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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.

Press/Video: Michael B Jordan surprises high school students in his hometown

Press/Video: Michael B Jordan surprises high school students in his hometown

Michael B. Jordan surprised high school students in his hometown of Newark, New Jersey, to help mentor and inspire teens pursuing careers in the arts.

The “Black Panther” star returned to the classroom through a program sponsored by Coach, where he serves as the brand’s new face of menswear.

The Hollywood man of the moment said returning to school “inspired” him.

“To see these kids get up here and be fearless and just kind of, you know … just put themselves out there,” he said. “I got inspired again … I got the chills.”

The kids Jordan met with are in a program called the Future Project, which works to empower students by helping them develop the mindset and skills to achieve their dreams.

“Dreams are so important,” Jordan said. “The arts, manifest those emotions. They manifest … those dreams.”

“You cut the arts out,” he added, “you’re cutting kids’ ability … to dream.”

Jordan said when he sees the students’ faces, he sees “the future.”

“Hopefully I’m going to give ’em a job in the next five, 10 years,” he added.

Source: ABC News

Press/Video: Conversations with Michael B. Jordan | SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Career Q&A with Michael B. Jordan. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety.

Actor, producer, CEO and visionary Michael B. Jordan most recently starred in Marvel’s Black Panther for which he received critical acclaim for his role as Erik Killmonger. It marked Jordan’s third feature directed by Ryan Coogler. The film was released by Walt Disney Studios in February 2018 and went on to make over $1.3 billion worldwide.

In 2015, Jordan starred in MGM and Warner Bros.’ Creed alongside Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson. For his performance directed by Coogler, Jordan garnered numerous accolades including the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture and the NAACP’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Jordan will reprise his role as Adonis Creed and serve as an executive producer in Creed II, which is set to release on November 21, 2018.

Later this year, Jordan is set to begin production on the upcoming Warner Bros. legal drama Just Mercy, directed by Destin Crettin. Based on the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Jordan will play Bryan Stevenson, a gifted young lawyer’s defense of the most vulnerable in our country and his fight for equal justice in a flawed legal system. Additionally, he will star in 20th Century Fox’s A Bittersweet Life, an action-thriller remake of the cult classic 2005 Korean film, and will reteam with Coogler in Wrong Answer, which follows the true story of how Atlanta high school educators participated in an intricate, systemic standardized-test cheating scandal in 2013.

Jordan garnered industry-wide attention for his breakout role in Fruitvale Station, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2013 among other accolades that year. The film, which marked his first collaboration with Coogler, is an account of Oscar Grant’s controversial slaying by police officers on a San Francisco train platform. For his performance as Oscar, Jordan took home the award for Breakthrough Actor at the 2013 National Board of Review Awards, the 2013 Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Actor.

In 2016, Jordan launched his own production company, Outlier Society Productions, with a multiyear first-look deal with Skydance Media. Jordan is currently executive producing and will guest star in the sci-fi hour-long series Raising Dion, which has a straight-to-series order from Netflix. Through Outlier Society, Jordan will make his feature film directorial debut and produce the film adaptation of the David Barclay Moore novel, The Stars Beneath Our Feet. He is also slated to executive produce the forthcoming untitled drama series for the Oprah Winfrey Network from Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, the animated Skydance project Super Day Care, and the upcoming anime-style 3D series Gen:Lock in which Jordan will also voice the main character Julian Chase.

His previous film credits include 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four, 20th Century Fox’s box office hit Chronicle, Focus Features’ That Awkward Moment and the George Lucas produced film Redtails. Jordan also starred in three of television’s most critically acclaimed shows of all time – HBO’s dramatic hit series The Wire and NBC’s Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. In May 2018, Jordan starred as Guy Montag in the Emmy-nominated HBO Films’ adaptation of Fahrenheit 451. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, Jordan also served as an executive producer.

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Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Borrows a Move From Beyoncé, Hires Videographer to Record His Life

Michael B. Jordan is tired of being misunderstood. “I could say a million things in this or any other interview, but the headline will be something that has nothing to do with what the article is about,” he told IndieWire in a recent interview. “I’m like, we just had a fucking three-hour conversation about so many amazing things, but the only thing that you highlight is this one part.”

“Then people just retweet a quote that’s taken out of context, and all of a sudden it’s fact,” he went on. So he’s going to try to remedy that: He’s hired a videographer to document his day-to-day life; he plans to upload the clips to his social media to connect with his (admittedly avid, to the point of ruining their orthodontia) fans. Given the realities of rabid tabloid attention, why not just dole out regular rations of your actual personal life, right?

Perhaps this videographer will also document his slow-growing facial hair, which he described as “major.”

This archive of personal film moments will also serve a purpose for Jordan himself— “There’s just so much happening, so fast, that I can’t even really stop to enjoy right now,” he told IndieWire. “I don’t know what’s going to happen in 30, 40 years. So I just want to have these moments to be able to look back on. Especially those smaller moments between the big ones,” he continued. “They might not seem significant in the moment, but then, years later, you realize that they actually were.”

