Google Features María Félix To Mark Her 104th Birthday

By Creative Media Times

If you opened Google today and wondered who their distinctive new doodle is, that’s a portrait of iconic Mexican golden age actress María Félix, who would have turned 104th on Sunday.

Also a fashion icon and a muse to many renowned artists, the Google doodle shows the beautiful and glamorous cinema icon in black jacket and gold jewelry and with her trademark raised eyebrow.

“Though her career started in Mexican cinema, Maria Félix’s impact on cinema, art, music, and fashion reverberates overseas, transcending barriers to establish her as extremely influential female voice in international cinema. Created by guest artist Paulette Jo, today’s Doodle captures the stunning movie icon’s portraiture. Happy 104th birthday to Maria Félix, a cinematic pioneer!” Google says.

Google also posted a short tribute on Twitter: “Today’s #GoogleDoodle marks the 104th birthday of Mexican actress Maria Félix, whose impact on film, art, music and fashion established her as an icon of international cinema.”

Born on April 8, 1914, in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, Maria Felix became a star in the early 1950s and starred in more than 47 films in Mexico, Argentina, Spain and France.

Though she had her start in Mexico in the film The Rock of Souls, original title of which is El peñón de las Ánimas (1943), her popularity later landed her in films by legendary European directors Jean Renoir and Luis Buñuel.

She has since been considered the most famous Mexican movie star, up until she died in 2002 at the age of 87.

Kristen Wiig Officially Playing Villain In “Wonder Woman” Sequel

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Production of “Wonder Woman” sequel is almost underway and the film has finally found its villain.

Director Patty Jenkins confirmed on her twitter account today the speculations running around fandom throughout the week: Kristen Wiig will be playing Wonder Woman’s iconic DC Comics villain Cheetah.

So excited to confirm the most thrilling news. Yes! It’s true! So incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented Kristen Wiig to our Wonder Woman family. Can’t wait to finally work with one of my favorites. And SO excited by what we have planned. #Cheetah!!! @GalGadot

Meanwhile, the Amazonian princess herself Gal Gadot also expressed excitement about the casting: “This is going to be WONDERful!”

Created by William Moulton Marston, the character has four different incarnations: Priscilla Rich which first appeared in 1943, Deborah Domaine in 1980, Barbara Ann Minerva which debuted in 1987, and most recently Sebastian Ballestreros in 2001. It has not been announced which version Wiig will be playing in the film.

Wonder Woman was a critical and commercial success this past summer, grossing $412 million in the US and $813 million worldwide.

Though not a lot of details about the film has been revealed so far, it is known among fandom that the film will be set in the 1980s during the Cold War and could potentially see the return of Chris Pine. The sequel was officially announced by Warner Bros. at last summer’s San Diego Comicon.

Wonder Woman 2 is scheduled for release in November 2019.

‘The Shape of Water’ Tops BAFTA Nominations

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The Shape of Water. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Guillermo del Toro’s dark fantasy drama film “The Shape of Water” might have lost the grand prize at the Golden Globe Awards this past weekend, but today it led the nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, the organization announced Tuesday.

The Shape of Water” received 12 nominations including best picture, best director for del Toro, and leading actress for the film’s star Sally Hawkins. Currently playing in theaters, the film has received near universal acclaim from critics.

Also doing well are “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” and “Darkest Hour,” both receiving nine nominations a piece, followed by the sci-fi sequel “Blade Runner 2049” and World War II drama “Dunkirk,” with eight nominations each.

More commonly known as the BAFTAs, it is one of the strongest bellwether for the Oscars due mostly to an overlap between the voters on both organizations.

The BAFTAs will be held on February 18, two weeks before the Oscars, at the Royal Albert Hall in London and will be hosted by British actress and activist Joanna Lumley. She’s taking over actor Stephen Fry who stepped down after 12 years of hosting the BAFTA ceremonies.

Best film
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding British film
Darkest Hour
The Death of Stalin
God’s Own Country
Lady Macbeth
Paddington 2

For the full list of nominees for 2017 BAFTA Awards, go to:

P!nk To Perform At Super Bowl

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P!nk is set to perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LII and get the party started at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on February 4, announced today by NFL and NBC.

