Wes Ball Locked In To Direct Upcoming "Planet Of The Apes" Film

Planet The Apes is one those classic movies that, if revisited, has to be done right. Because the original has such a cult following, details need to be on point in every film the franchise. Therefore, direction needs to be on point as well. That is why, Disney has locked in Wes Ball as director  the upcoming Planet The Apes film. 

Wes Ball Locked In To Direct Upcoming "Planet Of The Apes" Film
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Now while information is still unknown as to whether or not the next movie will pick up from where the last left f, or if it will be a completely new reboot, the one thing that is for certain is Ball’s involvement. Wes Ball’s resume includes having directed all three Maze Runner films.

The last Planet The Apes film was War the Planet the Apes which was directed by Matt Reeves. Andy Serkis starred as Caesar, king the apes, in the last movie and at this time it is uncertain as to whether or not he will join the cast for another installment. 

Disney recently acquired 20th Century Fox, who create the Planet The Apes movies, in March. The upcoming Apes film will be the first one created by Disney.

Lupita Nyong’o On An "Us" Sequel: "Red Is Dead"

Lupita Nyong’o can’t miss. She’s been a part 12 Years A Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther, and Us. She was just named Best Actress the year by New York Film Critics Circle for her performance in Jordan Peele’s thriller. With all the success Us has garnered, you would think Lupita would be down for a sequel. She isn’t. According to Deadline, Lupita is not interested in revisiting her characters.

“No thanks. Red is dead,” Lupita revealed during her turn at Deadline’s Contenders New York. Why would she turn down another opportunity to play Red? Because filming was “was very very very challenging,” she stated. “I had to hold down both sides the argument,” she admitted to the audience at the DGA theater. “I had to be the fender and the fended. It was about understanding the emotional landscape each character but also having a very strict discipline to play both physically and mentally.”

“This movie is an externalization our monster,” Lupita continued. “It’s a movie that explores who we think as the enemy. Often times we’re very eager to paint people across the border, or from a different religion, or a different creed, or culture, as the enemy. It’s easier to project that. But what happens when we look at ourselves? What are the enemies within ourselves?” Well, at least fans have Peele’s next horror film, Candyman, to look forward to.

Jimmy Butler Reportedly "Ghosted" The Rockets After Max Offer

Jimmy Butler has proven himself to be one the most entertaining players in the entire NBA and he is also one the most intense. Butler has a reputation for wanting to do things his way and sometimes this rubs people the wrong way. Butler has had tension with his teammates in the past but this hasn’t made him any less attractive to prospective teams.

During the fseason, Houston Rockets were heavily pursuing Butler although he chose the Miami Heat. According to Tim McMahon ESPN, the Rockets thought they had a real shot at ending up with Butler but in the end, they were essentially left on read.

Jimmy Butler Reportedly "Ghosted" The Rockets After Max Offer

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“Look, the Houston Rockets wanted to pay Jimmy Butler the four-year max and he ghosted them,” McMahon explained on Brian Windhorst’s The Hoop Collective Podcast. “They thought they had them and he left them hanging. They had trades lined up, I don’t know the teams (or) the destinations, but they had trades lined up for (Clint) Capela and (Eric) Gordon. They were ready to pay Jimmy Butler. They really liked their chances and then suddenly, Jimmy had other thoughts.

So far, Butler’s decision has worked out for both the Rockets and the Heat. The Heat are among the best teams in the Eastern Conference while the Rockets are thriving with Russell Westbrook and James Harden at the helm. 

Warhol.SS Announces ‘MIA’ EP With Guest Appearances From Ugly God & Famous Dex

Chicago rapper Warhol.SS has unveiled a release date of December 12 for his forthcoming EP MIA.

Warhol’s first joint off the six-track EP is “Top Off” with a verse from Ugly God and co-production from Kid Hazel and OZ Musique.

The up-and-coming artist has landed featured appearances on Shoreline Mafia‘s Party Pack, Vol. 2 mixtape and made his presence known at plenty of festivals.

Press play on Warhol.SS’ first joint off his MIA EP, “Top Off” featuring Ugly God, below and peep the tracklist for MIA down below, too.

Warhol.SS Announces 'MIA' EP With Guest Appearances From Ugly God & Famous Dex

1. Ace of Spades
2. Fuck 12
3. Top Off f. Ugly God
4. Palm Trees f. Famous Dex)
5. WYO
6. On My Back

Houston Rockets Want To Be Awarded Victory After Blown Dunk Call: Watch

During the fourth quarter Tuesday night’s game between the Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs, James Harden threw down a fastbreak dunk with 7:50 remaining that would have given Houston a 104-89 lead. However, the forceful dunk went through the net at such a speed that it actually came back over the rim and bounced f the iron.

