Chadwick Boseman & "Avengers" Directors’ Movie "21 Bridges" Drops New Trailer

Chadwick Boseman is set to star in Anthony and Joe Russo’s upcoming cop thriller 21 Bridges. The Russo Brothers and Boseman first worked together on Captain America: Civil War, and retained a friendship while filming Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Their latest film isn’t a fantasy flick though, and gives Boseman a chance to show f his more grizzled and polished acting skills. The Brothers are producing the film, while Brian Kirk will direct.

The plot for 21 Bridges goes as follows: “21 Bridges follows an embattled NYPD detective who is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. As the night unfolds, lines become blurred on who he is pursuing, and who is in pursuit him. When the search intensifies, extreme measures are taken to prevent the killers from escaping Manhattan as the authorities close all 21 Bridges to prevent any entry or exit from the iconic island.”

A new trailer for 21 Bridges premiered at San Diego Comic-Con, and it features a deeper look at the plot. Sienna Miller, Stephan James, Keith David, and Taylor Kitsch star alongside Boseman, and the film is set to hit theaters on September 27. Check out the new trailer below. 

"Westworld" Season 3 Trailer Highlights A Robot Rebellion: Watch

Westworld is hands down the best show on HBO now that Game Of Thrones is over. The cast Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, Ed Harris, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, and James Marsden is magnificent. The show is based on an old school movie the same name, but there are major difference between the updated HBO series and the film from 1973. It’s hard to dive into the plot without revealing any spoilers, but if you know, you know. The basic plot the show revolves around an amusement park filled with life-like robots who do not know they are robots. Wealthy clients come and play in the amusement park by killing, having sex with, and going on adventures with the robots. Of course, things quickly spiral downhill. 

San Diego Comic-Con is currently going down, and HBO released a debut trailer for Westworld season 3 during the celebrations. The trailer brings the main characters out into the real world, something that has only been shown briefly in previous seasons. Now that the robots have made it to the real world, it looks like a plan is unfolding to remain hidden while more devious plots unravel. Check out the trailer for season 3 below. 

Ice Cube & Chuck D Clap Back At Writer Who Dissed BIG3 Basketball League

West Coast veteran and hip-hop legend Ice Cube was quick to defend his brand online after The Ringer published an article entitled “Joe Johnson Is the Big3’s First God.” While the name seems harmless enough, it is followed by the tag line, “Have you ever wondered what would happen if a seven-time NBA All-Star played in a three-on-three league against a bunch washed retirees?” The writer the piece, Rodger Sherman, tweeted a link to the article which caught the attention Cube. The result was a concise yet stinging reproach. “This is very disrespectful. Washed? I’d like to see you get your ass out there with them,” wrote Cube after retweeting the article.

Public Enemy’s Chuck D hopped in the conversation as well, sub-tweeting his support for Cube. “Cube THAT same person would pass the Fcuk Out after a 45 second argument,” he wrote. The article in question does call players washed at once point, but then takes a step back to reassess the statement. “The Big3 originally seemed like a way for washed ex-ballers to con fans into financing their retirements half-assed pickup games,” writes Sherman. “Three years in, though, the league has survived and carved out a niche,” he continues. “The players are increasingly NBA-adjacent, and everyone appears generally interested in winning.” 

Regina King Stars In "Watchmen" TV Series Trailer: Watch

The Watchmen movie from 2009 is a classic. Even though the plot did drag, it did play out like a comic in such a literal sense that some the movie’s flaws can be forgiven. Now, ten years later, HBO is set to relaunch the movie as a show. The series, which has the same title as the film and the comic book which started the craze, will take place in an alternate reality though. Showrunner Damon Lindel (The Leftovers) stated, “We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago.” He continued to hint at a fresh story based within the same lore. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted, They will, however, be remixed,” he explained. 

HBO released a new trailer for the series on Saturday (July 20) during San Deigo Comic-Con. The plot for the show was published as: “This drama series embraces the nostalgia the original groundbreaking graphic novel the same name while attempting to break new ground its own.” Watchmen is slated to touch down this October and stars Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson, Don Johnson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Adelynn Spoon, Lily Rose Smith, Frances Fisher, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Jacob Ming-Trent, and Tom Mison. Check out the new trailer below. 

