Cheech Marin to Open Chicano Art Center in California

Richard Sandoval, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Richard Sandoval, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

Cheech Marin, of Cheech and Chong fame, also happens to be an avid collector of Chicano art. After decades of amassing his own personal collection, the Mexican-American comedian from South Los Angeles is working with the Riverside Art Museum and the city of Riverside (which was almost 48 percent Latino in 2015) to share his collection with the wider world, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Pending city approval, the proposed Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture and Industry will take over a building that currently houses the Riverside Public Library, which is already set to move to a new location. Previously, the city had hoped a children’s science museum would move into that building, but the deal fell through earlier in 2017.

The museum would house Marin’s 700-plus works of painting, sculpture, and photography from Chicano artists and would be overseen by the Riverside Art Museum. The plan came together after the Riverside Art Museum borrowed a small slice of Marin’s collection for an exhibition earlier this year called Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper From the Collection of Cheech Marin.

The Riverside Public Library is scheduled to move locations within the next three years, according to the L.A. Times, after which the Cheech Marin Center could move in to renovate and install the collection. However, the plans are still only tentative. Since the library building is owned by the city, the deal must be approved by the city council before the center can move forward, and that process alone will take at least nine months.

[h/t Los Angeles Times]

Why Fans Are Certain Tessa Thompson is Headed to the Avengers 4 Set

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Disney/Marvel

by Kwadar Ray

Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie did not appear in Avengers: Infinity War despite surviving Thor: Ragnarok. It was unclear if she was one of the few to endure Thanos's snap, or if she was one of the many casualties.

However, the Russo brothers and Infinity War screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, later confirmed that she was still alive in the movie's DVD audio commentary.

And now, the actress is teasing that she may appear in the untitled Avengers 4 movie. She posted a video to her Instagram story featuring her, Avengers star Chris Hemsworth, and his stunt double Bobby Holland Hanton leaving London after a day of shooting the Men in Black spinoff.

🎥| @tessamaethompson Via IG Stories. #ChrisHemsworth #TessaThompson

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Not only that, but Hemsworth previously said he would be heading from London to Atlanta to continue filming Avengers 4. Hanton's IG story showed Thompson stepping off the plane with them in Atlanta, and fans are unsurprisingly thinking this means Valkyrie will appear in the upcoming movie.

Fans are loving the idea of Valkyrie obliterating Thanos.

Avengers 4 is set for a May 3, 2019 release, and hopefully Thompson will be a key part in the fight against evil.

Zack Snyder Confirms Justice League Was Supposed to Feature Another Superhero

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Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

by Kwadar Ray

​​Zack Snyder talks an awful lot about the universe building he did for Justice League. The director began working on the DC film from the start, but unfortunately had to step down after a family tragedy occurred, and Joss Whedon was hired to finish the job. Whedon apparently changed a decent amount of the film, leaving fans desperate for a "Snyder cut."

The director had plenty of plans to introduce characters to the DC Extended Universe with Justice League, which he successfully did with the likes of Deathstroke and Mera. However, ​Snyder revealed there was another hero he was going to include. Ryan Choi, a.k.a. The Atom, was also supposed to featured in the movie.

Earlier this year, attentive fans noticed when rewatching Justice League that Choi's name was displayed on the side of a computer screen, revealing that in the DCEU, the superhero is an employee at S.T.A.R. Labs.

A fan also found a Justice League promotional picture featuring Silas next to another scientist, who Snyder has confirmed was indeed Choi. The scene, however, was ultimately cut during post-production/reshoots.

Outside of the comics, The Atom has most prominently appeared in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Choi's appearance in Justice League would have likely been minor, which is understandable. Still, including him as a S.T.A.R. Labs employee was a wise choice by Snyder, because he would have retained his scientific background.

DC's next movie to hit theaters will be Aquaman directed by James Wan, set to premiere on December 21, 2018.

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