17 Buzziest Movies Heading to SXSW This Year, From ‘Us’ to ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ (Photos)

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to Open 2019 SXSW Film Festival

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Jordan Peele’s “Us” will be the opening night film at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, South by Southwest Conference and Festivals announced on Tuesday.

The thriller will have its world premiere on March 8 in Austin, Texas. It’s Peele’s follow-up to his 2017 directorial debut “Get Out,” a breakout hit that earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

“We are crazy excited to world premiere the most anticipated film of 2019 from the creative powerhouse that brought us ‘Get Out,’” SXSW director of film Janet Pierson said in a statement. “We honestly couldn’t imagine a more perfect film to kick off the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.”

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“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o and fellow “Black Panther” star Winston Duke as a married couple who take a trip to a Northern California summer beach home along with their children, and meet another couple portrayed by Elisabeth Moss and comedian Tim Heidecker.

Nyong’o slowly becomes paranoid about her children’s safety, and as she becomes more concerned, they witness four figures in red suits holding hands at the end of their driveway. Those figures aren’t just anyone, but exact replicas of themselves.

See Video: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Trailer Shows a Terrifying New Nightmare

Peele, who wrote and directed the film, also produces for his Monkeypaw Productions banner, alongside Monkeypaw creative director Ian Cooper. Sean McKittrick and Jason Blum are also producing.

“Us” opens in theaters on March 15, 2019. SXSW will release its full feature slate on January 16. This year’s festival will take place from March 8 to March 17.

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Golden Globes: Marvel Scores First Best Picture Drama Nod for ‘Black Panther’

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Marvel Studios has scored its first nomination in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category at the 2019 Golden Globes for “Black Panther,” which also marked the first time a superhero movie has been nominated in that category.

Fandango’s Managing Editor Erik Davis wrote on Twitter, “Congrats to @MarvelStudios for landing their first ever Best Picture nod at the today with . No superhero film in the history of the awards show has ever been nominated for Best Picture (Drama). This is the first.”

Congrats to @MarvelStudios for landing their first ever Best Picture nod at the #GoldenGlobes today with #BlackPanther. No superhero film in the history of the awards show has ever been nominated for Best Picture (Drama). This is the first. pic.twitter.com/MxGHrXlbCy

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 6, 2018

Indeed, Ryan Coogler’s superhero entry was nominated in the category, as well as in the categories Best Original Song and Best Original Score.

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The only other superhero film to break into the Globes Best Picture categories was 2016’s “Deadpool,” which received a nod in the category Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The movie’s star, Ryan Reynolds, also received a Best Actor nomination that year.

Many Marvel fans shared their excitement on social media following the announcement.

me: the golden globes are a joke

black panther: gets nominated for a golden globe

me: i’d to thank the hollywood foreign pres

— angela (@captaindeadpooI) December 6, 2018


— megan ???? (@spidervalkyrie) December 6, 2018

y’all say black panther is a “mediocre” movie but it was the first comic movie to be nominated for Best Picture are the Golden Globes so idgi

— BP AS IN BEST PICTURE (@wakandapwr) December 6, 2018

black panther getting nominated for best picture at the golden globes is SO huge wow…im over here cryin and shit

— kaiya (@fiImlesbian) December 6, 2018

“Black Panther” was directed by Ryan Coogler and starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman and Daniel Kaluuya. So far, it was won BET Awards, a Hollywood Film Award, MTV Movie Awards and Teen Choice Awards.

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Apart from “Deadpool” and “Black Panther,” the only other two superhero movies to receive major recognition from the Academy or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were “The Dark Knight,” for which Heath Ledger was nominated for his performance, and “Batman,” for which Jack Nicholson received a nod for his role. That of course does not count the various films that have been nominated in the sound or visual effects categories, or the animation category in which “The Incredibles” won in 2005 and “Big Hero 6” won in 2015.

The 2019 Golden Globes will take place on January 6. Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will be hosting the 76th annual awards show.

A spokesperson for Marvel has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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Reese Witherspoon to Lead CAA Author Panel In Step with Brooklyn Book Festival

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Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon is leading an author program from talent agency CAA at this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival.
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Cannes Film Market ‘Healthy’ as New Players Fill Streaming Giant Void

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Predictions of the Marche du Film’s death were greatly exaggerated. While indie film prices have come back to earth after big-spending streaming giants rattled the ecosystem a few years back, industry players told TheWrap, the market at Cannes was buzzing this year from start to finish.

“A lot of times, people associate activity with the big players spending a lot of money and buying movies for big price tags,” Saban Films President Bill Bromiley told TheWrap from France on Friday.

“That can be a little misleading,” said the executive, whose company brought home five films — more than any other distributor to visit the festival this year.

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It was a polarizing year at Cannes, with no shortage of hemming and hawing about the state of affairs in the coastal haven. The headlines and soundbites came in waves saying anything from “Cannes is dead” to “Cannes needs to change” to “Cannes change is here.”  And depending on whom you asked, the market was abysmal or doing just fine.

Still, acquisition news seemed to come fast and furious out of the gate — and included at least two bidding wars that climbed into the eight figures.

And while recent big spenders like Netflix and Amazon were quieter, and The Weinstein Company MIA altogether, several major new players stepped up to make a big splash in acquisitions.

Saban started scoring on day two, taking the Gerard Butler psychological thriller “Keepers” and the Keanu Reeves romantic thriller “Siberia.” The spending spree continued with the ensemble romance “Berlin, I Love You” with Kiera Knightley and Helen Mirren, Nicolas Cage’s “Between Worlds” and the historical action film “Viking Destiny.” 

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Two rich deals came after all-night bidding (a welcome sight after the frigid pace of the market at Sundance): for Karyn Kusama’s follow-up to “The Invitation,” a cult-and-cop thriller starring Nicole Kidman called “Destroyer” that went for a reported eight figures to Megan Ellison’s Annapruna Pictures.

