Boseman: Why didn’t Scorsese question ‘Star Wars’?

Even though Martin Scorsese questioned Marvel Studios’ output, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman – currently starring in cop drama “21 Bridges” – still believes Scorsese is a “genius,” but wonders why the legendary director didn’t also criticize “Star Wars” upon its release. (Nov. 6)

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Inside Wakandacon, a Paradise for Black Cosplayers

Wakanda might be a fictional place but a version of it comes to life in Chicago every summer.

After several trips to the movie theater to watch the record-breaking superhero film “Black Panther,” David Barthwell and his two siblings enlisted the help of their friends to create their own Afrofuturist utopia.

“We found Wakanda to be a place of radical inclusivity, a place of feminism, a space where there is economic independence and a strong focus on community, a space of education and a focus on technology,” said Barthwell in a VICE News interview.

This summer, the group organized a weekend of black empowerment and creativity for the second time, dubbing it “WakandaCon” in homage to the fictional uncolonized African kingdom. The “Black Panther” film’s influence at the convention is pretty clear – from the cosplay to fight choreography workshops.

But the real draw was the aspirational concept of Wakanda. Organizers say 3,000 people attended the second annual WakandaCon.

“There aren’t many spaces where we can be ourselves without being policed by other people,” said Me’Lisa Lashon, dressed in an original costume “Miss Wakanda 2019”, partly inspired by her days in Texan beauty pageant scene.

WakandaCon is among a handful of conventions like Blerdfest and BlerdCon that formed over the past several years as a more inclusive alternative to mainstream cons.

VICE News went to Chicago to see what it looks like to recreate Wakanda.

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Stars of ‘Black Panther’ and more hit the NAACP Image Awards red carpet

The stars of ‘Black Panther’ and plenty of colorful dresses dominated the red carpet at the 50th NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood on Saturday (30 March).

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Trailblazing ‘Black Panther’ costume designer aims to inspire

Ruth E. Carter is looking to inspire young artists with her work as a trailblazing costume designer. The longtime Spike Lee collaborator says she hopes her upcoming career achievement award and Oscar nomination for her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in “Black Panther” can “knock down” more doors so others like herself can walk through them. (Feb. 14)

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ShowBiz Minute: Jackson, SAG Awards, ‘Rent: Live’

(28 Jan 2019) Michael Jackson’s family condemns new documentary accusing late pop star of sexual abuse; “Black Panther” takes home top honor at Screen Actors Guild Awards; “Rent: Live” star injury during rehearsal forces producers to air pre-recorded material. (Jan. 28)

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Boseman celebrates being ‘young, gifted and black’

(28 Jan 2019) Chadwick Boseman discusses backstage the importance of “Black Panther” cast winning the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. (Jan. 28)

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Highlights from the 25th Annual SAG Awards

(28 Jan 2019) “Black Panther” takes home the top award at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, while Glenn Close and Rami Malek solidify themselves as Oscar front-runners. (Jan. 27)

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Top entertainment news from 2018

From films such as Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther creating a global buzz, to actresses standing up and protesting for equal pay, to Kanye West showing his love for Donald Trump, 2018 has been a colourful and eventful year in the entertainment world.

Slater, Gurira, Mann react to Golden Globe nominees

(6 Dec 2018) Christian Slater is pleased for his nominated friends, DanaiGurira gets to celebrate for “Black Panther” and #LeslieMann thinks Rami Malek is award-worthy – as stars react to Thursday’s Golden Globe nominations. (Dec. 6)

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‘Black Panther’ stars stun at THR Women in Entertainment breakfast

(5 Dec 2018) “Black Panther” stars, plus Viola Davis, Lena Dunham and more arrive at The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment breakfast. (Dec. 6)

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Showbiz Minute: Cardi B, AFI, Hart

