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Press: CAMERAS ROLL ON THE TRUE-LIFE DRAMA “JUST MERCY”

Burbank, CA – September 6, 2018 – Principal photography began this week on Warner Bros. Pictures’ inspiring drama “Just Mercy,” based on the award-winning nonfiction bestseller by Bryan Stevenson. The film stars Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” upcoming “Creed II”) and Oscar winners Jamie Foxx (“Ray,” “Baby Driver,” “Django: Unchained”) and Brie Larson (“Room,” “The Glass Castle,” upcoming “Captain Marvel”). Award-winning filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (“The Glass Castle,” “Short Term 12”) is directing “Just Mercy.”

A powerful and thought-provoking true story, “Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan might have had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley (Larson). One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian (Foxx), who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.

The film is being produced by two-time Oscar nominee Gil Netter (“Life of Pi,” “The Blind Side”) and Asher Goldstein (“Short Term 12”), with Mike Drake, Michael B. Jordan, Bryan Stevenson, Gabriel Hammond, Daniel Hammond and Niija Kuykendall serving as executive producers. Cretton is helming the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Andrew Lanham (“The Glass Castle”), based on Stevenson’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Published in 2014 by Spiegel & Grau, the book has spent 118 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers List, and counting, and was named one of the year’s best books by a number of top publications, including TIME Magazine. For the book, Stevenson also won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence, an NAACP Image Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction.

The main cast also includes O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) as Anthony Ray Hinton, another wrongly convicted death row inmate whose cause is taken up by Bryan; Rob Morgan (“Mudbound”) as Herbert Richardson, who also sits on death row awaiting his fate; and Tim Blake Nelson (“Wormwood”) as Ralph Myers, whose pivotal testimony against Walter McMillian is called into question.

The creative team working with Cretton behind the scenes includes director of photography Brett Pawlak, production designer Sharon Seymour, editor Nat Sanders and composer Joel P. West, all of whom previously collaborated with the director on “The Glass Castle.” They are joined by costume designer Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“Detroit,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”).

“Just Mercy” is being shot almost entirely on location in and around Atlanta, Georgia, with a few scenes also filmed in Montgomery, Alabama.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, a Gil Netter Production, an Outlier Society Production, “Just Mercy” is slated for release on January 17, 2020, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Source: Dallas Weekly

Press: Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Just Mercy,” Starring and Executive Produced by Michael B. Jordan, First Film under WarnerMedia’s Newly Unveiled Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Just Mercy,” Starring and Executive Produced by Michael B. Jordan, First Film under WarnerMedia’s Newly Unveiled Diversity and Inclusion Policy

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WarnerMedia today unveiled a company-wide policy outlining its commitment to diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the camera. “Just Mercy,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Michael B. Jordan, is the first production to fall under this policy. Jordan, who serves as an executive producer on the film, and his agent Phillip Sun at WME, helped WarnerMedia launch this policy. Production begins this week in Atlanta.

The policy statement reads:

WarnerMedia companies, Warner Bros., HBO and Turner, have long been committed to diversity and inclusion as moral and business imperatives. It is essential that our content and creative partners reflect the diversity of our society and the world around us. Together with other production companies, networks, guilds, unions, talent agencies and others in the industry, we all must ensure there is greater inclusion of women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, those with disabilities and other underrepresented groups in greater numbers both in front of and behind the camera.

For our part, WarnerMedia pledges to use our best efforts to ensure that diverse actors and crew members are considered for film, television and other projects, and to work with directors and producers who also seek to promote greater diversity and inclusion in our industry. To that end, in the early stages of the production process, we will engage with our writers, producers and directors to create a plan for implementing this commitment to diversity and inclusion on our projects, with the goal of providing opportunities for individuals from under-represented groups at all levels. And, we will issue an annual report on our progress.

The companies of WarnerMedia have a historic and proven commitment to diversity and inclusion. But there is much more we can do, and we believe real progress can be made in the industry. We will work with our partners in the entertainment community to make this commitment a reality.

“I’m proud that Warner Bros. and our sister companies, HBO and Turner, are willing to state unequivocally that this is where we stand on diversity and inclusion. Our policy commits us to taking concrete action to further our goals, to measure the outcomes and to share the results publicly,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. “I’m also thrilled that we were able to work with Michael B. Jordan to craft a meaningful policy and framework that will apply to all of our productions, across all of our divisions, going forward.”

