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‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Mistaken for Bank Robber

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler was mistaken for a bank robber at an Atlanta branch of Bank of America and was briefly handcuffed before local police officers realized he was “never in the wrong.” The Atlanta police department admitted that Coogler’s detention was a case of mistaken identity, and Bank of America said it had […]

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Shutting Down Production as Letitia Wright Recovers From On-Set Injury (Exclusive)

Disney’s highly anticipated Black Panther sequel has hit a new speed bump. The Marvel feature, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is temporarily shutting down due to the severity of the injury sustained by star Letitia Wright, sources close to the production tell The Hollywood Reporter. Wright was injured in late August while the film was shooting […]

Dorothy Steel, Actress in ‘Black Panther,’ Dies at 95

Dorothy Steel, an actress in Black Panther, has died. She was 95. Steel’s agent Cindy Butler announced the news on Facebook, writing that Steel died Friday morning at her home in Detroit. “Thank you Ms. Dorothy for giving me the opportunity to ride this wave with you,” wrote Butler. “Thank you for all the Casting Directors who […]

HBO’s Kalia Booker King to Run TV for Ryan Coogler (Exclusive)

Ryan Coogler has recruited former HBO exec Kalia Booker King to oversee the TV division of his Proximity Media production company. King, as vp drama, had a hand in developing such HBO originals as Lovecraft Country, Outside, I Know This Much Is True, His Dark Materials and the upcoming untitled Lakers drama and Parasite update, […]

M88’s Mission to Create New, Diverse Roadmap for Hollywood Management

Maya Rodrigo still remembers logging in to her first M88 staff Zoom meeting in April. “I couldn’t help but feel emotional,” the manager, who was a creative executive at QC Entertainment, says of the joy she felt over the diverse grid of faces that greeted her. “There’s always going to be more pressure put on […]

How ‘Free Guy’ Star Lil Rel Howery Leveled Up in Hollywood

In Shawn Levy’s Free Guy, comedian and actor Lil Rel Howery stars as number two to Ryan Reynolds’ main character — though as non-playable characters in an open-world video game, neither are really supposed to be a “main” anything. But Howery’s role as Buddy, a saccharinely optimistic bank security guard and best friend to Reynold’s […]

‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ Filmmakers, Lil Rel Howery Tackling American Political Insurrection Movie

The filmmaker and producers behind the Oscar-nominated Judas and the Black Messiah, along with Get Out scene-stealer Lil Rel Howery, have teamed up for what is being billed as a feature centered on an “American political insurrection.” Shaka King will direct the project and also produce with Ryan Coogler, Charles D. King and Howery, per […]

Jonathan Majors in Talks to Join Michael B. Jordan in MGM’s ‘Creed III’

Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors is in talks to star opposite Michael B. Jordan in MGM’s Creed 3, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Majors is set to be the adversary to Michael B. Jordan as he reprises his role as an embattled boxer in a movie that will also be Jordan’s directorial debut. MGM set […]

Regina King to Direct Race-Themed Monster Movie ‘Bitter Root’ for Legendary

In her first move since winning acclaim for her Oscar-nominated directorial debut, One Night in Miami, Regina King has set her sights on a monster-filled, 1920s-set race-themed comic book adaptation. Bitter Root is an adaptation of the Image Comics title created by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown for Legendary Entertainment, the company […]

Ryan Coogler and James Ivory Booked for USC School of Cinematic Arts Commencement

Both graduates of USC, the filmmakers will participate in Q&A sessions that will be included in a virtual commencement program.

Hulu Nabs Peter Nicks Sundance Doc ‘Homeroom’

The chronicle of a year in Oakland's struggling public school system, including calls for change by activist students of color, is executive produced by Ryan Coogler.

Despite History-Making Noms, ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’s’ All-Black Producing Team Find Oscar Success to Be “Bittersweet”

Charles King, Shaka King and Ryan Coogler acknowledge the importance of their Academy Award nominations but still wrestle with the meaning of an honor that has excluded so many: "Why did it take 93 years?”