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Yesterday, we reported that Michael B. Jordan would take on the role of “The Human Torch” in the new Fantastic Four movie. By the time we published the story, racist reactions had already come flooding in. Folks, mainly behind the anonymity of a Twitter avatar, were expressing their dislike for this particular casting. Not because they don’t believe Jordan will be convincing in the role but because he’s black.
When the story was posted on JustJared, the comment section read as follows:
Jason @ 12:28 am on 02/20/2014
Why is it okay when a black actor is hired to play a white character, but they’d NEVER hire a white actor to play a black character?
#2 Jessie @ 12:41 am on 02/20/2014
no no no no no no and nooooooo!!!
#3 river @ 1:46 am on 02/20/2014
That guy is too young to play Mr.fantastic! And I’m not racist, but don’t cast a black guy to play a white super hero. But cool! Its just not right. That’s like going to a restaurant and asking for a coke. Is Pepsi ok? Only if monopoly money is ok for a tip!
#4 river @ 1:46 am on 02/20/2014
#5 nat @ 1:55 am on 02/20/2014
@Jason: name one popular superhero that is black…
Different day, same story.
It seems that folks have somehow forgotten that these characters, no matter how attached you may have become, are indeed fictional. Why is it more plausible that a man could set himself on fire with no assistance than be black?! The fact that white folks still think they are the standard when globally they are, in fact, a minority is appalling, ignorant and sad.
But luckily Michael is not fazed.
TMZ ran into Jordan and asked him what he thought of all the criticism.
TMZ: What do you have to say to purists who say you’re not white but you’re playing the human torch?
Jordan: *Shrugs* “Eh, they’re still going to see it anyway.”
Precisely. Get your money Michael!
You can watch Michael’s response in the video below.
We’ll never complain about Michael B. Jordan getting more screen time. The brotha is fione. But we won’t simply reduce him to a piece of meat. He is also exceptionally talented. We’re still salty about that Oscar snub.
Anyway, moving on.
Last year, rumors began to swirl that Jordan would take on the role of the Human Torch in a reboot of the Fantasic Four. And today it’s been confirmed.
After a long search — Chronicle‘s Josh Trank was announced as the director at the 2012 Comic-Con — Fruitvale Station breakout Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller (Divergent), Kate Mara (Transcendence) and Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac) are working on deals to star as the ’60s-spawned superhero quartet. The deals aren’t in cement yet, but Jordan and Bell look pretty solid. The roles as they stand would be Jordan as Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch), Teller as Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Mara as Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman) and Bell as Ben Grimm (the Thing).
I can’t lie and say I was a comic book or even a cartoon fan as a kid. But I’m always pleasantly surprised at how well these remakes turn out to be. And we’re especially glad to see more black people taking on superhero roles. Samuel L. Jackson was Nick Fury in the Iron Man series, object of our affection, Idris Elba was Heimdall in Thor, Anthony Mackie will play Falcon in the new Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Jamie Fox takes on the roles of Electro in the new Spider Man film, coming out on May 2.
And we can’t forget Djimon Honsou and Zoe Saldana holding it down for the women of color in the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
Congratulations to Michael B. Jordan we can’t wait to see him light it up… literally.
With award season in full swing, Vanity Fair magazine recently revealed its annual Hollywood issue cover. From the fashion spreads to the well-written articles (no, really, Vanity Fair produces some of the best writing in the magazine world), Graydon Carter’s renowned publication is known for pulling readers into worlds of opulence, exclusivity and… well, vanity.
The yearly “Hollywood” cover became a tradition in 1995. And in that first Vanity Fair Hollywood cover introducing the magazine’s picks of the hottest, most sought-after and relevant entertainers, one Black actress was included — Angela Bassett.
The year after, in 1996, Will Smith was the chosen Black entertainer, alongside stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Benecio Del Toro and Matthew McConaughey. Clearly, the VF editors know talent and bankability when they see it, but the question remained for years: Why has there never been more than one Black performer included in this issue?
