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Black Panther Trailer #2: All Hail the New King of Marvel

The revolution will not be televised. The revolution is now. It’s T’Challa’s time to rule as Marvel’s newest king in the latest full-length trailer for Black Panther. The movie is just four months away. Today, we get the second trailer, a cool new poster and some new images.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king, and Black Panther, is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Black Panther is lead by a Stellar ensemble cast featuring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther opens in U.S. theaters on February 16, 2018.

Black Panther will be the next Marvel movie after Thor: Ragnarok, leading into Avengers: Infinity War this summer. It is one of four new movies from the studio that is paving a new path for Marvel. About how these films, which also includes Ant-Man and the Wasp, will change the upcoming landscape, Marvel big boss Kevin Feige says this.

“All of the next films by design have been built to be very different, to be very unique. Ragnarok, Black Panther, certainly as we get into Infinity War and even Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is nearing the end of their production period right now. All four of those movies are distinct and special and I can’t wait for people to see. Thankfully they get to see Ragnarok starting now.”

Ryan Coogler, who made his mark with Fruitvale Station before winning acclaim for the Rocky spin-off Creed, was brought into the Marvel fold to bring Black Panther alive on the big screen. He has nothing but praise for Marvel, and says this about the studio allowing him complete creative freedom.

“To be honest with you, man, I am still everyday surprised by how brave Marvel is in terms of telling stories and the things that we are doing in this film. I can’t wait to share with the world. But absolutely! Incredible creative freedom, man! And I think that what’s great with working with this studio specifically is that the communication, you constantly feel like you are in it together. You constantly feel like we are trying to make the same movie and trying to make the best version of that movie. So that’s been my experience, but I’ve had a lot of creative freedom.”

You can see that creativity and passion come to life in this latest trailer. It’s an exciting time for Marvel. Soon, Phase Three will be over, and it will bring an end to the MCU as we know it. Don’t worry though. If Black Panther proves to be a box office success, we can expect at least two more standalone films for the T’Challa in the future. Long live the king.

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Giants Crush Broncos As ‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Steady In Week 6

On the night of the Season 3 finale of Fear The Walking Dead and the second National League Championship Series face-off between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers, plus a full slate on the rest of the Big 4 and another day of NFL national anthem controversy, it wasn’t going to be easy for this week.

The zombie apocalypse and MLB aside, it wasn’t easy for the Denver Broncos either, as the New York Giants whooped them 23-10 in an audacious upset in Colorado. The lopsided victory resulted in last night’s high-altitude primetime game snaring a 10.9/18 in metered market ratings.

While a strong and much needed win for the previously winless Giants, it was also a rare victory for the league and the network – and that’s besides Al Michaels’ extremely ill-considered Harvey Weinstein joke, for which he later apologized on-air after being slammed on social media.

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In the early numbers, last night’s 8:30-11:15 PM ET Week 6 game is up a slight 3% from the metered market results of the then-unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs’ 42-34 win over the Houston Texans on October 8. Year-to-year, in what has been a season nearing double-digit declines from last year’s ratings-challenged season, the Giants-Broncos last night was up 21% from the then season-low of the Texans’ OT win over the Indianapolis Colts on October 16, 2016.

To add context, that 2016 Week 6 game, which also faced a Cubs-Dodgers NLCS Game 2 on cable, marked a five-year low for SNF. The Texans-Colts game went on to draw a 4.9/16 among adults 18-49 and a small (for SNF) 13.60 million viewers. Last week’s game pulled in a 5.8/20 in the demo with a a total audience of 16.53 million.

On CBS, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 19-13 shattering of the Chiefs’ winning streak was a real winner for the House of Moonves. The late afternoon game delivered a 14.0/7, up 7%, to snag the best metered market results for any NFL game this weekend.

Last night’s SNF peaked in the second quarter 9:30-10 PM ET slot with an 11.7/19 MM rating.

