‘Black Panther’ Director Pens Open Letter to Fans as Movie Keeps Breaking Box Office Records

Black Panther

Photo: Marvel Studios

The director of Black Panther Ryan Coogler has reportedly written an open letter of appreciation to lovers of the superhero movie.
According to a news article on CNBC’s website, Coogley reveals how he is “struggling to find words to express” his gratitude to fans of the movie who “bought out theaters”, posted about the movie on social media and even picked Wakanda-themed costumes to wear. In the emotional letter, published on the social media accounts of Marvel Studios, the director confesses: “To see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters — often moved me and my wife to tears.”
Meanwhile, Variety.com reports that Black Panther has added $21 million to its box office earnings on Tuesday, making the highest Tuesday gross for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
The superhero film which has grossed $462.3 million worldwide, reportedly recorded $263.1 million in the first week of its debut in US movie theaters. Variety predicts that the movie could be one of over 30 films with $1 billion worldwide earnings, by the end of its run.
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Daniel Kaluuya.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Reason for Not Directing ‘Pacific Rim 2’


Guillermo del Toro | via MoviePilot.com

Guillermo del Toro directed the original Pacific Rim movie and the filmmaker had always hinted the possibility of a sequel to the sci-fi monster film, especially after the global success of the blockbuster. He reportedly announced some time in 2015 that pre-production of the second movie in the franchise had commenced under the title Pacific  Rim: Maelstrom.

Later, production company Legendary Pictures reportedly announced an official title change on February 23, 2016, from Pacific Rim:Maelstrom to Pacific Rim: Uprising (apparently, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom was merely a working title) adding that del Toro was going to step aside to occupy the producer’s chair while he would be replaced by Starz’s Spartacus and Marvel-Netflix’s Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight as director.

DeKnight teamed up with Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder and T. S. Nowlin to write the Pacific Rim: Uprising screenplay, albeit the sequel’s script was initially supposed to be written by del Toro, Zak Penn Travis Beacham.

However, in a recent interview with Perri Nemiroff from Collider.com, del Toro gave a rationale for not directing the Pacific Rim sequel:

“The timing started to suck”, he started. “I had this little movie that I wanted to do—The Shape of Water—very, very much. At one point it was Justice League Dark or Pacific Rim, I said, ‘Let’s go to Pacific Rim.’ The reality is they said, ‘We’re gonna need to postpone,’ because they were changing hands—Legendary was going to be sold to China, to a Chinese company [called the Wanda Group]. They said, ‘We’ve gotta wait nine months’ and I said, ‘I’m not waiting nine months, I’m shooting a movie,’ and I went and shot [The Shape of Water] and we chose Steven DeKnight.”

He admitted that DeKnight’s is redefining the franchise but he lets him do his thing “It was such a great choice. I mean I love [DeKnight], love what he does, I think he’s really brilliant. He’s making it his own. I’m not breathing over his shoulder saying, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ He’s doing things differently and I like that. When I produce I try to produce the way I would like to be produced. I say to everyone I produce, ‘If you need me I will be there 100% all the time. If you don’t need me, I’m not there. You show me the cut then we’ll start interacting.”


John Boyega with Steven DeKnight | Photo: John Appleyard

The writer, director and producer also remarked DeKnight’s style and how the story is different from what he created: “It’s going great. I see dailies every day, I see early cuts, I see teasers. They’re doing great. It lets him have his style, lets him have his notion of the characters. I wrote a screenplay, developed two or three drafts of that screenplay—this is different than what I developed, and I’m OK. A producer is in the corner, the director is in the ring. The producer’s not getting the punches, the director is, so shut up, wait in the corner, refresh the towel and wait for the director to come to you.”



Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Thomas Tull, John Boyega, Femi Oguns MBE, Mary Parent and Jon Jashni, Pacific Rim: Uprising stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian with Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Burn Gorman reprising their roles from the original movie.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is set to be released on February 23, 2018.

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‘Atomic Blonde’ to be Released in July 2017



Atomic Blonde is a spy action thriller written by Kurt Johnstad, directed by David Leitch and based on Antony Johnston’s graphic novel ‘The Coldest City’ published in 2012.

The movie stars South African-born Hollywood actress Charlize Theron, in the role of Lorraine Broughton, a top-level MI6 agent sent to Berlin in the aftermath of the the Cold War; while teaming up with city’s station chief David Percival (played by James McAvoy), to take down a ruthless espionage ring that just murdered an undercover agent.



Albeit, Atomic Blonde which also stars John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, Eddie Marsan, Til Schweiger, Roland Møller and Toby Jones, had its world premiere at South by Southwest (SXSW) on March 12, 2017. The movie will not hit U.S. movie theatres until July 28, 2017.

Atomic Blonde (2017)

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Meanwhile, the kick-ass scenes in a recently released trailer for the film has got some quarters referring to Lorraine Broughton as the female version of the John Wick character. They may be just about right considering director David Leitch co-directed John Wick with Chad Stahelski.

However, we cannot wait to be delighted by our favourite Charlize in her ass-kicking glory, which we have not seen since Aeon Flux.


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Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Crosses $100M Mark at U.S. Box Office.

Film Title: Get Out

DANIEL KALUUYA as Chris Washington in ‘Get Out’, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of ‘The Visit’, ‘Insidious’ series and ‘The Gift’) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.  Credit: Universal/Variety


Get Out, a recently released horror/mystery film about racism has reportedly added $21.1 million last weekend; grossing a total sum of $111,051,845, off a $4.5 million budget.


Written and directed by comedian Jordan Peele (in his directorial debut), Get Out stars British actor Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitfield and Catherine Keener. Get Out‘s cast also includes Betty Gabriel, Caleb L. Jones, Lil Rel Howey and Keith Stanfield.


The film started generating a lot of buzz right from the time of its official release by Universal Pictures on February 24, 2017; scoring 99% on Rotten Tomatoes and inspiring the #GetOutChallenge on social media.


The movie had reportedly been in production for almost a decade and it is currently the number 3 movie on U.S. Box Office, after Kong: Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson, which earned a remarkable $61 million in its debut weekend and Logan, in which, X-Men star Hugh Jackman reprises his Wolverine role.



However, according to Deadline HollywoodGet Out is the fastest Blumhouse production to cross the $100 million mark.

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Oscars 2017: Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’ wins Best Picture



It is celebrations galore for the cast and crew of Moonlight, considering that the Barry Jenkins-directed movie won in the ‘Best Picture’ category at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, February 26, 2017.

However, the announcement of Moonlight‘s win came after a mix-up, which saw presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially announce Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land as the winner.

British Vogue reported that La La Land producer Fred Berger was in the process of delivering an acceptance speech on behalf of the La La Land team when producer Jordan Horowitz declared:

“No, there’s a mistake, Moonlight, you won Best Picture – this is not a joke.”



After the Moonlight team took to the stage to claim the prize, Beatty immediately explained to a confused audience that he was handed the wrong envelope.



Meanwhile, US Weekly reported that PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm in charge of the Oscars balloting and the delivery of winning envelopes, issued an official apology on Monday morning for the mix-up:

“We sincerely apologize to ‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land,’ Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture. The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”

Other winners are Casey Affleck in the ‘Best Actor’ category for his role in Manchester by the Sea, Emma Stone in the ‘Best Actress’ category for La La Land.

Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won in the ‘Best Supporting Actor’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ categories for their performances in Moonlight and Fences respectively.


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It is pertinent to note that, Viola Davis, who came close to winning in the ‘Best Actress’ category in 2011 for The Help, reportedly had her lead performance in Fences submitted last fall in the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ category toward the 89th Academy Awards, according to Vanity Fair.

Nonetheless, her Oscar win makes her the first black woman to win Oscar, Emmy and Tony awards for acting.


Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney | via Instagram

La La Land director Damien Chazelle also picked up an Oscar in the ‘Best Director’ category, while Barry Jenkins picked up the ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ award for Moonlight, which he penned with original playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Moonlight is Jenkins’ sophomore directorial effort after Medicine for Melancholy (2008) .

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News: Oscars 2017 Nominations: The Full List of Nominees


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The Academy Awards, no doubt, is the most anticipated event in Hollywood, considering the fact that the Oscars are regarded as the highest honours when it comes to film. The anticipation for the 89th Academy Awards has been heightened by the announcement of the Oscars 2017 nominations.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the nominations were announced on Tuesday by Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs who presented all the 24 categories. La La Land leads with a total of 14 nominations, rubbing shoulders with Oscars biggest winners in history like James Cameron’s Titanic and the All About Eve movie.


‘La La Land’ | via HollywoodNews.com

Below is the full list of nominees retrieved from THR’s website:

Best Picture

Arrival (Produced by Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde)

Fences (Produced by Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black)

Hacksaw Ridge (Produced by Bill Mechanic and David Permut)

Hell or High Water (Produced by Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn)

Hidden Figures (Produced by Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi)

La La Land (Produced by Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt)

Lion (Produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder)

Manchester by the Sea (Produced by Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh)

Moonlight (Produced by Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner)

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge)

Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Best Actor

Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)

Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)

Ryan Gosling (La La Land)

Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)

Denzel Washington (Fences)

Best Actress

Isabelle Huppert (Elle)

Ruth Negga (Loving)

Natalie Portman (Jackie)

Emma Stone (La La Land)

Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)

Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea)

Dev Patel (Lion)

Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals)

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis (Fences)

Naomie Harris (Moonlight)

Nicole Kidman (Lion)

Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures)

Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Arrival (Eric Heisserer)

Fences (August Wilson)

Hidden Figures (Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi)

Lion (Luke Davies)

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins; Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney)

Best Original Screenplay

Hell or High Water (Taylor Sheridan)

La La Land (Damien Chazelle)

The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou)