In 1999, the magazine’s editor’s seemed to heed the outcry when Britain’s own Thandie Newton and Omar Epps gave their lost-in-thought poses near Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon and Adrien Brody, sealing their Tinseltown success. From that year forward the numbers of Black entertainers ranged from zero to two, and sometimes when featured, they were pushed to the insert portion of the photo, such as actresses Adepero Oduye and Paula Patton in 2012. Others have been denied altogether despite their undeniable talent, like Gabourey Sidibe.
With the periodical’s questionable history in selecting diverse women and men of color to be celebrated among one of its most important issues, this year’s edition is a very important step in the right direction. Not one or two, but six Black actors and actresses have been selected to star on its pages: Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, and Chadwick Boseman. It would have been a gross miscalculation for the magazine to feature fewer than that as 2013 marked a banner year for Black filmmakers, producers and screenwriters. Fresh talent as well as industry veterans shone in heart-tugging true-life renderings like 12 Years a Slave Fruitvale Station, 42 and Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
America’s film industry doors, which opened in 1910, were closed shut to Black entertainers in many ways. Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American actress to win an Academy Award in 1940 and it took 14 more years for another African-American actress to become an Oscar nominee (Dorothy Dandridge for Carmen Jones).
The question now is whether this is a sign of change both at the Vanity Fair offices and, moreover, in the decision-making ranks of the movie-making industry. This year, there was no denying the impact that Blacks were having in the theaters, behind the cameras, at the box office, and everywhere else. Excluding these stars from the cover would’ve been more than just a gross oversight, but an undeniable slap in the face. But what about years to come, when we don’t have the back-to-back films focused on the Black experience? Will those Black Hollywood stars still get their due? Do Black actors have to be in a gut-wrenching film like 12 Years or touch upon heavy topics like the injustices put upon Nelson Mandela to get recognized?
Black Americans have made many positive contributions and unfortunately history shows that recognition for their progressive influences ends up as long overdue. While we have learned not to expect credit from institutions such as Hollywood, it is nice to see in proof through this month’s Vanity Fair cover that those iron gates once barred from African-American players are surely, yet gradually becoming unlocked. Here’s to looking at a future where magazine covers and films are not Black or White, but truly showcase varied talents to both inspire and engage in the human condition.
18 years after the release of military sci-fi blockbuster “Independence Day,” director Roland Emmerich and co-writer/producer Dean Delvin are busy at work on a sequel,” Deadline reports.
The long-awaited sequel will reportedly be released in theaters on the original film’s 20th anniversary, July 4, 2016. The star of the original 90s blockbuster that grossed $811 million worldwide, Will Smith; however, will be visibly absent. According repots, the 45-year-old father of three has decided not to participate in the sequel. Not all hope is lost though, as TheWrap reported back in September that Oscar nominee Michael B. Jordan is being considered for the leading role in the action flick.
Sources say that Jordan’s name has been mentioned during several creative meetings for the film and he’s actually interested. This would be a great look for Jordan, who revealed during an interview last summer that he looks forward to playing the role of a ” action hero” in the future.
“I would love to play a psychopath,” he told Vulture. “Oh man, that would be amazing. I want my love role. I’ve never been in love [in a movie] before, so I want to know what that’s like. I want to play that action hero, that guy that saves the day. I want to play the role that’s a little off and weird. I want to play the killer. I want to get inside the head of somebody like that. I want to be a pilot. I want to play the astronaut. I want to play the oil rigger in the Pacific. I can’t wait to be up for, say, the next Jason Bourne.”
20th Century Fox has yet to comment on the casting rumors, but we’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
Do you think Michael has what it takes to star in the “Independence Day” sequel?
