T'Challa was the monarch of the African nation of Wakanda. As the Wakandan monarch, he was also the former holder of the Black Panther mantle. After his father was killed in a bombing attack orchestrated by Helmut Zemo, the new monarch set out to kill the Winter Soldier, whom was widely believed to be responsible for the attack. After being drawn into the Avengers Civil War and siding with Iron Man, T'Challa learned the truth about Zemo's deception and decided to help the Winter Soldier by granting him asylum in Wakanda and also help him get a cure for his mental programming.
After his coronation, T'Challa began hunting down Ulysses Klaue, only to be confronted by his cousin Erik Killmonger, who sought the throne for himself. After a lengthy campaign, T'Challa defeated Killmonger and decided to introduce Wakandan technology to the United Nations.
When you get a definition of a hero like that in the beginning you know it's time for another Diamond Select Toys review. This one covers the new Black Panther PVC Diorama based on the new film
As you can see The Black Panther stands with his claws extended on a mountain base with water in the middle. It symbolizes the ground where he would battle those who challenged him on Wakanda. Much like Killmonger this statue is highly detailed. But in what can only be described as brilliant sculpting Black Panther is designed more smooth where as the Killmonger is more "rough" showing the difference between the good an the bad.
Let's start with the head. This particular version is not wearing the mask. It's got a great cut off around the neck line showing where it would end. The face is of course designed to look like Chadwick Aaron Boseman, the actor who plays him in the films. It's a great likeness to say the least. Every strand of hair is sculpted and shaded to look as real as possible. The beard is shaded perfectly as are the eyebrows. The eyes look great as well. My only issue is the painting seems rushed. It looks movie authentic but the shading isn't done in the authentic way some of the other statues are. This one has almost a comic book feel. I love the comic look but this one is movie based. Very well done, but I feel it could be better
Moving on to the torso you can see the Wakanda necklace design in sculpted on to, once again look just as it did in the film. The chest and stomach (sorry for my hand in the way) are perfectly done to reflect the anatomy of the hero. Showing each muscle underneath the costume. The costume itself has etchings and designs to show off the detail, as you can clearly see the elements where the vibraniam is infused through out
This side shot captured how graceful yet deadly the Black Panther is. From the "V" shaped position of the torso to the quads, which are also molded to amazing life-like detail, you see the hands outstretched, claws ready to strike out at the enemy. The way the body is formed and placed on the base gives it that full 3D effect that I think Diamond Select Toys has set the standard for. Trust me when I say this pic does not do it justice when it comes to looking at this in person. It feels like it's going to pounce at any moment.
One thing I really want to point out are the Panthers claws. You can see they are crafted into very fine points. Now when you touch them you can actually feel the tip on them. Nothing overly sharp but to me that's a fine point of detail. Most hands on statues are rounded off and simply painted. Diamond Select always goes above and beyond and this one is no exception. Perfectly pointed, shaped and painted the hands on this design helps set it apart.
Looking at the back you can clearly see the attention to not only the muscles but yo the etchings on the costume itself. Line after line is etched into the design to give it the full life like look. Forming a perfect V shape on top the Panther looks perfect in terms of not only flexing his muscles, but having the 3D look all around. Also notice how one foot is planted but the other is slightly raised and just planted down on the toes. The arch in the leg only highlights the pose it's set it.
I really like this base, and how the design has the waterfall in the center. Now one thing, and it may be hard to explain but look at the color of the water. It's not a bright blue like you would expect it to be. It's a unique color of almost a blue with green. The water is sculpted, shaded, and painted to give it a realistic look. You can see the highlights of white mixed into it to give it the splash and crashing wave look. Now at first I was like "this looks strange, it's too green" but then I saw how lights hit it. When the sunlight hit it, it looked about as real as you could get. My son has this next to Killmonger which happens to sit by his fish tank. When I happened to change the back light of the talk to a different color I could see all the elements of the water design which only adds to the realism of the rock base itself.