Cardi B announces she and her husband Offset have split up; “Black Panther,” ?A Star Is Born” and “Mary Poppins Returns” among the American Film Institute’s top 10 films of the year; Kevin Hart to host the 2019 Academy Awards. (Dec. 5)

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Safety group releases ‘worst toys’ holiday list

(13 Nov 2018) A Black Panther “slash claw” and a Power Rangers plastic sword are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season. (Nov. 13)

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Daniel Kaluuya is too famous for the bus

(5 Nov 2018) After his Oscar nomination for “Get Out” and his role in “Black Panther,” British actor Daniel Kaluuya says he doesn’t feel any different, but he can’t get the bus nowadays. (Nov. 5)

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ShowBiz Minute: Eugenie, West, ‘Black Panther’

(12 Oct 2018) Demi Moore leads list of A-list attendees at wedding of Princess Eugenie; Kanye West delivers jaw-dropping show in Oval Office; Ryan Coogler to write, direct “Black Panther” sequel (Oct. 12)

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Anita Baker, Meek Mill shine at BET

The BET Awards in Los Angeles celebrate Anita Baker, Meek Mill, real-life heroes, “Black Panther,” and tackle gun violence. (June 25)

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ShowBiz Minute: XXXTentacion, 3 Doors Down, MTV

No motive, arrests in fatal shooting of rapper XXXTentacion; Ex-3 Doors Down bassist held in 2013 Tennessee DUI death; “Black Panther” and “Stranger Things” win big at MTV Awards. (June 19)

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Cannes festival hosts late-night ‘Black Panther’ beach screening

US director Ryan Coogler hosts a late-night screening of superhero smash-hit “Black Panther” on the beach in Cannes. The Marvel action blockbuster has already earned over a billion dollars at the global box office, making it one of top ten highest grossing films of all time.

This Saudi Film Critic Has Waited Decades For Movie Theaters To Be Legal Again

Saudi Arabia opened its first movie theater last week — ending a nearly 40-year ban on showing films in public. The global blockbuster Black Panther sold out in about a minute.

Welcoming Saudi crowds back to the movies is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to reform the ultraconservative kingdom — and create more revenue sources beyond oil.

And in a country where there aren’t a lot of things for young people to do…bin Salman sees a huge potential upside. One government body calculated that in 2017 alone, Saudis spent $30 billion on entertainment in the Middle East, but outside kingdom. That’s about 5 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product.

The plan is to funnel that kind of money back in to the country – and one way would be through entertainment. Over the next 10 years, the kingdom is planning to invest $64 billion in the entertainment industry and open up 300 movie theaters across the country.

VICE News caught a preview with Fahad al-Yahya, a psychiatrist and film critic in Riyadh who’s been waiting for this day for decades.

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Saudi Arabia screens ‘Black Panther’ to herald the launch of movie theaters in the kingdom

Saudi Arabia held a private screening on Wednesday of the Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther” to herald the launch of movie theatres in the kingdom. Authorities planned the invitation-only event in a concert hall converted into a cinema complex in the capital, Riyadh.
The screening, attended by both men and women, will be followed by a rush to build movie theaters in major cities.

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Tessa Thompson talks ‘the power of representation’

Tessa Thompson discusses “Black Panther” and “the power of representation” in movies and television. (March 12)

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ShowBiz Minute: McGraw, Griffin, US Box Office

Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland performance; Kathy Griffin to do new shows, 9 months after Trump photo; “Black Panther,” 4 weeks in, tops “A Wrinkle in Time” at U.S. box office. (March 12)

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Birthday surprise for Nyong’o

Actress Lupita Nyong’o was surprised by her “Black Panther” co-star Danai Gurira at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood event in Beverly Hills, which celebrated stars including Tiffany Haddish, Tessa Thompson and Lena Waithe. (March 2)

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Brown wants diverse casts after ‘Panther’ success

Actor Sterling K. Brown says he is “so happy” about the success of “Black Panther” and adds that he hopes it means there will be “more movies with diverse casts.” (March 2)

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