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"Black Panther" Press Conference Brings Out Producer Kevin Feige, Actors Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and More to Tallk About the Newest Marvel Film
We were invited to the press conference for Marvel's Black Panther, which opens on February 16th, 2018. Among those joining producer Kevin Feige were Chadwick Boseman ("T'Challa / Black Panther"), Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger), and Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia). This was one of the longer press conferences we have covered, at about 45 minutes long. Before my write-up below, we do have the full press conference. My article is just a little of what is included throughout the discussion of Marvel's newest film.
Lupita Nyong'o took the first question from moderator Nischelle Turner, who noted that Nyong'o did a "little dance" of excitement when Nyong'o had been introduced before the Black Panther screening the previous evening. Turner asked how Nyong'o felt as the lights were going down for everyone to experience the movie for the first time. Nyong'o looked at the audience, smiled, and said "I'd been waiting a long time for this". She said that everyone enjoyed making it and felt a "a lot of ownership" for the film - and that a lot goes into the film from the time the shooting ends and the movie is shown.
Turner then turned to Chadwick Boseman. She had discovered the night before that Boseman was aware that there would be a Black Panther movie while he filmed Captain America: Civil War. Kevin Feige let Boseman know during the initial call that they expected the character to be a stand-alone as well as an ensemble character within the Marvel Universe. Boseman said that during the making of Captain America: Civil War, that, "I was not aware that other people weren't aware that this was going to happen, because it was so...such at the forefront of my mind".
Nyong'o discussed seriously how she felt that women were supportive of each other in the film, and how that wasn't always the case. She said, "I think oftentimes in movies we fall into that trap where women...there's very few of us and then we are against each other. There's a competitive spirit....". Nyong'o continued that it was a powerful message that women had different points of view and could argue with each other without being against one another.
Director Ryan Coogler followed up on what Nyong'o said, saying that Black Panther has "involvment from brilliant women all over from start to finish...they weren't hired because they were women, they were hired because they were the best for the job and that was our cinematographer Rachel Morrison, our costume designer Ruth Carter, production designer Hannah Beachler...". Coogler continued to name other women who had a hand in the making of the film. There were several major themes running through the press conference, with powerful women being one. Danai Gurira (Okoye) said that Ryan developed the female characters in away that allowed them to collaborate, and she said that she was blessed and excited about that.
Black Panther opens February 16th, 2018.
Full cast and filmmakers in the press conference:
Chadwick Boseman "T'Challa / Black Panther"
Michael B. Jordan "Killmonger"
Letitia Wright "Shuri"
Lupita Nyong'o "Nakia"
Danai Gurira "Okoye"
Martin Freeman "Everett K Ross"
Daniel Kaluuya "W'Kabi"
Winston Duke "M'Baku"
Angela Bassett "Ramonda"
Forest Whitaker "Zuri"
Andy Serkis "Ulysses Klaue"
Ryan Coogler / Director
Kevin Feige / Producer
Movie Synopsis: 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” stars 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.
A couple of months ago, we were invited to a screening of Paddington 2. The movie releases this week, and we were asked to hold our review until now. I was a big fan of the original Paddington film, purchasing the film on Blu-ray after viewing it. Paddington 2 is not at all a rehash of that first movie (very welcome when sequels often aren't very original), and I actually enjoyed Paddington 2 even more than the first. Paddington himself looks even more realistic, with more emotion in his facial features. And while the first Paddington film had a villainous Nicole Kidman in a rather dark turn for a family movie, Hugh Grant as Phoenix Buchanan is wonderfully vain as a thief, master of disguise and actor with secrets in his attic.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Paddington voiced by BEN WHISHAW in the family adventure "PADDINGTON 2," from Warner Bros. Pictures and STUDIOCANAL, in association with Anton Capital Entertainment S.C.A., a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
We received Ducktales: Woo-Ooo DVD to review. I had not yet seen this new version until now of the series, which is a take on the show from the late 80s/early 90s as part of Disney Afternoon. While I didn't watch the original series religiously the first time around, I was a young adult at the time already - I watched enough to have a baseline knowledge of the characters. The only original voice I notice on IMDB is Tony Anselmo, who has played Donald Duck for a very long time. And David Tennant now voices Scrooge McDuck.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Press Conference Brings Out Actors and Director Rian Johnson to Talk About Film
We were invited to the press conference for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Los Angeles. The actors and filmmakers who were part of the press conference are John Boyega (Finn); Daisy Ridley (Rey): Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren); Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker); Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron); Laura Dern (Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo); Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma); Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux); Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico) and director Rian Johnson. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be opening on December 15th, 2017.
Photo credit: Image.net
We will have a video of the entire press conference up soon, hopefully in the next day or so - we do have a couple of clips in the article.
We were invited to the press conference for Disney-Pixar's Coco, which arrives in theaters November 22nd and has already become the highest grossing animated film in Mexico after just a few weeks of being open - and I believe with adjustments for inflation, it is the #1 film of any kind there now. I am hoping Coco will bring out big crowds here too. I've learned a lot about Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) from Disney recently due to Coco in the various parks (including Epcot's "Remember Me" exhibit). For the press conference, a lot of the cast was there. Those who took part are Anthony Gonzalez "Miguel"; Benjamin Bratt "Ernesto de la Cruz"; Gael García Bernal "Hector";, Alanna Ubach "Mama Imelda"; Edward James Olmos "Chicharron"; Lee Unkrich (Director); Adrian Molina (Writer and Co-Director); and Darla K. Anderson (Producer).
Photo by B.L, Mousesteps
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