Black Panther cleaned out at the MTV Movie and TV Awards  

The MTV movie and television awards that took place last night could have been easily been renamed to Black Panther Awards. Okay, we’re reaching but the film won the most awards for the night and that’s all that counts. 

Host with the most and GQ favourite, Tiffany Haddish captained the awards ship with candour and comical impact that she is known for.

Kick-starting the show with her own version of Cardi B’s ‘Bodak Yellow’, referencing her much-loved scene on Girls Trip.

She even challenged King T’Challa for the throne and threw in some very interesting commentary as her back-up reasons for challenging the King of Wakanda, better than M’Baku’s.

Watch the challenge below:

On the actual awards, Haddish took away ‘Best Comedic Performance’ for her role on Girls Trip. Meanwhile, Black Panther walked away with the ‘Best Movie’ award beating out Avengers: Infinity War, Girls Trip, IT and Wonder Woman. Chadwick Boseman scooped ‘Best Performance In A Movie’ against Baby Driver’s Ansel Elgort, Lady Bird’s Saoirse Ronan, Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Daisy Ridley and Call Me by Your Name’s Timothée Chalamet.

Boseman also grabbed the ‘Best Hero’ award. This superhero’s villain, Michael B Jordan was honoured with ‘Best Villain’ award against the mother of dragons, Emilia Clarke of Game Of Thrones, Gal Gadot of Wonder Woman, Grunt Gustin of The Flash and Daisy Ridley of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Stranger Things also collected a few deserving trophies, from the ‘Best Show’ to ‘Best Performance in A Show’, ‘Best Frightened Scene’ and ‘Best Musical Moment’.

See the full list of winners below:

Best Movie
Black Panther

Best Show
Stranger Things

Best Performance In A Movie
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther

Best Performance In A Show
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things

Best Hero
Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa – Black Panther

Best Villain
Michael B. Jordan’s N’Jadaka/Erik Killmonge -– Black Panther

Best Kiss
Nick Robinson’s Simon and Keiynan Lonsdale’s Bram –  Love, Simon

Most Frightened Performance
Noah Schnapp’s Will Byers – Stranger Things

Best On-Screen Team
Finn Wolfhard’s Richie, Sophia Lillis’Beverly, Jaeden Lieberher’s Bill, Jack Dylan Grazer’s Eddie, Wyatt Oleff’s Stanley, Jeremy Ray Taylor’s Ben, Chosen Jacobs’s Mike, IT

Best Comedic Performance
Tiffany Haddish –  Girls Trip

Scene Stealer
Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom – Riverdale

Best Fight
Gal Gadot ‘s Wonder Woman vs. German Soldiers – Wonder Woman

 

Best Music Documentary
Gaga: Five Foot Two

Best Reality Series
Keeping Up With The Kardashians

Best Musical Moment
Stranger Things – ‘Every Breath You Take’

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Incredibles 2 enjoys record-breaking box office debut

The long-awaited Incredibles 2 has achieved the best ever box office debut for an animated film.

The eagerly-awaited sequel earned a record-breaking $180 million at the box office, beating the previous record set by Finding Dory, which made $135 million in 2016. What’s more,  The Incredibles 2 surpassed the best debut for a PG-rated movie, which was previously held by 2017’s Beauty and the Beast.

Box office analyst Paul Dergarbedian explained that the movie’s success is a reflection of the strength of the Pixar and Disney brands, as well as an effective marketing campaign.’The film shows the drawing power of the superhero genre, whether in the live action or animated realm.’

‘The combination of the Pixar brand and Disney’s perfectly executed marketing and distribution strategy made the film an instant classic and a box office juggernaut.’

Cathleen Taff, Disney’s head of distribution, claimed that part of the film’s box office success can be attributed to a long-standing desire for a sequel.

‘We’re so thrilled. Brad [Bird] and team put together a great film that delivers something for everybody. It was the perfect storm.’

The original Incredibles movie was released in 2004, and Samuel L Jackson – who voices the part of Lucius Best in the franchise – recently revealed he’s been asked about an Incredibles sequel ‘five or six times a week’ for more than a decade.

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What the GQ team is binge-watching right now

Yes yes yes, we know that we watch too much television stuff, but it’s all worth it we promise. Join us in binge-watching our current fav shows. 

Jessica Jones – Season 2

After a two-year hiatus, our favourite female anti-hero is finally back in action. The series kicks off – pardon the pun – with Jessica attending court-ordered anger management therapy. When a mysterious figure from her past returns, Jessica is forced to confront painful truths. Will her violent temper derail her career as a hell’s kitchen’s strongest pi or will she conquer her demons?

