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Disney's Activist Investor Slams 'Woke' Marvel Films

'Why do I need an all-Black cast?' Nelson Peltz asks in interview with 'Financial Times'

(Newser) - Black Panther's target demographic isn't necessarily the white octogenarian set, and you can count Disney activist investor Nelson Peltz as not a fan of the highly rated 2018 action-adventure flick. Peltz recently gave a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times in which he criticized a too "woke"...

France Is Touchy About Wakanda Forever

Defense minister says movie unfairly depicts his nation's soldiers

(Newser) - France's defense minister has denounced the way he says French soldiers deployed in Africa appear to be depicted in the Marvel Studios superhero film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as "false and misleading." Minister Sebastien Lecornu "strongly condemned" the similarity of a fictional group of villainous mercenaries...

What Critics Are Saying About the Black Panther Sequel
What Critics Are Saying About
the Black Panther Sequel

What Critics Are Saying About the Black Panther Sequel

It's overstuffed, overlong, and somber, yet moving

(Newser) - The world didn't just lose Chadwick Boseman , Wakanda lost its King T'Challa , and both deaths are felt deeply in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever , which lands an 85% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Following T'Challa's death from an unnamed illness, his mother, Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett)...

A High-Profile Couple Calls It Quits

Michael B. Jordan and Lori Harvey

(Newser) - It's been reported that Black Panther actor Michael B. Jordan and Lori B. Harvey have called it quits after more than a year of dating, and they're both apparently taking it hard. A source tells People that they "are both completely heartbroken" and "still love each...

Bank Mistakes Black Panther Director for Bank Robber

Ryan Coogler tried to make discreet withdrawal from his Bank of America account

(Newser) - Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and two colleagues were briefly arrested after he was mistaken for a bank robber while trying to discreetly withdraw $12,000 from an Atlanta bank. According to a police report obtained by TMZ , the 35-year-old went to a Bank of America branch on Jan. 7,...

Disney Delays Release of Indiana Jones, Marvel Movies

New Indiana Jones movie has been pushed back a year

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Co. is pushing back the release dates of many of its upcoming titles, including the untitled Indiana Jones movie and the Black Panther sequel Wakanda Forever. The company said Monday that the fifth Indiana Jones, a James Mangold-directed and Steven Spielberg-produced installment which sees the return of...

Star Injured Filming Black Panther Stunt

Letitia Wright was treated in a hospital and released

(Newser) - Black Panther star Letitia Wright was hospitalized after an accident during an overnight shoot in Boston for the superhero movie's sequel. Marvel says the 27-year-old received minor injuries in a "stunt rig accident." She was released from the hospital after several hours, the BBC reports. The main...

Black Panther Sequel Has a Title and Release Date

Marvel Studios puts out trailer showing clips from upcoming films

(Newser) - Marvel Studios announced its plans for upcoming releases in a 3-minute trailer Monday that included a name and date for the Black Panther sequel. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is due in theaters on July 8, 2022, USA Today reports. Other characters and actors will return, but Marvel has said no...

How Black Panther Will Handle Chadwick Boseman's Death

The actor won't be replaced, Disney reveals

(Newser) - If you think Chadwick Boseman is irreplaceable, you're not alone. Disney on Thursday revealed that the actor will not be replaced in the Black Panther sequel, despite the fact that he played the title character in the first film. His role, King T’Challa, will not be recast for...

Black Panther Star Derided for Posting Anti-Vax Video

Letitia Wright casts doubt on vaccine for a virus that has killed over 1.5M people

(Newser) - Black Panther star Letitia Wright didn't make many friends on Twitter this week when she posted an anti-vax video that Don Cheadle called "hot garbage," Variety reports. The 27-year-old actor tweeted the video of Tomi Arayomi, a leader at the Light London Church, calling COVID-19 vaccines into...

Chadwick Boseman: 'The Ancestors Spoke Through Him'

Tributes continue to roll in for 'Black Panther' star

(Newser) - The tributes continue to pour in for Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday at 43 after a private four-year battle with colon cancer. Ryan Coogler, who directed Boseman in Black Panther, offered a lengthy tribute to the actor, which USA Today has in full. He recalls how impressed he was when...

Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43
Black Panther Star Chadwick
Boseman Dead at 43

Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dead at 43

Boseman, who also played Black icons Jackie Robinson, James Brown, died of colon cancer

(Newser) - Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal "Black Panther" in the Marvel cinematic universe, died Friday of cancer, his representative said. He was 43. Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and...

Feds Remove Wakanda From List of US Free Trade Partners

'Guess we're in a trade war with them too'

(Newser) - Bad news for importers of vibranium: Wakanda, the fictional African country from Black Panther, is no longer listed as a free trade agreement partner of the US. The US Department of Agriculture removed Wakanda from its Agricultural Tariff Tracker Wednesday after a researcher discovered that there were hundreds of entries...

Michael B. Jordan Got Therapy After Black Panther

'Everyone needs to unpack and talk,' actor tells Oprah Winfrey

(Newser) - Michael B. Jordan received high praise for his role as Black Panther's supervillain, but he wasn't feeling so hot after filming wrapped. "Therapy, just talking to somebody just helped me out a lot," the 31-year-old actor tells Oprah Winfrey in a SuperSoul Conversations interview to air...

Black Panther Takes Top Honor at SAG Awards

Glenn Close, Rami Malek won lead acting categories

(Newser) - Black Panther took the top award at Sunday's 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, giving Ryan Coogler's superhero sensation its most significant awards-season honor yet and potentially setting up Wakanda for a major role at next month's Academy Awards. The two leading Oscar nominees—Roma and The Favourite—...

Here Is the Shortlist for Person of the Year

At least in the eyes of Time magazine

(Newser) - Time will choose its Person of the Year on Tuesday, and a short list out Monday has the usual suspects, along with a few surprises. The person (or group) will be announced during the Today program. Here are the 10 finalists:
  • President Trump
  • Robert Mueller
  • Jamal Khashoggi
  • Christine Blasey Ford

Kendrick Lamar Leads Grammy Nominations With 8 Nods
Here Are
Your Grammy

Here Are Your Grammy Nominations

It's a woman-centric year, with the ladies heavily represented in the 4 big categories

(Newser) - The music of Black Panther, with Kendrick Lamar in its starring role, officially owns the 2019 Grammy Awards. Also of note: Women are heavily represented in the major four categories. The Recording Academy announced Friday that Lamar is the top contender with eight nominations, including seven for his musical companion...

New 'Popular' Oscar Announced to Immediate Boos

Critics are bemoaning the move, likely made to boost ratings, before it's clear what it even is

(Newser) - A new Oscars category has been announced ahead of the 91st Academy Awards and people aren't happy. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced three major changes to its ceremony, perhaps the most notable of which is the addition of a new award for outstanding achievement in...

Michael B. Jordan Burns Roseanne at MTV Awards

'Best hero' winner gave award to a real hero

(Newser) - Michael B. Jordan picked up the "best villain" prize at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, but he joked that it could have gone to someone more villainous than Black Panther bad guy Erik Killmonger: Roseanne Barr. "I'm shocked that I won this award for best villain,...

First Movie Theater in Decades Opens in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia
Just Made History

Saudi Arabia Just Made History

With a 'Black Panther' screening

(Newser) - The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster Black Panther premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater . Though it was a private, invitation-only screening on Wednesday evening, for many Saudis it marked one of the clearest moments of...

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