“Where Black Panther Will Draw Inspiration For Wakanda, According To The Writer”

“The excitement for Black Panther has been building steadily with every new announcement, and the film doesn’t even come out for another two years. In that time we’re sure to get plenty of teases and tidbits about the movie. Well, today is a good tidbit day because Joe Robert Cole, the writer of Black Panther, has revealed how he’s tackling the portrayal of Black Panther’s fictional home, the nation of Wakanda. As is the case with most things in the MCU, the writer is grounding the nation in reality and building out from there.

Joe Robert Cole was a writer on the excellent FX mini-series The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story and while in attendance at a party for the series,/Film was able to catch up with the writer on how the Black Panther script was coming along. Aside from handling the responsibility of writing the first black lead superhero in the MCU, Cole will also be introducing T’Challa’s kingdom Wakanda, the most technologically advanced nation in the world. On the subject of Wakanda, Cole said that the fictional nation will be based on real African culture.

Africa is such a huge nation. There are so many countries, each of them with different histories, mythologies, and cultures but what we tried to do was hone in on some of the history, some of the cultural influences and then extrapolate out in our technology, extrapolate out in how we see Wakanda and the different parts of the country and the culture of the country as well. So we wanted to root it in reality first and then build out from there, so we’d feel pretty authentic and grounded.

The MCU is no stranger to grounding things in reality. Most of its heroes and villains are based on a somewhat realistic version of science. For example, Thor isn’t actually a Norse God with magic, but an alien with a super science that we perceive as magic. Even Rocket Racoon was made by science. Basing Wakanda in real African culture sounds like the right way to go, and it fits in with well with the rest of the MCU aesthetic…”


“Forbes Reveals 2016’s Top Paid Actresses: What the List Says About the Evolution of Women in Hollywood”

“The tides of Hollywood are changing—for better and for worse.

If you want any indication of how actresses are progressing in the industry, follow the money. On the heels of Forbes‘ annual list of highest-earning female movie stars, it’s clear that there are benefits to being an actress in 2016 as opposed to previous periods.

Leading the pack this year is Jennifer Lawrence who, at 26 years old, has garnered four Oscar nominations, one win, topped the list for the last two years and came in second place for the previous two. However, it’s Forbes‘ runner up that has caught our eye.

Funny lady Melissa McCarthy secured the second spot after a year of anticipated blockbusters, including the notable Ghostbusters reboot. However, her positioning is particularly notable considering she was once regarded by some as unbankable because of her size. After having launched to stardom as the laughable sidekick in Bridesmaids, McCarthy has defied the traditional expectations of leading ladies by sticking to comedies—often raunchy—in lieu of whimsical romances. Having steadily risen in the highest-earning ranks from third to second place since 2015, it’s a clear signal that not all of Hollywood’s female elite must come in a size 2.

Nor must they stick to the serious. Two of the top five ranked actresses, McCarthy and Jennifer Aniston, are predominantly comedic stars. It seems the money flows more freely when hysterical laughter is involved, as opposed to decades ago when the industry was predominantly lead by femme fatales.

In fact, the ingénue seems to have lessened its demand in favor of more mature characters. Half of the women on Forbes’ highest-earning list are above the age of 40—combine that with the fact that Sandra Bullock became People‘s oldest “Most Beautiful Woman” at 51 years old last year and it’s safe to say, Hollywood is loosening its reins on its longstanding ageism and willing to shell out millions in the process.

While the list highlights women of different sizes, ages and genres—they are still not as diverse in ethnicity. Of the top ten women ranked, only one actress is Chinese and only one is Indian…”



“Floyd Norman, Disney’s First Black Animator, Reflects On The Studio’s Past, Present And Future”

“Everything Floyd Norman says is worth writing down. The longtime Disney animator carries an impossibly sunny disposition, almost always speaking in complete sentences with enviable poise.

That’s not empty flattery. Norman’s colleagues seem to agree. For proof, see the new documentary “Floyd Norman: An Animated Life.”

