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“Hawaii Five-0’s Daniel Dae Kim on His Exit: “The Path to Equality Is Rarely Easy”

“When Hawaii Five-0 returns this fall for its eighth season, it will do so without two of its veteran stars. Daniel Dae Kim (who plays Chin Ho Kelly) and Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua) both decided to exit the series after CBS Television Studios reportedly refused to raise their salaries to match those of their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. The news is bound to hit fans hard; these two characters have been with the 2010 series since the beginning, and have also been a part of the franchise since the original procedural debuted in 1968. The departures will be addressed on screen in the season to come, but in the meantime, Kim has opened up in a lengthy Facebook post about his decision to leave.

“Though I made myself available to come back,” the actor wrote, “CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue.” The writer thanked the cast and crew on the show, wishing them nothing but the best going forward.

He also thanked CBS and the show’s fans, writing, “I will always be grateful for their faith in me to bring Chin Ho Kelly to life. As an Asian American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho. I will miss him sincerely.”

As Kim ended his note, however, he added one more subtle nod toward his reason for leaving: “I’ll end by saying that though transitions can be difficult, I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future.  I am…”

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/07/hawaii-five-0-daniel-dae-kim-grace-park-salary-white-co-stars

“‘Black Panther,’ ‘Luke Cage’ and the Rise of Black Superheroes on Screen”

“When “Luke Cage” exec producer Cheo Hodari Coker declared at his show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man,” the crowd erupted in cheers. So did the internet.

“Right before I said it, I knew what I was feeling,” Coker later told Variety. “I had said variations of it during the day. It was coming from an emotional place, but I didn’t think it was going to reverberate the way that it did. But I’m glad that it did.”

The “Luke Cage” panel came in July on the heels of widespread protests sparked by the killings of unarmed black men by white police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. When the show premiered in September, it became the first live-action series about a black superhero since 1994’s “MANTIS.”

Now it’s getting some company. Next season the CW will premiere “Black Lightning,” based on the DC Comics superhero. And next year Marvel will debut “Black Panther,” the studio’s first feature with a black hero in the lead. Social, political and business trends have converged to put black superheroes at the centers of burgeoning television and film franchises after years of being relegated to supporting status.

Dan Evans, VP of creative affairs at DC Entertainment, cites the emergence of black superheroes on-screen as part of a larger trend in television and film.

“There’s so many examples now, from ‘24’ to ‘The Fast and the Furious’ to ‘Creed,’” says Evans, whose office door features an oversize image of Cyborg, the black teen hero who will play a key role in the upcoming “Justice League” movie. “We’ve seen again and again that if you tell a good story with these characters, people will come…”

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/black-superheros-black-panther-luke-cage-black-lightning-1202498790/

“Young Justice Season 3 Has Already Recorded Multiple Episodes”

“Fans of Young Justice can now rejoice, as the third season is not only moving forward but getting closer to completing production. When Young Justice premiered on the Cartoon Network back in 2010, it took the superhero world by storm. The show was not only hailed as one of the best animated projects to date, but one of the best superhero TV shows ever. Thanks to nuanced storytelling, lots of character development, and an overarching plot, the show managed to craft a number of powerful and mature episodes. Along the way, it also delivered plenty of action and lots of DC heroes and villains.

After just two seasons, however, the show was cancelled and fans immediately began petitioning for the return of the series. Despite the creators and voice actors fanning those flames, nothing official was heard until late last year. The announcement took many by surprise, with word that season 3 of Young Justice, dubbed Outsiders, would be coming soon in some format. Since that time, we’ve learned that the show and Titans will bedebuting on DC’s upcoming digital streaming service. Now, it looks as if the show is a good deal into production.

A Twitter user attending Awesome Con nabbed some footage of Young Justice voice actor Nolan North discussing the new season. North, who plays Superboy on the show, revealed that he had just finished recording episode 5 of the series, indicating the show is well into production at the point…”

http://screenrant.com/young-justice-season-3-episodes-production-recording/

“Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who’s 13th Time Lord to Be a Woman”

“The new Doctor’s identity was revealed in a trailer broadcast at the end of the Wimbledon men’s singles final.  The Broadchurch star succeeds Peter Capaldi, who took over the role in 2013 and leaves in the forthcoming Christmas special.

Whittaker, 35, said it was “overwhelming, as a feminist” to become the next Doctor.

She will make her debut on the sci-fi show when the Doctor regenerates in the Christmas special.

It was always unlikely that the Doctor would continue to be white and male, especially as the BBC has committed itself to greater diversity on its programmes.

Casting the first female Doctor is something many viewers have been calling for. And strong female-led stories have been successful on the big and small screen in recent years, in films ranging from The Hunger Games and Star Wars to Wonder Woman, and in TV series like Game of Thrones.

The BBC will be hoping today’s announcement will not just excite viewers, but will also demonstrate that the time travel show has firmly moved into the 21st century.


