Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is all set to release on Feb 15th in UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and Oman. The movie will also release on Feb 14th in Egypt. Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.
Chadwick Boseman, returning to the role of T’Challa/Black Panther after his first appearance in “Captain America: Civil War,” is finding a balance between his dual role of King of Wakanda after his father’s demise and his position as the protector of his country as the Black Panther.
Michael B. Jordan’s character, Erik Killmonger, is introduced into the narrative in a shadow of mystery but slowly his ulterior motives for Wakanda are revealed to T’Challa are revealed.
The Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o plays Nakia, T’Challa’s former lover and an undercover operative of the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces of Wakanda who serve as T’Challa’s bodyguards. Nakia is a force to be reckoned with—a highly disciplined and strong-willed woman who gives as good as she gets especially when it comes to T’Challa.
Danai Gurira, best known for her immensely popular role in the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead,”, takes on the role of the fearless Okoye, T’Challa’s confidante and head of the Dora Milaje.
British actors Daniel Kaluuya joins the cast as W’Kabi, Royal Counsel to T’Challa when he ascends to rule Wakanda and Letitia Wright steps into the shoes of tech savvy Princess Shuri, T’Challa’s cheeky younger sister.
Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett plays the stalwart Queen Mother Ramonda, T’Challa’s mother and Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, joins the “Black Panther” cast as Zuri, the longtime Royal advisor.
Andy Serkis revisits the role of the ruthless, unscrupulous South Africa arms dealer, Ulysses Klaue, who first appeared in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and Martin Freeman reprises the character of Agent Everett Ross from “Captain America: Civil War”.
- Genre: Action-Adventure
- Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Andy Serkis and Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett, with Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker
- Director: Ryan Coogler (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”)
- Producer: Kevin Feige and David J. Grant
- Executive Producers: Victoria Alonso, Jeffrey Chernov, Louis D’Esposito, Nate Moore and Stan Lee
- Written by: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”)
James Bond Film No Time to Die Delayed to Reshoot Nokia Product Placements
Back in 2020, a Nokia executive teased a partnership between the company and the latest James Bond film to show off the latest Nokia smartphone of its time, which was 2019. The 007 film No Time to Die was originally set to be released in theaters in April of 2019 until the departure of the film’s original director and co-writer Danny Boyle caused delays, further pushed back after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The film was set to be released in April of 2021 until a more recent delay was announced. A report from The Sun cited industry insiders who were aware of at least some of the reasoning for the film’s latest delay. It’s reported that the brand deals struck up by brands for the film, which was partly filmed in 2019 going into 2020, would feature tech and products that would be far outdated by the time it was to be released in 2021.
Nokia’s 8.3 5G smartphone was to be featured in the film, but this item’s placement, along with others from Adidas footwear, Bollinger champagne, and Omega watches would all have outdated products featured in the film. The Nokia 8.3 went on sale in October of 2020, which is already too outdated, even for James Bond.
Cinépolis Cinemas Inaugurates its First Cinema in UAE at Sharjah Oasis Mall
Ashish Shukla, the CEO of Cinépolis Gulf, speaks to Gadget Voize about the company’s entrance into the UAE and its plans for the region
Tell us about the Cinépolis brand. How many cinemas does it operate in the region?
Cinépolis was founded in Morelia, Mexico in 1971, and today is the largest cinema chain in Latin America and the third-largest worldwide. Having crossed a mind-blowing total capacity of 1.1 seats across all locations, the brand continues to grow and gain popularity among its loyal guests.
After its debut in Gulf in February 2019, the brand has successfully launched a total 5 cinemas in slightly over a year and currently operates in Bahrain, Oman, UAE and will be venturing into Saudi Arabia with two separate locations expected to open before the end of the year.
Which markets are you currently present in?
Globally, we are present in 18 countries, including Latin America, USA, Spain, India, Indonesia, and Gulf (being the latest region in the Cinépolis brand portfolio). For Gulf in specific, we are present in Bahrain, UAE, Oman, and soon in KSA.
Tell us about your new cinema at the Sharjah Oasis Mall. What is the seating capacity? How many screens?
Cinépolis Cinemas in Sharjah Oasis Mall is our first cinema in the United Arab Emirates. The cinema has 10 screens with a total capacity of 1194 seats. The cinema includes Junior – our revolutionary, internationally acclaimed, and highly admired family-oriented auditorium, which features a colourful jungle gym, complete with slide and ball pit, as well as fun bean-bag seating. In short, the auditorium has been designed to allow families to enjoy their favourite movies in a welcoming and fun space that expertly caters to their needs.
Cinépolis Cinemas in Sharjah Oasis Mall also includes our Macro auditorium, completed with Dolby Atmos surround sound that creates a powerful audio experience thanks to the high-tech combination of the latest generation of audio speakers located throughout each of the venue’s premium auditoriums. The Deluxe or Premium seat options all enjoy an uninterrupted view of the screen with rocking leather chairs available. The screen is triple the size of an ordinary cinema screen and makes you feel like you are part of the movie.
Guests of Cinépolis Cinemas at Oasis Mall, Sharjah, will be able to enjoy a range of premium and delicious movie treats, including buttered popcorn, nachos and hotdogs from the concessions counter. Or, they can opt for a full menu of gourmet snacks from the speciality coffee shop ‘Coffee Tree’. Fan favourites include the ever-so-popular dynamite shrimp, edamame, chicken popcorn, samosas and crêpes.
What sort of precautions are you following during the COVID-19 pandemic?
