Black Panther has been a worldwide smash, breaking all kinds of box office records along the way. The movie has struck a chord with audiences, and many have been able to find personal meaning in the film’s messages. That’s exactly how the movie’s director, Ryan Coogler, hoped it would turn out, because when he was brought on to the project, it became very personal to him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ryan Coogler)
Black Panther is still playing in theaters everywhere.
Black Panther was a box office animal this past weekend, shattering records with its $235 million opening. While analysts try to break down the movie to figure out why it did so phenomenally well, star Chadwick Boseman offers a very simple explanation: He thinks director Ryan Coogler was the right man for the job, and he inspired everyone on the set to make an awesome film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chadwick Boseman)
Black Panther is playing now in theaters everywhere.
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.
One of cinema’s most successful collaborations is between filmmaker Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan. Their previous films Fruitvale Station and Creed were critical successes, and now the duo are receiving tons of praises for their work in Black Panther. It’s a partnership that is akin to Martin Scorsese’s early collaborations with Robert De Niro, and hopefully Black Panther is just another step in a long and successful union.
“We continue to grow,” said Jordan who plays villain Erik Kilmonger in the film. “We’re growing together. We raise the bar – we try to one each project that we do. I’m forever impressed by his talent and ability. We have a connection that can’t be broken.”
Click on the media bar to hear Jordan discuss what Wakanda means to him.
Black Panther, co-starring Chadwick Boseman, opens nationwide February 16.
There has been talk of a Supporting Oscar nomination push for Sylvester Stallone, and considering Creed goes toe to toe with Cop Land as his finest performance to date, it’s well deserved chatter.
Creed may be the story of how Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) trains with Rocky Balboa (Stallone) to find his boxing destiny and continue the legacy of his late father Apollo, but it also embraces the larger themes of living and fighting through the inevitable onset of mortality.
“It made me definitely realize that the clock is ticking,” said Stallone. “We’re all very . . . any day nature can flip the coin on us and take away our health so it opened my eyes and made me very very aware of mortality.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Sylvester Stallone talk about the subtext behind the first rate drama Creed, which is now playing nationwide: