Wakanda is one of Africa's biggest nations, it's still a third world country but it's also holder of many secrets. It's former ruler was King T'Chaka, the nation loved their King but he was killed by a bomb explosion, since then his son T'Challa is his rightful heir and leader of the Black Panther tribe.
After returning to his country, T'Challa finds his country of Wakanda fragmented and in disarray; though his people are still loyal to the crown and his lineage, many people have seized the opportunity to take a piece of Wakanda for themselves - one of which T'Challa is all too familiar with.
Klaw is T'Challa's nemesis and is an incredibly intelligent yet despicably evil man who will go to any lengths to take what he thinks is his for the taking. Klaw wishes to take the Wakandan land for his own and is willing to destroy all its citizens if needs be.
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With a massive scale and a digital cast of thousands, this ancient Egyptian romp tries to be both a new version of those 1950s Biblical toga epics and a generous dose of camp silliness. The result will be a guilty pleasure for some in the audience, especially those who enjoy watching grown men leap around in short skirts. The actors are sometimes lost in the overwhelming animation, and the casting of Westerners as North Africans is more than a little dubious. But the script is smarter than it looks, and director Alex Proyas is clearly in a playful mood.
The premise conflates the golden age of the Pharaohs with the ancient world of Egyptian gods. And things kick off when the bitter god Set (Gerard Butler) launches a reign of terror by killing his brother, blinding his nephew Horus (Nokolaj Coster-Waldau) and taking over the mortal world, enslaving all humans. Horus' greatest fan is the muscly slave Bek (Brenton Thwaites) who, encouraged by his glamorous girlfriend Zaya (Courtney Eaton), sneaks into Set's palace and steals one of Horus' eyes. He then strikes a deal to help Horus assume his rightful throne. But this means travelling into the sky to confront his grandfather Ra (Geoffrey Rush), then teaming up with sneering god of wisdom Thoth (Chadwick Boseman) and duplicitous Hathor (Yung) to take on Set.
All of this is so ridiculous that it's difficult to stop giggling. And that seems to be part of the idea, as Proyas merrily cranks up the snarky wit in every scene, especially as he indulges in a series of ludicrous set-pieces that feel like videogames populated by toy action figures. The digital effects continually engulf the characters, transforming the gods inexplicably into animal-headed metallic robots. But they also create some genuinely gorgeous moments of spectacle, with sprawling landscapes and whooshing action. Basically, the actors have little choice but to hang on for the ride along with the audience.
Continue reading: Gods Of Egypt Review
After the formulaic thrills of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Marvel's Avengers were in danger of getting stuck in a rut, but a smart script for this surprisingly focussed thriller kicks everything into a new direction. What's surprising is that the screenwriters have managed to incorporate a wide range of characters without the film ever feeling overcrowded. Each person has a journey to travel, so the actors get a chance to invest plenty of personality into the action.
After the events of Ultron, there's a political debate about the need to oversee the Avengers' missions. Iron Man Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) thinks a special UN council is a good idea, but Captain America Steve (Chris Evans) thinks that will limit the team's ability to help people. Then Steve's best pal Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is framed for a bombing, and Black Panther T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is drawn into the fray. The Avengers are forced to take sides, with those supporting Bucky becoming outlaws. Tony recruits Spider-Man Peter (Tom Holland) to his team, while Steve drafts in Ant-Man Scott (Paul Rudd). And as they all face off against each other, none of them realise that this entire situation is being manipulated by a vengeful man named Zemo (Daniel Bruhl).
Watching this film requires the audience to suspend disbelief that these super-powered friends could be pushed to try to kill each other. That never quite makes sense, and indeed the script acknowledges this fact when one person goes down and everyone reacts emotionally. But the high-powered cast is so good at creating these intensely driven superheroes that it's not difficult to go with it.
Continue reading: Captain America: Civil War Review
The Avengers are suffering from an image crisis. As much good that they do and as many lives that they save, the superheroes also cause unlimited amounts of damage to cities and civilisation. The government wish to find an answer to this problem and they decide that all superheroes should be registered and held accountable for their actions.
Tony Stark is brought in to begin talks on behalf of The Avengers, knowing how much damage he's personally done under his superhero disguise, Stark see the government's point and decides that a register wouldn't be entirely unwelcome. Captain America on the other hand has no such wishes; The Cap sees any government intervention as something beyond reasonable requirement. In the middle of all this is Cap's old friend Bucky who could be prosecuted under the new laws. As The Avengers are forced to split into two halves, it looks like there's going to be no way for the old team to form any kind of agreement.
