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Can Marvel Defeat the "Fantastic Four" Curse?

Will the MCU magic translate to the newly announced film, or are we in for another terrible Fantastic Four movie?

At Disney's 2020 Investor Day event, the media giant announced a huge slate of announcements involving Star Wars, Pixar, Disney+, and — of course — Marvel Studios.

Along with trailers for Loki — a series following Tom Hiddleston's Norse god of mischief — and the bizarre throwback sitcom Wandavision, Marvel announced plans for a movie starring "Marvel's first family," AKA the Fantastic Four. There's only one problem: Fantastic Four movies are always terrible.

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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN | Romance and crime fighting pair well

MAY 17TH-19TH | What's coming to theaters this weekend?

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A bad super hero, a bad book club, but a good love story? Might be all you need this weekend at the movies.

In Popdust's column, Box Office Breakdown, we aim to inform you of the top flicks to check out every weekend depending on what you're in the mood to enjoy. Looking to laugh? What about having your pants scared off? Maybe you just need a little love? Whatever the case may be, we have you covered. Take a peek at our top picks for this week…

Deadpool 2

It's back and just as wild as the first time around, though you'd never get that from the description online. The world's worst super hero is back and this time in order to take on the troubles of the world, he needs a little help from his friends. He works to assemble a team that will be able to help him fight off trouble in the city (and of course still look young and hot in due time as the franchise continues). Get ready for as much action as there are laughs in this sequel.

Purchase Tickets for Deadpool 2

NR | Running Time 2hr | Marvel Entertainment | Director: David Leitch

Starring: Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, and more!

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BOX OFFICE BREAKDOWN | What's coming to theaters this weekend?

FEBRUARY 9TH-11TH | Find the perfect flick for your pre-Valentine's Day romance session

What's sweeter than taking your crush to the movies and snuggling up in the seats, the old arm over the shoulder move followed by sharing some popcorn?

In Popdust's column, Box Office Breakdown, we aim to inform you of the top flicks to check out every weekend depending on what you're in the mood to enjoy. Looking to laugh? What about have your pants scared off? Maybe just need a little love? Whatever the case may be, we have it.

Take a peek at our top picks for this week (including what's the best ticket to buy for your relationship status)...

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Lil Yachty Calls Notorious B.I.G. "Overrated"

The latest installment of Pitchfork's "Over/Under" series has a confident Yachty throwing shade.

At this point, we've come to expect Lil Yachty to say things wildly outside the norm of up-and-coming rappers.

Part of this is because Yachty is barely an up-and-comer at this point. He's beloved by millions of markedly loyal fans, had successful and well-received tours, and dominated the summer music scene with his signature hooks. Not even the total hardos of the rap scene resist the mumble rapper's potentially "lazy" style anymore, consider the endorsement he got with his fifteen second verse on A$AP Mob's Cozy Tapes. Only superstars get to make guest verses shorter than the hook.

All of this accounted for, it shouldn't be too surprising that when Pitchfork posed the question "Over or underrated, Notorious B.I.G.?" Yachty responded with a quick-draw "overrated."

This puts immediate pressure on Yachty's friend and Sailing Team first-mate The Good Perry to weigh in on the matter and he occupies the other end of the spectrum saying that he can't say because he's "never" heard him. Then he corrects himself saying he's "heard him... in movies and stuff" but that he lived a "very sheltered childhood.

This kind of honesty is pretty refreshing at this point in Yachty's career. He's already made it clear he isn't going to be musically influenced by old-school rappers so why should fans care if he eschews the cultural aspect of it as well? Yachty's music is much more obviously about the actual sound than the lyrical content that it doesn't really seem to be a problem that he feels distant from his musical heritage.

Also, securing his place in the heart of gen-Z'ers everywhere, Lil Boat says that pirating music is underrated and that he only doesn't do it anymore because "I got Apple Music... I don't have to."

Check out the Over/Under video from Pitchfork below featuring Lil Yachty and The Good Perry:


Kim Basinger, 62, has been cast as Christian Gray's ex-lover in the sequel to 50 Shades of Grey.

Called 50 Shades Darker, the film is scheduled for release in 2017.

More important, what's going on with Kim's face?

Pictured above in 2004 on the left and 2015 on the right, Basinger clearly decided that aging gracefully was not for her.

It must be a difficult choice for an older but still beautiful actress who wants to continue playing sexually desirable women. While concepts of beauty are less restrictive in European films, American movies still don't allow women to look their age.

Basinger could have chosen to stick with her mature beauty, instead of going with the synthetic mask look.

But sixty-two is the new forty-five in Hollywood, and everywhere else where plastic surgery is just part of good grooming. Christie Brinkley, 61, has just written a book about how to use botox and fillers to keep your face forever young. Madonna is certainly following the same regime.

And yet, look at Kim's gorgeous face before she messed with it! She could have easily played the lover of 33 year old Jamie Dornan without straining our credulity.

If only she had asked me first!

What do you think, Popdust readers?

 

Dating in the computer age—There's Tinder, Grindr, Match, OkCupid, FarmersOnly, Beer Passions, Clown Lovers, Fetster, Craigslist Casual Encounters, Ashley Madison, Christian Mingle, JDate.... the list is endless.

