Daniel Kaluuya Inspired By Working With ‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler


It’s been a great creative period for Daniel Kaluuya thanks to the critical acclaim that was heaped on the horror thriller Get Out. That role will undoubtedly open even more doors for the talented actor, and in Black Panther he plays W’Kabi, T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) closest friend who has his own vision on how Wakanda should be run.

Kaluuya had nothing but praise for Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler. “He knows himself, he knows what he’s about,” said Kaluuya. “He spots little things. He’s very emotionally detailed and just seeing him just navigate this job – it’s breaking new ground. Growth hurts and to see him go through this is just really inspiring.”

Click on the media bar to hear Kaluuya elaborate on how he connected with W’Kabi:

Black Panther, co-starring Lupita N’yongo and Martin Freeman, is now playing nationwide.

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Chadwick Boseman Promises An “Amazing Experience” With ‘Black Panther’

775106098TM00139_The_Los_AnChadwick Boseman made a splash as the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War, and now the Marvel superhero gets his own movie.

Along with starting off a possible franchise, the film also boasts the talents of Creed director Ryan Cogler and actor Michael B. Jordan. This time out, Jordan plays Erik Kilmonger, a rival of Black Panther (Boseman), and it’s a confrontation that should be one of the many highlights of the film.

“I think it’s because it’s different,” said Boseman on the anticipation behind the film. “People have not seen this before so people are excited about what they have not seen. Obviously there’s a huge confrontation between my character and Michael’s character. I think people are excited about that as well.”

In the clip below, Boseman elaborates on the “amazing experience” that audiences will have with Black Panther:

Black Panther, co-starring Lupita Nyong’o, opens nationwide February 16.

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Lupita Nyong’o: New ‘Star Wars’ Will Awaken Memories Of The Original Trilogy

01_starwars_titleWhat an amazing year it has been for Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. Not only did she win an Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave, she also landed the role in perhaps the most anticipated film in recent times: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

While not much is known about the plot other than it takes place 30 years after Return of the Jedi. What we do know is that Nyong’o plays a character named Maz Kanata. We caught up with Nyong’o a few months ago asked for details and revealed that the film honors the past Star Wars films while also employing today’s state of the art technology. Director J.J. Abrams honored his love for early Steven Spielberg films with the nostalgic 2011 flick Super 8, and that cinematic sentimentality (this time for George Lucas) will probably be evident with his latest film.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 16.

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’12 Years A Slave’ Named Best Picture At Critics’ Choice Awards

12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight)

Alfonso Cuaron’s 91-minute masterwork Gravity topped last night’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with seven wins, with American Hustle coming in second with four awards.

The big winner, at least from the worn out Starbucks stool I’m currently sitting on, is 12 Years a Slave, as it was named Best Picture. In an honor which is hopefully replicated at the Oscars, Lupita Nyong’o took home the Best Supporting Actress Award for the Steve McQueen directed drama. “12 Years a Slave has been one of the more profound experiences of my life,” Nyong’o said during the acceptance speech. “And I could not be here had it not been for Solomon Northup and his love and passion for freedom.” Her CCMA speech is featured in the video at the end of the post.

Here’s a list of last night’s winners:

Best Picture – “12 Years a Slave”

Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Actress – Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Young Actor/Actress – Adele Exarchopoulos, “Blue Is The Warmest Color”

Best Acting Ensemble – “American Hustle”

Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

Best Original Screenplay – Spike Jonze, “Her”

Best Adapted Screenplay – John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, “Gravity”

Best Art Direction – Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator), “The Great Gatsby”

Best Editing – Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, “Gravity”

Best Costume Design – Catherine Martin, “The Great Gatsby”

Best Hair & Makeup – “American Hustle”

Best Visual Effects – “Gravity”

Best Animated Feature – “Frozen”

Best Action Movie – “Lone Survivor”

Best Actor in an Action Movie – Mark Wahlberg, “Lone Survivor”

Best Actress in an Action Movie – Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Best Comedy – “American Hustle”

Best Actor in a Comedy – Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actress in a Comedy – Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie – “Gravity”

Best Foreign Language Film – “Blue Is the Warmest Color”

Best Documentary Feature – “20 Feet From Stardom”

Best Song – “Let It Go” Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “Frozen”

Best Score – Steven Price, “Gravity”

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