Out this week
- Western Stars by Bruce Springsteen: The nineteenth album by the American singer, his first new set of completely original material since Wrecking Ball (2012) and his first solo album since Devils & Dust (2005); led by the single ‘Hello Sunshine’.
- Madame X by Madonna: The American singer’s fourteenth studio album; follows 2015’s Rebel Heart; includes the songs ‘Medell’n’ (with Maluma), ‘Future’ (with Quavo), ‘Crave’ (with Swae Lee), and ‘Faz Gostoso’ (featuring Anitta).
- Men in Black: International (starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Rebecca Ferguson) - action comedy, spin-off from the Men in Black film series; two secret agents (Hemsworth and Thompson) from the London branch of MIB become involved in a series of alien attacks.
- Shaft (starring Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie Usher, Regina Hall, Richard Roundtree) - action comedy, fifth film in the Shaft series; after an FBI agent’s (Usher) best friend dies under suspicious circumstances, he turns to his estranged, private investigator father (Jackson) to uncover the truth.
- The Dead Don’t Die (starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi) - zombie comedy; a small town’s police force try to combat a sudden zombie invasion.
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, Gregory Alan Williams, Jennifer Holland, Steve Agree, Becky Wahlstrom, Christian Finlayson
Director: David Yarovesky
Tagline: He’s not here to save the world.
- Horror; a young alien boy raised on Earth realizes he has superpowers and starts using them to terrorize his town.
- Has intentional similarities to the Superman origin story.
- James Gunn produced the film; his brother Brian and cousin Mark Gunn wrote the screenplay.
- Had a budget of around $6 to 12 million; has made nearly $27 million in two weeks.
- Has received mixed reviews, with critics praising the acting and horror elements but saying the movie doesn’t fully deliver on its potential.
- Score composed by Timothy Williams.
- Could potentially be followed by a sequel, which could possibly feature darker versions of Aquaman and Wonder Woman.
Karen Lucille Hale
- Born on 14th June 1989 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
- Has an older sister, Maggie. Also has two step-siblings.
- Was homeschooled as a child.
- Took acting and singing lessons in her youth.
- Made her first television appearance as a contestant in the reality show American Juniors (2003); finished in fourth place, and was part of a group of the same name formed with other contestants that disbanded in 2005 amidst lacklustre album sales.
- Released her debut album, Road Between, in 2014.
- Auditioned for two characters in The Twilight Saga films, but lost the roles to Ashley Greene and Dakota Fanning.
- Appeared in small parts on television before getting her breakthrough when she was cast in the teen drama Pretty Little Liars (2010 – 2017).
- Subsequently starred in the short-lived comedy drama Life Sentence (2018).
- Will be seen next in the musical comedy drama television series Katy Keene (2020). Upcoming projects also include the films Fantasy Island, A Nice Girl Like You, and Son of the South.
Also born today: Siobhán Donaghy, Diablo Cody, Alan Carr, Heather McDonald, Steffi Graf, Boy George, Will Patton, Donald Trump