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Will ‘Avengers: The Kang Dynasty’ Get A New Title?

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a state of flux. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and The Marvels underperformed at the box office, Steven Yeun and Ayo Edebiri both dropped out of Thunderbolts, and the less said about Secret Invasion, the better. There’s also the matter of Jonathan Majors. The Kang actor was going to be the face of the MCU, culminating in Avengers movies, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, until he was found guilty of assaulting and harassing his ex-girlfriend.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Marvel dropped Majors hours after the conviction and is rewriting those movies, which will minimize the character or excise him entirely.” The studio is also renaming the next Avengers film.

The first of the new Avengers movies, due out in 2026, was initially titled Avengers: The Kang Dynasty but will be getting a new title to remove the character’s name, though sources say that even before Majors’ conviction, the studio was making moves to minimize the character after Quantumania underperformed, grossing $476 million.

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is now being unofficially referred to as Avengers 5. It’s currently scheduled to come out May 1, 2026, followed by Avengers: Secret Wars on May 7, 2027.

(Via the Hollywood Reporter)

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When Does ‘Abbott Elementary’ Season 3, Episode 4 Come Out?

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School is finally back in session after a brief semester off. Season three of Abbott Elementary started up this month and the gang wasted no time getting right into it.

At the end of season two, it was revealed that Janine (Quinta Brunson) and Gregory (Tyler James Williams) decided to remain friends instead of pursuing a relationship, though this has seriously impacted their dynamic.

At the start of this season, Janine is working at the school district, which she hopes will bring real change. This shows a new side of Janine, which Brunson was excited about. “Her hair is different. She’s dressing different. We see immediately what kind of growth has happened for her in the past five months,” Brunson recently told Variety, adding that fans haven’t guessed where the season is going yet. “From what I’ve seen online or from people I’ve talked to, they have no idea. They’re not guessing what happens. And for people who have seen it already, there’s alarm on their faces.”

Get ready to be alarmed! Abbott Elementary season 3, episode 3 airs on Wednesday, February 21 9:00 p.m. EST on ABC. Just like previous episodes, it will be available on Hulu the following day.

Thankfully for Abbott fans, the series was just rendered for a fourth season, so there will be plenty more to come.

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JJ Redick Questioned If ‘Fans Actually Want To Be Educated Or Not’ About Basketball

JJ Redick has been one of the fastest rising personalities in the NBA media space since he retired in 2021. Redick became a fixture on ESPN studio shows, launched one of the more popular NBA podcasts, and is now set to be part of ESPN’s lead broadcast booth after stepping into the spot vacated by Doc Rivers when he left for the Bucks job earlier this year.

What’s been fascinating is watching Redick put on different hats and learn some of the dirty truths about the sports media space, namely why things are the way they are. Redick, like many diehard NBA fans, wishes there was more actual basketball commentary and breakdowns provided to fans. He wants more discussion of actions and sets, defensive strategy and what works and what doesn’t, but he’s come to learn what TV networks have known for a long time, which is that fiery rants and hot takes draw far more eyeballs.

That frustrates Redick, but he also can’t help himself but to dip a toe in those waters. Most recently, he went on First Take on Tuesday and torched Doc Rivers for a lack of accountability, becoming the lead story in the NBA world on a day without basketball. On Wednesday, Redick expressed his frustration with how that took off while a breakdown video he spent a lot of time on detailing what the Pelicans are doing on offense gets a small fraction of viewership. For a brief moment it seems as though Redick has a crisis of faith, asking whether “fans want to actually be educated or not?” (starting at the 8:14 mark of the video above).

Stephen A. Smith seemed to delight in this moment of realization and couldn’t help but prod at Redick over it, as he’s heard the comments from Redick in the past about the issues with the sports media and how they don’t talk about the right things. Smith is someone that pores over viewership numbers and tailors First Take‘s approach directly to what draws the most eyeballs, which is also why Redick and others join the show to hop in the mud with him.

That said, there is an oversaturation of that approach and for those that don’t do it as well as Stephen A. and company, it doesn’t work nearly as well and there is a place for the kind of conversation Redick wants to have. While 54,000 views isn’t a staggering amount, it’s really not bad for a fairly niche post about the Pelicans’ offensive actions with Zion Williamson as the lead ball-handler. The problem that you run into as a national person trying to do those things is the only people that will particularly interested in the nitty-gritty of each team are fans of that particular team. That naturally shuts out the vast majority of your audience, even those who are interested in that kind of stuff, because most fans are only really interested in diving deep on their favorite squad.

