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Photos: 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photos: 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photos of Michael attending last nights Screen Actors Guild Awards have been added to the gallery.

Press/Video: ‘Black Panther’ Wins Best Cast in a Motion Picture at the 25th Annual SAG Awards

Press/Video: ‘Black Panther’ Wins Best Cast in a Motion Picture at the 25th Annual SAG Awards

A HUGE congratulations to Michael B. Jordan and the rest of the cast for their SAG Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture!! I can’t even express how happy this makes me. Check out the announcement and acceptance speech below.

Photos: Additional ‘Creed II’ Behind the Scenes & Stills

Photos: Additional ‘Creed II’ Behind the Scenes & Stills

Additional behind the scenes photos & stills from Creed II have been added to the gallery. A HUGE thank you to my friend Samantha at Brendan Fehr Online.

Press: Santa Barbara Film Fest: ‘Black Panther’ Standout Michael B. Jordan Tapped for Cinema Vanguard Award

Press: Santa Barbara Film Fest: ‘Black Panther’ Standout Michael B. Jordan Tapped for Cinema Vanguard Award

Congratulations Michael!

The 31-year-old will pick up his hardware at the fest on Feb. 7.

Michael B. Jordan, who won raves in 2018 for his work as a supporting actor in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and the lead actor in Steven Caple Jr.’s Creed 2 (and a Critics’ Choice nom for the former on Monday), will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 2019 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced this week.

The 31-year-old, whose prior credits include Coogler’s Fruitvale Station (2013) and Creed (2015) as well as the game-changing TV series The Wire (2002) and Friday Night Lights (2009-11), will be honored Feb. 7 at Santa Barbara’s historic Arlington Theatre as part of the festival’s 34th edition, which will run Jan. 30-Feb. 9.

SBIFF’s Cinema Vanguard Award recognizes actors who have forged their own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Previous recipients include Willem Dafoe, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin, Bernice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Peter Sarsgaard, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stanley Tucci and Ryan Gosling.

Said SBIFF executive director Roger Durling in a statement: “It’s thrilling to honor Michael B. Jordan this year for the emboldened way he’s shown us what it means to be a movie star for the 21st century, mixing sensitivity with swagger, choosing important material that remains full of integrity yet becomes world phenomenon, and forging a cinematic partnership with visionary director Ryan Coogler.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Press: The Favourite, Black Panther Lead Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations

Press: The Favourite, Black Panther Lead Critics’ Choice Awards Nominations

Waking up to this news made me very happy. A huge congratulations to Michael B. Jordan and the rest of the Black Panther cast and crew for their amazing work on the film. Now lets bring it home for the win!

The period drama picked up 14 nods, while Black Panther followed up with 12.

The Favourite has run away with the Critics’ Choice Awards nominations. The darkly funny period drama, starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone as warring cousins vying for royal attention, will lead the ceremony with a whopping 14 nominations, including nods for best picture, best actress (Colman), best supporting actress (Stone and Weisz), and best director (Yorgos Lanthimos).

The Favourite was followed closely by Marvel juggernaut Black Panther, which picked up 12 nods, including best picture, best acting ensemble, and best supporting actor (Michael B. Jordan). Damien Chazelle’s First Man, which seemed to lose some steam earlier in the awards race, came in third with 10 nods. Meanwhile, Mary Poppins Returns, A Star Is Born, and Vice followed with 9 nods apiece. While A Star Is Born has long been considered a front-runner this season, neither Vice nor Mary Poppins has yet hit theaters. Both, however, have slowly been gaining traction with critics and beyond, making a strong showing when Golden Globes nominations were announced; Vice ended up leading that field, with six nods total. And while the Globes are, well, the Globes, the Critics’ Choice nods offer a slightly more predictive glimpse at which films might might go all the way to the Oscars.

Speaking of films that might go all the way: Roma, which was named best picture on Sunday by both the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the New York Film Critics Online, landed eight Critics’ Choice nominations. Alfonso Cuarón’s critically adored period drama, inspired by his Mexican upbringing in the 1970s, was painted as a best-picture front-runner early on in this awards race, and critics have been eager to prove the predictions right. Green Book, another early contender, landed seven nominations.

In the TV realm, HBO and Netflix tied with 20 nods apiece, thanks to the success of shows like Sharp Objects and One Day at a Time, respectively. Amy Adams stood out with two nods; one for her supporting turn in Vice, and one for her lead turn in Sharp Objects.

FX followed closely behind HBO and Netflix, with shows like The Americans and The Assassination of Gianni Versace picking up five crucial nods each. Meanwhile, Showtime’s Escape at Dannemora made a strong debut with five nods of its own. The full list of nominations can be read here. The Critics’ Choice Awards will air January 13, 2019 on the CW.

Source: Vanity Fair

Photos: ‘Kin’ Screencaps

Photos: ‘Kin’ Screencaps

Screencaps from Michael’s 2018 film Kin have been added to the gallery. A HUGE thank you to my friend Samantha at Brendan Fehr Online.

Press/Video: I Trained Like Creed! | Yahoo! Sports

Jared Quay from Yahoo Sports The Rush, got to train with Michael B. Jordan and Nike at the Nikes “Just Do it Creed Experience”. An experience for kids where they got to meet MBJ and train like a pro boxer.

