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Early Casting for “It” Sequel Begins, Jessica Chastain Tapped

The 2017 film It was the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Based on the first half of Stephen King’s 1986 book of the same name, It is set in the fictional town of Derry, Maine. The story follows the so-called “Losers Club,” who must defeat Pennywise the Dancing Clown, as well as their own personal traumas. 27 years later, the group must return to Derry when Pennywise reappears in order to vanquish the monster once and for all.

The It sequel is expected to premiere on September 6, 2019. The film, or “Chapter Two,” will cover the last half of the novel and will feature the Losers Club as adults. Production on the sequel is now in the beginning stages after the first film’s success. Gary Dauberman is slated to write the script. Bill Skarsgard is expected to reprise his star-making role as Pennywise.

Beverly Marsh is the only female member of the Losers Club. In the 2017 film, she was played by Sophia Lillis. According to various sources, Molly’s Game star Jessica Chastain may appear in the sequel as her adult counterpart. There was speculation that Chastain would make a cameo in the original film during a post-credits sequence. While that never happened, rumors of her casting have continued.

Andy Muschietti will return to direct the sequel. Chastain has collaborated with Muschietti previously. She starred in his critically acclaimed film Mama.

Despite the news, sources have emphasized that nothing is set in stone. No other stars have been attached to the project yet. Further production on the It sequel will likely begin this summer.

In the meantime, Chastain has kept herself quite busy: she’s been attached to two different projects. One is the next installment of the X-Men franchise, Dark Phoenix. The other is a comedy that will also feature the Shape of Water star Octavia Spencer.

The Black Panther is more than Just another Standard Superhero Flick

The Black Panther might not have been one of Marvel’s most recognized heroes in the comic books. However, that is about to change after his debut on the big screen. The Black Panther was released on February 16, 2018 and box office receipts proved that it was a huge success. It literally grossed over $426 million dollars in 4 days over the President’s Day weekend. Even the movie critics at the Huffington Post said this film has taken superhero films to new heights.

What made the Black Panther movie such a great film? It was a lot of factors. First, the star performer Chadwick Boseman delivered as the story’s leading character. He was charming, witty and very believable as a struggling prince trying to find his way as king. Boseman also had a powerful supporting cast that helped to put the film over the edge.

Michael B. Jordan played the role of Killmonger his nemesis and Danai Gurira (Michone from the Walking Dead series) co-starred as Okoye, who is the leader of Wankanda’s special forces. Wakanda is T’Challas kingdom that many consider a third-world nation, but it secretly has technology and a society that is well beyond any first world country. This is a huge conflict in the movie because some members of Wakanda wants the nation to ally with other countries but T’Challa wants them to maintain their isolationists mentality.

Forest Whittaker appears in the film as Zuri and Angela Bassets lends her talent to this film as Romanda. The film is loaded with lots of great performers and it has many action-packed scenes that are mind blowing. There is lots of humor and the film moves at a steady pace that keeps a person’s attention from start to finish. The characters are interesting, and the storyline does not get repetitive, boring or predictable. Movie goers liked the scene stealers when they showed up in film since they were an added treat to the overall theatrical experience.

There is a lot going on in the film, but movie goers can keep up with everything. As a matter of fact, movie goers were able to keep up with the plot, the action and they truly loved the characters. The Black Panther film has it all and is highly recommended for anyone who wants to a superhero movie that exceeds all expectations. In the words of former movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert: “This film receives two very enthusiastic thumbs up”.

The Rise of Black Panther

There are few movies in the African American community that have received the type of praise that Black Panther has received. It has become a blockbuster that has shattered box office records when it comes to pre-tickets sales and box office holiday tickets sales. There is a reason for all of the hype. It is based on the popularity of the first black superhero.

Black Panther is not a new character. This is actually a character that has been around since the late sixties. The inclusion of this character and superhero in movies has been long overdue. Kids that have grown up have seen Superman and Spiderman movies over and over again, but so many of them have never had a chance to see a black hero. This is what makes it such a monumental time.

