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'Snyder Cut' of 'Justice League' to be released

For several years, the slogan "Release the Snyder cut" has reverberated online as a rallying cry both genuine and ironic — a "Vive la revolution" for comic book movie fans. On Wednesday, they finally got their wish.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced that a director's cut of Zack Snyder's 2017's DC Comics film "Justice League" will next year debut on the streaming service HBO Max. Snyder first announced the news himself in a live video conference commentary for his Superman film "Man of Steel."

The so-called #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement began around the release of "Justice League," a movie that Snyder directed but was replaced in post-production by Joss Whedon. The "Avengers" director, who was credited as co-writer, oversaw extensive reshoots, editing and visual effects.

Snyder remained the sole credited director of "Justice League" and it was likewise panned by critics and considered a disappointment by most fans. But some have maintained that Snyder's vision of the film would have been better.

It's unclear if another "Snyder cut" ever existed before the director's departure. Speaking to fans during the "Man of Steel" watch party, Snyder said he still had work to do on it.

Romance Writers' award honors Vivian Stephens

The Romance Writers of America have dropped their annual RITA awards and replaced them with a prize dedicated to the association's co-founder and meant to address criticisms over lack of diversity.The RWA announced Thursday that the new award will be called the Vivian, in honor of Vivian Stephens, a pioneering black romance novelist and publisher. The award's credentials beyond "excellence in romance writing" are still being worked out. The RWA will be seeking feedback from its thousands of members and hopes to launch the Vivian this fall.

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"Our goal is to celebrate the very best of our diverse genre," RWA President Alyssa Day said in a statement. "To do that, it's imperative we develop rules and resources that ensure The Vivian is inclusive, equitable, and accessible. We have a task force hard at work making that happen."

Long-term frustration among writers over diversity became widely known last December after the RWA initially reprimanded author Courtney Milan for calling a novel by Kathryn Lynn Davis racist. The trade association has been in turmoil all year as board members have departed and numerous publishers dropped out of this summer's annual RWA convention, which ended up being canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jazz competition for students goes virtual

The coronavirus pandemic has altered the annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, but it will still go on, giving students the chance to show their talents virtually.This year marks the 25th anniversary of the program.

High school bands from around the country traditionally head to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City for a multi-day competition.

Given the COVID-19 crisis that has led to shutdowns across the nation, there will be no travel; instead, the event will take place from June 8-12 on Jazz at Lincoln Center's website, social media accounts and also through Zoom.

Essentially Ellington, named after jazz great Duke Ellington, is a free educational program that provides instruction and resources to jazz students nationwide. The competition was originally scheduled to be held this month.

Today's birthdays:Actor Ian McKellen ("Lord of the Rings") is 81. Director-Muppetteer Frank Oz is 76. Actress Connie Sellecca is 65. Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 57. Actress Octavia Spencer ("The Help") is 50. Actress Erinn Hayes ("Kevin Can Wait") is 44. Actress Lauren Frost ("Even Stevens") is 35. Musician Guy Lawrence of Disclosure is 29.

— The Associated Press


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