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Meet Marvel’s Black Panther: Chadwick Boseman

Meet Marvel’s Black Panther: Chadwick Boseman
After breaking out as Jackie Robinson and James Brown in “42” and “Get On Up,” Chadwick Boseman has a new high-profile role to play: T’Challa, otherwise known as the superhero Black Panther.

Created by Stan Lee with Jack Kirby, the character is notable for being the first black superhero in mainstream American comicbooks.

The king of the fictional nation of Wakanda, T’Challa joined the Avengers in 1968. He will be prominently featured in “Captain America: Civil War,” May 6, 2016, before being spun off into his own film on Nov. 3, 2017.

Wakanda has the world’s largest deposits of vibranium, a highly durable meteoric ore that is used to create the mesh in Black Panther’s costume and Captain America’s shield. The material will play a larger role in future Marvel movies.

But so will Black Panther, a character that has long been in Marvel’s plans as a potential franchise
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'42' Called Up to Box Office Big Leagues This Weekend

'42' Called Up to Box Office Big Leagues This Weekend
Jackie Robinson biopic 42 got off to a very strong start this weekend, while Scary Movie 5 wound up opening even lower than already-low expectations. The Top 12 earned $108.8 million, which was slightly up from the same weekend last year.42 took first place with $27.5 million from 3,003 locations. That's easily the best opening ever for a baseball movie ahead of The Benchwarmers ($19.7 million) and Moneyball ($19.5 million). It's also the second-highest opening for a sports drama behind 2009's The Blind Side ($34.1 million). Warner Bros. is reporting that the audience was 52 percent female and 59 percent over the age of 35, and all demographic groups awarded the movie a rare "A+" CinemaScore. Combine the older crowds with the great word-of-mouth and it's entirely possible that 42 winds up earning close to $100 million by the end of its run, which will make this a huge success for Warner Bros. and producer Legendary Pictures.At 3,402 locations, Scary Movie 5 opened in second place with $14.2 million.
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The nasty curveball of '42': Alan Tudyk puts an unexpected face on racism

The nasty curveball of '42': Alan Tudyk puts an unexpected face on racism
Fans of Suburgatory and Firefly know actor Alan Tudyk as the actor with an open face and daft smile while the audiences that saw I, Robot remember the humanity he invested in a character of man-made machinery. This weekend, however, the audiences that sat down in the dark for the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 saw a startling new aspect of the 42-year-old actor’s craft. Playing Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman, who more than any other character in the film embodies the angry face and venomous voice of mid-century racism in America, Tudyk taunts Robinson (newcomer Chadwick Boseman) with a relentless
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Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' Hits Box-Office Home Run

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Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' Hits Box-Office Home Run
The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 hit it out of the box-office ballpark this weekend. Its $27 million debut is the best any baseball film has ever managed. The weekend's other wide opener, horror spoof "Scary Movie 5," was second and took in $15 million, well below what other entries in the franchise have done for the Weinstein Company. Holdovers "The Croods" and "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" were third and fourth, with $13.2 million and $10.8 million respectively. Last week's No. 1 film, "Evil Dead," was fifth with $9.5 million. Legendary Pictures and Warner
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'42' Scores, 'Scary Movie 5' Bombs on Friday

'42' Scores, 'Scary Movie 5' Bombs on Friday
42 scored the best opening day ever for a baseball movie, while Scary Movie 5 showed some franchises are better left dead.The Jackie Robinson biopic debuted to an estimated $9.1 million from 3,003 locations on Friday. That's easily the best start ever for a baseball movie ahead of The Benchwarmers ($6.8 million) and Moneyball ($6.7 million). Assuming it has normal drops*and with an "A+" CinemaScore, there's no reason to expect otherwise*the movie is on pace for around $25 million for the three-day frame, which would make it the first baseball movie ever to open north of $20 million.In second place, Scary Movie 5 tanked with $5.5 million at 3,402 theaters. That sets a new low for the Scary Movie franchise behind Scary Movie 2 ($7.2 million), and is off 71 percent from Scary Movie 4's $19 million opening day at the same time in 2006. Finally, it's noticeably lower than January horror spoof A Haunted House ($6.8 million), which didn't have any brand recognition.
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Review: Unashamed Old-School Biopic '42' Brings Jackie Robinson to Life

Review: Unashamed Old-School Biopic '42' Brings Jackie Robinson to Life
"42," the story of Jackie Robinson's rookie season for the Brooklyn Dodgers, looks like a Norman Rockwell illustration come to life, as I say in my first review for Whyy about this unashamedly old-school biopic. It stars relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman as Robinson -- 42 was the number on the ballplayer's Dodgers jersey -- and it doesn't hurt the cause that Boseman bats, runs and slides like an actual ballplayer. And he does such a convincing job swallowing the bile Robinson must have felt when he was race-baited or told he couldn’t sleep in the same hotel as his white teammates that I thought I was going to get acid reflux just by watching him. Walking in, I was disappointed that I wasn't going to see Spike Lee’s Jackie Robinson movie. From the trailers, I was afraid it was going to focus more on Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford in
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42 Review (MovieMantz)

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42 Review (MovieMantz)
Access' Scott "Movie" Mantz weighs in on the new Jackie Robinson film, and says it's not exactly a home run, but it's definitely a hit.

