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  1. The track lands atop the list in its seventh week. Karol G, Anuel AA and J Balvin team up to take over the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Latin Pop Airplay chart (dated April 3) as “Location” jumps 2-1 in its seventh week. It’s their second collaboration, as the three acts also joined atop the tally with “China,” the two-week champ (Oct. 2019) alongside Daddy Yankee and Ozuna. “Location” ascends with 9 million in audience impressions, up 25%, earned in the week ending March 28, according to MRC Data. The fourth single from KG0516, Karol G's third studio album, adds a fifth Latin Pop Airplay No. 1 to her leaderboard. J Balvin, meanwhile collects his 16th leader and Anuel his third. Karol G, Anuel AA & J Balvin's 'Location' Arrives at No. 6 on Hot Latin Songs Chart ARTISTS MENTIONED Anuel AA Daddy Yankee J Balvin Karol G Maluma Nicki Minaj Ovy On The Drums Ozuna
  2. This week, Justin Bieber made Billboard chart history by becoming the first solo male to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts simultaneously. "Peaches," his latest single from the Justice album, topped the former tally with 30.6 million streams and 16,000 downloads in the week ending March 25; it also drew 12.1 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending March 28. “Peaches” marks Bieber’s seventh No. 1 on the Hot 100 and fourth track to debut in the top position. It's also the first Hot 100 No. 1 single for the song's featured artists, Daniel Caesar and Giveon. Explore the team of musicians, producers and more behind the track with recording credits provided by Jaxsta below. ARTISTS MENTIONED Daniel Caesar Justin Bieber
  3. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton left quite the musical legacy behind before the all-star couple got divorced in 2015. In a new Apple Music interview, Lambert opened up about her 2012 Hot Country Songs No. 1 "Over You," which she co-wrote with her then-husband. The song's lyrics were about the automobile-accident death of Shelton's older brother Richie in 1990 when he was just 24 years old. Lambert recalled the "special moment" of being able to help Shelton and his family heal through the song, which also won song of the year at both the CMA Awards and the ACM Awards Shelton, who is credited as the only songwriter on Pistol Annies' 2011 debut album Hell on Heels outside the members themselves (Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley), co-wrote the song "Family Feud." He also tapped the Annies for the Elvis Presley standard holiday song "Blue Christmas" and sang the Bobby Helms classic "Jingle Bell Rock" with Lambert for his 2012 holiday album Cheers, It's Christmas. ARTISTS MENTIONED Blake Shelton Miranda Lambert BILLBOARD VIDEOS Keith Urban Discusses Playing Las Vegas Residencies & Teases New Music | Billboard February 10, 2020 Blanco Brown Cautions Against Drunk-Driving in Chart-Topping Single, "Funky Tonk" December 10, 2019 Sam Hunt Arrested on Charges of Driving Under the Influence in Nashville | Billboard News November 21, 2019 Thomas Rhett Surprises Food Bank Volunteers in Nashville | Billboard November 18, 2019 Thomas Rhett Surprises Food Bank Volunteers in Nashville November 15, 2019 Jon Pardi's "Heartache Medication" | Watch Now! October 07, 2019 Brandon Stansell Talks Being a Queer Country Artist at Concert for Love & Acceptance | Billboard June 07, 2019 Cindy Mabe Accepts Executive of the Year Award at 2019 Billboard Country Power Players Event | Billboard June 05, 2019 Little Big Town Perform 'The Daughters' at 2019 Billboard Country Power Players Event | Billboard June 05, 2019 Luke Combs Receives Award at 2019 Billboard Country Power Players Event | Billboard June 05, 2019 Reba McEntire Plays 'Fishing For Answers' | Billboard May 24, 2019 Luke Combs Reacts to Getting His First Billboard Magazine Cover | My Billboard Moment May 24, 2019 The two also co-wrote many songs on Lambert's 2009 album Revolution, including "Me and Your Cigarettes," "Love Song" and "Sin for a Sin." Shelton contributed background vocals on Lambert's song "Maintain the Pain" from the same album. 13 Songs Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton Made Together So which song that Lambert and Shelton sang or wrote together is your favorite? Vote below! What's your favorite song Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton made together? Miranda Lambert's "Me and Your Cigarettes" Miranda Lambert's "Love Song" Miranda Lambert's "Sin for a Sin" Miranda Lambert's "Over You" Pistol Annies' "Family Feud" Miranda Lambert's "Maintain the Pain" Blake Shelton's "Home" Miranda Lambert's "Better in the Long Run" with Blake Shelton Blake Shelton's "Bare Skin Rug," feat. Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton's "Red River Blue" with Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton's "Jingle Bell Rock," feat. Miranda Lambert Blake Shelton's "Blue Christmas," feat. Pistol Annies Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here," feat. Pistol Annies & Friends
  4. A lot of people ask me, “How do we get more women working in recording studios?” The answer is simple: Go get them! And the earlier, the better. Working in a studio can be daunting. Producing, engineering, mixing, mastering — none of these things comes naturally. You have to learn them, and it’s not always clear how. That’s why just 2% of the producers of last year’s top 100 songs were women, and only six were women of color, according to USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. We need to illuminate the path, and we need to do it from both an educational and practical perspective. Women Making Music Study: Sexual Harassment Is 'By Far The Most Widely Cited Problem' Some progress is being made. According to the just-released TuneCore and MIDiA Research report “Be the Change: Women Making Music,” over half of respondents said they have seen increased opportunities for women to become producers and industry leaders over the past year. However, 17% said they’ve seen no improvements. That’s why we need to educate women on the studio jobs available to them — from mixing engineers and recording engineers to producers, songwriters, session musicians, gear techs, and administrative assistants. These roles can serve as a springboard to leadership roles for women in the studio world, creating equity and ensuring women’s concerns are heard and addressed. What’s Your Major? On the educational side, it’s important to teach women not only how to be a producer or an engineer but also what specific classes and majors they need to take to get that training. The music industry is huge with many different aspects to it, and a music business program isn’t necessarily going to give you the technical skills you need to record an artist or create a beat. We need to let young women know that audio engineering majors, certificates, and courses are available to them — you just need to know what they’re called and where to sign up. New Annenberg Study Shows 'No Meaningful' Change For Women in Recorded Music For those interested, 4U Recording’s home states of Tennessee and Georgia offer a variety of programs in the field, including a Bachelor of Science in Audio Production at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), a Bachelor of Science or Arts in Audio Engineering Technology at Belmont University, a Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production at the Art Institute of Atlanta, an Audio Bachelor of Applied Science at the SAE Institute, and Live Sound and Studio Engineering programs at The Black Bird Academy. Other possibilities include Berklee College of Music’s Bachelor of Music in Music Production and Engineering, Full Sail University’s Bachelor of Science in Audio Production, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Bachelor & Master of Fine Arts in Sound, the Los Angeles Recording School’s Bachelor of Science in Audio Production, Media Tech Dallas’ Associate of Applied Science Degree in Recording Arts, the University of Washington’s Certificate in Audio Production Techniques, and the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music’s Certificate in Audio Engineering. Respect the Hustle However, going to college isn’t an option for everyone. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a studio job — it just takes a little hustle. Personally, I didn’t know what a compressor was when I first got to 4U Recording, but I hung out around enough people who did that I eventually figured it out. That’s the key — getting young women in the door in a studio environment. Many people who are interested in producing or engineering assume they need to find a job as a producer or engineer right from the jump, and don’t even bother looking at studio positions until they feel like their skills are up to snuff. That leads many women down a wormhole of self-doubt that ultimately takes them somewhere else entirely. Latinas Behind the Hits: These Female Songwriters, Producers and Engineers are Blazing New Paths for Women in Latin Music We can correct that by letting women know about other jobs in the studio they can do without being a master technician. Every studio has administrative needs, and these positions are a great way to get started. Once you’re in the studio space, you can sit in on sessions, talk to the producers and engineers who work there, and learn by doing. At 4U Recording, we also bring many young women into the mix as interns and encourage them to get as involved as they’d like. We’ve even had a few join us full-time once their internships were up. The key thing is that while learning to be a producer or engineer can be a little technical, it’s not so complicated you can’t learn it on the job. But if you don’t even know there are jobs available or are too intimidated to apply for one, there’s no way for you to do that. Speaking of intimidation, those who are a little iffy on jumping directly into the often male-dominated studio environment might want to check out woman-owned or -run studios like 4U Recording in Memphis and Atlanta; the Memphis Slim Collaboratory in Memphis; Neato Mastering and Crybaby Audio in Nashville; Women's Audio Mission in San Francisco; Nitrosonic Studios in Lexington, KY; Gramercy Post, The Lodge Mastering, Funkadelic Studios, and Jungle City Studios in New York; and Denk Studios in North Carolina. No one understands women like other women, and these are all great spots to work and learn. The point is, let’s make sure women know about the opportunities they have. Be Visible Finally, to the women and women of color like me who are in the studio business, it’s time to get out there! Visibility is important to get young women started on their path to the studio, so go speak at high schools and colleges, sit in the booth at job fairs, get involved in community organizations, and sign up to be a mentor. Something as simple as seeing a woman onstage at a concert setting up equipment, or assembling their own DJ booth and doing a set, can have a lasting impact on someone who previously didn’t even think of those things as a possibility. So don’t sit back and expect women to find their way to the studio. Go get them! Crystal Carpenter is Studio Manager of 4U Recording, a state-of-the-art recording studio that is part of the Made in Memphis Entertainment (MIME) family of companies. She joined the studio in February 2019 and has already built a strong client base, hosting the Recording Academy Writers’ Retreat in March 2019 and establishing relationships with major labels such as Interscope Records, Atlantic Records, and Columbia Records. In less than a year, she earned the studio its first Gold plaque for rapper Moneybagg Yo's Time Served album, as well as a Platinum plaque for his single “All Dat (feat. Megan Thee Stallion).” 4U Recording also recorded portions of NLE Choppa’s Top Shotta album, which debuted in the Top 10 of the overall Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Carpenter also DJs under the name DJ Crystal Mercedes, and has performed for Chilli of seminal pop group TLC and on the TV series Single Ladies.
  5. Grammy winners Beyoncé and Blue Ivy had a carefree beach day in Malibu on Wednesday (March 31), and Bey shared some rare family photos. The "Brown Skin Girl" mother-daughter duo made history at the 2021 Grammy Awards, when Queen Bey broke the record for most Grammys won by a woman (and vocalist of any gender) and Blue, 9, became the second-youngest person to win a Grammy. The two took a much-deserved break at Nobu in Malibu, Calif., bringing back the duck face with their swaggy glasses in a new photo series on Bey's Instagram. Although Jay-Z was absent from the fam outing, 3-year-old twins Rumi and Sir appear very grown up while walking on the beach near the water in subsequent pictures. ARTIST MENTIONED Beyoncé Beyonce Is Top Music Winner at 2021 NAACP Image Awards The "Black Parade" singer also shared two separate carousels of her 'fit pics, flexing her denim two-piece set, white ribbed crop top, giant diamond necklace, embellished bowtie pumps and black Chanel purse. She even posts up by a wall completely stocked with Jay's Armand De Brignac (also known as Ace of Spades) champagne. (Moet Hennessy recently bought a 50% stake in the brand.)
  6. The road to Qatar could be bumpy, too, for Löw's successor. In Group J, Germany has slumped to third place after three games — behind North Macedonia and 99th-ranked Armenia, which beat Romania 3-2 for a third straight win having trailed after 87 minutes in Yerevan. Germany's first World Cup qualifying loss in 20 years added another blemish to the final months of coach Joachim Löw's 15-year reign in charge of the team. Germany’s 35-match unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying — a streak dating back to 2001 — ended with a stunning 2-1 home loss to North Macedonia on Wednesday that left the team sitting third in its group after three games. It was only the country's third ever loss in qualifying for the World Cup since since 1934, the other two coming against Portugal in 1985, when it was West Germany, and the famous 5-1 thrashing by England 20 years ago. Löw, who led Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, is stepping down as coach after the European Championship. After exiting the World cup in the group stage in 2018, the Euros could cause the Germans more pain given they are in the same group as reigning champion Portugal and world champion France. In November, they lost 6-0 to Spain for their worst defeat since 1931.
