SHAZAM Films in Philly this Weekend, Kendall Jenner will be at Sixers Game Tonight

SHAZAM Films in Philly this Weekend, Kendall Jenner will be at Sixers Game Tonight

I received a tip from a reader about a film shooting here next week, called Franklin. My tipster had no idea what the movie was about, and they are downright the best in the sleuth business.
At first I jumped up and down with excitement, is it the Aretha Franklin biopic with Jennifer Hudson, OMgosh, but no it wasn’t that movie. It’s the much anticipated SHAZAM. Yes, long talked about among the fans, and now nearly done filming. Here’s what I know so far, and thanks to Wikepedia for a lot of the info. (BTW they could use our support. I donate to them every year as I use it often for curiosity, and for posts.)

Shazam! is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, produced by New Line Cinema and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Billy Batson, a troubled 14-year-old orphan living in Philadelphia, is set up to move into a new foster home – his seventh in a row – with the Vazquez family and their other five foster kids. One day, Billy gets on a subway car and finds himself transported to a different realm, where an ancient wizard gives him the power to transform into a godlike adult superhero by uttering the word “Shazam!” Billy and his new foster brother Freddy Freeman must learn what Billy’s new powers are and how to use them in order to stop the villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana from wielding powers of his own.[6][7]

The title of ‘Franklin’ is the “working title” for SHAZAM.  Working titles give films a chance to go about various elements of production – such as casting extras and filming on locations – without drawing too much attention to themselves. A movie that shot here two years ago starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, used a working title called “The Intouchables”, when it filmed here in February 2017. The movie is set in NYC, but filmed almost entirely in Philadelphia. On August 2, 2017, the film’s title was changed to “The Upside”. The release date is January 11, 2019.

According to comicbook.comFranklin” is a pretty unique choice for Shazam!. Some have already taken the moniker to be a reference to Benjamin Franklin and his lightning-based experiments. With one of Billy Batson/Shazam’s powers being lightning manipulation, it’s a pretty perfect code name for the film to use. (source)

For the uninitiated, Working titles for superhero films have become a fun piece of trivia amongst fans, with some recent standouts including Avengers: Infinity War‘s ‘Mary Lou’, Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s ‘Summer of George’, and Justice League‘s ‘Caveman’.

This weekend and Monday they will be doing updated skyline shots, as well as other locations. Just a few more scenes to finish out production.

Shazam! is scheduled for release in the United States by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema and IMAX 3D on April 5, 2019.

Check out the trailer here, you there SEPTA Orange Line I see you!!

Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons seem to be spending a lot more time together.The on-again-off-again back on again couple were first spotted earlier this month at Elbow Lane, a story I broke, then last weekend they went to two Stephen Starr hot spots: Parc on Friday night (perhaps on a recommendation by Caitlyn Jenner who ate there in Sept 2015 while on her book tour), then they stopped by The 1500 Lounge, Saturday night they went to Buddakan. Monday they had mulled wine at Christmas Village, and soup at the Wholefoods in the Art Museum (Daily Mail) area before Ben loaded up her luggage in a SUV and she flew back to LA, with his words still ringing in her ear, I’ll see you next weekend, as I reported yesterday. Sure enough tonight she’ll be at the Sixers game at Wells Fargo cheering on her beau.