Michael B. Jordan is known for his impressive range. He stole the small screen (and hearts) as Wallace in The Wire. And who can forget his turns in Friday Night Lights, Creed, Fruitvale Station and Black Panther, to name a few? But his latest role is uncharted territory for him once again. This time he is the new face of Coach. Jordan tells us all about it.
Why did you sign on as the face of Coach? It wasn’t an overnight thing. From some red carpets and press events and going to fashion shows, and getting to know Stuart (Vevers) and the brand over a few years and then ultimately getting to the place where it’s like, alright, I know the people that actually are in the front office, I know the designer, I know what the brand represents and it was very similar to things I care about. I’m not a guy who chases money or one deal just for a deal. It really has to be a partnership and compliment each other. I found that Coach was the perfect brand for me to do that with and then also having a fragrance line, something I always wanted to be a part of, it was like a one stop shop for a lot of the things on my checklist—I checked off a lot of my boxes.
Which is your favorite Coach fragrance? Coach for Men is my favorite. I like that it’s just a little bit more earthy. It reminds me of a cologne that I don’t remember the name of, but I remember when I was a kid, the first time I ever really wore cologne, one of my best friend’s older brother would always have tons of cologne bottles. And he’d say, “don’t go in my room and don’t touch my stuff.” Of course, when he’s not there, you’re in there looking at all the sneakers that you can’t fit in or can’t have, and the cologne bottles, and we’re putting his stuff on, and then I remember dousing myself in it and going somewhere and I gave this girl a hug and she was like, you smell so good, and I was like, what, you can smell that on me? And then when I smelled this, I was like, wow, this takes me back. That’s the power of smell, so I just always kind of dug it. And I like the bottle too. It’s a little fruitier; it has pineapple notes, black pepper oil and juniper berries, so this one is a little lighter for me, but it also tells a story.
On a regular day, when you’re not on set, what’s your grooming routine like? It depends on what mood I’m in. If I’m in more of a creative space, doing a lot of work and developing things and starting up companies, really in the thick of it, I’ll probably let my hair and facial hair go. I’ll still get a haircut, but I’ll probably let my face go. I just got my first manicure/pedicure the other day, which is pretty cool for men. That was a good experience. A typical grooming experience for me is haircuts, showers, you know what I’m saying. A little manscaping. Keeping it cool.
How do you like to wear fragrance? You can’t put lotion on right after you shower because you start sweating—that’s what I learned over time, for sure. Air dry, dry off, you know, lotion up, and then I usually spray a body layer. Not a lot, but just a little bit and then I get dressed and I might add another shot right before I go out. It’s all about layering, because you don’t want to overpower everything up top. So, you have a base scent that’s always going to be there, that sits on your clothes a little bit, and then you have a top layer that’s more of the introduction to somebody.
Outside of the cologne realm, what smells do you like? I love the smell of fresh cut grass. It reminds me so much of being back home because I used to mow the lawn all the time. In LA we don’t have lawns like that, so that’s something I definitely miss. Morning dew. Something I love, early morning when I’m going for a run or something, I just love the smell of the moisture in the air—it’s pretty sweet. My grandmother’s rum cakes. She used to live next door to me growing up, so whenever she was baking rum cakes the smell would just creep through my house, so that’s something that smell, that sugary rum glaze. It’s pretty good.
Was there someone who took you under their wing to show you how style can make a statement? My best friend Sterling, he’s a fashionable guy. I’m paying attention a little bit more. There really are no rules; you’ve got to do what makes you feel comfortable. It’s all about feeling comfortable in what you have on. Everybody is not going to like what you have on, so you can’t really pay attention to what other people might say or think, but you just gotta do what makes you feel comfortable, and if you feel comfortable and confident, that’s pretty much it.
What’s next for you? Just Mercy is probably the next film I have coming up. It’s a story about Bryan Stevenson. He’s a defense attorney from Alabama. He started this coalition called The Equal Justice Initiative. He represents wrongly convicted inmates that are on death row and tries to get them exonerated from the death penalty. I adapted the book, Just Mercy, into a biopic and so the book is the story of his most memorable cases and the movie takes place around a few of those. He’s a really important man. He’s alive and well and still fighting the good fight, and he’s one of those special humans that the world is definitely a much better place having him here. Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, O’Shea Jackson—we have a really nice, well-rounded cast. It’s my first project that I produced under my inclusion rider over at Warner Brothers, which I’m really excited about. I’m really happy that the studio got behind me on that one and really made that happen because I think it’s going to set a precedent across the board of what studios follow their lead. I think people are going to enjoy it and it’s going to make a real impact.
“Denis Villeneuve Is The Best Director To Reboot Dune. – Dave Bautista
Dave Bautista has insisted director Denis Villeneuve is “the best person” to reboot epic sci-fi movie Dune because he was a big fan of the books growing up.
The Guardians of the Galaxy actor first worked with the Arrival filmmaker on 2017’s Blade Runner 2049 and recently reunited with him to play Glossu Rabban in Dune, a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel of the same name, after David Lynch’s attempt in 1984. Advertisement
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bautista insisted Villeneuve is perfect for the job because he genuinely cares about the source material.