Homeland – Season 7

From falling in love with a domestic terrorist, to saving berlin from islamic extremists, we’ve followed Claire Danes’s award-winning performance as CIA operative – to eventual ex-CIA operative – Carrie Mathison for seven years. Now, while still battling her personal demons, Mathison is in Washington dc taking on a trump- like administration with special guests – the Russians.

Izombie – Season 4

The funniest zombie show on TV is back for another season of murder mysteries and revoltingly delicious brain recipes. Now that the zombie is out of the bag, Seattle is on lockdown with Fillmore-graves keeping the peace. But as tension keeps rising in the city, will liv and the gang be able to prevent a full-brown zombie apocalypse?

The Good Fight – Season 2

The first season of this spin-off saw the good wife ’s Diane (Christine Baranski) lose her pension in a madoff-like scam, forcing her to reinvent her career as a partner at Reddick, Boseman & Kolstad. The second season further explores the dynamic of being a black-owned legal firm in Trump’s America, delivering the same smart social commentary.

Queer Eye

The latest Netflix reboot sees the new fab five take helpless heterosexuals under their wings and give them the tools to change their lives. More than just a makeover show, it manages to completely transcend its genre, focusing on the inner transformation that takes place in most of the ‘straight guys’.  We dare you not to cry.

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13 reasons why we watch 13 Reasons Why

Amidst the controversy surrounding the reveal of a new season, we thought to quickly look at the reasons why we watch the show.

Diversity and representation

It’s refreshing to see a cast as diverse as this one, not the usual slap in two blacks here, one Latina here and an Asian over there.

Hard-hitting topics

Tackling hard hitting topics through school culture. High school teenage-targeted films or series are always the likes of Hannah Montana, High School Musical and if they’re at all tackling issues we get washed down versions such as Mean Girls and American Pie. But 13 Reasons Why gets into the nitty-gritty of things.

Dynamics of relationships and friendships

While these are not tough topics, they’re still a complex concept and it’s not easy to comprehend. Parent-child relationship in this show are exactly just that and so are the friendships. The take away though is that we get to learn about what not to do, like dismiss someone’s experience. Think back when Hannah told her mother that she thinks she is being stalked or when Jessica slapped her silly because she believed Hannah was the reason behind her and Alex’s break-up.

Bullying

One of the most prevalent issue in schools and one often ignored. There are several types of bullying, these are explored through Hannah, Alex, Zach and Tyler. It all takes place right under the nose of adults and at times in their faces but they choose to ignore it.

Mental health

Although Hannah didn’t tell anyone specifically that she was depressed, the signs were there. Unlike Skye, who physically harms herself, Hannah and Justin’s scars were on the inside. Spotting the signs is imperative. And we can only know about the signs when we understand depression and anxiety.

Alcohol and drug abuse

Brandon Flynn’s Justin ends up facing the same fate as his mother, who is hooked on drugs. Even after being adopted by the Jensen’s, Justin still struggles with drugs.

Consent

There’s this absurd misconception that a woman has to either say no or scream as proof that they do not consent. That silence means they are consenting. But how does a person who is unconscious consent?

Rape

Alisha Boe’s Jessica Chloe’s Anne Winters, Nina’s Samantha Logan and Tyler’s Devin Druid roles tackle sexual assault and rape in a few of its many forms. The reactions, actions thereafter. It looks at how they view their experiences and what they learn from it. Also a depiction of how many navigate their lives post-rape in different ways. As gruesome and graphic as the scenes are on the show, it’s an active illustration of how gruesome the act of rape is in reality. As the actor, Druid says, ‘It cannot be censored or sugar-coated.’

Counselling

How many schools can really truly say they have an in-house effective counselling structure that is in place to assist students in their times of need?

Suicide

There’s a large number of youth across the globe that commit suicide or at least think of committing suicide. Factors that lead to suicide are not limited to the reasons that made Hannah end her life nor those that made Alex, who attempted to commit suicide but only came short and came back more broken than before. And through the both of them, we learned that it is not an easy dialogue to start and it’s not always easy to spot the signs.

Gun Control

An important topic to tackle, even if not to completion or fullness. Particularly at a time when gun control is an issue, not only for America following various school shootings, but also for us here in South Africa, where gun violence is continuously spiralling out of control.

Pro- LGBTQ+

For many shows that are not directly meant for this community, we only see this minimally explored. It is also refreshing to see a gay character, Tony (played by Christian Navarro) that isn’t too feminine but more masculine. A character that many would call ‘looks too man-ish to be gay’ because being gay is about looks rather than a sexual preference.