Each week, Popdust's intrepid reporter, Suzy McCoppin, goes deep undercover in order to guide you through the potentially murky waters of cyber lovin'.

Can you really swipe, click, match, wink your way to true love?

This week, we shine the spotlight on Adult Friend Finder.

AFF doesn't really have a slogan, but it ranks among the 100 most popular sites in the United States and is a major competitor to leading personals sites such as Match.com.

Fun Fact: Did you know the founder of Match lost his girlfriend to a guy she met on Match? Oh, the irony….

This week, I let my freak flag fly on Adult Friend Finder, or, what would actually be a more appropriate name, Lotta Dick Pics. It was basically scrolling through a sea of faceless heads, and therefore made it that much more difficult to find a guy my mom would most like me to date.

I mean, I was able to narrow it down to the circumcised, but, still I was faced with a vast ocean of c*ck, punctuated by the occasional rim shot. (see below)

But, being as intrepid as I am, I scrolled through the line up until I found the best and brightest AFF has to offer. And since I'm a gal who enjoys a good choke out, I looked forward to going under cover and meeting some like-minded deviants.

HOT TO NOT RATIO: Tied with Craigslist Casual Encounters For Highest Ick Factor

BEST PICK UP LINE: Are you from Japan? Because I'm trying to get in Japanties.

WORST PICK UP LINE: “I'm looking for a relationship." Which was accompanied by an extreme close up of his asshole. Gaad I wish I could show it, but Proactive wouldn't like that.

NUMBER OF CORRESPONDENCES IN ONE WEEK: 12

HOTTEST GUY:

I've got jungle fever. He's got jungle fever. We're in love...

Approach/Chat Up Line: "I'm here for you." Oh, Jay. Tell me lies. Tell me sweet, little lies.

Conversation Skills/Rapport: Jay is a man of few words, which left me nervously babbling to fill in the awkward silences and blurting out uncomfortable information—like I was molested by my uncle. And I don't even have an uncle..

Closing Skills: Vanished into the cyber dating ether. Obviously, he hates white people.

GUY MY MOM WOULD WANT ME TO DATE:

Yeah... not a serial killer or anything....

Surely my mom would look right past the cold, dead eyes and menacing smile and only see that rm_emj310md is a doctor.

Approach/Chat Up Line: He's very sensual and blah blah blah.

Conversational Skills/Rapport: Likes the expression LOL. I hate that expression. Hate it.

Closing Skills: I'm pregnant. I think it may be mine.

WEIRDEST GUY:

What's happenin' hot stuff?

Approach/Chat Up Line: I love the quiet arrogance of his profile opening line, and the three periods that invite the viewer to lavish praise upon him. Total pimp move.

Conversation Skills/Rapport: Not much of a talker, but I guess he warned me in his profile.

Closing Skills: What is going on in this picture? I think he might be jerking off. He's a Japanese guy who is "Turning Japanese." Also, is he double jointed? If so, I'm totally into it.

HELL TO THE NO GUY:

Them panties too, boy

Approach/Chat Up Line: Something in Spanish.

Conversational Skills/Rapport: He doesn't speak English, I don't speak Spanish but we found our way. I think he said that I'm beautiful. Or maybe, ala Lindsay Lohan, that I'm a donkey.

Closing Skills: God bless this guy. I mean, he just did everything right. From the panties to the belly to the fact that he's a married non-smoker. The guy just nailed it (but not me...yet...)

BLOW BY BLOW DATE SUMMARY:

Ben likes to cross-dress, and since Adult Friend Finder is not a dating site per se, Ben and I didn't really go on a date—I invited him over to mine for “coffee."

“What? You let some weirdo from Adult Friend Finder come over to your house? Are you crazy?"

Crazy is a relative term, and this reckless behavior fuses nicely with my suicidal ideation.

What didn't fuse nicely was our respective fetishes. I was hoping for a 50 Shades of Grey type deal, and Ben just wanted to know what size shoe I wear.

I told him he might be able to fit into my pink Birkenstocks, and though he'd never attempted any shade of grey, he was willing to experiment.

So, after a forced and awkward closed-mouth kiss, I told him to put his hands around my throat. A tour de force of ineptitude followed, and I wound up being crumpled up like Stephen Hawking.

Why, it hearkened back to a time when I asked a non-dominant boyfriend to spank me.

I could feel him tentatively hovering above my cheeks, then finally, almost apologetically, strike me simultaneously with both hands, on both cheeks, like he was hitting the bongos.

Seriously…WTF?

The good news is that he did fit into my pink Birkenstocks.

SITE SUMMARY:

Here's what I learned from AFF. You can't teach someone to have a fetish. To quote the great Chris Rock, “If you're a crackhead, your woman gotta be a crackhead too, or it ain't gonna work."

Likewise. You don't wanna mix a cross dresser and a submissive. Sadly, I learned this the hard way.

Check back on Popdust every Friday for an all new foray into the singles world…next week—Christian Mingle….

In the meantime, you can read past Adventures In Dating here