Marvel’s Black Panther has hit yet another box office milestone. It’s now taken the #1 spot at the domestic box office for five weeks in a row, a feat that hasn’t been achieved since James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009. And before Avatar, the last film with a five-week streak was The Sixth Sense in 1999. So this is a seriously rare achievement in the movie business.
It’s worth noting that Black Panther is not #1 at the international box office. That honor goes to Tomb Raider, which opened this week. But its continued dominance in the U.S. market still shows us what a box office behemoth this movie has been. (via USA Today)
Doctor Mae Jemison, who was the first African-American woman in space, recently spoke to HuffPost about the importance of introducing kids to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education early in life—and how doubly important it is for that to mean all kids, of all backgrounds. She spoke to HuffPost as part of her collaboration with Science Matters, an initiative from the National 4-H Council and Bayer that’s meant to encourage kids all over the country, from both rural and urban areas, to pursue the agricultural sciences.
“Science Matters will extend the reach of our hands-on STEM programming,” said Artis Stevens, the chief marketing officer for the National 4-H Council, “which is proven to grow 4-H’ers who are two times more likely than others to enter STEM careers.”
As part of her talk with HuffPost, Jemison celebrated the ways that urban gardens can be used to inspire enthusiasm, curiosity, and excitement in young learners. “There’s nothing more exciting to see something growing ― and you can eat it!” she said. “That’s something parents can do with their kids as well.” However, as much as she lauded this outreach, she also called for systemic changes that would make it easier for talented young scientists all of backgrounds and identities to enjoy fulfilling STEM careers.
With nearly 40 characters to keep track of, Avengers: Infinity War is inevitably going to shortchange some of your favorites, or focus more on characters you’re less interested in. As a result, I was definitely expecting some adverse fan reaction to some of the movie’s priorities. What I was not expecting were the apparently legion Hawkeye stans out there. You do you, internet.
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye has been notably absent from both the Infinity War trailers and the Infinity War posters, and the Russos have said that “Hawkeye’s on his own journey in this movie” after the fallout from Civil War. So, based on initial impressions, it does seem like he’ll be out of the main action. But that didn’t stop fans from adding him to their Infinity War posters.
First off, Twitter user BossLogic has created an all-Hawkeye Infinity War poster.
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 17, 2018
Then, PopCorn_Media reimagined the poster as just one big bro hug.
— Popcornography (@PopCorn_Media) March 17, 2018
Even the Spanish-language version of The Daily Bugle is apparently looking for Hawkeye.
Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo recently spoke with Black Girls Nerds’ Jaime Broadnax over at Fandango, and he revealed which of the movie’s characters will have the most screen time and who will be “telling the narrative.” The three characters who came up? Thanos, Thor, and Gamora.
Personally, I was surprised about those last two, because I’d sort of assumed that Thor and the Guardians would have the B-plot off in space, while the characters on Earth would take center-stage. Now, they may still be off in B-plot land, and it may just be that Joe Russo found their particular arcs the most compelling, but this was an intriguing interview either way.
When Broadnax asked Russo which characters were “invested with more screen time” in the movie, he rather unsurprisingly answered with Thanos. “I’ll start out by saying Thanos, even though he’s not a character that had a huge preexisting story in the Marvel universe,” Russo said. “He was a threat, but he was not developed in any way up to this point. Thanos has an incredible amount of screen time in this film; in a lot of ways I would say it’s his movie. Our job when we make these films — and what we feel is important to us — is to...
Kate McKinnon was back as U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos last night on Saturday Night Live (SNL)‘s “Weekend Update.” In the segment, DeVos is appearing on Update to explain her disastrous and embarrassing performance on 60 Minutes, in which she said things like, “I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming” or “all of this issue comes down to individual kids” while repeatedly demonstrating her ignorance about school performance in her home state of Michigan.
“So, Betsy,” co-host Colin Jost asks, “what happened in that interview?”
“Well, I – I think the problem is that the words that were coming out of my mouth were bad,” McKinnon’s DeVos says. “And that is because they came from my brain.”
