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Marshall review: Reginald Hudlin directs Chadwick Boseman in this engaging courtroom drama, focussed very much on a single case handled by the man who would go on to be the first African-American Supreme Court Justice.
Chadwick Boseman leads the cast of the impressive new feature from seasoned television and film director and producer Reginald Hudlin. Boseman plays the title role of Thurgood Marshall, an African-American lawyer working for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), an organisation set up in 1909 to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons, and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
We meet Marshall in the 1940s when he is dispatched from New York to Bridgeport, Connecticut to defend a local black man named Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), who has been charged with the rape and attempted murder of a white »
- Paul Heath
Earlier this week we got a look at a banner for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom from the London Brand Licensing Expo [see here], and now we have word on when we might see the first trailer for the next instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise.
According to dirtees on Instagram, the first trailer for the follow-up to the 2016 mega-blockbuster will arrive on December 13th, and will be attached to Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theaters.
See Also: Lego Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets coming in Spring 2018
With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
- Gary Collinson
Before you start yawning and think you'd rather die than sit through a dutiful, drowsy, ever-so-virtuous biopic about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American to hold a seat on the Supreme Court, get a grip. Marshall, directed with spiky humor and propulsive drive by Reginald Hudlin, is nothing like that. Drawn from a first-time script by Connecticut lawyer Michael Koskoff and his son Jacob, the film shows us a Marshall that the elder Koskoff insists was "a kick-ass, party-loving, courageous and brilliant lawyer." And as played by a livewire Chadwick Boseman, »
This won’t come as much of a surprise given that we had a range of sets for 2016’s Jurassic World, but Universal Pictures and Lego have officially announced that they will be continuing their partnership for the upcoming sequel, with a selection of Lego Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets slated to arrive in stores in Spring 2018.
According to reports, there will be ten sets in total across the Lego System, Lego Juniors and Duplo themes, and will be available for purchase from April. As yet, there’s no details on what we can expect from any of the sets, but we’ll keep you posted once Lego officially unveils the sets.
See Also: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom banner spotted at London Brand Licensing Expo
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Reginald Hudlin.
Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Keesha Sharp, John Magaro, Roger Guenveur Smith, Jussie Smollett, Derrick Baskin, Barrett Doss, Ahna O’Reilly, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, Andra Day, Marina Squerciati, and James Cromwell.
A young Thurgood Marshall battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Chadwick Boseman may be most known to the mainstream eye for portraying superhero Black Panther in the current crop of Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbusters, but when not suited up for battle he often finds himself playing real-life historical figures (his performance as Jackie Robinson in 42 is criminally overlooked) that have influenced humankind and the world for the better. And his greatest crusade won’t be collaborating with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to save the universe, instead, it will be biopics like Marshall that simultaneously showcase his serious acting chops while instilling hope for social justice »
- Robert Kojder
With the movie awards season in full gallop, this week sees the release of a perennial favorite of Academy members: the big screen biography. Now this is a special type of “biopic” in that it doesn’t focus on the entire life (or many years of the life) of the subject, as with films like Ray or The Aviator. Really this new work zeroes in on a year or so of this great person’s career, much as Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln concerned the last few months of the ole’ rail-splitter. Actually this may be closer to John Ford’s terrific Young Mr. Lincoln as it concentrates on a very early case, long before his great fame. And, in a way, this could be considered an “origin” story, much like the initial entries of movie hero franchises (or the first issues of comic book heroes). Yes, this man’s a »
- Jim Batts
There are two very different explanations for why “Marshall” — ostensibly a biopic about Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice of the United States — isn’t really about Thurgood Marshall so much as it’s about a shaky Jewish lawyer who Marshall once coached through a case. The first (and more generous) of the explanations is that the world could use an inspiring film about different kinds of discriminated against Americans joining forces to fight the prejudice that betrays the promise of the nation they share. The second (and more sincere) of the explanations is that Hollywood still believes that white audiences need an entry point to stories about people who don’t look like them, a Virgil to take them by the hand and guide them — safely and without implication — down through an inferno of intolerance and then out the other side.
The two rationales behind telling this »
- David Ehrlich
Thurgood Marshall was a titan of the civil rights movement. He began his career as the sole lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall argued pivotal racial equality cases, most importantly, the landmark Brown vs. The Board of Education in 1954; which desegregated schools in the United States. Marshall became the first black member of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is truly one of the most important men in American history.
