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  • 'Rocky' producer Irwin Winkler on the movie's original ending, and why Sly Stallone's beloved boxer will never die

    On the 45th anniversary of 'Rocky,' the producer remembers the downbeat original ending and the Italian Stallion's many near-death experiences.

  • 'Super Sema' star Lupita Nyong'o: 'Black Panther 2' without Chadwick Boseman 'feels spiritually and emotionally correct'

    Before she begins Marvel sequel, Oscar-winning actress is producing and voicing role in YouTube kids series "Super Sema."

  • Lupita Nyong'o says she's still struggling 'to come to terms' with Chadwick Boseman's death

    "He was my friend and so it's hard to think of him in the past tense still," she said.

  • Marvel chief Kevin Feige talks legacy of Chadwick Boseman, how they'll approach 'Black Panther 2' without him

    Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talks about how they'll move forward on "Black Panther 2" without Chadwick Boseman.

  • Ryan Coogler Pays Emotional Tribute to Chadwick Boseman: ‘What an Incredible Mark He’s Left for Us’

    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 […]

  • Daniel Kaluuya Should Get Oscar Attention Based on This First ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Trailer

    The new film from Warner Bros. and producer Ryan Coogler co-stars Lakeith Stanfield and is directed by Shaka King.

  • Disney pays a historic $75 million to release the 'Hamilton' movie and Twitter's heart is going boom

    Twitter is ready to be in the room where a "Hamilton" movie happens.

  • Lupita Nyong’o Says ‘Black Panther’ Avoided Using the ‘Struggle’ of Having Dark Skin as ‘Clickbait’

    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

  • ‘Black Panther’ Sequel Set for 2022 Release

    "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler announced the release date of the much-anticipated follow-up film at D23 in Anaheim, Calif. Saturday. "Black Panther 2" will hit theaters May 6, 2022. “We’re not taking our time, we’re really trying to get it right,” Coogler said of the production schedule. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said Coogler has […]

  • Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Star in Ryan Coogler’s Real-Life Black Panthers Movie

    Ryan Coogler has teamed up with Charles D. King’s Macro, the production company behind “Fences,” “Mudbound” and “Sorry to Bother You,” to produce a film about iconic black activist, revolutionary and Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton.The film, titled “Jesus Was My Homeboy,” has been set up at Warner Bros, with Shaka King (“Newlyweeds”) on board to direct and produce from a script he wrote with Will Berson (“Sea Oak”).“Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya is in talks to star as Hampton, with fellow “Get Out” actor and “Sorry to Bother You” star Lakeith Stanfield in talks to play William O’Neal, who was enlisted by the FBI to betray Hampton.Also Read: Ryan Coogler to Write and Direct 'Black Panther' Sequel“Jesus Was My Homeboy” will follow the rise and untimely death of Hampton through the eyes of the man who betrayed him, O’Neal. The film will explore how the FBI infiltrated one of the most iconic resistant groups in American history, the psychology of their informant and the assassination of a young political leader who died at the age of only 21.Executive producers are Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler and Macro’s Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks.Hampton was a respected grass-roots civil rights activist who rose to chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party and deputy chairman of the national BPP. The FBI ultimately marked him a threat and in 1969, Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark were killed during a raid by a tactical unit carrying out orders from the Chicago Police Department and the FBI. O’Neal was the man who provided the FBI with detailed plans of Hampton’s apartment.Hampton and Clark’s deaths were initially ruled justifiable homicides and the police claimed the Panthers had initiated hostilities, but a number of investigations pointed to state-sponsored assassination and subsequent civil lawsuits led to settlements by law enforcement and Illinois’ Cook County.Also Read: Ryan Coogler Teams With LeBron James to Produce 'Space Jam 2' for Warner Bros.Kaluuya, who recently starred in Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” is currently filming Melina Matsoukas’s “Queen and Slim” for Universal. The film, which counts Lena Waithe as a producer, follows a couple on a first date that takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over.Stanfield recently shot Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out”alongside Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Toni Collette and Michael Shannon for Lionsgate.Coogler is producing Warner Bros’s upcoming “Space Jam” sequel, as well as preparing to write and direct the sequel to Marvel’s “Black Panther.” And Macro’s upcoming slate includes two Netflix projects, a series “Raising Dion” and the film “Tigertail.”Read original story Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Star in Ryan Coogler’s Real-Life Black Panthers Movie At TheWrap

  • Black Filmmakers Make History in 2018, but Female Directors Still Shut Out (Study)

    Black filmmakers made history in 2018. A movie business that has historically been dominated by white men became a little less monochromatic over the last 12 months, as studios apparently became more receptive to public pressure to back projects from a more diverse group of filmmakers. Fourteen percent of the directors of the top 100-grossing […]

  • 'Black Panther 2': Ryan Coogler is going back to Wakanda to write-direct sequel —  and Twitter is there

    News of Coogler's return to the hit superhero tentpole went over very well on Twitter, not that the social media-shy director would see all the praise and story pitches.

  • Ryan Coogler Teams With LeBron James to Produce ‘Space Jam 2’ for Warner Bros.

    LeBron James is hitting the ground running since making Hollywood his new home. James’s production company, SpringHill Entertainment tweeted out a photo confirming the addition of Coogler to the “Space Jam 2” team. TheWrap previously exclusively reported that Terence Nance, the filmmaker behind HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness,” will direct.

  • Chadwick Boseman says Black Panther wants best picture over ‘popular film’ Oscar

    Upon banking $700 million across its domestic theatrical run to become the highest-grossing superhero film of all time, Black Panther broke barriers for black representation in cinema. If lead actor Chadwick Boseman has a say in the film’s impending awards campaign, the film could also forge new ground for comic book adaptations at Oscars — and not in the Academy’s recently announced “achievement in popular film” category, either.

  • Ryan Coogler would make a female 'Black Panther' spinoff

    Ryan Coogler shattered a lot of records by directing “Black Panther,” the first comic-book movie led by a primarily black cast.

  • This loving father-son moment was cut from 'Black Panther' (exclusive deleted scene)

    Titled "Voices From the Past," this video clip was originally slated to appear after "Black Panther's" opening flashback scene.

  • 'Black Panther 2': Ryan Coogler's return is not definite yet, but it's 'being actively worked out' by Marvel

    Coogler's Marvel tentpole is the third highest grossing film in U.S. history, unadjusted for inflation.

  • 'The pressure is always there': Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler on living up to 'Black Panther' hype

    Marvel's "Black Panther" has been fiercely anticipated since the project was first announced in 2014.

  • Why 'Black Panther' is Marvel's most political movie yet: Chadwick Boseman and cast explain

    The film 'Black Panther' carries themes that closely mirror today's real-world political climate, from Black Lives Matter to Trumpian immigration policies.

  • See practically every Marvel star ever come together for MCU's 10th anniversary

    From “Iron Man” to “Captain Marvel,” 10 years of superhero movies are feted in this pic, leaving fans to ask themselves: Who would you want to stand next to?