We’ll update with more SNF numbers, NCIS: LA and the rest of the night later. We’ll also remind you that even with the Super Bowl rematch of sorts of the New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons next week on SNF, The Walking Dead is back for its Season 8 premiere and 100th episode, so expect one of those heavyweights to get their mouthguard knocked out. In the meantime, here are the Top 1o local markets for last night’s game:

  1. Denver – 38.2/58
  2. Albuquerque – 16.3/26
  3. Philadelphia – 15.4/25
  4. New Orleans – 15.0/21
  5. Richmond – 14.9/23
  6. Norfolk – 14.8/22
  7. New York – 14.3/23
  8. San Diego – 12.9/23
  9. Buffalo – 12.7/20
  10. Washington -12.6/23

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Weinstein Co. Gets Lifeline From Colony Capital, Which May Buy Part Or All Of Company

The Weinstein Company may live to fight another day after all. After a tumultuous 10 days following revelations of sexual assault and harassment allegations against co-founder Harvey Weinstein, TWC announced this morning that Colony Capital is riding to its rescue.

TWC and Colony have reached a deal for Colony to provide what a press release called “an immediate capital infusion” into the company. Colony is also now negotiating to buy part or all of TWC and its assets. No specifics were given and both parties declined comment beyond what was in the three-paragraph release.

TWC board member Tarak Ben Ammar offered a statement on behalf of the board, which has dwindled to just four members as the scandal engulfed the company. “We are pleased to announce this agreement and potential strategic partnership with Colony Capital,” he said. “We believe that Colony’s investment and sponsorship will help stabilize the Company’s current operations, as well as provide comfort to our critical distribution, production and talent partners around the world. Colony’s successful experience and track record in media and entertainment will be invaluable to the Company as we move forward.”

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., founder and executive chairman of Colony Capital, said in a statement, “We are pleased to invest in The Weinstein Company and to help it move forward. We believe the Company has substantial value and growth potential, and we look forward to working with the Company’s critical strategic distribution and production partners to help preserve and create value for all stakeholders, including its employees. We will help return the Company to its rightful iconic position in the independent film and television industry.”

Colony has been intricately involved with Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s show business odyssey, especially its most recent chapters. It led a group of private investors that bought Miramax from Disney in 2010. It also worked with the brothers on the joint venture established between TWC and Miramax in 2013 that enables the companies to develop and produce content from the Miramax library.

Barrack is a major supporter of President Donald Trump, who helped raise funds for his 2016 campaign and spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. He has also made news in recent months for a tax-evasion investigation in Italy.

Colony Capital is the private equity arm of real estate investment firm Colony NorthStar.

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‘Happy Death Day’ and Why Horror Movies Are Terrifying Hollywood Studios


‘Happy Death Day’ has already made back its production budget more than five times.

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China Box Office: ‘Never Say Die’ Becomes Biggest Single-Market Comedy Ever With $280M


The body-swapping sports comedy surpassed a Jackie Chan movie for the local title while overtaking ‘Meet the Fockers’ ($279 million) for the single-territory title worldwide.

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Gambit Movie Getting Candra as Main Villain?

20th Century Fox’s Gambit is finally moving forward after the studio set the Gambit release date for February 14, 2019, roughly the same release frame that the record-breaking Deadpool was released in last year. With production starting at some point next year, a new rumor has surfaced, claiming that the X-Men villain Candra The Benefactress a.k.a. Red Death, will be featured in the Gambit movie, although that has not been confirmed by anyone at the studio. It’s possible that the inclusion of Candra can lead to the introduction of a group known as The Externals in the studio’s X-Men universe.

In the X-Men comics, Candra the Benefactress was a telepathic villain who control two different superhero guilds based in New Orleans, Thieves Guild, which Remy LeBeau/Gambit (Channing Tatum) belongs to, and the Assassin’s Guild, which Bella Donna belongs to. Candra grants members of both guilds their powers via her own telepathic powers. The character made her Marvel Comics debut in Gambit #1 that was released in December 1993, with the character created by Howard Mackie and Lee Weeks. Aside from her telepathic abilities, Candra is also an immortal mutant with a slowed aging process, accelerated healing factor, and the ability of pyrokinesis.