There are a lot of people that look at the role that Black Panther played and they wonder if it is possible to change the perspective about African and African Americans. It is totally possible that this movie may be something that bridges the gap when it comes to the way that black people are preceived in Hollywood. It is difficult for many for a single movie to change perception, but in the way that this movie is evolving it is obvious that this is the movie that is already going to change many perceptions about black people and Hollywood.

Tinseltown is always changing and evolving and it appears that African Americans and women in greater movie rolls are the talk of the town right now so many people are looking at the way that the movie industry has changed the perception of what is being done in the world of black Hollywood.

There’s also a black director that is overseeing the whole project. This gives it an even bigger reason for more black people to celebrate. It has definitely becoming the movie that people are going to talk about many years after it has been made because now it forces Marvel Comics to actually include the Black Panther in new and upcoming movies where all of the superheroes are coming together. It has been a long time coming, but that time is finally here for the black superhero.

Black Panther Soars at Box Office

Black Panther has surpassed all box office expectations in North America since its release on Thursday. Disney reported on Tuesday that the superhero film has earned over $242 million in its opening weekend on American and Canadian screens. Industry analysts had earlier predicted that the film would only make around $120 million in North America.

The film opened on Thursday and was boosted by a holiday weekend in the United States. Experts speculated that ticket sales ticked up on Monday due to business and school closures for President’s Day. The film made $40.2 million on Monday, bypassing the record of $40.1 million set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.

Along with Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther proved to be the most anticipated film of the year. Critics have cited the pre-release buzz as one reason for its success. Others noted that the film is the first Marvel film to feature a mostly black cast, making it appealing to black audiences hungry for representation. Social media campaigns to buy tickets for viewers who couldn’t afford them went viral during the film’s opening weekend, and individuals have raised more than $500,000 to help students see the film in theaters in the US and abroad.

Black Panther has also been strengthened by positive critical reviews. According to Rotten Tomatoes, professional critics have given it an average score of 8.2 out of 10. Review aggregate site Metacritic has the film listed with a rating of 87 out of 100. Celebrities like Will Smith, Oprah, and First Lady Michelle Obama took to social media to praise the film.

The film’s weekend numbers do not include its international take. Worldwide, the film has grossed $426.6 million. The film was especially popular in South Korea, where it earned a staggering $25.3 million in its first week. However, the film has not yet been released in some of the world’s largest markets. The film is slated to release in Russia on February 26 and will premiere in Japan on March 1. Its Chinese release will come later on March 9.

Marvel’s Black Panther is Smashing Records Worldwide

From the second Black Panther was announced from Marvel Studios, it has been nonstop breaking box office records for multiple reasons. Critics have been praising the film since the release; non-stop congratulations are going towards the crew for the work they have done. However, the film industry has been giving absolute praise to Black Panther for the efforts in sales that the movie was able to achieve. Many people are acclaiming the film’s success to the multiple African American actors cast in lead roles, to the incredible costumes and sets designs, to just the fact that it was a new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.

The New York Times concluded that in January, a month before Black Panther’s release date, the film had already sold more pre-sale tickets than any other Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date. In addition to this, sources put Black Panther was the most tweeted about movie of 2017; once again, this is the year before the release, showing how much hype and fan excitement was behind the film.

However, these remarkable sales are only the tip of the iceberg for Black Panther. Sales from opening weekend, according to Screen Rant, were over two hundred billion dollars, making it the fifth highest grossing film opening of all time. In addition to this, Black Panther was able to capture the title of being the highest superhero film of all-time, now being tied with The Incredibles.

This is still not the last of Black Panther’s records, as it has now captured a record that has not been broken since 1973. Black Panther is officially ranked higher than The Wizard of Oz, beating it by over 200 reviews. Black Panther currently has a ninety-seven percent rating on the site, both critics and fans alike are loving the Marvel cinematic masterpiece.

