Chris Evans could walk after Captain America 4
Actor Chris Evans says his contract with Marvel Studios will be over once he is done filming Avengers 4.
The 35-year-old has a deal with Marvel Studios to play Steve Rogers and his heroic alter ego in two more movies, which will be the two Avengers sequels. But he is free to walk away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe if he wishes or if Marvel no longer wants him, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, Evans said: “My contract is up. I have Avengers 3 and 4, we do Avengers 3 now and 4 is the latter part of the year, then after that, that is the end of my contract …
“They’ve been filming since February, I don’t start until May, there are so many people involved.”
Evans first featured as the superhero in 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger and he has followed that up with appearances in The Avengers; Avengers: Age of Ultron; Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. — IANS
Tupac Shakur enters Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Tupac Shakur’s recording career lasted just five years before he was murdered in 1996, but it is the rapper’s influence from beyond the grave that will be celebrated when he is inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday.
Arguably bigger in death than he was in life, Shakur will be only the sixth rap act to be voted into the Hall of Fame in its 30-year history.
The Hall of Fame described him as “an international symbol of resistance and outlaw spirit, an irresistible contradiction, a definitive rap anti-hero”.
That is a big claim for the Harlem-born son of two Black Panther activists who spent time in jail for assault and released just four albums before being killed at age 25 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas that has never been resolved.
Rap too has evolved, becoming the second most popular music genre in the United States after rock, reflecting and challenging social inequities in its lyrics and music videos, and inspiring symposia at prestigious universities such as Harvard.
Shakur has sold 75 million albums, mostly from seven posthumous releases, and although his sales figures will never match those of 21st century hip-hop kings like Drake, Kanye West and The Weeknd, his influence remains profound. — Reuters
Harrison Ford escapes action on plane incidental
Harrison Ford will not face any penalties over mistakenly landing on a taxiway at a Southern California airport earlier this year, the actor’s attorney said earlier this week. Attorney Stephen Hofer wrote in a statement that the Federal Aviation Administration will not fine Ford and the actor will retain his pilot’s license without restriction.
“The FAA conducted a full investigation into the matter, including an interview with Mr. Ford, and determined that no administrative or enforcement action was warranted,” Hofer wrote.
Ford mistakenly landed on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on February 13 after flying over an American Airlines jet that was waiting to take off.
“I’m the schmuck who landed on the taxiway,” Ford told an air-traffic controller shortly after the landing. Recordings of Ford’s conversations with air-traffic controllers were released Friday by the Federal Aviation Administration, and video previously released by the airport showed the actor’s Aviat Husky plane from behind as it descends toward the airfield where the American Airlines Boeing 737 is slowly taxiing.
Ford told an air-traffic controller after the incident that he “got distracted by the airliner” and also mentioned “big turbulence” from another plane that was landing.
The FAA confirmed it had concluded its investigation into the incident, but the agency said it does not comment on individual pilots.- AP