Opening in limited release and premiering on VOD platforms this weekend, the movie traces its 81-year-old subject’s boundless devotion to Disney. In 1956, Norman became the studio’s first black animator, working alongside Walt Disney himself as a story artist on such classics as “Sleeping Beauty,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book” and “Robin Hood.”

Norman left Disney after Walt’s death in 1966, instead capturing footage of the civil-rights movement and working on other animated properties, including “The Smurfs,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Fat Albert.” His devotion brought him back to Disney in the ‘90s, when he contributed to “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Mulan,” “Monsters, Inc.” and more. But Norman was forced into retirement at age 65. He was understandably bitter, but Disney was home. Norman began showing up with his wife, who works at Disney Publishing, and his celebrity status around the campus grew. That led, inevitably, to more gigs, meaning he is, once again, employed at Disney.

The documentary, directed by Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkey, is a sweet take on a life devoted to merriment. That Norman broke boundaries along the way is, in his eyes, happenstance. I hopped on the phone with Norman earlier this week to gab about Disney’s history.

You arrived at the tail end of Disney’s golden days, and you left right as the quality waned in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Then you returned after the proverbial Disney Renaissance hit in the ‘90s. So you’ve pretty much only been there when the studio was thriving.

I never felt like I really left, though. Even though I wasn’t part of that ‘80s and early ‘90s renaissance, I was still nearby because I was working at Disney Publishing. So I was still able to watch it all firsthand…”


“‘Young Justice’ Writer Says Season 3 on Netflix Could Happen, But You Have to Keep Watching”

“Of all the shows Netflix could revive for another season, Young Justice season 3 is a definite option. DC’s animated show about a team of teen superheroes premiered in 2010 and got the axe in 2013. The streaming service released the first two seasons on its platform, while hope for a potential season 3 pickup has been kept alive. Amid new rumors that it’s now a done deal, original writer Peter David took to his personal blog to clear things up.

A few days ago, a Reddit user posted about a conversation with David at Connecticut’s TerrificCon Comic-Con. The writer allegedly told the fan that he had a meeting with Netflix about Young Justice season 3. Since then, David took to Twitter to confirm he was misquoted, but he’s keeping fan hopes alive.

He stated that series creator Greg Weisman said that “Netflix is seriously considering ordering a third season because they’re impressed with how much people are watching it.” However, it’s far from a sure thing.

That’s what I’ve been saying for the past month, countless times, ever since I had lunch with Greg before San Diego. Seems pretty straightforward.

And suddenly I’ve been getting barraged with tweets and emails from fans asking me if it’s true that I’ve had a meeting with Netflix about writing the third season. Why? Because someone asked me the question at the recent Terrificon in Connecticut and, rather than report the answer I’ve given at least a hundred times, he instead provided his own version. I’ve no doubt it was an innocent mistake, but it’s caused a MAJOR headache for me.

Furthermore I’m now worried it could do damage to the cause, because people might think, “We did it! There’s gonna be a third season, done deal!” and then stop watching. Which would then cause Netflix to say, “Hunh, people have stopped watching, guess it was just a passing fad,” and that’s that.

So I will say it once more: It is NOT a done deal. So continue watching Young Justice if you want to have a hope of a third season.

Young Justice featured a strike team made up of sidekicks — Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Miss Martian, Superboy, and Artemis — that executed covert missions for the Justice League. Other members, like Zatanna, were added, but the time jump in season 2 saw them grown up with a number of additional forces, including Blue Beetle, Batgirl, Wonder Girl, and Beast Boy…”



“Netflix, Marvel Drop First Clip for Upcoming ‘Luke Cage’ Series”

“Netflix won’t drop all 13 episodes of Luke Cage‘s first season for your binge-watching pleasure until Sept. 30, but to tide us over ’til then, the site released the first extended clip from the show on Saturday.

