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New Trailer Unleashed For ‘Kingsmen: The Golden Circle’

New Trailer Unleashed For ‘Kingsmen: The Golden Circle’

Kicking off San Diego Comic Con 2017, 20th Century Fox has just released a brand new trailer for KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE! In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. These two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal will be joined by screenwriter Jane Goldman and Kingsman co-creator and ComicCon legend Dave Gibbons for the KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Panel in Hall H – TODAY starting at 11am PT.

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KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE –  First Theatrical Trailer Unleashed!

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE – First Theatrical Trailer Unleashed!

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE! In “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman. These two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the film stars Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, with Sir Elton John, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges.

KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE hits theaters everywhere on September 22, 2017.

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ – Check Out The Action-Packed Final Trailer!

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ – Check Out The Action-Packed Final Trailer!

'X-Men Days of Future Past'

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

20th Century Fox has released the 3rd and FINAL TRAILER of the MOST anticipated film of the summer, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST!

Check out the trailer below!

In the highly anticipated film, the beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.

Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

Mark your calendars for May 23, 2014 — the day the film explodes into theaters nationwide!

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ – Check Out The Explosive New Trailer!

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ – Check Out The Explosive New Trailer!

'X-Men Days of Future Past'

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

The highly anticipated NEW trailer for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming movie, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is FINALLY here!

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.

Directed by Bryan Singer, the film stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen.

Mark your calendars for May 23, 2014 — the day the film explodes into theaters nationwide!

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Blu-ray Review: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry Star In ‘Cloud Atlas’ – Available May 14th!

Blu-ray Review: Tom Hanks and Halle Berry Star In ‘Cloud Atlas’ – Available May 14th!

Available on March 14th!

Available on March 14th!

Groundbreaking filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski have returned with one of their most profilic films to date. ‘Cloud Atlas’ is a remarkably beautiful film, an adaptation of David Mitchell’s bestseller of the same name, the film weaves us through six stories, each of which take place in their own unique era between the 19th and 23rd centuries.

The cast of this epic film features Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent and Susan Sarandon. All of these very talented actors appear in multiple stories of romance and defiance, spanning from the 19th century to the distant future. At it’s core, the film explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.

Having read the source material and being a fan of it, I wondered how one might go about translating the lavish story in it’s pages to the silver screen. Through the years, many people have pointed to literally works such as ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ as being unfilmable novels. This was also the case with ‘Cloud Atlas.” However, what the filmakers have acheived with this picture is nothing short of remarkable and will certainly serve as a sign post to future directors on how to achieve their lofty cinematic ambitions.

Directors Lana and Andy Wachowski are certainly know for their outside-the-box thinking and shine in their most ambitious experiment in storytelling to date. The cinematography of John Toll and Frank Grieb is nothing less than stellar.

THE EXTRAS:

The Blu-Ray package for ‘Cloud Atlas’ includes seven short documentary-style extras that delve into the world of the film. Having watched them after our iniital viewing of the film, we felt almost compelled to watch the film once more. How often do you gat type of feeling in this day and age?!

  • A Film Like No Other
  • Everything is Connected
  • The Impossible Adaptation
  • The Essence of Acting
  • Spaceships, Slaves and Sextets
  • The Bold Science Fiction of Cloud Atlas
  • Eternal Recurrence: Love, Life, and Longing in Cloud Atlas

“Cloud Atlas” is available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital Download on March 14th!

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Steve Carr Discusses “Movie 43” And His Evolution As A Film Director

Steve Carr Discusses “Movie 43” And His Evolution As A Film Director

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When Peter Farrelly and Charlie Wessler set out to create one of most unconventional and outrageous comedies ever put to film, they wanted to stack the deck with some of the hottest up-and-coming directors in Hollywood. At the top of the list was director Steve Carr (Dr. Doolittle 2, Paul Blart: Mall Cop). “What is “Movie 43?” — it is the side-splittingly funny ensemble comedy starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Carr directs on of the hilarious shorts in the film that features Anna Faris and Chris Pratt. The rest of the film features equally talented directors and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Richard Gere, Dennis Quaid, Emma Stone, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman and even Seth MacFarlane! “Movie 43? is not for the easily-offended and contains jaw-dropping, sometimes shockingly disturbing, but always entertaining intertwined storylines you’ll have to see to believe. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Steve Carr to discuss his contribution the film, the challenges involved, the creation of “The Poop Cannon” and what the future holds for him!