And Universal paid a reported $20 million-plus for North American rights to the star-studded spy caper “355” with Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Fan Bingbing, Marion Cotillard and Penelope Cruz. The studio beat out several studios for the yet-to-shoot production, including suitor Amazon Studios. Sales rep FilmNation also sold many international territories in million-dollar deals, an individual familiar with the negotiations told TheWrap.

“Climax” sold to A24

After a splashy showing at February’s Berlin Film Festival, Global Road made good on its promise to be an active player under new boss Rob Friedman. The studio, rebranded and expanded from Open Road, paid an undisclosed amount for rights to a new take on “The Secret Garden” starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters. The film came fully financed from Studiocanal.

There were also a few sacred cows to be had. Magnolia Pictures took Hirokazu Kore-eda’s
“Shoplifters” only 24 hours before it won the festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or.  A24 nabbed Gaspar Noe’s dancing horror fever dream “Climax,” well before it would land him the top honor in the Directors’ Fortnight section. “BlacKkKlansman,” which won Spike Lee the Grand Prix, was presold to Focus.

Focus also scooped up Asghar Farhadi’s opening night film “Everybody Knows,” starring real-life couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Sony Pictures Classics took the devastating awards hopeful “Capernaum” from director Nadine Labaki. Both deals were a reported low-seven figures.

Bleecker Street won the brutal survival story “Arctic” with Mads Mikkelsen. Tom Quinn’s Neon made its first ever Cannes purchase with the horror tale “Border,” from the author of  “Let the Right One In.”

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The streaming companies weren’t entirely absent. While Netflix publicly ghosted the festival in April after bylaws were changed to require a French theatrical release for all competition films, Ted Sarandos’ team couldn’t resist buying a bit of prestige.

The streaming giant bought “Happy as Lazzaro,” which premiered in competition and was awarded Best Screenplay for Alice Rohrwacher, as well as Lukas Dhont’s “Girl,” which won the Camera d’Or for best first film and best actor for star Victor Polsterin the Un Certain Regard section.

Amazon Studios brought the rousing period drama “Cold War,” directed by Oscar winner Pawel Pawlikowski, to the competition after acquiring it last summer.

Before the Marche du Film opened, experts warned us the buyers would be cautious. But that doesn’t mean stagnant, Bromiley concluded.

“There are a lot of projects out there, and we had to dig a little deeper this year. That’s been for the past few years, it used to come a lot easier. But the market is very healthy on the domestic side, and obviously our sales reflect that,” he said.

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Cannes Report, Day 5: Salma Hayek Sounds Off, Gaspar Noé Redeemed

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It’s raining in France as we reach the halfway point of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where a gender parity conversation has taken center stage and filmmakers continue to serve up their wares.

Speaking at the annual Kering Women in Motion panel, Salma Hayek touched on the scorched-earth op-ed she wrote last year about working with disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Polarizing provocateur Gaspar Noe returns after his 3D sexcapade “Love” from 2015 — and managed to win over critics with a dance-infused horror film (we’ll still never forgive him for this poster).

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Salma Speaks

When the “Beatriz at Dinner” star is wired with a mic. you can pretty much guarantee you’re in for some straight talk.

Hayek sat for a keynote conversation at the annual Kering panel about women in entertainment, where she first discussed the historic gesture made on Saturday by 82 women who stormed the Croisette in silence to protest the lack of equity in Hollywood.

“As a woman who has been a part of this community and had to go through the struggle all women have had to go through … it’s an important step to see this happen,” Hayek said.

Discussion turned to her harrowing account of working with Weinstein on a biopic of Frida Kahlo, where she said she relentlessly refused the disgraced producer’s advances and suffered emotional torture. It was one of the few accounts Weinstein responded to, notably to deny all accusations and express shock and disbelief.

“We are the easiest to get discredited,” Hayek said specifically of women of color, alluding to a similar account from Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. “It is a well-known fact. So he went back, attacking the two women of color, in hopes that if he could discredit us.”

Gaspar Noé Finds Life After Love

Cannes has its share of black sheeps and prodigal sons — like the returning tornado of Lars Von Trier and the prolific and occasionally petulant Xavier Dolan. Gaspar Noe is no different — he of the notably explicit and controversial “Love,” a graphic 3D love triangle tale that fully depicted a variety of sex acts on top of his narrative.

Now he brings “Climax,” which despite what the title suggests is a not a sequel to “Love.”

It’s a trippy dance movie that evolves into a horror film, and it’s majorly won over critics. One described the film as a cross between Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” and the “Step Up” franchise.

24 hours ago I would not have predicted that CLIMAX would be my easy favorite of fest, and yet here we are #Cannes2018 https://t.co/JBlXidOJDP

— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) May 13, 2018

Woke up to Cannes Twitter telling me Gaspar Noé’s latest is basically his version of a STEP UP movie and god just pour it into my eyeballs right now please

— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) May 13, 2018

My review of Climax (dir. Gaspar Noé) is up here: https://t.co/thF7zLLg7H #Cannes2018 #Cannes71 #Cannes

— Peter Bradshaw (@PeterBradshaw1) May 13, 2018

Here’s the brand-new trailer for Gaspar Noe’s CLIMAX, which just premiered at Cannes and I love it so much pic.twitter.com/GayY6A0iMC

— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 13, 2018

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Cannes Report, Day 4: Sales Market Heats Up, ‘355’ Sparks Bidding War, Jean-Luc Godard Is Back

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Most thought this would be a slow Cannes Film Festival, but we’re already on day four and movies have been bought, there’s a bidding war going on, and well, Jean-Luc Godard is back to mess with our heads.

Saban Films picked up the rights to two movies in the last two days, while Bleecker Street and Netflix (the latter of which backed out of submitting any films for the competition) have also emerged as players in the market.

Jessica Chastain’s female spy thriller “355” sparked a heated bidding war, with Universal emerging as the victor in an eight-figure deal.

