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Unvaccinated Black Panther star Letitia Wright was barred from returning to the U.S. after flying home to London to recover from an on-set injury last year.

Wright's banishment, along with positive COVID tests among the crew. forced Marvel Studios to delay the production of the Black Panther sequel.

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration's vaccine mandates as unconstitutional. And now production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is back on again, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Production for the film is now scheduled to continue this week in Atlanta. There are "about four weeks" of filming left on the Ryan Coogler-directed project, according to THR.

Wright sustained minor injuries while filming a Black Panther scene in August. A controversial tweet by the actress appeared to be anti-vax, but Wright denied it.

She later deleted her Twitter page and returned to England.

The sequel also stars Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba and Angela Bassett.

Wakanda Forever is the first movie in the franchise following Chadwick Boseman's death in 2020 from colon cancer.

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Gabrielle Union shared a shocking secret that explains why the "Bring It On" trailer is so different from the movie.

For years, fans of Bring It On wondered why certain scenes in the trailer were left out of the movie.

Now Gabrielle explains that the scenes were not in the movie because they were shot after the movie wrapped.

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Gabrielle played "Isis," the head cheerleader of the Clovers, a Black cheerleading squad from Compton that takes on a team from an affluent school in the cheerleading championship.

The cult classic also starred the late Natina Reed and Shamari DeVoe as the Clovers and Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, and Jesse Bradford as the rival cheerleaders who lose the title to the more talented Clovers.

"Story time!," Gabby said at the beginning of a now-viral TikTok video, that featured clips from the trailer.

"So, we shot these snippets that you see here after the movie wrapped, because once test-audiences saw the movie they wanted more of the Clovers. We shot these [scenes] only for the trailer, not for the movie, to make people think we were in the movie more than we were. The end."

Over 2 million viewers watched the Tiktok video.

Watch the Tiktok video and movie trailer below.


 

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The bromance between macho actors Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson (left) and Vin Diesel (right) is over. Johnson made it clear that he's done with the Fast & Furious movies.

Diesel, 54, wrote an Instagram post pleading with Johnson to return to the Fast & Furious franchise, but Johnson said Diesel's IG post only made matters worse.

He was annoyed that Diesel made a public plea and mentioned his children in his post.

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"I didn't like that he brought up his children in the post, as well as Paul Walker's death. Leave them out of it. We had spoken months ago about this and came to a clear understanding," Johnson told CNN.

He continued:

"I was very surprised by Vin's recent post. This past June, when Vin and I actually connected not over social media, I told him directly – and privately – that I would not be returning to the franchise. I was firm yet cordial with my words and said that I would always be supportive of the cast and always root for the franchise to be successful, but that there was no chance I would return. I privately spoke with my partners at Universal as well, all of whom were very supportive as they understand the problem."

Johnson, 49, played Luke Hobbs in Fast Five (2011), helping to make it the seventh highest-grossing film of 2011. He reprised his role as Luke Hobbs in Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and in the 2019 spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

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Johnson expressed his appreciation for the franchise and the success that followed his first big box office film.

"My goal all along was to end my amazing journey with this incredible Fast & Furious franchise with gratitude and grace. It's unfortunate that this public dialogue has muddied the waters. Regardless, I'm confident in the Fast universe and its ability to consistently deliver for the audience, and I truly wish my former co-stars and crew members the best of luck and success in the next chapter."

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West Side Story failed to meet box office estimates on opening weekend. West Side Story 2021 earned just $10.5 million in ticket sales and streaming sales.

The movie missed predicted box office sales of $12-$17 million.

The Steven Spielberg–directed movie is a "woke" remake of the 1961 original, which won 10 out of 11 Oscar Awards including Best Picture of 1961 and Best Supporting Actress for Rita Moreno.

The estimated budget for the remake was over $100 million - and doesn't include the estimated $50+ million in marketing and advertising expenses.

Critics praised the young cast who dazzle in the remake, but others slammed Spielberg for trying to improve on a classic that is already perfect in every sense of the word.

Spielberg dismissed complaints that there were no English subtitles in Spanish-speaking scenes.

"If I subtitled the Spanish I'd simply be doubling down on the English and giving English the power over the Spanish," Spielberg said.

In addition to 10 Academy Awards, the original West Side Story won a plethora of awards including Golden Globes and Grammy Awards. It is listed No. 3 on the National Board of Review Awards Top Ten Films and is considered one of the greatest musicals ever made.

West Side Story 1961 grossed $44.1 million worldwide -- the highest grossing movie of 1961 and the second highest grossing musical ever.

Watch the original trailers below.
 

 

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From a press release:

The Lifetime original movie Miracle In Motor City, starring Tia Mowry, Mark Taylor and Smokey Robinson is set to premiere this Sunday, November 28 at 8/7c.

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Amber Dupont (Tia Mowry) bites off more than she can chew when she takes charge of her church's annual Christmas pageant and inadvertently promises to deliver a special performance by Motown Legend Smokey Robinson.

