Director Ryan Coogler released an emotional tribute in honor of Chadwick Boseman, the "Black Panther" star who died on Friday after a four-year battle with colon cancer. In a lengthy statement made Sunday morning, Coogler mourned the loss of someone he calls "a special person" who has left an "incredible mark." Boseman had never spoken […]
Black Panther cinematographer Rachel Morrison is unlikely to work on the sequel, because she has to finish her own debut movie.
Disney CEO Bob Iger was the latest to leap to the defense of Marvel movies in the recent civil war among filmmakers over the blockbusters, pointing to Ryan Coogler’s Best Picture-nominated “Black Panther” as worthy as being called “cinema” as any film Martin Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have made.Iger got heated on the subject as part of the WSJ Tech Live event Tuesday night after both Scorsese, Coppola and a handful of other auteur filmmakers have criticized the movies, with Coppola most recently calling the films “despicable.”“I’m puzzled by it. If they want to bitch about movies it’s certainly their right. It seems so disrespectful to all the people who work on those films who are working just as hard as the people who are working on their films and are putting their creative souls on the line just like they are,” Iger said of filmmakers’ comments. “Are you telling me that Ryan Coogler making ‘Black Panther’ is doing something that somehow or another is less than anything Marty Scorsese or Francis Ford Coppola have ever done on any one of their movies? Come on.”Also Read: Jon Favreau on Scorsese and Coppola's Marvel Criticism: 'They Can Express Whatever Opinion They Like'Iger says he holds Coppola and Scorsese in “the highest regard,” but he took issue with Coppola’s characterization of the films as “despicable,” and that he’d only reserve that word “for someone who had committed mass murder.”“When Francis uses the words ‘those films are despicable,’ to whom is he talking? Is he talking to Kevin Feige who runs Marvel, or Taika Waititi who directs or Ryan Coogler who directs for us or Scarlett Johansson,” Iger said. “I don’t get what they’re criticizing us for when we’re making films that people are obviously enjoying going to because they’re doing so by the millions.”Scorsese recently doubled down on his comments when he said that Marvel movies were not cinema and compared them to “theme parks.” He ultimately said that Marvel’s films were “invading” movie theaters and replacing what young people’s idea of cinema is, even driving out smaller films and more human stories from the popular culture.Also Read: After Coppola Slam, James Gunn Defends Marvel Movies as Cinema (Again)Ken Loach, the British director behind “Kes” and the recent “Sorry We Missed You,” more specifically attacked the commercialism of Marvel films rather than their content specifically.“They’re made as commodities like hamburgers, and it’s not about communicating, and it’s not about sharing our imagination,” Loach told Sky News. “It’s about making a commodity which will make a profit for a big corporation – they’re a cynical exercise. They’re a market exercise, and it has nothing to do with the art of cinema. William Blake said, ‘When money is discussed, art is impossible.'”Iger however had a response for that as well, saying that there’s a mutual benefit in the success of the Marvel films and other blockbusters that allows movie theaters to exhibit movies that otherwise wouldn’t be as financially successful.Check out Iger’s full comments via WSJ.Read original story Bob Iger Compares ‘Black Panther’ to Scorsese and Coppola Films in Defense of Marvel Movies At TheWrap
A year and a half after the release of “Black Panther,” people are still talking about how the Ryan Coogler-directed Marvel movie smashed box office expectations. Star Lupita Nyong’o has her own theories about why the film, which grossed $1.347 billion in global box office, was more of a commercial success than Hollywood thought it would be — and it has to do with avoiding using “the struggle through having dark skin” as “clickbait.”“In ‘Black Panther,’ I felt that the African experience was allowed to exist aspirationally,” Nyong’o said in Vanity Fair’s October cover story. “I think it’s more common in America to hear of the struggle of black people than it is to hear of the success. It’s more of a sensation to have a headline about a struggle, you know? The struggle through having dark skin is clickbait. So when ‘Black Panther’ came along … it was so refreshing to work on an African narrative that did not lead with the struggle of being African.”Nyong’o says she signed on to the project on the strength of Coogler’s pitch alone, as the script from Coogler and Joe Robert Cole didn’t exist yet — and Marvel wouldn’t have let her see it even if it had. And though Coogler and Cole wrote the film while Barack Obama was still president, it came out one year into Donald Trump’s presidency.Also Read: 19 Stars Who Went to Comic-Con in Disguise, From Ben Affleck to Lupita Nyong'o (Photos)“Ryan was speaking to a future relevance that he could not have predicted,” the Academy Award winner told Vanity Fair.Nyong’o explained what made her take the role based on the pitch alone — and why she takes any role in the first place.“As I prepare, I have to articulate to myself why I’m doing this,” Nyong’o said. “The secondary thing is definitely the people. When I choose projects, I want to have faith that as an artist it will speak to a time when it is needed as much as it speaks to me at the time that I make it. I really understood this with ‘Black Panther,’ when we were making that movie in such a different political climate than the one in which it came.”Read original story Lupita Nyong’o Says ‘Black Panther’ Avoided Using the ‘Struggle’ of Having Dark Skin as ‘Clickbait’ At TheWrap
Disney's Oscar campaign for Marvel movie Black Panther is officially taking aim at the biggest prize of the night – Best Movie.