Manchester by the Sea (Kenneth Lonergan)

20th Century Women (Mike Mills)

Best Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings (Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner)

Moana (John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer)

My Life as a Zucchini (Claude Barras and Max Karli)

The Red Turtle (Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki)

Zootopia (Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer)

Best Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo)

I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, Remi Grellety and Hebert Peck)

Life, Animated (Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman)

O.J.: Made in America (Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow)

13th (Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish)

Best Foreign-Language Film

Land of Mine (Denmark)

A Man Called Ove (Sweden)

The Salesman (Iran)

Tanna (Australia)

Toni Erdmann (Germany)

Best Cinematography

Arrival (Bradford Young)

La La Land (Linus Sandgren)

Lion (Greig Fraser)

Moonlight (James Laxton)

Silence (Rodrigo Prieto)

Best Film Editing

Arrival (Joe Walker)

Hacksaw Ridge (John Gilbert)

Hell or High Water (Jake Roberts)

La La Land (Tom Cross)

Moonlight (Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders)

Best Costume Design

Allied (Joanna Johnston)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Colleen Atwood)

Florence Foster Jenkins (Consolata Boyle)

Jackie (Madeline Fontaine)

La La Land (Mary Zophres)

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove (Eva von Bahr and Love Larson)

Star Trek Beyond (Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo)

Suicide Squad (Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson)

Best Original Score

Jackie (Mica Levi)

La La Land (Justin Hurwitz)

Lion (Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka)

Moonlight (Nicholas Britell)

Passengers (Thomas Newman)

Best Original Song

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” from La La Land (Music by Justin Hurwitz, lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” from Trolls (Music and lyrics by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster)

“City of Stars,” from La La Land (Music by Justin Hurwitz, lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul)

“The Empty Chair,” from Jim: The James Foley Story (Music and lyrics by J. Ralph and Sting)

“How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana (Music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

Best Production Design

Arrival (Production design: Patrice Vermette; Set decoration: Paul Hotte)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Production design: Stuart Craig; Set decoration: Anna Pinnock)

Hail, Caesar! (Production design: Jess Gonchor; Set decoration: Nancy Haigh)

La La Land (Production design: David Wasco; Set decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco)

Passengers (Production design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set decoration: Gene Serdena)

Best Sound Editing

Arrival (Sylvain Bellemare)

Deepwater Horizon (Wylie Stateman and Renée Tondelli)

Hacksaw Ridge (Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright)

La La Land (Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan)

Sully (Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman)

Best Sound Mixing

Arrival (Bernard Gariepy Strobl and Claude La Haye)

Hacksaw Ridge (Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace)

La La Land (Andy Nelson, Ai-Ling Lee and Steve A. Morrow)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Mac Ruth)

Best Visual Effects

Deepwater Horizon (Craig Hammack, Jason Snell, Jason Billington and Burt Dalton)

Doctor Strange (Stephane Ceretti, Richard Bluff, Vincent Cirelli and Paul Corbould)

The Jungle Book (Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Dan Lemmon)

Kubo and the Two Strings (Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean and Brad Schiff)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel and Neil Corbould)

Best Animated Short

Blind Vaysha (Theodore Ushev)

Borrowed Time (Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj)

Pear Cider and Cigarettes (Robert Valley and Cara Speller)

Pearl (Patrick Osborne)

Piper (Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer)

Best Documentary Short

Extremis (Dan Krauss)

4.1 Miles (Daphne Matziaraki)

Joe’s Violin (Kahane Cooperman and Raphaela Neihausen)

Watani: My Homeland (Marcel Mettelsiefen and Stephen Ellis)

The White Helmets (Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara)

Best Live-Action Short

Ennemis Interieurs (Selim Azzazi)

La Femme et le TGV (Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff)

Silent Nights (Aske Bang and Kim Magnusson)

Sing (Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy)

Timecode (Juanjo Gimenez)

According to THR, the 2017 Academy Awards, to be broadcast live on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. PT by ABC, will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. The venue is the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.


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Margot Robbie to Produce and Star in ‘Gotham City Sirens’


Gotham City Sirens | Comic Vine

Harley Quinn is returning to the big screen in Gotham City Sirens, a movie which is presently being developed by Warner Bros. The film is based on the DC Comics comic book series of the same name written by Paul Dini. The first issue of the comic series was reportedly released in June 2009.


Harley Quinn | Batman: Arkham City

Margot Robbie will reprise her Harley Quinn role in Gotham City Sirens and she will be an executive producer of the movie. Suicide Squad director David Ayer will direct the film which also features popular female DC villains: Catwoman and Poison Ivy, while, Geneva Dworet – Robertson (Sherlock Holmes 3) will write the screenplay.


Harley Quinn | Batman: Arkham City

Warner Bros is also planning a Suicide Squad sequel, as well as, a Deadshot stand-alone film. It was announced earlier this month that Gotham City Sirens will form a part of the DC Extended Universe. However, the release date for the movie has not been announced.

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