Kanye says ‘Black Panther’ will influence presidency

1+ “WestKanda forever!” Last week, we reported that Grammy-winning artist Kanye West had announced his bid for the presidency. That’s the presidency of the United States. Needless to say, the announcement on Twtter was met with the expected mixture of praise (looking at you Elon Musk, you enabler) from fans and eye rolls from everyone … Continue reading “Kanye says ‘Black Panther’ will influence presidency”

‘Black Panther II’ set for May 2022 release

1+ While Marvel Studios sorts out the Spider-man debacle between it and Sony, the production company still has lots of big news to announce at D23, being held this weekend in Anaheim. This time it was director Ryan Coogler who got to drop the news. Black Panther II, the sequel to the 2018 cultural phenomenon, … Continue reading “‘Black Panther II’ set for May 2022 release”

‘Black Panther’s’ Bassett narrates new Ford campaign

3+ Ford Motor Company has released its latest TV spots: “Built Ford Proud: “We Lead” and “Ode to the Builders.” The new campaign showcases the brand’s F-150, SUV and car lineup, and features the smooth, strong and powerful voice of actress Angela Bassett (American Horror Story). Created by UWG in New York, the company’s African … Continue reading “‘Black Panther’s’ Bassett narrates new Ford campaign”

‘Black Panther’ stuns at 25th annual SAG Awards

2+ The REEL 360 team did not see this coming. Marvel’s superhero hit, Black Panther, beat out favorites A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman, and even Crazy Rich Asians to take home the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Not only did … Continue reading “‘Black Panther’ stuns at 25th annual SAG Awards”

‘Black Panther’ and ‘Saul’ among 2018 AFI honorees

1+ The American Film Institute has announced the film and TV honorees of the AFI Awards 2018, celebrating the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image — with 10 films and 10 television programs deemed culturally and artistically significant. In addition to the 20 honorees, AFI also recognized Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma … Continue reading “‘Black Panther’ and ‘Saul’ among 2018 AFI honorees”

‘Black Panther: Wakanda’ remixed EP available digitally

2+ Last week Marvel Music/Hollywood Records released the Black Panther: Wakanda Remixed digital EP, featuring 5 remixes of tracks from the original motion picture soundtrack composed by Grammy®-nominated composer and songwriter Ludwig Göransson. Göransson produced and remixed two of the five tracks, “Waterfalls” and “Black Panther.” The Black Panther score soundtrack debuted at No. 1 … Continue reading “‘Black Panther: Wakanda’ remixed EP available digitally”

“Black Panther,” “Stranger Things” dominate MTV Movie & TV Award noms

1+ Wakanda! It’s official, Black Panther is king. At least for now. As the Marvel epic begins its awards run (it will get nominated for Best Picture in 2019 heard it here first), there is no better place to start than the fun and always spontaneous MTV Movie and TV Awards. Noms for this year … Continue reading ““Black Panther,” “Stranger Things” dominate MTV Movie & TV Award noms”

Author Blair Davis on “Black Panther’s” epic influence

11+ According to DePaul University Associate Professor Blair Davis, Black Panther is worth all the hype. “My students have been over the moon since last year,” he says. “Not only because there is a black superhero, but also because there is a big budget blockbuster with a huge Hollywood marketing campaign and toys and t-shirts.” … Continue reading “Author Blair Davis on “Black Panther’s” epic influence”

Lexus, Black Panther team up for Super Bowl LII

11+ Step aside Audi, there’s a new luxury ride in Marvel films. And it’s the vehicle of Kings. Or one King to be exact – T’Challa from the upcoming Disney/Marvel film, Black Panther. Lexus, which has had a TV relationship with Marvel’s Agents of Shield for the past 5 seasons, has unleashed a 60-second extended … Continue reading “Lexus, Black Panther team up for Super Bowl LII”

American Black Film Fest announces HBO Finalists

1+ HBO announced their selection of finalists who will compete in ABFF’s (The American Black Film Festival) 23rd annual HBO Short Film Competition. The festival will be hosted on ABFF.com from August 21-30, with more than 100,000 virtual attendees from around the globe anticipated to attend. Continuing with the festival’s tradition, the ABFF Online Edition will include … Continue reading “American Black Film Fest announces HBO Finalists”