  7. The defeat was Naomi Osaka's first since February 2020, and it ended any chance of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking this week from Ash Barty, who is in the semifinals. As Naomi Osaka's 23-match winning streak neared an end Wednesday, she paused before serving to crane her neck and study the sky, as if seeking intervention from above. Then she carried on, and so did No. 23-seeded Maria Sakkari, who upset Osaka 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open. “The more stuff like this happens, the more I'll learn from it,” the No. 2-ranked Osaka said. The defeat was her first since February 2020, and it ended any chance of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking this week from Ash Barty, who is in the semifinals. Sakkari will next play No. 8-seeded Bianca Andreescu of Canada, who dropped serve eight times but still outlasted unseeded Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Andreescu is playing in the United States for the first time since winning the 2019 U.S. Open. The other women’s semifinal Thursday will pit No. 1-seeded Ash Barty against No. 5 Elina Svitolina.
  8. The road to Qatar could be bumpy, too, for Löw's successor. In Group J, Germany has slumped to third place after three games — behind North Macedonia and 99th-ranked Armenia, which beat Romania 3-2 for a third straight win having trailed after 87 minutes in Yerevan. Germany's Leroy Sane, right, challenges for the ball with North Macedonia's Goran Pandev during the World Cup 2022 group J qualifying soccer match between Germany and North Macedonia in Duisburg, Germany, Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (AP) Germany's first World Cup qualifying loss in 20 years added another blemish to the final months of coach Joachim Löw's 15-year reign in charge of the team. Germany’s 35-match unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying — a streak dating back to 2001 — ended with a stunning 2-1 home loss to North Macedonia on Wednesday that left the team sitting third in its group after three games. It was only the country's third ever loss in qualifying for the World Cup since since 1934, the other two coming against Portugal in 1985, when it was West Germany, and the famous 5-1 thrashing by England 20 years ago. Löw, who led Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, is stepping down as coach after the European Championship. After exiting the World cup in the group stage in 2018, the Euros could cause the Germans more pain given they are in the same group as reigning champion Portugal and world champion France. In November, they lost 6-0 to Spain for their worst defeat since 1931.
  9. India hockey coach says he wants to try out young players to ensure he is not missing any “diamond in the rust”. Graham Reid with players of the Indian national hockey team. (Hockey India) When it rains, it pours - chief coach Graham Reid resorted to the adage with a chuckle. When a 22-member squad led by Manpreet Singh leaves for Argentina on Wednesday, it would be the second international tour in as many months after going a year without it. The team will play two FIH Pro League matches next month and four practice matches against the 2016 Rio Olympics champions. It will be India's first Pro League assignment since February 2020, the start of 10 matches in the tournament over the next couple of months leading up to the Tokyo Olympics. The Australian coach is all too happy that the games are coming thick and fast. India resumed international hockey last month with a tour of Germany and Belgium, playing two matches each against the Germans and Britain and returning undefeated with two wins and two draws. Reid then learnt about Germany halting sporting events again earlier this month. “We got lucky there. If that tour was now, it wouldn’t have happened,” he said.
  10. Woods told deputies he did not know how the crash occurred and didn’t remember driving. He was unconscious when a witness first approached the mangled SUV. But a sheriff's deputy said the athlete later appeared to be in shock but was conscious and able to answer basic questions. FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2021, file photo a crane is used to lift a vehicle following a rollover accident involving golfer Tiger Woods, in the Rancho Palos Verdes suburb of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have determined what caused Woods to crash his SUV last month in Southern California but would not release details on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, citing privacy concerns for the golf star.(AP) The Los Angeles County sheriff says detectives have determined what caused Tiger Woods to crash his SUV last month in Southern California but would not release details Wednesday, citing unspecified privacy concerns for the golf star. Woods suffered serious injuries in the Feb. 23 crash when he struck a raised median around 7 a.m. in Rolling Hills Estates, just outside Los Angeles. The Genesis SUV he was driving crossed through two oncoming lanes and uprooted a tree on a downhill stretch that police said is known for wrecks. Woods is in Florida recovering from multiple surgeries. Sheriff Alex Villanueva has been criticized for his comments about the crash, calling it “purely an accident” and saying there was no evidence of impairment. Woods told deputies he did not know how the crash occurred and didn’t remember driving. He was unconscious when a witness first approached the mangled SUV. But a sheriff's deputy said the athlete later appeared to be in shock but was conscious and able to answer basic questions.
