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#1 Brie Larson Battles Skrulls & Searches for Her Origin Story in Jaw-Dropping Second ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer

The dazzling second trailer for Captain Marvel is finally here!

The new clip was released Monday night, giving fans even more to marvel at the upcoming comic book epic, starring Brie Larson as the titular fighter pilot turned superhero.

This second glimpse at the upcoming tentpole expands upon some of the more wonderfully mysterious imagery from the first trailer, which showcased that Larson’s character’s origin is twofold. Yes, she’s from Earth but she doesn’t remember her life as U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Carol Danvers beyond mere flashes. After an accident, she was found by the Kree, an alien race, who fused her DNA with their own, making her the powerful titular superhero.

"So, Skrulls are the bad guys?" a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, with the help of some impressive CGI) asks Danvers in the clip. "And you're a Kree -- a race of noble warriors?"

"Heroes." she corrects. "Noble warrior heroes." 

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#2 Drake, Ariana Grande Top Spotify’s Year-End ‘Wrapped’ Charts

Since Drake shattered virtually every streaming record with his “Scorpion” album, released in June, it’s no surprise that his 8.2 billion streams in 2018 make him not only Spotify’s most-streamed artist of the year, he’s the platform’s most-streamed artist of all time. “Scorpion” and its song “God’s Plan” also were the most streamed album and song of 2018, respectively; Drake was also the platform’s most-streamed artist in 2015 and 2016.

Following Drake, Post Malone, XXXTentacion, J Balvin and 2017’s most-streamed artist Ed Sheeran rounded out the Top 5 list of Most Streamed Artists in the world.

Ariana Grande’s 48 million plus monthly listeners raised her to the position of Spotify’s most-streamed female artist, following in the footsteps of three-time winner Rihanna.

While hip-hop dominated Spotify’s charts in 2018, Latin music continued to grow rapidly. Three Latin artists — J Balvin, Bad Bunny (both of whom are featured on Cardi B’s smash single “I Like It”) and Ozuna — landed on the top-10 most-streamed artists list, while last year, Daddy Yankee was the only Spanish-speaking artist to reach the top 10. Dominican-American singer Cardi B, the third-most-streamed female artist of 2018, and Cuban-American singer Camila Cabello, the fifth-most-streamed, are also of Latin descent and proudly reflect it in their songs “I Like It” and “Havana” respectively, among others.

The full lists appear below:

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#3 BAFTA Sets Date for 2020 Film Awards, Remains Ahead of the Oscars

BAFTA’s annual Film Awards have shifted to an earlier date in 2020 to stay in their usual slot ahead of the Academy Awards. The BAFTA ceremony will be held Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, one week before the Oscars, which themselves were moved up a few months ago from Feb. 23, 2020.

The new BAFTA date likely avoids the ceremony taking place during the Berlin Film Festival, which has happened in recent years and can cause scheduling headaches for executives and talent. But now it’s possible that the Oscar ceremony could clash with the Berlinale, which has yet to set its 2020 dates.

Next year’s BAFTA Film Awards will be handed out as planned on Feb. 10, with the Rising Star and full nominations unveiled in early January. The 2019 Oscars will take place Feb. 24.

BAFTA had previously indicated its intention to keep its Film Awards, which are second only to the Oscars in prestige, ahead of the Academy Awards in the calendar, as has been the case since 2001. However, in 2020, the gap between the two ceremonies will be reduced from its usual two weeks to just one week.

As the timelines shift, there will be an impact on the voting deadlines and nominations announcement. In a short statement, BAFTA said that “the full timeline for the Film Awards 2019/20 will be announced in due course.”

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#4 Oscars: VFX Race Includes ‘Avengers’, ‘A Quiet Place’, More

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Monday that 20 films are eligible for consideration in the Visual Effects category at the 91st Oscars. Nominations will be unveiled January 22.

Later this month, the Movie Academy’s Visual Effects Branch executive committee will select a shortlist of 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Last year, Warner Bros’ Blade Runner 2049 won in the category.

Here are this year’s eligible films, in alphabetical order:

“Ant-Man and the Wasp”

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