“His take on Dune is very true to the books. If you know his style of filmmaking, it’s perfect. He was tailor-made to do this,” he gushed. “I hope he won’t mind that I’m saying this, but when I talked to him about Dune, he said that he really wanted to pay honour to the books. He was such a fan of the books growing up. So, people who are fans of the book are just going to love this film. They’re actually going to see all these characters brought to life. He’s absolutely, without a doubt, the best person to do it.”
Bautista also explained that he won’t make any decisions about his character, also known as the Beast, before he begins filming because he made a mistake by doing that on Blade Runner 2049, when he came in with an idea of who his character was and Villeneuve gave him a completely different direction.
“So, I don’t want to wrap my head around my idea of who the Beast is before I get there. I just know Denis is going to tell me that he is someone else,” the 50-year-old laughed. “So, I will follow his direction.”
Dune follows the conflict between two rival noble families as they battle for control of desert planet Arrakis, also known as Dune, which is the only source of “the spice”, a drug which can extend human life, making it the most valuable commodity in the universe.
The film stars Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya and Rebecca Ferguson and is expected to be split into two films, with the first being released in November 2020.
AVENGERS: Endgame Passes Avatar To Become Biggest Film Of All Time.
Avengers: Endgame has topped Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige made the news official at the studio's Comic-Con panel in San Diego, California on Saturday, announcing the blockbuster would pass Avatar's $2.78 billion global box office mark over the weekend, ending the James Cameron-directed movie's nine-year reign.
"Thanks to you, Avengers: Endgame is the biggest film of all-time," Feige told fans in Comic-Con's fabled Hall H.
While Avengers: Endgame co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo took to Twitter to share a similar sentiment.
"To the greatest fans in the universe, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you...," they commented.
Avengers: Endgame, featuring an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Brie Larson, follows the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies as they attempt to reverse the damage caused by Thanos, as played by Josh Brolin, in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War.
The blockbuster has passed Avatar's record in just 13 weeks, and in a statement, Alan Horn, co-chairman and chief creative officer of Marvel's parent company, The Walt Disney Studios, praised the cast and crew for their achievements.
"A huge congratulations to the Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Studios teams, and thank you to the fans around the world who lifted Avengers: Endgame to these historic heights," he commented. "Of course, even with the passage of a decade, the impact of James Cameron's Avatar remains as powerful as ever, and the astonishing achievements of both of these films are ongoing proof of the power of movies to move people and bring them together in a shared experience. The talented filmmakers behind these worlds have much more in store, and we look forward to the future of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and (Avatar's setting) Pandora."
Bosses at Disney are also celebrating another record-breaking weekend in North America, as The Lion King has roared to the top of the box office to become the biggest July opening of all time.
Marvel Is Rebooting Blade, With Mahershala Ali Set To Star.
One of the bombshell announcements during Marvel’s Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con tonight was that the studio would be rebooting Blade, with True Detective and Luke Cage actor Mahershala Ali set to star.
The character was one of the first of Marvel’s superheroes to become a notable hit as a film: Blade was released in 1998, starring Wesley Snipes as the titular vampire hunter, a role he’d go on to reprise in 2002 for Blade II, and in 2004 for Blade: Trinity. Marvel reacquired the rights to the character, as well as Ghost Rider and the Punisher back in 2013. Marvel brought in Ghost Rider (which had been a pair of films starring Nicholas Cage), and the Punisher (another two films), for Agents of SHIELD, and its Netflix superhero franchise, starting with Daredevil, respectively.
Marvel didn’t release any additional details about when we’ll see Blade back in action, nor what form — at this point it could be either a series for Disney+ or a feature film. There are certainly plenty of opportunities for both in the coming years.
The character was born Eric Brooks, and is half-human, half vampire. He first appeared in comics in 1973 in The Tomb of Dracula #10, and after saving a man from vampires, turned to hunting them.
Something that the studio will need to figure out at some point is how to reconcile Ali’s role as Blade and as Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes from Netflix’s Luke Cage series, which is technically a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well (albeit loosely, given the tenuous connections between the franchises). For that matter, he was also the voice of Miles Morales’ Uncle Aaron in Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse. He’s certainly no stranger to superheroes.
Source: The Verge
BOX OFFICE: The Lion King Is Already Breaking Sales Records.
At the Thursday night box office, The Lion King pounced on a massive $23 million in previews.
The ticket sales bode well for the Disney's latest adaptation of one of their classic animated films, which is tracking for a $150 million-plus bow over the weekend.
Disney's last live-action remake of one of their classic animated films, Guy Ritchie's Aladdin, earned $7 million in previews, and went on to earn $91.5 million over the three-day weekend and $116.8 million over the Memorial Day weekend.
According to Comscore data, The Lion King is only the 2nd PG-rated family film to gross $20 million or more in previews, only second to Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince's $22 million Thursday night box office.
The Lion King's A-list voice cast is lead by Donald Glover as Simba and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, with Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Billy Eichner, John Kani and John Oliver playing other classic characters from the 1994 original. James Earl Jones reprises his original role as Mufasa.
Internationally, The Lion King opened in a further 22 material markets, after opening midweek in several markets and launching first in China last weekend. After Thursday, the movie's international box office, in a total of 42 markets, sits at $130.5 million.
New markets include Russia and Brazil, where the movie took in $4.1 million and $4.5 million, respectively. China leads the international markets with a cume-to-date of $76.6 million.
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