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Companies Moving Forward With Black Panther Blu-ray

Black Panther has had a successful opening in the United States. It has not only been one of the largest openings in the box office, but has also had some of the best reviews. However, there is something else that is interesting. The companies in charge of the Blu-ray have already released box art for the upcoming Blu-ray. The Blu-ray is going to have a steelbook package. One of the factors that plays into the film’s success is the repeat viewings. There have been tons of people who have seen the movie over and over in the weekend. Many have enjoyed it on the premium screens and are looking forward to another premium screening.

There are also some people who are still trying to see the movie for the first time. After all, not everyone is going to be able to see the movies they want to see on opening weekend. Either way, many people are seeing Black Panther as a one of a kind experience that is hopefully going to make way for similar films in the future. While there have been quite a few black films released in the history of Hollywood, they have not depicted black people in the way that they were shown in Black Panther.

There is a chance that the Blu-ray is not going to make it to video before Avengers: Infinity War is released. However, there is a high likelihood of Black Panther playing in theaters at the time of Avengers release. Therefore, people are going to have a lot of opportunity to get their Black Panther fix before the showing of Avengers Infinity War.

One thing that can be said about the MCU is that it has been releasing a lot of good films lately. They have been thinking a lot about the characters and the stories they want to tell. This is one of the reasons that they are shining. Another good reason is that the MCU is in the hands of people that care about the comics.

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.

Fifty Shades Free is a Box Office Hit that Flops with the Critics

Fifty Shades of Free is the third installment of the Christian Grey and Ana Steele love affair. This is the long awaited film to compete the trilogy that was first released in 2015. This time around Ana Steele and her filthy (no pun intended) rich boyfriend, get married. They tie the knot and begin to discover life as a hot newlywed couple.

As you can guess from the previous Fifty Shades of Grey movies, there is lot of sex and freaky things happening throughout the film. Ana played by actress Dakota Johnson) really enjoys showing off her attractive figure. Some critics claim that she is not a delight to see on film, but I beg to differ. Many females can’t get enough of Christian (Jamie Dornan) in the films erotic scenes as well. Arguably, this is probably why most people watch these movies in the first place.

While Freed has lots of moments where people are being caught up in the kinky sex and gratuitous nudity; the movie tries to tell a story. This is where the critics slammed this film. The New York Times pointed out the film made money but was panned by the critics.

First, Anna doesn’t want to change her last name to Grey but she reluctantly changes her mind. Christian gives her the old publishing company that she used to work for. Now, she is the head honcho of this organization. Then Ana goes out with one of her former associates that Christian doesn’t like. She ends up in a world of trouble and Christian is extremely angry. He pouts and berates Ana and she tells him that he cannot possess and control her.

Then Ana gets pregnant and Christian doesn’t like it. Ana wants a family and Christian does not. By this time they’re ready for an ice cream sex scene. At this point, I won’t give away the rest of the storyline for people who have not watched the film. I will just say that old enemies arise and things take a dark turn.

Many critics said the film lacked substance, good acting and it had a lousy predictable plot. However, die hard Fifty Shades of Grey fans will like this film because Ana and Christian are a hot couple worth watching on film. The movie earned $272 million dollars and is expected to gross nearly $500 million (or more) before its box office run ends. While this movie was a critical disaster it still performed well and it helped to bring the Fifty Shades of Grey series over a billion dollars in profit. Not bad for a film that only cost $55 million to make.

The 2018 Spring and Summer Movie Releases are Going to be a Blast

This spring and summer movie seasons are going to be a great one in 2018 for audiences. There are so many great films coming out that moviegoers should be entertained well into the fall season. Here is a preview of some of the biggest titles that will be appearing throughout the spring and summer months.

In the spring of 2018, the movie season is going to kick off with big screen hits such as Avengers: Infinity Wars. This is going to be the bigger, badder and more hyped version of the Avengers hero saga. This film is scheduled for a May 4 release. Next up from Marvel Studios the next Deadpool film. The film stars Ryan Reynolds who is going to take his character to another level during this on-screen event. The next Deadpool movie will hit theaters on May 18.

The back story of Star Wars character, Han Solo, will begin its spring run on May 25. Many Fanboys should get a kick out of this film. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is the name of the June 8 release about the life of Mister Rogers. This film is expected to be a nostalgic journey that audiences will not want to miss. Many people might not expect this, but a film called Ocean’s 8 is coming out on June 8 of this year. This film is a play on the Ocean’s 11 franchise, but it stars women at helm.

The Purge movies from the past really made people wonder about society. In the 2018 film The First Purge, everyone will get to see how this one night of crime/murder spree got started in the first place. This film will be released on July 4 to coincide with the 4th of July. Ant Man and the Wasp are going to help heat up the summer on July 6. Other films such as Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, M:I 6, The Incredibles 2, Sicario 2: Soldado and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom are going to help make the spring and summer movie seasons a blast. More information about the biggest and best films of 2018 are available from Rollingstone.

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.

Obi-Wan Spinoff Movie May Film in 2019

Obi-Wan Solo Movie May Start Filming in 2019 in Northern Ireland

A Star Wars solo movie that is based exclusively on Obi-Wan Kenobi is something that many fans have been eager to see for a long time. It may actually become a reality, too.

According to rumors, the Obi-Wan anthology film may start filming in Northern Ireland as early as 2019. For Lucasfilm, this presents an opportunity, not just because they could explore what Obi-Wan was doing in the years between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, but also because it’s easy to call Ewan McGregor to see if he can reprise his role.

