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    The Disney and Marvel Studios superhero film 'Black Panther' has become a global sensation, with box office profits surpassing the $1 billion mark this weekend. >> Read more trending news  The film achieved the milestone Saturday, on its 26th day of release, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  'Black Panther' will become the No. 2 superhero film of all time in box office profits, with 'The Avengers' holding the box office crown for now, The Hollywood Reporter notes. >> Celebs talk ‘Black Panther’ movement on podcast  'Black Panther' cost $200 million to make, according to IMDB. The film has received positive reviews and has been lauded for its almost all-black cast and a story line that promotes cultural pride.
  • The Olympics were the perfect venue for Disney and Pixar to release their latest installment of “The Incredibles” franchise. And if you’ve seen any of the teaser images, they’re starting to make sense. >> Read more trending news  Recently, they’ve teased fans with Mr. Incredible, voiced by Craig T. Nelson, at an ironing board. We also know where the super suits are -- in the wash: But in the sneak peek released during Olympic competition that aired Wednesday evening, we know that roles have been reversed with Elastigirl, voiced by Holly Hunter, leaving the home, and leaving her superhero children in the super hands of her husband, Mr. Incredible. You also get a glimpse of Jack-Jack’s developing superpowers. “Incredibles 2” hits the big screen on June 15.
  • Uma Thurman says she was sexually assaulted by film producer Harvey Weinstein. She described Weinstein's actions in a New York Times interview published Saturday. Thurman also had criticism for film direction Quentin Tarantino, who she said pressured her to film a dangerous scene in 'Kill Bill' which has left her with permanent injuries. >> Read more trending news  When asked in October about the sexual assault accusations many actresses have levied at Weinstein, Thurman said she was waiting for her anger to abate before talking about it publicly. In the New York Times interview, Thurman said she developed a professional relationship with Weinstein after the success of 'Pulp Fiction.' At the time, Weinstein was very supportive and instrumental in her career, Thurman said. Thurman described two encounters with Weinstein that were inappropriate. The first encounter was in a Paris hotel room, where he put on a bathrobe and led her to a steam room. She was fully dressed and balked at joining him, and he ran out of the steam room, Thurman said. The second encounter was in a London hotel room, where she says Weinstein attacked her and 'did all kinds of unpleasant things.' Thurman says Weinstein sent her flowers the next day, with a note that read, 'You have great instincts.' Thurman told the New York Times she confronted Weinstein about the sexual assault, saying if he did the same thing to other women he would lose his career. In a statement, Weinstein admitted to making a pass at Thurman but denied sexually assaulting her.  As for Tarantino, Thurman said he pressured her on the 'Kill Bill' set into driving a car that was unsafe. She ended up wrecking and striking a tree. She suffered a concussion, a neck injury and severe damage to her knees. She says she had to fight Tarantino and Miramax for the footage of the accident. Thurman also accused Tarantino of participating in “sadistic” acts on the “Kill Bill” set that were to be performed by actor Michael Madsen.
  • “Black Panther” is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and thousands of children may have a chance to see it for free thanks to the #BlackPantherChallenge.  >> Read more trending news Earlier this month, Frederick Joseph, of New York, launched a GoFundMe to help students from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem “see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life,” he wrote on the campaign page. He set a goal of $10,000 and nearly quadrupled that amount, raking in more than $40,000 in a few weeks. >> Related: Man raises more than $30,000 on GoFundMe to help Harlem kids see 'Black Panther' With all of the attention he garnered, including an appearance on the “The Ellen Show,” he began asking others to start similar fundraisers in their own communities.  “This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally,” he said. People seem to have answered the call, because 90 campaigns have been created, with more than $100,000 raised, Joseph announced this week.  A ton of celebrities have gotten involved, too, including Jemele Hill, Snoop Dogg, Chelsea Clinton and most recently Viola Davis and the film’s star Chadwick Boseman.