The safety of our guests, staff members and vendors remain the foremost priority for Cinépolis Cinemas and we have taken a number of measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable movie-going experience which include:
- Temperature screening at the entrance
- Limited auditorium capacity
- Social distance inside theaters and at common areas
- Adoption of contactless technologies for access and payment
- Regular screening and check-ups of all staff and vendors
- Frequent disinfection of all surfaces, counters ad common areas
- Sanitizing auditoriums and seats after every viewing
- Use of disposable F&B utensils
- Trained health and safety ambassadors are available to assist you
The Junior auditorium with slides to enter and a play area is quite unique in the region. What made you opt for such an auditorium for kids?
The region acts as a haven for families with toddlers and children. In fact, no matter the destination, you will notice large families enjoying time together. For this reason, we’ve decided to introduce our Junior auditorium, it is revolutionary for the region and caters to the needs of young families with children to enjoy the big screen together.
We also wanted to bring a product that makes the movie-going experience fun and guilt-free for parents. We’ve noticed that parents face slight difficulties when bringing their children to the cinemas as it can be difficult to expect a child to sit straight for a pre-determined duration of time.
We also noticed that parents tend to leave the movie in the middle of the screening to accompany their children. Because of these reasons, we’ve developed a specialized program for the Junior auditorium that provides play time before the movie begins, and even a 20-minute intermission in the middle of the movie.
What sort of expansion plans in the region do you have for the upcoming months?
As previously mentioned, Cinépolis Cinemas has ambitious plans for global and regional expansion. Our focus and direction for the region are currently KSA, where we see massive demand and with a market hungry for new entertainment options. We plan to open our first two locations in Saudi Arabia in Dammam and Jeddah by the end of 2020. We plan to open 100+ screens in the next two years in the Kingdom.
What sort of challenges are cinema operators facing during the pandemic?
2020 was an arduous year for many industries and the cinema industry is not an exception. Apart from the obvious, there is the challenge of the rise in popularity of streaming services, as well as delayed-release dates of blockbuster content, both of which impact our revenues. We are starting to see customers gaining confidence in the health and safety measures we and the industry as a whole are taking.
We at Cinépolis Cinemas doing everything in our power to keep our business and workforce engaged. We believe in a strong team, and the impact that has on keeping operations moving. We are extremely optimistic about the future given the line-up of movies set to be released. 2021 the content line up is strong and major change will be seen with the vaccine distribution when people will gain the confidence for out of home entertainment.
The industry is going through a churn and we are at its latter half. Cinepolis will come back better and stronger for our movie buff audiences.
Marvel Releases Its First-Ever Horror Film “The New Mutants”
Twentieth Century Studios in association with Marvel Entertainment presents “The New Mutants,” an original horror thriller directed by Josh Boone and written by Boone and Knate Lee. The film releases in the UAE on 10th September. “The New Mutants” stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones; Early Man; Then Came You), Anya Taylor-Joy (Peaky Blinders; Split; Glass; Emma), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), Alice Braga (The Shack), Blu Hunt (The Originals) and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why).
Rahne Sinclair (Williams), Illyana Rasputin (Taylor-Joy), Sam Guthrie (Heaton) and Roberto De Costa (Zaga) are four young mutants being held in an isolated hospital for psychiatric monitoring. Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Braga), believing the teenagers are a danger both to themselves and to society as a whole, keeps a close eye on them as she struggles to teach them how to reign in their mutant abilities. When newcomer Danielle “Dani” Moonstar (Hunt) joins the other patients the facility, strange occurrences begin to take place. The hospital’s patients are plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, and both their new mutant abilities – and their friendships – will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive.
Marvel’s first ever horror film, the five new mutants must battle the dangers of their powers, as well as the sins of their pasts, when they find themselves hunted by a supernatural evil, causing all their worst fears to become real. The film is produced by Simon Kinberg, best known for his work on the X-Men film franchise, and has also written such films as Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Sherlock Holmes; Karen Rosenfelt of Twilight and Twilight Saga, and Lauren Shuler Donner of Deadpool and Dark Phoenix. American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer Stan Lee alongside Michele Imperato Stabile served as executive producers.
Twentieth Century Studios’ history with the “X-Men” franchise dates back to 2000 and the release of the first “X-Men” film. Producer Simon Kinberg produced six of the titles in the franchise, and Boone knew he was the key to getting a New Mutants project off the ground. “We wanted it to be a horror story, one that relayed the true horrors of being a teenager in search of themselves,” says Boone, “and he – above all people – understands how much we have to push these movies to make them their own unique thing and to have their own unique identity.”
Together, Boone and Lee pitched Kinberg a female-driven origins narrative with the demon bear storyline as its framework which introduces the New Mutants to a brand new audience. “Although we incorporate similar themes from the comics, this is very much its’ own unique story,” says Boone. “Though there are references to the X-Men and our characters know who the X-Men are, this a standalone world where if you took these characters and tried to place them in another ‘X-Men’ movie, they would seem like outsiders.”
Adds Lee, “The New Mutants always stood out to us because the characters and their powers –as well as their back stories – were just a little bit more screwed up than the rest of the mainline X-Men, and translating their powers and their storylines really lent themselves more towards the horror genre.”
The New Mutants’ is very much a coming-of-age story about young adults accepting what’s happened in their pasts so they can move forward into the future. We all have a history and past that we have to move beyond, and within this story we wanted to embrace that narrative which provides a strong emotional spine.” says producer Karen Rosenfelt.
The movie releases throughout UAE 10th September 2020.
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