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Press: Michael B. Jordan says his upbringing inspires him to give back to others

Press: Michael B. Jordan says his upbringing inspires him to give back to others

Michael B. Jordan learned to donate his time and money to others from a young age, thanks to his parents.
The actor, who’s promoting his partnership with Honey Nut Cheerios’ Good Rewards program, has teamed up with Feeding America to raise $100,000 for the organization.
“My dad manages a food bank and I grew up around that, watching service, going to food pantries and homeless shelters, and just helping out around my community as much as I could,” Jordan told INSIDER.

Michael B. Jordan was taught to give back to others since he was a child, which is why he loves to support organizations like Feeding America through Honey Nut Cheerios’ Good Rewards program.

“It just makes sense,” Jordan, who’s promoting his partnership with the brand, told INSIDER. “My dad manages a food bank and I grew up around that, watching service, going to food pantries and homeless shelters, and just helping out around my community as much as I could.”

The “Creed II” star went on to say that he can’t remember the exact age when he got involved, but vividly recalls sorting cans and packing lunches for churches or homeless shelters.

“From my earliest memories I think, it was just second nature,” Jordan said. “It’s not forced.”

Jordan considers himself “competitive,” which is one of the reasons why he teamed up with Honey Nut Cheerios. The actor is encouraging fans to make a Good Rewards account online and select a team to support — Jordan (Feeding America), Lucy Hale (ASPCA), or Rob Gronkowski (Gronk Nation Youth Foundation). After buying specially-marked cereal boxes, participants can scan the code on the back of the box and donate the Buzzcoin to whichever team’s charity.

The 31-year-old is proud to support Feeding America, which strives to provide food for millions of Americans each year through food banks, pantries, and meal programs.

Once the competition ends in April 2019, Honey Nut Cheerios will donate $100,000 to the charity with the most Buzzcoins. The foundation that comes in second place will receive $50,000 and the third place charity will get $25,000.

“I think a lot of people sometimes don’t know how to donate,” Jordan told us. “They want to do something charitable, but they don’t know how, so they don’t do anything. But this is something that’s easy, simple, and in their routine. I think everybody loves Honey Nut Cheerios — they love cereal — so to be able to kind of get a great box of cereal and get to help Feeding America… It’s a win-win.”

Source: Insider

Press/Video: Check Out Michael B. Jordan Boxing With Sylvester Stallone On The Creed Set

Press/Video: Check Out Michael B. Jordan Boxing With Sylvester Stallone On The Creed Set

We’re only a week away from Creed II hitting theaters, which means some of you reading, if you haven’t already, will re-watch 2015’s Creed to refresh your memory on what happened there. Michael B. Jordan doesn’t have to do that; he lived through it. But along with having fond memories of shooting Creed, Jordan also has access to behind-the-scenes videos of the creative process, like the one below showing him getting some boxing practice in with Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone.

Just because Rocky Balboa has been retired from boxing since the events of Rocky V (excluding his brief return in Rocky Balboa) doesn’t mean that he still can’t practice a little while coaching Adonis Creed. There’s a lot of different ways to prepare for boxing matches, and going a few rounds on the speed bag is one of them. Adonis does this several times during Creed, but there’s a particularly cool moment during one of the training montages where we see Adonis and Rocky both pummeling their speed bags at once. This is them practicing that scene, and you can watch the final version below.

As Michael B. Jordan notes in his Instagram post, he came across this video while going through his phone’s archives, and having watched the Rocky movies growing up and mimicked the boxing matches, getting to hit the speed bag with Sylvester Stallone was “surreal.” Even better, he got to do it a second time with Creed II. Jordan’s acted in various cool projects, but getting to work alongside Stallone in the Creed movies helps him feel the same way he did when he watched Rocky in action as a kid.

Having already followed in his late father’s footsteps and gotten a little boxing experience on his own, Adonis Creed (previously Johnson) headed to Philadelphia early into the first Creed movie to seek Rocky Balboa’s help in going pro after quitting his job and failing to get into the Delphi Boxing Academy. With Rocky’s help, and due to his true parentage being leaked to the press, Adonis ended up facing off against “Pretty” Ricky Conlan. Just like how Rocky lost his first bout with Apollo Creed four decades earlier, Adonis lost against Conlan, but it didn’t matter, because he had a bright future in boxing ahead of him.

Creed II picks up with Adonis several years later, where he’ll face off against Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the man who famously killed Apollo Creed in Rocky IV. Adonis hopes he can use this match to finally avenge his father, whereas Ivan hopes to use his son to reclaim the glory he lost when Rocky beat him. Since Rocky appears to be doing better than he was in the latter half of Creed, fingers crossed we get to see him briefly partake in some training with Adonis again.

Creed II opens in theaters on November 21.

Source: CinemaBlend

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Surprises Schoolkids

As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to love him, Michael recently posted a video of him surprising a group of schoolkids doing jumping jacks on Instagram. Check out the adorable video below.

Video: Michael B. Jordan Just Challenged Will Smith to a Cook-Off

Video: Michael B. Jordan Just Challenged Will Smith to a Cook-Off

Ever wonder if Michael B. Jordan was a good cook? Well he must be feeling pretty confident, because he just challenged Will Smith to a cook-off via Instagram. Check out his impressive skills in the video below. I don’t know if Will Smith will accept, but if he does my money is on Michael.

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/Video: Michael B. Jordan Surprises Fan Who Took Cardboard Cutout of Him to Prom

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Surprises Fan Who Took Cardboard Cutout of Him to Prom

Michael B. Jordan knows how to treat his fans right.

The Creed actor, 31, surprised super-fan Audeva Agyeman after she took a life-size cutout of him to prom as her date earlier this year. Agyeman thought she was invited to the Creed 2 set just to look around and was told Jordan wouldn’t be there.