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Meanwhile, everyone else is still trying to get that one selfie on the red carpet despite a no-selfie policy — or get another glimpse at jury president Cate Blanchett.

See what everyone talked about during the fourth day at Cannes:

Acquisitions, Acquisitions

May 11 saw the acquisitions of quite a heap of films. Neon acquired the troll love story “Border” following its world premiere at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, while Bleecker Street picked up the rights to Mads Mikkelsen’s survival drama “Arctic.” The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday night.

Saban Films bought the rights to Keanu Reeves’ “Siberia,” a thriller by director Matthew Ross in the market that also stars Ana Ularu and Molly Ringwald.

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In what might be the biggest deal so far at Cannes, Netflix picked up the worldwide rights, excluding China, to the animated film “Next Gen” for $30 million.

Netflix pulled out of submitting films to this year’s festival after organizers implemented a new rule that bans any films that don’t have theatrical distribution in France. The streaming company had the option to screen films out of competition — but passed.

Speaking of Saban Films…

Saban Films sure is spending money this year. At the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Saban bought the North American rights to Craig William Macneill’s “Lizzie,” in partnership with Roadside Attractions.

The distributor has been busy at Cannes as well, having bought Gerard Butler’s “Keepers” on Thursday and Reeves’ “Siberia” on Friday. Saban came to conquer Cannes, that’s for sure.

Jessica Chastain’s ‘355’ Bidding War

Everyone wanted a piece of “355,” Jessica Chastain’s female all-star spy thriller that will also star Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing. Simon Kinberg (“X-Men; Dark Phoenix”) will direct.

Early Saturday, Universal announced it had acquired U.S. distribution rights to “355” in what the studio said was “a competitive situation” — i.e., a bidding war — believed to be worth eight figures.

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Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘The Image Book’ Debuts

Jean-Luc Godard’s newest film “The Image Book” debuted on Friday at Cannes, and early reviews are as jumbled and convoluted as the film itself seems to be.

“THE IMAGE BOOK: who f—in’ knows,” wrote one critic, while another said, “What do you want me to say?”

TheWrap’s Steve Pond wrote in his review: “‘The Image Book’ requires stamina, or more accurately surrender. (A section of the Grand Theatre Lumiere balcony devoted to press had at least a dozen walkouts during the film.)”

See some tweets about the film below.

THE IMAGE BOOK: who fuckin knows. But here are some nonverbal reviews from those seated near me!

– girl next to me covered ears for long stretches
-man two over checked phone 50, 60, and 65 minutes in
-guy in front of me buzzsaw snored for full minute before someone woke him up

— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) May 11, 2018

THE IMAGE BOOK: Jean-Luc Godard’s collection of images about trains, war, Arab nations & more – from movies & real footage – w/ narration from Godard, sudden bursts of music & long silences. Some will love, some not, I feel like it will work best as the museum exhibit #Cannes2018 pic.twitter.com/H1mfgMIlcB

— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) May 11, 2018

THE IMAGE BOOK: Godard lays out all possibilities of cinema on display in 90 minutes. Now please start making your movie ffs. #cannes2018

— Ken Adams (@TaybackX) May 11, 2018

Just saw THE IMAGE BOOK by JLG. More bellowing at crappy resolution footage from 1950s films and of various imperialist atrocities. What do you want me to say? #cannes2018

— ????Donald Clarke???? (@DonaldClarke63) May 11, 2018

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Jessica Chastain Spy Thriller ‘355’ Lands at Universal After Bidding War

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The buzziest title for sale in this year’s Cannes film market has landed a buyer, with Universal Pictures announcing that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “355” in what the studio said was “a competitive situation” — i.e., a bidding war.

The film stars Jessica Chastian, Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing as spies, and was written by Theresa Rebeck. All five women, along with director Simon Kinberg, were in Cannes to pitch  the film to prospective buyers.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael will produce for the actress’ Freckle Films company, along with Kinberg.

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CAA Media Finance negotiated the deal with Universal. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.

“355” was based on an original idea by Chastain about five female secret agents from different countries who team up to stop an evil syndicate from acquiring a super-weapon.

Matt Donnelly contributed to this report.

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Distributors are buying films faster at this year’s Cannes Film Festival than they did at the last Sundance or Toronto fests.

On Thursday, Saban Films bought Gerard Butler’s “Keepers,” Sony Pictures Classics picked up the rights to Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” and Jessica Chastain’s all-female thriller “355” landed a French distributor.

Two clear highlights from the film festival’s third day: “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler talking about how he loved working with women on his films, and Paweł Pawlikowski’s film “Cold War,” which received mostly glowing reviews. Many early viewers even called it the best film to come out of Cannes yet this year (so far).

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Films screening on Friday include “Ash Is Purest White” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “The Image Book,” the latter of which should get some buzz.

See below for highlights from Cannes, day three:

Saban Films Plays the Game

Saban Films picked up the North American rights to Gerard Butler’s “Keepers,” the distributor announced Thursday.

Kristoffer Nyholm directed the film which also stars Peter Mullan and Connor Swindells. The thriller is inspired by the Flannan Isle mystery where three lighthouse keepers arrive on an uninhabited island for a six-week shift but then discover something life-changing that isn’t theirs to keep. Soon, they have to battle paranoia and isolation to survive.

Saban Films has been at the forefront of the acquisitions game at festivals lately — at Sundance earlier this year, Saban picked up the rights to buzzy film “Lizzie,” which stars Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart.

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Sony Classics

Sony Classics Flips for “Capernaum”

On Thursday, Sony Pictures Classics acquired the North American and Latin American rights to Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum,” which is set to premiere at Cannes next Thursday in competition.

The Lebanese director previously had two films, titled “Caramel” and “Where Do We Go Now?” premiere at the festival. “Where Do We Go Now?” won the Audience Award at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and was also distributed by Sony Classics.

