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How ‘Captain Marvel’ pays tribute to the late, great Stan Lee

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Stan Lee at the premiere of Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in 2016.

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“In keeping with Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel features a Stan Lee cameo. What is a little different this time, though, is how it plays out in the movie.

Shortly after Vers (a.k.a. Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel) lands on Earth, she finds herself on a train, trying to spot the shapeshifting Skrull among all the ordinary-looking human passengers.

At one point, her eyes fall upon an elderly man conspicuously reading a Mallrats script. It’s Stan Lee, practicing his lines for his cameo in that other movie. “Trust me, true believer,” he mutters to himself. You can watch that entire Mallrats scene below:

The Captain Marvel scene was originally written by directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck as just another fun, funny appearance by the comics legend. But after his passing in November, the filmmakers felt compelled to update the sequence to acknowledge the “gravitas” of the moment.

“Instead of just the pure laugh we had, we had a little bit of a smile from Captain Marvel in response to it, and she kind of breaks character for a moment,” Boden told me during an interview in Los Angeles last month. “I think it reflects a little bit of what the audience is feeling, and we allowed that to happen.”

In the finished cut of Captain Marvel, Vers’ gaze lingers on him for a few moments and she smiles to herself, before moving on with the rest of her quest. At the screening I attended, the audience definitely appreciated the homage – there were sighs, moans, and even a smattering of applause.

That cameo is actually the second of two Lee shout-outs in the film. The first occurs right at the start. The usual Marvel Studios opening fanfare is replaced by a special Lee-centric version, featuring all his many cameos across various Marvel movies……………………………………………….”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/captain-marvel-stan-lee-cameo/

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‘Star Wars’ movies to take hiatus after episode IX

Charmaine Blake

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Peter Mayhew, with co-stars Harrison Ford at Mark Hamill, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Star Wars in 2017.

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Days before his 75th birthday, and mere weeks before the 42nd anniversary of Star Wars, one of its leading lights has gone out of the world.

Peter Mayhew, the 7-foot-2-inch British actor whose name is forever synonymous with Chewbacca the Wookiee, died this week at the age of 74. He passed away at his home in Boyd, Texas.

Mayhew’s family, including his wife Angie and three children, announced his passing via the actor’s popular Twitter account, @theWookieeRoars.

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‘Avengers Endgame’ Crosses $2 Billion At Global Box Office In Record Time

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Avengers: Endgame has crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office in record time and is leaving newcomers in its dust.

The Walt Disney Co. estimates Sunday that the Marvel blockbuster has added $145.8 million from North American theaters and $282.2 million internationally in its second weekend in theaters bringing its global total to $2.2 billion.

“Endgame” is one of 5 movies to ever reach that mark and, not accounting for inflation, is now the second biggest film of all time worldwide behind “Avatar’s” $2.8 billion. “Avatar” reached $2 billion in 47 days of release compared with 11 for “Endgame.”

New films picked up scraps at the domestic box office, including “The Intruder,” with $11 million, “Long Shot,” with $10 million, and ‘Uglydolls’ with $8.5 million.”

Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/avengers-endgame-2-billion-record-box-office_n_5ccf1213e4b0548b735bbe8d

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John Singleton: Boyz N the Hood director dies

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Boyz N the Hood sent audiences reeling and marked the start of an uneven career for a writer-director whose films were rooted in lived experience

“Hollywood wasnt ready for John Singleton when he exploded on to the movie scene at the age of 23 and maybe its been unready ever since. When Singleton was nominated for the best director Oscar for his sensational 1991 debut Boyz N the Hood (for which he also wrote the original screenplay), he was the first African American film-maker to have been entered for the category and the youngest person ever.

He didnt win. But as Singleton sent audiences reeling out of theatres with Ice Cubes How to Survive in South Central over the closing credits, it seemed to many that here was a young master, with a compelling film about young men growing up in South Central Los Angeles, something to be compared to Scorseses Mean Streets or Fellinis I Vitelloni. Yet despite the respect and affection for him, despite a strong professional work rate, despite continued creativity and focus resulting most recently in a new TV crime series Snowfall Singleton arguably did not have the fully realized directorial career that others had.

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Imperious debut Ice Cube in Boyz n the Hood. Photograph: Allstar/Columbia

But most other directors couldnt boast of anything approaching the ferocity of his Boyz N the Hood, a masterpiece that seems to thump, judder and pulse with police helicopter rotor blades, or semiautomatic gunfire, or music in the streets. Cuba Gooding Jr plays Tre; Ice Cube is his troubled friend Doughboy and Morris Chestnut is Doughboys brother Ricky. Tyra Ferrell is superb in the role of their mother and Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne play Tres estranged parents…………………………………………………………….”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/apr/29/john-singleton-maverick-director-with-a-radical-edge

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