As seen in the footage embedded below, the refs mistakenly ruled that Harden missed the dunk.

The Spurs outscored the Rockets 26-13 following the botched call and ultimately rallied for a 135-133 double overtime victory. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the Rockets are optimistic that final score won’t stand.

McMahon writes:

“The Rockets are hopeful the league fice will either award the victory to Houston due to the Rockets outscoring the Spurs in regulation or order that the final 7 minutes, 50 seconds be replayed at a later date, sources said.” 

That said, MacMahon notes that league sources “scfed” at the idea Houston would be awarded a victory. 

Following the game crew chief James Capers explained to reporters that Houston could have challenged the ruling on the floor, but they missed their opportunity while they were protesting the call on the floor.

“As to could the play have been reviewed, it is a reviewable matter, but you have a window 30 seconds to challenge the play during that timeout that he had and while they were protesting the call, trying to get clarification it, that window passed. So therefore, it elapsed, and they were not able to do it.”

Marvel’s "Black Widow" Kicks Ass In New Teaser Trailer

The post-Endgame MCU is upon us, and the in-world landscape has undergone a drastic shift. And while the climactic battle against Thanos may have claimed the life Black Widow, her spirit shall live on through a brand new cinematic property. Prequel though it may be, Marvel’s ficial Black Widow has been anticipated for a minute, marking the first time Scarlett Johansson shall don the leather in a solo flick. Today, the first teaser trailer for the upcoming movie has been released, giving us a first look at what looks to be an action-packed and espionage-heavy ride.

Marvel's "Black Widow" Kicks Ass In New Teaser Trailer

Off the bat, an action setpiece between Black Widow and her “sister” Yelena Belova looks to be a standout, a rare MCU duel void supernatural or otherworldly abilities. There’s also a welcome look at Rachel Weisz and David Harbour’s character, who appears to be closer to Hopper than Hellboy — at least insar as physique. Plot details remain by and large mysterious, but we can expect Black Widow to make a strong statement on the MCU’s new direction while giving a fan favorite an epic sendf in the process. 

Dope looking side-characters aside, the show belongs to Scarlett Johansson, who will likely turn in a strong (and possibly final) performance as the character she’s played for a decade now. With Black Widow set to arrive on May 1st, check out the teaser trailer below, and sound f in the comments below. Are you looking out for this one?

Hungary Pulls Out of Eurovision Song Contest Due to Alleged Homophobia

Hungary is reportedly pulling out of the Eurovision 2020 contest for reasons that some may see as homophobic.

According to reports, the reason the country is withdrawing from the contest has to do with the contest’s perceived gay-friendly policies. The withdrawal is the first known instance of a nation boycotting the contest due to social issues. Though Russia in the past has criticized it for what it considered promoting homouality.

Not only is Hungary one of the more conservative countries in Europe, especially in regards to social issues, but it is currently under the conservative leadership of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who has drawn comparisons with U.S. President Donald Trump because of his strong views on hot-topic issues such as gay rights.

Officially, the Hungarian government has not provided a reason as to why the country will not participate in the event. Though sources inside Hungarian public service broadcaster MTVA have told The Guardian that the government has been discouraging it from promoting events relating to gay rights, apart from the country’s annual pride parade, which takes place in the capital city of Budapest.

index.hu, which is a Hungarian news website, has further reported that — according to sources inside the government — authorities consider Eurovision “too gay” and therefore demanded that the country pull out of the contest.

However, Orbán’s office has denied that this is true. In a statement that will only further draw comparisons between Orbán and Trump, his office called the report “fake news.” Though it failed to provide what it believed was the actual reason for withdrawing from the contest.

One of Orbán’s domestic policy initiatives has been something called “family first,” which seeks to provide incentives for traditional families. The prime minister has also often reiterated his opposition to gay marriage.

Orbán is not the only person in the Hungarian government to oppose gay rights.  László Kövér, who is the speaker of the Hungarian parliament, recently compared same- adoption to pedophilia.

