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D23 Expo 2017: ‘A Wrinkle In Time’
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Earlier this week we saw our very first look at Ava DuVernay‘s adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. Madeleine L’Engle’s acclaimed children’s novel of the same name which sees Meg (Storm Reid) going on a cosmic adventure that spans space and time to save her father from an evil force who intends to use his space time travel research for their nefarious deeds. Both DuVernay and Reid were joined by Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine, and all shared their thorughts and experiences on the film.

Check out what they had to say and the very first look at the film, below.

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Geek Peek: First Images From Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’
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Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle In Time title card

Selma and The 13th are both career-defining films for Ava DuVernay. Though the director was close to helming Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, she still found a way to reach a very important milestone. As the director of A Wrinkle In Time, she is first African-American woman to direct a $100 million film. It’s a significant feat if you pay attention to who usually gets these high budget directing gigs.

Now with the D23 Expo just around the corner, we are getting a better look at what is to come with a bunch of new images from the film. Check them all out below.

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Disney Sets Release Dates For ‘Star Wars: Episode IX,’ ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ ‘The Lion King,’ More
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Fox isn’t the only one dropping major release dates for their upcoming films.

Disney has now scheduled dates for Star Wars: Episode IX and Indiana Jones 5, as well as The Lion King, some of their upcoming animated films like Frozen 2 and Wreck-It Ralph 2, and more. Check out the dates below.

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‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Release Date Announced With Mannequin Challenge Video
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A Wrinkle in Time Mannequin Challenge

The mannequin challenge craze has caught the nation by storm. And while I believe that it is a popular trend that will eventually find its way out the door, film PR might as well use it to promote their movies while the trend is still hot.

In this case, everyone involved in the production and publicity for Ava DuVernay‘s A Wrinkle In Time participated in the mannequin challenge to announce the release date for the upcoming film. Check out the video below.

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Ryan Coogler Could Be Newest Front-Runner To Direct ‘Black Panther’
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Marvel Studios’ long-gestating Phase Three feature Black Panther, which recently signed Joe Robert Cole for scripting duties and saw its release date moved up from July 2018 to February of that year, so far has had a mighty difficult time locking down the perfect director.

Ava DuVernay (Selma) was first offered the gig over the summer, but she took a pass, as did F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton), who signed on to direct Furious 8 for Universal instead. Marvel seems determined to secure the services of a first-rate filmmaker, and according to a new rumor it appears that they may have found a new front-runner in Ryan Coogler.

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Colin Trevorrow “Gender Imbalance” Tweet Reignites Tentpole Directing Controversy
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Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow

It was almost a banner year for Colin Trevorrow. Following his Sundance film festival hit Safety Not Guaranteed, he came out with his second major directorial effort, this summer’s Jurassic World. The fourth film of the franchise beat Marvel’s The Avengers‘s record for the number one weekend opening film at the worldwide box office. He was then recently named as director of Star Wars: Episode IX.

But now, the director finds himself in a bit of hot water after he attempted to address the issue of gender inequality in Hollywood. This has been an on-going issue, with many fighting for gender and racial diversity on the creative and performance front. In an attempt to explain this problem, Trevorrow has found himself on the receiving end of much criticism. After the jump see what he had to say, and how some are responding to his Twitter post.

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Ava DuVernay: Why She Turned Down Directing ‘Black Panther’
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Ava DuVernay Black Panther

Ava DuVernay‘s stunning work on Selma put her as one of the frontrunners to direct Black Panther. Though there was some initial excitement on the possibility, DuVernay ultimately walked away from the job, citing creative differences as the reason. “Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me,” said DuVernay.

As we have all seen before with Patty Jenkins, Edgar Wright, Alan Taylor, and Joss Whedon, all had to work under the Marvel guidelines, connecting their work to the collective Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not really an easy job when you want to maintain your creative input, while being pressured to be part of a universe you may not be as concerned with.

More on why DuVernay turned down the job below.

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Ava DuVernay Will Not Direct ‘Black Panther’
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As Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to a close with Ant-Man, Marvel Studios is looking to the future by continuing to develop their future projects. With Captain America: Civil War currently shooting, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 set to shoot later next year, films like Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther are going to be on the lookout for possible directors. Now Ava DuVernay, the director of the Academy Award nominated Selma, who was rumored to direct Black Panther, is now taking herself out of the running.

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Marvel Wants ‘Selma’ Director Ava DuVernay For ‘Black Panther’ or ‘Captain Marvel’
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Ava DuVernay

Despite some behind-the-scenes tensions — Edgar Wright and Patty Jenkins immediately come to mind, while Joss Whedon isn’t shy about some of the troubles he has had — Marvel manages to find the right person to direct their films. Now, the studio is setting their sights on the director of the Oscar-nominated Selma. According to a report from The Wrap, Selma director Ava DuVernay is being courted to direct a Marvel film. We just don’t know which one yet. For more on this story below.

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Digital Wire Blu-ray Releases: Selma, Inherent Vice, and Cult Horror Classics
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Inherent Vice Blu-ray Releases

This week’s edition of The Digital Wire DVD and Blu-ray Releases is making up big time for last week’s stunning lack of noteworthy home video news announcements. We’ve got some critical favorites, horror cult classics, and a precious jewel of a film made by one of our finest directors that is finally getting the release it deserves. Just don’t blame me if you end up blowing your paycheck here.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon, as well as a list of titles coming out this week.

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