What was it about the world of filmmaking that intrigued you and made you pursue it as a career?

A Must-See Film!

A Must-See Film!

It was kind of a funny journey. When I was young, the thing my friends and I bonded over was film, only we called the movies. I studied fine art from the time I was five years old and was a painter. I went into graphic design and designed album covers at Def Jam. When one of our artists went to jail for brandishing an Uzi and bottle of Cristal and shooting his cousin, I jumped into the music video world! [laughs] I started to direct music videos from there. It has kinda been this weird “Falling up.” When I got into doing the music videos, I didn’t even know how to direct. I just kinda yelled action and cut indiscriminately on my first three videos because I had no idea what the hell I was doing! Eventually, I picked it up! While everyone else was taking the opportunity to show what music videos could be stylistically with dancing and all that stuff, I took the opportunity to tell little stories. I think I always had an impulse to tell stories to my family and friends. Basically, I live my life so I will have a good story to tell! Talking about the past in the present is always great for me! [laughs] I love telling stories, so in the music videos I started telling stories. A friend of mine, Brett Ratner, had made the trip out to Los Angeles and started making movies. He said that if I came out to LA and did music videos for his company, he would get me a movie. At the time, that hadn’t even occurred to me. When I came out to LA, he directed me to Mike De Luca at New Line. The next thing I knew, I was directing “Next Friday” and I was a film director. It kinda just happened and I am a very blessed and lucky guy!

That leads us to latest project, “Movie 43”. How did you get involved with this very unique film?

I had finished “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and taken some time off. In my own mind, I had decided I had has gone as far as I could go in the world of PG and PG-13. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” was a really big success story and I thought this was a good opportunity for me to go back, reinvent myself and tell stories that are a little more bawdy and a little less family oriented. I put it out there and at the same time, The Farrelly Brothers were looking for people to do these shorts. I had met them prior to this and I was kind of on their radar and R rated films where on my radar. We just came together! My manager asked whether I would be interested in doing one of these. When I knew they were involved I said “Abso-fucking-lutely!” Then I read it and it was funny! We did a little bit of work on the script and I knew Anna Faris and Chris Pratt were going to be in it. I had worked with Anna before on a movie I produced called “Mama’s Boy”. All of the pieces fell into place! It was a great opportunity to reinvent myself but also have a great time working with people who I find really funny!

Anna Faris Gets Messy

Anna Faris Gets Messy

You telling a complete story in a short amount of time. Obviously, you have done that in the music video world. What were the challenges there?

Honestly, it was great because you are done in three or four days. I was like “Wow! That was easy. Now, I can go take another vacation!” [laughs] I have said it before but it is like the difference between a sprint and a marathon. When you make a feature film, it is a total marathon. You have a lot of time going into the process. Really, this is the same process but it is sped up and accelerated. You have to make decisions faster and it is a good way to stay on top of your game. It is a great way to really test yourself and who you are as a director. It really went down the way all things do. We worked for a week as opposed to six months for a feature film. Instead of eight weeks of shooting, we shot for four days. The process was still the same from the standpoint of approaching the problems, coming up with solutions and making it funny! It was similar in most ways, except for that acceleration.

What did the cast bring to the table for this short?

From Anna, I expected everything and I got exactly that. She is fearless, funny, sweet and she is improvisational. She brings her own ideas and makes everything really easy. Chris Pratt, I didn’t really know as well. I had seen him on “Parks and Rec” but he is equally as talented. They make a great couple. They are perfectly suited as they are sweet, funny and brave performers! They get along so well together and it made my job really easy.

Where there any unexpected challenges that you ran into along the way?

Well, I certainly didn’t expect to have to create a Poop Cannon! [laughs] That was something that even in the world of family entertainment, I never thought I would have to come up with a poop cannon! I don’t know if you have seen the piece but when you do, it will explain itself. When you see it you will understand.

Steve Carr

Steve Carr

Oh, don’t worry. I am well versed in the mythology of the Poop Cannon!

[laughs] Well, then you know I did my job! [laughs] As far as poop cannons go, it is exemplary in it’s use! It’s funny. I didn’t expect to have to come up with that but it was a fun challenge. I really had a great time with it! Funny story about the poop cannon. I was producing a web series and we needed a location. I remembered the location I had shot for “Movie 43” was a really good one and it would work perfectly. I sent the location manager out to go look at it. He came back and told me that they were no longer allowing anyone to shoot on that street because they had to bring in their own private cleaner to clean up after the poop cannon! I ruined location for all of California!