It features Cage easily (and mercilessly) beating attackers off of him inside a boxing gym, standing like one of Stonehenge’s boulders as his ignorant foes try to gun him down. “I guess you guys haven’t heard about me, have you?” he asks the pitiful creatures trembling in his wake.

The series will feature the character’s return to Harlem after the events of Jessica Jones. Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker toldCollider that the first season is about how to “accept the mantel of being a hero […] we’re looking at what it means to be a hero, the sacrifices that come from that, and how one gets to the point when you finally accept who you are,” he said.

Mike Colter, who plays Cage, also told Collider that the series will play up his blackness, saying that the different directors for each show emphasized different aspects of Cage’s character.

“The showrunner for Cage is a black man, and the Jessica Jonesshowrunner was a white female. Jessica Jones was told by the point of view of Jessica, so Luke Cage existed in her point of view and how she interacts with him. So, we’re doing this from the leadership of a black male, who is now the showrunner examining this character. It’s the same character, we’re just turning up the volume on certain colors and certain flavors. He’s in Harlem now. We all act differently in certain places,” Colter said.

The show is Netflix’s third partnership with Marvel after Daredevil andJessica Jones.”


“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Gabriel Luna on What Ghost Rider Brings to the Show”

“After two years of largely dealing with introducing then exploring the Inhumans, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 will be delving into a different kind of science with the introduction of Life-Model Decoys and magic as Ghost Rider joins the show. Marvel announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer that Gabriel Luna was cast as Robbie Reyes a.k.a. Ghost Rider, and his signature muscle car was unveiled on the show floor.

In the weeks since the official announcement, the season 4 synopsis teased Ghost Rider as someone who could be a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D. Plus, it seems Robbie will be met early on in the season by Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake (Chloe Bennet) as the actress revealed she’s worked with Luna already and we’ve seen here character take on Ghost Rider’s car through set videos. Now, Luna has discussed what he believes his character will bring to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4.

In an interview with IGN, Luna spoke about his love of the Marvel Comics on which his character is based, and the number of comic runs he read in preparation for the role. According to Luna, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s take on the character of Ghost Rider will attempt to be a fresh spin while still staying true to the “history and mythos” of the comics. He said, “I think Jed and Mo and the writing team has done a really good job of doing that.”

Additionally, the actor explained how Ghost Rider will bring magic to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

The magical element is new to the world. They’ve always been rooted in a very realistic kind of depiction. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a bridge between us the audience and the MCU. It’s like Thor’s rainbow bridge. Now you’re incorporating some of these things that they may not understand. It’s a whole new frontier, which is always cool…”


“Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Preview”

“To celebrate a crazy 20 years of Tomb Raider and its iconic heroine Lara Croft, Square Enix is releasing a special edition of the recent Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusively for PS4.

Meet Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration.

The celebratory release includes the original game, that was initially an Xbox One exclusive before arriving on PC and now PS4, all previously released DLC content, a 20 Year Celebration outfit and gun, five classic Lara skins, the Extreme Survivor difficulty for the main campaign and co-op play for Endurance Mode.

But the real appeal for Tomb Raider fans of old like us is the new Blood Ties single-player content that sees you exploring Croft Manor for the first time in this new Tomb Raider timeline. The content sees Lara in her childhood home facing a legal battle for the manor after a letter from her uncle. He believes Lara has “no legal claim to the estate” and it’s up to her to prove him wrong by finding evidence in her parents’ belongings.

Blood Ties offers a glorious remastering of Croft Manor that presents memories of Lara and her father undertaking their first expedition together to the library through the old servant’s quarters. It looks fantastic and it’s eerily creepy in the passages below the house, but there’s a mystery in the reasoning as to why it’s quite so run down and what does lurk in the West Wing – perhaps it’s going to be something like Beauty and the Beast?