USPS Workers Running Illegal Weed Delivery Scheme

If you live in Los Angeles, you can get weed delivered to your doorstep whenever you run out supply. Other parts the country are not as lucky though. There are still too many states that have not legalized recreational or medical cannabis use and although the stigma appears to finally be dissipating regarding pot smokers, it can still be pretty sketchy to cop some grass in the street. As reported by Complex, a group USPS delivery workers have been abusing their jobs to flex their drug dealing prowess, using their mail delivery trucks to transport weed to and from potential clients. As you would likely have assumed, multiple people have been convicted as a result.

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Two United States Postal Service employees were convicted this week after staging separate schemes to deliver drugs during their shifts. In the first case, Mobile, Alabama’s Unterria Rogers was sentenced to five years for running an illegal marijuana delivery system. The 33-year-old man reportedly got his supply from California and delivered packages along the way. He allegedly pocketed $250 per pound he moved. 

A second mail carrier, New Jersey’s Fred Rivers, was busted on conspiracy charges after he reportedly intercepted drug-filled packages being delivered to fake names, selling them to a local drug dealer. 

Hopefully, these men don’t end up spending too much time in prison. There are so many issues with the current justice system and the number men and women locked up for marijuana-related fences just continues to grow. Still though, you’ve got to be a little smarter. Don’t be using your company truck to deliver the goods…

USPS Workers Running Illegal Weed Delivery Scheme
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"Marvel’s Avengers" Video Game Story & Details Revealed At San Diego Comic Con

Marvel’s Avengers premiered its first trailer at E3 several weeks ago, and it was met with mixed reviews. The gameplay did not blow some viewers away, and the voice actors made others feel uncomfortable. Still, there was hope for the title since most the footage was preliminary. Square-Enix and Crystal Dynamic promised to deliver a Game Of The Year contender with Avengers, and they gave fans more details about the game at San Diego Comic-Con. 

The legendary Hall H was shown roughly 20 minutes gameplay, which has been defined as the prologue to the main story. The clip begins as a celebration for the Avengers in San Francisco is being held. Called A Day, the team is opening a new headquarters on the West Coast. Suddenly, there are explosions on the Golden Gate Bridge. Captain America sends Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, and Hulk to investigate. Footage gameplay with each character was highlighted during the battle. Thor’s moves were typical for the god thunder. He utilized lightning blasting across the ground to subdue enemies and also used tiny tornadoes that lifted bad guys f the ground and threw them. Of course, Thor’s mighty hammer was also in the mix. Iron Man displayed range-focused combat as he blasted at bad guys with shots from his Unibeam and ranged missiles. Hulk used several aerial moves (much like in Marvel VS Capcom 3) to come crashing back to earth like a meteor. He also used his Sonic Clap, and tossed tanks around like toys.

Black Widow used ninja-like combat to battle Taskmaster, the villain behind the attack. After she defeats him and meets up with Thor, Iron Man and Hulk, she reveals that she feels like the entire thing was a setup. At that moment, the Helicarrier where Captain America is stationed explodes, killing him and destroying much the city from the fallout. The explosion on A Day also triggers a Terrigen generator, which covers the entire city in Terrigen Mists. That includes Kamala Khan, also known as Ms. Marvel, who is surrounded in the swirling green gas. This hints at a major plot point which may include the Inhumans, who are created when species with dormant genes are exposed to the Terrigen Mists. 

Other than the main story, players will also be able to play online in a co-op mode that allows gamers to customize their own hero. Gamers will be able to squad up with friends and complete undefined challenges that will help them upgrade their custom heroes. We can’t wait.

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Nicki Minaj Remixes DaBaby’s ‘Suge’

Nicki Minaj brought Queen Radio to the West Coast for a special edition on L.A. radio station Power 106 on Friday.