“Inclusivity has always been a no-brainer for me, especially as a black man in this business. It wasn’t until Frances McDormand spoke the two words that set the industry on fire — inclusion rider — that I realized we could standardize this practice. It allowed me to formally pledge my production company, Outlier Society, to a way of doing business,” said actor, producer and CEO of Outlier Society, Michael B. Jordan. “The WarnerMedia family has introduced an approach that accomplishes our shared objectives, and I applaud them for taking this enormous step forward. I’m proud that our film, ‘Just Mercy,’ will be the first to formally represent the future we have been working toward, together. This is a legacy-bearing moment.”

“The core values of the WarnerMedia companies are built on doing innovative work in a manner that respects our creative partners, their aspirations and their individuality,” said WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey. “I am proud of the progress that the leaders of our businesses have made, and we believe this is the next logical step to improve our content and cement our leadership in contributing to positive change in the industry.”
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Source: Business Wire

Press: People’s Choice Awards Unveils New Categories; Opens Nomination Voting

The people are ready to vote — for the People’s Choice Awards. The annual “For the People, By the People” awards show opened nomination voting today and announced an additional 13 categories to add to their robust ballot list of categories that include the best in movies, television, music, and pop culture. Produced by Den of Thieves, the People’s Choice Awards will have its inaugural telecast on E! Nov. 11 at 9 PM ET/PT with “Live From The Red Carpet: The E! People’s Choice Awards” kicking off at 7 PM ET/PT.

The new categories include “The Revival Show of 2018”, “The Reality Show of 2018”, “The Bingeworthy Show of 2018”, “The Reality TV Star of 2018”, “The Comedy Act of 2018” as well as “The Game Changer of 2018”, which recognizes an athlete who’s had a social and professional impact this year. Seems like the latter has Colin Kaepernick’s name written all over it.

Other new categories include “The Style Star of 2018”, “The Beauty Influencer of 2018”, “The Animal Star of 2018”, “The Music Video of 2018”, “The Concert Tour of 2018”, “The Pop Podcast of 2018”, and “The Competition Contestant of 2018”.

E! is engaging fans worldwide to select their choice from the 12 nominees along with a write-in option in each category to help determine the five finalists who will move forward to the next phase of voting. Nomination voting can be done at pca.eonline.com as well as Facebook where fans can post either publicly or privately and include: one category hashtag, one corresponding nominee hashtag, and #PCAs. On Twitter, fans can vote by sending a public tweet or retweet and include one category hashtag, one corresponding nominee hashtag, and #PCAs.

Voting ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sept. 14. After the voting window closes, the top five nominees based on fan votes in each category will become the official finalists. The finalist voting window will begin Sept. 24 and run through Oct. 19. A full list of of all 43 categories and nominees follows below.

THE MOVIE OF 2018

A Quiet Place
A Wrinkle in Time
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Deadpool 2
Fifty Shades Freed
Incredibles 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Ocean’s 8
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story

THE ACTION MOVIE OF 2018

Ant-Man and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Deadpool 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Ocean’s 8
Rampage
Ready Player One
Solo: A Star Wars Story
The Equalizer 2
The Meg

THE MALE MOVIE STAR OF 2018

Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Chris Hemsworth, Avengers: Infinity War
Chris Pratt, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Dwayne Johnson, Skyscraper
John Boyega, Pacific Rim
Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Nick Robinson, Love, Simon
Paul Rudd, Ant-Man and the Wasp
Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Infinity Wars
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2
Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible: Fallout

THE ACTION MOVIE STAR OF 2018

Alicia Vikander, Tomb Raider
Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther
Chris Hemsworth, Avengers: Infinity War
Chris Pratt, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom
Danai Gurira, Black Panther
Donald Glover, Solo: A Star Wars Story
Dwayne Johnson, Rampage
Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man and the Wasp
Michael B. Jordan, Black Panther
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool 2
Scarlett Johansson, Avengers: Infinity War
Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible: Fallout

Source: Deadline

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Surprises Schoolkids

As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to love him, Michael recently posted a video of him surprising a group of schoolkids doing jumping jacks on Instagram. Check out the adorable video below.

Video: Michael B. Jordan Just Challenged Will Smith to a Cook-Off

Ever wonder if Michael B. Jordan was a good cook? Well he must be feeling pretty confident, because he just challenged Will Smith to a cook-off via Instagram. Check out his impressive skills in the video below. I don’t know if Will Smith will accept, but if he does my money is on Michael.

Press: Black Panther Phenomenom Rolls onto Netflix Sept. 4

The phenomenon that is Black Panther makes its way to Netflix next month, one of the last Marvel films that will be available on the streaming service Goliath until Disney challenges with its own.