The answer isn’t that there’s no market for deeper basketball content, but you have to be more targeted at a local level. It’s why the team-specific podcast industry is growing and why local coverage is so vital, especially as we lose beatwriters to belt-tightening at newspapers and other outlets that serve local audiences. Fans do want player breakdowns and deep-dives into schematics, but mostly just about their team. There are some who want to know everything about every team, but very few people have the time and energy for that. That’s why you end up with 54,000 views on a video about the Pelicans offense, because I’d venture a guess that 95 percent of that viewership is Pelicans fans (who probably greatly appreciated that).

The NBA is less localized than MLB but moreso than the NFL (but even there, fans aren’t going to engage as much with scheme stuff about other teams), and that means the deeper you go into one specific team, the narrower your audience gets. That’s why the big national shows talk about the things they do, because it’s what will get the masses to engage, as Redick begrudgingly is learning.

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Peso Pluma Has Joined Forces With Sony’s ‘For The Music’ Campaign For His First-Ever Brand Partnership

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Peso Pluma has partnered with Sony for its “For The Music” audio campaign, marking the Latin music artist’s first-ever brand partnership. Pluma joins the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, Khalid, and Tate McRae who have partnered with Sony for the movement, which aims to create authentic music experiences and transcend emotion for fans.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Sony’s ‘For The Music’ campaign to continue opening pathways for Latin Music,” said Pluma in a statement.

“Since the launch of ‘For The Music,’ we have cultivated such amazing collaborations with artists on products and experiences that have brought their creative vision to fans in new and innovative ways” said Jordy Freed — Head of Brand, Business Development, Partner Marketing & Strategy, Personal Entertainment Business in Sony Corporation of America — in a statement. “We are thrilled to continue this work with Peso Pluma and support him as he takes his music to new levels.”

The “For The Music” movement consists of three categories — “For The Ear,” which emphasizes the cutting-edge technology of Sony’s audio products; “For The Stage,” which features products designed for immersive musical performances for artists; and “For The Studio,” creating tools for the production process, where all the magic begins.

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Woman who lives on a cruise ship shares the hardest part about her perfect life

A lot of folks would love to trade lives with Christine Kesteloo. Her husband is the Chief Engineer on a cruise ship, so she gets to live on the boat pretty much for free as the “wife on board.” For Christine, life is a lot like living on a permanent vacation.

“I live on a cruise ship for half the year with my husband, and it’s often as glamorous as it sounds,” she told Insider. “After all, I don’t cook, clean, make my bed, do laundry or pay for food.“

Living an all-inclusive lifestyle seems like paradise, but it has some drawbacks. Having access to all-you-can-eat food all day long can really have an effect on one’s waistline. Kesteloo admits that living on a cruise ship takes a lot of self-discipline because the temptation is always right under her nose.


“One of the hardest things about living on a cruise ship is that I know right now, if I just leave my cabin, I can go and have cookies, pizza, a shake, I could have anything I wanted, and I want it, I absolutely want it,” she said in a TikTok video that received over 400,000 views.

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The hardest part about living on a cruise ship is that I am surrounded by free food all of the time anything I want I just had lunch but it’s 2 o’clock in my body tells me it’s either cookie time or time for a hamburger. The hardest part is telling myself not to eat. #hardestpart #cruiseship #livingatsea #koningsdam #weliveonacruiseship #cruisefoodie #foodtok #itsaproblem #halcruises #hollandamericaline

“I am laying here. It is 2 pm. I had a salad for lunch, I had some fresh fruit, but that didn’t fill me up,” she continued. “Right now, all I can think about is eating a burger with some French fries and some mayonnaise.”

“And that, folks, is the absolute hardest part about living on a cruise ship,” she said. “I am surrounded by food all the time.”

She added, “The hardest part is telling myself not to eat.”

Kesteloo’s trouble is a common problem among people on cruise ships. A study by Admiral Travel Insurance found that over 60% of people who go on a week-long cruise anticipate gaining weight. Seventeen percent of people say they gain 2 to 3 pounds on a cruise, while 14% say they gain 4 to 5 pounds.

Other estimates show that the average cruiser will put on 5 to 10 pounds on a weeklong cruise. Imagine living on a cruise ship for half the year, like Kesteloo. She could quickly put on 100 pounds a year if she’s not careful.

