R.I.P. Ellis Marsalis, New Orleans Jazz Pianist and Educator Dies at 85

New Orleans jazz pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis has died at the age of 85. The legendary musical patriarch had been hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms and was awaiting coronavirus test results. Born and raised in New Orleans, Marsalis began playing saxophone before switching to piano during high school. Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, he played with numerous musicians, including Ed Blackwell, Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and Al Hirt. During the same period, he became a member of the Playboy Club’s house band in the French Quarter. Over the course of his career, he recorded over 20 of albums of his own and collaborated with the likes of Courtney Pine, David “Fathead” Newman, and Eddie Harris. However, his greatest legacy and …

Jurassic World 3: Colin Trevorrow Working On Movie From Home After Shutdown

Production may be delayed, but director Colin Trevorrow is still working on Jurassic World: Dominion from home. The third Jurassic World film had only begun production in February, but the growing coronavirus pandemic shut it down a few weeks ago. Jurassic World: Dominion is far from the only production that has been forced to halt because of the crisis, with the ever-growing list of films including The Batman, The Matrix 4, Fantastic Beasts 3, and Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This has led to a great deal of uncertainty within the entertainment industry, as studios don’t know when productions will be able to resume work. Future release dates could also be impacted by the current shutdowns. Capping off the rebooted Jurassic World franchise, Jurassic World: …

Fast Five Is The Most Important Movie In The Fast & Furious Franchise

Across all the Fast & Furious movies, the most important installment in the saga is 2011’s Fast Five. Directed by Justin Lin, Fast Five saw Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) moving their vehicle-fixated brand of mayhem to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now on the run from the law, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is sent in to bring Toretto to justice. While evading authorities, Toretto and O’Connor team up with an assortment of characters from prior Fast & Furious adventures, such as Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) from 2 Fast 2 Furious, to steal the earnings of a notorious gangster. From there, plenty of car chases, heist antics and high-wire stunts transpire. Such elements proved so enjoyable to audiences that Fast Five saw …

Dwayne Johnson Reveals a ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Sequel Is Being Developed!

Dwayne Johnson has some good news for fans of the Fast & Furious franchise and specifically those who love the characters Hobbs and Shaw. After the success of last year’s spin-off movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne says a sequel is in the works! Dwayne reunited with Jason Statham for the action-packed movie, which also starred Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby. The film grossed $759 million worldwide. “We are developing now the next film, and I’m pretty excited about it,” Dwayne said during an Instagram Live Q&A, according to Empire. “We just gotta figure out the creative right now, and the direction we’re going to go.” F9, the upcoming ninth movie in the Fast franchise, was supposed …