Aside from 12 Years a Slave, I think we all agreed that quite a few black films and amazing performances by black actors and actresses were overlooked by the Academy for nominations this year. One of the biggest and best films that we felt should have picked up a few nominations included the very gripping Fruitvale Station. Michael B. Jordan of course gave an incredible performance as Oscar Grant, and up until award season actually started, we thought he’d be a shoo-in for Best Actor at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, as quite a few critics seemed to feel the same way, but that just wasn’t the case. So how does Jordan feel about all that? In an interview with Blogxilla for Global Grind to promote his new film That Awkward Moment with Zac Efron and Miles Teller, he was asked if he felt snubbed. Jordan said just being talked about with some of the people he has looked up to for a long time meant a lot to him, and that’s enough:
Nah man, you gotta look at the year, bro. You know what I’m saying? It’s an incredible year, great year for film, incredible performances. Just to be in the conversation with those greats, people that I’ve looked up to and admired my entire career, it’s not a loss. You know what I’m saying? I’m just happy. I’m excited man, just to be in those conversations. It’s pretty cool, man.
Zac Efron comically chimed in to say, “Miles and I didn’t even get snubbed. It would have been great to be snubbed.”
But seriously, who doesn’t love Michael B. Jordan? Such a gracious (and handsome) fella. What do you think? Did his performance in Fruitvale Station deserve a nomination or is he right that just getting all the attention he did and being talked about with the greats last year was good enough?
First, let’s point out how we’re in the middle of winter and battling freezing temperatures and constant snow in many states, but Michael B. Jordan and his lady friend are kicking it in Miami shirtless and in a bikini, respectively, down in Florida.
But I digress.
The Fruitvale Station and That Awkward Moment star was spotted this weekend in Miami with a young lady very close by the entire time. The two hit the beach for some sun and jet skiing.
Now ladies, I know that some of you have already claimed Michael as “yours” and he’s been saying that he’s single so don’t let these pictures deter you. Yes, she looks like she’s cute and she appears to have a great body and this is the first woman he’s been spotted with since he and his ex-girlfriend broke up, but what does that mean? I’ll tell you: not a thing! As far as we’re concerned, he’s still up for grabs.
Anyway, check out a couple more pictures of Michael and his “friend” as they enjoy that beautiful Miami weather and water.
The Oscar nominations are in and, both sadly and shockingly, Fruitvale Station was not on the list. But we can rejoice in the fact that the film is now available on DVD. We had the chance to sit down with the film’s writer/director Ryan Coogler and its star Michael B. Jordan (above… yes and yes) last month, and they were pleased with everything about the experience of making and promoting this important movie.
“That’s how a movie gets immortalized,” Coogler said about the move to DVD. “It gets to people who didn’t see it in the theaters.” One reporter noted that, for people who amass a collection of DVDs, Fruitvale could end up right next to Forrest Gump. That’s pretty good company to keep.
For those who haven’t had the pleasure (and, to Coogler’s point, now that you can watch at home, you should), Fruitvale Station tells the story of the tragic end of Oscar Grant’s life at the hands of a San Francisco BART officer. He was a 22-year-old father who had been taking public transportation while hanging out with friends to celebrate New Year’s, going from 2008 to 2009. The movie won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013 and was celebrated at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
“We had an idea that people from the Bay Area would get it, but farther? People were swarming Michael [B. Jordan], barely speaking English,” Coogler said of the overseas experience. “It was extremely gratifying.”
“There was concern about a black director and a black film. But it’s about humanity. Cannes solidified that. The standing ovation was gratifying,” Jordan continued.
Now, both Coogler and Jordan are looking to the future. Jordan is in the process of promoting his latest film That Awkward Moment, also starring Zac Efron and Miles Teller (at right… yes, yes and yes). And Coogler is hard at work on Creed, the latest installment in the Rocky story, though Sylvester Stallone made it clear, “It’s not Rocky 7.“
Many touted 2013 as a major year for black films. But when we spoke with them, both Coogler and Jordan were more concerned with what’s going to happen in 2014 and beyond.
“As long as they continue to be profitable, that will make it easier for the next filmmaker,” Jordan said. “Hopefully, it’ll encourage other filmmakers to continue with their vision.”