Overall, Black Panther has been making headlines and breaking records with every day it’s in theatres. In due time, this film will only continue to grow and grow in popularity and fame. This will be the boost the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a new high point to where it can shine for all the future films to come from the company.

The Winter Movies That Bring in Crowds

A lot of people are going to appreciate what is available when it comes to the new 2018 movies that are being released. This year starts off well with movies for kids like “Peter Rabbit” and action-packed superhero movies like “Black Panther.” This is a season where any of the biggest movies are released because these are the times where people pack theaters. When it is cold in the winter months people want to get out of the cold so they crowd the movie theaters for big openings like the third installment of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

A large number of people are excited about how the movies are becoming much more in tune with what is going on in society. It is much easier to embrace movies like “Black Panther” with a Black Lives Matter movement going on. It is easier for movies like Wonder Woman to thrive when there is a #me-too campaign about sexual harassment that is occurring.

So many of the movies that are being unveiled in recent years have a lot to do with what is going on in society. Positive changes are coming, and a lot of the change has to do with the large amount of excitement that is part of the world of movies where people are able to get away. If there is any chance for people to move away from the things that are holding them down for a couple of hours they will typically use a movie to do it. This is why these movies are set to break box office records. These are forms of entertainment that take people to another world for a moment.

Large numbers of people are going to be excited about the way that they are able to watch some of their favorite movie stars in movies that are uplifting and entertaining. The winter season always brings in a big crowd, and some of the Blockbusters that are typically held off for the summer are showing up right now. Movies with a springtime feel like “Peter Rabbit” are already in theaters. The third “Fifty Shades of Grey” is perfect for the Valentine’s Day crowd. There is also a great amount of pride for Black History Month with Black Panther.

Early Reviews of Black Panther Are Promising

Disney/Marvel’s highly anticipated new addition to the MCU has premiered in Los Angeles and initial reviews from fans and critics alike are calling it one of the best entries in the film series to date. Not only is it being touted as an excellent addition to MCU cannon, the representation for young people in the black community is finally realized in a cinematic universe badly in need of diversity.

The country of Wakanda is fully fleshed out, and presented as a rich location with an equally rich cultural history that is brand new to many casual comic fans. It is a visually stunning location that adds character to the movie as much as the heroes and villains themselves. Fans should be pleased with getting a much more expanded view of it than what was presented during T’Challa’s more limited screen time in Civil War.

And because everybody loves a good villain, initial impressions of Killmonger, played by Michael B. Jordan has complexity and emotional depth. Often villains of the comic book world are bad because every hero needs someone to fight. Jordan’s performance brings more to the table, and plays beautifully against Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. Fans of the MCU were already impressed by his performance in Civil War, and he was widely praised as one of the favorite newcomers to the film series.

Attendees to the LA premiere were not permitted to give away details of the plot once the movie was over, but they did take to Twitter to sing the film’s early praises. Disney’s embargo on the film will lift on February 6, so more details are forthcoming, but nothing stopped guests and critics from sharing their initial reactions. Many are praising it for being a movie that represents blackness and identity when it is badly needed in the film industry.

Although the many of the details are still forthcoming, fans are hoping that the film lives up to the hype and it sounds like, based on these early reviews, it will do just that! Black Panther releases nationwide on February 16th.

The One Grounding Element in Black Panther

When people look at the upcoming Black Panther film, they are going to see many elements of the film that take it to supernatural, political, and even espionage levels. However, there is going to be one element that grounds it to the real world. This element is going to be the film’s villain, Killmonger. Killmonger has been designed as a character in the film who has real world sensibilities. Therefore, he might actually be easy to relate to as a character. Even in the trailers he is shown to be a rather sympathetic human being.

Michael B. Jordan has compared the relationship of Black Panther and Killmonger to that of Xavier and Magneto. They both are affected by the same issue, but they have different approaches to the problem. They don’t agree with one another when it comes to the approach. One thing that can be said for Xavier and Magneto is that while they may not totally agree with each other, they do share a common issue. There is always the hope that they will come to work together again. Fortunately, Michael B. Jordan will play that role. However, there is one thing that Ryan Coogler has said about the villain that may suggest that the audience is in for a trip.