During the hour-long episode, the Queen premiered a brand new remix to DaBaby’s “Suge.” Over the top 10 hit, Barbie bosses up with some heavy-hitting bars. “Queen sleazy era / They never see me ever / I send my shooters and they introduce us as soon as I pull the lever,” she raps.

She also gave DaBaby her co-sign. “I just think he’s super dope and he actually spits actual bars,” said Nicki of the Charlotte-bred MC.

During Friday’s episode, she revealed that she turned down $1.5 million to perform in Saudi Arabia and that she is working on a new album as well as her long-awaited documentary, which she promises is coming soon.

Hear Nicki snap on her “Suge” remix.


Rihanna Announces Her Fenty Beauty Take Over In Asia

While Rihanna never ceases to amaze us and now she’s set to stun another part the world since her Fenty beauty is set to take over Asia. The 31-year-old took to Instagram recently to announce that her cosmetic ferings will be available in Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul and Jeju. 

“When I launched @fentybeauty in 2017, it was important to me to make sure it was available globally so everyone had access to it. And now we are continuing to expand our Fenty Beauty family to Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul and Jeju in September!” Rihanna wrote, alongside a gorgeous photo herself.

“We will be available in Hong Kong & Macau at T Galleria by @dfsficial, @sephorahk, @harveynicholshk, @beautybazaarhk, and @beautyavenuehk. In Seoul, you can find us in Duty Free locations at @lottedutyfree, @shinsegaedutyfree, and in Jeju at the @shilladfs_en.”

“I’ve had my makeup done thousands time, and when it comes to foundation, you just never know how it’s going to turn out,” Rihanna previously told Time, detailing her inspiration behind some her products.

“I think foundation should look like great skin, so it was important to me that the Pro Filt’r foundation had a st matte finish because you want a dewy look, but never shiny! It was also important that every woman felt included in this brand. We are all so different, with our own unique skin tones, so we started with the 40 foundation shades out the gate.”

Multiple Suitors Have Lined Up to Acquire eBay's StubHub

In March, eBay finally caved to a minority group of very vocal investors.

The company confirmed it had now considered a of its business assets.  This includes a possible sale or spin-off of StubHub and its classified ad business.

The move came after Elliott Management, an activist hedge fund, acquired 4% of eBay.  In an open letter to the company, the hedge fund stated both assets remained undervalued.

Slamming the company for misusing both assets, Jesse Cohn, Elliott’s Head of U.S. Equity Activism, wrote,

StubHub and eBay’s portfolio of Classifieds properties represent high-value strategic assets that are worth meaningfully more than the value currently being ascribed to them as part of eBay.

He argued eBay’s stock price could jump 75% to 100% by the end of 2020 should the company sell off these underused assets.

This argument makes sense.

Currently, the company’s core marketplace brings in the most revenue.  Both StubHub and its Classified Group unit brought in less than 10% of the company’s total revenue last year.

Breaking these figures down, StubHub’s revenue jumped 2% year-over-year to $314 million in Q4 2018.  That was due to gross ticket sales, which reached $1.4 billion, down 2% year-over-year.  eBay Classifieds, meanwhile, brought in $263 million during the same period.  The company’s Marketplace generated $2.3 billion in revenue.

Now, multiple suitors have reportedly lined up, ready to ‘save’ StubHub.

So, who wants to pay the most for a ticketing company?

Speaking with CNBC, numerous sources told the media outlet eBay has finally moved forward with the sale of its ticketing business.

Stating StubHub’s sale remains in the early process, multiple parties have reportedly expressed interest.

Following the report, eBay’s shares quickly jumped 2.8%.  So far this year, the company’s stock has jumped 45%, and risen 19% in the S&P 500.

Remaining coy about the report, CEO Devin Wenig said in an earnings call,

We’re making significant progress and actively reviewing the role and value of StubHub and Classifieds in our portfolio.

[eBay is] focused on determining the best path forward to create shareholder value.

Explaining why shares jumped, R.J. Hottoby, an equity analyst at Morningstar, Inc., told the Los Angeles Times,

The idea that management is open to explore a sale of StubHub caught the market’s attention.  They still have things to solve with their online marketplace business.