“The Super Bowl is annually the most-watched television program. P!NK’s performance of the National Anthem in Minneapolis will be her first time appearing on the Super Bowl stage,” announced by NFL on their website.

With the scheduled performance, she joins the esteemed list of big name recording artists that performed the national anthem at the Super Bowl including Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel, Luke Bryan, Vanessa Williams, Faith Fill, the Dixie Chicks, Cher, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross and Neil Diamond.

Last October, it was revealed that Justin Timberlake will take the stage to perform the halftime show.

Last October, P!nk released “Beautiful Trauma,” her seventh studio album which topped the Billboard 200 charts. The album’s first single, “What About Us,” is up for Best Pop Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards this month. She is set to kick off her world tour on March 1 in Phoenix.

2017 Top Grossing Domestic Films

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Walt Disney Studio’s latest film in the Star Wars saga is officially the top grossing film of 2017 in North America. As of Sunday, December 31, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has grossed $517 million, ahead of the studio’s own Beauty And The Beast which ended its theatrical run at $504 million.

1Star Wars: The Last Jedi$531 millionBV
2Beauty and the Beast (2017)$504 millionBV
3Wonder Woman$412 millionWB
4Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2$389 millionBV
5Spider-Man: Homecoming$334 millionSony
6It$327 millionWB (NL)
7Thor: Ragnarok$311 millionBV
8Despicable Me 3$264 millionUni.
9Logan$226 millionFox
10Justice League$225 millionWB


Festival takes place February 22 – 25, 2018

The Athena Film Festival (AFF) announced today that director, producer and screenwriter J.J. Abrams (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, STAR TREK, Alias, Felicity) will receive the 2018 Athena Leading Man Award at the eighth annual festival. The festival will celebrate Abrams’ extraordinary career and continued support and advocacy of women in the entertainment industry. The Athena Film Festival, co-founded by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood, will take place February 22-25, 2018, at Barnard College in New York City.

Abrams has championed women throughout his career, advocating for female protagonists on screen, as well as strong female voices behind the camera. He introduced audiences to international spy Sydney Bristow in Alias and cast Daisy Ridley to star as Rey in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Abrams is currently writing and will direct the highly anticipated STAR WARS: EPISODE IX, which will star Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac and John Boyega, and will open in theaters December 20, 2019.

Past recipients of the Athena Leading Man Award include director, producer and screenwriter Paul Feig (2016) and actor and producer David Oyelowo (2017).

“I am deeply humbled to be recognized by the Athena Film Festival. Any good I’ve done has been achieved because I have worked alongside women, and I share my gratitude with all of them for being honored with this award,” said J.J. Abrams.
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Jude Law Joins Captain Marvel

By Armando

photo by Frederic Auerbach

It looks like Captain Marvel has found it’s male lead as Jude Law joins the cast of the film opposite Brie Larson’s title character, Variety reports Wednesday. According the article, Law will be playing Mar-Vell.

In the comics, the character is the original Captain Marvel from an alien race of Kree who later adopted the identity of the recently deceased human scientist Walter Lawson.

While posing as Lawson, he meets and become a mentor to Larson’s U.S. Air Force character Carol Danvers. Her DNA is melded with that of an alien after an explosion of a Kree device. It remains to be seen how much of the character origins from comics will carry over into the film.

Jude Law is currently riding high after being cast as a young Albus Dumbledore earlier this year for the upcoming sequel of another major studio franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He recently appeared this year in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Its interesting to note that Law previously played a “Captain” character in a comic-book inspired film before as Sky Captain in the 2004 sci-fi action adventure Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Captain Marvel will be directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson) from a recent script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Previous scripts for the film were written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who is producing the film, announced this summer at SDCC that Captain Marvel will take place in the 90s before the Avengers were established.

Nick Fury, as played by Samuel L. Jackson, is also expected to appear in the film, while Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) will play the villain role.

Captain Marvel is currently slated for a March 8, 2019 release.

“Justice League” Premiere Livestream from Los Angeles!

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Warner Bros. Pictures

The time has finally arrived. With Warner Bros. Justice League opening this weekend, the studio is holding a world premiere in Los Angeles tonight.