You mentioned wanting to branch out and using this movie as a tool to do so. What type of film are you most interested in tackling in the future?

The film I am working on now is one that I am really excited about. It is an ensemble comedy. It is called “The Wedding Guest”. It is at CBS Films and we are just finishing up the last version of the script. We hope to be shooting it and going into preproduction in the next month or so. It is very funny and very bawdy. It is “Bridesmaids” meets “Love Actually”. That is exactly what I have been working towards recently. I am very excited about the project.

How do you feel you have evolved as a filmmaker since starting out?

When you set on the set for the first time, it is all fear-based. That lasts for a long time. Ang Lee said his main motivation as a director is fear and fear of humiliation. I think we all have that. I think me evolution has been that I now enjoy the process a little more, I have more confidence in working with the actors and the more secure I you become, the more open you are to other people’s ideas. I think I have become a more open director and one who enjoy the process much more. I also think I am much more bullish on finding more challenging material for myself!

That is great! Thanks for your time today, Steve. It is much appreciated and we will talk to you again soon!

I really appreciate you taking the time! Thank you so much!

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Peter Farrelly Discusses The Challenges of Bringing “Movie 43” To Life!

Peter Farrelly Discusses The Challenges of Bringing “Movie 43” To Life!

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As one of half of The Farrelly Brothers, Peter Farrelly has spent the better part of his life making audiences laugh. His latest project might just be his most intriguing to date! The question is: “What is “Movie 43?” is the outrageous new ensemble comedy starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood, in which Farrelly himself directs two of the shorts. “The Catch” which features Kate Winslet and Hugh Jackman, and “Truth or Dare” that pairs Halle Berry and Stephen Merchant. The rest of the film features hot up-and-coming directors and some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Bell, Anna Faris, Richard Gere, Dennis Quaid, Emma Stone, Johnny Knoxville, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman and even Seth MacFarlane! “Movie 43” is not for the easily-offended and contains jaw-dropping, sometimes shockingly disturbing, but always entertaining intertwined storylines you’ll have to see to believe. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Peter Farrelly to discuss the making of the film, the challenges involved, his advice to young filmmakers and more!

A Must-See Film!

A Must-See Film!

Thanks for taking time out to talk to us today, sir. It is much appreciated!

Not a problem, J.P.! How have you been?

No complaints! I will just jump right in! I am sure there are plenty of people out there wondering how the original idea for “Movie 43” came about. What can you tell us about that?

Charlie Wessler, who is the producer, had been thinking about doing something like this for about 10 years. He produces all of our movies. He basically wanted to make a “Kentucky Fried Movie” style of film. However, he wanted to do it a little differently in that he wanted to have all different writers, directors and stars. He started searching for shorts. He would find good writers on the Internet and contact them saying, “Hey, send me an idea for a short because we are looking for new stuff.” He read through hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of short films, picked his favorite 35 or 40, ran them by me and John Penotti, the other producer of the film. When we got the ones we liked, we started sending them out to actors.

Obviously, you have a lot of talented people involved in this film. How difficult was the casting process on this project?

We shot for the moon! We really went for the top guys! We just thought we might as well go for it! By the way, the budget for this movie was $6 million, so we had no money and we had to bend over backwards for some people. The first thing we thought was, “Who are the greatest actors out there who we really like?” When you go to a Kate Winslet or a Hugh Jackman, you basically say, “We have a short. It is outrageous. It is really hard R and we need you for one or two days. You are going to get to do stuff that you never do in any other movie!” They would read the script and would really like it but then say, “I would love to do it but I am busy for a year-and-a-half!” We would say, “OK. We will wait.” They would say, “Really?” And we would say, “When are you available? A year from April? Great, we will wait for that!” That is exactly what we did. We made the entire movie over three-and-a-half years in short bursts because we had different crews, writers and directors. It was easy to spread it out like that.

How did you select the directors for this project? Again, you have a plethora of great talent along for the ride!

That was the easiest part because, by the time we had really good scripts and amazing actors, pretty much any director you wanted would do it. However, we started going to the young guys that we really liked, up-and-coming guys!

What can you tell us about the wraparound story that contains all of these short films?

We actually shot two wraparounds for the film. One of them was about two 15-year-old stoner kids who were looking online for the elusive “Movie 43.” The other is Dennis Quaid, who is playing a down and out producer, pitching these projects to the studio execs, who are played by Greg Kinnear and his boss, Common. Along the way they bump into Seth MacFarlane and there is a whole little world going on there. They had originally planned to go with the kids wraparound. I just found out this week that Charlie Wessler decided to go with the second one, which by the way is a way better one.