It remains unclear when – and if – the company would finally sell StubHub.

Stating the sale would ultimately strengthen eBay’s own shares, Victor Anthony, an analyst at Aegis Capital Corp., concluded,

They have assets they can sell to generate cash and return to shareholders.  The reasons to own the stock remain valid despite the pressure on growth.

 


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In Heated 'Leaving Neverland' Case, a California Judge Asks Whether Forced Arbitration Would Violate HBO's First Amendment Rights

Does sending a questionable documentary back to arbitration violate freedom of speech?

That’s the question a California federal judge has in mind.

Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge George H. Wu asked HBO and the Michael Jackson Estate to file a briefing.  Both parties must explain whether sending Leaving Neverland to arbitration would violate HBO’s first amendment rights.

In February, filed a costly $100 million lawsuit against the beleaguered network.  HBO allegedly violated a non-disparagement agreement first reached in 1992.  The late singer’s family claims the network signed the deal prior to airing Michael Jackson in Concert in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour.

HBO, however, soon scored a major victory.  A federal judge rejected a motion by Jackson’s Estate to transfer the case back to an arbitrator.  Both sides fought to determine where the case would ultimately be decided.  The late singer’s estate doesn’t want the litigation carried out in open court.  The network has long argued the 1992 non-disparagement agreement never existed.  This facilitates the need for a federal court to intervene.

Judge Wu’s latest move signals his intent to side with the Michael Jackson Estate and send the case back to arbitration.

On the network’s part, HBO’s legal team wants Judge Wu to declare the possible arbitration ruling “unenforceable.”  This wouldn’t only violate its First Amendment rights, argues the network.  The ruling would also violate due process and California public policy.  If denied, HBO argues this would open the floodgates to a slew of posthumous defamation claims.

According to Jackson’s estate, arbitration doesn’t violate the network’s freedom of speech.  Should Judge Wu rule against HBO, this wouldn’t count as the government interfering with the network’s First Amendment rights.

Telling both sides the issue will be further discussed in court, Judge Wu wrote,

While the Court agrees that attempting to enforce an arbitration agreement in a contract that includes a non-disparagement clause through the filing of a lawsuit does not initially suggest the presence of state action, the initiation of the litigation itself can trigger First Amendment concerns.

It cannot be doubted that Plaintiffs’ arbitration action is seeking to recover damages based upon Defendants’ broadcasting a documentary.

A trial to deal with the First Amendment issues will take place on September 16th.

 


 

John Cena Teases Appearance At WWE’s Raw Reunion

John Cena has been away from the WWE since his brief appearance as The Dr. Of Thuganomics at Wrestlemania 35 in April, but he may be coming back as part WWE’s Raw Reunion on Monday.

Cena, who has been in England filming “Fast & Furious 9,” recently returned to The States, specifically Florida, which is where the reunion will be held. During an interview with Deco Drive, the 16-time WWE Champ flirted with the possibility joining the list WWE legends already scheduled for the July 22 edition Monday Night Raw. 

“They say it’s going to be one the biggest RAWs all time, and it’s certainly memorable. Um… we’ll see?,” Cena said with a smile, while hitting his trademark “You Can’t See Me” gesture.

During Sunday night’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view in Philadelphia, WWE first announced the upcoming Raw Reunion Special, which will include a plethora WWE icons such as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels, among others.

The Raw Reunion, billed as “the biggest reunion in WWE history,” will air on Monday, July 22 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. WWE has also announced a WWE Network special called “Smackville,” that will take place just two weeks before SummerSlam.