Believe it or not, its only been six months since Black Panther crashed worldwide box offices, packing theaters tight enough to make a fire marshall sweat uncomfortably. If it seems like more time has passed, it may be because the Marvel industrial complex dropped two more films, Avengers Infinity War and Ant-Man and The Wasp, to secure its global squeeze on the film industry.

But no matter how many properties Disney gobbles up and throws into tag team films or movies it releases with 70-star ensembles, Black Panther will continue hold up on its own merit. Racking up an astonishing $1.344 billion in worldwide receipts, it’s influence can be felt far beyond the box office. The impact was as much a cultural one as anything, even bringing Denzel Washington to tears. It’s popularity and message may have even sparked changes within the Oscars when The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created a whole new and controversial category named, the popular film award. Many believing the Academy’s motives were to guarantee Black Panther’s inclusion in the award ceremony.

Helmed by Ryan Coogler and adorned by noteworthy performances by Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa) and Michael B. Jordan (Killmonger) as cousins with opposing ideologies that leave the fate of Wakanda and the world at risk, and rounded out by Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia) and Letitia Wright (Shuri), the film never loses any of the goodwill that it builds when T’Challa and Killmonger are offstage and is a film that looks to the future while paying homage to the past.

Now, starting on Sept. 4, you can enjoy Black Panther over and over again, until your head feels like helium and you find yourself chanting “yibmambe” through the city streets. But, make sure to get as much of it in as you can, because it will not last. Disney plans on unveiling its own streaming service late next year, where you can watch all your favorite Marvel films lined up like an all-star parade, next to Pixar, Lucasfilm and, of course, Disney movies.

Black Panther will be one of the last titles you will find on the streaming service as Disney plans on taking back its properties after Captain Marvel. Until that time, it’s Wakanda Forever on Netflix.

Source: Fansided

Press: Michael B. Jordan confused a Lil Wayne quote for a line from Black Panther

If it was up to Michael B. Jordan, Lil Wayne might be in line to write Black Panther 2.

EW has exclusive video of Jordan’s appearance on MTV’s SafeWord, where the actor plays a round of “Wakanda or Weezy?” The mission in the game is to decide if a quote is from a rapper or Jordan’s hit film Black Panther.

Tiffany Haddish makes a special cameo in her “ovulating boots” to read the line: “I do what I want to do and I’m gonna do that till the day I die.”

Sounds like something Erik Killmonger might say, right? Well, that’s what Jordan thought too, but the correct answer is actually Lil Wayne.

More like, Wakanda F(orever) Baby.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Press: Sly Stallone And Michael B. Jordan Sparring On The Set Of Creed II Has Us Pumped For The Movie

Creed surprised a lot of people by breathing new life into the Rocky franchise and now we can’t wait to see the sequel later this year. Our excitement for Creed II is only increasing as we get another look at the forthcoming film. Following on a pair of official images that were recently released, Sylvester Stallone has dropped another, unofficial image, which shows him taking shots at Michael B. Jordan while filming the upcoming movie. Check it out.

The image shows Michael B. Jordan, or at least Sly says that’s him, we can’t really tell because he’s got his gloves up guarding his face, while Stallone takes a shot to the body. We also see Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. watching it all unfold, possibly taking notes for some future scene.

I was incredibly excited for Creed when it came out and was utterly thrilled with the quality of the result. It only makes it that much more exciting that the sequel is on its way to us. While Ryan Coogler didn’t write or direct the sequel, we’re seeing a script that was co-written by Sylvester Stallone,. who is responsible for every other film in the series with the exception of Creed. The more interesting change is Steven Caple Jr. taking over as director. Creed II is only his second feature film, his first being The Land, based on a screenplay he wrote himself. This makes the director something of an X-factor, as we don’t really know what to expect from him. However, Ryan Coogler gave Caple Jr. his seal of approval, so fans likely don’t need to worry.

Creed was both the continuation of the Rocky story as well as the launching of a new franchise following the career of Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s longtime friend and opponent Apollo. Creed II will continue both of these threads, as it will be a sequel to not only the original Creed but also will follow directly on the events of Rocky IV. In that film, Apollo was killed by Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Creed II will see Adonis Creed attempt a measure of revenge when he fights Ivan Drago’s son in the ring.

The first trailer for Creed II focused on the relationship between Rocky and Adonis, and how said relationship was being tested by Creed’s desire to fight Drago. What it didn’t show us was much of anything regarding the other side of the fight. One expects will get at least one more trailer between now and the release of the film November 21 which will show us that side of the conflict, and likely tease the return of Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago.

Source: Cinema Blend