Kate Winslet In "Movie 43"

Kate Winslet In “Movie 43”

Is it safe to assume we will see both on the eventual DVD and Blu-Ray release?

Yes. They are definitely going to put the other one in and you will have the option to watch both! It is going to be great!

What was the biggest challenge on this project for you as a director?

Honestly, it was the anticipation of discovering if these actors would do what we wanted them to do. The film is sort of groundbreaking in tone and we really wanted to push the envelope. I immediately found out they were more than willing and very gung-ho to do it! Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet couldn’t have committed more! In fact, they were asking for more and more and more! They knew what it was, that we were pushing hard and they really wanted to do that!

You had a lot of material for the film, as you said. How hard was it to select from that material and was there anything too outrageous that didn’t make the cut?

Yes, there was stuff that didn’t make the cut but it wasn’t because it was too outrageous but maybe because it was too much of a good thing. We knew that we were going to shoot about 18 or so of these shorts and probably keep 14 or 15. We just thought the best ones would end up in the line. I don’t think the ones that got cut were necessarily not as good as the others but it did have a sense of redundancy, being too similar to another, or overkill, too much where it felt like you were just trying to shock. We are definitely not trying to shock. We are trying to make you laugh.

Has it been a challenge to market the film, seeing that it isn’t your traditional style of film?

I can tell ya that after it opens! [laughs] Right now, it seems like they are doing a spectacular job marketing the film. They are selling it as a really unusual thing, which it is. I have been in many test screenings for this film and it is an unusual movie because when you are in the room, it plays like a rock concert! People are going crazy and I have never had as many people approach me after a screening! Typically, you come out of a test screening and people just flow by you and they don’t say much. For this film people come up and say, “Dude! You can’t change that! Don’t forget this or that …” Yet, it doesn’t score very high because it is so outrageous and there are a lot of people who just don’t know what to make of it. I will tell you, this movie will not do well critically. The critics are going to be appalled, freaked out and not understand it but high school kids, college kids, 20-somethings and 30-somethings are going to flip out! They are going to have some huge, huge laughs!

Peter Farrelly

Peter Farrelly

You have been hard at it as a director for many years now. What is your favorite part of the film making process?

First of all, let me say this. I haven’t ever been on a movie set, and this is the God’s honest truth, for five minutes, not one minute, where I wasn’t completely grateful to be on set. I never got bored with it, I never got used to it or started taking it for granted. Every minute I am there, I am thinking, “I can’t believe I am on a movie set! This is crazy! How did this happen?” Even today! My favorite part of it all is the editing! The hardest part is the writing. When you have nothing and are writing a script, it is hard and scary. You have nothing and you have to create something! You have to work your butt off and it takes a long time, sweat and anxiety, but when you finally have that script done, you can shoot it. Shooting is a pleasurable experience for me because you are seeing it come together. The hard part is done, the writing, and now you are just tweaking it, making it better and seeing ways to improve on the script. Then you find yourself in the editing room. You have done all this hard work and you are sitting there with this puzzle in front of you. You are putting it all together! You are cutting it, laying music over it, adding in sound effects and watching it come to life — it’s exhilarating! It is a high! Every day you go in there, you have three, four or five moments that are just great! You see exactly what you have been thinking about for a couple years just come to life and pop! Or if it is not working, you are making it work! That to me is just so joyful!

Is a collaborative project like “Movie 43” something you would consider doing again in the future?

I had a ball doing this! This was really fun, so absolutely! Charlie Wessler still has scripts coming in and we probably have another 30 shorts we can shoot easily. If this film does well, and people see how much fun it can be, the whole process would become a lot easier.

What is the best piece of advice you can give to aspiring filmmakers in today’s climate?

I would say make it happen. Make it happen, captain! It is easier today than ever before! It used to be hard to get into the movie business because you didn’t have cameras. Now, everybody can get a camera, go out and raise a few grand to make your own movie. Most people I know in this business don’t take no for an answer. When we did our first movie, “Dumb and Dumber,” we were setting out to make it for 20 grand. Once people started reading it and gaining interest, the budget went up and up and up and finally we had a real movie! The same thing goes for Wes Anderson, Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson. They went off and made their short film “Bottle Rocket.” It played at the film festivals, people liked it and wanted to work with them. Next thing you know, they all had careers! Basically, you don’t have to sit around and wait for lightning to strike. Go do it!