"42"

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

Brian Helgeland has always been better as a writer than as a director. Try holding up his Oscar-nominated screenplay for "Mystic River" or his Oscar-winning screenplay for "L.A. Confidential" up against middling directorial efforts like "Payback," "A Knight's Tale" or "The Order," and the proof is in the pudding.

As a director, Helgeland moves up to the big leagues with ...

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'42' Goes to Bat Against 'Scary Movie 5' This Weekend

'42' Goes to Bat Against 'Scary Movie 5' This Weekend
This weekend, Jackie Robinson biopic 42 faces off against the fifth installment in the long-dormant Scary Movie franchise, with both titles targeting around $20 million. The winner will take first place on what should be another good overall weekend.Sports drama 42, produced by Legendary Pictures, tells the true story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson's challenging first season for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The story is inherently compelling*Robinson was the first African-American to play on a Major League Baseball team, and remains an important figure in American civil rights history*and Warner Bros.' marketing has done a very good job highlighting the drama while also making the movie look exciting. One key component has been the use of Jay-z song "Brooklyn (We Go Hard)," which seems like it was written specifically for the movie.From an opening weekend perspective, the biggest drawback for the movie is its genre: the top
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Box Office Preview: 'Scary Movie 5,' '42' to Face Off for Top Spot

Box Office Preview: 'Scary Movie 5,' '42' to Face Off for Top Spot
Scary Movie 5, a parody of horror movies, and 42, a biopic about a baseball legend Jackie Robinson, will battle it out for the box office title this weekend, with pre-release tracking suggesting a close game that might not be decided until the final innings. At the moment, surveys suggest both movies are on track to pull in somewhere around $17.5 million each. Scary Movie is the latest installment in the long-running franchise from The Weinstein Company’s Dimension label that dates back to 2000. Malcolm D. Lee, who last directed 2008’s Soul Men, has taken over the

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The Jackie Robinson You Won't See in '42'

There is probably no one in American sports more beloved than Jackie Robinson, who receives worshipful treatment in the new Legendary Pictures-Warner Bros.' biopic, "42." The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the legendary ballplayer and Harrison Ford as the man who put him in the lineup – Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey – opens Friday. But there's a darker side to Robinson's life story that won't be celebrated by baseball, and isn't in the film On the field, Robinson made history when he broke baseball's color barrier, but off the field
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42: Film Review

42: Film Review
Pretty when it should be gritty and grandiosely noble instead of just telling it like it was, 42 needlessly trumps up but still can't entirely spoil one of the great American 20th century true-life stories, the breaking of major league baseball's color line by Jackie Robinson. Whether in the deep South or the streets of Brooklyn, life here looks spiffy and well-scrubbed enough to appear in a department store window, while the soaring musical accompaniment seems to be stamping all the protagonists' passports for immediate admission to that great ballpark in the sky. All the same, lead actors

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15 Of The Best Baseball Movies

It’s spring, the flowers have sprung, the air is clean and the breeze soothing. For sports fans, it means baseball season, whether it be the return of comparatively-overpaid major league players to our television sets, or the chance for some of us to shake off the winter doldrums and toss the ball around. Warner Bros. isn’t oblivious to this, which is why this Friday sees the release of “42,” the Brian Helgeland-directed story of Jackie Robinson. One of the best second basemen of all-time, Robinson changed the face of sports forever by breaking the color barrier and taking his skills all the way through the Dodgers’ minor league system to become the first black major leaguer in sports history. Baseball is a cinematic sport, not reliant on a narrative-fueling time clock to speed up the action but instead requiring human action, or inaction, to drive the story. As a result,
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(First Lady) 44 Says '42' is a Home Run

(First Lady) 44 Says '42' is a Home Run
Secret studio test screenings are baller, midnight screenings sell out way in advance, but perhaps the most exclusive venue to catch a flick is a modest 40-seat theater built in what used to be a cloak room in some guy's house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C.

The Family Theater in the East Wing of the White House plays host to a lot of movies, the Obamas being huge film buffs, but according to Variety the new Jackie Robinson biopic "42" has received special commendation from First Lady Michelle Obama.

"We think that everybody in this country needs to watch this movie," Obama told high school kids and media gathered for a special screening event with Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, director Brian Helgeland and Legendary Pictures big kahuna Thomas Tull.

