“All About Auli’i Cravalho, the Amazing 16-Year-Old Voice of Disney’s Moana”

“Before you get to know Auli’i Cravalho, the amazing 16-year-old voice of Disney’s new heroine Moana, it’s probably best you learn how to pronounce her name.

“It’s ‘ow,’ like you stubbed your toe. ‘Lee,’ like Bruce Lee. Then, you add an ‘e.’ Auli’i Cravalho,” she explains (with bonus pantomimes) to PEOPLE in the above video.

 The Hawaiian native, who turned 16 on Tuesday (the day before her new movie premieres!), was born on the Big Island and now lives in Mililani on the island of Oahu with her mom, Puanani. The rising star was discovered almost by accident, when Disney talent scouts saw her sing in a YouTube video.

Cravalho, a member of her school’s glee club, gives props to her mom for her strong pipes. “I credit my singing to my mom because she didn’t give me a binky when I was a baby. I cried and screamed for the first six months — my mom would say four years of my life — and I developed wonderful lungs,” she says.

For the first-time actress, performing in the privacy of a sound booth was a welcome introduction to the big screen. “I really like it because when I’m in the studio, I kind of just close my eyes. I don’t have to worry about what I look like too much, and I don’t have to worry about perhaps not moving my eyebrows in the right direction to look sad or something,” she explains.

Plus, when it comes to acting with her voice, Cravalho is a natural. “I’m kind of an animated person,” she adds. “I was given this really big blessing that my voice just kind of carries the emotion.”

In the film, Cravalho plays Moana Waialiki, the high-spirited daughter of the chief of a mystical Polynesian island, who sets sail to an island with a demigod named Maui (voiced by Dwayne Johnson) to help save her family from disaster. The story is full of Disney fantasy, but Cravalho says her character’s journey toward self-discovery — and the fact that she makes that journey alone — is relatable to everyone…”

http://people.com/movies/all-about-aulii-cravalho-the-amazing-16-year-old-voice-behind-moana/

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“Angela Bassett Joins Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’”

Angela Bassett has joined the cast of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther. She will play Ramonda, the mother of T’Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in the Marvel mythology. Marvel just made the announcement.

The Oscar nominee joins Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke and Florence Kasumba in the cast. The superhero made his debut in Disney’s Marvel Universe movies this summer in Captain America: Civil War.

In the comic series, Ramonda was the stepmother to T’Challa, whose actual mother died while giving birth to him. Ramonda was thought to have run away, but it was later discovered she had been kidnapped.

Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, hits theaters February 16, 2018. Coogler and Joe Robert Cole are writing the script.

Bassett has been busy in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology series (she was Emmy nominated for roles in 2014 and 2015). She also made her directorial debut with Lifetime’s Whitney Houston biopic Whitney last year.

http://deadline.com/2016/11/angela-bassett-black-panther-ramonda-tchalla-mother-1201858360/

“X-Men: New Mutants Video Showcases Heroes Fighting Demon Bear”

“As Twentieth Century Fox rejigs the creative team behind Deadpool 2 after the fallout between star Ryan Reynolds and ex-director Tim Miller, and as they begin promoting the end of Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine with Logan, so to are other big plans in the works.

This summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse marked a significant drop off in box office revenues and critical reception after the success of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past so the franchise is looking towards new directions in continuing the lucrative series. Up next is the team-based spinoff New Mutants and then there will be another core X-Men movie shortly thereafter, although this timewithout long-time helmer Bryan Singer. There’s a Gambit origin movie somewhere in there as well, stuck in development hell, but the studio has just set a pair of release dates for 2018 and 2019.

Coming Soon has just shared an internal video for the next upcoming X-Men project, depicting scenes from New Mutants in animatics form. We see Illyana Rasputin a.k.a. Magik (sister of Colossus) confront a bear with Lockheed the dragon at her side and magic Soulsword in-hand. Lockheed of course, a fan-fave pet of Kitty Pryde in the comics actually does share a connection to Illyana in that the little purple creature resembles purple dragon from a fairy tale that Pryde had read to her.

The massive creature is the “Demon Bear” from the beginning the New Mutantcomics (issue #3) and the other character include Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams) pushing the trolley where Danielle Moonstar lays injured, as Cannonball launches into the Bear to knock it back…”

http://screenrant.com/20th-century-fox-marvel-release-date/

“Marvel Announces Creative Team for America Chavez Solo Series”

America yes!

A little more than a month after Marvel announced a solo series for America Chavez at New York Comic Con, the company has finally revealed the series’ creative team.

As first reported by Refinery29, YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath) will write the series, while Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck) will serve as the series’ artist, and Maguerite Sauvage as cover artist. The new series will see the young hero face off against alien hordes and travel through different dimensions, while also trying to attend class on alternate Earths and make space for her personal life.

“America doesn’t know how powerful she is, but she’s gonna find out. And the powers she does have are going to be expanded upon and she’s going to learn how to control and develop them,” says Rivera of what readers can expect from the upcoing series. “Some of the really fun Marvel moments are gonna be when we bring in key players like Captain America and Storm. They are going to be able to help America on her journey. And teach her things about her powers or lead her along the way.”

Created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta, Chavez – a queer Latina raised in another dimension – first appeared in their 2011 seriesVengeance. Since then, she has taken on the mantle of Miss America from Madeline Joyce, and gone on to earn herself a loyal fan following.