One thing that was stated is that Black Panther will unleash a powerful and disturbing villain. Most likely this is talking about Killmonger. However, the MCU is filled with villains that can branch into other films. After all, Avengers 3 shows Thanos, the powerful and disturbing villain in the Marvel Universe. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 is going to be the one film that is going to make tons of changes in the MCU. The next few films are going to set the stage for a vastly different universe which a bunch of new iconic characters. Meanwhile, some of the old characters that survive the next two Avengers movies are going to make appearances.

Psych: The Movie! USA’s Excellent Christmas Gift for Fan’s of the Classic Series

Psych fans received a gift under the tree this month when USA aired Psych: The Movie, with James Roday and Dule Hill reprising the roles of Shawn and Gus, and a variety of the show’s other mainstays showing up throughout. The new movie opens with Shawn in one of his trademark disguises (which we later find out is a Hagrid cosplay borrowed from Gus) searching for the engagement ring that was stolen during his proposal to Juliet in the series’ last episode. Now relocated to San Francisco, and aptly renamed Psychfrancisco, Shawn and Gus are still in business as a pseudo-psychic detective, and Magic Head, the less than enthusiastic partner. The new Psych movie is most certainly full of nods for fans of the series, and features enough fun for newcomers alike.

The narrative focuses on a new villain for the Psychverse known as The Duke. The Duke is obsessed with publishing a manifesto known as ‘The Crimes of Juliet O’hara,’ which paints Shawn’s long time love interest and fiancé, Juliet, as a corrupt cop and ultimately criminal. Not knowing the details of the manifesto, and with Juliet vying to solve the case herself, Shawn and Gus are left to wonder just what crimes of Juliet, The Duke may be fixated on providing to the public. With the arrival of a bigger and popular Psych villain, things take an accelerated twist, which may end up splitting the Psych-O’s just as everyone was coming back together for a holiday reunion celebration.

Making use of Psych’s years of canon and lore, the Psych movie, at the same time, doesn’t bog new viewers down with a lot of historic exposition, and allows action and humor to drive the movie’s story. That’s not to say that there isn’t plenty her for long term Psych fans, however. Several moments throughout the movie hearken back to beloved scenes, in-jokes of the series, and rest assured, a pineapple or two make an appearance. By applying just enough fan service, and just enough new and motivating content, Psych: The Movie manages to be just what all Psych fans wanted for Christmas, and a welcome surprise in the stockings of new viewers. You can find out more about Psych: The Movie, and stream the film on USA’s Psych devoted webpage:

Excitement Grows As “Star Wars” Questions Are Set To Be Answered

The release of a new “Star Wars” movie is always a moment for celebration among fans who often spend years awaiting the next installment of the record-breaking movie franchise. In 2017, the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is a source of excitement among fans who are looking for a number of questions to be answered which were left unresolved by the last installment, “The Force Awakens”.

Despite the excellent box office and critical response to “The Force Awakens” many experts and fans have been looking back and hoping the next installment helmed by Rain Johnson to add a little more depth to the franchise after the fast pace of the last movie. The Guardian has produced a number of questions fans are hoping will be answered by “The Last Jedi” which were left open by J.J. Abrams 2015 movie which did not provide a large amount of backstory about a number of the main characters.

Fans of the franchise have recently been vocal about wanting to explore the background of the character, Rey who seemed to be one of the most powerful users of the force seen in the space opera series despite not receiving any training. Rey’s origin has become one of the most debated on message boards by fans who have been questioning her ancestry in a bid to explain strong powers and the fact she seemed to have a large amount of knowledge about the dark side of the force.

Another question fans are hoping will be answered is the background of Kylo Ren, played excellently by Adam Driver in “The Force Awakens”. Despite becoming an impressive villain from his first appearance in the movie, Driver’s character had a little backstory to explain why the son of two of the franchises iconic characters had turned to the dark side and the mysterious figure of Snook.