It reminds us of a classic fable. In 2013, GQ reported that for nearly a decade, Beyoncé had had (and presumably has had) a “visual director” documenting as much as 16 hours of her day each day. (Who among us is consistently awake for 16 hours, let alone has the wherewithal to allow someone to videotape the whole thing?) She’s stored the footage in a “temperature-controlled digital-storage facility,” as writer Amy Wallace described it, where it’s looked after by a professional digital archivist. There are also photos, video diary entries, interviews she’s conducted, recordings of performances. She calls it her “crazy archive.” Now Michael B. Jordan just needs a name for his archive.

Source: W Magazine

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: 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/Video: Michael B. Jordan & Tessa Thompson Mad Lib Creed 2

Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson completed a mad lib of the official Creed II synopsis. We turned that mad lib into a movie trailer.

Source: IGN

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Says ‘Black Panther’ Gave ‘Everybody a Sense of Pride’

Since its February release, “Black Panther” has become a global phenomenon, but star Michael B. Jordan (who played villain Erik Killmonger) says he didn’t foresee just how big of a cultural impact the film would make.

“It was truly incredible. While we were making it, you didn’t really realize it. And then in hindsight, it’s like, ‘Yeah, we kind of did that,” Jordan tells Charlize Theron during Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

He says “the memes and the social media element” that “Black Panther” inspired helped him see that the film had resonated with the current generation. He also says he saw plenty of little Killmongers “with the permanent marker beards” and young girls dressed up as Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female special forces in the movie.

But Jordan says what was most meaningful was seeing communities rally to support the film. Church groups, community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and organizations helping at-risk youth all rallied to host “Black Panther” screenings. Critics and audiences alike applauded the film for black representation and its homages to different African cultures, like the Maasai in Kenya and the Zulu from South Africa.

“Seeing the journalists come in the traditional garbs, and hearing stories about how this movie encouraged them to get back in contact with their roots and where they come from,” Jordan says, “it gave everybody a sense of pride. And I was like, ‘Wow, this movie is global.’”

Jordan, who most recently starred in “Creed II,” also says anybody can relate to “Black Panther,” regardless of their background.

“It’s not just the African experience. That’s what it’s framed in, but it gives everybody else access to that same type of self-discovery,” he says. “And that’s when I really started to realize the impact that it was going to have.”

Source: Variety

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Sets New Directorial Project With Bacardi

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Sets New Directorial Project With Bacardi

Michael B. Jordan is stepping behind the lens as part of a new short film collaboration with Bacardi. The “Creed 2” actor teamed up with the premium rum brand for “The Angels’ Share,” a sweeping, cinematic short film that serves as the official campaign forBacardi new Premium Collection.

Jordan shot the film last month, just before he hit the road on his promotional tour for “Creed 2.” The actor is the first-ever celebrity tapped by Bacardi to direct one of their campaigns, and Roberto Ramirez Laverde, VP of Bacardi North America, says Jordan’s impeccable taste and appreciation for family values, made him a natural fit for the collaboration. “Bacardi is a family owned rum brand,” says Ramirez Laverde, “and it was a natural fit to work with Michael — a man who values family above all else and has a true affinity for rum. Since he’s worked both behind and in front of the camera, he brought an added level of professionalism and expertise.”

Conceptualized by Jordan and co-director Paul Hunter, the film follows several characters who each tell their own version of the “angel’s share” myth — referring to the liquid that is lost to evaporation while the rum ages in barrels. SinceBacardi ages its premium rums under the Caribbean sun, the brand says more “angel’s share” is lost than other spirits. That became the inspiration behind the new film and campaign.

Here, Jordan discusses about how he got involved with the project, why it’s sparked his interest in directing, and how the self-professed “rum guy” likes to take his drink.

How did you first get connected with Bacardi?
Honestly, the first time me and Bacardi linked up was during their “No Commission” event (a three-day art and music showcase) in Miami last year. I got to know the brand, the people involved and I saw what they were doing in terms of encouraging young artists and creatives in the art space, and that really appealed to me. From there, we started building a bond and relationship.

What were your initial thoughts about taking on this project, especially for a brand that’s not your own?
Anything I do has to be cinematic and creative, so I had to make sure we were all on the same page. But I was also really excited to be working alongside one of my mentors, (co-director) Paul Hunter, and his production company, Prettybird.

In terms of working with Bacardi, I actually have a long history with rum. My grandmother used to cook with Bacardi Gold and used to make rum cake all the time, especially around this time of year. It was a big thing for the holidays, and she had a homemade recipe that was epic. One of the things about rum too, is that it withstands the test of time; it’s timeless, and those are the things I care about.

What was the shoot process like?
We shot the film in the Caribbean and we had a great time shooting it. We were able to use a lot of local hires on the project, which was great, because it made it a very collaborative environment. My schedule’s been super crazy this year, but we starting building the creative months ago, squeezed the shoot in, and I’m really proud of it — I think we got something really nice.