Money, Power and White Privilege

Bryce Walker is a white heterosexual man, the odds are already in his favour, add to that the part about him coming from a wealthy family. So through him we learn that money and power is really the ultimate decider on whether one gets punished for their evil or not. Justice is a myth. People who have the money to pay top notch lawyers are never accountable for anything.

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Deadpool is really a ‘romantic comedy’

Deadpool co-writer Paul Wernick believes the original 2016 superhero blockbuster is actually more like a romantic comedy.

The 2016 blockbuster – which stars Ryan Reynolds in the lead role and as his alter ego Wade Wilson – did far better at the box office than people expected and co-writer Wernick believes that was down to its love story between the main character and his girlfriend Vanessa (Morena Baccarin).He said: ‘Rhett (Reese, co-writer) and I always try to inject heart and humour into our stories. Deadpool was really a romantic comedy disguised as a superhero movie. We tested higher with women than men.’

And Reynolds, 41, thinks audiences picked up on the passion of himself and the co-creators.

‘It seems silly to characterise a comic book movie as a passion project, but it was a bunch of people doing something they loved to an almost unhealthy degree. I think the audience connected with that. There’s something authentic about that.’

Reynolds is credited as a co-writer on Deadpool 2.

Speaking to Empire magazine, he said: ‘[The credit] is something Pal and Rhett and I talked about at length. It doesn’t change anything in terms of our dynamic and how we work together. We are like brothers, the three of us.’

And with an X-Force movie on the way, the trio are keen for the franchise to run and run.

Buckle up. The Deadpool Universe is expanding. #deadpool2

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“We’re trying to follow the Iron Man model, which is, surprise first movie, average sequel that sets up a big ensemble movie. But we didn’t make  Deadpool 2 to set up ‘X-Force’. That’s the direction the story took us … Soon they’ll be able to CG the character and Ryan won’t have to do anything.’

Meanwhile, Reynolds is finding it tougher than ever to perform his own stunts.

‘You never bemoan a birthday. I like it. It’s getting a little bit more difficult with the stunt work stuff.  I find that landing on cement isn’t hilarious any more. But I’ve been injury-free for a while, knock on wood. As I’ve gotten older, I’m more comfortable with who I am.’

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Screenwriters talk shop: How to get audiences to return for part 2

Avengers: Infinity War is still going strong a month after it opened, even though its whopper of a cliffhanger ending continues to divide audiences. The final chapter of the film isn’t set to hit theaters until May 2019, and the filmmakers faced a task familiar to writers of franchises going back to Star Wars: How do you plot out the penultimate film in a series so that you both satisfy audiences of the current film and make them want to return for more?

We spoke to the screenwriters behind Infinity War. The Empire Strikes Back and other series, and asked them how they approached writing the film before the one that brings a story to a close.

Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Spoiler alert! (Don’t read further if you haven’t seen the movie and plan to.) Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely say they always knew Part 1 of their project would end with ‘the Snap’ — that is, the moment when the villainous Thanos has secured the six Infinity Stones and snaps his fingers, destroying half of all life in the universe. But when should that moment take place? ‘It wasn’t just, well, we’ve got too much story, we’d better chop it in half,’ as Markus put it.

Structure by Design or Accident?: A two-part finale was always the plan. Markus said that in one draft, the Snap didn’t occur until the second film. ‘But what we realized is, it would feel more like a cliffhanger than we intended,’ he continued, and they had always meant to make distinct movies.

Writing Approach: Though Marvel didn’t mandate any story or character arcs, Markus said, ‘we’re never writing without knowing where the end goes.’ For instance, Captain America and Black Widow mainly defend Earth in Infinity War, but they ‘have a much bigger role to play in that second film.’ In McFeely’s words, ‘We gave ourselves license to pay off later.’

Making a Penultimate Movie Work: ‘Had we started from scratch, we would not have chosen six damn MacGuffins.’ McFeely said, meaning the Infinity Stones. “That’s not that helpful. It was difficult to get that all in’

The screenwriters know some fans are unhappy — McFeely said, ‘I read a tweet this morning that said, ‘Good morning to everyone, except Markus and McFeely’ — but that’s OK.

Markus said, “We still argue that ‘Infinity War’ is its own, complete film,” adding, “It’s just the one where the bad guy wins.”

