It didn’t take long for Hollywood to react to this tragic and stunning loss. Social media flooded with tributes to this young man who had touched so many lives with his performances. Actors, producers and directors who were lucky enough to collaborate with Chadwick Boseman over the years celebrated his dedication, his craft, and his triumphant spirit. So many comments traced back to his work as King T’Challa, the benevolent ruler of Wakanda, in Marvel’s Black Panther:
Boseman first appeared as Black Panther, the leader of a fictional African nation Wakanda in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, before starring his own solo film, Marvel’s first Best Picture nominee, Black Panther. The movie directed by Ryan Coogler went on to score a record-breaking $1.3 billion at the box office and become a cultural phenomenon that transcended the studio’s superhero formula.
When last we heard about The Haunted Mansion, Guillermo del Toro was going to adapt his own vision of the ride. During San Diego Comic-Con in 2010, it was announced The Shape of Water filmmaker would be writing and producing a flick that was reportedly going to feature Ryan Gosling in a movie centering on the Hatbox Ghost. According to del Toro, he had ideas to remake the idea of the Haunted Mansion itself into a “heightened reality “ that would not be a comedy, but “scary and fun.”
He Worked As A Delivery Man Before Becoming The Riddler
In the original interpretation of the character, Edward Nashton grew up to become a delivery man, but he quickly grew tired of it, believing his expertise could be best utilized for thievery. However, even that lacked the excitement he craved, inspiring him to adopt his villainous alias and flagship outfit, changing his name last name to Nigma (as in “E. Nigma”) to reflect his puzzling personality. Thus, The Riddler was born.
Although it was previously reported that Scream 5 was aiming for a 2021 release, Paramount Pictures announced today that the movie will instead arrive on January 14, 2022, so it just narrowly misses that previous window. As for Snake-Eyes, it was last dated for October 23, 2020, but was removed from the theatrical calendar last month. Now Paramount has slotted Snake-Eyes for October 21, 2021, so the waiting game has gotten a lot longer for that action flick.
Elektra King, The World Is Not Enough
Perhaps one of the sneakiest villains in the canon of Bond, Sophie Marceau delivered a hell of a twist in 1999’s The World is Not Enough as secret baddie Elektra King. With her father killed in the film’s pre-credits cold open, Elektra was seen as grieving, fearing the threat of terrorist Renard (Robert Carlyle), who was perceived to be stalking her. But what actually happened was that Elektra, radicalized by Renard during a previous kidnapping, returned home to Sir Robert King, her father, and engineered his death; along with a huge scheme to corner the European oil market. By time she was finished, M was kidnapped and Bond was destined to die in a torture chair. If it wasn’t for his frenemy Valentin Zukovsky (Robbie Coltraine) freeing him in the nick of time, our beloved secret agent would have died once and for all at the hands of Ms. King.
Low and behold, Once Upon A Time comes out and i see it, I love it. I call my folks and ask them if they’d seen it. They saw it, loved it, and my mom says, ‘You know, that scene at the ranch [with Bruce Dern] and there’s a TV on?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I vaguely kind of remember this.’ But she said, ‘On the television is one of my mother’s films.’ So, I have yet to get in touch with him, and my mother actually wrote me up an email that I was going to forward to him. Obviously, it’s so sweet of him and I’m assuming that was done on purpose as kind of a nod… My mother was ecstatic, just over the moon.
Hidden Figures (2016)
And then there is the 2016 biographical drama Hidden Figures, which technically doesn’t deal with the main characters going and traveling through space, but its portrayal of the female mathematicians who were instrumental in helping American astronauts leave Earth’s surface in the early 1960s. Based on a true story, the Academy Award-nominated picture takes an extensive look at the ups and downs of the African American women who fought racial injustices at NASA while the space agency was fighting the Soviets in the heat of the Space Race. And plus, the performances from Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe make Hidden Figures worth it alone.
Mulan’s main cast includes Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Yoson An, Gong Li, Jet Li, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao and Nelson Lee, among others. Whale Rider’s Niki Caro directed the picture, and Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin all worked on the script. At the start of 2020, the plan was for Mulan to be released on March 27, but due to global health concerns, it bounced around the calendar for a bit before landing on its current date.
Caesar Cordova, the memorable character actor from the Al Pacino films Scarface and Carlito’s Way, died at the age of 84 of natural causes in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Wednesday, per his family’s announcement. Throughout his career, Cordova was a member of the Actor’s Studio, appeared on Broadway, produced the indie film Paco and is survived by his wife and his seven children.