Ava DuVernay finally discussed all that talk about her being the frontrunner for ‘Black Panther,’ but sadly confirmed she will not be directing the highly anticipated film.
Chatting with Essence at the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, DuVernay said there was some interest from both parties and she’d even met with Marvel execs to discuss their visions for the first major blockbuster starring a black superhero.
“I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther,” she said. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me. I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs. In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later.”
DuVernay was a hot and popular choice, but Marvel has other black director options out there — some of which arguably more qualified to direct a big blockbuster epic. Here’s some of the best: Continue Reading
In honor of The Fourth of July, I figured I’d take a look at wrestling’s greatest patriots. Those who made their love of the United States a signature aspect of their career and dedicated a large portion of their time in the ring to paying homage to the stars and stripes. You may just be shocked at where some of your favorites rank. Continue Reading
One of the main reasons I haven’t graduated up to the PlayStation 4 yet is because I’ve still got a slew of good PlayStation 3 games to finally get around to playing.
Among them is ‘Dead to Rights: Retribution,’ a sequel to the PlayStation 2 ‘Dead to Rights,’ one of the more successful ‘Max Payne’ clones. It worked as it deviated from the standard ‘me too!’ nature of a lot of the other Max Payne wannabees thanks to unique play design including playing as the main character’s dog in stealth missions and a strip club mini-dance sequence. The game’s versatility helped it stand out so I was excited about playing the follow-up. And for the most part, it didn’t let me down. Continue Reading
The problem when you get hooked into a wrestling angle and a figure company Such was the case with the Elite 35 Triple H figure. I hadn’t planned on picking it up when it was first revealed, but then I got the Wrestlemania 30 Daniel Bryan and the Elite 35 Randy Orton and I found Triple H on sale at Toys R Us and that was all she wrote.
Does this latest version of ‘The Game’ give me serious buyer’s remorse? As a younger era Triple H would say, let’s break it down! Continue Reading
‘Lucha Underground’ is building to its season finale — I may cry a million tears if it doesn’t return for a second season — and with a handful weeks left of the best wrestling on TV, the action at The Temple is heating up. Continue Reading
More than any other sequel in the series, ‘Terminator: Genisys’ is truly going to make franchise fans question if now isn’t a perfect jumping off point as it’s clear that everything worth saying and doing with the series has already been done much better and far more interestingly. Continue Reading
A little over a year ago, WWE was truly on to something special as it stumbled onto something organic that was fresh, exciting and getting wrestling fans reinvigorated with the product again. Daniel Bryan defeated Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista all in the same night to capture the WWE World Title and The Shield turned their back on The Authority to face the wrath of a reunited Evolution. It was a good time to get back into WWE.
Mattel has released five Elite versions of Randy Orton, but his attire and look has changed so little over the years that I hadn’t felt the need to get an updated figure until the sixth one — in Elite 35 based on his Evolution reunited days. Is ‘The Viper’ a hit or does this new figure just bite? Let’s find out. Continue Reading