While the character in the comic books was caucasian, Candra was featured in the 1990s X-Men animated series as an African-American character, so it’s possible that the movie could cast an African-American female as Candra, but that has not yet been confirmed. If Candra’s presence is in fact confirmed, it could signal that a group called The Externals will be used, much like how The Marauders and The Nasty Boys were rumored after reports claimed Daniel Craig is being sought to play Mister Sinister. It’s possible that The Externals could help provide a bridge between Gambit and other movies in the X-Men universe like Deadpool, New Mutants and X-Force. Here’s an excerpt from this report about The Externals.

“The Externals are a powerful sub-group of mutants able to recover from mortal wounds/death and that consider themselves immortal. Their members include Candra, Absalom, Burke, Crule, Gideon, Nicodemus, Saul, and Selene. Apocalypse is also possibly one as well but is never given membership. New Mutants team members Sunspot and Cannonball were also eyed for membership. Gambit has a direct connection with them as well leading an Age of Apocalypse version at one point in Gambit and The X-Ternals. Outside of Candra, another External character that is extremely striking is Gideon due to his connections to X-Force, New Mutants, Deadpool, and even Gambit. He’s a crossover villain that would make a lot of sense getting an on-screen debut.”

We reported last week that the Gambit director may in fact by Gore Verbinski, who directed the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, but it hasn’t been confirmed if he will in fact take the helm. The script is being given a new overhaul, with Channing Tatum revealing in a recent interview that they will start the script from scratch, since the success of the R-rated Deadpool and Logan has opened up new possibilities for the movie, which could likely mean they’re eyeing an R rating for the movie. This report on Candra, from Omega Underground, has not been confirmed, but hopefully we’ll find out more soon.

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Justice League Changed Cyborg’s DCEU Origin Story

Cyborg is getting a fresh backstory? Warner Bros’ highly-anticipated DCEU adventure Justice League is a month away and the excitement level is getting higher, especially after the release of the Justice League final trailer last week, which featured Clark Kent in a dream sequence. New information about the long awaited movie is slowly starting to leak out as the release date inches closer. A new report reveals that Cyborg‘s backstory has been changed by the DCEU for Justice League, which isn’t that much of a surprise since the superhero’s backstory has changed pretty frequently over the years in the comic books as well.

Justice League recently held a promotional event in the Philippines and one lucky fan in attendance took pictures of some of the promotional materials used for the upcoming movie and posted them on social media. The new promotional materials feature mini character bios on each member of the team, including Superman. And while most of the mini bios contain information fans already knew, Cyborg‘s bio has some new information that hasn’t been seen before.

In the new DCEU version, Victor Stone receives life-threatening injuries in a car accident, leading his father, Silas Stone (Joe Morton), to use an Apokoliptian Mother Box to reconstruct Victor’s body and save his life, which is something that is briefly seen in Cyborg‘s short Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice cameo. While the change isn’t very much, it does differ a lot from what fans have read in the comic books and could confuse as well as anger some DC fans. We’ll have to wait for Justice League to hit theaters to understand why the change was made, but as previously mentioned, the change isn’t that drastic.

Cyborg actually has 2 origin stories (actually 3 now}, one pre-Flashpoint and one after Flashpoint. In his pre-Flashpoint origin, Victor Stone was experimented on by his parents, who were scientists at the S.T.A.R. Labs. One of their many experiments led to a tragic outcome. Victor’s parents brought a dangerous creature into their dimension, and in an attempt to return the creature to its home, Victor was severely wounded and his mother, Elinore, was killed. Victor’s father had to turn him into a cyborg in order to save his life, much like the DCEU origin. The same thing happens in the character’s post-Flashpoint origin, but the main difference is that he was wounded from an exploding Father Box.

