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Disney Confirms 'Jungle Book' And 'Maleficent' Sequels Plus 'Cruella' Movie Starring Emma Stone


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Disney has confirmed a slew of exciting upcoming films, including sequels for The Jungle Book and Maleficent, as well as stand-alone movies based on Cruella de Vil and Tinkerbell. The announcement comes as Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book continues its reign on the top of the US box office, so far taking over $500 million worldwide.

Emma StoneEmma Stone will star as Cruella de Vil in a new Disney movie.

The studio did not specify release dates for any of the upcoming films, but did reveal the prime release dates they have set aside for the next three years. The dates Disney has claimed are: July 28, 2017 (instead of Dec. 22, 2017); April 6, 2018; Aug. 3, 2018; Dec. 25, 2018; and Dec. 20, 2019.

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'Creed' Director Ryan Coogler To Hold Flint Fundraiser On Oscars Night


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Creed director Ryan Coogler has helped organise a star-studded benefit for the residents of Flint, Michigan which will take place on February 28th, the same night as the Academy Awards. Dubbed #JUSTICEFORFLINT, the event will be hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress and is presented by ‘Blackout for Human Rights’, Coogler’s activist collective which is devoted to addressing human rights violations in the U.S.

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According to Buzzfeed, singer Janelle Monae, 'Grey’s Anatomy' actor Jesse Williams and Selma director Ava DuVernay will all be in attendance. The event will be held at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint and will be free to attend.

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Sylvester Stallone Eventually Thanks Ryan Coogler And Michael B. Jordan For 'Creed' Award


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Two days after he noticeably forgot to thank the director and lead actor of Creed when he won Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes, Sylvester Stallone has taken to social media to put right his omission and thank Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan.

On Sunday night, when he scooped his first ever Golden Globe, the 69 year old actor thanked a handful of people, including his agent, his wife and kids and his “best friend” Rocky Balboa (who he said he still has “conversations” with every night). However, he left out director Coogler, and the lead actor Michael B. Jordan, whose character Stallone trains in the boxing movie.

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Ava DuVernay And 9 More Ground-Breaking Female Film Directors


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It's simply incredible to see women being celebrated for their achievements rather than their bodies, providing girls with real role models. Ava DuVernay is one such icon of this movement, notably appearing in the 2016 Pirelli calendar alongside such greats as Serena Williams and Kathleen Kennedy. And now she has her own Barbie doll, so even children can learn of her talents.

Ava DuVernayAva DuVernay now has her own Barbie doll

If you didn't already know Ava DuVernay is the director of the Oscar winning 2014 drama 'Selma'; a Martin Luther King biopic exploring his campaign to open up equal voting rights for black citizens. It's an important issue, and a breakthrough for feminism as well as race related issues. Only 7% of film directors are women; a shocking figure given that some of the greatest movies in history had a lady at the helm.

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Amy Schumer Strips Down As Pirelli's 2016 Calendar Celebrates Women Of Achievement


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Comedian Amy Schumer has stripped down for the 2016 Pirelli Calendar and said she’s ‘never felt more beautiful’. The 34-year-old leads the collection of 12 inspirational women who have been photographed by Annie Leibovitz for the 2016 calendar, marking a departure from the pin-ups of the past.

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Ava DuVernay - RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation's Art for Life Benefit Honoring Dave Chappelle, Michaela and Simon de Pury and Ava DuVernay Held at Fairview Farms - Water Mill, New York, United States - Saturday 18th July 2015

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'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Passes On Marvel's 'Black Panther' Movie


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It sounded like a match made in heaven, but sadly Selma director Ava DuVernay has confirmed she wont be directing Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther movie. Starring Chadwick Boseman, the film will bring to life Marvel’s first Black superhero, T’Challa aka Black Panther and is scheduled for release in November 2017, as part of the studio's Phase 3.

Ava DuvernayAva DuVernay will not be directing Marvels’ Black Panther movie.

Speaking to Essence magazine DuVernay confirmed the rumours that she was in talks with Marvel, but revealed that she had turned down the Black Panther gig. “I’m not signing on to direct Black Panther,” DuVernay said. “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be.”

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Ava DuVernay and Phylicia Rashad - Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards - Show at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 16th June 2015

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Ava DuVernay - Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2015 - Arrivals at Century Plaza Hotel - Century City, California, United States - Tuesday 16th June 2015

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Ava DuVernay - Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 16th June 2015

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Does Marvel Want 'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay For "Diverse" Superhero Movie?


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In perhaps the best piece of superhero related news we’ve heard in a long time, Selma director Ava DuVernay is reportedly being courted by Marvel to direct an upcoming project. According to The Wrap, DuVernay is being eyed for one of the studio’s ‘diverse’ superhero movies, which include Black Panther and Captain Marvel.

Ava DuvernayDuVernay could become the newest recruit to the Marvel cinematic universe.

Black Panther, which is due in July 2018, is said to be the most likely option for DuVernay to direct. The film will be the first Marvel movie to be headlined by an an African American character as is based on the first black superhero in mainstream American comics.

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Michelle Obama Gives Impassioned & Encouraging Speech At Black Girls Rock! Awards


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Michelle Obama continued spreading her message of education whilst attending the Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Saturday (28th March). The First Lady gave an impassioned speech at the event and encouraged the audience, which included many young black girls and women, to have self-confidence, ignore any discouraging voices and continue in their education.

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Michelle Obama speaking at the Black Girls Rock! awards ceremony on Saturday.

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'Selma' Honoured At NAACP Image Awards After Oscars Snub


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Civil rights drama Selma has been named ‘outstanding film of 2014’, at this year’s NAACP Image Awards, held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The film. which chronicles the journey of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965 to secure equal voting rights, walked away with four awards during the two ceremonies on Thursday and Friday evening.

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma

After being denied an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Rev. King, David Oyelowo took home the Image award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture. Accepting the award Oyelowo said, “I want to take this opportunity to say I thank the Lord I was able to play one of the most transcendent human beings who ever walked the planet.”

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A Week In Movies: Selma Premieres In London, Mission: Impossible 5 Shifts Its Release, New Trailers Drop For True Story, Child 44, Fantastic Four And Ted 2


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Selma Premiere

David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay were on hand in London for the European premiere of Selma this week. They were joined on the red carpet by costar Colman Domingo and singer Nicole Scherzinger. Up for two Oscars but snubbed by Bafta, the critically acclaimed film opens in the UK next week. 

Photos - Selma European Premiere at Curzon Mayfair, London

Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Selma Premieres In London, Mission: Impossible 5 Shifts Its Release, New Trailers Drop For True Story, Child 44, Fantastic Four And Ted 2

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