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On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, Apple says “You get and Oprah!, Immigration issues plague Microsoft’s business, the Space Force is coming, the end of the tech superhero?, Tesla news … and much, much more!

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Movie Review: A Wrinkle In Time
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Adam Frazier   |  @   |  
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Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time, starring Reese Witherspoon and Storm Reid

A Wrinkle In Time
Director: Ava DuVernay
Screenwriter: Jennifer Lee, Jeff Stockwell
Cast: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Deric McCabe, Levi Miller
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures
Rated PG | 109 Minutes
Release Date: March 9, 2018

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” — Tzu, Chinese

26 different publishers rejected Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time when she began shopping the book around in early 1960. The science fantasy story was seen as too complicated or “too adult” for children to comprehend, and publishers of the era believed there wasn’t an audience for books with young female leads. They were wrong. The children’s novel was published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 1962, and has since become a beloved classic, praised for encouraging young girls to embrace their love of speculative fiction and pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Now, 55 years later, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, a film adaptation directed by Ava DuVernay (Selma, The Thirteenth), hopes to inspire young girls of color similarly. Known for championing diversity and inclusion in Hollywood, DuVernay is the first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a production budget over $100 million. In keeping with her goal to create a more diverse representation on screen, DuVernay chose to stray from L’Engle’s description of the characters and cast actors of all ages, ethnicities, and genders to ensure the timeless story resonates with today’s audiences.

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How ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Is Changing Views On Representation For The Better
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eelyajekiM   |  @   |  
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A Wrinkle In Time Press Conference

One of the best things about director Ava DuVernay‘s A Wrinkle In Time is how it makes themes about representation and identity easily digestible for a younger audience.

Based on author Madeleine L’Engle‘s novel of the same name, the film uses those timeless issues that affect children and turns it into a sci-fi fantasy adventure with an all-star cast led by the up and coming Storm Reid.

We, along with our fellow journalists, were recently invited to the film’s press junket where the cast and director talked about those themes and how they hope it reaches audiences of all ages.

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‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer: Ava DuVernay’s Upcoming Film Looks “Beautiful”
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eelyajekiM   |  @   |  
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A Wrinkle In Time

Ava DuVernay‘s adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time is shaping up to be one of the most exciting films of the year. And it is also looking to be one of the most inspirational. The film marks the first time that an African American woman has directed a $100 million-plus budgeted film. And that is just the tip. There is also a well-rounded multi-ethnic cast that is led by a young woman of color. So it is a very timely film that speaks to the current social climate.

Based on all the trailers we have seen so far, A Wrinkle in Time will be a sensory thrill. It looks vibrant and exciting. The sounds are powerful. And the world DuVernay has created looks so real. Now, with the film just a month away from release, Disney has dropped another trailer. Check it out below.

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‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Behind The Scenes Featurette Celebrates Diversity
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eelyajekiM   |  @   |  
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A Wrinkle In Time

Though there have been a few screen adaptations of A Wrinkle In Time, Disney’s latest adaptation of the film will be the first of its kind. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film will be the first $100 million-plus budgeted film to be directed by a woman of color. Not only that, but the film sees a racially diverse cast and a young woman of color as the lead. That is something worthy of acknowledgment, especially in this day and age.

While the film has yet to be released, Disney has dropped their latest behind-the-scenes look that offers us a peek at the creative process of the film and DuVernay’s mission to give audiences a film that will reverberate. Check it out below.

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‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Trailer: “Be A Warrior”
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eelyajekiM   |  @   |  
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A Wrinkle In Time

Ava DuVerney‘s A Wrinkle In Time is already promising to be one of the most anticipated films of 2018. It touts a stellar cast and gives a visionary director the keys to an acclaimed novel that takes audiences through time and space. The first trailer was just a mere peek at the film’s epic scope. In it we got a look at the juxtaposition between the film’s real-world and the out of this world sci-fi feel. Now, Disney has released a new trailer that tells us just how massive this world really is and the wild fantasy adventure audiences are about to embark on. Check out the latest trailer for the film here below, along with the movie poster and images.

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D23 Expo 2017: ‘A Wrinkle In Time’
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eelyajekiM   |  @   |  
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A Wrinkle In Time Header

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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eelyajekiM   |  @   |  
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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 In Depth: Recognizing The Next Disney Legends
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Two years ago, in light of the D23 Expo 2015, I named six individuals paramount to the success of The Walt Disney Company who should be named Disney Legends, the highest honor that can be bestowed. I think it is inevitable that Joe Rodhe, for instance, renowned Imagineer with those awesome earrings, who I contended should become a Disney Legend, will one day attain that honor. This prompted me to reflect on individuals within The Walt Disney Company, whether they have more recently joined the corporation or have been directly or indirectly part of its framework, who have a high chance of being recognized as Disney Legends at some point.

I had planned on publishing a column about the next set of individuals who would likely be recognized as Disney Legends, but The Walt Disney Company beat me to the punch by recently issuing a press release of its nine forthcoming Disney Legends. You’ll have to take my word that I predicted Stan Lee, Garry Marshall, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill would be named as Disney Legends this year. That said, I am excited to share my thoughts on these four, as well as five others, who will obtain this major honor at the D23 Expo.

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‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Release Date Announced With Mannequin Challenge Video
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eelyajekiM   |  @   |  
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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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