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With Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (not the official title) underway, we can expect to see snappers getting some pictures from the set. We had our first official look at the cast a couple of months ago, but this set photo has given us our first glimpse at Alden Ehrenreich as the iconic smuggler. Check out the photo here…
…Looking ahead to this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi now, and the new Japanese poster for the movie has given us one more reason to be excited. According to the poster’s tag line, the second part of the new trilogy will feature “the most shocking truth in Star Wars history”. Check it out here…
…In some rather interesting “what if” news, concept artist Ian »
- Luke Owen
Entertainment finance firm BondIt Media Capital has finalized a strategic investment into Abs Entertainment Payroll & Production Accounting Services, Variety has learned exclusively.
The deal was announced Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, where BondIt’s projects include Rob Reiner’s “Shock and Awe,” being sold by Voltage; “Finding Steve McQueen,” starring Travis Fimmel and Forest Whitaker, being sold by Ambi; and “All The Devil’s Men,” starring Milo Gibson and Sylvia Hoeks being sold by Gfm.
The alliance will allow for expansion of the firms’ joint services. Abs Payroll services up to 700 entertainment productions annually within the independent film community. BondIt and Abs will join forces to offer entertainment productions a one-stop-solution from payroll through senior financing. Kris King will take over as president of the Abs Payroll division running the daily operations.
“BondIt is thrilled to join »
- Dave McNary
Marvel, as with most of their movie projects, is keeping pretty tight-lipped on the details about Black Panther, which comes out on February 16, 2018. But as the movie approaches, some new details will slowly but surely make their way to the surface. Such is the case today, as a brand new plot synopsis for Creed director Ryan Coogler's upcoming entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made its way online. And it is surprisingly revealing, all things considered.
The new synopsis for Black Panther, which comes courtesy of the magazine Licensing Global, reveals quite a bit about the movie in terms of story. At least a whole lot more than the first synopsis that was released by Marvel Studios a while back did. Here's the new synopsis for Black Panther.
Thanks to the new issue of License Global, we have synopses for three of Marvel Studios’ hotly-anticipated superhero blockbusters in Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War! Check them out here…
Thor’s world is about to explode in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok. His devious brother, Loki, has taken over Asgard, the powerful Hela has emerged to steal the throne for herself and Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe. To escape captivity and save his home from imminent destruction, Thor must first win a deadly alien contest by defeating his former ally and fellow Avenger… The Incredible Hulk!
Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) and features Marvel veterans Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk alongside Cate Blanchett as Hela, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, »
- Amie Cranswick
The Disney Xd animated series Star Wars Rebels has featured a number of big name cameos from veterans of the galaxy far, far away, including the likes of James Earl Jones (Darth Vader), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Frank Oz (Yoda), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera) and Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), and it seems we may soon be able to add another to that list.
According to a report from Star Wars News Net, the previously announced Warwick Davis will not be the only familiar name to guest star in the fourth and final season, as apparently Ian McDiarmid has also taken part in a voice recording session, which was directed by the same person as Davis’ (who the site believes to be Rebels creator Dave Filoni).
While an Ian McDiarmid return as Emperor Palpatine would certainly be welcome, the Sith Lord has already featured in Rebels, »
- Gary Collinson
When it comes to cinematic families, it's hard to argue that there is a worse movie son than Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While this nefarious villain, who slaughtered a number of young Jedi students, and even his own father, isn't exactly a great role model for kids, it seems that U.S. parents have taken quite a liking to the name Kylo. The U.S. Social Security Administration revealed in their annual report today that the name Kylo rose in popularity more than any other boys name in the year 2016.
Associated Press reports that the Social Security Administration has released their annual list with the 1,000 most popular names for both boys and girls. While Kylo is not the most popular name on the list by far, arriving in 901st place, Kylo represented the largest surge in popularity of any other boys name this »
When a film earns over $100 million domestic, it’s noteworthy but hardly unusual; 30 films claimed that distinction in 2016 alone. When a film directed by an African-American joins that group, however, it’s a different story.
