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The ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel meets the Targaryens at the pinnacle of power
HBO’s upcoming ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel will explore the origins of the Targaryen dynasty from the days of the family’s greatest power, the cast and creators tell fans at the annual Culture Convention pop Comic-Con on Saturday.
‘House of the Dragon,’ which debuts August 21, is set 200 years before the events of ‘Game of Thrones,’ a medieval fantasy series that became a worldwide phenomenon over the course of an eight-season run that spans ended in 2019.
Dwayne Johnson’s 10-Year Quest Brings ‘Black Adam’ to Comic-Con
Actor Dwayne Johnson made a grand entrance to the annual Comic-Con pop culture convention on Saturday, hovering above a smoky stage in a sleek superhero costume and promising that “the DC Universe will never be never the same again”. Johnson previewed his upcoming Warner Bros. film “Black Adam,” a DC Comics-inspired story about a former slave who is granted god-like powers and awakens 5,000 years later in modern times.
WWE chief Vince McMahon to retire amid investigation into misconduct allegations
World Wrestling Entertainment Inc’s Vince McMahon said on Friday he would retire as the company’s chief executive and president, about a month after stepping down from those duties due to an investigation into his alleged misconduct. . McMahon, 76, was under investigation by the board for $12 million payout deals over the past 16 years to suppress allegations of sexual misconduct and infidelity, previously said reported the Wall Street Journal. https://on.wsj.com/3PtSOdb
Pat Benatar will no longer perform “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”
American singer Pat Benatar will no longer perform her song “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” during live shows out of respect for American families affected by the mass shootings. In an interview with USA Today on Thursday, Benatar said his take on the song’s lyrics, which include the words “fire away,” has changed.
‘Black Panther’ Cast Remembers Boseman Before ‘Wakanda Forever’
The cast and director of the upcoming sequel to Marvel Studios’ blockbuster “Black Panther” paid tribute to their late co-star Chadwick Boseman on Saturday and said they had overcome their grief while making the new film. Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright and more stars appeared at the Comic-Con pop culture convention in San Diego to preview “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which is slated to hit theaters in November.
Global brands take note of African music and talent
Global media and music brands are racing to claim a stake in Africa’s music market as internet and smartphone penetration popularizes artists and genres far beyond Africa’s borders. Companies are taking note of global interest, with Universal Music Group launching Virgin Music Africa Label & Artist Services in June for independent African labels and artists. The service will digitize depleted music catalogs to tap into the continent’s growing market for sounds and charts.
Two new ‘Avengers’ movies are coming to Marvel’s slate
Two new ‘Avengers’ films will hit theaters in 2025, Walt Disney Co.’s Marvel Studios announced on Saturday during a fan presentation highlighting parts of its upcoming slate of superhero TV shows and movies. . ‘Avengers: The Kang Dynasty’ and ‘Avengers: Secret Wars’ will close out Phase Six of the hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said from the stage at the annual convention of pop culture Comic-Con in San Diego.
A Different Middle-earth Is Explored In Amazon’s ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Series
The creators of Amazon.com Inc’s “Lord of the Rings” unveiled the most comprehensive look at the series at the annual San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, promising an entirely different immersion into the fantasy world of Middle Earth. The expensive series, subtitled “The Rings of Power”, is set 4,000 years before the events of the blockbuster film adaptations of writer JRR Tolkien’s beloved books. The period of time is known as the Second Age.
(With agency contributions.)