In a recent interview, Ray Fisher (Cyborg) says that both Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio wanted Cyborg to be a positive representation for those with physical disabilities and that fans have approached him to tell him how seeing Cyborg has given them a hero to relate to and that, in turn, has made the character more relevant to him as an actor. Victor Stone had everything taken from him and has to learn a brand new way of life much like anyone that has gone through trauma. You can check out the new promotional material, which features the mini bios for Justice League via CeddieRiccy’s Twitter account below.

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— cedric (@CedddieRiccky) October 15, 2017

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Woody Allen Warns of ‘Witch Hunt’ in Harvey Weinstein Scandal

In a new interview with the BBC, Woody Allen admitted that he felt “sad” for Harvey Weinstein after numerous sexual assault accusations have come to light. The controversial director is out promoting his latest Amazon productions movie, Wonder Wheel, which stars Kate Winslet who plays the wife of a carousel operator and perks up when she falls for a handsome lifeguard. The movie’s red carpet premiere was recently canceled after accusations of sexual misconduct were revealed about Amazon Studios president Roy Price, who was swiftly suspended. Woody Allen worked with Weinstein on a number of projects, but claimed he had never heard any of the allegations of sexual assault.

81-year old Woody Allen sat down with an interview for the BBC where he shared his thoughts on the accusations surrounding Harvey Weinstein. The director claimed that he never knew about Weinstein’s behavior and shared sympathy for the victims while also showing sympathy for Weinstein. Allen explains.

“The whole Harvey Weinstein thing is very sad for everybody involved. Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that his life is so messed up. There’s no winners in that. It’s just very, very sad and tragic for those poor women that had to go through that.”

The 81-year old director added that he hoped the revelations would improve matters, but warned against a “witch hunt.” Allen had this to say.

“You don’t want it to lead to a witch hunt atmosphere, a Salem atmosphere, where every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.”

These are curious comments that aren’t exactly condemning Harvey Weinstein’s actions, which makes sense since Woody Allen has been good friends with the former Hollywood mogul for a number of years. But it is also interesting because Allen has been accused of sexual abuse before as well. Allen has been accused of molesting his daughter, Dylan Farrow, an allegation that he has always strongly denied. The allegation came to light in the early 1990s following Allen’s separation from actress, Mia Farrow. Farrow left Allen after discovering he was having an affair with her adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn. Allen and Previn are now married. Dylan Farrow came out in 2014 and detailed the abuse and her brother, Ronan Farrow, has come out in defense of his sister, saying that he believes the claims that she made against his father.

Harvey Weinstein is often credited with reviving Woody Allen’s career after the director was accused of sexually abusing his daughter, which if true, is another bizarre twist in the story. Allen said, “no one ever came to me or told me horror stories with any real seriousness,” which is strange because it seems like he probably did know and didn’t take them seriously. Instead, the director counters that he doesn’t care about that stuff anyway when he’s working on a movie. Allen explains.

“And they wouldn’t (tell the stories), because you are not interested in it. You are interested in making your movie. But you do hear a million fanciful rumors all the time. And some turn out to be true and some – many – are just stories about this actress, or that actor.”

Woody Allen’s comments on the Harvey Weinstein accusations have started a bit of controversy for obvious reasons. Actor and comedian Griffin Newman has announced he “deeply regrets” working on Woody Allen’s latest movie and stated that he believes that Allen is guilty while also announcing that he was taking all of his earnings from the movie and donating it to RAINN, an anti-sexual abuse organization. Actress Rose McGowan stepped up and called Woody Allen a “vile little worm,” while social media erupts calling for the takedown of Allen next. You can check out the whole interview with Woody Allen via the BBC.

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Harvey Weinstein Expelled from Motion Picture Academy

The hits just keep on coming for Harvey Weinstein, after a myriad of sexual assault and abuse allegations have come to light. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have released a statement revealing they have expelled Harvey Weinstein from the MPAA following these allegations. Here’s the statement released by the MPAA, announcing Harvey Weinstein being expelled from the

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.”

