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“The Year Disney Started to Take Diversity Seriously”

“Mira Nair didn’t know it, but for years, she lived just 15 minutes away from the subject of her next film—chess champion Phiona Mutesi, a prodigy from the slums of Kampala, Uganda. It took the attention of one particularly dedicated Disney executive, Tendo Nagenda, to introduce Mutesi and Nair, then shepherd through the studio a film: Queen of Katwe, a movie that looked almost nothing like anything else from the company that brings you Avengers, jedis, and pirates.

“I’ve never had a guardian angel in any film in a studio,” Nair tellsVanity Fair. “[Tendo] is truly one because he made it happen.”

Katwe is a film about a young African girl, with essentially no speaking roles for white characters, directed by an Indian woman. It’s an anomaly even in an industry that prides itself on having an imagination. But it’s also one of many examples of how Disney is diversifying its array of upcoming films, presenting more inclusive visions of everything from classic musicals to a galaxy far, far away.

In the near future, we’ll have a Christmas movie starring Kevin Hart as Santa Claus, an adaptation of The Nutcracker starring Misty Copeland and Morgan Freeman, and a surprising reimagining of The Rocketeer starring a young black girl. Ice Cube is working on a hip-hop version of Oliver Twist. Moana, Disney’s first Polynesian princess movie, is set for a Thanksgiving-week release. Lin-Manuel Miranda (Disney’s latest go-to music man, who also penned songs for Moana) will co-star in a Mary Poppins sequel.

The upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story presents an intergalactic rebellion from the likes ofForest Whitaker, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, and Donnie Yen—and all led by a woman, Felicity Jones. Between 2016 and 2018, about 24 percent of the studio’s live-action releases will feature ethnic minority leads, Disney says…”

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/11/disney-films-inclusive

“‘Luke Cage’ Season 2 Release Date: 7 Things We Want To See In The Second Season”

“The first season of Luke Cage ended on a really sad note. The Harlem hero parted ways with his new lady, Claire Temple, and headed back to Seagate Prison. Even though Cottonmouth is out of the picture, Black Mariah and Shades are still running the streets. Even more of a threat is Diamondback, who last we saw, was in Dr. Burstein’s hands. Luke Cage Season 1 took care of Power Man’s origins, but there’s still a lot more story to tell in Season 2. Here’s seven things we’re expecting to see.

Coffee With Claire Temple

Since we’ll see Luke again before the next season of his solo series, (maybe in Iron Fist but definitely in The Defenders ), it’s safe to say Claire is tagging along. Not only could The Defenders use someone to patch their wounds, she’s Luke’s only trusted ally at this point. Last we saw her, she was already working on getting Luke out of prison.

She’s also the first person he’s going to call once he gets out. In fact, that’s what we could be seeing in recently released The Defenders set photoswhere Claire and Luke passionately embrace against a chain-linked fence. It could be the first time they’ve seen each other since that night in the hospital where they shared their first kiss and Luke was taken away by police.

Misty Knight ‘got coffee’ with Luke in the first episode of Luke Cage. Jessica Jones and Luke also ‘got coffee ’ in Jessica Jones Season 1. It’s only right we’ll see him and Claire ‘get coffee’ in The Defenders. Jessica being part of the team does throw a wrench in things, especially since she and Luke haven’t spoken since the whole Kilgrave ordeal that killed Reva. Jessica and Luke end up having a baby together in the comics, but this is Marvel-Netflix and they’re known to switch things up. The history between Luke and Jessica may end up being too painful to work past…”

http://www.idigitaltimes.com/luke-cage-season-2-release-date-7-things-we-want-see-second-season-570039

“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/

“The Defenders: Elodie Yung’s Elektra Confirmed”

“Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have all now made their debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as part of the Netflix corner (which is based in New York) of Marvel’s shared movie and TV show universe. Danny Rand/Iron Fist will see his own Marvel/Netflix solo series debut in the first quarter of 2017, before he and the other three street-level superheroes of Hell’s Kitchen (and Harlem) join forces during the miniseries, The Defenders.

Production on The Defenders is currently underway and Marvel/Netflix has taken to confirming returning supporting players in the miniseries (via the official DefendersTwitter account), before they are “discovered” via leaked photos from The Defenders‘ set. Among those Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage TV series players confirmed for The Defenders are Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Trish Walker (Rachel Taylor), Misty Knight (Simone Missick) – and now, Daredevil season 2’s Elektra Natchios, once again played by Elodie Yung.

A video confirming Yung’s return as Elektra in The Defenders was posted to the miniseries’ official Twitter account. The video includes the tagline “The Strong Survive” with Elektra, but it does not elaborate on her role in the Defenders‘ storyline beyond that.

Daredevil season 2 concluded with the revelation that Matt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) old flame, Elektra is in fact Black Sky: a deadly “weapon” forged by The Hand, forreasons that have yet to be revealed in full. Elektra was killed not long after this reveal, but the final shot of Daredevil season 2 showed Miss Natchios about to be resurrected by The Hand; setting up for her to potentially return as an antagonist in The Defenders. It’s been speculated that when Elektra does come back, she will possess dark supernatural abilities and be powerful enough to necessitate the street-level heroes of New York coming together and saving their city from her and her mysterious “boss” (Sigourney Weaver)

http://screenrant.com/defenders-elektra-elodie-yung/

“Young Justice Season 3 Is Finally Happening, Here’s What We Know’

“The first time somebody said “Ask, and you shall receive,” the subject at hand wasn’t a third season of a fan favorite animated series, but it definitely applies in the case of the no longer short-lived superhero offering Young Justice. After three and a half years of waiting, fans can finally rejoice now that Young Justice Season 3 is finally happening, and there is no longer a need to keep petitioning and campaigning. (Maybe change “Season 3” to “Season 4” on the picket signs instead of throwing them away, though, to be safe.)