  • An online petition has been launched to pressure Sony to halt the release of its upcoming 'Slender Man' film. >> Read more trending news  The film, set to be released in May, focuses on the fictional Slender Man character. Two preteen girls stabbed a classmate 19 times in 2014, citing Slender Man as an inspiration, WISN reported. The victim, Peyton Lautner, survived the attack. Both attackers were found not guilty due to mental illness. Anissa Weier, now 16, received a maximum sentence of 25 years in a state mental facility, WISN reported. Morgan Geyes will be sentenced in February, WISN reported. The petition, which is supported by Bill Weier, Anissa's father, accuses filmmakers of trying to 'capitalize on a tragedy.' Bill Weier called the film 'extremely distasteful' and said its promotion is 'extending the pain' of all of the families involved in the stabbing incident. The petition has received several thousand signatures in support of pulling the film.
  • Sony Pictures released a trailer Saturday for its highly-anticipated animated Spider-Man film.The film, titled, 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse' will be released Dec. 21, 2018. >> Read more trending news With the tagline, 'Enter a universe where more than one wears the mask,' this film is a departure from the Marvel film series, and will feature Miles Morales, rather than Peter Parker, The Verge reported.The trailer was released as part of the festivities at Brazil Comic-Con.
  • Fans were given a special treat Saturday as Disney released the long-awaited official trailer for “The Incredibles 2.”  The trailer clocks in at just under one minute long and features baby Jack-Jack testing some of his superpowers. “The Incredibles 2” features the voice work of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson, Entertainment Weekly reported. Disney announced on Twitter that the release date for the film is June 15, 2018.
  • Marvel has released the first full-length trailer for “Black Panther.” Chad Boseman-led film has a who’s who cast of actors, including Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Angela Bassett as Wakanadans. Boseman plays the title character. >> Read more trending news The two-minute trailer give a look at visuals by director Ryan Coogler and a live look at Boseman transforming from T’Challa to Black Panther, and Michael B. Jordan as his rival Erik Killmonger. Glimpses of Basset as the Queen Mother of Wakanda and Black Panther’s mother, and Nyong’o as Nakia and Danai Gurira as Okoye are also shown in the clip. Related: New photos of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ released There are also clips of a car chase action scene with Black Panther leaping from car to car in city streets. Watch the trailer below: “Black Panther” will be in theaters Feb. 16.
  • Warner Bros. announced plot details and confirmed cast members for the upcoming sequel to “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them,” Entertainment Weekly reported. >> Read more trending news The untitled film will pit Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) with Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) against Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) in the movie, which is expected to be released on Nov. 16, 2018. J.K. Rowling, who wrote the screenplay for the first “Fantastic Beasts” film and authored the “Harry Potter” series, returns to write the sequel, according to AOL. The film opens in 1927, a few months after Scamander captures Grindelwald. However, the dark wizard escapes and recruits followers to his cause, Entertainment Weekly reported. The only person who might stop Grindelwald is Dumbledore, who will need help from Scamander. The sequel reunites Scamander with Tina (Katherine Waterston), Queenie (Alison Sudol) and Jacob (Dan Fogler). Also returning is Credence (Ezra Miller), “whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film.” David Yates returns as film director, Entertainment Weekly reported. Warner Bros. said the sequel will move from New York to London and to Paris. In a release, the studio said “there are also some surprising nods to the ‘Harry Potter’ stories that will delight fans of the books and film series.”
  • More than 20 years after audiences watched a hairy Robin Williams emerge from an enchanted board game, Jumanji is back. >> Read more trending news Sony Pictures on Thursday morning released a new trailer for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” The film follows the adventures of four high school students who are sucked into the tropical world of Jumanji after they find an old video game console while cleaning out their school’s basement. When they come out in the game, the four find themselves trapped in the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hard, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. “What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you,” Columbia pictures said in a film synopsis. “They’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever.” It’s a twist on the 1995 film “Jumanji,” in which the world that is the film’s namesake spills onto the quiet streets of a New Hampshire town, causing havoc after a bored brother and sister find a board game called “Jumanji” in the attic of their new home. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” will hit theaters on Dec. 20.