Category: Photos

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.

Photos: Variety December 4th Magazine Scans

Photos: Variety December 4th Magazine Scans

Photos from the December 4th issue of Variety have been added to the gallery.

Photos: December 6th Events

Photos: December 6th Events

Michael attended a few events yesterday. I’ve added photos to the gallery.

Press/Video/Photos: Michael B. Jordan & Tessa Thompson on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly

Press/Video/Photos: Michael B. Jordan & Tessa Thompson on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly

MBJ and his Creed/Creed II co-star Tessa Thompson are featured on the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly. You can check out a preview below, and visit the gallery for the rest of the magazine scans. You can also check out a behind the scenes clip below.

Press/Photos: Michael B. Jordan Is Finally in Control. Now What?

Press/Photos: Michael B. Jordan Is Finally in Control. Now What?

MBJ recently sat down for an interview with the New York Times. You can read it below, and check out the accompanying photoshoot in the gallery.

“Black Panther” has brought him Oscar buzz and “Creed II” could be another big hit. Still, he’s restless.

The woman with the braids thought she was being slick, but all the way across the restaurant at the Beverly Hilton, Michael B. Jordan had her clocked.

“There’s this Spidey sense I have now,” Jordan said, wiggling a few fingers near his temple. Jordan, who has portrayed two Marvel superheroes onscreen, was referring to a third: Spider-Man, whose instinct for nearby danger is illustrated by squiggly lines emerging from his head.

For Jordan, that sixth sense is activated whenever a fan is secretly trying to take his picture. Though the woman appeared to be focused on her friends, she was holding her iPhone at the sort of angle that the 31-year-old Jordan has come to recognize as a camera trained on him, not them.

“I’ve just got to get comfortable with that being my life now,” Jordan said, his lips curling into a half-smile. “After you do a Marvel film, things change.”

Few actors would know that better than him. Jordan played Marvel’s Human Torch in 2015’s “Fantastic Four” reboot, which raised his profile but didn’t quite work as a movie, and he was the comic-book foe Erik Killmonger in this year’s “Black Panther,” which worked so spectacularly that Jordan has now become one of the most famous young men in Hollywood. Still, don’t mistake his success for contentment. “I’m starting to learn as time goes on and I get the things I’ve worked so hard for, there’s always going to be, ‘What’s the next thing?’” he said.

Handsome and confident, Jordan has been touted as the next Will Smith or Leonardo DiCaprio, a homegrown star with worldwide ambitions. He is so affably all-American that he topped a rumored studio shortlist to play Superman, but is still possessed of enough sex appeal and swag that Nicki Minaj used her recent People’s Choice acceptance speech to send a lascivious come-on in his direction.

Next up for Jordan is the boxing drama “Creed II,” a sequel to his 2015 hit. Though the franchise continues Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” movies, this new iteration fits Jordan like a boxing glove: As Adonis Creed, the ambitious athlete stepping out of his late father’s long shadow, Jordan toggles between muscular bravado and a wounded, boyish vulnerability that is startling.

[Read our review of “Creed II,” a critic’s pick.]

“Creed II” was rushed into production this year, in the months after “Black Panther” became a billon-dollar phenomenon, and though it was filmed in Philadelphia like the first “Creed,” the difference in how the city reacted to Jordan was palpable. “He had jumped to being a superstar, a megastar,” said Steven Caple Jr., who directed the sequel. “When we would go out, you could see that he was still getting used to the attention.”

The same is true for Adonis, who begins “Creed II” with nearly everything he aspired to in the first film: a surrogate father (Stallone), a loving partner (Tessa Thompson) and the title that had initially eluded him. Wherever Adonis goes, he is greeted as a hometown hero, yet he is restless and surprisingly unhappy. Told that he is boxing’s new champion, Jordan’s wounded warrior snaps, “Then why don’t I feel like it?”

It’s a surprising, subversive turn for the character. “I related to that feeling as an actor: I thought once I got enough money to buy a house and a car that I would be happy,” Jordan said. “But why do I still feel unsatisfied? Why am I so hungry?”

As Caple observed, “Mike’s at the top of his game right now, but he’s always searching for more.”

WHEN MICHAEL B. JORDAN first moved to Los Angeles, he was a teenage actor with a promising résumé and no control over his destiny.

Though Jordan was coming off a heartbreaking turn on “The Wire” and a stint on the soap “All My Children,” where he took over a role originated by his eventual “Black Panther” co-star Chadwick Boseman, every major agency passed on representing him. “I was so young back then, of course I was going to take it personally,” Jordan said.

Progress was steady but hampered by Hollywood’s limited imagination when it comes to black actors. Jordan found work in television on “Friday Night Lights” and in a handful of movies, but leading-man parts eluded him for the longest time. “I watched him in supporting roles in ‘Chronicle’ and ‘Red Tails,’ and it was like, ‘Yo, that dude is a movie star,’” the director Ryan Coogler said. “It felt like those movies should be about him.”

