The hashtag #BlackPantherSoLIT started trending in March of 2016 -- nearly two years before Black Panther would arrive in theaters. Each casting announcement, teaser and trailer was heavily scrutinized as fans searched for clues about Wakanda – all of which were shrouded in secrecy, because, truly, everything about this movie is a spoiler. Black Panther smashed records for advanced ticket sales -- even Lupita Nyong’o, who is in the cast, couldn’t get a ticket for opening nigh
“This guy has a voice that America needs,” Terry Crews announced at the New York City premiere of his new film, Sorry to Bother You. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star has been making headlines lately for using his own voice in support of the #MeToo movement, but in this instance, he was praising his director, Boots Riley. Riley is best known as the frontman of hip hop group The Coup, but now he is stepping off the stage and behind the lens for the first time to tell a political and
Sean Baker, the creator of Fox’s Greg the Bunny, enjoyed breakout success (and Oscar buzz) with the 2015 film Tangerine. Telling the story of two transgender prostitutes, the movie was notably shot entirely on an iPhone 5. Once again, modern technology -- this time, Instagram -- is playing a pivotal role in the 46-year-old director’s latest film, The Florida Project, about 6-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince), and her tumultuous childhood, growing up right outside the happies
For Anthony Mackie, things all started with a Detroit story. “The funny thing is, 16 years ago, I was these guys, here in Detroit, where we were shooting 8 Mile,” Mackie tells ET at the world premiere of his upcoming film Detroit, referencing the excitement of his young cast mates on the red carpet. “We were a bunch of young, dumb kids having a good time. We were those guys. You know, I know what their next 15, 20 years is going to be like.” That’s because in 2002, a then-24-
“The time has come.” Barbra Streisand spoke those four words on March 7, 2010, just before anointing Kathryn Bigelow as the first -- and still the only -- woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director. Bigelow took home two golden statues that night for The Hurt Locker, which was also memorably awarded the Oscar for Best Picture over box-office titan Avatar. In the seven years since that historic moment, zero women have been nominated for the award, with two of the closest
“I’m a very lucky man. I’ve got two babies coming right now,” Jordan Peele jokes with ET. “I got this movie right here; I got another one coming in July. I don’t know how it goes up from here.” This time marks a lot of firsts in the life of Peele, the actor and comedian who is often recognized as half of Key & Peele. Peele is celebrating his directorial debut and first foray into horror movies with Get Out (in theaters on Feb. 24), as well as the impending birth of his first
After spending 150+ hours watching movies in 2016, I somehow magically narrowed it down to my favorites! Here's what I loved, what I liked and what I am happy I saw for free: 1) La La Land It's a movie for dreamers. The romantic, starry-eyed kind. The kind that see Emma & Ryan floating in the air & can just say "totally not believable, but pretty!" Or see the opening number on the 105 and marvel at how they closed a freeway in LA EVER! Or who don't mind that Emma Stone doesn'
This is my third year covering the Oscars, but my first Awards Season truly involved from start to finish with every red carpet, luncheon and after party. Plus the 3:00 am wake-up call for the Live Oscar Nominations announcement. For me, finally being assigned to the Oscar Nominations announcement was a thrill. I'm not typically a morning person, but I always find it a little hard to sleep before Oscar nominations are announced because I'm so excited, so I've been setting an