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Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ Is A Cultural Phenomenon Because We Made It So

A week after its release in theaters across America, director Ryan Coogler’s new Marvel comic-adaptation, Black Panther, is still setting box office records. The film is the 5th highest domestic debut of all time, and the highest grossing February release in history, with a staggering $202,003,951. It earned more in just 3-days in theaters than any other film featuring a black director and predominantly black cast with an impressive worldwide opening weekend gross of $350 million. The success of the film has not only shattered age-old myths surrounding the “unpopularity” of all-black ensemble movies in Hollywood. It is also changing the way Hollywood, and America at large, view films that deal primarily with black and African American culture. But why is Black Panther such a big deal for America and not simply just another superhero movie with a hero who happens to be black? Continue reading

The Legacy of James Baldwin Lives in New Documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

James Baldwin‘s (1924-1987) life and legacy can now speak to modern audiences in a new documentary called I Am Not Your Negro. The film is finally getting a long overdue theatrical release from Magnolia Pictures this February 3rd after wowing audiences at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. I Am Not Your Negro is a film from Haitian director Raoul Peck that envisions Baldwin’s final, albeit incomplete novel Remember This House as an uncompromising and complete narrative of race in America. The unfinished memoir focuses on the authors personal memories and relationships with three enduring Civil Rights leaders: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and Malcolm X. Peck was allowed access to the entire Baldwin archives and composed the film over a period of 10 years, drawing from the incomplete manuscript and Baldwin’s own personal notes. It won the People’s Choice Documentary Award and, like Baldwin himself, is sure to stand as a vital testament to race in America today. Continue reading

New Full Length Trailer For ‘Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ Now Available

Last week fans were able to catch a sneak peak at a scene from the upcoming Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, due out in March 2016. The film is the follow up to director Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel and the precursor to Warner Bros./DC Comics upcoming Justice League movie, which will follow the next year in 2017. Most of the supporting cast from Man of Steel will be reprising their roles, including Henry Cavill (Stardust, The Man From UNCLE) as Superman, Amy Adams (American Hustle, Big Eyes) as Lois Lane, Diane Lane (Unfaithful, Trumbo), and Michael Shannon (World Trade Center, Revolutionary Road), with newcomers Ben Affleck (Argo, The Town) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast Five, Furious 7), Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland), Holly Hunter (The Piano, Oh Brother Where Art Thou?), Jeremy Irons (The Man in the Iron Mask, Die Hard with a Vengeance), and Laurence Fishburne (Apocalypse Now, The Matrix) also joining the cast. The new trailer introduces the major players, including Eisenberg’s Lex Luther and a glimpse of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and also of the opposing relationship between Batman and Superman and the political storm surrounding crime in Metropolis and Gotham City. Check out the full trailer here on MADE, and as always, enjoy!

Civil Rights Biographical Drama ‘Selma’ Opens In Theaters This Friday

Like Interstellar, we’ve been following the upcoming Civil Rights drama Selma for some time now, and this week we’ll finally see it open in theaters. Starring David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Interstellar) as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the film comes from producer Oprah Winfrey and director Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere, Scandal) about King’s epic march between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama at the height of the Civil Rights movement in 1965. Making up the supporting cast are actors Cuba Gooding Jr. (Pearl Harbor, American Gangster), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), Carmen Ejogo (Away We Go, The Purge: Anarchy), Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, Bobby), and Tom Wilkinson (The Patriot, Rush Hour) as President Lyndon B. Johnson. While the film chronicles the events of the march historically, writer Paul Webb also delves into the character of King as a person, showing him not only as the leader of a powerful movement but also as a man with his own trials and tribulations. Selma has already been nominated for four Golden Globes, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (David Oyelowo) and also Best Original Song for Common and John Legend‘s Glory (Common will also be seen in the movie!). You can see the trailer above, then definitely add this to your Must-See list. Also opening this week is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice and Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen‘s Taken 3, so you have plenty of options for this weekend…choose wisely!

JC Chandor’s ‘A Most Violent Year’ Now Playing In Theaters

Writer/director JC Chandor‘s new drama A Most Violent Year is now playing in theaters. Starring Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood, Inside Llewyn Davis) and Jessica Chastain (Lawless, Zero Dark Thirty), the film follows an immigrant couple in 1981 New York City who work effortlessly to protect their business and children during the most violent year in the city’s history. The film also stars David Oyelowo (Interstellar, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), who will also be appearing next month as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, and Albert Brooks (Taxi Driver, Drive), who is currently lending his voice talents to the upcoming Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, expected in theaters June 17, 2016. Watch the trailer for A Most Violent Year here on MADE, then be sure to catch it in theaters…it WILL BE the last new release of 2014!!