Labaki also wrote and also appears in “Capernaum,” which tells the story of a child who rebels against the life that’s been imposed on him and decides to bring a lawsuit against his parents.

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Ryan Coogler’s Panel

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler took part in a panel on Thursday, one of the hottest tickets on the Croisette. Vulture senior editor Kyle Buchanan posted a thread on Twitter about the conversation — and the filmmaker’s comments about working with strong women were the talk of the town.

When interviewer Elvis Mitchell praised him for working with female cinematographers and female editors for all three of his films, which also include “Fruitvale Station” and “Creed,” Coogler said, “It’s not something to brag about. Honestly, for my first film, I was looking for the best cinematographer I could find. Rachel Morrison was that. She was the best d.p. we could get at the time, and I thought I was getting somebody amazing, but she turned out to be incredible.”

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He also said that the women are “more important” than the men in Wakanda, and he would be into making a film just about the characters played by Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett and Gurira.

“A lot of times, in comic books, it’s a little bit of tokenism: You’ve got one black person, you’ve got one woman that fights,” added Coogler. “I was fired up about that, and I didn’t want to blow the opportunity.”

Jessica Chastain’s All-Star ‘355’ Gets French Deal

In general, the topic of female empowerment seems to be the rage at this year’s festival. Cate Blanchett and the rest of the jury faced questions questions about #TimesUp and the number of films directed by women during a press conference on the first day. And on Thursday, Jessica Chastain’s all-star film “355” got French distribution from SND.

The film is a female-led spy thriller that also stars Lupita Nyong’o, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz and Fan Bingbing. Simon Kinberg (“X-Men; Dark Phoenix”) will direct.

“355” centers on the five top agents from organizations around the world uniting to stop a global syndicate from acquiring a weapon that could plunge an already unstable world into total chaos. They have to overcome cultural and political differences to form a bond and work together.

However, TheWrap’s Steve Pond reported that the Cannes Film Festival has had a dismal record of showcasing the work of female directors for decades.  Over the first 71 years of Cannes, a paltry 4.3 percent of the competition films have been directed by women.

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‘Sorry Angel’ Debuts to (Mostly) Glowing Reviews

Christophe Honoré has impressed most with his new film, “Sorry Angel,” which debuted at Cannes on Thursday. The film follows a male student from Britanny who has a love affair with a 39-year0old man. Vincent Lacoste, Pierre Deladonchamps and Denis Podalydes star.

Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson wrote that ‘Sorry Angel” is a “rich and thoughtful romantic drama that is less about politics than it is about matters of the heart and body. A chewy, handsomely staged novel of a movie, ‘Sorry Angel’ contains moments of piercing intelligence and heartbreaking beauty.”

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The most emotional and understated work from French director Christophe Honoré is a touching tribute to the art and culture of early ’90s France, charting creative obsessions young and old, and strikes a note that’s life-affirming and melancholic.”

However, Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian said “it is often poignant and humorous but also placid and complacent, with performances bordering on the self-regarding and even faintly insufferable.”

‘Cold War’ Also Debuts

Four years after his film “Ida” won the foreign-language Oscar, Paweł Pawlikowski’s film “Cold War” also debuted on Thursday, and The Telegraph’s Tim Robey declared: “By a distance, the best film in Cannes competition so far…” Another Twitter user agreed, writing, “Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ the best feature of Cannes so far. Beautifully shot and performed and with the right amount of fatalism.”

Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan revealed that there was “lots of well-deserved praise for Cannes entry ‘Cold War,’” and TheWrap’s Steve Pond called it “ravishing” and “haunting” in his review.

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See some more reactions to the movie below.

COLD WAR doesn’t waste a frame. IDA had more mystery and wonder, but this is a natural continuation, visually and thematically, for a fimmmaker obsessed with exploring the post-WWII fracturing of European identity. A concise treat. #cannes

— erickohn (@erickohn) May 11, 2018

COLD WAR: the first truly great film I’ve seen at Cannes this year. Delicate and forceful when it’s supposed to be, a tragic romance that reminds you why we find tragedy romantic.

— Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse) May 11, 2018

Having now seen Cold War I can report back that it is absolutely brilliant – a heartbreaking story, with astonishing performances and a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack. I would recommend it to all. Cate Blanchett, it’s got my vote! ???????????? #cannes2018 @Festival_Cannes

— Margot James (@margot_james_mp) May 10, 2018

The buzz ahead of Cannes around Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Cold War’ is strong. Have heard from a few people that it will be in contention for awards. Certainly looks beautiful and if it approaches ‘Ida’ we’re in for a treat. pic.twitter.com/xANuF9htV5

— Andreas Wiseman (@AndreasWiseman) May 3, 2018

Cold War by Pawlikowski is superb, by some distance the best in the main competition thus far @IFI_Dub @Festival_Cannes pic.twitter.com/2zA289aNGO

— David O Mahony (@David_O_Mahony) May 11, 2018

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Danai Gurira on All-Female ‘Avengers’ Movie: ‘There’s This Hunger for This Type of Thing’ (Video)

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Danai Gurira has also heard those rumors about the possibility of an all-female “Avengers” movie, and she believes it’s absolutely time for one.

“I keep hearing this rumor also,” she said during her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday. “The cool thing is that it’s showing there’s this hunger for this type of thing. The awesome Brie Larson is filming ‘Captain Marvel’ as we speak… It’s exciting because it’s showing that yeah, of course, it’s time we start seeing the perspective of a story come exclusively from women. Magic happens when women do their thang.”

“I can do superhuman things, so if you need me at all, there are things I can do,” DeGeneres weighed in, just in case the all-female “Avengers” movie comes into fruition any time soon.

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According to Observer, Tessa Thompson last October revealed that the women of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had pitched an idea for an all-female “Avengers” film.

However, at the Tribeca Film Festival, Thompson told the outlet, “I don’t know. That was kind of an offhand thing, and then the press really ran with it. The extent to which the press ran with it is also an expression of what ripe a time it is for something like that. That people are hungry for it, that people are interested in it.”

