Danai Gurira wants women to appreciate their powerful bodies

Danai Gurira wants women to start appreciating how powerful their bodies can be.The 42-year-old actress has wowed audiences with her impressive physique as Wakanda General Okoye in Marvel movies Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, and…

Danai Gurira wants women to start appreciating how powerful their bodies can be.

The 42-year-old actress has wowed audiences with her impressive physique as Wakanda General Okoye in Marvel movies Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, and she revealed how she feels more empowered the fitter she is, and wants other women to share her experience.

“(Women) aren’t encouraged to understand how powerful their bodies can be. I love it when women find their power. I love it when I find a different ability in my body that I didn’t know I could find or I could learn,” she told Women’s Health magazine. “I always encourage any young women I speak to to explore that part of yourself.”

Danai recommended taking up a sport, such as boxing or lifting weights, to help women find a fitness regime they’re excited by.

“Find the thing you enjoy – and it might be lifting weights, it might be boxing. Of course, all the astounding martial arts there are to learn. It’s an exciting kind of playground to play in and to find another part of yourself,” she explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, The Walking Dead star detailed the secrets of her sleek physique, and revealed she follows a “pesca-vegan” diet, and works out with her personal trainer AJ Fisher up to four times a week, focusing on circuit training and Pilates-inspired cardio.

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Janelle Monae wants to take over Storm role in X-Men franchise

Janelle Monae wants to take over the role of Storm in the X-Men movie franchise. The singer/actress created her 2018 album Dirty Computer in Atlanta, Georgia at the same time Ryan Coogler was filming his Marvel superhero movie Black Panther there. Spe…

Janelle Monae wants to take over the role of Storm in the X-Men movie franchise.

The singer/actress created her 2018 album Dirty Computer in Atlanta, Georgia at the same time Ryan Coogler was filming his Marvel superhero movie Black Panther there. Spending time with the film’s stars, like close pal Lupita Nyong’o, gave her a taste for comic book movies and she now has her eye on mutant Storm, a role made famous by Halle Berry.

“I definitely have thrown it out there. One of my dreams has always been to play Storm,” she told Empire magazine.

Although the X-Men are Marvel Comics characters, the mutant superheroes have been kept apart from the main Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) due to rights issues, which have been resolved by Marvel Studios’ parent firm Disney buying 21st Century Fox, which owned the rights to X-Men, last year.

And the star would love to see a Black Panther and X-Men crossover, with her adding: “I don’t know if she comes in Black Panther, but it would be a dream to have her in it. I don’t know where they are with that.”

The actress currently in place as Storm is Alexandra Shipp, who played a younger version of the weather-altering mutant in the last two X-Men movies – but Janelle wants to be next in line.

“A lot of women have played Storm and they’ve done an exceptional job, and I would love to be in that line of artists and get to do Storm justice,” she stated.

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Anthony Mackie calls out lack of diversity in Marvel film crews

Anthony Mackie has called out the lack of diversity behind the scenes on Marvel films.The actor, who has starred in seven Marvel blockbusters as Sam Wilson/ Falcon, criticised the Disney-owned company for failing to have a diverse and inclusive crew be…

Anthony Mackie has called out the lack of diversity behind the scenes on Marvel films.

The actor, who has starred in seven Marvel blockbusters as Sam Wilson/ Falcon, criticised the Disney-owned company for failing to have a diverse and inclusive crew behind the camera during an interview with Daveed Diggs as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series.

“It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies now where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white,” he stated.

The 41-year-old went on to note that the only exception has been 2018’s Black Panther, which was helmed by Ryan Coogler and featured a line-up of Black actors including Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Lupita Nyong’o.

“We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore,” he continued. “He produced Black Panther. But then when you do Black Panther, you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?”

Mackie explained that he was using his clout as the co-lead of Disney+’s upcoming TV show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to push for more inclusive hiring practices.

“My big push with Marvel, with everybody, is hire the best person for the job,” Mackie said. “Because it starts to build a new generation of people who can put something on their resume to get them other jobs. If we’ve got to divvy out as a percentage, divvy it out. And that’s something as leading men that we can go in and push for and push the envelope.”

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Danny Boyle to direct Michael B. Jordan’s Methuselah

Danny Boyle has signed on to take charge of Michael B. Jordan’s planned Methuselah adaptation.It was announced last year that the Black Panther star would be taking on the role of the titular protagonist in the epic, based on the biblical story of a ma…

Danny Boyle has signed on to take charge of Michael B. Jordan’s planned Methuselah adaptation.

It was announced last year that the Black Panther star would be taking on the role of the titular protagonist in the epic, based on the biblical story of a man who lived to be almost 1,000 years old.

Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts had been in talks for the gig last year, however, bosses at Warner Bros. have now changed the concept of the upcoming movie, according to Variety.

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, who previously worked with Boyle on the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, is now onboard to revamp the script, which was previously drafted by The Bourne Legacy writer/director Tony Gilroy.

Methuselah has been in development since 2014, and at one point, Tom Cruise was attached as its leading man, as well as Will Smith.