 ‘The Maze Runner’ Series (2014-18)

When T.S. Nowlin was co-writing the script for The Maze Runner, the 2014 adaptation of the young adult series by James Dashner, he did not know whether there would be a sequel. The first movie of the eventual trilogy was self-contained and answered one question: How would a young group of teenagers escape the maze? It was a surprise hit and a follow-up — The Scorch Trials— started filming a month after the first one was released. The series concluded this year with The Death CureMaze Runner followed the books, giving each one a solo movie.

A Death Cure movie still.

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Writing Approach: Nowlin said he was ‘definitely thinking about the finale’ as he was writing Part 2. ‘I think you need to have a plan. The big challenge is having each installment feel complete and satisfying in and of itself, while also putting together the overarching story,’ he said.

For him, ‘that comes down to relationships. If the audience is invested in these people and what happens to them and where they go, then they’ll be coming back. You have to feel like you’re building to something, which is not repeating yourself, and giving each chapter its own sort of vibe and identity and making sure you’re always moving the characters forward.’

‘My understanding of a cliffhanger is something that holds back the payoff of the movie, which is something that a movie can’t really do,’ Nowlin said. ‘You have to answer whatever essential question the movie tries to ask. The first movie, the maze, you have to end the movie with either they get out of the maze or they don’t. You can’t stop short of that.’

He continued,’What’s interesting about the second movie is that you can actually let your characters lose. Obviously, you can draw from The Empire Strikes Back.’ You can have the characters be defeated.’ That’s why he allowed the maze runner Minho, played by Ki Hong Lee, to get captured at the end of Part 2. The finale would be about ‘how the characters work together and stop running and turn back the fight against these people pursuing them.’

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (2011-12)

Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter behind The Twilight Saga, said she and Stephenie Meyer, who wrote the original novels, decided during production of Part 3 of the series that the finale, Breaking Dawn, would be divided into two films about the ramifications of the marriage between the human Bella and the vampire Edward.

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Sequel by Design or Accident?: Rosenberg said the decision to divide the finale wasn’t quite made when she began work on the scripts. ‘We were letting the story dictate to us,’ she explained. ‘Does the story merit two movies or not? I started to write the story and once we got the outline, it was very clear.’

Writing Approach: She scripted the two movies ‘as one long four-hour movie,’ outlining Part 1, then Part 2, before following through on drafts in similar order. ‘I sort of wrote them as a pair,’ she said.

Making the Penultimate Film Work: ‘Having worked in television for a long time, it’s kind of what we do. Every episode has a beginning, middle and end. There’s an ongoing story that continues, but you have a story line that has a beginning, middle and end. In this case, it was the turning of Bella into a vampire and it was the birth of the baby. And then you have the second half, which was about the right to continue on. They are really two very different stories’

Empire Strikes Back (1980)

After  Star Wars, written and directed by George Lucas, turned into a blockbuster, he brought in Lawrence Kasdan to help write ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi.’

Sequels by Design or Accident?: ‘George didn’t know there would be a second movie’ for sure, Kasdan said. ‘That was all a surprise.’

The Crucial Plot Twist: Lucas gave Kasdan the story idea that would become pop culture lore. ‘I’m very proud of what I contributed, but it was his design. As soon as you say Darth is Luke’s father, that goes a long way for the rest of the two movies,’ Kasdan said.

Making the Penultimate Film Work: Kasdan has studied classical drama, and he views the second-to-last entry in a series as the most interesting. ‘At the end of the second act, everything is up in the air, everybody’s up the tree. All the suspense about Act III is, how will it be resolved? People are always disappointed by the third act. That’s all you can think of? But the end of the second act is when you’ve got the most attention. Being able to do that with ‘Empire,’ having everybody in trouble, that was fantastic.’

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Idris Elba to make Hunchback of Notre Dame film

Luther’ star Idris Elba is set to direct, produce and star in a modern-day adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for online streaming service Netflix.

The Yardie filmmaker will direct the horror – based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel of the same name – and he is also lined up to star as Quasimodo in the flick, which will be produced under his Green Door company.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor-and-DJ will also provide original music for the Netflix project, and it has been described as a sonic and musical experience.

The script will be penned by Michael Mitnick, who was the writer behind The Current War and The Giver.

The novel has been adapted for stage and screen a number of times over the years, most famously in 1923 when the character became part of Lon Chaney’s Universal Monsters repertoire.

In 1996 Disney gave Quasimodo a friendly makeover in a musical animation movie.

Idris recently appeared on the small screen in Sky 1 comedy In The Long Run, which was based loosely around his late real-life father Winston.

Idris, 45, wanted to tackle the casual racism he experienced after moving from Hackney to London’s white-working class area of Canning Town in the 80s as a teenager.

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