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Marvel films have starred Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Thompson, Evangeline Lilly, Lupita Nyong’o and Gurira.

The actress is reprising her “Black Panther” role in the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War,” and when asked what she can tell us about the latter film, she said, “Absolutely nothing,”

“Avengers: Infinity War” was directed by the Russo brothers and will hit theaters on Friday.

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People Magazine Renames ‘Most Beautiful’ Issue, Puts Pink on Cover

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After People Magazine announced on Tuesday that it would be renaming its “Most Beautiful” issue, the magazine put Pink on the cover of the now-titled “The Beautiful Issue.”

“The Beautiful Issue” features “41 pages of gorgeous, inspiring stars.” The cover shows Pink and her two kids, Jameson Moon and Willow Sage.

“Over the years the name of the issue has evolved (’50 Most Beautiful,’ ‘Most Beautiful Woman,’ etc.), but the words ‘Most Beautiful’ have always been part of the title,” wrote Jess Cagle in an editor’s note. “This year we’re renaming it ‘The Beautiful Issue’ — to make clear that the issue is not a beauty contest. Nothing else has changed. As always it will feature beautiful women (and a few men) of all shapes, sizes and colors, and it will celebrate the most beautiful qualities of all: strength, humanity and artistry.”

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At the time of the publication of the editor’s note, Cagle teased the cover as a woman “who checks all those boxes. She’s a performer, mother and role model whose honesty, humor, confidence and sheer star power make her one of the most beloved and fascinating entertainers on the plane.”

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Pink joins previous cover stars like Michelle Pfeiffer, Lupita Nyong’o and Julia Roberts.

The new issue will hit newsstands on Friday.

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Holy Land Goes Hollywood: Gal Gadot, ‘Fauda’ Put Israel in Spotlight

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It took grit, luck and a whole lot of chutzpah, but Israel, a country smaller than New Jersey, is enjoying the kind of Hollywood success that could be described as a little “meshuga” — crazy.

A decade after Israeli adaptations like “In Treatment” and “Homeland” put Israel on Hollywood’s radar, it is having an even bigger moment — thanks to a buzzy new Netflix drama, an exploding global production and distribution empire, and a cultural phenomenon called Gal Gadot.

“It’s nice for Israel to be enjoying a moment of something these days, isn’t it?” Adam Berkowitz, the co-head of television at Creative Artists Agency, told TheWrap. “The doors are wide open.”

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Photo: Ronen Akerman


Berkowitz, who’s packaged and sold some of TV’s most iconic shows, including “Seinfeld,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “House of Cards,” also serves as Israel’s unofficial ambassador to Hollywood, putting together deals to adapt Israeli shows to the U.S. market.

His most recent acquisition, “Fauda,” about an elite Israeli undercover commando unit operating in the West Bank, was bought by Netflix in 2016 and has quickly garnered a fierce following around the world.

With both Arabic and Hebrew dialogue — “Fauda” (which means “chaos” in Arabic), somehow managed to break out of the dark corners of Netflix’s foreign-language section and get noticed by both Hollywood heavy-hitters and New York Times critics.

“‘Fauda’ shows the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from both sides, plus it’s fantastic TV,” Berkowitz said.

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It’s hard to say how many people have actually seen “Fauda.” Netflix is notorious for keeping its viewership numbers confidential. But the phenomenon has fans among both Israelis and Palestinians, who aren’t known for agreeing.

It’s already made its star and creator, Lior Raz, one of the hottest tickets in Hollywood. He’ll make his English-language debut in the upcoming “Mary Magdalene,” alongside Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. He’s also been cast in MGM’s Nazi thriller, “Operation Finale,” with Oscar winner Ben Kingsley. He’s got a Netflix straight-to-series order and a second project, “Hit and Run,” in development.

“Homeland” remains Israel’s most successful export by far. But it is an Americanized retelling of an Israeli story, Gideon Raff’s hit “Hatufim,” or “Prisoners of War.” “Fauda,” on the other hand, was picked up in its original form.

“Because ‘Fauda’ was bought as-is, and wasn’t remade, people are being introduced to an Israeli product,” the show’s producer, Liat Benasuly-Amit, told TheWrap. “‘Fauda’ has opened a lot of doors all around the world precisely because it was an Israeli show from beginning to end.”

Benasuly-Amit, who also produced “Prisoners of War,” said there is a “crazy energy” in the Israeli entertainment world right now.

“I’m getting calls from all over the world from producers who now want to collaborate with us,” she said.

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Why Israel?

The change didn’t happen overnight. But as Forbes recently pointed out, Israel now ranks as the third largest international provider of content on American TV, behind the U.K. and the Netherlands.

Gabriel Byrne and Dianne Wiest in HBO’s “In Treatment”

It started with “Be’Tipul,” a drama about the personal and professional life of an Israeli psychologist, which was later remade into “In Treatment.” The show, starring Gabriel Byrne, ran on HBO from 2008 to 2010 and won several Golden Globes Awards.

“Homeland,” which premiered on Showtime in 2011, became a critical and commercial hit and won dozens of awards, including two Golden Globes and two Primetime Emmys for Best Drama. It was recently picked up for an eighth and final season, with its current season averaging 4.4 million viewers per week, according to Showtime.

“‘Homeland’ was a turning point for Israeli TV,” Alon Shtruzman, CEO of Keshet International, told TheWrap. “Israel’s entertainment industry is now going through what its high-tech industry went through not too long ago.”

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Dubbed the “Startup Nation,” Israel has already established itself as a formidable player in the global high-tech arena (think Waze, Mobileye, Wix). With a population of about 8.5 million, it has the highest per capita number of startup companies in the world, and is second only to the U.S. in absolute numbers, according to Forbes.

Like Israeli tech companies, Israeli content producers are aiming beyond the country’s tiny domestic market in order to make a profit.

“We don’t have any natural resources,” Shtruzman said. “What we do have is our brain.”

