Comic Riffs
‘Black Panther’ is so huge, it just had the biggest Monday take. Ever.
February 20th, 2018, 02:52 PM
'Black Panther' is so huge, it just had the biggest Monday take. Ever.

“BLACK PANTHER” has stampeded into so many record books within its first four days of release that some head-to-head comparisons are needed to put the Marvel movie’s box office into context. For instance, based on updated numbers reported Tuesday, Ryan Coogler‘s film just enjoyed the biggest four-day opening ever, save for a single film: 2015’s “Star […]
‘Black Panther’ is king. But villain Killmonger just took over the bad-guy throne.
February 20th, 2018, 02:52 PM
'Black Panther' is king. But villain Killmonger just took over the bad-guy throne.

Note: Do not read any further if you haven’t seen “Black Panther.” Spoilers below. Erik Killmonger’s reign on the Wakandan throne was short-lived, but he is now the undisputed king of MCU antagonists. There’s Killmonger, and then there’s everybody else. There was a time when debating the greatest Marvel Cinematic Universe villain of all time […]
‘Black Panther’ slashes its way to the fifth-biggest opening ever
February 19th, 2018, 02:52 PM
'Black Panther' slashes its way to the fifth-biggest opening ever

“BLACK PANTHER” has ascended so fast at the box office, it now has a throne of its own. Exceeding weeks of projections, the tentpole movie turned cultural milestone just had the biggest opening ever for a stand-alone film, according to studio estimates reported Monday, and the second-biggest superhero opening ever. The Disney/Marvel movie overperformed massively by […]
Here are the box office records ‘Black Panther’ could break this weekend
February 16th, 2018, 02:52 PM
Here are the box office records ‘Black Panther’ could break this weekend

WHENEVER A cultural milestone lands, pop seismology dictates that it be measured not just by mood, but math. And so it will be with this weekend’s rise of “Black Panther.” As projections continue to be adjusted upward, Box Office Mojo reports that it is anticipating a three-day opening weekend (Friday through Sunday) in the range […]
How celebrities are helping thousands of children see ‘Black Panther’ for free
February 16th, 2018, 02:52 PM
How celebrities are helping thousands of children see 'Black Panther' for free

THE THEME of giving back to your community runs strong through “Black Panther,” so it’s only fitting that campaigns and charity efforts have sprung up with one mission in mind: to help disadvantaged kids, many them of color, see Marvel’s ultimate black superhero come to their neighborhood. The Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, who worked with […]
In new ‘Incredibles 2’ trailer, Elastigirl gets to be super while her husband raises the kids
February 15th, 2018, 02:52 PM
It’s been 14 years since Pixar debuted its smash hit “The Incredibles,” but not a single day has passed for our favorite family of Supers. “The Incredibles 2″ picks up where its predecessor left off, evidenced by a sneak peek released Wednesday night during the Olympics. The Parr family gears up to take on a new […]
How ‘Black Panther’ could change representation in a part of Hollywood we often ignore
February 15th, 2018, 02:52 PM
How 'Black Panther' could change representation in a part of Hollywood we often ignore

MUCH IS being trumpeted about how significant “Black Panther” is in terms of black representation in front of the camera and in the directing chair, but what can too easily become lost is just what this Marvel movie could mean for “below the line” talent, too. This global blockbuster with a mostly black cast, as led by […]
The story of Stormy and the Trump attorney payout, as skewered by cartoons
February 15th, 2018, 02:52 PM
The story of Stormy and the Trump attorney payout, as skewered by cartoons

BACK IN the forecast this week: Stormy weather, with a new front of hot air. So show the cartoons now on our radar, after Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime special attorney, said it was he who paid out for Stormy, the Vegas-hopping porn star. “In a private transaction in 2016, I used my own personal […]
‘Black Panther’s’ Ryan Coogler has always been searching for superheroes who look like him
February 14th, 2018, 02:52 PM
'Black Panther's' Ryan Coogler has always been searching for superheroes who look like him

When Ryan Coogler was a kid in Oakland, Calif., an older cousin got him hooked on comic books. X-Men. Spider-Man. He liked all of them, but he was looking for more. “I went to the comic book shop that was by my school and asked if they had any black characters,” Coogler recalled. That was the […]
Marvel’s last four films have featured female leads of color. Here’s how the shift occurred.
February 14th, 2018, 02:52 PM
Marvel's last four films have featured female leads of color. Here's how the shift occurred.

THE CHANGE seems to arrive not as coincidence: The past four films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have featured a female lead of color. In the 15 months since “Doctor Strange” faced accusations of “whitewashing” Tilda Swinton’s ancient mystic character in the film, Marvel has embraced its fuller turn toward diversity. This Friday’s “Black Panther” […]