The actual content reminds us a lot of the scene in Uncharted 4 where Nathan and Sam Drake are looking for their mother’s diary as children. But as is the Tomb Raider way, there’s plenty of content and mysteries to unlock…”


“‘Game of Thrones’ Alum Jason Momoa in Talks to Star in ‘The Crow'”

“Jason Momoa, the Game of Thrones alum who plays Aquaman in the upcoming DC comics films, is in talks to star in The Crow, Relativity’s reboot of the 1994 cult classic starring Brandon Lee, Mashable has exclusively learned.

Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is set to direct The Crow, which is based on the beloved graphic novel by James O’Barr. Alex Proyas directed the original, which tragically served as Lee’s final film following an accidental shooting on set.

Momoa posted a photo of himself with Hardy several days ago on Instagram with the hashtags #sealthedeal, #greatnewstocome and #dreamjob. The Crow is the only movie that Hardy is known to be currently casting.

Multiple people close to the project confirm to Mashable that Momoa is in talks to play the role, and has figured out a way to work it around his Aquaman duties.

Original producer Ed Pressman is among the producers of the Crow reboot, which is expected to beat Aquaman to theaters. Momoa’s DC superhero was recently introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will have a larger role in Justice League before his standalone film in 2018, which is being directed by James Wan.

Some fanboys may cry foul over Momoa playing two superheroes simultaneously, but the Crow and Aquaman couldn’t be more different — and The Crow will no doubt have a much darker tone than its DC counterpart.

The Crow traditionally follows Eric Draven, who returns from the dead to track down his killers and avenge his murdered fiancé with the help of a mystical bird…”


“Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ Gets Hulu Series Order, From ‘Gossip Girl’ Creators”

“The Runaways are making a sprint for Hulu.

Marvel’s comic book series about a disparate group of teenagers who discover that their respective parents are part of a crime organization known as “The Pride” has received a series order at Hulu, our sister site Deadline reports.

Upon realizing that their parents’ annual “charity” gathering is in fact a meeting of nefarious time-travelers, wizards, mad scientists, aliens and mutants, the teens band together to use their own, newly realized powers to vanquish The Pride and fend off any other threats. Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona cocreated the title.

Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are on board to serve as showrunners.

“We’ve known the Runaways‘ story would make great television,” Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb said in a statement, “and being lucky enough to have Josh and Stephanie — who have time and again created shows that speak so genuinely to this exact audience — write and produce the series is nothing short of remarkable.”


“Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and the Real Wold Relevance of Luke Cage”

“Since “Daredevil” debuted in spring 2015, Marvel Television‘s multiple series on Netflix have given audiences a different side of the live-action Marvel world — one considerably more grounded and gritty than the globally successful Marvel Studios films.

Though while set in the same New York City neighborhood of Hell Kitchen’s, “Daredevil” is a very different viewing experience than “Jessica Jones” — a trend that will continue as the action moves to Harlem for “Luke Cage,” starring Mike Colter in the title role and with its full first season set to debut Sept. 30 on Netflix.

“I think, very much, as not just the Head of Marvel Television, but also as one of the executive producers of all of the shows, it really is our responsibility — not just to Netflix, but to the audience — to be able to see how rich the Marvel characters are,” Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb told CBR in a video interview (watch in full above) last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “It really is incumbent on us to make sure each show has a different feeling to it. when we brought in [showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker], one of the things that we talked about was what makes Luke different. there are some obvious differences in the sense that we’re talking about really the first African-American superhero that comes from the street and lives in that world. when we started there, we said, ‘What is that physically going to look like?'”

Loeb stressed the importance of location to not just “Luke Cage,” but all of Marvel’s Netflix series — saying that New York City is the “fifth Defender,” along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.”

“We really looked hard into the practicality of shooting up in Harlem [for ‘Luke Cage,’]” Loeb said. “The people of New York, the mayor of New York, the governor of New York — everybody works towards making that stuff happen. places like the Apollo, places that are so rich in terms of culture, in terms of the ethnic quality, what Cheo and I always refer to as the musicality of that area, is what set the tone…”