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When her best friends secretly enlist Amber's former flame Eddie (Mark Taylor) to help – the pair reconnect in a quest to find Smokey and convince him to appear.

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With the clock ticking, family, friends, and superstar Smokey Robinson come together to stage the most special pageant yet.

Miracle in Motor City
is produced by Cineflix Media with Tia Mowry, Charles Tremayne, and Jeff Vanderwal serving as executive producers. Gaylyn Fraiche consults on behalf of Tia Mowry. Alfons Adetuyi directs from a script by Rhonda Baraka.

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Once again, "woke" Hollywood is accused of "sanitizing" a movie poster to appease officials in the People's Republic of China.

Warner Bros. obediently removed a Black actress from the movie poster for the new blockbuster Dune.

Dune, starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Jason Momoa, opened in theaters everywhere on October 22.

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British actress Sharon Duncan-Brewster, 45, is conspicuously missing from the poster, which is being distributed in China.

The most famous example of Black erasure from movie posters in China was the release of the new Star Wars trilogy. Black actor John Boyega, who was central to the storyline, was minimized and moved to the bottom of the movie poster.

This isn't news to the Black community. China is notoriously anti-Black. Black people are banned from shopping in certain stores in China.

Dune, which is also available to stream on HBO Max, has topped the U.S. box office with $41 million.
 

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HBO Max released the trailer for King Richard, starring Will Smith. The biopic is based on the life of Venus and Serena Williams' no nonsense father Richard Williams.

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The casting of Will Smith as Richard Williams was criticized because Smith is light skin and Williams is dark skinned in real life.

The Williams sisters dominated women's tennis in the 1990s and 2000s. Serena, 39, is on pace to tie the record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era.

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Venus, left, and Serena, right, are pictured with their father, Richard, at a tennis center in 1992.

The movie also stars Demi Singleton as a young Serena and Saniyya Sidney as a young Venus.

King Richard was produced on a budget of $100 million.

King Richard opens in theaters everywhere on November 19.
 

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British actress Michaela Cole has been cast in the new iteration of Black Panther in an unnamed role. Some fans want Cole to play Storm from X-Men in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

However, others want Cole to play Aneka, the lesbian partner of Dora Milaje's second commander Ayo (Florence Kasumba).

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Cole, 33, is an award-winning actress best known for the hit HBO Max comedy/drama I May Destroy You.

Black Panther 2, directed by Ryan Coogler, checks all of the "woke" boxes.

The film features an all-Black cast that includes several down low, homosexual actors, as well as an aromantic actress.

Production began on Black Panther 2 in June at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios.

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Cole identifies as aromantic. Many on Black Twitter are wondering what "aromantic" means.

Aromantic is a sexual orientation defined as showing a lack of interest in romantic attraction.

Aromantic is an individual who is interested in sex without the emotional attachment that goes along with it.

Aromantic is not the same as asexual, which means people who have no desire in sexual relationships.

People who are aromantic desire affection and cuddling in short bursts. They can go days, weeks, or months without sex.

Individuals who identify as aromantic may have trouble distinguishing the affection of family and friends from that of a romantic partner.

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Being aromantic doesn't mean you're not drawn to others, it just means you're drawn to them in non-romantic ways.

Aromantic people typically have zero sex appeal.

Celebrities described as aromantic include music producer Kanye West, singer Demi Lovato and rapper Lil Nas X.

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The director of the original Space Jam movie, starring Michael Jordan, says Space Jam 2, starring LeBron James, is "boring."

Joe Pytka told TMZ that "Space Jam: A New legacy" was so boring, he couldn't sit through the entire movie.

Pytka pointed out that when the original Space Jam was made in 1996, Michael Jordan was the biggest star in the world. He added that LeBron can't carry Jordan's water bottle.

"The truth is that LeBron ain't Michael," Pytka said.

Space Jam: A New Legacy topped last weekend's box office with a respectable $31.1 million in ticket sales.

Black Widow landed at the No. 2 spot with $25.8 million.

LeBron dunked on his "haters" after the box office receipts were announced on Monday.

"Hi Haters," he tweeted.

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Even LeBron James can't save the Warner Bros. sequel Space Jam: A New Legacy which opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, July 16.

The movie received some of the worst reviews of the year, according to reports.

One reviewer said the movie is vomit inducing. "[I]t all feels like Warner Bros. ingested an emetic and vomited up all their intellectual property."

CNN gave the movie a thumbs down:

"The first Space Jam was hardly a classic, which should temper expectations. Yet even by that standard, this marketing-driven exercise too often plays like the Acme version of it."

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LeBron attended the Los Angeles premiere with his wife Savannah Brinson James and their daughter Zhuri James.

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Space Jam 2 also stars Don Cheadle (pictured with his wife Bridgid); Cedric Joe, Wood Harris, and cameos by NBA and WNBA players Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Sue Bird and Nneka Ogwumike.