  11. Ben Howard is on track to snag his second U.K. No. 1 with Collections From The Whiteout (Island). The English singer and songwriter’s fourth studio album leads the Official Chart Update and is outperforming its two closest rivals combined, the OCC reports. Howard burst out the gate a decade ago, winning BRIT Awards for best new artist and best British male artist in 2013, and topping the Official U.K. Album Chart the following year with I Forget Where We Were. His debut album, 2011’s Every Kingdom, and his third album, 2018’s Noonday Dream, both peaked at No. 4. ARTISTS MENTIONED Ben Howard Dua Lipa Evanescence Iron Maiden Joe Strummer Lil Nas X Neil Young One year after it dropped, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia (Warner Records) is chasing a 33rd week in the Top 10. It’s at No. 2 on the midweek chart. Nathan Evans’ ‘Wellerman’ Cruising to Third Week Atop U.K. Chart Meanwhile, U.S. emo favorites Evanescence could score their highest-charting album in 10 years with The Bitter Truth (RCA). It’s at No. 3 on the chart blast, and is the most-downloaded album in the first half of the week. The tandem of Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith and The Winery Dogs’ Richie Kotzen could yield a Top 5 album, as Smith/Kotzen’s self-titled BMG debut opens at No. 5. Also eyeing Top 10 debuts are the instrumental collection Promises (No. 6 via Luaka Bop); Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow latest solo effort Stargazer (No. 7 via BMG); a retrospective collection of The Clash frontman Joe Strummer’s hits, Assembly (at No. 8 via BMG); and the Neil Young live album Young Shakespeare (No. 9 via Reprise). Lana Del Rey Earns Fifth U.K. No. 1 With ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’ Over in the U.K. Singles Chart race, Nathan Evans’ sea shanty “Wellerman” (Polydor) continues to set the pace. It’s the leader on the Official U.K. Singles Chart Update, while Lil Nas X has the highest-charting new track with the controversial release “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” (Lil Nas X). The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published late Friday, local time.
  12. Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker will square off with Amy Shark, Guy Sebastian and others for the song of the year title at the 2021 APRA Awards, slated to take place April 28 in Sydney. The peer-voted song of the year category is considered one of the top honors an Australian songwriter can add to their collection. Parker scores a nomination for Tame Impala’s “Lost In Yesterday,” while Shark’s “Everybody Rise” (co-written with Joel Little) extends her streak of nominations in the category to five years, a stretch that includes a circular trophy in 2019. ARTISTS MENTIONED Amy Shark Dean Lewis Flume Guy Sebastian Helen Reddy INXS Kevin Parker Helen Reddy to be Posthumously Honored at APRA Awards Also up for song of the year is playwright, comedian and singer-songwriter Tim Minchin’s “Carry You”; Guy Sebastian’s “Standing With You”; and “Gadigal Land,” written by songwriters Rob Hirst, Bunna Lawrie and Gadigal poet Joel Davison, for the chart-topping Midnight Oil album of the same name. Parker, Shark and Sebastian head into the ceremony with multiple nominations, as do Tones And I, The Rubens, INXS' Andrew Farriss, Flume featuring Vera Blue, Dean Lewis, Miiesha and Lime Cordiale. This time around, Mallrat (real name Grace Shaw) and The Kid LAROI are among the 49 Australian songwriters who’ve earned their first ever APRA Music Awards nominations, announced Tuesday (March 30). Following a virtual edition held during the peak of the pandemic, this year’s edition of the APRA Music Awards will return as a live industry event. As previously reported, Helen Reddy, the late singer, songwriter and activist whose 1972 hit “I Am Woman” became a feminist anthem, will be honored with the Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. Tones And I, Sia, Lady Gaga Among Winners at 2020 APRA Music Awards Reddy, who passed away in 2019, aged 78, will be the first of two recipients on the night, with the second winner to be announced in April, ahead of the annual gala. In another change from regular programming, highlights from the ceremony will stream on the night from the APRA AMCOS official YouTube page. Julia Zemiro, Ziggy Ramo and Georgia Mooney will host the 2021 APRAs from the International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom on Darling Harbour. Visit apraamcos.com.au for the full list of nominations.