It was only last year that news about making the spinoff broke out, with the revelation that director Stephen Daldry is reportedly the one who will be directing the film. Filming is supposed to start in January of 2019 at Pinewood Studios UK, meaning 2020 will be the expected date of release for the movie. Lucasfilm hasn’t said much on the matter publicly but there is a lot to suspect that work on the film is already being done in secret.

For example, according to Belfast Telegraph, George Lucas was seen in town to be scouting for any possible locations to start filming the movie. Then Lucas was also given his own guided tour of Paint Hall Studios. Despite this, there is no official confirmation from anyone that the movie is going to go as planned. For one thing, Lucas himself is no longer involved in making films ever since he sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, which leads to wondering why he specifically is out scouting for locations.

In addition to this, Lucasfilm has already recently announced that there would be two new Star Wars trilogies in the making, one being directed by Rian Johnson and the other by Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. However, a bit of good news is that Ewan McGregor has made it known that he is most definitely interested in reprising his role and Obi-Wan.

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 Black Panther Movie People Have Been Waiting For

The excitement is in the air, and people believe that “Black Panther” is going to be phenomenal. The reviews have been great, and there’s no doubt that millions of people around the world are ready to take a look at the latest Marvel superhero.

One good thing that has made the movie stand out is the large amount of praise that it has already received from many publications. The New York Times has given it good reviews. Rolling Stone and Variety magazine have also praised this film. It is the movie that has received stellar reviews even though it has not even been released to the public yet. This is what is making people get even more excited about this film. It appears to be one of the biggest films 2018, and it has a black cast.

This factor alone seems quite groundbreaking for the movie industry. The fact that there is a superhero that is black is going to be something that small kids are talking about. It is bound to have a ripple effect that will last throughout the rest of 2018. There are already kids that are planning a Halloween costume that involves the Black Panther. There is a celebration during Black History Month where this could become one of the biggest grossing African-American films of all times. There is so much to anticipate about a film such as this.

It brings forth a great amount of speculation about the role of African Americans in starring roles. This is the evolution of big screen cinema. There have been African Americans in many roles, but it is very rare to have a movie of this magnitude at this time that gives black people an entirely new way to look at the Marvel comics empire.

There’s definitely a good amount of anticipation about this film because Chadwick Boseman has proven himself to be a great actor. He has taken on rolls like James Brown in a bio pic, but he shows just how much is able to transition from one character to another with “Black Panther.” There is a completely different energy for playing an entertainer like James Brown to playing a superhero, but Chad Boseman has managed to pull this off quite well.

Black Panther Is Breaking All The Records Before It Hits Theaters

Becoming one of the most anticipated movies of the year has to be a ton of stress for the actors, director, studio, just about anyone who’s had input during the creative process. You want the public to love the film that you just poured your heart into as much as you do. I have a feeling that with the very imminent release date of the movie in question, loving the content won’t be a problem.

The movie “Black Panther” has been breaking records already. Set for an opening day of February 16th, the movie has broken records as the most tweeted about movie so far in 2018. And I can see why. Judging from the film clips it looks action packed, it has strong female leads (yes I said leads!), the storyline has a solid base with a villain whose sense of self worth and pain you actively feel, but most important, this film is a first for Marvel, a film set in a culture different than the norm for Marvel.

The world of Wakanda has been talked about through several Marvel movies, but never seen. Now, it’s brought to life with a lushness, and grandness that has the viewer wanting more. I love what this film instills in all it’s viewers, love of self, pride in culture, family, and home, and a strong sense of identity. Kids, I know, always flock to Marvel movies because a part of them identify with a strong trait in their favorite superhero. Now the cultural impact of Black Panther has been felt deeply across the nation. Tweets about this movie are flooding the Twitter-sphere with hash tags such as #BlackPantherChallenge, which is a movement raising money for children of color to see Black Panther in theaters, and #WhatBlackPantherMeansToMe, this hash tag offers Black audiences the chance to say their feelings on the subject. To read more about Black Panther and be a part of the tweeting storm surrounding the release, please click here.

Clint Eastwood Directs Non-Actors, Real Heroes in Latest Film

Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood can now add major risk-taking to his list of accomplishments. After for the most part winding down his acting career, the “Dirty Harry” star has become a notable and successful director. In “The 15:17 to Paris,” he takes a directorial gamble in casting several non-actors to play themselves in major roles.

During the summer of 2015, a heavily armed man motivated by ISIS attempted to commit a major act of violence aboard a train heading from Amsterdam to Paris. He was thwarted by three young American men named Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, and Spencer Stone.

It is a remarkable story, and it is unsurprisingly well told by the very capable Eastwood. He has a history of making successful and entertaining films depicting real-life acts of courage.

Perhaps inspired by Italian neorealism, Eastwood enlisted Skarlatos, Sadler, and Stone to play themselves in this movie that otherwise seems just like any other Hollywood release. With Eastwood at the helm, many might predict that this gamble would pay off.

But, according to numerous prominent film critics, they would be wrong.

Writing for the New York Times, A.O. Scott praises aspects of the film, but correctly notes that it lacks any intimacy among its main characters. This is perhaps due the fact that the movie’s director could not rely on his leads to provide emotional depth given that they are not professional actors.

At The Ringer, K. Austin Collins finds the film to be fascinating due to the extent to which it does not work. He believes that Eastwood made a mistake in going too far with hero worship. Praising these men by deservedly depicting them as heroes is one thing, but it is possible that Eastwood was arrogant in thinking that they could also serve successfully as actors.

Over at Rotten Tomatoes, “The 15:17 to Paris” currently has a 21% score among critics, and a 47% score among audiences.

Regardless of the reviews, “The 15:17 to Paris” is a story that deserves to be told, and Eastwood has earned the right to boldly experiment with his craft. While the men who star in the film will never become movie stars, not that they would want to, it is worth watching them this one time.