In all of film history, considered by adjusted gross, only 33 titles from black directors have earned over $100 million domestic — a fact that highlights the endemic lack of opportunity. (A 2015 DGA study put all minority male directors at 11.2 percent of studio releases. Minority female directors comprise 1.3 percent; none are on this list.)
Several names show repeatedly: There’s John Singleton with four, F. Gary Gray, Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Antoine Fuqua with three, and Spike Lee and Forest Whitaker with two. And the name that shows up most of all is Denzel Washington; he stars in five of the films. »
- Dana Harris and Tom Brueggemann
The director, best known for his acclaimed work across 12 Years a Slave, Hunger, and Shame, is set to work closely with the late rapper’s family in order to craft an authentic portrait of Shakur’s life and legacy. Though it’s yet to nail down an official title, McQueen’s Tupac Shakur biopic will foster a collaboration between Amaru Entertainment, a banner created by his mother Afeni Shakur, and White Horse Pictures. Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?) is on board to produce, while Gloria Cox, Shakur’s aunt, will executive produce.
- Michael Briers
Funko has revealed its second wave of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Pop! Movies vinyl figures which includes Galen Erso, Young Jyn Erso, Weeteef Cyubee and a Death Star Droid along with a new series of Star Wars Classic Galactic Plushies and Mystery Minis; check them out below…
A member of the Partisans and ally of Jyn Erso, Weeteef Cyubee! Also, a Death Star Droid! Coming this Summer!
Another amazing wave of Galactic Plushies have arrived! These 7-8” high-quality plushies include more Star Wars favorites! This wave features Wicket, R2D2, Yoda, Luke Skywalker and a classic Storm Trooper! These adorable Galactic Plushies are a perfect fit for your home or office! Take them with you on the go! Add them to your collection this Summer! »
- Amie Cranswick
LucasFilm's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced us to a number of beloved characters whose bravery had gone untold until this spin-off shined a light on their mission to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire. Two of the most unique and beloved characters were the blind warrior Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) and his protector Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang), who were revealed to be former Guardians of the Whills in a brief scene in that movie. A new Star Wars novel debuted today entitled Star Wars Guardians of the Whills, written by Greg Rucka, which sheds some light on their origin story, and in case you haven't picked up the book yet, an exclusive excerpt has just been revealed.
Block, the producer, former agent, founder of Qed International and a former president of Artisan Entertainment, will lead efforts to create content across a range of platforms.
The executive and his team will mine the company’s library and source new properties to exploit through film, television, mobile platforms and other channels.
“Bill’s extensive experience across numerous platforms, combined with his deep knowledge of the industry, makes him outstandingly qualified to propel Miramax into this new and transformative world of distribution, content and sales,” Al-Khelaifi said.
“Miramax is committed to expand production and acquisitions in film and television and Bill’s strong leadership will surely lead Miramax successfully into the future, and we are thrilled to have him on board.”
“Miramax is a storied »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Blu-ray Review, a Lucasfilm movie directed by Gareth Edwards, and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen, Jimmy Smits, Alistair Petrie, Genevieve O’Reilly, [...]
Continue reading: Blu-ray Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016): The Force Is Okay With This One »
- Mathieu Brunet
Disappointments are the product of anticipation. The more excited you are about something, the more likely it won’t live up to your expectations. Soaring heights soon turn to flaming fuselage. No one is going to be disappointed by The Fate of the Furious because not even fans of the franchise have high expectations. You may want to see the eighth Fast & Furious film, but I’m guessing there’s very little in the movie that wouldn’t deliver exactly what you were expecting. This is why franchises like Fast & Furious and Transformers never generate a lot of passion or anger. Sure, you might have been upset after seeing the original or Revenge of the Fallen, but after that you knew you were never going to get a remarkable Transformers movie with Michael Bay and his creative team at the helm.
