmpo and company were widely seen as a significant favorite to reach the 2020 NBA Finals. In addition, the Bucks seemingly have a breezy path to at least the second round of the playoffs, giving the team the opportunity to ramp up slowly through the seeding games and a first round match-up against an inferior opponent.

With that as the backdrop, word broke from Chris Haynes of TNT and Yahoo Sports on Thursday that starting point guard Eric Bledsoe is not yet in Orlando due to a positive COVID-19 test, with Malika Andrews of ESPN also offering a quote from Bledsoe shortly after.

Haynes notes that he spoke to Bledsoe, who informed him that he is not feeling symptoms and that he “feels good” at this time. While any speculation on the exact time of his arrival and his overall status is extremely difficult, Bledsoe must clear quarantine protocol and have two consecutive negative tests before he is able to head to join the Bucks on the Walt Disney World campus — where another quarantine would have to be cleared before he could begin practicing.

The Bucks worked to improve their backcourt depth this offseason, but Bledsoe remains a critical piece of their lineup and a major x-factor for how good they can be come playoff time. If Bledsoe is unavailable at the outset of their on-court journey in Orlando, Milwaukee would presumably turn to George Hill and Donte DiVincenzo for increased minutes in the backcourt. The Bucks are scheduled to play their first seeding game on July 31 against the Boston Celtics.

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Tory Lanez Reportedly Shot Megan Thee Stallion While She Was Outside The Vehicle

Early this week, news broke out that Tory Lanez was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in the Hollywood Hills. Initial reports of his arrest placed Megan Thee Stallion with the Canadian rapper, as she reportedly sustained a leg injury due to stepping on broken glass. However, a couple of days later Megan revealed in an Instagram post that her foot injury was the result of multiple gunshots to her leg in “a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me.” Shocked that the Houston rapper was the victim of a shooting, fans began to speculate what happened Sunday night in Hollywood between Tory and Megan. TMZ has returned with a new report on the incident, revealing a potential answer.

According to their latest report, Tory was the individual responsible for shooting Megan. Tory, Megan, her friend Kelsey Nicole allegedly got into an argument after leaving a party in Hollywood. Riding together in a chauffeur-driven SUV, Megan and Kesley sought to exit the vehicle at one point, and it was then that Tory shot twice from within the SUV, hitting Megan both times in the foot.

A couple of days after the incident TMZ released the video of Megan being placed in handcuffs before allegedly being taken to the hospital. In the video, bloody footprints can be seen on the ground as Megan walks on the sidewalk following the officer’s commands. Despite the report, Tory has not been named as a suspect nor has he been confirmed as the person responsible for shooting Megan.

The latest report can be read here.

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The ‘Chucky’ Teaser Brings The ‘Child’s Play’ Menace To The Small Screen

Chucky, the killer doll first seen in the 1988 horror fave Child’s Play, has managed to survive the last four decades — some five presidents — and apart from two shorts, his adventures have been on the big screen. That changes next year. As revealed in January, SyFy commissioned a Chucky TV show, called simply Chucky, which reboots the character with a new origin story. And on Thursday, franchise king Don Mancino dropped the first teaser for the show on social media.

It really is a teaser, in the sense that it teases and nothing else. In fact, it’s a single, purely CGI shot that pans across the aisles of a toy store, stopping on one product that’s not on the shelves: a red-haired doll that suddenly wields a butcher knife.

It’s not been formally revealed who’s voicing Chucky himself — whether it will be original star Brad Douriff, or if it will Mark Hamill, who took the reins for last summer’s slightly underperforming reboot movie, also called Child’s Play. For now, here’s the plot description, which was posted on SyFy when the series was announced earlier this year:

After a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies and allies from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster.

Chucky, whose creative time includes Nick Antosca, creator of the long-running SyFy staple Channel Zero, is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2021. You can watch the teaser in the video above.

(Via EW)

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A New Trailer And Details Are Out For ‘eFootball PES 2021 Season Update’

News began to trickle out about the future of the Pro Evolution Soccer series on Wednesday. Konami’s annual soccer game is slated to go through some gigantic changes for its 2022 edition, most notably with a new game engine believed to be the highly-anticipated Unreal Engine 5, but before then, the series will have its annual release a little later this year, one that will celebrate PES‘ 25th anniversary.

