Today: Saudi Arabia Prepares for First Public Cinema Opening in 35 Years

‘Black Panther’ is set to make history on Wednesday night in Riyadh, with 40 seconds of the film having been cut by local censors. For Saudi Arabia’s film industry, April 18, 2018 should go down in history. At roughly 9 p.m. in Riyadh (11 a.m. PT), around 600 guests will sit down in a refitted ultra-modern conference hall in the King Abdullah Financial District to … Continue reading Today: Saudi Arabia Prepares for First Public Cinema Opening in 35 Years

It Happened: Black Panther Just Crushed Titanic’s 21-Year-Old Box Office Record

Now, Black Panther has taken down the Titanic. Black Panther train is showing no signs of slowing down. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest superhero story ripped through the box office following its Feb. 16 debut, bringing in hundreds of millions and even earning Oscar buzz. Naturally, the film has also been demolishing box office records previously held by pop-culture juggernauts such as The Dark Knight … Continue reading It Happened: Black Panther Just Crushed Titanic’s 21-Year-Old Box Office Record

‘Black Panther’ to Break Saudi Arabia’s 35-Year Cinema Ban

WOW! Another first for Black Panther. Wakanda forever. Marvel’s superhero blockbuster will help open the first movie theater in Saudi Arabia on April 18, ending a 35-year ban on cinemas. Black Panther is set to make some more history. Marvel’s record-breaking superhero blockbuster — which has already amassed north of $1.2 billion since launching in February — will herald Saudi Arabia’s long-awaited return to the … Continue reading ‘Black Panther’ to Break Saudi Arabia’s 35-Year Cinema Ban

Samuel L. Jackson: How I Became an Usher at Martin Luther King Jr.’s Funeral (Guest Column)

On the 50th anniversary of the civil rights leader’s assassination, the actor recalls how the tragedy propelled him into activism and why he staged a lock-in that got him expelled from college. Samuel L. Jackson was a sophomore at Morehouse College in Atlanta when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Four days later, Jackson participated in a march … Continue reading Samuel L. Jackson: How I Became an Usher at Martin Luther King Jr.’s Funeral (Guest Column)