That's a pretty ringing endorsement for the picture, which depicts Robinson's breaking of the color line to become the first
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Michelle Obama Hosts Harrison Ford, '42' Cast at White House

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Michelle Obama Hosts Harrison Ford, '42' Cast at White House
It was movie day at the White House on Tuesday as First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a series of events featuring the cast and crew of Warner Bros.' "42," a movie about Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in major league baseball. During the day director/screenwriter Brian Helgeland and actors including Harrison Ford, who plays Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, and Chadwick Boseman, who played Robinson, appeared at a White House forum. The forum featured 80 high school and college students in an interactive workshop that was aired by the White
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The Ultimate Screening: ’42′ Gets a White House Endorsement

The Ultimate Screening: ’42′ Gets a White House Endorsement
Many films screen at the White House. Few get such an overt endorsement as First Lady Michelle Obama gave to the Jackie Robinson biopic “42″ today.

“We think that everybody in this country needs to watch this movie,” she told a crowd at a gathering in the State Dining Room, where Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, director Brian Helgeland and producer Thomas Tull took part in a “film workshop” with about 80 high school and college students. Also present was Robinson’s widow, Rachel. They also will be attending a screening tonight in the Family Theater in the East Wing of the Executive Mansion.

It’s undoubtedly great publicity for the movie, which opens April 12 through Warners, but begs the question of just how these events are arranged.

There is a long tradition of White House movie nights, dating back to the first film to be shown at the White House, “Birth of a Nation,
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Warner Bros. Sets Release Dates for Lego Movie, Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

Warner Bros. has constructed a release date for its 3D Lego movie. At the same time, it has penciled in a date for 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic being made with Legendary Pictures. The studio has set a Feb. 28, 2014 for the film, which currently is in production and being done in CGI. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directing team behind the live-action hit 21 Jump Street, is helming the movie from their screenplay. (The duo will share story credit with Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman.) Dan Lin   and   Roy Lee are producing. At this stage,

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'Grey's Anatomy' Actor T.R. Knight Joins Legendary's Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' (Exclusive)

'Grey's Anatomy' Actor T.R. Knight Joins Legendary's Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' (Exclusive)
T.R. Knight, best known for his Emmy-nominated work in Grey’s Anatomy, has joined the cast of 42, Legendary Pictures' Jackie Robinson biopic. Brian Helgeland is directing the pic, which sees Chadwick Boseman portraying Robinson, the baseball legend who broke the color barrier, while Harrison Ford is playing Branch Rickey, the man who signed Robinson. Knight will play Harold Parrott, the Dodgers traveling secretary who has to deal with the repercussions of housing once Robinson joins the team. Legendary CEO Thomas Tull is producing and the company's Cco Jon Jashni exec producing along with former Disney chairman Dick Cook. Knight

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Chadwick Boseman Will Wear '42' in Jackie Robinson Biopic

Sounds like the Jackie Robinson biopic that we told you about last week is getting ready to step up to the plate. The team behind "42" has apparently found its star with Chadwick Boseman, a young actor whose resumé mostly includes one-offs in TV shows like "Fringe" and "Justified."

However, Boseman's no stranger to playing sports legends onscreen. He appeared as running back Floyd "The Franchise" Little in "The Express," a movie about footballer Ernie Jones. Jones was another big breaker of the color barrier in that he was the first African-American to take home the Heisman.

This role is definitely a bit of a coup of Boseman; it had attracted the interest of Columbus Short from "Stomp the Yard" and "Death at a Funeral," as well as Michael B. Jordan, a fan favorite from "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood." Jordan was also in the incredible HBO series "The Wire" as Wallace,
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Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford Join Untitled Jackie Robinson Project

Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford Join Untitled Jackie Robinson Project
Legendary Pictures announced today that it has cast Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford to star in the company's film based upon history's most celebrated baseball figure, Jackie Robinson.

Chadwick Boseman will depict the iconic baseball star in Untitled Jackie Robinson Project, paying tribute to the legacy and impact Robinson made when he became the first African American Major League Baseball player.

Harrison Ford will star as Branch Rickey, the innovative Major League Baseball executive who is best known for breaking Mlb's color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to a minor league contract in 1945. Two years later, at the start of the 1947 major league baseball season, Jackie Robinson was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers major league baseball team with the help of Branch Rickey. Branch Rickey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967.

Chadwick Boseman is best known for his performance in Universal Pictures' The Express. Chadwick Boseman
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Legendary Courts Harrison Ford To Play Branch Rickey In Jackie Robinson Film ’42′

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Legendary Courts Harrison Ford To Play Branch Rickey In Jackie Robinson Film ’42′
Exclusive: Legendary Pictures is courting Harrison Ford to play Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey in 42, the Brian Helgeland-directed chronicle of how Rickey and Jackie Robinson eradicated segregation in baseball in 1947. Helgeland has written a script after Legendary jump-started a long dormant project in collaboration with Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson. The film’s being produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull with Jon Jashni and Dick Cook exec producing. The film will be released by Warner Bros. Numerous top actors have been mentioned for the Rickey role, including Robert Redford, who was attached a decade ago when the project was first contemplated. Now, it looks like it’s Ford’s role if he wants it, and while he has been mentioned for a number of projects including Ender’s Game, here he would be playing the man who with Robinson was the catalyst for the most groundbreaking event to
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