- Anghus Houvouras
Chadwick Boseman revealed the final photo from the set of Black Panther, with production wrapping today. The image features the actor standing alongside Lupita Nyong'o and writer-director Ryan Coogler, along with a previously-unannounced cast member, Sydelle Noel (G.L.O.W.). While the actress had not been revealed as part of the cast before, she also responded to Chadwick Boseman's tweet, stating that they are "making history," along with the hashtag #ThatsAWrap. While it remains to be seen who she will play, the production wrap now starts the countdown towards the first trailer, which may be coming in a few months.
While Sydelle Noel's character has still yet to be confirmed, it's worth noting that she participated in the Get Out Challenge video from the Black Panther set, with Daniel Kaluuya. It's possible that she's playing one of the Dora Miljae warriors, the elite team of all-female bodyguards »
Published in 1953, Bradbury’s dystopian novel is set in a futuristic American city, where people do not read books and firefighters start fires, instead of putting them out. As reported by Variety, Jordan will play Guy Montag, a young fireman who is hired to burn the belongings of those who read outlawed books; but he end up rebelling against his boss and mentor, fire chief Beatty, who will be played by Shannon.
- Yoselin Acevedo
Published in 1953, Bradbury’s dystopian novel is set in a futuristic American city where people do not read books and firefighters start fires instead of putting them out. As reported by Variety, Jordan will play Guy Montag, a young fireman who is hired to burn the belongings of those who read outlawed books; he ends up rebelling against his boss and mentor, fire chief Beatty, who will be played by Shannon.
- Yoselin Acevedo
With just under a year to go before Black Panther hits theaters, Marvel seems to be holding back a bit. To date, we've seen concept art and a bit of raw footage. So it's exciting that the House of Ideas showed off a new sizzle reel at a recent open house event in Los Angeles. McU Exchange caught up with director Ryan Coogler to get his perspective:
"I'm super excited about an African king who is also strong enough, fast enough, smart enough to do some of the things that T'Challa is going to do in this film."
The footage includes a jungle battle between Wakandan warrior Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) and a squad of heavily-armed mercenaries; Elaborate sets that merge high-tech with African culture were also previewed; Super villain Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) -- bearing his comic book mechanical arm -- in a terse encounter with American operative Everett Ross »
- David Kozlowski
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If 2017 heralds the return of Marvel’s galactic motley crew and the God of Thunder, not to mention the (re)introduction of a sprightly Peter Parker in Tom Holland, then 2018 belongs to Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp and Black Panther, the studio’s royal superhero.
Headed up by director Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Black Panther is packed to the rafters with A-list talent, and while we bide our time in anticipation of the film’s first trailer – word is that it’ll drop sometime this summer, likely in and around the same time as Spider-Man: Homecoming – Entertainment Weekly has posted a recap of the first footage shown to press.
The promo was presented to select reporters as part of the recent Marvel Open House event in California – an event that also brought word »
- Michael Briers
Normally when we bring readers footage or images from the set of next year’s much-anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe solo film Black Panther, there’s no fun and games, but as production continues to near the finish line things have lightened up. Check out the video below from Chadwick Boseman showing his co-star Martin Freeman playing some African drums.
See Also: T’Challa in action in new set photos from Marvel’s Black Panther
How I arrive to set every day. Thanks to @auragin & DJ Juda – and who knew Martin Freeman could play drums?! #BlackPanther #Bts pic.twitter.com/lpJ1KzlbLu
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) April 14, 2017
- Robert Kojder
Most Marvel fans know that Avengers: Infinity War is deep into production with shooting continuing throughout this weekend and into the summer. What has flown a little further under the radar is the fact that Black Panther is being shot simultaneously, utilizing some of the same characters and locations. Today, star Chadwick Boseman, who stars as title character T'Challa, shared a new video from the set. This arrives just as Danai Gurira's departure has been announced.
The set video is pretty funny. It shows off how Boseman has arrived on set every day for the past couple of weeks. And it offers a look at co-star Martin Freeman's talent at playing the drums. Says Boseman about the behind-the-scenes teaser he shared with fans around the world on his Twitter.
"How I arrive to set every day. Thanks to @auragin & DJ Juda, and who knew Martin Freeman could play drums? »
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