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Prey Star Recalls Indigenous Representation Efforts For Predator Movie

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EXCLUSIVE: Prey star Julian Antelope Black discusses the Indigenous representation efforts made for the Predator prequel, both in cast and crew.

Prey star Julian Antelope Black talks about the Indigenous representation efforts made for the new Predator prequel. The film has already garnered praise for its Indigenous cast and the use of the Comanche language (the film features a Comanche dub provided by the cast). Along with Black, the film stars Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro, Stormee Kipp, and Michelle Thrush.

Prey follows Naru (Midthunder), a young Comanche woman in 1719 as she must combat a Predator and protect her tribe. The film is a prequel to the Predator franchise, taking place hundreds of years before the events of the original 1987 film, and features a more low-tech depiction of the series’ antagonist. Prey has already received a bevy of positive reviews from critics, with many commending the action sequences, character development, and depiction of the Comanche tribe.

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In an exclusive interview with Screen Rant, Black talks about the work that went into the movie’s depiction of the Comanche. He explains how the film’s producers made an effort to depict the language and culture with accuracy, saying they had cultural and language advisors on set to make sure all the details were consistent. He also mentions Jhane Myers, one of the producers as well as a Comanche cultural advisor, and how it was refreshing to work with someone with the same cultural background. Read his quote below:

It’s been actually such a breath of well-needed fresh air in the last while to see the industry actually taking painstaking lengths to make sure things are told accurately and making sure to get the right people to advise, making sure they are going to use the language, making sure that it’s spoken right, having language and cultural advisors on set. For Prey, Jhane Myers, she’s one of the primary producers on this unit, she also served as the Comanche cultural advisor, she’s Comanche and Blackfoot herself. She was just awesome to be around and work with, very approachable, which is so refreshing to see somebody in her position, and very receptive and open to collaboration and ideas, which is something I’d kind of not heard of at this level of a movie. So it was really nice to see. And I think it was very inspirational for a lot of our young people that were on set, whether they were cast in acting roles, or whether they were just background performers just out for the day. I think it was very, very inspirational for them to see one of their own in a position like that, and to be so approachable, it works on so many levels. I think.

With Prey proving to be a standout of the franchise, it’s refreshing to hear how much effort went into its depiction of the Comanche. Black goes on to say how that sort of representation is inspirational for younger artists, and how seeing it in a movie of this scale can continue to improve Indigenous visibility in mainstream media. Prey, along with tv shows like Reservation Dogs and Dark Winds, add to the continued efforts to increase Indigenous representation in mainstream media.

Hollywood has had a very troubled history when it comes to depictions of Indigenous people, and movies like Prey are taking steps to remedy that. The attention to detail that went into Prey‘s portrayal of Indigenous people is evidence of a changing of the tide when it comes to Native American depictions on film. Hopefully, Prey will encourage other Hollywood productions to move in that same direction, and Black and other Indigenous performers will continue to see people that share their history in positions of creative authority.





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Jamie Foxx Recalls Almost Spoiling No Way Home’s 3 Spider-Man Reveal

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Jamie Foxx opens up about almost spoiling Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s return for Marvel Studios and Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Jamie Foxx opens up about almost spoiling Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s return in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Directed by Jon Watts, Tom Holland’s third standalone film as the web-slinger released in December 2022 and became a massive critical and commercial hit. Spider-Man: No Way Home has since been widely praised for its strong performances, as well as its surprising emotional ending, which saw Holland’s Peter Parker forgotten by everyone he loves.

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Aside from wrapping up Peter Parker’s first MCU trilogy, Spider-Man: No Way Home also functioned as the culmination of all Spider-Man movies. Despite vehement denials from people involved, the threequel ultimately featured the return of Maguire and Garfield as they reprised their respective versions of the wall-crawlers. Some of their movies’ notable villains were also brought in, including Foxx’s Electro. On the heels of reports about Maguire and Garfield’s returning Spider-Men breaking out, the actor took to his official social media and posted fan art that depicted his Marvel bad guy looming over the three live-action versions of Spider-Man. Many took this as Foxx confirming Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s surprise cameos ahead of time.


Almost eight months after Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s release, Foxx opens up about this snafu in a new interview with CinemaBlend. Calling the experience of filming the movie “a rock concert,” the actor went on to address nearly blowing the surprise. Not thinking that Maguire and Garfield’s returns were meant to be secret, Foxx also almost snapped a picture of the Spider-Man trio before being chastised by someone on set. Read Foxx’s story below:

It was crazy. It was like a- it was like a rock concert, when we did that film. And I thought Sony did a fantastic job of mystique. You know what I’m saying? Holding things, keeping things – you know, I kind of almost blew it. … As soon as I got on the set and there was all three Spider-Mans, I was like this (picks up cell phone). ’Oh, we up in here, baby, ‘bout to go live…’ And somebody just dove on me like I was a fire. I was like, ‘What the hell?’ ‘Shh! No one’s supposed to know.’ ‘Okay, my bad. Okay, we ain’t supposed to know that all three of them are here!’ But I think they did a great job in doing that, bringing some mystique. And I think that that’s what was needed to get people back in the theater.