Once again we have another winner on our hands here. This is an amazing piece to add to your Marvel collection I can't recommend picking this one up enough. There are other Black Panther Statues out there, some which cost a lot more, but out of the ones I have, and have seen this is definitely the nicest one to get. Perfect for a Collector and perfect for kids who loved the movie.
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!
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Disney's Avengers: Endgame dipped a little more than expected for the three-day, but it was still able to capture the weekend's top spot, holding off a record start for a video game adaptation from WB's Pokemon: Detective Pikachu. Meanwhile, UA Releasing's The Hustle lived up to expectations, but STX and eOne's Poms and Disney's release of the Fox Searchlight drama Tolkien both struggled in their debuts over this Mother's Day weekend.
With an estimated $63 million, Avengers: Endgame topped the weekend box office for the third straight weekend in a row for a domestic cume that now stands at $723.5 million. Endgame is only the third film ever to top $700 million domestically as it topped Black Panther to become the third highest grossing domestic release of all-time.
Internationally, Endgame added another $102.3 million for an international cume that now stands at $1.76 billion and a global tally reaching $2.485 billion. The film remains the second highest grossing international and worldwide release ever, trailing Avatarboth categories, though by just $302 million worldwide and $265 million internationally in what could end up a very tight race.
Finishing in second is WB's Detective Pikachu with an estimated $58 million. The adaptation of the 2016 video game of the same name, which itself was based on the popular Pokemon franchise, delivered what is now the largest opening weekend for a video game adaptation ever, topping 2001's Lara Croft Tomb Raider($47.7m). Not only that, opening weekend audiences liked the film to the tune of an "A-" CinemaScore, which is only the sixth time a video game adaptation has scored anything higher than a "B". In fact, three of the previous "A-" CinemaScores went to WB's three previous Pokemon films and the other two "A-" scores went to Mortal Kombat and Rampage.
Looking ahead, should Detective Pikachu follow in the footsteps of previous video game adaptations, we're probably looking at a domestic run anywhere from $145-165 million. Outside that range on the high end, films such as Hitman, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and Prince of Persia delivered 3x multiples, which would mean a domestic run closer to $175 million, but a performance closer to the likes of Rampage and The Angry Birds Movie seems a little more reasonable at this point, which would suggest a domestic run topping $160 million. However you look at it, we're talking about a film that will soon become the highest grossing video game adaptation of all-time domestically as it has already entered the top ten after just three days in release.
Internationally, Detective Pikachu delivered an estimated $103 million this weekend for a running overseas cume that now totals $112.4 million after opening in Japan last weekend where it has brought in nearly $13 million so far. The film's international performance is led by this weekend's opening in China where it has already brought in nearly $41 million. Additional openings include UK ($6.6m), Germany ($5.0m), Mexico ($4.97m), France ($4.8m), Australia ($3.5m), Korea ($3.2m), Italy ($2.8m), Spain ($2.2m), Indonesia ($2.14m) and Taiwan ($2.06m). The next major market release is Russia where the film will open on May 16.
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Production is underway on the story of wrestling tag team brothers, now in their twilight years, who are relegated to smaller promotions and agree to a midnight cage match on Halloween.
What they don’t know is the contest involves being trapped in the arena with wrestlers and fans infected with a mutated form of rabies. Armed only with their wrestling skills and enchanted lucha libre masks, they must fight for their lives and ensure the virus is contained to prevent an all-out zombie massacre. Couture stars alongside DB Sweeney, Adrian Pasdar and David Meadows.
Sounds great to me. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
A beautifully restored version of The Harder They Come, starring reggae icon Jimmy Cliff, will be released August 20th in a 3-disc Collector’s Edition set by Shout Select, under license from the film's longtime distributor, Xenon Pictures. The release marks the film’s debut on Blu-ray™ in the U.S., and featuring a new transfer from the original 16mm negative, the film has never been seen by the public in this way.
Also included is the first-ever home entertainment release of Perry Henzell’slong lost follow up feature, No Place Like Home, which had gone unfinished and was thought to have been lost, as well as Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey, a new documentary about its genesis and restoration. The Harder They Come [Collector’s Edition] will also include a full slate of new bonus features, shot in Jamaica, to be announced at a later date.