After the first wave of sexual harassment allegations first surfaced, another report surfaced with a number of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape, including Italian actress/filmmaker Asia Argento. Other big name actresses such as Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow came forward in the report as well, while several other actresses started telling their own stories on social media and other platforms as well. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelling one’s membership is an extremely rare move, which ultimately represents an industry-wide shunning of the banned individual.

Back in 2004, the Academy revoked the membership of The Godfather actor Carmine Caridi, when he he shared a copyrighted movie screener with a friend who uploaded it to the Internet. The Academy’s move didn’t come as a surprise, since they released a statement on Wednesday, where the Academy said that Harvey Weinstein’s behavior was, “repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the academy and the creative community it represents.” Now the once-powerful movie producer, who was known for his cunning and savvy Oscar campaigns, will no longer be able to cast a vote for the Academy Awards.

Last week, Harvey Weinstein was fired from The Weinstein Company by its board of directors, with several key members of that board also resigning. There have also been reports that both the NYPD, where Harvey Weinstein lives, and the LAPD, are considering mounting investigations to delve into any criminal charges. We’ll certainly have more on this Harvey Weinstein saga in the days and weeks ahead, and you can head on over to NPR.org to read more.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is Officially 2 Months Away

As if the hype surrounding Star Wars: The Last Jedi couldn’t get any higher, LucasFilm has shared a new still from the movie announcing that we only have 2 more months to go until the movie finally hits theaters. Last week, Star Wars fans from all over the world were treated to the new 2-and-a-half minute trailer for The Last Jedi and it did not disappoint. The new trailer shared just enough to leave everybody wanting more while teasing out some mystery in the short video, which is what everybody expected. In anticipation for trailer, LucasFilm released 2 teaser videos ahead of the new trailer and now they’ve started a countdown for the movie.

LucasFilm did the same thing, but with short clips back in September when The Last Jedi was officially 100 days away and now they’ve shared a new picture of Rey, holding her staff on Ahch-To, overlooking the water from high above to celebrate that we’re now only 2 months away from the long awaited movie hitting theaters. LucasFIlm are masters of promotion and even this 10-sceond still picture with nothing more than the score playing underneath has started the excitement up all over again, prompting many fans to go and watch the trailer again.

In regard to The Last Jedi promotion, LucasFilm seems to be following the Force Awakens playbook beat-for-beat, unveiling a theatrical preview in April, followed by a behind-the-scenes featurette in July. Predictably, the new Last Jedi trailer made its debut during the Monday Night Football game just like The Force Awakens. The promotion for The Force Awakens was a smash success and so far, the same can be said for The Last Jedi, but to be honest, LucasFilm doesn’t even have to keep up with the promotional material. This is Star Wars that we’re talking about here.

The Last Jedi will pick up right where The Force Awakens left off and we’re being teased that we could see a dark version of Luke Skywalker this time around. The new trailer shows off what looks to be an unlikely alliance between Kylo Ken and Rey, but it appears to be two completely different scenes. Could it be that we’re seeing an unlikely alliance between Ren and his uncle Luke? New promotional materials have shown Luke on both, the Light Side and the Dark and Mark Hamill himself has said in the past that he was stunned when director Rian Johnson shared what was happening with Luke this time around.

It seems that all we can do now is follow Luke Skywalker’s advice from the trailers: “Breathe, just Breathe” while we wait 2 more months for The Last Jedi to hit theaters. Star Wars fans have taken it upon themselves to create online countdowns, but this is the official 2-month warning from LucasFilm. It’s probably best to start watching all of the movies to prepare, since the release is just around the corner. While we wait, check out the new 2-month countdown below, courtesy of the official Star Wars Twitter account.

#TheLastJedipic.twitter.com/0ZkdnEJPKJ

— Star Wars (@starwars) October 15, 2017

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