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There’s no denying Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best Spider-Man flick to hit theaters in a while. But what we are raving about, particularly, is this cast. From Zendaya to Donald Glover to Jacob Batalon, this is the most diverse Marvel film to hit the big screen … and according to director Jon Watts, that was of the utmost importance.

“I mean, Peter Parker is from Queens, and Queens is like one of the most diverse places in the world, so I just wanted it to represent where he is actually from and feel like what it actually looks like,” Watts told HipHollywood during the film’s press junket.

“I think one of the cool things that Jon did is cast who’s best for role, not based on where they are from,” added British actor Tom Holland, who plays Spider-Man.

In the film, Watts also makes Parker’s love interest a black girl (actress Laura Harrier) and she’s not only the hottest but the smartest girl in school. Meanwhile, Hollywood “It” girl Zendaya, who plays Parker’s classmate Michelle, serves up many unexpected laughs and is set to have a much bigger role in the follow-up films.

“You know what I think is cool about her is that she is different and also super intellectual and outspoken,” said the Disney star.

Then of course there’s Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine and Hannibal Burruss, who also have significant roles and will definitely pop up in the sequel.

In the meantime, we think Spider-Man and his amazing friends are worth a trip to the theater this weekend.

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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