“I thought that was super sweet so I just wanted to do something special for her and get her to come by and check out the set,” Jordan says in a video of the surprise before sneaking up behind Agyeman.

Agyeman immediately freaks out and runs into Jordan’s arms before hilarious saying, “Oh my gosh, you’re touching me!”

Jordan posted the video of the whole exchange on his Instagram.

“I had to surprise @de.gye after hearing about her taking me (kinda. Lol) to Prom. She had no idea we would bring her to the set of @creedmovie but you know I had to show her some love since I couldn’t actually be her date,” he wrote alongside the video.

The former high schooler first went viral when she posted pictures of her with the cutout at prom, explaining that she had to come up with a date last minute.

“After not being able to get a prom date from procrastinating and waiting ’til the last minute, i spent 3 hours making my sexy prom date,” she wrote after the dance, captioning several photos of herself posing affectionately with the cutout.

When her post got picked up by The Shade Room’s Instagram account, Jordan popped up in the comment section to give Agyeman his seal of approval.

“This is called commitment,” Jordan wrote, along with some playful emojis.

Source: People

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Praises ‘Big Brother’ Jamie Foxx As They Face Off in Basketball Shoot Off

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan Praises ‘Big Brother’ Jamie Foxx As They Face Off in Basketball Shoot Off

There’s nothing like a basketball battle to bring out the rivalry between two Hollywood A-listers!

Actor pals Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan faced off in an action-packed shoot off at Dave & Busters in Hollywood, California, on Saturday. And, while things got humorously heated — like when Foxx faced a shortage of (basket)balls — Jordan opened up about how the two are in fact like family.

“I met Jamie when I was about 17/18 — when I was really young and first moved out here,” the Black Panther star told ET before the “Pop A Shot” battle, which was part of his second annual MBJAM fundraiser for Lupus LA. “Playing basketball together, we had a lot of mutual friends and he’s just always been a mentor and a big brother to me. So, when I finally had something I could call somebody out to, I was like, ‘Hey, can you show up and help support this cause?’ and it was an easy conversation.”

Following Foxx’s appearance on the orange carpet, the two pals went up against each other over several rounds, with Foxx scoring 59 hoops to Jordan’s 43 during one bout, before Jordan took the last round scoring 61. Every hoop raised $20 for Lupus LA.

Having experienced a whirlwind few years as his starpower rocketed thanks to Creed and Black Panther, the support of an industry veteran like Foxx, 50, has been invaluable to the 31-year-old actor and philanthropist.

The greatest thing he has taken away from Foxx — who recently took a moment while hosting the 2018 Bet Awards to praise Jordan for having “moved everybody [and] changed the culture,” with Black Panther — has been learning about “longevity.”

“He’s a multi-faceted, talented man who can do so many different things and he’s always found a way to do what he cared about — drama, comedy, action, hosting,” Jordan said. “He’s a man who wears many hats. I’ve also [learned from him] just being able to never take yourself too seriously. Just have fun and enjoy yourself.”

While enjoying themselves was clearly the theme of the afternoon, the friends may soon get down to work together on the movie, Just Mercy.

Based on the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, the court drama is based on a true story and will see Jordan starring as Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer fighting for equal justice. Foxx is reportedly in talks to play Bryan’s client, a death row inmate.

Jordan also reprises his role as Adonis Creed, opposite Sylvester Stallone, in Creed 2, which hits theaters on Nov. 21. The sequel follows Adonis as he prepares to go up against the son of one of his biggest enemies under the guidance of Rocky Balboa (Stallone), and Jordan teased that fans can expect some new but familiar characters.

“There’s a lot of familiar faces that weren’t really present in the Creed franchise, but were in the Rocky world,” he shared. “It’s going to be action-packed, but there’s still a lot of character and a lot of story.”

Jordan also has the 2019 Netflix series Raising Dion (which he’s producing and starring in) and the animated series gen: Lock (with David Tennant) in the works, so it’s no surprise he was relishing some downtime at the event.

Family, friends and fellow Lupus LA supporters including Master of None’s Lena Waithe, Suits and Shameless star Scott Michael Campbell, 13 Reasons Why’s Meredith Monroe, A Wrinkle in Time’s Storm Reid, TV host Mario Lopez and This Is Us actors Niles Fitch and Mackenzie Hancsicsak also showed up.

The celebs, many of whom brought their kids, were joined by 200 lupus patients and their families who attended the event for free courtesy of sponsors, and enjoyed sliders, mac and cheese, cotton candy and photo booth fun in between playing arcade games.

But as he sweetly planted kisses on her forehead while they hit the orange carpet, it was Jordan’s dear mom, Donna, who was clearly his most special guest at the bash, which raised more than $250,000 before it had even ended and was accompanied by an ongoing online auction. The money will benefit Lupus LA, which helps sufferers of the inflammatory disease that affects more than 1.5 million Americans — including Selena Gomez, Nick Cannon and Donna — and over 60,000 people in LA County alone.

Jordan was only a young boy when Donna was diagnosed and he has since worked tirelessly with Lupus LA chairman and patient, Adam Selkowitz, to bring awareness and funds to the cause.

“With my success in the entertainment industry, being able to find an organization like Lupus LA and becoming an ambassador and then to put on my own charity fundraiser has been great,” said Jordan, who was previously presented with Lupus LA’s 2015 Loop Award for his work as an ambassador for the organization. “It’s just me trying to do my part.”

“My mother is the inspiration behind MBJAM, and my personal superhero,” he later added while addressing the crowd. “With lupus, it’s not just the one person that’s affected, it’s the whole family. I want to thank you all for coming out to support a cause that means so much to me and my family.”

Source: ET Online