Whittaker said it felt “incredible” to take on the role, saying: “It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be.”

And she told fans not to be “scared” by her gender.

“Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change,” she said, adding: “The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one…”

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40624288

“Wonder Woman and the Importance of the Female Hero Moment”

WHEN J.J. ABRAMS was wrapping up Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he showed a rough cut to Ava DuVernay, the Selma director he’d recently befriended. It needed something, she told him. Daisy Ridley’s Rey needed to have one more powerful moment, one more show of strength in her final battle with Kylo Ren. Abrams took her advice, shot some new footage, and added a close-up of Rey’s face as she strikes a massive lightsaber blow. If you watch it now, it’s very clear which one it is. Just ask any 15-year-old female Star Wars fan—even now, she can probably recall it from memory. When you don’t expect to see yourself as the hero, you don’t easily forget what it looks like.

Wonder Woman has more than 20 hero moments like this. It even ends on one. They’re not all close-ups like the one Abrams added to Force Awakens, but they do show a hero in action. Filmed in slow motion, almost always in battle, they feature Diana Prince (Gal Gadot), as well as other women. It’s trite to say, but I’ll say it anyway: This is revolutionary.

The hero shot is a staple of superhero movies, and action movies in general. If you had to think of one right now, though, your mind would probably light on Thor hoisting a hammer or Superman floating above Metropolis with his cape billowing in the wind, not of a woman saving the world. Katniss Everdeen got some of them in theHunger Games films, the female mutants have had their share in the X-Men movies, Joss Whedon gave a couple to Black Widow and Scarlet Witch in the Avengers flicks – but rarely, if ever, has one film been dedicated to them in the way Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is…”

https://www.wired.com/2017/06/wonder-woman-hero-moment/

“Bruce Lee-Inspired Tong Wars Drama ‘Warrior’ From Justin Lin & ‘Banshee’ Co-Creator Gets Cinemax Series Order”

Cinemax has given a 10-episode straight-to-series order to 19th century crime drama Warrior, inspired by an idea from Bruce Lee, created and executive produced by Banshee co-creator Jonathan Tropper and executive producer by Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow via Perfect Storm Entertainment, and Shannon Lee for Bruce Lee Entertainment.

Warrior, which had been a passion project for both late martial arts icon Bruce Lee and Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin, was originally set up at Cinemax for development in 2015 and was ordered to pilot last summer.

Last December, Deadline unveiled Cinemax’s programming strategy shift toward the type of fare that launched the network’s push into original primetime series: fun, high-octane, action, pulpy, straight-to-series dramas done in a cost-effective way primarily as international co-productions.

At the time, Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, revealed that the idea was to do as many as four shows a year initially, three of them co-productions or very cost-effective and the fourth a marquee, homegrown show with a Banshee-level of budget. Back then, Warrior was already being eyed for a potential straight-to-series order to fill that marquee spot in the inaugural slate of the revamped Cinemax. Straight-to-series co-productions green-lighted under the model include a Strike Back reboot and Rellik.

Warrior follows in the spirit of the tradition of adrenalized Cinemax dramas that we established with Strike Back and Banshee,” said Antholis, listing the network’s two most successful original series to date. “We are brimming with excitement for this unique martial arts series combining Bruce Lee’s inspired conception with the immense storytelling talents of Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin…”

http://deadline.com/2017/06/bruce-lee-warrior-tong-wars-drama-series-cinemax-justin-lin-jonathan-tropper-1202108759/

 

“New Netflix Schedule Dates Daredevil, Jessica Jones, And Luke Cage Comebacks”

“Netflix has plenty of original series to juggle these days, but the site never drifts far from Marvel. With shows like The Defenders and The Punisher dropped this year, Netflix has plenty of comic book content to drop in 2017. And, if a new report is to be believed, then fans can expect the site to dish out three more series next year.

Recently, Entertainment Weekly compiled Marvel’s upcoming schedule of TV releases. The sizzle reel nodded to shows like Marvel’s Inhumans as well as Cloak & Dagger. However, it was the site’s take on three developing Netflix series which had fans talking. Entertainment Weekly’s reel said that Daredevil’s third season would debut in 2018 alongside the second seasons of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.

So far, neither Marvel nor Netflix have confirmed the site’s dating. Fans do seem keen on siding with the reel’s reported premieres. Many had already anticipatedJessica Jones and Luke Cage to get their new seasons next year. The latter show is already filming for season two, and Luke Cage is expected to go into production later this year.

When it comes down to it, fans were most surprised to hear about Daredevil. The series had its third season order awhile back, but little progress has been made on it thanks to The Defenders. The miniseries will premiere this August, leaving Charlie Cox free to reprise his devilish role in the hero’s standalone series afterwards…”

http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/06/05/netflix-daredevil-luke-cage-jessica-jones-return/