Marshall, directed by Reginald Hudlin and starring Chadwick Boseman, is not a sweeping biopic. It is the portrayal of a defining case in Marshall's early career. The film takes place in 1941, during the dark days of World War II. Connecticut socialite Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson) accused her driver, Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), of rape and attempted murder. Strubing's assault gripped the nation with its violent and salacious details. The high profile nature of the crime led the NAACP to investigate. »
The Predator isn’t the only 2018 blockbuster that has established a presence at London’s ongoing Brand Licensing Expo; Universal has also erected a suitably epic banner image for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Juan Antonio Bayona’s monstrous sequel that’s all set to become the dark and scary second chapter in Universal’s rebooted trilogy.
Pegged for a primetime June 2018 release, Fallen Kingdom has some mighty big boots to fill if it’s to emulate the success of its predecessor. Colin Trevorrow’s Jurrasic World revival was always tipped for box office stardom, but few would have predicted the film’s final tally to soar past $1.6 billion worldwide. Such an eye-watering total puts the Jurassic World franchise right up there with the highest-grossing films of all time – only Avatar, Titanic, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens have grossed more. So no pressure, right?
How Fallen Kingdom fares against such »
- Michael Briers
With J.A. Bayona having wrapped filming of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom a few months ago, marketing for the sequel should begin soon, and thanks to the London Brand Licensing Expo, we have our first look at a banner for the film, which we have for you here courtesy of Instagram…
From the look of the banner, it seems that Fallen Kingdom will see the return of Chris Pratt’s character Owen’s velociraptor Blue as well as the same T-Rex from Jurassic World and the franchise’s original film, Jurassic Park.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set for release on June 22nd, 2018 and sees J.A. Bayona directing a cast that includes franchise veterans Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bd Wong and Jeff Goldblum alongside newcomers Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rafe Spall (Black Mirror), Justice Smith (The Get Down), Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs), James Cromwell (The Young Pope »
- Ricky Church
It’s hard to believe America’s first black Supreme Court Justice hadn’t yet earned the big screen cinematic treatment until now. Besides Thurgood Marshall appearing as a character in a few TV productions (including HBO’s Emmy-nominated one-man play Thurgood starring Lawrence Fishburne) and two movies (The People vs. Larry Flynt possessing the highest profile), this iconic hero who successfully argued Brown v. Board of Education in front of that same Supreme Court was all but invisible. And that ubiquitous 1954 moment interestingly isn’t even the one screenwriters Jacob and Michael Koskoff chose to adapt as Hollywood’s first mainstream look at him. They decided to go back even further to 1941 so they could highlight the hunger and fight of a young man on the cusp of changing the world.
The case: Connecticut v. Joseph Spell wherein a black chauffeur was accused of the rape and attempted murder »
- Jared Mobarak
L.A. Confidential, 1997.
Directed by Curtis Hanson.
L.A. Confidential has been reissued on DVD and Blu-ray for its 20th anniversary. Unfortunately, nothing new was created for this release, so owners of the 2008 Blu-ray can skip this one, although those who have the earlier two-disc DVD Special Edition may want to upgrade to a high-def copy of the movie. A code for a digital copy is included too.
L.A. Confidential is one of those movies that bears repeat viewings. While its story of three La police officers gradually uncovering deep-rooted corruption may seem simple on its surface, the plot adds the complexities of Hollywood’s seedy underside to the proceedings. Set in any other city, it might be a more straightforward narrative, but La’s mystique gives the story another layer for viewers to navigate. »
- Brad Cook
For your chance to receive a pair of complimentary passes to see the new film Marshall at the AMC Forum 30 in Sterling Heights, Michigan on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
About The Film
Marshall: Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days—a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman »
Ahead of its release next month, Sony Pictures has debuted a new trailer for Reginald Hudlin’s upcoming biographical drama Marshall which stars Chadwick Boseman as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice Marshall Thurgood alongside Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, and James Cromwell; watch it below…
In 1940, long before he sat on the Us Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. Marshall explores one his greatest challenges in those early days: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder. While most of Marshall’s work is in the south, the Spell case lands him in the wealthy white enclaves of Connecticut, where racism is never far from the surface. Angry picketers and tabloid »
- Amie Cranswick
Sony Pictures UK has released the new trailer for the upcoming drama Marshall, which lands in cinemas across the UK from October 20th. The Reginald Hudlin-directed film features an impressive cast, including Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell.
