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Danai Gurira On Her 'Black Panther' Role: 'She Protects What We Would Have Been' The actress plays warrior Okoye in the new film. "The thing that really connected me ... was her love and her loyalty to this thing called Wakanda, this nation that was never colonized," she says. Fundraising For Kids To See 'Black Panther' A look at why crowdfunders across the U.S. are raising money for disadvantaged youth, many of them people of color, to see the superhero movie Black Panther. A Town In Mexico Sees Guitar Sales Soar Thanks To The Movie 'Coco' The town of Paracho is celebrating after its onetime resident helped design the guitar featured in the hit Disney-Pixar movie, and now it can't keep up with orders for the instrument. 'Black Panther' Costume Designer Draws On 'The Sacred Geometry Of Africa' Ruth Carter is the costume designer for the Marvel's Black Panther movie. She talks about how she grounded the movie's futuristic look in the history and traditions of tribes from all over Africa. 'Black Panther': Science, Heroes — And How Comics Changed The World Hidden in the narratives of 1970s comics like the Black Panther was an idea that grew like a seed in the imagination of kids like me: Science and heroism were indelibly linked, says Adam Frank.
How A Medically Induced Coma Led To Love, Marriage And The Oscar-Nominated 'Big Sick' Comic Kumail Nanjiani didn't think of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon until he saw her in a coma. The couple co-wrote a romantic comedy based on the story. Originally broadcast July 12, 2017. Friday News Roundup - Domestic One hour — or even 24 hours — might not be enough to wrap up this week’s news. A Missing Child, A Dying Marriage And A 'Loveless' Society Russia's contender for a best foreign language film Oscar is a bleak and searing indictment of Russian society, told through the eyes of a rancorous married couple. Ticket Sales For Marvel's 'Black Panther' Are Superhero-Sized Advance ticket sales for super-hero movies are always super-sized, but even accounting for that, Marvel's Black Panther is breaking records. Civic groups have been buying out whole screenings so that African-American children can experience the film together. 'Early Man' Is A Mammoth Delight In the age of digital animation, Nick Park and his team at Aardman are still animating with their actual digits; this lovingly made tale of a prehistoric soccer rivalry is full of charm.
In The Sexy, Silly 'Double Lovers,' A Woman Steps Through The Looking Glass French director Francois Ozon's erotic thriller, an homage to the films of De Palma and Cronenberg, is all about mirrored surfaces, twinship and body horror. In 'The Party,' The Bourgeois Get Petty Writer-director Sally Potter zeroes in on the hypocrisy of the British chattering-class but her aim wanders, so the characters stay flat and the satire never kicks in. Mythic 'Black Panther' Is A Momentous Event In Pop Culture History As originally conceived in 1966, the Black Panther was an African king who fought crime in a high-tech panther suit. David Edelstein says Marvel's new film about the character was worth the wait. Director Ryan Coogler Says 'Black Panther' Brought Him Closer To His Roots The new film imagines an African nation, rich in minerals and unscarred by colonialism and slavery; Coogler says he traveled to the continent to dig into the question of what it means to be African. Excitement Builds Ahead Of 'Black Panther' Opening The movie has a black superhero, a mostly black cast and is set in a futuristic society in Africa. David Green talks to journalist Tre Johnson about why it has such meaning for many people of color.