Disney pushes ‘Mulan’ to July 24, ‘Black Widow’ to Nov. 6

2+ Following the announcement in March that several titles would be delayed due to the global health crisis, The Walt Disney Studios today announced updates to its upcoming release schedule. Disney’s Mulan is now slated to open on July 24, 2020, with Disney’s Jungle Cruise moving to July 30, 2021; while Marvel Studios’ Black Widow will arrive in theaters on November … Continue reading “Disney pushes ‘Mulan’ to July 24, ‘Black Widow’ to Nov. 6”

Geoffrey Edwards, making Black History all year long

4+ Editor’s Note: “The Reel Black List” is our annual spotlight of brothers and sisters in the worlds of advertising, film, TV, music, radio and media who are making a difference through their contributions and creativity. For the next 29 days, you will be able to celebrate these wonderful personalities with us. Think of Creative … Continue reading “Geoffrey Edwards, making Black History all year long”

The Reel Black List: Hilliard Guess, Writer/Producer/Director

8+ (Editor’s Note: Last year on Reel Chicago, we launched a celebration of Black Chicago talent in advertising, film, TV and music called “The Reel Black List.” This year, we have decided to expand the popular feature nationwide in Reel 360.) LA-based Hilliard Guess is a talented writer, producer, director and podcaster. He currently writes … Continue reading “The Reel Black List: Hilliard Guess, Writer/Producer/Director”

AMC Theatres to offer 15- cent tickets upon reopening

0 In 1920, the Dubinsky Brothers began operations with a single movie screen in Kansas City, Missouri. That single screen would serve as the foundation for what is known today as AMC Entertainment , the largest theatrical exhibitor in the United States, in Europe & the Middle East, and in the world. One hundred years … Continue reading “AMC Theatres to offer 15- cent tickets upon reopening”

Kia unleashes most powerful midsize sedan in live stream

1+ Kia Motors America today is kicking off a multi-channel marketing campaign in support of the all-new 2021 K5. True to Kia Motors America (KMA) “Give It Everything” philosophy, the wide-reaching, real-time “K5 Live,” effort will reset expectations by placing Kia’s most powerful mid-size sedan in situations previously untouched in this traditionally conservative category.   The … Continue reading “Kia unleashes most powerful midsize sedan in live stream”

Charlize Theron has no interest in dating right now

3+ Sorry suitors, calm down and look elsewhere. May we suggest Megan Fox? Actress Charlize Theron, who now appears in Netflix’s The Old Guard, sat down with E!’s Scott Tweedie, and gave an update on her love life. And she ain’t interested. “I really do believe that women really…make s–t happen for ourselves,” the 44-year-old Oscar … Continue reading “Charlize Theron has no interest in dating right now”

Jay Nelson on ‘Da 5 Bloods’ short documentary

1+ Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is enjoying a spectacular run on Netflix. The film, currently at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, is about four African American vets who battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them … Continue reading “Jay Nelson on ‘Da 5 Bloods’ short documentary”

Florence Pugh, Lulu Wang, John David Washington among Academy invites

1+ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 819 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.  The 2020 class is 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries.  There are 75 Oscar® nominees, including 15 winners, … Continue reading “Florence Pugh, Lulu Wang, John David Washington among Academy invites”

Deadpool crashes X-Men ZOOM reunion

1+ One of the highly anticipated outcomes of the Disney/Fox deal is Marvel’s beloved X-Men finally joining the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). That means the likes of Professor X, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey will eventually line up alongside the new Captain America (Falcon), Spider-man, Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Then there’s Deadpool. Ryan … Continue reading “Deadpool crashes X-Men ZOOM reunion”

‘Falcon’s’ Mackie addresses Marvel’s lack of diversity

1+ Sometime in the Fall or early next year, Marvel will premiere The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney+. Actor Anthony Mackie, who has played Sam Wilson aka The Falcon since 2015’s Captain America: Winter Soldier, spoke about Marvel Studios’ lack of diversity behind the camera. While being interviewed on Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” … Continue reading “‘Falcon’s’ Mackie addresses Marvel’s lack of diversity”