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

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: 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

Michael B. Jordan Fan Grand Opening

Michael B. Jordan Fan Grand Opening

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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

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