Jimmy Cliff stars as Ivan Martin in 1972’s The Harder They Come, the first feature film to come out of Jamaica. An aspiring singer who leaves his rural village for the big city of Kingston, Ivan is hoping to make a name for himself. Robbed of his money and possessions on his first day in town, he finds work with a self-righteous preacher and an unscrupulous music mogul who exploits young hopefuls. In desperation, the simple country boy turns outlaw, at war with both the police and his rivals in the ganja trade. Ivan’s dream of stardom soon becomes a reality as he rises to the top of both the pop charts … and the most-wanted lists. Directed and produced by Jamaican Perry Henzell, and written by Henzell and Trevor D. Rhone, The Harder They Come also stars Janet Bartley, Carl Bradshaw, and Toots and The Maytals.
The Harder They Come [Collector’s Edition]also includes the first release of the rarely seen but much discussed film No Place Like Home, also directed by Henzell in the 1970’s. The film follows Susan, a producer from New York, visiting Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial. When the commercial’s actress disappears, Susan finds herself venturing further into the island, and drifting further from her real life. Starring Susan O’Meara, Countryman, Carl Bradshaw, and PJ Soles, in her debut film role, the 1973 film went unfinished, and was thought lost for 30 years. No Place Like Home also heralded the first time Jamaican singer Grace Jones was put on film. Henzell was able to lay out his thoughts for finishing the film prior to his death in 2006 and the film was shown as a work in progress at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Accompanying the Blu-ray™ release is Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey, a new documentary about the creation, restoration, and history of that film.
The Harder They Come and its soundtrack, a quintessential album for music fans, have been credited for bringing reggae to the United States when they dropped in 1973, along with The Wailers Catch A Fire, released in the States that same year. 46 years later its impact on the world can still be felt, and the film, and its follow up, can finally be viewed as they were meant to be.
LAUNCHES ON DIGITAL MAY 28 AND LANDS IN BLU-RAY™ COLLECTIONS JUNE 11
Extensive extras explore the universe’s most powerful hero and future Avenger, Nick Fury’s influence on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fan-favorite Goose the Cat, deleted scenes, gag reel, commentary and much more!
NEW YORK CITY (May 9, 2019) — At yesterday’s espnW Summit NYC, Marvel Studios hosted a “Captain Marvel” panel and revealed an all-new trailer and in-home release dates for its first female-led franchise film, centered on Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel. The spectacular, 1990s-era Super Hero adventure, which electrified and inspired audiences worldwide and surpassed $1 billion in ticket sales, is available on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere May 28, and lands on Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ June 11.
Arriving home with extensive line-up of extras detailing the development of this highly anticipated addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “Captain Marvel” includes Featurettes that highlight the transformative journey of Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and her character’s impact on audiences around the globe; the influence of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) on significant events within the MCU; the perfect pairing of directors Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck; the ongoing conflict between the Skrulls and the Kree; and the raw talent behind the fetching feline named Goose. Viewers also gain access to six deleted scenes, director commentary, a gag reel loaded with funnies, flubs and Flerkens, and never-before-seen concept art and production photography.
“Captain Marvel” comes packaged in various formats to best fit today’s varying consumer desires. Viewers can bring home the film two weeks early on Digital 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD and gain access to two exclusive features, including a behind-the-scenes visit with the Visual Effects team that makes the filmmakers’ visions of the MCU come to life and an inside look at the epic team effort that goes into an action-packed sequence within a Marvel Studios film. A physical copy of “Captain Marvel” is available as either a 4K Cinematic Universe Edition (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital Copy) or a Multi-Screen Edition (Blu-ray+Digital Copy), granting fans the flexibility to watch on devices of their choice.
BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):
Blu-ray & Digital:
· Alternate Movie Versions
o Journey into Visual Effects with Victoria Alonso – Experience how filmmakers' visions of the MCU come to life on-screen through the skill of the Visual Effects team.