Jost then offers to give her “another chance” to redeem herself, and he asks her some basic questions: “What are your thoughts about public schools versus charter schools?”
“I don’t like to think of things in terms of ‘school.’ It should be up the states.”
“You might now be the most-protested member of Trump’s Cabinet. Why do you think that is?”
“Y’know, I think it’s because I do not do a good job—and I can’t, because I don’t know how.”
“Recently, people have also been criticizing your position on guns in schools.”
“Again, I think the states should choose how they protect their schools … Good schools, good choice. So whatever they choose, we are working hard to ensure that all schools are safe learning environments for guns.”
The best/worst part of this sketch...
Three of the Dora Milaje — Okoye, Ayo and Aneka — will be heading up their own Marvel Comics miniseries from sci-fi superstar Nnedi Okorafor. In Wakanda Forever: Spider-Man, Wakanda Forever: X-Men, and Wakanda Forever: Avengers, the Dora Milaje will team up with some new allies as they investigate a threat to Wakandan national security in New York City.
Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque will draw the interior art for Wakanda Forever: Spider-Man, but the artists for Wakanda Forever: X-Men and Wakanda Forever: Avengers haven’t been announced yet. Rachel and Terry Dodson will draw all three covers.
“Powerful, disciplined African women with futuristic spears who faced their shortcomings and changed a nation? Oh heck yeah, I’m so there,” Okorafor said on the Marvel blog. While she describes the story as primarily “an adventure narrative,” she said that politics will also make their way into the story as the Dora Milaje get their chance to shine.
“Typically when you see them, they’re with T’Challa, representing and protecting him,” she said in an interview with Vogue. “Now you’re going to see the Dora Miljae for the first time as an independent entity; they’re not under the shadow of the throne.”
Tomb Raider and Into the Badlands star Daniel Wu recently spoke to The Los Angeles Times about his unique film career. Wu was born and raised in California, but he didn’t start his film career until he moved to Hong Kong. He’s since become a massive star in the Asian market, described in the article as “the Brad Pitt of China” and an “A-lister who gets swarmed by paparazzi whenever he leaves the house.”
And yet, for many years, Hollywood wasn’t interested in an actor with such a phenomenal track record. After he became so successful overseas, Wu returned home to see if he could find roles in the United States. “I came out to Hollywood to see if there was any interest—and there wasn’t, so I just gave up,” Wu said. “I went back. I would take meetings and nothing would come of it. Quite frankly speaking, nothing came of it until recently, in the last few years, when there’s been such a focus on the Chinese box office.”
“It sucks that it was money that motivated that move,” he continued, “but at the same time it’s a good opportunity for everybody. You started to see more Chinese actors appear in Hollywood movies. I could see that that was about to happen, and then it happened … It was this slow progression...
Though director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi commentary has revealed some interesting tidbits and infuriating deleted scenes, everything else immediately dropped on my priority list when I discovered that Kelly Marie Tran gave her The Last Jedi commentary to The Oh My Disney Show. Tran sat down with them to watch the film and discuss her experience playing Rose Tico. As part of the movie watch, Tran discusses her opinions on porgs, #Reylo, and the experience of filming with co-stars John Boyega, Veronica Ngo, and Oscar Isaac.
On working with Veronica Ngo, who plays Rose’s sister Paige:
“We actually spent a lot of time together, because she was in London for about three months, so we became close really quickly. First of all, because she’s an amazing human and very talented actress. But also because we have a shared history within our families; we’re both Vietnamese, and we just connected immediately. And we still text all the time. She’s just an amazing person.”
On the porgs:
“Well, I’m neutral … [laughs] No, I’m so pro-porg. I’ve loved them from the beginning. I remember seeing them at their inception; I feathered them in the creatures department. Look at that face! Look. At. This. Face.”
On working with John Boyega:
“Oh, I love him so much! I can’t think of anyone better to have had as a partner throughout this experience – especially because he had just gone through what I had gone through for this movie, but...
Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Nimura’s award-winning graphic novel, I Kill Giants, has been adapted into a movie from RLJE Films. Directed by Anders Walter, and starring Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Madison Wolfe, and Sydney Wade, I Kill Giants will be available on March 23, 2018. In advance of the movie’s release, TMS got to speak with Kelly about the process of adapting the graphic novel for film.
In a relatively unique arrangement for writers of source material, Kelly was also the only writer on the film adaptation. “So many times, you hear about creators whose material is adapted and then they get quietly, or not so quietly, kicked to the side,” he said, “and I had the complete opposite experience with everybody with I Kill Giants. They knew how precious it was to me; they knew I had already developed a screenplay before it was ever officially picked up. I mean, one of the stranger days of my life was to say to [Harry Potter producer] Chris Columbus, ‘Just so you know, I will be the only person who ever writes on this thing. And if that’s a problem, we gotta know now.’ And he said okay! So through all twelve, thirteen drafts that we did, it was just me, and I was very lucky and very fortunate to be that person.”
What made you want to turn I Kill Giants into a film?
“When I first wrote it as a comic, I immediately wrote it as a screenplay right...
John Boyega recently sat down with SYFY Wire to promote his upcoming film, Pacific Rim Uprising. As part of the interview, he was asked, “What would be scariest blown up to kaiju size: an Ewok, ET, a hamster, Gizmo from Gremlins, or a porg?” Boyega quickly answered, “Porg.” This wasn’t a huge surprise. He has previously described how the porg puppets made him feel “itchy” and weirded out on set. “I just naturally don’t like them,” he said back in December. “I don’t … There was, like, little Porgs all bunched together [on the Millennium Falcon], and then there were big ones. I got itchy … They had the puppets blinking and all that kind of stuff. I’m not into it.”
However, this time around he also had an entire, specific nightmare scenario to expound upon. “They eat everything. We’d literally look like little pieces of moving veggie. It’d be a bloodbath. But I’m sensing a Star Wars spin-off for you: The Porg Rises.” I honestly cannot do justice to Boyega’s porg impersonation, so you really do need to watch the interview. (via SYFY Wire)
If you’re going to watch an Irish selkie movie today you have...
We all knew Princess Shuri was a genius inventor, but it turns out she’s also a hell of an entrepreneur. Over on Twitter, actress Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri in Black Panther, has been making her sales pitch for Wakandan technology to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and it’s making me grin. As a former Girl Scout who learned her salesmanship from the most ruthless marketing machine in the Western world, I had to shout out this glorious Twitter exchange. Always be closing.
Wright started out the sales pitch right, complimenting her potential customer’s taste. She tweeted at Holland to compliment him on his new suit from the Infinity War trailer. Holland responded by saying it was “so much comfier” than his previous suit, and as soon as he made that complaint, Wright saw her opening. She then offered to “share some development ideas. Tell your people to call my people.”
I mean, Shuri has already given Bucky a brand-new arm and Captain America a slick new shield. Why not a Vibranium suit for Spider-Man?
bruh, your new suit in that trailer 👀@TomHolland1996
— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) March 16, 2018
So much comfier than the last one 😂 https://t.co/ECiCPyNgVF
— Tom Holland (@TomHolland1996) March 17, 2018
I can share some development ideas. Tell your people to call my...
Evan Rachel Wood has recently taken the fight against abusers to Congress, where she testified in favor of an expanded Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights, sharing her own history of abuse and assault. Which makes her most recent film project all the more incongruous…or perhaps not. Wood stars in a new film out today called Allure.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Laura (Evan Rachel Wood) works as a house cleaner for her father’s company but her personal life is not so pristine. Rough around the edges, looking for love in all the wrong places, her heartbreaking behavior points to hardships of the past. One day on the job, in yet another house, Laura meets Eva (Julia Sarah Stone), a quiet teenager unhappy with her disciplined life. In Eva, Laura rediscovers an innocent tenderness. In Laura, Eva finds a thrilling rebel who can bring her into unknown territories. The mutual attraction soon morphs into obsession as Laura convinces Eva to run away and secretly come live with her, perilously raising the stakes for the young, impressionable girl as Laura’s emotional instability becomes increasingly clear. As their world closes in, they must unearth certain truths to find a way out.
