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Marvel’s Black Panther is definitely the number one movie in the country and hopefully the world if it continues on this historic track. Although the film is enjoyed and critically praised by people everywhere, some members of the LGBT community seem a bit ticked off at the Black Panther’s lack of queer characters.

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Apparently in the comics, two of Black Panther’s Dora Milaje  (female personal body guards and potential wives from each tribe of Wakanda), Aneka and Ayo, are in a lesbian relationship. Last year some fans were thrilled at the possibility of the Marvel showing its first openly gay couple, but when those same fans attended the Black Panther screening, they were outraged that no mention or hint at any same-sex love existed between any members of the Dora Milaje.

via Pink News

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Ayo and Aneka in “Black Panther” comics

Black Panther’s screenwriter has opened up about the lesbian romance which was cut from the film.

When the film was announced, fans were excited by the prospect of Okoye and Ayo,two of the title character’s bodyguards, getting together as Ayo and fellow female warrior Aneka do in the comics.

And these hopes were encouraged by reports that an early screening of the film featured Walking Dead star Danai Gurira’s Okoye staring at Ayo flirtatiously as the two danced.

The enthusiasm provoked by this turned to frustration and claims of LGBT erasureafter Marvel quickly denied the conclusions drawn by those who watched the scene.

A Marvel spokesperson reached out to clearly state that “the nature of the relationship between Danai Gurira’s Okoye and Florence Kasumba’s Ayo in Black Panther is not a romantic one.”

This sparked a movement around the hashtag #LetAyoHaveAGirlfriend, similar to the #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend campaign last May prompted by the release of Captain America: Civil War.

Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful.

In fact, in the final version of the film, Okoye is depicted as straight and in a relationship with W’Kabi, played by Daniel Kaluuya.

Black Panther co-writer Joe Robert Cole, who has been nominated for an Emmy for his work on American Crime Story, talked to ScreenCrush about what fans have called lesbian erasure.

We are  definitely down for the LGBT community, but we do not think this should take away from the film overall. There will be other opportunities for LGBT characters to shine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What are your thoughts? Leave them in the comments section below!

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“The Intruder!” On Digital July 16th On Blu-Ray & DVD July 30th!

The Intruder is making its Digital debut on July 16th, and DVD/Blu-Ray debut on July 30th! The film centers on a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) who buys their dream house in the Napa Valley; they think they have found the perfect home to take their next steps as a family. But when the strangely attached seller (Dennis Quaid) continues to infiltrate their lives, they begin to suspect that he has hidden motivations beyond a quick sale.

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The Intruder is making its Digital debut on July 16th, and DVD/Blu-Ray debut on July 30th! The film centers on a young married couple (Michael Ealy and Meagan Good) who buys their dream house in the Napa Valley; they think they have found the perfect home to take their next steps as a family. But when the strangely attached seller (Dennis Quaid) continues to infiltrate their lives, they begin to suspect that he has hidden motivations beyond a quick sale.

The Intruder is nothing short of a thrilling film and you have to be sure to grab it next month. Check out its cool bonus features below:

  • Making a Modern Thriller Featurette: Discover how the cast and crew brought Charlie Peck and the world of Foxglove to life with looks into the scripting process, cast, location scouting and more!
  • Alternate Ending
  • 6 Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel: Being a homeowner is no laughing matter – but check out the cast of The Intruder having more than a few laughs during the making of the film! 
  • Feature Commentary with Director Deon Taylor, writer David Loughery, Producer Roxanne Avent, Meagan Good, and Michael Ealy.

 

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#GottaFixFast! “Sonic The Hedgehog” Movie Director Promises Changes After Massive Backlash!

Sonic The Hedgehog is hands down one of the most iconic video game characters in history, which is why you might think a movie about him would be warmly received. Well you would think wrong! Fans are in an uproar about Sonic’s design–so much so that the director of the film, Jeff Fowler, has promised to make “changes” to the character’s design.

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Sonic The Hedgehog is hands down one of the most iconic video game characters in history, which is why you might think a movie about him would be warmly received. Well you would think wrong! Fans are in an uproar about Sonic’s design–so much so that the director of the film, Jeff Fowler, has promised to make “changes” to the character’s design.

via Fox News Network

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“The message is loud and clear,” Jeff Fowler tweeted Thursday. “You aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be.”

Fowler, a visual effects artist who’s making his directorial debut with the “Sonic” film, included the hashtag #gottafixfast.

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Social media users complained about the CGI look of the titular hero, with the character’s human-style teeth drawing the most flak. Video game blog Kotaku compiled some of the most entertaining reactions.

Fowler did not specify what changes are in store for the film, which is scheduled to hit theaters on November 8.

We have to say Sonic’s appearance in the film is lackluster to say the least, we are looking forward to seeing what changes–and we hope they are sweeping–are made! What do you guys think about Sonic and his first movie trailer? Leave your thoughts in the comments’ section below!

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Nice! Jordan Peele’s “Us” (@UsMovie) $70 Million Opening Weekend Sets Records!

Jordan Peele is winning yet again! His newest horror film, Us, had debuted with higher than expected seventy million dollar opening weekend! This has earned the film a number of records, including the highest opening for an original movie (meaning it is not a sequel or reboot), and the highest debut for a movie in March for an original live-action movie or horror film. The film has already more than doubled Get Out’s opening of $33.4 million dollars!

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Jordan Peele is winning yet again! His newest horror film, Us, had debuted with higher than expected seventy million dollar opening weekend! This has earned the film a number of records, including the highest opening for an original movie (meaning it is not a sequel or reboot), and the highest debut for a movie in March for an original live-action movie or horror film. The film has already more than doubled Get Out’s opening of $33.4 million dollars!

via Rotten Tomatoes

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Let’s lay out some pretty amazing facts about Us’ $70 million weekend. That is the highest opening ever for an original “R”-rated film. The 11 “R” films to open higher were either sequels or adapted from popular books. Us is also the biggest opening ever for an original live-action film in March and an original horror film in any month. Only It and last year’s Halloween opener higher. But…can it outgross Get Out‘s $176 million?

Us has already doubled Get Out’s $33.4 million opening. A good start indeed. It is the 142nd film to open with $65 million or more. Of those previous 141 films, do you know how many failed to reach the $176 million earned by Get Out? Six. (Fifty Shades of Grey, Halloween 2018, Fast and FuriousQuantum of Solace,X-Men: Apocalypse2012). That is already 95.7% in favor of Us besting Get Out’s total. The number to watch next week when Dumbo knocks Us back to second is whether its second weekend is over or under $28 million.

We are clapping all the way to the bank for Jordan Peele! Yet again, movie trackers are bad at predicting what will be a hit or not. Social media indicated just what a buzz this film had around it, thus we are not surprised! What do you guys think of Us? Sound off in the comments’ section below!

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