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 →
One of our favorite film festivals here at MADE, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), is kicking off its 2017 festivities this week. Known for its wide range of genres, independent films, and documentaries, TIFF is the unofficial audition for the annual film-awards season that wraps with the Academy Awards celebrations every February. This years entries are no exception. Some of the more anticipated showings are documentaries surrounding Grace Jones (Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami), Barack Obama (The Final Year), and Lady Gaga (Gaga: Five Foot Two), as well as an under-the-radar entry from comedian Louis CK (I Love You, Daddy) that will appear in black and white. As always there is a plethora of noteworthy entries, so many, in fact, that it seems impossible to filter out a ‘most anticipated’ list.
Even though audiences had fairly mixed feelings about the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street, the movie was successful enough for the studio to reunite actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum with writer Rodney Rothman for a third movie, (think Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa’s voice…) “appropriately titled 23 Jump Street.” Producer Neal Moritz will return to produce the film for Sony Pictures. There is no word yet on what the plot will consist of, but if you caught the post-credit teaser posters at the end of 22 Jump Street I’m sure you’ll understand the ongoing joke of ridiculous hypothetical posters for Jump Street sequels. We’ll look for more news on 23 Jump Street as it comes out.
Universal is currently looking to actress Rose Byrne to take a leading role in their new comedy The Something, following a group of astronauts who get lost in space. Byrne just appeared alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron in Neighbors, and has also appeared in movies including Get Him To The Greek and X-Men: First Class. The Something will be produced by Seth Rogen and Grey Point Productions as well as Good Universe, who also produced Neighbors and Last Vegas, and will feature Rodney Rothman in his first project as director. Rothman is known best for his work on The Late Show with David Letterman, but he also recently wrote the screenplay for 22 Jump Street and has served as producer on movies like The Five-Year Engagement, Get Him To The Greek, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It is unclear whether or not Seth Rogen will actually appear on camera for this one and there is currently no release date for the film.