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

First Look at Thor: Ragnarok; Synopsis Revealed

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Marvel has released the first official behind the scenes look at the upcoming third outing for the Asgardian hero titled Thor: Ragnarok. The photo features Chris Hemsworth being directed by Taika Waititi. The film has been rumored to be a sort of buddy cop road movie in space featuring Thor and Hulk but thanks to the release of the film’s official synopsis, it seems the two will instead be pitted against each other.

“In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization — at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!”

The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban and Mark Ruffalo. Written by Stephen Folsom, Craig Kyle, Eric Pearson, and Christopher Yost. Directed by Taika Waititi.

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters November 3, 2017.

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SOURCE: MARVEL (via THR)

Michael’s Top 5 Films of 2016

First, I have to start by saying I had an incredibly busy fall which prevented me from getting out to the theater as much as I would have liked to. Unfortunately, I have not seen many of the films which have garnered the most oscar buzz including Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or Highwater, Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, Arrival, Silence, The Edge of Seventeen, and Moonlight. Therefore, this list will be vastly different from the lists of many others although I’m sure it would be comprised of much of those titles had I seen them.

 

5. Kubo and the Two Strings

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From Laika studios and first-time director Travis Knight comes a passionate love letter to storytelling itself. The film is an absolute must-see for all movie lovers and writers. Kubo features an incredible blend of CGI and stop-motion animation that will most likely be overlooked at the Oscars but deserves all the awards and praise it can get.

 

 

4. Deadpool

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After a decade of championing the project, Ryan Reynolds finally brought Deadpool to fruition with director Tim Miller. The film which ended up becoming the highest grossing Rated-R film of all time was made on a modest budget of 58 million dollars and felt just as large as any Marvel or DC feature thanks to Miller’s VFX house Blur Studios doing much of the visual effects for free.

 

 

3. Sing Street

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An incredible coming of age story of a young boy who finds his voice (pun intended), leading him to become a man and conquer his world. The film set in 1980’s Dublin features an incredible soundtrack of original songs written by director John Carney and singer-songwriter Gary Clark, sung by the film’s star Ferdia Walsh-Peelo.

 

 

2. Captain America: Civil War

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The Russo Brothers once again prove themselves as the best Directors in the MCU. They do an incredible job balancing out both Team Cap and Team Iron Man throughout the film. The motivations are clear and the characters are provided equal screen time to support their sides of the argument. It doesn’t matter whether your Team Cap or Team Iron Man, you can absolutely understand the opposing side. What makes it so compelling is that both sides are right.

 

 

1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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No, Rogue One isn’t perfect. It suffers from a lack of characterization and some pacing issues but it still manages to come together in the end and serve as an incredible lead into A New Hope.The third act is a borderline masterpiece which delivers some of the greatest moments in Star Wars history. Never again will we look at the original Star Wars nor the Rebellion in the same way. The film itself opens the door to the limitless potential Lucasfilm has with standalone Star Wars features separate from the Skywalker saga.

 

‘Captain Marvel’ Won’t Find a Director Until Next Year

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Originally, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige expected to have selected a director for the upcoming Captain Marvel film starring Brie Larson by the end of 2016 but it seems that is no longer the case. The studio has already met with filmmakers who could potentially direct the project, however, it was when Marvel only had an idea of what film they were going to make. Per a tweet from Variety reporter Justin Kroll, we now know the Marvel has a treatment being developed with plans to continue the selection process to choose the right director after the new year.

It’s good to know the studio is taking their time, making sure they develop a plan and get things right as opposed to other franchises that make their decisions based on audiences reactions to their films. The character of Captain Marvel is an incredibly important character as she will be Marvel’s first female superhero leading a film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel is looking for someone who can do more than just look good while in action.

With Larson in the role, she will no doubt bring an emotional depth that could help the film transcend the superhero genre (even as fantastical as the character is — flying around blasting energy from her hands as she defends the earth from alien threats) and make the first female lead Marvel feature stand out as something more than just another comic book movie.

Captain Marvel is slated to hit theaters March 8, 2019.

