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Pandemic Thriller “Songbird” Imagines A Dystopian Future Devastated By COVID-23

STX films releases the trailer for Michael Bay-produced pandemic thriller “Songbird” …

COVID-23???????

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Imagine living through 8 months of quarantine during a never-ending pandemic then watching a movie about a never-ending pandemic where we’re STILL locked down in 2024.

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Why anyone would want us to imagine this NOW, mid-pandemic, we don’t know, but that’s exactly what happens in upcoming pandemic thriller “Songbird” that follows residents in dystopian Los Angeles where COVID-19 has mutated into the deadlier COVID-23–no, seriously.

Eight million people have reportedly died in the United States in that year alone and there’s a 110 million death toll worldwide.

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America is moving its citizens to quarantine camps known as Q-Zones with a select “immune” few like central character “Nico” (KJ Apa) scattered around the city. His girlfriend “Sara” (Sofia Carson) is dealing with her own mother contracting the virus as officials get ready to take her away.

If that sounds somewhat intriguing, it actually kinda is based on the thrilling (and triggering) trailer below:

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It also sounds like something we might not be ready to watch until our current real-life pandemic is over.

The first feature film to be made during COVID-19 in Los Angeles, and about the
pandemic itself, “Songbird” also stars Bradley Whitford and Demi Moore as a
wealthy couple who may hold the key to Nico’s mission; Alexandra Daddario as a
singer enmeshed in a messy and forbidden affair; Paul Walter Hauser as a disabled
veteran whose best friend – a drone named Max – is his eyes and ears to a world
that has left him behind; Craig Robinson as Nico’s boss; and Peter Stormare as the
corrupt head of the city’s “sanitation” department, which seizes those infected and
transports them to the Q-Zone.

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“Songbird” hits theatres (if they even still exist) January 29, 2021.

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Rap Royalty Rumble, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Square Off in Release Date Duel, Joe Budden Spills the Tea

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Rap Royalty Rumble, Nicki Minaj and Cardi B Square Off in Release Date Duel, Joe Budden Spills the Tea

 

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The battle for rap supremacy between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B has been a long-standing saga, and just when you thought the dust had settled, it seems the queens are gearing up for another showdown. Recent events, including the release of Pink Friday 2 and the fiery “Like What” freestyle, have reignited discussions about the timing of their drops, prompting speculation about strategic release date maneuvers.

In a recent episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, the titular host, Joe Budden, threw gasoline on the fire, claiming that Nicki Minaj has a history of adjusting her album release dates to coincide with Cardi B’s. According to Budden, whenever Cardi was gearing up to drop a project, Nicki would swiftly alter her plans, playing a game of musical chairs with release dates.

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“I ain’t trying to start any fires here [sorry, Joe], but Nicki changed that date like five times trying to sync up with Cardi’s drops,” Budden spilled to his intrigued co-hosts. “That was supposed to be the 50 and Kanye moment. It would’ve been a big boost for Cardi, you know? Nicki was going to sell regardless, but Cardi could’ve ridden that wave for a major marketing win.”

However, as fate would have it, the anticipated clash didn’t materialize, and Nicki dropped her project independently. Budden speculates that Cardi may have backed out, hinting at a retreat from the anticipated face-off. As we enter the sixth year of this rivalry, Budden suggests that other female rappers might be facing similar behind-the-scenes drama, where branding speaks louder than the music itself.

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As the debate rages on, we want to hear from you! What’s your take on this ongoing feud? Share your thoughts in the comments below. And while you’re at it, let us know your stance on other hot topics, like the Big Three rankings for 2010s hip-hop featuring Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and Drake. Stay tuned to Honk Magazine for the latest updates on Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and all things hip-hop.

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Kid Cudi Unleashes Cinematic Fever, Two Films, a Head Tattoo, and the Beat Goes On

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi Unleashes Cinematic Fever, Two Films, a Head Tattoo, and the Beat Goes On

 

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2024 has already witnessed Kid Cudi‘s musical revolution with the release of INSANO and its NITRO MEGA expansion, but the Cleveland visionary is far from done. In a recent Twitter revelation on March 2, Cudi tantalizingly teased two upcoming films, promising a rollercoaster ride of madness and hilarity.

“I got the music outta me,” he declared, igniting excitement among fans. “HELL NAW, the film at Sony with the Lucas Bros is coming together beautifully. It’s madddd funny and ridiculous. Can’t wait for y’all to see this madness.” And that’s not all – Cudi’s directorial debut, “TEDDY,” is on the horizon, set to unfold its magic sometime after the tour.

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Breaking away from the musical scene, the 40-year-old maestro has boldly announced a shift toward film, with his next album slated for 2026. “Expect an album from me every other year,” he shared. “Next year is all about filmin’. Got a bunch of stuff I need to get done. Film and TV. Taking a year off music to do it all.”

But the surprises don’t end there. Cudi, known for pushing creative boundaries, recently flaunted a striking floral head tattoo that encircles his skull, marking a bold departure from his usual artistic expressions.

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Returning to the cinematic realm, “Hell Naw,” a zombie horror comedy co-written with the talented minds behind “Judas & The Black Messiah,” promises to blend laughter and spine-chilling horror. Cudi guarantees, “You will be shook. I promise. Y’all know I don’t play around.”

On a more personal note, “Teddy” draws inspiration from Cudi’s 2009 hit, “Pursuit of Happiness.” Executive produced by Jay-Z and Jeymes Samuel, this comedy promises to weave Cudi’s personal struggles and experiences into a tapestry of trippy, fun, and poignant moments. Cudi believes, “This film is very close to my heart. It’s trippy, it’s fun, it’s sad, it’s life.”

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For the latest on Kid Cudi’s electrifying journey into film and all things creative, stay tuned to Honk Magazine. The beat goes on, and Cudi’s cinematic symphony is just beginning!

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