The list wrestling legends advertised in the promo video for the Raw Reunion include:

  • Steve Austin
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Ric Flair
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Razor Ramon
  • Diesel
  • Kurt Angle
  • Sgt. Slaughter
  • Christian
  • Ted DiBiase
  • Eric Bischf
  • The Boogeyman
  • Jimmy Hart
  • Hurricane
  • Santino Marella
  • Jerry Lawler
  • D-Von Dudley

Jussie Smollett Is Fighting To Dismiss A Special Prosecutor From Reviewing His Case

Jussie Smollett may have been dropped from his 16 felony counts after he was indicted for allegedly lying to cops about a homophobic attack, but it doesn’t mean his court appearances are over anytime soon. Last month we posted about the special prosecutor that was appointed to Jussie’s case who would look over his case files with a fine-tooth comb to catch any irregularities. “If reasonable grounds exist to further prosecute Smollett, in the interest justice the special prosecutor may take such action,” court documents detailed. 

Jussie Smollett Is Fighting To Dismiss A Special Prosecutor From Reviewing His Case
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TMZ now reports that Jussie and his legal team are fighting back since they filed three motions today (Friday, July 19th) in an attempt to overturn the prosecutor calling it double jeopardy for Jussie. The Empire actor and his legal team are sticking to the story that the Osundairo brothers attacked Jussie, got caught and then blamed him for their homophobic actions. Jussie’s attorney, Tina Glandian, is even citing text messages from the brothers where they degraded another man by calling him a “fruit.”

Jussie and his legal team are looking to get a grand jury testimony from the Osundairo brothers. A decision has yet to be made. 

Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

The Nike Air Max 97 has seen a bit a resurgence over the past couple years and has quickly become one the most popular Air Max shoes on the market. Nike has taken advantage this newfound popularity by coming out with a plethora new colorways. One the colorways people love is the “Bred” model which features a mostly black upper with red highlights all the way throughout. 

Nike has released an updated take on the “Bred” model as this time it features silver reflective highlights on the upper and on the tongue. Depending on the lighting conditions, the reflective material shines bright and will make your feet look incredibly flashy which to be quite honest, is never a bad thing. 

If you’re looking to cop this brand new sneaker, you can do so on Nike.com where sizes from 6-15 are still available for $160 USD.

Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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#DXCLUSIVE: J57 & Heem Stogied Tease Forthcoming LP With “46 Bars” Video

Producer J57 — who is having a busy 2019 thus far — linked up with ATLien Heem Stogied (close collaborator of Tha God Fahim) for a collaborative LP titled False Guidance. In anticipation of the release, they’ve released a visual treatment for the lead single, “46 Bars.”

“It’s my 13th original project … J57 fully produced it except for two co-productions by Deejay Element (Brown Bag All-Stars) and DJ Pocket,” Heem Stogied tells HipHopDX. The LP, also features J-Scienide, Ill Conscious, and more.

“There will also be three different vinyls for this one album released Copenhagen Records,” he adds.

False Guidance is just one of the various collaborative releases on the docket for J57. In addition to the upcoming Jamo Gang album — and the others he’s hinted at — there is an LP with Shabaam Sahdeeq on the way.

Check out Heem Stogied and J57’s “46 Bars” above.

Aubrey O’Day’s "Dream" Sperm Donor Is Barack Obama

Ever since Diddy announced that he’d be bringing back Making The Band, Aubrey O’Day has managed to catch another wave relevance in the media. Although she’s managed to score roles on reality television as most successful artists do, she’s made headlines this past week after criticizing Diddy for revamping Making The Band. She claimed that he’s the reason why the group ultimately disbanded but she’s been met with criticism for her claims. Strangely enough, that hasn’t been the craziest thing she’s said this week. According to Page Six, she admitted that she’s ready to have children but wants the baby daddy to be America’s 44th president.

Aubrey O'Day's "Dream" Sperm Donor Is Barack Obama
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If Aubrey O’Day had her way, Barack Obama would be her sperm donor. She recently explained that her dream donor would be the former POTUS because he has all the qualities a great woman deserves. “I would like to do a show about inseminating me with some brilliant man’s sperm so I can have a child,” she said. “Dream donor, Barack Obama… Because he’s brilliant, classy, kind, compassionate, witty, gorgeous. Everything that a great woman deserves, and that’s why he’s got a great woman.

Considering the type men she’s dated in the past, it makes sense why she’d want someone like Barack Obama as her sperm donor. But the chances that happening are non-existant.