Aldis Hodge joins Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Black Adam’ film as Hawkman

Aldis Hodge

Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam film is starting to heat up, folks. At DC Fandome a few months ago it was announced that the Justice Society of America, the golden age version of the Justice League, will be part of the story. Now we have our first cast member: Aldis Hodge as Carter Hall, Hawkman.

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LOL: ‘The Snyder Cut’, which is totally a thing that exists and is ready to release, is getting $70 Million worth of reshoots

Justice League

Fans have been insisting that The Snyder Cut is real and ready to go for years now, which totally explains why when Warner Brothers finally decided to go ahead and release it to HBO Max it required an additional $30 million budget to finish all the post-production. Now, Zack Snyder is headed back to the studio with an addition $70 Million to do a bunch of reshoots. Because of course.

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Disney delays ‘Black Widow’, ‘Death on the Nile’, ‘West Side Story’, ‘Eternals’, and a slew of others

Black Widow / Death on the Nile / West Side Story

Well, I guess we know the outcome of Disney’s “let’s release Mulan to Disney+ for a premium price” experiment now. The House of Mouse has shuffled nearly their entire release slate with most major tentpole films headed into 2021.

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‘Lovecraft Country’ and ‘Da Five Bloods’ star Johnathan Majors to join the MCU in Ant-Man 3

Johnathan Majors

Johnathan Majors is already having a hell of a year with his performances in Lovecraft Country and Spike Lee’s Da Five Bloods, and now he’s hopping on Marvel Cinematic Universe train.

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Not Awesome: Dame Diana Rigg has passed away at age 82

Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg passed away at home this morning at the age of 82 after a battle with cancer.

An icon of the 1960s thanks to her lead role as spy Emma Peel on The Avengers, as well as her turn as the best Bond Girl (yeah I said it) Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo, later Tracy Bond.

Over the course of her decades long career she was nominated for nine Emmys (winning one) and four Tonys (winning one), among a host of other awards and nominations., and being made Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1994 for her services to drama.

Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg

More recently she played Oleanna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, One of the most memorable characters in a show full of memorable characters.

Her presence and talent will be missed, and our thoughts are with her family.

Awesome News: The Oscars set new mandate for inclusion in Best Picture nominees

The Oscars

The Oscars have had a diversity problem for roughly forever, a trend brought to the forefront in 2016 with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Recent years have seen some tremendous changes in the way we view film and television and an increase in diversity of stories and storytellers, but we still have years where a film like Green Book (a movie about racism made by and for white people) wins best picture when far more powerful films like Blackkklansman and Black Panther were on the ballot.

The Academy has now announced some steps to try to rectify this situation, which will be rolled out in 2022 and take full effect in 2024. Let’s take a closer look.

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Heads Up Vancouver: VIFF 2020 is coming!

VIFF 2020

Local film lovers rejoice, the 39th annual Vancouver International Film Festival is coming! September 24th through October 7th the biggest celebration of film in the city, and one of the biggest in North America, will once again be running.

This year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the festival is going entirely online this year, much like the just ended Fantasia Festival. Both Simon and I have received accreditation this year so we hope to bring you all kinds of coverage, which you can keep track of using the VIFF 2020 tag here on Awesome Friday!

In order to facilitate the festival moving online, the VIFF is launching VIFF Connect, a streaming platform that will make the lineup of film available to residents of BC, and VIFF talks and conferences will be available to viewers around the world. More details on this are available on the VIFF website.

The full lineup of films is being announced this morning. Time to get excited!

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Not Awesome: Chadwick Boseman has died

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman, star of Marvel’s Black Panther, and recently Spike Lee’s Da Five Bloods, has passed away at age 43 after a four year fight with colon cancer.

This news comes as a shock that as he seemed healthy and vital, and had not shared his diagnosis publicly. Far too young to be taken so soon, if you do the math it seems like he still worked on at least six films after being diagnosed. That takes an incredible level of strength.

He was an inspiration to a generation, and already an icon. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and fans.