“I’d be huge if I lived there. I would feel like I’m on a constant vacation, and who diets on vacation?” Theresa Gramelsapcker-Wilson wrote in the comments.

“This is my main reason why I couldn’t do this HHAHAHAHAHAA,” Cara Mia added.

“I never thought about those who actually live on a cruise ship. I would be 500 pounds,” Lucky Penny2468 said.

Kesteloo’s battle with temptation shows that in every life, a little rain must fall. Nobody ever truly has it perfect. Kesteloo seems to be living the perfect life on board a cruise ship, but she still has to fight temptation every moment of the day or make good use of the ship’s gym facilities. But, obviously, having access to too much food is far better than having too little.

This article originally appeared on 9.5.23

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Get the health benefits of Omega-3 without destroying ocean ecosystems

Over the last few decades Omega-3 supplements have become incredibly popular among health-conscious consumers, and it’s not hard to understand why. Omega-3 is a rich source of essential fatty acids, which have been linked to improvements in brain function, inflammation, chronic diseases, and overall wellness.

The only problem with Omega-3 is that most of it is derived from fish oil, and the mass production of fish oil is bad for the environment and your health. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With Calgee Sustainable Vegan Omega-3, you can get all the benefits of Omega-3 without the baggage. This eco-friendly alternative to fish oil is revolutionizing the wellness industry, promising a solution that benefits our planet as much as our health.

Why We Need Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), are superheroes in the world of nutrients, wielding powerful benefits for our brain, heart, and joints. Some researchers believe they play a role in maintaining cognitive functions like memory, focus, and mood, nourishing our mental health.

But that’s not all. Omega-3s are heart heroes, too. They’re known to reduce inflammation throughout the body, lower blood pressure, and improve cardiovascular health, keeping our hearts pumping strong. For anyone looking to ease joint pain or reduce the risk of heart disease, adding a dose of Omega-3 to the diet is a no-brainer.

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Unfortunately, while Omega-3 may be great for you, it’s bad for the planet when made from fish oil. As the industry stands right now, about 50 fish are killed to produce just one bottle of traditional Omega-3 supplements. This overfishing is stripping our oceans of vital species and disrupting marine ecosystems. It’s a domino effect that impacts not just the fish but the entire aquatic food chain.

Then there’s the issue of contamination. Fish oil is derived from fish liver, which is the organ responsible for filtering out toxic chemicals. As a result, responsibly produced fish oil can contain harmful levels of mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, and organochlorine pesticides—so in other words, they may pose more health risks than benefits. What we need is a plant-based solution that bypasses these environmental and health hazards. And that’s exactly what Calgee set out to do.

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Choosing Calgee Sustainable Vegan Omega-3 means embracing a future where our health supplements work in harmony with the environment. And this is more than just talk. Calgee is a member of 1% for the Planet, an innovative global nonprofit made up of ethical businesses that donate 1% of their revenue to environmental organizations working toward innovative new solutions. This is environmentalism in action.

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Scientific studies show that algae-based Omega-3s are just as rich in EPA and DHA as their fish-derived counterparts, and thus just as effective in supporting health and wellness. On top of that, Calgee’s vegan Omega-3 formulation is engineered for optimal absorption, ensuring that the body can readily utilize these essential fatty acids. All of their products are made in a FDA certified cGMP facility in the USA, and they employ third party lab testing to maintain quality, potency and ensure our product is free from major allergens.

This science-backed approach underscores Calgee’s commitment to delivering a health supplement that doesn’t compromise on efficacy. By leveraging cutting-edge research and technology, Calgee ensures that their vegan Omega-3 supplement provides all the benefits you’d expect from traditional fish oil, but in a cleaner, more sustainable form. It’s a testament to the power of innovation in creating health solutions that are good for people and the planet.

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The ‘Dune: Part Two’ Reviews Agree The Sequel Is A ‘Masterpiece’ And ‘A Hell Of A Lot Weirder’ Than The First Film

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Denis Villeneuve‘s first Dune film arrived at a very weird time for Hollywood and the world. Part One, as it’s now being called, dropped onto HBO Max at the tail-end of Warner Bros. studio’s highly controversial decision to stream its entire 2021 film slate on the platform as the COVID pandemic ravaged the theater industry. Fortunately, the circumstances spared Villeneuve from relying on box office receipts to justify a sequel as Warner Bros. immediately gave him the greenlight for Dune: Part Two.