Tupac’s Murder: Former Detective Believes The Case Should Be Closed

The murders 2Pac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G. have been frustratingly inconclusive, despite having occurred in 1996 and 1997 respectively. And while many theories have been fered, what truly went down has remained difficult for the authorities to pinpoint. That hasn’t stopped certain authorities from digging deeper. Former Detective Greg Kading spent three years investigating two hip-hop’s most notorious slayings; afterward, he went on to publish true-crime account “Murder Rap: The Untold Story the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations” in 2011.

Tupac's Murder: Former Detective Believes The Case Should Be Closed

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Today, in the light recent evidence, Detective Kading has provided a statement to AllHipHop, imploring the 2Pac murder case be closed once and for all. Explaining that in 2009, a taped confession by Duane Davis (also known as Keffe D) confirmed his involvement in the shooting by his own admission. Given that the confession transpired during a “prfer session,” which is to say a closed-door meeting between a suspect, their lawyer, and authority figures, Kading maintains that the evidence is solid enough to bring closure. For further context, Davis previously named his nephew Orlando Anderson as the trigger man in the shooting, having been present in the vehicle when the murder transpired.

“A corroborated confession is one the strongest pieces evidence you could hope for in a criminal investigation,” says Kading, to AllHipHop. “It’s important to close the case for history’s sake, knowing that Tupac’s murder is not a mystery. Tupac’s friends and family deserve the closure that the evidence in the case provides.” While it’s likely some will continue to dwell on theories and deep-rooted conspiracies, we can only hope that some look to Kading’s words with a sense optimism, finding closure where once thought impossible.

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Rob Gronkowski On A Potential Return: "No, I’m Not Going Back"

When Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement last March at only 29-years-old, everyone was shocked. His young age combined with the Patriots fensive struggles this season has made rumors about his return run rampant. According to Complex, ESPN’s Michele Steele decided to ask Gronk if his close friend Tom Brady could convince him to come back on Fox NFL Sunday, this morning.

“First f, I’m saying I love the guy,” Gronk replied. “No, I’m not going back.”

While his words here are clearly definitive, he’s left the opportunity more open-ended in the past. During an interview last week with ESPN.com, Gronk admitted it’s possible that one day, he could return, just not yet: “I wouldn’t say ‘never coming back.’ I’m 30 years old. I’m young. I still stay fit, still watch the game whenever I can, still enjoy it. I’m feeling good, but you know, one year f could possibly be the case. Or maybe two years f, man. It’s always an option in the back my head. It’s not like I’m not staying in shape and not doing anything. I’m never stressed over it.”

The Patriots next game is today at 4:25 pm against the Dallas Cowboys. While they did win last week 17-10 against the Eagles, they’ll be looking to put together a better fensive performance his time out.

Burger King Sued By Vegan Man Over Alleged Impossible Burger Contamination

Veganism is on the rise these days and fast food restaurants are getting in on the trend. Many them began introducing vegan-friendly options such as the Impossible Burger and/or Beyond Meat to their menus. Unfortunately, while companies like Burger King have been trying to appease to the vegetarian crowd, they’ve found themselves at the receiving end a lawsuit over the handling their vegan products. 

According to NBC, a vegan man named Phillip Williams is taking Burger King to court because the fast food joint reportedly cooks their non-meat patties on the same grills where they cook their beef products. Williams is a vegan who does not eat, drink or use anything that includes animal by-products. Williams said that he bought an Impossible Whopper in Atlanta but wouldn’t have paid such a high price point if he knew it was “coated in meat by-products.”

The lawsuit was filed in a Miami federal court. Williams wants damages for all consumers the Impossible Whopper in the U.S. because they failed to “plainly disclose” that the vegan patties were cooked up on the same grills as the meat burgers.

While the man did indicate that there wasn’t a sign in the drive-thru indicating that they cook the burgers on the same grill, the website reads, “for guests looking for a meat-free option, a non-broiler method preparation is available upon request.”

Dream Job Alert: NYC Company Paying $3K Per Month To Test Weed

Since so many people in the comments are always begging for me to lose my job, I might as well take this listing into consideration. If you consider yourself to be a cannabis connoisseur, maybe you should be applying too. At the very least, this can be a pretty incredible side hustle.

As reported by KTLA, a New York-based company is currently looking to hire somebody to test out cannabis products to write unbiased reviews about the different strains. From edibles to vapes, CBD oils and, course, dried flower itself, the ideal candidate will reportedly be shipped a box containing different brands and products on a monthly basis. The job-holder is then expected to review their experience from the unboxing to the high, blogging the entire way through. 