  13. South Korean supergroup BTS issued a statement on Monday night condemning the recent wave of anti-Asian violence and hate that is sweeping the U.S. and shared their own experiences of the racism they have faced for being Asian. The statement, posted in Korean and English on BTS' official social accounts, begins with the band offering their "deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones." Although no specific events are mentioned, the statement comes after the March 16 shootings outside Atlanta, in which a gunman visited three Asian massage parlors and killed eight people, including six Asian women. BTS Release E-Book Celebrating 'Connect, BTS' Global Art Project ARTIST MENTIONED BTS Mindful not to make themselves the focus, the band's statement then highlighted moments when they "faced discrimination as Asians," including enduring "expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look" and being "asked why Asians spoke in English." The statement stresses that the band's "own experiences are inconsequential" compared to recent events but that the racism was "enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem." The band stressed that "what is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians," and that they took their time to consider carefully how they would use their voice to speak up on the issue. BTS Announce Release Dates For Japanese Album 'BTS, The Best' & New Song 'Film Out' In a call to action, BTS ends the statement by affirming that "we stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected." Last year, BTS gave their public support for the Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police brutality that began in the U.S. and spread around the world. In June, BTS and their label Big Hit Entertainment donated $1 million to groups associated with Black Lives Matter, with further millions raised by band's loyal global fanbase. The full statement in English is below: We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel grief and anger. We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians. We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English. We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason. Our own experiences are inconsequential compared to the events that have occurred over the past few weeks. But these experiences were enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem. What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians. It required considerable time for us to discuss this carefully and we contemplated deeply on how we should voice our message. But what our voice must convey is clear. We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.
  14. If there’s one thing that Zack Snyder fans know about the longtime director, it’s that he’s a fan of slo-mo scenes in movies ranging from 300 to HBO Max’s recent Justice League cut. A lot of the DC heroes in the new movie get their own big slo-mo moments, but for one hero, The Flash, it’s arguably the most important. The way Barry Allen is shot is a note that The Flash solo movie definitely needs to take from Snyder as his vision for the DC world wraps. Some spoilers are coming, obviously. So if you haven’t caught the 4-hour HBO Max extravaganza, don’t say we didn't warn you. Iris meat snack scene in HBO Max's Justice League How Iris West And A Hotdog Really Showed What Barry Allen Can Do Early on in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, we see Barry Allen applying for a job at a pet daycare. Out of the corner of his eye he sees a young woman getting in a pretty brutal car wreck and he decides to save the day. The entire car accident happens from Barry’s viewpoint in slow motion, as he lovingly shifts Iris away from disaster and grabs a hotdog -- aka a doggy meat snack -- in the process. It’s riveting. I don’t even have any emotional engagement with this Iris West/Barry Allen plotline and I found the slo-mo to be far more captivating than just Barry quickly trying to save that Russian family Joss Whedon inserted in the theatrical cut. That’s a move Zack Snyder already said he didn’t love, noting “it goes against physics to be able to have…if you grab someone, and you can say they’re protected by the Speed Force, but that’s, you know, up to interpretation.” If Barry is going to shift things in the speed force, they are gentle movements, taps etc. Or as Snyder put it, Barry’s got to be “super careful.” Barry Allen is shot this way over and over throughout Zack Snyder’s Justice League and while slow motion is a favorite for the director, the rules created for Barry Allen in the Speed Force really, really work in the final cut. I’m also just super impressed with how stylish it all looks (as someone who has watched a lot of slo-mo on the CW’s The Flash). Aquaman crowd screaming underwater James Wan 2018 Other DC Movies Like Aquaman Have Already Set A Precedent For Doing Their Own Thing You may be thinking, “Of course, The Flash solo movie will feature slo-mo,” and you’re probably right. But specifically the way Zack Snyder does it in HBO Max’s new cut is what is working for me. The reason I feel the need to point this out is because of Aquaman specifically. In Aquaman, of course, Mera and Arthur Curry have to communicate underwater. The way Zack Snyder envisions this is through complex water bubbles created to give the people of Atlantis bubbles of oxygen to speak English in. In James Wan’s Aquaman it was easier -- and doubtless cheaper -- to just