The synopsis is actually a bit misleading, especially where it calls their attraction “mutual.”...
Hmm, I don’t know, Martin, maybe the fans just expected the show not to suck?
Actor Martin Freeman, who’s coming off of playing Agent Ross in Black Panther, cast doubt on whether we’d see a fifth season of the BBC’s once wildly popular Sherlock. It’s understandable that Freeman (John Watson), and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes), both of whom are busy with movies and are now part of the demanding MCU, may not have the time to make the show that launched them into the superstardom stratosphere. I’m sure their asking prices have gone a little bit beyond the BBC’s budget as well.
Like many aging TV shows, Sherlock hit a rough patch, with a nigh-on incoherent and poorly received fourth season. It’s fine to want to put these things to bed and bow out gracefully.
But Freeman seems to have particularly soured on the show’s reception by its incredibly dedicated fanbase, telling The Guardian:
“Um… I think after series four [it] felt like a pause. I think we felt we’d done it for a bit now. And part of it, speaking for myself is [due to] the reception of it.”
Martin, the article explained, was referring to 2017’s fourth season which seemed to struggle to continue building on fans’ expectations of previous outings.
“To be absolutely honest, it [was] kind of impossible,” he explained. “Sherlock became the animal that it became immediately. Whereas...
UPDATED 3/16 8:20 PM: Leslie Gibson has dropped out of the race for state legislature, saying that after talking it over with friends and colleagues, this seems to be “the best thing for everybody.” We agree! Good riddance, and GFY, Les.
Since the election of Donald Trump, women have started running for office in record-breaking numbers. Specifically, democratic, pro-choice women are entering the political sphere, because if the Republican Party can scrape the bottom of the barrel to elect a reality TV star with zero experience and allow him to strip women, immigrants, POC, and LGBTQIA people of their rights, then sure, we’re going to fight back.
The latest man inspiring women to step over the bar he’s attempting to set for humanity is Leslie Gibson, a Republican from Maine who is running for the State House of Representatives. This human trash fire felt it was appropriate–necessary, even–to call Parkland shooting survivor and tireless activist Emma Gonzalez a “skinhead lesbian.” (His full comment was that “There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re frothing at the mouth moonbat.”)
He called another student a “bald-faced liar.” He made these comments on his Twitter account, which he has since deleted. In another tweet, he said Gonzalez couldn’t be considered a survivor because she “was in a...
New York’s Louise Slaughter passed away this morning after being hospitalized due to a fall last week in which she suffered a concussion. The 88-year-old Democrat was serving her 16th consecutive term in the House of Representatives.
Slaughter was a trailblazing, ceiling-breaking politician. She was the first female chairperson and, at the time of her death, the ranking member of House Committee on Rules. She fought against the bigoted Defense of Marriage Act and was one of only 67 members of Congress to vote against DOMA in 1996. She held a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and a Master’s in Public Health. According to her House biography, she was the only microbiologist in Congress. She authored the Genetic Information and Non-Discrimination Act, which was described by Ted Kennedy as the “first civil rights legislation of the 21st Century.” She also secured the first $500 million in federal funding for breast cancer research at the National Institute of Health.
Slaughter famously co-authored the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which not only changed our national conversation around issues of domestic violence, but saw a 67% drop in DV after its passage. She later fought to expand the law’s protection of Native Americans, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ people. On the 20th anniversary of the law’s passing, she said, “Almost two million...
Comedians. For all their complaining about youths and safe space, freedom of speech and the need for us to stop being so sensitive, they allow their own fragility to rise to the surface and deliver such acts of man-baby excellence, it is almost scary to think they see themselves as the “mature ones.”