After some delays, the sequel is finally ready to give the back-half of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic a proper theatrical release, and judging by the reviews, Part Two absolutely deserves the big screen treatment. Much like the social media reactions, the word “masterpiece” is being tossed around as critics agree that the sequel exceeds the first film in every possible way.

You can see what the reviews are saying below:

Mike Ryan, Uproxx:

On Villeneuve’s press tour for his first Dune, here was the first half of a movie, with no ending, that despite it all was getting almost universal acclaim and would wind up with a Best Picture nomination, and instead of taking a victory lap, even he was like, Just wait for the next one. He was right. You’re going to see people throw around the word “masterpiece” about Dune: Part Two and I’m not going to sit here and tell you they are wrong. It very well might be. (I would say, ask me in a year.) But Dune: Part Two is certainly up there with some of the best science fiction movies I’ve ever seen. And yeah, turns out Dune is certainly a filmable movie.

David Fear, Rolling Stone:

Thank your respective gods that Villeneuve got the greenlight for another chapter. His Dune: Part Two isn’t just a continuation of a saga. The French-Canadian filmmaker has delivered an expansion and a deepening of the world built off of Herbert’s prose, a YA romance blown up to Biblical-epic proportions, a Shakespearean tragedy about power and corruption, and a visually sumptuous second act that makes its impressive, immersive predecessor look like a mere proof-of-concept. Villeneuve has outdone himself. More importantly, he’s done justice to the scope and scale and sheer weirdness of a stoner-lit touchstone’s back half without, pun intended, sanding away its edges. It’s unapologetically geeky. It’s twice as unapologetically cinematic.

Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post:

Speaking of happy tears, Villeneuve is careful — actually, much more careful than the last director to take on this story, David Lynch — to avoid “Dune” becoming a “Star Wars” or an “Avatar.” Although those differently excellent movies would surely not exist without Frank Herbert’s seminal novel “Dune,” this is a far more complicated tale of geopolitics and religion. Good and evil are not so clear-cut. It’s also a hell of a lot weirder.

David Ehrlich, IndieWire:

As usual, Villeneuve thrives in the world-building of it all. Few directors who operate at his scale — and there are only a few directors who operate at his scale — are as skilled at framing bodies against the vastness of blank space, and we intuit more about the history of Arrakis from Patrice Vermette’s awe-inspiring sets than we do from anything the characters have to say about it. Watching Paul walk through the Fremen’s half-buried homestead tells us everything we have to know about the urgency of their fight for survival against the Harkonnen colonizers who’ve pillaged their planet for its spice, and when Lady Jessica is forced to ingest “centuries of pain and sorrow” in order to become the Reverend Mother under penalty of death, we can imagine what that tastes like.

Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter:

Running close to three hours, Dune: Part Two moves with a similar nimbleness to Paul and Chani’s sandwalk through the open desert. The narrative is propulsive and relatively easy to follow, Hans Zimmer’s score is enveloping, and Greig Fraser’s cinematography offers breathtaking perspectives that deepen our understanding of the fervently sought-after planet. All these elements make the sequel as much of a cinematic event as the first movie.

Rachel Leishman, The Mary Sue:

One of the shortcomings of the previous movie was the use of Zendaya. While Chani was not yet an important character to Paul, outside of the dreams he had of her, we as the audience only got crumbs of Zendaya’s performance. Part Two shines in how it gives her power as a voice among the Fremen while still building out her relationship with Paul.

Damon Wise, Deadline:

Intrigue is the key word in Part Two, as some old faces reappear and new ones are teased. But whenever we’re away from Paul, the story starts to drift, and the plotting — so seamless in Part One — now seems episodic, in a serial TV kind of way, even though the production values are obviously much, much higher than that. The world of the Harkonnens is heavily stylized, recalling Ridley Scott’s Alien worlds, and yet there’s also the faint whiff of prog-rock about it, as if this were the subject of a lost 1970s Rick Wakeman concept album, the kind that would usually be performed as a rock opera on ice.