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‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel Already Has a Release Date

Spider-Man: Homecoming doesn’t swing into theaters until July 7, 2017, but with the Marvel/Sony joint production set to make truckloads of money, and a planned trilogy already in the works, the studios are wasting no time prepping the sequel to what could be Summer 2017’s biggest blockbuster.

Deadline reports the follow-up to Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters July 5, 2019.

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SOURCE: DEADLINE

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailers Sling onto The Web

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Marvel’s friendly neighborhood Spider-Man made his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War. Next summer the web crawler slings into theaters in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first standalone film featuring Tom Holland as Peter Parker. The film follows Peter as he balances his dual identity of a budding superhero while he navigates the everyday life of a teenager in high school. It will also introduce The Vulture (Michael Keaton), who finally makes his debut on the silver screen after having been rumored to appear in a Spider-Man film since Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3.

The domestic trailer made its debut tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live and an international trailer has been released as well (via Joblo).

An exclusive photo featuring an unmasked Peter has also been released via USA Today.

Spider-Man: Homecoming slings into theaters July 7, 2017.

The film stars Tom HollandMichael KeatonDonald Glover, Jacob BatalonZendayaMartin StarrMarisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr. Written by Jonathan Goldstein and John Frances Daley. Directed by Jon Watts.

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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Ryan Reynolds Opens Up About David Leitch Directing ‘Deadpool 2’

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It came as a major shock when Tim Miller exited Deadpool 2 over creative differences with Ryan Reynolds. With production set to begin this spring in order to meet a January 2018 release date, Fox had no time to waste finding a replacement director. The studio landed on David Leitch. Not only does Leitch have the action chops required to take on a superhero film a la John Wick and also Captain America: Civil War for which he served as a co-director on the film’s second unit, he also has experience working directly in the X-Men franchise at Fox as an action coordinator on X-Men Origins: Wolverine as well as directing the second unit on The Wolverine.

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Reynolds opened up about Leitch coming on board to helm the sequel to what is the highest grossing Rated-R film of all time:

“Everbody was just a fan of his work. He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.” 

Deadpool didn’t just have comedy and action, it had style. Which is exactly what Leitch brings to the table. Not only that, with Leitch in the mix, the sequel has the potential to be a more thrilling follow-up to the merc with a mouth’s first outing. But the big question with Deadpool 2, after the first feature grossed truckloads of cash, winning over the executives at Fox, was whether or not the sequel would get a bigger budget.

In the same interview, Producer Simon Kinberg told EW that in order to hold on to the magic of the first film, the sequel needs to not go the route of other franchise blockbusters and up the ante but rather stay small and true to the original flick:

“The goal for us when we sat down and started talking about it was it needs to be as provocative and startling as the first film which means it can’t just be a continuation of the first film. It has tonally and stylistically be as fresh and original. That’s a big challenge especially because they had 10 years to gestate on the first movie and we don’t have that kind of time on the second movie. That’s the biggest mandate going into on the second film: to not make it bigger. We have to resist the temptation to make it bigger in scale and scope, which is normally what you do when you have a surprise hit movie. But actually stay true to the tenets of it’s the tone and the style and the humor that make it so special — it’s not the explosions and the special effects.”

Kinberg’s words are refreshing. Deadpool 2 could have easily become just another comic book movie with Deadpool trying to stop some epic disaster but instead, it will go against that grain. One of the most impressive things about the first film was how incredible the film managed to look with an estimated budget of $58 million. With Miller out, Deadpool 2 needed a director who could achieve that same scale while still keeping it small and intimate and that’s exactly why Reynolds said Leitch was chosen to direct the film:

“Everybody was just a fan of his work. He’s just a guy who’s so muscular with his action. He also really understands those Deadpool sensibilities and where we need to take the franchise from here. And I love John Wick. One of the things that David Leitch does that very few filmmakers can do these days is they can make a movie on an ultra tight minimal budget look like it was shot for 10-15 times what it cost.”

Deadpool 2 is set to hit theaters on January 12, 2018. But Fox isn’t stopping there. The studio is already developing a third feature with so that if the franchise goes as planned, Deadpool will be joined by the X-Force team in Deadpool 3.

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SOURCE: EW