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Israel has several successful production companies. But Keshet, which owns two Israeli TV networks as well as one of the country’s leading news sites, is by far its largest content, distribution and production company, with offices in Mexico City, Hong Kong, London, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles.

Keshet International has sold hundreds of its projects to outlets around the world, including dozens to U.S. networks.

Israeli drama “Prisoners of War” / Photo: Ronen Akerman

Keshet’s annual INTV conference in Jerusalem draws some of Hollywood’s most powerful players. This year’s event, which starts Monday, will include Casey Bloys, president of HBO programming, Andy Harries, executive producer of “The Crown,” and Showtime president and CEO David Nevis, among others.

Not every Israeli format has hit it out of the park. “Traffic Light,” based on the Israeli sitcom “Ramzor,” got a red light from Fox after one season and ABC’s “Rising Star,” a remake of Israeli format “HaKokhav HaBa,” failed to gain altitude.

More recently, CBS’ “Wisdom of the Crowd,” another Israeli export, ended after one season, partly due to its ratings and partly because its star, Jeremy Piven, was accused of sexual harassment. (He denied the accusations.)

It’s unclear whether NBC’s “The Brave,” a thriller from Keshet Studios and “Homeland” executive producer Avi Nir, will come back for a second season.

But other projects have momentum.

Last year, Keshet’s “Lihiyot Ita,” packaged as “The Beauty and the Baker,” was acquired by Amazon Prime, after being sold to the UK, Greece and the Netherlands.

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HBO recently green-lit another Keshet show, “Flesh of Our Flesh,” about the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in 2014. The 10-episode scripted series will be produced by HBO’s ex-boss, Michael Lombardo.

And last month, NBC gave a pilot order to drama “Suspicion,” from “The Path” creator Jessica Goldberg, Universal TV and Keshet Studios.

More Israeli formats are coming down the pipeline, including “Euphoria,” an HBO adaptation of an Israeli teen drama, and “Emmis,” an adaptation of “Shtisel,” an Israeli drama that was sold to Amazon Prime about an ultra-Orthodox brood in Jerusalem.

“Zero Motivation,” a 2014 Israeli comedy about female Israeli soldiers is being adapted by Amy Poehler and Natasha Lyonne and “Greenhouse Academy,” based on an Israeli tween series “Ha-Hamama,” recently dropped its second season on Netflix.

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A big part of the reason Israel has been so successful selling formats and shows around the world is the fact that its projects are done on a shoe-string budget.

“Because they don’t have a lot of money, they have to relay on their characters,” Berkowitz said. “It forces them to be creative and forces them to be even more relatable.”

Still No Oscars

While nowhere near as influential as its TV industry, Israeli cinema is also poised to take a bite out of the Hollywood pie, with a number of Israeli filmmakers setting their sights on America.

Israeli director Joseph Cedar, whose films “Beaufort” and “Footnote” were nominated for Oscars, has recently screened his latest movie, “Norman,” at Toronto International Film Festival. The Israeli-American co-production stars Richard Gere, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi.

“Mercy,” a lesbian drama by Israeli director Tali Shalom Ezer starring Ellen Page and Kate Mara, is currently in production.

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While Israel has yet to win an Academy Award, ten Israeli films have been nominated for the Foreign Language Oscar, making it one of the top ten most nominated countries of all time.

Israel’s latest Oscar entry, “Foxtrot,” about a family grappling with the loss of their son at war, was one of nine films named by the Academy to the shortlist, but the movie failed to make the final round.

Photographed by Corina Marie for TheWrap

At least Israel has Wonder Woman.

‘What’s Happening With Gal Gadot is Nuts’

When Jimmy Kimmel decided to thank movie-goers with a surprise live visit to a theater during the 90th Academy Awards ceremony this month, he made sure to corral some of Hollywood’s biggest names. The group included such A-listers as Best Actress nominee Margot Robbie, Lupita Nyong’o and Gal Gadot.

Ever since she landed the role of Wonder Woman in 2013, Israelis have been kvelling like a Jewish mom on medical school graduation day. Last year, “Wonder Woman” was the third-highest grossing film in the United States.

“What’s happening with Gal Gadot is nuts,” Benasuly-Amit said. “We’re all gaga for Gal Gadot.”

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Gadot and, to a certain extent, Raz have proven that Israeli actors can be wildly successful in Hollywood, something that seemed almost unfathomable a few years ago.

There have been other Israelis who have made strides in Hollywood, including Ayelet Zurer, best known for playing Superman’s mom in 2013’s “Man of Steel,” and model Bar Refaeli. But none have come close to Gadot’s level of success.

Still, several Israeli actors are already carving a path in Hollywood, including “Imposters” star Inbar Lavi and “Jane the Virgin’s” Yael Grobglas.

Shtruzman believes Gadot’s success could help open doors for more Israeli actors in Hollywood.

“She gives Israel a good name,” he said. “She’s our greatest ambassador.”

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Sorry, ‘Shape of Water’: Twitter Picks a Different Best Picture During Oscars

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Sunday’s Oscars belonged to Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” — though not according to Twitter.

The film most-tweeted about during the 90th Academy Awards was actually “Coco,” which won Best Animated Feature and also took home the Original Song trophy for “Remember Me.”

“Shape of Water” was the No. 2 top movie on the social media network, following by “Dunkirk,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out,” per Twitter.

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Here are some additional Twitter stats from last night, like the ABC special’s top moments:

  1. “The Shape of Water” wins Best Picture
  2. Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran and BB-8 present Best Animated Feature to “Coco”
  3. Jordan Peele wins Best Original Screenplay for “Get Out”
  4. Frances McDormand wins Best Actress
  5. “Remember Me” from “Coco” wins Best Original Song
And the most discussed stars during the red carpet:
  1. Timothée Chalamet (@RealChalamet)
  2. Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman)
  3. Tom Holland (@TomHolland1996)
  4. Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo)
  5. Adam Rippon (@Adaripp)

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Finally, below are the most tweeted about stars at the Oscars — sorry, you didn’t make the cut, Jimmy Kimmel.
  1. Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant)
  2. Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT)
  3. Meryl Streep
  4. Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele)
  5. Gary Oldman

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‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Thanks Fans in Emotional Letter, Says He’s Moved ‘to Tears’

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“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler penned an emotional letter thanking fans for coming out to watch and support the new Marvel movie, which has shattered multiple box office records.

“Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent,” the director wrote. “Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong.”

He continued, “It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film. But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters — often moved me and my wife to tears.”

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With its record-obliterating $242 million President’s Day opening weekend and $426 million global launch, “Black Panther” is all but guaranteed to surpass $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Down the road, “Black Panther” could soon leave several major releases in the dust. A $100 million second weekend is a possible feat for this film, as this weekend’s releases, “Game Night” and “Annihilation,” aren’t expected to open to more than $25 million. At that pace, “Black Panther” could pass the domestic run for “Thor: Ragnarok” as early as this coming Sunday and pass the domestic run for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” the week after.

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Additionally, “Black Panther” is all people have been talking about for weeks. The film holds a score of 96 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and has since received an A+ CinemaScore.

“Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman and Daniel Kaluuya.

“Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift,” he concluded. “The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and soul into, with you.”

Read Coogler’s emotional letter below.

#WakandaForever #BlackPanther pic.twitter.com/DKOG3AESUn

— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 21, 2018

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Find Out Why ‘Black Panther’s’ Michael B. Jordan Has to Do Push Ups for Co-Star Lupita Nyong’o

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“Black Panther” stars Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyongo’o have a fun bet going on involving push ups and the world is actually intrigued. Apparently, Jordan lost a bet with Nyong’o and he now has to perform push ups on her command whenever she wants.

During a Live Twitter Q&A with the “Black Panther” cast, the moderator asked Jordan a question when Nyong’o interrupted, “And can I just add to that? Give me one, please.”

“She’s cold-blooded!” said Jordan after he dropped down onto stage in front of the audience and performed a push up.

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Then during New York Fashion Week, Lupita caught Jordan again at a Calvin Klein fashion show and proclaimed on Instagram “3 more to go…”

But wait, that is not all. Nyong’o found Jordan backstage on “The View” and went on offense. “I definitely have time to talk to you,” she said, “and I would especially like to see you get down.”


.@MichaelB4Jordan, losing with a smile. On call push-ups!!! pic.twitter.com/g1W3UJqTVu

— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) February 19, 2018

No word yet on what the original bet was about.

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Meanwhile, “Black Panther” now officially has the second biggest four-day opening in box office history, making $40.1 million on President’s Day Monday to bring its domestic launch to $242million. That’s just a step higher than the $241.5 million made by “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” this past December, and second only to the $288 million made by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015.

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‘Black Panther’ Now Ranks Among Fandango’s Top 5 Biggest Pre-Sellers of All Time

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“Black Panther” is now among Fandango’s top 5 ticket pre-sellers of all time, the mobile ticketing company said on Thursday.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Rogue One” top the list, with “Black Panther” coming in fourth place. Jennifer Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games” rounds out the list.

#BlackPanther keeps climbing the charts. pic.twitter.com/794SSfXkkc

— Fandango (@Fandango) February 15, 2018

“Black Panther” opens in previews on Thursday night and is projected to open to at least $150 million in its four-day holiday opening weekend. However, “Black Panther” is expected to post an opening that would rank in the top 10 for superhero films, and the question arises whether it will beat the February box office record held by “Deadpool” two years ago when it opened to $152 million.

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Right now, “Black Panther” is also the top-rated superhero film of all time, at 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, DC or Marvel.

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the death of his father in “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take the throne as its new king. But when vicious arms dealer Ulysees Klaue (Andy Serkis) returns to threaten the kingdom, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and Black Panther — is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict against enemies both inside and outside his kingdom, including the mutinous Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).

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Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, and Winston Duke star with Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker. Ryan Coogler directed from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole.

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Does ‘Black Panther’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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It may only be February, but it’s already time for the first of three Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in 2018. “Black Panther” is the last Marvel movie before this summer’s teamup to end all teamups, “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Of course, it’s important for far more than just that reason — “Black Panther” is the first mega-budget blockbuster ever to feature a cast made up almost entirely of black actors. Chadwick Boseman headlines as the titular hero, and the supporting cast is spectacular, with Michael B. Jordan as the villainous Eric Killmonger alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Sterling K. Brown, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya and many others.

Clocking in at a robust 140 minutes, “Black Panther” is a movie that will test the limits of your bladder if you grabbed a large beverage at the theater. And so once the credits roll you may feel a strong urge to head to the bathroom and want to know if you’re going to miss anything by doing so. And so here’s the skinny.

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“Black Panther” contains two extra scenes after the credits start to roll. The first comes early in the credits, about a minute or so in. And the second comes at the very end of the credits. There’s about a five minute gap in between the two, so you probably will have time to run out and come back if there’s not like a long long at the bathroom.

Thus concludes the spoiler-free portion of this post. If you don’t want to know any of the details of the post-credits scenes in “Black Panther,” now’s the time to bow out.

Here’s a cool shot from the movie to act as a buffer.

Okay, it’s spoiler time.

The first of the two scenes is sort of a bonus ending of the movie. T’Challa is addressing the United Nations, declaring Wakanda’s intent to, for the first time, work with other countries in order to make the world a better place, following up on the outreach center he’s planning to set up in Oakland. At the end of T’Challa’s address, some smarmy white guy pompously asks how a nation of farmers is going to be able to contribute anything meaningful. At which point all the Wakandans in the room smile wryly.