The Daily Beast author Samantha Allen wrote an article calling out comedians for their transphobic Caitlyn Jenner jokes, especially Ricky Gervais since he purposefully misgenders Jenner in his comedy special. Allen calls out multiple comedians: Dave Chapelle, Bill Burr, Tiffany Haddish, Anthony Jeselnik and SNL’s Michael Che.
In true form, Michael Che decided to take to Instagram stories to call for his followers to harass Allen and explained to all of us how we nerdy fuckfaces of the internet don’t understand comedy and what it means to make people laugh. Um…okay?
love too solicit targeted harassment! pic.twitter.com/6AYCzL2sHc
— Seth Simons (@sasimons) March 16, 2018
Che also shared the email he sent to Allen:via Twitter
As a college educated black woman who used her education to better herself, while living in one of the most dangerous parts of Brooklyn, as the child of not one, but two immigrants, all while not having to participate...
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One of the things about joining a fandom late is having a different experience with the show. Watching something live as it airs is different from being able to binge it episode to episode, and coming into Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, I was prepared to feel three things based on others’ impressions: for Dawn to be annoying, Spuffy to be hot, and Willow and Tara to be OTP. I didn’t agree with any of that.*
While the first two are strictly a matter of taste, my issue with Willow and Tara was their legacy as the benchmark queer relationship in genre television that all female queer couples are matched up against. Tara being shot by accident, right after her reconciliation with Willow, was a “bury your gays” moment that has rightfully lived in infamy ever since. Especially because of the repercussions of the death for Willow as a character, and all of the trolling that was done to “shock” us.
Even taking into account all of the importance of Willow and Tara as representation for a lot of queer women who realized they loved women, it was difficult watching these two women fall in love, because Willow and Tara are toxic. Mostly because Willow is a horrible person.
I’m sorry if Willow is your fave, but throughout the run of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, for me at least, Willow was a hater of epic proportions. She was a cheater, a...
It’s not a huge surprise that the new Tomb Raider movie isn’t getting stellar reviews. Of all the genres Hollywood keeps mining, the video game adaptation seems to be the one they just can’t get right. They keep making movies based on video games, and people keep hating them. Of course, they tend to bring in a ton of money, so it makes sense that studios continue to churn them out. (Assassin’s Creed, for example, was nearly unwatchable and still brought in more than $240 million worldwide.) I just don’t know why we keep hoping they’ll be worth watching.
With the bar set that low, I walked into Tomb Raider not expecting much. So I was happily surprised by what I got. Now, I didn’t love this movie, but as far as half-mindless, kinda-fun, basically B-movie action flicks go, this one is more than serviceable. If you end up watching it on a plane, you probably won’t regret your choices. It is a fine movie, which puts it bounds ahead of much of its genre.
The one level on which the movie really did work was as an adaptation of its source material. That’s to be expected, I suppose, since Square Enix, the company behind the 2013 game on which the movie is based, also served as producers on the film. It would be easy for a collaboration between...
Marvel seems to be purposefully teasing and misdirecting us on who has Loki’s allegiance during the events of Infinity War.
Call me a Loki apologist—it should be on my business card—but after the character development we saw from him in The Dark World and Ragnarok, it’s hard for me to believe that Thor’s trickster brother is suddenly going to side with Thanos. Especially since Thanos is presumably furious at him for messing up in The Avengers and promised Loki a world of pain.
By Ragnarok‘s conclusion, Loki returned to Asgard of his own volition to help save its people, fought on his brother’s Team Revengers, then put Asgard’s destruction into motion at Thor’s behest to bring down Hela. Thor and Loki had a touching reunion and seemed to be on good terms at the movie’s end, and things were looking up until the mid-credits scene that saw Thanos’ massive ship bearing down on them.
I’ve written before about why I think Loki won’t betray Thor, as well as the misinformation that spread about Marvel Studios co-president Kevin Feige saying that Loki was an ally of Thanos this time around (spoiler alert: Feige didn’t say that). But what’s most intriguing about the new trailer Loki-wise is that it further muddies the waters and deepens the mystery where he’s concerned.
Prior to today, we’d only...