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NBA 2018 Awards Finalist Announced

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The NBA has announced the finalist for the 2018 Awards.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden has never won the NBA MVP award. He finished second to Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook. Could this year finally be the year he wins the MVP race?

He leads the league in scoring (31.5 points per game) and ranks third in assists (9.1 apg). He has led the Rockets to NBA second-best record, falling short to Golden State Warriors. This year he became the first ever player to have a 60 point triple-double game. The previous NBA high for a triple-double was 57 points by both Michael Jordan in December 1992 and Russell Westbrook in March.

“James Harden right now is the clear-cut MVP,” Shaquille O’Neal said.

The Beards teammate Chris Paul had his own take on the MVP race. Paul declared, “it’s not even going to be close.”

Checkout the list below and our predictions on who will win.

Most Valuable Player

  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • James Harden, Houston Rockets (Prediction)
  • LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

Defensive Player of the Year

  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans (Prediction)
  • Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Rookie of the Year

  • Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz (Prediction)
  • Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics

Sixth Man of the Year

  • Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets (Prediction)
  • Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors
  • Lou Williams, Los Angeles Clippers

Most Improved Player

  • Clint Capela, Houston Rockets
  • Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn Nets
  • Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers (Prediction)

Coach of the Year

  • Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors
  • Quin Snyder, Utah Jazz
  • Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics (Prediction)

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Ryan Coogler Is Hard At Work Writing The Sequel For Black Panther

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Marvel head Kevin Feige said Black Panther 2 will happen whenever director Ryan Coogler is ready. It seems that critically acclaimed director is ready to return to his billion dollar franchise.

According to a report by Metro, Coogler is already in the process of drafting script for the sequel.

“Ryan Coogler is currently mapping out Black Panther’s sequel and has written in a number of new characters that movie-goers will be introduced to when it premieres,” said the source, according to Metro. “One of those characters, if he gets his wish, will be played by Childish Gambino. Nothing is set in stone but ‘informal talks’ [are happening] between Ryan, Gambino and reps from Marvel and Disney to see if they can make it happen.”

He’s also reportedly in talks with his longtime collaborator, Michael B. Jordan, to return for the sequel as well.

“They’re still yet to decide if Michael B. Jordan will return in some capacity but if he doesn’t it’s likely Gambino may play some kind of villain,” said the source.

But it would be hard for Marvel to justify the return of Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, after the events of part one.

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Aquaman Gets New Armor In First Poster

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Jason Momoa’s Aquaman was just along for the ride in Justice League. In the characters first stand-alone movie, fans will get more of the new badass version of Aquaman. So forget the memes and the jokes from the 60’s super friends cartoons.

Director James Wan’s (Furious 7Aquaman is setting a new tone. Wan broke down his vision for the King of Atlantis.

“It’s going to look very different, it will feel very different, aesthetically, tonally, story-wise, it’s my own take. It’s a much more a traditional action-adventure quest movie…Aquaman has been the joke of the comic book world, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought how cool that would be. Let’s take the character everybody makes fun of and do something really interesting with him.”

Aquaman hits theaters on December 21st

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Deadpool Director: There’s An Additional 20 Minutes

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Deadpool 2 will be getting an extended cut when it hit store shelves.

During a new interview for the sequel, the filmmaker also confirmed there will be about 20 minutes of deleted scenes for fans to pore over when this superhero sequel debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats.

“This is just ballpark, but I’d say there’s an additional 20 minutes of stuff. I am actually putting it together now. We’re taking sort of it slow. There’s a lot of alts we want to play with. I want to get Ryan in there so we’re making sure we’re all on the same page of like the comedy we want to do and the narrative. There are some great scenes in there that have been just lifted and it would be fun to be back in.”

The director also clarified that his first cut for the studio, his director’s cut, was between two hours and 12 minutes and two hours and 15 minutes

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