The Marvel movie is one of three movies EVER to earn more than $700 million at the domestic box office.
With Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ shaping up to be a far more serious outing than what Marvel fans are used to, its star Chadwick Boseman has revealed more about the dark tones of the character. When the actor spoke to Entertainment Weekly, Boseman didn’t shy away from expressing the way he and director Ryan Coogler (’Creed’) are approaching the story and all who inhabit the fictional kingdom of Wakandu.
The hugely anticipated ‘Black Panther’ is arguably the one Marvel film everyone’s looking forward to, and lead Chadwick Boseman says it’s going to go down the dark and gritty route. Firstly, after we were introduced to Boseman’s awesome character in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ earlier this year it was apparent that Black Panther was one of the more straight-up, serious heroes to grace the MCU. Speaking to CBR News (via MCU Exchange), Boseman offered some interesting insight into how director Ryan Coogler (’Creed’) and the cast and crew were approaching the film.
The cultural significance of playing the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first black lead superhero is not lost on Chadwick Boseman. All four came out on stage in San Diego, where they also announced The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira had been added to the cast.
Michael B. Jordan’s role in Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ movie has finally been cleared up, with details emerging at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. While the ‘Creed’ star, as well as a number of other actors, have been confirmed for the Ryan Coogler-directed movie, Marvel hadn’t said who they’d be playing, so it was left for fans to speculate. Now, during the weekend mayhem that is SDCC, we’ve finally learned Michael B. Jordan will play Erik Killmonger, a supervillain nemesis to Black Panther.
If you thought this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was all about DC movies, then think again. Marvel have not only confirmed that Brie Larson’s playing Captain Marvel, but we’ve learned about a new addition to the ‘Black Panther’ cast too. It’s been revealed that ‘The Walking Dead’ star Danai Gurira has joined the ever-expanding cast for the Ryan Coogler film set in the kingdom of Wakanda.
Ryan Coogler, the acclaimed director set to helm Marvel’s upcoming ‘Black Panther’ film, has revealed the project will be his “most personal movie to date”. The film is still a couple of years away from release, but the cast is already shaping up with Michael B Jordan and Lupita Nyong'o signed up to star alongside Chadwick Boseman as the eponymous hero. “I think [the film] is going to be very unique, and still fit into the overall narrative that [Marvel is] establishing,” he said.
‘Black Panther’, Marvel’s upcoming solo film starring Chadwick Boseman, has acquired another cast member, in the form of ‘Creed’ star Michael B. Jordan. THR reports that Jordan will board the project, but his role is at present undefined - he could even be the film’s villain, which would be an interesting role for the actor. Boseman will, quite clearly, front the movie as the intimidating Black Panther - a character we sa introduced in ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
Well - we’d have thought if anything, Sylvester Stallone would be the one who came up with it first given he created Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed… but let’s hear the details first. The Wrap reports that writer Jarrett Alexander filed a lawsuit in the New Jersey Superior Court last month, naming MGM, Sylvester Stallone, director Ryan Coogler and others involved in the acclaimed ‘Rocky’ spin-off. Alexander says he had attempted to pitch the project to Sylvester Stallone and other producers associated with the ‘Rocky’ series, with whom he shared links to his website detailing his ideas.
Sylvester Stallone is nominated for his first Academy Award in nearly 40 years, but the 69-year-old actor said he was willing to skip the Feb. 28 ceremony out of loyalty. The Creed star, who’s a front-runner to win Best Supporting Actor for his performance as an aging Rocky Balboa, told reporters at the annual nominees luncheon on Monday that he considered not attending the Oscars in recognition of the Academy’s failure to nominate a single black artist in a major category.
In the midst of celebrations over a slew of awards wins for his latest movie ‘Creed,’ Sylvester Stallone has also had to say a few words of apology. The ‘Rocky’ spin-off from future ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler - which was among the films of black origin controversially snubbed by the Oscars, outside of a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Stallone - pretty much swept the board at Friday’s NAACP Awards. Unfortunately, marking the event on Instagram, Stallone misspelled NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) - as well as misspelling the name of his director and co-star.