Thanks for you time today, sir. I look forward to speaking with you again in the future!

Thank you! I really appreciate it, Jason!

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Director/Writer Reginald Hudlin Discusses All Things ‘Black Panther’

Director/Writer Reginald Hudlin Discusses All Things ‘Black Panther’

Reginald Hudlin has worn many hats in his epic career. Whether directing genre favorites ‘House Party’ and ‘Boomerang’, spending time as the honcho at B.E.T., becoming a driving force behind one of Marvel Comics’ most unique properties, one thing is certain — Hudlin is a creative force who shows no signs of slowing down. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with the writer/director to discuss his roots in the entertainment industry, the impact of his early work as a director, and breathing life back into one of Marvel Comics’ most interesting properties, ‘The Black Panther.’

Where did you grow up and how did you get started in your career in the entertainment industry?

I grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, which is a small town in the mid-west. I started by making a short film in college called ‘House Party’. That film became the template for my first feature film. Even though I only did the first movie, it ended up inspiring a whole franchise of films. That led to me working with Eddie Murphy, Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew Perry and wide range of other stars, projects and publishing.

Your first flick ‘House Party’ recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and ‘Boomerang’ is another film that you helmed. Did you have any idea that these films would have the impact that they did on audiences and stand the test of time?

I remember that I was talking to one of the producers of ‘House Party’. We were debating one of the roles and I said, “One day, people are going to look back at ‘Boomerang’ and they won’t be able to believe that all of these actors are in the same movie! They are all going to be big stars.” I remember that he looked at me like “Whhhhhaaattttt?” [laughs] That turned out to be exactly the case. They all turned out to be big stars! It is still incredibly gratifying to her the enthusiasm that people have about those movies, whether it is ‘House Party’ and people still wanting more of them or ‘Boomerang’ and people still asking for a sequel or the number of people who grew up watching ‘Bebe’s Kids’. It is pretty amazing!

After spending several years working in Hollywood behind the camera, how did you make the jump to creating comics?

You know, I went into movies because I couldn’t get a job in comics! I still have my rejection letter from Marvel Comics that I got in seventh grade! [laughs] I finally had made enough movies, film and television that I could get the attention of the comic book industry where I could write at a fraction of my price, happily!

For those not familiar with the character of Black Panther, what can you tell us about it?

The Black Panther is a lot of things. He is the first black superhero ever created, back in 1966. In fact, he actually debuted the same year as the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense in Oakland. Neither got the idea from the other, they both came up with the idea at the same time. The character himself is an African king of a hidden, technologically advanced nation called Wakanda. He is kind of a combination of king, pope and commander-in-chief. He is an incredible warrior, who is sorta the equivalent of Captain America. What Captain America is for your country, the epitome of the ideals of our nation, that is what The Black Panther is for Africa.

As you mentioned, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created The Black Panther in 1966. Are you surprised it took so long for people to rediscover the character in the capacity that you did?

Well, ya know, The Black Panther has always had a cult following. You see that a lot in comic books. Look at The X-Men, they actually got cancelled! [laughs] They couldn’t even sustain a book! The got reinvented and now they are one of the biggest superhero concepts on the planet! That happens! Stan and Jack had really fantastic ideas, most of them were ahead of their time. In time, each of them finds the audience that they deserve.

How did the Black Panther make the jump from a comic book to an animated series under your watch?

It was a very fortuitous set of circumstances! I was writing the comic book, originally I wrote a six issue mini-series that the people at Marvel liked enough that they wanted me to write as an ongoing series. Then I was offered the position to be the head of the network at BET. I was doing that job and Denys Cowan, he was my head of animation and a legend of an illustrator himself, suggested that we do The Black Panther as an animated series. I thought it was a great idea! We did a three minute short and the people at Marvel and BET loved it. At that point, we went forward with it as a series. By the time we were deep in production, I decided to leave my executive job but everyone wanted me to stay on-board Black Panther because I was writing it, producing it and kinda doing everything. I did and we finished up the show. It was one of those rare times where I wrote the source material, green-lit the project and then produced it!

You obviously are well versed in making feature films. How does the process of putting together something like the Black Panther Animated Series differ from a live action film? Is it more or less difficult?

