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Disney and Marvel Threaten to Boycott Georgia Over Anti-Gay Bill

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A political showdown is taking place in the moviemaking capital of the United States. No, not Los Angeles—Georgia. Thanks to hefty tax incentives, the Peach State has become a haven for film and television projects, serving as the base of operations for The Walking Dead and a number of Marvel Studios films, among others. But the marriage between Disney/Marvel and Georgia is now in jeopardy, as the Mouse House and Marvel Studios are threatening to leave the state once and for all if a controversial religious liberty bill is passed.

The Georgia Legislature recently passed a bill intended to shield opponents of the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage ruling, which would protect religious officials from having to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and allow faith-based organizations to deny services of employment to those who violate their “sincerely held religious belief.” The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Nathan Deal, but The Walt Disney Co. and Marvel Studios released a statement today saying that if the bill becomes law, they’ll pack their bags:

“Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law.”

The Walking Dead network AMC has also come out against the bill, but wouldn’t commit to a full boycott. The legislation has already incited backlash among those in the state who warn not only of its societal implications, but also economic constraints similar to those plagued by Indiana last summer after it passed similar legislation. Atlanta is currently serving as the production base for Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and was also where Marvel shot Ant-Man, with plans to shoot the massive two-part Avengers: Infinity War saga there as well. Clearly Marvel and Disney bring huge business to the state, and it’s nice to see the companies putting their respective foots down against this kind of offensive legislation.

Governor Deal has not indicated whether he will sign the bill or veto, but this strong statement from Marvel and Disney should hopefully go a long way towards signaling just how big of a blunder this bill would be.

 

 

 

Thanks to Collider for the original story

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Zachary Levi Is ‘Shazam!’ In Official Teaser Trailer

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Not content with seeing Jason Momoa’s ‘Aquaman’ steal all of the DC glory at Comic-Con this weekend. Zachary Levi is taking a much lighter approach to this often brooding universe with ‘Shazam!’, working like a charm in the fun-filled teaser trailer released by Warner Bros.

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the initial footage focuses on foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who is chosen to channel superpowers through an ancient wizard, ultimately turning into the titular character with the childish sensibilities intact. Super strength? Flying? He seems more concerned on how he’s meant to pee in his red suit. Yet he’s soon having to use his abilities for good, when faced with Mark Strong’s big bad Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.

‘Shazam!’ swoops into UK cinemas in April 2019.

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Fantastical Debut Trailer For ‘Aquaman’ Welcomes You To Atlantis

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Still reeling from the critical reception which greeted ‘Justice League’ last year. Director James Wan and leading man Jason Momoa are tasked with keeping Warner Bros’ DCEU above water this December with ‘Aquaman’ and after seeing the action-packed first footage straight from Comic-Con, they seem up for the challenge.

Billed as the origin story of the half-human half -Atlantean. We catch glimpses of Arthur Curry’s (Momoa) family unit, most notably Nicole Kidman’s Queen Atlanna and his feisty red-haired ally Mera (Amber Heard), merely teasing his potential king status as he clashes with half-brother Orm (Patrick Wilson), allowing Wan to dial up the underwater spectacle and throw in a goat for good measure.

We’re positively drowning in excitement already. Here’s the trailer…

 

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First ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Trailer Is An Atomic Blast

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Well. If you thought there wasn’t enough monster mayhem in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 effort.

Michael Dougherty’s (Krampus) 2018 film seems awfully keen to amend this with the epic debut trailer for ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’, pitting the iconic creature against some of his greatest adversaries. Expect stunning money shots of Mothra, Rodan and a certain three-headed titan by the name King Ghidorah, whilst the human heroics are left to the Russell family consisting of Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler.

The film roars into cinemas next May.

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