Tell us about the concept behind the campaign.
Well for starters, we didn’t want to go the comedy route. This commercial shows the journey of rum and how it travels from the barrel to the community, getting back to the heart and foundation of where the Bacardi brand started. They’re patient, they take time in developing the aging process. They’re willing to wait and sacrifice rum for a quality product. Just the fact that a brand is willing to sacrifice their own product to make it better says a lot about what they stand behind, and I really connected with that.

What was it like stepping behind the camera? Was directing something you’ve always been interested in?
I’m starting to find myself more comfortable behind the camera. I’m so lucky that I’m being afforded opportunities and able to put my fingerprints on something not just in front of the camera. I value things like family, history and heritage, so these are the types of projects I want to be working on. But it was also great to work with Paul Hunter. He’s a strong, smart, black business owner and from the first time I met him, we’ve just connected. He’s somebody I wanted to reach out to and express my fandom to, and I really look up to him. When we were on set, I become a sponge and just started learning.

You’ve said that you are a rum fan. What’s your drink of choice?
Well that depends on where I’m at and what I’m doing. I guess I’d say a rum and coke, because you can’t really go wrong with it. Or rum and ginger ale. Sometimes I like to sip it neat, or on the rocks with one really big ice cube. And then I occasionally like a nice little rum punch if I’m on an island or sitting on a beach somewhere. It’s a very versatile spirit, and I guess I’m kind of like that too.

Source: Variety

Press/Video: Exclusive: Why Michael B. Jordan directed the new Bacardi commercial

The actor is using commercial projects to hone his directorial skills.

For 18 seconds, the new Bacardi spot looks like a pretty standard booze ad.

Then “The Myth of the Sun Angels” sets itself apart when the director credits flash onscreen, revealing, “A film by Michael B. Jordan & Paul Hunter.”

Paul Hunter is a renowned music video director and cofounder of the commercial production company Prettybird. The other guy you might know from small flicks like Black Panther and Creed.

The campaign launches Bacardi’s new premium rum collection, and Jordan, in an exclusive conversation with Fast Company, says the project came about through a relationship with Bacardi that started last year when he attended No Commission, the brand’s art platform created with Swizz Beatz and The Dean Collection in Miami.

“Many people don’t know this, but [Jordan is] actually a self-professed ‘Rum Guy,’” says Roberto Ramirez Laverde, VP of Bacardi North America. “In fact, he helped open the new Lower East Side rum bar, Las’ Lap. When it came time to produce the first ad campaign for our premium collection, we knew he was the perfect person to get behind the camera to tell our story.”

As a recent Vanity Fair cover story pointed out, Jordan has multimillion-dollar endorsement deals, his own production company, and a new marketing and consulting startup in the works. So he considers this Bacardi ad another form of on-the-job training. Shorter projects like this, with tighter production time, allow directors to try things without the weight of all the bureaucratic machinery surrounding a feature film.

“It allows you to try new shots, take some creative and technical risks, that can teach you things that you can then apply to longer-form content,” says Jordan, whose feature debut, The Stars Beneath Our Feet, is in development. “For me, we used a lot of crane shots, which was something I learned a lot about in this process, just controlling a crane and a jib. It’s a lot more going on than just being the actor in front of the camera. Positioning, movement, blocking, timing, and continuity that was crucial to some shots. So I had a chance to get some at-bats with all of this, to take a few swings at, so it was fun.”

Another big lesson was honing his ability to make adjustments in real time. “Being able to get in there, move stuff around, give notes, in the moment was something I found really useful and paid a lot of attention to this time around,” says Jordan.

While he doesn’t appear in front of the camera in your standard, hold-the-bottle-and-smile spokesperson role, make no mistake, this is a celebrity ad. It’s just that Bacardi is getting creative in how it enlists its creative spokespeople. For Jordan, the quid pro quo is the opportunity to flex some creative muscle behind the camera to create something he hopes transcends being just another ad.

“Brands are getting more creative because they are working with a more diverse set of directors, artists, and creative collaborators,” says Jordan. “I think that’s really smart. You don’t want people to feel like they’re being sold to. If you can be creative, and make it feel natural, that’s an advantage. You don’t want to insult the people you’re trying to market to. You need to be smart with it.”

In October, Jonah Hill was on the Bill Simmons podcast (a pod Jordan has appeared on multiple times), and they were talking about the idea of directors and actors doing commercials becoming more common. Hill said he’d rather see an artist use commercials to fuel their art, than not do commercials, and then take on mediocre projects for the money. Hill said, “I’d rather see Damien Chazelle make a Samsung commercial and then be able to make his art than see him direct Fast & Furious 11.” Jordan agrees. “It’s getting harder and harder to make films, and it seems like there are opportunities to take more creative risks in other places, rather than trying to put it all in a feature [film],” he says. “I do agree with that, as a director, to be able to do some commercials, rather than take on mediocre projects that don’t hit as hard.”

Source: Fast Company

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