It is more difficult because I am not as hands on. I have done animation in the past as the writer/producer of the ‘Bebe’s Kids’ feature film and as executive producer of ‘The Boondocks’. I love animation but as a director of a live-action project, I can easily tell an actor, “Stand here, now pick it up! No! Let’s change the timing of that!” and it happens instantaneously. Those very minute changes involve a lot of work when you are dealing with animation.

You have an amazing voice cast for the project. What can you tell us about that process?

I am so very fortunate. I thought that Djimon Hounsou would be the perfect guy to voice Black Panther. We approached him and I started pitching the character. He knew exactly who the character was and had been following the project and he immediately said yes. I called some old friends of mine like Alfre Woodard and Kerry Washington, who are two people that I have been wanting to work with for years. They signed on right away. Jill Scott, I was a huge fan of and we had mutual friends in common. When I approached her about the project and started explaining to her who the character was, she stopped me. She said, “When I was a little kid, I made a list of things that I wanted to do and one of them was to play Storm! So, I am happy that you called but I am not surprised!”

Music plays a very important role in The Black Panther, as it does in all of your projects. Was it difficult to get that music to match your vision?

I am really horribly demanding when it comes to music. I have a ton of ideas musically but the only instrument I can play is the stereo! [laughs] I really look for a great composer. I was very fortunate to find Steven James Taylor for the job. We hardly reused any music! He wrote a full score for every episode. So, if you think about that, it is like 20 minutes of music times six. He did it in an incredibly short time span. The music wasn’t approached like, “Oh, we are going to have a big symphonic score.” We have all kinds of African music and instruments going from drums to kolimbas to koras to berinbows. There is an incredible range of music and sounds used for the score. He had an incredible range of sounds to produce and a huge volume to produce but he handled it all with the greatest of ease.

What was the biggest challenge for you while working on The Black Panther, either in the comic book form or the animated series?

The biggest challenge is telling a story that is accessible to people who may have never picked up a comic book in their lives but at the same time, pleasing the hardcore fan that may have been following this character from the beginning or read the last version of the character and comes in with a set of expectations. That is the tricky part!

Are there any plans to do a second season of ‘The Black Panther’?

Ya know, that is up to the audience. If they embrace this, then we will do more!

You did a lot of great work when you were with Marvel Comics. Is there something during that time that stands out in your mind as a career highlight?

The first thing is, just going to have a meeting at Marvel! [laughs] It is pretty awesome! And to be immediately embraced by John Quesada and Axel Alonso, who is now Editor-In-Chief at Marvel. Just that working experience everyday was as good a working relationship as any that I have had in Hollywood. They were smart, tasteful and supportive. I was very insistent on working with John Romita Jr. on that first story arc. John is not just one of all the all-time great artists but he is really fast, technically brilliant and one of the nicest guys that I have ever met. Just becoming friends and having a working relationship with John was an absolute joy. Working with any number of great collaborators up to Denys Cowan, who I have been friends with for the past 15 years but only recently have we been able to work together on a comic book with the last story arc I did called ‘Flags of Our Fathers’, that was a joy to finally work on a comic book together.

What other projects do you have coming up in the short term that we should be on the lookout for?

There is a large graphic novel that I can’t quite announce yet that I am working on but it is 30 pages too long at moment. Hopefully, I can cut those pages out and get it finished soon. There are some original properties that I have been developing too. Those are probably the next things in the comic book world.

What is the best advice that you have for anyone who would like to get involved in the entertainment industry?

Talent is a thing that you can develop but the guy or gal that shows up on time and does the assignment often can go further than a person that is more talented but is flaky or lazy or difficult. Be a hard worker, a talented worker, be a dependable worker, whether you are an employee or a boss and you will go far.

You have a great website set up at www.hudlinentertainment.com. Would you like to let fans know more about that before I let you go?

I love you so much! [laughs] The website started because I wanted it to be a place where I could interact with fans about comic books. People want to interact about a lot of things whether it be comics, movies or politics. Then I started dealing with folks who were finding out about my comic book work but didn’t know where to buy it, so I started a retail side called Reggie’s World where people can buy my comics or Dwayne McDuffie or ‘War Machine’ or ‘Scalped’ and buy T-shirts or sculptures. One of the nicest things that I have heard when I have talked to retailers is when they say, “Reggie, I love when your books are in the stores because they attract a different audience than normal comes in to our store. We want to attract that diversified audience.” If through my website I can turn more people onto comic book culture, than I am very happy!

Awesome! I thank you very much for your time! You are a true inspiration and it is great to finally get a chance to talk to you about your work!

Thank you so much!

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