With Coogler, who picked Jordan to star in his 2013 debut “Fruitvale Station” and also directed him in the first “Creed” and “Black Panther,” a creative partnership was forged that fast-tracked both men’s careers. Over the three films, Jordan came into his own as a heartthrob who clicks with both sexes: In the first “Creed,” when Jordan’s boxer tenderly helped Thompson do her hair, women swooned and men took notes.

If Hollywood was slow to recognize Jordan’s leading-man appeal, he and Coogler built something together that was irrefutable. Now, finally, Jordan has the capital to do what he wants: He just finished shooting the fact-based drama “Just Mercy,” a star turn supported by the Oscar winners Brie Larson and Jamie Foxx, and hopes to soon mount a remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair,” another potential franchise that can take advantage of his talents for action and romance. But there is still a nagging sense that all this success could go away.

“I come from North New Jersey, where nothing’s promised,” Jordan said. The representatives who now labor on his behalf work at one of the agencies that once passed on him, a fact that makes Jordan chuckle. Are they the same agents who ignored Jordan the first time? “No, but they know the ones who did it,” and they give their colleagues grief about it, too.

Now, Jordan wants to control all the elements of his life and career that used to be out of his grasp. “I’m constantly building the foundation so the machine can run itself,” he said. That means starting his own production company, which recently worked with Warner Bros. to adopt a studiowide inclusion policy. But he also wants to create a chain of restaurants, a video game and a charter school. For “Creed II,” Jordan even leveraged the first film’s success to create his own Nike shoe.

Jordan’s penchant for control extends to hiring a videographer to document his life, a power move reserved for top-tier stars like Beyoncé who seek to shape their own narrative. “This is a time I’m not going to be able to get back,” he said. “You need to have tunnel vision in order to stay locked on, so it’d be cool 10 or 20 years from now to look back and have pieces of these moments when I can really appreciate it. This is my story, you know?”

Is there anything he’s not in control of now? “Press,” Jordan laughed. (You may become more circumspect when people are scrutinizing your every move, a lesson Jordan has learned the hard way after his comments on dating and black folklore drew controversy.) And there is another significant career benchmark he has yet to attain, his first Oscar nomination. “Black Panther,” poised to be a formidable awards contender this year, may change that.

NO SUPERHERO FILM has been nominated for best picture before, but “Black Panther” will prove hard for the academy to ignore. “Black Panther” was a sensation with critics and quickly became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. With its potent genre mythmaking, it felt like “Star Wars” for a new generation, but though Jordan played the foe, he had more in common with the roguish Han Solo than with Darth Vader: Killmonger is dangerous, sexy and far more exciting than the virtuous protagonist.

“Killmonger is a beast of a character, through and through,” Jordan said. “He speaks for oppressed people all over the world.” Raised fatherless and impoverished in the United States, Killmonger learns that he has a claim to the throne of Wakanda, a hidden African paradise run by the noble T’Challa (Boseman). Killmonger’s fury is so righteous that even though he’ll slay anyone who gets in his way, many audience members still couldn’t help but take his side. It’s a testament, too, to Jordan’s ferocious performance, which may land him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. “We wanted to make it really tough on people,” Jordan said, “even if they were rooting for the hero.”

Jordan’s stint on “Black Panther” began with a bang: The first scene he shot was the critical moment when Killmonger barges into the Wakanda throne room and challenges T’Challa. “I looked at it like I was going over to my rich cousin’s house, and I was the cousin from the hood,” Jordan said. “I finally got invited to Thanksgiving? O.K. And this is how y’all livin’?”

It’s not an action scene — Killmonger has his hands cuffed throughout, and is able to raise nothing but his voice — yet it feels like one. He taunts Boseman into submission, dispatches Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda with a droll “Hey Auntie,” and growls with such cocky authority that Wakanda already seems to be his.

“I wanted to own the set that day,” Jordan said. And how did he feel once the scene was finished? “Like I took it,” he said, jutting his jaw like Killmonger and bursting into laughter.

Smiles were more scarce during the shoot. While the rest of the “Black Panther” cast became a tight-knit unit, Jordan kept a distance from his fellow actors, believing it would help fuel his character’s resentment. “I stayed in my own little funk,” he said. “When I was shooting that movie, I wasn’t myself at all.” He didn’t even call his family. After all, the orphaned Killmonger had none.

On his final day of principal photography, after filming an epic clash with Boseman in which the adversary finally bests the hero, Jordan passed a mirror and didn’t even recognize the man staring back. He showed me a selfie he took in that moment: he is so twisted by anger that he appears dangerously glassy-eyed and lost to himself. “Not me, not even home,” he said. “This is Erik Killmonger for real.”