Peter Debruge, Variety:

Audiences spoiled by TV series such as “The Sopranos,” “Succession” and “Game of Thrones,” which juggled intricate strategizing with explosive confrontations over runs of many years, will find in Villeneuve’s multi-part saga a satisfaction few films can offer. It’s an enormous gamble, given the expense of creating at this scale, and a vote of confidence in cinema, which still hasn’t recovered to the pre-pandemic level where the franchise was conceived. The fate of far more than Arrakis is riding on “Dune.”

Dune: Part Two worms into theaters on March 1, 2024.

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The Kid Laroi’s Journey From Start To Stardom Is Chronicled In ‘Kids Are Growing Up,’ A New Documentary

The Kid Laroi has been a certified star for a few years now and he’s only 20 years old. Indeed, he burst onto the international music scene as a teen phenom, and now his fascinating rise to stardom will be chronicled in a new full-length documentary, Kids Are Growing Up: A Story About A Kid Named Laroi.

The film is set to premiere on Amazon’s Prime Video on February 29, and a trailer is out now.

A press release notes of the movie:

Kids Are Growing Up tells the intimate story of Charlton ‘The Kid Laroi’ Howard who went from an unknown musician living in Australia to a teenage global superstar selling out his hometown arena on back-to-back nights in just three years. The film captures a unique moment in time, as Laroi enters adulthood, navigating the pressures of rapid fame, struggles with his mental health, first love, and the tragic death of his mentor — the late great Juice WRLD. Cameras began rolling before the massive success of ‘Stay’ and continue as Laroi gears up for his first world tour and studio album. As Laroi is forced to deal with problems greater than his age, he searches for what happiness truly means, and how to handle outsized expectations from the public, those closest to him, and himself.”

The release also notes that Justin Bieber and Post Malone will be featured in the film.

Check out the trailer above.

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Barry Keoghan Is Up For Making A Very Irish Movie With Ayo Edebiri

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Barry Keoghan has made a very specific name for himself as Ireland’s Official Weirdo, but he respects his fellow Irish, all of whom have been killing it lately. There’s Cillian and his distressed face, our boy Colin, and of course, Ayo Edebiri (honorary Irish).

Keoghan was interviewed by Vanity Fair when he praised the recent Irish wave. “There’s so many of us. We definitely have to feckin’ get some sort of movie going. A big ensemble,” he proposed. Maybe something along the lines of the 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie Luck Of The Irish? He added. “It’d be like, ‘Who’s the most Irish?’ We’d be all really putting it on. All the accents, oh, God. You wouldn’t understand us because when we all get together, we become more Irish, and no one understands anything that’s being said.”He explained. Whatever happens, we just have to make sure Saoirse Ronan is free for this one. We cannot have another Barbie situation.

It would not be a proper Irish film without the famous Irish icon Edebiri. Keoghan agrees, “Exactly. She’s killing it, man. She’s killing. I bumped into her as well at…what was it? I’m losing track. The Governors Ball. Oh, she’s so cool, she really is,” he added. No, Edebiri is not Irish. But that doesn’t stop her from standing alongside her Irish peers and leaning into the whole thing.

As long as the proposed Irish film includes Brendan Gleeson, Paul Mescal, and some of the Derry Girls, it will surely be a must-see blockbuster.

(Via Vanity Fair)

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Jeezy Took The Tiny Desk Crowd To The Trap In His Motivational Tiny Desk Concert

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts have run the gamut from folk-pop to trap rap, so it’s little surprise to see one of the latter genre’s original pioneers stop by the station’s Washington, DC office to deliver a motivational show. Jeezy has worn a lot of hats in recent years — New York Times bestselling author, talk show host, therapy advocate — but he’s still best known for slanging metaphorical snowstorms of aspirational street raps.

That’s exactly what he did during his set, playing his signature, game-changing hits backed by a string quartet, along with live drums, keys, and bass — all decked out in Jeezy’s Snoman shirts. Between songs, he paused to address the audience, telling the stories behind the tracks and introducing his band, and encouraged the crowd to sing along. He even did his best to sing the chorus of “Everythang” from his 2008 album TM:103 Hustlerz Ambition through his gravelly rasp, all while prominently showing off the cover of his autobiography Adversity for Sale: Ya Gotta Believe. The set was a chest-thumping walk down memory lane, and you can see the full setlist below.

Jeezy’s Tiny Desk Concert Setlist

“Standing Ovation”
“Air Forces”
“Bottom Of The Map”
“And Then What”
“Go Crazy”
“Everythang”

Watch Jeezy’s Tiny Desk Concert above.