Entertainment Roundup: Oscars awards body invites 928 new members, including 4 Nigerians; Marvel Studios are planning to introduce brand new heroes | More stories

Here’s everything you missed in entertainment yesterday and others that unravelled while you slept – and are still buzzing today.

Patriarch of the Jackson family, Joe Jackson, dead at 89

Joseph “Joe” Jackson, the patriarch who launched the musical Jackson family dynasty, died Wednesday.

Jackson was the father of and at times manager to pop stars, Michael and Janet Jackson, along with the sibling singing group, The Jackson 5.

I have seen more sunsets than I have left to see,” read a tweet posted Sunday from Jackson’s official Twitter account.

The sun rises when the time comes and whether you like it or not the sun sets when the time comes.”

He died on June 27 at the age of 89 following a battle with cancer.

Open-casket viewing and public memorial held for XXXTentacion

XXXtentacion (Instagram/xxxtentacion)

Thousands of fans gathered at an arena in Sunrise, Fla. on Wednesday, June 27, for an open-casket memorial for rapper XXXTentacion, who was fatally shot in a suspected robbery last week.

The late rapper, real name Jahseh Onfroy, was “dressed in a blue denim jacket under soft lighting, laid in a dark polished coffin at centre stage, surrounded by a spray of black flowers with metallic accents,” according to the New York Times.

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ sequel sets official release date

Dwayne Johnson has unveiled an official release date of December 13, 2019, for Sony’s sequel to “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is a sequel to the 1995 hit “Jumanji,” starring Robin Williams. It was set in the present day with four high school students placed in detention together. The quartet is assigned the school’s basement and then transported into the Jumanji board game after they activate the discarded game.

Academy invites record 928 new members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited a record number of new members, extending invites to 928 people.

The Academy topped last year’s record of 774 new members. It invited 683 members in 2016 and 322 in 2015, which were also record numbers.

If all the 2018 invitees accept, the overall membership would be 9,226.

Monday’s invitations, if accepted, will result in 38% of the Oscars’ governing body’s new class being comprised of people of colour, increasing their representation from 13% in 2017 to 16%. The new class is 49% female, boosting the total representation of women from 28% in 2017 to 31%.

Four Nigerians have also been invited.

Marvel Studios are planning to introduce ‘brand new heroes’ following Avengers 4

“[You can expect] Brand new heroes, new types of heroes, continuing what we see in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Black Panther, and Captain Marvel,” the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige explained.

Speaking to Gamespot about the future of the MCU, Feige, 45, said their focus was around movies exploring “who a hero can be and should be“.

He explained the thinking behind that direction, saying: “We want people from any background to be able to look at that screen and see themselves reflected, and just as important to have different types of people be inspired by people who don’t look like them, or people who have different backgrounds than them, and let them inspire them going forward.

To me, that’s the most important thing that we can do, and we’ve started it, and we’re going to continue it.”

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