Jordan will also co-produce the movie via his Outlier Society company, alongside Alana Mayo, David Heyman, and Jeffrey Clifford.

It will mark a return to studio blockbuster movies for Boyle, who was slated to direct the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, but exited the project due to creative differences.

The British filmmaker, who scooped the Academy Award for Best Director back in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire, also helmed 2019’s musical comedy Yesterday.

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Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Acting comes with a lot of responsibility’

Lupita Nyong’o is well aware that her job as an actress “comes with a lot of responsibility”.Since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her acting debut in 12 Years a Slave, the 36-year-old has starred in a number of critically-acclaim…

Lupita Nyong’o is well aware that her job as an actress “comes with a lot of responsibility”.

Since she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2014 for her acting debut in 12 Years a Slave, the 36-year-old has starred in a number of critically-acclaimed films, such as Jordan Peele’s horror Us and Marvel’s Black Panther.

Lupita reflected on her six-year career as she accepted the Montecito Award at the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on Monday, telling the audience that she feels honoured to have been offered the opportunities she has.

“It still feels early for me to be reflecting on a body of work, but I feel blessed to have had the diversity of experience I have had so far,” she gushed, according to local news website Noozhawk.com. “It’s something I have always wanted.

“As an actor, real freedom is having that choice, and it’s hard to get there because acting is reliant on many other things. Acting is a privileged thing. It’s luxurious to play all day, and have people look up at you… It’s a luxurious thing, and also a thing that comes with a lot of responsibility.”

The Little Monsters star previously explained to British Vogue magazine that she is seduced by projects which might have a cultural impact.

“I don’t get fulfilment from the number of zeros attached to a project,” Lupita explained. “What I’m seduced by is the potential to shift a narrative. That is very seductive to me, having social and cultural impact.

“I speak up for the things I can personally vouch for. There’s a lot going on in this world, a lot of causes that are noble. But I feel most useful when I have a personal connection. And the conviction to say something.”

Lupita can next be seen starring opposite Jessica Chastain and Diane Kruger in spy thriller 355 and leading the TV adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah.

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Lupita Nyong’o’s red carpet looks relate to film characters

Lupita Nyong’o and her stylist like to come up with looks which reference the film she’s promoting when she hits the red carpet. The Oscar-winning actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have been working together since her movie debut in 2013, …

Lupita Nyong’o and her stylist like to come up with looks which reference the film she’s promoting when she hits the red carpet.

The Oscar-winning actress and her stylist Micaela Erlanger, who have been working together since her movie debut in 2013, consider the outfits she wears when promoting projects to be an extension of the visual storytelling within the movie.

Accordingly, they treat each event with thematic precision, and explored female warrior iconography when Lupita was promoting Black Panther and mined circus and carnival references while stepping out to support horror movie Us.

“It’s really important to have a narrative, because we’re telling a story visually, just like in an editorial,” Erlanger told British Vogue magazine. “She’s never in costume, but her look has to relate to the character she’s there to talk about.”

However, their narrative dressing is put to one side when it comes to award shows, as they like to go for all-out glamour.

“It’s an extraordinary honour to walk the red carpet at these events, so you have to have the confidence to command a presence there and represent the best possible version of yourself,” the style expert added. “Lupita is the star of her own life and she dresses for that role in those moments.”

Erlanger, who also works with actresses such as Olivia Munn, Meryl Streep, and Gal Gadot, also praised the 12 Years a Slave star for coming into their meetings having done her homework.

“She’s an expert in tailoring and silhouettes, and her knowledge of what suits her allows her to be more daring,” she gushed. “She pushes me, I push her and we bring each other back down to earth. This trust has allowed us to see how transformative style can truly be. She’s become the ultimate muse and people want to work with her.”

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Chadwick Boseman auditioned for role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy

Chadwick Boseman auditioned for the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy years before he was cast as fellow Marvel superhero Black Panther. The 21 Bridges actor is perhaps best known for playing T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel film franchise…

Chadwick Boseman auditioned for the role of Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy years before he was cast as fellow Marvel superhero Black Panther.

The 21 Bridges actor is perhaps best known for playing T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel film franchise, including instalments such as 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, the final two Avengers movies, and his own standalone film, which won three Oscars earlier this year.

However, during a recent interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Boseman revealed that he originally tried out to play Drax the Destroyer in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but never expected to get the role, which eventually went to former wrestler Dave Bautista.

“It’s about going in and playing. I didn’t think I was going to get it,” he explained. “We didn’t know what Guardians was going to be so I didn’t know what it was. I only had a few pages at that time so it was good to come in and play to see what they did with it.”

Despite not being successful with the Drax audition, Boseman believes the opportunity got him in front of Marvel casting directors, who thought of him when they were casting for Black Panther.

“Well, sometimes, that’s the way it works as an actor. You go in knowing you’re not gonna get it, but you’re meeting the people that, you know they might be like, ‘He’s not this, but we’ll put him in this other thing.’ So, I feel like that was one of the moments where they were like, ‘Hey, we could use him later,'” the star added, giving a shout out to casting director Sarah Finn, who was responsible for finding every actor that appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The 41-year-old will reprise the role of Black Panther for a sequel, which is set to hit cinemas in May 2022.