In 1940, long before he sat on the Us Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) is a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. Marshall explores one his greatest challenges in those early days: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder. While most of Marshall’s work is in the south, the Spell case lands him in the wealthy white enclaves of Connecticut, where racism is never far from the surface. Angry picketers and tabloid headlines scream for »
- Paul Heath
Open Road Films has canceled Monday night’s premiere of its drama “Marshall” at Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theatre in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
“On this day of national mourning, we have decided to cancel tonight’s scheduled red carpet premiere of ‘Marshall,'” an Open Road spokesperson said. “Instead, tonight’s event will be a private screening of the film for the cast, filmmakers, and invited guests. Our thoughts are with the the victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas, their families, and all of those affected.”
At least 58 people have died and more than 500 were injured after a gunman opened fire on attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival near the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday night.
- Dave McNary
If comic-book superheroes get origin stories, why shouldn’t Supreme Court justices? With its punchy, one-word title, “Marshall” sounds like it might be our introduction to some kind of pulp enforcer, but is in fact the story of ambitious young civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall — who would go on to become the first African-American associate justice named to the highest court in the land — and one of his early cases, reminiscent of the one Atticus Finch tries in “To Kill a Mockinbird,” in which a terrified black chauffeur stands accused of the rape and attempted murder of his white employer.
How appropriate then that the title role should go to Chadwick Boseman, the handsome, fast-rising star who has played heroes both real (Jackie Robinson in “42”) and imaginary (Black Panther in the upcoming Marvel film), and who balances the two in this performance, offsetting Marshall’s mythic stature as the chief counsel for the NAACP with those qualities »
- Peter Debruge
Kate Hudson can't help but smile when talking about her super sweet boyfriend.
Hudson and her beau, Danny Fujikawa, walked the red carpet together at the premiere of her new film, Marshall, at the Urbanworld Film Festival on Saturday, where the cute couple shined as they posed for photos
Photo: J. Countess/Getty Images
Fujikawa rocked a chic black-on-black ensemble, while Hudson shimmered in a stunning, skin-baring Stella McCartney gown.
The 38-year-old actress stopped to talk with Et's Carly Steel, where she praised her boyfriend -- who was nice enough to hold her clutch as she spoke with the press.
"He's standing very nicely, waiting," laughed Hudson as she smiled over at her handsome date. "He's the best! I've known him a long time."
Hudson and Fujikawa -- a singer-songwriter, producer and founder of Lightwave Records -- were first romantically »
Jurassic World 2 is already in the can and director J.A. Bayona is currently busy getting the movie edited together for release next year. The question on the minds of many fans at this point in time is when can we expect to see the first teaser trailer for the movie? Well, we may very well have our answer and it looks like the first Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom trailer will arrive just in time for Thanksgiving this year.
We must warn right off the bat that this news isn't coming directly from anyone at Universal or from the creative team working on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, so it should be regarded as a rumor for the time being. That said, fan site Jurassic Outpost claims to have learned that retailers and licensing partners have been alerted to the first trailer's release this November. It is expected to arrive around Thanksgiving time, »
According to Variety, CBS is developing a TV adaptation of L.A. Confidential, which is based upon James Ellroy’s novel of the same name, with Jordan Harper (The Mentalist, Gotham) set to write and executive produce.
The 1990 novel was adapted for the big screen in 1997, with Curtis Hanson directing a cast that included Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Russel Crowe, Kevin Spacey, James Cromwell, and Danny DeVito. It won two Oscars – Best Supporting Actress (Basinger) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Hanson and Brian Helgeland) – and was nominated for a further seven, including Best Picture.
Following the success of the movie, a TV pilot was shot with Kiefer Sutherland and Eric Roberts starring, but it failed to get a series pickup and was included as a bonus feature on the film’s DVD and Blu-ray release. Ellroy also attempted to get a sequel series off the ground back in 2013, but was unsuccessful. »
- Gary Collinson
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