· What Makes a Memory: Inside the “Mind Frack” – What does it take to craft an action-packed sequence for a Marvel Studios film? Nothing short of an epic team effort!
· Concept Art – Explore artwork from “Captain Marvel” and trace the visual development of characters.
· On-Set Images – Uncover a trove of behind-the-scenes and production photography.
Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that introduces the MCU’s first stand-alone, female-franchise title character—Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. When we first meet Danvers, she already possesses her superhero powers, having left her earthly life behind and become a member of an intergalactic elite Kree military team called Starforce, led by their enigmatic commander, Yon-Rogg. But after Danvers has trained and worked with the Starforce team, and become a valued member, she finds herself back on Earth with new questions about her past. While on Earth she quickly lands on the radar of Nick Fury, and they must work together against a formidable enemy in the form of the Skrulls—the notorious Marvel bad guys made even more dangerous by their shape-shifting abilities—and their leader, Talos, who is spearheading a Skrull invasion of Earth.
Based on the beloved Marvel comic-book series, first published in 1967, “Captain Marvel” stars Academy Award® winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Kong: Skull Island”) as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, Samuel L. Jackson (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hateful Eight”) as Nick Fury, Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One: AStar Wars Story,” “Mississippi Grind”) as Talos, with Annette Bening (“American Beauty,” “20th Century Women”) as Supreme Intelligence, with Clark Gregg (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) as Agent Coulson and Jude Law (“Sherlock Holmes,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as Yon-Rogg.
The film also includes a talented supporting cast that features Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Korath, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Ronan, Lashana Lynch (“Bulletproof,” “Brotherhood”) as Maria Rambeau, Gemma Chan (“Crazy Rich Asians,” “Humans”) as Minn-Erva, Rune Temte (“Eddie the Eagle,” “The Last Kingdom”) as Bron-Char, Algenis Perez Soto (“Sugar,” “Isolated Victim”) as Att-Lass, Mckenna Grace (“Gifted,” “I, Tonya”) as Young Carol Danvers and Akira Akbar (“Grey’s Anatomy”) as Monica Rambeau.
Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” is produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck (“Half Nelson,” “Sugar,” “Mississippi Grind”). Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Patricia Whitcher and Stan Lee are the executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet, and the screenplay is by Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck & Geneva Robertson-Dworet.
Directors Boden and Fleck’s creative team also includes director of photography Ben Davis (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange”), production designer Andy Nicholson (“Gravity,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”), costume designer Sanja Hays (“The Fate of the Furious,” “Star Trek Beyond”), editors Elliot Graham (“Steve Jobs,” “Molly’s Game”) and Debbie Berman (Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), visual effects supervisor Christopher Townsend (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”), special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Black Panther”) and composer Pinar Toprak (“The Angel,” “The Challenger”).
Rocket Science announced today they have acquired the rights to Cliffhanger, which they will produce alongside Neal Moritz’s Original Film (the billion-dollar The Fast and the Furious franchise). The female-led reboot of the 1993 classic will be directed by Amirpour, based on a script by Sascha Penn(Creed II). Casting is currently underway for a female lead to headline an ensemble cast, with Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Game of Thrones) in talks for a cameo.
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Marvel has released there upcoming film schedule, however every movie is listed as “UNTITLED MARVEL” so until Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out on July 2nd, it’s unlikely Marvel will give us anything more to go on. That said, here are the dates for the next eight Marvel movies, from May 1st, 2020 through July 29th, 2022:
May 1st, 2020
November 6th, 2020
February 12th, 2021
May 7th, 2021
November 5th, 2021
February 18th, 2022
May 6th, 2022
July 29th, 2022
The first thing you might notice is that Marvel Studios is apparently only planning to launch two movies in 2020, which breaks from the three movie a year schedule that it has stuck to for the past several years. In fact, it will be a full ten months between the Spider-Man sequel and whatever comes next to kick off Phase 4.
Again, very little has been made official, but based on rumors and reports, a multitude of Marvel movies are already in various stages of production, including a Black Widow prequel, a movie featuring Shang-Chi, an Eternals movie, and sequels to Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
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