Sterling K. Brown Joins ‘Black Panther’

Marvel is continuing to add A-list talent to the already star-studded cast for the upcoming Black Panther film. The studio has announced today via Marvel.com that Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown (The People v. O.J. Simpson) has joined the cast in the role of N’Jobu, a mysterious figure from T’Challah’s past.

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Brown joins the exceptional cast which already includes Chadwick BosemanForest WhitakerMichael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’oDanai GuriraDaniel KaluuyaWinston DukeFlorence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett. The film will be directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station).

The film has begins principal photography this month in Atlanta and will shoot up until May.

Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018.

SOURCE: MARVEL

‘Arrow’: Producer’s Preview; “Human Target” Clip

Arrow is set to introduce Christopher Chance A.K.A. Human Target this week played by Wil Traval (Jessica Jones). In the comics, Human Target was a bodyguard and a master of disguise who assumed the identity of his clients so that he could handle the danger which threatened their life.

Arrow is set to introduce Christopher Chance A.K.A. Human Target this week played by Wil Traval (Jessica Jones). In the comics, Human Target was a bodyguard and a master of disguise who assumed the identity of his clients so that he could handle the danger which threatened their life.

The episode will also see the return of this season’s big bad Prometheus. So far I am completely underwhelmed by the character of Prometheus as the writers have not yet given us a reason to care about his involvement in the series.

In a producer’s preview released ahead of tonight’s episode, executive producer Wendy Mericle teases the arrival of a mysterious new villain hired by Tobias Church to take out Star City’s Mayor, Oliver Queen. Tonight will also be the first time Diggle is introduced to Team Arrow 2.0 and he most likely won’t be too happy about the members Oliver has chosen.

Arrow airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

‘Black Panther’ To Begin Filming This January

The cameras are set to roll on Marvel’s Black Panther this January in Atlanta. Tammy Lyn Casting has put out a casting call looking for extras to populate the great nation of Wakanda which will serve as the setting for the film.

The cameras are set to roll on Marvel’s Black Panther this January in Atlanta. Tammy Lyn Casting has put out a casting call looking for extras to populate the great nation of Wakanda which will serve as the setting for the film.

The production is looking for athletic type extras experienced in African style drumming, Martial Arts and MMA, boxing, wrestling, military/weapons/knife handling, stick-fighting,

The film will shoot until May, set for a February 2018 release and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. JordanLupita Nyong’oDanai GuriraDaniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba.

Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018

Marvel Adds Forest Whitaker to ‘Black Panther’

Forest Whitaker is set to join an already star studded cast in the upcoming Marvel’s Black Panther. Announced today via Marvel.com, Whitaker will play the role of Zuri, an elder statesmen in Wakanda.

The film has also added Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario, Black Mirror), Winston Duke (Person of Interest), and Florence Kasumba (Captain America: Civil War).

Kasumba is going to reprise her role as the stone cold Ayo (Move or you will be moved), a member of the Dora Milaje—the personal bodyguards of T’Challah A.K.A. Black Panther. Kaluuya is playing the role of W’Kabe, a loyal confidant to T’Challah who in the comics was the head of Wakandan security and T’Challahs second in command. Duke fills the role of M’Baku A.K.A. Man-Ape. M’Baku is the leader of a rival tribe in Wakanda. He is the greatest warrior in the nation second only to T’Challah.

The film stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role as Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye.

Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters February 16, 2018

‘Arrow’: Season 5 Premiere “Legacy” Spoiler Review

Five months after the death of Laurel Lance—A.K.A. Black Canary—Oliver, Felicity, and the former members of Team Arrow are still mourning the loss of their friend. The theme of the episode is moving forward as it deals mostly with the team coming to terms with how things have changed and the fact that they will never go back to the way they were.

The premiere kicks off with Oliver disarming four bombs rigged together by Anarchy. It’s a great scene that has the flavor of season one and two flowing through it. The action, tone, and music is all there. Complete with Blake Neely’s rhythmically building strings and that awesome synth as the music ramps up to the series’ main title card.

Cuddy is back on the streets. Chadwick Boseman (The Walking Dead, The Wire) makes his debut as the villainous Tobias Church. Boseman is an incredibly talented actor and he should make an excellent addition to the series, however. His performance in the episode is unremarkable. He wasn’t bad, he just wasn’t that good…

As far as we know, his goal is a bit generic. He wants to kill the Green Arrow and he’s putting together all of Star City’s major criminal organizations to do so.

Little does he know the Green Arrow is about to give them a run for their money as he puts together not only an anti-crime unit, but Team Arrow 2.0 as well. It’s kind of weird that the anti-crime unit is only comprised of four officers though. I mean what is this, Baltimore?

The promise Laurel asked Oliver to make just before she died was revealed in this episode and it didn’t disappoint. It actually got me on board with Evelyn Sharp when she was sprinting the streets of Star City last season, calling herself Black Canary. The Black Canary is a symbol of hope that drives fear into the criminals of Star City and it needs to live on. I would imagine Oliver will say something similar later on to the son of John Diggle, Connor Hawke, who will become the next Green Arrow.

It’s nice to see Oliver actually being the Mayor. The show has tended to breeze over the politics in past seasons with Oliver and his mother, Moira, in their political campaigns. At least they are dealing with it now even if the the plots main source of conflict is being the Mayor itself.

But then comes Oliver using Laurel’s death to rationalize killing. Thea was right. Putting killing back on the table is a huge step backwards and it dishonors Laurels memory. Team Arrow stood for something better than that. Hopefully Oliver will stop guilt tripping himself and move on. Not everything is his fault. Laurel knew what the consequences of being a vigilante were when she joined the team back in season three.

The flashbacks were… the flashbacks. We finally get to see Anatoli again and even Oliver’s book which contains the infamous list from season one but other than that, there really wasn’t much to it. All we know is that Oliver is beginning his initiation into the Bratva and he wants to kill Kovler. Okay, cool…

Legacy

The season five premiere is the third episode directed by series stunt choreographer James Bamford. Arrow has always had fantastic fight choreography so you expect an episode directed by Bamford to push the envelope and it did. This show is produced very fast so they try to move the camera a lot to limit the amount of setups they have to edit together. The episode featured some impressive camera operation but what was most impressive was—you guessed it—the action. The stunt choreography was great and we even got some zip line arrow action, however. It was visual effects supervisor Armen Kevorkian who took things to the next level when Oliver jumped out of a window and fired a cable arrow, attaching himself to Church’s helicopter and going along for the ride. The parachute arrow was a nice trick as well.

Overall, the episode did an okay job laying the ground work for the season. It featured a powerful exchange between Oliver and Lance at Laurel’s statue—even if the Russian proverb was just another excuse to rationalize killing— it was well written and well performed and would have gotten me to buy in to Oliver being a killer again if it wasn’t for the fact he was still being a baby, making it about himself. While Thea stepped up to the plate as she donned the Speedy suit again, it was only temporary. She won’t be returning to Team Arrow… yet. Diggle—who is off on assignment in eastern Europe—had a small but impactful scene as he skyped with Oliver helping convince him to form a new team. Unfortunately Wild Dog only made a brief appearance and Evelyn Sharp was completely absent. If Team Arrow 2.0 is going to be such an important component for the season, the beginning of its formation should have closed out this episode.  Instead we got to learn that Felicity already has a new man in her life (Seriously, who cares?) as we went into the ominous closing tease for Prometheus, the main antagonist for the season but like Team Arrow 2.0, we’ll have to wait until the next episode to learn more about him.

7.5 – GOOD

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