Of course, Foxx’s actions would likely not have changed much, as Maguire and Garfield’s return in Spider-Man: No Way Home was an open secret in Hollywood for months. Once it was confirmed that the threequel would be tied to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and tackle a multiversal story, and feature Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, it was largely expected that other characters from previous Spider-Man films would be appearing. The casting report about Foxx’s reprisal of Electro further solidified this idea, so even if the actor didn’t post his near-spoiler image, most of the fanbase was already convinced that Maguire and Garfield would be joining Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home.


Despite the persistent rumors, Sony and Marvel Studios opted to save Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s biggest surprise for the film itself. Even amid trailer gaffes that implied Maguire and Garfield had been cut out with VFX, the secrecy was maintained. In fact, MCU architect Kevin Feige even warned the public that having preconceived assumptions based on rumors could ruin their movie-going experience. In the end, however, Foxx’s social media post would have been spot on, and all three Spider-Man joining forces proved a major nostalgic highlight for audiences. Clearly, even the villain actors themselves knew they were part of something special, and were very eager to share it.


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Megan Mullally Gets Uncomfortably Real About Her Daughter in ‘Summering’ Sneak Peek (Exclusive)

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Megan Mullally isn’t afraid to get candid in the upcoming film, Summering.

Directed by James Ponsoldt, the movie takes place in the final days of summer and centers on four best friends — Daisy, Lola, Mari and Dina — who will soon be splitting up when they start middle school. When deciding how to spend their final summer weekend together, they come across a mystery that leads them on a life-changing adventure. The friends make a series of discoveries that are as much about solving the mystery as they are about learning the hard truths of growing up — all while their mothers desperately seek their safe return.

ET exclusively premieres a sneak peek from the film, which opens in theaters Friday, with the mothers — played by Mullally, Lake Bell, Ashley Madewke and Sarah Cooper — all huddled together in a living room as they try to find out what happened to their kids and what kind of shenanigans they may have gotten themselves into, especially after they discover they may have been last spotted at a bar.

While some are busy on the phone trying to get information, the others can’t help but reminisce about their rebellious youthful days. But Mullally’s Stacie is hard-pressed to believe that her daughter, Mari (Eden Grace Redfield), would ever cross that line.

“Mari’s kind of a prude. She gets mad at me when I swear. She walks out of the bathroom when I pee in front of her,” Stacie reveals to her stunned friends. When they ask her to repeat that again, Stacie tries to clarify, hoping to make it seem less of a thing. “Well, not every day…,” Stacie replies, her voice trailing off as she studies her friends’ bewildered expressions as they digest the information.

Written by Ponsoldt and Benjamin Percy, Summering also stars Lia Barnett, Madalen Mills and Sanai Victoria.

Summering opens in theaters Friday.

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‘Triangle of Sadness’ Trailer: Try and Stomach the Gross-Out Satire That Won Cannes and Shocked Viewers

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The first trailer for Ruben Östlund’s “Triangle of Sadness” is now online to watch, if you can stomach it. The satirical dark comedy won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Östlund, who first broke out with his comedy “Force Majeur,” now has two Palme d’Or wins under his belt thanks to “Triangle of Sadness” and his 2017 satire “The Square.” The new film marks Östlund’s first English-language feature.

“Triangle of Sadness” stars “Beach Rats” and “The Kingsman” actor Harris Dickinson as an aspiring model who gets the chance to vacation aboard a luxury yacht after his influencer girlfriend wins them a free trip. Woody Harrelson plays the yacht’s alcoholic captain. The yacht is full of pretentious and snobby guests who make up the 1%, but they all get their comeuppance when the trip takes a dark turn.

At the Cannes Film Festival in May, “Triangle of Sadness” shocked audiences and caused some walkouts thanks to one 15-minute scene in which vomiting and defecation are displayed in all their graphic details. Neon, who picked up the film for distribution out of Cannes, is fully leaning into the film’s gross-out factor, as the movie’s poster features one of the character’s vomiting out gold puke.

Variety‘s Peter Debruge gave “Triangle of Sadness” a strong review out of Cannes, writing, “There’s a meticulous precision to the way he constructs, blocks and executes scenes — a kind of agonizing unease, amplified by awkward silences or an unwelcome fly buzzing between characters struggling to communicate.”

“Triangle of Sadness” joins “Titane” and Oscar winner “Parasite” in being the third consecutive Palme d’Or winner that Neon has released. The film will be making its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

Neon will release “Triangle of Sadness” in theaters this fall. Watch the trailer in the  video below.



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