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Disney and Pixar always have a way of making films that are hilarious, heartwarming, and above all us tearjerkers! The latest installment to their family of CGI films, “Onward,” is no less amazing or emotional! It’s a coming of age story that transforms one brother and still closure, for another.

Grade: A

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The story is set in a fictional world technology has taken the place of magic. Magic is all but forgotten and out of practice, until two elf brothers, Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt) are left a magical staff by their late father on the former’s birthday. The staff possess The Phoenix Crystal, a magical gem that can resurrect a person for a single day. Somehow, the crystal breaks and only revives the lower half of their father. At Barley’s behest–and his love of magic–the two go on a hilarious, but heartwarming “quest” to find another Phoenix Crystal to fully revive their father before their day with him runs out. There are pixies, booby traps, a manticore (a mythical beast typically depicted as having the body of a lion, the face of a man, and the sting of a scorpion.), a centaur stepfather, and even a dragon! Still through it all there’s brotherhood. We love it!

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“Onward” is definitely a film for the entire family. However, it addresses the loss of a parent and closure, two issues seldom discussed so thoroughly in a film targeting children. Losing a parent can leave a whole in someone’s heart. For people who have not lost their parents, you will find yourself cherishing them, and for those who have it may force you to confront lingering surroundings their death. The last real film to address the loss of a parent actually came from Disney and Pixar as well, “Coco.” Similar to “Onward,” it is a journey of two family members on a quest of restoration which ultimately becomes one of closure.

There is not a single moment of the film you will not enjoy with characters so layered and sweet you will probably love them for the rest of your life. Tom Holland and Chris Pratt really prove they can do it all–be superheroes (Spider-Man and Star-Lord, respectively from the Marvel Studios films), save the world, and even do voice acting! Chris revealed in a recent interview how he relates to his character, Barley. “I was Ian and my brother was Barley,” Pratt said at a press conference. “My brother, for instance, always wanted to be an actor. He did plays. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing. Being an actor is awesome. I want to be an actor.'” Tom, however,  is no one’s older brother. In reality, he is instead the oldest of four siblings. Thus he does not relate to his Ian being in that manner. He does however reveal his younger brothers have learned one very important lesson from him. “How to be gracious losers when they lose at golf — that’s what I’ve taught them,” Holland said. “I’m a terrible loser, so they’ve learned what not to do from their big brother.”

Spring is almost here, and what better way to start it off than with a little brotherly love. Be sure to catch “Onward” in a theater near you today, and nationwide!

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No Recasting! WB Opts to Write “Cyborg” Out of Upcoming “Flash” Movie!

Yesterday we reported that Warner Bros. was looking to recast the role of the superhero, Cyborg, originally played by Ray Fisher after a very strenuous and controversial separation.

It is now being reported that Warner Bros. has now opted to write Cyborg out completely, removing him from the upcoming “Flash” movie starring Ezra Miller.

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Yesterday we reported that Warner Bros. was looking to recast the role of the superhero, Cyborg, originally played by Ray Fisher after a very strenuous and controversial separation.

It is now being reported that Warner Bros. has now opted to write Cyborg out completely, removing him from the upcoming “Flash” movie starring Ezra Miller.

via TheWrap.com

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“Justice League” actor Ray Fisher, who was offered a cameo role last June to appear as Cyborg in “The Flash” solo movie, publicly stated he did not want to be involved with the project via Twitter, hence the character of Cyborg has been written out of the screenplay and will not be recast, according to insiders with knowledge of the situation.

Fisher publicly resigned from the role last week in his continuing beef with DC Films President Walter Hamada, who is overseeing “The Flash.” The actor tweeted on Dec. 30, “Walter Hamada is the most dangerous kind of enabler. He lies, and WB PR’s failed Sept. 4th hit-piece sought to undermine the very real issues of the Justice League investigation.”

Fisher added in his tweet, “I will not participate in any production associated with him.” Of note, Hamada did not oversee the “Justice League” production and was not the head of DC Films at the time, nor was he employed during the film’s initial release.

Hamada first joined DC Films back in 2018 and lead the division to the release of its highest-grossing film to date, 2018’s “Aquaman,” which banked over $1.4 billion at the worldwide box office. On Tuesday, it was announced that Hamada had reupped his deal as president until 2023. Fisher called the news “reactionary” in a tweet later that day.

We hate to see Ray Fisher leave the DCEU; but as fanboys we hate to see Cyborg will not be appearing in The Flash film. As we posted in a previous article there are a number of young Black actors who should have been recast for this role, even if it was just a cameo.

What do you think of these developments? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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WB Reportedly Recasting “Cyborg” for Future DCEU Movies!