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Chadwick Boseman: ‘I’ve noticed change in Hollywood since Black Panther’

Chadwick Boseman has noticed a change in Hollywood since the release of Black Panther in early 2018.The actor starred in the title role in the Marvel superhero movie – an instant classic that broke box office records and cultural ground thanks to its d…

Chadwick Boseman has noticed a change in Hollywood since the release of Black Panther in early 2018.

The actor starred in the title role in the Marvel superhero movie – an instant classic that broke box office records and cultural ground thanks to its diverse cast and storyline.

As for the lasting effect of the film on the movie industry, Chadwick told Britain’s Esquire magazine that he has seen a shift in the business.

“I’ve noticed change. I’ve seen a willingness of production companies and studios to castings in a way that they wouldn’t normally do,” he said. “You can’t make certain statements about a black lead, or a black cast, or having a certain number of people of colour – it’s not just black actors – anymore. In fact, it’s been proven that audiences want to see difference. They want to see variety and a world that reflects them whether it be race, gender, or sexuality. They want to see those things, so I think people are looking for opportunities in storytelling now.”

While the release of Black Panther has also positively affected the “business of distribution”, Chadwick noted that there’s still a long way to go.

“At the same time, I can’t say that everything has changed,” the 41-year-old continued. “The business is finding itself, and finding its value, so it’s still in the balance. I’ll also say that I’m in a unique position where I get to see the front and back of those things. There are a lot of people that haven’t broken through yet, and who are still trying to find their way and trying to get through certain prejudices. I have to acknowledge that, but they have more opportunities to do it.”

Now, film bosses are busy working on a sequel to the film, but there’s little Chadwick can reveal about the hotly anticipated Black Panther 2.

“The only thing I can say is that, for people who are hungry, the food is being prepared. I’m sorry I can’t say more!” he grinned.

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Angela Bassett never questions her glam squad’s plans

Angela Bassett likes to sit back and relax whenever she’s sat in the make-up chair.The Black Panther actress always pulls out all of the stops whenever she steps out onto the red carpet, with fans often remarking that she doesn’t appear to have aged si…

Angela Bassett likes to sit back and relax whenever she’s sat in the make-up chair.

The Black Panther actress always pulls out all of the stops whenever she steps out onto the red carpet, with fans often remarking that she doesn’t appear to have aged since the ’90s.

Angela has relied on the same glam squad for many years, and in an interview with NewBeauty magazine, explained that she trusts her team implicitly.

“We’ve been together a number of years. I trust them so much. Usually, I sit in their chairs, close my eyes and Zen out, or I think about the work I have to do. I so trust their creativity and their gift. Their absolute gift!” she said of her hairstylists and make-up artists. “I can just relax and try to prepare what I have to do. We all have gifts. We all have something to offer. And it’s great when you find those whose work you admire and trust, and whose personalities you enjoy.”

Angela went on to explain that she always removes all cosmetics following work or a red carpet appearance and avoids wearing make-up when off-duty.

“When I’m not on stage or on camera, I’m pretty sans make-up – I think it’s good to keep a clear, clean fresh palette. I am a potions and lotions girl, so if you make me promises, I’ll give you a shot. I do really like the iS Clinical serums. I always come back around to them and they work really well for me,” the 61-year-old shared.

And when it comes to self-care, Angela is all about massages and will text her go-to masseuse if she’s got any muscle pain or tension.

“I need her to get in there with the deep tissue and get rid of the knots and release the muscles,” she added.

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Lupita Nyong’o: ‘Hollywood can be oversensitive to sexism at times’

Lupita Nyong’o believes Hollywood can be at times “oversensitive” to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. The Black Panther star told Vanity Fair magazine she’s glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Tinseltown but while she’…

Lupita Nyong’o believes Hollywood can be at times “oversensitive” to sexism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

The Black Panther star told Vanity Fair magazine she’s glad sexism and abuse are now hot topics in Tinseltown but while she’s happy people in the movie industry are now more sensitive to accusations of sexism, chauvinism, and abuse, at times she suggested they take things too far.

“I think there’s also at times an oversensitivity, which I just think is the nature of the pendulum shifting, and it takes time to find the balance,” the 36-year-old actress explained as she praised the industry for hiring intimacy coaches. “I’m quite happy that there is that kind of extreme change, and hopefully we find equilibrium as we move forward.”

Intimacy coaches ensure actors are comfortable during sex scenes and Nyong’o explained that they were now more commonplace.

“In the past, when it came to physical combat, there were always consultants on set, but when it came to intimacy there was never, ever somebody present to help actors navigate that,” she added. “Now you have that, which I think is a great inclusion, and ensures that those kinds of abuses don’t happen.”

As for her own real-life romances, the star closely guards her privacy, despite fans speculating over potential relationships with both male and female stars, including Michael B. Jordan and Janelle Monae.

“I feel like there’s parts of myself that I care to share and then there are parts that I don’t,” Lupita explained of her desire to keep her personal life private.

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