“I hope diversity, and the diversity of people behind the camera, is something sustainable,” Coogler continued. “Society at large benefits from that diversity.” He also noted that 2013 was a big year for women in film, taking diversity in another crucial direction.
“People are very interested in experiences that are outside the box for them, but it has to be presented and marketed,” he said. “Every movie needs a champion.”
At this point, both men are happy for the doors that Fruitvale has opened. For his part, Jordan says the film is giving him “more opportunities to do films I want to do, more choices, more opportunities to create.” And Coogler will continue to write things “that mean a lot” to him. We’ll be watching.
Producer and screenwriter Gary Hardwick, who is best known for writing on the films’ Deliver Us from Eva and The Brothers as well as being the executive producer of the popular 90s television show “In the House,” has created a thought provoking meme about the African-invasion into Hollywood.
As you can see from the picture above, the meme is a board of two rows of six faces: the top row has pictures of blacks actors and actresses with African names and the bottom row is comprised of black folks with…well you know how creative us American blacks can be. (But it’s from the Bible though!) Anyway, the collage’s caption reads as follows:
“Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Barkhad Abdi are nominated this year for acting Oscars. They are all African. Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Octavia Spencer and Michel B. Jordan were not nominated. They are all American. I have never liked the term African American. I want to thank the Academy for finally separating the two words.”
What Hardwick is referring to is the recently announced nominations for the 86th annual Academy Awards, which appears to be honoring lots of color this year. In particular, the Steve McQueen film 12 Years A Slave, has received 9 nominations including: Best Film; Best Actor for UK-born Nigerian Ejoifor; and Best Supporting Actress for Mexican-born Kenyan Nyong’o. Captain Phillips, a film inspired by the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking, received six nods including Best Supporting Actor for Abdi, who was born in Somali. However missing from the nominations were expected favorites like Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker and Michel B Jordan from the films Fruitvale Station and The Butler. Many critics are calling the lack of critical nominations for both films (as well as Mandela) Oscar-snubs. And like those critics, Hardwick meme’s implies that Hollywood has a bias in favor of native-born blacks. But what is not clear from the meme is why though?
In the post on his blog entitled, Black is the New Black, which was posted in the thread’s comment section, Hardwick gives moe insight to his theory. Particularly mentioning an actress friend, who was advised recently by an agent to start speaking in a British accent “in order to increase her chances of getting a job.” Hardwick further supports his theory by pointing out how so-called blue eyed soul artists like Justin Timberlake receive awards for singing and dancing like black folks even as black artists find themselves excluded from those same award venues. And Mindy Kaling having her own television series when “Saturday Night Live” dragged its feet on hiring its first black comediennes in five years. He also cites President Barack Obama, particularly how folks tended to emphasizes his foreign black half as the reason why he was “not like the rest of us” lowly Negros. His point is that while these folks are dark, or even black, they are not a substitute for American black experience, even as the general society seeks to make them so. He also writes:
“…You see, when dark skin is linked to the legacy of slavery, murder and oppression, it makes certain people feel bad, guilty and dare I say, afraid. And in this happy ass age of false perfection, no one with any affluence wants to feel bad for one second about anything, ever. So, a dark Indian girl is preferable to a Black American woman, a British black man is not so worrisome as one born here, or a Black American descendant of slaves is worse than say, a half-white descendant of an African national who was raised by white people in Hawaii.
Are you kidding me?
How thin is the knife that splits that hair?
But I will not lay this at the feet of others. If our image is devalued or not valued at all, we can blame ourselves for that, if we don’t stand up to it. If we want to give everyone a pass who steals our sh*t, denigrates our images and feeds us their idea of who we should be, then it’s our fault. If the director and star of a Oscar-bound slave movie are black but not the descendants of slaves should we care that they are telling our story? If we are quick to deny others in our race or the idea of race itself to gain what we think is an advantage, then again it’s on us.
