Photos: AFI Awards + W Magazine ‘Best Performances’ Portfolio

Photos: AFI Awards + W Magazine ‘Best Performances’ Portfolio

Photos of Michael attending the 19th Annual AFI Awards and the W Magazine ‘Best Performances’ Portfolio have been added to the gallery.

Photos: Comic-Con Experience in Brazil

MBJ recently attended the Comic-Con Experience in Brazil. Photos from the event have been added to the gallery.

Press: Sundance: Michael B. Jordan, Oprah Set for Blackhouse Foundation’s Schedule

Oscar-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney will debut a first look of his new series ‘David Makes Man’.

For this year’s Sundance, The Blackhouse Foundation has found a new partner in Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network.

OWN will be the event’s inaugural presenting sponsor, joining returning premier sponsors Facebook and BET Networks. Blackhouse, the non-profit that executes programming with the industry’s most influential Black creatives and provides support for up-and-coming talent, is entering it’s 12th year at the fest.

This year’s programming will include a first look at Oscar-winning Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney’s new OWN drama David Makes Man. The series, about a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life.

McCraney will be on hand for a panel with exec producers Michael B. Jordan and Oprah Winfrey, showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence, and cast Akili McDowell, Alana Arenas, and Phylicia Rashad.

OWN will also host a fireside chat with the network’s general manager Tina Perry and Harpo Films EVP Carla Gardini moderated by The Blackhouse Foundation co-founder Brickson Diamond.

“We are blown away by the growing presence of Black audiences, creatives and programmed films at Sundance. This year is on track to be another record showing. Our sponsor partners are bringing the best in education, access and opportunity for our constituents and we can’t wait to open our doors,” says Diamond.

Returning to the the festival programming will be BET Networks-Blackhouse Fellowship Program, which brings ten Black MFA students from across the country to the festival to help execute this year’s programming and network. Facebook will also return to with its Project SEEN, including an interactive workshop and the opportunity for filmmakers to partner with Facebook to create their own promotional content.

Blackhouse Foundation’s 2019 Sundance schedule will run from Jan. 25-28. Details can be found on Blackhouse’s website.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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

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.

Source: YouTube


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: Santa Barbara festival to honour Michael B Jordan

Press: Santa Barbara festival to honour Michael B Jordan

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will be honouring Michael B Jordan with its Cinema Vanguard Award for his work in “Black Panther” and “Creed II”.

The actor will receive the award at the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, California, on February 7, reported Variety.

The 34th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival will take place from January 30 to February 9.

“It’s thrilling to honour 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,” said Roger Durling, executive director of the festival.

The Cinema Vanguard Award honours actors who have forged their path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to cinema.

Previous recipients include Willem DaFoe, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Peter Sarsgaard, Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stanley Tucci, and Ryan Gosling.

Source: Business Standard

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

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