“America has one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic fanbases out there, so we wanted to make sure we could deliver a solo series worthy of that devotion,” says editor Will Moss. “That’s why we’re so thrilled to welcome Gabby Rivera to the Marvel fold, as she’s got America’s voice down pat, plus she’s got a ton of surprising and fun ideas for the series. And combining that with the one-of-a-kind stylings of the great Joe Quinones? Well, we’re ready to deliver that solo series now…”

http://www.ew.com/article/2016/11/18/marvel-america-writer-gabby-rivera

 

“X-23: 5 Essential Stories To Read Before Seeing Logan”

“X-23 is a character with an interesting history. She belongs to the special club of comic book characters that debuted in other media, in X-23’s case the X-Men: Evolution animated television series.

X-23, a.k.a Laura Kinney then made her comic book debut in NYX #3 in 2004. Since then she’s become an integral part of the X-Men family, trained under the wing of her mentor and “father” Wolverine, joined the violent hit squad X-Force, and even spent some time hanging out with the Avengers.

Now she’s taken up the mantle of Wolverine and soon Laura will be making her big screen debut in Logan, the final Wolverine movie to star Hugh Jackman in the titular role.

This article is here to help fans looking to get to know Laura a little better. It covers Laura’s journey from birth all the way up to her earning the Wolverine name. Read these stories and you won’t be able to wait to see X-23 in Logan.

Logan opens in theaters March 3, 2017.

Innocence Lost

X-23: Innocence Lost was X-23’s first time headlining a comic book. The six-issue limited series is written by X-23’s creators Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost and illustrated by Billy Tan and reveals X-23’s origin story.

X-23’s story begins at The Facility and offshoot of the Weapon Plus program that created Wolverine. The Facility wants to create a new Wolverine and attempt to accomplish the goal by cloning him. A brilliant scientist is brought on board to figure out how and decides to alter the sample to be a female. The catch is that she has to carry the clone to term herself.

She gives birth to X-23. Despite The Facility renting the child out as an assassin, Sarah manages to imbue Laura with humanity and a conscience, which leads to conflict with Sarah’s employers…”

http://comicbook.com/marvel/2016/11/23/x-23-5-essential-stories/

“Luke Cage Is The Biggest Marvel Netflix Series Of The Year”

“When Marvel Television confirmed they were giving Luke Cage his own solo Netflix series, fans of Power Man rejoiced. The character made his live-action debut on the site through Jessica Jones, and audiences fall for Luke Cage’s charm. And, now, one media company is reporting that the hero’s standalone show is the biggest Marvel/Netflix hit of 2016.

Symphony Advanced Media has done the math and found that Luke Cage is Marvel Television’s biggest hit on Netflix. The streaming site does not provide ratings or viewership numbers for its original series, but the company estimates that Luke Cage had a bigger opening than Making A Murderer and Stranger Things.

According to Symphony, 6.34 percent of Netflix users aged 18-49 were watching Luke Cagein the 32 days following its premiere. Those numbers make it a competitive series on Netflix’s roster, but it doesn’t push it above titans like Orange Is The New Black or Fuller House. And, when Gilmore Girls returns for its special miniseries, the beloved sitcom stands to bulldoze Luke Cage if given the chance.

Of course, fans already knew that Luke Cage was one of Marvel’s more popular series on Netflix. The show has the highest rating on Rotten Tomato of all Marvel Cinematic Universe installments, and Luke Cage became a buzzworthy topic after it debuted. In fact, Netflix even crashed shortly after the series went live, and fans began speculating that Luke Cage was behind the site’s struggles.

Those rumors were only fueled further when the official Luke Cage and Jessica Jones accounts on Twitter began bantering over the outage. Their NSFW chatter kept fans occupied while Netflix sorted out the issue and got Luke Cage back online.

Marvel’s Luke Cage stars Mike Colter as Carl Lucas, a.ka. Luke Cage, who debuted in Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Luke Cage also stars Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Erik LaRay Harvey, Rosario Dawson, and Alfre Woodard.

Marvel’s Luke Cage is now streaming on Netflix.”

http://comicbook.com/marvel/2016/11/16/luke-cage-is-the-biggest-marvel-netflix-series-of-the-year/

“15 Characters We Want To See In Young Justice Season 3”

“Though the details are still scarce, fans of the Cartoon Network series Young Justice are rejoicing after news broke that Warner Bros. Animation will be reviving the show for a third season. Despite a dedicated fan base during its initial run, the show was cancelled in 2013 after just two seasons. Premiering in 2010 and loosely based on the comic title of the same name, the show was praised for its mature content, character growth, and overarching storylines. Since then, the fans have been vocal about wanting the show to return. The voice actors and creators of the series have also spent the intervening years hinting that a revival, perhaps on a site like Netflix, was possible.

While we don’t yet know whether the new season will be back on Cartoon Network or will instead be produced by Netflix, it’s clear that fans’ enthusiasm and the fact that the show is regularly trending on the streaming platform had an impact on the company’s decision. The series showcased many DC characters over its 46 episodes, but there’s still a number of prominent comic book heroes who have yet to appear. With that in mind, here are 15 Characters We Want To See In Young Justice Season 3.

15. CYBORG

For a show that featured the Justice League and a variation on the Teen Titans, one of the most notable absences over the series’ two seasons was the hero Cyborg. While his prominence in the League during the New 52 reboot and his status in the now-burgeoning DCEU weren’t yet established when Young Justice premiered, his absence was still quite notable. Given his main role in the popular Teen Titans and subsequent Teen Titans Go! series, it does seem odd that some version of the cybernetic former athlete known as Vic Stone was never added to the Team’s roster…”

http://screenrant.com/young-justice-netflix-season-3-characters/