Press/Video: Michael B Jordan talks BLACK PANTHER | The Movie Report

BLACK PANTHER star Michael B. Jordan discusses the film after a special screening at the Linwood Dunn Theater at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Pictures in Hollywood on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

Press/Video: Creed II’s Michael B. Jordan Surprises Kids At A London Boxing Club

The boxing gym in Lambeth is run by Black Prince Trust, which offers first-class sports and education facilities to the local community and schools. One of its key partners is Fight 4 Change – an initiative which provides boxing, martial arts and fitness training to support, mentor and progress marginalised young people and those at risk of offending in deprived communities.

Press: Michael B Jordan on Creed II: It’s an adjustment when you have your privacy taken away

Press: Michael B Jordan on Creed II: It’s an adjustment when you have your privacy taken away

He’s the star of Creed II and hot property in Hollywood, but the uber-talented Michael B Jordan is taking it all in his stride. Here, he talks fighting, fame and films with Gemma Dunn

WHEN Sylvester Stallone revealed his plans to retire Rocky Balboa as Creed II opened recently, fans of the franchise were left saddened. The veteran actor, who has played the world’s most celebrated fictional boxer since 1976, dropped the bombshell via Instagram, where he told his eight million followers: “It’s been my ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character.”

“Though it breaks my heart, sadly all things must pass… and end,” added the 72-year-old, alongside a video of the speech he gave to his Creed II co-stars.

Suggesting his appearance in the blockbuster reboot will be his last, Stallone has insisted his lead, Michael B Jordan, will now “carry the mantle”. And it seems the 31-year-old star is suitably flattered.

“It’s an honour, honestly,” says Jordan, who put in a knockout performance as boxer Adonis Creed in the original Rocky spin-off and returns to the title role in Creed II, now showing in cinemas across Ireland.

“I know what that character and that franchise means to him – and for him to see that same potential inside of me, I think it’s a big deal.

“I didn’t expect him to say that and he did, so it caught me off guard. But it feels special; it’s something I take seriously. He knows that I’m gonna do him justice.”

If the Californian’s previous efforts are anything to go by, there’s no doubt he will. Hot on the heels of Creed’s success in 2016, Creed II, this time directed by Steven Caple Jr, sees Jordan take on the next chapter of the Adonis Creed story, which follows the young boxer’s life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with newfound fame, family, his father’s legacy, and his continuing quest to become a champion.

But to defend his acquired world title, Creed must fight a worthy opponent. Hence the introduction of Viktor Drago: a young, undefeated heavyweight contender, played by real-life sports enthusiast Florian ‘Big Nasty’ Munteanu.

He’s the son of Ivan Drago (played by Dolph Lundgren), the Russian boxer who killed Adonis’s father Apollo in the ring three decades earlier. Deciding he has a score to settle, Adonis prepares, with the help of trainer, Rocky, for a showdown.

“I think Adonis has felt like an underdog ever since he became champion,” says Jordan of his character. “I don’t think he ever felt like a champ. He never felt like he was the sure-win, which is an interesting thing to play. “He’s always felt like he has something to prove.

“And out of nowhere, this blast from the past arrives which forces Adonis to go down a dark road, to really reflect on and figure out why he fights,” adds Jordan, who earlier this year received critical acclaim for his portrayal of villain Erik Killmonger in Marvel’s Black Panther.

“This film shows that sometimes you have to go through darkness and the fire to realise what’s important.”

But to get back in the ring, full stop, was going to take some serious training, especially if Jordan was to square up opposite newbie Munteanu – a 6’4″ Romanian-born, German-raised boxer by trade.

“For the first [film], there’s no way I could imagine what I was going to be doing – the second time around, it was worse,” he confesses, with a laugh.

“I have to believe when I was stepping into the ring, I am a fighter. I would work out to exhaustion day in and day out, sometimes twice a day, going home with swollen knuckles and all.”

Jordan adds: “A boxer has a certain look and has to make a certain weight. To get in shape for this one, we definitely amped up the cardio along with the boxing, which itself is an amazing workout, two times a day, every day for six weeks.”

But fitness aside, the high-action fight scenes still resulted in a number of hospital visits – on both sides. Not that it left Jordan deterred.

“It’s a badge of honour, honestly,” he says, smiling. “We’re making an action film and if you’re not getting hurt, then you ain’t trying hard enough. So I feel like it just means that we were putting it all on the line for the perfect shot. For the perfect scene.”

Has he had any pinch-yourself moments, given the success the Creed role has earned him?

“I think the first time I finished the fight scenes, in the first movie, was a pinch-myself moment of like, ‘Oh, we did that’. Especially working with director Ryan [Coogler],” he says.

“That was our second film we’ve done together [the pair previously collaborated on Fruitvale Station and have since joined forces for Black Panther] and I felt like, ‘We did it again’. It was such an accomplishment.”

The fact he served as an executive producer on Creed II also left him feeling “more conscious” of his involvement, he says.

“I’ve always been producing or always trying to add to the story or character of the film in some type of way. I’m a team player, so I just want, as a whole, for the movie to do well.

“For me, you’ve got to do it one movie at a time, one scene at a time, and just try to do your best. Give it your all, every day. And at the end of it, if you’ve got something great, then people are going to let you know.”

As for the fame, Jordan, who is in high demand in Hollywood, is taking it in his stride.

“I’m the same guy, I’m not changing,” he says. “It’s an adjustment when you have your privacy taken away but that’s what comes with it.

“I love my fans, I love the love that I get for what I do, so I just try to reciprocate it as much as possible. You’ve got to throw your energy back out into the universe and it will send it back to you.”

Source: The Irish News

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