There is no doubt that Hollywood in general appears to be under a foreign invasion and this does not exclude Black Hollywood. Many British actors and actresses in particular have spoken quite candidly about the inability to find work in the UK and having to come to the States, just to find consistent jobs. And it would be naïve to say that a black with a “unique” background gives on a branding edge. Dare I say Idris Elba is no finer than any other above average Negro man walking around the streets of America but that accent, and “exotic” roots combined with his above average looks likely increases his appeal with many in his fan base.
However, the bulk of Black Hollywood is still very much African American, which means that the fear of a takeover is presumptuous at best. And outside of Idris Elba and now Chiwetel Ejiofor, there are very few African actors or actresses, who have become household names. And quite frankly, what “advantage,” as Hardwick called it, are these non-American born blacks receiving anyway? A couple of trophies? A head nod of approval from institutions with peculiar records of inclusion? More opportunities to play stereotypical and often problematic characters (No disrespect to Barkhad Abdi, but I was not here for a film glorifying the Western worlds continued imperialism of the East African coastlines)? We shouldn’t be quibbling with each other over crumbs, which happen to dribbles down from the hierarchic top. Instead we should be building cross-continental bridges and working together to create our own while abolishing the very racist system, which seeks to divide and conquer us, no matter from which part of the world we originate. It just does not make sense – political, economically and even culturally – that during a time of globalization and technology, communities of black folks with resources and vast knowledge are still operating in isolation of each other.
Not to mention the whole weirdness of referring to the Academy Awards as the final say in where the line of blackness should be drawn or even the debate in what we as black folks should call ourselves. I mean, have we seen some of the black representations they felt were Oscar-worthy? Hell, until Hollywood and Black Hollywood combined apologize to all of South Africa for Jennifer “Effie-in-every-role” Hudson’s performance as Winnie Mandela, we really don’t have anything to complain about.
Michael B. Jordan is everywhere these days: after being touted as one of the newest crop of “It” actors with the release of Fruitvale Station, he’s now co-starring alongside Zac Efron and Miles Teller in the new romcom, That Awkward Moment.
The ladies LOVE Michael and now that he’s single again, Michael revealed a couple of things that he likes to see in a woman to Glamour.
Michael talks about what’s on his list for a woman he’d like to date:
“A sense of humor. And I want a woman who is comfortable in the kitchen. I’m old-school about stuff like that.”
On whether or not he’ll respect a woman if they have sex on the first date:
“No. No. Maybe…but a little less.”
That’s quite the opposite answer from everyone’s favorite rapper Andre 3000 who said, “I don’t give a s**t about giving it up on the first night. That just let me know she know what she want out of life.”
In a sense, I guess it’s good that Jordan is being honest about what he likes, even if it isn’t the “cool” thing to say. He was raised by women so it could be that his values and thoughts on relationships come from what they’ve taught him and how he’s seen the women in his life be treated by men.
So listen, if you ever get a chance to go out on a date with him, make sure you keep your legs closed on the first date no matter how turned on you are and for goodness sake, make sure you can make him some eggs and grits the morning after the second date. Then come back and tell us all about it!
In 2013, Robin Thicke Blurred the Lines, “Scandal” and “Orange is the New Black” were the shows to watch and Miley Cyrus killed off her Disney Hannah Montana image and twerked her way across America. So who will steal our attention in 2014? Here are our predictions for entertainers to watch out for in 2014.
Before 2013, actress Tika Sumpter had a couple of movie roles and television credits under her belt. Best known as Layla Williamson in the soap opera “One Live To Live” and for her recurring role on “Gossip Girl,” the Queens native landed the lead in the most watched show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network: Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots.” The show earned the highest ratings on OWN and was renewed for a second season midway through the first. Expect to see Sumpter continue her reign in 2014 with the hit show as well as starring in BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” alongside Gabrielle Union. Flexing her comedic chops, Sumpter will also appear in “Ride Along” with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, which hits theaters at the top of the year.