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The scene at the end of the credits gives us an update on the status of one Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who at the end of “Captain America: Civil War” was seen being put into what appeared to be cryogenic stasis in Wakanda. But now he’s out and awake, still in Wakanda, meditating in a hut on the plains. T’Challa’s sister Shuri (Letitia Wright) pays him a visit, and calls him by a new title: White Wolf. It’s a significant thing — White Wolf is a Marvel character, but not one associated with Bucky.

In the comics, White Wolf is a white man named Hunter whose family died in a plane crash in Wakanda when he was a boy. White Wolf was the head of Wakanda’s secret police, the Hatut Zeraze, under T’Chaka. T’Challa abolished the organization when he took the throne, which led to an estrangement between him and the White Wolf, who then became a mercenary.

It’s unlikely that Bucky’s arc from here will follow that of the comic book White Wolf in any meaningful way, the title instead carrying a symbolic parallel — that of a favored adopted son of Wakanda. Since, according to the trailer for “Avengers: Infinity War,” we’ll next see Bucky defending Wakanda from the forces of Thanos, that thought follows.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Black Panther” is shaping up to be a phenomenon at the box office — but it’s already made a pretty astonishing impression on critics. The comic book flick has earned a 97 percent Certified Fresh score on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, the highest ever for any Marvel or DC movie and tied with Disney’s “The Incredibles” for the best score for any superhero movie.

Rotten Tomatoes currently has 105 reviews tallied for “Black Panther,” with only three being marked as “rotten” by their authors. The previous high mark for a Marvel movie was the first “Iron Man” film at 94 percent, and the high for DC is “The Dark Knight,” also at 94.

The last couple years have seen a remarkable number of incredibly well-received superhero movies. In 2017 alone, four — “Logan,” “Wonder Woman,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Thor: Ragnarok” — pulled in scores above 90 percent, with Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” coming in just behind at 83 percent. The two MCU movies from 2016, “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange,” both hit the 90 percent mark as well.

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It’s likely that the “Black Panther” score will move a bit before the end of this weekend, as more and more Rotten Tomatoes critics post their reviews. Typically a movie that earns a percentage this high prior to release will see that percentage fall somewhat after release — “Wonder Woman,” for example, was at 96 percent after its first wave of critics’ reviews, but when all was said and done, with more than 350 reviews posted, it ended up at 92. For comparison, when “Wonder Woman” was at 96 percent it only had 54 reviews tallied, with two rotten at that time — “Black Panther” only having three rotten after 105 were posted may indicate its score won’t fall as far. But it’s unlikely that it will be able to maintain that 97 or move up into sole possession of the best reviewed superhero movie by the standards of Rotten Tomatoes.

The average review rating for “Black Panther” should also inspire some confidence. As it stands, its average of 8.2 out of 10, which if it holds will give “Black Panther” the third highest average rating for a superhero movie behind “The Incredibles” at 8.3 and “The Dark Knight” at 8.6. The only others to hit an average of at least 8 out of ten were “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” both of which landed at exactly 8.

“Black Panther” hits theaters this Friday, and stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular hero, alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis.

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“Black Panther” is different than any other Marvel movie that has come before it — TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez and Beatrice Verhoeven are here to tell you why.

The new superhero film is more emotional, cultural and spiritual than any previous film, and is more focused on finding one’s identity than trying to save the world from aliens. It took more of the “Logan” route — but both Gonzalez and Verhoeven agree that this film elevates even the last iteration of the “Wolverine” films.

With beautiful cinematography and stunning costume design, “Black Panther” lives up to our expectations. And another thing the film does well: Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger is a fully fleshed-out villain for whom you also feel compassion at times.

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And those post-credit scenes (don’t worry, no spoilers here).

The film stars Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker. Ryan Coogler directed.

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“Black Panther” will hit theaters on Feb. 16.

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Octavia Spencer has made a pledge to buy out a theater during her stay in Mississippi so people in an underserved community there can watch “Black Panther.”

“I will be in MS when this movie opens,” Spencer wrote on Instagram. “I think I will buy out a theatre in an underserved community there to ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero. I will let you know where and when Mississippi. Stay tuned.”

Many praised the actress for her plans, saying, “thank you for this! this will be very special for this kids!” and “Thank you for forever walking the walk, as you recently put it. An important community made better for having your influence near it. I hope they have SO much fun.”

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Spencer isn’t the first star to express excitement for the film, set to debut Feb. 16. John Boyega said, “In no way should there be composure around black panther. Celebrate this freely! This movie means history to me and I’m so excited to see this! Big love to all Involved!”

“‘Black Panther’ was incredible, and powerful and everything we need right now,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” actress Chloe Bennet said. “The words ‘cultural phenomenon’ have never felt more appropriate.”

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“Black Panther” was directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.

Last year, Chance the Rapper bought “all the tickets all day to see ‘Marshall’” at a movie theater in Chicago, because he thought the film was “lit.”

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Marvel’s “Black Panther” is outpacing all superhero movies in Fandango’s advance ticket sales, even surpassing 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the mobile ticketing company announced Wednesday.

The film has received buzz from fans since the world premiere and first screenings on Monday night — as of Wednesday morning, it is still the #1 daily ticket-seller on Fandango although we are still 16 days away from opening day.

According to a survey of 1,000 moviegoers, 93 percent said they couldn’t wait to see Chadwick Boseman in his solo film after seeing him in “Captain America: Civil War.” 86 percent are excited to the film’s all-female warriors, while 97 percent are looking forward to a different kind of superhero movie.

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“The buzz on ‘Black Panther’ is electric,” said Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “Early screening audiences say it is one of Marvel’s best movies ever, and the positive word-of-mouth is helping drive the movie’s spectacular advance ticket sales.”

Earlier this month, the film became Fandango’s best-selling Marvel Cinematic Universe movie in the first 24 hours of advanced ticket sales, beating out previous record holder “Captain America: Civil War.”

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Boseman reprises his role as T’Challa/Black Panther after first starring in the role in “Civil War.” Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis also star.

“Black Panther” will hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.

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