Upcoming Civil Rights Drama ‘Selma’ Opening In Theaters January 9th

We’ve been following the production on director Ava DuVernay‘s upcoming Civil Rights drama Selma for some time now, and the release date is finally right around the corner. The movie follows the freedom marches lead by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 that ended with President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. Leading the cast is David Oyelowo (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Interstellar) as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., plus Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, The Incredible Hulk), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Pearl Harbor, American Gangster), Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Departed), Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple, The Butler), and Tom Wilkinson (The Patriot, Batman Begins). Writer Paul Webb wrote the script for DuVernay, who has directed such projects as I Will Follow (2010) and Middle of Nowhere (2012). Selma will open in theaters on January 9th, so mark your calendars now. The trailer is available here on MADE, Enjoy!

Warner Bros. Announces Comic-Film Release Schedule Through 2020


I know there has been a lot of news recently regarding the comic-movie universe, stretching between the Marvel and the DC Comic characters. We already know that Captain America 3 and Avengers 3 are already on the plan books, with Avengers 4 potentially introducing an entire new cast of Avengers, not to mention that Avengers: Age of Ultron is still scheduled for release next summer. But what’s been going on in the DC Comic world? As I’m sure you know by now Ben Affleck has been cast to portray Batman opposite Henry Cavill‘s Superman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will also feature Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. The film will be directed by Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, who has now been confirmed by Warner Bros. to return for the Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2 in 2017 and 2019, and that Affleck, Cavill, and Adams will have roles in those films. Jason Momoa will also be featured in a stand-alone Aquaman movie, and Ezra Miller will portray The Flash in a stand-alone movie. Batman and Superman are also both expected to have additional solo movies before 2020 rolls around. I have not heard anything regarding an independent Wonder Woman movie but I wouldn’t necessarily count that either. All this is supposed to happen before we get to 2020, so we should see a a lot of news coming out regarding our comic-hero icons, so stay tuned as we follow these stories more closely.

‘Zombieland 2’ May Be Back In The Works With Director Ruben Fleischer


After five years of waiting for a sequel to the 2009 action/comedy, fans of Zombieland are getting excited about news from Deadline of a sequel with original director Ruben Fleischer being back in the works. Although Fleischer does not have an actual contract on the table at this time, screenwriter Dave Callaham is going to be working on a script for the project, fresh off his work on this summer’s blockbuster Godzilla from Legendary Pictures. While this is all good news, it is not clear as to whether or not the cast of the original will be available at this time, particularly Jesse Eisenberg, who is set to play Lex Luther in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will most likely return for the Justice League movie after that. Emma Stone is also scheduled to appear in two upcoming projects, one with Cameron Crowe and the other with Woody Allen, while Woody Harrelson is wrapping up work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, and will also be appearing in the upcoming sequel Now You See Me 2 (2016). Abigail Breslin will also be appearing in Maggie (2015) alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, which also revolves around a zombie-apocalypse plot but from a much more dramatic perspective, as a father comforts his daughter through her transformation from human to zombie. We’ll keep an ear out for more news about Zombieland 2. Stay tuned.

‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Jason Momoa Taking Role Of Aquaman In ‘Batman vs. Superman’


With an entire line up of superheros already set to be appearing in the sequel to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, some are beginning to wonder if Batman vs. Superman will be about Batman and Superman at all. Recent reports have indicated Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa will be taking a role in the film as Aquaman, alongside Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Henry Cavill as Superman. The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg will also appear in the movie as super-villain Lex Luthor, so screenwriter David Goyer has definitely had plenty of material to work with for the plot. Many are now surmising that the film will also serve as a prequel to the upcoming Justice League movie, which will also be directed by Snyder, but details on that film are still few-and-far-between at this point. Batman vs. Superman is currently under production with filming underway, and is expected to hit theaters in May 2016.

Ava DuVernay To Direct Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson, And David Oyelowo In Civil Rights Drama ‘Selma’


Paramount Pictures has found a replacement director for their Civil Rights drama Selma after Lee Daniels (The Butler, Precious) backed away from the project. Ava DuVernay, who has served as publicity specialist on projects like The Help, Rush Hour 3, and Spider-Man 2, has taken the job after just directing her own episode of Scandal. The film revolves around the “Bloody Sunday” civil rights marches that happened in Selma and Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 and has Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, The Incredible Hulk) set to star as Senator George Wallace, Tom Wilkinson (The Patriot, Michael Clayton) as President Lyndon Johnson, and David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Senator George Wallace is famous for his extreme opposition to banishing segregation in the United States; he famously stood in front of the doors at the University of Alabama in an effort to block newly admitted black students from entering, and when the Selma marches began the politician ordered state troopers to stop the first waves of marchers by beating them, stirring national attention and building great support for desegregation. No word yet on when this one is expected to hit theaters, but we’ll keep you informed.