As their opinions deepen and rivalries are deepens, certain members of Hydra begin to tighten their control and their plans for future domination of the world are getting stronger. The Avengers must find a way to put their differences aside in order to beat the real enemy.
Zoe Saldana has got a lot to live up to.
We love a good biopic about a musical legend and with a new movie about Nina Simone coming soon starring Zoe Saldana, let's reflect on some of the best incarnations of famous musicians. Of course, not all of them were thoroughly well-received by their subjects' family members or even the subjects themselves, but others are still mind-bogglingly accurate.
Not all of these movies were released theatrically, and some feature more than actor in a musical role, but these are a few of the most gripping musical biopics that have ever hit our screens:
O'Shea Jackson Jr. played his father Ice Cuba in Straight Outta Compton
Continue reading: 16 Times Actors Excelled As Onscreen Musical Legends
As the world of Marvel super heroes become ever more entwined, Captain America: Civil War picks up where Ant-Man ends. As the Avengers take on more and more missions, the damage they cause is ever increasing and the government feel it's time to put an end to their unlimited power.
Captain America gains information so sensitive that he knows even his closest friends aren't going to believe it, Captain America and Falcon are alone. With The Avengers now broken into two sides, Captain America believing the superheroes shouldn't be regulated and Iron Man on the other, believing the government have a valid argument.
Can The Avengers overcome their differences and fight a new force that threatens to destroy the world as we know it. Captain America: Civil War sees many of our favourite Marvel character appear, these include: Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Black Panther & War Machine.
Marvel has announced its new slate of movies for the next five years, with 'Captain Marvel', 'Doctor Strange' and 'Black Panther' all getting release dates.
Marvel has seen, and raised Warner Bros' recent DC Comics announcement by confirming that Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Inhumans will be joining it's cinematic universe. The studio unveiled the movies and release dates at an event in Hollywood on Tuesday (October 28, 2014).
Chris Pratt will be back for 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'
The new slate includes Captain America: Civil War, a Doctor Strange movie - which looks set to star Benedict Cumberbatch - Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Thor: Ragnarok and perhaps most interestingly, Black Panther in 2017. The third Avengers movie, Infinity War - Part 1 is coming in 2018 with Part II to follow in 2019. Elsewhere, Captain Marvel and InHumans will also get releases, while the already announced Ant-Man will hit next year.
Continue reading: Marvel Announces 'Black Panther', 'Doctor Strange' As Universe Expands
Stan Lee appears to have confirmed that Marvel have already begun work on 'Black Panther' - which could fit with Chadwick Boseman's coyness on the subject a couple of months ago.
You can always rely on Stan Lee to let us know what Marvel are doing behind closed doors. The legendary comic book writer , 91, was speaking at the Fan Expo Canada on Friday (August 29, 2014) when he let slip that the studio had begun working on a Black Panther movie.
Stan Lee let slip plans for a Black Panther movie [Getty/Thos Robinson]
Lee explained, "The chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Doctor Strange and the Black Panther, and there are others I am not allowed to talk about."
Continue reading: Stan Lee Confirms Marvel Have Started On 'Black Panther' Movie
Here's your box office report this week, as if you couldn't guess already.
Yes, hello, Guardians of the Galaxy is blowing up this weekend’s box office. In other news, the Earth is round (well, it’s an oblate spheroid, according to Wikipedia) and ice cream tastes good. But back to Guardians, the movie made $37 million domestically on Saturday and is on track for a $97 million weekend. That’s according to Box Office Mojo.
Marvel own the box office once again with GotG
Deadline, however, reports different figures. According to the industry website, GotG made just above $31 million and will finish the three-day period at just over $94 million domestic. The bottom line is still the same – this bunch of A-holes is about to make a lot of money for Marvel, Disney and everyone involved.
Stars hit the red carpet for the New York premiere of Get on Up, while Bradley Cooper and Uma Thurman film on the streets of London. And the first trailers arrive for Kevin Smith's Tusk, Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit Part 3 and the Mad Max reboot...
The stars came out for the New York premiere this week of Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as Godfather of Soul James Brown. He was joined on the red carpet by costars Dan Aykroyd and Tika Sumpter, as well as soul singer Bobby Byrd and rock icon Mick Jagger. The film opens this weekend in the US and next month in America.