have the actors talk underwater. Does it look as cool? No. Is it less complicated? Yes. DC movies have made a point to be standalones and have their own interpretations of heroes and heroines like Arthur Curry and Diana Prince, but if something is working, it’s not a bad idea to keep it in the mix as Ezra Miller continues playing the iconic character. Barry Allen going so fast he's slow in Zack Snyder's Justice League How Zack Snyder Pulled Off His Slo-Mo Shots, According To Ben Affleck If you want to know how those Barry Allen shots are pulled off in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, you can go ahead and thank Ben Affleck. Affleck’s a director himself, and was super interested in the way The Flash scenes were shot for the DC movie, including the big moment where Batman throws a batarang at Flash. He explained how the scenes were shot to Fox 5's Kevin McCarthy back before the initial release in 2017, noting: " We brought in for that day, special cameras that shot at a high frame rate. So that, you know, I just threw [the batarang] at full speed and you can slow way down. And then you can shoot Ezra at a slightly different from rate, so that it looks a little bit slow but also that he’s moving faster than I am. " Ben Affleck went on to explain that even though it seems like Batman is in the same shot as The Flash, it’s not quite in the same frame, so it’s easy to make it look as if he is slow and The Flash is fast. In the same video, Cyborg actor Ray Fisher also mentions that the VFX team “worked out the physics of the speed force” and really helped them to get the critical slowed down shots to look good. To be clear, I’m not necessarily arguing for more slo-mo from The Flash movie or that Zack Snyder’s use of slo-mo works every. single. time it appears in Justice League. But I do think that Warner Bros. and DC’s push for each of these movies to be its own thing rather than in continuity with one another means that some cool stuff does occasionally get lost in the process. The rules with the speed force could change as Barry Allen sets off on his next adventure. I don’t really want to see that, as it works so charmingly in Zack Snyder’s Justice League and gives Barry Allen more major hero moments within the gang.
  15. As theaters are finally starting to see some action with more big releases, moviegoers can’t help but acknowledge the famous King Kong and Godzilla are coming together in the latest installment of Warner Bros. MonsterVerse, Godzilla vs Kong, which has already hit theaters internationally. As some of the world already has access to the film, fans are starting to notice some easter eggs hidden in the film. Godzilla vs Kong director Adam Wingard has confirmed these easter egg sightings and ha even shared some of them for us. Adam Wingard says the alleged easter eggs are more of a homage to the older films, specifically the OG King Kong vs Godzilla. In an interview with Screen Rant, the director gave an explanation of one of the “easter eggs” fans have noticed so far. In the director’s own words: " I would say that the Easter eggs are more directly related to the original King Kong vs Godzilla - and I wouldn't even so much call them easter eggs as pretty obvious homages. One of them, obviously, people have seen - which is that the helicopters carrying Kong is a direct homage to the hot air balloon that's carrying them. " Adam Wingard watched all of the previous King Kong and Godzilla films in preparation for Godzilla vs Kong, which is honestly a daunting task. In addition to the homage to previous Kong and Godzilla films, Wingard also snuck some tributes to other iconic films from the ‘80s. In the same interview, the V/H/S filmmaker says we can expect "all kinds of stuff" that pay homage to some major films. The director named just a few that should be enough to get anyone excited: " The homages that I had in the film were more based around ‘80s action movies and blockbuster cinema.Obviously, there's some Jaws stuff; there's a lot of Die Hard; people have started picking up the Lethal Weapon 2 stuff in there. Weirdly, those were more of the Easter eggs, and there's all kinds of stuff in the film. " While it’s clear fans are in for some interesting inserts to the new film in the franchise, most probably knew we were in for something a little different this time around. Adam Wingard is by far a director who finds comfort in the horror genre, and he has an intriguing body of work to show for it. In fact, Godzilla vs Kong will be the biggest production the director has undertaken, as well as his first step outside the horror genre. This kind of makes a ton of sense, though, because while we don’t necessarily see these types of blockbuster monster movies to be horror anymore, they were certainly made to be when they first starting hitting the big screen. Back when Godzilla and King Kong were new ideas, they were monstrous creatures that were designed to strike fear into audiences These days, horror has shifted into a different beast, and it will be interesting to see a new age horror director like Adam Wingard take on a classic horror concept with other classic easter eggs. Godzilla vs Kong may be released and thriving in other country’s box offices like China, but it won’t be released until this Wednesday in North America. North Americans can either catch the new monster film in theaters or stream it on HBO Max. But however you watch it, be sure to keep an eye out for a homage or two.