Dream Job Alert: NYC Company Paying $3K Per Month To Test Weed
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If you choose to apply, you must also be comfortable in front the camera since you will be expected to film the consumption experience. One the major perks fered with this job is the fact that you can literally stay home and make dough by smoking weed. Like, how incredible is that? I know a bunch you are probably reading this while rolling up a blunt so… why not make some extra cash at the same time?

Depending on your availability and your expertise, you can make up to $36K a year doing this. If you’re interested in applying, check out the listing here.

Tory Lanez Celebrates Black Women in ‘Beauty in the Benz’ Video

Less than one week after dropping Chixtape 5, Tory Lanez delivers a video for the standout “Beauty in the Benz” featuring Snoop Dogg.

The powerful visual is a celebration of black women, highlighting beauty of all sizes, shapes, and shades. In addition to an all-female cast, the clip was directed by female director “child” and fully staffed by a female production crew. Alicia Keys also makes a cameo, offering her definition of what true beauty is.

“You say, ‘I don’t care what you think about me. This is me,’” says the “Time Machine” singer.

The video closes with the women being showered with flowers as a symbol of Tory’s gratitude and appreciation.

“Beauty in the Benz,” which samples Snoop’s 2003 hit “Beautiful,” appears on Chixtape 5, along with collaborations with Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Ashanti, and Trey Songz.

Bill Gates Overtakes Jeff Bezos By This Much To Become World’s Richest Man

Biggie said “mo money, mo problems,” and if that’s true we just need to ask Bill Gates. The Microst founder has just earned the title world’s richest man, beating out Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. According to Bloomberg, Gates has a whopping net worth $110 billion while Bezos has approximately $109 billion. That’s stacks. Bill Gates has earned this title before, beginning in 1995 when he only had a net worth $12.9 billion.

Bill Gates Overtakes Jeff Bezos By This Much To Become World's Richest Man
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Gates has actually been more focused on philanthropy in recent years as opposed to getting paper, but the paper keeps rolling in anyways. Bill sold approximately $35 billion worth in Microst stocks for his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which does incredible work worldwide. Still, the billionaire owns large amounts Microst stocks, and the stock is up, so he is getting that guap. As June 22nd, Microst stocks were valued at $136 and now they’re sitting just under $150. Jeff Bezos took a couple financial hits this year, with possibly the most scandalous being his widely covered and expensive ($35 billion) divorce to his ex-wife Mackenzie Bezos. Now Gates sits on the throne as the richest man in the world, but he spends his time committed to doing good for others. Props to Bill Gates.

Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

Stephen Curry and Under Armour have teamed up with Sour Patch Kids for a limited edition sneaker collection, featuring two colorful Curry 7 collabs. The two-time MVP first expressed his love for the sour & sweet gummies when he wore a Sour Patch Kids-inspired Curry 1 during the 2015 three-point contest. 

Since Steph is currently sidelined with a hand injury, UA tapped his brother Seth to debut one the colorway on the court this past weekend. 

Offered in “Peach” and “Lime” colorways, the collaborative Curry 7s include Sour Patch Kids detailing on the sock liner and heel tab, as well as the tissue paper found inside each box. Additional details include a co-branded nutritional facts sticker on the inside each box with Steph’s stats.

The Sour Patch Kids collection initially launched in China on November 11, but the kicks will be available again on November 29  UA.com, UA Brand Houses and at select retail partners for $140. Continue scrolling for a detailed look at the Sour Patch Kids pack.

Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Tory Lanez "Chixtape 5" Speculative First Week Projections Are In

Tory Lanez dropped f the nostalgic project Chixtape 5 this past week and it caused a ripple effect throughout the game. With the end the decade coming in just a month, it was ingenious for Lanez to take listeners on a journey through the last ten years. Samples from hip-hop and R&B classics make up the majority the project, which is a satisfactory mix the new wave with the older one. Lanez’s tape was highly anticipated and delayed several times, so fans were excited to get their hands on the project when it dropped. As per usual, HDD has delivered the speculative projections for last week’s albums, and it looks like Lanez will move some respectable numbers. 

Tory is expected to move 70-80k units with 4-6k units coming from pure album sales. Tory has always relied on streaming to bolster his numbers so that split is no surprise. Celine Dion is expected to take first place with her album Courage selling 122-127k total units, with120-124k coming from pure album sales. Dion is a legend that has always thrived on album sales and live performances. Lil Peep‘s Everybody’s Everything is expected to push 28-32k units, with 10-12k units coming from pure album sales.