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Marvel’s 'Black Panther' and 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Lead New Era of Diverse Superhero Films

10 July 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a Spider-Man movie for a new generation -- a generation that desires to see a franchise reflective and representative of the world they currently live in. Yes, Tom Holland's Peter Parker still has to balance crime fighting with homework; and yes, he's still white, but the cast of characters around him are not. 

"That was the intention. You know, because it’s 2017," John Francis Daley, who co-wrote the film with Jonathan Goldstein, told Et at the movie's Los Angeles premiere on June 28. 

"It was also important to make this the real world. The Marvel universe lives in a real sort of place, so we wanted to be a part of a real school. The real school is in New York," added Goldstein. 

The Spider-Man first created by Marvel Comics' Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the 1960s did live in a "real sort of place," but a seemingly »

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Letitia Wright says her Black Panther character is “vibrant” and has an “innovative mind”

8 June 2017 12:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Marvel Studios has become well-known for assembling star-studded casts for each of its productions, and by the look of it, the company’s first movie of 2018, Black Panther, will be no exception. However, in a cast that includes such heavy hitters as Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and many more, some lesser-known but equally talented actors could get lost in the shuffle. So, while Letitia Wright’s name may not jump out at you now, this time next year could tell a different story depending on the success of the McU’s eighteenth outing.

In a recent profile with Interview Magazine, Wright, best known for her work on Humans and Doctor Who, spilled the beans about Shuri, her character in Black Panther. The actress stated, “She’s princess of Wakanda, but also she designs all of the new technology there. She has an innovative spirit and an innovative mind, »

- Justin Cook

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The Lrm Interview with David Oyelowo on A United Kingdom

7 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Actor David Oyelowo has been impressing people with his skilled performances on stage and screen for quite a number of years, but his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Ava Duvernay’s Selma certainly turned a lot more heads and made him much better known.

That increased popularity for his acting has helped Oyelowo get films like A United Kingdom made. 

Directed by Amma Asante (Belle), Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, the future king of the African nation of Botswana, who while attending college in England during the ‘40s, falls in love with Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a working class British woman, only for them to learn that their interracial love wouldn’t be accepted by either of their countries.  On returning home to be inaugurated, the obstacles become clearer as Seretse’s regent uncle and various British politicos want to separate him from Ruth even after they’ve been married. »

- Edward Douglas

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Richard Curtis Honored by Writers Guild With Valentine Davies Award

24 January 2017 10:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Richard Curtis has been named the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Valentine Davies Award in recognition of his humanitarian efforts, charitable initiatives and world service.

Curtis’ screenplay credits include “Love Actually,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” “War Hose” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” He will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“The Valentine Davies Award is given to that Wgaw member whose contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.

“We can think of no better recipient than Richard Curtis. He is not only one of our best screenwriters but a man who has used his gifts and his position to combat poverty and injustice. Curtis is an exemplar of empathy. His work resonates strongly on the screen, and his charitable efforts have »

- Dave McNary

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