Well, it wouldn’t be a week in film and television without some news of sexual harassment and abuse, but it’s not all bleak this week. We’re getting hyped for the Black Panther release as well as some stunning international projects and exciting on-screen representation for queer and brown marginalised communities.
Black Panther Premieres And The Internet Bows Down
This month, Black Panther arrives in cinemas and we are ready. The Monday night premiere in Los Angeles served some majestic looks from attendees who dressed to a request for “royal attire.” Outfits of the night included Angela Bassett’s fringed jumpsuit, Lupita Nyong’o’s gorgeous gown, and Chadwick Boseman’s golden garms. Needless to say, the Internet swooned.
I feel like these outfits were for anyone that tries to deny how African #BlackPanther is set to be. As in this movie is clearly going to be unapologetically black and you expect me not be excited? Please pic.twitter.com/2fyH2BnN9G
— tobí akingbadé (@TobiRachel_) January 30, 2018
no but the black panther red carpet last night was 🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/o9CEiTjghN
— Gegey (@Gegeyf) January 30, 2018
It’s an understatement to say audiences are excited for this movie, as Black Panther is currently breaking ticket presale records, with more presales made than any other superhero movie. The Marvel film is set to make a whopping $150 million from its opening weekend in America alone.
And if all this doesn’t get you pumped, Octavia Spencer has planned a free Black Panther screening in Mississippi to give underserved black kids a chance to watch the film. Spencer stated the importance of black kids being able to see themselves as a superhero on the big screen. She’s not alone either, with New York resident Frederick Joseph creating the #BlackPantherChallenge and crowdfunding $40,000 to put on free screenings for black kids in Harlem.
Over 90 campaigns and $100k raised. But — we’re not done.
What started as an effort to give young people an opportunity to see themselves in a story, has become an opportunity to provide access for them to TELL THEIR OWN stories. #BlackPantherChallengehttps://t.co/KQ6vXdY95O pic.twitter.com/EqhSGikH2j
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 23, 2018
Nicole Eggert And Kate Winslet Speak Up About Sexual Harassment
This week, Nicole Eggert accused Scott Baio of sexually abusing her when she was a minor. Eggert starred with Baio on Charles In Charge, a long-running sitcom, where the then 26 year old Baio allegedly molested Eggert when she was 14 years old. Baio has denied the accusations in some exceedingly gross statements.
Meanwhile, Kate Winslet stated that she has “bitter regrets” about working with sexual abusers in Hollywood. Winslet hasn’t named names but makes this statement in the wake of criticism for her work in Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel last year. Winslet still has not publicly condemned or distanced herself from Allen, despite speaking out against Harvey Weinstein.
Cool Projects From Cool People
Jahnu Barua’s Unread Pages will be co-produced by American indie studio Ivanhoe Pictures in the Assamese filmmaker’s first international flick. Made in Assamese and English, the film follows a family through three generations, including an American-Assamese character who must navigate his ties to Assam. The film aims to encourage tourism to Assam through cinema.
Netflix has ordered a new family comedy show that pitches itself as Coming To America for a younger generation. The Prince Of Peoria follows a 13 year old prince travelling to the US as an exchange student, where he strikes up an unlikely friendship with an overachieving kid. Further details are light but Shadow and Act predicts a black lead actor.
A trailer has dropped for Abbas Kiarostami’s final film before his death in 2016, ahead of its release this year. 24 Frames is a poetic project by Kiarostami, featuring twenty-four sketches of scenes from nature. The trailer gives us a peek at a beautiful and reflective piece, befitting of the experimental creator’s legacy.
Netflix has picked up Canadian zombie flick Les Affames after the film won Best First Feature at the Toronto Film Festival. The French-language indie picture will be available in most countries internationally from March 2. However, Canada will have to wait until 2019 to stream the film, which stars Marc-André Grondin and Monia Chokri as Quebec villagers facing a zombie crisis.
The trailer for Sebastián Lelio’s upcoming film Disobedience is intense and intimate, featuring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams pursuing an illicit queer relationship in the Orthodox Jewish community. Based on the Naomi Alderman novel, Disobedience will explore themes of sexuality and religion, and stars a stellar cast.
- The Leftovers director Nicole Kassell is set to helm the pilot of HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series.
- Michael K. Williams has been cast as Scatter in the Super Fly remake. He’ll star alongside Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, and recently-added Big Boi in the upcoming flick.
- Lena Waithe’s The Chi has been renewed for a second season. Ayanna Floyd Davis will take over as showrunner for season two.
- The Bad Boys series spinoff has cast Ernie Hudson who will be starring alongside Gabrielle Union in the show’s pilot episode.