It might be too early for awards talk, but critics expect this to be a game-changer.
The reviews are in – Chadwick Boseman makes a star turn as James Brown in Get On Up. Judging by the GIFs, he’s definitely got the moves and critics say he’s got the presence as well. The movie opens Friday, but early predictions are putting it at $16,5 million – not a very impressive number for the summer box office, but definitely in the upper tier of biopics.
Playing the soul icon could be a career-making move for Boseman.
Guardians of the Galaxy buzz grows with L.A. and London premieres, while new trailers, features and photos tease audiences waiting for Fifty Shades, Lucy, biopics of James Brown and Alan Turing, and new Mad Max and Hunger Games movies...
In the wake of especially strong buzz from critics who have seen the film, the cast of assembled for their world premiere in Los Angeles this week, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Glenn Close, Karen Gillan and Michael Rooker. They then dashed across to London for a Leicester Square premiere, where they were joined by Disney/Marvel colleagues Mark Hamill and Chris Hemsworth, plus Diesel's Fast & Furious costar Elsa Pataky. The film opens next week. Browse through our gallery of the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy - Los Angeles, California, USA. We also have some shots of celebrities at the 'Guardians of Galaxy' premiere in London.
Luc Besson's new action romp Lucy opens today in the US and next month in the UK. In a new short feature, Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman give a backstage look at working with Besson on the movie, including glimpses of the crew filming elaborate action scenes. The clip ends with a brief trailer for the finished film. Watch 'Lucy - Luc Besson' Featurette.
James Brown didn't have the easiest childhood being born to two young parents who were so poor they could barely afford to live. After just a few years, his mother left him and he was raised by his aunt who, although was equally as financially insecure, resolved to love him as her own. Naturally, given his tough background, James turned to crime as a youth and spent time in a juvenile detention centre following an armed robbery conviction. It was there he took his passion for music seriously and decided to form a gospel band with some fellow inmates. Following his parole, he joined another gospel group and from there spiralled an illustrious career in funk and soul music that took the entire world by storm. Just as he dreamed, he became one of the music industry's most revered stars, but, alas, he also became one of the most troubled.
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Sonny Weaver, Jr. is the general manager of National Football League team the Cleveland Browns who is faced with immediate dismissal if he does not put together an unbeatable draft pick for his team. With pressure from his associates and from Browns fans, he wants to make a spectacular impact on the football world on draft day but, with his ideas being very different from everyone else's, he's in for a big struggle to bring everyone round to his way of thinking and after making what seems like a professionally suicidal trade, even his mother starts to lose faith in him. Excitement builds as draft day nears, with everyone baffled by what could possibly be in store for the Cleveland Browns; but will Sonny pull through with the number one pick of the year?
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What could easily have been a sentimental slog is given a spark of intelligent wit by writer-director Helgeland (A Knight's Tale). This is the story of an iconic figure from American sport who had a massive impact on society at large, and Helgeland focusses on the elements we can most readily identify with while quietly stressing how important and, yes, inspirational this story is.
In 1945 post-War America, most states still have segregation laws on the books, and black baseball players are sidelined in their own league. But Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey (Ford) wants to break this barrier, and drafts Jackie Robinson (Boseman), making him the first black player in the Major League. Jackie is a determined, principled young man who struggles to hold his tongue in the face of blatant bigotry. But he gets help from Branch and team manager Leo (Meloni), and support from his equally feisty wife Rachel (Beharie). There's also a young black journalist (Holland) who works with him to further both their causes. But it takes Jackie a little longer to win over his teammates.
The film portrays endemic racism as the hideously ugly thing it is: socially accepted cruelty and prejudice. In truth, it was probably a lot worse than shown here, but we certainly don't miss the point. Especially since this kind of abusive language is never heard in today's politically correct climate. And Helgeland also creates complex characters who can't be tagged as heroes or villains, played with cheeky energy by a very strong cast. Boseman oozes charisma in the central role, undercutting what could be a too-saintly characterisation with sensitivity and steeliness. And Ford shines in a rare character role as a cantankerous old guy who simply won't take no for an answer.
Continue reading: 42 Review
Boseman made a name for himself playing the pioneering sports star, Jackie Robinson
Universal and Imagine Entertainment finally have their leading man: Chadwick Boseman will play the legendary James Brown in their upcoming biopic. The ‘42’ star will begin filming under Tate Taylor, who is directing the movie.
Boseman tosses the first pitch at the Dodgers game
The film, which is being shot entirely in Mississippi, will chart Brown's rise from severe poverty to become the Godfather of Soul. “Every frame will be shot in Mississippi. We’re even doing Paris, France, in Mississippi. … Vietnam, as well, in Mississippi,” Taylor explained on the film’s location. He was born in South Carolina and grew up in Georgia. Taylor said Mississippi provides a similar look because it is “on that same line of latitude.”
Continue reading: Chadwick Boseman To Play The Godfather Of Funk & Soul, James Brown
Screenwriter David S. Goyer and Amy Adams, who plays Superman's love interest Lois Lane, with her fiancé Darren Le Gallo were snapped on attending the world premiere of 'Man of Steel' in New York at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center. Michael Shannon, who plays the villainous General Zod, was also there with his partner Kate Arrington.
Take a look at Jackie Robinson's story in 42
Starring Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, 42 tells the story of two men’s brave stand against prejudice, which forever changed the game of baseball. The New York Times described it as: “An inspiring, old-school biopic that doesn't pull any punches in depicting the ugly racism that Jackie Robinson faced on a daily basis as the first African-American player in Major League Baseball."
Continue reading: 42 - Jackie Robinson's Story Is Finally Told [Trailer & Pictures]
42 is the true to life story of Jackie Robinson and his rise to the top as one of America's best and most respected Baseball players and the manager of Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, who decided to end racial segregation by enlisting Robinson onto his team.
In 1947, Branch Rickey controversially made a name for himself when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. At the time, this kind of behaviour was unheard of, and both Robinson and Rickey were sure to cause problems for themselves - both on and off the pitch. Racism was rife between player on every team including the Dodgers and Robinson's transition was one of the most courageous of its time.
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'42', starring emerging actor Chadwick Boseman made unexpected profits on opening weekend, but the reasons behind its success might be more complicated than you'd expect.
There is no doubt at this point that “42”, the Jackie Robinson biopic that aims to tackle racism and segregation in American history, has completely surpassed all expectations for opening weekend profits. This weekend, it seems to have continued its hot streak. But what exactly is it about “42” that makes viewers flock to the theatre and, more importantly, enjoy the actual movie while they’re there? 42 certainly has a few things going for it.
As a historical drama, the film’s pacing is somewhat slow and deliberate, but it never fails to provide the crucial moment of comic relief where needed. Jackie Robinson’s story is told with surprising accuracy and, the issues of race and segregation are tackled with enough honesty to not pander to the audience. In addition, the emerging young star Chadwick Boseman gives enough layers and depth to the character of Robinson, that this overwhelmingly positive character doesn’t seem boring or one-sided. And lastly, Harrison Ford’s wry, full-blooded portrayal of Branch Rickey is just thoroughly entertaining.
This movie doesn’t impress with a gimmick and it doesn’t really fit into any of the popular genres – fairytale reimagining, high tech action flick, etc. – that we’re used to seeing take the box office by storm. Instead, it aims to give the viewer a different kind of experience – the satisfaction of seeing a story slowly unfold and experiencing every second alongside the characters. If you’re interested in seeing 42, you can catch the trailer below.
Continue reading: '42' Attracts Record Audiences With Its Classic Approach To Storytelling
The trailer for Brian Helgelald’s 42 was released this Thursday, and while the film isn’t getting a lot of hype yet, it looks... cool.
It looks like classic award bait, to be honest. The story of Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League Baseball, hits at a trifecta of notorious award winning genres of film – the inspirational sports flick, the historical drama and let’s not forget the exploration into race relations. Add to that a killer cast, featuring Hollywood hopeful Chadwick Boseman in the leading role, as well as Alan Tudyk, Christopher Meloni and Harrison Ford (seriously). Expectations for this one are high and rightly so.
Naturally, the story of Robinson is one of struggles and overcoming adversity, as critics so often like to describe things. As you may imagine, in a time and place overripe with stereotypes and judgement, Jackie Robinson wasn’t exactly welcome, but he did pave the way for others after him. So, historically accurate or not, the film will certainly cash in on the drama of the story. It may be a bit too early to start the buzz around 42, however, since the flick actually won’t be coming out until April this year. Anyway, when it does come out, this will probably be one to look out for.
Continue reading: 42 Will Cover All The Bases Of Award Success
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