The DC Extended Universe (DCEU), DC Comics collection of recent movies jumpstarted by 2013’s Superman has been plagued by lackluster plots and low fan approval for years. Even their latest film, Wonder Woman 1984, has been critically panned.

However, more controversy is brewing in the DCEU now as it being reported that Ray Fisher will no longer be portraying “Cyborg” in its shared universe of films, and his role is currently being recast.

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The DC Extended Universe (DCEU), DC Comics collection of recent movies jumpstarted by 2013’s Superman has been plagued by lackluster plots and low fan approval for years. Even their latest film, Wonder Woman 1984has been critically panned.

However, more controversy is brewing in the DCEU now as it being reported that Ray Fisher will no longer be portraying “Cyborg” in its shared universe of films, and his role is currently being recast.

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As you may recall, Ray has been quite vocal with his distaste for the executives and directors over the superhero films at Warner Bros.; alleging racism, favortism, and non-professionalism.

There is no news yet in who they may be eyeing for Cyborg, but it will be necessary. The hero has come to prominence over the years as a mainstay of The Justice League and was set to have a standalone film in the coming years.

Superhero roles are quite coveted in Hollywood nowadays. Here is a short list of who we think would make a great candidate for Victor Stone/Cyborg:

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Daniel Ezra

Daniel Ezra plays “Spencer James” on The CW’s “All-American.” There he plays a gifted football player, something Victor Stone was before his accident spurred his father to save his life with cybernetics. Daniel definitely would bring some serious muscle to this hero.

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Da’Vinchi

Da’Vinchi is an amazing young actor with the looks and physique to play Cyborg. Like Daniel Ezra he too plays a gifted football, and on Freeform’s grown-ish he was basketball star, “Cash Mooney.” We stan for Da’Vinchi he’d be bring some rather suave and debonair qualities to Cyborg.

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Niles Fitch

Niles Fitch’s fame hails from being the teen and young adult version of “Randal Pearson” from NBC’s hit series, This Is Us. Niles has already played a superhero of sorts in Disney’s “Second Born Royals” and definitely can do all the athletic feats it requires to be Cyborg!

What do you think of our picks? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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Some Kind of FUN! Davien Harlis’ “Some Kind Of Christmas” is DELIGHTFUL!

It has been a little while since we received a new film from indie filmmaker, Davien Harlis. However, it was worth the wait!

Davien’s newest film, “Some Kind Of Christmas” is a “different” kind of holiday film filled with laughter, tragedy, sex appeal, and most of all family!

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It has been a little while since we received a new film from indie filmmaker, Davien Harlis. However, it was worth the wait!

Davien’s newest film, “Some Kind Of Christmas” is a “different” kind of holiday film filled with laughter, tragedy, sex appeal, and most of all family!

Grade: A-

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Some Kind Of Christmas centers on Gary (Tomathan McGinnis), the VP of a successful pet crematorium, who opts to finally go home for Christmas to introduce his family to his boyfriend. His plans go awry when his boyfriend abruptly breaks up with him, leaving him spiraling. His best friend and coworker, steps in and hires him a “date” for Christmas on a dating app called “Ken.”

Gary and the Ken (also the alias of the date, played by Davien Harlis) get off to a rocky start when the latter thinks he may just be looking for sex. Ken soon learns, however, Gary’s family is anything but traditional. His parents are traditional and conservative, his older brother is rude and seen as The Golden Child, and his younger sister, is married to an elderly man and carries around a baby doll…

Ken presented as Gary’s friend, witnessing the ups, downs, of a seemingly nice family in need of some real healing and better communication across the board. It really is “Some Kind Of Christmas.”

We have to say we really loved this film! To learn that Davien gathered everything he needed for it in three months and filmed it in six days is a true testament to his abilities as a filmmaker and resourcefulness. The movie is heartwarming with family elements, but definitely spicy with its love scene (OH MY!)

The overall message of the film is togetherness and acceptance, something we can never learn enough about. These times are trying and we need to see family settling their differences and coming together for momentous events like the holidays.

We attended the 3 night premiere of “Some Kind Of Christmas” at CineVision Atlanta where a number of Atlanta’s Black and LGBT content creators and patrons gathered in support of Davien’s latest film. Many remember his first film, Red Carpet Hashtags & Heartbreak and were happy to see what is new with him. Noted attendees include Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, Ebony Shinelle, Lyrik London, Brandon Karson Jordan, Alex Jante, JeTwahn of WeWereBorn, and Maurice Ravennah, CEO of U-Do TV.

You can catch “Some Kind Of Christmas” streaming now on www.SomeKindofChristmas.com!

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