Biggest Stories of 2014!
On the first day of the New Year let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of a great year of film and TV. This week we look at (in no particular order) my pick for the biggest ‘black’ stories in the entertainment industry over the past 12 months.
Star Wars Cast Announced
Back in April Disney/Lucasfilm finally revealed the cast of the next Star Wars film. The news that original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hammill and Carrie Fisher were returning naturally caught all the headlines. But here at House of Black we were most excited to see young John Boyega of Peckham hit the big time.
Marvel Announces Upcoming Slate
The Marvel brand couldn’t be hotter right now. Their biggest risk yet, little known comic book Guardians of the Galaxy, was turned into one of the biggest hits of the year. So it was no surprise when they confidently announced their movie master plan for the next decade in October. More Avengers and Captain America vs Iron Man in Cap 3 was huge news sure. But standing toe-to-toe with those announcements was the news that Marvel’s first ‘black’ lead superhero film, Black Panther, will be coming in 2017. Chadwick Boseman will star in that film as the eponymous hero, but will also make a cameo in Cap 3.
DC Comics Announces Upcoming Slate
DC and Marvel have a perennial rivalry and there is no doubt that over the last few years Marvel have been kicking butt in the film department. This year it seems is the start of DCs fight back. Their Superman vs Batman film is coming next year and this year they announced their ambitious slate. Flash, Aquaman and Justice League films all made expected appearances. More surprising was the news of a Cyborg film coming in 2020 (he’ll first be scene in next year’s Dawn of Justice). Also there was finally confirmation of The Rock playing Black Adam in a future movie and Will Smith was announced as Deadshot for the Suicide Squad movie.
12 Years a Slave Wins Big at the Oscars
Back in February 12 Years a Slave ended its awards season run in style with 3 wins on Hollywood’s biggest night. The awards were: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay; Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and the biggie- Best Motion Picture of the Year. Britain’s own Steve McQueen has also flew the flag high for British filmmakers and continues to be a huge source of inspiration.