Warner Bros. Animation dropped the rather shocking announcement today thatYoung Justice Season 3 is currently beginning production. At this early point, a premiere date hasn’t been carved out yet, and more interestingly, there still isn’t a network attached. Young Justice spent its first two highly acclaimed and well-rated seasons on Cartoon Network, where it aired its last episode in March 2013, but it apparently won’t be headed back to that cable outlet for further adventures. Both seasons are currently available to stream on Netflix, a company known for embracing TV series’ surprise comebacks; perhaps a bigger relationship will blossom between the show and streaming service.

But while Young Justice‘s home may be changing, some things are staying the same, and the new season will see the return of creators and producers Brandon Vietti, who has since directed the fun feature LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, and Greg Weisman, who is currently a writer/producer on Star Wars Rebels. So hopefully we don’t need expect any big shifts as far as story and tone are concerned.

Unfortunately, such early news necessarily means that not a lot of narrative details are floating around for Young Justice Season 3. The announcement only promised “new twists, turns and dangerous new threats,” but we could have already guessed that. It’s unclear just how The Team will change, if it will, from Season 2 to Season 3, but I have to assume that Vietti and Weisman have been thinking about future Young Justice stories since Season 2 was in production, so this could easily be the best season yet…”

http://www.cinemablend.com/television/1582400/young-justice-season-3-is-finally-happening-heres-what-we-know

“The Defenders Set Photos: Jessica Jones & Misty Knight Have a Standoff”

“Over the past eight years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded to include more than a dozen films — this fall’s Doctor Strange will be number 14 — as well as TV shows on both ABC and Netflix (with other series planned for Freeform and Hulu). Netflix’s corner of the MCU has garnered plenty of praise from both fans and critics since debuting in early 2015 with Daredevil season 1. It was followed by Jessica Jones season 1 late last year,Daredevil season 2 earlier this year, and Luke Cage season 1 earlier this fall.

Now, Netflix is preparing to up their number of Marvel series per year from two to three, with Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders all set to premiere in 2017. Iron Fist wrapped earlier this fall and is expected to debut in March, The Punisher began production early in October, and The Defenders was the latest series to start filming. The most recent batch of set photos for The Defenders feature two of the show’s female characters having a stand off.

ComingSoon debuted new The Defenders set photos depicting Misty Knight (Simone Missick) pointing a gun at a bloodied Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). These set photos arrive a day after Ritter was spotted on set in costume as Jessica Jones, though the other members of The Defenders — Matt Murdock aka Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Danny Rand aka Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — have yet to be seen.

In addition to the main four superheroes and Misty Knight, The Defenders will feature a number of other Marvel Netflix characters, including Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Daredevil’s Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), and Jessica JonesMalcolm Ducasse (Eka Darville). Additionally, The Defenders will feature Sigourney Weaver as the villain whose identity is as yet unknown…”

http://screenrant.com/defenders-set-photos-misty-knight-jessica-jones/

“New Mutants: Casting Fox’s Young X-Men Movie “

“With “X-Men: Apocalypse” out of the way, it’s time for 20th Century Fox to up the mutant ante with “New Mutants.” The studio has already signed director Josh Boone, who helmed the teen drama “The Fault In Our Stars” to lead the New Mutant charge; and with a couple drafts done prior with names like James McAvoy (as Professor Xavier) and Alexandra Shipp (as Storm) rumored to be attached, it’s pretty clear that the studio and fans both are chomping at the bit to see a new faction in the mutant universe.

Originally created by revered writer Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod in 1982, the New Mutants were conceived to add more depth to Marvel’s mutants outside of the ever-popular X-Men as an ethnically-diverse bunch of angsty teens focused on world/universe-hopping to battle aliens and magical threats. With that rich and compelling history in mind, CBR takes a look at who we’d love Boone and co. to cast as the new Children of the Atom.

10. Dani Moonstar: Q’orianka Kilcher

Danielle “Dani” Moonstar, who ran by the codenames Psyche and later Mirage, is a Cheyenne badass who originally possessed the telepathic ability to create illusions and projections of what was manifesting in her opponents’ minds. She later developed a wide range of psionic and energy manipulation powers. She also developed magical abilities after becoming a Valkyrie of Asgard, further enhancing her prowess as a tactician and mental strategist.

26 year-old German-born Q’orianka Kilcher showed her acting chops matched her exotic looks as Pocahontas in 2005’s “The New World,” “Princess Kaiulani” four years later, and on television in “Sons of Anarchy” and “Longmire.” Kilcher displayed a lot of maturity as a 15 year-old Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and has shown in her television performances that she’s a caged beast waiting to be unleashed. As she’s broken away from more reserved roles over the last few years, we think putting her in a lead position could skyrocket her directly into the limelight…”

http://www.cbr.com/new-mutants-casting-foxs-young-x-men-movie/