Jordan and Coogler had crafted an enemy so compelling that after “Black Panther” was released, the hashtag #KillmongerWasRight began to trend on Twitter, which delighted Jordan to no end. Even today, the debate continues. “There’s some guys who are like, ‘Team Killmonger, man!’” he said. “And a lot of women are like, ‘Boy, you made me mad! Every time I thought I was on your side, you’d do something crazy and I had to start cursing you out.’”

Jordan doesn’t mind the fan feedback, though. He even had sympathy for the woman with the braids who was still trying to take his photograph from across the restaurant. “I don’t feel like it’s just, ‘You’re famous, let me get a picture,’” Jordan said. “I feel like they really connect with what I’m doing, and they’ve been a part of things I’ve done in the past. It’s not just because I’m hot right now.”

Eventually, he beckoned the woman and her group over. They were delighted to be summoned by a superstar, and when he offered to take selfies, they collapsed into each other with wheezy, is-this-really-happening laughter.

“Mike’s the type that wants to interact with fans,” Caple told me, “but how do you balance that when you can be promptly surrounded and crowded to the point where you can’t even walk down the street?”

Jordan stretched out one long arm, wielding the iPhone himself, then shook his head. “I promise this is going to be good,” he told the women, angling them toward better lighting. “But that means you’ve gotta delete the other ones you took of me in the back, is that cool?”

Perhaps that was the attitude that let him have some control over a level of fame that everyone wants in on. Michael B. Jordan doesn’t mind posing for your picture, as long as he’s the one who gets to take it.

Source: NY Times

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

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

Press: Deadpool 2’s Original Director Had Fantastic Four 2015 Cameos

Press: Deadpool 2’s Original Director Had Fantastic Four 2015 Cameos

The original director of Deadpool 2, Tim Miller, planned to have characters from Josh Trank’s 2015 Fantastic Four in the film. Deadpool 2 hit theaters earlier this year and it was a huge success for Fox. Fans were delighted by the sequel, which somehow lived up to the monumental hype. Though Deadpool 2 turned out amazing, the road to its release wasn’t all Wham! and unicorns.

Last year, fans of the first film were stunned when Deadpool 2’s original director, Tim Miller, left the project citing creative differences. Details regarding Miller’s exit were scarce. However, it was clear that his vision for the sequel didn’t align with other members of the production team – most notably, Ryan Reynolds. Since Miller directed the first Deadpool, it seemed strange that he left the sequel. Fox, however, quickly brought in John Wick’s David Leitch to direct. While we don’t know much about Miller’s original concept for the film, an artist for Deadpool 2 recently revealed that Miller planned to have the Fantastic Four cameo in the film.

Marvel Entertainment illustrator, Alexander Lozano, recently took to Instagram to share concept art from Miller’s version of Deadpool 2. He showcased early concept art of Juggernaut, Domino, Cable and the unused villain Blaquesmith. He then revealed that Miller had planned for Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell reprise their roles from Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. Lozano shared the concept art for the Fantastic Four, which you can see below:

Lozano’s concept art is intriguing and has led many fans to wonder what might have been. Sure, Fantastic Four was a critical and box office failure, however the cast was hardly the issue. It would have been a delight to see the actors reprise their roles. Maybe of the cast could have even redeemed themselves in the eyes of fans a little bit. Beyond seeing the cast together again, their cameo would have also been an endless source of jokes. It’s not that Deadpool 2 didn’t have enough comedic ammunition, but it would have been a nice change of pace from the endless slew of X-Men and Green Lantern meta-humor.

All things considered, Deadpool 2 was an excellent film and the recently released Super Duper Cut was even better. It’s doubtful that the Fantastic Four cameo would have changed much, but some fans still wonder what Miller’s version of the film would be. Much like Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man, people who are invested in comic book films are curious of what could have been. It’s also important to note that Miller’s version of Deadpool 2 would have possibly been the last time the Fantastic Four cast was together on film. Now that Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox, it’s likely that Marvel Studios will recast the roles if they bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU.

Source: Screen Rant

Press/Photos: ‘Creed II’ First-Look Film Stills: Sylvester Stallone & Michael B. Jordan Suit Up

Press/Photos: ‘Creed II’ First-Look Film Stills: Sylvester Stallone & Michael B. Jordan Suit Up

Creed II won’t be in theaters until Wednesday, November 21, but MGM and Warner Bros gave us a peek at what to expect with two first official film stills (see both below) from the movie. And not a slab of raw meat in sight.

The latest installment in the indefatigable Rocky saga, directed by Steven Caple Jr., stars Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa.

The set up: Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Also starring are Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad and Dolph Lundgren.

Creed II is produced by Stallone, Kevin King-Templeton, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler, and exec-produced by Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan and Guy Riedel. MGM and Warner Bros distribute.

Source: Deadline