Some more details about that game, titled eFootball PES 2021 Season Update, began to become public on Thursday. This included a trailer for the game that prominently features Barcelona star Lionel Messi — who is slated to appear on the cover of the game — and a digitalized version of his legendary “Goal of the Century” against Getafe in 2007, along with a number of gameplay clips.

In a release, Konami announced that this will be an updated version of last year’s PES release, with updated player ratings and rosters coming as a patch on the day of its release. Beyond that, PES 2021 will include an UEFA Euro 2020 mode to celebrate the continental tournament that was moved to next summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a new Moment Series that, per a release, will give games the chance to “relive and recreate memorable moments from the careers of current and former football superstars with this new myClub series.”

Perhaps the biggest news for this version of the game is the price. The latest PES game will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam on Sept. 15 starting at $29.99. The game’s Partner Club Edition — which will be available for Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Manchester United — will run games $34.99.

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‘Floor Is Lava’ And ‘Space Force’ Almost Scored The Same-Sized Audience, According To Netflix

With the global pandemic trapping people at home, it probably won’t come as a shock that Netflix experienced substantial viewership for its second quarter. But what is surprising is the two Netflix Originals that racked up impressively high and similar numbers.

According to the latest shareholders report, the military comedy Space Force blasted its way into 40 million households since launching on May 29. In an even shorter timeframe, the new game show Floor is Lava jumped across 37 million living rooms after it erupted onto the streaming service less than a month ago on June 19. Netflix also saw solid performance from several other of its originals, and according to Deadline, the streaming giant took a shot at its growing number of competitors who are attempting to repeat its success and peel off subscribers:

“All of the major entertainment companies like WarnerMedia, Disney and NBCUniversal are pushing their own streaming services and two of the most valuable companies in the world, Apple and Amazon, are growing their investment in premium content,” the Reed Hastings-run company said with the prose equivalent of gritted teeth. “In addition, TikTok’s growth is astounding, showing the fluidity of internet entertainment,” they added one day after NBCU’s Peacock had its national launch, with no Olympics and few originals.

“Instead of worrying about all these competitors, we continue to stick to our strategy of trying to improve our service and content every quarter faster than our peers,” Netflix noted sticking the shiv in. “Our continued strong growth is a testament to this approach and the size of the entertainment market.”

Starring Steve Carrell, Greg Daniels, and Lisa Kudrow, Space Force is a satirical comedy named after President Donald Trump’s real-life attempt to build an actual military force in space. (It’s not going well.) Meanwhile, Floor is Lava is more family-friendly fare that features teams of three contestants as they attempt to recreate the childhood game of jumping across furniture. Only instead of avoiding your mom’s carpet, the floor is a bubbling hot tub of orange water that makes leaping from wet surface to wet surface all the more precarious. The successful game show formula was apparently a hit with Netflix audiences as it almost matched the numbers for Space Force in under a month, and it could overtake the scripted comedy in the weeks ahead.

(Via Deadline)

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Tash Sultana Hits The Studio To Jam Out With Herself In The Laid-Back ‘Greed’ Video

Australian singer Tash Sultana’s debut record, Flow State, showcased her knack for groove-driven earworms. This year, the singer has ushered in a new era of music with the equally-funky singles “Pretty Lady” and “Greed.” To further display her musical talents, Tash follows up her “Greed” single with a “studio jam” video of the track.

For the black-and-white visual, Sultana took time out from recording her sophomore album to film herself playing “Greed” in her Melbourne studio. The singer jams out with herself by recording each part of the song separately, including the jazz-inflected drums and dual-layered vocal tracks. When edited together, the track flows perfectly while depicting her expertise on a variety of instruments.

The song itself is a reflection on the corruptive nature of money and how it breeds greed. “This song is about how people change around you when you achieve some sort of success,” Sultana said in a statement. “People you’ve never had anything to do with try and climb into your life somehow, people you’ve known for ages suddenly go silent. People who never paid you for a gig suddenly want to book you. That person from high school that gave you sh*t for playing the guitar suddenly wants on the guest list. It’s a funny little thing all of this and what it does to people.”

Watch Sultana perform “Greed” with herself above.