Watch the Justice League cast and filmmakers as they gather and walk the red carpet live tonight at 8:30 PM ET/5:30PM PT.

The event is presented by Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, and iHeart Media.

Directed by Zack Snyder and co-written by Joss Whedon, Justice League is set for release on November 17, 2017 with an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Ciarán Hinds, Amy Adams, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, and J. K. Simmons.

Here’s the film’s full synopsis:

“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”

Watch the cast of Justice League’s red carpet world premiere:

Jenna Mattison on Her Directorial Debut The Sound, and Being A Headstrong Filmmaker

Jenna Mattison

By Niy Birden

In Jenna Mattison’s directorial debut for “The Sound”, we experience Rose McGowan as Kelly, a completely in-for-it-all ghost buster who finds herself uncovering secrets of the death of a suicide victim in a subway station. Through social media and thoughtful, star-studded interactions both living and dead, we get to see the emotional breakthrough for a character based in survival and deep emotional and mental pain. But the character of Jenna Mattison I’ve found, is a far more interesting character, and like Kelly, has many sides.

Q: The film seems like an antithesis of your acting work- Is this by design?
J: You know, I had an injury about 10 years ago, and went through subsequent surgeries over 5 to 6 years and that essentially ended my acting career. And during that time period, I went deaf on one side…it was insane. And when something that intense happens to you, it changes your perspective a lot. And it kind of makes you a more soulful person, may be in ways darker? [laughs] So when I wrote the sound, it was definitely different than my previous writing because it was a very different experience for me. And within that, my writing as a filmmaker changed.

Q: Did you put a lot of your experience in the film, or find yourself seeing some similarities in there?

J: I wouldn’t say that, but definitely the importance of sound, you know, for someone who has had their hearing damaged. And you much, how we hear. And how we see the world, because it also changes because it gets heightened. You just realize how important it is. And so I got really interested in sound, and then this sort of you know, came out of that.

Q: How do you compare the creative process of doing a darker plot vs softer characters? Which inspire you more?

The Sound

J: I’m into all sorts of different things, so I wouldn’t necessarily say I’m really one or the other, but I do really enjoy sort of getting into characters and people that are a bit broken, that their lives (past) have shadowed their view of the world and kind of made them a bit darker, so yeah I guess in that, that is a reflection of the person I’ve grown to become since my injury and, you know…the [sarcastic]“nightmare that happened to me” [laughs].

We then started talking about how her injury was an empowering one, especially since women are really held into looking a certain way on screen.

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Aliens, Shakespeare, and Diversity: An Interview with Sci-Fi Star, Cas Anvar

Eric Gasa

THE STRAIN — Season Four – Pictured: Cas Anvar as Sanjay Desai. CR: Russ Martin/FX

Cas Anvar’s career is part occupation, part dream come true. Not very often does a Sci-Fi nerd grow up to become a Sci-Fi actor but for the rising Anvar, he enjoys the best of both worlds. Anvar can be found in a number of roles in big titles, from Argo and the Oscar-nominated ROOM, to the galaxy’s top fighter pilot in SyFy’s, The Expanse.

I had the opportunity to chat with Anvar one afternoon in preparation of the latest episode of his FX show, The Strain, where he plays the part of the nefarious Sanjay Desai. The Strain airs this Sunday, August 6, at 10 pm EP. Though our time was brief, Anvar spared none of it when sharing his excitement for his work and what lies on the road ahead.

EG: How did you get into acting?

Cas Anvar: I’ve been doing it my whole life since I was in high school. I was introduced to acting through Shakespeare actually. Started in theatre. Went to the National Theatre School of Canada. Started my own Shakespeare company after that and have been acting ever since.

Who were some of your inspirations as a young actor?

That’s an interesting question. I really admire Liam Neeson, Hugh Jackman, and Robert Downey Jr.

Was starring in a Sci-Fi program always a dream of yours? Were you a huge Sci-Fi fan growing up?

I’ve always been a huge nerd. I grew up with sci-fi, fantasy, and horror games, comic books, and all that stuff. I went to Comic Con as a kid and never imagined that I would be on the other side of that table signing autographs one day. Playing in something like The Expanse where I get to play a Han Solo character with wisecracks and one-liners, is a huge thrill for me.

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